The Palm Beach Post Sunday on the Waterfront to ‘Move North for the Winter’ to Currie Park
Public is encouraged to “Hurry Back to Currie” for outdoor concerts, Farmer’s Market in early 2019
The City of West Palm Beach encourages residents and visitors to “Hurry Back to Currie” for the January, February and March editions of the City’s monthly outdoor concert series, The Palm Beach Post Sunday on the Waterfront. The move north to Currie Park for the winter months comes after the success of last year’s “Hurry to Currie” campaign during spring break. Residents and visitors will be able to enjoy several of their favorite free city events, including a Farmer’s Market in March, at a different location on the West Palm Beach waterfront. In addition to the programming, Currie Park offers guests plenty of open green space, a playground, tennis courts, a boat ramp into the Intracoastal Waterway, and a memorial to the late Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Currie Park is a great place for people of all ages to spend time on the waterfront,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “As we look for opportunities to engage the entire community, we’re happy residents and visitors will have a chance to explore more of West Palm Beach through our quality events.”
TO CONTINUE READING AND TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CONCERT DATES AND ACTS, PLEASE VISIT: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/THE-PALM-BEACH-POST-SUNDAY-ON-THE-WATERFRONT-TO-MO.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day City Hall, Library & Sanitation Schedules
The City of West Palm Beach City Hall and Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular sanitation service will be provided. City Hall and Mandel Public Library will reopen on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
Mayor to Deliver State of the City Address
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio will deliver her eighth and final State of the City Address at the January Breakfast of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The public is invited to this special event; registration is required. Mayor will discuss the state of our city and make several key policy announcements. For registration information, please visit: https://palmbeaches.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/25573
WPB Offers Utility Service Help to Eligible Furloughed Federal Employees
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio has announced the establishment of a Furloughed Federal Employees Policy. Federal employees not receiving a paycheck due to the 2019 partial shutdown of the federal government will be exempt from disconnection of public utilities service for the duration of the shutdown. The City of West Palm Beach will provide payment extensions, payment arrangements, and waive any associated late and disconnection fees for affected employees.
Federal employees who fall into this category will be asked to present a copy of their paycheck showing their gross pay was $0.00 for the pay period to qualify. Employees affected by the shutdown are encouraged to contact the Public Utilities Customer Service Department at (561) 822-1300 as soon as possible to prevent any interruption in service. If service is interrupted, the water will be restored within 24 hours at no charge to the employee. If the account is not in the affected federal employee’s name, the employee will have to present state issued picture identification with the service address as proof of residency.
For more information, please contact the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Utilities Customer Service Department at (561) 822-1300.
Calling All Kids: You’re Invited to IMAGINE Your Playground!
Does your child have a BIG imagination? Does he or she like to build? Draw? Play? We need your child’s insights and ingenuity! The City of West Palm Beach invites our youngest citizens to participate in creative civic involvement. The City is seeking public input from children ages five to 11 who are interested in helping to shape and design a potential new playground on the waterfront. The City is conducting two creative sessions to better understand what makes for a great playground. Join us! Bring a friend or a younger or older sibling, and let’s have some FUN! FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING SESSION DATES AND LOCATION, PLEASE VISIT: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CALLING-ALL-KIDS-YOU-RE-INVITED-TO-IMAGINE-YOUR-PL.
Mandel Public Library Announces February Highlights
LOTS OF FREE EVENTS & ACTIVITES!
The library will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a variety of activities and events including cultural performances; lectures on African American authors, prominent figures, and art history; and the “I Have A Dream Wall” kids can contribute their own dreams to. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO LEARN MORE!
Feb. 1 Friday Night Jazz: featuring Bill Mays on the Piano
Feb. 1-14 Kids can Send Valentine’s Day Greetings
Feb. 5 Palm Beach Opera Presents Film Noir Meets Don Giovanni
Feb. 8 Teen Fortnite Tournament
Feb. 7 PBAU Leadership Academy, 4-week series
Feb. 12 How Did American Women Act? Heroism on the Home Front
(Co-presented by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Women's History Museum)
Feb. 14 Couples Valentine Painting Class
Plus Taxes Filed Free with VITA Volunteers and new Swing Dance Classes!
For a complete list of library events, please visit: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/MANDEL-PUBLIC-LIBRARY-EVENTS-FOR-FEBRUARY-2019
Urban and Community Forestry Grant Helps Grow WPB Tree Program
In 2018, the City of West Palm Beach was the proud recipient of an Urban and Community Forestry Grant which was utilized to develop an overall Urban Tree Management Plan (UTMP) for the City. Funding for this project was provided by the USDA Forest Service through the Florida Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program. With a goal to increase tree canopy, the City sought to develop a document to direct the care of urban trees and promote a healthy and sustainable urban forest into the future. The City’streesrequire regular maintenance to remain safe, healthy, and functional. They are also an asset which contributes to achieving the City’s goals of reducing greenhouse gases, decreasing storm water runoff, creating attractive public spaces for residents and visitors, as well as improving mobility and connectivity by making for a more walkable and bikeable city. TO CONTINUE READING, PLEASE VISIT: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/URBAN-AND-COMMUNITY-FORESTRY-GRANT-HELPS-GROW-WPB.
