PALM BEACH NEWS

Palm Beach Gardens Fall Festival Returns on October 23rd !

Calling all ghouls and gals! Fall Festival is BACK on Saturday, October 23 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at The Gardens North County District Park (5101 117th Court N.)! Wear your costume and invite your family and friends for a night filled with train rides, food trucks, story telling with Suzy Hammer, and LIVE music by The Andrew Morris Band!

 

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https://www.pbgfl.com/743/Fall-Festival

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Road & Dock Closures Update: Week of Sunday, October 10, 2021

Post Date: 10/06/2021 8:49 AM

CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH ENGINEERING CLOSURES

  • Rosemary Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and 8th St. (through Monday, October 18, 2021): Northbound lane closed for street light installation.
  • Tamarind Ave. at 7th St. (through November 2021): Intersection closure for underground utility installation.
  • Washington Rd. between Monceaux Rd. and Monroe Dr. (through Fall 2022): Intermittent lane closures for full streetscape redesign, including new underground utilities, sidewalks, and storm drainage improvements. Local traffic only between Greenwood Dr. and Monroe Dr. Detours:
  • Northbound Washington Rd. traffic should: Go west on Malverne Rd. to Olive Ave., go north on Olive Ave. to Southern Blvd. and go east or west on Southern Blvd.
  • Southbound Washington Rd. traffic should: Go west on Southern Blvd. to Olive Ave., go south on Olive Ave. to Malverne Rd., go east on Malverne Rd. to Washington Rd.
  • Georgia Ave. between Nottingham Blvd. and Southern Blvd., and Miller Ave. between Nottingham Blvd., and Southern Blvd. (through Spring 2022): Local traffic only for utility improvements. Flaggers will assist motorists in the work zone.
  • North Flagler Dr. between 34th and 36th St. (until further notice): Motorists should expect slow traffic for road construction. Flaggers will assist motorists through the work zone.
  • North Flagler Dr. between 43td and 45th St. (through Summer 2022): Partial daytime lane closures for road construction.   

EVENTS ROAD CLOSURES

  • Clematis by Night at Centennial Square is produced by City of West Palm Beach Community Events (Thursday, October 14, 2021, 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.). Road closures:
  • North and South Clematis St., between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr.
  • Lantana Ave., between Banyan Blvd. and North Clematis St.
  • The GreenMarket produced by City of West Palm Beach Community Events (Saturday, October 16, 2021, 5:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.). Road Closures:
  • North and South Clematis St.
  • Narcissus St. between Banyan Blvd. and North Clematis St.
  • Lantana Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and North Clematis St.
  • 200 block of Clematis St.
  • West Palm Beach Antique Flea & Craft Market produced by Bill Jacobson (Saturday, October 16, 2021, 5:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.) Road closure:
  • 300 block of Clematis St.

PRIVATE ROAD CLOSURES

  • 200 block of Clematis St. at Narcissus St. (Monday, October 4, 2021, 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.). Road closure just east of Pioneer Linens Parking Lot at Palm Beach Dramaworks to Narcissus St.   for crane operations to replace rooftop A/C.  Northside Clematis St. sidewalk closed during the construction period. 
  • Icon Marina Village – North Flagler Dr. between 43rd St. and 45th St. (through Spring 2022): Periodic closures of the northbound lane for the installation of underground utilities. Flaggers will assist motorists in the work zone.
  • The Watermark - Datura St. between Quadrille Blvd. and South Dixie Hwy. (through December 2021): The westbound lane is closed for the construction of a senior living facility. Motorists should use Clematis St. or Evernia St. as westbound alternatives.

 

PALM BEACH COUNTY (PBC) ENGINEERING & PUBLIC WORKS ROAD CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB

  • Belvedere west of Australian Ave. (until further notice): Periodic westbound right lane closures for underground utility work.
  • 45th St. east of Northpoint Blvd. (until further notice): Periodic daytime westbound right turn lane closures for underground utility work.
  • 45th St. east of N. Congress Ave. (until further notice): Periodic westbound right lane closures for driveway installation.
  • Australian Ave. north of Australian Ct. (until further notice): Periodic northbound and southbound right lane closures FPL underground utility work.
  • Australian Ave. at Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. (until further notice): Periodic daytime and nighttime lane closures for water main installation.  
  • Australian Ave. at Banyan Blvd. (until further notice): Southbound left turn lane closures for road improvements within the Banyan Blvd. Streetscape Project.
  • Haverhill Rd. north of Loring Dr. (until further notice): Periodic southbound and northbound right lane closures for gas main installation.
  • Haverhill Rd. north of Roebuck Rd. and south of Ernest St. (until further notice): Periodic southbound right lane closures for FPL pole replacement.
  • Haverhill Rd. north of Caribbean Blvd. to north of Dyer Blvd. (until further notice): traffic shifted to the east side of Haverhill Rd. for road widening.
  • North Congress Ave. from Presidential Wy. to Embassy Dr. (until further notice): Periodic southbound right lane closures for FPL pole replacement.
  • Florida Mango Rd. over the canal north of Bridgeman Dr. (until further notice): Periodic lane closures for bridge replacement.  Flaggers will assist motorists in the work zone.

