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6 restaurants in West Palm Beach, Boynton, Lantana with perfect scores

6 restaurants in West Palm Beach, Boynton, Lantana with perfect scores

The Palm Beach Post’s restaurant inspection data are obtained from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation. Click here to see how your favorite restaurant fared in its inspection For the week ending June 18, state inspectors reported perfect inspections at these locations: Ps561 had zero violations in an inspection June 14 at 510 Lantana Road, Lantana. Wendy’s Old...
Island condo project in West Palm Beach starting construction

Island condo project in West Palm Beach starting construction

The first new condominium on Palm Beach island in more than a decade is set to break ground July 12. It’s 3550 South Ocean , a seven-story, 30-unit luxury project by DDG. The property, technically located in South Palm Beach, is being built on the site of the former Hawaiian Ocean Inn by DDG. RELATED: The Bristol’s sales at 70 percent — developer adds...
Florida homestead law a ‘debtor’s haven’? Not for Beverly Hills dentist

Florida homestead law a ‘debtor’s haven’? Not for Beverly Hills dentist

Facing a $2.1 million court judgment in California, longtime Los Angeles resident Michael Motamed suddenly got a yen to move to Florida, plunking down $1.5 million for an oceanfront condominium in Palm Beach. But attorneys representing a former UCLA pre-med student who suffered horrific injuries in 2012 when Motamed’s Mercedes plowed into her said there was nothing mysterious about the retired...
FCC: Illegal robocalls traced to South Florida draw biggest fine ever

FCC: Illegal robocalls traced to South Florida draw biggest fine ever

A federal agency has proposed its largest fine ever, $120 million, for illegal robocalls that “spoofed” or falsely identified the caller. An investigation led them to a man in South Florida they say is responsible for a stunning 97 million such automated calls in the last quarter of 2016 alone. The Federal Communications Commission said in a written...
NEW: Six insurers return to Florida Obamacare market in 2018

NEW: Six insurers return to Florida Obamacare market in 2018

Big drama in Washington over the future of health care will not stop six companies from returning to Florida’s Affordable Care Act individual marketplace in 2018, according to a summary from state officials Thursday. And an average requested rate increase of 17.8 percent among a total of nine insurers offering ACA-compliant plans comes in slightly below last year’s approved average hike...
Senate health care bill: Secret is out, see what it means for you

Senate health care bill: Secret is out, see what it means for you

GOP leader Mitch McConnell said a Senate health plan unveiled Thursday will “free Americans” from Obamacare’s taxes and mandates while offering greater help to low-income people than a House bill does, but it faced immediate criticism from Democrats and at least four Republican conservative senators whose support it needs to pass. RELATED: Marco Rubio and Obamacare: Taxpayer hero...
Boca’s Barzilay skis on to Forbes’ America’s Top Women Advisors of 2017

Boca’s Barzilay skis on to Forbes’ America’s Top Women Advisors of 2017

A former camp counselor who taught children to water ski has made a splash on Forbes’ inaugural America’s Top Women Advisors of 2017 list, ranking No. 70 out of 200. Rachel Barzilay, 31, of Boca Raton recalled the camp job “helped me break out of my comfort zone.” A key lesson: “guiding while not being overbearing.” It meant letting the kids figure some things out...
Recall issued for hummus sold at Walmart

Recall issued for hummus sold at Walmart

Multiple brands of hummus sold at Walmart and other stores have been recalled because of potential contamination. An announcement from the Knoxville, Tennessee, based company House of Thaller says it is recalling packages of Hummus with Pine Nut Topping “because an ingredient supplier notified us that their ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes...
Denver restaurant charging customers 'livable wage' surcharge

Denver restaurant charging customers 'livable wage' surcharge

Customers at Duo Restaurant in Denver have mainly been supportive of the new surcharge appearing on their bills. Restaurant owner Keith Arnold told Denver7 that the surcharge is designed to address the wage gap between the servers and the kitchen staff. Servers can make 50 to 100 percent more than kitchen staff, Arnold said. The 2 percent surcharge is applied to all bills, and 100 percent of the proceeds...
JUST IN: How much did Mar-a-Lago rake in? Trump documents disagree

JUST IN: How much did Mar-a-Lago rake in? Trump documents disagree

According to last week’s financial disclosure, the exclusive club took in $37 million over a 15-month period that ended this spring, up significantly from the $20.7 million in income the club reported in a similar federal financial document in July 2016 — two months before the end of its fiscal year, the documents show. But net profits were likely far less than the reported income...
U.S. home prices hit a record — and Realtors’ chief economist calls boom “unsustainable”

