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Best of Our Blogs: FPL rate case delay opposed; Best resorts in Fla

FPL and three parties who have signed on to a rate case settlement have objected to AARP’s request that the hearing on the issue be postponed for two weeks.

The Florida Public Service Commission has scheduled an Oct. 27 hearing to consider a settlement signed by FPL, the Florida Retail Federation, the South Florida Hospital and Heathcare Association and the Office of Public Counsel.

Under the settlement announced Oct. 6, FPL would raise customers’ base rates by $811 million through 2020. In January, it had originally sought a $1.3 billion rate increase.

AARP, which opposes the settlement, wants more time to prepare and says its attorney John Coffman, has a schedule conflict.

In a filing Tuesday, FPL and the other three parties said a two-week delay would jeopardize its timetable, and there is no reason the hearing cannot be held on Oct. 27.

— Susan Salisbury, Protecting Your Pocket

Palm Beach County resort named best on Florida’s east coast

For the second year in a row, The Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan was ranked the best on Florida’s east coast by Conde Nast Traveler readers.

The popular travel magazine this week released the results of its annual Reader’s Choice awards, which ranks the top 20 resorts and hotels on Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

The Eau was one of nine Palm Beach County properties to make the lists this year. There is one for resorts and a second for hotels.

“We’re thrilled that so many of our properties in The Palm Beaches were recognized within their respective categories in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2016,” said Rich Basen, senior vice president of marketing and leisure sales for Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official tourism marketing organization. “This area has some of the world’s best resorts and hotels, because we offer unique, best-in-class experiences for travelers seeking the ultimate in luxury.”

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are considered to be among the most prestigious in the tourism industry. More than 300,000 readers – nearly twice as many as last year – cast votes for this year’s list.

Also making the resort list were, according to ranking:

4. Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa – Palm Beach

8. Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa – Jupiter

13. Boca Beach Club (Waldorf Astoria) – Boca Raton

14. The Breakers Palm Beach – Palm Beach

18. Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach – Palm Beach

19. Boca Raton Resort & Club (Waldorf Astoria) – Boca Raton

On the hotel side, the ranking was:

9. The Chesterfield Palm Beach – Palm Beach

13. The Brazilian Court Hotel – Palm Beach

— Jennifer Sorentrue, Malled!

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