Innovative Pedestrian and Retail Ideas In Downtown West Palm Beach City Voice Podcast 038

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The City of West Palm Beach, it’s CRA, and the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority are rolling out an innovative idea on Flager Drive.

Six-tenths of a mile between Banyan Blvd and Lakeview Ave will go from two northbound and two southbound lanes to one north and one southbound lane.

The two easternmost lanes will be turned into a sort of linear park for pedestrians. The “Flagler Shore” Pedestrian experiment will be ongoing to encourage people to ride their bikes, walk, picnic, be creative, and communicate with each other along Flagler Drive. It’s a way for the city to try on new concepts before committing to large expenditures of funds.

This temporary 5-month experiment will take place from October 7, 2017, through March 1, 2018.

Also on this episode of City Voice, we discuss what a prestigious $180,000 Grant from the Knight Foundation will be used for on Clematis Street.

THE INTERVIEW:

My conversation is with Sherryl Muriente. She is the new Manager of Urban Placemaking for the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority.

She is an Urban Designer who specializes in “Urban Acupuncture” designs. 

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Flagler Shore Information


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Post Hurricane Irma Update on Emergency Response Trash and Vegetation Pick Up City Voice Podcast 037

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On this week’s City Voice Podcast my conversations are with Assistant West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Chief Brent Bloomfield and Kerlyne McHenry.

Assistant Chief Bloomfield is also the City of West Palm Beach Emergency Manager.

Kerlyn McHenry is an Industrial Engineer for the City of West Palm Beach who is actively sitting in as the City Operations Manager.

We discuss:

Asst. Chief Bloomfield

  • Grades the City and residents performance and preparedness.
  • Tells us about residents at Savannah Court Assisted Living Facility and how the City of West Palm Beach stepped in on behalf of residents after the storm was over and had no A/C. He also explains how he felt while helping those people. 
  • How West Palm Beach Fire Rescue partnered with the West Palm Beach Police Department to rescue a family from their home during the hurricane (while the weather was coming into their home) with an armored SWAT vehicle

Kerlyn McHenry

  • Explains how The City of West Palm Beach partnering with FEMA to help more residents than ever at no cost to residents
  • We put the amount of vegetation picked up in football terms
  • Gives the project estimate on how long before trash, bulk, and yard waste pickups get back to normal.
  • Explains what residents need to know to help the city get it done.


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