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Young people may be allowed to live in over-55 community

Question: We live in an over-55 condominium community. There is a woman in her 30s who inherited her condo unit from her father. The problem is that this woman is constantly causing disturbances with late-night parties and friends going in and out of her unit all hours of the day and night. The other owners in the building have filed numerous noise complaints with the condo board. One board member...
Brightline’s Orlando extension wins federal approval

Brightline’s Orlando extension wins federal approval

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline has won approval from federal transportation officials to extend its passenger rail service north to Orlando, clearing the way for the private rail venture to begin construction on its second phase connecting West Palm Beach and central Florida. Brightline said it plans to begin construction on the northern extension early next year. On Monday, the company will...
11 rookie mistakes to avoid during the first year of your new job

11 rookie mistakes to avoid during the first year of your new job

Whether you're in your first job straight out of college or are a seasoned professional starting with a different company, your first year can set the tone for success or failure.    Early mistakes can be difficult to overcome and can torpedo your career in the longer term. Each office has its own way of doing things, and it's part of your job to learn the culture of the organization you're...
SolarTech Universal to expand workforce in Riviera Beach

SolarTech Universal to expand workforce in Riviera Beach

SolarTech Universal, Florida’s only solar photovoltaic panel manufacturer, is growing and plans to hire up to 100 additional employees in 2018, including those needed to staff a new facility in Puerto Rico. The company founded in 2012 began production in 2015 at an 85,000-square-foot facility in Riviera Beach. Plant manager Paul Roraff said the 45-employee company is now looking to hire 30 more...

POINT OF VIEW: Walmart stocked a journalist-lynching T-shirt

Walmart wants to sell you everything you’d ever want to buy. Until Nov. 30, that included a T-shirt that read “Rope. Tree. Journalist. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED.” The company pulled the offending item, which first surfaced at a Trump rally, almost immediately after an advocacy group complained. Teespring, the third-party seller that posted the shirt on Walmart’s marketplace, did...
Need a last-minute gift? Check our local holiday gift guide

Need a last-minute gift? Check our local holiday gift guide

As you fill out your last-minute holiday shopping list, consider handcrafted and unique gift options available at small, locally owned businesses here in Palm Beach County. Locally produced holiday gifts have grown in popularity since 2010, when American Express began encouraging shoppers to visit small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, a growing number of shoppers plan to...
RIP AIM: AOL retires its pioneering Instant Messenger app

RIP AIM: AOL retires its pioneering Instant Messenger app

It’s the end of an era. As of Friday, web company AOL’s groundbreaking Instant Messenger program is no more. Oath, the entity formed by AOL combined with Yahoo, announced in October that it would retire AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) on Dec. 15. As of Friday, users were no longer be able to sign into AIM. Officials with Oath said in October that data associated with the app will be deleted ...
Popular indoor playground to close at Downtown at The Gardens

Popular indoor playground to close at Downtown at The Gardens

Cool Beans Indoor Playground & Cafe, a popular gathering spot at Downtown at The Gardens, will close its doors this month. The company announced on its Facebook page that its last day of business is Dec. 27. It is offering 25 percent off holiday retail purchases. “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closing of Cool Beans Indoor Playground & Cafe,” the post said. “We thank...
State group to weigh $1.2 billion bond request for Brightline project

State group to weigh $1.2 billion bond request for Brightline project

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will ask a state financing group on Monday for permission to issue $1.15 billion in tax-exempt bonds to help pay for the construction of the second phase of its passenger-rail project connecting West Palm Beach to Orlando. The Florida Development Finance Corp. has called an emergency meeting in Jacksonville to discuss Brightline’s request...
Record 107.3 million to travel this holiday season

Record 107.3 million to travel this holiday season

A record-breaking 107.3 million Americans are expected to hit the road for Christmas and New Year’s Day, marking the highest level ever recorded by AAA and the ninth consecutive year of holiday travel growth, according to the auto club’s annual forecast released Thursday. Holiday travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 1 is expected to grow by 3.1 percent this year, an increase AAA said is driven...
Three Okeechobee dairy workers arrested in animal abuse investigation

Three Okeechobee dairy workers arrested in animal abuse investigation

Three McArthur Dairy workers have been arrested after an animal rights group turned over videos recorded at the dairy, Okeechobee Sheriff Noel Stephen said Thursday. McArthur Dairy, one of Florida’s oldest and largest milk producers, is the third Okeechobee County dairy since November to be accused of abusing cows and calves. Earlier Thursday, Miami Beach-based Animal Recovery Mission released...
Hurricane Irma, political storms roil finish of health sign-up season

Hurricane Irma, political storms roil finish of health sign-up season

Between political tug-of-war over the Affordable Care Act and the aftermath of a hurricane, Florida consumers might be forgiven for thinking that signing up for 2018 health plans is starting to feel like running an obstacle course blindfolded. An enrollment window for healthcare.gov plans that was cut in half by the Trump administration officially ends Friday. But the winds of Hurricane Irma effectively...
This store is closing in CityPlace

This store is closing in CityPlace

Charming Charlie, a fashion jewelry, handbags, and gift retailer, is closing its doors in CityPlace. The Houston-based company said it plans to close the store in the coming weeks and is offering 40 to 60 percent off items, according to an email sent to customers in the area on Wednesday. The retailer, which has more than 375 stores in the U.S. and Canada, said this month that it planned close a number...
A private jet or full floor? Condo developers seek luxury buyers

