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Deal Alert: This store is closing in PB Outlets

Deal Alert: This store is closing in PB Outlets

Stride Rite, a national children’s shoe retailer, is closing its doors at the Palm Beach Outlets and most items are 50 percent off.
Newsmakers: People in Palm Beach County business, civic groups

Newsmakers: People in Palm Beach County business, civic groups

COMMUNITY SERVICE Trustbridge, home of Hospice of Palm Beach County, Hospice of Broward County, and Hospice by the Sea, announced the appointment of Randy Levitt as the new chairman of the board of directors for 2017-2018. Levitt is a family wealth director and senior vice president of the Palm Beach Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley. He is a certified public accountant in the state of Florida...
NEW: HHGregg may declare bankruptcy; fate of four local stores unknown

NEW: HHGregg may declare bankruptcy; fate of four local stores unknown

HHGregg, which has three electronics stores in Palm Beach County and one in Martin County, is preparing to file for bankruptcy because of slumping sales, Bloomberg news reported. The Indianapolis-based company has 220 stores, including locations in West Palm Beach, Wellington, Boca Raton and Jensen Beach. The filing could come as early as next month, Bloomberg reported. It...
Family Christian closing all stores nationwide

Family Christian closing all stores nationwide

Christian faith-based book and gift store Family Christian is closing all of its 240 stores nationwide due to "declining sales," according to a Thursday news release from the company. The closure affects employees in 36 states, including Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. The nonprofit chain employed more than 3,000...
Crisis? Top Fla. insurer says cost of controversial claims is falling

Crisis? Top Fla. insurer says cost of controversial claims is falling

Florida property insurers are telling legislators one thing: tough new laws are needed to address a crisis in claims where a third party such as a contractor represents customers. But to stock analysts, the state’s largest insurer and the biggest in Palm Beach and Broward counties said this: The company’s average cost for such claims has been falling. For two years. OK, but hasn&rsquo...
JCPenney, Family Christian to close stores

JCPenney, Family Christian to close stores

As online shopping continues to grow, two national retailers — JCPenney and Family Christian — announced this week they plan to close stores across the country. JCPenney said Friday it plans to shutter up to 140 stores and close two of its distribution centers, including one in Central Florida, as part of an effort to compete with online sellers. Meanwhile, Family Christian plans to close...
Family Christian is closing all of its stores, including its Palm Beach County location

Family Christian is closing all of its stores, including its Palm Beach County location

After 85 years in business, Family Christian plans to close all of its retail stores. The company, which is based in Grand Rapids, Mich.
JCPenney to close up to 140 stores

JCPenney to close up to 140 stores

JCPenney plans to close up to 140 stores and offer buyouts to 6,000 employees over the next few months as part of an effort to compete with online sellers.
J.C. Penney to close between 130-140 stores

J.C. Penney to close between 130-140 stores

J.C. Penney will be closing 130-140 stores in the coming months, the company reported Friday. "We believe closing stores will also allow us to adjust our business to effectively compete against the growing threat of online retailers," Chief Executive Officer Marvin Ellison said in a statement. The company also announce it would launch a voluntary early retirement program for about 6,000...

The most reliable wireless network in Florida is…

Verizon Wireless has the best wireless network in the state, according to a study released this week by the independent testing firm Rootmetrics.
Donald Trump’s press secretary: Medical marijuana is OK, recreational weed is very bad

Donald Trump’s press secretary: Medical marijuana is OK, recreational weed is very bad

For proponents of Florida’s budding medical marijuana industry, President Donald Trump’s position on cannabis has been a mystery. At a press briefing on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer offered some insight into how the new administration views weed. “There’s two distinct issues here: medical marijuana and recreational marijuana,” Spicer said. &ldquo...
Building boom, falling vacancies: 5 things to know about Palm Beach County’s warehouse market

Building boom, falling vacancies: 5 things to know about Palm Beach County’s warehouse market

Palm Beach County’s warehouse market is in the midst of a mini-boom of new construction. Space is being snapped up quickly, according to Colliers International. Highlights from the commercial real estate brokerage’s report for the end of 2016: Overall vacancy rates in Palm Beach County plummeted to 4.2 percent, a nine-year low. There’s plenty of demand for new space. A million square...
Fear calling 911 because of an ambulance charge? Tell the state now

Fear calling 911 because of an ambulance charge? Tell the state now

A state working group meets Tuesday to consider whether legislators need to set some new ground rules for ambulance charges — like the bill for more than $800 that caught Edward and Bonny Fishman of Boynton Beach by surprise. Then came this: Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services threatened to turn the Fishmans over to a collection agency if they did not pay, the couple said. “I was shocked,&rdquo...
FAU scientists work to develop 15-minute test for Zika

