Why I’m Voting for Shanon Materio (in pictures)

Why I’m Voting for Shanon Materio (in pictures)

Election day is a week away! Here are the reasons why I am voting to re-elect Commissioner Shanon Materio for District 5!

I’ve lived in the South End with my family for the last eight years. One of the first people we got to know was Shanon and Phil Materio at the very first neighborhood meeting I went to. Before she was our commissioner she was actively involved in the community and as a commissioner she has had the opportunity to ramp up her efforts and has represented us consistently.

Over the past few weeks I’ve spent most weekends walking through the South End streets talking to people and reminding them to get out and vote on March 13th. When I mention Shanon their response is almost always the same: Big smiles in recollection of some point in their lives when they interacted with Shanon. Whether it was in her role as a small business owner downtown, or as a mom volunteering on the PTO putting her children through the local school system, or as a founding member of the South End Neighborhood Association, or most recently a City Commissioner, Shanon is someone the neighborhood knows they can count on when they need help.

I could go on and on, but since a picture is worth 1000 words, I thought I’d post just some of my pictures I have taken of Shanon Materio over the years.

But first, I took the header picture last summer when I was driving by the Police Athletic League on Tamarind for their Car Wash. All the kids were out on the road waving signs to get drivers to stop by the car wash, and right next to them was Commissioner Materio. I had to stop to get my car washed and take this cute picture and a selfie.

Shanon Materio supports the issues that we support

Each of the districts of West Palm Beach has issues that are specific to them. In the South End it is the West Palm Beach Golf Course, South Olive Tennis Center, supporting our small businesses, economic development, crime, etc. As a Commissioner Shanon has supported the South End well but also understands and cares about the issues in every neighborhood. Whether it’s downtown traffic, walk/bikeability, technology and entrepreneurship, social justice, Shanon understands that one district’s issues are the whole city’s issues, and she has supported all our issues on the City Commission.

Commissioner Materio with Cora at the Bradley’s Hole in One in 2012. After years of Shanon working on this the City entered into a contract with a developer who is investing 89 million into a new golf course and Top Golf and hotel, while keeping the integrity of our Municipal Golf Course and not costing the city anything.

Commissioner Materio at “Bourbon Sprawl”, a meeting focused on urban issues.

Commissioner Materio with Mayor Muoio and local community members in 2014 at the grand opening of Palm Beach Tech

Commissioner Materio with the Mayor, Commissioners Moffett and James and DDA Executive Director Raphael Clemente at the rollout of the SkyBike program in 2015.

Commissioner Materio at the South End Neighborhood Association 2016 Holiday Party at the South Olive Tennis Center. The City has allocated the funds to rebuild the Tennis Center club house creating a world class facility.

Commissioner Materio working with city residents in a charette to get community feedback and find solutions and new ideas to solve the issues with Okeechobee Blvd.

Shanon Materio with Congresswoman Lois Frankel, Mayor Jeri Muoio and other local leaders in response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting.

Shanon Materio supports the candidates that we support

I vote at the South Olive Elementary polling place. I enjoy voting at every election, and I like talking to everyone who is campaigning for their candidates. Shanon Materio takes an active roll in our democracy and I enjoy seeing her supporting the candidates who we support.

Commissioner Materio supporting Erica Whitfield, our School Board Member for District 4.

Commissioner Materio supporting Commissioner Cory Neering West Palm Beach District 2 Commissioner.

Commissioner Materio supporting Democrat Florida State Senator Bobby Powell.

Shanon Materio supports all the Neighborhoods in West Palm Beach

Each of the neighborhoods in West Palm Beach are unique and have their own sets of issues. Commissioner Materio takes the time to immerse herself in all the neighborhoods, and she is possibly the only person who gets to more events than I do 🙂

Commissioner Materio at BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival on Rosemary in the Historic Northwest Neighborhood

Shanon with neighbors in Pineapple Park Neighborhood after planting a Gumbo Limbo tree in 2015.


Mayor and Commissioners at the opening of the Bill Moss Hillcrest Paseo in 2014

At the award winning South End Neighbors water station after the 2015 Marathon of The Palm Beaches (please ignore the gentleman in the front).

Commissioner Materio In Northwood Village at the 2016 Mango Festival

Vote for Shanon!

This is an important election, and the only thing on the ballot is our City Commission race, so please come out and make your voice be heard.

If you want to meet Shanon and help her over the finish line, come on over to Ragtops at 10am on Saturday for our BBQ and community Canvas.

