Behind the scenes of the MSNBC T-Rex Takeover

Behind the scenes of the MSNBC T-Rex Takeover

OK. Everyone is talking about this, so here’s the back-story.

This week MSNBC White House correspondent Hallie Jackson has been broadcasting live from the Meyer Amphitheater. They have a really nice set up with a view that overlooks Flagler Dr. and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Our waterfront makes the best backdrop for a live TV show ever!

On Tuesday, I had scoped out the area, and determined where the shots were, even did a low-key walk by in a live shot.

After enjoying the Wednesday night food trucks on Flagler Shore, a couple of us head up to West Palm Brewery to have a drink. Our discussion took us to the nearby MSNBC live broadcast, and in the 30 minutes that we spent at the brewery, we hatched the idea for how we can add a bit of fun to the next day’s broadcast.

Beju hoping that this idea is as good as this the fantastic Metermain IPA he’s drinking

The conspirators were Juan, Joe and of course Beju.  And as the MSNBC broadcast started at 10am the next morning, they were suiting up in their Dino outfits. I was there to provide on-site technical support, and Susan was watching MSNBC and helping position us from her condo that overlooked the Amphitheater.

At this point Joe may be having second thoughts.

When everyone was ready the dinos spent a few minutes frolicking on the berm that separated the Amphitheater from Flagler Dr.

The dinos grazed peacefully, danced gracefully, and enjoyed some gentle sparring with each other… because, you know, that’s what dinos do.

The T-Rex Crew entering from left stage

We took a few pictures and were then after about 10 minutes we were politely asked to move on by one of the MSNBC producers.

The whole event took about 20 minutes, and all of us went back to our respective places of work. We thought that our antics went unnoticed… until a Leo Ruiz tweeted that Hallie Jackson was reporting live from Jurassic Park.

Then things went nuts. was the first website to pick up the story at noon. Then Entertainment Weekly published a story, followed by PopCulture.comMashable & Twitter created a “moment” and featured it on their “Fun” section of their homepage.

The comments and tweets that ensued were hilarious. People were really having a great time during our 15 – 20 seconds of anonymous but live cable network fame. And of course, all while sharing pictures and video of our beautiful city and waterfront.

UPDATE: The Dino trio was just featured on a segment of the TODAY SHOW on Friday morning!!!

2017 had some rough spots, but I’m happy that we were able to have a part in helping a few people on the internet end it with a laugh!

Ultimate List of 2017 New Years Eve Parties on Clematis Street & West Palm Beach

Ultimate List of 2017 New Years Eve Parties on Clematis Street & West Palm Beach

Happy New Year! Here we are again with another epic night to celebrate a successful 2017 and ring in 2018!

NOTE: This is the 2017 list. To see 2018’s events, please click here.

And I have your list of Events, Parties and Dinners to go to on and around New Years Eve. They are listed in no particular order.

There is something for everyone, at every price range. From FREE music at CityPlace and Clematis Street, free Fireworks at Midnight. To a very reasonable party on the 500 block, a Black and White masquerade ball at the waterfront pavilion and plenty of places to enjoy

Information on this list is as accurate as possible at the time of publishing. If you want to make sure you have a spot at ANY of these events please call and RSVP.

If I missed your party, or you need me to update something  please email me ( and/or text me at 561 809 8507

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6th Annual Black & White Affair New Years Party at The Box Gallery

Dec 30th, 2017

The Box Gallery
811 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

This year we will be honoring Churchill Rifenburg at The Box Gallery for his lifelong contribution to the arts in Palm Beach.

The reception will be held on Saturday, December 30, 2017 from 7-10 p.m.

The Box Gallery a 4,000 square feet multi-media exhibition space that will serve the art community and art patrons with world class exhibitions, projections, performance art, and installation art. The Box Gallery is located in the heart of the West Palm Beach “Cultural Corridor” just 2 blocks east of I95 exit 69.

Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert in West Palm Beach

Sunday, December 31 at 8 PM

Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

Salute to Vienna is a Celebration! Escape to Viennas Golden Age! With this extravaganza of beautiful music dazzling costume, and brilliant performances by Europes finest singers-dancers and conductors and take joy in the stories of romance – humor and adventure that will play out before you! Salute to Vienna New Years Concert is a glass of sparkling champagne raised to life itself.

New Years Eve at Hullabaloo with Electric Red

Dec 31, 2017 at 5 PM to Jan 1, 2018 at 3 AM

Live music by Electric Red. Half off bottles of Opera Prima Cava. $5 Monkey In Paradise cocktails

Full Menu available as well as NYE special menu

  • $32 Lamb Chops, Roasted Fingerlings, Grilled Asparagus, Demi Glace
  • $30 Pan Roasted Bronzini, Creamy Risotto, Haricot Vert, Heirloom Tomato Relish, Lemon Burre Blanc

Click here for more information

New Year’s Eve dinner at Avocado Grill

Celebrate the end of 2017 and a fresh start to the New Year at Avocado Grill!

On New Year’s Eve, the restaurant will be open all day. In addition to the always popular Sunday brunch, AG’s daily dinner and vegan menus will be available until 8 p.m. Following regular dinner service, those looking to stay out a bit later have the option of a 5-course feast, including a glass of champagne, for $149 per person.

The first of the five course treat begins with Wahoo Poke featuring fresh mango, cucumber, avocado puree, and radish these late. Course two is rich and flavorful (yet still healthy!), a Corn Coconut Bisque. Course three will be fresh Chilean Sea Bass with roasted maitake, grilled asparagus, parsnip puree and soy emulsion. The fun will be really getting started when the fourth course comes out… a rich Filet Mignon served with shaved Brussel sprouts, crispy potato “gratin,” and fresh truffle jus. Finally, a decadent but refreshing slice of Lemon Olive Oil Cake will top off the delicious meal.

Reservations suggested.

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New Years Eve at Camelot

Sail into 2018 with style

Music by DJ Supreme1 accompanied by Bismarck. Goodie bags, Tito’s ice luge, complimentary champagne toast at midnight!

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New Years Eve at Howley’s

Let us be your first meal of 2018!

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ER Bradley’s New Year’s Eve Playboy Party

ER Bradley’s presents West Palm Beach’s biggest Playboy-style Party to help you ring in the new year!

Meet, greet and get ready for swanky photo-ops to commemorate 2017. Enjoy a delicious Prix Fixe menu starting at 8pm, or sit at the bar for a la carte options.

Reservation highly recommended: (561) 833-3520.

See menu:

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NYE 2018 Masquerade Party on the Waterfront in WPB

Come join us for an enchanted evening of music, food and merriment as we ring in 2018 under the West Palm Beach fireworks in the Lake Pavilion.

Here are all the details:

Venue: Lake Pavilion located at 101 S. Flagler Dr. West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Date and Time: 12/31/2017, 8:00 pm-1:00 am

Included: Live DJ playing all your favorite hits from 8:00 pm -1:00 am

Open Bar until 12:45 pm including Beer, Wine, and a selection of liquor for mixed drinks.

  • 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Horderves Buffet with Fruits, Cheese and Crudites to enjoy upon arrival
  • 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm – Dinner Buffet is open featuring Carved Beef Tenderloin, Chicken Picata, Pasta with choice of Alfredo Sauce or Bouillabaisse sauce, Dill Carrots, Grilled Vegetables, Wild Rice, Parmesan Potatoes, and a Spring Salad.
  • 10:30 pm – 11:45 pm – Dessert Buffet featuring Key Lime Pie Bites, Pecan Bites, Brownie Bites, and Berries and Whipped Cream
  • Midnight – Champagne Toast, Mask Reveal, Dancing and enjoy the West Palm Beach Firework display overhead.
  • Attire: Your most comfortable Black and/or White Relaxed Dress Attire, this is not a formal event. Masks of any color and design requested. You can come to any of the crafting classes at Uptown Art between now and the New Year to make your own Party Mask!

