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National Recycle Day: Building the South Cove Natural Area #AmericaRecyclesDay

Happy Friday & Happy National Recycle Day!

I figured that since I’m getting a late start today, I would honor the National Recycle Day by recycling one of my old posts! This one covers about 3 years of work that went into building a new “Natural Area” in the West Palm Beach intracoastal Waterway!

This project has been in the works for many years, and came with plenty of controversy as well as a lot of hard work. But the completed project speaks for itself. It’s beautiful!

The South Cove Natural Area

The West Palm Beach South Cove Natural Area is a project by the Palm Beach County  to provide habitat and improve water quality of the intracoastal between Flagler Bridge and Royal Park Bridge.

Looking North with the Trump Towers in the Background

At the end of the boardwalk looking north-west

Looking south-west at the end of the boardwalk

The 3-year project has multiple focuses

  • The South Cove Natural Area is designated as a high-priority restoration project in the Lake Worth Lagoon Management Plan.
  • This project will create critical shallow water habitat important to local fisheries, wading and shorebirds, manatees, and sea turtles.
  • Fill anoxic (lacking-oxygen) dredged hole with approximately 100,000 cubic yards of fill to create three intertidal mangrove/spartina islands.
  • Improve water qualityand water clarity by capping muck sediments.
  • Create 2 acres of mangrove and spartina habitat, 3.5 acres of potential seagrass habitat, and 0.9 acres of rock revetment/oyster reef. These habitats provides filtration capabilities and improve water quality through stabilization of the sediments.
  • Construct a 556-foot elevated boardwalk, 16’ x 16’ observation deck and educational kiosk for public use.

Watch a video from the end of the boardwalk.



Building the West Palm Beach South Cove Natural Area

The Plans

During the planning phase, the islands were outlined with markers. This is how the intracoastal looked from 2009 – 2010.

Pilons marking out the natural area

In July of 2010 work started in earnest to build up the South Cove Natural Area. The  dredged hole required approximately 100,000 cubic yards of soil to fill.

The dredging starts

After a year of filling up the dredged holes, in July of 2011 the islands popped up  above the waterline

The islands pop up

Due to the intratidal nature of the islands they were constructed so that the highest point was  just below the high-tide line. During low tides most of the island is visible.

The structures to support the 556 Ft. boardwalk get installed.

The boardwalk structure comes together

Pylons

First concrete pylons go in for the Boardwalk

 

Rocks are piled onto the islands

Building the structure of the island

 

Pilons are cut down to size
Workers were creative when getting onto the pylons

Superman!

Planks go in to make up the Boardwalk

Laying Planks can be tricky

 

During this time part of the Flagler walkway was blocked off and redone.

Construction continues

 

South Cove Natural Area Broadwalk stretches out into the intracoastal

 

By May 2012 the islands were complete

Mangroves get planted – State Rep. Mark Pafford helps out.

Mark Pafford Helps plant mangroves

 

Things are almost done

 

Sign is up! The South Cove Natural Area is almost done!

Taking my first walk down the boardwalk

We get a brand new view of our downtown from the South Cove Natural Area Broadwalk


This blog entry is day 15 of my 30-Day blogging challenge where I have committed to post a blog every day.

Please read the previous blog entries in this series:

Day 14: Startup Weekend and West Palm Beach as a Technology Hub
Day 13: Dreyfoos in White is Tonight – Location will be announced at 5pm
Day 12: Inside the Palm Healthcare Foundation in Downtown West Palm Beach on Diabetes Week
Day 11: Honoring our Veterans on Clematis Street – the West Palm Beach Parade!
Day 10: Muses & Visionaries – M&V Magazine & a short chat with Roy Assad
Day 9: What does diversity mean to you? WebMonday & bringing everyone in!
Day 8: Weekend is almost here – Fun things to do in West Palm Beach
Day 7: J. Flynn opening on Clematis – this is an Irish Gastropub, it’s all about the food.
Day 6: Why every small business owner should read the Costco Connection
Day 5: Bee Organics – The new organic café and “lifestyle space” in Downtown West Palm Beach
Day 4: Introducing BarCamp Palm Beach – Monday the 18th of November
Day 3: My top 5 Beaches in Palm Beach County
Day 2: City of West Palm Beach Chili Cookoff
Day 1: It’s November, and I’m Starting the 30-Day Blogging Challenge!