FAU scientists work to develop 15-minute test for Zika

During last year’s Zika scare, some Palm Beach County OB-GYNs griped that pregnant women waited as long as four weeks to get test results from state labs. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University say they have a solution: FAU scientists are working on a quick-and-inexpensive test that would produce results in just 15 minutes and cost $5 or less. FAU said Wednesday that its researchers landed...
Board OKs manure recycling facility, medical-pot-dispensary moratorium

Board OKs manure recycling facility, medical-pot-dispensary moratorium

It could take as long as a year before Palm Beach County begins accepting zoning applications for medical marijuana treatment centers and dispensaries now that commissioners have approved a moratorium. Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the moratorium during a zoning hearing Thursday, when they also backed a land use change that would allow a horse manure recycling facility to open between...
Watch out Uber: Google’s Waze plans to expand ride sharing to more U.S. cities

Watch out Uber: Google’s Waze plans to expand ride sharing to more U.S. cities

Google’s navigation app Waze may be bringing another carpooling option fairly soon to a city near you. In an interview Wednesday with the Wall Street Journal, Waze CEO Noam Bardin said the company plans to expand its ride-share services beyond Israel and the Bay Area to include additional U.S. cities and some Latin American markets. Bardin said in the interview that one of...

Publix has 3rd best reputation among U.S. corporations, new poll finds

Publix took the No. 3 spot in a new poll ranking the corporate reputation of the country’s 100 “most visible” companies.
Monday Meeting: Brandon Wexler of Wex Gunworks in Delray Beach

Monday Meeting: Brandon Wexler of Wex Gunworks in Delray Beach

Brandon Wexler has a window into the security concerns of Palm Beach County residents. As owner of K&W Gunworks in Delray Beach, Wexler has seen the demand for firearms come and go during the past decade. Terrorism and crime fears create demand for firearms, he said, as do changes in national government leadership. But 16 years ago, Wexler didn’t see himself selling firearms, or working at his...
Concern over Brightline prompts lawmakers to consider rail regulations

Concern over Brightline prompts lawmakers to consider rail regulations

A proposed bill regulating high-speed trains could delay the second phase of All Aboard Florida’s Brightline project and impact the cost of moving freight across the state, rail companies warned a House panel this week. The Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee spent about an hour listening to a group of rail experts and government officials weigh in on the bill, dubbed the Florida High-Speed...
Feds: Six more months of scrutiny for foreign cash buyers in Palm Beach County

Feds: Six more months of scrutiny for foreign cash buyers in Palm Beach County

(Getty Images) The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, is requiring stricter oversight of all-cash home sales to shell companies for six more months.
FPL, U.S. utilities turning to solar as economics turn favorable

FPL, U.S. utilities turning to solar as economics turn favorable

The U.S solar market is booming as Florida Power & Light Co. and other utilities rush to build more solar-powered plants. In its biggest production year to date, the U.S. solar market added 14,626 megawatts of new solar photo-voltaic in 2016. That’s a 95 percent increase over 2015’s then record-breaking addition of 7,493 megawatts, the Solar Energy Industries Association says. FPL, headquartered...
Legislature, elections — Sears goes all out in fight with Gardens Mall

Legislature, elections — Sears goes all out in fight with Gardens Mall

Eight months after losing a legal battle, Sears is waging an all-out war to obtain the power to sublease the second floor of its space at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens to Dick’s Sporting Goods. The fight is taking place in the courts, in the state House of Representatives — and even the ballot box for the upcoming March...
Wawa sets date for South Florida openings

Wawa sets date for South Florida openings

Wawa, a family-owned chain of convenience stores known for its hot coffee and tasty sandwiches, plans to open three stores in a single day next month.  According to a “Save the Date” card distributed to county leaders, Wawa will hold a “Triple Header” grand opening celebration on March 23 for three stores in the Southeast Florida market. RELATED: City commissioner: Wawa...
CPSC issues recall of 2 million Calphalon knives after laceration reports

CPSC issues recall of 2 million Calphalon knives after laceration reports

This 16-piece cutlery set is among Calphalon products being recalled. Check to see what brand your kitchen knives are.
Trump’s tough deportation stance worries Palm Beach County immigrants

Trump’s tough deportation stance worries Palm Beach County immigrants

After President Donald Trump took a tough new stance on deportations, West Palm Beach immigration activist Aileen Josephs thought back to the not-so-old days of mass round-ups. In 2014, after crime waves in El Salvador and Honduras sparked a mass flight to Florida, the Obama administration deported millions of immigrants who were here illegally. “We had ICE agents working with the West...
SodaStream recalls 51K bottles over explosion risk

SodaStream recalls 51K bottles over explosion risk

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Tuesday a recall of SodaStream bottles, because they can burst under pressure.The CPSC recall states that no injuries have been reported, but notes that bursting bottles could injure the user or bystanders. Consumers should immediately stop using the bottles and contact SodaStream via phone at 866-272-9417 between 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday...