A private jet or full floor? Condo developers seek luxury buyers

Just in time for the holidays, how about a jet with that condo? Or perhaps some extra room to move around, like the entire floor of a building? “Put it on the Christmas list,” said Group P6’s Ignacio Diaz. Two real estate developers are pulling out all the stops to lure high-end buyers to their Palm Beach County condominiums now under construction. On South Palm Beach, ...
Kim Kardashian West's KKW Beauty open casting call for women sparks criticism

Kim Kardashian West's KKW Beauty open casting call for women sparks criticism

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West's KKW Beauty line sparked criticism this week with a tweet about an open casting call for women in Los Angeles, Teen Vogue reports. >> Read more trending news "Calling all faces!" the ad reads. "We are excited to announce an open model casting call in the LA area for several upcoming KKW beauty campaigns." The ad continues...
Irma claims top $6B, Citizens braces for 50,000-plus new customers

Irma claims top $6B, Citizens braces for 50,000-plus new customers

After Hurricane Irma stung property insurers for $6.3 billion in claims and counting, Florida’s state-run and second-largest carrier expects to add more than 50,000 customers in 2018. “We’re expecting to go from 442,000 back to 500,000,” Barry Gilway, president of Citizens Property Insurance Corp., told the company’s board meeting Wednesday. Full coverage of Hurricane...
Kate Hudson’s Fabletics opens Boca Raton store

Kate Hudson’s Fabletics opens Boca Raton store

Fabletics, the activewear brand co-founded by actress Kate Hudson, has opened a store at the Town Center mall in Boca Raton. The 2,455-square-foot store is located on the main level near Bloomingdale’s. It is one of 23 Fabletics retail locations in the U.S., the company said. RELATED: Town Center at Boca Raton to get multimillion-dollar renovation Although the store is already open, an official...
Airline to offer new nonstop flights between Palm Beach and Pittsburgh

Airline to offer new nonstop flights between Palm Beach and Pittsburgh

OneJet will launch new nonstop service between Palm Beach International Airport and Pittsburgh this spring, the airline announced Wednesday. The weekday flights from Pittsburgh International Airport begin on March 7. Tickets go on sale on Jan. 17. RELATED: Brightline starts simulated service The company said the routes are designed for business travelers, including those employed by corporations in...
Grand Celebration set to return to Port of Palm Beach

Grand Celebration set to return to Port of Palm Beach

The only passenger cruise ship based at the Port of Palm Beach is slated to begin sailing again to Grand Bahama Island on Saturday, Dec. 23, after a three-month hurricane relief mission in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Majority owned by the family of former Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Kevin Sheehan since last year, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line operates the 1,900-passenger Grand Celebration...
Insurer Citizens expects to get bigger after Irma

Insurer Citizens expects to get bigger after Irma

After Hurricane Irma stung property insurers for $6.3 billion in claims and counting, Florida’s state-run and second-largest carrier expects to add customers in 2018. The board of state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. met Wednesday in Maitland. “We’re expecting to go from 442,000 back to 500,000,” Barry Gilway, president of Citizens Property Insurance Corp...
Retailers guarantee delivery by Christmas on Free Shipping Day

Retailers guarantee delivery by Christmas on Free Shipping Day

Time is running out for holiday shoppers who plan to order items online — especially those who want to avoid higher shipping fees. Although many retailers will be able to ship items right up until Christmas Eve — the rush delivery comes with a cost. If you want to avoid those added fees, Friday may be your last chance. Known as “Free Shipping Day,” Friday marks one of last...
5 fast facts that will help make filling out FAFSA a breeze

5 fast facts that will help make filling out FAFSA a breeze

It's that time of year again when parents and college or college-bound students fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The idea of wading through a form – especially one that requires financial information – is definitely not an appealing idea, but the FAFSA could be a tremendous help in getting your student money to attend college. You may think that you don't...
Developer of affordable housing enjoys “heart-warming reward”

Developer of affordable housing enjoys “heart-warming reward”

As head of Neighborhood Renaissance, Terri Murray strives to build homes that are affordable to Palm Beach County workers. The nonprofit developer is building 36 apartments in an unincorporated area near Forest Hill Boulevard and Interstate 95. They’ll rent for $1,200 a month, a low price tag for new units. And Neighborhood Renaissance recently completed a house in downtown Lake Worth that a...
SOCIAL SECURITY: Is it Medicare or Medicaid?

SOCIAL SECURITY: Is it Medicare or Medicaid?

A lot of people have a difficult time understanding the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. Both programs begin with the letter “M.” They’re both health insurance programs run by the government. People often ask questions about what Medicare and Medicaid are, what services they cover, and who administers the programs. Let’s start with Medicare. Medicare is the national...
Premium gasoline? You’re wasting money unless you vehicle requires it, AAA says.

Premium gasoline? You’re wasting money unless you vehicle requires it, AAA says.

