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BREAKING: Court orders new environmental review of FPL gas pipeline

BREAKING: Court orders new environmental review of FPL gas pipeline

A $4 billion natural gas pipeline began supplying Florida Power & Light’s South Florida plants in June, but Tuesday a court ordered the federal agency that approved it to conduct a new environmental review. The U.S. District Court of Appeals, Washington, D.C., ruled in a 2-1 decision that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission failed to adequately consider the impact of greenhouse gas emissions...
This local resort is having a “flash sale” on rooms, golf packages

This local resort is having a “flash sale” on rooms, golf packages

PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens will hold  a “flash sale” this week offering discounts of up to 25 percent off rooms and “stay-and-play golf packages.” The Championship Course. Contributed The resort said the deals will be available between for stays between Aug. 28 and May 15, 2018.  The sale starts on Wednesday (Aug....
NEW: South Florida home insurer hit with ratings downgrade

NEW: South Florida home insurer hit with ratings downgrade

With the heart of hurricane season looming, a South Florida home insurer that recently had more than 20,000 customers faces a ratings downgrade from Demotech Inc. Formerly A-rated, Sawgrass Mutual Insurance Co. of Sunrise is now listed as “licensed,” meaning only that it is licensed by state officials but does not qualify for higher ratings ...
Powerball $650M Florida winner? How Obamacare affects your $2 fantasy

Powerball $650M Florida winner? How Obamacare affects your $2 fantasy

It’s information the truly dedicated lottery fantasizer needs: How much you’d really clear if you won the  second-biggest Powerball jackpot in history, $650 million. The shelf life of that daydream lasts at least until the drawing at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday. The floor amount you could count on being delivered in a giant pile to your Florida residence is a shade over $233...
Other Trump venues lose events as charities flee Mar-a-Lago

Other Trump venues lose events as charities flee Mar-a-Lago

It may not be just Mar-a-Lago that could be losing business. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach is on the outs with 20 charities that have pulled their upcoming winter fundraisers, following Trump’s controversial remarks in the aftermath of the deadly violence in the Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month. Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach and...
NEW: Solar eclipse amazes, but just another day at the office at FPL

NEW: Solar eclipse amazes, but just another day at the office at FPL

It amazed much of the country, but Monday’s total solar eclipse was another day at the office for Florida Power & Light Co. Since FPL generates just 1 percent of its electricity from solar power, the eclipse had no impact on the utility’s ability to meet the demand for electricity. It was similar to a cloudy day. Florida’s new solar law expected to boost business usage At 2:49 p...
Looking for a job? Boynton Beach to host job fair

Looking for a job? Boynton Beach to host job fair

Looking for a job? The city is hosting a Town Square Boynton Beach Community Job Fair on Tuesday, at the Carolyn Sims Center, 225 NW 12th Ave.  Town Square is about 16 acres of land east of Interstate 95 off Boynton Beach Boulevard that will be redeveloped through a public-private partnership. The area includes the historic high school, City Hall and the police station. Full-time, part-time...
JUST IN: How to find cheap gas in Palm Beach County before prices rise

JUST IN: How to find cheap gas in Palm Beach County before prices rise

The average gasoline price dipped a cent in Palm Beach County Monday to $2.35 a gallon for regular from a week ago, while Florida’s average fell 2 cents to $2.24, but prices are expected to go up this week, AAA said. FOURTH OF JULY GAS PRICES WERE THE LOWEST IN 12 YEARS Florida’s average fell to $2.24 Monday from $2.26 a week ago. “Robust fuel supplies pushed retail prices lower...
JUST IN: Roaches lead to closing of Hooters, Wendy’s and Rocky’s bistro

JUST IN: Roaches lead to closing of Hooters, Wendy’s and Rocky’s bistro

State inspectors temporarily shut down three restaurants — a Hooters, a Wendy’s and Rocky’s Italian Bistro — in West Palm Beach, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach last week for high-priority violations involving roaches or flying insects and numerous other violations. Hooters, 2020 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach was cited Friday for five high-priority violations including...
Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds because of Trump's frequent travel, large family

Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds because of Trump's frequent travel, large family

WASHINGTON — The Secret Service can no longer pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission – in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump's family and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast. Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex'' Alles, in an interview with...
NEW: Eating out today? These 17 restaurants got perfect inspections

NEW: Eating out today? These 17 restaurants got perfect inspections

Looking for a restaurant that had a perfect inspection? The restaurants listed below were inspected during the week ended Aug. 13, and had no violations. The Palm Beach Post’s restaurant inspection data is obtained from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. See how your favorite restaurant scored in their latest inspection by checking here. For the week ending Aug....
End of ‘frivolous’ lawsuits? Local businesses see tort cases rise

