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Kate Watt takes over the helm of Susan G. Komen South Florida

Kate Watt takes over the helm of Susan G. Komen South Florida

Kate Watt began her new job as executive director for Susan G. Komen South Florida in West Palm Beach the week Hurricane Irma hit in September. But now, under clearer skies, Watt is focused on the organization’s mission. In particular, she said, the goal of reducing breast cancer deaths by 50 percent by 2026. And part of that objective is to make sure the organization’s donors know their...
In love, Lake Worth woman gave online stranger $1 million, lost it all

In love, Lake Worth woman gave online stranger $1 million, lost it all

After placing her profile on an online dating site seven years ago, Debby Montgomery deleted most of the responses. “The guys were losers,” she recalled. “Some asked for money within a week of meeting online.” But when she logged on to the site on November 14, 2010, one message spoke to her soul. “I am in search of a long term relationship that…hopefully will...

HOA board may have power to regulate exterior of your home

Question: I live in a small development governed by an HOA. Our declaration of covenants states that “no patio-villa owner shall in any way deface or change the color of the exterior of his patio-villa. Exterior walls, roof and the fencing around the courtyard are to be maintained by each patio-villa owner in quality condition at all times.” The new board has decided to interpret this...
Poll: Majority of Florida voters doesn't want assault weapons ban

Poll: Majority of Florida voters doesn't want assault weapons ban

Despite the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people, a majority of Florida voters are against prohibiting the sale of assault weapons, according to a recent poll. The poll was conducted Oct. 5-11 by the Public Opinion Research Laboratory at the University of North Florida. On Oct. 1, a man who once lived in Florida opened fire on a Country music concert from the 32nd floor of a Las...
FPL asks PSC to agree new Dania Beach plant is needed

FPL asks PSC to agree new Dania Beach plant is needed

Florida Power & Light wants to build another natural gas-fired plant, but first the Florida Public Service Commission has to agree that the proposed Dania Beach Clean Energy Center Unit 7 is needed. On Friday, Juno Beach-based FPL filed a formal petition asking the PSC to affirmatively determine that a modernized $888 million 1,163 megawatt facility on the site of FPL’s existing Lauderdale plant...
After Irma: Storm slows hiring, home sales, muddies economy

After Irma: Storm slows hiring, home sales, muddies economy

Hurricane Irma disrupted Florida’s economy in September, slowing job growth and scotching home sales. Even so, the storm seemed to deliver only a glancing blow to the state’s labor and housing markets. Palm Beach County’s jobless rate fell to 3.6 percent and Florida unemployment dipped to 3.8 percent, both decade-long lows. NEW: Westlake builder stresses affordable housing, down-payment...
GL Homes mounts email campaign for its Ag Reserve development plan

GL Homes mounts email campaign for its Ag Reserve development plan

Palm Beach County commissioners are getting an earful — actually, an email in-box full — from backers of a controversial GL Homes development plan. The developer has asked county residents to let county commissioners know they support the builder’s plan to preserve 4,900 acres in The Acreage/Loxahatchee area in exchange for a rule change that would allow it to build more on land...
Planning commissioner quits, citing GL Homes plan, other development

Planning commissioner quits, citing GL Homes plan, other development

A member of the Palm Beach County Planning Commission has resigned, citing frustration with large-scale development projects that have been recommended by the commission. Domenic R. Guarnagia’s resignation comes two months before the Planning Commission takes up a controversial development proposal from GL Homes, which wants the county to change the rules of its Agricultural Reserve so GL can...
Electric vehicles: What has to happen to increase popularity?

Electric vehicles: What has to happen to increase popularity?

Electric vehicles ride quietly, will run without gasoline and can be “filled-up” at a charging station at home. So why do they make up well below 1 percent of the 250 million vehicles on the road in the U.S.? The higher up-front cost of an EV along with “range anxiety” about how far a vehicle can travel on a charge are among the top reasons why consumers reject electric vehicles...
Westlake builder stresses affordable housing, down-payment help

Westlake builder stresses affordable housing, down-payment help

The massive new Westlake development in western Palm Beach County will entice middle-class home buyers with down-payment grants of 3 percent of the purchase price, builder Minto Communities said this week. The funding source for the program already is raising some eyebrows: Minto Communities said it will impose a $1,500 fee on every sale and resale in Westlake, where 4,500 homes are planned to be...
For sale: CityPlace Tower?

For sale: CityPlace Tower?

One of three Class A office buildings in West Palm Beach is about to hit the market, again, real estate sources say. CityPlace Tower at 525 Okeechobee Blvd. reportedly will be put up for sale soon, only three years after its current owner, Property Group Partners, bought the office building for $150 million, or more than $500 per square foot. The 18-story trophy tower, built in 2008 by Crocker and...
House hunters, here are 5 secrets to getting the best home loan

House hunters, here are 5 secrets to getting the best home loan

Getting a home mortgage loan is one of the most important financial commitments most people will ever make, since the terms of your loan can affect your finances in a big way for years to come. Start shopping for a loan before you actually begin looking at homes, since this lets you know where you stand and gives you greater negotiating power with sellers. Your credit score has a great effect on how...
5 key things you should know about car insurance

