Instead, the giant show, squeezed out of the convention facility, will operate Jan. 12-15, 2017, at the downtown West Palm Beach “tent site,” the outfit said Wednesday morning in a press release. It said the show has a 3-year contract.
Art Miamihad wanted to come to the convention center in February 2016. The convention center had seemed open to that after reporting logistical problems Art Palm Beachhad with its 2013 and 2014 winter shows. Then the convention center decided to stick with Art Palm Beach and said it didn’t want back-to-back art shows. It instead offered Art Miami spots between April and September 2016, outside high season.
As many as 3,000 members of a group titled People Engaged in Active Community Efforts are set to gather from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Palm Beach County Convention Center to call for criminal justice and immigration reform.
The group will call on county commissioners and the State Attorney to identify a non-profit group and give it money to administer a “Community ID Program” that will give undocumented immigrants the opportunity to secure an identification card.
PEACE also will ask the state attorney to reduce penalties for driving without a license for those unable to obtain one because of their legal status.
The group said it’s found “severe funding gaps” between what the county provides for the homeless and what’s needed.
And PEACE will describe how it and eight sister organizations statewide are pushing for state legislation in which juvenile offenders subject to a first-time misdemeanor arrest to instead receive a civil citation.
“It’s not an easy thing,” Thomas Blomberg, dean of Florida State University’s College of Criminology and Justice, told the justice panel’s half-day gathering at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
But, he said, “It can work. And it has worked in a number of jurisdictions.”
Blomberg, the planning meeting’s keynote speaker, was responding to a question by justice commission member, and defense attorney, Nellie King, who said the justice commission has not really weighed in on the issue.
County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, who’s on the justice panel’s executive committee but did not attend Monday’s retreat, has been a vocal proponent of a police review board, especially following an April series by The Palm Beach Post and WPTV NewsChannel 5 that found people shot by deputies have disproportionately been black. The county commission shelved the idea in September, saying such a board would have no authority over the Sheriff’s Office.
Blomberg said Monday that “evidence is mixed” on the effectiveness of such panels, depending on where they operate. But he said they work only when police and the people they serve work together rather than against each other.
“This is a good way to begin discourse, and it’s useful not just for community members themselves but officers as well,” Blomberg said. “The police officers and community, they’re part of a whole. It’s not either-or.”