Here is a listing of published information regarding the current State of Local Emergency. The latest posting appears first, followed by earlier posts.
Mayor Keith A. James lifts State of Emergency Declaration/Nighttime Curfew
for West Palm Beach
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA (June 8, 2020) -- West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James has lifted the State of Emergency (civil unrest) /nighttime curfew for the City of West Palm Beach, effective immediately.
"I am pleased to share that, effective immediately, I am lifting the nighttime curfew and declaration of state of emergency (civil unrest) for our city. This past week has been an especially difficult time for everyone. I thank the residents and business owners for working with us, as we worked to keep the public safe. During this time, we had only eight arrests and no reports of damage to property after Sunday evening. In the last week, more than 4000 people protested peacefully at more than five demonstrations in our city. I know that the curfew was instrumental in protecting our citizens, our businesses and the demonstrators."
For information about the City of West Palm Beach, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/. To call the City of West Palm Beach, please dial (561) 822-1200 (TTY: 800-955-8771).
RUMOR PATROL: Firearms During a State of Emergency
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (June 3, 2020) – Online claims that the City of West Palm Beach is violating 2nd Amendment rights through the recent imposition of a nighttime curfew are false. When a State of Emergency is declared for the protection of the public from a clear and present danger of a riot or other general public disorder, widespread disobedience of the law, and substantial injury to persons or to property, the State of Florida preempts local government regulation of guns and mandates that the following acts are prohibited during the period of said emergency throughout the jurisdiction:
The sale of, or offer to sell, with or without consideration, any ammunition or gun or other firearm of any size or description.
- The intentional display, after the emergency is declared, by or in any store or shop of any ammunition or gun or other firearm of any size or description.
- The intentional possession in a public place of a firearm by any person, except a duly authorized law enforcement official or person in military service acting in the official performance of her or his duty.
Mayor Keith A. James, in his executive order, merely recited what the statute states are automatic emergency measures.
For more information, please see Sections 870.044 and 870.043, Florida Statutes.
WPB Statement for WPTV story - June 3, 2020
“The police department’s reaction to disperse a crowd of individuals was entirely appropriate as our police were the subject of attack. Mayor James was absolutely right to debunk false claims that our police instigated a confrontation with protesters and that police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters who had been mostly peaceful. Any information provided during Monday’s press conference by either Mayor or Chief was based on the information known to them at the time. In the interest of full transparency, new information they learned since, including a list of the non-lethal force used by officers in their defense, was shared with the media and posted on our website. You can’t get more transparent than that. To the credit of our Mayor and the West Palm Beach Police Department, it should be noted that more than 3000 individuals participated in the protest, and no one was injured. ” – Kathleen Walter, Director of Communications
West Palm Beach Police Dept.
West Palm Beach, FL (June 3, 2020)— On Sunday, May 31, 2020, the West Palm Beach Police Department facilitated a protest throughout the City for approximately 3000 demonstrators. The demonstration, which began at approximately 1:00 p.m. with a small number of protestors, swelled to 3000. At approximately 7:30 p.m. a group of approximately 60 people began to destroy property, jumped on traveling vehicles of motorists attempting to navigate through roadways, and throwing rocks and bottles at officers. As this group of agitators grew violent, to protect lives, a request was made to Mayor James to instill a 9:00 p.m. curfew. Eventually, officers were forced to defend themselves deploying the following non-lethal force:
- Direct impact foam sponge balls (commonly referred to as rubber bullets)
- Six smoke cannisters
- One CS Gas (eye irritant)
- Five arrests were made
- No injuries were reported,
Incidents recorded during the incident:
- 20:53 – Burglary - 1771 PBL – 20-96445/20-96575
- Tommy Hilfiger – broken glass
- TD Bank – Broken glass
- Xfinity Store – Broken glass
- Whole Food – Broken glass
- 20:53 – 21BIP – 501 EVERNIA – BRIGHTLINE TERMINAL
- 21:30 – 21BIP – 5335 N MILITARY TRL – 20-96494
- 1st Lady Nails – broken window
- 21:30 – Fire – 591 EVERNIA – FIRE IN ALEY WAY – 20-96485
- 21:05 – Fire – 519 CLEMATIS – TRASH CANS ON FIRE
- 21:08 – SHOTS 1 CLEMATIS ST
- 22:05 – SHOTS – 1500 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
- 22:08 – SHOTS – 956 32ND ST – 1 ROUND
- 23:13 – disturbance – 1840 PBL (MARATHON) – 20-96579
- 20-30 SUBJS CAUSING A disturbance TRYING TO BREAK IN
- 23:31 – Burglary – 2900 S DIXIE HWY – 20-96591
- 00:19 – SHOTS – 4900 BROADWY – 20-96613
- 00:26 – SHOTS- 1128 ROSEMARY AVE – 20-96617
CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH UPDATE
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (June 2, 2020, 8:45 p.m.) – Okeechobee Boulevard has reopened. A nighttime curfew from 9:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. remains in effect in the City of West Palm Beach, until terminated by the Mayor or City Commission. During curfew hours, people may travel to and from work, and the sale/distribution of alcohol is prohibited. To view the amended Declaration of State of Local Emergency, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/home/showdocument?id=1189.
TRAFFIC SAFETY ALERT, JUNE 2, 2020
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (June 2, 2020, 4:45 p.m.) -- A protest is underway in downtown West Palm Beach. Okeechobee Blvd., between Australian Ave. and I-95, is closed in both eastbound and westbound directions. Please find alternate routes and use caution.
WEST PALM BEACH CITY COMMISSION APPROVES EXTENDING THE AMENDED DECLARATION OF STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY
WEST PALM BEACH, FL (June 2, 2020) – On Monday, June 1, 2020, the City of West Palm Beach City Commission approved Resolution No. 178-20, extending the Mayor’s Amended Declaration of State of Local Emergency until terminated by the Mayor or City Commission. A State of Local Emergency with a nighttime curfew, from 9:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., remains in effect for the City of West Palm Beach, until terminated by the Mayor or City Commission. During curfew hours, people may travel to and from work, and the sale/distribution of alcohol is prohibited.
CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH ISSUES AMENDED DECLARATION OF STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (June 1, 2020) – A State of Local Emergency remains in effect for the City of West Palm Beach. A 72-hour nighttime curfew remains in effect through June 3, 2020 at 9:00 p.m., unless otherwise extended or terminated. The State of Local Emergency may be extended by resolution of the City Commission. During curfew hours, people may travel to and from work. An Amended Declaration of State of Local Emergency changes the limitation on distribution of alcohol and use of public places to apply only during the general curfew hours.
The amended declaration can be read here.
WPBPD Monitoring Social Media, Gathering Intelligence in Event of Another Demonstration
Post Date:06/01/2020 2:23 PM
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (June 1, 2020) – The West Palm Beach Police Department continually monitors social media and gathers intelligence in the event of another demonstration. Actionable information will be shared with the public. For questions about public safety, please dial (561) 822-1900. In the event of an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
NIGHTTIME CURFEW IMPOSED FOR CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH
Original Post Date:05/31/2020 9:05 PM
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA (May 31, 2020) – West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James has put in place a nighttime curfew starting at 9:00 p.m. tonight, May 31, 2020. The curfew is in effect, nightly, from 9:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., for the next 72-hours, unless otherwise extended or terminated. People are asked to peacefully disburse from any street in the City, including the downtown area. During curfew hours, people may travel to work.
“The public’s safety is my top priority, especially during this time of great unrest in cities nationwide,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “The nighttime curfew is an additional tool to promote public safety in our city.”