Get your Tickets HERE

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Making Faces – New Year’s Eve LIVE Music at CityPlace

Celebrate the end of 2017 with us under the stars with a live performance by Making Faces and a ‘snowfall’ at midnight!!

Live music:
Sunday, December 31

Family friendly entertainment on the plaza at your favorite downtown destination!

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New Years Eve 2018 on the 500 Block


Hullabaloo, Kapow, Respectable Street, Lost Weekend & Voltaire!


No Velvet Ropes.
No Hassels.
No Fancy Pants stuff.
Just us ringing in the New Year together!

We have a few options on New Year’s Eve to accommodate everyone’s plans!

  • $45 WELL Open Bar – Access to Hullabaloo, Kapow & Lost Weekend
  • $65 PREMIUM Open Bar – Access to Hullabaloo, Kapow & Lost Weekend
  • $60 LIVE SHOWS at RSC & Voltaire + WELL Open Bar – Access to Respectable Street, Voltaire, Lost Weekend, Hullabaloo & Kapow
  • $80 LIVE SHOWS at RSC & Voltaire + PREMIUM Open Bar – Access to Respectable Street, Voltaire, Lost Weekend, Hullabaloo & Kapow

Purchase single tickets to the live shows.  Just show up and pay a la carte! Pay as you go. Buying a package is NOT required.

See… No strings. Simple. Easy enough for even me to figure out and I’m just an Eventbrite page!


Open Bar is from 10pm – 2am

Gratuity is NOT included so PLEASE remember to take care of the bar-staff at the event. (It’s the holiday’s Mr. Grinch)

Purchasing a package id NOT required. You can pay a cover at RSC and Voltaire and pay for drinks as you go!

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Roxy’s Rooftop New Year’s Eve

We will be having our annual, Rooftop NYE party on Dec. 31st. We have VIP Cabanas/Tables. Includes up to 6 people in for free , a bottle of Vodka with mixers and a bottle of Champagne.

There will be DJs, champagne toast at midnight, and the perfect view of the fireworks!

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us at 561.297.7699 or! Happy Holidays!

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O’Shea’s New Years Eve Party

The new year is approaching! So come celebrate 2018 with us at O’Shea’s Pub! No cover all night!

Our menu includes a 3 course dinner:
Appetizer – Lobster Bisque Soup, Potato Soup, or Salad
Entree – Chicken a la King, Prime Rib, or Salmon
Dessert – Chocolate Cake or Baileys Ice Cream
FREE Bottle of Champagne for orders of 4 or more entrees off this menu.

The entertainment for the night is DJ AMP and Spider Cherry!

Complimentary champagne toast and party favors at midnight!

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New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Butcher Shop

Sunday, December 31 at 8 PM – 1 AM

Celebrate the beginning of 2018 with The Butcher Shop!

  • $25 Dollar Cover Charge fro
  • m 8PM-1AM
  • Bottle Service Starts at $60 Live Music with DJ from 8PM-1AM
  • Food and Drink Specials
  • Complimentary Party Favors
  • Complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight

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New Year’s Eve at Pistache

Sunday, December 31 at 5:30 PM – 11:59 PM

Pistache French Bistro
101 N Clematis St

Join us this New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31, for our final celebration of the year! We will be offering three seatings filled with delicious festive menu items created by Chef Isaac Cerny and live music starting at 9:00 pm. Reservations are recommended.

First Seating | 5:30 pm
$75 pp | 3 Course Prix Fixe Menu

Second Seating | 7:30 pm
$95 pp | 3 Course Prix Fixe Menu

Third Seating | 9:00 pm
$125 pp | 4 Course Prix Fixe Menu
Live Music with Girlfriend Material and The City of West Palm Beach Fireworks at Midnight.

