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Palm Beach County set to tackle big problem: Affordable housing

Palm Beach County set to tackle big problem: Affordable housing

Verdenia Baker hears it from business executives. She hears it from elected officials. She even hears it when she’s at the grocery store. “I often hear, ‘What are you going to do about housing?’” the Palm Beach County administrator said. On Wednesday, the county plans to host a six-hour summit at the Palm Beach County Convention Center to tackle what Baker and others...
Newsmakers: People in Palm Beach County business, non-profits

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

ARCHITECTURE GliddenSpina + Parners, Architects and Interior Design Inc.’s senior project manager Gabe Jaroslavsky has been appointed to the Ctiy of West Palm Beach historic preservation board. He joined GliddenSpina as a project manager architect in 2011 with over 30 years of experience and a six-year degree in architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Carmelita “Mimi”...
Muslim man sues Little Caesars for $100M over 'halal' pizza dispute

Muslim man sues Little Caesars for $100M over 'halal' pizza dispute

A Muslim man in Michigan is suing Little Caesars for $100 million, claiming he was served a pizza labeled "halal" that contained pepperoni made with pork. The halal label means the pizza should be prepared in a way that follows Islamic law, and shouldn't contain pork. >> Read more trending news The lawsuit was filed by Mohamad Bazzi Thursday and seeks class-action status, The Detroit...
Editorial: Government, business leaders must step up to avoid crisis

Editorial: Government, business leaders must step up to avoid crisis

— Post Editorial Board, Jan. 25 It’s both disappointing, bordering on discouraging, to note that not much has happened in the four months since that editorial was published. Palm Beach County commissioners have since expressed their — public — “frustration” that the workforce housing issue persists, to be sure. And a Palm Beach County Housing Summit, bringing...

New law limits condo directors to four consecutive two-year terms

This year, the Florida Legislature passed a host of new laws that will affect shared ownership communities. Assuming that the governor signs these bills into law, they will go into effect on July 1. You may already have read about some of the flashier changes (such as specifying that certain failures to abide by the Condominium Act can subject board members to criminal penalties), but there are many...
With Baywatch release, tourism leaders tout Palm Beach County’s beaches

With Baywatch release, tourism leaders tout Palm Beach County’s beaches

Several scenes from the new Baywatch movie were filmed at beaches in southern Palm Beach County, and local tourism officials are hoping to use the film’s release to convince out-of-town travelers the area is the “ultimate beach destination.” In a public relations push launched one-day after the movie’s release, county tourism officials touted 10 of the county’s top beach...
EXCLUSIVE: Don’t cut care to 23M, do reform drug prices, AMA head says

EXCLUSIVE: Don’t cut care to 23M, do reform drug prices, AMA head says

The American Medical Association’s top officer said in a visit to The Palm Beach Post he cannot support pushing 23 million people out of health coverage, but President Donald Trump could be on to something with talk of bringing down high drug prices. “It’s certainly encouraging that it’s a topic of conversation,” said AMA’s 171st president Andrew Gurman, an orthopedic...
House of Cards, Bloodline boost Netflix — and maybe local filmmaker, too

House of Cards, Bloodline boost Netflix — and maybe local filmmaker, too

It’s a big weekend for entertainment — on big and small screens alike. Memorial Day weekend traditionally kicked off the film industry’s blockbuster summer season, which is similarly important to Hollywood studios as the holidays are to retailers. In the summers of 2016 and 2015, box office ticket sales way surpassed $4.5 billion. This weekend, though, may well be equally big for...
NEW: Restaurants with perfect inspections in Boca, Lake Worth, WPB

NEW: Restaurants with perfect inspections in Boca, Lake Worth, WPB

The Palm Beach Post’s restaurant inspection data are obtained from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation. To look up your favorite restaurant’s inspection report, go to The Palm Beach Post’s restaurant inspection app. For the week ending May 21, state inspectors reported perfect inspections at: Porky and Beth’s BBQ Inc had zero violations in an inspection...
Members of Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches, Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors approve merger

Members of Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches, Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors approve merger

Members of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors voted overwhelmingly in favor of a merger that creates the nation’s third-largest local association. Among Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches members who cast ballots, 99 percent voted in favor, Chief Executive Dionna Hall said Thursday. Among Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors members...

