Hello Friends! Congratulations for conquering the first and shortest week of 2013!
Even though this has been a graciously short week, there have been a couple very interesting things that have happened locally in the tech scene which I feel are very important to share as they are getting National press and putting West Palm Beach on the map as a tech hub. Something that is VERY exciting for me!
ProjectLife365 launches from Muses and Visionaries
Project Life 365 is an interactive photo-a-day challenge that helps you develop your visual literacy by daily prompts that engage your imagination.
Project Life 365 is being spearheaded at Muses and Visionaries in downtown West Palm Beach, and after being launched for a couple days is getting a lot of attention with hundreds of pictures being submitted and discussed. There are a lot of ways you can submit & browse pictures, but the easiest is on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ProjectLife365
Read more at the ProjectLife365 blog.
Nick Mohnacky and Pixil Agency launches the Surfr Kickstarter project
The second big event in this mercifully short week, was that yesterday Nick Mohnacky from Pixil Agency launched a Kickstarter project to raise money for a brand new Surfer App.
Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is has raised over $300 million for small project, but it’s not just about the money, it’s also about raising awareness about projects and growing a community, which is even more important in my humble opinion than the funding.
To show how the City of West Palm Beach is also excited about this, we celebrated the launch with Mayor Jeri Muoio and our Director of Economic Development Allen Durham last night (pictures below).
I am trying to get Nick to speak at this upcoming Webmonday! So please RSVP there to get more of the story!
Get your undies on, it’s time for Undy 5000
Remember last time we were at Undy 5000? Well, it’s back and Team Clematis is firing up again to get as many people as possible on board.
The Undy 5000 is a family-friendly 5K run/walk that was created by the Colon Cancer Alliance. It is unique because participants are encouraged to run in their boxers to bring attention to the area affected by colon cancer. It is a ton of fun! Maybe more fun than the race itself is some of the costumes people arrive in!
It’s time once again for Ginger’s Dance Party! The absolute best way to kick off your Saturday night festivities! Be there at 8 to start dancing & make sure to friend Ginger on Facebook to get future updates!
Well, that’s all from me! Hope to see you at the GreenMarket on Saturday!
Aaron “aGuyonClematis” Wormus!
PS. I’m doing things a bit differently and posting these updates on the blog before I send them out on the mailing list. This way we can make sure that people who aren’t on the mailing list get all my epic updates!
Our 7-day snow-filled Christmas trip to the mountains of Colorado was delightful, but after sleeping in my own bed, and walking our dog in the warm and beautiful pre-dawn morning, I can honestly say there is no place like home.
Our temporary home at Camp Elim outside Woodland Park, Co
It’s traditional over the holiday period and New Years to think about what you’ve accomplished over the last year, and set goals for what you’re going to accomplish the next year. When you have the opportunity to get away “from it all” for a bit of time it gives you even greater clarity as to what is most important in your life.
I have made enough resolutions in my life to understand that the more specific the resolution, the less likely it is that I will complete them. To avoid this from happening I’ve narrowed down my goals into a couple of general topics.
Here they are:
Tell New Stories: There is nothing like sitting around with relatives in a log cabin to remind you of all the stories that you haven’t told for years. Over the last few years, I’ve become “Mr. Clematis” to many people, and while I enjoy my minor-celebrity status I have a lot of other stories to tell. From my eventful childhood, traveling through Europe, studying in Ukraine to settling down and raising two beautiful kids and of course watching Clematis St. blossom over the last few years. I’m not sure how I’m going to tell these stories, but I will.
Make New Friends: I am blessed with the many friends that I have! I also know that there are many people who I interact (both online and offline) on a daily basis who I haven’t taken the time to get to know well. Spending time talking with people, building friendships, and learning about their life is an invaluable experience and one that I am looking forward to in this upcoming year. So if you follow me on twitter, and see me walking down the street, feel free to pull me over introduce yourself. I look forward to getting to know you better!