5 key things you should know about car insurance

Car insurance isn't something you probably think about often, but it's an important tool in protecting your assets. It pays to learn about your policy before you need it so you can take advantage of its benefits and avoid any unpleasant surprises. Whether you're shopping for a new policy or are wondering about the specifics of your current coverage, you may be surprised by what you find. If your car...
Palm Beach County property market churns out microscopic vacancy rates

Palm Beach County property market churns out microscopic vacancy rates

Combine a recovering economy with little new construction, and Palm Beach County’s commercial properties are the fullest they’ve been in years. According to commercial real estate brokerage Colliers International, vacancy rates are venturing into microscopic levels. In perhaps the hottest corner of commercial real estate, the county’s industrial vacancy rate plunged to 3 percent...
FPL reaches halfway point in new solar plant construction

FPL reaches halfway point in new solar plant construction

Florida Power & Light Co. has installed more than 1.25 million solar panels so far this year across eight new power plants under construction, marking the halfway point, the company said Thursday. In total, the solar facilities expected to come online by early 2018 will produce enough energy to power 120,000 homes. Each of the eight new solar plants will be capable of generating 74.5 megawatts of...
Palm Beach County malls gear up for Black Friday, Santa’s arrival

Palm Beach County malls gear up for Black Friday, Santa’s arrival

Halloween costumes and candy are still lining store shelves, but Palm Beach County’s shopping malls are already gearing up for the holiday shopping season. Some local malls have already announced Santa’s arrival, while others have released their holiday hours for Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday — the official start of the winter shopping rush. The Mall at Wellington Green will...

POINT OF VIEW: John Kelly offers Washington a Xanax

John Kelly’s news conference from the White House briefing room on Oct. 12 was great. It was the equivalent of offering Washington a Xanax. The poised, confident and well-spoken White House chief of staff actually looked like, dare I say, a president. Too bad President Donald Trump can’t do what Kelly did. Trump’s erratic behavior and inconsistent verbiage put into vivid relief just...
Want to be in a Matthew McConaughey movie? Here’s your chance

Want to be in a Matthew McConaughey movie? Here’s your chance

The bright lights and shining stars of Hollywood are coming to South Florida, and you have a chance to land a role alongside Matthew McConaughey. Talent Powerhouse is casting roles for the upcoming comedy movie “The Beach Bum,” which stars McConaughey and Snoop Dogg and is set to start filming next month in Miami, as reported by projectcasting.com. The film’s producers are looking...
NEW: Details on Restaurant Row planned for central Boca Raton

NEW: Details on Restaurant Row planned for central Boca Raton

Restaurant Row may be heading to Boca Raton’s city center, near one of the nation’s most successful shopping malls. A 20,000-square-foot complex by Crocker Partners is being planned near the Town Center mall. Representatives have been marketing the site at trade shows, and thus far, interest in this restaurant-only destination is strong, they say. The property would be located on Butts...
Flu shots big business as people lured with Publix, Target discounts

Flu shots big business as people lured with Publix, Target discounts

The flu shot, that most mundane of medical procedures, suddenly is the subject of an intense marketing blitz by retailers. With several billion dollars in insurance reimbursements potentially in play nationwide, shoppers can’t pass a Publix, CVS or Walgreen’s without being enticed to hand over an insurance card and roll up a sleeve. Publix growth routs rivals, eyes Amazon competition Publix...
Irma: 215K vehicle claims flood insurers on top of record Harvey

Irma: 215K vehicle claims flood insurers on top of record Harvey

In the same season Hurricane Harvey is smashing records for vehicle insurance claims, a report out today says Hurricane Irma has generated a hefty number of its own in Florida — more than 215,000. More than 422,000 claims in Texas include massive numbers of vehicles taken to lots to be auctioned off for parts or scrapped, according to the National Insurance...
Ford recalls 1.3 million trucks for door latch issue

Ford recalls 1.3 million trucks for door latch issue

Ford Motor Co. is recalling approximately 1.3 million 2015-2017 F-150 and 2017 Super Duty vehicles in North America. In a Wednesday news release, the company said a water shield needs to be added to door latches. Without the shield, the latches could freeze and cause the door to not close or open correctly.  “Should a customer be able to open and close the door with these conditions...
Flood claims: Fla. CFO asks FEMA to rethink timing of vendor switch

Flood claims: Fla. CFO asks FEMA to rethink timing of vendor switch

A day after one of Florida’s U.S. senators expressed concerns about 90 percent of Hurricane Irma’s early flood claims being denied, another state official asked the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reconsider the timing of a switch in third-party vendors to manage certain policies before hurricane season is over. Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis Florida...
Editorial: Scott must stand firm on getting generators into facilities

Editorial: Scott must stand firm on getting generators into facilities

Florida’s nursing home industry, which has been whining ever since Gov. Rick Scott ordered facilities to install enough generator power to keep elderly people from dying of heat after the next hurricane, is now asking for permission to be excused from Scott’s emergency deadline. As of Monday, 54 providers of nursing homes or assisted-living facilities requested variances from the compliance...
Jimmy Buffett’s latest licensing play: Over-55 communities

Jimmy Buffett’s latest licensing play: Over-55 communities

Singer Jimmy Buffett has licensed his Margaritaville brand to all manner of products, including timeshares, bars, beer, blenders and barbecue sauce. The Palm Beach resident’s latest play: Over-55 communities. Buffett and homebuilder Minto Communities have partnered to develop Latitude Margaritaville projects in Daytona Beach and Hilton Head, South Carolina. The move seems to be paying off...
6 legit money-saving hacks for apartment renters

