Ken Himmel is president of Related Urban, the mixed-use unit of New York-based Related Cos.
Here are Himmel thoughts on Harris, in his own words:
I have been leading the development of CityPlace, with my partner Steve Ross (owner of the Miami Dolphins), since its inception and opening in October of 2000.
We began our work together in West Palm Beach in 1998 when we competed with top national developers and got selected to take on this game changing mixed-use development, aspiring to create a new “downtown ” for West Palm and Palm Beach County.
Our decision to enter the competition and enthusiastically compete changed to a ” go for it” mode the day three dynamic professional woman came to our New York headquarters office to pitch us to take a hard look at this small community city and lead a transformational development.
Those three professionals, Pat Pepper (former mayor of West Palm); Nancy Graham (then mayor of West Palm) and Lynda Harris, the leading land use attorney in West Palm Beach, all came to New York that day with a mission: To convince us to give this competition our best effort.
And that we did then, to win the competition. And we’ve been working that vision even to this day.
Behind all that visioning and leasing and marketing and construction was a combination of political leadership and drive from Nancy Graham — and the legal leadership and community understanding that comes with years of successful experience, the full complement of skills and savvy that came with every assignment and challenge that Lyn took on with such commitment and enthusiasm.
Lynda Harris was in a league of her own when it came to legal and community counsel.
The original master plan for the complete 72-acre downtown CityPlace that Lynda Harris and Nancy Graham began with Steve Ross and me 18 years ago continues today under the able guidance and support of our current mayor, Jerry Muoio, as she enthusiastically envisions the next generation of quality growth for West Palm Beach and its downtown.
There is no question in my mind that if Lyn Harris had successfully survived her surgery from three years ago, she would be directly in the middle of all this new exciting development that Mayor Muoio is now leading.
And Lyn would be, as always, the go-to legal and community resource to get things done and built.
Lyn Harris was far more than my lawyer in West Palm. She was a close family friend and provided genuine counsel and friendship to my wife and children, who looked on in awe of what she had sacrificed in her life to achieve her great professional goals.
We will all miss her, but what a wonderful legacy to leave behind, knowing she made the difference in creating a vibrant new community in this special place called West Palm Beach.
Go in peace, Lyn. Your contributions here are a permanent part of this city, never to be forgotten!
With this new store, AT&T now has 2 authorized retailer locations in Jupiter for a total of 26 in Palm Beach County.
“We’re expanding our retail presence to better serve our customers,” said Carlos Blanco-Sposito, AT&T Florida vice-president and general manager. “When it comes to shopping, convenient locations are key.”
The new store is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.
But members of the county’s Tourist Development Council on Thursday said they are out of cash. Subsidizing another stadium would “seriously jeopardize” the group’s ability to market the area as a tourist destination, officials said.
“There is not a penny of bed tax money available,” said David Burke, executive vice president and chief sales & marketing officer at The Breakers on Palm Beach and a member of the tourism board.
The council oversees the collection of “bed” taxes, which are levied on all hotel stays and vacation rentals of six months or less. Bed tax revenue is used to pay for tourism-related advertising, beach renourishment and facilities such as Roger Dean Stadium.
The Braves have been eyeing a site at the south end John Prince Park west of Lake Worth. The team also is negotiating with Sarasota County.
Just in time for Spring Break, local tourism leaders are promoting a handful of deals perfectly designed for Palm Beach County residents looking for a local getaway.
Discover The Palm Beaches, the official tourism marketing corporation for Palm Beach County, has put together some restaurant and hotel deals that visitors and residents both can enjoy. The deals even go through the summer.
The list includes deals on area attractions, restaurants, and hotels:
West Palm Beach Food Tour
If your family enjoys watching Food Network, they’ll love discovering delicious Downtown West Palm Beach on this walking food tour, which combines sightseeing and lunch into one delicious adventure. This summer, save 20% by using the discount code “Family.” This is a three-hour tour, so it’s not recommended for the little ones, but the big kids will be sure to eat it up.