FLORIDA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) ROAD CLOSURES IN THE CITY OF WPB

  • Eastbound Okeechobee Blvd. between South Australian Ave. and Florida Ave. (through Friday, October 29, 2021). Two of four lanes closed, 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for underground utility installation.
  • Westbound Okeechobee Blvd. between South Sapodilla Ave. and South Tamarind Ave. (through Friday, November 21, 2021). One of four lanes closed, 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for construction equipment parking.
  • Vehicle Detection & Traffic Signals Improvement Project (through Fall 2021): This project is upgrading traffic signalization with video vehicle detection (camera) systems at area intersections. Motorists should expect slower traffic and construction activity at the following intersections:
  • 45th St. at Corporate Way
  • 45th St. at Haverhill Rd.
  • Quadrille Blvd. at Hibiscus St.
  • Southern Blvd. Bridge Replacement Project- Flagler Dr. between Southern Blvd. and Worth Ct. (until further notice): Flagler Dr. will be closed for roadway reconstruction as part of the Southern Blvd. bridge replacement project. Access is reserved for local traffic only. 
    • Northbound Flagler Dr. traffic near Worth Ct. should:
      • Go west on Worth Ct. N. to Washington Rd.,
      • Go north on Washington Rd. to Southern Blvd.,
      • Go east on Southern Blvd. to Flagler Dr.
    • Southbound Flagler Dr. traffic near Worth Ct. should:
      • Go west on Southern Blvd. to Washington Rd.,
      • Go South on Washington Rd. to Worth Ct N.,
      • Go east on Worth Court N. to Flagler Dr.
  • Pedestrians using Flagler Dr. between Southern Blvd. and N. Worth Ct. should:
    • Use the east Flagler Dr. sidewalk.
  • Pedestrians using Southern Blvd., between Washington Rd. and Flagler Dr. should:
    • Use the north Southern Blvd. sidewalk.

 

 CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH DOCKS

  • Currie Park Boat Docks and Ramps (2400 North Flagler Dr.): Ramps are open daily, sunrise to sunset.
  • Lake Mangonia Park Boat Ramps (2957 North Australian Ave): Ramps are open daily, sunrise to sunset.
  • Clematis St. Docks (South Clematis St. at South Flagler Dr.): Docks are open daily, from 5:00 a.m. until midnight.
  • Fern St. Dock (Fern St. at South Flagler Dr): Dock is open daily, from 5:00 a.m. until midnight. The Fern St. Dock is available for day docking only. No overnight dockage is allowed for boats, dinghies, or kayaks.

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Nicklaus, Els, Sorenstam host clinic to benefit cancer research (Three golf legends hold clinic at PGA National)

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. —

Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els and Annika Sorenstam held a golf clinic at PGA National on Monday as part of the Integra Connect Golf Classic to benefit the ASCO's Conquer Cancer Foundation.

Between the three golfers, they have 32 major championships. Patrons were treated to tips about golf swings and the mental aspect of the game.

 

Read More:

https://www.wpbf.com/article/nicklaus-els-sorenstam-host-clinic-to-benefit-cancer-research/37860450

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New Florida laws go in effect on Oct. 1: What you need to know

New laws will go into effect in Florida on Oct. 1.

The state's minimum wage will also increase from $8.65 to $10 per hour.

 

Gov. Ron DeSantis held press conferences signing the bills throughout the year, including some of the most well-known laws that will go into effect.

These laws include:

SB 1080 - "Tobacco and Nicotine Products"

This bill increases the minimum age to lawfully purchase and possess tobacco products and nicotine products from 18 to 21 years. There is an exemption for those in the military and people who are doing so for employment. Smoking and vaping near or on school property is also illegal for anyone under 21.

