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Budget’s Greatest Hits MAYOR’S VETERANS GOLF TOURNAMENT

One Swinging Place!


MAYOR’S VETERANS GOLF CLASSIC SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2020

SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE!

LOCATED AT SANDHILL CRANE GOLF CLUB

The tradition continues! Over $270,000 raised in the last 13 years for local Veterans through the Veterans Resource Center- Outreach for Homeless Veterans. Our fundraising assists with items the federal government does not provide funding for, such as rental deposits, clothing, food, utilities, transportation needs and much more!

9500 SANDHILL CRANE DRIVE

- SCHEDULE OF EVENTS -

9:00 a.m. Shotgun start, four-person 18-hole scramble

2:30 p.m. Shotgun start, 9-hole scramble on the Front 9

2:30 p.m. Shotgun start, 9-hole scramble on the Back 9

Men & Women Outing

Ladies only

Men & Women Outing

Player gift bag

Player gift bag

Player Gift Bag

Pre-event Breakfast & On-course refreshments

Dinner and raffles to follow play

Dinner and raffles to follow play

COST $300 per foursome $180 per twosome $90 per golfer

COST $300 per foursome $180 per twosome $90 per golfer

Lunch and raffles to follow play COST $500 per foursome $300 per twosome $150 per golfer

PRESENTING SPONSOR

All events will have complimentary beer, wine, refreshments and raffles!

Register Online at pbgfl.com/vetstournament

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PRODUCTION

Public Media Relations Division CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

John Boehm Madelyn Marconi Arienne Panczak Candice Temple

PHOTO BY IMMERSIVE SPACES

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Mayor’s Veterans Golf Tournament 2020

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City Briefs: Fire Prevention

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Sustainability Report

Madelyn Marconi Jason Nuttle

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Gardens 2 Go: Food & Produce Market

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Calendar of Events

CONTACT US

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The Dancing Crane Restaurant at the City’s Golf Club

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

signaturecity@pbgfl.com Signature City Questions: 561.799.4152 Main City Line: 561.799.4100

Signature City magazine is a free publication produced quarterly by the City of Palm Beach Gardens Public Media Relations Division. Signature City is mailed to every household in Palm Beach Gardens, as well as distributed at city facilities.

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F E A T U R E S

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One Swinging Place

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Public-Private Partnerships

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Featured Art- Alton Art Walk

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FY21 Budget’s Greatest Hits

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Economic Recovery for a Stronger Gardens

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Get Social! Follow us on your favorite social media sites @CityofPBG @CityofPalmBeachGardensRecreation @SandhillCraneGolf @GardensGreenMarket @CityofPBG @PBGardensFire @PBGPD @CityPBG @CityofPBG

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2 ON THE COVER: The Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center is dominating on and off the courts with the completion of its new Key West style clubhouse! Take a tour of the new facility in this issue. Photo by Jason Nuttle. FA L L 2020

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A RECIPE FOR KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY COOKING SAFELY

Serve up fire prevention in the kitchen! Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Two out of every five home fires start in the kitchen and more than 150,000 fires a year are related to cooking.

COOKING SAFETY CHECKLIST ✔ Never leave cooking food on the stovetop unattended and keep a close eye on food cooking inside the oven.

✔ Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles (e.g. potholders, towels, rags, drapes and food packaging).

✔ Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a “kid-free zone” of three feet around the stove. Keep pets from underfoot so you do not trip while cooking.

✔ If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.

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✔ Never use a wet oven mitt, as it presents a scald danger if the moisture in the mitt is heated.

✔ Always keep a potholder, oven mitt and lid handy. If a small fire starts in a pan on the stove, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Don’t remove the lid until it is completely cool. Never pour water on a grease fire and never discharge a fire extinguisher onto a pan fire, as it can spray or shoot burning grease around the kitchen, actually spreading the fire.

✔ If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you and your clothing.

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✔ Food cooked in a microwave can be dangerously hot. Remove the lids or other coverings from microwaved food carefully to prevent steam burns.

✔ If there is a microwave fire, keep the door closed and unplug the microwave. Call 9-1-1 and make sure to have the oven serviced before you use it again.


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Supporting the Present Community and Providing Growth for Future Generations

Sustainability Report by John Boehm

AN EQUAL BALANCE OF PEOPLE + PLANET + ECONOMY

The City is committed to reducing its environmental impacts and promoting a sustainable community through the “Triple Bottom Line” concept. This comprehensive approach stresses balance and includes initiatives focused on people, the planet, and the economy with the overarching goal of promoting sustainability for future generations. In addition to 50% of the City’s jurisdictional boundaries being in conservation, the City is also dedicated to the overall sustainability of the people, planet, and economy in our community. Sustainability goes a step further than environmental stewardship by incorporating efforts to support the present community and economy while ensuring the same or better quality of life for future generations. From transitioning to electric vehicles to reducing waste in operating processes to initiatives bolstering the local economy, the City is continuously improving our current operations while planning for the future of our community.

