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Condo board term limits measured at time of next election

Question: My question is in reference to your recent column regarding board term restrictions. Am I correct in assuming that, as you understand it, the law passed this year is effective as of eight years ago? That is, someone who has been a board member for eight consecutive years (four two-year terms) as of today must meet the new statutory requirements to run for the board this year? — N...
Commuters, not tourists, key to Brightline as Orlando pushed to 2020

Commuters, not tourists, key to Brightline as Orlando pushed to 2020

When the first Brightline trains leave the station this summer, expect more commuters than vacationers to fill the seats. All Aboard Florida’s Brightline is on the verge of launching its passenger train service between West Palm Beach and Miami on Henry Flagler’s historic railroad corridor, but officials say it could be three years before the company starts shuttling passengers north...
Gander Mountain to lay off all employees at Palm Beach Gardens store

Gander Mountain to lay off all employees at Palm Beach Gardens store

Gander Mountain, an outdoor clothing and gear retailer, announced Thursday it plans to lay off all 59 employees at its Palm Beach Gardens store as part of its bankruptcy and sale to Camping World.  A going out of business sale continues at the Gander Mountain store off of Northlake Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens on June 2, 2017. (Richard Graulich / The...
Amid usual summer slowdown, Palm Beach County jobless rate rises a bit

Amid usual summer slowdown, Palm Beach County jobless rate rises a bit

Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate ticked up to 4.3 percent in June as the region’s job market went into its usual summer slowdown. In one sign that this year’s summer doldrums might not last long, the county’s jobless rate was well below the 5 percent unemployment reported in June 2016. In another spark, employers in Palm Beach County’s long-dormant construction sector...
Trump hopes to hire 76 foreign workers at Mar-a-Lago, Trump National

Trump hopes to hire 76 foreign workers at Mar-a-Lago, Trump National

President Donald Trump hopes to hire 76 foreign workers for low-wage jobs at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter for the 2017-18 tourist season. The request won’t be affected by the Trump administration’s move this week to offer 15,000 new visas for temporary workers in low-wage jobs. That’s because the new visas, aimed at employers in parts...
Restaurant inspections: Perfect scores in WPB, Delray, Lake Worth

Restaurant inspections: Perfect scores in WPB, Delray, Lake Worth

The Palm Beach Post’s restaurant inspection data is obtained from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation. To see how your favorite restaurants fared in their most recent inspections, click here . For the week ending July 16, state inspectors reported perfect inspections at these locations: Paleteria La Flor De Mexico Inc had zero violations in...
People called this number. They got $16.6 million. Here’s why.

People called this number. They got $16.6 million. Here’s why.

The number is (877) 693-5236. Your tax dollars already pay for it.  Maybe you never heard of it, but more than 141,000 Floridians called it in first six months of 2017, saving a collective $16.6 million. It’s the Florida Insurance Consumer Helpline, run by the state agency that oversees insurance regulation. It can help people get money in unpaid and underpaid insurance...
CBO: Senate health bill still leaves 22 million without insurance

CBO: Senate health bill still leaves 22 million without insurance

Budget savings are larger but a revised Senate health bill would still leave 22 million uninsured by 2026 compared to leaving current law intact, the Congressional Budget Office concluded Thursday. Make it 32 million if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act without a replacement handy, CBO said. Both plans have struggled to find enough Republican votes to pass the Senate, though leadership has...
New owner for apartment complex in downtown West Palm Beach

New owner for apartment complex in downtown West Palm Beach

The new Loftin Place apartments in West Palm Beach. (Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post) A New York landlord is the new owner of the Loftin Place apartments in downtown West Palm Beach. Castle Lanterra Properties of Suffern, N.Y., paid an undisclosed amount for the 259-unit complex at 805 N. Olive Ave. The new owner wouldn’t say how much it paid, and no deed has been recorded. But...
CBO: Revised Senate health bill still leaves 22 million uninsured

CBO: Revised Senate health bill still leaves 22 million uninsured

Budget savings are larger but a revised Senate health bill still leaves 22 million uninsured by 2026, the Congressional Budget Office concluded Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted Thursday that “Americans deserve better” than Obamacare, but Consumers Union called the revised bill “just as harmful as before.” Gov. Rick Scott spoke...
Is it too early for Halloween stuff to be on store shelves?

Is it too early for Halloween stuff to be on store shelves?

Cracker Barrel stores didn’t wait long after Fourth of July to bring out their Halloween items. But is it too early? After all, back-to-school shopping hasn’t even swung into high gear. You’re probably thinking it’s all about money, right? But actually, back-to-school shopping is 10 times more lucrative — literally — than Halloween sales...
Miami Heat star, partner to open eateries at Brightline station

Miami Heat star, partner to open eateries at Brightline station

Miami Heat basketball star Udonis Haslem has teamed up with a South Florida business leader to bring an Einstein Bros. Bagels and Starbucks coffee shop to Brightline’s MiamiCentral train station in downtown Miami. The Miami Heat’s, from left, Willie Reed, Goran Dragic and Udonis Haslem celebrate 110-102 win against the Washington Wizards at AmericanAirlines...
How you can own a ‘piece of history’ from Testa’s Palm Beach restaurant

How you can own a ‘piece of history’ from Testa’s Palm Beach restaurant

Palm Beachers will have a chance to take home a piece of local history next week during a live auction at Testa’s restaurant. On Monday, the Testa family is auctioning seating, tables, equipment, decor and other items inside the 96-year-old staple eatery on the town’s landmarked Main Street. Hollywood-based Stampler Auctions labels the sale as an “everything sells to bare...
NEW: Fake engineer arrested after trying to win $33M Florida contract 

NEW: Fake engineer arrested after trying to win $33M Florida contract 

A woman who police say had a fake engineering degree was arrested after her alleged fraud was discovered after her firm bid on a $33-million South Florida construction project.  Janet Maria LeGrand, 46, was booked into the Miami-Dade Jail on Wednesday on a charge of organized scheme to defraud, according to an arrest report obtained by the Miami Herald.  LeGrand is listed as the president/CEO...
There should be a law against … too small airline seats?

