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Come and watch GIANT croquet on the great lawn at 2pm on Sunday

Looking for something unique to do tomorrow afternoon? Stop by the great lawn at 2 pm and watch a game of Giant Croquet!

This spontaneous game on the great lawn is organized by croquet aficionado, Bob Alman, who will be bringing his giant croquet set which will accommodate up to 24 players.

“I personally enjoy producing this game in public spaces” said Mr. Alman “and there’s no more public space than this that I know of that is also ideally workable for the game.”

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West Palm Beach is home to the very unique National Croquet Club – the world’s largest dedicated croquet facility, with the finest lawns spanning four acres and a 19,000 square foot clubhouse designed in the Florida Keys style. Constructed in 2002, the Center is the best kept secret in West Palm Beach for groups hosting 20 to 600 guests. The nineteen full-sized lawns can accommodate hundreds of players at any one time. Equipped with a full-sized kitchen and a full bar, our facility is a perfect destination for any event.

If you don’t know how to play croquet, free Golf Croquet lessons are offered at the Croquet Club every Saturday morning at 10:00 am to the public.  RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. This is a great introduction to croquet: Learn how to hit the ball, score wickets, learn strategy and plot your next move!  Bring your friends for a morning of croquet and then stay for lunch at the Croquet Grille.

 

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Get to know your Mayoral Candidates: Jeri Muoio and Kimberly Mitchell

Hello Readers,

Over this last week I’ve published interviews with the candidates running for City Commission on March 10th.

For the the last in our three part interview series we talk with Mayor Jeri Muoio, the incumbent, and Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell who are running for the Mayor of West Palm Beach.

Please take the time to meet and learn more about each candidate, & most importantly come out to vote on March 10th.

LIKE Jeri Muoio on Facebook

LIKE Kimberly Mitchell on Facebook

What motivates you to serve the City of West Palm Beach?

Jeri Muoio says: It has been an honor to serve the City I love for the last 4 years. And in those 4 years, we have accomplished a lot of the goals I set out for my administration and our City. There are still many important issues facing West Palm Beach and I have a clear vision for our City that focuses on more jobs, improved public safety and neighborhood improvement projects from Broadway to South Dixie.

Kimberly Mitchell says: West Palm Beach is my hometown. I grew up here and remember when streets like Clematis had only a few businesses. I still remember getting the call from Rodney Mayo over twenty five years ago asking me to come help him paint and fix up a business he was opening. That business, Respectable Street, is still open on Clematis. I’ve spent most of my life here and have been honored to serve the people of this city for 13 years. During that time, I’ve seen what our city can do, but I’ve also seen what has held us back. I want to take advantage of the opportunities that our city will have with over the next few years to attract new industries and improve our neighborhoods.

What one thing have you done for West Palm Beach of which you are most proud?

Jeri Muoio says: I am proud of the number of 1sts West Palm Beach has. #1 for business and careers in Florida, Clematis was named a top 10 street in the Country and West Palm Beach was considered one of the happiest places to live.  And, for the first time in our City’s history, West Palm Beach has an Office of Economic Development, a long term strategic plan, a 10 year budget plan, a 5 year economic development plan, a financial and arts district, first ever water treatment plan, first ever drought plan, first ever storm water master plan, and first ever short term emergency water supply plan. I have made a serious investment in making sure West Palm Beach is planning for the future.

Kimberly Mitchell says: During my time on the commission I heard time after time from residents that code enforcement and police didn’t have the tools they needed to go after irresponsible landlords that let properties lapse into disrepair and/or become a haven for criminal activity. This meant lower property values in our neighborhoods and more crime. I did the research and started our Landlord Training and Chronic Nuisance Abatement programs that made it possible for our neighborhoods and the city to resolve the issues almost immediately and hold the property owners responsible. Just in the last two years the City has collected more than a half million dollars on properties and have gotten the problems solved with bad actors.

Describe your vision of where West Palm Beach will be in 10 years.

Jeri Muoio says: I envision a city with low crime, low unemployment, a beautiful and active waterfront, an arts district downtown that attracts people from all over, vibrant commercial districts on South Dixie Highway and Broadway, a bustling financial district along Flagler and major league baseball players coaching kids between spring training sessions, and more.