U.S. home prices hit a record — and Realtors’ chief economist calls boom “unsustainable”

The last time real estate prices were in record territory, the National Association of Realtors‘ most visible spokesman was an unabashed cheerleader. But during the latest record run, NAR’s new chief economist is calling the boom “unsustainable.” What a difference a decade makes. During the boom, NAR’s top dismal scientist was David Lereah, author of the unfortunately...
Exclusive: NYU Langone opening medical offices in Palm Beach County

Exclusive: NYU Langone opening medical offices in Palm Beach County

New York University’s Langone Medical Center is opening medical offices in West Palm Beach and Delray Beach, the latest out-of-area health care provider to cater to Palm Beach County patients. NYU Langone has leased 7,200 square feet of ground floor space at the 101 North Clematis office building. The space is next to Pistache restaurant and part of Waterfront Clematis, a downtown two-building...
Palm Beach County home prices jump 7.9% to reach new post-crash peak

Palm Beach County home prices jump 7.9% to reach new post-crash peak

Palm Beach County home prices rose again in May, a month when the typical sale price reached another post-crash high. Meanwhile, U.S. home prices hit a new record in May, reflecting a strong job market, rock-bottom mortgage rates and a slim supply of homes for sale. RELATED: As housing market rebounds, housing equality suffers The median price of a single-family home sold in Palm Beach County in May...
Commentary: Net neutrality rules are needed to protect ordinary people

Commentary: Net neutrality rules are needed to protect ordinary people

Network neutrality rules are needed to protect individuals against cable companies and other giant Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that want to put their own profits ahead of the public interest in a free and open internet where anybody can communicate and compete on an equal playing field. They want network neutrality protections removed so they can tilt the rules of the game in their own favor...
Commentary: Net neutrality is bad for consumers

Commentary: Net neutrality is bad for consumers

The Federal Communications Commission’s proposed rollback of its 2015 Open Internet Order has put the term “net neutrality” back in the political zeitgeist. The phrase itself is more strategic marketing than precise meaning, but understanding that all it really means is heavy-handed government regulation of the internet makes it clear that net neutrality policy is bad for broadband...

POINT OF VIEW Conservation zone buyback by county hardly a done deal

The Palm Beach Post article — “Conservation zone buyback lauded” (Sunday) — badly mischaracterizes the decision that the County Commission is facing regarding the McMurrain property. The article implies that if the county does not repurchase this property, residential development will surely follow. Therefore we must purchase it to prevent development. This is a false choice...
Why Lion Country might get cheetah, penguins

Why Lion Country might get cheetah, penguins

After 50 years in Palm Beach County, the owners of Lion Country Safari plan to sell the drive-through zoo and amusement park to the owner of a Connecticut-based wildlife center — a move that could bring more animals to the facility off Southern Boulevard.
Trump vows Cuba tourism curb, but biggest hold-up is exile reticence

Trump vows Cuba tourism curb, but biggest hold-up is exile reticence

Two takeaways from President Donald Trump’s Cuba speech in Miami on June 16. One, when it comes to Cuba, it’s very hard for one American president to undo what the previous one did. Trump said he was “canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba.” But in reality, he ratified two major pieces of President Barack Obama’s Cuba opening &mdash...
Boynton man vs. IRS over big refunds, house, Jag: How it ended

Boynton man vs. IRS over big refunds, house, Jag: How it ended

A Boynton Beach man seemed to have it all: home, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz. But he soon had something else  — attention from the Internal Revenue Service. David R. Andre, 41, pleaded guilty to corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the administration of the internal revenue laws and theft of government funds, acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the U.S. Justice Department&rsquo...
Why it’s good news a Florida teen driver adds 69% to insurance bill

Why it’s good news a Florida teen driver adds 69% to insurance bill

Add a teen driver to your Florida household, and the insurance bill goes up 69 percent, a new study finds. And that’s the good news. While that might not sound like a reason to turn cartwheels, exactly, it’s an improvement. Last year Florida’s average increase was 82 percent and above the national norm. Now Florida falls among the 10 states with the lowest teen-driven increases,...
Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick resigns as CEO, report says

Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick resigns as CEO, report says

The co-founder of ride-sharing company Uber has reportedly resigned as CEO. According to The New York Times, Travis Kalanick is stepping down “after a shareholder revolt made it untenable for him to stay on at the company.”
Citizens OKs 9.3% rate hike in Palm Beach County, water damage caps

