August Newsletter 2016
TMS is pleased to be working with the Wantman Group, Inc. (WGI) on several exciting projects. WGI is a Florida consulting firm founded in 1972 to provide a comprehensive range of infrastructure services. Originally established by a dedicated professional engineer to primarily serve a private client base, WGI has since grown and diversified by offering related professional services for both public and private clients including Civil Engineering, Surveying and Mapping, Transportation Engineering, Structural Engineering, Subsurface Utility Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Land Planning, Environmental Sciences, Water Resources, and Creative Services. TMS is teamed on an FDOT project focused on the reconstruction of four bridges in residential areas of Palm Beach County, and is also working on a team serving the City of West Palm Beach. Our team provides public involvement services to ensure there is two way communication between our client and the residents, business owners and all other stakeholders we serve while executing projects. The objective for TMS is to keep the public informed about what is happening in their neighborhood. For more information, please visit: www.wantmangroup.com
LAKE WORTH BOND
TMS has been hired to project manage the Lake Worth bond referendum campaign. The city is pursuing a $40M bond referendum on the November ballot. The intention is to use the funds to repair or replace roadways. Lake Worth is a city on the move! Property values are up. Electric rates are now amongst the lowest in the state. Land development regulations have been cleaned up to be clear, concise and consistent, leveling the playing field for investors and homeowners. There have been an unprecedented number of voluntary annexations, businesses are expanding operations and even the US Economic Development Administration is investing $1.4 million in the future of Lake Worth. Hardrives is expanding operations into Lake Worth and constructing a 23,000 square foot facility. Currently under construction, the Boutwell Business Center is a large 250,000 square foot complex that will supply industrial flex space and will include the expansion of a large regional employer which will provide 300 jobs to local citizens. Community Development Block Grant funds - $700,000 – has been used to improve greenways providing students safe passage for students to neighborhood schools. All work will be put out for competitive bid.
By the spring of 2017, the West Palm Wawa will officially be open for business. Wawa, started in 1964 and known for its hoagies, has also received approvals to build stores in Greenacres at the southwest corner of Lake Worth and South Jog Roads, at the northeast corner of Lake Worth Road and Congress Avenue in Palm Springs and in Riviera Beach, at Blue Heron Boulevard and Garden Road. Wawa sells fresh and build-to-order foods, as well as beverages, coffee and gas. “When we open here in West Palm Beach we want to make a great first impression, and that means having the right people knowing the Wawa way with our customer service,” said Chris Gheysens, president. West Palm Beach Jeri Muoio admitted she has never tried Wawa but is excited to be one of the first customers. Wawa officials also said they have committed $5,000 for meals to be served during the month of July to the Philip D. Lewis Center in West Palm Beach, a temporary housing center. “I was pleasantly surprised that Wawa thought of the homeless before they turn the first shovel,” said Daniel P. Lewis, supporter. “Wawa really reaches out to come together as a community to help the community.” To read the full article from the Palm Beach Post, click here.
TMS obtained a grant valued at up to $500,000 for the Sellew Belle Glade Excel Charter School, a school wide Title I charter school. This grant will provide a 21st Century afterschool and summer program for 105 at-risk K-5th graders. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for students to participate in out of school time programming that emphasizes academically enriching activities that foster academic and social youth development. The goal of the program is to provide a focus on technology through a STEM component in which students will learn technology, math and science activities. Students will participate in health and nutrition and the literary arts. Daily homework help and intervention instruction will be offered. Activities such as robotics, computers, hands-on science projects, art and music and leadership development will be offered. Partners such as Palm Beach State College, Bricks4Kids, Junior Achievement and Franklin Covey’s Leader in Me will assist in this program. Activities for families will also be provided in technology, parenting, academic classes, financial literacy and college readiness/informational workshops. For more information, please visit www.ecs.lsfnet.org
Governor Rick Scott announced the latest tourism numbers and Florida continues to be a premier destination for visitors around the globe. The Sunshine State welcomed 27.3 million tourists to our great state in the second quarter of 2016 and 57.4 million over the first six months of 2016, which stands as the highest number of tourists in any six month time frame in Florida history. Florida TaxWatch research has consistently found that a healthy and vibrant tourism industry is a crucial piece in boosting and diversifying Florida’s economy and that the state must continue to fund and promote programs that encourage Americans and tourists from around the globe to visit the Sunshine State. Tourism is the number one provider of jobs for Floridians and supports one job for every 85 visitors. It is also a major provider of tax revenue for cities, counties and the state. For more information, please visit www.floridataxwatch.org