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West Palm Beach mayor 'squashes' 2020 at GreenMarket

Opening ceremonies features demonstration with commissioners
Mayor Keith James takes a mallet to a piece of squash.  Him and city commissioners want to "Squash 2020."
Posted at 11:04 AM, Oct 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-03 11:33:59-04

The city of West Palm Beach's GreenMarket opened for the season on Saturday with Mayor Keith James "squashing 2020."

City commissioners, including Christy Fox, Joseph Peduzzi, Christina Lambert, and Kelly Shoaf joined the mayor and used rubber mallets to smash squash. The act was meant to symbolize frustrations the year 2020 has brought South Florida.

The city of West Palm Beach is selling "Squash 2020" t-shirts, mimosas, and soft drinks at the event.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, clever signage alerted guests to format changes to this year's GreenMarket.

  • "Lettuce" Shop Safely
  • Keep six "beets" apart
  • "Donut" forget to sanitize

Around 90 vendors sold cheese, produce, flowers, honey and more.

Included in the changes are the suspension of activities for kids, additional café seating, live music, and bottomless mimosas. Single mimosas will be available for purchase for $4 at the entrance. Merchant tents will be placed 10 feet apart. Attendees must wear masks to enter, will need to follow a path, and are encouraged to shop quickly. Hand sanitizing and hand washing stations will be placed throughout.
City of West Palm Beach

The GreenMarket runs weekly on Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and is held on the Great Lawn at the intersection of Flagler Drive and Clematis Street.