Insider Newsletter February 9, 2020

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Mayor Keith A. James Appoints Homeless Services Coordinator

In keeping with his promise to address the issue of homelessness in the City, Mayor Keith A. James announces the appointment of Marcus Laws to the position of Homeless Services Coordinator for the City of West Palm Beach.

In this role, Mr. Laws will be responsible for overseeing the development and execution of the City’s Housing and Community Development homelessness initiatives in conjunction with community partners, City departments, local businesses and more.

Marcus Laws, Homeless Services Coordinator

He will provide strategic guidance for resource allocation, ensure that homelessness concerns are addressed in a timely manner, and establish community connections to maximize HCD efforts. 

 Prior to his appointment as City of West Palm Beach Homeless Services Coordinator, Laws served as the outreach and engagement/Housing First supervisor at The Lord’s Place, a social impact agency serving homeless residents in our community. He has extensive experience as a counselor, housing coordinator, and psychiatric facility employee.

Laws earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He then earned his Master of Business Administration in healthcare management from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

“The issue of homelessness impacts just about every American city,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “We are committed to addressing homelessness in a compassionate and strategic way. The addition of Marcus Laws to our team will make our efforts even stronger. On behalf of all of us at the City, I extend Marcus the warmest welcome to our team. I am confident that he will play a critical role in our strategic plan.”

Through the HCD department, the City of West Palm Beach has executed a variety of tactics to address the root causes of homelessness.


Census 2020: Make Sure You Count!


The U.S. Census will begin notifying residents to participate in the 2020 Census beginning next month! Click on the video above for a special message from Mayor Keith James about why your participation is so important.


The City Solicits Public Input for Phase III of Clematis Streetscape Project

The City recently hosted a public meeting to get resident input on Phase III of the Clematis Streetscape Project, which will improve the 400 and 500 blocks of Clematis Street. The design and engineering teams presented initial plans with the community, while residents shared proven successes and what they would like to see in the future.

If you were unavailable to attend the recent public meeting, you can still submit comments and suggestions to


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, February 10, 2020

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

TUESDAY, February 11

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

WEDNESDAY, February 12

  • 9:00 a.m., Downtown Action Committee (Commission Chambers)
  • 9:00 a.m., ECR Board Meeting (Flagler Gallery)
  • 5:30 p.m., Mayor’s Meeting with North End Neighborhoods (Flagler Gallery)

THURSDAY, February 13

  • 7:30 a.m., Police Athletic League (Police Community Room, 600 Banyan Boulevard)
  • 1:00 p.m., Plans & Plat Review Committee (Mayors' Board Room)
  • 1:00 p.m., VEBA Trust Fund – Elected Officials, Mgmt I & II Plan and General Employees Plan (City Center - 3rd Floor, HR Training Room #3)

FRIDAY, February 14

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

What’s so bad about single-use plastics?!

What's so bad about single-use plastics? Find out on Wednesday, February 12th at the Mandel Public Library auditorium from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. with Dr. Tracy Mincer, Assistant Professor of Biology/Biogeochemistry with Florida Atlantic University.

Dr. Mincer’s research focuses on the fate of plastic debris in the marine environment and its implications for human health. Discover the facts and bring your questions for Q&A at the end. 

This is a free program, open to the public. There will also be free giveaways to help everyone go single-use plastic free. Event is sponsored in conjunction with the City's Office of Sustainability.


Office of Equal Opportunity Director Awarded Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award

Frank Hayden, Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity for the City of West Palm Beach, was presented the Leadership Award at the 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the Palm Beach State College campus in Lake Worth on January 16, 2020. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Awards were established in 2001 by Palm Beach State College to honor individuals and organizations throughout Palm Beach County for the selfless contributions that they continually make towards improving the lives of others in the community.  


WPB Hosted First Vision Zero Community Safety Fair of 2020

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the Vision Zero Community Safety Fair on Saturday, February 1, 2020. The event was held on the West Palm Beach waterfront in partnership with the GreenMarket. Attendees witnessed and participated in safety presentations, such as Florida Highway Patrol’s Rollover Vehicle Simulator, goggles that simulate impairment and other interactive activities.  


Leslie Gray Streeter: Black Widow Book Discussion & Signing

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – VIP Cocktail Reception for WPB Library Foundation Giving Society

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Book discussion and signing, FREE and open to the public

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Join Leslie Gray Streeter, The Palm Beach Post columnist and new author, for a discussion of her memoir, Black Widow: A Sad/Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like “Journey” in the Title. The book details her first year of widowhood, following the death of her husband Scott from a heart attack in 2015. As the title suggests, it's a raw, honest and even funny walk through the unforeseen lows and unexpected joys that follow when trying to survive the worst thing imaginable. "Black Widow is a very special one of a kind book, a wonderfully touching love story that will make you laugh and cry, sometimes on the same page. Even more outstanding is Leslie Gray Streeter's voice. You won't soon forget Black Widow."―James Patterson. The discussion will be moderated by Librarian Jennifer McQuown, and a book signing will follow (books available for purchase). For more information, visit or call 561-868-7701. 

A VIP cocktail reception for the WPB Library Foundation Giving Society will be held with Ms. Streeter at 5:00 PM. Call 561-868-7793 for details or to join.


Proposed 2020 Parks Bond

The City of West Palm Beach is asking for public consideration of the 2020 Parks Bond Referendum. If approved, the 30-year bond would fund improvements to parks and recreation facilities citywide.


"Spotlight on Parks"

Click on the videos below to learn more about your WPB Parks


Spotlight on Parks: Howard Park


Spotlight on Parks: Dreher Park


Spotlight on Parks: Alice Mickens Park


WPB TV Headlines


Censo 2020: Haz que cuentas


WPB PD Invites Public and Law Enforcement to 'Run With the Cops 5K'


Mayor / Commission Work Session (February 3, 2020)


Mayor / Commission Work Session (February 3, 2020): Census 2020 Presentation


Mayor / Commission Work Session (February 3, 2020): Vision Zero Update


Mayor / Commission Work Session (February 3, 2020): Draft Economic Development Plan


VIDEO: 100 Clematis Street Opens as WPB Celebrates 'Super CBN'


VIDEO: Department Spotlight: Office of Equal Opportunity

City of West Palm Beach Celebrates Black History Month

VIDEO: WPB Celebrates 125 Exciting Years



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