Insider Newsletter March 8, 2020

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COVID-19: Stay informed, stay healthy, stay calm!


West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James, West Palm Beach Emergency Manager Assistant Chief Brent Bloomfield, and the West Palm Beach Police and Fire Departments continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As of this writing, there are NO reported positive cases in Palm Beach County, according to the Florida Department of Health (health department) in Palm Beach County. The City is currently following the guidelines and recommendations from the health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“The City’s emergency response teams have taken all the necessary steps to prepare and are ready to respond should COVID-19 directly impact our city,” said Mayor James. “We are in regular contact with our partners at the CDC and the Florida Department of Health and are providing additional training and resources to our first responders. We are committed to working with the health department to ensure our residents have the facts, information and resources they need to protect themselves and their families.” 

“Your first responders are working diligently to prepare for impacts of COVID-19,” said West Palm Beach Fire Chief Diana Matty. “Each part of the 911 chain from Dispatch to Police and Fire to area hospitals are involved to ensure a community-wide approach. Residents are encouraged to review information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health.”

The City of West Palm Beach will provide regular updates, specific to COVID-19 and the City, on its website:

To help raise awareness of COVID-19, the City is sharing the following information published by the health department and the CDC.

SYMPTOMS: Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever,
  • Cough, and
  • Difficulty breathing. (Source: Florida Department of Health)

HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD? The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. (Source: CDC)

 HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF? There are some common-sense precautions that you can take that apply to many infectious diseases.


  • Contact your county health department.
  • Consult a health-care provider as soon as possible. Call ahead, and tell them before you visit that you think you might have COVID-19, so they can take precautions to prevent exposing other people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • If you have a surgical mask, wear it during close contact with other people. A mask can reduce the number of droplets coughed into the air.
  • Remember, very few respiratory infections will be COVID-19.
  • Please review your signs, symptoms and travel history thoroughly with your physician. (Source: Florida Department of Health)

For more information, please check out the helpful links below!

Stay informed, stay healthy, and stay calm!


Innovative Pop-up Opens on Clematis Street

The City of West Palm Beach, the Downtown Development Authority, and the Community Redevelopment Agency have teamed up to bring new life to Clematis Street with a pop-up, innovative market and retail hub that introduces “Thoroughfare” to Downtown West Palm Beach. Showcasing an eclectic group of merchants selling food and beverage, clothing, greenery and more, Thoroughfare is located at 314 Clematis Street.


Virgin Trains Railroad Safety Crossings Construction Announced

Virgin Trains, formerly Brightline, has shared with the City of West Palm Beach that it will conduct safety improvement work on railroad crossings in the City which will require full road and sidewalk closures for up to one week at a time. The City is sharing this information to help mitigate the impact to our residents. The impacted West Palm Beach crossings are: 49th Street and 25th Street.


Coming Soon to WPB: Your 2020 Census Notification

The 2020 Census is quickly approaching, and the City of West Palm Beach would like to remind residents to take part in this campaign to help improve our community. In doing so, community members are encouraged to be on the lookout for a postcard from the U.S. Census Bureau around the second week of March. This invitation will include instructions on how to respond to the Census online or by phone. 


City Seeks Applicants for 2020-2021 GreenMarket Season

The City seeks applications from new and returning vendors for the 2020 – 2021 West Palm Beach GreenMarket season. A favorite Saturday morning tradition of locals and visitors alike, the 26th season opens on October 3, 2020 and runs through April 17, 2021. Applications can be found by visiting the City’s website and the deadline to apply is Friday, March 27, 2020. 


Proposed 2020 Parks Bond

IMPROVES NEIGHBORHOODS: Great parks and open spaces make neighborhoods more attractive, improve safety, create better communities, connectivity, and improve property values.

CITIZEN OVERSIGHT: A citizen oversight committee reviews the plans, spending, and projects funded by the bond.


Public Meetings

The public is invited and encouraged to attend WPB public meetings. 