Citizens OKs 9.3% rate hike in Palm Beach County, water damage caps

The board of state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. voted Tuesday to raise homeowner premiums 6.7 percent statewide for 2018 — and 9.3 percent in Palm Beach County — and make sweeping changes in the way it handles water claims, drawing fire from contractors who say the moves go too far. Homeowners would face a $10,000 limit on payments for claims such as a plumbing leak from the state&rsquo...
Lion Country’s new owner plans to expand conservation, education at zoo

Lion Country’s new owner plans to expand conservation, education at zoo

The founder of a Connecticut-based wildlife center, who also has ties to Wellington’s equestrian community, plans to buy Lion Country Safari in western Palm Beach County in a deal that is expected to be finalized during the third quarter of the year. Marcella Leone, founder and director of the nonprofit Leo Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Conn., has “agreed to purchase America&rsquo...
Why president of GL Homes reaches out to mid-priced, luxury buyers

Why president of GL Homes reaches out to mid-priced, luxury buyers

For the past four decades, GL Homes has built thousands of homes in Palm Beach County, from starter houses to luxury communities to homes for people ages 55 and up. Now the Sunrise-based company’s longtime leader, Itzhak Ezratti, has passed the company’s leadership to his son, Misha. The elder Itzhak will continue as chairman but Misha is now president — and in charge of leading...
Is Lion Country Safari going to be sold?

Is Lion Country Safari going to be sold?

Lion Country Safari, which has been operating in western Palm Beach County for half a century, could be sold to an animal conservationist, a spokeswoman for the park said Monday. The owners of the drive-through safari and amusement park are weighing details of the sale — a deal that could be finalized late next month, spokeswoman Jennifer Berthiaume said. “They are working through details...
BREAKING: Is Lion Country Safari being sold?

BREAKING: Is Lion Country Safari being sold?

Lion Country Safari, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in western Palm Beach County, could be sold to an animal conservationist, a spokeswoman confirmed on Monday.
Bill expanding renewable energy tax break in Florida becomes law

Bill expanding renewable energy tax break in Florida becomes law

Florida Gov. Rick Scott late Friday signed 13 bills, including a measure that will carry out a constitutional amendment aimed at boosting the use of solar energy in the state. Lawmakers passed the renewable-energy bill (SB 90), after nearly 73 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment during last August’s primary elections. The amendment called for extending a renewable-energy...
Political rise spurs sales of Donald Trump’s Art of the Deal, but other titles languish

Political rise spurs sales of Donald Trump’s Art of the Deal, but other titles languish

President Donald Trump‘s political rise has sparked sales for his two big hits as an author, The Art of the Deal (published in 1987) and Time to Get Tough (2011). As of July 15, 2015, Trump reported less than $50,000 in royalties for The Art of the Deal and less than $100,000 for Time to Get Tough. In the latest disclosure, dated June 14, 2017, Trump reports royalties of up to $1 million apiece...
Chick-fil-A introduces new gluten-free bun

Chick-fil-A introduces new gluten-free bun

In response to customer requests, Chick-fil-A announced the addition of a new gluten-free bun option to its menu, making it one of the first fast food restaurants to offer the item. >> Read more trending news  The 150-calorie bun, made with premium ingredients like quinoa and amaranth and lightly sweetened with molasses and raisins, is now available in restaurants nationwide, according...
Coyo Taco to give Palm Beach another late-night food option

Coyo Taco to give Palm Beach another late-night food option

Palm Beach’s new taco restaurant plans to serve brunch, lunch and dinner on the island. The Town Council last week approved Coyo Taco’s hours of operation, as well as plans for outdoor seating and catering. The authentic Mexican restaurant, which plans to open this fall in the Royal Poinciana Plaza, can serve food from 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to...
NEW: Trump mystique could boost sales at West Palm condo tower

NEW: Trump mystique could boost sales at West Palm condo tower

President Donald Trump has put Palm Beach County on the map. And now professionals in the real estate market are starting to see a business opportunity. In the 10 months since Great Gulf of Canada submitted plans to build a 27-story tower on South Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, a certain part-time winter resident has continued his seasonal treks to Palm Beach, turning what was once...
No shame in an easy and inexpensive date night — especially when CityPlace is to thank

No shame in an easy and inexpensive date night — especially when CityPlace is to thank

Date night is on a whole new level, thanks to CityPlace in West Palm Beach. So text your boo-thang and tell him/her, it's on tonight. Because CityPlace's new Night Out promotion is hooking you up every Sunday through Thursday. We're talking dinner and a movie for two, plus valet. All for $60. (That's a pre-sexytime steal, if one ever existed!) The promotion lasts from now till October. Participating...
Botox at the beach? You can have it at the Four Seasons

