The New West Palm Beach Golf Course: The Public Spoke, But Did The City Listen?

WPB Golf Course

In recent months, the city has been looking to WPB residents to give their opinions on the future of 8111 S. Dixie Hwy, the Palm Coast Plaza, and the West Palm Beach Municipal Golf Course.

Among the ideas proposed by the City were to shrink the Municipal Golf Course to a Par-3 course or to a 9-hole course and develop the land as residential property.

In a September 8 city commission workshop, Natasha Alonso, Director of urban design and planning for consultant group Redevelopment Management Associates, said that residents made it clear they wanted the course to remain 18 holes and have a clubhouse that would “make it more than a golf course — a true gathering place.” They were also pushing for more trees, better entrance approaches and more of a connection with the surrounding community.

RMA heard what the public had to say- kind of. While all the options they presented left the course with 18 holes, three of the four proposals would shorten the course from slightly to significantly.

The Palm Beach Post described the four scenarios from RMA (which range from an estimated $5.9 million to $19.5 million) as follows:

Scenario 1
Scenario-1

Described as requiring the “least invention,” would redesign entries on the north and southeast of the course; add 16 townhomes near Forest Hill; improve landscaping, shading; add bike paths; and redesign the canal waterfront to have more of a connection with the course, which would remain a 72-par, 7,000-yard regulation/championship course. The negatives: it doesn’t maximize waterfront potential, and since it offers little opportunity for private residential development the project would solely rely on public money. Estimated price: $5,933,3766.

Scenario 2
Scenario-2

Introduces a road that rings the course; puts a clubhouse on the south central part of the course, near the water; also has 16 townhomes but adds 218 residential units around the course at a variety of prices; adds heavy landscaping, a perimeter path, promenade, fishing pier, kayak-launch area and a connection to the Dreher Park bike trail. The downside: shifting the clubhouse to the south and adding housing means reconfiguring and shortening the course to a par-62, 4,775-yard executive course. Price: $12,908,156.

Scenario 3
Scenario-3

Has entries in the north and southeast; adds a road that rings the course and another that goes through the middle, with 225 houses there and 18 townhouses in the north. The course is reduced to a par-63, at 5,170 yards. The site connects to Dreher Park trail. Southeastern placement of the clubhouse brings opportunity for a connection with the city’s 8111 S. Dixie Hwy. property and “under-bridge connections to really activate that waterfront,” consultant Natasha Alfonso says. Waterfront would include a kayak launch, pavilions, fishing pier, possibly a small restaurant and dock at the clubhouse. Cost: $12,319,815.

Scenario 4
Scenario-4
A marriage of the least-intense and most-intense development scenarios. It contemplates apartment buildings three to six stories tall with 250 units on the east side of the course. The course is left at almost its existing size, with no ring road or central road. The canal would be dredged to make room for 33 houses surrounded by water. The clubhouse would be in the south central section of the waterfront, with a public marina. The trade-off: Most if not all the golf course size would remain but the mid-rise condos would add height and density. Price: $19,493,512, a number elevated by the cost of dredging and sea walls.

Other key points that came out of the workshop:

  • The course is not for sale.  Mayor Jeri Muoio once again asserted that the City has no plans to sell the golf course.
  • Commissioner Shanon Materio revealed her preferences. Materio, whose district encompasses the golf course, said she preferred Scenarios 1 and 4 as they left the course intact as a full-sized championship course and are the most do-able for potential developers. She also stated that she does not oppose putting houses around the course or scenarios that would put housing on Mary Brandon Park.
  • The next step. According to Muoio, the city is looking for redevelopment partners and will present options in meetings with the public soon.

This project is far from over…or even getting started…stay tuned for more…

Trash Talking In SoSo: Be a Part of this Weekend’s Beach Clean-up.

Beach Clean-up

Save sleeping in for Sunday and do your part to help beautiful the Southend. This Saturday, September 19th from 8:30 – 10:30, SENA will be participating in its intracoastal beach cleanup at Summa Beach. Earn ice cream and a free t-shirt…read on to learn all the details.

