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West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio




















July 8, 2017



Next Stop on the Roadmap to the Future:

West Palm Beach Evaluates Parking Downtown
After a successful public charrette, city planners focus on parking


Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach

As a next step in the City of West Palm Beach’s official mobility study, city planners are beginning the formal process of outreaching to merchants and other stakeholder groups with the goal of enhancing the parking experience in downtown West Palm Beach. City planners recently met to discuss parking-- focusing on availability and affordability. Planners are examining policies to manage demand, especially during popular events and when there is an annual influx of part-time residents and tourists.


Consultant Sam Schwartz-- retained by Alta Planning + Design which is conducting the West Palm Beach Mobility Study—is completing the initial report examining existing parking conditions in our downtown. The existing conditions report begins the parking planning process by summarizing some of the following:

  •          The City’s existing characteristics
  •          Best practices in parking management
  •          Alternative transportation options
  •          Parking inventory currently available
  •          Existing demand patterns
  •          Stakeholder interviews
  •          Key findings


“Well designed parking policies will ensure the continued health and vibrancy of downtown West Palm Beach,” said Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We are committed to designing a forward-thinking approach to mobility, and creating reasonable parking guidelines is key to helping us achieve ease of mobility and safety for all.”


The City of West Palm Beach has launched a bold initiative to enhance and improve how people move in the City. The initiative and its supporting planning efforts will serve as a road map to create a modern, well-balanced transportation network that provides mobility choices that are engaging and efficient.


During the last several months, the City has engaged the following stakeholders: Metropolitan Planning Organization, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, Palm Beach County, Florida Department of Transportation, Town of Palm Beach, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida Atlantic University, U.S. Coast Guard, homeowner, condo and neighborhood organizations.

To learn more about the City's mobility study, visit www.wpbmobility.com.


Hometown Hero Honored at 4th on Flagler

Local military hero, Sophia Eccleston, recognized at 4th on Flagler with annual award


Mayor Jeri Muoio presents the Hometown Hero award to Sophia Eccleston

Before the night sky was aglow up with red, white and blue, patriotism was on full display at 4th on Flagler in downtown West Palm Beach. The 29th annual celebration included a Military Honor Ceremony prior to the pops of sparkle that peppered the sky. The special ceremony included a tribute to all branches of the military, a capella performances, the unfurling of a three-story American flag on the side of the Esplanade Grande building, and the presentation of the local Hometown Hero award. Sophia Eccleston, a U.S. Army Veteran from Wellington, is this year’s recipient of the Hometown Hero award.


“From flags, food, and fireworks--even human foosball--we are most proud to say that our celebration truly has meaning," said Mary Pinak, Community Events Manager for the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation. “We often hear that the Military Honor Ceremony is what draws many of our guests – and we couldn’t be prouder to continue this special component of our programming.”


Eccleston joined the Army in 1995 and was assigned to the 95th Military Police (MP) Battalion, in Heidelberg, Germany as a Logistics Specialist.  She was later transferred to Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia where she was assigned to the 224th Military Intelligence (MI) Battalion. There she served the remainder of her time until she was honorably discharged in 1998. Today, she is an external affairs manager for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) in Palm Beach County. She is responsible for building and managing relationships with local elected officials and key community stakeholders on behalf of FPL. Prior to joining the external affairs department, she worked as a solar developer and advanced three large-scale solar projects located in Desoto, Manatee and Charlotte Counties.


“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by my local community – especially on a day that has so much meaning,” said Eccleston, upon learning she was selected as the 2017 Hometown Hero. “I am proud to have served in the military and am truly grateful for the acknowledgement.”


In addition to her military service, Eccleston currently serves her local community as a board member for Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, Executive Women of The Palm Beaches, Palm Beach County Homeless Advisory Board, Florida Women’s Business Center, Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. She is also a Trustee member with the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and a member of Impact 100 of Palm Beach County. She is also a former board member for The National Society of Arts and Letters, Florida East Coast Chapter and the Wounded Veteran Relief Fund. 


