New WPB waterfront unveiled

By Allison Bybee - bio | email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 people celebrated the grand opening of the new West Palm Beach Waterfront Saturday night. The City of West Palm Beach officially opened the new waterfront.

It was a $30 million dollar project that took about six years to complete. There were many people unhappy with the amount of money spent, but, in the end, most people seemed extremely pleased with what they saw.

Some of the new highlights: no more library (instead it has moved further up the street), large green space, a "green" building and a beach.

People came from all across Florida to enjoy the new surroundings, and everyone seemed pleased with what they saw.

"I think it's a nice stopping ground," said visitor Michelle Franco. "Instead of people going all the way to Fort Lauderdale, this will be place to come here. They can dock their boat, go enjoy dinner."

West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel says, "This is our gift to the public. It's their waterfront now. It's going to be here for generations, and today [Saturday] we are celebrating."

The city hopes the new "green" certified building will draw in wedding receptions and parties. They say the possibilities are endless for the new space.