CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH’S FAMED HOLIDAY SAND TREE RETURNS NOVEMEBER 29, 2018
"Sandi" is scheduled to make a splash with new friend, 2018 theme
As with every year, the City of West Palm Beach’s Holiday in Paradise (HIP) star of the show, Sandi – the world’s only 35-foot, 700-ton, holiday sand tree – is returning with a seasonal theme and new elements. During her off-season travels, Sandi met a mermaid friend named Merry. Both, along with a full cast of talented supporting characters, are scheduled to make a splash during the Clematis by Night Holiday Tree Lighting on Thursday, November 29, 2018. The musical, under-the-sea theme is expected to be a big hit with residents, revisiting guests, and first-time visitors to downtown West Palm Beach, many of whom have made Sandi part of their annual holiday traditions. Sandi and Merry the Mermaid will offer the public nightly melodies and light shows from the Great Lawn, west of Flagler Drive on North Clematis Street, through New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, 2018.
“The holidays are a special time for families,” said City of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “I am proud of West Palm Beach for continuing to offer fun and free opportunities for families to come together and celebrate the magic of the holiday season. Our offerings are internationally award-winning, creative, unique, plentiful and free. I encourage everyone to make some time to experience the excitement of Sandi and her supporting cast of characters.”
After nearly a month-long preparation of trucking in, sculpting and lighting 800-tons-of-sand, the Holiday Tree Lighting is a huge celebration. Sandi will shine brightly, sing sweetly and offer additional activities for visitors and locals. For the first time this season, Sandi will offer daily activities. In addition, for the big reveal, there will be a holiday shopping boutique in the Lake Pavilion and extra characters, including Santa and a mermaid, who will both be available for photo opportunities.
To continue reading and to see a list of daily activities, please visit: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CITY-OF-WEST-PALM-BEACH’S-FAMED-HOLIDAY-SAND-TREE.
New Look Unveiled for Clematis Street
VIDEO: Clematis Street's New Look Unveiled at Ribbon Cutting
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Mayor Jeri Muoio, the City of West Palm Beach, and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA) officially unveiled the much-anticipated new look of Clematis Street on Thursday, November 1, with a ribbon cutting and street party celebration in the 300 block. The celebration continued at the City's Clematis by Night event. The unveiling marks the completion of the first phase of the Clematis Streetscape project that took place over the summer months throughout the 300 block of Clematis Street between S. Dixie Highway and S. Olive Ave. The project is transforming the City's most iconic downtown street with a variety of modern infrastructure and vibrant design elements that renew and enhance the street with a pedestrian focus for residents and visitors.
Project highlights include:
- A curbless street that prioritizes the pedestrian;
- Narrower traffic lanes to slow travel speed for cars;
- High-visibility crosswalks and mid-block crossings;
- More regularly spaced shade trees;
- Wider sidewalks for more walkway space, dining space, and furnished seating space;
- Reduced parking spaces to make room for "people space".
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West Palm Beach to Set Future Course of Minority and Women Business Programs
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio and West Palm Beach Procurement Director Frank Hayden will soon present the results of the City of West Palm Beach’s Disparity Study during two informational meetings. In 2015, the City commissioned a Disparity Study, to guide future implementation of minority- (MBE) and women-owned (WBE) business programs in the City. The Disparity Study measured whether any underutilization of minority- and women-owned contractors exists in West Palm Beach’s procurement.
The City contracted with Mason Tillman Associates to conduct the study. Mason Tillman assessed the availability of minority-owned or women-owned businesses in West Palm Beach versus the utilization of those firms on City projects. The study focused on construction services, professional services, and goods and services contracts from October 2010 through September 2014. The purpose of the study was to analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the City’s current race- and gender-neutral practices and the need for continuation and/or development of new strategies to incorporate minorities and women into these practices.
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If you own property in West Palm Beach, you can't afford to miss this free class!
November 29, 2018 at 5:30 pm
Please arrive by 5:15 pm
West Palm Beach City Hall | Flagler Gallery, 401 Clematis Street
- Legal tenant application and screening process;
- Fair housing practices;
- Common code enforcement problems;
- How to avoid becoming a chronic nuisance;
- Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED);
- Nuisance abatement process;
- Key contacts in the event of a problem;
- Landlord resources.
Course instructors include representatives from:
- West Palm Beach Code Enforcement and Chronic Nuisance Departments;
- Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County;
- West Palm Beach Police Department;
- West Palm Beach Housing Authority.
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WPB to Recognize Media Literacy Week
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio and the City of West Palm Beach will recognize Media Literacy Week in the U.S. from November 5 – 9, 2018. The purpose and mission of Media Literacy Week is to raise the visibility of the importance and power of media literacy education and its essential role in education today.
Hosted by the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), U .S. Media Literacy Week brings together hundreds of partners for events and activities around the country. This important initiative has the support of a large group of partnering organizations and media literacy experts from all over the country who are dedicated and passionate about media literacy education.
“It’s so important for people, especially our youth, to think critically about the role media plays in our lives, our community, and the world,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “Given that the speed and quantity of information is growing exponentially in the 21st century, media literacy skills are vital to living and learning!”
Organizations or educators or anyone wishing to participate, please visit: https://medialiteracyweek.us to learn more about ways to get involved.
NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS SCHEDULE
Please note the revised neighborhood meeting schedule list for the remainder of the year:
- Nov. 7, 2018, 4:30 p.m.: Western Communities Neighborhood Meeting with the Mayor; Flagler Gallery at City Hall
- Nov. 14, 2018, 5:30 p.m.: North End Neighborhood Meeting with the Mayor; Flagler Gallery at City Hall
- Nov. 28, 2018; 5:30 p.m.: South End Neighborhood Meeting with the Mayor, Flagler Gallery at City Hall.
For more information, please contact Neighborhood Services Coordinator Jose Tagle at (561) 822-1400.
ROAD & DOCK CLOSURES UPDATE:
CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH CLOSURES
- Rosemary Ave. between Okeechobee and Hibiscus St. (through Friday, April 12, 2019):Full closure for CityPlace streetscape improvements. Access to all parking garages will be maintained. Pedestrian traffic will be unaffected.
- Hibiscus St. between Rosemary Ave. and Quadrille Blvd. (through Saturday, February 23, 2019): Full closure for CityPlace streetscape improvements. Access to all parking garages from Quadrille Blvd. will be maintained. Pedestrian traffic will be unaffected.
- Spruce Ave. between 30th and 29th St. (through Friday, November 16, 2018): One side of Spruce Ave. will be closed alternately for curb, sidewalk and driveway replacement. Flaggers will assist motorists within the work zone.
- Cumberland Dr. between Military Tr. and Village Blvd. (through January 2019): Reduced speeds on the eastbound and westbound lanes for a road beautification and safety project. Flaggers will assist motorists.
- Georgia Ave. between Briggs St. and Dobbins St. (until further notice): Closed for road improvements. Local traffic only. Eastbound traffic on Briggs St. may turn right only at Georgia Ave.
- Community Events Flagler Road Closure (Saturday November 3, 2018 6:00 a.m.-Sunday, November 4, 2018 4:30 p.m.): Flagler Dr. between Banyan Blvd. and Fern St.
- Palm Beach Veterans Day Parade (Sunday, November 4, 2018 12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.):
- Clematis St. between Tamarind Ave. and Rosemary Ave.
- Clematis St. between Rosemary Ave. and Flagler Dr.
- Flagler Dr. between Banyan Blvd. and Fern St
- Clematis by Night at Centennial Square (Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.): Road closures on N. & S. Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr., and Narcissus Ave. between N. Clematis St. and Banyan Blvd.
- GreenMarket (Saturday, November 10, 2018, 6:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.): Road closures on N. & S. Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr., Narcissus Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and Clematis St., Lantana Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and N. Clematis St.
- West Palm Beach Antique Flea & Craft Market (Saturday, November 10, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.). Road closure in the 300 block of Clematis.
- Urban Youth Impact (Saturday, November 10, 2018, 6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.) Road Closure on Flagler Dr. from Banyan Blvd. to Valencia St.
CLOSURES, REPAIRS FOR CURRIE PARK BOAT RAMPS
Full closure: All Currie Park boat ramps at 2400 Flagler Drive are closed for repairs. Ramps will not be accessible during the construction period. Currie Park will remain open from sunrise to sunset.
PALM BEACH COUNTY (PBC) ENGINEERING & PUBLIC WORKS CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB
- Australian Ave. and Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. (until further notice): Intersection improvements. Periodic lane closures.
- Jog Rd., north of 45th St., and west of Florida’s Turnpike (until further notice): Periodic southbound lane closures with flaggers controlling traffic for FPL pole replacement.
- Congress Ave. north of Okeechobee Blvd. to Ware Dr. (periodic northbound and southbound lane closures, one eastbound left turn lane closure): Bridge removal/culvert installation at the “F” Canal.
- N. Congress Ave. north of Presidential Way to Embassy Dr. (periodic northbound and southbound lane closures until further notice): Water main, driveway and median installation.
- Roebuck Rd. from Jog Rd. to Haverhill Rd. (periodic lane closures until further notice): Alternating traffic with flaggers controlling traffic for road construction.
- For more information, contact PBC Engineering & Public Works: (561) 684-4000 or http://discover.pbcgov.org/.
FLORIDA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB
- US 1/S. Dixie Hwy. from Cranesnest Way to Jefferson Rd. (through Friday, December 14, 2018) may have intermittent northbound lane and shoulder closures, daily, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and nightly, 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., Sunday night through Friday for water main removal, drainage and curb installation, and paving operations.
- Belvedere Rd., just east of Mercer Ave. at the railroad tracks. (through Friday, November 30, 2018): Two westbound lanes will be closed, 9 p.m. until 5 a.m., Monday night through Friday morning for pole replacement operations. Please note, there will be no work from Nov. 21 – Nov. 25.
- 45th St. and Australian Ave., at the SFRTA Railroad tracks, and Australian Ave. and Mangonia Dr. (through Friday, November 9, 2018) may have intermittent outside lane closures in each direction, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for FPL pole replacement.
- For more information, contact FDOT: (866) 336-8435 or http://www.fdot.gov/
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2018 Holiday Sanitation Schedule
There will be regular service on the following holidays:
- Veterans Day - November 12, 2018
There will be NO service on the following holidays:
- Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018; Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 11/26/18. Recycling will resume on 11/29/18. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
- Christmas Day, December 25, 2018: Residential garbage will resume your next scheduled service day beginning 12/28/18. Recycling will resume on 1/1/19. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
- New Year's Day, January 1, 2019: Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 1/4/19. Recycling will operate on normal schedule. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
The sanitation schedule is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Works. For more information, please call (561) 822-2075.
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