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City's New Waterfront Public Space

Posted by Ali Kane on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 at 9:39am.

The City of West Palm Beach has listened to the public and is changing the look of Flagler Drive. The city has developed a new perspective to enjoy the water and the city, the development is called “Flagler Shore: From Pavement to People”. The city tested the idea last summer and closed the two lanes closest to the median for bicycle traffic. From the comments and feedback from residents about having more public space, the city has developed this new idea.

From Lakeview Avenue to Banyan Boulevard on Flagler Drive, the .6-mile strip will have the two eastern lanes blocked off for pedestrians to make a bicycle-friendly, walkway-friendly pathway, in addition to enjoying the water view. The public space will also feature merchants, community oriented activities, and "Lunch on the Shore" every Tuesday during the lunch hours for you to enjoy a meal by the water, as well as other activities scheduled during the week.

The street was blocked off last weekend and will continue to be blocked off until March 2018, as part of the city’s redevelopment partnership. Flagler Drive will be reduced from four lanes to two lanes, while still maintaining the north and south bound traffic during the duration of the 5-month project. The blocked off space will feature moveable benches, decorative planters, barricades, and other safety measures from pedestrians and to redirect the traffic flow.

Flagler Shore continues the effort to make West Palm Beach waterfront a vibrant and active public space for everyone to enjoy.

To continue reading, and to view the activities held visit www.wpb.com or www.wptv.com.

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