I’ve lived in the South End with my family for the last eight years. One of the first people we got to know was Shanon and Phil Materio at the very first neighborhood meeting I went to. Before she was our commissioner she was actively involved in the community and as a commissioner she has had the opportunity to ramp up her efforts and has represented us consistently.
Over the past few weeks I’ve spent most weekends walking through the South End streets talking to people and reminding them to get out and vote on March 13th. When I mention Shanon their response is almost always the same: Big smiles in recollection of some point in their lives when they interacted with Shanon. Whether it was in her role as a small business owner downtown, or as a mom volunteering on the PTO putting her children through the local school system, or as a founding member of the South End Neighborhood Association, or most recently a City Commissioner, Shanon is someone the neighborhood knows they can count on when they need help.
I could go on and on, but since a picture is worth 1000 words, I thought I’d post just some of my pictures I have taken of Shanon Materio over the years.
But first, I took the header picture last summer when I was driving by the Police Athletic League on Tamarind for their Car Wash. All the kids were out on the road waving signs to get drivers to stop by the car wash, and right next to them was Commissioner Materio. I had to stop to get my car washed and take this cute picture and a selfie.
Shanon Materio supports the issues that we support
Each of the districts of West Palm Beach has issues that are specific to them. In the South End it is the West Palm Beach Golf Course, South Olive Tennis Center, supporting our small businesses, economic development, crime, etc. As a Commissioner Shanon has supported the South End well but also understands and cares about the issues in every neighborhood. Whether it’s downtown traffic, walk/bikeability, technology and entrepreneurship, social justice, Shanon understands that one district’s issues are the whole city’s issues, and she has supported all our issues on the City Commission.
Commissioner Materio with Cora at the Bradley’s Hole in One in 2012. After years of Shanon working on this the City entered into a contract with a developer who is investing 89 million into a new golf course and Top Golf and hotel, while keeping the integrity of our Municipal Golf Course and not costing the city anything.
Commissioner Materio at “Bourbon Sprawl”, a meeting focused on urban issues.
Commissioner Materio with Mayor Muoio and local community members in 2014 at the grand opening of Palm Beach Tech
Commissioner Materio with the Mayor, Commissioners Moffett and James and DDA Executive Director Raphael Clemente at the rollout of the SkyBike program in 2015.
Commissioner Materio at the South End Neighborhood Association 2016 Holiday Party at the South Olive Tennis Center. The City has allocated the funds to rebuild the Tennis Center club house creating a world class facility.
Commissioner Materio working with city residents in a charette to get community feedback and find solutions and new ideas to solve the issues with Okeechobee Blvd.
Shanon Materio with Congresswoman Lois Frankel, Mayor Jeri Muoio and other local leaders in response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting.
Shanon Materio supports the candidates that we support
I vote at the South Olive Elementary polling place. I enjoy voting at every election, and I like talking to everyone who is campaigning for their candidates. Shanon Materio takes an active roll in our democracy and I enjoy seeing her supporting the candidates who we support.
Commissioner Materio supporting Erica Whitfield, our School Board Member for District 4.
Commissioner Materio supporting Commissioner Cory Neering West Palm Beach District 2 Commissioner.
Commissioner Materio supporting Democrat Florida State Senator Bobby Powell.
Shanon Materio supports all the Neighborhoods in West Palm Beach
Each of the neighborhoods in West Palm Beach are unique and have their own sets of issues. Commissioner Materio takes the time to immerse herself in all the neighborhoods, and she is possibly the only person who gets to more events than I do 🙂
Commissioner Materio at BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival on Rosemary in the Historic Northwest Neighborhood
Shanon with neighbors in Pineapple Park Neighborhood after planting a Gumbo Limbo tree in 2015.
Mayor and Commissioners at the opening of the Bill Moss Hillcrest Paseo in 2014
At the award winning South End Neighbors water station after the 2015 Marathon of The Palm Beaches (please ignore the gentleman in the front).
Commissioner Materio In Northwood Village at the 2016 Mango Festival
Vote for Shanon!
This is an important election, and the only thing on the ballot is our City Commission race, so please come out and make your voice be heard.
If you want to meet Shanon and help her over the finish line, come on over to Ragtops at 10am on Saturday for our BBQ and community Canvas.
Evening on Antique Row is the day that S. Dixie Highway closes the street to traffic, brings in music and food and celebrates all of the fantastic antique and specialty stores located on Antique Row.
Discover the Palm Beaches describes EOAR as follows: “The most fashionable street party in South Florida returns! The Row will come to life with music and special entertainment, food and beverages, an antiques appraisal tent, shopping, and much more. It’s the most fashionable street party in The Palm Beaches. Evening on Antique Row comes to life with generous food samples, cocktails, VIP party, and stylish shops full of decorative arts, period deco, vintage furnishings and more.”
Palm Beach based designer, Sean Rush specializes in transforming architecture into timeless and singular sanctuaries for modern living. As an accomplished artist and designer, he brings a visceral understanding of all elements necessary for the re-imagination of space.