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Rock & Roses NYE ‘18

8 PM – 3 AM

Copper Blues West Palm Beach
550 S Rosemary Ave

“Every rose has it’s thorn, just like every every night has it’s dawn.” Come with us and let’s rock out into the New Year!

•Doors open at 8:00pm•

For Table reservations and bookings contact René 561.322.9256 •
Or online at

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Leila New Year’s Eve Dinner

5 PM – 12 AM

Leila Restaurant
120 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

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Table 427

5 PM – 1 AM
427 Northwood Rd, West Palm Beach, Florida 33407

Ring in the New Year at our annual Gala Dinner. Enjoy dancing all evening long to live musical entertainment, and welcome 2018 with party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.

Our three-course New Year’s Eve menu will be served from 5pm to 6:30pm for only $60.95 per person. Starting at 7pm & until midnight for only $75.95 per person. Kids up to 10yrs 1/2 price.

Click below to read our New Year’s Eve menu.

Cocktail attire. Reservations are required. Tips and taxes are additional. 561.506.8211

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Banko Cantina New Year Eve 2018 Blue & Gold

8 PM – 4 AM
114 South Olive Avenue

Ring in the New Year at Banko Cantina in “Blue & Gold” fashion! Join us for a full night of festivities.

Countdown will be played on large screen tv’s through out the entire building at which point you can enjoy your complimentary champagne toast followed by a New Year’s balloon drop.

One Tito’s Vodka Liter
& Two House Champagne For $500 Plus Tax & Gratuity

One Tito’s Vodka Liter
& One Veuve Clicquot Champagne For $550 Plus Tax & Gratuity

One Magnum Belvedere Vodka
& One Magnum Veuve Clicquo Champagne For $750 Plus Tax & Gratuity

Two Tito’s Vodka Liter
& One Dom Perignon Champagne For $900 Plus Tax & Gratuity

Admission For Only 6 People Per Table

Dinner Package Available for 4 People Preset Dinner Family style Meal Include One Bottle Of Tito’s Vodka & One Bottle Of Champagne for $275 Plus Tax & Gratuity

***Tax & Gratuity is not included in purchase price

For More Info Or Table Reservation Call 561-255-9380 or 561-355-1399

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NYE 2018 | The Loft

The Loft Nightclub
221 North Clematis Street

Come join us this New Years Eve for the most entertaining night of the year. Music will be provided by resident DJs, Raphy Prior & G Rhymes. The Loft is the hottest nightclub on Clematis Street so get your pre-sale tickets and VIP table packages locked in early.

VIP Table Packges featuring Ciroc Vodka and Moët & Chandon Champagnes. Other bottle options and substituons available upon request, additonal charges may apply. Gratuity & Sales Tax included in price.

For additional information please call (561) 835-6601.

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New Year’s Eve at Lynora’s

6 PM – 1 AM
Dec 31 at 6 PM to Jan 1, 2018 at 1 AM

Lynora’s WPB
207 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

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Blue Martini Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve! 2018

8 PM – 2 AM
Dec 31 at 8 PM to Jan 1, 2018 at 2 AM
550 S Rosemary Ave

Blue Martini Goes Gatsby – This New Year’s Eve!

Join us as Blue Martini West Palm Beach Hosts
a Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Celebration!
Sunday, December 31st 2017 – Doors Open at 8pm

All Guests enjoy Open Bar &
Hand Passed Appetizers from 8pm-10pm

Live Entertainment & DJ All Night
Party Favors, Balloon Drop & Countdown to Midnight!

General Admission Tickets: $75.00
Standing Room Only
Open Bar and Hand Passed Appetizers from 8pm-10pm
This is a 21+ Event.

Click here for more information

To make your reservations, please Contact Dana Sanderson
(954) 328-0704 or (561) 835-8601

Poor man’s New Year’s Eve at Accomplice

Dec 31 at 2 PM to Jan 1, 2018 at 2 AM

Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks
1023 N Florida Mango Rd, West Palm Beach, Florida 33409

Join us for our 3rd annual Poor Man’s New Year’s Eve. Ring in the New Year with a low brow, easy going fun night!


