Insider Newsletter March 1, 2020

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Now Open: Georgian Gardens Apartments

New Senior Living Community Provides More Affordable Housing Options

Mayor Keith A. James joined City Commissioners and representatives from Related Urban and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Georgian Gardens Apartments. This 87-unit affordable senior living complex, in line with Mayor James' “300 in 3” initiative, will provide qualifying seniors a beautiful new place to call home.


Successful CRA Executive Director Candidate Announced

The City of West Palm Beach announces that Giovanni Moss has been named the successful candidate for the position of Executive Director of the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). The City will enter into salary negotiations with Mr. Moss. Mr. Moss was selected at a Special CRA Board meeting on February 26, 2020. There are six Members of the CRA Board. The CRA Executive Director reports to the CRA Board. 


West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James Monitors COVID-19

West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James and Emergency Manager Chief Brent Bloomfield are monitoring the current outbreak of the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19). The City is in regular communication with the Florida Department of Health (health department) in Palm Beach County and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the health department’s website, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 in the State of Florida as of 2/27/20, and washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from illnesses such as COVID-19. For information regarding COVID-19, please visit:


Municipal Election on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The City of West Palm Beach will hold a General Municipal Election along with the Presidential Preference Primary on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to elect two City Commissioners: one in District 1 and one in District 5. Kelly Shoaf (incumbent) and Martina Tate Walker qualified for the District 1 race. Christina Lambert (incumbent) and Stephen Sylvester qualified for the District 5 race. A referendum question regarding a proposed 2020 parks bond will be on the ballot.


Proposed 2020 Parks Bond

NEW AND MODERN EQUIPMENT: New outdoor health and fitness equipment, pool upgrades, and new playgrounds with shade to protect children, especially during hot summer months.

BOND EXPIRES (SUNSET PROVISION): The city is proposing a general obligation bond that will not exceed $30 million and it cannot be extended without voter approval in the future.


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 2, 2020

  • No Meetings

TUESDAY, February 3

  • 8:30 a.m., Evaluation Committee Review for RFQ 18-19-405 Session 3 (Flagler Gallery)
  • 4:00 p.m., Sustainability Advisory Committee (Mayors' Board Room)

WEDNESDAY, February 4

  • 9:00 a.m., Special Magistrate Code Compliance Hearings (Commission Chambers)
  • 4:00 p.m., Art in Public Places (Mayors' Board Room)

THURSDAY, February 5

  • 11:00 a.m., City Commission Agenda Review (Mayors’ Board Room)
  • 1:30 p.m., West Palm Beach Firefighters Pension Fund (Fire Station #5 700 N Congress Ave, Training Room) 

FRIDAY, February 6

  • No Meetings

Census 2020: Make Sure You Count!

In less than a month, households throughout the U.S. will receive mailings in reference to the 2020 Census. This campaign will give residents the opportunity to make themselves count for the betterment of their community. For every person that completes the census, our community could be awarded up to $2,000 in federal funds per person per year until the next census. That means $20,000 within a decade for each person who completes the census!

Next month, the U.S. Census Bureau will send you a letter inviting you to participate. This year, you’ll have the option to complete the census online, via the phone, or by mail. If you don’t have internet access, the computers at the Mandel Public Library are available for public use. 


New Distillery Welcomed to Warehouse District

Mayor Keith A. James welcomed Steel Tie Spirits, Co. to West Palm Beach with the award of a building improvement grant to the distillery. Steel Tie Spirits, Co. is the newest small business to join the Warehouse District located within West Palm Beach’s blossoming Jefferson Terminal District, just south of Okeechobee Boulevard and east of I-95. The distillery was established in 2020 by father and son duo Clint and Ben Etheridge whose family has resided in Palm Beach County for nearly a century.


Survey Says...

The City of West Palm Beach invites West Palm Beach residents and business owners to offer input on the future redevelopment of the West Palm Beach Municipal Golf Course site. The City has created a short, five-question survey to offer West Palm Beach citizens the opportunity to share feedback that will be utilized in guiding the City’s future plans for the site. The survey will be open for responses until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020. 




