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Historic Sunset Lounge Closes
to Begin Renovation Process
The Sunset Lounge is Located on 8th Street in the Historic Northwest
The Sunset Lounge will close effective January 15, 2018 to begin the renovation process for the notable structure located in the Historic Northwest District of West Palm Beach. As part of the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) work to revive the Northwest District of West Palm Beach, the agency is spearheading the renovation project of the neighborhood’s historic building.
Interior selective demolition is slated to commence on January 30 in order to prepare the structure for future renovation. The West Palm Beach CRA has selected Cooper Construction Management for the rehabilitation project, and Hedrick Brothers Construction will provide historic restoration consulting. As part of the first phase of selective demolition, the apartments on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building will be removed in order to convert the structure back to a ballroom with a large elevated stage and 3rd floor mezzanine. The demolition will also renovate the current bar on the first floor as the upcoming redesign will include a full-service eating establishment along with a new bar. The detached buildings that are adjacent to the Sunset Lounge will also be demolished at the end of January. A proposed addition to the east side of the historic structure will house elevators and pre-function space as well as green rooms for the ballroom performers.
The West Palm Beach CRA will reveal redesign plans once complete. The general concept is to transform the Sunset Lounge into the epicenter of a new African-American cultural tourism destination. In the 1940s and 1950s, the famous jazz venue drew hundreds of patrons to watch the notable artists of the time including Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong. The redevelopment of this celebrated site will pay homage to the rich jazz and black history of the area and celebrate its significant legacy and impact.
“The renovation of the Sunset Lounge is an important project for this West Palm Beach neighborhood,” said Jon Ward, Executive Director of the West Palm Beach CRA. “It highlights the community’s contributions to the city and promotes widespread knowledge and appreciation of the extensive black history of Florida.”
The West Palm Beach CRA recently ranked #5 of 60 applicants for the Florida Division of Historical Resources' Special Category Grant to receive additional funding that will assist in the preservation of this significant historical structure. The agency was also named a finalist in the 2017 Knight Arts Challenge Miami by the Knight Foundation for their proposed public art project in the park across from the Sunset Lounge with world-renowned artist Lily Yeh.
Nationally recognized as one of the most innovative CRAs in the country, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) sets the standard for redevelopment through award - winning marketing and branding campaigns, events and attractive business incentive programs. The mission of the CRA is to enhance the viability, long‐term stability and the overall economic health of the Downtown City Center and Northwood Pleasant City districts, the core of the City of West Palm Beach.
For more information about the Community Redevelopment Agency, visit wpb.org/cra.
West Palm Beach Honors ‘Green Businesses of the Year’
Mayor Jeri Muoio with Green Business Challenge Award Winners
Green and eco-friendly businesses in West Palm Beach are getting some much deserved recognition, as the City of West Palm Beach honored them at the conclusion of the Green Business Challenge. The Green Business Challenge, a yearlong competition designed by Mayor Jeri Muoio’s Office of Sustainability, helps businesses reduce energy, water, and waste. 27 businesses took part in the Challenge which encourages private sector participation in key actions that increase business and community efficiency and, also, sustainability to help make the City of West Palm Beach an even better place in which to live, work and play. During the past year, participants learned about and implemented sustainable practices as a part of their business operations, while positively impacting their bottom line. The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability understands that many businesses are interested in adding efficiency and resilience into their operations but don’t feel they have the time or expertise to get started. The Green Business Challenge fills that need by providing resources, trainings and technical support.