 

Join us at Startup Weekend West Palm Beach!

Startup Weekend and West Palm Beach as a Technology Hub

Good morning friends, Happy Thursday-is-the-new-Friday!

Lots going on this weekend but I want to focus on something very unique that has come to West Palm Beach – Startup Weekend is coming to West Palm Beach this week!

What is Startup Weekend?

Have you ever had an idea of something that you think could turn into a great business, but just didn’t have the team and/or business connections/time to turn your idea into a reality? Startup Weekend was formed because there are a lot entrepreneurs with great ideas among us, and sometimes all that is needed is to bring together the right team with the purpose of building & launching a product and amazing things can happen.

Get your tickets now – use code “webmonday” to get $25 off – it’s the best way you can spend the weekend.

Startup weekend will start at 5pm on Friday afternoon and will pack Saturday and Sunday full of events, mentorship and development opportunities. All the attendees will join teams which will form organically around the top ideas. Then it’s a 56 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation. There are mentors along the way who will guide you through the potential hurdles along the way, and after 54 hours of development and teamworking each team will present in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

This is an event that everyone, young and old can benefit from being involved in.

Chris Callahan, Nick Mohnacky and Chris Roog planning Startup Weekend

Chris Callahan, Nick Mohnacky and Chris Roog planning Startup Weekend

Here are some highlights:

Day 1: Friday

Registration at 5pm. Teams  pitching different ideas, everyone votes on what the top ideas are and teams are formed based on talent.

Day 2: Saturday

8am start. Teams get to work, coaches make themselves availalbe to build business plans. 10pm finish.

Day 3: Sunday

Teams finish up their work, coaches ask questions about the product & help streamline. 5pm Final Presentations – with Judging and awards. 9pm Go Home.

Day 4: Monday BarCamp at Bar Louie from 5:30pm till 9 – This is my unofficial post-Startup Weekend Party! Free event – come and enjoy with us! More details here.

Over 70 people have already registered, and we really want YOU to join us as well for this great experience.

Technology and West  Palm Beach

I got involved in the West Palm Beach technology scene in October of 2009 when I started up WebMonday, our group of technology enthusiasts who get together on the first Monday of each month to discuss developments in technology and learn from each other. I very early on saw the potential of West Palm Beach as a technology hub, for a small(ish) town we have good established technology companies, but even more important we have a very large pool of entrepreneurs and small technology businesses who really helping to grow the local technology ecosystem.

Palm Beach Post just reported that West Palm Beach was #2 in a survey of most digital cities in 2013, while this might not sound like  a big deal to many, a strong technology core is essential to spur growth and help bring business to ever other type of industry in the city.

Chris Callahan & Nick Mohnacky and their Startup Palm Beach initiative are responsible for putting this all together, so I wanted to give a shoutout to them and thank them for the hours and hours of work and phone calls they put together the sponsors and all the moving parts that are needed to make this happen.

I hope to see you there!

Join us at Startup Weekend West Palm Beach!

Join us at Startup Weekend West Palm Beach!


This blog entry is day 14 of my 30-Day blogging challenge where I have committed to post a blog every day.

