MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Spring has arrived, and with it comes a sense of renewal and rejuvenation. Here in our downtown, we hope to continue building a strong and vibrant community that's filled with energy, positivity, and a deep appreciation for all that our neighborhood has to offer. So let's embrace the spirit of spring and all that it represents, and let's work together to make our neighborhood the best it can be.
Looking forward to seeing you at the ArtLife and Happy Hour on April 26th!
Sitima Fowler, WPB DNA President
DNA ArtLife & Happy Hour - Wed, April 26, 5:30 -7:30pm - RSVP Now
Join us for this FREE DNA event where we explore the art in our community and then walk to O'Sheas Pub for a drink.
Run (or Walk) With The Cops 5K, April 16th. Learn more and register
Show your support of our WPB police by joining on April 16, 2023 at the Meyer Amphitheater to run, walk or jog along the intracoastal on Flagler Drive. You will receive a bib and t-shirt at the packet pickup and a beautiful collector’s medal at the finish line.
Historic Walking Tour this Saturday, April 8th, 10:30 AM. Discounted fee of $20, No RSVP required
Join your Prado Condominium neighbors on the popular Historic Walking Tour of Worth Avenue this Saturday, April 8th at 10:30am. The tour begins at 256 Worth Avenue in via Amore and the fee is $ 20 to participate. The tours are hosted by the Worth Avenue Association and led by Palm Beach historian Rick Rose. Net proceeds of these tours go to charity. If you wish to join, arrive a few minutes early and bring $ 20 cash.
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PAST DNA EVENTS
The DNA Quarter 1 General Meeting was held at the beautiful Community Foundation with over 130 of our neighbors. Neighbors mingled in the sunny courtyard over a brandy cocktail from Miramar and lite bites from Johan Joes before settling into hear the latest downtown updates from Mayor James, Officer Buxton, and Mr. Greene. The very popular and informative Developer Outreach presentation by Mr. Greene can be found here. Don't miss the next DNA event RSVP Now!
BE IN THE KNOW. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD
Downtown residents pay an additional 1 mill tax to fund the Downtown Development Authority (DDA). The DDA budget is $8,833,459. Check out the March 2023 DDA board meeting packet. Click here.
The February minutes show the DDA board approved the following:
1. WPB Police said that downtown is a priority and that the following equipment purchase will help the police be more responsive and visible. The request was made for the DDA to fund the purchase of 2 electric carts and 6 electric bikes that will be used to patrol the downtown area totaling $60K.
2. An update to the incentive grants proposing non-eligible businesses, which include vape and smoke shops, dispensaries, chain stores, state or federal banking offices, tattoo/body piercing shops and any site that had current code violations. The incentives are for ground floor businesses only and that there is no review committee for grants under $50K. Grants over $50K will be presented to the DDA board for review.
In the March 21 DDA Board Meeting, the City presented a "Trolley Stopgap" proposal that was unanimously endorsed by the DDA. The proposed changes include retiring the existing large red trolley vehicles and temporarily replacing them with Circuit electric 12 passenger vanpool vehicles until a final replacement selection is made. The City's contract with Molly's Trolleys is set to expire at the end of May 2023 after being extended without a solicitation process. The adoption of the "Trolley Stopgap" plan could save the City (taxpayers) up to $562,354.91 in total operating revenue per year. The DDA developed and manages the Trolley program for a budgeted amount of $975,000 per year. The CRA Board/City Commission will decide the future of the Trolley system in April/May.
In addition to the Trolley Stopgap discussion, the City Administration requested $175,000 in Capital Project funds from the DDA to repair sidewalks that have become trip hazards. The DDA approved the request.
FDOT is having a public meeting on April 19th, 5:30PM at the Mandel Public Library Auditorium regarding the Resurfacing, Restoration, and Rehabilitation (RRR) Project State Road (SR) 704/Okeechobee Boulevard and Lakeview Avenue from East of South Tamarind Avenue to West of South Flagler Drive
The meeting will consist of a formal presentation followed by an open discussion. You can access the meeting flyer here.
Not a Member? Join Now and get involved!
As a DNA member, you are helping to enhance the quality of lives of downtown residents. We do this by strengthening the collaboration between downtown residents, government and businesses through Social Interaction, Information Sharing and Advocacy.
While we do more than Advocacy, this summarizes the DNA Advocacy priorities based on member survey results.
WE NEED YOU! GET INVOLVED
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