PEOPLE Social elements relating to education, safety and security, community resources, health and well-being and overall quality of life.

PLANET Environmental elements relating to natural resources, water and air quality, renewable energy and land conservation.

ECONOMY Economic elements relating to risk management, conservative use of funds, efficient processes, profitable innovation and future growth.

For the complete report of the City’s sustainability efforts please visit www.pbgfl.com/sustainability FA L L 2020

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P L A C E ! W r i t t e n b y C a n d i c e Te m p l e Photographs by Jason Nuttle

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Get cozy at Center Court Café

here’s a new clubhouse in town! Tennis is a sport that is known for high energy on the court. Now, the City’s program has a clubhouse to match. The Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center has opened its much-anticipated 12,700 square foot, two-story Key West-style clubhouse. It’s a multiuse facility that will not only serve as home base for tennis and pickleball operations but can also host community events and casual gatherings. The best part about it? It is a public facility that is available for use by any visitor without the need for a membership. As you approach the front doors, you quickly assess that the building’s design

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is unlike any other public building in the Gardens. The casual tone is set by a beautiful shade of pale aqua walls beautifully contrasted by exposed wood beams along the roofline. This feature continues throughout the interior of the building in the form of rafters. Construction of the facility began in April 2019 and wrapped at the end of September 2020. After operating from temporary facilities for the past

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17 months, the Center’s dedicated staff excitedly moved in and started making the building feel like home. The Pro Shop has gone from a crowded closet at the entrance to a full corner display in the lobby. Players stop by the racks on their way to and from the courts to admire the new apparel and the latest gear to step up their game. Wellequipped locker rooms with showers replace the small bathrooms that players long outgrew in the previous building.


Just beyond the check-in counter, visitors will now have an added amenity. Whether for a quiet cup of coffee or a post-match nibble, the new indoor café will offer prepared food for purchase. The clubhouse also contains spacious options for indoor and outdoor dining. Continuing on the second floor, an outdoor balcony provides a gorgeous view of the Center’s 20 tennis courts. Multipurpose rooms and spaces and a catering kitchen are available for rent. PROGRAM GROWTH The new building is fitting for a local sports program that has grown by serves and bounces over the years. Under the direction of Wendy Tatum, the Palm Beach Gardens center has undergone several transformations which have included the construction of seven additional HydroCourts in the last three years and the in-house management of the City’s booming Pickleball program that had previously been run under contractual services.

The Center is no stranger to awards and accolades. Most recently, the United States Professional Tennis Association named Tatum the Florida Manager of the Year 2019 for her efforts overseeing operations. In her role, Tatum directs the strategic planning, hiring, coordination of maintenance, professional contracts and programming for both the tennis and pickleball programs. Due to the extensive list of programs offered, a host of USPTA-certified professionals staff the center; some working with the biggest names in professional tennis. She has a steady philosophy of making the game inclusive and welcoming for the Center’s approximately 250,000 annual players and visitors that has resonated with the community. “To flourish, tennis must draw participants from the broadest spectrum of society. To do that, it must be perceived as open, accessible, and welcoming to all,” says Tatum. “Tennis at a publicly owned facility has those attributes.”

CLUBHOUSE LOCATION: 5110 117th Court North, PBG PROGRAMS OFFERED: Adult

Youth

USTA National Senior Women’s Clay Court Singles & Doubles Championships

USTA L4 G 14-12 Singles Championships

USTA National Cat II “Les Grandes Dames” Senior Women’s Clay Court Singles & Doubles USTA Adult City Singles Championships

USTA Sectional L6 Tournaments (5), including Green Ball Sectional Qualifier Youth Instructional classes Junior Monthly Recreational Singles Tournament

15 Women’s Weekday PBCWTA and Palm team leagues

Junior 3x Annually Recreational Doubles Tournament

9 Men’s Teams

Junior Competitive Program

USTA team tennis on going throughout the year Adult Instructional Classes In-House Evening Adult Leagues

Senior

Adult Monthly Recreational Singles Tournaments Adult Mixed Doubles & Lunch (Monthly, Sep-April, plus Independence Day)

Youth summer camps and holiday camps

Women’s Senior Teams Men’s Senior Teams Senior Mixed Doubles Mixer (weekly, in season)