Please read the previous blog entries in this series:

Day 13: Dreyfoos in White is Tonight – Location will be announced at 5pm
Day 12: Inside the Palm Healthcare Foundation in Downtown West Palm Beach on Diabetes Week
Day 11: Honoring our Veterans on Clematis Street – the West Palm Beach Parade!
Day 10: Muses & Visionaries – M&V Magazine & a short chat with Roy Assad
Day 9: What does diversity mean to you? WebMonday & bringing everyone in!
Day 8: Weekend is almost here – Fun things to do in West Palm Beach
Day 7: J. Flynn opening on Clematis – this is an Irish Gastropub, it’s all about the food.
Day 6: Why every small business owner should read the Costco Connection
Day 5: Bee Organics – The new organic café and “lifestyle space” in Downtown West Palm Beach
Day 4: Introducing BarCamp Palm Beach – Monday the 18th of November
Day 3: My top 5 Beaches in Palm Beach County
Day 2: City of West Palm Beach Chili Cookoff
Day 1: It’s November, and I’m Starting the 30-Day Blogging Challenge!

 

 

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Dreyfoos in White is Tonight – Location will be announced at 5pm

If you haven’t yet decided what you’re doing tonight, how’s this for an idea. Get your tickets, dress in all white, prepare a picnic dinner and await notification at 5:00 PM revealing the secret location in West Palm Beach.

You only have a couple hours left to get your tickets:

Single Ticket: $40
Premier Table for Ten: $750
Modeled after the Diner en Blanc held annually in Paris, Dreyfoos in White is a fundraising event for the young at heart. Not only are guests required to wear white, but they must bring their own picnic dinner and white table decor. Don’t be afraid to bring your tallest candelabra and wear your most stylish chapeau, extravagance is encouraged!

There will be a competition for best tablescape. Celebrity Judges will be looking for the best of the best in the following categories: Most Fabulous, Most Humorous and Judges Choice. Special thanks to Bonefish Grill Wellington, McMow Art Glass, Palm Beach Improv and PRP Wine for donating the wonderful prizes!

Note: The secret location will be in West Palm Beach, not Paris

Win a weekend trip for two to Paris or a seven night stay at the luxurious Grand Luxxe Residence Club in Nueva Vallarta, Mexico. Tickets can be purchased in advance or the evening of the event. You do not need to be present to win. Travel restrictions apply. Contest rules available at the Foundation office.

Watch the Dreyfoos in White Segment on The List


About the Dreyfoos School of the Arts

The Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts was founded in 1989 as the premier arts high school in the School District of Palm Beach County, the nation’s eleventh largest school district, serving a county geographically larger than Rhode Island or Delaware.

The school’s location in downtown West Palm Beach places it in the heart of Palm Beach County’s cultural landscape. Just across Iris Street is the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, and within a few blocks are the Norton Museum of Art, the Armory Art Center, Palm Beach Dramaworks, the Cuillo Center for the Arts, and the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden. Opportunities are bountiful for students to participate in the local cultural community.


This blog entry is day 11 of my 30-Day blogging challenge where I have committed to post a blog every day.

Please read the previous blog entries in this series:

Day 12: Inside the Palm Healthcare Foundation in Downtown West Palm Beach on Diabetes Week
Day 11: Honoring our Veterans on Clematis Street – the West Palm Beach Parade!
Day 10: Muses & Visionaries – M&V Magazine & a short chat with Roy Assad
Day 9: What does diversity mean to you? WebMonday & bringing everyone in!
Day 8: Weekend is almost here – Fun things to do in West Palm Beach
Day 7: J. Flynn opening on Clematis – this is an Irish Gastropub, it’s all about the food.
Day 6: Why every small business owner should read the Costco Connection
Day 5: Bee Organics – The new organic café and “lifestyle space” in Downtown West Palm Beach
Day 4: Introducing BarCamp Palm Beach – Monday the 18th of November
Day 3: My top 5 Beaches in Palm Beach County
Day 2: City of West Palm Beach Chili Cookoff
Day 1: It’s November, and I’m Starting the 30-Day Blogging Challenge!

Inside the Palm Healthcare Foundation in Downtown West Palm Beach on Diabetes Week

I used to live at the Prado Condo in downtown West Palm Beach. My 8th floor unit looked down onto what is now The Center Philanthropy, and each morning while I drank my coffee on the balcony I would watch as people came in to work each morning but knew nothing about what was going on inside.

