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F|A|S|T Any one of these signs could mean a stroke:

MAY IS NATIONAL STROKE AWARENESS MONTH Did you know that someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds? For every minute that a person suffering a stroke does not get medical intervention 2 million brain cells will die, possibly resulting in permanent disability or death.

FACE ARM SPEECH TIME Drooping

Weakness

Difficulty

to Call 911

“In 2015, Gardens Fire Rescue noted that residents waited an average of 112 minutes between patients exhibiting signs of a stroke and calling 911. Last year that number improved to 82 minutes. Our numbers are decreasing, but we can do better! Don’t wait. If you or someone you know shows signs of a stroke, call 911 right away.” - Keith Bryer Palm Beach Gardens Fire Chief

In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month, the City of Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue will be offering FREE Stroke Risk Assessment Screenings to the public, in addition to a Stroke Awareness information session. Educate yourself and know the signs! Time = brain!

WHEN IT COMES TO A STROKE

TIME = BRAIN

Gardens Stroke Awareness Events DATE EVENT

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April 23, 2017

FREE Stroke Risk Assessment Screenings

The Gardens GreenMarket

8:00am – 1:00pm

April 30, 2017

FREE Stroke Risk Assessment Screenings

The Gardens GreenMarket

8:00am – 1:00pm

May 7, 2017

FREE Stroke Risk Assessment Screenings

The Gardens GreenMarket

8:00am – 1:00pm

May 18, 2017

FREE Stroke Risk Assessment Screening

City Hall: Council Chambers

6:00pm – 6:30pm

May 18, 2017

“Stroke Awareness” Lecture, featuring panel of stroke experts

City Hall: Council Chambers

6:00pm – 8:00pm

May 21, 2017

Stroke Risk Assessment Screening

The Gardens GreenMarket

9:00am – 1:00pm

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Public Media Relations Division CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Candice Temple Laura Schuppert Angela Wong Brown Jessica Thomson CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Chrissy Brahney CONTACT US

signaturecity@pbgfl.com 561.799.4152 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. ON THE COVER: The City’s conceptual plan for our one cent sales tax is framed around a single goal: Building for the Future. Our cover features Palm Beach Gardens residents and youth athletes representing their teams. Front row (l to r) Blaire Pressley (PBGYAA Predators Soccer), Lexi Figoras (Makos Swim Team), Blake Pressley (PBGYAA Predators Soccer), Katrina Figoras (PBGYAA Starzz Basketball). Back row, Tyson Figoras (PBGYAA Baseball).

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Stroke Awareness Month

4 From the Desk of the City Manager 8 Baseball Complex Expansion 9

District Park Soccer Complex Development

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Calendar of Events: Pull Out Poster!

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Operations Center

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City Hall Renovation

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Tennis Clubhouse

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Public Safety Office Space

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MRO Program vs. One-Cent Sales Tax- What’s the Difference?

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Building for the Future

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Featured Art

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F R O M T H E D E S K O F T H E C I T Y M A N AG E R

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his past November 2016, Palm Beach County voters passed an additional one-cent sales tax. This “surtax” will “sunset” in 10 years. The funds derived from the additional surtax would be used for infrastructure, roads, bridges, expansion and/or new buildings and other structures, and public safety facilities, just to name a few.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE RESIDENTS OF THE CITY OF PALM BEACH GARDENS?

The Palm Beach Gardens distribution percentage is 1.3216%: First year distribution:

$ 3,012,492

Ten-year distribution:

$30,124,923

Ten-year distribution:

$35,570,894

(includes 3% annual growth rate)

During the March 2, 2017, regular City Council meeting, Council approved the following projects: County District Park development for additional children’s sports fields Gardens Park Baseball Complex expansion Police, Fire and City Hall expansion and modernization Public Works and Parks Maintenance Operations Center relocation and construction Tennis Center Clubhouse

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THE OPPORTUNITY:

With this unexpected revenue, the City has an opportunity to plan and construct facilities that will provide residents with services that will facilitate current and future growth. Our community is growing and our population is increasing. Economic development is bringing new jobs and families city-wide every day. Our job is to plan for growth and prepare to deliver the great quality of life and level of services our current citizens have grown to expect. The proposed facilities to be funded from the “surtax” will be built for tomorrow with sales tax dollars from the entire county. The City Council has authorized and procured a $30,000,000 loan at a very low interest rate. The ten-year loan will be repaid by the annual collection from

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the surtax. This action provides staff the opportunity to start these much-needed facilities today! This approach allows the City to avoid using property tax dollars to fund these future projects, and to use today’s value of the dollar and take advantage of today’s construction costs. This issue of the Signature City magazine provides the residents an opportunity to understand what exciting additions to our City will be constructed in the upcoming years. Recreational facilities for families to enjoy and City buildings to better serve the residents is our mission. I hope you enjoy this issue as much as we have enjoyed putting it together for you.