Do you buy premium gasoline when you don’t need to? Some motorists think it might help their vehicle’s performance, even if it isn’t required. AAA released new research Tuesday that shows paying-up for premium –91/93 octane vs. 87 octane for regular — may not be worth the extra money, unless your vehicle absolutely requires it. “Sometimes...
Florida citrus crop estimate shrinks again post-Irma

Florida citrus crop estimate shrinks again post-Irma

Florida citrus groves were severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. Provided. Hurricane Irma continues to haunt Florida farmers as the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tuesday once again decreased its monthly estimate of the state’s 2017-2018 citrus crop. The USDA now says Florida will produce 46 million boxes of oranges, down 4 million boxes from November and 8 million boxes ...
Fun and free events for kids in Palm Beach County this weekend

Fun and free events for kids in Palm Beach County this weekend

There are so many amazing and COMPLETELY FREE things to do with your kids in Palm Beach County this weekend. Here are our picks for the best events. We’ve also included a few for next weekend so you can get a head start on planning. Where: Jupiter When: Dec. 15; 7 p.m. What: Watch The Nutcracker Ballet at the Jupiter Community Center. The ballet is a Jupiter Community...
Tax cuts: Medical deductions at risk this week for 600,000 in Florida

Tax cuts: Medical deductions at risk this week for 600,000 in Florida

More than 600,000 Floridians who deduct medical expenses on their taxes risk taking a nasty shot in the wallet, senior advocates say  — depending on what happens in a House-Senate conference committee that meets Wednesday to nail down a final bill on tax cuts. Stephen Burns It is one piece in a giant jigsaw puzzle advertised as more than $1 trillion in tax relief...
PSC: FPL can charge customers for Turkey Point cooling canal fix

PSC: FPL can charge customers for Turkey Point cooling canal fix

Despite opposition from hundreds of Florida Power & Light customers and advocacy groups, Tuesday the Florida Public Service Commission approved FPL’s request to charge customers more than $200 million to clean up contamination from its nuclear plant’s cooling canals. The 5-0 vote means that FPL can begin to recover costs from customers for the 10-year fix of the groundwater pollution stemming...
Playmobil to close Palm Beach Gardens FunPark

Playmobil to close Palm Beach Gardens FunPark

Playmobil FunPark, the popular indoor play area and children’s birthday spot in Palm Beach Gardens, will close its doors at the end of month, the company has announced. The 13,000-square-foot park on Military Trail is Playmobil’s only U.S. location. The company also operates parks in Germany, Greece, France and Malta. RELATED: New children’s art studio opens...
Better to give? 7 things to know about donating to charity as a holiday gift

Better to give? 7 things to know about donating to charity as a holiday gift

If "Family Feud" featured "the top reasons you donate to charity instead of a Christmas present," these answers might pop up on the board: Ran out of time. Angry at recipient. Too much materialism. Really love the charity. But would a family member or other loved one really appreciate these (mostly) noble efforts? Possibly if you’ve selected the right gift recipient among...
EXCLUSIVE DETAILS: CityPlace to add offices, apartments, stores

EXCLUSIVE DETAILS: CityPlace to add offices, apartments, stores

CityPlace’s developer on Tuesday sketched a new vision for the West Palm Beach mixed-use center, which will grow with the addition of new apartments, offices and stores. In addition, a major upgrade to the longtime movie theater is planned. Speaking before more than 500 people at a Palm Beach Chamber breakfast at The Breakers Resort, Ken Himmel outlined his company’s vision for the next...
FPL team to assist with power restoration in Puerto Rico

FPL team to assist with power restoration in Puerto Rico

A 10-person team of restoration experts from Florida Power & Light Co. traveled to Puerto Rico this past weekend to support ongoing restoration efforts across the Commonwealth in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, company officials said Monday. On Sept. 20 Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, knocking out power to nearly all of the island’s 3.5 million residents. Instead of...
Apple sets opening date for store in Gardens Mall

Apple sets opening date for store in Gardens Mall

The Apple Store at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens will reopen on Dec. 16, the company announced on Monday. The store was closed eight months ago as part of an expansion plan that will make it Apple’s largest location in Palm Beach County. MORE: National clothing chain closing, another opening in The Gardens Mall “You’ll love what we’ve done with the place,” the...
Sugar headed to International Space Station for science experiment

Sugar headed to International Space Station for science experiment

Six pounds of sugar are scheduled to be launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday on a cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. But the sweet stuff won’t be used to make Christmas cookies. Three pounds each of Domino and C& H granulated sugar will be used by the astronauts aboard the space station to grow crystals in zero-gravity, while students on...
Palm Beach Co. gasoline average dips 2 cents from a week ago

Palm Beach Co. gasoline average dips 2 cents from a week ago

Gasoline prices have fallen for the last five weeks, and this past week Palm Beach County’s average dipped another 2 cents per gallon. The downward trend is expected to continue this week. Monday, Palm Beach County’s average for a gallon of regular stood at $2.53. Florida’s average was $2.40, down 3 cents from a week ago, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. “Seasonal...
As online shopping grows, package thefts are a risk

As online shopping grows, package thefts are a risk

The popularity of online shopping has given rise to a new holiday Scrooge — people who steal packages off your doorstep. Although local police say they haven’t seen a spike in the number of packages being snatched this season, experts warn the rise of online shopping has made holiday deliveries an easy target for thieves. Shoppers are expected to spend a record-breaking $107.4 billion...

