Insider Newsletter January 26, 2020

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Mayor James Delivers 2020 State of the City

Photo Courtesy: CAPEHART

Before a crowd of 850 attendees, West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James delivered his inaugural State of the City Address at the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches’ January Breakfast at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on January 21, 2020. In delivering remarks centered around his work to create a ‘Community of Opportunity for All’ in West Palm Beach, Mayor James highlighted achievements during his first 10 months in office, updated the public on progress made on the K.E.I.T.H. plan, and addressed challenges faced by the City. 

To watch a video of the speech, click here!

“300 in 3” Vision for Workforce/Affordable Housing Units Announced for WPB

At the State of the City address, Mayor James announced the launch of the “300 in 3” initiative. The initiative, to be implemented by the City’s Housing and Community Development (HCD) department, aims to create 300 workforce and/or affordable housing units in our city within the next three years. The initiative is in line with Mayor’s vision of working to create a ‘Community of Opportunity for All.’ 


It's Here!

City's Newly Redesigned Website Goes Live!

Mayor James announced the rollout of the redesign of the City of West Palm Beach website. This user-friendly, service-centric website is now live. The new site, which includes numerous state-of-the-art features, aims to improve the City’s delivery of customer service, communications and engagement, transparency, and marketing efforts. The redesign of the website is in line with Mayor James’ vision of improving the City’s customer service experience for residents.  


♪ ♪ ♪ Hey now, you’re an all-star… so, be sure to join us this coming Thursday, January 30 for Super Clematis by Night! The Official Palm Beach County Miami Super Bowl Host Committee Celebration will feature a FREE concert by national act Smash Mouth as headliner of the event. In addition to the free concert, Super Clematis by Night will feature the Palm Beach Lakes High School Marching Band, cheerleaders, a live-art, chalk painting by local artists, the Chalk Guys, courtesy of the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, and several sports stations for children to experience a variety of sports, courtesy of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission... including hockey by the Florida Panthers, skating by Palm Beach Skate Zone, soccer by N Zone Sports, gymnastics by Gymnastics Revolution, golf by Inner City Youth Golf and martial arts by Cardon’s Academy. The interactive experiences will be programmed all along Clematis Street, as the 100, 200, 300 blocks will be closed to vehicle traffic for the festive celebration.  



Proposed 2020 Parks Bond Introduced

Get the facts on the City of West Palm Beach 2020 Parks Bond Referendum!!!

THis initiative will be presented to voters in mid-March for their consideration. If approved, the issuance of general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $30 million would facilitate widespread improvements and renovations to the City’s many parks. Additionally, the Parks Bond Referendum would be repaid from ad valorem taxation. It would not be an additional tax or fee, as property owners have already been paying a parks bond, which expires in September of 2020.

If a proposed 2020 Parks Bond is ultimately approved by voters, the rate that citizens should contribute will remain the same as they are currently paying, or decrease, so the only change West Palm Beach residents will notice is renovated recreational areas throughout our city.

In 2000, voters approved a 20-year bond that provided $20 million for park upgrades that were completed as part of the City’s Recreation Strategic Plan of 1997. 20 years later, many of the City’s parks are again facing critical needs to replace playgrounds, improve lighting, resurface parking lots and trails and install infrastructure that would allow for enhanced community amenities and greater activation of parks. One of the main goals of this initiative is to complete the construction, renovation and furnishing of parks and recreation projects, as well as issuing general obligation bonds to fund these undertakings.


The City Seeks Your Input on the Third and Final Phase of the Clematis Streetscape

With Phases I and II in the rearview mirror, the City of West Palm Beach seeks public input before it breaks ground on the third and final phase of the Clematis Streetscape project. As with the previous phases, the City will host a public meeting to hear from Clematis Street merchants, business owners, residents, other area merchants, key stakeholders and the general public on what they like about the improvements to the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of Clematis Street – in addition to what they might like to see on the 400 and 500 blocks. A Downtown merchant meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 29 at 3:30 p.m. at West Palm Beach City Hall, Flagler Gallery (401 Clematis St.). A public meeting will be held hours later from 6 – 8 p.m. in the same location.


Grassy Waters Preserve’s South Side Nature Center Boardwalk to Receive Improvements

Grassy Waters Preserve of West Palm Beach will be making improvements to portions of the South Side Nature Center boardwalk. The time estimated to complete this project is 3 months. Temporary signage is posted to assist visitors navigate any changes during construction. Construction is not expected to impact visitor parking.


City of West Palm Beach Awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of West Palm Beach by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the City’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. The City’s attainment of the certificate represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.


"Take the Leap, Get Certified"

Thursday, February 6, 2020

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mandel Public Library

411 Clematis Street West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Join us for "Take the Leap, Get Certified" and come learn Learn about upcoming business opportunities in the area and talk one-on-one with representatives of various organizations.

The City of West Palm Beach "Take the Leap" event is designed to provide Small Business Enterprises (SBE) and Minority/Women Business Enterprises (M/WBE) with much needed introductions to Big Business. Hear about details on bid-ready projects. Don't miss this opportunity to network and market your firm. Get your SBE and M/WBE certification paperwork on-site!


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***


  • 4:30 p.m., Special CRA Meeting (Commission Chambers)
  • 5:00 p.m., City Commission Meeting (Commission Chambers)


  • 5:00 p.m., Historic Preservation Board (Commission Chambers)

WEDNESDAY, January 29, 2020

  • 6:00 p.m., Clematis Streetscape Public Meeting (Flagler Gallery)

THURSDAY, January 30, 2020

  • 5:00 p.m., City Watersheds Advisory Committee (City Center, 2nd Floor, Planning Department Open Area)

FRIDAY, January 31, 2020

  • 8:30 a.m., CRAAB Meeting (Fire Station #3, 5050 Broadway)

WPB TV Headlines


Spotlight on Parks: Vedado Park and Community Center


Special City Commission (January 16, 2020): Financial Auditing Services


Mayor James: Complete the 2020 Census


VIDEO: WPB Celebrates 125 Exciting Years



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