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WPB Insider Newsletter - April 23, 2017




West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio























April 23, 2017




A Special Message from Mayor Jeri Muoio

Balancing Mobility with Development and Livability is a Top Priority



Whether you are a resident, visitor or business owner, you’ve no doubt appreciated that West Palm Beach is a vibrant, resilient and thriving City. From the new businesses opening each day to the new developments breaking ground; from the creation of the Flagler Financial District to Community Redevelopment Agency projects including the Shore to Core waterfront redesign, the Sunset Lounge revitalization in the Historic Northwest, and the Currie Park redesign; from the Brightline train station opening this summer to the full reopening of the Flagler Bridge by FDOT, this is a time of tremendous progress in the City. Many have begun to realize what most of us here have long known. This is a special place offering the best quality of life for those who live or do business here. The greatness of the City of West Palm Beach isn’t a secret anymore.


With these successes and recognition come “growing pains”. Many of you have voiced concerns about frustrating traffic in our community. Some of you have questioned what the City is doing about it or whether our roads can handle any additional development. We hear you, and we understand your concerns. The City is taking action on this. Balancing mobility with development and livability is more than just my vision. It is a top priority!


Historically, Government’s approach to congested traffic was simply to build more roads and lanes. Unfortunately, by the time these new roads and lanes are completed, new traffic has already overwhelmed them. Instead of spending money on this no-win cycle of endless road building, I believe the key to our City’s future is a more balanced approach to mobility.


More people than ever before are connecting to bikes, trains, and cars thanks to new mobility platforms. Some—like noted mobility planner Gabe Klein with CityFi-- have described this as a revolution in urban transportation. West Palm Beach needs its own revolution in mobility. I envision a future where moving people, goods, trolleys, bikes, trains and vehicles is vastly more efficient, sustainable, safe and comfortable than what we are currently experiencing.


Soon, the City will connect a series of studies now underway to develop our future mobility system. You might already know that we have commissioned a mobility study. Conducted by Alta Planning + Design, this study will be the cornerstone upon which we build that revolutionary new system. The City is also developing a Bike Master Plan to interconnect bike routes throughout the City. We have the potential to be the most bikeable City in the nation. Last Monday at the Mayor-Commission Work Session, we heard the recommendations from planners with the international design institute, Gehl Architects, who—after studying West Palm Beach for almost a year-- reaffirmed our vision and made new recommendations that we are reviewing closely. This summer, we will share with you the results of the studies, solicit your input and develop a plan of action.


We are also taking immediate steps to relieve the congestion downtown by expanding trolley routes, increasing opportunities for biking and optimizing signal timing. West Palm Beach Police will also conduct enhanced traffic education and enforcement.


Developing our future mobility is a process of incremental changes. We need you to be a part of them. And while change isn’t always easy, change in how we approach mobility is what is needed to help us build a better West Palm Beach.



Jeri Muoio, Mayor


WPB Rallies Behind DSOA Student’s

‘Teens for Jeans’ Drive


Mayor Jeri Muoio, David Mendelsohn, and Deputy City Administrator Dorritt Miller


Over a million young people experience homelessness in the U.S. every year. One item they often request? A pair of jeans. The City of West Palm Beach announces it has partnered with local teen David Mendelsohn, a Dreyfoos School of the Arts senior, to help make that a reality for young people who need it most. The City encourages residents and businesses to support this effort!


Just drop off an old pair of jeans of any size at either of these locations between now and April 28, 2017:

·         City Hall (lobby); 401 Clematis Street

·         The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach; 401 Clematis Street


Mendelsohn--inspired by Mayor Jeri Muoio’s recent pledge of West Palm Beach as a City of Kindness--will then donate the jeans to a local shelter. Donors will be providing an essential clothing item for a young person in need. This is the third year that Mendelsohn has collected jeans. He has donated over 1,200 pairs to date.


“We applaud David Mendelsohn for running the ‘Teens for Jeans’ drive and for being a part of the #TeamKindnessWPB movement,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We encourage all residents and businesses to join in making a difference for young people in our community. Everything you do makes a difference.”


Jeans are the perfect item to donate. They can be worn multiple times between washes, can be dressed up or dressed down, and provide a sense of normalcy to the person wearing them.


“Why collect jeans? If you think about your favorite pair, it’s like thinking about an old friend. Jeans always make people feel their best,” said Mendelsohn.


For more information on how to donate, contact David Mendelsohn at (561) 900-5700.


WPB to Host Young Adult Job & Resource Fair

Businesses can now sign up for the event scheduled for Sat., May 13, 2017





Local business owners and corporate hiring managers can now sign up to participate in the 2017 Young Adult Job and Resource Fair hosted by the City of West Palm Beach. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the Mary McDonald Wilson Center at 1501 North Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach. Business owners and hiring managers can register on the City’s website at http://www.wpb.org.


The 2017 Young Adult Job and Resource Fair attracts the best and brightest local job applicants ages 17-to-25 for a live, hiring event. More than 25-local businesses have agreed to participate, and the annual event—now in its fifth year-- draws hundreds of young individuals seeking employment opportunities. The City will also have resources available for internships, apprenticeships and future career paths.


“The participation of our business community is so important,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “The 17-to-25 age group has been a critical focus of our efforts to ensure young men and women are employed over the summer and, potentially, year round.”


“Employers will discover good candidates who are ready to work hard,” said Kevin Jones, Coordinator of Community Initiatives in the Office of Mayor Jeri Muoio. “This is a unique chance for employers to meet some of West Palm Beach’s most motivated and responsible young adults.”


The event has already generated the support of key sponsors including radio station X102.3 and, also, CareerSource.


To learn more about the 2017 Young Adult Job and Resource Fair, visit http://www.wpb.org or contact Kevin Jones at (561) 822-1413.


Kids Invited to Compete in

FitKids Triathlon

The City of West Palm Beach 15th Annual FitKids Triathlon to promote youth fitness and health is scheduled for May 21 at the Gaines Park Mary V. McDonald Wilson Center. Kids ages 4-to-14 can swim, bike and run to the finish line at the longest running "Youth Only" multisport event in the State of Florida!  


Our volunteers are plentiful and always offering a smile and cheer to encourage the participants. The vendor/sponsor area is packed with information and FREE items. The refreshments are a tasty array of healty food and snacks. 


The registration deadline is Monday, May 15. To register, visit: http://www.active.com/west-palm-beach-fl/triathlon/races/fitkids-triathlon-west-palm-beach-2017  .

Conserve Water! Win a Car!



The Wyland Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation is still underway! If you haven't yet, take the pledge now to conserve water, and you could be entered to win prizes--including a new car! West Palm Beach residents, take the pledge here: at http://www.mywaterpledge.com








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