***Meetings held in the Commission Chambers, Mayors' Board Room,and Flagler Gallery are located at City Hall, which is located at 401 Clematis Street***

MONDAY, March 9, 2020

  • 4:00 p.m., CRA Meeting (Commission Chambers)
  • 5:00 p.m., City Commission Meeting (Commission Chambers)

TUESDAY, March 10

  • 8:30 a.m., Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (Police Community Room, 600 Banyan Boulevard)
  • 3:00 p.m., Nominating Advisory Committee (Mayors’ Board Room)
  • 4:00 p.m., Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee (City Center – 3rd Floor, Parks & Recreation Department) 


  • 9:00 a.m., ECR Board Meeting (City Center – 4th Floor, Public Utilities Conference Room) 

THURSDAY, March 12

  •  7:30 a.m., Police Athletic League (Police Community Room, 600 Banyan Boulevard) 
  • 1:00 p.m., Plans & Plat Review Committee (Mayors’ Board Room) 

FRIDAY, March 13

  • 8:30 a.m., West Palm Beach Police Pension Fund (Police Benevolent Hall, 2100 N. Florida Mango Road) 

General Municipal Election Set for March 17, 2020

Early Voting is Now Underway

The City will hold a General Municipal Election along with the Presidential Preference Primary on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to elect two City Commissioners. While City Commissioners represent specific districts, they are elected citywide. All registered West Palm Beach voters can vote in this election. It is the right and privilege of every citizen to participate in the election process.


The City of West Palm Beach is an entitlement recipient of federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program. HUD requires state and local governments to develop a five-year Consolidated Plan. This plan sets out the objectives and focus for the expenditures of the funds, over a given period, based on needs identified through a public input process. 

The Department of Housing and Community Development will host three community meetings to engage the general public and private stakeholders in the development of the consolidated five-year plan.

The first scheduled meeting for the five-year Consolidated Plan 2020 – 2024 will be held:

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 (6:00 PM – 7:30 PM)

South Olive Recreation Center, 345 Summa Street

For additional information on this notice, please contact (561) 822-1250 (TTY: 800-955-8771) or email 


Small Business Workshop

In keeping with Mayor James' vision of creating a community of opportunity for all, the City of West Palm Beach Office of Equal Opportunity has partnered with The Answer Management Services and JJ Enterprises to host Open for Business, a workshop for small business owners. The workshop will have a panel of industry experts on how to open a physical location, how to look for space and build a team. Unlock the door to a successful business!  

Thursday, April 30, 2020 (4:00 PM - 6:00 PM)

Gaines Park, 1501 N. Australian Avenue


Weekly Block Parties Set for Clematis Street

The West Palm Beach DDA, the City of West Palm Beach and Moonfest have come together to make every weekend fun for the whole family by hosting weekly block parties on the 500 block of Clematis Street between Quadrille Boulevard and Rosemary Avenue. Every weekend through March 22, visitors can enjoy live music, a game zone and themed events!


Mayor's Youth Council Meeting

The Mayor's Youth Council is calling all high school students to come out and 'Speak Your Mind' on Saturday, March 28th from 12:45 pm - 2:45 pm at the Mandel Public Library Auditorium. Join us for a discussion on sustainability and the environment! For more info contact: Alessia Degraeve 561-281-6222 or Alex Watson 561-818-9552 (TTY: 800-955-8771).


WPB Library Foundation Hosts 4th Annual Fundraiser

The West Palm Beach Library Foundation will host its fourth annual fundraiser, Food For Thought: An Evening of Great Conversation, on Saturday April 4, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. The elegant dinner party features an impressive lineup of local luminaries leading stimulating conversation in the beautiful Grand Reading Room of the downtown city library. The honorary chairs are Josephine duPont Bayard and The Hon. Ann W. Brown; the event co-chairs are Dianne Bernstein and Lesley S. Hogan.  


WPB TV Headlines


VIDEO: WPB Expands Outreach to Homeless With New Coordinator


VIDEO: 'Thoroughfare' Pop-Up Opens at 314 Clematis St.


VIDEO: 2020 Proposed Parks Bond Presentation: What You Need to Know


VIDEO: Censo 2020: Haz que cuentas


Mayor James: Complete the 2020 Census

VIDEO: WPB Celebrates 125 Exciting Years


Spotlight on Parks: Echo Lake Park


Spotlight on Parks: Fogelman Park


Spotlight on Parks: Lincoln Park



Questions? Contact us today: 1-561-822-2222 (TTY: 800-955-8771)