Ron Ferris City Manager


MRO Program vs. One-Cent Sales Tax What’s the Difference?

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ith Palm Beach County voters passing the one-cent sales tax last fall, infrastructure projects will soon begin having a visual impact in the daily lives of residents. Along with County and Board of Education projects approved throughout Palm Beach County, Palm Beach Gardens has its own list of priorities. These are projects that each entity has designated as a priority based on their responsibility to the community. In addition to the new one-cent sales tax, on a regular basis the City uses a 5-year Maintenance, Repairs and Operations (MRO) Program which allows staff to analyze current deficiencies in City-owned buildings and plan for needs that will be in demand over the next half decade. The majority of the City’s buildings are over 15 years old and have entered a phase requiring additional maintenance.

anticipate a need. The MRO Program has eliminated the need to make major reconstruction to existing infrastructure.

much needed facilities using money from a county-wide sales tax; not by using or raising the taxes of Palm Beach Gardens residents.

When it comes to maintenance, proper care along the way can save time and money in the long run. Many of these things may not be seen daily, but play a vital role in the proper upkeep of facilities so that their usefulness is maximized.

You may ask, “Why can’t the one-cent sales tax money be used to fund the existing maintenance needs”? The answer is due to the law established with the passing of the one-cent sales tax, that money, and any interest earned from it, cannot be used for normal operating expense or lowering existing property taxes, only major renovations, reconstruction or new infrastructure. Items designated in the MRO Program are considered to be part of normal operating expense.

Gardens’ MRO Program includes, but is not limited to, planning for the following: Stormwater infrastructure maintenance Roof replacement and re-coating Road paving program (gas tax) Bridge repairs (gas tax) Parking lot resurfacing Playground/Playground resurfacing Canal bank maintenance & dredging Basketball/tennis court resurfacing Multipurpose field drainage improvements Energy Management System Installation

Various funding sources are budgeted annually so that maintaining the infrastructure is a more manageable task than a one-time emergency would be. This program is not unlike your household savings account used to fund big ticket items for which you can

Floor and carpet replacement

While the Maintenance, Repairs and Operations Program uses annual tax revenue to maintain capital investments, the one-cent sales tax will allow the City to construct

These are projects that were not on the MRO Program schedule for the next 5 years due to other projects taking priority. By using both funding sources, the City can continue its planned maintenance schedule while accelerating the start date for projects that were identified as an area of need but lack funding. That means these projects can be completed much sooner than would have been allowed by relying on tax revenue alone. No matter the funding source, it’s fair to say that a lot will be going on in Palm Beach Gardens for the foreseeable future!

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for the Future b y C a n d i c e Te m p l e

arents with multiple children will tell you, few things challenge the strength and endurance of a family like the “L” word… Logistics. When it comes to managing life and kids, logistics is the art of making everyone in the family a priority while, at the same time, trying not to make anyone seem more important than the other.

Sports have been a big part of her identity for most of her life. She grew up playing softball, basketball and, eventually, she found her fervor for tennis back when the courts were off Military Trail. She has made her life and career out of her love for tennis. She even met her husband Chris on the Gardens tennis courts.

As a mother of two athletic children participating in the PBGYAA competitive soccer program in Palm Beach Gardens, Tara Pressley knows how complicated logistics can get when the kids need to be in different places at the same. She and her husband, both tennis pros at the Gardens Tennis Court, juggling work with supporting the passion of daughter Blaire (13) and son Blake (10).

“We want our children involved in sports, because sports are a very positive outlet which allows for our kids to express themselves”, says Tara.

Although neither of their children has been bitten by the tennis bug, the Pressleys support Blake and Blaire in their soccer aspirations.

“We have the two kids in travel soccer and on some nights of practice we are going from one end of Palm Beach Gardens to the other to either drop off or pick up and then to do it again,” she explains.

If you didn’t know, soccer is the biggest youth sports program in the City right now. At this point the program has grown to the point of exhausting its available field space. There are four parks used for the program with multipurpose and soccer fields spread out throughout the City. Joseph R. Russo Athletic Complex is scheduled to come online in a few weeks as the 5th park available for soccer, as well as other sports.