Kimberly Mitchell says: West Palm Beach has the potential to be a top mid-sized city in the United States, but we aren’t there yet. Despite what the Mayor says, we have a long way to go in reducing our crime rate and bringing jobs to our area. We should be working with business innovators like my childhood friend Rodney Mayo who are leading the cultural growth in areas like Downtown. Regrettably, the voices of our small business owners and residents have been shut out of the Mayor’s office.

What do you see as the single biggest challenge facing West Palm Beach?

Jeri Muoio says: We have many challenges, but I am focusing on water:  protecting our water supply, modernizing our water treatment system, and developing a long term plan that ensures water is available when we need it, rates are manageable and our water supply and treatment is not privatized.

Kimberly Mitchell says: We have got to elevate the quality of education for the boys and girls and families of our city. Period. Full stop. Good schools are the foundation of our community and when we have quality schools, we have a better chance of bringing businesses that rely on an educated workforce and quality schools for the children of their employees.

What is your favorite place to go for dinner on Clematis Street and why.

Jeri Muoio says: All of them. I often eat on Clematis and enjoy all our downtown has to offer.

Kimberly Mitchell says: I’m a big fan of Longboards. The Brussel sprouts are amazing!

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Here it is! Sunfest’s 2015 lineup!!!

SunFest, Florida’s largest music, art and waterfront festival announces the lineup for the 33rd annual event. The national headliners include:

Fall Out Boy, Pixies, Lenny Kravitz, Paramore, Hozier, Kaskade, BOSTON, Sammy Hagar and the Circle, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Wilco, 311, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, SOJA, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, AWOLNATION, Lindsey Stirling, Matisyahu, Iration, Milky Chance, ScHoolboy Q, Eddie Money, John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, Letts, The Shadowboxers, Bo Ningen, Lizzo, Copeland, Knox Hamilton, Hundred Waters, Kehlani, Bea Miller, Zeale, Dreamers, Spazmatics, Elliot Root, Johnnyswim, SomeKindaWonderful, The Hip Abduction, and The Rico Monaco Band.

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The 2015 festival will be held April 29 – May 3 along the beautiful, scenic Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach.

“We know fans have been waiting for this.” said SunFest Executive Director Paul Jamieson. “We believe they will agree it’s been worth the wait. We have some of the hottest acts in music today and many of the most sought after performers in the music festival industry.”

Also scheduled to perform at SunFest are regional and local acts: Dear Tatiana, Dew Pendleton Band, FELICITY, Jonnie Morgan Band, JS THE BEST, Jumbo Shrimp, Kasson Leaving Haven, Morning Fatty, Sidereal, The Inverted, The McNaughstys, Trial by Stone, and YARDIJ.

A full lineup and schedule of the Ford, Tire Kingdom and FPL stages can be found online at SUNFEST.COM

 

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Get to know your District 4 Candidates: Keith James & Len Fintzy

Hello again,

For the second in our three part interview series we catch up with Commissioner Keith James, the incumbent, and Len Fintzy who are running for the District 4 commission seat.

Please take the time to meet and learn more about each candidate, & most importantly come out to vote on March 10th.

Learn more about West Palm Beach District 4

LIKE Keith James on Facebook

LIKE Len Fintzy on Facebook

What motivates you to serve the City of West Palm Beach?

Keith James says: West Palm Beach is my hometown. It’s where I live and work, and it’s where my family lives. I’ve always volunteered to help my hometown, and my service as a Commissioner is an extension of that commitment. I will be the senior most city commissioner if reelected. I want to use my experience to ensure our City continues to move forward.

Len Fintzy says: When I moved to West Palm Beach almost 18 years ago, I had already spent about 40 years as a public school teacher, principal, union leader, businessman, Scout leader and volunteer paramedic. I have always dedicated my life to public service and quickly found myself looking for a way to get involved here. It was at this point that I realized retirement didn’t really suit me, so I started advocating for issues facing the western communities in which I live. I helped start CityWatch to give residents throughout West Palm Beach a voice in City Hall. That same spirit of public service is what now drives me to want to represent the people of District 4 on the City Commission.

What one thing have you done for West Palm Beach of which you are most proud?

