Insider Newsletter May 8, 2020

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West Palm Beach & ‘Phase 1’ Recovery

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that, on Monday, Palm Beach County will be allowed to enter ‘Phase 1’ recovery, which involves, in part, the reopening of in-store retail sales; in-restaurant dining; and museums and libraries at 25% capacity, respectively, and requires businesses to follow applicable social distancing and safety guidelines. Mayor Keith A. James supports implementation of ‘Phase 1’ recovery in the City of West Palm Beach. However, the library will remain closed for at least a week.

“We are committed to re-opening the City of West Palm Beach in a smart and safe manner,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “This is one of several steps being undertaken that will greatly help many businesses and residents. I urge everyone, especially the elderly or individuals with preexisting conditions, to continue to take precautions that are necessary to stay healthy and safe.”

Senior citizens should avoid close contact with people outside the home. All individuals, when in public, should maximize physical distancing from others. Avoid socializing in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for physical distancing. Face masks are recommended for all those in face-to-face interactions and where you can’t social distance.

Should the Governor’s executive order allow for the re-opening of barber shops, hair salons, and nail salons, the Mayor may enter a moratorium on those services for 72-hours.

For information about the City of West Palm Beach, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/. To contact the City of West Palm Beach, please dial: (561) 822-1200 (TTY: 800-955-8771). 

 

Dear resident or business owner:

These past few months underscore just how important an accurate U.S. Census count is to each of us.

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census counts every resident and provides insight into our nation, cities and communities. The Census captures who we are, where we live, and more.

Census results inform decisions about federal funding for more than 100 programs, including school lunches, highway construction, and education. The data is used for many other purposes including community planning, public health, and state and federal legislative seat redistricting.

In West Palm Beach, federal funds have been utilized to support the City’s COVID-19 recovery and assistance programs for residents. Recently, the City approved 26 applications for a combined $60,000 to provide up to two months of rental assistance to residents. We are also providing help with food stamps and reemployment applications. Pandemic or not, federal funds help us provide housing assistance, business loans, social services, and mental health and food assistance. 

This year, the City received approximately $1 million from the federal government through the CDBG, HOME, and HOPWA programs. More recently, we received an additional $1 million through the CARES Act funding under CDBG and HOPWA. The funding is based on the Census results from a decade ago.

Let’s put this into perspective. The 10 minutes you spent on the Census 10 years ago are still impacting us today. Once again, the Census is underway, and the 10 minutes you spend now will continue to shape our lives for the next 10 years. Your response matters!

I urge all West Palm Beach residents to complete the Census.

 

Yours in service,

Keith A. James, Mayor

 
 
 

WPB to offer Hurricane Season Vegetation Amnesty

In preparation for the 2020 hurricane season, the City of West Palm Beach is pleased to announce that Hurricane Season Vegetation Amnesty will start on May 25, 2020 and continue through June 5, 2020. The annual amnesty period allows residential customers to place large or unlimited amounts of vegetation waste for pickup at no charge.

 

Mayor James Thanks WPB Together Heroes

Mayor Keith A. James recognizes and thanks this week’s WPB Together Heroes: Charles and Amanda Schumacher, Farm Share, Fmr. U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, and Tree of Life Foundation. These outstanding individuals and organizations recently partnered with the City to host a drive-through community food distribution event at Dreher Park. 

 

A Special Video Message: "We Are Here for You!"

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

 
 

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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • On May 8, 2020, Palm Beach County voted, tentatively, to open beaches starting May 18, 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.                      
 
 
 

West Palm Beach to Host COVID-19 Community Town Halls

City Commissioners, community leaders to discuss services, programs to support residents, businesses

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

The Community Town Hall meetings will be organized by topic in the following areas: Housing & Homelessness; Economic Support & Recovery; Seniors, Children & Families; Food, Water & Medicine; Community Services & Volunteer Engagement and Non-Profits & Faith-based Outreach.

