A new vision for Clematis Street – approved by West Palm Beach Commission

A new vision for Clematis Street – approved by West Palm Beach Commission

Over the past few months I’ve posted about the new Clematis Streetscape project that the City has embarked on.

The Clematis Streetscape project is a multi-phase approach to improving one of the City’s most beloved streets, Clematis Street. As part of an overall effort to improve the quality of life of residents and visitors, the City of West Palm Beach is rolling out more than 40 projects to maximize the cityscape for business and leisure. Projects are slated to begin in the short, medium and long-term future. With the return of passenger rail, and continuing change in the retail landscape (due to online growth and recent City zoning changes), the Clematis Streetscape project is perfectly poised to address the current and future needs of Clematis Street businesses and downtown residents.

The City has engaged visionary urban planning company Dover, Kohl & Partners to design a polished and professional solution to the next phase of Clematis Street. With a strategy that focuses on smart growth, and sustainability, the Coral Gables-based firm believes there does not have to be a trade-off between livability, economic prosperity, and environmental concerns. Victor Dover and Joseph Kohl, who are charter members of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and have worked for many public agencies, developers, and citizen groups, structure their designs with this guiding principal.

The city held multiple workshops, including a public meeting at the West Palm Beach Green Market.

There were multiple objectives with this project:

  • A curbless street which prioritizes the pedestrian;
  • Wider sidewalks;
  • More shade trees that create comfortable space for people;
  • Narrower traffic lanes that slow travel speed;
  • Additional dining and seating areas; and
  • A new high-quality palette of materials designed with heat-absorption, maintenance, longevity and aesthetics in mind.

On the 26th of February at the Clematis Streetscape design was given unanimous approval by the West Palm Beach City Commission at last night’s Face of the City meeting. Project managers, Erik Ferguson, P.E., Transportation Engineer for the City of West Palm Beach, and Allison Justice, Senior Project Manager for the CRA, presented notable improvements to the 300 block of Clematis Street, which were drafted and provided by renowned designer Victor Dover, of Dover, Kohl & Partners in Coral Gables. The design was a result of community collaboration, as the project managers had extensive public meetings with Clematis Street merchants, other area merchants, stakeholders, residents, and visitors, who provided input and feedback on suggested improvements. Improvements include expanded sidewalk space, addition of shade trees and more narrow traffic lanes, among others.

Here are the most recent renderings that have been approved for the 300 block of Clematis Street.

“I am incredibly proud of the entire Clematis Streetscape design team,” said Mayor Jeri Muoio. “The designs they presented are thoughtful, putting people first, but also maintaining a balance of multiple interests. Through collaboration with area merchants, residents, community members who work or play downtown, and other stakeholders, they have created a beautiful space. I know with certainty these improvements will create greater quality of life for all – and will be the launching pad for continued enhancement to other City streets.”

Improvements to the 300 block are scheduled to break ground in June. Construction is expected to be complete by October, and additional blocks will be scheduled for improvements in the future.

Ultimate List of WPB Events – February 27th – March 4th

Ultimate List of WPB Events – February 27th – March 4th

This week’s events listing is sponsored by: Evening on Antique Row – March 3rd – Get your Tickets NOW!

— Tuesday, Feb 27th —

USBG Profit for Parkland

8 PM – 12 AM

Voltaire WPB
526 Clematis Street

February 27th, 8 pm at Voltaire WPB the USBG Palm Beach and other great supporters in our community will be gathering for a great cause.

One hundred percent of proceeds from this event will be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of Stoneman Douglas High School.

We’d love for you to donate your time and help raise money to see the Broward Education Foundation reach their GoFundMe goal.

Doors open at 8:00 | Entertainment at 9:00

Tuesday Jam Sessions

Starting at 7:30pm

Petanque Kitchen & Bar
Northwood Rd

If you love Live music as much as we do and our beautiful Florida weather all year long, come have fun at Petanque and enjoy a drink or more in our Backyard paired with some food, and top quality entertainment!

Every Tuesday, starting at 7:30pm Jerome Degey and Keith Jones bring on their best beats and have fun with their guests…
They were playing every tuesday at Le rendez-vous and we have been missing them so much! What about you?

And the good news is we have it all! Inside / Outside space with a full bar, a full dinner menu, a strong wine list with wines from all over the world, a bohemian atmosphere, a Foosball and even a Petanque field in the Backyard.

