CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH ADOPTS VISION ZERO: SAFE STREETS FOR WPB
Mayor Jeri Muoio with State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Commission President Paula Ryan, Commissioner Keith James, Vision Zero Coordinator Tara Applebaum, and City of West Palm Beach road safety community partners.
At a press conference at City Hall on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio announced the adoption of Vision Zero: Safe Streets for West Palm Beach. An internationally recognized program created in Sweden and adopted by 34 U.S. cities, Vision Zero provides a framework for reducing and eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries for motorists, as well as vulnerable bicyclists and pedestrians, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. Vision Zero seeks to accomplish this through the “three E’s”:
- Engineering better streets;
- Education about road safety for residents and visitors;
- Enhanced enforcement of laws.
Key elements of the Vision Zero system include:
- Reframing traffic fatalities as preventable;
- Focusing on system failure;
- Reducing the impact of collisions;
- Adopting a safe system approach for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians;
- Data-driven decision making;
- And, viewing road safety as a social equity issue.
Vision Zero takes a “Safe System” approach to road safety—a holistic view that requires people to think about the road system in its entirety. Design guidelines, infrastructure projects, public participation, policy and vehicle regulations –all can play a role in reducing the numbers of injuries and deaths on our roads.
The rollout of Vision Zero by the City follows the unanimous approval of a Vision Zero resolution by the West Palm Beach City Commission on Monday, August 13. Vision Zero is a strategy recommended by the City’s recent Mobility Study. Vision Zero and its polices have been proven in other cities to reduce injuries and deaths from preventable traffic crashes.
“Vision Zero – West Palm Beach will create a road map for action as well as tools for measuring and recording progress through our collaborative effort with internal and external community stakeholders,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “Our goal is to create a road system that will result in zero fatalities and serious injuries. A loss of even one life is one too many. No fatality or serious injury on our roads is acceptable.”
In making the announcement, Mayor Muoio was joined by State Attorney David Aronberg, City Commissioners, car crash survivors, members of the West Palm Beach Police and Fire Departments, and representatives from local agencies and groups that have partnered with the City on this effort including the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, the School District of Palm Beach County, St. Mary’s Medical Center, the Florida Department of Transportation, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Florida Highway Patrol, Safety Council of Palm Beach County, A Treasure Coast Driving School, among others.
“Statistics only tell so much. Behind each statistic, there is a someone whose life and their families’ lives were destroyed, because of someone who was reckless,” said State Attorney Dave Aronberg who applauded the City’s adoption of Vision Zero. “We’re going to keep West Palm Beach as safe as it can possibly be, and, now, with the adoption of Vision Zero, we’re going to take that an additional step.”
At the press conference, Mayor Muoio introduced Tara Applebaum, a noted road safety advocate with 15-years of experience, as the new City of West Palm Beach Vision Zero Coordinator. Ms. Applebaum will be tasked with developing and implementing the City’s Vision Zero strategy.
“Using data we are identifying our greatest opportunities for change, and we will implement better designs and regulations to make our streets safer,” said Ms. Applebaum. “Along with the West Palm Beach Police Department, we are targeting the highest crash areas contributing to serious and fatal injuries. Road Saturations will follow community outreach and awareness campaigns, and our street safety education plan will support safe walking, biking, and driving or will be achieved by creative programs in schools throughout the community.”
According to the Florida Department of Health, pedestrians and bicyclists are the most vulnerable road users and account for more than half of Florida’s traffic deaths. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, the national average of pedestrians killed has increased by more than 22% since 2014.
WEST PALM BEACH POLICE DEPT DEPLOYS ‘SHOTSPOTTER’ TO COMBAT GUN CRIME
Technology to Help Law Enforcement Fight Illegal Gunfire
VIDEO: WPBPD Unveils "ShotSpotter' Technology at News Conference
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The City of West Palm Beach Police Department announced that it is implementing ShotSpotter technology across 4.6 square miles of the City to help fight illegal gun crime. ShotSpotter is the leading public safety solution for gunfire detection, location and alerts on illegal gun crime. ShotSpotter real-time alerts will notify police of precisely when and where gun incidents occur so that officers can respond faster and more cautiously to recover evidence such as shell casings or guns, interview witnesses, and ensure timely medical attention for any gunshot victims. The overall goal is to reduce gun violence, improve community safety, and save lives.
The ShotSpotter technology is a series of audio sensors deployed atop light posts and buildings. When a gunshot goes off, the sensors triangulate the sound and pinpoint the number of shots fired and the location. ShotSpotter-trained acoustic experts review and qualify all gunfire incidents and alert law enforcement immediately-- all within a minute, and usually within 30-seconds, of the gunshot occurring.
West Palm Beach Police Chief Sarah Mooney has announced the creation of the Real Time Crime Center which will be ready October 1, 2018. The ShotSpotter technology will be a key tool in the Crime Center’s crimefighting arsenal.