Adaptive Wheelchair Tennis -Adult

Love Serving Autism (LSA) – Youth

Wheelchair Tennis - Youth

Love Serving Autism (LSA) – Adult

Jamie’s Angels for Citizens with Special Needs Awards: 2014 USTA Facility of the Year 2018 USTA Member Organization of the Year, Florida 2019 USPTA Florida Manager of the Year 2019 National USPTA Executive Manager of the Year National bi-annual Member Organization of the Year Players book courts and shop for merchandise at the new clubhouse FA L L 2020

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GARDENS 2 GO FOOD & PRODUCE MARKET Sunday, October 25, 2020 – Sunday, January 3, 2021 10500 N. Military Trail, PBG Market Hours: 9:00am-1:00pm

We’ve updated our market plan to provide shoppers with a safe, socially distanced way to have access to fresh produce and food products.

MARKET RULES: ✔ Face masks are required. ✔ Social distancing guidelines will be enforced

ITEMS FOR SALE

by staff and vendors.

✔ This is a “Shop and Go” experience for all to enjoy. ✔ There will be no product sampling during Gardens 2 Go.

✔ No pets, please.

DID YOU KNOW?

Produce

Cheese

Sauces

Meats

Honey

Pickles

Seafood

Olive Oil

Jams/Jellies

Eggs

Bread

Spices

Dairy

Pasta

Dog Food

The City has just launched a new interactive Story Map on its website that will guide you through development projects.

Have you been passing by a busy construction site, wondering what is to come? Visit pbgfl.com/ ProjectLocationMap to see which projects are “Under Review,” “Approved” and “Under Construction.” Navigate the map to locate the project, then click to learn project details!

Designed by the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Division

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RECommendations The City’s Recreation Department is seeking your feedback. We want to know what programs YOU want and like to do! Your input will give us direction in future program development specific to your needs. All you need to do is scan the QR code below and complete the RECommendations Survey by Friday, November 13th. The survey will take a few minutes and will remain anonymous. For more information, please call 561-630-1100, visit www.pbgrec.com or email recinfo@pbgfl.com.


Putting Public-Private Partnerships to Work by Madelyn Marconi

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wo major projects included in the Gardens Park Baseball Expansion plans reached completion this summer while another, located at The Gardens North County District Park, started to gain traction. These projects were initiated when the City of Palm Beach Gardens entered individual publicprivate partnerships with the Miracle League of Palm Beach County, Cressey Sports Performance, and Palm Beach North Athletic Foundation, Inc.

WHAT IS A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP? A public-private partnership, or “P3,� is a collaborative agreement between a government agency and a private sector company. This approach can be used to finance, build, and operate large-scale, long-term projects. Both entities share the common goal of providing a public benefit, whether it is an asset or service, to the surrounding community. Some may express concern or doubt in allowing a private entity to become widely involved in the long-term (continues) FA L L 2020

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operation of public assets, but several tangible benefits stem from these types of partnerships. P3s offer direct benefits to the public, accelerated project completion, and reduced costs, which in turn, allows for funds to be allocated elsewhere. P3s also allow the government agency to share the risk and financial burden with the private entity. The two completed projects at Gardens Park and the upcoming project at The Gardens North County District park are prime examples of how public-private partnerships can simultaneously address operational needs while also providing direct benefits to the community. This new way of doing business may seem unusual, but it is a very realistic way for public and private sectors to collaborate and develop unique projects in the community.

THE MIRACLE LEAGUE OF PALM BEACH COUNTY Several years ago, the Miracle League of Palm Beach County began looking at Palm Beach Gardens as an expansion location when it was discovered many families with special needs children reside in the north county region. The Miracle League, founded in 2005 by Julia and Jeff Kadel, has long provided baseball and cheerleading opportunities for children with special needs. Conversations to unite the City of Palm Beach Gardens and the Miracle League of Palm Beach County as partners began in late 2018. It was clear the Miracle League’s mission to enrich, expand, and diversify lives clearly aligned with the City’s values for offering diverse programming opportunities, so the parties entered a public private partnership (P3) agreement. An agreement with Nuvo Riverside, LLC – a local Business center in Palm Beach Gardens – also stemmed from the newly formed partnership and provided the City with $350,000 for construction costs of the fields. The remaining funds were covered by monies previously allocated for the City’s baseball expansion project. As part of the agreement, the City of Palm 10

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Beach Gardens maintains the facility while the Miracle League covers all other expenses, including insurance, trophies, uniforms, and pictures. By April of 2020, construction was complete and included two synthetic turf fields, baseball diamonds made of recycled rubber, and over-sized dugouts, to accommodate athletes who use walkers, wheelchairs, or who are visually impaired. The partnership provided the ability to add new amenities to the City’s award-winning Parks and Recreation Department while the addition of the Miracle League programs expanded the already diverse roster of youth athletic programs available to the community. The City is proud to provide sports facilities that enhance the lives of local children and families.