SB 82 - "Sponsorship Identification Disclaimers"

This bill means all text messages from political advertisers have to have a disclaimer that identifies that it is an advertisement. Exceptions include if texts aren't being sent by mass distribution by people who aren't getting paid or if people opted into the alerts.

 

Read More:

https://www.wpbf.com/article/florida-new-laws-october-desantis-politics/37770817

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West Palm Beach Events (September 2021)

City produces over 220 unique, original award-winning events each year which are all free and family-friendly, and our beautiful city provides a spectacular backdrop year-round to entertain and delight people of all ages and from all walks of life. CDC COVID-19 guidelines are in effect at all events

 

See More:

https://www.wpb.org/government/community-events/west-palm-beach-events

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Palm Beach County School Board votes to make masks mandatory, removes parent opt-out

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. —

The Palm Beach County School Board voted 6-1 late Wednesday to approve a 90-day emergency adoption making masks mandatory for all students.

The only exemption is for those who fall under the American Disabilities Act (ADA) or those with a 504 plan.

 

According to school district officials, a 504 plan is created by a 504 team and is a temporary plan to assist a student with accommodations that don’t fall under disability.

Interim Superintendent Michael Burke had discretion on the emergency adoption, but said this will begin on Monday, so they have time to let parents and principals know.

The only board member opposed was District 1’s Barbara McQuinn.

Palm Beach County joins the following districts that also have mandatory mask mandates: Broward, Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Alachua.

 

Read More:

https://www.wpbf.com/article/pbc-school-board-votes-to-make-masks-mandatory-removing-parent-opt-out/37344606

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Free COVID-19 Vaccines Offered at Clematis by Night, August 19, 26 and September 2

Mobile pop-up vaccination events to return with gift card giveaway on Thursdays, August 19, 26 and September 2

Post Date: 08/18/2021 10:52 AM

 WHO:

City of West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
Health Care District of Palm Beach County (HCD)

 WHAT:

 A pop-up vaccination site will offer FREE COVID-19 vaccines during the next three editions of Clematis by Night: Thursdays, August 19, August 26, and September 2.  No appointment is necessary.

As a bonus, the DDA will provide $25 downtown merchant gift cards to the first 100 people who get a vaccine.  The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered to individuals 18 years and older. The Pfizer vaccine will be administered to children ages 12-17. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to be vaccinated.

The City of West Palm Beach, the DDA, and HCD have partnered to host the pop-up vaccination event. Palm Beach County firefighters will administer the vaccine.

 WHEN:

Thursdays, August 19, 26 and September 2 (5:30 – 9 p.m.)   

Note: Clematis by Night will occur from 6-9 p.m. Lineup:  

  • August 19, 6 – 9 p.m.: Allegra Miles

West Palm Beach-based Allegra Miles is most known for her semi-finalist appearance on NBC’s “The Voice.”

  • August 26, 6 – 9 p.m.: Riverdown

Established in 2002 and hailing from South Florida, Riverdown is an explosive and versatile live cover rock band.

  • September 2: Tasty Vibrations

Tasty Vibrations’ eclectic "jam band" appeals to a more contemporary crowd with reggae, funk, and hip-hop influences.

**Vaccines: 5:30 – 9 p.m.; Clematis by Night: 6 – 9 p.m.**

 WHERE:

 

201 Clematis Street, just outside of Palm Beach Dramaworks

(Clematis by Night will take place on the Great Lawn at 141 S. Flagler Dr.)

 

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Palm Beach County to declare state of emergency due to COVID-19

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. —

The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to declare an emergency Tuesday following a COVID-19 update from Health Director Dr. Alina Alonso.

Alonso said the state of Florida has a percent positive rate of 18.5% — and Palm Beach County is higher than that at 19.4%.

 

Read More:

https://www.wpbf.com/article/palm-beach-county-declares-state-of-emergency-due-to-covid-19/37329358

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New WPB COVID-19 Vaccination & Testing Site Opens

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA (August 6, 2021) – Our partners at the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County announced the opening of a new, free COVID-19 vaccination and testing site. The site will administer daily services.

                Mid-County Senior Center (Main Auditorium)
                3680 Lake Worth Road
                Palm Springs, FL 33461
               Open: Mon. – Sun., 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Appointments are not necessary, and insurance is not required. For questions about this location, please call the Florida Department of Health at (850) 583-2419.

COVID-19 vaccination and testing locations are widely available for Palm Beach County residents. Locations include many commercial pharmacies and doctors’ offices.  Click here for the COVID-19 vaccines locator! Click here for COVID-19 testing locations!