At the awards breakfast on December 19, 2017 at the Palm Beach Photographic Center in West Palm Beach, Mayor Muoio and Sustainability Program Coordinator Elaine Christian recognized West Palm Beach’s top performing green businesses. Categories included Property Stewards (businesses that are property owners), Tenant Stewards (businesses that are not property owners and are tenants) and Returning Property Stewards (businesses that are property owners and returning Challenge participants). The 2017 Green Businesses of the Year are:
- Property Steward: GliddenSpina + Partners
- Tenant Steward: United Way of Palm Beach County
- Returning Property Steward: Palm Beach Atlantic University
Participants were judged according to an online scorecard documenting their green actions. Some of these actions included:
- Retrofitting interior and exterior lighting and controls;
- Implementing a computer shutoff education campaign to encourage employees to turn off their computer/printer when leaving the workplace;
- Installing high efficiency toilets and water conserving devices;
- Implementing a purchasing policy to purchase from suppliers that provide eco-friendly products and services;
- Implementing a green cleaning policy;
- Installing bottle filling stations to educate visitors and employees about bottle reuse;
- Installing sustainable landscaping (native plants);
- Implementing a ride sharing program;
- Offering priority parking for low-emission vehicles, and much more.
Participants completed objectives—each with a different point value-- on an online scorecard throughout the Challenge. The most points at the end of the Challenge indicates the top winner for that category. The City awarded three trophies for the top winners of the three main categories and, also, awarded subcategory awards for the businesses that acquired the most points in the transportation, education and outreach, materials and waste, and energy efficiency categories.
“I congratulate the winners and all of the participants of the Green Business Challenge,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “Their participation is critical to supporting our overall vision of creating a more sustainable West Palm Beach and, also, to achieving key goals to protect the City and future generations from emerging environmental threats, including climate change.”
“The mission of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is to enhance the viability of West Palm Beach as a modern model of healthy, environmentally progressive, ecologically sustainable and resilient urban living,” said Sustainability Manager Penni Redford. “The Green Business Challenge supports this mission, and we look forward to inviting the entire West Palm Beach business community to participate in 2018!”
The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability was created in the Public Utilities Department in 2008. In 2014, with Mayor Jeri Muoio's emphasis on the importance of resiliency and sustainability, the Sustainability Office moved into the Mayor's Office, providing increased access and involvement in City activities and initiatives.
To participate in the 2018 Green Business Challenge, please contact Sustainability Program Coordinator Elaine Christian at (561) 804-4984. To learn more about the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, please visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Sustainability/Overview.
Mayor Muoio to Deliver 2018 'State of the City'
Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches to Host January 24 Event
Mayor Jeri Muoio will lay out the blueprint for her final year in office during the 2018 State of the City address. The Mayor will deliver remarks during the January breakfast of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, presented by Good Samaritan Medical Center. Free parking will be sponsored by Hedrick Brothers Construction. Courtesy of host sponsor GL Homes, arrive early and network with elected officials and other community leaders. Enjoy coffee sponsored by Aqua Marketing & Communications and a gift sponsored by Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
- 7:00 a.m. Early Bird Coffee, Check-In and Networking
- 7:30 a.m. Program begins
- 9:15 a.m. Program concludes
Palm Beach County Convention Center; 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
Discount seats are available until 5pm, Wednesday, January 17, 2018
- $45 before the deadline
- $50 after the deadline
- $55 before the deadline
- $60 after the deadline
Corporate Table Sponsor (Table of 10)
- $550 for Members
- $750 for Non-Members
Contact Information: Marissa Kosiec, (561) 833-3711, x231. Register now: https://palmbeaches.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/19091.
2018 Neighborhood Meetings Schedule Announced
The City of West Palm Beach announces the tentative dates for 2018 Neighborhood Meetings with the Mayor. These meetings, facilitated by the City in the Flagler Gallery at City Hall, are an important way for neighborhoods to learn updates specific to their community, to strengthen ties between neighborhoods and the City and for the public to communicate ideas that can help shape City policy. Representatives from City departments will be on hand to answer questions previously submitted by neighborhood association presidents for discussion as agenda items.
Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change:
Western Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 4:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
South End Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
North End Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
To receive email updates about the 2018 Neighborhood Meetings or to receive notices of Neighborhood Meetings schedule changes, please email Jose Tagle, City of West Palm Beach Neighborhood Services Coordinator in the Office of Mayor Jeri Muoio, at email@example.com. For additional information, call (561) 822-1412.