Tara is a native of Palm Beach Gardens. She proudly boasts being one of the few residents who can say they are “lifelong”, having been born in Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

“In the last ten years, the soccer program has grown,” says Gardens Sports Director Daniel Prieto, “from roughly 500 players to roughly 1700 players between PBGYAA’s Recreation League and travel leagues.”

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Families currently travel between Gardens Park, Lilac Park, Mirasol Park and the multipurpose fields at PGA National. The Pressley’s are one of many families who juggle locations to meet the demands of extracurricular schedules. Palm Beach Gardens has a conceptual plan targeted at easing some of the logistical pressure families are facing. The City’s goal is to lease additional land located at the County’s District Park off 117 Court North. With the existing space at the adjacent Joseph R. Russo Athletic Complex, the City could devote multiple fields at a single location to one sport- soccer. This location provides ample room for the current and future needs of the sport and is equipped with the parking capacity necessary for hosting tournaments and events. The Figoras family moved to Gardens in 2003 and has three children participating in youth sports. Their daughter Katrina (13) has played basketball for eight years, daughter Lexi (11) has been swimming at the aquatic center for a year and son Tyson (11) has played baseball, flag football and basketball for 5 years. Juggling schedules influences the entire family. “We love being involved in the coaching and spectator aspects. The whole family has made great friends through the PBG


sports community”, says Ron Figoras. “It certainly makes Pam and I have to manage our time efficiently but we wouldn’t have it any other way.” The Pressleys and Figoras support the City’s idea of moving the existing soccer fields out of Gardens Park to the District Park location. The plan frees up space to expand baseball, creating a “baseball only” complex at Gardens Park and eliminating the parking conflicts that currently exist.

“In the last ten years, the soccer program has grown from roughly 500 players to roughly 1700 players between PBGYAA’s Recreation League and travel leagues.”

Relocating soccer to the District Park site creates synergy at that facility and addresses the logistical issues facing families who participate in that program. “It would be nice to be able to go to one facility and stay for all practices and games”, says Tara. “Also, it would mean not having to leave one kid at a different park from the other. The soccer community is a very tight group and all do a great job of supporting one another”. For Ron Figoras, expanding field space is more than just about playing sports, it’s about supporting our youth and giving them an important outlet. “Palm Beach Gardens really continues to expand their many programs and have a great group of volunteers that pull in the same direction as the City workers”, he explains. “The new expansion of baseball, soccer and lacrosse fields is exciting and needed. Having so many kids put down their phones and tablets to get away from their passive video games and actually get outside to get some exercise is really a good thing.” The City agrees that investing in youth is a good thing. Planning for growth involves looking at the needs residents of all ages will have going forward for ten, twenty or thirty years down the road. It’s the planning that not only affects current residents, but the next generation they will raise here. Today’s construction means building for the future.

OPPOSITE PAGE: Blake Pressley (10) plays the goalie position on his PBGYAA Predators soccer team. THIS PAGE: Blaire Pressley has played soccer for 4 years with the PBGYAA Predators.

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Gardens Park Baseball Expansion

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he City’s plan for the one cent sales tax initiative is not unlike a giant puzzle. Each portion of the plan is a piece that works in conjunction with the pieces all around it. The end result for the City will be more efficient use of available land and smooth-running operations. Presently, the Palm Beach Gardens Recreation Program is limited in their scheduling of games and revenue producing tournaments at Gardens Park. Having multiple fields at a single site is an advantage that makes the park an ideal option for hosting large youth sports tournaments looking to come to Palm Beach County. Never was this more apparent than last summer when the City had the privilege of hosting the Cal Ripken 10U World Series games. On Sundays, the ever-popular Gardens GreenMarket uses much of the available parking at City Hall and Gardens Park. This limits the time available for scheduling baseball activities on the weekend. Nothing baseball related can take place on Sunday before 2:00 p.m. The program also shares parking with nearby Klock soccer fields. The City proposes relocating the soccer fields to the County’s District Park (details on page 9) and using the vacated land to construct two baseball fields and 180 parking spaces. This plan would bring the total number of fields available at Gardens Park from 8 to 10. Coupled with the existing batting cages, soft-toss stations and concession stands, this visionary plan would create a hub for all things baseball. AT LEFT: Tyson Figoras practices his swing at the proposed location for expanding baseball fields in Gardens Park. The current Klock soccer fields will be relocated to the County District Park property.