The Center for Philanthropy in Downtown West Palm Beach

The Center for Philanthropy in Downtown West Palm Beach

The Center for Philanthropy is run by The Community Foundation and offers office space for nonprofit organizations. The building has community rooms and conference space available to nonprofit organizations for special events or educational and charitable activities.  Last year, 100 events were hosted by local nonprofit organizations at the Center for Philanthropy.

The Center for Philanthropy

The Center for Philanthropy

The beautiful 13-year-old Spanish-style architecture makes a beautiful setting for non-profit work and collaboration. (note: I’m not sure it’s technically Spanish architecture, but it seemed like that). It struck me as a Co-working space for non-profits.

The Palm Healthcare Foundation

Yesterday I had a chance to talk to the newest non-profit that moved in, The Palm Healthcare Foundation.

Amy Dean VP of Grants & Community Investments an Marge Sullivan, VP of Communications

Amy Dean VP of Grants & Community Investments and Marge Sullivan VP of Communications

The Palm Healthcare Foundation was formed in 2001 as the successor to Good Samaritan Medical Center Foundation and St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation & over the last 12 years of its existence has donated $55 million to fulfill their mission to strengthen the healthcare system. This includes among many other things, grants for  Palm Beach Atlantic to set up their School of Pharmacy and $1 million scholarship dollars to local students who attend nursing school in Palm Beach County.

One of the focuses that I was drawn to was their education programs among primary care physicians to help them identify Mental health problems and offer proper treatment. This is so often neglected, yet such an important illness to diagnose early.

PBC Diabetes Week is November 9th – 18th

One of the reasons I wanted to get a tour of Palm Healthcare Foundation’s offices was because we are right in the middle of PBC Diabetes week, and Palm Healthcare Foundation’sis doing screenings around the county. The goal of Diabetes Week is to inform people about their risk and link high-risk individuals with available and affordable healthcare. In an event on Monday in Boynton 700 people showed up with 450 being screened for diabetes and HIV. For these people, this was truly a life-saving event.

November 12

Community Health Center of West Palm Beach
8:00am – 8:00pm
Free physicals and free glucose screenings

West Palm Beach Health Center
9:00am – 12:00 pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Free diabetes screenings, infromation and nutrition education

Peter Blum YMCA of Boca Raton
9:00am – 11:00 am and 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Free diabetes screenings

November 15

Family Health Night
Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Music, Free Diabetes screening, Cooking demo by Lincoln Culinary Insitute, Diabetes friedly recipe by Sally Savareird from Kool 105,5, Free Zumba fitness, Free blood pressure testing, and Free food samples

Over 120,000 people in Palm Beach County have diabetes and half of them are unaware of it. It’s truly a good reason to help spread the word.

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Marge Sullivan displaying discussing the Healthier Together initiative

Let’s Move! Palm Beach County – January 2014

So here’s the fun part. Next January, Palm Healthcare Foundation is taking part of the national Let’s Move! campaign, that asks individuals to complete 30 minutes of physical activity every day and throughout the month of January to log their minutes online. There will also be other events focused around walking during the month.

Channel 12 and WIRK will be involved and setting up teams to compete and see who can log the most minutes of walking. I am pretty sure that if we put our mind to it Team Clematis can out-walk team Suzanne Boyd, Eric Roby and Tiny!

I’m so confident in the awesomeness of our team, that I’m nominating Jesse Bailey (aka WalkableWPB) as our Team Captain. Let’s WALK!

A big thanks to Marge and the Palm Healthcare Foundation team for staying late to give me the tour. What they do is very impressive & so much more than I can fit in a short blog entry. Keep up the good work!


This blog entry is day 11 of my 30-Day blogging challenge where I have committed to post a blog every day.

