Insider Newsletter May 3, 2020

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MAYOR JAMES DELIVERS COVID-19 STATE OF THE CITY

Mayor Shares Updates on Future Reopening, Testing, Support for Residents & Business Owners

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West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James delivered a COVID-19 State of the City address to inform the public about the City’s response to and recovery from COVID-19, at a socially-distanced press conference on May 1, 2020. Mayor was joined by West Palm Beach Fire Department Chief Diana Matty, Commission President Kelly Shoaf, Commissioner Joe Peduzzi, and Commissioner Christy Fox. Click on the link above to watch video of the press conference.

 

What's Open & What's Closed

  • Grassy Waters Preserve North Side, Owahee Trail, and Apoxee Park will open Tuesday. 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 will reopen on Tuesday.
  • 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 to open this week.
  • City Hall is open by appointment only. Visitors are screened with temperature checks.
  • The Mandel Public Library remains closed until further notice. Please visit the City’s website for information about virtual programming.
  • Events Cancellations Extended Until Further Notice: The City of West Palm Beach is extending cancellations of City-produced events on public property, including Clematis by Night, Screen on the Green and Sunday on the Waterfront, until further notice.
  • The re-opening of businesses located in the City of West Palm Beach will occur upon the lifting of executive orders. The City is looking to state health experts and the Governor for guidance about reopening.
  • HOAs seeking information about the reopening of community pools, privately-run golf courses, and tennis/outdoor racquet facilities may view Palm Beach County Executive Order 2020-005 issued on April 27, 2020.

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: https://www.wpb.org/home/showdocument?id=1023.                      

 
 

WPB Releases Funds to COVID-19 Recovery & Assistance Program Recipients

The City of West Palm Beach’s COVID-19 Recovery and Assistance Program was created to help local businesses that have been negatively affected by the ongoing pandemic. On Thursday, seven recipients became the first to receive loans in amounts between $5,000 - $10,000 for the purposes of payroll, rent costs, inventory needs, and more. A total of 26 businesses have been approved for $214,500 of funding. 

 

Introducing... West Palm Shops!

The City of West Palm Beach is committed to assisting its local business community in relief and recovery efforts during COVID-19. The Economic Support and Recovery team with the City’s COVID-19 Response Unit has created “West Palm Shops,” a promotional campaign that encourages customers to shop online or purchase gift cards from participating retailers.

 

Telephone Town Hall Available for Playback

In a Town Hall held by telephone, Mayor Keith A. James was joined by Congresswoman Lois Frankel, Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner, West Palm Beach Fire Chief Diana Matty, and Florida Small Business Development Center Network CEO Michael Myhre. More than 3,700 people listened as each panelist shared updates on the ongoing efforts to mitigate COVID-19, to address the needs of residents and business owners, and to accelerate the local economy.

 

For more information, call toll free at (877) 810-3044 (TTY: 800-955-8771).

 
 

Parents Can Relax... Homework Help is Here!

The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is now offering remote homework help. Remote Homework Help will run May 2-May 24 and be available Saturdays and Sundays from 1PM to 4PM each day.

 

DIY Celebrations Announced

The City's Community Events Division has developed a new "DIY Event Guide." The content is an effort to help City residents recreate the City's award-winning events at home due to current social distancing recommendations in light of COVID-19.

 

The City of West Palm Beach, Tree of Life Resource Center, Farm Share, and Schumacher Automotive Group will host a drive-thru Community Food Distribution Event.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 10AM - 1PM

Dreher Park | 5683 Dreher Trail N.

(Enter by making a right turn off Parker Ave to Summit Blvd.)

To ensure the health and safety of volunteers and community members, we must adhere to COVID-19 CDC guidelines. Please remain in your vehicle, and open the truck of your vehicle when it's your turn in line.

Contact: (561) 656-5601

 

Food Distribution

Hospitality Helping Hands (NEW DATE)

Fridays from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Grocery distribution while supplies last.

3950 Georgia Avenue

Web: www.hospitalityhelpinghands.org

*To feed hospitality workers impacted by COVID-19.