6 legit money-saving hacks for apartment renters

From the moment you start searching for an apartment until your last goodbye to the landlord, there are numerous fees, utility costs and more than can make having your own place a little more expensive than you planned. There are several money-saving hacks to trim some of those added costs, according to frugal bloggers, lifestyle pro's and real estate experts. While November through February offer...
These local resorts rank among the best in Florida

These local resorts rank among the best in Florida

Seven of Palm Beach  County’s oceanfront resorts have been named among the best in Florida by Conde Nast Traveler readers. The popular travel magazine this week released the results of its annual Reader’s Choice Awards, which ranks the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, airports, and cruise lines in the world. The awards include a ranking of the top 35 resorts in Florida...
EXCLUSIVE: Susan G. Komen’s Palm Beach gala opts for cruise ship event

EXCLUSIVE: Susan G. Komen’s Palm Beach gala opts for cruise ship event

Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest nonprofit in the fight against breast cancer, will hold its major fundraising event in January aboard a cruise ship docked at the Port of Palm Beach, a first for the organization, which in August pulled its gala planned for President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club on Palm Beach. In another first, Komen’s founder, Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, said...
Nutritional supplements firm Garden of Life expands Palm Beach Gardens headquarters

Nutritional supplements firm Garden of Life expands Palm Beach Gardens headquarters

Nutritional supplements company Garden of Life is expanding its headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, commercial real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakefield said Wednesday. Garden of Life expanded its space at Corporate Center at the Gardens from 27,958 square feet to 36,096 square feet. Garden of Life has been expanding, but it also has suffered setbacks. Last year, the company recalled...
Trump vows ‘Merry Christmas’ campaign, will stores agree?

Trump vows ‘Merry Christmas’ campaign, will stores agree?

It’s too early for holiday symbols to be on display in stores, true, but it’s certainly not too early to fire a salvo in the yearly holiday greeting dispute. Sure enough, on Oct. 13, President Donald Trump threw down the gauntlet in the Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays debate. Speaking at the Values Voters Summit, Trump said: “We’re getting near that beautiful Christmas season...
Off-duty Uber driver kidnapped woman, touched her inappropriately, police say

Off-duty Uber driver kidnapped woman, touched her inappropriately, police say

An off-duty Uber driver is accused of kidnapping a passenger in Pennsylvania. The woman was standing at Seventh and Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday night, waiting for an Uber she had requested. A car pulled up with an Uber sticker on it so she got in, but not with the driver she was expecting. Police in West View say Soumana Dao picked her up even though he wasn't on-duty...
Social Security: Access your account on the go!

Social Security: Access your account on the go!

Smartphones have been in our lives for more than a decade and have changed the way we interact with each other. Social Security is at the forefront of technological advancements, making your online business with us easier and more secure. About a third of the visitors to SocialSecurity.gov use their smartphones to learn about our programs, find answers to their questions and access our online services...
Medicare enrollment options expand, giving seniors more to sort out

Medicare enrollment options expand, giving seniors more to sort out

Peter Boll, a retiree from Palm Beach Gardens, said he has received at least eight large mailers from insurers for options to sign up for Medicare coverage. “I think the mailman got a hernia carrying them,” Boll, 83, said. “It makes it hard for the average consumer.” Open enrollment for Medicare began Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7, an important time for more than 4 million beneficiaries...
Trump’s net worth falls, but most billionaires are getting richer

Trump’s net worth falls, but most billionaires are getting richer

The rich are getting richer, thanks in large part to the stock market’s record-breaking run since Donald Trump was elected president. Trump, alas, is getting poorer. According to the annual Forbes 400 list of U.S. billionaires released Tuesday, the president’s net worth plunged by $600 million over the past year. Trump is worth $3.1 billion this year, down from $3.7 billion last...
Sen. Nelson cites Post report, asks FEMA about denied flood claims

Sen. Nelson cites Post report, asks FEMA about denied flood claims

Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson cited reporting by The Palm Beach Post today in announcing he asked Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator William B. Long to take steps to ensure consumers have confidence their National Flood Insurance Program claims from Hurricane Irma are being treated fairly. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. “In reviewing the very high level...
PSC regulators say no to FPL nuclear fees without financial analysis

PSC regulators say no to FPL nuclear fees without financial analysis

Without a required feasibility analysis to show that two new proposed nuclear reactors are a good deal for customers, Florida Power & Light Co. cannot collect costs incurred after 2016, the Florida Public Service Commission decided Tuesday. PSC commissioners agreed with a staff recommendation that because FPL failed to submit a required financial analysis, costs incurred for the two reactors from...
Dan Marino in venture to sell tequila in guitar-shape bottle

Dan Marino in venture to sell tequila in guitar-shape bottle

A Delray Beach company is trying to tap the growth in liquor sales with its own tequila brand and an assist from Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino, who is a partner in the venture. The company, Rock N Roll Tequila, actually debuted its product in March. But earlier this month, it signed a distribution deal with Republic National Distributing Company, a pivotal need to make a dent in the annual...
5 cheap purchases that cost you more in the long run

5 cheap purchases that cost you more in the long run

Saving money often involves finding a way to pay less for something that you want or need. But sometimes the old adage about being "penny wise, pound foolish" applies, as the cheaper way out can end up costing you. For certain purchases, spending more money up front can help you save in the long run. Trying to save a few dollars per lightbulb doesn't pay off, according to The Simple...
Which luxury brand plans to expand its footprint in Palm Beach?