Thank You Vision Zero Partners!!!
The City of West Palm Beach Vision Zero Task Force is working to reduce & eliminate serious injuries & fatalities on our roads through engineering, enforcement and education. Thank you to our partners in this effort! To learn more about Vision Zero, visit: http://www.wpb.org/About/Mayor-s-Office/Vision-Zero/Vision-Zero-Overview.
Grassy Waters Preserve of WPB January Calendar: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/GRASSY-WATERS-PRESERVE-CALENDAR-OF-GUIDED-PROGRAMS
West Palm Beach 2019 General Municipal Election Information Announced: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/WEST-PALM-BEACH-2019-GENERAL-MUNICIPAL-ELECTION-IN
Millenials Ruin Book Club at Mandel Public Library of WPB: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/MILLENIALS-RUIN-BOOK-CLUB-AT-THE-MANDEL-PUBLIC-LIB
Call to Artist:http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CALL-TO-ARTIST
WPB to Host Quarterly Procurement Meeting: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CITY-OF-WEST-PALM-BEACH-TO-HOST-QUARTERLY-PROCUREM
WPB 2019 Holiday Sanitation Schedule: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CIT-OF-WEST-PALM-BEACH-2019-HOLIDAY-SANITATION-SCH
WPB 2019 Neighborhood Meetings Schedule: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CITY-OF-WEST-PALM-BEACH-ANNOUNES-2019-NEIGHBORHOOD
Mandel Public Library January Events: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/MANDEL-PUBLIC-LIBRARY-EVENTS-FOR-JANUARY-2019
Have a Business in WPB? Take the Economic Development Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WPBEcoDev2019
City of WPB Homelessness Prevention Efforts
Get the facts about the City's efforts to prevent homelessness! This fiscal year, the CIty has budgeted $4.25-million for homelessness prevention efforts, which include the operation of the two Vickers House locations which are one-stop service/outreach centers for the homeless and their families.
In the past three years, the City has invested significant additional resources to address homelessness. These resources offer a variety of services ranging from housing to support services and homeless prevention programs.
City efforts and programs have included:
- Donating three duplexes and land for development of supportive housing for the homeless;
- Funding a full-time peer homeless outreach team with a mental health component;
- Operating the Vickers House which provides relocation assistance and many other services to the homeless;
- Providing nearly $1.5 million dollars for the construction of two supportive housing projects targeted for the homeless that will produce 42 units of permanent housing;
- Funding a Housing Stabilization Program that provides temporary rental assistance for those who are either homeless or in danger of becoming homeless;
- Collaborating with the Homeless Coalition for the City-initiated Real Change Movement project (http://www.realchangemovementwpb.org)
- Providing funding to Vita Nova to serve youths ages 18-24 who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless;
- Working with our community partners including Lord’s Place, Gulfstream Goodwill, Adopt a Family, the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Community Services, Palm Beach County Housing and Economic Sustainability, Downtown Development Authority, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County Housing Authorities and many others to develop strategies to reduce homelessness;
- Homeward Bound, a program offering individuals who have been chronically homeless in our city the opportunity to reunite with their families back home;
- Funding and supporting the Frequent Users System Engagement (FUSE) initiative and a pilot program in conjunction with the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission and several other partner entities to provide housing and support service assistance to individuals exiting prison who have no housing options.
Currently, the City is working with the County and other partner agencies on additional strategies to reduce homelessness among veterans, the chronically homeless and other homeless populations.
For more information about the City's efforts, please visit: http://wpb.org/hcd.
Lectures are FREE, but space is limited.
Call the nature center to reserve your seat!
During the "Saving Nature, Healing Humans" lecture, join Benji Studt, Public Outreach Program Supervisor for PBC ERM on a virtual journey to explore the beauty and importance of our natural areas. A passionate conservationist and photographer, Benji will speak about the positive impacts that spending time in nature can have on mental health.
Saturday, January 26th: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Grassy Waters Preserve Nature Center
8264 Northlake Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33412
Reservations required. Contact: (561) 804-4985.
Update: Lake Worth Lagoon Restoration Project of Tarpon Cove Islands
We wanted to share with our residents an update from PBC ERM about Tarpon Cove Islands. According to ERM, in partnership with the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND), the Lake Worth Lagoon restoration project of Tarpon Cove Islands will see the construction and completion of the first and second island beginning in February. Dredged material from the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) maintenance project will be reused to enhance Tarpon Cove Islands. FIND will begin dredging in February and is anticipated to complete dredging in April, placing all material at Tarpon Cove.
According to ERM, the placement of material to create these intertidal islands will be conducted from barge and transported directly to Tarpon Cove from the segment of the ICW being dredged. Due to FIND dredging activities, placement may occur 24 hours a day, seven days a week to accomplish the required maintenance of the ICW.
