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All about local people and places—including, now, Riviera Beach

‘On the Town in The Palm Beaches’ is a 30-minute TV show focused on a particular city’s history, people and happenings in a fast-pasted, fun taping—and, now, it’s coming to Riviera Beach! And it needs your help.

The show is a partnership between the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission and South Florida PBS (WXEL and WPBT2) and was launched in 2017. Since then, it has visited nearly a dozen cities, including Palm Beach Gardens, the Glades area and Wellington. The show also airs on ThePalmBeaches.TV, the tourism-related, on-demand, 24-hour channel that plays in more than 1,000 hotel rooms throughout Palm Beach County (PBC), the PBC Convention Center and in the baggage claim area of Palm Beach International Airport. Watch the Lake Worth episode below.

The Riviera Beach version will include, like the others, interesting places to go, aware local voices, outdoor offerings like beaches and parks, unique businesses and, of course, history. Nearly a dozen people will be interviewed, including:

  • Marian Dozier, cocowire team lead who wrote the city’s quarterly newsletter for nearly a decade, including a 90th anniversary history edition in 2012 (read it here);
  • Shana Phelan, owner of Pura Vida Divers at Phil Foster Park. Riviera Beach is known worldwide for its diving industry;
  • Randy Simler, owner of Two Drunken Goats restaurant on Singer Island; and
  • Mayor-Elect Ronnie Felder, who will be sworn into office on April 3, 2019.

PBS is seeking any information—photographs, audio, video, documents—about the city from residents, business owners, government officials and anyone else that will help tell the city’s story. The deadline to submit is May 10. Walter Stephens, manager of the city’s RBTV station, will receive materials, make copies and return them. Contact him at 561-845-4055 or Watch the video below of Mayor-Elect Felder and his pitch on the show’s behalf.

Mayor-Elect Felder at the Municipal Beach, talking up narrative control for the City.

To learn more about the show, its creation and its expansion plans, click here. And to learn more about the little city by the sea, click here.

And those images in the collage, at the top? History! Some are from the city’s storied waterfront, while the others are, clockwise from top left:

  • Malcolm Cunningham, who became the first African-American elected in the nine-state South since Reconstruction when he was elected to the City Council of Riviera Beach in 1962;
  • Jerry Thomas, a former state legislator, U.S. government official and businessman for whom the Blue Heron Bridge is named;
  • Today’s remains of a wall that kept two neighborhoods segregated;
  • The Cracker Boy Boat Works team. Its founder, Martin Murphy, is a Riviera Beach native; and
  • Paris Singer, son of the sewing machine company founder who, himself, founded something else: Singer Island.