Insider Newsletter June 28, 2020

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WPB PLANS DIY 4TH OF JULY

Check out the City’s tutorials to make your at-home Fourth of July “POP”

In lieu of the City’s annual 4th on Flagler celebration, the City of West Palm Beach is encouraging residents to stay at home and have a socially safe DIY 4th of July. The City rolled out tutorials to help patriots party at home and host their own “POP” – a party on their porch. The grand finale will be a fireworks show after 9 p.m. The fireworks will NOT be on Flagler Drive, and all waterfront activities are cancelled. Instead, the brightly colored bursts will be ignited from two undisclosed locations. All West Palm Beach residents will be able to see the fireworks either by looking up at the sky or through the City’s partnership with WPBF 25. The station’s “Project CommUNITY: Fireworks from Home” will start at 9 p.m. and includes a special program, as well as a live broadcast of the City’s fireworks as the finale. This event marks the end of the City’s 125th anniversary celebration.

 

Masks, Facial Coverings Mandated to Help Prevent COVID-19 Spread

Palm Beach County has issued Emergency Order 2020-012 requiring masks or face coverings in Palm Beach County. The order states that it is applicable in all incorporated and unincorporated areas of Palm Beach County and is effective Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.

 

COVID-19 Update

A State of Emergency remains in effect for West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County.

City Hall is open by appointment only. Mandatory temperature checks are being taken at the entrance to City facilities.

On Friday, Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation suspended on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide.

 

Public Participation During Virtual Public Meetings 

To promote social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of West Palm Beach has turned to Zoom technology to host public meetings since April. While public meetings have gone remote, the public’s participation is still needed, welcomed and encouraged. The City’s virtual public meetings are currently being broadcast through multiple mediums, allowing for multiple ways for the public to continue to participate and provide public comment for these meetings.

 

WPB Residents Encouraged to Apply for CARES Mortgage Assistance Program

The CARES Mortgage Assistance Program offered by Palm Beach County’s Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability is open for West Palm Beach homeowners who have been negatively affected by COVID-19. $20,000,000 in CARES Act funds are available as a grant to cover up to four months’ mortgage payments, not to exceed $10,000. Funding may also be used as temporary relief to help eligible households who have not fulfilled their first mortgage and escrow payments, as well as other fees and costs.

 
 

PUBLIC Q&A CRA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MEETING

On Thursday, July 2 at 10:00 A.M., a virtual Zoom Meeting with the two candidates for CRA Executive Director will be held. This meeting is designed to provide public input in the selection process. At the beginning of the meeting, time will be allotted for public comment related to selecting the CRA Executive Director. 

 

July 4 Fireworks Safety

The City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Fire Department wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July. For residents who chose to use consumer fireworks including firecrackers and sparklers, the West Palm Beach Fire Department offers these tips to keep you and your family safe:

 

WPBPD: Secure Your Vehicle, Belongings to Prevent Car Break-Ins

The West Palm Beach Police Department reminds residents to lock up their cars and take steps to prevent car break-ins. One of the most preventable crimes, auto burglaries are occurring during the day and night, in people’s driveways, and in vehicles parked on the street in front of their homes.

 

Groundbreaking Held for 'Home at Tamarind'

On June 22, 2020, West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson and other dignitaries came together to celebrate the opening of “Home at Tamarind.” A ceremonial ribbon cutting was held to mark the opening of the City’s latest affordable housing community. The six-unit development is designed for individuals with developmental disabilities who are either homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. The home is located at 2100 N. Tamarind Avenue. 

 

WPB Together Heroes Jack and Diana Weir Donate $10K to COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund

West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James recognizes and thanks Jack and Diana Weir who donated $10,000 to the WPB Together Fund for the purpose of helping the City’s COVID-19 hunger relief efforts. The WPB Together fund was established by Mayor James as a challenge to individuals and businesses, who are able, to match the City’s recovery assistance funding. To date, $28,900 have been donated by private individuals to the fund.

 

Calling Palm Beach County Artists

The City of West Palm Beach invites professional artists to apply to create a site-specific public artwork for Sunset Park a passive, residential park that overlooks Mangonia Lake known for experiencing beautiful sunsets.  