There should be a law against … too small airline seats?

Airline seating is the source of chronic irritation, and occasional violence. Both from being removed from one but more frequently from being stuck in one — a physically-too-small and uncomfortable one. Now Congress is set to act — believe it or not. RELATED: Best airports to be stranded by weather delay, bumped from flight After three years of languishing, legislation offered by U.S....
Veteran restaurateur turning Boca deli into Prezzo Italian eatery

Veteran restaurateur turning Boca deli into Prezzo Italian eatery

Goodbye, pastrami. Hello, pasta. Rappy’s Deli closed in May after just five months at the new Park Place shopping center in Boca Raton. The space subsequently reopened as a lower-priced deli, Park Place Deli. Now the prime location at 5560 N. Military Trail will be turned into Prezzo, an Italian concept that’s both new — and old. Prezzo was...
What new concept will take over Boca Raton deli?

What new concept will take over Boca Raton deli?

Park Place shopping center in Boca Raton Goodbye, pastrami. Hello, pasta. Rappy’s Deli closed in May after just five months at the new Park Place shopping center in Boca Raton. The space subsequently reopened as a lower-priced deli, Park Place Deli. Now the prime location ...
Palm Beach mansion prices bounce back

Palm Beach mansion prices bounce back

This Palm Beach mansion sold in June 2017 for $23.7 million. (Photo courtesy Andy Frame) At the end of 2016, the town of Palm Beach’s mansion market was showing signs of trouble. As of mid-2017, however, prices had rebounded sharply. Among the top 10 percent of single-family sales in Palm Beach, the median price was $15.8 million in the second quarter of 2017, up 56...
Gov. Scott blasts Obamacare, ups heat on Senate he may try to join

Gov. Scott blasts Obamacare, ups heat on Senate he may try to join

BOCA RATON — Florida Gov. Rick Scott stood by his call to repeal the Affordable Care Act Wednesday, a day after a U.S. Senate effort to accomplish either repeal or replacement appeared to be on life support. “We’ve got to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something that’s going to drive down costs,” Scott said during an appearance in Boca Raton. “Costs are the...
JUST IN: All Aboard Florida sued by Sprint for unpaid bill

JUST IN: All Aboard Florida sued by Sprint for unpaid bill

Telecommunications giant Sprint has filed suit against All Aboard Florida and another entity for failing to pay $646,266.40 it says it is owed for relocating fiber optic cable lines near the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, where All Aboard plans to launch its Brightline passenger trains service later this year. The suit, filed on Friday in federal court in Miami, alleges that All Aboard asked Sprint...
Dianne Goldenberg: Spills, thrills educate Gardens hospital CEO

Dianne Goldenberg: Spills, thrills educate Gardens hospital CEO

The new CEO of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center did not start her career in the executive suite, but on nursing’s ground floor — which she literally mopped. Dianne Goldenberg even managed to knock over the mop bucket in her first paying job. It was in Huntington, West Virginia, as she took care care of a burn patient. “In those days as a nurse, we did everything,” she recalled...
Nuclear panel: FPL’s plan to inject wastewater into ground is okay

Nuclear panel: FPL’s plan to inject wastewater into ground is okay

FPL’s Turkey Point nuclear plant is shown here. The company is seeking to add two more nuclear reactors at the site. In a blow to those opposed to Florida Power & Light’s license application to build two new nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point plant, a federal panel has agreed that the environmental impact of injecting treated, reclaimed wastewater into deep ...
Social Security: Payments designed to be consistent

Social Security: Payments designed to be consistent

Social Security is with you through your life’s journey, securing today and tomorrow for millions of people. We know that reliability and dependability is an important part of your financial security. We use the same eligibility rules for the first month’s Social Security check through the last month’s check, so it’s easy to know when checks are payable. If you meet all the...
Editorial: Aaronson’s lobbying of Berger shadows Ag Reserve debate

Editorial: Aaronson’s lobbying of Berger shadows Ag Reserve debate

Ever since Mary Lou Berger entered politics, she has had to deny being a puppet of former Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson. After all, she was his top aide for 18 years. From 1994 to 2012, she was Aaronson’s senior administrative assistant, “in charge,” her web page states, “of monitoring community issues and responding to constituent concerns.” When Aaronson...
Trump says let Obamacare fail as Senate balks — stakes high for Florida

Trump says let Obamacare fail as Senate balks — stakes high for Florida

As support for a Senate health bill collapsed, President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday he wants to let the Affordable Care Act fail. “As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan,” Trump tweeted. “Stay tuned!” It’s a safe bet plenty of people in Florida will stay tuned to see what this means. More than 1 million Floridians...
Huge Transit Village project on hold; developer frustrated with city