For the public’s health, protection and safety, the City of West Palm Beach urges the public to take precautions against COVID-19. The city’s Division of Emergency Management continues to monitor public health impacts to our community. Information about testing locations, vaccine site locations, and resources are posted on the city’s website, wpb.org. Click here for the city's online COVID-19 Resource & Information Guide. A face covering mandate remains in effect at city government facilities, and an appointment is required to do business at City Hall.

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Did You Know? COVID-19 Vaccination Card Replacement Requests

Post Date: 08/06/2021 10:19 AM

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA (August 6, 2021) – If you have lost or misplaced your COVID-19 vaccination card and would like to request a replacement, you will need to contact the same organization you used to get your vaccination.

 

If you received your vaccination from the Florida Department of Health (DOH), please email chd50contactus@flhealth.gov with “Vaccination Card Request” in the subject line. 

If you received your vaccination from the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, please request your replacement card from their website. www.hcdpbc.org.

If you received your vaccination card at the City of West Palm Beach’s ProtectWPB vaccination site, please request your replacement card from the DOH. Email: chd50contactus@flhealth.gov.

 

For the public’s health, protection and safety, the City of West Palm Beach urges the public to take precautions against COVID-19. The city’s Division of Emergency Management continues to monitor public health impacts to our community. Information about testing locations, vaccine site locations, and resources are posted on the city’s website, wpb.org. Click here for the city's online COVID-19 Resource & Information Guide. A face covering mandate remains in effect at city government facilities. An appointment is required to do business at City Hall.

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Road & Dock Closures Update: Week of Sunday August 8, 2021

Post Date: 08/04/2021 9:05 AM

CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH ENGINEERING CLOSURES

  • Banyan Blvd. between Rosemary Ave. and Quadrille Ave. (Sunday, August 8, 2021, 6:00 p.m. until Monday, August 9, 2021, 6:00 a.m.): Full eastbound and westbound road closure for Florida Public Utilities gas main installation. Motorists should use Tamarind Ave. and Dixie Hwy. (U.S. Hwy. 1) as north-south alternatives.
  • Banyan Blvd. between Quadrille Blvd. and the entrance to the City Center Garage (through Friday, August 27, 2021): Outside eastbound lane closed for underground utility installation.
  • Westbound Southern Blvd. between Olive Ave. and Washington Rd. (through Friday, September 3, 2021): Westbound lanes closed for water main and road repair. Westbound traffic will be maintained using alternative lanes.
  • Rosemary Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and 8th St. (through August 2021): Northbound lane closed for street light installation.
  • Flagler Dr. between 34th St. and 36th St. (through August 2021): Local northbound traffic only, 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, for drainage upgrades. Flagler Dr. will be open nightly and on weekends.
  • 7th St. at Tamarind Ave. (through November 2021): Intersection closure for underground utility installation.
  • 7th St. between Carver Ave. and Tamarind Ave. (through August 30, 2021): Road closed as part of the Tamarind Ave. Corridor Improvements Project. Local access only to 7th S.
  • Motorists should use 10th St. to access Booker Ave. and Abraham Ave.
  • Motorists should use Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. to access Carver Ave.
  • Lake Mangonia 42-inch Force Main Aerial Crossing approximately 1,000 ft. north of Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. (through August 2021): Motorists should expect construction activity on the service road behind Forum Way near the west side of the canal and the west side of the 1400 block of North Mangonia Circle.
  • 1300-1500 block of 7th St. (through August 2021): Intermittent lane closures for road paving, installation of new ADA-compliant ramps, sidewalks, crosswalks, and the rehabilitation of four roundabouts.
  • Washington Rd. between Monceaux Rd. and Monroe Dr. (through December 2021): Intermittent lane closures for full streetscape redesign, including new underground utilities, sidewalks, and storm drainage improvements. Local traffic only between Greenwood Dr. and Monroe Dr. Detours:
  • Northbound Washington Rd. traffic should: Go west on Malverne Rd. to Olive Ave., go north on Olive Ave. to Southern Blvd., and go east or west on Southern Blvd.
  • Southbound Washington Rd. traffic should: Go west on Southern Blvd. to Olive Ave., go south on Olive Ave. to Malverne Rd., go east on Malverne Rd. to Washington Rd.
  • Washington Rd. and Greenwood Ave. Intersection (through August 2021): Road closed for underground utility installation.
  • Georgia Ave. between Nottingham Blvd. and Southern Blvd., and Miller Ave. between Nottingham Blvd. and Southern Blvd. (through Spring 2022): Local traffic only for utility improvements. Flaggers will assist motorists in the work zone.
  • 42nd St. and Brooks Ave. (through October 2021): Construction-related activity near the work zone. Access to north side sidewalks on 42nd St. near the work zone will be restricted.
  • 26th St. between Flagler Dr. and Poinsettia Ave. (until further notice): Road is closed north of the median for utility repair.

