Insider Newsletter May 15, 2020

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City to Offer FREE COVID-19 Testing for Residents

The City of West Palm Beach, Quantum Foundation, and FoundCare have partnered to offer COVID-19 testing to West Palm Beach residents, who are unable to travel to existing testing locations, on Saturday, May 16, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Gaines Park, located at 1501 N. Australian Avenue. Walk-ups are welcome!

WHO: West Palm Beach Residents

WHAT: COVID-19 Pop-up Testing Event

WHERE: Gaines Park, 1501 N. Australian Ave. (enter from Australian Ave.)

WHEN: Saturday, May 16, 2020 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)



Governor's Phase 1 Announcement

On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that a “full Phase 1” reopening is to begin on Monday. The City is awaiting the Governor’s Executive Order for additional information. We look forward to sharing official updates with residents and business owners once the order has been received and reviewed by the City. 


Mayor Updates Public on City’s COVID-19 Response Plan

Plan to Help Residents, Business Owners Recover from COVID-19 Impacts, Keep Economy Running


At a press conference on May 15, 2020, West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James provided updates on the City’s response to COVID-19 and his plan to respond to the health crisis, to keep the City’s economy running, and to care for our most vulnerable including children, seniors, and the poor.

“The pain is real. The hardship is real. We have all heard the stories or have been personally impacted. It’s agonizing to say the least,” said Mayor James. “As leader of this city, I am working hard each and every day to help alleviate the pain being experienced by so many of our residents and business owners.”


What's Open & What's Closed

  • Grassy Waters Preserve North Side, Owahee Trail, and Apoxee Park are open. The trails on the south side of the preserve, the boardwalk, and the Grassy Waters Preserve Visitor Center remain closed until further notice.
  • City tennis and racquetball courts are open.
  • Parks have remained open for walking, and residents have been encouraged to use the trails at City parks. Community centers, Warren Hawkins Aquatic Center, athletic fields, park amenities including, but not limited to playgrounds and fitness equipment, remain closed.
  • Boat ramps at Lake Mangonia and Currie Park are open
  • City Hall is open by appointment only. Visitors are screened with temperature checks.
  • Please be advised that the Mandel Public Library remains CLOSED until further notice. We will let you know as soon as we have set a date for reopening of the library!
  • Events Cancellations Extended Until Further Notice: The City of West Palm Beach has extended cancellations of City-produced events on public property, including Clematis by Night, Screen on the Green and Sunday on the Waterfront, until further notice.
  • Palm Beach County voted to reopen beaches starting Monday, May 18, 2020 with no restrictions.
  • Users of the tennis courts, racquetball courts and ramps shall follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines set forth in Palm Beach County Executive Order 2020-005. To view the order, please visit:                 

COVID-19 Response Unit Community Town Halls

This week, West Palm Beach City Commissioners and former Mayor Jeri Muoio as part of the West Palm Beach COVID-19 Response Unit hosted Community Town Hall meetings to offer updates on response and recovery efforts, to provide information on local assistance programs and services, and to foster community discussion on the pandemic’s impacts to residents and business owners. 


Are you interested in volunteering?

Sign up for the Volunteer Connect Program of the City of West Palm Beach COVID-19 Response Unit (CRU)! The CRU is a newly created volunteer unit that identifies community needs and provides assistance in overcoming COVID-19 challenges. There are many organizations in the City that need help with supplies, relief efforts or additional resources. The volunteer connect program will work to connect those who can help with those organizations or individuals that need assistance. Organizations needing volunteer help may also submit a request to the CRU.


WPB to Observe National Public Works Week, Honor Public Works Employees

The City of West Palm Beach will observe National Public Works Week from May 17 - 23, 2020, as proclaimed by Mayor Keith A. James during a City Commission meeting on May 4, 2020. Mayor James encourages citizens to pay tribute to City public works professionals, engineers, managers, and employees and to recognize their substantial contributions to our community’s sustainability and resiliency.


Mayor's Response Hotline

(561) 822-2222 (TTY 800-955-8771)


As Seen In Previous Editions:




VIDEO: City of WPB COVID-19 PSA: 'We are here for you'


VIDEO: COVID-19: WPB Partially Reopens with Safety Guidelines


VIDEO: Construction Underway on Banyan Boulevard Downtown



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