Huge Transit Village project on hold; developer frustrated with city

Fifteen years coming down the tracks, the West Palm Beach Tri-Rail station project promised bells and whistles that city, county and regional officials said they wanted. Developer Michael Masanoff’s Transit Village would bring sorely needed offices downtown, hotel rooms and hundreds of residences, some with rents low enough that working class people such as teachers and city workers could afford...
Golden Bear Plaza changes hands for $62.3M

Golden Bear Plaza changes hands for $62.3M

Golden Bear Plaza, the 245,673-square-foot office complex in Palm Beach Gardens, has changed hands for $62.3 million, brokerage CBRE Group said Monday. The property at 11750 U.S. 1 fetched $254 a square foot. The new owner is Alliance Partners HSP, a unit of Shidler Group of Pennsylvania, CBRE said. Neil Merin, of NAI Merin Hunter Codman, and CBRE’s Christian Lee and José Antonio Lobó...
$25,000 reward — who’s behind calls labeling downtown developer racist?

$25,000 reward — who’s behind calls labeling downtown developer racist?

The messages started piling up at 6:38 p.m. on July 11 and kept coming in, past 9:30 p.m. Don’t let Charles Cohen develop the downtown West Palm Beach tent site, the callers said, 14 of them. “He discriminates against African Americans,” they said in identical or almost identical words. It was an unprecedented campaign against a West Palm developer. And in an unprecedented counter...

POINT OF VIEW: Coal is dying, but switching is expensive

During his campaign for president, Donald Trump rightfully laid the blame for the demise of the U.S. coal industry at the feet of President Barack Obama. Under Obama’s policies, which were designed specifically to target traditional energy sources such as coal, production plummeted. In 2014, the industry produced 1 billion tons of coal, including exports. By 2016, that figure fell to 739 million...
Is it fair to value Trump’s Jupiter golf club among richest in county?

Is it fair to value Trump’s Jupiter golf club among richest in county?

President Donald Trump’s golf club here is among the mostly richly valued courses in the county, a fact that would seem to bolster his argument that he’s routinely overtaxed on the Trump National Golf Club. However, special magistrates twice have ruled against Trump’s appeals of his property tax bill to the Value Adjustment Board. And experts in golf course appraisals say valuing...
Trump tweets: Let Obamacare fail

Trump tweets: Let Obamacare fail

As support for a Senate health bill collapsed, President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday he wants to let the Affordable Care Act fail, an act consumer groups warned would trigger a financial, medical and public health crisis for millions in Florida and other states. “As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan,” Trump...

AT&T upgrades more than 130 cell sites across South Florida

AT&T announced this week that it has upgraded more than 130 cell sites in South Florida, adding extra capacity that the company said would allow it to handle more network traffic in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade counties. The upgrades will result in faster data speeds and better overall network performance, the company said. RELATED: Comcast to cap home data usage for Palm...
Fake debt collectors: Fla. crackdown highlights 3 ways to detect them

Fake debt collectors: Fla. crackdown highlights 3 ways to detect them

Florida-based debt collectors accused of  pretending to be lawyers and threatening consumers with lawsuits or prison have been slapped with a restraining order after collecting more than $690,000, federal officials said this week. The crackdown highlights several  ways consumers can protect themselves against debt calls that may not be legitimate...
Palm Beach’s Cucina restaurant can keep late-night hours

Palm Beach’s Cucina restaurant can keep late-night hours

Despite objections from some residents, Cucina can keep its late hours when it reopens this fall with a new look, new food and new ambiance. The Town Council granted restaurant manager Nick Coniglio, son of Mayor Gail Coniglio, permission to stay open until 3 a.m. seven days a week. Coniglio had to re-apply for special exceptions and variances because the restaurant, at 257 Royal Poinciana Way, will...
Boca Raton eatery cited for roaches while closed for cleaning, painting

Boca Raton eatery cited for roaches while closed for cleaning, painting

The Boca Beach House, a breakfast and lunch spot at 887 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, was shut down Friday after a state inspector cited it for 20 violations, including dead and live roaches and temperature violations. Diane Hoffman, the restaurant’s owner, said Monday the restaurant was closed for a previously scheduled painting and cleaning when the inspector showed up Friday. Hoffman...
IHOP offers 59-cent pancakes to celebrate anniversary

IHOP offers 59-cent pancakes to celebrate anniversary

Breakfast lovers take note: The International House of Pancakes, better known as IHOP, is celebrating its 59th anniversary Tuesday with 59-cent pancakes. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., participating restaurants nationwide will be offering short stacks for 59 cents. Participation varies by location, and the deal is limited to one purchase per person. Buttermilk pancakes are among the most popular things...
Trumpcare stakes ‘life or death’ for Boynton mom after teen suicide try

Trumpcare stakes ‘life or death’ for Boynton mom after teen suicide try

Congress’s GOP majority risks “political suicide” either by dismantling Obamacare or failing to replace it, partisans on opposing sides have claimed in the heat of the toughest legislative tangle of the Trump administration. Forgive Amanda Kopacz of Boynton Beach for concentrating more on her daughter, who attempted actual suicide last year. “It’s literally...
Golden Bear Plaza in Palm Beach Gardens fetches big money