Which luxury brand plans to expand its footprint in Palm Beach?

For a more than a century, The Breakers has helped define Palm Beach as a playground of the rich, the famous and those who want to be both. With 140 oceanfront acres that include the historic hotel — known for its first-class restaurants, shops and recreation amenities — the resort is Palm Beach County’s biggest private employer and its biggest taxpayer. On Monday, the...
Palm Beach Gardens Publix bagger inspired, made shopping a pleasure

Palm Beach Gardens Publix bagger inspired, made shopping a pleasure

For 15 years, Fred Glenn has packed up groceries. But he’s sent people home with much more: Spiritual advice, home remedies and, always, a big smile. If you only want groceries, you can buy them at any old supermarket. But if you are afflicted, heartsick, in need of some spiritual uplifting - or just a kind word spoken in a gentle North Florida accent - you visit Publix No. 212 at the corner...
Game of Loans: Boynton, Lake Worth firms accused in student-debt scams

Game of Loans: Boynton, Lake Worth firms accused in student-debt scams

A federal and state crackdown dubbed Operation Game of Loans has targeted companies — including two in Palm Beach County — accused of collecting more than $95 million in student debt-relief scams. “Winter is coming for debt relief scams that prey on hardworking Americans struggling to pay back their student loans,” said Maureen K. Ohlhausen...
Stranded at Flagler Shore? Readers react

Stranded at Flagler Shore? Readers react

Flagler Shore in West Palm Beach   Flagler Shore in West Palm Beach is a neat idea — for the fairgrounds, said retired businessman Robert Garvy. “At least they have public restrooms there,” Garvy said. Garvey is one of a number of business leaders and residents who were sympathetic to the frustration expressed by Dennis Hammond of Sandpointe...
State cites this Delray Beach restaurant for live roaches

State cites this Delray Beach restaurant for live roaches

Hacienda Mexican Restaurant & Bar in Delray Beach was temporarily shut down last Thursday after state regulators cited it for 11 violations, including dead and live roaches. The restaurant at 14820 S. Military Trail corrected the violations and re-opened Friday, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation reports state. ROACHES IN RESTAURANTS: SHOULD YOU CARE? An employee said Monday...
75 percent of workplace harassment victims who complain face retaliation, study finds

75 percent of workplace harassment victims who complain face retaliation, study finds

A comprehensive study conducted in 2016  by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission uncovered some troubling truths about harassment in the workplace. In a preface to the report, EEOC co-chairs wrote the number of harassment complaints the team receives every year is still striking 30 years after the U.S. Supreme Court recognized sexual harassment as a form...
Cerabino: Campaign cash dwarfs reason in utilities regulator choice

Cerabino: Campaign cash dwarfs reason in utilities regulator choice

Oh, no. Not the dwarf-tossing enthusiast. We have a new appointment to Florida’s Public Service Commission, which is designed to represent the taxpayers’ interests when it comes to setting rates and overseeing the state’s largest electric utility companies and other regulated industries. In theory. But we don’t live in theory. We live in Florida. And so as you might imagine...
State regulators to consider FPL spending on new Turkey Point nukes

State regulators to consider FPL spending on new Turkey Point nukes

The Florida Public Service Commission is scheduled to make a decision Tuesday on Florida Power & Light Company’s request to continue spending millions of dollars associated with two nuclear reactors that may never be built. The hearing starts at 9:30 a.m. and can be viewed online at floridapsc.com. WHAT FPL CUSTOMERS THINK ABOUT THE PROPOSED REACTORS The Juno Beach-based utility has spent about...
Save money, stop fraud: 4 things to watch on your credit card statement

Save money, stop fraud: 4 things to watch on your credit card statement

With credit cards, what you don't know can cost you.  Luckily, most of what you need to know is right at your fingertips − your credit card statement. Review it with a critical eye, and you'll save money, correct errors and even stop fraud.  Your transactions: Credit card companies do make errors. Review your statement every month to catch these errors early and correct them,...
10 ways to keep your spirits up during a job search

10 ways to keep your spirits up during a job search

Job hunting can be a tenuous, frustrating process. Endless rounds of leads and interviews that never go anywhere are exhausting. >> Read more trending news How do you keep going when you’re feeling constantly rejected? Here are 10 tips for job seekers: How bad can it get? If you think it over, in nearly all cases, this outcome is not as bad as you initially thought. Think out a plan to...
Palm Beach Co. gas price average down 5 cents, more declines expected

Palm Beach Co. gas price average down 5 cents, more declines expected

Palm Beach County’s average gasoline price has fallen 5 cents in the last week, and motorists can expect to the downward trend to continue this week, AAA said Monday. The county’s average for a gallon of regular stood at $2.66 Monday. While prices are falling, a year ago, the county’s average was $2.38. That speaks to the impact of the active 2017 hurricane season, which has driven...
West Palm Beach’s Flagler Shore experiment called anti-business