POINT OF VIEW Tax collector won’t abide Airbnb’s insistence on secrecy

Airbnb Florida Policy Director Tom Martinelli’s “Point of View” submission (“Airbnb deal could ease the collection of bed taxes for county,” May 18) falsely states that I have “expressed no interest in entering into an agreement” with Airbnb to facilitate and collect taxes for short-term rentals. I have had several conversations with Airbnb representatives...
Woman sues Jelly Belly for not listing sugar as ingredient in its Sport Beans

Woman sues Jelly Belly for not listing sugar as ingredient in its Sport Beans

A California woman has sued Jelly Belly, claiming it engaged in deceptive labeling and advertising practices by promoting its Sports Beans as a performance aid. Jessica Gomez filed the class-action lawsuit earlier this year, according to Legal Newsline. At the heart of Gomez's complaint is that the company used evaporated cane juice instead of sugar in the Sports Beans ingredients list. In 2016...
Forgotten lottery ticket worth $24 million found days before deadline

Forgotten lottery ticket worth $24 million found days before deadline

A lottery player’s luck almost ran out this week after a ticket worth more than $24 million was nearly forgotten in their home. An anonymous individual with a Lotto ticket came forward to claim the winnings two days before their ticket was set to expire. News coverage of the unclaimed Lottery prize escalated in the days leading up the deadline, causing the individual to check their house, where...
Memorial Day Sales: Here’s where you’ll find the deepest discounts

Memorial Day Sales: Here’s where you’ll find the deepest discounts

If you are planning to shop the Memorial Day sales this weekend, you may want to consider these tips before you hit the stores. The deal-hunting website FatWallet.com has put together a list of recommendations on what to buy, and what to skip this Memorial Day. RELATED: New food tour in Delray Beach offers taste of Atlantic Avenue The website says you can expect to save big on summer...
JUST IN: FPL pipeline done, but when will it pump natural gas?

JUST IN: FPL pipeline done, but when will it pump natural gas?

After just nine months, construction is complete on the $4 billion 685-mile natural gas pipeline slated to begin delivering fuel to Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light’s South Florida plants by early June. But controversy over the massive project continues — and it’s not clear when the spigot will be turned on allowing FPL another source of natural gas for its power plants. MORE...
HUD Secretary Ben Carson sells West Palm Beach house after mold fix

HUD Secretary Ben Carson sells West Palm Beach house after mold fix

Ben Carson and Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in March. Photo by Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Daily News Ben Carson, President Donald Trump’s housing secretary, sold his house in Ibis Country Club for $920,000, listing agent Arthur Martens of Engel & Volkers said Thursday.
GL Homes buying Polo Trace golf course in bid to build in-town

GL Homes buying Polo Trace golf course in bid to build in-town

GL Homes, known for building houses on large tracts of land, is pressing forward with a strategy to build on in-town parcels, including golf courses. The company’s latest deal: Buying the golf course at Polo Trace Golf and Country Club so it can build new homes in suburban Delray Beach. Read more stories by Alexandra Clough GL plans to build between 318 and 320 single-family homes in the gated...
Palm Beach County home values still 21% off peak, Zillow says

Palm Beach County home values still 21% off peak, Zillow says

Home values nationally finally have returned to 2007 levels. In Palm Beach County, however, property prices remain more than 21 percent off their boomtime peak, according to Zillow. U.S. home values rose to a median of $198,000 in April, Zillow said Thursday. During the housing boom, home values hit a peak of $196,600. In Palm Beach County, the median home value was $252,600 in April. By Zillow&rsquo...
Hardworking 11-year-old surprised with lawn mower, equipment to start his own business

Hardworking 11-year-old surprised with lawn mower, equipment to start his own business

An 11-year-old is thanking a local business for surprising him with a gift that will help him with his own business this summer. Q’yaron Godson of Fayetteville, North Carolina, has been hunting for a summer job. “I’m getting older, so I have to find something to do,” Q’yaron told WTVD. “I can’t just sit in the house and play all my life. I have to...
JUST IN: Gov. Scott vetoes bill to tear down 'liquor wall'