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BEACH CLEAN-UP
Saturday, September 19th
8:30 am – 10:30 am

SUMMA BEACH
(Intra-coastal beach at intersection of Summa St. and S. Flagler Dr.

City of West Palm Beach Firefighters from Station 2 will deliver ice cream to all hardworking volunteers.

All supplies are provided: gloves, garbage bags, and water. All we need are hands to help. Reward offered for the most unusual item discovered.
Contact Robert Norvell: 561-628-5264 or rnorvell@norvell-law.com
*Community Service Hours Given
* Free Commemorative T-shirts provided to volunteers while supplies last

Does Gregory Road Have A Pole Position? Learn More Tuesday Night.

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In a July post, we told you about FPL’s community powerpoint presentation and open discussion related to their project on Gregory Road (specifically the portion between Olive Ave. and Dixie Highway.) It was FPL’s intention to replace all the old wood poles with concrete poles. The July discussion focused on placement options, back of sidewalk or within the swale area.

FPL has now halted its work at the City’s request. See the note below for more info…

Florida Power & Light Company has been investing in new technology and grid improvements to ensure our customers have reliable electricity every time they flip the switch and that we can get your life back to normal faster when outages do occur. These improvements include installing new, stronger poles, which we are currently doing along Gregory Road. At the City’s request, we have halted this work to address the neighborhood’s questions about our improvements.

We invite you to join us and West Palm Beach City staff on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Olive Community Center, 345 Summa St, West Palm Beach, as we outline the benefits of these improvements and review the permitting processes necessary to complete the work.

We welcome your engagement and participation at this meeting. Please feel free to contact me at (561) 691-7048, should you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your interest.

Sincerely,
Don Kiselewski
Director of External Affairs, FPL

While specifically directed at Gregory Road residents, anyone living in the South End is welcomed to attend.

Get Bubbly TODAY at Norcross Patio

Don’t miss Norcross Patio’s fun shopping event today Saturday, September 12:

Join us today for shopping and mimosas!
Shop all our new arrivals and enjoy a mimosa or two while you shop❤️

Norcross

Norcross Patio & Gift
5023 South Dixie Hwy.
West Palm Beach, FL  33405

See Into The Southend’s Future Tomorrow Morning

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With two public meetings and a 3-day design charette behind them (see more info here), the RMA is ready to unveil its options for the development of the 8111 S. Dixie Highway property. See the note from SENA below.

Dear Neighbors,

As you may know RMA, the company which manages the City of West Palm Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency, has been working to create some proposals for the development of the 8111 site and possible tie-ins with the golf course and the Palm Coast Plaza.

After two public meetings and a 3-day design charrette, RMA developed some options which they will present to the public tomorrow at 10am. This is hugely important for the South End and we need as many people to come and show support as possible.
RMA will be presenting on Tuesday at 10am
at the Flagler Gallery, City Hall

We hope to see you there!

Best regards,
Your South End Neighbors

SENA

About SENA

The South End Neighborhood Association was formed in 2004. Our neighborhood in West Palm Beach, Florida is bounded by Southern Boulevard to the north, the Lake Worth spillway to the south, the intracoastal waterway to the east, and the FEC railway tracks to the west. There are more than 2,500 homes in the South End. Currently we have over 300 households as members and SENA is growing fast!

Kids Visit The Zoo Free This Labor Day Weekend

Palm Beach Zoo

Looking for a Labor Day activity for your little one? This weekend, kids under 13 get into the Palm Beach Zoo free with a full-price adult admission. Enjoy all the wild fun the zoo has to offer including over 700 animals from Florida, North, South and Central America, Australia, and Madagascar, shows such as Wings Over Water and the always entertaining interactive fountains. The Zoo will be open daily from 9:00 to 5:00, with the last admission ticket being sold at 4:15.

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