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WPB Insider Newsletter - June 3, 2017




West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio























June 3, 2017





Noted cities expert and CityFi co-founder, Gabe Klein, to headline kick-off on Monday June 12


Members of the public, community innovators, and municipal leaders are invited to attend “Mapping the Future”-- a charrette and public meeting to discuss and plan the future of the Okeechobee Corridor. This four-day interactive event, which invites stakeholders and members of the public, to bring ideas and map solutions, kicks-off on Monday, June 12 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.


Gabe Klein--nationally known cities expert, co-founder of CityFi, and TEDx speaker--will headline the kick-off event and set the stage for the forum. Alta Planning + Design, tasked with conducting the City’s mobility study, will present initial findings. Klein will then open the floor to public discussion and collaboration, as attendees will be split into groups and challenged to design ideal solutions for infrastructure concerns. The hands-on activity is intended to spark inspiration and provide real solutions. Alta Planning + Design will give serious consideration to all proposed solutions and incorporate ideas into their findings on Thursday, June 15.


Gabe Klein (Photo courtesy: gabeklein.com)

“We are so pleased to have a nationally-recognized expert like Gabe Klein working toward solutions on behalf of the City of West Palm Beach,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We encourage anyone who has a voice and a vested interest in the vibrant downtown community to join us - come for one day, or come for them all, but please make sure that your voice is heard.”


Klein will kick off the charrette by sharing his experiences as the former Commissioner of the Chicago and Washington, D.C. Departments of Transportation. In both cities, he revamped technology platforms and government processes while focusing on putting people first. He honed his creativity and leadership skills working in business, including Zipcar, where he served as Vice President for four years; Bikes USA, where he served as the national Director of Stores; and his own electric powered, organic food truck chain, On The Fly. He is a consultant who works on behalf of Alta Planning + Design, the urban design agency analyzing the City’s future mobility.


On Tuesday, June 13 and Wednesday, June 14, the public is welcome to return to the convention center to track progress during “Creating the Vision.” The meetings will be open from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., and a team of engineers and city planners will be onsite to listen and provide feedback on the forum.


On the final evening, the mobility experts, with input from the community, will be “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.


The City of West Palm Beach is embarking on 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, homeowner, condo and neighborhood associations, Florida Atlantic University, and others.


All events will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, second floor room 2B. To preregister for these events, please email: mobility@wpb.org. To learn more about the City's mobility study, visit www.wpbmobility.com. To learn more about Gabe Klein, please visit http://www.gabeklein.com/.


Mayor Muoio to Issue

Climate Change Proclamation


In response to the announcement that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, Mayor Muoio intends to introduce a proclamation reaffirming support for continued climate action to meet the Paris Agreement at the next meeting of the City Commission.


Below was her statement in response to the recent White House announcement:


"The announcement that the U.S. is withdrawing from the historic Paris Climate Accord is more than a disappointment. It is downright troubling. This move signals that the U.S. will no longer be a leader on climate change and rolls back the commitments made to protect South Florida and the world from the harmful effects of CO2 emissions that lead to climate change. The City of West Palm Beach will continue to move forward as a model of resilience. We will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement."-Jeri Muoio, Mayor of West Palm Beach



City of West Palm Beach Announces

2017 Historic Preservation Awards


The City of West Palm Beach is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Historic Preservation Awards. The recipients representing four different categories were announced at the Historic Preservation Board meeting on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017.


The winners are:

·         Rehabilitation category: 114 S. Olive Avenue, the adaptive reuse of a long vacant space (now a Mexican restaurant known as Banko Cantina) honoring its roots as the American National Bank building.

·         Infill design category: Heidi Lange of 427 27th Street. The builders, All Purpose Construction, were also pleased that their other two buildings at 3505 and 3509 Poinsettia were recognized for fitting into the Old Northwood neighborhood so well.

·         Craftsmanship category: Mr. Tom Youchak for his work on the Tabernacle Baptist Church stained glass window restoration project.

·         Community service: Rick Gonzalez, host of historic walking tours.


Board Chair Amanda Skier graciously underwrote and presented to the winners the bronze plaques that will grace their buildings.  Selection of the winners from more than 20 nominations was completed by the Historic Preservation Board.  The Board congratulates this year’s winners and looks forward to nominations in 2018!


For inquiries, please contact Friederike Mittner of the City of West Palm Beach Historic Preservation Section at (561) 822-1457.

Real Change Movement

Celebrates One Year in WPB

Almost one year ago, the City-- together with the Palm Beach County Homeless Coalition-- launched the Real Change Movement. Bright orange meters have been placed throughout downtown with the intent of raising awareness of the issue of homelessness and redirecting donations from panhandlers to the cause of housing for the homeless.


Recently the Real Change meters have been updated to include more information on what the meters support and sponsorship opportunities. Businesses and individuals can sponsor a Real Change meter and help support this worthy cause.