 

EVENTS ROAD CLOSURES

  • Clematis by Night at Centennial Square produced by City of West Palm Beach Community Events (Thursday, August 12, 2021, 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.) Road closures:
  • North and South Clematis St., between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr.
  • Lantana Ave., between Banyan Blvd. and North Clematis St.

 

PRIVATE ROAD CLOSURES

  • Icon Marina Village – North Flagler Dr. between 43rd St. and 45th St. (through August 2021): Periodic closures of the northbound lane for the installation of underground utilities. Flaggers will assist motorists in the work zone.
  • One West Palm – 4th St. between North Dixie Hwy. and Quadrille Blvd. (until further notice): Intermittent lane closures for building construction. Flaggers will assist motorists in the work zone.
  • The Watermark - Datura St. between Quadrille Blvd. and South Dixie Hwy. (through December 2021): The westbound lane is closed for the construction of a senior living facility. Motorists should use Clematis St. or Evernia St. as westbound alternatives.

 

PALM BEACH COUNTY (PBC) ENGINEERING & PUBLIC WORKS ROAD CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB

  • 45th St. east of Northpoint Blvd. (until further notice): Periodic daytime westbound right turn lane closure for underground utility work.
  • 45th St. east of N. Congress Ave. (until further notice): Periodic westbound right lane closure for driveway installation.
  • Australian Ave. north of Belvedere Rd. (until further notice): Periodic northbound and southbound right lane closures for FPL overhead maintenance.
  • Australian Ave. north of Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. (until further notice): The northbound right lane and the eastbound left turn lane will remain closed for a water main installation.
  • Australian Ave. on the northeast corner of Okeechobee Rd. (until further notice): Periodic westbound traffic shifts for utility work.
  • Australian Ave. north of Mercer Ave. (until further notice): Periodic westbound traffic shifts for utility work.
  • Haverhill Rd. north of Caribbean Blvd. to Dyer Blvd (until further notice):  Traffic has shifted to northbound lanes for road widening. 
  • Banyan Blvd. at Australian Ave. (until further notice): Southbound left turn lane closures for road improvements within the Banyan Blvd. Streetscape Project.
  • North Congress Ave. from Presidential Wy. to Embassy Dr. (until further notice): Periodic southbound right lane closures for FPL pole replacement.
  • Summit Blvd. west of Dreher Tr. to Parker Ave. (until further notice): Periodic westbound lane closure with traffic shift and law enforcement controlling traffic for FPL overhead utility work.
  • Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. approximately 500 feet north of Robbins Dr. (until further notice): Periodic northbound right-turn lane closures for utility work.  
  • Florida Mango Rd. over the canal north of Bridgeman Dr. (until further notice): Periodic lane closures for bridge replacement.  Flaggers will assist motorists in the work zone.
  • For more information, contact PBC Engineering & Public Works: (561) 684-4000 or

              https://discover.pbcgov.org/Pages/Roads.aspx.

 

FLORIDA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) ROAD CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB

  • Southbound Dixie Hwy. between Belvedere Rd. and Monceaux Rd. (through Thursday, August 19, 2021): One of two lanes closed, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., for concreate pole and underground utility installation.
  • Vehicle Detection & Traffic Signals Improvement Project (through Summer 2021): This project is upgrading traffic signalization with video vehicle detection (camera) systems at area intersections. Motorists should expect slower traffic and construction activity at the following intersections:
  • 45th St. at Corporate Way
  • 45th St. at Haverhill Rd.
  • Quadrille Blvd. at Hibiscus St.
  • Southern Blvd. Bridge Replacement Project- Flagler Dr. between Southern Blvd. and Worth Ct. (through Fall 2021): Flagler Dr. will be closed for roadway reconstruction as part of the Southern Blvd. bridge replacement project. Access is reserved for local traffic only. 
    • Northbound Flagler Dr. traffic near Worth Ct. should:
      • Go west on Worth Ct. N. to Washington Rd.,
      • Go north on Washington Rd. to Southern Blvd.,
      • Go east on Southern Blvd. to Flagler Dr.
    • Southbound Flagler Dr. traffic near Worth Ct. should:
      • Go west on Southern Blvd. to Washington Rd.,
      • Go South on Washington Rd. to Worth Ct N.,
      • Go east on Worth Court N. to Flagler Dr.
  • Pedestrians using Flagler Dr. between Southern Blvd. and N. Worth Ct. should:
    • Use the east Flagler Dr. sidewalk.
  • Pedestrians using Southern Blvd., between Washington Rd. and Flagler Dr. should:
  • Use the north Southern Blvd. sidewalk.

