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!

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Want To Tell The City of WPB How To Spend Your Money? Here’s how…

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The City of West Palm Beach is launching its annual budget city budget road show. This is your chance to find out how they are currently spending your tax dollars and give them your thoughts as to how to spend them in next year’s budget.

Three community workshops will be held this week:

Monday, July 27th
South Olive Community Center
345 Summa Street
6:00pm

Wednesday, July 29th
Gaines Park Community Center
1505 N. Australian Avenue
6:00pm

Thursday, July 30th
Fire Station # 7
8011 Okeechobee Boulevard
6:00pm

Make a point to attend one of these three meetings and let your opinion be heard.

What’s Happening On Gregory Road? Find Out This Thursday…

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From the Southend Neighborhood Association:

Thursday July 9th at 6:30 pm., please join SENA and the City of West Palm Beach Public Works Department to discuss an important project set on Gregory Road. The City and FPL will be making a powerpoint presentation with an open discussion to address FPL’s current project. FPL is set to replace all the old wood poles with concrete poles.

The City has asked SENA to facilitate communication between our members, FPL and the City. The specific area that is affected is Gregory Road between Olive Ave. and Dixie Highway. The discussion will focus on placement options, back of sidewalk or within the swale area.

Even if you do not live on Gregory, we are all neighbors and share in what happens in our community. We would like to make sure we have a large turnout. City is providing refreshments.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Best regards,
Your South End Neighbors

SENA

Help Design The Next Chapter of West Palm Beach’s Southend Neighborhood

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In 2012, after rumors began circulating that Wal-Mart had eyes on developing 8111 South Dixie Highway (the site of the old IHOP), the City purchased the 7-acre piece of property for $2.9 million. City leaders wanted to focus on a more innovative project that would help continue revitalizing the Southend. And, as the Southern most piece of property in West Palm Beach, leaders view it as as the gateway to the City for those coming from the South.

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The site was cleared in October of last year and now the City of West Palm Beach is looking for help with the redevelopment of 8111.  From the 18th till the 21st of May, the City will be hosting Design Charrettes.

The Design Charrette Kickoff meeting is tonight, May 18th at the South Olive Community Center, 345 Summa St, @ 6:30PM.

Come visit the Design Charrette Sessions, which will be held in the Hibiscus Room at Mandel Public Library

Tuesday, May 19 – Open to Public 6PM to 8PM
Wednesday, May 20 – Open to Public 6PM to 8PM
Thursday, May 21– Open to Public 10AM to 12PM

The designers will be working each of the 3 days from 9:30AM to 8:00PM.

The public session will be available for the public to come view what the designers are working on and give their feedback and ideas as the designs are developed.

Want to view the final plans and see what’s next for the Southend?

On May 20 at 6PM, you’re invited to sit in on a special session where the Parks Master plan draft will be unveiled.

This is your chance to help create the kind of neighborhood you want to live in. Don’t let the opportunity to get involved pass you by.

The Palm Beach Zoo’s Surprise Arrivals

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Proving that good things come to those who wait, Fred and Wilma, the Palm Beach Zoo’s adult alligators recently celebrated the arrival of nine alligator hatchlings. While the couple had lived together in the habitat for more than a decade and Wilma had built a nest every year since 1999, these were the only fertile eggs. A member of the groundskeeping staff was the first to notice a baby alligator swimming in the habitat.

Guests are encouraged to come meet the first-time parents in the American alligator habitat located in the Florida Wetlands section of the Zoo. The baby alligators, however, are currently remaining behind-the-scenes in the Zoo’s Melvin J. & Claire Levine Animal Care Complex.

No word on whether any of the offspring will be named Pebbles.

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1301 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405-3035
(561) 547-9453
palmbeachzoo.org

Lilly Loves the Zoo

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Shop Lilly Pulitzer at The Gardens Mall this Friday, November 21st and help expand the Palm Beach Zoo’s offerings while expanding your essential Palm Beach wardrobe. From 10AM-9PM, 10% of all sales will be donated to the Palm Beach Zoo. Don’t miss the special guest appearances between 2 and 3:30 p.m. and between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. when a few of the Zoo’s furry and feathered friends will be stopping by.

“How can it be that shopping helps wildlife? In this case, it does!” said Andrew Aiken, president and CEO for the Zoo. “We hope that this event will inspire people to shop on behalf of wildlife, and this will give them the satisfaction of combining two loves: shopping and animals.”

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Lilly Pulitzer at The Gardens Mall
3101 PGA Blvd
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Give thanks for our local firefighters at SENA’s Covered Dish Mania

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It’s time to show our local firefighters how SoSo thankful we are for all of their work during the year. Join the South End Neighborhood Association for their 8th annual Covered Dish Mania on Friday, November 21 from 5:30-8:00 PM at Fire Station #2 (on Dixie and Pine Terrace).

“Before everyone gets caught up in the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving, this is a nice opportunity to sit down and spend an evening with your neighbors,” says Robert Norvell, SENA’s President. “The kids get to explore the fire station and the adults, well we can catch up with our friends and make new ones.”

Bring your favorite covered dish and submit to the deliciously gluttonous nature of Thanksgiving.

For more information, call Gail Levine at 833-1522

SENA

Get Your Holiday Shopping On

Discover fab finds and fun times at Norcross Patio’s Holiday Shopping Event next Thursday, November 20th. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday gift-giving season and perhaps pick up a few chic items for your own personal entertaining. (Go ahead..you deserve it.)

Learn why SoSo’s Norcross Patio, South Florida’s Oldest and Finest Patio Shop, has become THE place for not only outdoor furniture, but also stylish coastal accessories, apparel and totes. Norcross is everything their creative window displays promise and more.

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Norcross Patio
5023 S Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL  33405
(561) 547-4769
norcrosspatioandgifts.com

Help the Palm Beach Zoo Go Nutty for Squirrel Monkeys

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Who wouldn’t want to see this adorable face? Help the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society introduce their four squirrel monkeys,  Marge, Mary, Rocky and Sarah, to the world. The monkeys are currently living behind the scenes at the zoo, but you can help them take center stage.

Power2Give project, in conjunction with the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, is raising money for a new in-Zoo habitat for the four monkeys. Their own habitat will allow these monkeys a better life and enable zoo visitors to experience their playful, affectionate and charismatic personalities.

Any dollar amount is appreciated and all donations will be matched, so your generosity will be felt two-fold. Those able to give $500 or $1,000 will also receive the following benefits:

$500 – A special note of thanks from a squirrel monkey zookeeper, personal “Thank You” mention with your name recognized as a donor during the Grand Opening Ceremony debuting the new Squirrel Monkey habitat plus a one-of-a-kind Animal Art creation made for you by the squirrel monkeys

$1,000 – All of the above plus an additional Animal Experience (choose from the Capybara Experience, Aldabra Tortoise Experience, Sloth Experience or Black Bear Experience)

There are only three days left to make a donation, so act soon!  

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1301 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 547-WILD (9453) / http://www.palmbeachzoo.org

Bring your Family to SENA’s Spook-tacular Halloween Party this Thursday at Dixie Grill & Bar

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Don’t wait until Friday to get your family’s BOO on. The South End Neighborhood Association is throwing its annual Halloween Party this Thursday at Dixie Grill and Bar. Relax on the outside patio with your family and neighbors for an evening of food, friends and fun. Kids are encouraged to dress up and participate in the costume contest.

October 30th
5:30 – 7:00
Dixie Grill and Bar
5101 S Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
(561) 586-3189

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SENATo learn more about SENA and all the events it has planned, sign up for their newsletter at: southendneighbors.com