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INSIDER Newsletter (12/10/2017)



West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio




















December 10, 2017



West Palm Beach Kids 'Shop with a Cop'

Annual holiday tradition builds relationships, spreads holiday cheer

The holiday season is already brighter for more than 200 West Palm Beach children who participated in "Shop with a Cop" at the Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard Target. Made possible by the West Palm Beach Police Foundation, the event treated the kids, who might otherwise go without some holiday gifts this season, to a shopping spree. The children of families registered through Vickers House were paired up with a West Palm Beach Police officer to 'shop with a cop'. This was the 6th year for this annual tradition, which helps foster positive relationships between children and law enforcement.


Mayor Muoio Advocates for West Palm Beach in Tallahassee

West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio has shared key city priorities with lawmakers and administrators in Tallahassee.


In advance of the 2018 Florida legislative session, Mayor traveled to Tallahassee last week to advocate for:

  • Efforts to enhance public safety and better equip our first responders;
  • Revitalization of key corridors in our City that are crucial for economic growth;
  • Protecting our drinking water.

The Mayor continues to work with our state partners in an effort to:

  • Protect critical funds for affordable housing and homeless populations;
  • Keep Florida CRAs (Community Redevelopment Agencies) intact to continue their great track record of revitalizing blighted areas;
  • Combat the opioid epidemic;
  • Protect home rule.

The 2018 legislative session gets underway in January.




Square 1 is located at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach


Earlier this year, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach opened its Square One program, created to help discouraged young adults who are unemployed and not attending school to engage and reconnect to economic opportunities and advance their education. At Square One, located on the 2nd Floor of the library, young adults can find help with any challenges they may face through a variety of FREE services including mentoring, technology, career development and training, academic advancement, hands-on skills and experience, and connecting with community resources. 


Since its opening in January, Square One has helped approximately 150 individuals in our community. Because the library recognized a greater need within the target population, they have now expanded the program age group from 16-24 to 15-29, offering assistance to even more young adults in WPB. Square One is making a positive difference for the participating young adults, especially in the following areas:

  • Mentoring;
  • Career Planning and Development;
  • Identifying Post-Secondary Options;
  • Obtaining a Driver’s License;
  • Preparation for GED/SAT/PERT test.

With a renewed focus on needed programming, additional community partnerships in place, and a wider age group serviced, Square One is gearing up to help even more young adults in our community in its second year. William Hollis, the Associate Librarian spearheading the program, is ready to reconnect young people with community resources by showing them where to begin and getting them on a path. 


Square One is funded through a grant provided under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services.  For more information about Square One, call the library at 561-868-7707 or visit www.wpbcitylibrary.org.



Video: Program Director William Hollis Updates Mayor, Commissioners on Square One

(Click on the image to view the video.)



Brightline has shared with us that it is conducting simulated service between 15th Street in the City of West Palm Beach and Broward County. According to the company, simulated service includes the operation of 10 northbound and 10 southbound trains running every day without passengers. Be safe and remember to adhere to laws and regulations when interacting with the railway. With the double tracking in place, trains can run in either direction and at any time. You should always expect a train and should cross only at designated at grade crossings.




5 Things You Need To Know About Flagler Shore
The Flagler Shore pilot project temporarily reduced Flagler Drive between Lakeview and Banyan to two lanes in order to reclaim 63,000 sq. ft. of additional public space for pedestrians, bicyclists, merchants and additional programming on the West Palm Beach waterfront. Check out the video below with the 5 Things You Need To Know, and be sure to visit our website for all the FAQs and to give us your feedback!


Click on the image to view the video!


Let’s talk!  

The City of West Palm Beach, WPB CRA and WPB DDA will hold a public meeting and open house to discuss Flagler Shore and collect additional community feedback. This is an opportunity for you to provide ideas for what you would like to see that would attract people to the waterfront. There will be a series of interactive exchange booths where you can collaborate with the hosts and discuss how to make the waterfront more vibrant. You’re invited to participate by providing your thoughts on the project to date, suggestions for programming, and ideas to make the waterfront more inviting for residents and visitors. Come be a part of the discussion and help determine the future of the West Palm Beach waterfront.
Flagler Shore Public Meeting & Open House
Saturday, Dec. 16; 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Along Flagler Shore in the public space located in front of E.R. Bradley’s (intersection of Clematis Street and Flagler Drive)
Open to public

Right after the community meeting, you can experience Flagler Shore for yourself and explore the Music on the Shore event featuring live music, vendors, artists and more along the WPB waterfront.
Music on the Shore
Saturday, Dec. 16
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Enjoy live music and dancing under the stars at Flagler Shore with various local bands and solo acts on three stages along with artists, vendors and more. There will also be an open mic for those who wish to share their talent, first come first sing/play. Plus check out a runway show with the new Manta Swimwear collection, because it is always sunny in Florida. Hosted by the DDA, UniverCity Backyard Garden Gatherings, and Song Catcher Project. Lineup includes KIDS (indie, folk alternative rock), Rivers (cool indie pop), The Anchor Collective (indie spiritual folk rock), Keith Welsh (folk), Keith Johns (folk), and Nicholas Roberts (indie rock). End the night, by coming together and singing Auld Lang Syne to be captured through the Song Catcher project live recording.