Golden Bear Plaza in Palm Beach Gardens fetches big money

Golden Bear Plaza, the 245-673-square-foot office complex in Palm Beach Gardens, has changed hands for $62.3 million, brokerage CBRE Group said Monday. The property at 11750 U.S. Highway 1 fetched $254 a square foot. The new owner is Alliance Partners HSP, a unit of Shidler Group of Pennsylvania, CBRE said. Neil Merin of NAI Merin Hunter Codman and CBRE’s Christian Lee...
WATCH: Behind the scenes of a McDonald’s photo shoot 

WATCH: Behind the scenes of a McDonald’s photo shoot 

If you’ve ever wondered why fast food looks more appetizing in advertising than it does in store, McDonald’s has some answers.  While a burger made in store takes about a minute to make, a burger prepped for a photo shoot takes several hours.  Ingredients that are typically hidden under the bun, are pulled to the foreground for marketing purposes. Photographers even use...
Newsmakers: Who got hired, promoted in Palm Beach County business

Newsmakers: Who got hired, promoted in Palm Beach County business

Heather Anstaett has been elected chair of the Florida Institute of CPAs Palm Beach Chapter. Anstaett has been a member of FICPA’s Palm Beach chapter for almost 15 years and has been on the chapter’s board for the past three years. In addition to her involvement with the FICPA, Anstaett also volunteers her time to Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County and the Leukemia and Lymphoma...
Newsmakers: People in Palm Beach County business, non-profits

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

COMMUNITY SERVICE The Ann Norton Sculpture Garden has announced eight new board members. Cindy Anderson is a graduate of American University in Washington, DC. She was previously an executive for Fidelity Bank and served on its Board of Directors. She is a founder’s circle member of the Gardens Conservancy and serves on the art and garden committees at ANSG. She is also a past board member...
7M pounds of hot dog products recalled

7M pounds of hot dog products recalled

A large recall involving hot dog products was issued Saturday. New York-based Marathon Enterprises Inc. has recalled nearly 7.2 million pounds of hot dog products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced in a recall notice. Complaints received through the FSIS hotline stated that pieces of bone were...
POINT OF VIEW: More attention needs to be paid to workforce housing

POINT OF VIEW: More attention needs to be paid to workforce housing

The Post Editorial Board has consistently and commendably championed the need for more workforce housing in Palm Beach County, and the recent Housing Summit attended by over 500 local government officials and community leaders demonstrated a recognition by the broader community as to the urgency of the problem and its impact on attracting business to the county. The problem affects both prospective...
Opinion: How the Senate health bill would make the opioid epidemic worse

Opinion: How the Senate health bill would make the opioid epidemic worse

Over the past two decades, the number of Americans dying each year from opioid overdoses has quadrupled. In the hardest-hit state, West Virginia, where the overdose death rate is about three times the national average, the crisis has resulted in an overwhelmed foster-care system and a state burial program for the poor that ran through its entire annual budget three months into the year. This epidemic...

Term limits restrict ability to serve on board

Question: I am hoping that you can explain how the new statutory condominium term limits will work. We have a nine- member board, with each director serving two-year terms. This year, five positions will be up for election — three of the five existing directors will have reached their term limit in accordance with the new law. Assume that two of the five directors who have not reached their...
Woman killed loading groceries into trunk outside Greenacres Publix

Woman killed loading groceries into trunk outside Greenacres Publix

Josephine Bogovich was putting groceries in the trunk of her car late Thursday outside a Publix Super Market when she was hit and killed by a car, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office authorities said. The 48-year-old Lake Worth woman was dragged under a 2001 Honda Odyssey that reversed into her car and another in the lot on South Military Trail just south of Melaleuca Lane, sheriff’s authorities...
UPDATE: Police name men in Palm Springs officer-involved shooting

UPDATE: Police name men in Palm Springs officer-involved shooting

One man was shot and another taken into custody Friday afternoon following an officer-involved shooting near the Palm Springs Police Department headquarters, village police said. Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Bonnie Boulevard, north of Alemeda Drive between Congress Avenue and Kirk Road, at about 1:15 p.m., said Edgar Morley, village police spokesman. Two men appeared to be sleeping...
Alfred Angelo closing: 3 tips to help you get your money back

Alfred Angelo closing: 3 tips to help you get your money back

Alfred Angelo’s abrupt shutdown has brides scrambling for ways to get their money back. Jack Gillis, a spokesman for the Consumer Federation of America, a non-profit research and advocacy group, offered these tips for brides and bridesmaids left without dresses: 1. Call your credit card company. Now. If you paid for your dress with a credit card, you may be able to get a refund, he said. &ldquo...
Restaurant inspections: Auntie Anne’s, Subway, Little Caesars perfect

Restaurant inspections: Auntie Anne’s, Subway, Little Caesars perfect

Restaurant inspection data are obtained from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation. To see how your favorite restaurant scored on a past inspection, click here . For the week ending July 9, state inspectors reported perfect scores at these locations: Subway had zero violations in an inspection July 5 at 2765 10th Ave. N, Palm Springs. Auntie Anne&rsquo...
‘One word says it all. Asian’: Airbnb host fined after leaving guest stranded over her race

‘One word says it all. Asian’: Airbnb host fined after leaving guest stranded over her race

An Airbnb host has been fined $5,000 and ordered to take an Asian American studies course because of racial discrimination.  Dyne Suh, a 26-year-old law student, rented a mountain cabin in Big Bear, Calif., for President’s Day weekend in February with her fiance, two friends and two dogs.  The group braved a drive up a mountain through what The Washington Post called ...
UPDATE: How are sales, construction at Bristol waterfront condos?