West Palm Beach’s Flagler Shore experiment called anti-business

On a top floor of West Palm Beach’s Phillips Point office tower, the offices are plush and the water views divine. But down on the street below, cones now block off the eastern lanes of Flagler Drive, baffling Dennis Hammond, chief executive of SandPointe Asset Management, which leases the penthouse office. On Oct. 7, the city blocked off the eastern lanes going north on Flagler Drive, from...
Which Palm Beach County cities like weed? Which don’t? See our ranking

Which Palm Beach County cities like weed? Which don’t? See our ranking

Florida voters approved medical marijuana in a landslide in November. But now that some Palm Beach County cities are banning pot shops, cannabis supporters again are pointing to voters’ overwhelming support. Nearly 75 percent of Palm Beach County voters said yes to Amendment 2. Among the county’s more than three dozen municipalities, voters in little Mangonia Park proved the most...
EXCLUSIVE: Brightline train derailed in Feb., causing $408K in damage

EXCLUSIVE: Brightline train derailed in Feb., causing $408K in damage

A Brightline train derailed in February as it moved through the company’s rail repair yard in West Palm Beach at a speed of 4 miles per hour, causing $408,000 in equipment damage, according to an accident report filed with the Federal Railroad Administration. A Florida East Coast locomotive was leading All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train into the company’s maintenance...
Florida’s minimum wage to rise to $8.25 in 2018

Florida’s minimum wage to rise to $8.25 in 2018

The minimum wage for Florida workers will increase to $8.25 on Jan. 1, up from this year’s minimum of $8.10 an hour, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity said. If you’re scoring at home, that’s a 2 percent increase. Work full-time for that amount, and you’ll make $330 a week or $17,160 a year. With the annual boost in the state’s minimum wage, Florida&rsquo...
Palm Beach billionaires embrace giving initiative of Gates, Buffett

Palm Beach billionaires embrace giving initiative of Gates, Buffett

You might call it a billionaires philanthropic club that Bill Gates and Warren Buffett founded seven years ago. Known as the Giving Pledge group, 158 mostly billionaires worldwide have joined, including three of the 30-plus billionaires with homes in Palm Beach. The pledge goes back to 2010, when 40 individuals made the commitment. Originally focused in the U.S., the program went global in 2013. To...
After Irma: Why are 90% of flood claims being denied?

After Irma: Why are 90% of flood claims being denied?

Nine out of 10 flood claims resolved by the National Flood Insurance Program in the early going after Hurricane Irma have been closed without payment, federal records provided to Florida officials show. Residents help push a stranded car into a driveway along Alden Ridge Drive after heavy rain from Tropical Storm Isaac caused the nearby lake to overflow flooding the neighborhood...
Reports of exploding sunroofs on the rise

Reports of exploding sunroofs on the rise

Sunroofs are shattering above people as they drive down roads. A new Consumer Reports investigation says the problem is more common than first thought. The group says the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration received at least 859 complaints over the last two decades, and most complaints are from the last few years. They say part of the problem could be the type of glass in sunroofs...
PGA National’s spa director: Spas are essential to health, not just a splurge

PGA National’s spa director: Spas are essential to health, not just a splurge

Cecilia Tate, a 28-year veteran of the health and beauty industry, is the spa director at the recently-renovated PGA National Resort  — one of nearly two dozen local businesses that have teamed up with Palm Beach County tourism officials to promote the area as a destination for those in need of a short respite. During the month of October, roughly 20 local spas, wellness centers and...
Hires, promotions in Palm Beach County business, non-profits

Hires, promotions in Palm Beach County business, non-profits

COMMUNITY SERVICE Melissa Nash has been named president of the West Palm Beach Police Athletic League. She has been a PAL board member for two years. Nash will lead the organization in its mission to prevent juvenile crime and violence by providing civic, athletic, recreational and educational opportunities to the youth of West Palm Beach. She is president and CEO of Accounts Receivables Inc. Nash...
UPDATE: Girl, 8, dies after falling from Carnival cruise ship in Miami

UPDATE: Girl, 8, dies after falling from Carnival cruise ship in Miami

Update 2 p.m.: An 8-year-old girl has died from her injuries after falling two stories from a Carnival cruise ship on Saturday morning, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department.  Police told NBC Miami that the girl fell at 8:15 a.m. from a balcony inside the ship’s atrium to the lower deck.  Carnival Cruise line released a statement on the incident:  Original story: An 8-year-old...
Commentary: Hollywood can devise a system to save future abuse victims

Commentary: Hollywood can devise a system to save future abuse victims

“These are dark days for Hollywood rapists,” a friend of mine joked on the phone recently. I was grateful for the laugh. Since last weekend, the open wound created by Harvey Weinstein has prompted actors, writers and crew members to recall their own hellish tales of assault. For those of us who work in television and movies, the stories pile up in our social media feeds and phone texts...
Editorial: More independence needed for state’s utilities watchdog

Editorial: More independence needed for state’s utilities watchdog

Almost 40 years ago, the Florida Legislature tried to take politics out of the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC), the agency that’s supposed to act in the public interest in overseeing electricity, natural gas, telephone, water and wastewater services. And so it turned the elected, three-member PSC into a five-member appointed body. It hasn’t worked as planned. Quite the opposite...