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PROJECTED COST

PROJECT LOCATION

FUNDING SOURCE

Approx. 7 acres $2.5 million Palm Beach Gardens Municipal Complex

Funded through the one-cent sales tax

PROPOSED CHANGES

ANTICIPATED COMPLETION

ENGINEER/ARCHITECT/DESIGNER

RESPONSIBLE DEPARTMENT

Construction of two new baseball fields, batting and pitching practice areas and covered practice area.

Spring 2018

To Be Determined

Community Services

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District Park Soccer Complex Development

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s the City looks for additional field space for growing youth athletic programs, the idea of synergy steered its vision. With synergy in mind, Gardens Park will become the City’s epicenter for baseball and relieve the competition for parking by scheduling one sport at that location, instead of two. As the fastest growing youth recreation activity in Palm Beach Gardens, the soccer program will now be relocated to a larger venue where it can create synergy of its own. As options were presented, focus turned to the District Park property currently owned by Palm Beach County, located Central Boulevard and 117 Court North. Immediately south of the District Park are the City’s

Tennis Center, the multipurpose fields at the Joseph R. Russo Athletic Complex, basketball courts, a walking trail and many other amenities. It is truly an area bustling with recreational activity! The County purchased this land in 1999 with the intention of building a park to serve its north county residents. Recently, the County proposed a Master Plan that

includes allowing Palm Beach Gardens to develop a portion of the 82 available acres for a soccer complex, hiking trail and parking.* By relocating the soccer program from Gardens Park to the District Park site will enable the program to add field space and keep up with the demand it is experiencing. Ample parking will be located at the complex to allow for a more efficient flow of traffic.

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PROJECTED COST

PROJECT LOCATION

FUNDING SOURCE

Approx. 27 acres $11.2 million

Palm Beach County District Park

Funded through the one-cent sales tax

PROPOSED CHANGES

ANTICIPATED COMPLETION

ENGINEER/ARCHITECT/DESIGNER

RESPONSIBLE DEPARTMENT

Construction of a new soccer complex, walking trail and parking on the District Park north of Joseph R. Russo Athletic Complex and the Tennis Center

Spring 2018

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Community Services

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Calendar of Events| APRIL APRIL 1-22 ‘Wired!’ Saturday Art Workshops (Ages 8-13) 10:30 a.m.-Noon at 4404 Burns Road

APRIL 6

NOW THROUGH APRIL 20 GardensArt Exhibition Now and Then Painting by Vicki Siegel M-F 8 a.m. -5pm at City Hall Lobby

APRIL 22

City Council Meeting 7 p.m. at City Hall

Jamie’s Angels Special Needs Program 1-2 p.m. at Tennis Center

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APRIL 23

Egg Extravaganza 9 a.m. at Gardens Park

The Gardens GreenMarket (Earth Day Celebration) 8a.m.-1 p.m. at City Hall *FREE Stroke Risk Assessment Screenings

APRIL 9 The Gardens GreenMarket 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at City Hall PGA Junior League Golf Match Sandhill Crane Golf Club

APRIL 11 Planning, Zoning & Appeals Board Meeting 6 p.m. at City Hall

APRIL 14 Good Friday City Administrative Offices Closed

APRIL 16 The Gardens GreenMarket 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at City Hall

APRIL 17

PGA Junior League Golf Match Sandhill Crane Golf Club

APRIL 24-MAY 25 GardensArt Exhibition Happy Hour & Then Some… Watercolors by Robin Lee Makowski M-F 8 a.m. -5pm at City Hall Lobby

APRIL 25 Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Hearing 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at City Hall Public Meeting

APRIL 30 The Gardens GreenMarket 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at City Hall *FREE Stroke Risk Assessment Screenings PGA Junior League Golf Match Sandhill Crane Golf Club

MAY 1-JULY 27 Makos Swim Team 4:30-7:30pm Palm Beach Gardens Aquatic Complex

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City Council Meeting 7 p.m. at City Hall

MAY 5 Rally for the Cure 10a.m.-1 p.m. at Tennis Center

MAY 5 Movie Nights & Food Truck Bites (Movie: SING) 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Veterans Plaza Amphitheater

MAY 16- MAY 25

The Gardens GreenMarket 8a.m.-1 p.m. at City Hall Stroke Risk Assessment Screening

Water Safety Instructor Course Palm Beach Gardens Aquatic Complex

PGA Junior League Golf Match Sandhill Crane Golf Club

MAY 9 Planning, Zoning & Appeals Board Meeting 6 p.m. at City Hall Public Meeting