POINT OF VIEW Florida needs 5G now

What do smart cities, driverless vehicles, autonomous drones, and instantaneous 3-D downloads all have in common? The need for 5G wireless technology. Under Senate Bill 596 and House Bill 687, which create the Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Act, Floridians have the opportunity to bring ultra-fast speeds — speeds that were previously available only through a wired connection &mdash...
F-35 debate about national security — and money — comes to West Palm Beach

F-35 debate about national security — and money — comes to West Palm Beach

There’s more at stake than national security in the debate over the F-35 fighter jet. It’s called money. Since 2009, Lockheed Martin and some 1,200 partners — including Pratt & Whitney — have delivered more than 200 of the fighter jets powered by Pratt’s F135 engines built in the company’s West Palm Beach and Connecticut plants. RELATED: Read the Post’s coverage...
Palm Beach County home prices hold steady; rental market “on fire”

Palm Beach County home prices hold steady; rental market “on fire”

Palm Beach County’s home prices and sales volumes are in a holding pattern, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches. The median price of a house sold in January was $310,000, down a bit from December but up 9 percent from a year ago. House sales totaled 1,146, also down from December but up from a year ago. The supply-and-demand balance continues...
Crisis? Maybe, but top FL insurer says severity of AOB claims falling

Crisis? Maybe, but top FL insurer says severity of AOB claims falling

Florida’s largest property insurer says its average cost is going down, not up, for claims associated with what many in the industry call a crisis requiring immediate legislative action, its CEO told analysts Wednesday. That means assignment of benefits, such as when a consumer signs over control of insurance payments to a contractor or other third party. “We saw a little bit uptick...
Concern over Brightline prompts lawmakers to consider rail regulations

Concern over Brightline prompts lawmakers to consider rail regulations

A House panel on Wednesday got its first glimpse at a proposal to regulate All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger train service and other high-speed rail ventures.
FAU researchers develop 15-minute test for Zika

FAU researchers develop 15-minute test for Zika

During last year’s Zika scare, Palm Beach County OB-GYNs griped that pregnant women waited as long as four weeks to get test results from state labs. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University say they have a solution. FAU scientists are working on a quick-and-inexpensive test that would produce results in just 15 minutes and cost $5 or less. FAU said Wednesday that its researchers landed...
Tenet buys Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center real estate from landlord

Tenet buys Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center real estate from landlord

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, or at least the real estate where the hospital operates, has a new owner. Tenet Healthcare paid landlord HCP Inc. $43.4 million for the 282,000-square-foot facility on Burns Road, according to property records. HCP is a California-based real estate investment trust that specializes in medical facilities. The companies also recorded a lease termination that took effect...
Two Palm Beach County resorts earn top honors from Forbes Travel Guide

Two Palm Beach County resorts earn top honors from Forbes Travel Guide

For the second year in a row, two of Palm Beach County’s oceanfront resorts have earned top marks from Forbes Travel Guide.
Brookdale Senior Living, Lake Worth area, cited for roaches, flying insects

Brookdale Senior Living, Lake Worth area, cited for roaches, flying insects

Hundreds of dead and live roaches similar to these  were found in the kitchen and food prep areas at Brookdale Senior Living west of Lake Worth, a state inspection report states.
Shoppers expected to save tax refunds this year

Shoppers expected to save tax refunds this year

Nearly half of those expecting tax refunds this year plan to save the money rather than spend it right away, a survey released Wednesday by the National Retail Federation found.  The survey found that 48 percent of consumers plan to put the money they get from their refund this year into savings. This year’s level is  slightly less than 2016’s record high of 49.2 percent, the...
Comcast launches technician tracking app for customers

Comcast launches technician tracking app for customers

Cable giant Comcast has launched a new feature in its mobile app that allows customers to more closely monitor service appointments by pinpointing when a technician is en-route to their home. The feature, called “Tech ETA,” will notify customers with an estimated 30-minute window in which the technician is expected to arrive as well as the worker’s name and photo. In its announcement...
Palm Beach County home prices, sales in holding pattern

Palm Beach County home prices, sales in holding pattern

(Getty Images) Palm Beach County’s home prices and sales volumes are in a holding pattern, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches.
Fast food faster: McDonald’s also woos customers with ordering kiosks

