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Dear friends and neighbors:

This morning, I delivered the State of the City Address at the February meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.

It is such an exciting time to be in West Palm Beach. I was so thrilled to talk about the many great things taking place in our city.

Key quality of life improvements in public safety, education, infrastructure, housing, the environment, coupled with the city’s business-friendly environment, are making our city even more vibrant, creating an economy that works for all West Palm Beach residents, and attracting new residents and businesses.

I thank all residents and business owners, our partners in the private sector and in government, and the 1,700 city employees who joined me in improving our city’s quality of life during these past three years.

Here are 10 great things taking place in West Palm Beach of which we can all be proud:

  • Our city is safe! The West Palm Beach Police Department achieved a 16 percent decrease in crimes against persons in 2021 and achieve the lowest reported such rate in 20 years. Murders decreased 22 percent from 2018. The West Palm Beach Fire Department responded to a record 30,000 calls in 2021. Public safety has been my top priority since day one!
  • As a sign of its economic strength, the city assisted with the relocation or expansion of 12 new companies, which added more than 1,300 highly compensated jobs in 2021.
  • Nearly $3 billion in privately-initiated projects are in various stages of completionand six Class-A office projects are in the pipeline!
  • For the first time in our city’s historybeginning in FY ’23, we will be able to provide full staffing and full equipmentincluding a new fire engine and a new rescue truck, at Fire Station 8.
  • The ‘Neighborhoods First’ initiative is delivering improved customer service to residents in all neighborhoods. The ‘Operation Clean Streets’ initiative has led to the arrests of nine people for illegal-dumping and the removal of 178,000 lbs. of illegally-dumped material from neighborhoods.
  • Through my ‘500 in 3’ initiative, the city is adding more than 500 workforce housing units to its housing stock. I announced a commitment to add an additional 100 units to a three-year goal for a grand total of 600 units of workforce housing in three years.
  • In FY ’21, $42-million was invested in capital improvement and infrastructure projects benefitting the entire city. We continue to make improvements to community centers, parks, roads and so much more across our city. Learn more about improvements in your neighborhood by visiting the Capital Improvement Projects Portal on the city’s website, WPB.org. Click here!
  • This week, the city was awarded the LEED for Cities “gold” certification. West Palm Beach will continue to be a leader and take necessary actions to address climate change and build resilience.
  • The city is beginning to implement priority recommendations from the Mayor’s Taskforce on Racial and Ethnic Equality.
  • I announced the Mayor’s Education Grant Program, a new initiative that will directly award grants to eligible elementary schools in West Palm Beach to help children improve reading and math skills. We are actively negotiating to bring University of Florida graduate, professional and executive programs to our city. An innovative partnership with the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University will create agriculture programs and opportunities, operate three community gardens, and expand access to affordable health food options in “food deserts.”

All of these improvements are a few of the many reasons why West Palm Beach now ranks on Livability.com’s list of Top 100 Best Places to Live in America!

Thank you for being a part of our city during this time! It is an honor to serve as your mayor.

yours in service,

GreenMarket Nominated to Defend Title as #1 Farmer’s Market in US

The online reader’s poll is now open and supporters are encouraged to vote daily through February 28, 2022.

Celebrate Black History Month in February

A series of free events at the Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St., will celebrate the contributions made by African Americans in their struggle for freedom and equality throughout our nation’s and city’s history. Residents who identify as Black or African American account for 34.4% of the city’s population, according to the 2020 US Census.

Library Programs & Events

Here’s a snapshot of some of the programs offered by the Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St.:

  • Yoga for Every Body
  • Learn to Drive
  • The Digital Studio
  • Area Agency on Aging: Fraud, Scams, and Identity Theft
  • Homework Center

2022 West Palm Beach Development and Investment Forum

The city, ULI and the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority invite you to join us at the 2022 West Palm Beach Development and Investment Forum. This program will explore real estate investment trends, market updates, and projections on the opportunities ahead.

WHEN: 2/7, 12 – 4:30p.m.

WHERE: Hilton West Pam Beach, 600 Okeechobee Blvd.

Community Events

Clematis by Night (6-9PM):

Great Lawn, 100 N. Clematis St.

  • 2/10 Damon Fowler
  • 2/17 K-Luv

Screen on the Green (6:30 – 10:00PM): Great Lawn, 100 N. Clematis St.

  • 2/11 Lady and the Tramp (2019)

GreenMarket (9AM-1PM):

Great Lawn, 100 N. Clematis St.

  • Every Saturday through 4 pm

Sustainability Programs & Events

  • 2/26, and 3/22 – Green Living Lab: Make simple, effective, and natural products to suit your lifestyle. Each workshop will require a separate registration.
  • 2/12 – Home Efficiency Upgrades: Reduce your energy and water bills by implementing free resources from the Office of Sustainability. Free conservation kits will be provided.

Storm Drain Art Installation to Raise Awarness of Stormwater Pollution Impacts

Local artist Gregory Dirr was joined by more than a dozen volunteers to paint a series of storm drains along Clematis Street and North Flagler Drive as part of the Aqua De Vida public art installation. The colorful artworks aim to raise awareness of the dangers of stormwater pollution and to preserve the area’s ecology.

Register for Winter High School, Junior Basketball Leagues

We are now accepting sign-ups for our 2022 Winter High School and Junior Basketball Leagues. The high school program will be offered at the South Olive Community Center, 345 Summa Street. The junior program will be offered at the Gaines Park Community Center, 1501 N. Australian Avenue. Registration closes February 25, 2022.

Registration Open for 2022 Spring Break Camps

Enrollment is now open for the Parks and Recreation Department’s 2022 Spring Break camps. Camps will run March 14-19, 2022 and are offered to students in grades K-8.

Elementary and middle school-aged children have the option of traditional spring break camp or skate camp. Students in grades K-5 can also enroll in “crazy games” camp.

STYX Proposers Forums to take place in February

The West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency will host three Proposer Forums to inform proposers about the Invitation to Negotiate ITN No. 21-22-500 Sale or Lease of Real Property for Small Business – Styx Promenade.

A view of City Commission Chambers during meeting

Next City Commission Meeting Scheduled for February 7 at 5PM

Meetings are held every other Monday at City Hall, 401 Clematis St. The public is encouraged to attend. Face coverings and social distancing are required.

Continue to take precautions against COVID-19. According to the CDC, community transmission of COVID-19 remains high in Palm Beach County.

  • For information about testing and vaccination sites in our area, please visit the COVID-19 Resource Guide.
  • The city has established a testing site at Gaines Park, which is experiencing heavy traffic. Visitors should expect long lines. There are many testing sites in our area.
  • Visitors to City Hall are required to have an appointment with the exception of individuals paying water bills, processing building permits (getting building permit applications/information), submitting public records requests, and attending public meetings. A face covering is required for entry to city government facilities.

2022 Grassy Waters Preserve Photography Contest

Amateur photographers: showcase your Grassy Wasters landscape and wildlife photos for awards.

Entries open February 1st -28th!

Join Our Team!

The City of West Palm Beach is hiring! See our career opportunities!

Road & Dock Update

Know about road closures before your morning commute!

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VIDEO: Mayor/Commission Work Session, January 31, 2022

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VIDEO: CRA Work Session, January 31, 2022

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VIDEO: COVID-19 Testing Resources in Our Community

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