2018 Holiday Sanitation Schedule Announced
The City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Works has released the 2018 holiday sanitation schedule. There will be regular service on the following holidays:
- MLK Jr. Day - January 15, 2018
- President's Day - February 19, 2018
- Memorial Day - May 28, 2018
- Independence Day - July 4, 2018
- Labor Day - September 3, 2018
- Columbus Day - October 8, 2018
- Veterans Day - November 12, 2018
There will be NO service on the following holidays:
- Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018; Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 11/26/18. Recycling will resume on 11/29/18. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
- Christmas Day, December 25, 2018: Residential garbage will resume your next scheduled service day beginning 12/28/18. Recycling will resume on 1/1/19. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
- New Year's Day, January 1, 2019: Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 1/4/19. Recycling will operate on normal schedule. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
The sanitation schedule is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Works. For more information, please call (561) 822-2075. For future reference, a link to the schedule will be posted inthe "Popular Links" section of every future edition of the Mayor's Insider Newsletter.
Join us for the Gaines Park Playground Ribbon Cutting!
Join the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation for the Gaines Park Playground Ribbon Cutting!
WHEN: January 9, 2018; 3:30pm
WHERE: Gaines Park; 1501 North Australian Avenue
CONTACT: (561) 804-4900
WPBPD Hosts 3rd Annual Farm Share Food Distribution
Join the West Palm Beach Police Department and Feeding Florida for the 3rd Annual Farm Share Food Distribution!
Quantities are Limited.
WHEN: February 3, 2018; 10am - 1:00pm
WHERE: Gaines Park; 1501 North Australian Avenue
CONTACT: (561) 822-1621
VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers are needed from 6:30am -3:00pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all volunteers, and water will be distributed throughout the event. To volunteer, contact Valerie Moore at (561) 822-1621.
South Olive Tennis Center Public Workshop
The City of West Palm Beach is embarking on new improvements for the South Olive Tennis Center. Public input is a key component of this process, and we would like to hear from our residents. Please come share your views and recommendations with us at this interactive public workshop. We appreciate your participation!
WHEN: January 20, 2018; 9am
WHERE: South Olive Community Center; 345 Summa Street
CONTACT: Engineering Services Project Coordinator Gordon Patrie via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's Time to Meet the Prime!
The City of West Palm Beach Department of Procurement will host a 'Meet the Prime' workshop on Friday, February 1, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Mary V. McDonald-Wilson Center in Gaines Park, 1505 N. Australian Avenue. Small Business Enterprise owners can meet project managers from various large firms and discuss upcoming projects in the area. Come network with firms like Poole & Kent Company of Florida, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., D. Stephenson Construction, Inc., Stantec and more!
RSVP to Aisha Darrough at 561-822-2100 or register on EventBrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-of-west-palm-beach-its-time-to-meet-the-prime-tick-ets-41232726194?aff=es2
To learn more about the City's Department of Procurement events, please visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Procurement/Overview.
FDOT: Southern Blvd. Bridge Replacement Project Update
The Florida Department of Transportation has shared with the City that the westbound lane of the tide relief bridge along the Southern Boulevard Causeway will be closed from 9:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly on the following dates:
- Sunday, Jan. 7, to Thursday, Jan. 11;
- Sunday, Jan. 14, to Thursday, Jan. 18;
- Sunday, Jan. 21, to Thursday, Jan. 25;
- Sunday, Jan. 28, to Thursday, Feb. 1.
Flaggers will maintain two-way traffic in the eastbound lane – one direction at a time – to allow crews to perform exploratory drilling for the replacement bridge foundations.
The Southern Boulevard (SR 80) Bridges Replacement Project includes replacing the existing bascule (draw) bridge and tide relief bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW) and Lake Worth Lagoon between the Town of Palm Beach and the City of West Palm Beach. The project limits are between Washington Road in West Palm Beach and State Road A1A/South Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach. New decorative lighting, pedestrian features, traffic signals, signage and drainage are included. A temporary bridge will be built north of the existing bridge to maintain traffic while the replacement bascule bridge is under construction.
For more information, visit: http://www.myfdot.com.
Upcoming City Center Closures
Please note that City Center will be closed on January 15 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Regular Sanitation service will be provided on that date.
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