 

 CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH DOCKS

  • Currie Park Boat Docks and Ramps (2400 North Flagler Dr.): Ramps are open daily, sunrise to sunset.
  • Lake Mangonia Park Boat Ramps (2957 North Australian Ave): Ramps are open daily, sunrise to sunset.
  • Clematis St. Docks (South Clematis St. at South Flagler Dr.): Docks are open daily, from 5:00 a.m. until midnight.
  • Fern St. Dock (Fern St. at South Flagler Dr): Dock is open daily, from 5:00 a.m. until midnight. The Fern St. Dock is available for day docking only. No overnight dockage is allowed for boats, dinghies, or kayaks.

 

City of West Palm Beach Road and Dock Closure Updates are issued weekly by the City and may be viewed via:

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Gov. DeSantis to sign executive order against mask mandates 'very soon'

CAPE CORAL, Fla. —

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he plans to sign an executive order "very soon" that would protect parents from school districts imposing mask mandates Friday.

"Very soon, I'll be signing an executive order that directs the Florida Department of Education and Department of Health to issue emergency rules protecting the rights of parents to make this decision about wearing masks for their children," DeSantis said. "We think that's the most fair way to do it."

 

Read More:

https://www.wpbf.com/article/florida-covid-mask-mandate-school-ron-desantis/37180805

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Palm Beach County announces mask mandate for government buildings, property starting Monday 8/02/2021

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. —

Palm Beach County is putting a mask mandate into effect for its government buildings starting Monday.

The county said this will be for all people, regardless of vaccination status, and follows the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

South Florida meets the description for being a place of "high" or "substantial" transmission because of the number of COVID-19 cases and new variants in the area.

 

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https://www.wpbf.com/article/palm-beach-county-covid-mask-mandate-government-buildings-property/37181197

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We're Storm Ready! Are You Palm Beach Gardens?

Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends on November 30. In the event of an approaching hurricane, the City of Palm Beach Gardens is ready to initiate Hurricane Preparedness and Response Procedures. Emergency Response Teams are deployed throughout the City at different staging locations to monitor damage assessment, response and recovery progress, and coordinate all local, state, and federal resources.

 

Meet our Emergency Response Teams who stand ready to respond to the needs of residents in the event of a hurricane.

We're storm ready! Are you?

 

Read More:

https://www.pbgfl.com/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1118

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CDC will now recommend everyone in K-12 schools wear mask — regardless of vaccination status

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to recommend everyone in K-12 schools wear a mask, regardless of their vaccination status, as it updates its masking guidelines on Tuesday, according to an administration health official.

 

The CDC is also urging vaccinated people in certain areas of the country to resume wearing masks because of COVID-19.

 

Read More:

https://www.wpbf.com/article/cdc-mask-update/37144675

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Campus Drive Road Closure (Palm Beach Gardens) July 23rd - August 6th

A full road closure for roadway improvements at the intersection of Campus Drive and Fairchild Avenue will go into effect beginning Friday, July 23 and will remain closed through Friday, August 6. The road improvements on Campus Drive will include a new roundabout, upgraded pedestrian facilities, pavement resurfacing, traffic signals, and roadway striping. 

 Detour Information:

Detours for the area will be along RCA Boulevard, Fairchild Gardens Avenue, PGA Boulevard, and Minsk Gardens Boulevard. Motorists intending to travel to the Palm Beach County Governmental Center and Library may access these facilities at PGA Boulevard and Campus Drive or Fairchild Avenue. Palm Beach State College can be accessed from either the RCA Blvd or PGA Blvd entrance.

For more information, please contact Mike Morrow in the City's Engineering Department at 561-804-7013. 

 

Read More:

https://www.pbgfl.com/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1114

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Palm Beach County schools will not have a mask mandate this upcoming school year

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. —

Students in Palm Beach County schools will not be required to wear a mask during the upcoming school year.