Massimiliano’s Italian Food Truck will be here with Authentic Italian Cusine!

Click here for more information

EMKO New Year’s Eve

*Seasonal 3 – Course Menu ($105)

{11PM – 2AM}

Emko Palm Beach
2119 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

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4 Places to Shop for Uniquely Crafted Holiday Gifts in WPB

4 Places to Shop for Uniquely Crafted Holiday Gifts in WPB

If you’re like me right about now you’re panicking to find the last few gifts on your list. TIP: Don’t go to Target and get some kitschy toy. Head out to one of these local artisans shops and buy a gift that will be treasured.

1. Elizabeth Ave Station

The Elizabeth Ave Station is the heart of the brand new Warehouse District & has something for everyone.

From home goods to jewelry, fine art to vintage treasures; we’re home to a collection of talented artisans, unique merchants and creative businesses.

Vendors include Chelsea Lane & Co, Rich Hippies, The House of Perna, Rust & Wax, Island Tribe, Evan Sahlman, The Wild Lily, Palm Beach Native, Avenue Pottery, and many more.

Here are samples of what you’ll find at the station!

Elizabeth Ave Station is located at: 

1500-C Elizabeth Ave
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Station Hours:

Monday : CLOSED
Tues-Thurs : 12-6 PM | Fri: 12-8 PM
Sat : 11-8 PM | Sun: 11-5 PM

Website | Facebook

Join Elizabeth Ave Station during one of their weekly events and listen to music while you shop.

2. WPB Collective in CityPlace

WPB Collective is a local collaboration of pop-up shops, artisans and creatives in Downtown West Palm Beach at CityPlace, bringing together the locally authentic entrepreneurs who are the heartbeat of our town.

WPB Collective will be home to local businesses Pumphouse Coffee Roasters, Vagabond Apparel, Lola Chiq, Dreamallows, Moonlight Radiance and more through April!

WPB Collective is located at
Former location of RH Kids

WPB Collective hours

Tuesday and Wednesday: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thur-Sat: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

3. Shoppe 561

At Shoppe 561 everything is made in the USA including many Florida artisans. The underlying theme for the shoppe is Hope and we are shining a light on Modern Day Slavery. We support Hope House Florida– a safe house for minor girls rescued from human trafficking.

Some examples of what you’ll find at Shoppe561

Shoppe561’s mission is to end modern day slavery.

We all have a role to play in helping end modern day slavery. The Shoppe has been called to shine a light by educating all who walk through our doors. Knowing it is the responsibility of every local business to give back to the community, every item sold at Shoppe 561 will contribute towards supporting the South Florida organizations focused on ending human trafficking.

Three years ago the first safe house for minor girls rescued from human trafficking was opened (built) in South East Florida by Hope for Freedom. Place of Hope which has been ranked #1 by Charity Navigator with a 4 star rating (4 years in a row) oversees Hope House and the care and education of the girls.

The girls at Hope House are now artisans in the shoppe. This opportunity is allowing them to learn new skills and understand all aspects of business.

Read more here.


Shoppe561 is located at:

1905 S. Dixie Hwy Suite B
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Shoppe561 Hours:

Sunday: 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday: 10 am – 6 pm;
Wednesday – Friday: 10 am – 7pm;
Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Website | Instagram | Facebook

4. Atelier Monzon

ONLINE: If you are dedicated to doing all your shopping online, but still want to find a unique gift. Check out a Atelier Monzon.

Miguel Monzon is a very familiar name in the luxury world, especially in the United States. Miguel has been a jeweler since 1980, designing and creating beautiful jewels for beautiful people. Originally from New York, he moved to Palm Beach, Florida years ago, to find inspiration and create the Atelier Monzon. He never moved again, and since then, he is producing some of the most beautiful jewels for his clients in Palm Beach and around the world.