This restaurant, located in Downtown West Palm Beach, offers oysters for $1.50 each on Monday nights. A daily Happy Hour offers two-for-one drinks at the bar from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Enjoy the restaurant’s “Supper Club,” a late-night dining program. The restaurant, located on Clematis Street in Downtown West Palm Beach, offers a special menu with half-off pricing on Thursday through Saturday evenings beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Delight in the panoramic views of the roaring ocean, and enjoy special pricing during 50 Ocean’s weekday and weekend Happy Hours. Select wines by the glass, draft and domestic beer, and premium liquor well drinks are 50% off from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. You can check with the bartenders or your server for seasonal house brands, and savor inspired selections from the bar bites menu with special pricing, Monday through Friday. Bar patrons can always upgrade to the bar’s specialty list of crafted cocktails for an inspired drink to enjoy!
Enjoy happy hour specials every day at E.R. Bradley’s Saloon in Downtown West Palm Beach on Clematis Street from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Specials include $6 Boat Drinks, $3 Draft Beer, $10 Pitchers of Coors Light, $5 glasses of wine, $5 Bar Bites, and $10 Beer & a Burger.
This sushi, Thai and tapas restaurant on Clematis Street in Downtown West Palm Beach offers deals during Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including a $4-6 appetizer and sushi menu, half-priced cocktails, $4 sake bombs and $2.50 beer.
Downtown West Palm Beach’s trendy Parisian restaurant offers a Happy Hour from 4:30 to 7 p.m. daily. At the bar specials include $5 mixed drinks (house liquors), $6 glasses of wine (house wines), 20% off beers and cocktails and 20 percent off on the bar bites. Wednesdays are all about the Mussels. Starting at 5 p.m., stop by for $15 “moules frites” and pair it with their wine of the week.
The gastropub-style restaurant offers an extensive wine list, craft beers and exquisite cocktails, with a Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Daily lunch specials offer $12 entrees plus a house salad and beverage, with the option of adding a draft beer for $3.
A Reverse Happy Hour at this Clematis Street restaurant in Downtown West Palm beach offers delicious deals on starters, favored rolls, rice and noodles and more. The specials run Sundays through Thursdays from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to midnight.
O’Shea’s Irish Pub
This restaurant on Clematis Street in Downtown West Palm Beach offers Happy Hour specials Monday through Friday, with drink specials from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and food specials from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Wine Dive
Every Wednesday, enjoy Ladies Night at this hangout spot on Clematis Street in Downtown West Palm Beach. Ladies can enjoy free wine and champagne with purchase of a menu item.
Wine Down Mondays at this eatery in West Palm Beach’s CityPlace offers you half off a bottle of wine with the purchase of an entrée. Happy Hour offers half-priced drinks every Monday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (at the bar only).
Bartenders at the West Palm Beach CityPlace restaurant are shaking it up every Wednesday with $5 martinis, and $5 wine pours every Thursday in the bar. Happy hour is Mondays through Fridays in the bar area from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Mondays through Thursdays from 9 p.m. to close.
A daily happy hour at this West Palm Beach CityPlace restaurant and nightclub runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and features discounted food and beverages. More than 42 savory signature martinis, crafted cocktails, fine wines and spirits plus delicious light bite dishes are sure to please.
Tequila Taco Tuesday at this West Palm Beach CityPlace eatery and nightclub offers a $5 specialty tequila tasting and all-you-can-eat tacos for $14.99. Margaritas are $6, and tapas start at $5. Every Thursday night is Ladies Night! Ladies can enjoy free margaritas and cosmopolitans.
During Tasty Tuesdays, you can enjoy $5 burgers with the purchase of any beverage all day long when you dine in at this West Palm Beach CityPlace restaurant, bar and bowling attraction. Add fries for only $0.99! Every Wednesday, enjoy $2 bowling, $2 shoes, $2 chicken taco, and $2 domestic draft pints. Every Thursday, ladies bowl free and can enjoy 2 for 1 domestic draft beers and house wine from 8 p.m. until close.