JUST IN: Gov. Scott vetoes bill to tear down 'liquor wall'

Pointing to concerns about preserving small-business jobs, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday vetoed a heavily debated and lobbied measure that supporters said would repeal a relic of the nation’s emergence from Prohibition. The so called “liquor wall” law, which requires hard spirits to be sold in separate facilities from most retail goods, will remain in place after Scott’s veto...
NEW: CBO says revised health bill still leaves 23M without coverage

NEW: CBO says revised health bill still leaves 23M without coverage

It was 24 million. Now it’s 23 million. Fewer people would be pushed out of health coverage over 10 years under a revised House bill that gives states more options, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report released late Wednesday afternoon. The bill would cut the federal deficit by $119 billion over 10 years, $32 billion less than before. Just don’t count on the latest report...
Palm Beach County home prices up 6.5%, hit post-recession high

Palm Beach County home prices up 6.5%, hit post-recession high

Palm Beach County home values continued to surge in April, a month when the typical sale price reached a post-crash high. The median price of a single-family home sold in April rose to $327,000, a 6.5 percent increase from a year ago and up slightly from March’s $325,000, the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches said Wednesday. PREVIOUS STORY: Selling your home? It’s a seller&rsquo...

New food tour in Delray Beach offers taste of Atlantic Avenue

Delray Beach-based Craft Food Tours opened its doors in December, offering both tourists and locals a chance to eat their way through a 1.1-mile tour of the city. The company, run by owner Matt Guidice and his business partner Anthony Guzman, offers three-hour walking tours with stops at six restaurants in downtown Delray Beach. MORE: Culinary tours bolster Palm Beach County’s tourism menu Since...
More than 25,000 Graco car seats recalled after failing portion of crash safety test

More than 25,000 Graco car seats recalled after failing portion of crash safety test

Popular Atlanta-based car seat company Graco announced a recall of more than 25,000 of its products manufactured in the summer of 2014. The webbing on the seats’ harness restraints on select My Ride 65 convertible car seats did not meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s federal requirements for breaking strength in its dynamic crash simulation, the company...
10 things new grads should know before starting first jobs

10 things new grads should know before starting first jobs

As colleges across the country wrap up classes, final exams and commencement ceremonies, it’s time for new grads to find new jobs. If you’ve landed one, congratulations! Take a minute, enjoy the moment and read these pointers to help you get ready for the real world: A smart boss will take the time to explain the job to you, provide training and monitor your progress. They aren’t...
Disaster or protection? Investor rule Trump delayed starts June 9

Disaster or protection? Investor rule Trump delayed starts June 9

One business group called the survival of a proposed retirement investment rule “disastrous” this week, blasting the Trump administration. A consumer group says just the opposite — that it keeps alive the hope investment advisers and companies won’t be allowed to put their “profits ahead of your retirement security.” Nowhere is this a bigger deal than in Florida...
Social Security: Honoring our heroes on Memorial Day

Social Security: Honoring our heroes on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we honor the soldiers and service members who have given their lives for our nation. Social Security respects the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives in defense of freedom. Part of how we honor service members is the way we provide Social Security benefits. The unexpected loss of a family member is a difficult experience...
Roy Talmo, former First American Bank chairman, dies at 85

Roy Talmo, former First American Bank chairman, dies at 85

Roy W. Talmo, a prominent business leader and banker whose aggressive growth of Lake Worth-based First American Bank and Trust created a financial powerhouse that also became the state’s largest commercial bank failure of its time, has died. He was 85. In an obituary published in The Palm Beach Post on Sunday, Talmo was described as having died peacefully on April 7 in Palm Beach County. The...
GL Homes gets ITID backing for Acreage-Ag Reserve swap

GL Homes gets ITID backing for Acreage-Ag Reserve swap

GL Homes’ plan to preserve land outside of Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve in exchange for permission to build more in it “cannot be ignored and should be seriously considered,” the president of the Indian Trail Improvement District’s board of supervisors wrote to Palm Beach County commissioners. “After listening to GL’s proposal, the board unanimously...
FIRST LOOK: Inside WPB’s new Brightline train station