Build New Things: Over the last few months we’ve had some major restructuring in my “real-job”. This is one of the stories that I will eventually tell, but the short version is that over the last few months we’ve spun off the division that I built and have lead for the last 5-years. The details are exciting, and what it means for me is that I will once again be able to focus 100% of my time into building something new. It’s big and exciting and you’ll hear about it soon!
Enjoy New Experiences with my Family: This is the most important one! Seeing my daughters grow so fast and interact with their even older cousins, makes me more dedicated than ever to enjoy ever minute that I have with them. Watching them grow, teaching them, sharing experiences with them is something that will only happen once, and I am dedicated to putting all of the above off to make sure I don’t miss a minute of this valuable time.
Oh, I also want to drop a couple inches off my belt line, and start going to Velocity Cycling again (where I’m less likely to break bones), brush up on my Russian, finish the interior of my shed, convert my Florida room into an office, build something to house my canoe, fix stuff on my blog, start a hydroponic vegetable garden, and a whole lot of other stuff…
Happy Holidays! I hope you’re digging your ugly Christmas sweater out of the closet, because the holidays are almost here.
There is a lot to go over today, but first let’s talk about my facial hair.
Movember is (almost) over!
Over the years I’ve begged people to vote for my blog, like my youtube video, give me money for charity runs/walks, and generally everyone is tolerant of my antics. However, grow a mustache and start posting pictures on your facebook everyday, and everyone feels like it’s their duty to let you know how bad it looks. Childhood friends who I haven’t spoken to in 20 years private messaged me and begged me to stop!
But we didn’t stop! We made it through the full 30 days and in celebration of the month of Movember coming to a close, we’re partying it up at a 70’s Cops & Detectives party at Purple Lotus on Friday! Hope everyone can come out and enjoy a great party. Warning, it may get a little hairy.
A huge thanks to Lisa Lambert, Prudence Padgett and Todd Barron who donated to the cause!
The Holidays have hit the Waterfront.
If you’ve been downtown in the past week you will have noticed the massive 35ft sand Holiday Tree sculpture that is dominating our waterfront. This is part of the bigger and better Sand and Sea Sun’s Greetings Holiday Sand Sculptures which are decorating our downtown and waterfront areas.
There is so much going on you’ve got to check it out for yourself. Here’s the schedule. Don’t miss It!
Best Darn Kettlecorn is doing it’s Grand Opening TODAY!
I hope everyone has tried Best Darn Kettlecorn that moved into the 500 block of Clematis Street. If you haven’t, join us for the GRAND OPENING and ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon at 5:30.
12 Days of Downtown
Do you love downtown and enjoy winning stuff? Head on over to WPBGO and participate in the 12 days of Downtown. Each day there will be a challenge posted, and winners will be picked. On the first day there was one prize, the second day there were two prizes, the third day three prizes… you get the point.
Ginger’s Dance Party
It’s time once again for the most popular dance party in Palm Beach County! Join the one-and-only Ginger on Saturday for a great time on the waterfront!
Sports Page Bar and Grill Grand Opening at the Food and Wine Promenade in Northwood
Have you been to the Sports Page Bar & Grill over at 535 25th Street in Northwood Village? Head on out to the Food and Wine Promenade tonight and be there for the Grand Opening!
Marathon TIME! Don’t miss the Waterstation at Mile Marker 10!!!
If you’re running in this year’s Palm Beach Marathon, make sure you check out the South End’s Water Station at mile marker 10. People have talked about our water station for years, and this year we are bringing back our traditional island theme. With the hula dancers, a 7ft high volcano and dancing tiki gods, you will not miss US!!!
Stuff is moving fast on Clematis Street. Fields of Greens is finalizing its move from Cityplace, and I just heard that we’re going to have a hummus bar opening up right next to it on the 400 Block! 200 block might be the best block in South Florida, but with Ultima, Field of Greens and the Chickpea, the 400 block is going to be the most healthy!
Get on Twitter!