Meet Me at the Meter!


VIDEO: Local community leaders participate in 'Meet Me at the Meter' Video

(Click on the photo to view the video!!)



The Real Change Movement is a partnership between the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County and the City of West Palm Beach. The program focuses on raising awareness about the issues of homelessness and generating new funds to help make a difference.   


The public can help fund housing for the homeless in West Palm Beach by making a donation with a credit card or change through ten orange meters scattered throughout the city. These specially designed meters are symbols of help and hope and are easy to spot with their bright, bold orange look.


It takes $3000 to help one person off the streets and into housing. Check out our fundraising thermometer to follow our progress. Please visit: https://www.homelesscoalitionpbc.org/p/97/real-change-movement#.WhRYh3lOmUk



WPB Library Foundation Receives Grant from Arts & Entertainment District for Art Programming

Funds will continue popular FREE art programming at

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach


The West Palm Beach Library Foundation received a grant from the West Palm Beach  Arts & Entertainment District (A&E) to help continue the popular art programming at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. The A&E District in partnership with the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will provide $18,200 to fund classes, lectures and demonstrations that cover a variety of art forms throughout April 2018. All art classes at the library are free and open to the public, and include all materials necessary such as paints, canvases, brushes, pastels, clay, crafting items, etc. Patrons can learn any number of things such as painting like an impressionist, making clay jewelry, African-American art and artists, and much more. 


The art classes and lectures at the Mandel Public Library are some of its major contributions to the A&E District. Classes are offered during the day and in the evening, seven days a week, and attract people from all over the area to Downtown West Palm Beach. Lisa Hathaway, assistant director at the Mandel Public Library, states, “Our library classes are superior.  They bring in even more people from outside our city limits to the downtown. Instructors for our art classes are artists who have exhibited, won awards, or taught art previously – typically all three.”


The library, much like art-incubator organizations in other communities, provides an introduction to various art forms, and students often go on to attend classes at the Armory Art Center and patronize art museums and other arts and entertainment venues in the A&E District. The grant will allow the library to continue offering hands-on art classes (with supplies) and art lectures at no cost to residents and visitors to Downtown West Palm Beach. For a complete schedule of classes and programs, visit: wpbcitylibrary.org

In addition to attracting numerous visitors to its art classes, the library has also seen a significant number of people coming downtown to borrow materials. As of June 2017, 41% of cardholders lived outside the city limits, 43,937 of its 106,852 total cardholders.  Cardholders living outside of West Palm Beach also account for 40% of the items currently checked out. The Mandel Public Library contributes to a vibrant downtown that provides social and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors.


Much of the library’s robust and engaging programming is made possible with the support of the West Palm Beach Library Foundation and its generous donors. For more than a decade, the West Palm Beach Library Foundation has raised critical funds necessary to create and expand free community program, enhance services and grow its collections.



Join us for Mayor Muoio's

2018 State of the City Address



Mayor Jeri Muoio will lay out the blueprint for her final year in office during the 2018 State of the City address. The Mayor will deliver remarks during the January breakfast of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, presented by Good Samaritan Medical Center. Learn how the Mayor's long-term plan for economic prosperity and increased quality of life, that has driven so many key decisions over her tenure, will culminate in the new year.


Free parking will be sponsored by Hedrick Brothers Construction. Courtesy of host sponsor GL Homes, arrive early and network with elected officials and other community leaders. Enjoy coffee sponsored by Aqua Marketing & Communications and a gift sponsored by Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC.



Wednesday, January 24, 2018

  • 7:00 a.m. Early Bird Coffee, Check-In and Networking
  • 7:30 a.m. Program begins
  • 9:15 a.m. Program concludes


Palm Beach County Convention Center; 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach


Discount seats are available until 5pm, Wednesday, January 17, 2018


  • $45 before the deadline
  • $50 after the deadline


  • $55 before the deadline
  • $60 after the deadline

Corporate Table Sponsor (Table of 10)

  • $550 for Members
  • $750 for Non-Members

Contact Information: Marissa Kosiec, (561) 833-3711, x231. Register now: https://palmbeaches.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/19091



Popular City of West Palm Beach Links

Sanitation Holiday Schedule: http://wpb.org/Departments/Engineering-Public-Works/Sanitation/2016-Holiday-Schedule


City Commission, CRA Meetings, Agendas: http://wpb.org/Meetings-Events/City-Commission-Meeting-Agendas


City Job Opportunities: http://wpb.org/Departments/Human-Resources/Home/I-want-to-work-for-the-City-of-West-Palm-Beach


Paying Your Utility Bill: http://wpb.org/utilities/paying-your-utility-bill/


Road Closure Updates: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Road-Closure-Updates


WPB-TV Live: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Live-Video-Ch-18


Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/Departments/Library/Overview


Grassy Waters Preserve of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/grassywaters/


Vickers House of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/vickers



Upcoming City Center Closures

Please note that City Center will be closed December 25, 26 in observance of Christmas and January 1 in observance of New Year's.








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