FIRST LOOK: Inside WPB’s new Brightline train station

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline on Tuesday unveiled the inside of its West Palm Beach station, offering the first glimpse at how passengers will move from the building’s ticketing turnstiles to its shaded train platform. Crews are still putting the finishing touches on the station’s security area, “Good to Go” cafe, and two passenger waiting lounges, but officials said...
Target data breach: Settlement called largest ever with Fla., states

Target data breach: Settlement called largest ever with Fla., states

Retailer Target agreed to improve data security and pay 47 states including Florida $18.5 million, officials said Tuesday. New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman called it an “important win” and said it was the largest multi-state settlement to date related to a data breach. “This data breach jeopardized the financial information of millions of Target customers in Florida and...
Start-up insurer Mount Beacon closes doors, 22,000 policies taken over

Start-up insurer Mount Beacon closes doors, 22,000 policies taken over

A start-up player in Florida’s home insurance market, Mount Beacon Insurance Co., is going out of business and about 22,000 of its policies have been transferred to Florida Specialty Insurance Co., the latter firm’s CEO said Monday. Call it a sign of the challenges facing consumers in Florida, where many big national insurers have largely stopped writing new business and a host of small...
Summer 2017 Guide: Top staycation spots in Palm Beach County

Summer 2017 Guide: Top staycation spots in Palm Beach County

Dream vacations to exotic locales can be nice. But let’s be honest: When you have kids, taking the “classic” weeklong family vacation — frantically getting to the airport gate, praying for peace in Row 29 of coach, herding everyone over to the rental-car place — can be overwhelming. And let’s not forget, those trips get expensive. Just stay at home for the summer...
Why Port St. Lucie woman got 30 months for tax fraud

Why Port St. Lucie woman got 30 months for tax fraud

A Port St. Lucie woman who falsely claimed five different people as her dependents, among other things, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison. Dianne Mowatt, 39, was charged in a 52-count indictment with running a fraudulent tax preparation business to file returns on behalf of clients and herself, federal officials said.  She pleaded guilty to five counts in March. Mowatt owned and operated...
Can Okeechobee Blvd. be made more safe? Summit seeks answers

Can Okeechobee Blvd. be made more safe? Summit seeks answers

As both a runner and a driver, Taniel Shant understands the multiple nightmares confounding thousands of motorists and pedestrians who use Okeechobee Boulevard daily. As a motorist, he fumes over the time it takes trains and traffic to clear so he can turn onto Okeechobee from Parker Avenue. As a jogger, who lives in the nearby Flamingo Park neighborhood, he worries a car will jump the curb...
Trump administration holds off killing Obamacare cash, for now

Trump administration holds off killing Obamacare cash, for now

The Trump administration and House on Monday asked for another 90-day delay in a House lawsuit to block billions of dollars in Obamacare cost-sharing subsidies, but insurers repeated calls for greater certainty to stabilize 2018 health markets.
NEW: Peter Luger Steak House sues eatery set for North Palm Beach

NEW: Peter Luger Steak House sues eatery set for North Palm Beach

A Luger steak house in North Palm Beach? Not so fast, said the famous Peter Luger Steak House of New York. Peter Luger Inc. filed a federal lawsuit on May 19 claiming Carl Von Luger Steak & Seafood of Scranton, Pa., is ripping off the vaunted Peter Luger name and reputation. The trademark infringement lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, demands that Carl Von Luger and its owner, Robert Dickert...
Florida insurer Mt. Beacon closes its doors, policies taken over

Florida insurer Mt. Beacon closes its doors, policies taken over

A start-up player in Florida’s home insurance market, Mount Beacon Insurance Co., is going out of business and about 22,000 of its policies have been transferred to Florida Specialty Insurance Co., the latter firm’s CEO said Monday. Call it a sign of the challenges facing consumers in Florida, where many big national insurers have largely stopped writing new business and a host of new ...
Publix, package stores urge veto of ‘liquor wall’ bill

Publix, package stores urge veto of ‘liquor wall’ bill

Opponents have mobilized to try to convince Gov. Rick Scott to veto a bill that would a repeal a decades-old law requiring hard spirits to be sold in separate facilities from groceries and other goods — an issue that has become known as the “liquor wall.” But Scott, who faces a Wednesday deadline to decide whether to sign, veto or let the measure become law without his signature...
Post’s Protecting Your Pocket named finalist for Florida’s best blog