CRESSEY SPORTS PERFORMANCE In March 2019, Palm Beach Gardens City Council unanimously voted to allow the City to negotiate a public private partnership with Cressey Sports Performance, a high-performance sports training facility based out of Massachusetts. After experiencing obstacles at their Jupiter location, Eric Cressey and his team looked to Palm Beach Gardens as a possible new home for their program. His vision of working with Palm Beach Gardens to build a cutting-edge training facility including covered battings

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cages, covered pitching mounds, and a fullsize regulation “showcase” field set P3 plans into motion. P3s commonly include expertise from different resources coming together to plan and execute a project that directly benefits the public. Both the City and Cressey Sports Performance applied their expertise to keep the project on track for completion. The Gardens Park Baseball expansion project involved a comprehensive team of designers, engineers, and contractors that collaborated to improve infrastructure solutions while simultaneously decreasing project costs. The money saved from this project can be reallocated into a different area. The addition of Cressey Sports Performance not only provides an exciting opportunity for young athletes to work out alongside professional athletes, but it also contributes to the community’s economic needs as well. Palm Beach Gardens, now considered a sports destination, brings athletes of all levels to train at Cressey’s elite training facility in Palm Beach Gardens. As a welcomed benefit, athletes rent and purchase homes in the community and continue to contribute to the local economy by dining at restaurants, using local services, and shopping at retail stores in the city. Similar to the Miracle League, the City provides maintenance to the baseball fields


“THIS IS A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY OF PALM BEACH GARDENS AND PALM BEACH COUNTY, BUT IT IS ALSO A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY. WE WANT TO SHARE THAT PROSPERITY TO ALL OF THE RESIDENTS AND ALL OF THE CONSTITUENTS.” –MICHAEL WINTER and surrounding amenities, while Cressey Sports Performance focuses on operations. The community gains the benefit of this facility which brings visitors and tourism to our City. There is also a financial benefit to the City as Cressey Sports Performance pays a monthly lease to operate their facility on City-owned land. The community impact of the Cressey project is already being felt with local athletes taking advantage of the world class training that is available. Cressey trains top, professional athletes across multiple sports while simultaneously strengthening the motivation for young athletes to work hard towards achieving their own success. Long time youth sports planner Tony Badala shares that his son Anthony Badala received a baseball scholarship boosted by workouts he received with trainers in Palm Beach Gardens. “My son worked out at Cressey with Brian Kaplan as a trainer. Brian spearheaded my son in receiving a Division 1 scholarship to play baseball at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina,” Badala said. “Eric Cressey’s program is what The Citadel bases their program off. I don’t know how you get any better.”

promoting healthy, active lifestyles through sports. The facility will offer a new variety of sports to the area including squash, ice hockey, fencing, and rock climbing as well as dance and fitness classes, sports camps, and indoor playgrounds. “The Palm Beach North Athletic Foundation is thrilled to be a partner with City of Palm Beach Gardens. We could not be happier with the relationship we have grown with the City Manager, City Council, and City staff,” P.B.N.A.F. President Michael Winter said. “It’s going to be a big facility, but we need the room to accommodate big dreams, big visions, and big plans.” As part of the agreement, the Foundation is raising funds to build the $43-million facility and will design, construct, operate, and maintain the sportsplex on City land through a County-approved lease agreement. Through the partnership, the Foundation will bring brand new opportunities to the residents of Palm Beach Gardens and the surrounding northern Palm Beach County communities. Children and families can participate in a variety of new

sports, particularly winter sports, that are typically out of reach for Palm Beach County residents. The indoor facility will provide extra-curricular activities and youth programming for middle and high-school age children, allowing local youth to experience positive social interaction in a safe and comfortable setting. There is no doubt that the new fields and facilities in Palm Beach Gardens will be used to their fullest extent. Memorable baseball games will be held on the Miracle League fields as top athletes train next door at Cressey Sports Performance. Soon, the doors to the state-of-the-art sportsplex will open and bring the once unusual idea of a public-private partnership to reality. Residents will be the first in line to experience the benefits the new amenities bring and enjoy all the City of Palm Beach Gardens has to offer. Site of the Future Sportsplex Gardens North County District Park 5101 117th Ct N For more information, visit www.pbnsportsplex.com