Some examples of what you’ll find at the Atelier Monzon online store. When shopping use the “CLEMATISGUY” coupon and get 25% off of your first order!!!

All the pieces are hand made. It’s fascinating to watch the videos that were created by the jeweler which explains the intricacies of each piece.

Atelier Monzon can be found online:

Website | Instagram | Facebook

Happy Shopping!!!

West Palm Beach Publishes Flagler Shore Data

West Palm Beach Publishes Flagler Shore Data

Via the City of West Palm Beach

This past October, the City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in partnership with the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority embarked on a tactical urbanism pilot project along Flagler Drive. The Flagler Shore: From Pavement to People project temporarily reduced Flagler Drive between Lakeview Ave. and Banyan Blvd. to two lanes in order to reclaim 63,000 sq. ft. of additional public space for pedestrians, bicyclists, merchants and additional programming on the West Palm Beach waterfront. The city and agencies used this short-term, low-cost, and scalable intervention to catalyze long-term change along the West Palm Beach waterfront, in order to make the waterfront a more active and vibrant public space for both residents and visitors.

Given the findings of recent studies by the Gehl Institute, the Shore to Core design contest with the Van Alen Institute, and the walkability study by Jeff Speck, along with traffic studies that indicate use of Flagler Drive is well under the road’s traffic threshold, the project was the first step to implement some of the expert recommendations. For the duration of the project (October 7, 2017 – March 1, 2018), data is being collected in six key areas to understand how the space is being used and effects of the space being repurposed including activation participation, safety, automobile counts, bicycle counts, pedestrian counts and people surveys.

[The attached data collection report is a preliminary summary. More data is being collected throughout the duration of the project.]

A key data finding, contrary to initial project concerns, has shown no traffic impact or safety issues. The automobile counts along Flagler Drive have decreased since the project started and compared to average daily rates five years ago (6,404 in October 2017 compared to 8,438 in September 2017 and 10,560 in 2012). Additionally, no crashes have been reported during the project to date.

In addition to the ongoing data collection at the project site and public feedback on the city’s website, the city will hold a Community Think Tank on Dec. 16 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM along Flagler Shore (in the public space outside of E.R. Bradley’s Saloon at the intersection of Clematis Street and Flagler Drive). This is an opportunity for members of the public to provide ideas for what they would like to see that would attract people to the waterfront. There will be a series of interactive exchange booths where participants can collaborate with the hosts and discuss how to make the waterfront more vibrant. The preliminary data will also be shared and discussed with community members at the meeting.

“Since we first launched this project, Flagler Shore has had people talking about the future of their waterfront and public spaces where they want to gather, and that is exactly what we want” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We are trying to improve the quality of life in West Palm Beach and are listening to the needs and wishes of our residents and downtown businesses. This pilot project is intended to give space back to the public, and we believe it can be successful thanks to the community’s input.”

The Flagler Shore project allows the city to examine the viability of expert recommendations using low-cost resources to experiment with and gather input on potential street design changes, without spending millions of dollars. The data and community feedback gathered will ultimately help determine any permanent redesign of the waterfront in the future. The cost of the temporary pilot project is estimated at $221,137, a fraction of the funds for a complete design renovation project. Just over half of the total costs ($114,014) were allocated for the Flagler Drive lane reduction and Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) plan.

“Many cities in the U.S. and around the world are using these types of flexible and short-term projects to advance long-term goals related to street safety, public space, and more,” said Chris Roog, West Palm Beach Director of Economic Development. “We are confident that this project will support the expert recommendations while gathering important information and community feedback.”

