Two West Palm streets to close for Norton gala this weekend

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

A pair of streets just east of the Norton Museum of Art will close this weekend as the museum hosts its annual Gala.

According to the museum, Diana and Actaeon places will be closed from midnight Friday through noon Sunday. The Gala is slated for Saturday night on Norton Gallery Park, which sits between the two streets.

A nickel-bronze sculpture Actaeon, 1925 by Paul Manship, sits at the end of Actaeon Place in West Palm Beach, which will be closed as the Norton Museum of art hosts its annual Gala this weekend. (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Post)
A nickel-bronze sculpture Actaeon, 1925 by Paul Manship, sits at the end of Actaeon Place in West Palm Beach, which will be closed as the Norton Museum of art hosts its annual Gala this weekend. (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Post)

Traffic will be detoured on South Olive Avenue and South Flagler Drive. The roundabout at South Olive and Diana/Actaeon will remain open to the public throughout the weekend.

This is a big weekend for fundraisers in and near West Palm Beach. The 60th annual Red Cross Ball is being held Saturday night just across the Intracoastal at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, an event President Donald Trump is expected to attend.

Clematis Street to close at railroad crossing for Brightline work

An upcoming downtown road closure could snarl vehicle traffic for commuters and foot traffic for the hundreds who visit Clematis Street each weekend for entertainment.

Clematis will close at the Florida East Coast Railway crossing from 7 a.m. Dec. 14 to 6 p.m. Dec. 18 as All Aboard Florida crews perform work to get ready for the introduction of the company’s Brightline passenger-rail service.

A freight train passes the All Aboard Florida's Brightline station, which is under construction in downtown West Palm Beach. The passenger rail service will connect West Palm Beach with Miami and Orlando. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
A freight train passes the All Aboard Florida’s Brightline station, which is under construction in downtown West Palm Beach. The passenger rail service will connect West Palm Beach with Miami and Orlando. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

» RELATED: More road closures to know about in downtown West Palm

It’s the most recent crossing closure in Palm Beach County as All Aboard crews have worked along the FEC corridor for the past year preparing for the new rail line’s launch, slated for 2017.

Get the latest news on All Aboard Florida’s Brightline rail service.

 

 

Hurricane Matthew: What you need to know in West Palm Beach

Wind speed forecast for West Palm Beach:

  • Noon: sustained 29 mph, gusts to 40 mph
  • 9 p.m.: sustained 52 mph, gusts to 72
  • Midnight: sustained 78 mph, gusts to 97 mph
  • 1 a.m. Friday: sustained 85 mph, gusts to 105 mph
  • 6 a.m.: sustained 46 mph, gusts to 64 mph
  • Noon: 29 mph, gusts to 40 mph
  • 5 p.m.: 21 mph,, gusts to 29 mph

Governor Scott says, “evacuate, evacuate, evacuate,” if you live in coastal areas. 

“Don’t take a chance,” Scott said. “A small movement can mean a lot. That’s why we have to prepare for a direct hit.”

Last minute items:

Publix stores east of 95 will be open until noon, west of 95 will be open until 2 p.m.

Closings:

Clematis by Night is, of course, cancelled for this evening. See a full list of closures and cancellations.

Shelters:

If you’re heading to a shelter, you may want to bring some warm clothes, because they AC is working full blast at one West Palm refuge.

Find a full list of shelters throughout the county here.

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Hurricane Matthew: You can still get your coffee fix at Subculture in West Palm

Matthew isn’t stopping Subculture’s baristas from throwing on their tees and showing up to work this morning. In an Instagram and Twitter post published last night, the specialty coffee shop announced they will open at 7:00 a.m.  “even if for just a couple hours.”

Subculture Coffee shop on Clematis Street. (Photo by Liz Balmaseda)
Subculture Coffee shop on Clematis Street. (Photo by Liz Balmaseda)

Just last week, our Food Editor, Liz Balmaseda announced the Reader’s Choice winner for the best coffee, in brew and concept, around townYou voted for Subculture Coffee, the small-batch roaster and hipster concept that welcomes you with dim lighting, a decorative hand-written menu complimented with fun drawings on an entire wall, outlets for each of your devices and cups of the good stuff made from beans harvested in interesting, faraway places like Panama and Ethiopia. Who knew?

Dunkin’ more your speed? Find out how long you can get your caffeine fix.

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Go get your fix before winds pick up and roads get wet. For the latest updates on Hurricane Matthew on our WeatherPlus blog.


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Address: 509 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

This key West Palm rail crossing is closing for four days. Here’s how to get around.

Work to lay railroad track for All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger rail service will block Okeechobee Boulevard for four days in May.

(Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)
(Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

Brightline is laying a second line of track along the Florida East Coast right-of-way, just west of Okeechobee’s interesection with Quadrille Boulevard. Eastbound and westbound lanes of Okeechobee will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday, May 13 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17.

Workers will be on-site 24 hours a day during this time.

As part of the work, the company also is making safety upgrades as part of a miles-long “quiet zone,” silencing train horns at railroad crossings from West Palm Beach to Boca Raton.

“All Aboard Florida worked closely with the City of West Palm Beach and Town of Palm Beach to determine the schedule and closure details,” spokeswoman Ali Soule said. “We collectively decided this plan would be the least impactful and less confusing for the public.”

Read more about the work here.

We’ve put together a helpful map with an alternate route and key spots to avoid to help you navigate the construction.

Aside from this route to help you better navigate downtown, we also suggest taking Belvedere Road to the south and Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard to the north.