PALM BEACH NORTH ATHLETIC FOUNDATION Another example of a public private partnership took place in March of 2020 when the City of Palm Beach Gardens entered another P3, alongside Palm Beach County with Palm Beach North Athletic Foundation, Inc. The proposed project to construct a 220,000 square-foot “sportsplex” on seventeen acres of land within The Gardens North County District Park was passed by City Council. As a non-profit 501(c) (3) charity purely based on donations, Palm Beach North Athletic Foundation is committed to developing a state-of-the-art facility that will create a lasting legacy and improve the quality of life for everyone by FA L L 2020

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Art Walk Through Alton by Madelyn

Marconi

AS PART OF THE CITY OF PALM BEACH GARDENS ART IN PUBLIC PLACES PROGRAM, the Alton Town Center’s new artwork is the latest public art collection that allows guests to participate in an interactive Art Walk experience. Artists Amanda Valdes and Alexander Krivoshiew worked in collaboration with Krent Wieland Design and Urban Design Kilday Studios to create stunning sculptures and custom art installations adorning the plaza’s brick walkways.

ABOVE: Legacy. Welded bronze & stainless steel. LEFT: Whiplash. Strength and agility become a moment past as the unexpected exposes a glimpse of spontaneity. RIGHT: Weather Rock. Foundations of solidarity predict poetic moments of grandeur. All works this page by artist Alexander Krivosheiw.

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isitors entering the main

by underwater lighting. A Palm Beach

plaza area will find a

Gardens native, Valdes studied at the

sixty-five-foot-long water

Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and is

wall fountain. Painted on

known for her iconic macabre style.

eleven large stainless-steel panels by

The fountain, designed by landscape

muralist Amanda Valdes is a glowing

architect Krent Weiland, integrates

green double-helix DNA, accentuated

Valdes’ art in an edgy way.

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The final custom sculpture, Legacy, is a polished stainless-steel circular statue which signifies weather patterns as a common factor that unites all of humanity. The sculpture is located on the east side of the roundabout near Whitman Street. According to Krivosheiw, Legacy’s hollowed-out center signifies the future all individuals will eventually have to step through. The Art Walk experience at Alton Town Center is entertaining, edgy, and inspirational. The works by Valdes and Krivosheiw combined with the expertise from Krent Wieland Design and Urban Design Kilday Studios create a splendid atmosphere for guests to enjoy during “A lot of the inspiration for this piece

Collectively, the sculptures produce a

their time at Alton. The water wall

came from the bio-medical research

narrative about the mystical nature of

fountain serves as a unique centerpiece

industry local to Palm Beach Gardens,”

weather patterns. The artist specifically

for the surrounding restaurants and a

Valdes says. “A lot of natural elements

chose to use durable materials to

fun common area for kids to play. The

in the area, specifically the colors from

withstand the same weather elements

four sculptures portray various types of

the local waterways also gave me

depicted through his art.

weather systems the Earth produces. Next

inspiration, along with the color palette used throughout the Alton community.”

time you visit Alton Town Center, be sure Weather Rock, located just east of Alton

to check out the exclusive art features

Road, is made up of fabricated bronze

included in the Art Walk experience.

The double-helix DNA’s shimmering

and stainless-steel. The sculpture

appearance blended with the sound

represents a playful way to forecast

of flowing water creates a spectacular

weather compared to the intricate

ambiance for the outdoor restaurant

systems used by meteorologists today.

seating nearby.

Dense greenery serves as the backdrop of this art feature.

The four sculptures included on the Art Walk were designed and built by

Whiplash is the second sculpture on

Alexander Krivoshiew, a sculptor and

the Art Walk experience. The statue

graduate from the School of Visual Arts

towers nine feet in the air and is

in New York City. Krivoshiew wanted

also made up of fabricated bronze

to capture the emotional elements

and stainless steel. According to the

of wind, rain, and the force of waves.

artist, Whiplash portrays the push and pulls of the atmosphere. The bronze and stainless-steel were welded together to produce a wind effect that creates an imaginary sense of motion. The next stop on the Art Walk experience brings visitors to Tornadon, which represents rotating winds held in pure

Water Wall Weather Rock

Whiplash

Tornadon Legacy

stillness. To some, Tornadon embodies

TOP LEFT: Water Wall. Artist: Amanda Valdes

the eerie stillness that comes before or

ABOVE: Tornadon. Welded bronze & stainless steel. Artist: Alexander Krivosheiw

after a violent storm takes place.