 

Summer Food Service Program

Palm Beach County Youth Services Department

Summer meals for kids and teens being served in your community. Open to all children 18 and younger. No enrollment and no cost. To find a nearby site:

Phone: (866) 348-6479

Text: FOOD to 877-877

Web: www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

 

 The Salvation Army Northwest Community Center (NEW LOCATION)

Saturdays 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Provides a drive-up, no contact, weeks’ worth of groceries to make meals.

600 Rosemary Ave. North

Phone: (561) 833-6767

 

COVID-19 Toolbox in Spanish Upon Request

The Community Information Toolbox, a COVID-19 resource guide for West Palm Beach residents, families and small businesses, is now available in Spanish upon request. The information in the toolbox is updated often so you can connect with the help you need. For requests, email Jose Tagle at JTagle@wpb.org or call (561) 822-1412 (TTY: 800-955-8771).

 

WPB Together Fund Established

The WPB Together Fund was established by West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James as a challenge to private sector businesses and individuals, who are able, to help match $309,000 in funds allocated by the City to support COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts.

"We will overcome COVID-19 impacts the West Palm Beach way: Together" - Keith A. James, Mayor

 

CRA Emergency Small Business Relief Program

The Community Redevelopment Agency has established a grant program for businesses within their Downtown and Northwood/Pleasant City districts. The Emergency Small Business Relief Program is a one-time financial assistance grant not exceeding $2,500, to be used for mortgage/rent and/or utility payments or payroll to continue limited operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be awarded on a “first complete & eligible application received, first granted” basis while funding remains available. The CRA will begin accepting applications Tuesday, May 5 at 9AM.

In addition to a completely filled out application, businesses must provide the following, including but not limited to:

  • Proof of applying for the Payment Protection Program, SBA Disaster Loan or any other federal, state or local program
  • Proof of application for the City’s COVID-19 Recovery and Assistance Program
  • Copy of completed W-9
  • Copy of valid Business Tax Receipt with the city of West Palm Beach
  • Invoice for requested amount, not to exceed $2,500

For more information including all required documents for applying, click here. For questions, email CRA@wpb.org. Applications will NOT be accepted before Tuesday May 5 at 9AM.

 

Remember to Properly Bag Yard Waste for Pickup

The City of West Palm Beach Public Works Department reminds residents that grass clippings and small landscape waste left at curbside must be properly bagged and prepared for pickup. The department has seen an increase in unprepared yard waste left on the curb. This loose material takes longer to remove and causes delays by sanitation workers. 

 

The City of West Palm Beach is encouraging the public not to leave donations outside thrift stores and donation centers while they are shut down during the COVID-19 crisis. While some charitable organizations and donation centers are actively receiving donations, others may be closed at this time. To direct donations to active drop-off locations and prevent donations from going to waste, the “BOX IT, DON’T DROP IT” initiative directs donors to clean and organize donations, box them up, and then find an OPEN donation center OR put it aside until donation centers re-open.

 

Our collaboration with VITA NOVA to create the #ClosetDeposit challenge has been a great success. We have received numerous donations and have extended donation drop-offs to Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12 pm - 5 pm at VITA NOVA. There is now a way to donate online via VITA NOVA’s Amazon Wish List, where you can purchase items that will be delivered directly to the donation center. 

 

The Seniors, Children, and Families Group of the COVID-19 Community Response Unit (CRU) has launched the Family Connect school supply drive for students in need. Supplies will help families with end of the year school needs and summer education programs. Drop off your packaged donations in designated boxes placed outside the downtown WPB Police Station (600 Banyan Blvd) or any WPB Fire Station located throughout the city.

 

YOUR HELP NEEDED! CALL TO ACTION!

A complete Census count is urgently needed now more than ever to help with the City’s recovery from COVID-19. Please fill out your Census online, by mail or phone (800-354-7271). An accurate Census count can lead to federal dollars coming into our city to support our COVID-19 recovery.

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VIDEO: 2020 Census: Our Count Helps COVID-19 Relief

 
 
 

Mayor's Response Hotline

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

 

Public Art Opportunity for South Florida Artists

The City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places Committee requests qualifications from professional artists and/or professional artist teams to create a stand-alone artwork for Sunset Park, located at 3601 N. Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach. The selected artist(s) and/or team(s) will create an artwork that will contribute to the character of the park. The work should be serene, peaceful, and meditative in nature. The project budget is $65,000.

 
 

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