Sip and Shop Ladies Night

6pm – 9pm
Wine Scene

Sip your favorite wines and shop from local businesses and artists in Downtown West Palm Beach’s Little Wynwood. Sit inside our modern wine bar, tour the art gallery or enjoy Hookah in our Graffiti Garden. It is the perfect setting to sip and be seen.

We will be raffling off prizes from vendors so bring your friends, boyfriends, family, co-workers and enjoy a relaxing night to get over that work week hump.

See you every 4th Wednesday of the Month!

— Wednesday, Feb 28th —

Lunch on the Shore at Flagler Shore

Noon – 2pm
501 S Flagler Dr

No lunch plans. No problem!

Now thru February 2018, bring your friends and co-workers to Flagler Shore every Wednesday for “Lunch on the Shore”. From 12-2 p.m., bring your own lunch or pre-order food from our downtown restaurants to have it delivered at Flagler Shore through Delivery Dudes, Cravy and UberEats.

There will also be food trucks on the southend, located at 501 S. Flagler, for you to sample from.

Sazerac Bourbon Pairing Dinner at Hullabaloo

6 PM – 11 PM

Hullabaloo
517 Clematis St

Sazerac Company Bourbon Pairing Dinner
Wednesday February 28
5 Course Supplemental Bourbon Pairing Menu
$60 Per Person + Goody Bag
Ask your server for tickets or call 561.833.1033

Versattire Kickstarter Launch Party!

6 PM – 8 PM

Palm Beach Tech
313 Datura St, Ste 100

Our Kickstarter launches Feb 28th and we want you to come celebrate with us!

As part of this HUGE moment, we’ll be partnering with the creative team at Palm Beach Tech ( https://palmbeachtech.org/) who’ll be helping promote our launch.

Palm Beach Tech Meetup will feature Kevin Hutchinson, Founder & CEO @ MyTaskit App who’ll talk about 12 lessons he’s learned from launching 12 companies.

Remember to sign up for our Pre-Launch Kickstarter announcements right here!

— Thursday, March 1st —

Loïc Autret French Bakery • GRAND Opening

6 PM – 7:30 PM

Please come celebrate the Grand Opening of Loic Bakery and Cafe Bar. Complementary focaccia, mimosas and sweet delights. Ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 and party from 6 pm! Hope to see all of our old and new friends!


Clematis by Night featuring The Holidazed

Waterfront
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

With very diverse styles, The Holidazed’s five-piece reggae/rock/funk band will create a great ambiance, and in turn, make the audience feel carried away – just like they are on holiday! The band creates progressive, heart-pounding music with modern technological inspiration. Their live show at the Waterfront will help guests relax and in the famous words of Marley, “don’t worry.”

Looking for the Hot Spot to Chill? Clematis by Night is it! This highly popular, award-winning weekly concert series is the place to be for great music, mouth-watering foods, and amazing sidewalk shopping. Since 1995 the City of West Palm Beach has staged over 950+ Clematis by Night weekly celebrations on Thursday nights in Downtown West Palm Beach. For more information, call 561.822.1515 or visit us at wpb.org/events.

— Friday, March 2nd —

WPB DNA City Commission Candidate Forum

Friends and Neighbors! There is an election coming up in 2 weeks – March 13th districts 1, 3 & 5 are up for election. Commissioner Ryan (district 3) is running unopposed so it’s just districts 1, which covers the North End, and District 5 which covers much of the South End.

Take some time to get to know the candidates. There are plenty of opporunities to meet the candidates and get to know where they stand on critical issues both downtown and around the City of West Palm Beach.

If you’re a downtowner, please join the West Palm Beach Downtown Neighborhood Association this FRIDAY for a candidate forum.

Friday, March 2
5:30pm – 7:30 pm
Hilton West Palm Beach

RSVP Here

Town Hall (Part II)

7 PM – 9 PM

Join us for a follow up to our initial meeting concerning the epidemic of violence in our schools. The purpose of this workshop meeting is to create actionable plans for our local schools concerning safety and emotional health procedures/programs as well as considering bigger national/state policy changes.

We will be splitting off into groups of 6 so ALL can be heard. Please help spread the word!

Leadership Palm Beach County Songwriters in the Round

6 PM – 9 PM
Harriet Himmel Theater

Songwriters in the Round is Leadership Palm Beach County’s (LPBC) most exciting, signature event. The popular concert is offered on one night only and features performances by Grammy Award-winning songwriters from Nashville, performing their chart-topping hits “in the round” at the Harriet Himmel Theater in West Palm Beach.

2018 Songwriters – Brice Long, Kent Blazy, Gordon Kennedy & Leslie Satcher

Proceeds from Songwriters in the Round (SITR) underwrite LPBC’s Leadership Grow Program.