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NO CHANGE IN OPERATING RATE

NO CHANGE

OPERATING RATE = 5.55

RIGHT NOW ON THE PROPERTY CHARTS! Overall, total taxable value up 3.6% from FY 2020 for a total of $12.64 billion

PROPOSED RATE 2.3% ABOVE ROLL BACK

FY 2021 Valuation $13.1 billion

New construction $163.2 million

PROJECT PLAYLIST

DEBT RATE = .0

ROLL BACK RATE = 5.4254

TOTAL RATE = 5.55 NO CHANGE

Approved Millage Rate: 5.55

2.3% increase in existing property

BEST ARRANGEMENT

• $442,000 for parks, irrigation, fencing, netting, sod, court resurfacing, equipment repairs • $357,800 for repairs and maintenance to various structures, including roof maintenance • $173,000 for parking lot and sidewalk repairs • $115,000 for roadway tree trimming and plant replacement

This year’s budget includes funding for Campus Drive Improvements from RCA to PGA Boulevard: $1.3 million • Widening existing 5-foot sidewalk to a 12-foot trail on the west side • Adding a sidewalk and two-way 10-foot bike trail with a 2-foot raised separator on the east side • Provide crosswalks to RCA Boulevard

• $250,000 for annual stormwater repair program

• Place a roundabout at Fairchild Gardens Avenue

• $250,000 for canal maintenance and dredging program

• Installation of a turn lane northbound turning east on PGA Boulevard

PEOPLE’S CHOICE

BEST GROUP PERFORMANCE: PERSONNEL COSTS

Summary of findings by the Budget Oversight Review Board “The City has taken affirmative steps to avoid a tax increase for the FY 2021 Budget. Given the current uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic, the BORB was pleased the City reviewed policies, fund balances and budgets and felt confident that a millage increase was not necessary.”

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$85.8 million / 539 Full-time positions (up 7) Per 1,000 population: FY 2007

FY 2021

(514 positions) 10.41

(539 positions) 9.6


TEN-YEAR FINANCIAL FORECAST • Maintains operating millage flat at 5.55 through FY 2029 • No debt service millage • Unassigned reserves estimated at $26M in FY 2021 • While expenses have been more than anticipated, revenues have also exceeded projections, resulting in increased reserves going into FY 2021. Contributing Factors: REVENUES: Strong development continues to outpace projections

Annexations of Bay Hill, Preserve at Bay Hill and Rustic Lakes were not contemplated in City’s projection 3 years ago

One-time sale of property in Fiscal Year 2019

Unanticipated FEMA reimbursements in 2020

EXPENDITURES Hurricane Irma costs in Fiscal Year 2018

Increase for police officers in August 2018

Additional officers for annexed areas

PERSONNEL: 7 NEW POSITIONS TO KEEP UP WITH THE GROWING DEMAND FOR SERVICES • Two Communications Operators for Northcom Dispatch – funded through additional revenue generated by adding Village of Tequesta to NCDC • One Administrative Specialist III in the Legal Department

Collective bargaining contracts

• As a result of conservative revenue estimating policies, the City has been able to offset unplanned and uncontrollable expenditures and increase reserves.

• Two Fire Inspectors • Conversion of part-time Fire Training Instructor to full-time • One Business Analyst in the Information Technology Department

TOTAL GENERAL FUND REVENUES: $134,185,548 Carryover: $36,899,900 Other: $2,398,100 Transfers: $0 Ad Valorem Taxes: $69,279,003 Other Taxes: $3,565,000

GENERAL FUND EXPENDITURES: $134,185,548 Licenses & Permits: $4,437,000 Intergovernmental: $5,695,000 User Fees: $6,611,545 Franchise Fees: $5,300,000

Reserves- $34,652,090 Debt- $2,290,938 Capital- $3,317,155

Operating- $23,962,592 Personnel- $69,622,805 Transfers- $339,968

Find us on Spotify for a City Budget themed playlist! Just visit www.spotify.com or download the app and search “City of Palm Beach Gardens.” FA L L 2020

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CALENDAR of EVENTS OCTOBER S M T W T F S

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OCTOBER

NOVEMBER 3

NOVEMBER 15

DECEMBER 13

Election Day 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

City Council Meeting 6 p.m. via LiveStream or at City Hall (New Time!)