“Implementing and adding ShotSpotter to our Real Time Crime Center will help us to not only solve crime but also save lives by interrupting the gun cycle, rendering aid to victims, and tracking the most affected areas of gun crime,” said West Palm Beach Police Chief Sarah J. Mooney.
ShotSpotter will help the West Palm Beach Police Department move away from a reactive response to gunfire calls and toward a more proactive response. ShotSpotter will instantly notify officers of gunshot crimes in progress, and real-time data will be delivered to dispatch centers and patrol cars. Precise gunfire incident information will allow our officers to make informed decisions for faster emergency response, while also improving actionable intelligence and increasing first responders’ safety.
“We want our residents to know their safety and wellbeing is of utmost importance to us and that our police department is working hard to reduce crime and keep our community safe,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We believe ShotSpotter can play a big role in this, and we anticipate that we—and our residents—will see positive results in due time.”
Ultimately, ShotSpotter gunfire data will enable police to improve evidence collection, prosecution, and overall police effectiveness. ShotSpotter is expected to be deployed the week of October 1, 2018.
The City of West Palm Beach Police Department is committed to the reduction of illegal gun use and the agency’s initiative to combat gun violence in our community. The mission and commitment of the West Palm Beach Police Department is to protect residents’ quality of life by creating an environment of enhanced safety and security.
City of West Palm Beach Parking Administration Announces New Pay-it-Forward Program
Recaptured meter time revenue to be donated to support homelessness initiatives
On Monday, the West Palm Beach City Commission gave unanimous approval to the City’s Parking Administration proposal establishing a program that transfers recaptured time parking revenue to the City’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The funds will be earmarked specifically for the City’s homeless prevention initiatives. The first donation by Parking Administration via the “Recaptured Meter Time Revenue” program will be for the amount of $12,455.92.
The “pay-it-forward” style program involves an annual donation by Parking Administration to HCD, which strives to improve the quality of life of City residents through the development of housing, social and economic opportunities. The donation is the aggregate of all sensor-enabled meter time that goes unused by its purchasers. There are more than 200 sensor enabled street meters which can detect the arrival and departure of vehicles. These meters are programmed to clear any remaining time balance when the first car leaves and the next car parks and earmark that balance for donation. The re-captured funds will be donated annually with a goal to positively impact various City homelessness prevention initiatives. The first donation will reflect money collected since sensor-enabled meters were first installed in April 2016.
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Mandel Public Library of WPB Opens New Creative Space: STUDIO 411
Dedicated space designed for popular and growing arts programs at downtown library
The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is opening a new, comprehensive studio space for creatives on its second floor, named Studio 411, to support its popular and growing range of arts programs. The new studio was formed to create one central location for artistic adults to create, explore, and learn about a variety of arts and crafts from painting, drawing and sculpture to crocheting, soap-making and jewelry-making. Studio 411 will officially open on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 4:00 PM with a ribbon cutting celebration followed by a studio orientation, just in time for the library’s fall programming; patrons are encouraged to attend a studio class or stop by and see the new space.
Studio 411 aims to enhance the library’s arts programs by providing a variety of services that encourage and develop creativity and by cultivating the local artist community where amateurs and experts can interact and collaborate with each other. Library staff devised the clever name, which was a nod to both the artist studio concept and the library’s address on Clematis Street (as well as the 4-1-1 information reference).
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Are you using ParkMobile to pay for your metered parking? Make sure to select the correct vehicle, license plate number, and zone. If you enter the wrong information, parking enforcement will not recognize that you paid, as they crosscheck license plates on the street with those that paid in the back-end system before issuing a ticket. For more information, visit wpb.org/parking.
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New Habitat for Humanity Homeowners!
Congratulations and welcome to the Jordan Family and the Auguste Family. Last weekend, they became the newest residents of the Historic Northwest, where two Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County homes were dedicated. During the ceremonial event, Mayor Jeri Muoio gave the keys to these new homeowners, whose homes were built on lots donated by the City of West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and with the support of many volunteers, members of the community and sponsors. We are so appreciative of Habitat for the work they do in the City, and we wish these new residents much happiness!
Special to the Insider:
48 Historic Coleman Park Properties Affected by
Habitat for Humanity of PBC
When you look at a map showing the work that Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County has completed in Coleman Park and other neighborhoods of West Palm Beach you can’t help but be impressed. When you look at the before and after photos of some of these properties and neighborhoods, you will understand the true value of community-wide investment. TO CONTINUE READING, PLEASE VISIT:
ROAD & DOCK CLOSURES UPDATE: WEEK OF AUGUST 19, 2018
CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH CLOSURES
- Olive Ave. between Clematis St. and Datura St. (through November 2018): one of two northbound only lanes will be closed for alley restoration.
- Cumberland Dr. (through January 2018): Reduced speeds on the eastbound and westbound lanes between Military Tr. and Village Blvd. for a road beautification and safety project.Flaggers will assist motorists.