Post’s Protecting Your Pocket named finalist for Florida’s best blog

Take a bow, readers who make it possible. The Palm Beach Post’s Protecting Your Pocket has been named a finalist for Florida’s best blog in the 2017 SPJ Sunshine State Awards after recognition as the state’s top blog in another competition, the 2016 Florida Press Club contest. First, second and third place winners will be announced at a ceremony this summer by Florida’s Society...
United Country, United Realty keep battling over name

United Country, United Realty keep battling over name

How much is a name worth? A lot, in the case of United Realty Group and United Country Real Estate. United Country Real Estate of Kansas City, Missouri, last year filed a trademark infringement suit against United Realty Group, a fast-growing brokerage with offices in Royal Palm Beach, Wellington and Boca Raton. But United Realty didn’t back down, and the two companies recently concluded...
Will Visit Florida budget cuts help other states win tourists?

Will Visit Florida budget cuts help other states win tourists?

The Midwestern state of Michigan boasts fresh water beaches, hundreds of public golf courses, a mild summer climate — and soon, tourism officials in that state say, it may also enjoy an influx of travelers that it is competing with Florida to get. The Florida legislature’s decision to slash $50 million from the state’s tourism marketing budget could make it easier for other...
Newsmakers: People in Palm Beach County business, non-profits

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

COMMUNICATIONS Brenda Star, president of StarGroup International, is pleased to announce two additions to her team of communications specialists. Tracy Carvalho has been brought on as a project coordinator specializing in media relations and project management. Carvalho brings over 20 years of experience in domestic and international marketing, media relations, and account management to the company...
Nathan's, Curtis hot dogs recalled for possible metal contamination

Nathan's, Curtis hot dogs recalled for possible metal contamination

A large recall of hot dogs has been issued by John Morrell and Co. due to complaints of metal contamination. Approximately 210,606 pounds of ready-to-eat hot dog products sold under the Nathan's and Curtis brands are included in the recall, according to the United States Department of Agriculture news release. Three complaints have been received about metal pieces found in the hot dog products...

Members-only social club may be permitted to use condominium lounge

Question: Our West Palm Beach condominium includes a lounge containing a bar, kitchen, library, and billiard area. On four evenings each week, the president of our board of directors operates a “members-only” social club in the lounge. The association does not charge him for this use. The club is open only to dues-paying residents and their non-resident guests. Liquor and refreshments...
NEW: Let’s Write Together turns 36 students into published authors

NEW: Let’s Write Together turns 36 students into published authors

Thirty-six students, mostly from Palm Beach County schools, are now published writers. They are authors courtesy of the Let’s Write Together program founded and run by a Boca Raton high school student. The three dozen students were honored Friday in a ceremony at the Hagen Ranch Road public library branch in Delray Beach. As their parents and teachers applauded and snapped photos, each of the...
Trump health action ‘critical,’ regulators warn as Fla. uninsured grow

Trump health action ‘critical,’ regulators warn as Fla. uninsured grow

As Obamacare deadlines loom, insurance regulators are pleading with President Donald Trump’s administration and Congress to end a money drama that threatens the “viability and stability” of health markets and could hurt millions of consumers by chasing insurers away and pushing premiums up 25 percent in Florida. The effort comes as new federal numbers show Florida adults lacking...

NEW: Palm Beach County unemployment falls to 3.9%, lowest in a decade

For the first time in nearly a decade, Palm Beach County unemployment is below 4 percent. The county’s jobless rate fell to 3.9 percent in April, Florida’s labor department said Friday. Unemployment hasn’t been so low since May 2007, just before the global economy entered a death spiral. The county’s official unemployment rate fell as low as 3.2 percent during the housing bubble...
Palm Beach County unemployment falls to 3.9 percent in April

Palm Beach County unemployment falls to 3.9 percent in April

For the first time in nearly a decade, Palm Beach County unemployment is below 4 percent. The county’s jobless rate fell to 3.9 percent in April, Florida’s labor department said Friday. Unemployment hasn’t been so low since May 2007, just before the global economy entered a death spiral. The county’s official unemployment rate fell to 3.2 percent during the housing bubble,...
After price cut, Florida’s priciest listing back on market at $165 million