His results are distinctive, inimitable, and always sensitive to the architectural context, spatial function, and the cultural history of each project. Sean helps his clients re-envision and re-purpose their homes, personal belongings, and global acquisitions. This results in renewed spaces that live as beautifully as they look.
You can’t miss Sean’s amazing art work which is on display at the gallery. It is simply stunning.
2. James & Jeffrey
3619 South Dixie Highway
Mon-Sat 10:00 to 5:00
Since 1989, James & Jeffrey Antiques has been a favorite of interior designers and antique lovers alike. Our two locations, on West Palm Beach Florida’s famous Antique Row, offer a curated selection of Continental furniture, lighting, and accessories. Our Estate Sale Center is host to huge tag sales throughout the season.
During EOAR the pavilion is the place to be. Beautifully lit patio area with hundreds of unique pieces for every taste.
Founded in 1985 Heath & Company specializes in upscale lighting, fixtures and lamp shades and is located in the heart of historic Antique Row in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Heath & Company prides itself in our ability to help customers select lighting fixtures and accessories that deliver both style and functionality. At Heath & Company you’ll find one of the largest selections of in stock lamp shades in South Florida, as well as an almost infinite variety of styles, colors and fabrics available through our custom lamp shade program.
Iconic Snob Galeries is located in a repurposed 1940s building that we transformed into the most energy-efficient space possible. Not to mention that vintage art, collectibles and antiques are the greenest recycled furnishings on the planet.
The are a passionate group of design dealers, sourcing the world for the finest and most beautiful objects. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a novice beginner, they’re sure you’ll find that perfect piece at the Iconic Snob Galeries.
5. Churchill Gallery
Dixie Highway Store open daily.
3630 South Dixie Hwy561.835.4774
Churchill Galleries has maintained its original identity through many changing trends during the past 35 years, offering traditional, decorative and tasteful antiques. English, French, Italian and other Continental antiques comprise Churchill Galleries’s ever-changing inventory. Not only does Churchill Galleries offer an array of chests, armoires, cupboards, tables, chairs, dining tables, consoles, desks and secretaries; but also complementary items such as chandeliers, mirrors, porcelains, custom lamps and decorations.
BONUS: Nearly New Store
3611 S Dixie Hwy
The Nearly New Store just moved onto Antique Row and was recently listed by the Palm Beach Post as “one of the Thrift Stores you should be shopping in”.
“You’ll find high-end designer clothing, handbags, shoes, furniture, jewelry and other items at this popular store in West Palm Beach. The proceeds of purchases at Nearly New benefit the seniors served by the programs of MorseLife Health System.”
Over the past few months I’ve posted about the new Clematis Streetscape project that the City has embarked on.
The Clematis Streetscape project is a multi-phase approach to improving one of the City’s most beloved streets, Clematis Street. As part of an overall effort to improve the quality of life of residents and visitors, the City of West Palm Beach is rolling out more than 40 projects to maximize the cityscape for business and leisure. Projects are slated to begin in the short, medium and long-term future. With the return of passenger rail, and continuing change in the retail landscape (due to online growth and recent City zoning changes), the Clematis Streetscape project is perfectly poised to address the current and future needs of Clematis Street businesses and downtown residents.
The City has engaged visionary urban planning company Dover, Kohl & Partners to design a polished and professional solution to the next phase of Clematis Street. With a strategy that focuses on smart growth, and sustainability, the Coral Gables-based firm believes there does not have to be a trade-off between livability, economic prosperity, and environmental concerns. Victor Dover and Joseph Kohl, who are charter members of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and have worked for many public agencies, developers, and citizen groups, structure their designs with this guiding principal.
The city held multiple workshops, including a public meeting at the West Palm Beach Green Market.
There were multiple objectives with this project:
A curbless street which prioritizes the pedestrian;
More shade trees that create comfortable space for people;
Narrower traffic lanes that slow travel speed;
Additional dining and seating areas; and
A new high-quality palette of materials designed with heat-absorption, maintenance, longevity and aesthetics in mind.
On the 26th of February at the Clematis Streetscape design was given unanimous approval by the West Palm Beach City Commission at last night’s Face of the City meeting. Project managers, Erik Ferguson, P.E., Transportation Engineer for the City of West Palm Beach, and Allison Justice, Senior Project Manager for the CRA, presented notable improvements to the 300 block of Clematis Street, which were drafted and provided by renowned designer Victor Dover, of Dover, Kohl & Partners in Coral Gables. The design was a result of community collaboration, as the project managers had extensive public meetings with Clematis Street merchants, other area merchants, stakeholders, residents, and visitors, who provided input and feedback on suggested improvements. Improvements include expanded sidewalk space, addition of shade trees and more narrow traffic lanes, among others.
Here are the most recent renderings that have been approved for the 300 block of Clematis Street.