POINT OF VIEW: Our hypocrisy on sexual misconduct is staggering

Nearly every day, I open The Palm Beach Post and read about another sexual harassment allegation. From Bill Cosby to Roger Ailes to Bill O’Reilly to Harvey Weinstein to Charlie Rose, the list goes on and on. The less powerful make headlines also. But if Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore wins, I will say enough. Stop the hypocrisy. We really don’t care that men are philanderers. That men...
Goodman: Call the GOP’s tax bill what you like, it sure isn’t democratic

Goodman: Call the GOP’s tax bill what you like, it sure isn’t democratic

An incredibly unpopular bill, passed by an incredibly unpopular Congress, to be signed by an incredibly unpopular president. That, to paraphrase a Washington Post headline, is the tax bill that the House and Senate are cooking up on Capitol Hill. Adjustments are still being made to satisfy one interest group or another, but the gist of the thing is set: Corporations and wealthy Americans will benefit...

Members of master association may not be owners in the community

Question: We live in a condominium with over 550 units. We have a sister condominium in the same community which has 125 units. Both associations belong to a master association. The master association governs combined recreational facilities. I am told that membership in the master association is limited to the three master board members, and that the condo owners are not members of the master. Yet...

POINT OF VIEW: Western Wellington affected by Flying Cow Road

Those of us who checked with Wellington and Palm Beach County officials were told that Flying Cow Road is a residential access road. And in accordance with an agreement with the equestrian community, the road would remain as such and would not connect with any other thoroughfare creating a “pass-through” right of way. This appears to have been untrue. Those of us who live near Flying Cow...
Parents suing after daughter burned to death in Jeep during crash

Parents suing after daughter burned to death in Jeep during crash

Mary “Erica” Scannavino rescued dogs, knit blankets for soldiers and created costumes during her 32 years of life. The Kennesaw, Georgia, woman managed to do all that before she died, trapped in her 1996 Jeep Cherokee engulfed in flames, stopped at a Cobb County intersection in July. Her family is suing Chrysler, along with the manufacturer of an after-market hitch on the Jeep and the...
Amazon Prime: What holiday shoppers need to know

Amazon Prime: What holiday shoppers need to know

While Amazon is not doing drone deliveries as part of the package just yet, Amazon Prime is an alluring online service for shoppers. It's tough to compare it to other companies, because who else offers a single package that includes free shipping, videos, music, Kindle reading and photo storage?Still, the multitude of features and perks doesn't mean the yearly outlay will pay off for...
Here's what your astrological sign says about your career path

Here's what your astrological sign says about your career path

Whether you're thriving in your career or constantly struggling to come to terms with your workplace situation, maybe you were born this way. Just like Meyer's Brigg personality tests or any number of other workplace prognosticators, your zodiac sign may influence your career values and motivations. Horoscope astrology is based on the idea that our identities and the events that shape our lives...
Feeling crafty this holiday season? 5 artsy ideas that can bring in cash

Feeling crafty this holiday season? 5 artsy ideas that can bring in cash

The most wonderful time of the year could be a wonderful time for your wallet as well.  If you're a pro at arts and crafts, the Christmas season opens up opportunities to showcase your talents and develop a lucrative holiday business. "Christmas is one of the busiest times for me as a graphic designer," said Tonya Wright, an award-winning, Georgia-based creative consultant and owner...
Gardens vitamin maker Garden of Life center of $2.3 billion Nestle buy

Gardens vitamin maker Garden of Life center of $2.3 billion Nestle buy

After an improbable journey that began in the founder’s Palm Beach Gardens garage, nutritional supplements company Garden of Life has grown to hundreds of millions in annual sales. The latest step came this week, when Swiss giant Nestle SA said it would pay $2.3 billion for the parent of Garden of Life. While Garden of Life has been part of Canadian food company Atrium Innovations since 2009...
Staying put: Rather than sell, homeowners stay and renovate

Staying put: Rather than sell, homeowners stay and renovate

After living in her townhouse for 12 years, Agi Thompson felt an urge to move. She found a real estate agent and toured a number of homes in northern Palm Beach County. But the search left her frustrated. Homes were more expensive and less plentiful than she expected. Related: The shrinking yard: New homes grow bigger, lots get smaller “There isn’t that much around, and I’d still...
Watch out for hurricane-damaged boats likely to be up for sale

Watch out for hurricane-damaged boats likely to be up for sale

Watch out for boats that were damaged in this year’s storms that might be up for sale. Provided. More than 63,000 boats were damaged as a result of the 2017 hurricanes. Some will be repaired and put up for sale. Consumers in the market for a boat need to know what to look out for or they could end up with a storm-damaged lemon. The nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group for...
Get rid of unwanted apps to protect yourself, FTC advises

Get rid of unwanted apps to protect yourself, FTC advises

The FTC says smart phone users should delete any apps they are not using. Provided. Not using an app? Get rid of it, the Federal Trade Commission advises. Using your social media account to log into an app or website can be easier than creating a new user name and...
Ultima Gym exits downtown, heads for Flagler Dr. office building

