Sunday, May 28, 2017

Segment #4. “Getting from Point A to Point B”: Brief notes from presentation given by PBC Administrator Verdenia Baker.

Today’s segment will be brief. On Tuesday, following Memorial Day, will pick up again with my notes taken from last Monday’s forum. What you’ll learn from Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker will interest and surprise many of you. Exciting. Below are some slides from the Forum and Public Discussion held on Monday, May 22nd.

 Here is one slide: Can you guess what this is about? More slides below.
More conventions, conferences and visitors in West Palm Beach will mean many more people crossing Okeechobee Blvd. PBC Administrator Baker is very concerned. Go with a tunnel (very expensive) or a walkway?

To review the previous segments:

“Public Discussion About Our Traffic”.
This forum was hosted by Town of Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio, West Palm Beach Commissioner Shanon Materio, and Palm Beach County Commissioner Mack Bernard.

Four more slides:
Traffic. Beginning of new era for conventions and conferences in Palm Beach County.

As predicted, hotel next to the convention center has been a boon to convention and conference business.

Confirmed by Jorge Pesquera, President/CEO at Discover the Palm Beaches: there are 2,200 hotel rooms “in the pipeline” and met with another quality chain with plans for another major hotel.

Trend is for less events and more people per event. Many events and conventioneers return multiple years.

Use this link to see all of the “Point A to Point B” videos, 5 total.

Some day, we hope, my little City of Lake Worth will have a restored historic hotel and a new hotel as well. Then we can begin contributing to our County’s bed tax and help to fill the need for future hotel rooms. Hope springs eternal.

Thank You for visiting today.