Association must follow Condo Act in event of hurricane damage

Question: What is your take on air conditioners damaged by Hurricane Irma? They are on the roof of each of our condos. Some were damaged because another roof came off the building next door, and some were blown over by the storm. The association is planning to assess all unit owners for these air conditioners. Our deductible is very large, so we have to be assessed. Does the statute overrule the condo...
Former NBA player juggles careers as real estate broker, broadcaster

Former NBA player juggles careers as real estate broker, broadcaster

John Crotty might be one of the busiest guys in South Florida. As a commercial real estate broker, he works deals throughout the region, including this year’s $18.5 million sale of Professional Center at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens. As a sports broadcaster, the former NBA player calls radio broadcasts of the Miami Heat and appears on television before and after Heat games. “The challenge...
Trump called a ‘one-man wrecking ball’ on Obamacare as subsidies halted

Trump called a ‘one-man wrecking ball’ on Obamacare as subsidies halted

The Trump administration announced at 11:23 p.m. Thursday it will stop paying billions of dollars to hold down health costs for consumers, a move that has helped drive up premium increases on government exchange plans an average of 45 percent in Florida in 2018. “The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding,” President Donald Trump tweeted Friday. “Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance...
Hotel boom: 6 new hotels are set to open in Palm Beach County

Hotel boom: 6 new hotels are set to open in Palm Beach County

An eight-year stretch of record-breaking growth for Palm Beach County’s tourism industry has led to a surge in new hotel construction. More than 700 new hotel rooms are expected to open in the county over the next three years — giving tourism officials new ways to market the area as a vacation destination for both out-of-town travelers and larger convention groups. Six large chains, including...
Sexual harassment in the workplace: What is it, how to report it and more you should know

Sexual harassment in the workplace: What is it, how to report it and more you should know

A New York Times investigation last week revealed decades of sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Since the report, more than 20 more women, including actresses Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have been vocal about Weinstein’s inappropriate advances. >> Read more trending news  In a tweet directed at Amazon exec Jeff Bezos...
5 ways you can make bank with your wheels

5 ways you can make bank with your wheels

If you live in an urban area, you probably own a car. And even though you're undoubtedly spending a fair amount of time behind the wheel, your car spends most of its time parked in a driveway, garage or lot. Why not put your wheels to work and pick up a side gig that can help offset your car payment or insurance and put some extra money in your pocket? Companies like Turo – which bills...
Palm Beach County makes case as home for hedge fund firms

Palm Beach County makes case as home for hedge fund firms

On a top floor of West Palm Beach’s Phillips Point office tower, the offices are plush and the water views divine. But down on the street below, cones now block off the eastern lanes of Flagler Drive, baffling Dennis Hammond, chief executive of SandPointe Asset Management, which leases the penthouse office. On Oct. 7, the city blocked off the eastern lanes going north on...
Trump administration ends subsidies to lower consumer health costs

Trump administration ends subsidies to lower consumer health costs

The Trump administration announced at 11:23 p.m. Thursday it will stop paying billions of dollars to hold down health costs for consumers, a move that has helped drive up premium increases on government exchange plans an average of 45 percent in Florida for 2018. President Donald Trump (Getty Images) Florida insurers had already priced into 2018 rate increases the possibility...
Trump health order skips Congress: Rate relief or destabilizing junk?

Trump health order skips Congress: Rate relief or destabilizing junk?

President Donald Trump said an executive order he signed Thursday represents the first step to give millions of people access to cheaper health plans, but Florida Democrats called it “sabotage” and a national consumer group blasted it as a move to promote “junk insurance” and destabilize markets. Trump said Thursday “we are moving toward lower costs and more options in...
Another Equifax hacking possible as web page taken down

Another Equifax hacking possible as web page taken down

In what could be yet another incident of hacking, Equifax has taken down a web page because of suspicion that it had been manipulated. The site, one of the embattled company’s customer service offerings, was delivering fraudulent updates for Adobe Flash, which – when clicked – would infect a visitor’s computer with unwanted software, according to a security analyst and the ...
Gucci bans fur: Company CEO says it’s outdated, not modern

Gucci bans fur: Company CEO says it’s outdated, not modern

Luxury retailer Gucci will no longer create clothes, shoes and accessories with real  animal fur, starting next year. The ban includes the use of fur of minks, coyotes, raccoon dogs, foxes, rabbits and other animals, according to PETA. >> Read more trending news  Gucci president and chief executive Marco Bizzarri told Business of Fashion the use of fur is not &ldquo...
Trump order ignites debate: New health choices or destabilizing move?

Trump order ignites debate: New health choices or destabilizing move?

President Donald Trump’s administration today touted an executive order making it easier to sell health policies across state lines as an expansion of consumer choice, but a national consumer group blasted it as a move to destabilize markets. The move bypasses Congress and attempts to set health policy from the White House. President Donald Trump (Getty Images) “While this...
Thousands of older Floridians turn to ‘rogue’ consumer agency

Thousands of older Floridians turn to ‘rogue’ consumer agency

Problems with home-finance deals including reverse mortgages, threats from collectors on debt including health charges, and mistakes on credit reports rank among the top complaints from consumers 62 and older to a federal agency taking heat in Congress, a new report out today says. Florida’s older residents have filed more than 8,400 complaints to the Consumer Financial...
Votes on adult living, day care west of Boca Raton delayed

Votes on adult living, day care west of Boca Raton delayed

Residents west of Boca Raton will have to wait a little longer to find out if a senior living center and a day care will be built near their homes. A proposal by St. Louis-based Allegro Senior Living and property owner Alan D. Simon to build on Clint Moore Road has been delayed. The project’s planners requested a postponement of a planning hearing and a vote by...
Busch Gardens offers free admission to first responders