Sunday, March 1 (1:00 PM – 4:30 PM)

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street, KidSpace, 3rd Floor

Families with kids of all ages can join us for an afternoon of LEGO fun. Become a LEGO engineer, create a LEGO masterpiece, do a craft or play with our giant blocks during this self-led, drop-in program. For more information, visit or call 561-868-7703.


BAM! A Festival of Books * Art * Music

Saturday, March 7 (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street

(and other locations throughout Downtown West Palm Beach, check schedule)

BAM! is a free festival of Books, Art, and Music for all ages . This day-long experience brings together authors, teachers, students, families and the community to share their love of books, art and music. Enjoy storytimes, writing and illustration workshops, demos, author panels, fun games and challenges, and more. Join us at the Mandel Public Library and other locations throughout downtown West Palm Beach as we celebrate authors such as: Jerry Craft, Lamar Giles, Molly Idle, Nina LaCour, Rafael Lopez and more! For the complete schedule, visit: or call 561-868-7703.


Kids Can Cook

Thursday, March 12 (4:00 PM – 5:00 PM)

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street, KidSpace, 3rd Floor

For kids in grades 3 – 5. Join us for a fun and interactive cooking class where children will learn cooking basics while engaging literacy, math and science skills. Space is limited, registration is required.  For more information or to register, visit or call 561-868-7703.


How great is this?

Beginning March 3, 2020, the Mandel Library will automatically renew your library materials! Three days before the item is due, the library will check your account for eligible items and renew them for you. The loan period will extend from your original due date.

The following are not eligible for auto-renewal:

• the item has been already renewed 5 times

• it is an Express item

• the item has a hold (another person is waiting for it)

• your library card is expired

• it is a digital item (e-book, e-audiobook, etc.)

If you have an email address in your library account, and have selected email as your notification preference, you will receive a notice three days prior to the item’s due date. This notice will let you know which items were renewed and which items could not be renewed. Notices are only sent out via email and will be titled “Courtesy Notice.”

Don't have an email listed in your account? Your items will still be automatically renewed. You can check the status and due dates of your items by logging into your account via our website at or by calling 561-868-7701.


Want to Learn More About Composting?

Join Mel the Worm Queen on a journey underground as we learn about compost, worms, and the soil at the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach. Certified as a Safe Compost Operator through the U.S. Composting Council, Mel has been working with her company, Let it Rot, to start a grassroots organics recycling movement in Palm Beach County. Focused on reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions Let it Rot has composted over 50,000 pounds of household garbage BY HAND and is here to share that experience with you, as well as why it's so important, with tips on how you can do it too! This program is free and open to the public. Questions? 561-804-4994 (TTY 800-955-8771)

Composting with Mel the Worm Queen

Mandel Public Library, Auditorium

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 6:00pm - 7:30pm


WPB TV Headlines


VIDEO: City Commission Meeting (February 24, 2020)


VIDEO: City Commission Meeting (February 24, 2020): Mayor's Message


VIDEO: Special Community Redevelopment Agency Meeting (February 26, 2020): Part 1


VIDEO: Special Community Redevelopment Agency Meeting (February 26, 2020): Part 2


VIDEO: Mayor's Meeting with Downtown / South End Neighborhoods (February 26, 2020)


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


VIDEO: WPB Unveils Georgian Gardens Senior Affordable Housing Development


VIDEO: WPB Police Invite You to 'Tip-A-Cop' for Special Olympics


VIDEO: World Series Champion Washington Nationals at Clematis by Night


VIDEO: Black History Month in WPB: Haley and Alice Mickens, Dr. Alice Moore


VIDEO: Censo 2020: Haz que cuentas


Mayor James: Complete the 2020 Census


Spotlight on Parks: Osprey Park


Spotlight on Parks: Sunset Park


Spotlight on Parks: Village Paws Park



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