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NOW is the Time to Join or Renew your 2018 Membership.

 Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association

For your convenience, you can easily sign up AND pay your $50 dues on our website it safe and secure. Click here to pay now!

By joining, you support your neighbors and the neighborhood environment through clean-up and beautification projects, having safety issues addressed, and, of course, socials and parties which help create the unique sense of community within Flamingo Park. Plus, you will have opportunities to volunteer and have your voice heard!

Did you know that the Association maintains the historic street marker poles, the entrance markers, and the street corner garbage cans in our area – not to mention the doggie bag stations? These are areas that can use volunteers and require association funding. The Association also pays for a quarterly landscape maintenance of the common areas. In addition, we have occasional neighborhood clean-up activities where we can volunteer, meet people, and do some good work for our community.

There are socials each month at a neighbor’s home which are free to members. This gives us an opportunity to meet each other and to see the beautiful homes in our neighborhood – and get ideas! The Association provides funding for these socials – so volunteer your home that you have worked so hard on AND show it off! In addition to these monthly socials, FPNA has a street party each year, free to all members. This year it will be in January. Fun, food, and music are all provided!

The Association traditionally holds Holiday Home Tours, Holiday Lighting Contests, Garden Tours, neighborhood yard sales, publishes the Flamingo Flyer, and now maintains a website at flamingopark.org. All of this depends on our members involvement and low membership dues!

We are active and helpful and need YOU to be a part of your community. Remember, you may pay online by clicking here.

Group Of Friends Enjoying Outdoor Evening Drinks Party

 unwanted stuff ready for yard sale

Want a yard sale? Sign up now

Yea, though we have tried for a year to find a new team to take over the Yard Sale Extravaganza, it has come around again in the hands of, well, me: instigator and coordinator since 2010. If you are new here, or just haven’t been paying attention, here is how it works:

The 2018 event is planned for Saturday, Feb. 17 — plenty of time to comb through the closets, attic and garage. Presidents Day is Monday, Feb. 19, and a holiday for some workers. We try to keep the annual sale anchored on this holiday weekend to facilitate planning for sellers and shoppers. (Some years a fall sale was added to the calendar, though not recently.)

• Residents set up at their own homes and keep all their proceeds. There has never been a fee to participate.

• The sale is advertised using print and web ads and social media. Participants are encouraged to use their own social media to help spread the word. • A map/list of participants’ goods for sale is produced to help buyers zero in on their shopping goals. It is posted online a few days ahead of the sale. (Sellers are encouraged to make a batch of printouts to help those who just stumble upon the event find neighbors’ sales).

• Hours advertised are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., but sellers should be prepared for early-bird shoppers.

• Signs are posted on feeder streets around the neighborhood to capture drive-by yard-sale fans. The more houses, the splashier we can advertise it. It wouldn’t be an extravaganza without at least 25 homes participating. In fact, it won’t be a sale at all without at least 25 homes. Last year we had upward of 40!

The deadline for signing up is Jan. 26. Email vmp735@mac.com to sign up. Communication with sellers is via email only. Residents without email access may leave a voicemail at 561-655-0726 and an “email buddy” will be found for you.

— Victoria Preuss, sale coordinator P.S. This is being communicated several ways, so if you have already sent a sign-up email, and received an acknowledgement, you do not have to email me again!

 2018 Garden Tour planning starts!

The biennial Flamingo Park Garden Tour has kicked off planning, which means there are lots of ways to get involved now! Co-chairs Pam Bohm and Brian Paegel are investigating April dates and looking for a wide range of volunteers to plan and host an event that showcases Flamingo Park’s best to hundreds of guests. The 2014 tour, which revitalized an event dormant since 2008, featured nine gardens of varying themes — from shabby chic to impressive orchid and bromeliad collections to an inland “beach” party garden.

The 2016 tour featured 10 homes and an “outdoor living” theme throughout. For 2018, the chairs are looking for several gardens available for a mid-April Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m. “We’re not looking for perfectly curated and labeled,” Brian said. “People love coming to our neighborhood and we put on a killer event.”

Such a rousing success requires volunteers to fill many roles, before, during and after. To get a running start, Brian and Pam are seeking coordinators for catering and beverages; ad sales; and musical/cultural offerings. Jeremy Pyle has signed on for marketing and ticket duties.

Setup and tear-down volunteers are needed to handle tasks such as delivering signs, tables, coolers, beverages and supplies beforehand, and/or retrieving them afterward. Garden docents the day of the event watch after the garden, answer questions and serve refreshments.