The restaurant, located in historic Northwood Village, offers Thirsty Thursdays. After 5 p.m. on Thursdays, you can order a custom burger, salad or skillet, and it will give you the option to purchase a handcrafted specialty milkshake for only $3. Craft beers are also sold at a discount. On $10 Tuesdays, after 5 p.m. you can order a custom burger for only $10 or the burger of the month for $14. The price includes a free side item.
Sunday is Funday at this Delray Beach restaurant. Take 50% off any bottles of wine under $100.00, or $50.00 off any wine over $100.00. This deal is available only on Sundays, from Mothers Day’s on May 8, 2016 through the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 20, 2016.
The only all-suite beach resort in The Palm Beaches is offering a great rate when you book your stay more than 14 days in advance. Take 20% off your entire stay with this advance booking! The special is based on availability at the time of booking. The resort offers two pools, one of which has a three-story slide, and a private beach with watersports from Visit Palm Beach, chairs and cabanas, three restaurants and the award-winning SiSpa.
Explore the uniqueness of Delray Beach’s quaint shops, local artisans and mouthwatering bistros just steps from the Delray Beach Marriott. Book your stay this summer, and receive breakfast daily and gain access to this Mediterranean oasis featuring a full-service spa, several on-site restaurants, and a resort style pool, all within a short drive visit museums, shopping, and endless outdoor activities. This offer is valid April 1 through September 30, with rates starting at $209.
Florida residents can save up to 15% off when booking their summer stay at The Delray Breakers. Valid Florida Identification will be required at check in. For those outside of Florida, savings can still be had if they are a AAA, CAA or AARP member. Proof of membership card will be required at check in.
Florida Resident Rate– Enjoy a getaway just a few miles away from home with this Florida Resident deal! Floridians can enjoy discounts off of the best available rates. Call to reserve at 866-790-2198. Offer is subject to availability and valid Florida s\State Identification is required at check-in. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion, and is not valid for groups or other contracted rates.
Fun in the Sun Package – This summer savings package includes, overnight accommodations, two welcome cocktails, a beach umbrella and breakfast for two adults. This offer is subject to availability and some restrictions do apply. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion, and excludes taxes, gratuities, and resort fees.
Beginning April 1, book your summer stay at West Palm Beach Marriott, where kids eat free all weekend long. Retreat to this oasis in the city, located in the heart of West Palm Beach Florida. With a resort-style pool, farm-to-fork restaurant Bistro 1001, and within less than 1 miles from CityPlace, The Kravis Center for The Performing Arts, and Clematis Street you’re just minutes from museums, unique shopping and family-friendly activities. Rates start at $209 when using code: S4B
The resort, located in Manalapan, is offering an “Eau-mazing Escape,” where you can visit the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa with rates from $499 per night (15% off the best available rate) as well as complimnetary daily valet parking ($29 daily value), and a $50 credit to the brand-new Breeze Ocean Kitchen (once per stay). No minimum stay is required. Book by April 30, 2016 for stays through December 24, 2016. This deal is based on availability and cannot be combined with other offers.
Stay longer and save more on select nights from this Delray Beach hotel. Book two nights and save 20% of each night, or book three nights or more and take 25% off each night for any stay from March 30, 2016 through April 30, 2016. Deal is based on availability, and some restrictions may apply. Rate is non-refundable and non-changeable, and not valid with any other discount or offer. Taxes and gratuities are not included. Deal is for new reservations only, and blackout dates may apply.
A group of race cars will be on display on Sunday at the Palm Beach Outlets.
The “Cars & Coffee” showing is part of a monthly gathering at the open air outlet mall.
Here are the details:
Who/What: A monthly gathering of South Florida’s finest automobiles presented by Art of Speed Auto Events, LLC, which attracts auto enthusiasts from all over south and central Florida who come to view a massive diversity of exotic, custom and classic vehicles. March is “Race Car Month” and will feature all types of race cars.
All makes and models are welcome to attend this free family-friendly event. Cost is $2 per vehicle to display in the show field and free to spectators.
When: Sun., March 20, from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: In the northwest and north lot of Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, West Palm Beach