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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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Is Mar-a-Lago a Knockoff or a Treasure? CityVoice 028

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Vanity Fair Magazine recently made reference to New York’s Trump Tower and Palm Beaches’ Mar-a-Lago in the context of Trump’s Bedminster New Jersey Golf Club as follows, “It isn’t faux cosmopolitan, like Trump Tower, or a poor man’s version of the Mediterranean, like Mar-a-Lago.”

 Prompted by Vanity’s Fair’ assertion, The Palm Beach Post asked in its headline, Is Vanity Fair right to trash Mar-a-Lago’s architectural style?”

 The Post went on to describe Trump’s New Jersey Bedminster resort, Mar-a-Lago, and Palm Beach as follows, “Bedminster seems authentic while Palm Beach and Mar-a-Lago, in particular, are concocted pastiches of various Mediterranean architectural styles.” 

After reading this I thought who better to ask if Mar-a-Lago is a concoted pastiche than Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Architect Rick Gonzalez.

As to whether Palm Beach is a concocted pastiche….I leave that to you.

SHOW NOTES AND LINKS

Mar-a-Lago

Architect Rick Gonzalez

Palm Beach Post Article

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Gabe Klein of CityFi on the Okeechobee Corridor Public Meeting and Charette City Voice Podcast 015

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The City of West Palm Beach is kicking off the “Okeechobee Corridor Public Meeting and Charette” on June 12 from [5:30] – 8:00 p.m. 

All related events will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on Okeechobee Blvd in room 2B (second floor)

The interview: Gabe Klein is the co-founder of City Fi and is working with local partner Alta Planning and Design. Gabe is a nationally known expert who has worked with cities across America and the world.  

In this episode of City Voice, Gabe explains what his role will be this week in this West Palm Beach Public Meeting and Charette. My impression is that Gabe makes solution-oriented recommendations based on data and his experience. Click and listen for the rest.

EVENT INFORMATION:

The Okeechobee Corridor Public Meeting and Charette is on  

  • Monday, June 12 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm (Mapping The Future)
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, June 13-14 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm (Creating The Vision)
  • Thursday, June 15 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm (Presenting The Future)
  • Pre-register by emailing mobility@wpb.org
  • Event webpage www.wpbmobility.com

Gabe Klein information:

Gabe’s website

Gabe’s Tedx Talk

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Proposed One Flagler Class-A Office Building By Related. Harvey Oyer answers questions. City Voice Episode 007

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Related Co. is proposing “One Flagler” a 25 story class-A office building. The proposed building is designed by renowned architect, David Childs, architect of the Freedom Tower/One World Trade Center. It would sit behind the historic First Church of Christ Scientist built in 1928. The Church is not currently protected as a landmark and has been approached by other developers regarding development. The congregation’s hope is to remain in the Church. The One Flagler project proposes to keep the congregation in the Church, landmark the Church, create a conservation easement on the remaining buildable (approx) 1.25 acres and submerged land, and create a “substantial” fund in a trust that would keep the Church in its’ current condition, in perpetuity.

The project requests a change to the master plan that would allow for this project to exceed the current five-story height limit.

I interview Harvey Oyer, attorney at Shutts & Bowen, who represents Related Co., and their effort to develop this proposed project.

At the end of my interview with Harvey Oyer, I give you my opinion on this project.

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