Current sponsors include The Breakers, GL Homes, Duffys and Christ Fellowship church among others. For more information visit http://realchangemovementwpb.org.

Grassy Waters Celebrates

National Trails Day on June 3!


Grassy Water Everglades Preserve in West Palm Beach offers a series of FREE activities on Saturday, June 3 to celebrate National Trails Day. National Trails Day is the only nationally coordinated event designed to unite all muscle-powered trail activities with the goal of connecting more people to trails. Every trail--especially those at Grassy Waters-- beckons adventure and has a story to share with any person willing to discover it!


Come celebrate with one of these FREE activities:


Hog Hammock Trail Hike

Enjoy an easy paced hike through the Northern Everglades on a mixed dirt and boardwalk trail. Along the way, you’ll discover the unique history and ecology of this important hammock forest habitat. Wear closed-toed shoes and bring water, hat, bug spray & sunscreen.

Time: 1 - 2pm

Ages:   8 and over (with participating adult)

*Location: North Campus, Hog Hammock Trail

(8537 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach 33412)

RSVP required- Phone: (561) 804-4985


A Walk through Time: Boardwalk Hike

Learn about Florida's first supermarket: our Everglades wetlands! Discover the food, tools, and shelters used by our area's Native American tribes on this relaxing hike along our Cypress Boardwalk Trail.  Wear closed-toe shoes & bring sunscreen, hat, and water.

Time:   3pm - 4pm

Ages:  4 and over (with participating adult)

*Location: South Campus, 8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, Florida 33412 

RSVP required- Phone: (561) 804-4985


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. Teens won't want to miss the kick-off on June 10 and these other fun events!







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. The Summer@yourCityLibrary program encourages the entire family to read with incentivized programs, to take part in unlimited free programs and activities, and also offers free lunches for kids and teens. The seven-week program takes place June 12 – July 29 with a bevy of new activities, lectures, classes, games and more, offering kids, teens and adults a boredom-free summer.


Summer Reading

Because kids tend to fall into the dreaded “summer slide,” the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach wants to make reading a priority for local children so they can keep up or even move ahead in school.  To this end, the library invites kids and teens to read for exciting prizes.  By keeping a reading log with the recommended reading times, kids and teens will receive a free best-selling book each week and be entered into a weekly gift card drawing.  Adults can also get in on the summer reading and enter for their own weekly gift card prizes while modeling this important behavior for the children in their lives.



The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach will also offer dozens of popular and new activities and programs for kids, teens and adults to explore. With so many activities, games, crafts and learning opportunities to keep everyone busy, the library is the perfect destination for family staycation days, rainy days, meetups with friends, or even quality time with the grandparents. 


Exciting new programs being offered this summer include:


   Mad Science! Be a STEAMologist!

   Kids Can Code

   Om Yoga for Kids

   Summer Academy: Kindergarten Prep, Tutoring Sessions, and 3rd Grade FSA Prep


Teens / Young Adults

   Be a YouTube Star

   Adulting 101



   Who Do You Think You Are? Genealogy Series

   Brazilian Jazz with Treebo

   Learn to Dance Salsa

   Cardio Drumming


Additional activities include family storytime, play dates, arts and crafts, movies, games, video games, technology classes and so much more. For a complete schedule of Summer@yourCityLibrary classes and programs, visit: www.wpbcitylibrary.org


Free Meals for Kids/Teens

As part of the library’s commitment to eliminate barriers so the public can access important library services, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is bringing back free meals for kids and teens when school lunches are not available. In partnership with the School District of Palm Beach County, the library becomes an official Summer BreakSpot and offers FREE nutritious lunches and snacks during their summer program to kids and teens ages 18 and under. The lunches and snacks are offered on weekdays, June 6 – August 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor in Kidspace.  This program is sponsored by the USDA Summer Food Service Program.


For more information about Summer@yourCityLibrary at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, please visit the library website at www.wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701. The Summer@yourCityLibrary program is made possible with the generous support of the West Palm Beach Library Foundation, the  FRIENDS of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, and a grant from the Quantum Foundation.


West Palm Beach Kicks Off Summer in Paradise



This week, the City of West Palm Beach kicked off its annual Summer in Paradise promotion on the West Palm Beach waterfront. Hundreds of residents, families and visitors gathered for the debut of the Aesop’s Tables art exhibition, danced the night away, enjoyed playing Human Foosball and golf and much more.


Additional highlights planned during this summer of fun include FREE community events: extended hours during Clematis by Night (now 6pm to 10pm), 4th on Flagler, Screen on the Green, BBQ, Brews & Blues, Art Night Out, the Northwood Mango Heritage Festival, and The Palm Beach Post Sunday on the Waterfront.


For more information about Aesop’s Tables and Summer in Paradise, visit wpb.org.







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