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MAY 18 Lecture “Stroke Awareness” round table discussion with a panel of stroke experts. 6:00-8:00 in the Council Chambers Stroke Risk Assessment screenings & refreshments from 6-6:30

MAY 20 Gardens Cup Golf Tournament Event Sandhill Crane Golf Club

MAY 21

Spring 2017 Dance Recital 7pm Eissey Campus Theater

Summer GreenMarket 9:00-1 p.m. at Store Self Storage *FREE Stroke Risk Assessment Screenings

PGA Junior League Golf Match Sandhill Crane Golf Club

PGA Junior League Golf Match Sandhill Crane Golf Club

MAY 14

MAY 20-22

Opening Summer GreenMarket 9:00-1pm at Store Self Storage

USTA BG (18-10) Junior Tournament 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. at Tennis Center

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GardensArt Exhibition: Wildlife Paintings by Tykie Ganz May 30-August 24 In the City Hall Lobby

MAY 7

Spring 2017 Dance Recital 7 p.m. Eissey Campus Theater

Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Meeting 6-8 p.m. at City Hall Public Meeting

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APRIL 15 PGA Junior League Golf Match Sandhill Crane Golf Club

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GardensArt Exhibition Wildlife Paintings by Tykie Ganz M-F 8 a.m. -5pm at City Hall Lobby

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Jamie’s Angels Special Needs Program 1-2 p.m. at Tennis Center

City Council Meeting 7 p.m. at City Hall Public Meeting

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Summer GreenMarket 9:00-1 p.m. at Store Self Storage

Adult/Senior Summer Bingo 12:30-4 p.m. at Lakeside Center

PGA Junior League Golf Match Sandhill Crane Golf Club

Independence Mixed 10:45 a.m.-3 p.m. atTennis Center

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Golf Summer Camp Every Tuesday through Friday Sandhill Crane Golf Club

Independence Day City Administrative Offices Closed

JUNE 17 USTA BG10-Under Regional Qualifying 8 a.m.-7 p.m. at Tennis Center

JULY 4 “Firecracker” Hitting Frenzy 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Tennis Center

JUNE 5- AUGUST 4 Summer 2017 Camp Gardens 7:30 a.m.-6pm

JUNE 5-9 Golf Course Closed for Maintenance Sandhill Crane Golf Club

JULY 10 Golf Course Closed for Aerification Sandhill Crane Golf Club

JUNE 10- AUGUST 13 MAY 29 Memorial Day City Administrative Offices Closed Memorial Day Ceremony 9:00a.m. at Veterans Plaza Amphitheater at City Hall

Sandhill Crane Team Golf Season Sandhill Crane Golf Club

JUNE 13 Planning, Zoning & Appeals Board Meeting 6 p.m. at City Hall Public Meeting

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Golf Course Closed for Aerification Sandhill Crane Golf Club

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

JUNE 27 Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Hearing 2-5 p.m. at City Hall

JULY 13 City Council Meeting 7 p.m. at City Hall

City Hall: 10500 N. Military Trail Burns Road Recreation Center: 4404 Burns Road Tennis Center: 5110 117th Court North Gardens Park: 4301 Burns Road Veterans Plaza Amphitheater: 10500 N. Military Trail Summer GreenMarket at STORE: 11010 North. Military Trail Sandhill Crane Golf Club: 11401 Northlake Blvd.

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by Angela Wong Brown, Deputy Director of Public Services & Emergency Management

he City’s Public Works facility is located on a 2-acre parcel at the southwest corner of Burns Road and Ironwood Road.   This site originally housed the Fleet, Facilities, Streets, Stormwater, and Parks Maintenance units, which are a 7-day/16 hours per day operation that includes 86 full and part time employees.  These units serve as the backbone of maintenance operations in the City. They are responsible for the construction, management, maintenance and operation of vehicles, heavy equipment, streets, sidewalks, traffic

signs, stormwater systems, canals, streetscape, landscaping, public buildings, trails, playgrounds, sports fields, and parks. In 2002, 4 of the 5 units were relocated one mile away to the east end of the City’s Municipal Complex thereby forming a new division, Public Services.  The Fleet Unit and a portion of the Streets Unit remain at Public Works today. The physical separation of these units has resulted in logistical challenges and additional drive time over the years.   A space needs study was conducted in 2016 by Song and Associates, Inc. analyzing several (continues on page 14)