School board chairman Frank Barbieri made that abundantly clear after hours of debate at the board meeting Wednesday night.

 

Public comment at the meeting lasted more than two hours, with parents on both sides of the issue voicing their opinions.

“If you want to wear a mask or mask your child, that is your right,” said Amanda Lipke, who is against the mask mandate. “But you don’t have the right to force that on my child.”

 

Khara Holt, who supports a mask mandate, added, “Masking is a simple, safe, cheap intervention that saves lives."

The district’s plan for the upcoming year has been decided for some time and includes making masks optional.

 

But school board member Dr. Debra Robinson asked the board to reconsider the policy given the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

 

That led to a packed meeting Wednesday night.

“You don’t have to ask the school to unmask your children,” said Cindy Falco, an opponent of the mask mandate. “You have the right to unmask your children.”

 

Read More:

https://www.wpbf.com/article/no-mask-mandate-in-palm-beach-county-schools-this-year/37096964

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Lion Country Safari welcomes baby zebra

LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. —

Lion Country Safari welcomed a baby zebra to its herd Monday.

The male is spending time with its mother and is visible to guests in the Hwange section of the safari with the rest of its herd, according to the safari.

 

The herd is one of the largest in the U.S., with nearly 60 zebras, Lion Country Safari said. Plains zebra are near threatened, with a decreasing population because of poaching and habitat loss.

The zebra is one of more than 900 animals that can be seen on the drive-through safari that hopes to connect people with animals so that they learn more about the environment and conservation, Lion Country Safari said.

 

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https://www.wpbf.com/article/florida-lion-country-safari-baby-zebra-animals/37050616

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National Night Out Against Crime Parade

National Night Out Against Crime

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

This police and community partnership program takes place all across the U.S. on the first Tuesday of August each year. This year, the event is scheduled on August 3, 2021. Over 30 police vehicles, fire trucks, and more will parade with lights and sirens through the town passing out giveaways and waving hi to our community members!

During this event in Jupiter, neighborhoods will join together as one community to bring awareness to crime and drug prevention; generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts; strengthen the neighborhood spirit and police-community relations, and send a message that our neighborhoods are fighting back against crime.

Little Smiles Holiday Toy Drive will be combined with this event. Toy Drive boxes will be located at the Jupiter Police Department, The Loxahatchee Club, Windsor Park Clubhouse, Mallory Creek Clubhouse, New Haven Clubhouse and Abacoa Skate Park during the event. Bring an unwrapped new toy to give our local children during the holiday season. 

For additional event information visit us on Facebook @JupiterPolice or call 561-741-2660.

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Tropical Storm Elsa makes landfall in Taylor County, Florida

Tropical Storm Elsa is expected to weaken as it moves further inland this afternoon.

At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Tropical Storm Elsa was located about 65 miles north northwest of Cedar Key, Florida, according to forecasters. Elsa was moving north at 14 mph.

 

Elsa made landfall Wednesday morning near Taylor County. Elsa will continue to move inland into Florida this afternoon. The storm should then move across the southeastern and mid-Atlantic United States through Thursday. The National Hurricane Center said a couple of tornadoes are possible for parts of Florida Wednesday. There is a chance for Elsa to slightly strengthen before it hits land, when it will start to weaken.

 

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https://www.wpbf.com/article/tropical-storm-elsa-south-florida/36921755

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Florida agencies, utility companies and residents prepare for potential Elsa impacts

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. —

Public safety agencies, municipalities, utility companies and local residents are preparing for the potential impacts of Hurricane Elsa.

 

Florida Power & Light

Florida Power & Light leaders said they’re keeping a close eye on the track of the storm and they’re ready to shift their workers and vehicles to whichever parts of Florida are expected to get hit the hardest. “FPL will be ready. We train for storms year-round. We have our people ready to go,” said Peter Robbins, spokesperson for FPL. The company is also in the process of communicating with utility companies in other states in the event that more workers are needed once the storm hits. FPL leaders say it’s still too soon to decide where they’re going to deploy their workers, but all of their employees are on standby. They also said people at home have a plan in place and make sure they have all hurricane preparedness supplies ready to go. They said it’s critical that everyone remains up to date on the path of the storm. "If folks kind of break away from staying informed and let their guard down because they’re doing holiday barbecues and other things, we don’t want that to happen," said Robbins. "We would much rather they stay informed and they monitor the storm and they’re ready if this thing does make landfall early next week."