Please read the previous blog entries in this series:

Day 11: Honoring our Veterans on Clematis Street – the West Palm Beach Parade!
Day 10: Muses & Visionaries – M&V Magazine & a short chat with Roy Assad
Day 9: What does diversity mean to you? WebMonday & bringing everyone in!
Day 8: Weekend is almost here – Fun things to do in West Palm Beach
Day 7: J. Flynn opening on Clematis – this is an Irish Gastropub, it’s all about the food.
Day 6: Why every small business owner should read the Costco Connection
Day 5: Bee Organics – The new organic café and “lifestyle space” in Downtown West Palm Beach
Day 4: Introducing BarCamp Palm Beach – Monday the 18th of November
Day 3: My top 5 Beaches in Palm Beach County
Day 2: City of West Palm Beach Chili Cookoff
Day 1: It’s November, and I’m Starting the 30-Day Blogging Challenge!

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Honoring our Veterans on Clematis Street – the West Palm Beach Parade!

On Sunday West Palm Beach held their Veterans Day Parade on Clematis Street. The energy in the Parade is always fantastic, but this year the parade was the longest I’ve seen.

The parade started at 2 in the afternoon, but we came early to get our spots and to check out the staging area before the parade begins. It’s great seeing everyone as they get set up & taking pictures inside the vehicles and you always bump into people you know!

Taking the old helicopter out for a spin before the parade starts!

Mike Trim, from the Live News desk at WPTV did a great job of emceeing the event. Even though it was close to record heat for this time of year in West Palm Beach, the energy was pumping for the hour & a half parade!

Mike Trim interviewing West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio

It’s always good seeing our local elected officials participating in and enjoying the parade each year.

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Congressman Patrick Murphey with Congresswoman Lois Frankel

State Senator & former Lake Worth Mayor, Jeff Clemens

State Senator & former Lake Worth Mayor, Jeff Clemens

City Commisisoner Ike Robinson saluting the troops as they move by.

City Commissioner Ike Robinson saluting the troops as they move by.

Then came all the bikers – there is nothing better than a bunch of veterans, old and young making a ton of noise with their bikes. That’s what I call a party!

Here come the bikes!

This guy was riding in style!

The ROTC and JROTC groups came out in full force for the parade!

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Marching!

Of course any parade isn’t complete without the classic cars, and we had plenty!

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All of our local beauty queens driving down Clematis in Classic Cars

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Veterans cruising down Clematis Street in style

I took over 300 pictures on my phone of the event, there were so many great veterans groups and other groups that came downtown to join in the parade! Even the Muck Monster was there!

Looking through all the pictures, I struggled to pick out just a few, as I would love to be able to feature everyone who came out and gave their time for our parade!  It was a really great event & a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Always good to see Deshon and his MAKOS Cheerleaders!

Happy Veterans Day! Take some time today to thank our Veterans for all the sacrifices that they have made to give us the freedoms we so often take for granted!

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This blog entry is day 11 of my 30-Day blogging challenge where I have committed to post a blog every day.

Please read the previous blog entries in this series:

Day 10: Muses & Visionaries – M&V Magazine & a short chat with Roy Assad
Day 9: What does diversity mean to you? WebMonday & bringing everyone in!
Day 8: Weekend is almost here – Fun things to do in West Palm Beach
Day 7: J. Flynn opening on Clematis – this is an Irish Gastropub, it’s all about the food.
Day 6: Why every small business owner should read the Costco Connection
Day 5: Bee Organics – The new organic café and “lifestyle space” in Downtown West Palm Beach
Day 4: Introducing BarCamp Palm Beach – Monday the 18th of November
Day 3: My top 5 Beaches in Palm Beach County
Day 2: City of West Palm Beach Chili Cookoff
Day 1: It’s November, and I’m Starting the 30-Day Blogging Challenge!

Muses & Visionaries – M&V Magazine & a short chat with Roy Assad

Muses and Visionaries is a woman’s co-working space on the waterfront of Downtown West Palm Beach. It’s great location and beautiful interior decor makes it the perfect place for the Femfesional to set up shop as a member or just visit for one of the many classes that are offered in the space.

