Mobile Tours

Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades Environmental and Agricultural Areas

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 10 am – 5 pm

Cost: $45 (includes lunch)

AICP CM Credits pending: 7.0

Maximum: 35 people

The complex Everglades ecosystem ranges from south of Orlando near the Kissimmee River to the Florida bay far south of Miami. Attendees will tour the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge during the first part of the day and the Everglades Environmental Area to understand the multifaceted issues facing the legislature and South Florida as it copes with changes in the agriculture industry, hazardous algae blooms, and other factors threatening the environment and economies in South Florida. Attendees should bring a water bottle, dress for the heat, apply sun protection, and must wear closed toed shoes.

West Palm Beach’s Art in Public Places

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 8  – 10 am

Friday, Sept. 14, 8  – 10 am

Cost: $10

AICP CM Credits pending: 2.0

Maximum: 15 people

Grab your sneakers! Public Art in West Palm Beach is vibrant, accessible and rapidly growing! Join Sybille Welter, the City of West Palm Beach’s Public Art Administrator for an exploratory tour of the public artworks and street art that enhance the downtown area’s public spaces. Comfortable shoes and sun protection recommended.

Solid Waste Authority’s Renewable Energy Facility

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 12:30  – 3:30 pm

Cost: $25

AICP CM Credits pending: 2.0

Maximum: 50 people

The SWA’s Renewable Energy Facility 2 (REF2) is a $672M state-of-the-art waste to energy facility. The REF2 project is the first of its kind in more than 15 years and the most advanced and cleanest waste-to-energy power plant in North America. REF 2 is estimated to reduce the amount of waste going to SWA’s landfill by up to 90 percent, ensuring the landfill lasts until 2043-45. While reducing waste, it generates 100 megawatts of electricity for the people in Palm Beach County. That is enough electricity to provide power for an estimated 44,000 homes and businesses. Attendees must wear closed-toe shoes.

Main Streets of South Florida

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 1 – 5 pm

Cost: $30

AICP CM Credits pending: 3.0

Maximum: 35 people

Visit three of the best main streets in south Florida! Hear about the early history of south Florida, how these streets have been transformed into attractive public spaces with restaurants and shops, and the challenges they face now. You will walk Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, Lucerne Avenue and Lake Avenue in Lake Worth, and Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. Comfortable shoes and sun protection recommended.

Cottages of Lake Worth

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2 – 5 pm

Cost: $35 (includes book – $15 value)

AICP CM Credits pending: 2.5

Maximum: 35 people

Enjoy walking through the time-capsule that is Downtown Lake Worth and nearby residential areas. The guided tour starts at the City Hall Annex, listed on the National Register. Winding around north and south of the Downtown, the tour will how off the City’s cottages built on 25 and 50-foot wide lots prior to WWII. You will explore three local historic districts laid out in a traditional grid pattern. Many of the structures appear in The Cottages of Lake Worth book provided with the tour fee. Participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes, loose-fitting clothing and hat for sun protection.

New Urbanist Projects and Greenways

Thursday, Sept. 13, 7:30 – 11:30 am

Cost: $30

AICP CM Credits pending: 3.0

Maximum: 35 people

Experience some of Jupiter’s new urbanist and natural treasures in one exciting trip!  Take a bus tour of three communities that were integrated with the Town’s greenway system.  Learn how a Town Center and traditional neighborhood design (TND) with mixed-use, smaller lots and setbacks can provide space for and transition into interconnected natural areas.  See how existing commercial development was retrofitted with new planned communities to create livable neighborhoods. Brief walking tours of the Botanica Greenway, Abacoa neighborhood/greenway, and Downtown Abacoa are included.

Jupiter’s Riverwalk, Harbourside and Inlet Village

Thursday, Sept. 13, 7:30 – 11:30am

Cost: $40

AICP CM Credits pending: 3.0

Maximum: 35 people

jupiter riverwalk

Tour the heart of Jupiter by land and by sea! Visit portions of Jupiter’s Riverwalk and learn about the jewels and pitfalls of the master planned multi-phased recreational corridor running along Jupiter’s eastern shoreline of the Intracoastal Waterway. Providing public access to approximately 2.5 miles of continuous multi-use pathway, the Riverwalk will transverse through many types of upland communities including environmentally sensitive lands, residential, marinas, commercial properties as well as waterfront parks. The tour features a bus ride through the core of the US One Intracoastal Waterway and Entertainment District, including Harbourside Place; a stroll on the Riverwalk; and a Water taxi journey to the Inlet Village with views of the historic Jupiter Lighthouse; and a brief walk through the core of the Inlet Village.

Brightline – The Private Rail Experience

Thursday, Sept. 13, 1:30 – 5:30 pm

Cost: $30

AICP CM Credits pending: 3.0

Maximum: 30 people

Brightline is the only privately owned, operated and maintained passenger rail system in the United States. Brightline connects people, places and new experiences that South Florida has to offer with stations completed between West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami (at time of conference), with planned future service to Orlando. The rail is a premium service that has blended regional rail travel and hospitality to make riding an experience like no other.

Historic West Palm Beach Neighborhoods

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2:30 – 5:30pm

Cost: $25

AICP CM Credits pending: 3.0

Maximum: 30 people

West Palm Beach is a City that balances its tremendous growth with the charm of its historic structures, particularly the residential districts south of downtown.  Come explore the diverse architectural offerings in four districts that are both on the Local and National Register of Historic Places.  See how buildings have been saved from demolition and adaptively reused as bed and breakfasts.  In this tour you’ll learn how West Palm Beach has successfully adopted lot coverage and floor area ratios into its zoning code to ensure quantitatively compatible infill construction.  Additionally, the economic benefits of historic preservation will be discussed.  Enjoy this trolley tour while you take in the beautiful historic sites.

Lake Worth Lagoon Environmental Restoration Boat Tour

Friday, Sept. 14, 7:30 – 11:30am

Cost: $40

AICP CM Credits pending: 4.0

Maximum: 35 people

Join representatives from the Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management division on a boat tour of the Palm Beach County Intracoastal Waterway. Environmental scientists will discuss how they are improving water quality in the region through habitat reconstruction. Several current and established projects will be visited during this 3-hour tour. The discussion will be moderated by a local planner and land use attorney who will also highlight the challenges of waterfront development, riparian rights, and environmental permitting in the region.