WPB Insider Newsletter - May 31, 2015
Mayor Jeri Muoio
May 30, 2015
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Come out to fight the State Road 7 Extension
This Wednesday, FDOT is holding an "open house" to talk about their State Road 7 plans.
IF YOU OPPOSE THE ROAD, MAKE SURE THEY KNOW IT!!
The meeting is this Wednesday, June 3rd at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
The Expo Center is gate #8 at the fairgrounds.
THE MORE PUBLIC COMMENTS THEY HAVE AGAINST THE ROAD, THE EASIER IT WILL BE TO FIGHT IT!
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INSIDER EXCLUSIVE THREE PART SERIES:
Helping WPB's Homeless
Beginning in the last edition of the INSIDER, we are highlighting some of the programs the city has to help the homeless in our city.
Today we highlight WPB's
Homeward Bound Program.
One of the city's longest running programs to assist with homelessness is Homeward Bound, which is run out of the city's two Vickers House locations that cover both the north and south ends of the city.
Through a partnership with the Legal Aide Society, Vickers House provides intake and assessment services and determines the level of needed support.
If someone indicates that they have a relative or caregiver in another area or state that can provide housing and support, Vickers House makes the arrangements for the person to travel to meet them and pays for the transportaion.
The program is funded by the Legal Aide Society
Next edition highlights: Police Dept. Outreach.
Last edition highlighted: The Housing First Program
WPB NEWS EXCLUSIVE
City moves to claim Sunset
Lounge through eminent
Here's a story you won't read ANYWHERE else:
After a year of talking about reviving the historic Sunset Lounge, frustrated city officials are moving forward with plans to acquire the African-American cultural icon through eminent domain. The move comes after the property owners asked the city to buy it, but won’t agree on what the city considers a reasonable price.
The Sunset Lounge, located in the city’s historic north west neighborhood is poised to be the corner stone for a major redevelopment effort by the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). The CRA agreed to the property owner’s request to buy the lounge, the lot next door and the block to the south. They are all owned by the same family. But the CRA and the Kaminseter family which owns the lots have not been able to agree on a price.
The CRA hired an outside firm to do an independent appraisal. The total value was estimated to be $1.6 million dollars. The Kaminester family wants the city to pay a minimum of $2.6 million dollars. But no appraisal with that value has been presented to the city.
Eminent domain doesn’t mean the CRA can seize the property without paying for it. It does mean the CRA and the Kaminesters need to agree on a price that is reasonably close to the appraised value.
Congrats to our new Director of Parks and Recreation
We've got a new head of the Parks and Rec department!
This week Mayor Jeri Muoio officially picked Leah Rockwell as the city's new Director of Parks and Recreation.
Leah, who has been with the city for 17 years, was the assistant director under Christine Thrower. Christine accepted a position as the Village Manager for the Village of Golf.
The INSIDER says "Welcome" to Leah (even though you've been here already!
Kim Rothenberg now 'officially' the City Attorney
This week, Interim City Attorney Kim Rothenberg dropped the 'interim' from the title, and officially became the city's attorney.
Kim has been with the city for nine years, and took over on an interim basis when former City Attorney Claudia McKenna retired. It became official this week when the City Commission voted to approve the appointment.
Kim got a standing ovation from her colleagues in the Commission chambers right after the vote.
West Palm Beach honored for its green energy savings
ENERGY SAVINGS GOAL FOR THE YEAR 2020 IS REACHED FIVE YEARS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE!
There are only two...that's right two...cities in the country that managed to reach their energy savings goals FIVE years ahead of schedule.
And West Palm Beach is one of them!
As part of the Better Buildings Challange with the U.S. Energy Department, the city pledged to reduce its energy use twenty percent by the year 2020.
Well...here we are in 2015...and the city has already passed its goal!
Penni Redford, the head of the Mayor's Office of Sustainability was in Washington DC this week to accept the honor from U.S. Dept. of Energy Undersecretery Lynn Orr.
All Aboard Florida downtown condo plans revealed
In case you didn't know, All Aboard Florida (the high speed passenger rail service) is also in the real estate business.
This week, you can get a glimpse of their downtown West Palm Beach condo plans during an open house.
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach
411 Clematis Street
Tuesday, June 2nd
6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Week Ahead
Special Commission Meeting on construction of new fire stations
Mayor speaks at graduation ceremonies at Renaissance Charter School
All Aboard Florida condo open house
Mayor available for weekly media Q&A
State Road 7 FDOT public meeting
Agenda review - CRA & Commission
Southend neighborhood meeting
Clematis by Night
Opening of "The Pool" art exhibit on the Great Lawn
Mayor's Kids and Cops event
Mayor Jeri Muoio's Weekly Media Briefing
Each week, Mayor Muoio holds an on-the-record meeting with reporters free to ask questions on any topic.
The meeting, part of Mayor Muoio's commitment to continue her "Open Access" policy, is recorded so the public can see the unfiltered and unedited Q & A for themselves.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THIS WEEK'S BRIEFING.
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