Ultima Gym exits downtown, heads for Flagler Dr. office building

Ultima Downtown Gym, a West Palm Beach fixture, is leaving Clematis Street to take space in a Flagler Drive office building. The move is a major change by a key downtown retailer seeking to provide its customers with an environment more urbane than urban. Ultima will move to the fourth floor of the Jupiter Medical Center Mount Sinai New York Sinai Plaza at 625 N. Flagler Drive. Ultima, which is leasing...
Citizens insurance customer? There’s a change in your rate change

Citizens insurance customer? There’s a change in your rate change

State regulators approved a 6.6 percent statewide average increase for homeowners covered by state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. next year, and tens of thousands of Palm Beach County residents can expect about a 9 percent jump in premiums. Chris Gardner (left), chairman of the Citizens board, and president Barry Gilway meet with the Post Editorial Board to discuss ...
Melania Trump, Karen Pence stop at Whataburger, treat press to french fries

Melania Trump, Karen Pence stop at Whataburger, treat press to french fries

First lady Melania Trump, along with second lady Karen Pence, traveled to Texas on Wednesday to visit with first responders and check on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. And if there’s anything politicians (or in this case, politicians’ spouses) love to do when they’re on a visit, it’s make a stop at a purveyor of local cuisine. Trump and Pence flew through Corpus Christi...
Live music venue Tin Roof coming to Delray Beach

Live music venue Tin Roof coming to Delray Beach

Tin Roof, a Nashville-based bar and restaurant chain centered around live music, has leased the space formerly occupied by Smoke BBQ restaurant on Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach. The move brings a major music venue to the Avenue and reinforces the growing national retail focus on this once-sleepy city. Tin Roof is leasing the 3,500-square-foot restaurant space at 8. E. Atlantic Ave., plus...
Does birth order affect you in the workplace?

Does birth order affect you in the workplace?

Want a better relationship with your boss, or at least a better understanding? Quit trying to figure out her favorite latte and start evaluating her birth order. There really is some science behind birth order's affect on all manner of relationships, according to Real Simple, and workplace success and interaction is one of the areas susceptible to birth order's influence. In a lot of cases, notes...
Florida House Speaker backs tougher texting-while-driving law

Florida House Speaker backs tougher texting-while-driving law

Texting while driving would become a “primary” traffic offense under legislation backed by House Speaker Richard Corcoran. The legislation, expected to be unveiled Wednesday, would allow law-enforcement officers to pull over motorists if they see them texting or emailing. Currently, texting while driving is a secondary offense, meaning officers can only charge motorists with texting violations...
7 temp holiday jobs to flip into full-time fun

7 temp holiday jobs to flip into full-time fun

Some holiday gigs require treating naughty shoppers nice. Others demand that you bring joy to the world in the midst of melancholy weather. If you're up for the challenge of fast-paced, unpredictable seasonal work with a good attitude and work ethic, you might set yourself up for a potentially permanent position. Package handlers: Across the nation this time of year, UPS hires a barrage of part-time ...
NEW: Driver texting penalties strengthen under speaker-supported bill

NEW: Driver texting penalties strengthen under speaker-supported bill

After years of inaction by lawmakers, Florida’s House Speaker said Wednesday he backs new legislation to toughen penalties for texting while driving. Allie Augello’s death left her father Steve convinced Florida needs tougher rules against drivers using cell phones. (Courtesy of Augello family) The developments come after The Palm Beach Post requested...
Guard against porch pirates stealing packages from doorsteps

Guard against porch pirates stealing packages from doorsteps

The joys of online shopping can turn into disappointment if your packages are stolen off your doorstep. Known as “porch pirates,” these thieves search neighborhoods for packages and even follow delivery trucks hoping to score a big haul. It’s a growing problem as Americans are doing about half their shopping online this year. An estimated 25.9 million Americans have...
Restaurant chain pays top dollar for Boca site

Restaurant chain pays top dollar for Boca site

The former Macaroni Grill in Boca Raton has a new owner. Hillstone Restaurant Group of Beverly Hills paid $9.35 million for the 6,560-square-foot space at 2004 NW Executive Center Court, according to property records. The seller was Cocozella of Deerfield Beach. It paid $3.4 million for the property in 2010. Hillstone owns the 7,568-square-foot Houston’s site just next door to the...
How nationwide Christmas tree shortage is affecting Palm Beach County

How nationwide Christmas tree shortage is affecting Palm Beach County

A nationwide Christmas tree shortage could make it harder for South Floridians to find the perfect fir this year, especially as the holiday approaches, local vendors warn. For now, at least, tree lot owners across Palm Beach County say they have plenty of trees, but they expect their supply to start to dwindle in the days before Christmas. “This is our 7th year in the business, and this is by...
Tara McCoy: Youngest CEO aims to innovate at oldest WPB hospital

Tara McCoy: Youngest CEO aims to innovate at oldest WPB hospital

West Palm Beach’s oldest hospital, 333-bed Good Samaritan, is 97 years old. Its chief executive, named in October, is 38. That makes Tara McCoy the youngest CEO for Tenet hospitals in Palm Beach County, not to mention Good Sam’s first female chief, company officials say. The New Jersey native says she is proud of those distinctions, but her driving focus is helping shape the hospital&rsquo...
Social Security’s gift to children is security

Social Security’s gift to children is security

During the holiday season, most of us, regardless of religion or beliefs, focus on the children we love. Caring for children is one of the best ways to safeguard the future. And we at Social Security know a thing or two about helping children. The application for a Social Security number and card is sometimes overlooked in the paperwork that parents fill out in preparation for a child’s birth...
Commentary: GOP tax plan is a corporate handout

