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WPB Insider Newsletter - March 5, 2017



West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio






















March 5, 2017





A Special Message from Mayor Jeri Muoio

West Palm Beach to Develop Bike Master Plan




As Mayor, I am dedicated to making West Palm Beach an ideal bicycle riding city. Today, I am pleased to share that--to accomplish this goal--the City of West Palm Beach is working with a consulting team to develop a Bike Master Plan. McMahon Associates is conducting the study and will make recommendations.


A bike-friendly city is in line with our safety, mobility and sustainability goals. Riding a bicycle should be a safe, efficient and healthy part of daily life, so we have to find ways to interconnect bike routes throughout the City. From the North End to the South End and all across our City, this study will help us lay out exactly where those routes should be.


The City will host a series of meetings to inform the public of the Bike Master Plan study and to solicit public input. The meetings are scheduled for:

  • March 15, 2017, 6-7:30pm; Manatee Lagoon on North Flagler Drive
  • March 22, 2017, 6-7:30pm; Flagler Room at City Hall
  • March 29, 2017, 6-7:30pm; Conniston Middle School

On Friday, as an additional sign of my support for a more bikeable City, I issued a proclamation declaring March 2017 as Florida Bike Month in West Palm Beach. The City will also host or partner with other agencies on a series of events in support of Bike-to-Work Week scheduled for March 27-31, 2017.


The Bike Master Plan is one, key aspect of my vision for a safe, efficient and sustainable transportation system. In last week's edition of my newsletter, I announced that the City is conducting a Mobility Study to reduce the City's dependence on cars and move toward innovative methods of moving people. The City's Engineering Services Department is planning a public meeting to share information about the Mobility Study and to solicit public input on March 8, 2017 from 5:30-7pm at City Hall.





Jeri Muoio



You're Invited to Intersection Repair!


Grab a paintbrush! You're invited to join the City of West Palm Beach and Dreyfoos School of the Arts students for this FREE, fun, family friendly event!


On Sunday, March 5 from 11am-2pm, the intersection of Fern Street and Tamarind Avenue will become a canvas as students, City leaders, and the public transform the intersection into an incredible work of art with a special safety message! Please join us! There will be live art, music and food trucks!


All ages are invited, but children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Wear comfortable 'paint clothes'. See you there!

West Palm Beach Hits Home Run with

Ballpark of the Palm Beaches


The City of West Palm Beach congratulates the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros on the opening of the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches!


A ribbon-cutting was had and the first pitch was thrown on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 before the inaguaral game between the two teams. On Opening Day, Mayor Muoio was recognized for her role in bringing baseball back to West Palm Beach and was given the distinct honor of delivering a lineup card on behalf of Houston Astros Manager A.J. Finch to the umpires.


The ballpark is not only showcasing Major League Baseball stars and up-and-coming prospects, but it's also giving a boost to the local economy. More than $120-million in business is expected to be generated by hotels, restaurants and other venues in the City and the surrounding area. It's created an estimated 400 seasonal jobs and 50 full time positions. Some 1200 construction workers helped build the ballpark.


The new ballpark comes with a $150-million price tag with $85-million coming from the county bed tax; $50-million from the state; and $15-million from the Nationals and Astros.


At the end of the day, the City gains not only a ballpark, jobs and an economic boost. It will also gain a new public park--paid for by the teams. The park is expected to open this summer on the grounds of the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.


Interested in Working for the City?
We're hiring for the summer!


The City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation is currently accepting applications for various summer positions including fountain guards, camp counselors and sailing instructors. Lifeguard positions are also available. For more information visit wpb.org, click on Human Resources, and then click on "I would like to work for the City of West Palm Beach." Applicants should note the closing date to be sure they complete their applicaiton in time.









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