Fast food faster: McDonald’s also woos customers with ordering kiosks

Different Big Mac sizes. The the special sauce giveaway. Now, the latest twist at McDonald’s employs technology to make fast food faster. . At least 15 of the county’s McDonald’s restaurants are now offering faster self-order kiosks and table service. As part of the upgrades, the McDonald’s locations have also remodeled their dinning areas in an effort to make the spaces more...
Robocall scheme that sold Bahamas cruises is in permanent dry dock

Robocall scheme that sold Bahamas cruises is in permanent dry dock

Just hang up if you receive a robocall. An illegal robocalling scheme that bombarded consumers with 12 million to 15 million robocalls a day using political surveys to sell Florida cruise line vacations to the Bahamas has reached its final chapter.
Private flood insurance bill rolls, with dissent on unregulated prices

Private flood insurance bill rolls, with dissent on unregulated prices

A bill designed to boost Florida’s private alternatives to federal flood insurance cleared an early stop Tuesday, though not without a bit of protest and unease about moves that whisk away price regulation.
Palm Beach County’s housing affordability slides a bit in fourth quarter

Palm Beach County’s housing affordability slides a bit in fourth quarter

Palm Beach County homes grew slightly less affordable in the fourth quarter, according to a report by the National Association of Home Builders.

Social Security: set a goal, make a plan, save automatically

Saving for the future is a vital part of ensuring a secure retirement. American Savings Education Council and America Saves coordinate the annual America Saves Week. Started in 2007, the week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status. For years, Social Security has collaborated with America Saves Week...
Wellington florist loses at U.S. Supreme Court, and it could cost you

Wellington florist loses at U.S. Supreme Court, and it could cost you

A Wellington flower delivery company saw its hopes wilt Tuesday. In a case with big implications for online sales, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a constitutional challenge to a Florida tax on flowers that are delivered out of state. The company’s lawyers warned the court in written briefs that “nothing will constrain the spread of this power to all e-commerce transactions...
Sen. Nelson: Demotech downgrades risk mass FL homeowner ‘disaster’

Sen. Nelson: Demotech downgrades risk mass FL homeowner ‘disaster’

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson urged federal officials Tuesday to take any actions necessary to prevent a “disaster ” if mass numbers of Florida homeowners go into default because ratings firm Demotech Inc.
The Honda Classic links female business leaders

The Honda Classic links female business leaders

While the golf pros were preparing for The Honda Classic on Tuesday, about 200 of Palm Beach County’s most successful women spent the day learning how to use the sport as a business tool. The sixth annual Executive Women’s Day held at the PGA National Resort & Spa is one of a series of events the PGA Tour will conduct across the country this year that are geared to female business leaders...
Best of Our Blogs: Scripps’ Gephardt retiring; gas prices inch up

Best of Our Blogs: Scripps’ Gephardt retiring; gas prices inch up

Richard Gephardt is retiring as chairman of The Scripps Research Institute and will be replaced by prominent venture capitalist John Diekman, the nonprofit organization said Tuesday. Gephardt, 76 and a longtime Democratic congressman from St. Louis, had been chairman of Scripps for seven years. Diekman, 73, is a founding partner of 5AM Ventures, a San Francisco VC firm that specializes in biotech...
Wellington flower firm loses at US Supreme Ct. in key online tax case

Wellington flower firm loses at US Supreme Ct. in key online tax case

A Wellington flower delivery company saw its hopes wilt Tuesday in a case with big implications for online sales when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a constitutional challenge to a Florida tax on flowers delivered out of state. The company’s lawyers warned the court “nothing will constrain the spread of this power to all e-commerce transactions.” American Business USA...
Pro-consumer Florida energy bills would expand solar, repeal nuclear fees

Pro-consumer Florida energy bills would expand solar, repeal nuclear fees

A Florida Senate bill filed this week would allow property owners to generate and distribute solar energy to residents and tenants. Senator José Javier Rodríguez, D-Miami, this week filed a series of energy-related bills aimed at protecting the environment and protecting consumers’ pocket books.   SB 456, allowing property owners to generate and distribute solar energy to...
Fast Fix 123: Ban PB Co. tech ‘scam’ execs for good, Fla. AG says

Fast Fix 123: Ban PB Co. tech ‘scam’ execs for good, Fla. AG says

Florida’s Attorney General said Tuesday she wants a permanent order barring executives at a “scam” company operating in West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach from working in tech support again.
Prominent venture capitalist to replace Gephardt as Scripps chairman