After price cut, Florida’s priciest listing back on market at $165 million

After languishing on the market for more than a year, the Ziff estate in Manalapan — and its $195 million price tag — disappeared from the multiple listing service last month. Now, the property is back on the market with a new agent and a new price tag. Cristina Condon of Sotheby’s International Realty in Palm Beach is marketing the mansion for $165 million. Condon also is marketing...
CEO pay rises in 2016, NextEra Energy chief tops list at $24.8 million

CEO pay rises in 2016, NextEra Energy chief tops list at $24.8 million

James Robo, head of the nation’s most valuable utility, was the highest-paid corporate boss in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast in 2016. Robo collected $24.8 million in 2016, his second year as the region’s top-paid CEO. However, despite another strong year for NextEra, Robo’s pay fell from $30.3 million in 2015. And while he was the top-paid utility CEO in the country...
NEW: These 10 restaurants got perfect scores in health inspections

NEW: These 10 restaurants got perfect scores in health inspections

The Palm Beach Post’s restaurant inspection data are obtained from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation. For more details, visit The Palm Beach Post’s restaurant inspection app by clicking here . For the week ending May 14, this is what state inspectors reported these 10 restaurants received perfect scores: Gourmet Galaxy/Soup Boss had...
JUST IN: Philly group offers $62.3 million for Golden Bear Plaza

JUST IN: Philly group offers $62.3 million for Golden Bear Plaza

The owner of Golden Bear Plaza just struck gold. An investment group out of Philadelphia is under contract to pay a reported $62.3 million for the three-building complex in Palm Beach Gardens. That’s nearly double the price paid for the Class A offices in December 2003, when the building traded hands for $32.3 million. READ ALSO: Developer ends plans...

POINT OF VIEW: How NextEra hopes to win from a failed acquisition bid

To little surprise, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas recently rejected the acquisition bid NextEra Energy made for Oncor, a company that transmits power to about 3.4 million Texans. The PUC indicated well ahead of time that it would reject the deal. NextEra knew what concessions it would need to make to have the deal approved. But NextEra stood firm. The failure to negotiate made little...

POINT OF VIEW: Military veterans bring unique skills to workforce

The war for talent has never been more intense than it is today. The unemployment rate is under 5 percent, now, and immigration policy going forward—for both low-skilled and high-skilled workers—has never been more uncertain. Corporations, then, must compete, and compete hard, for senior- and mid-level executives who can succeed under pressure, gain the respect of their subordinates, and...
NEW: Why is Brightline testing its train in this state park?

NEW: Why is Brightline testing its train in this state park?

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline is testing its BrightBlue train on a 3-mile stretch of track in Jonathan Dickinson State Park, the company said Thursday. A Palm Beach Post reporter spotted the train, named for the color of its passenger cars, traveling north near the area of County Line Road in Tequesta Thursday afternoon. RELATED: Two more Brightline trains to arrive in West Palm Beach today...
BREAKING: Record number of tourists visit PBC; did Ballpark help?

BREAKING: Record number of tourists visit PBC; did Ballpark help?

A record number of tourists visited Palm Beach County during the first three months of 2017, an increase fueled largely by a rise in domestic travelers, including visitors from Washington, D.C. and Houston, home of the two Major League Baseball teams that began holding spring training here this year. Roughly 2.3 million visitors traveled to Palm Beach County during the first quarter, up 7 percent...

Trump payments ‘critical’ to avoid consumer health disaster, NAIC says

In new letters in the last 24 hours, insurance regulators warn the Trump administration and U.S. Senate it is “critical” that they commit to pay billions of dollars that help health consumers — or insurers are likely to pull out or raise premiums across the country.
See how much offices near Gardens Mall sold for

See how much offices near Gardens Mall sold for

The once-troubled Professional Centre at the Gardens just sold for $18.6 million, commercial real estate brokerage Avison Young said Thursday. The four-building complex is on Kew Gardens Drive, just east of The Gardens Mall. No deed is available yet, but Avison Young says the seller was special servicer LNR Partners. The buyer is an affiliate of Miller Development Co. of Bethesda, Maryland. The ...
NEW: Booted out by Hustler Hollywood sex shop, Bible store finds home