Busch Gardens offers free admission to first responders

First responders in Florida can now get in free to Busch Gardens if they go through Nov. 24. The Tampa theme park is offering free admission to police officers, forest rangers and more as a way to thank them for their service and dedication. In addition to the free ticket, each first responder will get four more for family or friends that are 50 percent off the regular price. Qualifying first responders...
Luxury retailer Coach introduces new name: Tapestry

Luxury retailer Coach introduces new name: Tapestry

Luxury purse, accessories and clothing retailer Coach (Coach Inc.) no longer wishes to go by its long-familiar name.  Coach, which purchased luxury shoe retailer Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade earlier this year, will re-image itself under the name Tapestry (Tapestry Inc.) in an effort to unify the three brands under one umbrella.  >> Read more trending news  According...
Don't phone it in: 5 hacks for getting the best mobile phone plan

Don't phone it in: 5 hacks for getting the best mobile phone plan

Cellphones have almost become a necessity, but figuring out the best plan to get can be a challenge.  The price of a phone and plan can be substantial, and the amount of information available about carriers and plans is often overwhelming. Many people simply make a choice and stick with the same provider for years, which may not necessarily be best for your budget or your needs. Whether you're...
Water district to consider injecting Lake O water deep underground

Water district to consider injecting Lake O water deep underground

South Florida cities have been injecting treated wastewater from sewage treatment plants 3,000 feet deep into a series of caverns beneath the drinking water supply for decades. Now the same idea has been resurrected as a potential solution to harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges. The idea is nothing new, even when it comes to Lake O and the problem of what to do with its overflow. Wells north of Lake...
Town Center at Boca Raton to get multimillion-dollar renovation

Town Center at Boca Raton to get multimillion-dollar renovation

As the popularity of online shopping continues to grow, the Town Center at Boca Raton is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation designed to keep customers flowing to its stores by offering amenities found in a luxury resort. The mall recently completed construction on a “resort-style entrance” with a large roundabout dropoff, valet service and glass porte-cochères. Shoppers...
Today: Scott, Putnam in D.C. to discuss Irma’s $2.5B agriculture hit

Today: Scott, Putnam in D.C. to discuss Irma’s $2.5B agriculture hit

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam will meet with members of Florida’s congressional delegation in Washington today to discuss the state’s estimated $2.5 billion in agricultural losses from Hurricane Irma. Putnam’s office released a report last week estimating that Irma caused more than $2 billion in crop losses and more than $500 million in additional...
What South Florida buildings made list of America’s coolest structures?

What South Florida buildings made list of America’s coolest structures?

A parking garage is America’s coolest building? Well, it’s not just any parking garage. Not when it’s in architecturally trendy Miami Beach. The Lincoln Road parking garage, as well as Miami Beach’s Raleigh Hotel, made Thrillist’s new list of America’s coolest buildings that you don’t know. First on the list was the Lincoln Road garage, which anchors...
Commentary: States shouldn’t bail out nuclear plants

Commentary: States shouldn’t bail out nuclear plants

In supporting the bailout of nuclear power plants, John Hangar and Marc Spitzer argued that “federal courts in New York and Illinois ruled that states have the authority to place an economic value on the zero-emission production of electricity. More important, these rulings establish a precedent for other states to achieve their own goals to use clean energy credits for sources of electricity...
Commentary: States have the power to keep nuclear in the mix

Commentary: States have the power to keep nuclear in the mix

In July, there were two court rulings that were both significant and positive for the future of clean energy. Federal courts in New York and Illinois ruled that states have the authority to place an economic value on the zero-emission production of electricity. More important, these rulings establish a precedent for other states to achieve their own goals to use clean energy credits for sources of...
13 fearless things to know about your Social Security number

13 fearless things to know about your Social Security number

While many of us look forward to Friday, with its end-of-the-workweek designation and our weekend plans, certain cultures consider it an unlucky day. Some people, suffering from triskaidekaphobia, are truly terrified of the number 13. Combine the two factors and it’s not surprising that many believe that Friday the 13th is a frightening day. While superstitions play an important part in the...
Target testing Drive Up service at some stores

Target testing Drive Up service at some stores

Target has begun testing a new service for its popular Target runs -- that is, quick trips to the store to pick up a few items. According to an Oct. 2 news release, the retailer is testing out Drive Up, a service that allows customers to order something from Target and have it brought to their car by an employee. To access the feature, users place an order on the free Target app and select the Drive...
Senior living, daycare coming west Boca Raton?

Senior living, daycare coming west Boca Raton?