 

Muses and Visionaries in Downtown West Palm Beach

One of the unique things about Muses and Visionaries is the companies & community that have formed around the co-working space. One of the founders of M&V is Lena Hyde who’s creative company Design Aglow is the energy behind Project Life 365 a global photo-a-day challenge.

The great thing about ProjectLife365 is that, very much like South Florida Social Media Club’s 30-day’s blogging challenge, having a goal in this case a themed picture a day for 365 days forces out the creativity, and what emerges are very honest and real works of art each submitted from all around the world each day.

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M&V Magazine

The most recent, and possibly most ambitious project to come out of Muses & Visionaries is the M&V magazine. The first issue was released this week.

The M&V Magazine Team

In the first Letter from the Publisher, Muses & Visionaries Co-founder Erin Rossitto gives this insight into the benefit of print media in a digital age.

I am a believer that print media is still a powerful tool for communication. While digital media is a brilliant solution to our very busy and portable lives, there is a reassuring sense of permanence that comes from printed content. Not only do I think it is still relevant, I argue that there are many women, like myself, who relish in and would never give up the tactile experience of a magazine in hand.

The first edition is available online, and I’m sure the printed version will soon be popping up in newsstands near you.

Over the weekend I emailed back and forth with West Palm Beach Downtowner & Chief Operating Officer of M&V magazine (he’s also the lucky guy in the middle of all the models in the picture above). His responses on Co-working, Entrepreneurship & Downtown West Palm Beach were insightful & I’m including them here for your benefit.

aGuyonClematis: The M&V magazine was born out of the Muses & Visionaries Co-working space. How important do you think the co-working concept is to people getting started with companies.

Roy Assad: Today more than ever new businesses are being launched, and entrepreneurs are looking for ways to collaborate and not be isolated, co-working spaces provide such a great environments for these entrepreneurs to thrive and learn from one another, all this in addition to the savings in rent they would realize!

aGuyonClematis: As a life-long entrepreneur what advice can you give to local entrepreneurs who are just getting started.

Roy Assad: Owning your own business is not for the faint of heart, you must have a determination to succeed made of steel, you must be resolved that failure is not an option, and first and foremost you must love what you do and be great at it.

aGuyonClematis: You’ve been instrumental to the growth and development of Downtown West Palm Beach over the years. What drew you hear and what do you see in the future of the area?

Roy Assad: When I moved to West Palm Beach back in 2001 it was primarily to get away from the hustle of NYC and work in paradise, and West Palm was all that! Although I had initially intended to slow down and get less involved, I found myself getting involved in more projects and I must admit that I am having a blast.

West Palm Beach is going thru another growth phase, wait a year and see the number of cranes in the skylines, and the jobs that will be created from these developments! This is going to attract more entrepreneurs to the area and additional services to cater to the new residents and businesses.

A big thanks to Roy for all the work that he does among the businesses in West Palm Beach – Thanks for taking the time to chat!


This blog entry is day 10 of my 30-Day blogging challenge where I have committed to post a blog every day.

Please read the previous blog entries in this series:

Day 9: What does diversity mean to you? WebMonday & bringing everyone in!
Day 8: Weekend is almost here – Fun things to do in West Palm Beach
Day 7: J. Flynn opening on Clematis – this is an Irish Gastropub, it’s all about the food.
Day 6: Why every small business owner should read the Costco Connection
Day 5: Bee Organics – The new organic café and “lifestyle space” in Downtown West Palm Beach
Day 4: Introducing BarCamp Palm Beach – Monday the 18th of November
Day 3: My top 5 Beaches in Palm Beach County
Day 2: City of West Palm Beach Chili Cookoff
Day 1: It’s November, and I’m Starting the 30-Day Blogging Challenge!

Living the life in Downtown West Palm Beach