ABOVE: A rendering of the proposed Operations Center planned for the City’s Fleet, Facilities, Streets, Stormwater and Parks Maintenance units.) 12

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Butterfly Column Grove

Butterfly Column Grove

and minutes from the Florida Turnpike, the Butterfly is a work of art that can’t be missed. It greets both residents and visitors; serving as a cheery welcome to the City. A symbol of transformation and endurance, which is fitting for Gardens’ metamorphosis over the years, the Butterfly Column Grove

Artist: Mark Fuller

always appears as if it is facing the viewer head-on, no matter the angle. This is due to nine equilateral triangular frames, strategically placed within a larger equilateral triangle. Each is 18 inches wide and 12 feet high. All frames feature an aluminum sheet with cut patterns and iridescent acrylic sheets, each of which works in unison to create the whole butterfly design. The lustrous quality of the sheets produces a glimmering effect, never reflecting the same experience twice. At night, an internal uplight and junction box illuminates the Butterfly, morphing it into a beacon welcoming all home. DIANE CAPPELLA

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esigned in 2004 by artist Mark Fuller, the Butterfly Column Grove is arguably one of the most recognizable and highly photographed Art in Public Places projects in the Gardens. Fluttering in front of PGA Commons West, just off PGA Boulevard

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This site gives an aerial view of the proposed location for the Operations Center, current building that will be repurposed and additional parking that will result from constructing new baseball fields at the adjacent park. The extension of Johnson Dairy Road will create an additional access point for the Operation Center and baseball fields.)

(continued from page 12) City departments, including Public Works and Public Services. The study concluded that both Public Services and Public Works together, as one unit, are in need of approximately 6,600 square feet of additional space.  Due to the interrelationship of these units, it was recommended that these facilities be brought together into one Operations Center at the Municipal Complex in order to accommodate the required adjacencies.  The future Operations Center will provide one central location to house all of the City’s maintenance units. These City functions AFFECTED SITE

will be located within closer proximity to the other City Departments they are working with and serving each day. In addition to the Administrative Building, construction will include space for Public Services, a fuel station and vehicle bays for maintenance of City vehicles of all sizes from a Police cruiser to a fire engine. The existing building being used for Public Services, which is located on the south west corner of the site, will then be available to accommodate the City’s Sign Shop and provide storage space for the Streets, Stormwater and Traffic division.

The Operations Center will greatly improve efficiency for City maneuvers. As the City continues to plan for the future growth of its citizenry, it is projected that the Operations Center will allow adequate room for staff and operational growth through the year 2025.

PROJECT LOCATION

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Two campuses: Public Services $6.7 million located at 4301 Burns Road & Public Works located at 3704 Burns Road.

Approximately 4 acres of property adjacent to the existing Public Services building

One-cent Sales Tax

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Construct a new Operations Center to house Fleet, Facilities, Streets, Stormwater and Parks Maintenance

Winter 2018

To Be Determined

Community Services

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There is existing funding through the Budget Stabilization Reserve Account for capital improvements to extend Johnson Dairy Road. This will create another access point to the Operations Center and the additional parking that will be created when two recreational baseball fields are constructed at the existing location of the soccer fields.

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alm Beach Gardens Municipal Complex is the heart of the City’s governance, well positioned in the center of its jurisdictional boundaries. The majority of City departments operate out of the 35,333 square foot building located at the corner of North Military Trail and Burns Road. Many City sponsored events and gatherings take place at this location throughout the year. Connected on the north to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the Information Technology Department, the existing two-story City Hall building was constructed in 1999 and serves as the site that most

members of the public and business community are most familiar with. To the east of the EOC, extends the two-story portion of another building that houses the Police Department. Mingled with the newly renovated plaza stage, the Gardens GreenMarket site and adjacent ball fields, all elements of City Hall combine to create a unique campus that brings to life the Live, Learn, Work, Play mantra for which Palm Beach Gardens is known. While the facility is well-maintained to a state that employees and residents can be proud of, after nearly 20 years (continues) The rendering above depicts conceptually the proposed expansion, as well as the stage canopy, pavers, and trellis structure that were recently constructed at Veteran’s Plaza.