Commentary: GOP tax plan is a corporate handout

Republicans are on the brink of passing a massive tax overhaul, and it’s looking like the biggest con of the Trump era so far. And that’s saying a lot. The legislation being jammed through by the House and Senate Republicans is a tax giveaway to corporations and the richest 1 percent, paid for by working and middle-income families. Across the board, working people will be hurt by this...
Commentary: Tax Reform will grow the economy, raise wages

Commentary: Tax Reform will grow the economy, raise wages

Tax reform is long overdue. The current tax code is suffocating job creation and holding down wages at home. At the same time, it’s giving American businesses far too many reasons to move overseas. Washington has not significantly changed the federal tax system in more than 30 years. Meanwhile, our major foreign competitors — friendly and otherwise — have made their tax schemes far...
Editorial: Stop lawmakers’ raids on affordable-housing funds

Editorial: Stop lawmakers’ raids on affordable-housing funds

Years ago, a far more enlightened leadership in Tallahassee created the William E. Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Funds, which uses doc stamp surcharges on real estate transactions to leverage federal and private funds to help develop more affordable housing in Florida. Today, housing costs are at a crisis point. Yet Gov. Rick Scott and many state lawmakers seem determined to contribute to the...
Brightline to start simulated service this week

Brightline to start simulated service this week

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will begin simulated service this week, running 10 round-trip trains a day along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks as it prepares for the launch of its passenger service later this month. The trains will not be carrying passengers. The company said the simulated service includes 10 northbound and 10 southbound trains operating daily between 15th Street in...
Brightline to start simulated service this week

Brightline to start simulated service this week

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will begin simulated service this week, running 10 round-trip trains a day along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks as it prepares for the launch of its passenger service later this year. The trains will not be carrying passengers. The company said the simulated service includes 10 northbound and 10 southbound trains running daily along the FEC line between...
Florida drivers still pay twice for health insurance in Senate plan

Florida drivers still pay twice for health insurance in Senate plan

Florida drivers  could save up to $81 per car by ending the state’s no-fault car insurance system, research shows, but a state Senate version discussed Tuesday neutralizes most of the savings as a 2018 showdown shapes up. SB 150 would “protect hospitals frankly,” Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, told his chamber’s banking and insurance committee. State Sen...
Find out which restaurants had perfect inspections last week

Find out which restaurants had perfect inspections last week

The Palm Beach Post’s restaurant inspection data are obtained from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation. To look up your favorite restaurant’s inspection report, go to The Palm Beach Post’s restaurant inspection app. For the week ending Dec. 1, state inspectors reported perfect inspections at: Jon Smith Subs had zero violations in an inspection Nov. 27 at...
5 unique side gigs you’ll probably enjoy more than your day job

5 unique side gigs you’ll probably enjoy more than your day job

Whether you're looking to make some extra money or want to pursue another career, side gigs can help you reach your goals. They can help you broaden your skills and experience while giving your budget a nice infusion of cash. Ideally, a side gig won't feel like drudgery but will instead be something you'll look forward to doing. If you're in an unfamiliar city, you probably don't know your way...
Palm Beach County wages tops in state

Palm Beach County wages tops in state

Palm Beach County workers returned to their usual spot as the highest-paid in Florida during the second quarter, according to statistics released Tuesday by the U.S. Labor Department. The county’s average weekly wage was $1,002 for April, May and June, up 3.7 percent from the same period in 2016. Miami-Dade County ranked second at $978 a week. However, Palm Beach County wages remain below the...
As “middle-skill” jobs go unfilled, Business Development Board launches jobs study

As “middle-skill” jobs go unfilled, Business Development Board launches jobs study

Economic developer Kelly Smallridge long has preached the importance of college degrees in building a skilled labor force. But lately she has noticed employers are looking for something different, namely workers with two-year certificates in specialties such as diesel mechanics and database administration. In hopes of quantifying how many “middle-skill” jobs are being created in the region...

NYU Langone opens West Palm Beach offices

NYU Langone Health has opened its West Palm Beach medical office, the latest out-of-area health care provider to cater to Palm Beach County patients. NYU Langone started seeing patients on Monday at its new location at 101 North Clematis St. The 6,500-square-foot office features 14 exam rooms and has been in the works since the summer. The medical office is next to Pistache restaurant and part of...
Kroger recalls bottled water for babies after mold complaints

Kroger recalls bottled water for babies after mold complaints

The Kroger Co. is recalling bottled water for infants after customers complained they found mold in the product. According to a news release on the Food and Drug Administration website, the recall is for 1-gallon bottles of Comforts FOR BABY Purified Water With Fluoride Added with sell-by dates from April 26, 2018, to Oct. 10, 2018. The bottles are labeled with UPC code 0 41260 37597 2, plant code...
Aetna-CVS: Is health’s biggest deal good for consumers?

Aetna-CVS: Is health’s biggest deal good for consumers?

