Friday, June 12, 2015

"Clematis by Night" 20 years old: news segment by CBS12/WPEC's Al Pefley

Click here for video. From the text of the news segment:
     Clematis by Night was started by then West Palm Beach Mayor Nancy Graham as a free event, to get people out and introduce people to the downtown area who might not otherwise visit.
     West Palm Beach Community Events Manager Mary Pinak says it started as a grass roots event in June 1995 with only 20 people the first night. Now it attracts a couple thousand every Thursday evening.
It costs the city about $160,000 a year, paying for the bands, the equipment and clean-up.
     An event spokeswoman did not have any specific information on the economic impact of Clematis by Night, or the amount of money that those who attend spend in the downtown area on Thursday nights. But Pinak says it does have a definite economic benefit to merchants.