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Associates, Inc. after a competitive bidding process. Song & Associates brings extensive experience in the realm of civic architecture. The firm has provided space planning and architectural service for municipal projects such as the Marina Village Revitalization in the City of Riviera Beach, the Coral Springs Municipal Complex and the Indian River Administration Complex in Vero Beach, Florida to name a few.

of use the building systems are aging and office quarters for staff has become increasingly cramped. The current space at City Hall includes a main public lobby, Council meeting Chamber and additional small conference rooms. The following departments are located in this building: Administration Finance Human Resources City Clerk Planning and Zoning Building Department Neighborhood Services Fire Inspection and Plan Review

These departments have filled the original space and over the years have converted conference rooms and even storage rooms to work space in order to accommodate staff growth. Spaces designed for one work space have been renovated with partition walls to create two work spaces. Storage closets have become small offices that must also contain storage. With changes in technologies and work flow, the existing building is unable to provide adequate flexibility for space needs. ABOVE: Cramped Quarters- Storage closets and even utility space have been converted into offices over the years to accommodate staff growth AT RIGHT: Lack of storage space for files and records

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When City Hall was constructed in 1999, Palm Beach Gardens had a population of about 35,000 people and employed 343 full time staff members. To date, the City’s population has grown by roughly 42% and the number of full time staff members providing services has increased by more than 45% to 496. Looking to the future of planned developments and possible annexations and their impact on residency, City staff felt it was critical to begin the process of remedying existing space needs in City Hall while also planning for future staff growth as an increased demand for services is inevitable. Many factors have been effected by the influx of planning activity, creating increased competition for existing meeting space. A thorough analysis began that involved input for senior staff, hiring a consulting firm to develop a long-term space needs study and identifying funding sources for completing the work. The passing of the one cent sales tax referendum provided an opportunity for the City to complete the extensive renovations without burdening tax payers with the cost. Because the revenue generated will be contributed by visitors and tourists to the area, the weight of this expense will not rest solely on residents. In 2016, the City hired the full-service architecture and space planning firm Song &

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According to the final report, “the interaction and relationship between departments was also examined to determine proximity within the building. The interviews were followed by tours and assessment of the existing spaces to validate the current functions and equipment used by the departments.” Each aspect of staff operations was assessed at its existing state, then given a professional recommendation. After conducting interviews with each department and working with the both directors of Public Services, the firm returned its find-

ings. They were able to identify areas of the building’s layout that were resulting in inefficient use of space. For example, the second floor of the Administration Department contains a very long corridor


The proposed plan for renovation of City Hall would result in a net gain of 12,200 square feet achieved through a combination of building expansion and the reorganization of existing space.

with only a handful of offices accessible from it. By renovating this area, additional square footage could be captured to optimize the existing space. The space solutions provided by Song & Associates are anticipated to remedy the City’s needs through 2026. The $7 million cost of renovating the existing building is a fraction of the cost of demolition and rebuilding and gives many scenarios for flexibility within the increased square footage. This cost-effective approach also limits expansion of the building to the ground floor and does not recommend adding onto the second floor, which would likely require costly reinforcement of the roof.

The plan not only thoroughly accounts for need for adequately planned space that will aid in efficient work flow, it also creates multi-purpose and event space that could be used by staff for a variety of meetings and trainings. A community room has been included in the conceptual plan that would be open for use by the public. “The City staff has a strong commitment to sustainable design and environmental responsibility and the municipal facilities should reflect their high standards,” states the detailed Space Need Analysis report created by Song and Associates. “Any future renovations and/or expansions

AFFECTED SITE

PROJECTED COST

Approx. 30,200 sq. ft $7 million

should seek to improve the building envelope and efficiency of systems.” The proposed solution is to expand a portion of City Hall on the first floor by enclosing the existing drive through area outside the building. Once this is enclosed, the additional space, combined with the existing square footage, can be reorganized to create a more efficient layout. With smart planning, the Municipal Complex will continue to function as the heart of the City’s delivery of government services and community events for many years to come.

PROJECT LOCATION

FUNDING SOURCE

Palm Beach Gardens Municipal Complex

Funded through the one-cent sales tax

PROPOSED CHANGES

ANTICIPATED ENGINEER COMPLETION ARCHITECT/DESIGNER

RESPONSIBLE DEPARTMENT

Renovation of approximately 18,000 sq. ft. and expansion to the existing building to gain approximately 12,200 square footage of additional space

Winter 2019

Community Services

To Be Determined

SPRING 2017

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PALM BEACH GARDENS TENNIS CENTER CLUBHOUSE by Laura Schuppert