 

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https://www.wpbf.com/article/agencies-utility-companies-and-residents-preparing-hurricane-elsa/36917114

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Hurricane Supplies 2021

Here is some information on supplies you will need for hurricane season.

 

HURRICANE SUPPLY LIST
+ Drinking Water (at least 7 gallons per person)
+ Prescription Medicine (2-week supply)
+ Camera and Film
+ Books, Magazines, and Games
+ Ice Chest and Ice
+ Disposable Plates, Glasses, and Utensils
+ Manual Can Opener
+ Battery-operated TV/Radio and Clock
+ Spare Batteries
+ Flashlights/Lantern
+ Toilet Paper
+ Diapers and Wipes
+ Baby Food/Formula
+ First Aid Kit
+ Plastic Sheeting/Tarp
+ Duct or Masking Tape
+ Nails, Rope, Lumber, Tools
+ Plastic Garbage Bags
+ Insect Repellent, Sunscreen
+ Disinfectant
+ Soap and Detergent
+ Bleach for Sterilization (unscented with Hypochlorite, the only active ingredient), Tincture of Iodine, or Water Purification Tablets
+ Rain Gear
+ Fire Extinguisher
+ Fuel for Generators and Cars
+ Propane Gas (for grills)
+ Charcoal and Lighter Fluid
+ Waterproof Matches/Sterno
+ Cash (ATMs may not work after the storm)

 

NON-PERISHABLE FOOD
+ Powdered Milk, Evaporated Milk
+ Canned Meats/Fish (tuna, ham, etc.)
+ Canned Fruit and Vegetables
+ Dried Foods (spaghetti, rice, etc.)
+ Canned Soups/Chili
+ Dried Fruit and Nuts
+ Cereal
+ Crackers and Cookies
+ Coffee and Tea
+ Peanut Butter and Jelly
+ Pudding
+ Pet Food and Medicine

 

Read More:

https://www.wpbf.com/article/hurricane-supplies/1325248

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Palm Beach Gardens Holiday Closures

City Administrative Offices will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day.

Offices will reopen Tuesday, July 6 at 8:00 a.m. 

 

The Aquatic Complex and Tennis & Pickleball Center will remain OPEN during normal hours of operation on July 5.

 

The Waste Management pickup schedule will not be effected by this holiday. Please note that the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center will be open from 7:30am - 3:00pm on Sunday, July 4.

 

Looking for a fun way to spend the holiday weekend? 

• Register to play basketball on July 4.
• View our Indoor Gym Schedule hereHoliday Closures.
• Register to play pickleball on July 5.

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Road & Dock Closures Update: Week of July 4, 2021

EVENTS ROAD CLOSURES

 

  • 4th on Flagler produced by the City of West Palm Beach (Sunday, July 4, 2021): There will be limited access to Downtown via Banyan Blvd., Sunday, July 4, 2021, 9:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Events Road closures:

Saturday, July 3, 2021, 9:00 a.m.

  • Flagler Dr. between Banyan Blvd. and Lakeview Ave.
  • South Clematis St. between Flagler Dr. and Narcissus Ave.
  • North Clematis St. between Flagler Dr. and Lantana Ave.
  • Datura St. between Flagler Dr. and Narcissus Ave. (open to Bradley’s parking lot only).
  • Evernia St. between Flagler Dr. and Olive Ave. (open to residents only).
  • Fern St. between Flagler Dr. and Olive Ave. (open to residents only)
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  • Sunday, July 4, 2021, 9:00 a.m.
  • Narcissus Ave. between North Clematis St. and the entrance/exit of the Banyan Blvd. garage (just before Banyan Blvd.)
  • Valet will move to the corner of Lantana Ave. and Banyan Blvd.
  • North Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Lantana Ave.
  • Lantana Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and North Clematis St.
    All roads to open Monday, July 5, 2021, 2:00 a.m.

 

  • Bill Bone 5k produced by Bill Bone (Sunday, July 4, 2021, 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.)

Road closures:

  • Flagler Dr. at Osprey Park (5026 North Flagler Dr.)
  • 36th St. at Flagler Dr.
  • Lane merger on Flagler Dr. between Lakeside Ct. and Banyan Blvd
  • Clematis by Night at Centennial Square produced by City of West Palm Beach Community Events (Thursday, July 8, 2021, 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.) Road closures:
  • North and South Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr.
  • Narcissus Ave. between North Clematis St. and Banyan Blvd.
  • Lantana Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and North Clematis St.

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