Botox at the beach? You can have it at the Four Seasons

Dr. Harold Bafitis, a plastic surgeon who provides plastic surgery services at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach The Four Seasons Palm Beach has it all when it comes to relaxing: Ocean views, soothing interiors and a spa providing massages and facials.
Denver weed entrepreneur: My leases are for three times going rate

Denver weed entrepreneur: My leases are for three times going rate

More than 4 million square feet of Denver warehouse space is occupied by cannabis growers, a property boom that comes with more than a few quirks. “Traditional tenants don’t want to be next to marijuana businesses,” CBRE broker Paul Kluck said last week during the National Association of Real Estate Editors conference in Denver. “The real issue is odor.” What’s...
Opioid costs push struggling states to dust off tobacco strategy

Opioid costs push struggling states to dust off tobacco strategy

State and local leaders fighting a worsening opioid-abuse epidemic are studying tactics used in the tobacco lawsuits of the 1990s, as they try to claw back billions from the companies who make and sell the powerful painkillers.  More than 20 U.S. states, counties and cities have sued firms including Johnson & Johnson, Purdue Pharma Inc., and McKesson Corp. in the past year, claiming they fueled...
Newsmakers: People in Palm Beach County business, non-profits

Newsmakers: People in Palm Beach County business, non-profits

CONSTRUCTION Michael V. Thomas has been promoted to director of business development and marketing at The Weitz Company. In his new position, Thomas is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with clients and associates across the industry in the pursuit of new building opportunities. He also manages marketing staff in the company’s West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale offices...
To keep customers happy, old-school Seacoast Bank turns to big data

To keep customers happy, old-school Seacoast Bank turns to big data

For decades, Seacoast Bank relied on small-town service to drive its dominant market share in Martin County. Now that the bank is expanding statewide, old-school Seacoast is using a much different strategy: It’s focusing on big data. The 90-year-old bank has added two data scientists to its staff, and, in an effort to tailor its offerings and to smooth loan approvals, Seacoast has begun...
As housing market rebounds, housing equality suffers

As housing market rebounds, housing equality suffers

For decades, the U.S. housing market was seen as an instrument of upward mobility. In the post-crash years, however, the housing market has exacerbated the economy’s growing wealth inequality. Home prices are at or near record highs in many cities, but the biggest benefits are accruing to the wealthy, housing economists say. “Middle-class families are becoming increasingly priced out of...

Articles, bylaws determine whether non-owner may serve on board

Question: I live in a senior condominium. A board member was asked to become a director. He is not a unit owner, and he is under the age of 55. Is this allowed? — G.G. Answer: The question of whether this person is eligible to serve on your board of directors is entirely separate from your community’s status as housing for older persons. As we have discussed in prior columns, the Fair...
Palm Beach County-grown Florida’s Table rice in Publix, Whole Foods

Palm Beach County-grown Florida’s Table rice in Publix, Whole Foods

Palm Beach County is known for growing sugar cane and winter vegetables, but now a lesser-known crop, rice that’s produced during the summer in the Everglades Agricultural Area, is getting its day in the sun. Florida’s Table, a new brand of rice launched by Domino Foods Inc. and owned by West Palm Beach-based Florida Crystals Corp., is now available in most Publix and Whole Foods stores...
NEW: Jobless rate plunges to 10-year lows in Florida, Palm Beach County

NEW: Jobless rate plunges to 10-year lows in Florida, Palm Beach County

Break out the black turtlenecks. The jobless rate hasn’t been this low in Florida and Palm Beach County since the year Steve Jobs announced the iPhone, 2007. In Florida, the unemployment mark hit 4.3 percent, officials announced Friday. That was the lowest since August 2007. And in Palm Beach County, it held its ground at 3.9 percent in numbers not seasonally adjusted, matching the lowest since...
Amazon buying Whole Foods: 10 funny things about the deal

Amazon buying Whole Foods: 10 funny things about the deal

Now that Amazon is buying Whole Foods , here are 10 things we can come to expect: 1. Prime members will get free shipping of quinoa. 2. Amazon TV sitcoms will now include “sustainable humor” labeling. 3. Locally sourced UPS drivers 4. No more plastic bags inside those Amazon boxes 5. Broken stuff in Amazon boxes due to lack of inflated plastic bag cushions READ...
Greyhound races are practically a thing of the past, except in Florida