Keith James says: West Palm Beach has always been a great place, but we have some challenges. I’m proud of the fact that the crime rate has dropped across the city That has helped encourage new businesses to locate here and existing businesses to expand, resulting in 5000 new jobs since the economic downturn—all without raising taxes.

Len Fintzy says: Founding CityWatch and working to represent the people for more than a decade would have to be one of the things I am most proud to have done for the residents of West Palm Beach. Through our activity, we were able to mitigate the double taxation the western communities faced. We have also successfully advocated against projects that threaten our drinking water, such as Roebuck Road and SR7.

Describe your vision of where West Palm Beach will be in 10 years.

Keith James says: I envision a city with happy residents and successful businesses. To make that happen I want to keep property taxes and utility rates low, and keep city services focused on what we need most. I’m looking forward to attending major league baseball games, strolling along our beautiful waterfront, frequenting the shops and stores surrounding the All Aboard Florida station, and watching our community continue to thrive.

Len Fintzy says: I would like to see the diverse neighborhoods of West Palm Beach become more integrated and symbiotic. Currently, significant parts of our city are being neglected. You have well maintained homes surrounded by derelict buildings that foster crime. You have small business areas struggling for exposure, parking and walkability. I see a new vision on the horizon which will develop the neighborhoods in such a way that crime will diminish, business will flourish and the quality of life will dramatically improve.

What do you see as the single biggest challenge facing West Palm Beach?

Keith James says: There are many challenges here in West Palm Beach, and I think we need to find cost-effective ways to solve them. I am focused on our city finances and making sure we balance our budget, keep taxes low and continue to provide the services that make West Palm Beach the wonderful place it is to live.

Len Fintzy says: Our aging water system is the single biggest problem we face as a city. Just last week, we saw the cost of putting band-aids and temporary fixes on a system that is more than a century old. We had five million gallons of drinking water flooding downtown streets during rush hour. Parts of our city have roads caving in as ancient pipes give way. We need to be looking at all possible options to ensure that we have top notch storage, purification and delivery of potable drinking water.

 What is your favorite place to go for dinner on Clematis Street and why?

Keith James says: Kabuki. I love their sushi/sashimi combo

Len Fintzy says: My wife Rita and I enjoy the menu variety of Duffy’s as well as the fact that they have two-for-one specials daily.

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ncognito: new boutique Health Studio on Clematis Street

I first heard of ncognito, when I got calls from two of my friends, telling me that the second location of the Wellington-based Boutique Health Studio, ncognito, was opening up on Clematis Street.

ncognito, brands themselves as “a boutique health studio in Wellington and Downtown West Palm Beach that believes in using fitness, massage and nutrition as the foundation of a healthy, happy life. Whether you are looking to embark on a transformational journey, escape the stresses of everyday life or learn how to make smarter food choices – we have something for you.

Boutique it is! ncognito opened up on the 200 block of Clematis street in one of the the suites above Pawnshop, and is set up beautifully. Multiple massage suites,  kitchen (with fresh fruit),  towel service, showers and a modern gym with great equipment. And best of all, and this is something that the “hot-box” crossfitters will appreciate, air-conditioning.

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Open from 5am till 8pm ncognito offers its members flexible plans which include personal training, group classes and massage. The focus is very much on individual development and  classes are no larger than 4 people.

wpid-img_20150224_065936.jpgThis morning I went in at 6am for a fitness evaluation.  While I like to think I work out pretty regularly ( 2 or 3 times a week) the difference between the high intensity interval training and this specialized workout was noticeable. I have no doubt that I’ll be sore tomorrow.

The best part was that after the workout you were stretched out/massaged by the trainer. During our stretch session Marcus Nisbet, founder of ncognito, talked a bit about his background in wellness therapy.

“I’ve been a personal trainer for over 15 years, but after an accident and going through therapy my views on training changed. I completed my training in massage therapy over 10 years ago, which also refined the way we train. We focus on flexibility, because you’re only as strong as you are flexible.”

Whether you are looking to improve your diet, get a good personalized workout plan, or just get a relaxing massage after a hard day at the office, you’ll find that ncognito has something for you.

Check them out.

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Living the life in Downtown West Palm Beach