UPDATE: How are sales, construction at Bristol waterfront condos?

The floors of the Bristol condo, at the former site of the Chapel by the Lake, are being fruitful and multiplying. Developer Al Adelson said Tuesday the concrete to form the 11th floor is being poured within the next week, keeping the uber-luxurious waterfront project on target for a December 2018 move-in date. Construction began last year at the site, just south of downtown at 1112 S. Flagler Drive...
Alfred Angelo closing: What happened and what can I do now?

Alfred Angelo closing: What happened and what can I do now?

Fallout from bridal retailer Alfred Angelo’s closing continued Friday. But the abrupt shutdown and bankruptcy lquidation filing was not a total surprise to the few customers who reacted to Internet murmurs of the company’s demise as recently as a few weeks ago. “Is your store in Henderson, NV closing?” one customer asked in a June 29 post on Twitter. “It is not!&rdquo...
Alfred Angelo closing: David’s Bridal offers help for dressless brides

Alfred Angelo closing: David’s Bridal offers help for dressless brides

After Alfred Angelo abruptly closed its stores on Thursday night without notice, competitor David’s Bridal said it would offer 30 percent discounts to brides left without dresses. The discount applies to current promotions and clearance prices. The chain said it was also waiving “rush fees” on alterations. RELATED: Alfred Angelo’s corporate office empty amid closure talk For...
New solar laws expected to boost Florida commercial installations

New solar laws expected to boost Florida commercial installations

Mike Mahmoudi, owner of the 32-room New Sun Gate Motel on South Federal Highway in Lake Worth, is pleased that he invested $115,000 in a 40.2 kilowatt rooftop solar system that generates power whenever the sun is shining. “My electric bill was expensive. It’s saving me some money, and I helped create jobs. I feel good. My property value will go up, and I get a federal income tax break...
Shoes For Crews leaves downtown West Palm Beach, moves to Boca Raton

Shoes For Crews leaves downtown West Palm Beach, moves to Boca Raton

Shoes For Crews’ skid-proof footwear. (Bruce Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) West Palm Beach boosters long have complained about a lack of office space, a reality that leads many tenants to set up headquarters in Boca Raton instead. That’s what happened with Shoes For Crews, the footwear maker that’s moving from West Palm to Boca. Shoes For Crews leased 37,000...
Here’s how to get a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts for 80 cents Friday

Here’s how to get a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts for 80 cents Friday

Talk about a sweet deal. On Friday, Krispy Kreme customers can buy a dozen Original Glazed doughnuts for 80 cents "with the purchase of any dozen at regular menu price," the restaurant chain announced in a news release Monday. The promotion, offered at participating stores in the United States and Canada, comes as the Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based company celebrates its 80th anniversary...
BREAKING: Restaurant manager thanks backers after deportation reprieve

BREAKING: Restaurant manager thanks backers after deportation reprieve

Francisco Javier Gonzalez, the manager of the Pizza Al Fresco restaurant on Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue who was facing the risk of deportation under President Donald Trump’s new immigration policy, on Friday thanked the thousands of people who signed an online petition on his behalf. “I really want to thank the community,” he said. “Me and my family really appreciate the...
BREAKING: Restaurant manager facing deportation gets 3 month reprieve

BREAKING: Restaurant manager facing deportation gets 3 month reprieve

Francisco Javier Gonzalez, the manager of the Pizza Al Fresco restaurant on Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue who was facing the risk of deportation under President Donald Trump’s new immigration policy, has been given a 3-month reprieve, his attorney announced on Thursday. Gonzalez was scheduled to check in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in Broward County on Friday...
Florida justices reject challenge to Scott veto of citrus tree payout

Florida justices reject challenge to Scott veto of citrus tree payout

Despite clear frustrations of some justices, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday declined to invalidate Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of $37.4 million that lawmakers approved to compensate homeowners whose healthy citrus trees were cut down by the state more than a decade ago. The ruling pointed to circuit-court cases in Broward and Lee counties aimed at forcing the state to pay judgments in class-action...
EXCLUSIVE: Donald Trump sues over taxable value of Jupiter golf club

EXCLUSIVE: Donald Trump sues over taxable value of Jupiter golf club

How much is the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter worth? The answer is as complicated and contradictory as the property’s famous owner. President Donald Trump’s financial disclosures in 2016 and 2017 list the value of Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter as “over $50 million.” But in an ongoing lawsuit against the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser, Trump insists the value...
UPDATE: Alfred Angelo’s corporate office empty amid closure talk

UPDATE: Alfred Angelo’s corporate office empty amid closure talk

Employees at Alfred Angelo’s corporate office in Delray Beach left the building en masse on Thursday, carrying boxes, plants and other personal belongings. The scene came amid buzz on social media saying the bridal retailer, founded in 1933 by Alfred Angelo Piccione and Edythe Vincent Piccione, is going out of business. From Twitter to online message boards, anxious brides posted queries and...
Palm Beach divorce to end 67-year marriage shakes up Worth Ave. empire

