The West Palm Beach City Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution to create Palm Beach County's first LGBT Pride rainbow crosswalk.

The crosswalk will be located in Northwood Village at the intersection of Northwood Road and Spruce Avenue. The pavers will be painted with the six colors of the rainbow flag: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple, according to the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council.

The resolution was introduced by City Commissioner Kelly Shoaf at the request of PBCHRC’s President Rand Hoch. Shoaf's district includes Northwood Village. 

In August 2018, Wendy Morse, who then served as the Manager of the Office of Public Engagement, informed the city's Art in Public Places committee that crosswalks throughout the city that needed to be refurbished could use some artwork, according to PBCHRC. 

Hoch, an AiPP member at the time, immediately requested a rainbow crosswalk. 

"Several cities have installed crosswalks painted with the colors in the rainbow flag to recognize their LGBTQ residents," Hoch told the AiPP members, according to the press release. "Let's make it happen here."

U.S. cities with rainbow crosswalks include Albuquerque, Atlanta, Gainesville, Key West, Miami, Minneapolis, Missoula, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, West Hollywood, and Washington, D.C.

Following the AiPP meeting, PBCHRC reached out to the LGBT community via Facebook seeking recommendations for the best location for the crosswalk.

Matt Chambers and Will Davis, local business leaders who were the first gay couple in West Palm Beach to be married at City Hall, suggested the intersection of Northwood Road and Spruce Avenue.

"When installed we can turn this into a great community event," said Chambers in 2018, according to PBCHRC. 

Hoch contacted Shoaf last month asking if the City would hold "a socially-distanced ceremony" following completion of the project.  

To date, no decision has been made concerning a dedication ceremony.

Although the former Mayor of West Palm Beach Jeri Muoio agreed the location was ideal, it took until this summer for city staff to initially approve the crosswalk project. 

While the city selected Shamus Paving of Deerfield Beach to manage the project, Trinity Striping will do the pavement marking. 

The project will cost less than $4,000. Installation is expected to be completed within 40 days, according to PBCHRC.

Future upkeep is expected to run approximately $5,000 every five years. The costs will not be paid by the taxpayers, as maintenance is to come out of AiPP provided by developers, according to the press release.


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