All residents and business owners are invited to attend any Town Hall that interests them. The Town Halls will be held online via Zoom and the city’s Facebook page. During the Town Hall, residents can participate using the chat feature. Residents can submit questions in advance by emailing them to TownHall@wpb.org. Please indicate which group the question is for so they can be answered during the meeting. 

The Community Town Hall schedule for the week of May 11th is:

Tuesday, May 12 (5:00 PM) | Community Services & Volunteer Engagement with Commissioner Christina Lambert -- Learn about existing city outreach programs and resources, opportunities to volunteer and support our community, and hear from residents and organizations who are making a difference in West Palm Beach. Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94281290480 or Telephone: US: 877 853 5257 (Toll Free) or 888 475 4499 (Toll Free), Webinar ID: 942 8129 0480

Wednesday, May 13 (5:00 PM) | Food, Water & Medicine with Commissioner Christy Fox -- Learn about existing food distribution programs in West Palm Beach, what food resources are available to support you and your family and hear from local experts on food related issues. Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/98553019117 or Telephone: US: 888 475 4499 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5257 (Toll Free), Webinar ID: 985 5301 9117

Thursday, May 14 (3:30 PM) | Non-Profits & Faith-Based Outreach with former Mayor Jeri Muoio -- Join local non-profits and faith-based leaders for a discussion on programs and resources that are available to support you and your family during this time or how you can support a non-profit or faith-based organization. Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96990550736 or Telephone: US: 877 853 5257 (Toll Free) or 888 475 4499 (Toll Free), Webinar ID: 969 9055 0736

Thursday, May 14 (5:00 PM) |Seniors, Children & Families with Commissioner Joe Peduzzi -- Learn about city programs and resources available to support our seniors, children and families. Local agency experts who provide services to our community will join the discussion. Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/98274921525 or Telephone: US: 888 475 4499 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5257 (Toll Free), Webinar ID: 982 7492 1525

Thursday, May 14 (6:30 PM) | Housing & Homelessness with Commissioner Cory Neering -- Learn about city programs to support individuals with rental assistance and Reemployment Assistance applications. Local experts will join in to discuss programs that are in place to support homeless individuals and how residents can support our community during this time. Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/91810114593 or Telephone: 888 475 4499 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5257 (Toll Free), Webinar ID:918 1011 4593

Friday, May 15 (1:00 PM) | Economic Support & Recovery with Commission President Kelly Shoaf --A panel discussion for West Palm Beach businesses. Learn about the city’s Recovery and Assistance Loan Program, existing programs to support West Palm Beach restaurants and retail as well a discussion about reopening phases and plans. Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94668241960 or Telephone: US: 877 853 5257 (Toll Free) or 888 475 4499 (Toll Free), Webinar ID: 946 6824 1960

For more information on West Palm Beach resources and programs to help community members overcome the negative effects of COVID-19, please visit www.wpb.org/covid19 or call (561) 822-1200 (TTY: 800-955-8771). 

 

Recent Policy Actions by the City of WPB’s Historic Preservation Board

 

WPB Recent Policy Actions

Below is a summary of some of the approvals and decisions made by the City Commission at a meeting on Monday, May 4, 2020.

  • Approved accepting and appropriating an award of $215,649 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Justice Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Grant to aid in the prevention, preparation for, and response to COVID-19.
  • Approved and authorized a memorandum of agreement between the City of West Palm Beach and the Police Benevolent Association, Certified Unit No. 145 and Certified Unit No. 825, providing a COVID-19 related stipend for members of the PBA Collective Bargaining Unit.
 
 
 

Mayor's Response Hotline

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

 

As Seen In Previous Editions:

 

WPB-TV

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VIDEO: WPB Joins Partners in COVID-19 Relief Food Distribution

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VIDEO: WPB Emergency Operations Center Activated for COVID-19

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VIDEO: City Commission Meeting, May 4, 2020

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VIDEO: CRA Meeting, May 4, 2020

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VIDEO: Mayor's Message, May 4. 2020

 
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