Girl power: How three women helped create CityPlace

Lynda J. Harris
Lynda J. Harris

There are city fathers, and then there are city mothers.

Lynda J. Harris was a city mother.

She was the attorney for the Related Cos., which built CityPlace and helped kick off the renaissance of West Palm Beach’s downtown.

Harris died Dec. 14, following an illness and complications from a botched 2013 spinal surgery.

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!

 

 

 

New AT&T Authorized Retailer opens in Jupiter

A new AT&T Authorized Retailer store has opened at 4050 U.S. Highway One in Jupiter. Jupiter_authorized_retailer_store_exterior-4.18.16

USA Wireless owns and operates the store. The new location offers DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T Digital Life and the latest wireless devices.

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.

Tourism officials: No tax money left for Braves baseball stadium

Tourism leaders on Thursday warned that they don’t have any tax money left to help build another spring training facility if the Atlanta Braves decide to set up shop here.

County officials have used bed tax revenue to help pay for Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter and the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, which will open in January. 

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 20: Julio Teheran #49 of the Atlanta Braves is removed from the game by Manager Fredi Gonzalez #33 during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Philiies at Turner Field on September 20, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 20: Julio Teheran #49 of the Atlanta Braves is removed from the game by Manager Fredi Gonzalez #33 during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Philiies at Turner Field on September 20, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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.

 

 

Palm Beach County Staycation steals for visitors and residents

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:

ATTRACTIONS:

Discover The Palm Beaches’ Discover Pass
This family-friendly year-round pass offers savings to up to four of the most popular family attractions in the county, including Fun Depot, Lion Country Safari, Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society and South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. With four different “bundle and save” options, visitors can save off admission prices from two to all four attractions. The pass is available for purchase only at palmbeachfl.com/discover-pass.

By Blake Handley under Creative Commons license
By Blake Handley under Creative Commons license

Palm Beach County Golf Passport – May 2016 – September 2016
For just a low price of $160, Passports entitle you to one 18-hole round and one small bucket of range balls at each of the Palm Beach County Golf facilities (9-holes at John Prince Golf Learning Center). Passports may be redeemed at any time within the month range designated on the cover. Each passport comes with one “Bonus Coupon.” This bonus coupon can be used at the facility of your choosing.

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.

RESTAURANTS:

Tuesdays at Tryst

On Tuesdays, Tryst restaurant in Delray Beach is offering 40% off its entire selection of bottled wines. That day, you can also enjoy a cheese and charcuterie combo board for only $10.

Avocado Grill

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.

SoLita & Mastino Italian

The Delray Beach restaurant offers “Pizza and a Pint” on Thursdays, where you can purchase a pint of beer and a pizza for $15.

Calaveras Cantina

Located in Jupiter’s Harbourside Place, this restaurant offers “Taco Tuesdays” with $2 a la carte tacos all day long.

Pistache French Bistro

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.

50 Ocean

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!

E.R. Bradley’s Saloon

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.

Roxy’s Pub

This restaurant on Clematis Street in Downtown West Palm Beach offers half-priced appetizers and $1 off all drinks every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. during its Happy Hour.

Kabuki

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.

le Rendez-vous

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 Alchemist

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.

Palm Sugar

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 Scene

Every Wednesday is Ladies Night at this restaurant in Downtown West Palm Beach. Ladies can enjoy a $20 wine tasting, 25% off of a check, and half-off of wines included in the tasting selection.

Bistro Ten Zero One

Friday evenings from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. is a “Raid the Cellar” event in this restaurant, located inside the West Palm Beach Marriott hotel. Enjoy half off of all bottles of wine.

City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill

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).

BRIO Tuscan Grille

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.

Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen

Enjoy special Happy Hour prices at this West Palm Beach CityPlace restaurant and pub. Choose from salads, bites, brick oven pizzas and select drinks every day from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Il Bellagio

Enjoy happy hour at this West Palm Beach CityPlace restaurant every Sunday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Specials include a variety of appetizers for $4.95 each, as well select $5 drinks.

Blue Martini

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.

Mojito Latin Cuisine & Bar

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.

Revolutions Bowl. Bar. Grille.

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.

Lafayette’s Music Room

A daily happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. features $3 select drafts and bottles, $4 select house wells and wines, $5 select calls and $8 bites at this West Palm Beach CityPlace restaurant and bar.

Burger & Beer Joint

Weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. features a Happy Hour at this West Palm Beach CityPlace restaurant. Enjoy half-off well drinks, draft beers and house wines, as well as specially-priced appetizers.

Relish & More

A s'mores shake and doughnuts at Relish in the Northwood district of West Palm Beach. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)
A s’mores shake and doughnuts at Relish in the Northwood district of West Palm Beach. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

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.

32 East

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.

HOTELS AND RESORTS:

(The Palm Beach Post)
(The Palm Beach Post)

 

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort & Spa

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.

Delray Beach Marriott Summer Special

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.

Summer Savings at The Delray Breakers

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.

Delray Sands Resort Summer Specials

  • 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.

West Palm Beach Marriott

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

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

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.

Crane's Beach House Exterior (photo provided)
Crane’s Beach House Exterior (photo provided)

Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas

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.

 

PB Outlets to host race car display this weekend

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:

The Formula One-style steering wheel contains many of the controls that would otherwise clutter up the dashboard, including the 'manetto' performance control switch (lower right), the start button (lower left) and up/down shift buttons (right under your thunbs). Not readily visible in the photo is a row of red LEDs across the top of the wheel's rim that flash as you get close to the RPM limit of the engine… just like the Ferrari race cars.
The Formula One-style steering wheel contains many of the controls that would otherwise clutter up the dashboard, including the ‘manetto’ performance control switch (lower right), the start button (lower left) and up/down shift buttons (right under your thunbs). Not readily visible in the photo is a row of red LEDs across the top of the wheel’s rim that flash as you get close to the RPM limit of the engine… just like the Ferrari race cars.

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

Cost: Free

Public information: Call organizer John Zeilinga at (561) 756-3063 or Palm Beach Outlets at (561) 515-4400. Websites: www.carsandcoffeepb.com  and www.palmbeachoutlets.com.

National child care company set to open new facility in Boca Raton

The Learning Experience, a Boca Raton-based child care facility chain with franchises across the country, is opening a new location in Boca Raton.MT-1A_SCHOOL SUPPLIES.JPG

The Boca facility, located at 331 E. Yamato Road, will serve children from six-weeks-old to age 5.

Several local officials, including Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie, are expected to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony today for the new campus.