Analysts are calling it the biggest health insurance deal of all time, but the debate is only beginning about the consumer impact of a  $69 billion merger announced by insurer Aetna and pharmacy giant CVS. No one disputes it’s a big deal between national heavyweights with large Florida footprints. The pharmacy chain, which has 10,000 locations including 12 in West...
Lawyer celebrates firm’s 90th anniversary by giving back to community

Lawyer celebrates firm’s 90th anniversary by giving back to community

With the start of the holiday season, Gary Lesser is feeling thankful for a lot of things. His West Palm Beach-based law firm, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, is celebrating its 90th anniversary, an impressive milestone at a time when very little stays the same. Lesser also recently served as chairman of a major fundraising breakfast for The Lord’s Place, an organization that combats homelessness...

Gas prices dip slightly; expected to increase soon

Gasoline prices have been dropping for the last three weeks, but that downward trend is expected to end soon as higher oil prices begin to kick in. Palm Beach County’s average for a gallon of regular stood at $2.55 Monday, down from $2.57 a week ago, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. Florida’s average was $2.43 Monday, down 3 cents from a week ago. “Gas prices have been...
Golden Corral cited for 20 violations, including live roaches

Golden Corral cited for 20 violations, including live roaches

Golden Corral, a popular Royal Palm Beach buffet-style all-you-can-eat restaurant, was temporarily closed Friday after a state inspector cited it for 20 violations, including small flying insects and live roaches. The restaurant at 10100 Fox Trail Road South, was closed for five hours while the violations were corrected, general manager Brad Morin said Monday. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ROACHES IN...
Fun and free events for kids in Palm Beach County this weekend

Fun and free events for kids in Palm Beach County this weekend

There are so many amazing and COMPLETELY FREE things to do with your kids in Palm Beach County this weekend. Here are our picks for the best events. We’ve also included a few for next weekend so you can get a head start on planning. Where: Wellington When: Dec. 8; 6 p.m. What: Wellington’s Christmas tree lighting kicks off the village’s Winterfest, a massive holiday celebration...
5 Christmas gifts for the little one who already has too much stuff

5 Christmas gifts for the little one who already has too much stuff

If the preschooler on your gift list already has the big ticket items that most kids twice their age only dream of − iPhones, luxury two-seater ride-on cars or even a big screen TV −  take heart. There are wonderful alternatives for the toddler who already has too much stuff. They emphasize creativity and bonding rather than money spent, and each is designed to keep the...
What happened when North Carolina cut taxes like the GOP plans to for the country

What happened when North Carolina cut taxes like the GOP plans to for the country

BURLINGTON, NC — For a peek into a world after a massive tax cut, visit North Carolina and ride along with factory owner Eric Henry. Conservative groups have hailed North Carolina as a model of a tax overhaul since it began slashing state corporate and individual tax rates four years ago. And one of the effort's main architects, Thom Tillis, is now in the U.S. Senate, where early Saturday...
Park Avenue BBQ sets opening date for Gardens Mall location

Park Avenue BBQ sets opening date for Gardens Mall location

Park Avenue BBQ will open its doors in The Gardens Mall on Friday, officials with the shopping center said. The restaurant will occupy roughly 3,200-square-feet of space, including a patio area, near Sears on the mall’s lower level. The space previously housed Counter Burger. RELATED: Time for a makeover? The Gardens Mall looks to Apple, Tesla The Gardens location will be Park Avenue’s...
Ocwen to pay $36 million to settle suit accusing it of lying to shareholders

Ocwen to pay $36 million to settle suit accusing it of lying to shareholders

In the latest blow for Ocwen Financial Corp., the embattled collector of mortgage payments said Monday that it will pay $36 million to settle a suit brought by a group of New Jersey investment funds. In a federal suit filed in January 2016, Broadway Gate Master Fund of Summit, N.J., said it invested hundreds of millions of dollars in Ocwen shares based on “false and materially misleading...
CVS agrees to buy insurance giant Aetna

CVS agrees to buy insurance giant Aetna

CVS has agreed to buy Aetna in a $69 billion deal, The New York Times reported. The deal would combine the drugstore chain with one of the United States’ largest health insurers. Under the terms of the deal, CVS will pay about $207 a share, the Times reported, quoting an anonymous source. Roughly $145 a share of that would be in cash, with the remainder in newly issued CVS stock. An announcement...
Editorial: Law needed to ensure residents stay cool after hurricane

Editorial: Law needed to ensure residents stay cool after hurricane

It’s jarring to realize that hundreds of extended-care facilities in the state of Florida — where hurricanes have been known to happen —have been operating for years without generators strong enough to keep their frail residents from suffering in subtropical heat when the power goes out. But that’s what we all learned to our shock and horror in September, when eight residents...
Former Trump estate: Mansion OK’d for lot sold by Russian for $34M

Former Trump estate: Mansion OK’d for lot sold by Russian for $34M

Palm Beach officials have given a thumbs-up to the design of an oceanfront mansion planned for one of three vacant lots carved from the 6.3-acre estate President Donald Trump sold to a Russian billionaire for a record-setting $95 million nearly a decade ago. The Architectural Commission Wednesday approved for the lot at 515 N. Ocean Blvd. a six-bedroom house with two-bedroom...
Promotions, hires in Palm Beach County business, non-profits

Promotions, hires in Palm Beach County business, non-profits

CULINARY Michael Schenk has been hired as culinary director for Farmer’s Table. He will oversee the restaurant, in-house catering and Farmer’s Table Express. Schenk has more than 34 years of experience in the food industry. He earned a culinary chef’s master’s degree in Germany and served as executive chef at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Germany, among other top-rated establishments...
Feds produce millions of pages of evidence in Palm Beach County bid-rigging bust

Feds produce millions of pages of evidence in Palm Beach County bid-rigging bust

Talk about the wheels of justice turning quickly: The federal government in early November charged three Palm Beach County real estate investors with rigging bids at foreclosure auctions. Their trial is scheduled for early January. However, the case might not proceed quite that fast. The feds on Friday said they released “a substantial production” of evidence to defense attorneys...