NEW: Booted out by Hustler Hollywood sex shop, Bible store finds home

Like most brick-and-mortar retailers, Christian bookstore Inspiration House faces a litany of business challenges. Spiritual music has moved to the cloud, killing CD sales. Amazon dominates sales of religious books. Americans in general are growing less devout. An especially dire threat came this past year, when the family owned business learned its 8,000-square-foot shop on Okeechobee Boulevard had...
GL Homes wants to move giant project from Acreage to Ag Reserve

GL Homes wants to move giant project from Acreage to Ag Reserve

GL Homes wants Palm Beach County to consider a proposal that would allow it to unlock development in the Agricultural Reserve, a south-county farming zone where building is limited by county rules but home sales are lucrative. RELATED: Former commissioner Tony Masilotti rips county in comments on GL Homes plan Instead of moving forward with recently approved plans to build a giant development of 3...
Who’s the lost, forgotten pioneer who created Palm Beach County movies?

Who’s the lost, forgotten pioneer who created Palm Beach County movies?

Today, the city of West Palm Beach has only one movie theater complex. Carl Kettler would probably be flabbergasted. As the 20th century began, Kettler saw limitless possibilities in the newfangled business of motion picture palaces. An irrepressible, Barnum-like booster, he opened the county’s first movie theater in 1908, creating a downtown cinema empire that no one had...
West Palm Beach’s Tax King owner charged in $3.7 million case

West Palm Beach’s Tax King owner charged in $3.7 million case

The owner of a West Palm Beach tax preparation business and an employee stand accused of filing hundreds of fraudulent returns and claiming at least $3.7 million in fraudulent refunds. In an indictment unsealed Wednesday, Corry E. Pearson of Riviera Beach and Stephane Cindy Anor of West Palm Beach were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Pearson...
NEW: Developer kills plan for 5 tall towers at Prospect Place in WPB

NEW: Developer kills plan for 5 tall towers at Prospect Place in WPB

A plan to build million-dollar condominiums on South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach is a no-go, thanks to neighborhood opposition to the project. The owner of the aged Prospect Place office center acknowledged it has scrapped plans to turn the property into a 15-story, five-tower complex. The project, dubbed 3111 S. Dixie Highway, would have featured 300 condos, with views of the Intracoastal Waterway...

POINT OF VIEW: County could increase taxes by working with Airbnb

As Palm Beach County works to address a looming budget shortfall, some local policymakers have speculated about the use of bed taxes — dollars collected from visiting tourists — to close the gap. This goal is achievable without resorting to reallocating limited resources from the Tourist Development Council or even recruiting more vacationers. Rather, the county can actually unlock a wave...
JUST IN: Local leaders hope consuls’ visit kickstarts commerce

JUST IN: Local leaders hope consuls’ visit kickstarts commerce

The world is visiting Palm Beach County this week. Representatives from 21 foreign consulates are touring our area at the invitation of the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service and Office of Foreign Missions. They are part of the Experience Florida program, along with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, that aims to build partnerships...
Historic JFK bunker could get new lease on life with new port contract

Historic JFK bunker could get new lease on life with new port contract

Mar-a-Lago, Winter White House of President Donald Trump, has been meticulously preserved over the last 25 years, but that cannot be said of the John F. Kennedy bunker, a deteriorating treasure built on Peanut Island near JFK’s Palm Beach Winter White House. “President Kennedy stayed there and it was a bunker. It is a national landmark. It is disgraceful that in Palm Beach County, it is...
Hispanic leaders pitch reform vs. ‘irrational’ Trump immigration plan

Hispanic leaders pitch reform vs. ‘irrational’ Trump immigration plan

Hispanic business leaders gathered Wednesday in West Palm Beach to champion the economic contributions of foreign-born workers, picking up the beleaguered banner of immigration reform four months after President Donald Trump stormed the White House in a campaign launched with a blistering attack on “rapists” and criminals from Mexico. “We stand here a stone’s throw from the...
Legal weed sales top revenues for Viagra and Cialis