End of ‘frivolous’ lawsuits? Local businesses see tort cases rise

Is America’s litigious streak ebbing? Tort lawsuits have been headline news ever since a grandma spilled a cup of coffee on herself and won a million dollar-plus lawsuit. They’ve also been the bane of businesses decrying “frivolous” complaints for raising their legal expenses — and the cost to consumers. Palm Beach Tech strives to connect tech entrepreneurs, start-ups...
Newsmakers: Hires, promotions in Palm Beach County business

Newsmakers: Hires, promotions in Palm Beach County business

ARCHITECTURE JMorton Planning and Landscape Architecture has hired David Wood as a planner in the firm’s Palm Beach Gardens office. He formerly was a planner for West Florida Regional Planning Council. He received his bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from Michigan State University. COMMUNITY SERVICE Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope, located in Palm Beach County,has elected...
POINT OF VIEW: Don’t quit, refocus on healthcare reform wins

POINT OF VIEW: Don’t quit, refocus on healthcare reform wins

Many Americans were disappointed when recent healthcare overhaul efforts failed. Whether they supported the proposed fix or not, many Floridians are now left wondering if they are stuck with all of the downsides of the Affordable Care Act. They don’t have to be, if Congress can regroup and refocus on more modest, achievable changes. One of those should be to stop the health insurance tax from...

New owners are liable for past-due assessments

Question: Our HOA recently discovered that two houses in our development had closings without receiving estoppels. An attorney handling one closing emailed a request for an estoppel. Our request form was emailed back, along with instructions on how to deliver a check for $125. A realtor delivered the form and request, but before the envelope was opened, the realtor called to say there had been a &ldquo...
Dozens of Joe's Crab Shack restaurants abruptly close

Dozens of Joe's Crab Shack restaurants abruptly close

Dozens of Joe’s Crab Shack locations across the United States abruptly closed without warning amidst its parent company’s bankruptcy proceedings. Calls to a location in Duluth, Georgia, went unanswered Thursday afternoon, and restaurant review site Yelp deemed it closed based on user feedback. The Gwinnett site is also not listed on the company’s website. The Duluth location...
Construction rebound drives strong job growth in Palm Beach County

Construction rebound drives strong job growth in Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate ticked up in July, but the county posted robust job growth over the past year, the state’s labor department said Friday. The county’s jobless rate rose to 4.5 percent in July, up from 4.4 percent in June but down from 5.3 percent a year ago. Meanwhile, Palm Beach County’s once-tepid job growth has shown continued improvement. After lagging...
For Palm Beach chamber head, a flurry of headlines and one crank call

For Palm Beach chamber head, a flurry of headlines and one crank call

The head of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce grabbed national headlines with her call for charities to boycott President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club. But the flurry of attention already seemed to be subsiding as of Friday morning. Laurel Baker said she had not been booked for any television appearances and was the recipient of just one crank call. “By and large, everyone has...
Trump pays off mortgage on Palm Beach home; Rare glimpse of billionaires taking home loans

Trump pays off mortgage on Palm Beach home; Rare glimpse of billionaires taking home loans

President Donald Trump’s recent decision to pay off a $1.2 million loan on a home he owns in Palm Beach raises an intriguing question -- namely, why would a billionaire bother with a relatively tiny mortgage? True, Trump was in a tough financial spot back in 1994, when he took the 25-year mortgage from Merrill Lynch Credit Corp. But Trump kept the loan even as his finances rebounded nicely....
Five more charities pull out of Mar-a-Lago events

Five more charities pull out of Mar-a-Lago events

Five more philanthropic organizations said Friday they have pulled their fundraising events from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club following an intense social media push calling on people to boycott charities that use the venue. A total of eight groups have now pulled their events from Mar-a-Lago since the president’s off-the-cuff, combative and controversial news conference on...
Inside philanthropists’ decision to quit Trump, Mar-a-Lago

Inside philanthropists’ decision to quit Trump, Mar-a-Lago

President Donald Trump’s statements that “both sides” were at fault in the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, were troubling to philanthropists who give money to organizations that hold events at Trump properties, including Mar-a-Lago. And especially so for Jewish donors and philanthropic groups particularly offended and unnerved by images of torch-carrying neo-Nazis and...
Palm Beach chamber head to charities: ‘Have a conscience’ on Mar-a-Lago