Prominent venture capitalist to replace Gephardt as Scripps chairman

Richard Gephardt is retiring as chairman of The Scripps Research Institute and will be replaced by prominent venture capitalist John Diekman, the nonprofit organization said Tuesday. Gephardt, age 76 and a longtime Democratic Congressman from St. Louis, had been the chairman of Scripps for seven years. Diekman, 73, is a founding partner of 5AM Ventures, a San Francisco VC firm that specializes in...
Court rules Snuggies are blankets, not clothing

Court rules Snuggies are blankets, not clothing

A federal trade court decision has ended the debate on whether Snuggies are blankets or apparel. The court ruled that a Snuggie is a blanket for tariff purposes, and should not face the higher apparel duty rate as the Department of Justice contended. The ruling was handed down Feb. 10, according to Bloomberg. The judge in the case ruled that Snuggies are marketed as “blankets with sleeves&rdquo...

Should your neighborhood Outback, Bonefish or Carrabba’s close?

Outback Steakhouse More than 40 Outback, Bonefish or Carrabba’s restaurants will be closing. Should your neighborhood place be one of those?
Gray-bearded entrepreneur targets hipsters from Boca Raton incubator

Gray-bearded entrepreneur targets hipsters from Boca Raton incubator

Talk about staking out a spot at the intersection of the hottest hipster trends: Tech entrepreneur Rob Kennedy runs a company that designs mobile apps for brewers of craft beers. True to the tech start-up playbook, there’s a pingpong table at Kennedy’s office at the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University Technology Business Incubator. But this tech company veers off script in one...
Burger King owner buys Popeyes restaurants

Burger King owner buys Popeyes restaurants

The owner of Burger King and Tim Hortons restaurants has purchased Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, according to the company’s website. Restaurant Brands International paid $1.8 billion for  Popeyes, according to a press release. Popeyes is known for its Louisiana-style offerings, particularly chicken and red beans and rice. Daniel Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of RBI, said in a statement...
Related’s Perez to Trump: I’m not interested in building your wall

Related’s Perez to Trump: I’m not interested in building your wall

Ivanka and Donald Trump at a January 2007 event for the proposed Trump Tower Palm Beach condo on North Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.
Trump and Related Group: Why a 23-story WPB condo got shelved

Trump and Related Group: Why a 23-story WPB condo got shelved

Editor’s Note: The following story was published in the Palm Beach Post Business section on Oct. 28, 2007 Trump Tower Palm Beach was supposed to be the toast of the town when it comes to luxury condos. Now it looks like Trump Tower could be toast. Real estate mogul Donald Trump confirmed he is close to shelving the 23-story condominium planned for North Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. &ldquo...

Trump and Related Group: The story behind Trump Tower Palm Beach

Editor’s Note: The following story was published in the Palm Beach Post on Jan. 25, 2007. Donald Trump is upping his stake in Palm Beach County. The real estate mogul is teaming with The Related Group to build Trump Tower Palm Beach, a luxury condo on North Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. Trump also disclosed Wednesday that he is interested in another Related project: the billion-dollar redevelopment...
Trump and Related Group: The back story on the Icon project

Trump and Related Group: The back story on the Icon project

Editor’s note: The following story appeared in the Palm Beach Post Business section on Aug. 27, 2006. Trump Icon Palm Beach. Has a nice ring to it. Real estate mogul Donald Trump may soon be lending his gift for promotion to the Icon Palm Beach, the latest condo planned for West Palm Beach by Miami’s Related Group. The Icon is a 23-story project planned for North Flagler Drive. It is billed...
FPL commits to building eight solar plants by 2018

FPL commits to building eight solar plants by 2018

Florida Power & Light Co. is doubling the number of new “universal” solar power plants it plans to add by early 2018, FPL president and CEO Eric Silagy said Monday. Juno Beach-based FPL previously announced it would construct four new 74.5 megawatt plants this year. Now that is doubling to eight solar photo-voltaic plants that will have a total of more than 2.5 million solar panels. Each...
FPL doubling up on solar, plans to build eight new solar plants by 2018

FPL doubling up on solar, plans to build eight new solar plants by 2018

FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center in Charlotte County is one of three solar power plants FPL completed in 2016.
Out of business? Clematis Street pub, nightclub apparently close

Out of business? Clematis Street pub, nightclub apparently close

Southern Railway Taphouse at 314 Clematis St. on Feb. 18, 2017. Photo by Jeff Ostrowski/The Palm Beach Post Two spots at 314 Clematis St.
Palm Beach County gas price average up 2 cents from a week ago, AAA says

Palm Beach County gas price average up 2 cents from a week ago, AAA says

Gasoline prices are rising. The average for a gallon of regular rose to $2.46 Monday in Palm Beach County, up from $2.
Ivanka Trump's brand holds strong on Amazon as perfumes snag bestseller spots