Registration is $125 for active members; $150 for non-members.

— Saturday, March 3rd —

West Palm Beach Green Market

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

For more than 20 years the West Palm Beach GreenMarket has been the premier Saturday spot to shop for fresh food and local goods, and with more than 90 vendors signed up, the 2017 – 2018 season is the most exciting yet.

The 23rd season returns to the Waterfront on Saturday, October 7 with the addition of 15 new vendors, regularly-scheduled historical walking tours, and special events planned throughout the season. In addition, the GreenMarket also features live music and refreshments in a shady seating area “By the Banyan,” free activities for kids, plus plentiful green space for a morning of fun and relaxation.

The GreenMarket is friendly to dogs on short leashes and always FREE. Parking is free, too, in the Evernia and Banyan garages – and even for guests who want to arrive by boat at the City’s free public docks. We look forward to welcoming you to the area’s first GreenMarket. See you there!

http://wpb.org/Departments/Waterfront/Community-Events/West-Palm-Beach-Green-Market

JDRF One Walk

Check-in: 9:00 AM
Starts: 10:00 AM
Length of walk: 5K

Meyer Amphitheatre

JDRF One Walk is a fun, family-friendly event where dedicated walkers, volunteers and sponsors raise money to make living with T1D safer and healthier—until it is no longer a threat. As the largest T1D event in the world, it’s also an amazing experience to be a part of.

As the leading global organization funding T1D research, JDRF’s mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.

But we can’t do it without your help.


Rib Round Up

Coral Sky Amphitheater

103.1 WIRK presents RIB ROUND UP 2018 powered by FORD. Jake Owen, Luke Combs, Kane Brown, LANco, The Cadillac 3 and more!

Evening on Antique Row

Evening on Antique Row is the signature fundraising event benefiting the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, to be held Saturday, March 3, 2018, in partnership with the Antique Row Association.

The event closes Dixie Highway between Southern Boulevard and Monroe Drive, allowing visitors to explore the area’s unique shops, which stay open late to tempt attendees with collections of 17th-to-20th-century antiques, decorative arts, fine art, and design services.

The street festival brings “the Row” to life with live entertainment, cocktails, gourmet food, luxe shopping, and much more. At the heart of the event is a desire to elevate and increase awareness of this historic commercial area, which is a key to Palm Beach County’s reputation as a cultural, dining, and shopping destination.

New this year! Join us for gourmet samples from the area’s top restaurants.

EOAR General Admission

  • $65 at the door
  • 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Includes food and drink on the “Row”

VIP Lounge and After-Party

  • $125 at the door
  • Includes invitation to EOAR kick-off party in February
  • Includes food and drink on the “Row”
  • Includes invitation to EOAR kick-off party in February
  • Includes access to the VIP Lounge (6:00pm – 8:00pm) and After-party (8:00pm – 11:00pm) featuring open bar, separate food service, photo booth and more!

https://www.facebook.com/events/150335788944918/

Station Music Festival

5PM – Midnight
Elizabeth Ave Station
1500-C Elizabeth Avenue

We had so much fun last year with this, we’re bringing it back!! Bring your kids, dogs, blankets and lawn chairs for a night of live music under the stars!

Enjoy 7 local acts on 1 stage, dozens of local vendors to shop from, oysters from Rockstar Catering + Event Co., grilled cheese from T.C. Melts and beer from Twisted Trunk Brewing!

$10 cover. FREE Beer/Wine.

LINEUP: ELA Lindsey – Dylan Levin – Des – Danny Brunjes – Rena Jones – Dolly and the Boys

https://www.facebook.com/events/350628345347438/

— Sunday, March 4th —

Autism Speaks Walk

9:00 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies

Autims Speaks Walk is the world’s larget autism fundraising event dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism. Powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives, and supporters, the funds raised help ensure people of all abilities have access to the tools needed to lead “their best lives”. The commitment of individuals like you plays a critical role in raising the funding needed to fuel innovative research and lifelong supports and services. Working together, there is no limit to what we can achieve.

WPB Commission Election coming up – meet the Candidates!

WPB Commission Election coming up – meet the Candidates!

Friends and Neighbors! There is an election coming up in 2 weeks – March 13th districts 1, 3 & 5 are up for election. Commissioner Ryan (district 3) is running unopposed so it’s just districts 1, which covers the North End, and District 5 which covers much of the South End.