Greyhound races are practically a thing of the past, except in Florida

PALM BEACH, Fla. — During the third race on a recent sweltering Sunday at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, a sleek black greyhound named Atascocita Laden broke from the pack early in the 545-yard course and sprinted to a decisive victory. There was nothing overly surprising about the result: Atascocita Laden was a favorite, and the tip sheets had him picked to finish in the money. For some Americans...
Buyback of conservation zone near Boynton lauded by environmentalists

Buyback of conservation zone near Boynton lauded by environmentalists

Preservationists and environmentalists are on the verge of another victory in their quest to limit building in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve, a 22,000-acre farming and land conservation zone west of Boynton Beach and Delray Beach that has been under increasing development pressure. County commissioners advanced a proposed budget Tuesday that includes $3 million to begin...
‘Angry as hell’: Distracted crashes up, father wants action on phones

‘Angry as hell’: Distracted crashes up, father wants action on phones

Steve Augello remembers feeling “angry as hell” when his daughter died in a crash he believes was caused by another driver’s texting. Now Augello has another reason to be upset: inaction by state lawmakers. Records requested by The Palm Beach Post show crash reports listing distracted driving rose 10 percent in Florida in 2016. Injuries associated with texting rose 45 percent in...
These 3 Palm Beach County restaurants scored perfect inspections

These 3 Palm Beach County restaurants scored perfect inspections

The Palm Beach Post’s restaurant inspection data is obtained from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation. To see how your favorite restaurant fared on the most latest inspection, click here. For the week ending June 11, these restaurants received perfect scores reports from state inspectors: Kfc had zero violations in an inspection June 7 at 4507 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres...
House with ‘retro’ re-do finally lands buyer on Palm Beach’s Ibis Isle

House with ‘retro’ re-do finally lands buyer on Palm Beach’s Ibis Isle

Worth Avenue jeweler Tamara Comolli had to wait a while but she finally found the right buyers for the Ibis Isle home she updated for her family with a retro flair, nodding at the three-bedroom house’s 1963 origins. Although many owners might have downplayed the house’s less-than-flashy Bermuda-ranch style, she embraced it after buying 2259 Ibis Isle Road E. on the South End...
In defense of Wawa: Why it is not ‘just a gas station’

In defense of Wawa: Why it is not ‘just a gas station’

“People, it’s a gas station.” “All this for a gas station lol.” These are comments about Wawa made on recent Palm Beach Post Facebook posts, as we’ve shared the news that the company opened two locations in Palm Beach County on Thursday. Guess what? I have some news to break: Wawa is more than just a gas station. I was once like you, Wawa skeptic. A friend...
Juice bars, gyms are new generation of mall tenants

Juice bars, gyms are new generation of mall tenants

Mall landlord CBL & Associates leases millions of square feet of space to such troubled retailers as Sears, JCPenney and Macy’s. As those merchants shrink, CBL is renting more space to gyms, juice bars and other wellness-themed tenants, says Stephen Lebovitz, the real estate investment trust’s chief executive. “Anything that is health-oriented is really doing well,” Lebovitz...

POINT OF VIEW: Growth can be boon or bane for downtown West Palm Beach

Look around and you will marvel at all the construction cranes and earth moving bulldozers now on the streets of downtown West Palm Beach. Fern Street, between Olive Avenue and Dixie Highway, has workers holding stop signs on both ends of the street all day long to accommodate the big equipment. The Brightline train track effort causes daily traffic interruptions on those streets having grade-crossing...
Florida Supreme Court upholds property tax shield for public marinas

Florida Supreme Court upholds property tax shield for public marinas

Rejecting arguments by a private marina that said it was put at a competitive disadvantage, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that city-owned marinas are not required to pay property taxes. The unanimous decision, which focused on marinas owned by the city of Fort Pierce and the Fort Pierce Redevelopment Agency, raised constitutional questions about whether property-tax exemptions for government...
TEXT: President Donald Trump’s executive order on apprenticeships

TEXT: President Donald Trump’s executive order on apprenticeships

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order directing more federal money to apprenticeship programs while increasing the role private companies play in the process. » Complete list of executive orders signed by President Donald Trump » COMPLETE COVERAGE: Latest news on President Trump Below is the full text of the executive order: EXECUTIVE ORDER EXPANDING...
VIDEO: Wawa opens two Palm Beach County locations with swag, specials