A 13-acre vacant parcel west of Boca Raton could be turned into an adult living facility and a children’s daycare, proposals that are alarming nearby residents worried about traffic and noise. This isn’t just another neighborhood tiff, however. The proposed zoning change could have far-reaching effects, possibly paving the way for more dense development of the Agriculture Reserve. The...
Irma: Delay, denial complaints appear as one insurer’s outlook lowered

Irma: Delay, denial complaints appear as one insurer’s outlook lowered

A month after Hurricane Irma, consumers are starting to let state agencies know of more than 150 complaints ranging from long waits for adjusters to denial of claims, officials told a Florida Senate committee Tuesday. One issue: A rise in high hurricane deductibles, often 2 percent to 5 percent of a home’s worth, means many consumers are paying thousands of dollars out of their own pocket before...
Complaint about post-Irma power restoration? Tell the PSC

Complaint about post-Irma power restoration? Tell the PSC

If you have a complaint about power restoration issues related to Hurricane Irma, the Florida Public Service Commission wants to hear it. In a program that began Tuesday, utility customers can click on a link easily located on the PSC’s homepage, floridapsc.com, and submit their comments. “We want to hear from customers about their power restoration time and how utility...
Irma: Delay, denial complaints begin; insurer’s outlook downgraded

Irma: Delay, denial complaints begin; insurer’s outlook downgraded

A month after Hurricane Irma, consumers are starting to let state agencies know of more than 150 complaints ranging from long waits for adjusters to denial of claims, officials told a Florida Senate committee Tuesday. One issue: High hurricane deductibles, often 2 percent to 5 percent of a home’s worth, mean many consumers are paying thousands of dollars out of their...
This is the salary you need to move to these 5 hot job cities

This is the salary you need to move to these 5 hot job cities

If you're looking for work or a step up on the career ladder, there is no shortage of top-ranking picks for job seekers, according to recent Indeed.com ranking of the top cities for job seekers.  Before you dash off to Orlando (Indeed's No. 2 pick) or pack for Atlanta (No. 14), check out another set of numbers. Eye each new city's cost of living with the help of a nifty calculator...
Jolie, Paltrow join women who publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct

Jolie, Paltrow join women who publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct

More and more women are saying that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them. The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow on Tuesday published the result of a 10-month investigation that included several women going on the record to allege that Weinstein, a Hollywood power player who could make-or-break careers, made unwanted advances, and in some cases, raped them. Soon after, the New York...
5 ways to stop killing your back with bad posture at work

5 ways to stop killing your back with bad posture at work

"Sit up straight!" may sound like nagging straight out of the 1950s, but it's spot on advice for the 21st century workplace.  Constant shifting around to get comfortable at your work computer, and hunched over a smart phone at home, wreaks havoc on your back, neck and shoulders. Regular computer users perform 50,000 to 200,000 keystrokes each day, according to the nonprofit website...

POINT OF VIEW Federal tax reform a critical part of Florida recovery

In the wake of the recent catastrophic storms, like hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it is essential we continue to look at all avenues to bolster Florida’s business and economic opportunities that create a robust private market that includes fair and adequate catastrophic insurance coverage. While safety is a No. 1 priority, we must continue to nurture a private marketplace that goes a long way...
McDonald’s releasing more ‘Rick and Morty’ sauce after weekend chaos

McDonald’s releasing more ‘Rick and Morty’ sauce after weekend chaos

Fans of Adult Swim sitcom “Rick and Morty” can expect more of an advertised special sauce, featured in an episode of the show, at area McDonald’s after chaos plagued several restaurants last weekend. Several of the cartoon’s fans lined up at McDonald’s restaurants throughout the county, including dozens of fans at a location in Wellington that prompted police...
After Irma: Storms leave lobster, stone crab seasons underwater

After Irma: Storms leave lobster, stone crab seasons underwater

The Florida Keys have re-opened, but Capt. Billy Niles and his fellow lobster fishermen have to find their traps before they are really back in business. “We’re locating them, but it takes a while,” said Niles, a veteran of the Keys lobster trade for the past seven decades. “Some storms lose more than others.” Irma lost plenty of them. Or better said, the Keys lost plenty...
Palm Beach Zoo restaurant briefly closed for health violations

Palm Beach Zoo restaurant briefly closed for health violations

The restaurant at the Palm Beach Zoo, Tropics Cafe, was shut down Wednesday after inspectors cited it for 10 violations, including fresh rodent droppings in the kitchen and food storage areas. The restaurant at 1301 Summit Blvd. was cleared of all violations and re-opened Thursday, according to a Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation report. Tropics is operated by Spectra Hospitality...
Palm Beach County sugar cane, vegetable fields flooded

Palm Beach County sugar cane, vegetable fields flooded

Fresh green beans, a popular dish on the Thanksgiving table, are expected to be in short supply this Thanksgiving after vegetable and sugar cane crops in western Palm Beach County were wiped out by flooding. Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in Florida on Sept. 10, drenched and flooded fields south of Lake Okeechobee in the Belle Glade and Pahokee area, damaging the cane and delaying its harvest...
Storm saturation: Backlogs grow as $5.3B OKed in Irma claims, aid

Storm saturation: Backlogs grow as $5.3B OKed in Irma claims, aid

Multiple storms in a matter of weeks have left a backlog of tens of thousands of Palm Beach County households awaiting visits for insurance claims or federal grants, meaning a running tab of $5.3 billion in claims and aid for Hurricane Irma in Florida is only likely to grow. A rapid-fire barrage of hurricanes including Harvey, Irma and Nate has stretched resources thin across the Southeastern U.S...
5 side hustles you can do from the comfort of your home

5 side hustles you can do from the comfort of your home

It's not all working in your pajamas, sleeping late and eating cereal at all hours, but part-time work from home can help you earn money while you watch the kids. Plus, you'll avoid a commute and earn great experience you can take into the world for a later career.  One of Entrepreneur's "55 ideas for starting a home-based business for less than $5,000," a business plan service...
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