Benefits expected from the project, according to ERM: beneficial re-use of suitable lagoon substrate for the sustainability of Lake Worth Lagoon and a reduction in day-time bridge openings. For more information, please visit PBC ERM at http://discover.pbcgov.org/erm/Pages/default.aspx.
ROAD & DOCK CLOSURES UPDATE: WEEK OF JANUARY 20, 2019
CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH CLOSURES
- Spruce Ave. and 34th St. (through Friday, January 25, 2019): Sections of Spruce Ave. will be closed for intersection, curb, sidewalk and driveway replacement. Flaggers will assist motorists within the work zone.
- Flagler Dr. sidewalk from south of Greenwood Dr. to Monroe Dr. (through January): East sidewalk near seawall closed for safety repairs. Flagler Dr. west side sidewalk between Greenwood Dr. and Monroe Dr. remains accessible.
- Cumberland Dr. between Military Tr. and Village Blvd. (through January 2019): Reduced speeds on the eastbound and westbound lanes for a road beautification and safety project.Flaggers will assist motorists
- Georgia Ave. between Dobbins St. and Nottingham Blvd.; Briggs St. between Garden Ave. and Georgia Ave.; Dobbins St. between Garden Ave. and Georgia Ave. (until further notice): Local traffic only for road improvements.
- Lake Ave. between Francis St. and Hansen St. (begins January 22, 2019): Paving work begins. Flaggers will assist motorists within the work zone.
- Race for the Cure sponsored by KomenFlorida.org (Saturday, January 26, 2019, 5:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.): Road closure on Flagler Dr. between Fern St. and 23rd St.
- Clematis by Night (Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.): Road closure on North Clematis St. and South Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr., Narcissus Ave. between Clematis St. and Banyan Blvd.
- GreenMarket (Saturday, January 26, 2019, 6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.): Road closures on North Clematis St. and South Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr.; Narcissus Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and Clematis St.; Lantana Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and Clematis St.
- 300 block of Clematis St. produced by Bill Jacobson (Saturday, January 26, 2019, 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.): Closed for West Palm Beach Antique Flea & Craft Market.
CLOSURES, REPAIRS FOR CURRIE PARK BOAT RAMPS
- Full closure: All Currie Park boat ramps at 2400 Flagler Drive are closed for repairs. Reopening is expected in Spring 2019. Ramps will not be accessible during the construction period. Currie Park will remain open from sunrise to sunset.
PRIVATE ROAD CLOSURES (CITYPLACE)
- Rosemary Ave. between Okeechobee Blvd. and Hibiscus St. (through Friday, April 12, 2019): Full closure by CityPlace for CityPlace streetscape improvements. Access to all parking garages will be maintained. Pedestrian traffic will be unaffected.
- Hibiscus St. between Rosemary Ave. and Quadrille Blvd. (through Saturday, February 23, 2019): Full closure by CityPlace for CityPlace streetscape improvements. Access to all parking garages from Quadrille Blvd. will be maintained. Pedestrian traffic will be unaffected. For more information: https://www.futureofcityplace.com/.
PALM BEACH COUNTY (PBC) ENGINEERING & PUBLIC WORKS CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB
- Australian Ave. and Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. (until further notice): Periodic lane closures for intersection improvements.
- Community Dr. at 12th St. (until further notice): Periodic westbound right lane closures. Periodic westbound left lane closures with shift to the eastbound lane.
- Jog Rd. 905 feet south of Celebration Blvd. (until further notice): Periodic northbound right lane closures for FPL pole replacement.
- Roebuck Rd. from Jog Rd. to Haverhill Rd. (until further notice): Periodic lane closures, alternating traffic with flaggers controlling traffic for road construction.
- Congress Ave. 600 ft. south of Presidential Wy. (until further notice): Periodic northbound and southbound lane closures for an FPL utility project.
- 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
- Flagler Memorial Bridge between City of West Palm Beach and Town of Palm Beach (until further notice, Mondays only, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) will have the outside eastbound lane and the south sidewalk closed forhandrail replacement.
- Okeechobee Blvd. from Suwanee Dr. to just west of Chillingworth Dr. (through March 1, 2019) will have the outside westbound lane closed, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for AT&T duct installation.
- Quadrille Blvd. between Evernia St. and Gardenia St. (through Sunday, February 17, 2019): The inside lane will be closed in each direction, around-the-clock, for turn lane construction and mast arm installation. Please note the speed limit in this area will be adjusted to 25 miles per hour during this time.
- Okeechobee Blvd. from Quadrille Blvd. to Flagler Dr. and Quadrille Blvd from Okeechobee Blvd. to Clematis St. (through March 22, 2019) will have intermittent lane and sidewalk closures in each direction, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for directional boring and conduit installation.
- Military Tr. between 45th St. and Shiloh Dr. (through Friday, March 8, 2019) will have one northbound lane closed, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for FPL maintenance operations.
- 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.
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