“I am incredibly proud of the entire Clematis Streetscape design team,” said Mayor Jeri Muoio. “The designs they presented are thoughtful, putting people first, but also maintaining a balance of multiple interests. Through collaboration with area merchants, residents, community members who work or play downtown, and other stakeholders, they have created a beautiful space. I know with certainty these improvements will create greater quality of life for all – and will be the launching pad for continued enhancement to other City streets.”
Improvements to the 300 block are scheduled to break ground in June. Construction is expected to be complete by October, and additional blocks will be scheduled for improvements in the future.
Friends and Neighbors! There is an election coming up in 2 weeks – March 13th districts 1, 3 & 5 are up for election. Commissioner Ryan (district 3) is running unopposed so it’s just districts 1, which covers the North End, and District 5 which covers much of the South End.
The Palm Beach Post put together a questionnaire which addresses several important issues that are currently facing the City.
Take some time to get to know the candidates. There are plenty of opporunities to meet the candidates and get to know where they stand on critical issues both downtown and around the City of West Palm Beach.
South End Neighborhood Association is having a Candidate Forum on the 27th
SENA City Commission Candidate Forum
February 27th, 2018
6:30 to 8:00pm
South Olive Elementary School
7101 S. Olive Ave RSVP Here
If you’re a downtowner, please join the West Palm Beach Downtown Neighborhood Association this FRIDAY for a candidate forum.
WPB DNA City Commission Candidate Forum
Friday, March 2
5:30pm – 7:30 pm
Hilton West Palm Beach
If you follow me online you have no doubt seen my posts about my adventures on the Moke. The question that everyone (including one of WPB’s Finest who stopped me to ask about it) wants answered:
What is a Moke?
What began as a military invention for the British army in the late 1950s became a cultural touch point with celebrity fans like Brigitte Bardot, Princess Margaret, Emperor Rosko and the Beach Boys. Created by the British Motor Company and Alec Issigonis, the father of the original Austin Mini, the Moke was designed to be combat ready, a car that could be parachuted from the skies. While its life as a military vehicle didn’t last too long, the open-air car became beloved by stars, surfers and Caribbean travelers. Moke became synonymous with easy breezy island chic. See more history here.
My Moke was the electric version. It had a top speed of 25 mph with a range of 40 miles on a full charge. More than enough to tear up West Palm Beach.
You can get a Moke for your own at Palm Beach Garage. I borrowed one for the weekend, and this is what I did:
I’m up at 5am every day. With Sunrise hitting at just after 6am I have more than enough time to cruise up to Palm Beach and watch the sunrise from the iconic Clock Tower at Worth Avenue.
Each year from October to April, on Saturday mornings the waterfront is taken over the West Palm Beach Green Market. Get breakfast, your veggies, mushrooms, pickles, dog treats, crab cakes, acai bowls, freshly pressed sugarcane juice, whatever you want you got it. It’s the kind of place that you’d expect to find Martha Stewart shopping, who as a matter of fact stops in every season.
This week was special as it was the last week that “Flagler Shore” was going to be open, so it made sense to take the Moke down for a spin. I utilized my special privilege as aGuyonClematis and grabbed a free parking spot on Flagler Shore.
That evening we took the Moke down to the Flagler Drive in the South End and got some epic drone footage of us driving around Flagler. Along the way we bumped into friends and gave free rides on the Moke.
Sunday we cruised on down to the brand new Grandview Public Market, the amazing new spot in the Warehouse District. It was easy parking for the Moke as we headed in to get some of that amazing Rabbit Cold Brew Coffee which we nursed for the next couple hours as we continued our tour of West Palm Beach.
You know that you’re living in a cosmopolitan town, when on a Wednesday evening, you can walk into the stunning Hilton West Palm and join 40+ local foodies and wine lovers on Chef Miguel Santiago’s “Tour of the Mediterranean”.
The dinner started with a reception by the pool, wine was served with delicious pass-around hors d’oeuvres. The weather was perfect, but the threat of rain moved the event from the poolside lawn inside.
The wine dinner featured a chef-driven, four-course pairing menu which included lobster thermidor, Catalonian beef-stuffed potatoes, and sinful espresso panna cotta topped with kataifi, marcona almonds, and shaved chocolate.
It was fantastic.
Each course is accompanied by fine wines from Private Cask Imports, like Arnaud Baillot, Cave de Hunawhir, Château Labastide Orliac, and Château Fargueirol.
The dinner started with the Wild Mushroom Bisque which was buttery smooth with white winter truffle essence and delicious steamed Maitake. Cauliflower is trendy again, and the second course brought us a blend of cauliflower textures. Crispy, mousseline, pickled and crumbs. The combination was fascinating, it was paired with a Gewürztraminer “Cave de Hunawihr” a fruit-forward wine which was a bold choice for a second wine, but worked well.
The final course was the lobster thermidor and beef filet which was paired with Labastide Orliac “Le prince” Bordeaux Blend.
Chef Miguel Santiago and his team did a fantastic job on this, stay tuned for upcoming events. The plan is to have one wine dinner a month. Don’t miss the next one.