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Arrival of Sandi’s Sand in West Palm Beach


Contact: Meredith Westheimer
Phone: (561) 213-8192
Email: [email protected] 

Contact: Diane G. Papadakos, Director of Communications
Phone: (561) 822-1411 (TTY: 800-955-8771)
Email: [email protected]


*** MEDIA ALERT *** 

Come Capture the Arrival of Sandi’s Sand in West Palm Beach

850 tons of sand will be delivered to the West Palm Beach Waterfront over several days; 700 of which will be used to construct Sandi, the star of Holiday in Paradise.  

WHAT:                The City of West Palm Beach will begin receiving 850 tons of sand starting Wednesday morning, Nov. 1, 2023. The excessive sandpiles will arrive by truckload over the course of several days. The days-long delivery will bring 8 – 10 trucks a day and disperse 850 tons of sand on the Great Lawn. Sandi will take the bulk of the sand (700 tons), 100 tons will be used to construct other sand sculptures along the waterfront and 50 tons will be used for a new installation – Paradise Island Presented by Dunkin’ – a sandbox with holiday- and pirate-themed activities in relation to this year’s theme. In total, it takes about one month to ensure Sandi and the surrounding area is ready for the big debut.

As with every year, Sandi, the star of the City of West Palm Beach’s Holiday in Paradise Presented by FPL, is returning with a new seasonal theme and elements. This year’s extravaganza will “Treasure West Palm Beach” and feature a pirate theme. While sailing the ocean sea on a pirate ship, Captain Pauly the Parrot sees the glittery lights of Sandi and Ferris from afar through his spyglass. His band of merry men send him to see what treasure awaits. When they all descend on Sandiland, they discover that the true riches of the holiday lie in celebrating with community, family, and friends.

WHEN:                Daily from Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023 – Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023
                            From 8 – 11 a.m.

Please note on the first day there will be activity very early in the morning with the set-up crew prepping the area for delivery – laying down boards for the trucks to drive on, etc.

Please note, that there will be no deliveries on the weekend or Veterans Day in honor of the holiday.

WHERE:              Great Lawn: 100 N. Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

WHY:                    HIP was recognized in 2021 as the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice for “Best Public Holiday Lights Display.” Since her debut in 2012, Sandi has received numerous international and regional awards and accolades, including “Best New Event” and “Best Event within an Existing Festival” by the International Festivals and Events Association, “Most Innovative Project” by the Florida Festivals and Events Association and a Henry Award from VISIT FLORIDA.  Sandi has been featured in/on The Huffington Post, Thrillist, CNN, Martha Stewart, Travel + Leisure, and The Ellen Show. She also has her own closely followed social media accounts @Sanditreewpb.

For more information about Holiday in Paradise or other City events, please visit or follow the City’s events pages on Instagram and Facebook @eventswpb. For all City news, follow @CityofWPB on Facebook, and @TheCityofWPB on Instagram and Twitter. 

PHOTO / VIDEO OPS: Dump trucks dropping off 850 tons of sand over the course of three to four days; eight – 10 trucks per day – pulling in, backing up, and making the biggest sand pile ever seen!

MEDIA CONTACTS: Meredith Westheimer, reachable at [email protected] or 561- 213-8192, and Stephanie Carrillo, reachable at [email protected] or 786-294-5127.


Sponsors to date include Florida Power & Light, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center, Dunkin’, Land Rover Palm Beach, Discover The Palm Beaches, NewDay USA, 97.9 WRMF, SUNNY 107.9, New Country 103.1, X 102.3, PARTY 96.3, News Talk 850 WFTL, FOX Sports 640 AM, WPBF 25 News, West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, The Inscription West Palm Beach, The Ben, Autograph Collection, Visit Palm Beach, Best Western Palm Beach Lakes, Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham West Palm Beach, WPB Magazine, Hilton Palm Beach Airport, Hilton Garden Inn, West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, The Palm Beach Post and Cox Science Center and Aquarium.

Collaborators to date include Historic Northwest Neighborhood, Northwood Village and Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.

About the City of West Palm Beach:  
The City of West Palm Beach is a vibrant and dynamic City located on the Atlantic coast of Florida. With a rich history, a thriving arts and cultural scene, and a commitment to sustainability, the City of West Palm Beach is a great place to live, work, and play. As one of the three largest cities making up the South Florida region, and the central City of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach is a vibrant, growing, waterfront City that offers the business advantages available in the region, combined with a more refined and relaxed environment for living and working. To learn more about the City of West Palm Beach, visit us on our official website, or follow us on our social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and/or Linked-in.



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