NOVEMBER 5

Gardens 2 Go: Food & Produce Market 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Municipal Campus

Gardens 2 Go: Food & Produce Market 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Municipal Campus

NOVEMBER 22

DECEMBER 20

OCTOBER 1

OCTOBER 4-10 Fire Prevention Week      

OCTOBER 13 

Planning & Zoning Appeals Board  6 p.m. at City Hall      

OCTOBER 19-25

Florida City Government Week   

OCTOBER 19-NOVEMBER 1 Early Voting Begins 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

City Council Meeting 6 p.m. via LiveStream or at City Hall

NOVEMBER 7 Mayor’s Veterans Golf Classic  Fundraiser for the West Palm Beach  VA Medical Center  9:00 a.m. at Sandhill Crane Golf Club   

NOVEMBER 7

Ladies Nine, Wine & Dine Front 9- Ladies Outing  2:30 p.m. at Sandhill Crane Golf Club

NOVEMBER 7

OCTOBER 25 Gardens 2 Go: Food & Produce Market 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Ronald M. Ferris Municipal Complex

OCTOBER 27 Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Hearing   2 p.m. at City Hall       

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 1

Grip It, Rip It & Sip It Back 9- Men & Women Outing 2:30 p.m. at Sandhill Crane Golf Club      

NOVEMBER 8

Gardens 2 Go: Food & Produce Market 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Municipal Campus

NOVEMBER 10   Planning & Zoning Appeals Board   6 p.m. at City Hall  

NOVEMBER 11 City Administrative Offices Closed  Veterans Day Holiday    

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NOVEMBER 24 

Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Hearing  2 p.m. at City Hall  

NOVEMBER 26 & 27 City Administrative Offices Closed  Thanksgiving Holiday Observance 

NOVEMBER 29 Gardens 2 Go: Food & Produce Market 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Municipal Campus

DECEMBER

 

DECEMBER 3 City Council Meeting   6:00 p.m. at City Hall     

DECEMBER 6

Gardens 2 Go: Food & Produce Market 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Municipal Campus

DECEMBER 8  Planning & Zoning Appeals Board   6 p.m. via LiveStream or at City Hall    

Gardens 2 Go: Food & Produce Market 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Municipal Campus

DECEMBER 25 City Administrative Offices Closed  Christmas Day Observance   

DECEMBER 27

Gardens 2 Go: Food & Produce Market 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Municipal Campus

JANUARY

JANUARY 1 City Administrative Offices Closed  New Year’s Day Observance 

JANUARY 3 Gardens 2 Go: Food & Produce Market 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Municipal Campus  

JANUARY 7

City Council Meeting 6 p.m. via LiveStream or at City Hall

IMPORTANT ADDRESSES:   City Hall/Municipal Campus 10500 N. Military Trail    Sandhill Crane Golf Club/ The Dancing Crane Restaurant 9500 Sandhill Crane Drive


ECONOMIC RECOVERY for a STRONGER GARDENS

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n April 1, 2020 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive stayat-home order for the entire state of Florida in an effort to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Many

businesses within the City of Palm Beach Gardens boundaries, such as restaurants, bars, retail stores, professional and healthcare services, hair, beauty, and other personal services, personal care services, laundry services, cleaning services, pet care services, and fitness centers and gyms were forced to close. City Council recognized such closures would cause significant financial and personal harm to those businesses, their owners, and employees. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home order, City Council approved

Resolution 37, 2020, in partnership with the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce and PGA Corridor Association. The Resolution approved the Economic Recovery Act funded by the City’s Economic Development Fund in the amount of $1.3 million with $1 million dedicated to the Small Business Fund and $300,000 to the Unemployed Resident Relief Fund. The City’s Economic Development Fund was created to commit a portion of fund balance to provide future economic incentives as a way to attract companies and industries to the area. (continues)

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- THE RECIPIENTS In partnership with the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce and PGA Corridor Association, the City developed the Small Business Relief Fund Phase I to provide financial support to small businesses impacted by COVID-19 emergency orders. Phase I provided critical financial support to 21 award recipients totaling $403,895. AWARD RECIPIENTS: Anthony’s Drugs..................................... $20,000

Essentials Spa.......................................... $20,000

Salon Synergy.......................................... $20,000

Anzo ............................................................ $20,000

Fitzy’s Deli.................................................. $20,000

Sloan’s at the Gardens......................... $20,000

Chicago Hot Dogs................................. $20,000

Found Lee Beauty Bar.......................... $20,000

Style So Chic............................................ $20,000

Christopher Bauchman ...................... $10,000

Hwang’s Martial Arts............................. $20,000

Tokyo Peking PGA................................. $20,000

Coastal Kids Beachwear..................... $20,000

Jade Spa.................................................... $20,000

Dr Sandy Bravar...................................... $20,000

Job Investors........................................... $20,000

Transdermal Delivery Solutions ................................................... $20,000

Dragon Foot Spa.................................... $20,000

One Price Dry Cleaners ........................ $13,895

Elysasuzanne Couture Clothing...... $20,000

Rapid Auto Care..................................... $20,000

Total:..............................................$403,895

Under Phase II of the City’s program, 8 awards were granted providing critical financial support totaling $120,000 of relief. AWARD RECIPIENTS: Café Chardonnay....................................$15,000