Key Features about the Flagler Shore: From Pavement to People Project:

  • Flagler Shore is .6 miles along Flagler Drive stretching from Lake Ave. to Banyan Blvd.
  • Temporary lane reductions and expansion of waterfront public space for five months, from Oct. 7, 2017 through Mar. 1, 2018
  • This is the first step in implementing/analyzing concepts and expert recommendations from recent City studies.
  • Closing two east lanes of Flagler Drive from Lake Ave. to Banyan Blvd. to reclaim and repurpose public space along the Waterfront
  • Making the two west lanes of Flagler Drive from Lake Ave. to Banyan Blvd. into two-way conditions with restriped double-yellow lines
  • Intersections along Flagler Drive will include large decorative potted planters with safety measures to redirect traffic and directional signs.
  • Closed eastern lanes of Flagler Drive will reclaim 63,000 sq. ft. of public space along the waterfront.
  • Reclaimed public space will be repurposed to allow for more pedestrians, bicyclists, merchants, and additional programming.
  • New features to be included along the expanded Waterfront include additional seating, public art, vendors, new events, wellness activities and more.
  • City will assess new design by collecting data and public feedback to make determinations about the future of the West Palm Beach waterfront.

To find out more about the city’s Flagler Shore project, to find the latest updates and activities, or to submit questions/comments, please call (561) 822-2222 or visit The city encourages public feedback on the new design and new activities via email at

Palm Beach Post gets it wrong. Ultima Gym not leaving downtown.

Palm Beach Post gets it wrong. Ultima Gym not leaving downtown.

tl;dr Ultima is moving locations in April, just not leaving downtown.

On Thursday morning last week I woke up to the Palm Beach Post headline that Clematis Street’s favorite gym, Ultima Gym, had decided to “exit Downtown”.

Immediately concerned about the insinuation by the post that one of our longest standing Downtown businesses has abandoned our Downtown, I do about five seconds of research, and realized that Ultima Fitness is not actually exiting downtown.

Because, and this is one of my pet peeves, Downtown West Palm Beach is bigger than just Clematis Street. It’s even bigger than Clematis Street and CityPlace.

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Ultima Gym is not leaving Downtown; they are moving to the medical building at 625 N. Flagler, just half a mile away from their current location.

To illustrate to our readers, and friends at the Palm Beach Post, what the boundaries of the 1.2 square miles of Downtown are I’ve created a handy map.

In this map, the “A” location is the current location of Ultima Fitnness, and the “B” location is the new location. The Yellow area indicates the Downtown as delineated in the Downtown Master Plan, and the Bluish Green area indicates the Downtown Development Authority’s district boundaries. The Purple area is the “Warehouse District”, it’s not in downtown, but I threw it in since everyone is always asking me where it is.

Having said that, any way you cut it, 625 N. Flagler and Ultima Gym is still Downtown.

Ultima Gym partner Ian Curran did a Facebook Live video from the beautiful 4th floor location, overlooking the new bridge and intracoastal waterway. Unfortunately, the video is now off line but the views from the new location are fantastic. This will no doubt be the most luxurious place to work out in Downtown.

6th Street is growing into the new Downtown Hot Spot

The move makes a whole lot of sense for both Ultima Gym and the Downtown in general. 6th Street and the northern edge of Downtown become a hot spot of Downtown activity. The 8-story, 259-unit apartment complex at Loftin Place at 805 N. Olive Ave, just one block east, has become an incredibly popular building, and as of July, was 92% leased in just the first two years. Loftin Place even has their own SkyBike station.

Developer Jonathan Gladstone also saw the opportunity of the north end of Downtown when he opened The Butcher Shop in a renovated seaplane hanger on 6th Street. This trendy restaurant/bar/beer garden expanded from its original location in Wynwood, Miami. In the year since it has been open it has become very busy drawing people into Downtown from the north end as well as Palm Beach right over the bridge.

Downtown WPB is big enough to have something for everyone

So when people come to me and say “rent is too high in Downtown”, my response has always been to ask where they’ve looked. If they just say Clematis Street and CityPlace, which is most of the time, I always encourage them to check out one of the many side streets in the downtown area, which have many great opportunities, existing retail, and plenty of parking.

If we embrace the outer areas of Downtown as viable destinations for businesses, still walkable, but with lower rent, then we’ll see a lot more of the small retail develop in those areas and continue to have our “premier retail” with higher rents on Clematis and CityPlace.

