West Palm Beach Budget Reveal This Thursday

It’s all about the money at August’s SENA General Meeting this Thursday, August 4 at the Palm Beach Zoo. Elected officials will be on hand to give a legislative update and reveal the proposed budget.

District 5 Community Budget Workshop with the Mayor and City Staff will start at 5:45 before the Legislative update.

The City’s finance department will make a presentation on the City’s proposed budget for October 1, 2016-September 30, 2017. This is a great time for you to review the proposed City budget with your neighbors and give your opinion on what you feel is most important in the budget.

Speakers for the Legislative Update include:
Mayor – Jeri Muoio
State Attorney – Dave Aronberg
Representative – Bill Hager

Find out what’s coming up next in our City.

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!

Save Uber in Palm Beach County

Uber

Tomorrow morning, there will be an important Palm Beach Board of County Commissioners meeting at 9:30 a.m which will impact private driver service Uber’s operations in Palm Beach County.

For the past 5 months, there has been a Temporary Operating Agreement (TOA) in place to regulate Uber in Palm Beach County. Under this TOA, public safety is a priority and local drivers are able to seamlessly make a living and provide users with safe, reliable and affordable rides.

Tomorrow, the Palm Beach County Commission is taking a final vote on a set of new and more burdensome rules that – if passed – would force Uber out of Palm Beach County.

So what’s the scoop?

The claim is that this is a matter of public safety. The truth, however, seems more likely that this is a push by the taxi industry who has done nothing to improve its efficiency, ease of use or customer service in decades simply because it has never had competition.

Uber’s reliability, accountability, ease of use and cost make it a superior product. Does it have lower standard of background screening than taxis? Yes, and not disclosing that would be wrong. However, if the community is made aware of that fact and still opts to utilize Uber, then that should be our right to do so. Additionally, the TOA passed by Palm Beach County is actually in line with the more than 20 states and dozens of other U.S. jurisdictions.

On a separate note- by delivering a superior, more cost efficient product, the number of individuals who utilize a driving service when they have consumed alcohol increases significantly. That means less intoxicated and dangerous drivers on the roadway. Some may believe that if Uber were not available, these individuals would just opt for a taxi, but unfortunately that’s not accurate. These same impaired drivers, left without an easy way to order, access and pay for a ride, will climb back in their car and get behind the wheel on our roads.

Don’t let that happen…attend the meeting and speak up….

Time: 9:30 a.m.*

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Location:
County Commission Chambers
301 N. Olive Avenue, 6th Floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

*To speak, complete a “Comments by the Public” card and give it to the Public Affairs representative seated near the speaker’s podium.

‘Paint & Wine’ this Father’s Day at Joyful Artist’s Studio

Joyful Artist Studio & Creative Lab

Photo courtesy of joyfulartiststudio.com

Take a break from the family festivities this father’s day Sunday, June 15th, with an afternoon wine and paint session at ‘Joyful Artist Studio’ located at 7000 S. Dixie Highway, right behind ‘A Couple Gals Full Service Salon.’

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The Rundown on the Palm Beach Zoo’s ‘Animal Encounters’

Palm Beach Zoo’s ‘animal experiences’ lets you get up close, personal photo

Photo Courtesy of Palm Beach Post

The Palm Beach Zoo has expanded its ‘Animal Encounters’ program to include a series of individual or group encounters. For prices ranging from $150 (per group, max 8) to $15 per person, you can get up close and personal with some of the zoo’s friendliest animals.

Encounters with sloths, bears, tortoises, and capybaras are all available to guests. To see the breakdown of prices and a summary of each encounter as told by Palm Beach Post Staff Writer, Staci Sturrock, check out this article and this video.

June 13th: Father’s Day Safari Night at the Palm Beach Zoo

 

Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Zoo

Friday June 13th, the Palm Beach Zoo will be hosting its weekly Safari Night from 5:30-9:30 PM. This week’s theme will be celebrating Father’s Day!

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Upcoming FCAT Schedule for South Olive Elementary

It’s FCAT Season for Palm Beach County Schools! South Olive Elementary will not be allowing visitors or volunteers on campus for the following dates:

-April 16th-17th for FCAT Reading

(grades 3-5)

-April 21st-22nd for FCAT Math (grades 3-4)

and Science (grade 5).

 

5th grade students will be taking Computer based Math Assessments from April 23rd – May 2nd. Individual class schedules TBA.

 

This Weekend at the Palm Beach Zoo: Breakfast With the Bunny!

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This weekend is ‘Breakfast With the Bunny’ at the Palm Beach Zoo. Activities will include a buffet style breakfast, an egg hunt, animal encounters, and a special visit from the Easter Bunny!

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Rusty Barge by Summa Beach Finally Removed!

Summa Beach barge finally moved

Palm Beach Post

Residents of the Southend who enjoy walking or jogging along Flagler Avenue can rejoice because after 4 months, the massive rusty barge off of the coast of Summa Beach has finally been removed.

The barge was towed away on Wednesday, March 19th, after months of resident’s complaints.

(Information gathered from Palm Beach Post article.)

 

April 5th: ‘Dark Sky Party’ at the South Florida Science Center and Museum

On Saturday, April 5th, from 8-10 PM, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium will be having a ‘Dark Sky Party’. The event will give visitors an opportunity to view astronomical objects through telescopes, learn about the solar system, the night sky, galaxies, and the universe with fun hands-on activities.

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