Palm Beach divorce to end 67-year marriage shakes up Worth Ave. empire

Beginning with a dream, a typewriter, a Brownie camera and rubber cement, Burt and Lucille Handelsman built a real estate empire that encompasses some of the toniest shops on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, restaurants in Delray Beach, bars in Key West and retail complexes in upstate New York. Then, last year, after 67 years marriage, Lucille, known as “Lovey,” filed for divorce...
Popular restaurant manager faces deportation: 5 things to know

Popular restaurant manager faces deportation: 5 things to know

Francisco Javier Gonzalez, the manager of the Pizza Al Fresco restaurant on Palm Beach’s trendy Worth Avenue, is facing the risk of deportation under President Donald Trump’s new immigration policy. Here are 5 things to know about his case: 1. Gonzalez has an appointment at 10 a.m. Friday to check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in Broward County. Until this year,...
FPL project in Dania Beach to proceed after exemption from state rule

FPL project in Dania Beach to proceed after exemption from state rule

Florida Power & Light’s proposed modernization of its Lauderdale power plant in Dania Beach overcame one hurdle in the approval process Thursday in obtaining an exemption from a state rule. The Florida Public Service Commission unanimously approved the company’s request that it not be required to issue a request for proposals to determine whether the proposed replacement of the plant with...
Blue Bell announces new flavor for National Ice Cream Day

Blue Bell announces new flavor for National Ice Cream Day

Blue Bell is announcing a new flavor ahead of National Ice Cream Day on July 16.  The new flavor is Sweet n' Salty Crunch and will feature vanilla ice cream with chocolate-covered pretzel bites, chopped roasted almonds and milk chocolate chunks.  Blue Bell said in a news release that the flavor was inspired by "popular snack mixes that combine sweet and salty foods." It arrives...
This local airport was named one of the best in the country

This local airport was named one of the best in the country

Palm Beach International Airport is one of the best in the country, according to Travel + Leisure magazine. PBIA took the 9th spot on the magazine’s list of the Top 10 best domestic airports, which was released on Tuesday. The list appears in the August 2017 issue of the magazine and on Travel + Leisure’s website. A Frontier jet taxis toward its gate at the...
Amid affordability squeeze, builder markets $300,000 houses

Amid affordability squeeze, builder markets $300,000 houses

A builder promises to offer that rarest of products in Palm Beach County’s real estate market — new single-family homes priced at less than $300,000. The builder, 13th Floor Homes of Tamarac, has begun marketing 250 houses at Arbor Parc, a development just west of Interstate 95 and just north of Blue Heron Boulevard in Riviera Beach. Prices range from $278,990 to $336,990 for floor plans...
Gymboree closing 350 stores after filing for bankruptcy

Gymboree closing 350 stores after filing for bankruptcy

A children’s clothing retailer is closing hundreds of stores. Gymboree announced the company will close about 350 across the U.S., and closing sales will begin Tuesday. The company will have more than 900 locations after the stores are shut down. Gymboree also operates Janie and Jack stores and Crazy 8 stores. “Today’s announcement represents the next step in the company&rsquo...
WATCH: Chick-fil-A protesters covered in fake blood disrupt Cow Appreciation Day

WATCH: Chick-fil-A protesters covered in fake blood disrupt Cow Appreciation Day

A group of protesters picked one of the busiest days of the year to interrupt lunch at a Florida Chick-fil-A. The incident, which was captured on video and uploaded to Facebook, showed a number of people in cow suits covered in fake blood entering a Chick-fil-A near Tampa. Customer Tina Leacock, who was in the fast-food restaurant with her kids, took video of the incident, which happened...
Wendy’s hidden messages? Vast sins revealed in Palm Beach County

Wendy’s hidden messages? Vast sins revealed in Palm Beach County

First people spotted a hidden message with  the word “Mom” around the neck of burger icon Wendy. This unexpected admission of moral error adorned the lobby of a Wendy’s restaurant in Loxahatchee at least through July 12, 2017. (Charles Elmore/Palm Beach Post) Then came a startling confession of sins on a massive corporate scale beside the counter of...
Just In: Brightline hopes to woo commuters with Park-Line apartments

Just In: Brightline hopes to woo commuters with Park-Line apartments

The residential tower rising next to Brightline’s station in downtown West Palm Beach will be part of a new real estate brand run by the private rail venture’s parent company, Florida East Coast Industries. The Park-Line brand will offer 290 rental units at the 24-story building currently under construction just west of Brightline’s train station in West Palm Beach, officials announced...
Trump’s nephew called eatery manager facing deportation an ‘old friend’

Trump’s nephew called eatery manager facing deportation an ‘old friend’

President Donald Trump’s nephew, former Palm Beach resident David Desmond, considered a prominent restaurant manager facing the risk of deportation an “old friend,” saying Francisco Javier Gonzalez made the Pizza Al Fresco eatery his favorite dining spot on the island. In a 2011 column for the Palm Beach Daily News, Desmond said he became friends with Gonzalez...
Port of Palm Beach sued by contractor over Caribbean, Cuba berth cost

Port of Palm Beach sued by contractor over Caribbean, Cuba berth cost

The Port of Palm Beach Commission and its executive director Manuel Almira are scheduled to hold a closed-door strategy session with the port attorneys Thursday over a lawsuit a contractor has filed against the port over its Berth 17 project. Berth 17, a mini-slip at the Riviera Beach-based port’s southernmost berth, has been touted as an expansion and infrastructure improvement that will serve...
Palm Beach Tech strives to connect tech entrepreneurs, start-ups