Eccleston earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Armstrong State University in Georgia and her MBA from American Intercontinental University in Illinois.  She is also an alumna of Leadership Palm Beach County. She has a son who is a junior at George Mason University in Virginia.



WPB Fire Rescue to Receive $160K from FEMA


The City of West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Department (WPBFR) has been named the recipient of an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The announcement was made by FEMA on its website last week. The grant of $159,873, awarded for fiscal year 2016, will support WPBFR’s Operations and Safety Program.  $102,900 of the grant has been earmarked for training.


“We are really pleased to be recipients of FEMA’s Firefighters Grant Award,” said Mayor Jeri Muoio. “FEMA’s award contributes to the future success of West Palm Beach Fire Rescue and, ultimately, to the safety and well-being of the citizens of West Palm Beach, our top priority.”


In addition to providing critical equipment to first responders, the grant will be utilized to develop existing personnel in both tactical and strategic aspects of the job. The grant will train firefighters on the mutual aid system, incident command, and disaster response. The newer firefighters hired in the last several years will become state certified in operating the engines and ladder trucks.


“We’re really excited about this grant,” said West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Chief Diana Matty. “The grant will help our firefighters to better serve the public and to be better community partners. A key aspect of that is professional development. This grant will go a long way toward making that happen.”


The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA). This funding is for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operations efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.

AFG grants are awarded to: fire departments, state fire training academies, and emergency medical service organizations.  The intended audiences are AFG stakeholders, which include, but are not limited to, award recipients and the communities they serve.


For more information about West Palm Beach Fire Rescue, visit http://wpb.org/wpbfr/. For more information about the Assistance to Firefighters Grant, visit FEMA at https://www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program.

Mayor Muoio Honors City's I.T. Department

with Mayor's Star of Excellence Award


Mayor Muoio with City Administrator Jeff Green, IT Director Christine Brevick

and the City of WPB Information Technology Staff


Congrats to the City of West Palm Beach Information Technology (IT) Department! In recognition of their hard work and in appreciation for their service, Mayor Jeri Muoio, with City Administrator Jeff Green, presented the IT team with the Mayor's Star of Excellence Award. Also recognized was IT department director Christine Brevik who received the Leadership Star Award. Congrats to all!

You're Invited to the WPB Public Safety Job Fair


Interested in a career in public safety?

Are you up for the challenge?

Be sure to join WPBPD and WPBFR for this career expo!


Location: West Palm Beach Fire Station #5

700 N. Congress Avenue

West Palm Beach, FL 33401


Date: Saturday, July 8, 2017


Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm




Join us today for e4 Life!


The City of West Palm Beach Mayor's Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, is spreading the word about green initiatives and healthy lifestyles at the 8th Annual e4 Life: Green, Health and Wellness Expo on Saturday, July 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  With tips, samples, workshops, giveaways, tastings and more, guests will experience the sights, smells and sounds of green living. 


To plant interest in environmental growth, the West Palm Beach Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is offering the following at e4 Life:


  • Free Native/Florida Friendly Tree Giveaway (for WPB residents and businesses while supplies last)
  • Free Rain Barrels (for WPB water customers, RSVP for the workshop is required)
  • Free Conservation Kits for WPB Residents
  • Sustainability presentations throughout the day

Other activities include healthy food vendors, themed crafts, mobile bus exhibits, gardening and DIY workshops, e-recycling of electronics, animal encounters, energy-efficient technology demonstrations and other sustainability projects. 


The e4 Life: Green Health & Wellness Expo is included with paid Science Center admission, and West Palm Beach city residents  receive 50% off admission with a valid ID.  Admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is $15 for adults, $11 for children ages 3 to 12, and $13 for seniors over the age of 60. Science Center members and children under 3 are free. 

For more information about the West Palm Beach Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, please visit http://wpb.org/Departments/Sustainability/Overview; and follow on Twitter and Facebook @WPBgreen. For more information on the South Florida Science Center, call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org.