Ivanka Trump's brand holds strong on Amazon as perfumes snag bestseller spots

Several retailers recently announced that they would stop or limit sales of Ivanka Trump’s merchandise, with some claiming sales, not politics, as the reason behind the decisions. But her brand might not be in serious jeopardy after all, as her perfume maintains spots on Amazon's bestsellers list. Her sales were so high that her fragrances took up three spots on the bestseller list this week...
Editorial: Regulations on medical marijuana must make access easy

Editorial: Regulations on medical marijuana must make access easy

Medical marijuana is now legal in Florida for a number of debilitating ailments such as HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder and Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s in the state Constitution, thanks to Amendment 2, swept in by 71 percent of voters in November. But the law, enacted on Jan. 3, has barely gone into effect. Under the amendment’s terms, the Florida Legislature is supposed...

Delinquent board director should be automatically removed

Question: If a director was notified by letter of their 90-plus day delinquency and the fact that they have abandoned their board seat pursuant to Florida Statute 720.306(9)(b), does this director have any subsequent rights to the abandoned seat, if payment of all delinquent amounts is made several weeks after the notification letter was sent? Signed, D.E. Answer: The statute states that “a...
Newsmakers: People in Palm Beach County business, civic groups

Newsmakers: People in Palm Beach County business, civic groups

BANKING Legacy Bank has announced that Jeffrey S. Wolfe has joined Legacy Bank of Florida in Boca Raton as senior vice president, senior commercial real estate lender. Wolfe’s responsibilities include building and sustaining relationships with commercial banking customers in the South Florida market. Wolfe is a seasoned banking professional with more than 25 years of financial experience. Wolfe...
Monday Meeting: Matt Constantine, CEO of Lake Worth’s Adopt-A-Family

Monday Meeting: Matt Constantine, CEO of Lake Worth’s Adopt-A-Family

Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches was founded in 1983 by three Palm Beach County women who realized there was a need to help families who were temporarily down on their luck. The first family of four they helped was living under a bridge after moving from Texas. The ladies moved them to a motel, and then two weeks later, helped them find an apartment. Today, 34 years later, with Matt Constantine...
Trump, SoftBank and OneWeb: 5 things to know

Trump, SoftBank and OneWeb: 5 things to know

President Donald Trump is slated to visit the Space Coast this weekend, home of an employer he has singled out for praise. OneWeb is a satellite company run by Stuart resident Greg Wyler. Five things to know about the ambitious startup: Big backers. OneWeb’s investors include British billionaire Richard Branson and Japanese firm SoftBank. Hefty hiring plans. OneWeb itself expects peak...
Fla. insurance chief responds on Post no-fault story

Fla. insurance chief responds on Post no-fault story

A driver in a Palm Beach Post story posted today calls the state’s no-fault system an expensive joke that state leaders should stop protecting.
Dump Fla.’s no-fault law? PIP supporter pushes back on Post story

Dump Fla.’s no-fault law? PIP supporter pushes back on Post story

The Palm Beach Post’s story posted today about drivers fed up with the state’s requirement to buy $10,000 in no-fault Personal Injury Protection coverage — on the grounds it is a costly, fraud-prone mess that needlessly duplicates Medicare or other health insurance — quickly kicked up response from the law’s supporters.
Florida fruit, vegetable growers see hope in Trump’s NAFTA stance

Florida fruit, vegetable growers see hope in Trump’s NAFTA stance

Since the North American Free Trade Agreement was enacted in 1994, Florida growers of tomatoes, bell peppers, strawberries and other specialty crops have been hammered by cheap imports from Mexico, where labor costs are lower and regulations fewer. Unfortunately for Florida growers, the state’s winter growing season coincides with Mexico’s, causing head-to-head competition and oversupply...
Zima is ready to make a comeback

Zima is ready to make a comeback

For those waxing nostalgic for the 1990s, a clear blast from the past may reappear soon at bars and on store shelves. MillerCoors will bring back Zima this year, according to a Crain’s report. The clear malt beverage debuted in 1993 and was a popular fixture of the nightclub scene, but sales declined over time, and the company discontinued Zima production in the U.S. in 2008. "If you're...
Ocwen spinoff says federal agency considering an enforcement action

Ocwen spinoff says federal agency considering an enforcement action

Ocwen’s West Palm Beach office. Photo by Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post. In yet another regulatory entanglement for Ocwen and its spinoffs, Altisource Portfolio Solutions said Thursday that the U.
Gardens driver: State keeping no-fault PIP insurance ‘a joke’

Gardens driver: State keeping no-fault PIP insurance ‘a joke’