The Palm Beach Post put together a questionnaire which addresses several important issues that are currently facing the City.

District 1

Candidate Kelly Shoaf
Website: http://www.votekellyshoaf.com/

Palm Beach Post questions: https://apps.mypalmbeachpost.com/…/candida…/kelly-shoaf.html

Candidate Rev. Martina Tate Walker
Website: –

Palm Beach Post questions: https://apps.mypalmbeachpost.com/…/candidate/martina-tate-w…

District 5

Candidate: Christina D’Elosua Lambert
Website: https://christinaforwpb.com/

Palm Beach Post questions: https://apps.mypalmbeachpost.com/…/christina-delosua-lamber…

Candidate: Sharon “Shanon” Materio (incumbent)
Website: https://shanonmaterio.com/

Palm Beach Post questions: https://apps.mypalmbeachpost.com/…/cand…/shanon-materio.html

Take some time to get to know the candidates. There are plenty of opporunities to meet the candidates and get to know where they stand on critical issues both downtown and around the City of West Palm Beach.

South End Neighborhood Association is having a Candidate Forum on the 27th

SENA City Commission Candidate Forum

February 27th, 2018
6:30 to 8:00pm
South Olive Elementary School
7101 S. Olive Ave
RSVP Here

If you’re a downtowner, please join the West Palm Beach Downtown Neighborhood Association this FRIDAY for a candidate forum.

WPB DNA City Commission Candidate Forum

Friday, March 2
5:30pm – 7:30 pm
Hilton West Palm Beach

RSVP Here

Two days with a Moke in West Palm Beach

Two days with a Moke in West Palm Beach

If you follow me online you have no doubt seen my posts about my adventures on the Moke. The question that everyone (including one of WPB’s Finest who stopped me to ask about it) wants answered:

What is a Moke?

What began as a military invention for the British army in the late 1950s became a cultural touch point with celebrity fans like Brigitte Bardot, Princess Margaret, Emperor Rosko and the Beach Boys. Created by the British Motor Company and Alec Issigonis, the father of the original Austin Mini, the Moke was designed to be combat ready, a car that could be parachuted from the skies. While its life as a military vehicle didn’t last too long, the open-air car became beloved by stars, surfers and Caribbean travelers. Moke became synonymous with easy breezy island chic. See more history here.

My Moke was the electric version. It had a top speed of 25 mph with a range of 40 miles on a full charge. More than enough to tear up West Palm Beach.

You can get a Moke for your own at Palm Beach Garage. I borrowed one for the weekend, and this is what I did:

I’m up at 5am every day. With Sunrise hitting at just after 6am I have more than enough time to cruise up to Palm Beach and watch the sunrise from the iconic Clock Tower at Worth Avenue.

On the way back, we swung by Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s “Winter White House”. Since it was still early, and there was no secret service to be seen, we stopped for a quick picture.

Each year from October to April, on Saturday mornings the waterfront is taken over the West Palm Beach Green Market. Get breakfast, your veggies, mushrooms, pickles, dog treats, crab cakes, acai bowls, freshly pressed sugarcane juice, whatever you want you got it. It’s the kind of place that you’d expect to find Martha Stewart shopping, who as a matter of fact stops in every season.

This week was special as it was the last week that “Flagler Shore” was going to be open, so it made sense to take the Moke down for a spin. I utilized my special privilege as aGuyonClematis and grabbed a free parking spot on Flagler Shore.

That evening we took the Moke down to the Flagler Drive in the South End and got some epic drone footage of us driving around Flagler. Along the way we bumped into friends and gave free rides on the Moke.

Sunday we cruised on down to the brand new Grandview Public Market, the amazing new spot in the Warehouse District. It was easy parking for the Moke as we headed in to get some of that amazing Rabbit Cold Brew Coffee which we nursed for the next couple hours as we continued our tour of West Palm Beach.

Instead of cruising back on the waterfront, we drove through the small streets of our Grandview and Flamingo Park neighborhoods.

A few weeks ago I noticed that the Palm Beach Modern Auctions building on Bunker Rd. was getting a mural done, so I stopped by to see how things were progressing.

The work is amazing. They are preparing for a big March 3rd auction.

Last stop on our tour was the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival. The Moke was perfect to swing down and get through all the traffic and find a parking spot that wasn’t too far from the action.

Like always the art was fantastic, and we spent a few hours wandering through the streets of Lake Worth before heading home.

Weekend is now over and it’s time to give back the Moke. We had a great time zipping around town, and the Moke was a perfect way to see things.

Jackson approves of this Moke.

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