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West Palm Beach Evaluates Downtown Parking


West Palm Beach Celebrates at 4th on Flagler


Community Budget Workshops Schedule


Mayor Jeri Muoio and City Commissioners invite West Palm Beach residents and members of the public to participate in the Community Budget Workshops series. The City is holding the workshops to be transparent about the budget process, to let the public know how their tax dollars are being spent, and to give the public an opportunity to make recommendations about the City’s 2017-2018 budget.


The workshops will be hosted by Mayor Muoio, Chief Financial Officer Mark Parks, and Budget Manager Linda McDermott. They will be held in each of the City’s five districts.

  • July 24, 2017, 6:00 PM; Fire Station #3, 5050 Broadway (District 1)
  • July 26, 2017, 6:00 PM; Fire Station #5, 500 N. Congress (District 2)
  • July 27, 2017, 6:00 PM; Flagler Gallery at City Hall (District 3)
  • August 1, 2017, 6:00 PM; Fire Station #7, 8011 Okeechobee Blvd (District 4)
  • August 2, 2017, 6:00PM; U.B. Kinsey Education and Community Center; 720 8th Street (District 3)
  • August 3, 2017, 6:00 PM; Fire Station #2, 4301 S. Dixie Highway (District 5)

For more information, contact Budget Manager Linda McDermott at (561) 822-1342.



‘Old City Hall’ Surface Parking Lot to Close


Effective Monday, July 10, 2017, the surface parking lot adjacent to the former City Hall site located at 200 2nd Street will no longer be available for parking due to demolition.


In addition and for the duration of the demolition and subsequent construction, all on-street parking at the individual space meters along the perimeter of the site at these locations will be unavailable:

  • East side of 200 block of Olive
  • North side of 2nd Street (between Olive and Narcissus)
  • North Narcissus 200 block
  • South side 200 block of Banyan Blvd.

The City invites the public to park in any of our five parking garages at these locations:

  • Banyan & Olive Garage; 200 Banyan Blvd.
  • City Center Garage; 400 Banyan Blvd.
  • Clematis Garage; 500 Banyan Blvd.
  • Sapodilla Garage; 600 Clematis St.
  • Evernia Garage; 333 Evernia St.

For additional information, contact Ed Davis, Parking Administrator, at (561) 822-1495.


City of West Palm Beach

Community Events for July of 2017




Open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. FREE

West Palm Beach Waterfront

Children create their own life-size fairy tale using giant cut-outs of traditional storybook characters.

Game Nights
Open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.mFREE
West Palm Beach Waterfront

Participate in some friendly competition in larger than life versions of favorite games like human foosball and life-sized Jenga.Game balls, Jenga pieces and a selection of table-top board games are available to be checked out for free at the Waterfront Activity Station on the Intracoastal Waterway. For more information: wpb.org/events

Glow FORE it Mini Golf

Open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
West Palm Beach Waterfront

9 holes of glow-in-the-dark mini golf along the Intracoastal Waterway for $2.50 per person per round. Game balls, golf clubs and board games are located at the Waterfront Activity Station near the course. For more information: wpb.org/events


Free Weekly Concert Series- extended summer hours!
Every Thursday; 6-10 p.m.

West Palm Beach Waterfront

West Palm’s favorite Thursday night tradition proves why it has been the “hot spot to chill” for twenty plus years. During Clematis by Night, guests will enjoy two bands every Thursday throughout the summer. Celebrating 22 years with twice the entertainment all summer long, this free weekly outdoor concert series features live performances by the area’s best bands, food specials and an unmatched ambiance. Visit wpb.org/events for details.

July13   Headliner: Spred the Dub (Reggae/Ska)

Opener:  Reggae Souljahs (Reggae/Pop)
Spred the Dub is South Florida's favorite 'Feel Good Reggae' band infusing elements of soul, funk and R&B with a foundation of rocksteady, ska and roots reggae to create sonic landscapes and massive drum & bass rhythms.  Reggae Souljahs deliver seamless, electrifying performances consisting of favorite reggae/dance hall hits as well as pop tunes infused with island flavor.