VIDEO: Wawa opens two Palm Beach County locations with swag, specials

Two more Wawa locations opened in Palm Beach County on Thursday, offering shoppers deals on coffee, hoagies and gasoline, while also marking the company’s continued push into the South Florida market. Wawa, a family-owned chain of convenience stores known for its fanatical following, plans to open five more locations in the county by the end of 2019, a company spokesman said. With Thursday&rsquo...
North Palm Beach’s Crystal Tree Plaza complex set for renovation

North Palm Beach’s Crystal Tree Plaza complex set for renovation

Crystal Tree Plaza, a 35-year-old shopping center and office building on U.S. 1 in the heart of North Palm Beach, is set to get a multi-million dollar face lift — a transformation the plaza’s new owner says is part of a renaissance that’s drawing new high-end homes and businesses to the area. But some local business owners with shops in the complex fear they mightmay be forced to...
Florida governor approves pay raises for state workers

Florida governor approves pay raises for state workers

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation Wednesday providing across-the-board pay raises to state employees for the first time since 2013, but remained mum on whether he would also approve a wide-ranging and controversial education bill. In a ceremony for veterans at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in Tallahassee, Scott signed the compensation legislation (SB 7022), a key priority...
Construction is underway on FPL’s next eight solar power plants

Construction is underway on FPL’s next eight solar power plants

FPL’s solar facility in Manatee County is shown here.   Construction is underway on Florida Power & Light’s  next eight solar power plants, which in total will produce enough energy to power 120,000 homes, company officials said Wednesday. The plants under construction are in Indian River, St. Lucie, Hendry, Alachua, Putnam and DeSoto counties. The total investment is about $900...
Why it cost Wawa nothing to buy five store sites in Palm Beach County

Why it cost Wawa nothing to buy five store sites in Palm Beach County

To assemble sites for five Wawa stores in Palm Beach County, developers have spent $17 million. But not a penny of it came directly from the Pennsylvania-based retailer known for its hoagies and coffee selection. One model behind Wawa’s breakneck expansion into Florida — the chain has more than 100 stores here and plans to have 50 in Palm Beach and Broward counties in five years &mdash...
Florida slides to 5th from bottom on long-term care scorecard

Florida slides to 5th from bottom on long-term care scorecard

The state with the highest share of older residents ranks among the worst at meeting their needs for long-term care, a new scorecard says. Senior advocacy group AARP said Florida has slipped to 46th among the states in a study that measures factors such as the cost of private nursing-home care as a percentage of annual household income, the number of private long-term care insurance policies in effect...
Exiting Atwater pushes for benefits-assignment bill sought by insurers

Exiting Atwater pushes for benefits-assignment bill sought by insurers

Readying to leave the state Cabinet at the end of the month, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said Wednesday that lawmakers need to address an insurance practice that critics argue is driving up homeowners’ rates. Lawmakers this spring could not agree on changes to the practice known as “assignment of benefits.” RELATED: Read The Post’s coverage of the Florida Legislature...
United apologizes after video shows employee pushing 71-year-old man to floor

United apologizes after video shows employee pushing 71-year-old man to floor

United Airlines issued an apology Tuesday after a video was released of a Houston-based employee pushing a 71-year-old passenger to the floor during an argument over a ticket. The man was left lying there motionless. The confrontation took place about two years ago but was detailed in a lawsuit filed last week in Harris County, Texas. The airline is still facing fallout over an incident with David...
County budget plan: Sheriff, IG lose on funding requests; enviros win

County budget plan: Sheriff, IG lose on funding requests; enviros win

The entreaties of Palm Beach County’s inspector general did not bear fruit Tuesday night, as county commissioners did not change the proposed budget to include money for the four additional positions he sought. But the budget, which would go into effect on Oct. 1 and hold property tax rates steady for a seventh straight year, does include $3 million to begin the three-year, $9 million process...
Wellington fake landlord ordered to pay back $283,000

Wellington fake landlord ordered to pay back $283,000

A federal judge has ordered a Wellington man to pay back $283,621 after prosecutors said he collected rent checks on scores of properties he did not own, changing lockboxes and posing as the rightful landlord. In April,  Kesner Joaseus was sentenced to nine years in prison on charges involving fraud and identity theft. As needed, the money must be paid through 50 percent of earnings in a prison...
Convicted real estate fraudster ordered to pay nearly $300,000

Convicted real estate fraudster ordered to pay nearly $300,000

Here’s an intriguing arithmetic problem: How many hours must a federal inmate clock to repay a restitution order totaling $283,621? A lot, considering Federal Prison Industries pays inmates 23 cents to $1.15 an hour. A federal judge this week ordered convicted real estate scammer Kesner Joaseus to repay victims of his scheme, in which he posed as the landlord of properties he didn’t really...
On vacation? Social security is still here for you