Open to professional visual artists, as defined in the City of West Palm Beach Code of Ordinances, with residency in Florida. Must be 18 years of age or older. Application deadline is Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 11:59pm EST 

 

Chlorine Flush Scheduled for 7/8-7/29

To maintain high water quality in the City’s water distribution system, the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Utilities will temporarily modify the disinfection process used to treat our drinking water by flushing water lines with chlorine. This preventative maintenance will occur between Wednesday, July 8, 2020 – Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

 
 

Public Meeting List

 
 
 

West Palm Beach Wins Legal Fight over Okeechobee Business District

The Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed a lower court opinion upholding the City of West Palm Beach’s creation of the Okeechobee Business District. The order entered on May 28, 2020 is now final. The Town of Palm Beach and 222 Lakeview had appealed a judge’s ruling that the petitioners did not prove beyond fair debate the City’s comprehensive plan amendment creating the Okeechobee Business District in the Downtown Master Plan Element was not “in compliance,” under section 163.3185.

 

This Week at Grassy Waters Preserve:

Hog Wild

The soundscape of the swamp is often filled with the melody of songbirds, the courtship calls of frogs, and the ever-present sound of water. In the quiet repose of Grassy Waters Preserve of West Palm Beach, one can easily encounter moments of peace and tranquility. It is no surprise when the silence is broken with the sounds of grunts and growls, a figure moves like a phantom among the cypress trees. Suddenly, from behind the Grassy Waters Preserve veil of ancient ferns, rotting snags and fallen logs steps an unexpected visitor, a Wild Boar.  

 

Fire Station #4 Earns Prestigious Design Certification

The City of West Palm Beach has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for the construction of Fire Station #4. Located at 1718 Parker Avenue, Fire Station #4 serves the Grandview Heights, Pineapple Park, Flamingo Park, and El Cid neighborhoods. 

 

Respond to the U.S. Census Today

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

Census Participation Competition

Elected officials from several of Palm Beach County’s large municipalities recently hosted a kickoff event to announce a friendly, inter-municipality competition that encourages the community’s participation in the 2020 Census. This months’ long competition will run through October 31, 2020 and pits Palm Beach County municipalities, with populations over 30,000, against each other to drive Census 2020 response rates. The winning municipality will be determined by the greatest percent increase of participation in the 2020 Census during that period.

“This idea for the PBC Census League was created to spark a friendly competition and inspire communities to work together to complete the census. Just as each city will benefit from higher participation rates in the census, our county will collectively benefit as our cities, communities and leaders unite behind this important goal. A higher census participation means more Federal funding for needed social, community and neighborhood programs over the next decade. I am excited to be working alongside so many city leaders across the county to make sure we are all counted in the 2020 Census, said West Palm Beach City Commissioner, Christina Lambert.

Shortly after the October 31 Census 2020 deadline, the winning municipality will be presented a trophy in their commission chambers by the other municipalities’ participating along with bragging rights in this fun competition. During the trophy presentation, the presenting cities will wear the winning city’s logo shirts, hats, and branding.

Municipalities invited to participate have populations over 30,000 and include Boynton Beach, Lake Worth Beach, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, Greenacres, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Riviera Beach. 

 

Mayor's Response Hotline

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

 

As Seen In Previous Editions:

 

WPB-TV

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Mayor/Commission Work Session (June 24, 2020)

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Mayor/Commission Work Session (June 24, 2020): Smart Loading Zone Pilot Project

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Mayor/Commission Work Session (June 24, 2020): Traffic Calming

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Mayor/Commission Work Session (June 24, 2020): Restart of In-Person City Commission Meetings

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Mayor/Commission Work Session (June 24, 2020): Police Reform, Social Equity

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4th of July 2020 DIY Preview

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FEMA Issues New Guidelines for Hurricane Season with COVID-19

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Mayor James and Dr. Ben Carson Co-Host Event for Affordable Housing Project

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Census 2020: Participation Helps Create Affordable Housing

 
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