POINT OF VIEW: Tax reform plan makes big difference for small business

We have one of the highest federal tax rates for corporations in the developed world at 35 percent. Mexico’s corporate tax rate is 30 percent. The United Kingdom’s is 19 percent. Canada’s is 15 percent. That’s bad enough, but here’s the kicker: Most U.S. small businesses are unincorporated, and three-quarters are organized as pass-throughs. That means they pay taxes at...
Study: Racism, sexism in hiring firms at Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority?

Study: Racism, sexism in hiring firms at Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority?

Firms owned by white men got the overwhelming share of money awarded by the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority for contract work from 2009 through 2013, a disparity study conducted for the authority shows. The 284-page study, conducted by Mason Tillman Associates of California and delivered to the SWA in March, has confirmed the suspicions of some minority business owners who have long complained...

Owners must use limited proxy to approve waiver of reserves

Question: We live in a condominium. There has been a lot of confusion this past year regarding membership votes, and how they are conducted. Our association recently sent out proxy letters that included two voting items. The first item asked owners to approve waiving the collection of reserves. A second item, about which several board members were never made aware, asks owners to approve the use of...
Cow’s milk #1 but options gain ground; abuse cases could hurt sales?

Cow’s milk #1 but options gain ground; abuse cases could hurt sales?

Milk from dairy cows still ranks first in retail sales in the dairy aisle, but its market share is declining as substitutes such as almond, soy, coconut and rice milks gain favor with more consumers. In the 1970s the average American drank 30 gallons of traditional milk a year, and now that’s down to about 18 gallons a year on a per capita basis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. Rival...
Want to see world’s biggest residential ship? It’s coming to PBC

Want to see world’s biggest residential ship? It’s coming to PBC

The largest private residential ship on the planet, The World, is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach at 7 a.m. Saturday. Catch a glimpse from land or water while you can. The World is set to depart from the port just before midnight today and will journey north to Port Canaveral, port officials said Friday. There is no public access to the ship, port spokeswoman Aidy Alonzo...
Entrepreneurs take the spotlight at Localecopia event

Entrepreneurs take the spotlight at Localecopia event

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in South Florida, and there’s no better proof than the group of small businesses, including a seafood wholesaler, a spice company, vegetable farmers and more who attended this week’s Localecopia event at The Breakers. Connecting local chefs and restaurants with local food producers has been the mission of Localecopia, founded in 2007 by Geoffrey...
When will Gardens Mall Apple store re-open?

When will Gardens Mall Apple store re-open?

Apple fans looking for gifts or technical help at the company’s store in The Gardens Mall may be stuck driving to Wellington or Boca Raton this holiday season. Eight months after Apple closed its Palm Beach Gardens location for remodeling, a reopening date for the store has yet to be announced. The store in The Gardens Mall, which closed in late March, is undergoing an expansion that will make...
Palm Beach County SWA delays hauling bids over bias accusations

Palm Beach County SWA delays hauling bids over bias accusations

The Palm Beach County Commission decided Thursday to postpone the deadline for garbage hauling contract bids so commissioners can consider the implementation of a program aimed at helping women- and minority-owned firms get a piece of those contracts, which could be worth as much as $450 million. Tuesday was the deadline for those bids, but Commissioner Mack Bernard — pointing to the results...
These new shops are coming to CityPlace for the holidays

These new shops are coming to CityPlace for the holidays

A collection of new pop-up shops is set to open in CityPlace this weekend in space that had been occupied by Restoration Hardware. WPB Collective, will fill roughly 5,000-square-feet near CityPlace’s central plaza, and plans showcase a rotating mix of local, regional and national artisans, fashion lines, jewelry designers, specialty food and beverage brands. Restoration Hardware closed its CityPlace...
Insurers with stockholders pay out less to Florida drivers, study says

Insurers with stockholders pay out less to Florida drivers, study says

As car damage from 2017 storms in Florida and Texas threatens to set records, does it matter if your insurance company has to please stockholders and not just policyholders? Yes and the problem is getting worse in Florida, argues Dan Karr, founder and CEO of Bedford, N.H.-based Valchoice. His firm says it aims to harness the power of big-data analytics to help insurance consumers. He contends pressure...

POINT OF VIEW: Instead of cutting corporate taxes, solve real problems

Republicans in Washington are trying to cut taxes because they’re stuck in the 1980s. Maybe it’s good politics, but it’s bad policy. Far better to ask what challenges the economy is confronting right now, and what steps would address them. Here’s a hint: Corporations’ biggest hurdle is not their tax bill but a labor shortage. The urgent priorities for the U.S. economy...
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