On vacation? Social security is still here for you

Summer is here and millions of vacationers are packing their bags to visit a new locale and soak up some sunshine. You might be traveling quite a ways. You’re used to staying connected to important information like your bank accounts and social networks, especially on the go. Social Security is there in the same way — easily accessible when you’re away from your home or office. When...
There’s a farmer’s market in the summer! And luckily it’s indoors

There’s a farmer’s market in the summer! And luckily it’s indoors

When we posted on our Post on Wellington Facebook page that the Mall at Wellington Green would be hosting an indoor farmer’s market, reactions immediately began rolling in. The story quickly became one of the most popular posts ever on the page and dozens of people were excitedly tagging their friends and saying they have to check it out. I had to see the excitement for myself. READ: Commentary...
Only a fraction of Floridians own a solar power system

Only a fraction of Floridians own a solar power system

The number of Floridians who own renewable energy systems, such as solar panels, that are interconnected to electric utilities and generate power stood at 15,994 at the end of last year. That’s a minuscule fraction of the state’s 20 million residents. But it’s a 38 percent increase from 2015, when there were just 11,626 such systems, the Florida Public Service Commission said...
NEW: Trump plan blamed for potential 20% Florida Blue Obamacare hike

NEW: Trump plan blamed for potential 20% Florida Blue Obamacare hike

The state’s largest Affordable Care Act insurer Florida Blue plans to return in 2018, but warned rates could jump 20 percent higher than expected if the Trump administration and Congress end payments designed to bring down costs for more than 1 million Floridians. Florida’s Democratic congressional delegation told President Trump in a letter he is responsible if his “deliberate sabotage&rdquo...
Chinese man caught with 500 imprisoned cats destined for restaurants

Chinese man caught with 500 imprisoned cats destined for restaurants

BEIJING - In China, it is legal to eat cats and dogs. Even so, ordinary people reacted with alarm this week as news broke of a Chinese man caught with 500 cats, crowded into tiny cages, which he intended to sell to restaurants. The man had used sparrows and caged birds to lure both stray cats and domestic ones in the city of Jiujiang in southern Jiangsu province, the 163.com and news.ifeng.com websites...
Trump moves threaten 20% health spike as key Florida insurer returns

Trump moves threaten 20% health spike as key Florida insurer returns

The state’s largest Affordable Care Act insurer Florida Blue plans to return in 2018, but warned rates could jump 20 percent higher than expected if the Trump administration and Congress end payments designed to bring down costs for more than 1 million Floridians.
Canopy hotel update: We’re starting construction soon after all

Canopy hotel update: We’re starting construction soon after all

Rendering of Canopy Hotel planned for West Palm Beach A Canopy Hotel set for West Palm Beach will start construction this fall and not in early 2018, despite what an executive for the hotel’s developer told the Palm Beach Post last week.
Sabal Trail gas pipeline starting up; group seeks FERC reform

Sabal Trail gas pipeline starting up; group seeks FERC reform

The state’s third major natural gas pipeline, a $4 billion project stretching from Alabama through Georgia and into Florida, where it will feed Florida Power & Light’s Martin County plant, is slated to start up this week despite legal challenges and opposition. Friday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s staff granted requests from Sabal Trail Transmission and Florida Southeast...
EXCLUSIVE: Ex-commish Aaronson lobbies protege on GL Homes Ag Reserve plan

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-commish Aaronson lobbies protege on GL Homes Ag Reserve plan

Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary Lou Berger, who has raised the ire of a powerful coalition of residential associations for refusing to oppose a GL Homes plan for more development in the Agricultural Reserve, has been lobbied on the issue by her former boss, Burt Aaronson. Palm Beach County lobbyist registration documents indicate Aaronson, signed on to lobby for GL on May 9. Berger now...
Florida’s Medicaid fraud unit wins award

Florida’s Medicaid fraud unit wins award

Recovering  more than $165 million from Medicaid fraud last year helped a Florida investigative unit win national honors, officials said Monday. Florida’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit received the Award of Excellence in Fighting Fraud, Waste, and Abuse from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General at the 2017 Honor Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. &ldquo...
Children's retailer Gymboree files for bankruptcy, will close 375 stores

Children's retailer Gymboree files for bankruptcy, will close 375 stores

Children’s retailer Gymboree filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Sunday and will close more than 375 stores, according to Fortune. >> Read more trending news The retailer said it could close up to 450 of its 1,281 stores as the company reorganizes. The San Francisco-based company says it is seeking to reduce its debt by $900 million. It expects to operate its business and majority of its stores...
Ninja gym planned for Palm Springs reveals new details