There is so much else going on Downtown right now, there is no way I can list everything here. Best way to know everything that is happening is to get on TWITTER and follow the places that you enjoy! It’s easy, everyone is doing it! When you get on twitter make sure that you let the businesses you follow know that you’re there by interacting with them through comments and retweets.
Here are a couple ACTIVE local accounts you can get started with (I’ll mix this up each week! If you want to be listed, DM me on twitter).
The West Palm Beach South Cove Natural Area is a project by the Palm Beach County to provide habitat and improve water quality of the intracoastal between Flagler Bridge and Royal Park Bridge.
The 3-year project has multiple focuses
The South Cove Natural Area is designated as a high-priority restoration project in the Lake Worth Lagoon Management Plan.
This project will create critical shallow water habitat important to local fisheries, wading and shorebirds, manatees, and sea turtles.
Fill anoxic (lacking-oxygen) dredged hole with approximately 100,000 cubic yards of fill to create three intertidal mangrove/spartina islands.
Improve water qualityand water clarity by capping muck sediments.
Create 2 acres of mangrove and spartina habitat, 3.5 acres of potential seagrass habitat, and 0.9 acres of rock revetment/oyster reef. These habitats provides filtration capabilities and improve water quality through stabilization of the sediments.
Construct a 556-foot elevated boardwalk, 16’ x 16’ observation deck and educational kiosk for public use.
Watch a video from the end of the boardwalk.
A pictorial review of the building of the West Palm Beach South Cove Natural Area
During the planning phase, the islands were outlined with markers. This is how the intracoastal looked from 2009 – 2010.
In July of 2010 work started in earnest to build up the South Cove Natural Area. The dredged hole required approximately 100,000 cubic yards of soil to fill.
After a year of filling up the dredged holes, in July of 2011 the islands popped up above the waterline
Due to the intratidal nature of the islands they were constructed so that the highest point was just below the high-tide line. During low tides most of the island is visible.
The structures to support the 556 Ft. boardwalk get installed.
First concrete pylons go in for the Boardwalk
Rocks are piled onto the islands
Pilons are cut down to size
Workers were creative when getting onto the pylons
Planks go in to make up the Boardwalk
Laying Planks can be tricky
During this time part of the Flagler walkway was blocked off and redone.
South Cove Natural Area Broadwalk stretches out into the intracoastal
By May 2012 the islands were complete
Mangroves get planted – State Rep. Mark Pafford helps out.
Things are almost done
Sign is up! The South Cove Natural Area is almost done!
Taking my first walk down the boardwalk
We get a brand new view of our downtown from the South Cove Natural Area Broadwalk
As reported by the Palm Beach Post yesterday, the City of West Palm Beach has 4 proposals on their hands for the development of a Hotel on the site of the Old City Hall
This project has been in the works for several years.
I am VERY excited about getting a hotel on the waterfront. Not only will it be a beautiful (and water accessible) hotel for vistors to our beautiful city, but it will also bring people and traffic to the 100 block of Clematis St and our Waterfront.
There are four developers who have submitted proposals to the City. Check out the mock-ups below and let me know in the comments Which look do you prefer?
As of right now, these are EXCLUSIVE to @aguyonclematis. Project names and descriptions came from the PBPost article.
Hyatt Hotels and Concord Hospitality
Navarro Lowrey Properties of West Palm Beach, together with Hyatt Hotels and Concord Hospitality, a hotel management company based in North Carolina: $3.1 million for a five story 205-room Hyatt
Song + Associates
With Crocker Group — an affiliate of which developed Mizner Park in Boca Raton — and the Carlton Fields law firm: $5 million for a 12-story building with 200 rooms and lobby retail space
Kolter Group, a condominium developer: $12 million for a 15-story building with a minimum of 120 hotel rooms, 260 residential units and ground floor retail.
Hisham Ashkouri Architects/Developers
Hisham Ashkouri Architects/Developers of Newton, Mass: $10 million for a 15-story building and two smaller buildings with hotel and gallery space.