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t’s Match Point at the Gardens Tennis Center as we begin to embark on the design and construction of a new 2-story clubhouse and the renovation of the current facility as a performance center. The new clubhouse will be located in the center of the 18 courts and will provide excellent socializing and viewing of all courts from the wrap around porch on the second level. In addition, we plan to renovate the AFFECTED SITE

current facility into a state of the art performance center for athletes to train and strengthen their skills. This upgrade to a nearly 10,000 sq. ft. facility will feature a pro shop for retail sales, locker rooms, a juice bar, a player play area with ping pong, TV’s and other games, spectator seating upstairs and downstairs, food, beverage and catering

PROJECTED COST

PROJECT LOCATION

facilities, natural lighting and more. This new clubhouse will position the Gardens Tennis Center to become a local, regional and national hub for tournaments, clinics and other exciting community events. We anticipate the grand opening of the Clubhouse to be near Summer 2019. Stay tuned as we lob over more details in upcoming Signature City magazines and on our web page. FUNDING SOURCE

2,000 sq. ft $3.5 million Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center

Funded through the selling of the Public Services building*

PROPOSED CHANGES

ANTICIPATED COMPLETION

ENGINEER/ARCHITECT/DESIGNER

RESPONSIBLE DEPARTMENT

Construct a new 10,000 sq. ft 2-story tennis clubhouse facility and renovation of the existing office space/pro-shop

Summer 2019

To Be Determined

Community Services/Recreation

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POLICE DEPARTMENT RENOVATION & EXPANSION

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s the number of residents living in the City grows, so must the public safety services that protect them. The general public makes contact with officers out in the community, however there are many more specialized disciplines that are at work fighting crime and protecting safety behind the scenes. Due to having more highly trained personnel and ever-advancing techniques, the amount of evidence being processed and providing leads for investigators is growing.

will extend this section into a space above the existing vehicle sallyport. This positioning will ultimately allow officers to pull directly into a carport and take an elevator directly to the CSI Lab, providing for a safer conveyance of evidence.

The training and fitness program on the second floor will be relocated and the space will be remodeled to expand the detectives bureau and Crime Scene Investigation Lab. The expansion of the CSI Lab AFFECTED SITE

PROJECTED COST

11,000 sq. ft $2.1 million PROPOSED CHANGES

PROJECT LOCATION

FUNDING SOURCE

Palm Beach Gardens Municipal Complex

Funded through the one-cent sales tax

ANTICIPATED ENGINEER COMPLETION ARCHITECT/DESIGNER

Construct a new 2,500 sq. ft. DNA Lab facility and Winter 2019 To Be Determined renovation of the existing Crime Scene Investigation lab and Investigations and Detectives Bureau

RESPONSIBLE DEPARTMENT

Community Services/Police

FIRE ADMINISTRATION RELOCATION

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s the pieces of City Hall are shifted about to create a more efficient use of office space, consultants have recommended that the Administration section of the Fire Department be relocated closer to the other City departments they most frequently work with. Currently, the Fire Administration staff has its offices in a portion of the building at Fire Station 1. The Administration staff works to serve personnel at all five City fire stations, however they work very closely on a daily basis with AFFECTED SITE

With Fire Administration vacating the office space in Fire Station 1, square footage will become available for the training space that is currently housed in the Police Station. In addition, the Employee Clinic and Wellness Center, which is currently located offsite, will be moved closer to the people it serves.

PROJECTED COST

4,600 sq. ft $100,000 PROPOSED CHANGES

the building inspections and life safety personnel divisions which are located in City Hall. This will create a more efficient and expedited work flow.

PROJECT LOCATION

FUNDING SOURCE

Palm Beach Gardens Municipal Complex

Funded through the one-cent sales tax

ANTICIPATED ENGINEER COMPLETION ARCHITECT/DESIGNER

Remodeling of the existing Administration into the new Winter 2019 To Be Determined Employee Clinic and Wellness Center.

RESPONSIBLE DEPARTMENT

Community Services/ Human Resources/Fire

SPRING 2017

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City of Palm Beach Gardens 10500 N Military Trail Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

GARDENS MOVIE NIGHT & FOOD TRUCK BITES Our next movie night will give you something to SING about! Join us on May 5th at Veterans Plaza Amphitheater for the hit animated musical comedy Sing! Your weekend will be off to a great start with this fun, Friday night movie on the plaza with the whole family. Admission to the movie is free and food trucks will begin selling items at 6:30 p.m.

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MOVIE: Sing DATE: Friday, May 5 TIME: 7:30 p.m. LOCATION: Veterans Plaza Amphitheater (10500 N. Military Trail)

Signature City Magazine Spring 2017  

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