Ninja gym planned for Palm Springs reveals new details

Circus Trix, an operator of indoor gyms with obstacles similar to those featured on American Ninja Warrior, has revealed new details about the park it proposes in Palm Springs. If the facility at 874 S. Congress Ave. wins site plan approval, a 67,000-square-foot building would go up on 7.3 acres of vacant land. The building would include a 36,000-square-foot “indoor athletic court,” 25...
After NFL career, former Dolphin Ricky Williams crusades for cannabis

After NFL career, former Dolphin Ricky Williams crusades for cannabis

Former Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams said Sunday he still uses marijuana to deal with the wear and tear his body and brain endured during a football career that included 2,431 carries in the NFL and 1,011 rushes at the University of Texas. Williams made the comments at a South Florida conference for cannabis advocates. He and two other former professional football players called on the...
Republican stronghold The Villages gets medical marijuana dispensary

Republican stronghold The Villages gets medical marijuana dispensary

In the strange-bedfellows category, medical marijuana firm Trulieve said it will open a cannabis dispensary Tuesday in the Republican stronghold of The Villages. In the Reefer Madness era, conservatives despised pot. These days, they like it just fine: Fully 61.9 percent of voters in Sumter County (home of The Villages) said yes to Amendment 2 in November. Overall, weed won in a landslide thanks to...
JUST IN: Why Marco Rubio got shout out from Bono at Miami U2 concert

JUST IN: Why Marco Rubio got shout out from Bono at Miami U2 concert

You heard right at Sunday’s U2 concert in Miami: Lead singer Bono thanked U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for supporting foreign aid funding. The show of appreciation came during Bono’s monologue on the ONE Campaign and its efforts to combat HIV/AIDS. Bono noted Rubio was in the audience and praised Rubio’s support for continued U.S. funding of programs that provide vaccines and medeications...
Why a lot of financial advisers are freaking out this week

Why a lot of financial advisers are freaking out this week

Look out. It’s happening. This week new federal rules are in effect that say financial advisers who help people with retirement investments have to look out for the client’s best interest, not just their own fees and commissions. Terrible? Frightening? Consumers may not think so in Florida, which has the nation’s highest share of people at or past retirement age, about one in...
United Pet Group recalls 5 brands of rawhide dog chews

United Pet Group recalls 5 brands of rawhide dog chews

United Pet Group has issued a voluntary recall for multiple brands of rawhide dog chew products that were distributed to retail outlets and sold online in the U.S.  The recall – which covers the brands American Beefhide, Digest-eeze, Healthy Hide, Healthy Hide Good-n-Fun and Healthy Hide Good-n-Fit – was issued after United Pet Group identified that certain rawhide chew manufacturing...
JUST IN: See where homegrown BurgerFi will open its 100th location

JUST IN: See where homegrown BurgerFi will open its 100th location

A homegrown restaurant company is set to open its 100th store — and shows no signs of slowing down. Burned over burgers — The story behind a CityPlace eatery’s shutdown BurgerFi, based in North Palm Beach, said it will open its 100th location at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in July. In addition, the upscale burger joint will open its first college location...
Former Miami Dolphin Ricky Williams says weed’s stigma is lifting

Former Miami Dolphin Ricky Williams says weed’s stigma is lifting

Former Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams says he’s still using marijuana to deal with the wear and tear his body and brain endured during an NFL career that included 2,431 carries. “The stigma is starting to be lifted,” Williams said Sunday afternoon during the Southeast Cannabis Conference and Expo in Fort Lauderdale. “It really has helped a lot of people.”...
Nowhere in America can full-time minimum wage worker afford two-bedroom apartment

Nowhere in America can full-time minimum wage worker afford two-bedroom apartment

There is nowhere in this country where someone working a full-time minimum wage job could afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment, according to an annual report released Thursday documenting the gap between wages and the cost of rental housing.  Downsizing to a one-bedroom will only get you so far on minimum wage. Such housing is affordable in only 12 counties located in Arizona, Oregon and Washington...
Meet the builder of Palm Beach County’s newest ballpark

Meet the builder of Palm Beach County’s newest ballpark

Jeff Hardin is the CEO of Straticon, the South Florida-based general contracting company that helped build The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, the spring training complex for the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. The much-hyped stadium opened in February near the corner of 45th Street and Haverhill Road. Leading up to opening day, crews worked up to 20-hour days to make sure...
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