Insider Newsletter March 14, 2020

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Dear resident and business owner:

At City Hall, we continue to monitor the recent emergence of COVID-19. We remain vigilant and are taking steps to keep our residents, visitors and employees safe and informed.

According to the federal government, the threat to the public from COVID-19 is low. However, while data shows that the young and healthy may develop mild cases or be asymptomatic of COVID-19, the elderly and those over the age of 65, as well as those with compromised immune systems or chronic disease, can develop severe cases of COVID-19.

The City is in regular contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County (health department), and The White House. The City is following the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC and health department.

One of the ways each of us can help mitigate COVID-19 is through regular handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds at a time.

Following Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s recommendation to local municipalities to strongly consider limiting or postponing mass gatherings, the City cancelled the following City-produced events through the end of March: Clematis by Night, Screen on the Green, GreenMarket and Sunday on the Waterfront. In partnership with the organizers, the City continues to review the postponement of all large-scale events.

Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, the Mandel Public Library is postponing all programs, workshops and meetings booked at the library starting Saturday, March 14, 2020 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The library will remain open for use during its regular scheduled hours. The City of West Palm Beach is suspending its after-school programs at the library and at recreational centers effective Monday, March 16, 2020 – Monday, March 30th, 2020.

Vital City services and the functions of West Palm Beach municipal government continue without interruption. At all of our facilities, we have stepped up our cleaning efforts for the public and our employees.

The City will continue to share with you COVID-19 updates, specific to the City, through the local media, our website wpb.org, my weekly Insider Newsletter, the City’s television station WPB-TV (Channel 18 on Comcast), and social media. Our website features a dedicated page for COVID-19 updates, information and resources, and helpful links. I encourage you to closely monitor all of these channels for updates.

Additionally, the Florida Department of Health has established a call center that’s available 24/7 for COVID-19 questions. You may contact them at 1-866-779-6121. (email: covid-19@flhealth.gov). To contact the health department in Palm Beach County, please call (561) 840-4500.

Stay informed. Stay healthy. Stay calm.

 

Yours in service,

Keith A. James, Mayor

 

COVID-19: Closures & Cancellations

Out of an abundance of caution, some city events and programs have been postponed, cancelled or rescheduled!

 

COVID-19: Helpful Links

 
 

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 16, 2020

  • 10:00 a.m., Mayor/Commission Work Session (Commission Chambers)
  • 1:30 p.m., Evaluation Committee Review for RFQ 18-19-411(City Center, 5th Floor Conference Room 519)

TUESDAY, March 17

  • 12:00 p.m., Library Advisory Board Meeting (411 Clematis St. 3rd Floor)
  • 6:00 p.m. Planning Board Meeting (Commission Chambers)

WEDNESDAY, March 18

  • 9:00 a.m., Special Magistrate Code Compliance Hearings (Commission Chambers)
  • 1:45 p.m., Evaluation Committee Review for RFQ 18-10-405 Session 4 (Flagler Gallery)
  • 4:00 p.m., West Palm Beach Housing Authority Board Meeting (Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior Complex Clubhouse, 820 Grant St.)

THURSDAY, March 19

  • 11:00 a.m., City Commission Agenda Review (Mayors' Board Room)
  • 2:00 p.m., Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals (Commission Chambers)

FRIDAY, March 20

  • No Meetings
 

Recent Policy Updates

Below is a summary of some of the approvals and decisions made by the City Commission during a meeting on Monday, March 9, 2020. To watch meetings live or to watch recorded meetings on-demand, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/government/communications/wpb-tv18/watch-wpb-tv18-live or https://www.wpb.org/government/communications/wpb-tv18/watch-the-latest-city-commission-meeting

  • ·Approved a five-year Economic Development Plan intended to be a guiding document to help develop programs, policies and funding priorities through FY23/24.
  • Approved the design features for proposed streetscape improvements to Clematis Street. The 400 and 500 blocks, from Dixie Highway to Sapodilla Avenue, are targeted for streetscape improvements.
  • Approved a donation of $3,039 from parking meters from the Martin Luther King Day Holiday, January 20, 2020 to the Martin Luther King Caregivers. The Martin Luther King Caregivers are volunteers who have been providing assistance to the frail, elderly and homebound in the inner City of West Palm Beach since 1996.
 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 is Election Day!

The City is holding a General Municipal Election along with the Presidential Preference Primary this 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.

 

Do you know how Census Data are used?

Do you know how Census Data are used? The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Want to fill out your Census online? Stop by the Mandel Public Library on Clematis Street during regular hours.

 

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.

DEDICATED FUNDING FOR PARKS: The parks bond funds are dedicated to West Palm Beach parks and recreational facilities including playgrounds, safety features, park trails, sports courts, athletic fields, and other similar features. Funds will help repair, replace or upgrade facilities based on priority needs.

 

Everglades Lecture Series

When you turn on your sink, shower, or flush your toilet, do you ever wonder where the water comes from? In the City of West Palm Beach, your water’s journey begins as rain falling into Grassy Waters Preserve. Learn more about how the water flows from the Preserve into the M-canal and travels 16 miles downtown to Lake Mangonia and Clear Lake, then travels through the water treatment plant process before making its way to your tap.

 

It’s a “reel-y” big celebration, and that’s no fish tale!

The historic West Palm Beach Fishing Club is hosting an open house event March 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 201 Fifth St (at the corner of Fifth St. and Flagler Drive) in West Palm Beach. The open house continues celebrations of the City of West Palm Beach’s 125th anniversary by local community partners. During the free event, guests can catch a glimpse of the city’s past and enjoy a tour of the historic club, one of the oldest fishing clubs in America. On-site volunteers will share the Fishing Club’s unique historical role in the city and in the development of the sport fishing industry.

 

Internship Opportunities!

Apply now for a paid, career-enhancing internship:

  • Become a certified environmental educator
  • Learn teaching techniques & Everglades ecology through hands-on field experiences
  • Connect campers to their watershed through canoeing, hiking, and other outdoor activities

For more information email: mcrider@wpb.org

 

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 (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

Gaines Park, 1501 N. Australian Avenue

 

WPB TV Headlines

VIDEO: WPB Bike to Work Week Set for March 16-20

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VIDEO: City Commission Meeting (March 9, 2020)

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VIDEO: Community Redevelopment Agency Meeting (March 9, 2020)

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VIDEO: WPB, Partners Team Up to Enhance City's Tree Canopy

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

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VIDEO: Censo 2020: Haz que cuentas

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Mayor James: Complete the 2020 Census

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Spotlight on Parks: Blum Park

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Spotlight on Parks: Coleman Park

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Spotlight on Parks: Currie Park

 
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