As far as driver Dick Natalizio of Palm Beach Gardens can see, state leaders seem to be in no hurry to do much of anything when there is an obvious solution to a car insurance problem staring them in the face.
Gardens driver: PIP ‘a joke’ state leaders should stop protecting

Gardens driver: PIP ‘a joke’ state leaders should stop protecting

Count Dick Natalizio of Palm Beach Gardens among Florida drivers who are sick of the government mandate forcing them to buy $10,000 of Personal Injury Protection to cover minor injuries in car accidents. Why? They see PIP as a costly, fraud-prone albatross that needlessly duplicates coverage they already have from Medicare or private health plans. Florida drivers pay among the five highest car insurance...
Boca spammer gets 48 months behind bars

Boca spammer gets 48 months behind bars

A Boca Raton man was sentenced for his role in a computer hacking scheme that hijacked customer email accounts to send “spam” emails and generated more than $1.3 million in illegal profits, federal officials said Thursday. Timothy Livingston, 31, was sentenced to 48 months in prison before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini of the District of New Jersey.  Livingston pleaded...
Macy’s at CityPlace offers deep discounts in advance of store closing

Macy’s at CityPlace offers deep discounts in advance of store closing

The Macy’s at CityPlace in West Palm Beach has slashed prices in an attempt to clear out merchandise before the store closes this spring.
Cheap no more: Florida ranks as one of least affordable housing markets in Realtors’ new measure

Cheap no more: Florida ranks as one of least affordable housing markets in Realtors’ new measure

It’s no surprise that property is prohibitively priced in Hawaii and California, or that homes are very affordable in Indiana. But here’s a shocker, from a new affordability measure by the National Association of Realtors and Realtor.com: Florida no longer is a bastion of cheap housing. In fact, Florida ranks as the nation’s sixth least-affordable market, behind only Hawaii...
Reported new Labor Dept. nominee’s Palm Beach County connection

Reported new Labor Dept. nominee’s Palm Beach County connection

President Trump is expected to nominate Alexander Acosta, to head the Labor Department. Acosta, dean of the Florida International University School of Law, is a former federal prosecutor. Full Donald Trump coverage: Galleries, news, video Acosta’s tenure as U.S. attorney included the corruption prosecution of Palm Beach County Commission Chairman Tony Masilotti and Palm Beach County Commissioners...
This national retailer is closing in CityPlace

This national retailer is closing in CityPlace

The BCBG store in CityPlace Women’s clothing retailer BCBG Max Azria is closing its store in West Palm Beach’s CityPlace.
Real estate agent: Kolter took my commissions on Water Club condo

Real estate agent: Kolter took my commissions on Water Club condo

When The Kolter Group decided to build a third tower at its Water Club condominium in North Palm Beach, Kolter realized some of the magnificent Intracoastal Waterway and ocean views in the second tower could be blocked. So the West Palm Beach developer allowed pre-construction buyers in the second tower to cancel their contracts and recoup their down payments. Several buyers whose views would be blocked...
Britax recalls 676K strollers after injury reports

Britax recalls 676K strollers after injury reports

Britax Child Safety Inc. has issued a recall of certain models of its strollers, after the company discovered a defect that can create a fall hazard.  A damaged receiver mount can cause the car seat to disengage from the stroller, and lead to a fall, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Both the Britax B-Agile and BOB Motion Strollers are part of the recall. The recall covers...
Record-breaking 112.8 million tourists visited Florida in 2016

Record-breaking 112.8 million tourists visited Florida in 2016

A record-breaking 112.8 million tourists visited Florida in 2016, up  5.9 percent over 2015’s level, Gov.
JUST IN: Cooper’s Hawk restaurant to hire 200 in Palm Beach Gardens

JUST IN: Cooper’s Hawk restaurant to hire 200 in Palm Beach Gardens

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants will hold job fairs next week and next month to fill 200 jobs for a new location in Palm Beach Gardens. The 196 jobs will be for Cooper’s Hawk location at The Gardens Mall, which is slated to open in April. The company said the positions range from servers to line cooks, bartenders to wine tasting room attendants. The job fairs will be Feb. 20 and 21...
Winn-Dixie’s parent company reveals plans for own-label revamp

Winn-Dixie’s parent company reveals plans for own-label revamp

Winn-Dixie’s parent company is revamping its generic brands in hopes of winning customers over with both low prices and products that taste as good as their more expensive counterparts. Southeastern Grocers, a supermarket chain which operates stores under four brands, including Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Más, has created a test kitchen and “sensory lab tasting facility”...
JUST IN: Hoteliers eye as many as more 2,400 rooms in West Palm Beach