Palm Beach Tech strives to connect tech entrepreneurs, start-ups

In a 1920s West Palm Beach building that boasts an adjacent carriage house with a crank elevator, Joe Russo envisions a hub for technology entrepreneurship. Russo is the executive director of Palm Beach Tech, a non-profit that is part co-location workspace, part trade association. It was founded two years ago with the goal of bringing together tech entrepreneurs and start-ups. RELATED: Why are there...
This local resort made Travel + Leisure’s Top 10 list

This local resort made Travel + Leisure’s Top 10 list

The Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa ranks among the Top 10 hotels in Florida, according to Travel + Leisure magazine. The Manalapan resort took the 1oth spot on the list, which appears in the August 2017 issue of the magazine, and on Travel + Leisure’s website. Eau Spa (Provided) RELATED: Chinese leader stay at Eau chance for resort, county...
Cleveland Clinic’s wish list: More PBC patients, perhaps a hospital

Cleveland Clinic’s wish list: More PBC patients, perhaps a hospital

While Cleveland Clinic Florida is opening a Wellington office, it’s reportedly close to renewing a lease for its fancy medical offices at CityPlace Tower in West Palm Beach. And the world-class medical provider is wishful about having a hospital presence in Palm Beach County — either through an affiliation with an existing hospital or by building its own facility...
You due? Avis, Budget pay refunds in $1 million-plus Florida toll flap

You due? Avis, Budget pay refunds in $1 million-plus Florida toll flap

Ask not for whom the refund bell tolls. It tolls for thee, eligible drivers of Avis, Budget and Payless rentals who paid certain toll-related fees in Florida. More than $1 million in refunds have already been paid, and more could be due under a settlement announced by Florida officials this week. Drivers wrongly charged for certain toll-related fees between Jan. 1, 2010 and...
Florida’s most-stolen vehicle? Hint: It’s not a car.

Florida’s most-stolen vehicle? Hint: It’s not a car.

Drivers of 2006 full-size Ford pick-ups, better lock up. You are driving the most-stolen vehicle in Florida. Again. 2006 Ford F-350, watch out. During 2016, that beat out the 2015 Nissan Altima, according to figures released Wednesday by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Nationally, the most-swiped vehicle was a Honda Accord, with 1997 being the most-targeted model year...
Social Security: Grow your benefits beyond retirement age

Social Security: Grow your benefits beyond retirement age

For more and more Americans, reaching retirement age no longer means the end of an active working life. Many people are choosing to work past the age of 65, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you’re willing and able, maintaining gainful employment later in life could go a long way toward ensuring a secure future for you and your family. Besides providing...
Commentary: Private prisons don’t save money, don’t make us safer

Commentary: Private prisons don’t save money, don’t make us safer

In May, Texas lawmakers decided to close three private prisons — four total are to be shuttered — due to modest declines in the state’s prison population. There is a long history of prison privatization in the Lone Star State and around the country. Behind that history are efforts to save money that cause real public safety problems. We know there is a better way. Nationally, 8.3...
Commentary: Don’t turn back the clock on private prisons reform

Commentary: Don’t turn back the clock on private prisons reform

Since the election of President Donald Trump and the installment of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, there has been a concerning shift in the approach and rhetoric around criminal justice — one that may prove to be a boon for for-profit private prisons. Most recently, Attorney General Sessions’ new sentencing directive to federal prosecutors enforcing mandatory minimums feels like...
Editorial: Focus services on kids, not bureaucracy

Editorial: Focus services on kids, not bureaucracy

Palm Beach County, one of the most affluent and beautiful in Florida, also struggles with one of the highest homicide rates in the state, a high rate of domestic violence and an astonishing degree of drug abuse, as any first-responder will attest. Unfortunately, thousands of children have become collateral damage to their parents’ dysfunction. Too many fall through the cracks, as they endure...
New Jersey investor flips warehouses once owned by Fred Keller

New Jersey investor flips warehouses once owned by Fred Keller

Warehouses on 42nd Terrace In a quick flip, several warehouse properties in central Palm Beach County sold for $7.6 million, according to commercial real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakefield. They previously traded in October for $5.2 million, according to property records. All three properties once were part of the warehouse empire amassed by the late  Fred Keller...
Woman breaks for mental health days; boss' reply goes viral

Woman breaks for mental health days; boss' reply goes viral

A Michigan woman who suffers from depression emailed her team at work informing them that she would be taking days off to focus on her mental health and well-being, and her boss’ response has gained much attention online.  >> Read more trending news  Madalyn Parker, a web developer at Olark Live Chat, took to Twitter to post a screenshot of her email communication with her...
Analysis: Trump Jr. email could be a smoking gun, as Russia connections deepen

Analysis: Trump Jr. email could be a smoking gun, as Russia connections deepen

There is a paper trail. Monday night, the New York Times reported: "Before arranging a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father's candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email...
Why West Palm Beach contractor KAST says it succeeds in booms, busts