- Clematis Streetscape Project (through October): 300 block of Clematis St. between S. Olive Ave. and S. Dixie Hwy. is closed to road traffic during construction. Pedestrian traffic will remain unaffected, and businesses will remain open.
- Georgia Ave (until further notice): Partial closures between Dobbins St. and Nottingham Blvd. for stormwater improvements. One lane northbound is open to traffic. Southbound traffic is detoured to Nottingham Blvd., Lake Ave. or Bradley St.
- Briggs and Dobbins Streets (until further notice): Local traffic only between Garden Ave. and Georgia Ave. for stormwater improvements. Eastbound traffic on Briggs St. may turn right only at Georgia Ave. On-street parking is prohibited in the work zone.
- Clematis by Night (Aug 23, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.): Road closures on N. & S. Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr., and Narcissus Ave. between N. Clematis St. and Banyan Blvd.
CLOSURES, REPAIRS FOR CURRIE PARK BOAT RAMPS
- Full closure: All Currie Park boat ramps at 2400 Flagler Drive are closed for repairs. Ramps will not be accessible during the construction period. Currie Park will remain open from sunrise to sunset.
PALM BEACH COUNTY ENGINEERING & PUBLIC WORKS CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB
- Australian Ave. north of Okeechobee Blvd to Ware Dr. (periodic northbound right lane closures): One eastbound left turn lane closure
- Australian Blvd. just south of 25th St. (periodic southbound lane closures until further notice) for utility valve replacement.
- Congress Ave. north of Okeechobee Blvd. to Ware Dr. (periodic northbound and southbound lane closures, one eastbound left turn lane closure): Bridge removal/culvert installation at the “F” Canal.
- Jog Rd. (periodic southbound left turn lane closures until further notice): Median landscaping and irrigation installation on Jog Rd. approximately 970 feet north of Ironhorse Blvd. to approximately 360 feet south of Beeline Hwy.
- N. Congress Ave. north of Presidential Way to Embassy Dr. (periodic northbound and southbound lane closures until further notice): for water main, driveway and median installation.
- Roebuck Rd. (periodic westbound daytime lane closures until further notice): FPL pole installation east of Easley Dr. to Haverhill Rd. Westbound traffic will be shifted into one of the eastbound left turn lanes at the intersection of Haverhill Rd.
- Haverhill Rd. north of Roebuck Rd. (periodic northbound lanes closures until further notice) forFPL pole replacement.
- For more information, contact PBC Engineering & Public Works: (561) 684-4000 or http://discover.pbcgov.org/.
FLORIDA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB
- Military Tr. from Woodstock Dr. to Green Pine Blvd. (through Friday, September 21, 2018) will have the outside northbound lane closed, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to install a new turn lane
- Military Tr., between 45th St. and Shiloh Dr. (through Friday, September 28, 2018) will have the outside northbound lane closed, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for FPL pole replacement.
- US 1 at Monceaux Road (Thursday August 16, 2018 through Friday, August 31, 2018) will have the northbound lane and northeast corner closed, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for concrete pole installation.
- Military Tr. (through Friday, September 28, 2018) will have the outside northbound lane between 45th St. and Shiloh Dr. closed, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for FPL pole replacement.
- Military Tr. from Woodstock Dr.to Green Pine Blvd (through Friday September 21, 2018) will have the outside northbound lane closed, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to install a new turn lane
- For more information, contact FDOT: (866) 336-8435 or http://www.fdot.gov/.
City of West Palm Beach road and dock closure updates are issued weekly by the City and may be viewed online at http://wpb.org/News-Video/Road-Closure-Updates.
IRONHORSE LIFT STATION 59 PROJECT UPDATE
The City of West Palm Beach will be performing necessary repairs to Lift Station 59 within the Ironhorse community. These repairs will begin on August 20, 2018. Lift Station 59 is used to transfer sanitary waste and is located within the shrubbery north of the Ironhorse Boulevard right-of-way. Repairs are expected to be completed within three weeks.
Our goal is to minimize any disruption to our valued residents. Please note the following facts about the project:
- Ironhorse Road will remain open and accessible to all motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
- Access to all sidewalks and golf cart paths will be maintained during the construction period.
- The City and contractor do not anticipate any loss of utility services during the construction period.
- Any landscaping that is removed will be replaced.
- The construction contractor expects all work will be completed M-F, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Construction has been designed to mitigate impacts to residents as best as possible while allowing crews to complete the work safely.
For information about the project, please contact the following individuals:
- Project Contractor: Kevin Jennings/ T.V. Diversified, (202) 389-2134 Cell; (561) 629-7087 Office
- After hours: Project Engineer, Jay Kwag /City of West Palm Beach, (813) 505-7915
- Marketing Coordinator, Larry Ganns/City of West Palm Beach, (561) 822-1418
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2018 Holiday Sanitation Schedule
There will be regular service on the following holidays:
- 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.
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