I’d love to see a bigger push in connecting the Warehouse district with the Downtown as well, just a bike ride (or 25-minute walk) away, which offers a complete different feel and even more opportunities for smaller businesses.

Back to Ultima Gym, I’m excited to hear about their move. When they open the amazing new location in April, I’ll look forward to a  half mile warm-up run from my office, then enjoy a post-workout beer at The Butcher Shop.

SailFuture’s “Defy the Odds” docks in West Palm Beach

SailFuture’s “Defy the Odds” docks in West Palm Beach

Earlier this week from my perch above the waterfront, I saw a beautiful McGregor 65 sailing yacht docked in the intracoastal waterway. During a break I walked down for a closer look and noticed a cool wrap announcing the boat’s name “Defy the Odds” as well as the hashtag #SailForJustice.

Knowing there must me a story there, on my walk back to my office I gave a call to the number listed on the facebook page and found myself chatting with Michael Long, the Executive Director of SailFuture.

SailFuture is a not for profit based out of Sarasota, FL. They “combine long-term housing, challenging sailing experiences, an accredited high school, life coaching, and job training to transform the lives of some of the most challenging youth in Florida’s child welfare system.”.

They take in boys in the Floria Foster System between the ages of 15 and 18, focusing on those who have had run-ins with with authority. Michael explained that many of these kids don’t have more than a 6th or 7th grade education and are the most difficult group to be placed in foster homes.

Corbin spent over three hours safely helming ‘Defy the Odds’ while wearing a smile from ear to ear. As his shift ended he shouted above the loud sound of rushing wind, “I’m finally over my fear of the boat!”

They come to SailFuture from broken families and often lack any meaningful relationships with role models or authority figures. During their time with SailFuture they learn how to sail, do community service projects and finish their high school at the SailFuture accredited high school.

SailFuture’s West Palm Beach stop was on this year’s “Sea Trial”. The 3-month long trip with 6 students and 4 crew has taken them sailing from Tampa Bay to Key West, through Miami and now to West Palm Beach.

Follow SailFuture’s travels on their interactive map

Our boys continue to help get the Big Pine Key and Little Torch Key community get back on its feet. This past week we helped resident Mark Parente move into a new home after he was displaced by Hurricane Irma.

During their week-long stay in West Palm Beach, the crew of Defy the Odds were working with Habitat for Humanity to build a home, while continuing their high school courses at Kaiser University.

Michael told me the fascinating story about “Defy the Odds”. The yacht was donated by a man named Hakan Usal in Turkey. The yacht needed substantial work, so Michael and a friend flew to Turkey and spent $100,000 on restoring the Yacht. Once the work was completed, the boat needed to be sailed back to the US. Deciding to wait until the hurricane season had passed, the crew had four months to spend in Europe.

They used their marketing skills to create a web page to sell Mediterranean cruises, and over the four months sold 120 vacation cruises and raised $150,000 to pay back the money they had spent on the boat and fund their trip back to the US.

The names that are inscribed in the hull of Defy the Odds are the names of that original group of “vacationers” and their first group of graduates from SailFuture.

“As we look to the future, we are excited to work in partnership with our kids and our graduates to continue developing our program model to create the most effective, authentic, and transformative experiences for the youth we serve.”

How you can help:

Book a sailing vacation! SailFuture Charters are donation-based sailing experiences for supporters, friends, and fellow adventurers. Take a trip to Tampa Bay, the Florida Keys, Cuba, or the Bahamas, and know that 100% of the money raised will go to support at-risk youth.

You can also purchase one of the needed items from the SailFuture Amazon Wishlist.

Follow the SailFuture team on Social Media, Facebook or Instagram. One of the students’ jobs is to update the social media and chronicle their trips. Mike explained that during their voyages, the student in charge of Social Media will read all the comments and messages that they receive to the rest of the crew. All encouraging messages of support are appreciated.

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