JUST IN: Hoteliers eye as many as more 2,400 rooms in West Palm Beach

Tourism is booming in Palm Beach County, and so are plans for new hotels in the county seat, West Palm Beach. Plans are being dusted off for a hotel on Clematis Street, in the heart of downtown. Meanwhile, a new proposed hotel outside the downtown is in the works. RELATED: Palm Beach County sees record tourism pace In addition, a controversial plan to build a hotel at...
For Palm Beach County banks, big bucks but fewer branches

For Palm Beach County banks, big bucks but fewer branches

SunTrust’s branch on Belvedere Road is scheduled to close in May 2017. SunTrust this month notified customers that its branch at 422 Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach will close in May, a move that reflects the dwindling importance of brick-and-mortar banking in an increasingly cashless society.
Gov. Scott tells county leaders to back business, tourism agencies

Gov. Scott tells county leaders to back business, tourism agencies

Gov. Rick Scott gathered with Palm Beach County business and municipal leaders Wednesday to rally support for two state agencies facing elimination, Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. The visit came as local tourism leaders announced a record-breaking 7.35 million visitors traveled to Palm Beach County in 2016 — a milestone they said shows the power of tourism marketing groups like Visit...
Palm Beach County breaks tourism record in 2016

Palm Beach County breaks tourism record in 2016

A record-breaking 7.35 million visitors came to Palm Beach County in 2016, a 5.8 increase over 2015’s level, according to county tourism officials.
AAA: Millennnials are the worst behaved drivers. Do you agree?

AAA: Millennnials are the worst behaved drivers. Do you agree?

A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning the top spot of worst behaved U.S. drivers. These dangerous behaviors — which increase crash risk — included texting while driving, red-light running and speeding. These findings released Wednesday come as...
Sell Ivanka Trump line or not? For stores, either choice brings risk

Sell Ivanka Trump line or not? For stores, either choice brings risk

Nordstrom’s decision to drop Ivanka Trump products enraged President Donald Trump, perplexed marketing experts and spurred one boycott but ended another. The merchant’s move underscored the fraught nature of mixing business and politics — even unwittingly — in the Trump era. Full Donald Trump coverage: Galleries, news, video “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly...
FTC settles with accused Florida collector on India scam calls

FTC settles with accused Florida collector on India scam calls

Federal officials announced a settlement Wednesday with a Florida company accused of using “runners” to pick up money at Western Union or MoneyGram locations throughout the state in connection with scam calls from India. Callers pretended to be from a host of agencies including the IRS collecting debts, or officials collecting a fee to pick up a “free”government grant...
AAA: Millennnials ages 19-24 are the worst behaved drivers. Do you agree?

AAA: Millennnials ages 19-24 are the worst behaved drivers. Do you agree?

Drivers should not read a text or email, much less type or send one while driving. A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning the top spot of worst behaved U.
Two Jupiter scientists win $3.3 million for breast cancer research

Two Jupiter scientists win $3.3 million for breast cancer research

Two scientists from Scripps Florida in Jupiter won up to $3.3 million to create the next generation of breast cancer treatments for the thousands of patients whose treatment options are limited. Ben Shen, co-chairman of the Department of Chemistry, and Christoph Rader, an associate professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology, will co-lead the new five-year study, Scripps Florida said...
OkCupid's new matchmaking questions tackle Trump, politics

OkCupid's new matchmaking questions tackle Trump, politics

Looking for love in today's tense political climate? OkCupid may be able to help. According to Engadget, the online dating service has added 50 more questions that users can answer to improve their matches.
Burlington Coat Factory removes Ivanka Trump products from website

Burlington Coat Factory removes Ivanka Trump products from website

"Burlington Coat Factory has removed all Trump brand goods from its site but has made no public statement about brick-and-mortar locations, so it, too, remains on the (boycott) list," the #GrabYourWallet site said. Nordstrom recently decided to stop selling Trump's fashion brand, drawing the ire of President Donald Trump, who tweeted that the move was "unfair." ...

SOCIAL SECURITY: 2017 brings changes to ‘full retirement age’

Every worker’s dream is having a secure retirement to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Social Security is here to help you secure today and tomorrow. Part of that commitment is ensuring you have the most up-to-date information when you make your retirement decisions. “Full retirement age” refers to the age when a person can claim their Social Security benefits without any reduction...

Editorial: Tougher oversight needed to curb condo board corruption

With no income tax and low business taxes, Florida has earned its reputation as one of the lowest-taxed states in the nation. Or has it? There’s a dirty little secret about the cost of living here that doesn’t show up on those “Top-10 Lowest Tax State” lists: New residential developments usually require association dues — sometimes very large, unpredictable dues that...
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