WPB accepts federal stimulus cash

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The city of West Palm Beach plans to accept millions of dollars in federal stimulus cash.

Much of that money will help balance this year's budget, but some of the money will be used to make our streets safer. The city has already hired two new security guards. Mayor Lois Frankel says they'll work from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. a higher crime area -- along Broadway.

They work for a company called IPC Security. That's the same group brought in 7 years ago to increase security at CityPlace. There's been a push recently to get these guards into other downtown areas.

The guards are not armed, but they do provide extra eyes and ears for lawmen. The security is based on two simple rules: visibility and accountability.

The mayor says there's more than $100,000 in stimulus money set aside for this program, and that should pay the salaries of the guards for about one year.