July 20 On the Roxx (80's Tribute)

Skin City Angels (80’s Arena Rock)
On The Roxx performs a variety or pop, rock and dance songs from the 80’s to the hit songs of today. Skin City Angels is an 80's tribute band covering everything from Def Leppard and Bon Jovi to Van Halen, Journey and much more!

July 27 Headliner: Samantha Russell Band (Country)

Opener:  Burnt Biscuit (Country Rock)
The Samantha Russell Band plays songs from classic country to southern rock to originals, as well as the occasional current pop tune. Burnt Biscuit is a five piece country/southern rock band from Palm Beach County. 


July 14  Boss Baby

8-11 p.m. FREE

West Palm Beach Waterfront

Free outdoor movie featuring Boss Baby. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to this theater under the stars. Wpb.org/events for details.

July 16:  Show Biz Kids-Tribute to Steely Dan
4-7 p.m. FREE
Meyer Amphitheatre, 105 Evernia St.

Enjoy faithful renderings of the music of Steely Dan brought to you with artistry and love. Admission is free. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to this outdoor event. Wpb.org/events for details.

Last Friday of each month: July 28
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Northwood Road, West Palm Beach
Guests can experience the creative lifestyle in Northwood Village as they stroll down Northwood Road with local art and craft vendors from all over South Florida, shopping at the unique boutiques and galleries which will be open late, and live street-side artists and musicians. For more information: http://northwoodvillage.com



Saturday, July 29;

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. FREE

West Palm Beach Waterfront

The community is invited to enjoy the outdoors this summer with a Picnic in Paradise on Saturday, July 29 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on the West Palm Beach Waterfront. Pack a picnic dinner or order take-out from downtown restaurants and enjoy outside activities, music and the art exhibition, Aesop’s Tables. This evening is presented by the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority and the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District, in partnership with the city’s annual Summer in Paradise promotion on the waterfront. For details, visit http://downtownwpb.com.

Mandel Public Library Events for July 2017


Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is located at 411 Clematis Street

Events Free Unless Noted Otherwise


Summer BreakSpot - FREE Meals for Kids & Teens

For children and teens ages 18 and under

Mondays-Fridays, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

June 6 - August 1

The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, with the School District of Palm Beach County, is proud to be a Summer BreakSpot, offering FREE nutritious lunches and snacks all summer long to kids and teens ages 18 and under. Sponsored by the USDA Summer Food Service Program. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.


Summer Break Soccer


3:45—4:30 PM for Kids Ages 2-5

4:30—5:15 PM for Kids Grades K-5

Children will learn how to play soccer through interactive stories! A certified coach will demonstrate techniques so kids can see a skill, learn it, practice it and replicate it. Sponsored by the Quantum Foundation and the WPB Library Foundation. Space is limited. Sign up upon arrival. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.


Family Play Date                                                 

For ages 9 months-pre-K

Tuesdays, 10:15—11:00 AM

Have fun with our toys and games and listen to great music. Make friends and discover new activities and songs. Sign up upon arrival. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.


Mad Science! Be a STEAMologist!

For kids entering grades K – 5

Tuesdays, 1:30—3:30 PM

Kids will play, create and learn while having fun each week using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) skills. Space is limited. Sign up for a half-hour time slot upon arrival. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.


Om Yoga for Kids

For kids entering grades K – 5

Thursdays, 10:15—11:00 AM

Have fun and learn the basics of yoga. We provide the yoga mats. Sponsored by the Quantum Foundation and the WPB Library Foundation. Space is limited. Sign up upon arrival. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.


Preschool Yoga                                     

For ages 2 - 5

Fridays, 10:15—11:00 AM

Preschool-age kids will learn the basics of yoga during this fun and interactive class. Sponsored by the Quantum Foundation and the WPB Library Foundation. Space is limited. Sign up upon arrival. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.