Many neighbors will be asked to lend coolers and tables, provide the cookies our bakers are justly famous for, and help with other tasks. Tours show our neighborhood to great advantage and bring a significant boost to the treasury. That, in turn, is critical to upkeep of neighborhood amenities; provision of activities like social hours, block parties, the annual yard sale and more; and enabling the Flamingo Flyer and FlamingoPark.org to keep residents in the loop.

Volunteering is a great way to give back and can be fun! To ask questions or find out how you can help, contact Brian at briandna@gmail.com.

Advertising in the Flamingo Flyer and flamingopark.org

You can get your business noticed by all of Flamingo Park, and countless others, by purchasing an ad in the neighborhood “pink” newsletter, the Flamingo Flyer. This sheet is published every other month and delivered to all homes in Flamingo Park. The prices for ads have not changed in several years and are well worth the cost. There is always a 10% discount for purchasing all six issues at once.

There is an added bonus included this year, in that your ad will also appear on our website, so you may supply a color copy of your ad. This will reach far outside the neighborhood.

If you wish to have your business listed in the yellow insert to the Flyer, you can have this free if you are a member of the Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association ($50 per year) – just let us know. If you are outside the neighborhood and wish to have your business listed in the directory, you may become an Associate Member of FPNA ($35) and pay an extra $20 for the listing. !

ACT NOW Contact Marianne Oliver, FPNA Board Member at mothermao@gmail.com

 

Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association

Flamingo Park is one of West Palm Beach’s historic neighborhoods. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Flamingo Park features single-family homes built from the 1920s to today. Dozens of houses are characterized as mixture of Spanish Mission, Mediterranean Revival, Frame Vernacular and mid-century Ranch architectural styles. Many Flamingo Park homes feature hardwood floors, fireplaces, walk-in closets, French doors, open balconies, attics, cottages, garden views, Florida rooms, covered patios and large swimming pools.

Est. 1987 | Our Mission
Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association was formed to encourage and promote the safety, welfare and quality of life of residents in Flamingo Park, and to preserve the neighborhood’s beauty and historic significance.

Join Today!

We joined the Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association shortly after we bought our house.

We have meet so many friends, enjoy the monthly socials and being a part of the association!

The Smith Family

Historic House Plaque Information

Wondering about those snazzy historic metal plaques, with the year the home was built, on quite a few of our neighbors’ houses? You, too, can get one — from the West Palm Beach Historic Preservation Board’s historic-designation plaque program.

fpna plaqueJust order, pay and wait! The city’s order form requests the following information:

  • property owner’s name
  • address
  • telephone number
  • historic district
  • structure address for plaque
  • date structure was built (if known)
  • number of plaques requested
  • your signature

For an emailed PDF of the official form, send a request to vmp735@mac.com with “plaque” in the subject line. You can print it, fill it out and mail it to the city. Plaques cost $145 each, payable to the City of West Palm Beach. Return the form and your check to City Hall, 401 Clematis Street, P.O. Box 3366, Planning Department, West Palm Beach, FL 33402.

house plaqueIn order to keep costs down, the city will not order plaques until several requests have accumulated. It takes from six to eight weeks to receive the plaques once they have been ordered. The city will notify you by phone when the plaque arrives. For more information, contact the city’s Historic Preservation Division at (561) 822-1435.

Download a plaque form here.

HOUSE OF THE MONTH

The House of the Month bird comes with a heaping helping of FPNA’s appreciation for either recent improvements or ongoing efforts to maintain “curb appeal.” Winners receive a Hall Hardware gift certificate for $25, along with a monthlong visitation from the traveling avian icon. If you have a neighbor you would like to nominate, email President Jim Lilli at jlilli@me.com.

 

JANUARY 2018
712 Upland Myriam & Mark Ruthenberg

FEBRUARY 2018
734 Upland Robert Foody & Lloyd Jackson

JOIN NEXTDOOR.COM

Nextdoor is the private social network
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Flamingo Park residents can now stay up-to-date about upcoming events, neighborhood news and more by joining our private community on Nextdoor.com. Nextdoor is a new online social network designed specifically for neighbors in a given community to meet and connect with each other. It’s completely safe and totally free.

For those of you who can’t live without your smart phone, there’s also a very user-friendly Nextdoor app for iPhones and Android phones. You’ll be able to read about neighborhood events, message your neighbors and more… all from your phone!

To join our neighborhood community on Nextdoor, click on the link above. (You will be asked to verify your address.) See you online!