Legal weed sales top revenues for Viagra and Cialis

Weed at a dispensary in Oakland, California. Photo by Jeff Ostrowski/The Palm Beach Post Sports fans who are bombarded with an endless loop of ads for erectile dysfunction drugs might think Viagra and Cialis are massive sellers.
NEW: How accident led West Palm Beach entrepreneur to find ‘my passion’

NEW: How accident led West Palm Beach entrepreneur to find ‘my passion’

The creation of new U.S. businesses may be near a 40-year low, but don’t think for a second that was going to stop Chad Demas. A car accident that left him in a wheelchair pushed him to create designs that make it easier to get around the home — incorporating, for example, a stove top that lets him roll right under it. He founded his own business, Adaptive Design for Accessibility LLC...
NEW: How social media influencer sells Palm Beach County tourism

NEW: How social media influencer sells Palm Beach County tourism

On a warm afternoon earlier this month, Scott Eddy — known as @MrScottEddy by his 1.1 million Twitter followers — grabbed his snorkel gear and headed into the water under the Blue Heron Bridge armed with a GoPro camera. His job: Making tourists want to travel to the places he visits by flooding his social media feeds with photos and videos. Eddy is known as a “digital...
NEW: PBIA looks to re-establish non-stop flight to Los Angeles

NEW: PBIA looks to re-establish non-stop flight to Los Angeles

Palm Beach International Airport managers are trying to re-establish a direct flight between West Palm Beach and Los Angeles, while also boosting revenues from non-airport sources in an effort to help drive down fees airlines pay to use the facility. Two years after American Airlines dropped its non-stop flight between PBIA and Los Angeles International Airport, Palm Beach County Airports Director...
World's first Nutella Cafe opening in Chicago

World's first Nutella Cafe opening in Chicago

The Nutella counter at the Chicago Eataly hub has enjoyed success, and the company has decided to erect a flagship Nutella Cafe in Chicago, just across from Millennium Park Plaza, on May 31. A representative from Nutella told Chicago Eater that the two-story bar will be “the first to truly capture the essence of the Nutella brand -- not just in the dishes that’ll be served, but in...
Commentary: Johnson Amendment has chilling effect on free speech

Commentary: Johnson Amendment has chilling effect on free speech

President Trump’s public vows to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment started during his campaign, continued through election night, and have persisted during his presidency — most recently appearing in his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast this past February. In 1954, Sen. Lyndon Johnson wanted the tax code amended to bar tax-exempt entities from involvement in political...
Commentary: In defense of the Johnson Amendment

Commentary: In defense of the Johnson Amendment

In recent weeks, President Donald Trump has turned his attention to overhauling the nation’s tax code. While the exact details of Trump’s plan are unclear, one potential topic for debate could be the Johnson Amendment, a six-decade-old tax law that prohibits churches and other tax-exempt organizations from either endorsing or opposing political candidates. Trump has repeatedly vowed to...
Judge fines Royal Palm pet shop cited in puppy-sales law controversy

Judge fines Royal Palm pet shop cited in puppy-sales law controversy

Star Pups, the Royal Palm Beach pet store under investigation by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, has been fined for providing inadequate warranties to consumers and for housing animals in conditions that don’t meet Palm Beach County standards. The store, located on State Road 7, has 30 days to appeal the $100 fines, both of which constitute what the county deems to be major violations...
Chanel takes heat for selling $1,325 boomerang

Chanel takes heat for selling $1,325 boomerang

French fashion company Chanel is facing criticism for a recreational item in its spring-summer collection. Chanel is selling a wood and resin boomerang embossed with the company's iconic logo for $1,325. The Twitterverse had a mixed response. Some criticized the pricey product as cultural appropriation, while others thought the controversy was overblown. Chanel said in a statement to ...
JetBlue CEO addresses birthday cake incident in which family was kicked off flight

JetBlue CEO addresses birthday cake incident in which family was kicked off flight

JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes went on “CBS This Morning” on Tuesday and addressed an incident on his airline’s incident that made headlines, in which a family was kicked off a flight after a dispute that started with a birthday cake. Here’s the video that was shared showing part of the incident: And here is Hayes explaining what happened: According to Hayes: Hayes’ explanation...
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