Decorate Your Own Tiny Fable Table

Sunday, July 16, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Join Tiny Doors West Palm Beach to decorate your very tiny table! As part of the City of West Palm Beach ARt in Public Places Summer 2017 Aesop’s Tables initiative, kids in grades K-5 can come and decorate a mini picnic table of their own with characters from one of the many Aesop’s Fables stories. Explore a tiny artistic side of West Palm Beach with whimsy and imagination! Space is limited, sign up upon arrival. For more information, call KidSpace at 561-868-7703.



Be a YouTube Star for Teens

Mondays-Wednesdays, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Learn to make professional video and be a YouTube Star. Topics change weekly.

For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.


Hack Your Mac: for Teens

Thursdays, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM; Square One Room

Learn how to use the iOS operating system and hack your mac. In July, topics will expand to include Windows and general computing concepts. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.



Learn How to Swing Dance!
Tuesdays in June and July, 6:00 - 7:00 PM; PreFunction Lobby

Bring your dance shoes and learn how to swing with Grigol! Sponsored by a grant from the Quantum Foundation obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.

For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.


Cardio Drumming Fitness Classes
Saturdays, June 10 – July 29, 1:00 - 2:00 PM; Auditorium

Make music and exercise at the same time! This fun and energetic class is for all levels (you don’t have to know how to play the drums)! Sponsored by a grant from the Quantum Foundation obtained by the WPB Library Foundation. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.


Becoming a YouTube Star: Grown Up Edition

July 11, 2017, 10:00 AM – Noon; Life Support Lab

Join us to learn about the essentials in becoming a YouTube star. Everything from planning your content, to finding out what’s popular and loading content. Must have intermediate computer skills, a smartphone and a valid Gmail address. Registration required, call 561-868-7760. Note: Please come with a pre-recorded video saved to your smartphone. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.


Meet the Author: Ann Marie Sorrell!         
Wednesday, July 12, 6:00 - 7:00 PM; Clematis Room

Meet the author Ann Marie Sorrell and hear all about her book Chronicles of a Serial Dater. Join us on her journey through the good, bad, funny - and steamy - of dating and relationships. A book signing will follow the free author event.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.


Learn How to Juice with Chef Nina!
Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 - 7:30 PM; Hibiscus Room          

Learn some delicious, nutritious and easy juicing recipes with Chef Nina! Sponsored by a grant from the Quantum Foundation obtained by the WPB Library Foundation. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.


Making Summer Wreaths

Wednesday, July 12, 1:00 -3:00 PM; Clematis Room

Join Peggy Miller and learn hot to make fun summer wreaths from scratch.  These wreaths can be easily changed out ot match the next holiday. All materials are provided. No registration needed. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.


Who Do You Think You Are? Genealogy Series; Clematis Room

Friday, July 14

Lecture 1 – 10:30 AM - Introduction, Getting Started, and Webbing It - What's Online?

Lecture 2 – 11:30 AM - Learning to Love the Census

Friday, July 21

Lecture 3 – 10:30 AM - Using DNA to Trace Ancestry and to Find Cousins

Lecture 4 – 11:30 AM - Vitally Important: Births, Marriages, and Deaths.

Friday, July 28

Lecture 5 – 10:30 AM - Marching Orders - Military Records

Lecture 6 – 11:30 AM - Crossing the Pond: Old Country Roots

For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.


Paint Mandala Rocks!          
Tuesday, July 25, 6:00 PM; Hibiscus Room          

Join instructors from Uptown Art and learn how to paint (step-by-step) mandala patterns on rocks!  Experience the rock painting craze in a relaxed and fun-filled group setting. All supplies are included. First come, first served. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.


Politics in the Arts with Professor Kristal Boyers

Thursday, July 27, 2:30 – 4:30 PM; Clematis Room

Great talent has a free spirit and often encounters friction with the establishment. More than that, there is a strong relationship between the arts and politics, particularily between various kinds of art and power. This has occurred across historical epochs and cultures. No registration required. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.








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