Insider Newsletter June 21, 2020

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West Palm Beach: Follow CDC Guidance to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Mayor Keith A. James and West Palm Beach Emergency Manager Asst. Chief Brent Bloomfield remind the public to follow CDC guidance and take precautions to reduce the risk of either contracting or spreading COVID-19. The wearing of cloth face coverings is strongly encouraged to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. According to the CDC, everyone should:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members. Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. Stay at least 6 feet from other people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. You could spread COVID-19 even if you do not have symptoms. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. If you are around others and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.
  • Monitor Your Health. Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature if symptoms develop. Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Local Food Assistance Options for West Palm Beach Residents

The City of West Palm Beach reminds residents of the many food assistance programs available throughout their community. Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines when attending these events.


Virtual Town Hall


On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, Mayor James hosted a virtual Town Hall on social justice, racial equity and police/community relations. This will be the first of many conversations, actions and collaborations to be held in West Palm Beach with the goals of developing a mutual understanding among residents and strengthening the unity in the community. The City will also host a Spanish language town hall to hold this same conversation with West Palm Beach’s Hispanic community. More details on this will be provided as they arise.To watch the full town hall, click on the video above.


Recent Policy Actions

Below is a summary of some of the approvals and decisions made by the City Commission at a meeting on Monday, June 15, 2020.

  • Approved providing additional appropriations for the Martin Luther King (MLK) Memorial Refurbishment/Improvements in the amount of $67,449.46. The Currie Park Boat Ramp project was completed in early 2020, and there is $67,449.46 left in the project budget in the Capital Acquisition Fund 304. The appropriations of these funds would provide for a total amount of $305,539.45 to complete the MLK Refurbishment project.
  • Approved a substantial amendment to allocate awarded CARES Act program funds in the 2019 Annual Action Plan to eligible activities, reallocate CDBG program fund in the 2019 Annual Action Plan to eligible activities to support COVID-19 response, and allocate unallocated program funds or program income to eligible activities. The CARES Act provides supplemental CDBG (CDBG-CV) and HOPWA (HOPWA-CV) funding for grants to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus. The City was awarded a total $597,108 under the CDBG-CV program and $467,782 under HOPWA Program supplement funds. In accordance with 24 CFR 91.505, the City is submitting a substantial amendment to HUD to allocate CARES Act CDBG-CV and HOPWA-CV Program funds in the current Annual Action Plan as well as reallocate CDBG Program funds to support eligible activities responding to COVID-19.

Public Meetings


Public Art Opportunity for South Florida Artists

The City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places program and the City of West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency request qualifications from professional artists and/or professional artist teams to create a stand-alone artwork for historic Heart & Soul Park, located at 609 8th Street, in the City’s Historic Northwest.

The City Seeks 15 Local Artists

The City's Art in Public Places Committee requests submissions from professional artists in Palm Beach County to participate in “The Commons: 15 Artists in 15 Spaces,” an effort to create art in 15 public spaces. The effort is a part of the Palm Beach County Artists COVDI-19 Relief Initiative, where the AiPP Committee will select local artists to reimagine the City’s public spaces, while simultaneously COVID-19 monetary relief to the local artist community.


Road Closures

FDOT will be conducting routine maintenance and repair of the ramp connecting westbound Okeechobee Boulevard to southbound I-95 in the City of West Palm Beach. Expect traffic impacts beginning Thursday, July 2, 2020, with an anticipated completion of Spring 2021.


Respond to the U.S. Census Today

10 Minutes You Spend Today Can Impact Our City for 10 Years


Mayor's Response Hotline

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


Water Restrictions in Effect

Enhanced water restrictions remain in effect for our region, per the South Florida Water Management District. Restrictions include:

  • Watering of lawns only two days per week between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Previous guidelines allowed irrigation watering three days per week.)
  • Even-numbered addresses or other locations without an address may irrigate only on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Sundays.
  • Property owners may apply no more than ¾ inch to 1 inch of water per week on their lawns and landscapes.

High Efficiency Toilet Voucher Program 

Are you flushing money down the toilet? Older toilets can waste a lot of water. You may qualify to receive free vouchers worth $125 each to upgrade your toilets! The Office of Sustainability is providing $125 High Efficiency Toilet Vouchers for the replacement of residential and commercial toilets to promote water conservation.


As Seen In Previous Editions:




City Commission Meeting (June 15, 2020)


City Commission Meeting (June 15, 2020): Mayor's Message


Special CRA Meeting (June 15, 2020)


VIDEO: Census 2020: Participation Helps West Palm Beach Thrive



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