Why West Palm Beach contractor KAST says it succeeds in booms, busts

During the last dozen years, West Palm Beach-based Kast Construction has grown from a local contractor to a company able to handle the largest jobs in the state. Kast vice president Dave DeMay has helped steer the company through a real estate boom, then bust and back to a boom again. The secret? “Be flexible,” DeMay said. RELATED: Hotel building boom hits bump in West Palm Beach Kast...
Chick-fil-A giving free food to cow-costumed customers on Cow Appreciation Day

Chick-fil-A giving free food to cow-costumed customers on Cow Appreciation Day

You’ll just need a little more cowbell – or at least a cow suit – to snag some free Chick-fil-A on Tuesday. For the 13th year, Chick-fil-A will hold its Cow Appreciation Day event at its more than 2,100 stores nationwide. From opening until 7 p.m. Tuesday, adult customers who dress in cow attire – from “head-to-hoof,” according to the restaurant&rsquo...
Here are 25 Amazon Prime Day tech deals you can’t miss

Here are 25 Amazon Prime Day tech deals you can’t miss

Amazon Prime Day 2017 is finally upon us. The official 30-hour cyber shopping extravaganza began at 9 p.m. Monday and features hundreds of lightning deals popping up every five minutes. Amazon released a list of some of the hottest 30-hour deals and bundles on tech products, including its own smart speaker. Save 50 percent on Amazon Echo, only $89.99 Save $15 on Echo Dot, only $34.99...
Diamonds, luggage and more non-tech Amazon Prime Day deals to watch out for

Diamonds, luggage and more non-tech Amazon Prime Day deals to watch out for

Amazon Prime Day isn’t just about snagging the best deals on tech.  The official 30-hour cyber shopping extravaganza began at 9 p.m. Monday and features hundreds of lightning deals popping up every five minutes, including a $499.99 deal on diamond stud earrings and big discounts on brands like Samsonite and Adidas. Ahead of the launch, Amazon released a list of some of the hottest...
NEW: Controversial rule stops banks, others from blocking lawsuits

NEW: Controversial rule stops banks, others from blocking lawsuits

Sparking plenty of friction with parts of the financial industry and Congress, a federal agency announced today a new rule bans companies like banks and credit card issuers from using arbitration clauses to keep consumers from banding together to sue them. Financial trade groups protest this oversteps the bounds of what the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...
5 things you didn’t know about Amazon

5 things you didn’t know about Amazon

Both old and new Amazon Prime users are gearing up for the much-anticipated Amazon Prime Day deals launching Monday night. » RELATED: Amazon Prime Day 2017: When is it; what's on sale?  As you take advantage of the biggest bargains from the multi-million dollar company’s sale of the year, take a look back at its humble beginnings. >> Read more trending news Here are...
Ex-Apple, Pepsi exec backs restaurant manager facing deportation

Ex-Apple, Pepsi exec backs restaurant manager facing deportation

The former CEO of Apple and Pepsi-Cola took to Twitter on Sunday to show support for a prominent Palm Beach restaurant manager who is facing the risk of deportation under President Donald Trump’s new immigration policy. Palm Beach resident John Sculley and his wife, Diane, used their Twitter account to share an online petition urging supporters to help stop the deportation of Francisco Javier...
NEW: Survey says 20% of patrons don’t leave tip at U.S. restaurants

NEW: Survey says 20% of patrons don’t leave tip at U.S. restaurants

A new study says that one-in-five customers at sit-down restaurants do not leave a tip. The survey findings released by CreditCards.com, a website that offers information about credit cards and their use, says half of those of those who do leave a gratuity usually tip between 16 percent and 20 percent. Most of the rest tip between 11 percent and 15 percent. Other findings about tipping habits: &mdash...
NEW: Broker wins $1.5M verdict against FPL over land sale commission

NEW: Broker wins $1.5M verdict against FPL over land sale commission

A long-time Palm Beach County real estate broker has won a $1.5 million verdict against Florida Power & Light Co. over a commission he said was owed him on a $75 million land sale. A deal said to have started with a conversation with a top FPL executive at a Florida State University tailgate party. “I am grateful that the jury heard the truth and that they found that I was the procuring...
West Palm Beach apartment rents up 3.5% over past year, survey says

West Palm Beach apartment rents up 3.5% over past year, survey says

West Palm Beach apartment rents rose 3.5 percent over the past year to reach a median of $1,330 a month in June, according to research by Apartment List. That price is for a two-bedroom unit. West Palm Beach is one of the cheapest apartment markets in South Florida, Apartment List says. Boca Raton, on the other hand, is one of the most expensive. They typical...
Cookie store employee suspended after buying brownie for police officer reinstated

Cookie store employee suspended after buying brownie for police officer reinstated

A Texas cookie store employee who was suspended after he paid for a brownie for a police officer will be reinstated. According to KRIV, Zachary Randolph, 18, works at Great American Cookies at Katy Mills Mall in Katy, Texas. But his employment was in jeopardy for a few days after a moment of generosity on the job. Last Sunday, a police officer reportedly came to Great American Cookies and ordered...
Another razor blade found hidden on Walmart shopping cart

Another razor blade found hidden on Walmart shopping cart

For the second time in a few days, a Walmart in Festus, Missouri, has to answer questions about a shopping cart found to have a razor blade hidden under its handlebar, The Associated Press reported Friday. According to the AP, authorities believe that the person who left the blades might be a shoplifter who used them to cut off tags or open packages. On July 2, Michelle Patterson reportedly...
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