Lili’s Café.....................................................$15,000

Salute Market............................................$15,000

Gardens Brewing....................................$15,000

Paddy’s Mac..............................................$15,000

Swampgrass Willys.................................$15,000

La Fontana Pizzeria................................$15,000

Riou LLC- Le Bistro.................................$15,000

Total:..............................................$120,000

Under Phase III of the City’s Economic Relief Act, the creation of the Revised Small Business Relief Fund received 89 applications in all. Forty awards were granted providing critical financial support totaling $465,000 of relief. AWARD RECIPIENTS: Abacoa Polarized.....................................$15,000

Fred Astaire................................................ $10,000

Parched Pig................................................$15,000

Aligeo............................................................$15,000

Gamblers.................................................... $10,000

PGA Nails.....................................................$15,000

Angelas Hair & Skin Care.......................$5,000

Gardens East Barber Styling................$5,000

Pilates Life, Inc............................................$5,000

Aubrey Glenn............................................ $10,000

Gardens Grille............................................$15,000

Professional Images...............................$15,000

The Bagel Shop & Deli...........................$15,000

Jeffrey Hixenbaugh OD....................... $10,000

Powder........................................................ $10,000

Bamboo Clothiers....................................$5,000

JJ Norhtlake LLC........................................$5,000

Queanh Phan DMO.................................$15,000

BC Pilates.....................................................$15,000

Just Lashes................................................. $10,000

Richards Powers........................................$5,000

Blessed Boutique.....................................$15,000

Kitty Kat Nail................................................$5,000

Scott Wiseman...........................................$5,000

Colter Dance Center............................. $10,000

The LunchBox........................................... $10,000

Socialite Vision..........................................$15,000

Cycle Bar......................................................$15,000

Maureen Bergman................................. $10,000

Subway.........................................................$15,000

Cypress Green Learning Express......$15,000

Molle Bridal.................................................$15,000

Tux Shop Palm Beach............................$15,000

Ebiuse...........................................................$15,000

NailCare Inc................................................$15,000

Visons Innovative......................................$5,000

Eden Nail and Spa...................................$15,000

Nothing Bundt Cakes.............................$15,000

Total:............................................. $465,000

Florida Dance............................................$15,000

Palm Beach Gardens Travel Leaders....$15,000

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These funds are budgeted and their use will not result in any tax increase for residents. The goal was to use these funds as a way to help offset the significant, temporary loss of revenue experienced by businesses at the heart of Palm Beach Gardens community. Phase one of the Small Business Relief Fund program aimed to support businesses that had no more than 25 employees and did not receive any government Paycheck Protection Program funding. The maximum amount of the grant for the first phase was $20,000. In total, the City received 51 applications. The ERA grant

fund provided critical financial support to 21 award recipients totaling $403,895. Also, under Phase one, the Unemployed Resident Relief Fund provided relief to unemployed Palm Beach Gardens residents in the form of a Publix gift card. Only residents living within the City’s boundaries received these cards. The program aimed to support Palm Beach Gardens residents over the age of 18 who could show documentation they had lost wages or been furloughed due to the pandemic. The City’s Unemployed Resident Relief Program aided 1,244 residents with one $250.00 gift card each, totaling $311,000 worth of much needed assistance to Palm Beach Gardens residents.

Phase two of the Small Business Relief Fund program, under Resolution 45, 2020, City

Council approved a second fund specifically targeting small local restaurants, bars, and breweries that had a minimum of 3 and no more than 75 employees, operated within a single facility of 2,500 to 6,500 square feet, and had not received funds from the government Paycheck Protection Program exceeding $500,000. The maximum amount of the grant for the second phase was $15,000. In total, the City received 28 applications. The E.R.A. grant fund provided critical financial support to 8 award recipients totaling $120,000. Phase three of the Small Business Relief Fund program, under Resolution 46, 2020, City Council approved a third and final fund targeting similar businesses as in the first two phases that had 30 or fewer employees, removed the requirement for a set square footage, and removed the exclusion of businesses that received funding

from the government Paycheck Protection Program. The maximum amount of the grant for the third phase was $15,000. In total, the City received 89 applications. The ERA grant fund provided critical financial support to 40 grant award recipients in our local food service industry totaling $465,000. The City of Palm Beach Gardens recognized the economic and personal hardships endured by the businesses and residents of the City of Palm Beach Gardens. City Council created an aggressive program to support businesses within the City’s boundaries that were crippled by closures and disruptions of operations and gave them critical funding at a time when capital was needed to reopen. In total, all three phases of the Economic Recovery Act provided $988,895 in relief to 69 businesses within our community.

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