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WPB Insider Newsletter - June 11, 2017




West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio























June 11, 2017




You're Invited to the *Official*

Okeechobee Corridor

Public Meeting & Charrette


Cities Expert, Gabe Klein, to Headline Kick-off on June 12




The City of West Palm Beach is excited to invite you to the official, four-day public meeting and charrette dedicated to the future of

Okeechobee Boulevard!


As a reader of the Insider Newsletter, you might already know that--since March-- the City has been studying mobility and transportation in West Palm Beach, especially along the Okeechobee Corridor. We are taking a methodical approach to the issue and, also, an inclusive one. After all, Okeechobee Boulevard is a regional road that needs a regional solution. So, in addition to working with some of the greatest experts in the field, we also have been collaborating with the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, Palm Beach County, U.S. Coast Guard, Town of Palm Beach, Tri-Rail, Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach Atlantic University and many, many more neighborhood and community groups.


But, to really effect positive change along the Okeechobee Corridor, we need your input. After all, those of you who live or travel along the Okeechobee corridor each day are the real experts! We want to hear from you!


We have scheduled the official Okeechobee Charrette and Public Meeting over a four-day period and after work, so that everyone and anyone can attend and be a part of the solution. Come for one day or come for them all! Alternately, you can share with us your thoughts and feedback by emailing the Mobility Team at mobility@wpb.org. You can also tweet me your ideas by using the hashtag #MobilityMayor! See you there!



Jeri Muoio, Mayor





Monday, June 12 – 5:30 – 8 p.m.

“Mapping the Future”

Gabe Klein will kick off the four day charrette as he shares his experiences as the former Commissioner of the Chicago and Washington, D.C. Departments of Transportation, in addition to sharing insights into the City’s Okeechobee Corridor Study. In both Chicago and Washington, he revamped technology platforms and government processes while focusing on putting people first. Klein is co-founder of CityFi, former ZipCar executive, renowned author and TEDx speaker.


Alta Planning + Design will present the findings of the Okeechobee Boulevard Corridor Study. Findings will include data on traffic patterns and the people who live, work and visit in West Palm Beach.


Attendees will then begin the charrette portion of the evening. Breaking into small groups, they will be challenged to develop solution-oriented suggestions for the City’s infrastructure. They will share their ideas with the engineers and city planners to consider, and viable options will be incorporated into the final report, to be presented to the public on Thursday.  

Tuesday, June 13 – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

“Creating the Vision”

Give one-on-one feedback to city planners, engineers, designers and community leaders, and hear about the progress and discussion thus far.


Wednesday, June 14 – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

“Creating the Vision”

Give one-on-one feedback to city planners, engineers, designers and community leaders, and hear about the progress and discussion thus far.


Thursday, June 15 – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

“Presenting the Vision”

The design team will unveil the ideas and concepts developed during the charrette and share actionable next steps for the future of mobility in the City of West Palm Beach.



WPB-TV Video:

Mobility Expert Gabe Klein:

"West Palm Beach is at an Inflection Point"



Click the image to view the WPB-TV Interview with Gabe Klein!


Find out:

  • What to expect at the Charrette.
  • Why he says the City's future mobility network should put people first!
  • Why he says the experts are the people who use Okeechobee every day!


See the Latest City News from WPB-TV!!!

Click on the video image to view the story!


"Run with the Cops" Benefits WPB Police Foundation


Chief Mooney: Prevent Auto Burglaries, Practice TLC


"Talking Trash" with Public Works: Curbside Pickup


Teens Unite! Summer Block Party Series!


Save the dates! This summer, the City of West Palm Beach is hosting the Teens Unite! Summer Block Party Series.





Meet the Clean and Green Team!

Join us for a neighborhood cleanup!

Volunteer, and help make the Historic Northwest a great place to live!

Food and drinks will be provided for all volunteers!


Saturday, June 17, 2017
9:00a.m. – 12:00 p.m
The Salvation Army
600 N. Rosemary Ave.


Contact: Teresa Johnson or Tiffany Canty at

561.275.7001 or Teresa@ncciwpb.org.



The City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation will be hosting Summer Skate Camp for ages 6 - 15 at Phipps Skate Park, 4715 S. Dixie Highway.


Learn all the important stuff they left out at school with qualified skateboard instructors.  Acquire new skills or improve old ones.  Skaters will be assessed on the first day and grouped by ability level.  Bring your skateboard and helmet, water and a snack daily. 


Summer Skate Camp will be held Monday – Friday, June 12 – August 4 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.  The cost is $50/ week for residents and $60/ week for non-residents.  Additional fee of $10 for supervision from 12 – 1 p.m.  Proof of residency is required at the time of registration.  Space is limited so register early at www.westpalmparks.org.


For more information about Phipps Park skating programs, please call the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation at 561-835-7170 or visit  www.wpb.org/parks.



The City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation offers Summer Youth Sailing Camps for ages 9 – 16 beginning June 12. The City of West Palm Beach’s Franklin Youth Sailing provides instruction and coaching for all youth sailors.  We are a year round program with options for everyone. We have “learn to sail” summer camps for ages 9-16 with half day and full day options.  We also have additional learn to sail classes in the year that take place on Saturday mornings. 


Sailing Camp is held at Lake Mangonia Park for two week sessions beginning June 12. Fees range from $90 for the beginner camps to $135 for Intermediate and Advanced participants. Register your child on line at www.westpalmparks.org or in person at the community center of your choice.


For more information about sailing and other athletic programs or to volunteer as a youth sport coach, please call the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation at 561-804-4900.

Popular Summer Program Returns to the Mandel Public Library of WPB


Summer@yourCityLibrary begins June 12 with reading incentives,

new programs and free lunches

The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is gearing up for a summer filled with reading and fun!  SUMMER@yourCityLibrary is a free seven-week program, June 12 - July 29, with tons of activities for the entire family!

·         Don’t let kids fall into the “summer slide!” The library has reading incentives for every age group with lots of cool prizes including free books and gift cards. 

·         You can also enjoy FREE unlimited events and activities for kids, teens and adults.  Explore games, arts and crafts, tech, science, music, films and so much more!

·         Plus, in partnership with the School District of Palm Beach County, the library is an official Summer BreakSpot offering free nutritious lunches and snacks for kids and teens (18 & under) when school lunches are not available.


The library is the perfect destination this summer for family staycation days, rainy days, meetups with friends or even quality time with the grandparents.


Check out all the details here for SUMMER@yourCityLibrary





Enjoy free samples of delicious southern soul food and craft beers by local vendors (while supplies last) at this savory event. It’s the area’s best blues and R&B music in a family-friendly outdoor atmosphere featuring Dave Scott and The Reckless Shots, and soulful blues powerhouse Cece Teneal. Free parking is available onsite. Join us on Saturday, July 1, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m., on Rosemary Avenue for this free event. For more information, visit wpb.org/cra.

Water Treatment Plant to Flush Chlorine Lines

To maintain high water quality in the City's water distribution system, the City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department will flush lines with chlorine through July 3, 2017. The City will also increase hydrant flushing during this time. This is a preventative mantinenance process.


Customers served by the City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department might notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during this period. These temporary conditions will not cause adverse health effects. Users of home dialysis machines, owners of tropical fish and managers of stores and restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks are advised to seek professional advice.


Should you need more information on this temporary change in the water treatment process, please call the City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department at (561) 822-1300.

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