5 Shops you can’t miss at Evening on Antique Row

5 Shops you can’t miss at Evening on Antique Row

Evening on Antique Row is the day that S. Dixie Highway closes the street to traffic, brings in music and food and celebrates all of the fantastic antique and specialty stores located on Antique Row.

Discover the Palm Beaches describes EOAR as follows: “The most fashionable street party in South Florida returns! The Row will come to life with music and special entertainment, food and beverages, an antiques appraisal tent, shopping, and much more. It’s the most fashionable street party in The Palm Beaches. Evening on Antique Row comes to life with generous food samples, cocktails, VIP party, and stylish shops full of decorative arts, period deco, vintage furnishings and more.”

Tickets are $65 ($125 for VIP) and include food and drink stops along the way. Proceeds will benefit the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.

VIP Lounge features food by Okeechobee Steak House, Champagne bar by Eau Palm Beach, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, decor by Events on the Loose, a photo booth and more!
I have been coming to Evening on Antique Row for many years. So buy your tickets, then enjoy some of my favorite stores on Antique Row:

1. Sean Rush Atelier Palm Beach

3700 South Dixie Highway
Open 9 to 5 weekdays and 12 to 5 on Saturdays.


Palm Beach based designer, Sean Rush specializes in transforming architecture into timeless and singular sanctuaries for modern living. As an accomplished artist and designer, he brings a visceral understanding of all elements necessary for the re-imagination of space.

His results are distinctive, inimitable, and always sensitive to the architectural context, spatial function, and the cultural history of each project. Sean helps his clients re-envision and re-purpose their homes, personal belongings, and global acquisitions. This results in renewed spaces that live as beautifully as they look.

You can’t miss Sean’s amazing art work which is on display at the gallery. It is simply stunning.

2. James & Jeffrey

3619 South Dixie Highway
Mon-Sat 10:00 to 5:00


Since 1989, James & Jeffrey Antiques has been a favorite of interior designers and antique lovers alike. Our two locations, on West Palm Beach Florida’s famous Antique Row, offer a curated selection of Continental furniture, lighting, and accessories. Our Estate Sale Center is host to huge tag sales throughout the season.

During EOAR the pavilion is the place to be. Beautifully lit patio area with hundreds of unique pieces for every taste.

3. Heath & Company Lighting

3707 South Dixie Highway


Founded in 1985 Heath & Company specializes in upscale lighting, fixtures and lamp shades and is located in the heart of historic Antique Row in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Heath & Company prides itself in our ability to help customers select lighting fixtures and accessories that deliver both style and functionality. At Heath & Company you’ll find one of the largest selections of in stock lamp shades in South Florida, as well as an almost infinite variety of styles, colors and fabrics available through our custom lamp shade program.

4. Iconic Snob Galeries

2800 South Dixie Highway
(561) 832-2801


Iconic Snob Galeries is located in a repurposed 1940s building that we transformed into the most energy-efficient space possible. Not to mention that vintage art, collectibles and antiques are the greenest recycled furnishings on the planet.

The are a passionate group of design dealers, sourcing the world for the finest and most beautiful objects. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a novice beginner, they’re sure you’ll find that perfect piece at the Iconic Snob Galeries.

5. Churchill Gallery

Dixie Highway Store open daily.
3630 South Dixie Hwy561.835.4774

Churchill Galleries has maintained its original identity through many changing trends during the past 35 years, offering traditional, decorative and tasteful antiques. English, French, Italian and other Continental antiques comprise Churchill Galleries’s ever-changing inventory. Not only does Churchill Galleries offer an array of chests, armoires, cupboards, tables, chairs, dining tables, consoles, desks and secretaries; but also complementary items such as chandeliers, mirrors, porcelains, custom lamps and decorations.


BONUS: Nearly New Store

3611 S Dixie Hwy

The Nearly New Store just moved onto Antique Row and was recently listed by the Palm Beach Post as “one of the Thrift Stores you should be shopping in”.

“You’ll find high-end designer clothing, handbags, shoes, furniture, jewelry and other items at this popular store in West Palm Beach. The proceeds of purchases at Nearly New benefit the seniors served by the programs of MorseLife Health System.”

#EOAR18 Major Sponsors: Events on the Loose Rental Provisions * Hedrick Brothers Construction * Kirchhoff & Associates Architects * Leeds Custom Design. Sciame Homes * Palm Beach Illustrated * The Palm Beach Post

Additional #EOAR18 sponsors include: Blue Ocean Capital * City of West Palm Beach * Discover The Palm Beaches Flagler Realty & Development * Gourmet Galaxy * Palm Beach Garage * Rachel Tessoff Realtor * Related Companies * Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. * Stone Gallery USA * Very Important Paws * Window Gang – Palm Beach
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