Palm Beach chamber head to charities: ‘Have a conscience’ on Mar-a-Lago

Laurel Baker, executive director of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, minced no words Thursday about whether charities should continue to hold their events at Mar-a-Lago this season following President Donald Trump’s statements about the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va. “If you have a conscience, you’re really condoning bad behavior by continuing to be there,” Baker...
Port of Palm Beach approves second cruise ship

Port of Palm Beach approves second cruise ship

A second cruise ship is slated to sail to the Bahamas from the Port of Palm Beach by the middle of next year, following the Port Commission’s 5-0 approval Thursday of an agreement with the ship’s operator. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line already operates the 1,800-passenger Grand Celebration from the port. The NeoClassica, a 1650-passenger ship that might be renamed the Grand Classica, is...
This clothing retailer is closing 3 Palm Beach County stores

This clothing retailer is closing 3 Palm Beach County stores

Children’s clothing retailer Gymboree is closing 3 of its Palm Beach County locations as part of a restructuring effort, according to the company’s website. Gymboree stores at CityPlace, Delray Marketplace, and the Boynton Beach Mall are among 350 stores slated to be closed. The company operates 1,281 retail stores under the Gymboree, Janie and Jack...
Are you nomophobic? Hint: Has to do with smartphone use

Are you nomophobic? Hint: Has to do with smartphone use

Do you have nomophobia, otherwise known as smartphone separation anxiety? Our high-tech lifestyle has drastically changed the way we live, and for many of us, it’s difficult to stop incessantly checking our phones. We panic when we misplace our phones. The percentage of smartphone users who would actually be classified as addicted is between 10 percent to 12 percent, Dr. David Greenfield, director...
Citizens blames hefty county rate hike on questionable lawsuit claims

Citizens blames hefty county rate hike on questionable lawsuit claims

Florida’s insurer of last resort blames lawsuits over water-damage claims as the driving reason it wants Palm Beach County homeowners to pay a 9.3 percent rate hike, rivaling the more than 10 percent increases proposed for Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Yet a records request by The Palm Beach Post shows Palm Beach County’s share of such lawsuits is disproportionately small: 5.1 percent...
Miami developer pays $6 million for nautical Art Deco home in Palm Beach

Miami developer pays $6 million for nautical Art Deco home in Palm Beach

A landmarked house with a distinctive nautical Art Deco style has exited the market for a recorded $5.9 million at 1221 N. Lake Way. Facing the Intracoastal Waterway, the house had been on the market for a year and a half, and it sold for about $1 million less than its asking price. With porthole-style windows, pipe railings and rambling floor plan, the house has always seemed a little more Miami...
PIP: Driver savings up to $1B at stake as Senate bill renews fight

PIP: Driver savings up to $1B at stake as Senate bill renews fight

A Senate bill filed this week sets renewed battle lines for the biggest potential change in Florida car insurance in half a century. At stake: whether Florida drivers can save up to $1 billion a year by not being forced to buy medical coverage many find maddeningly expensive and duplicative of their health insurance, while watching at-fault drivers escape responsibility. SB...
Louie Bossi coming to Delray, taking over 32 East spot

Louie Bossi coming to Delray, taking over 32 East spot

Downtown Delray Beach is  gaining a new Italian restaurant, Louie Bossi, but losing a venerable establishment: Word is that 32 East will close to make way for the Italian eatery.           
Don’t fall for this scam using Federal Reserve Bank’s name

Don’t fall for this scam using Federal Reserve Bank’s name

A number of online videos and forums are instructing consumers to attempt to pay their bills using Federal Reserve Bank routing numbers and their Social Security numbers as their account number, according to a scam warning from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The Federal Reserve has received and rejected a number of these attempts, resulting in canceled payments, returned item fees from their...
FPL nuclear project uncertain, but charges could grow by $90 million

FPL nuclear project uncertain, but charges could grow by $90 million

Florida Power & Light Co. ratepayers must wait two months before finding out if they will be required to pay many millions of dollars for costs associated with two nuclear reactors that may never be built. The utility, Florida’s largest, says it has spent roughly $315 million towards two prospective nuclear reactor and in the next five years, those costs could grow by another $90 million, an...
West Palm Beach tourism company to offer 90-minute eclipse cruise

West Palm Beach tourism company to offer 90-minute eclipse cruise

Looking for a place to watch Monday’s historic Solar Eclipse? Visit Palm Beach,  which offers kayak and paddle board rentals and cruises aboard its 50-foot catamaran Hakuna Matata from the West Palm Beach waterfront, has just announced it will offer a 90-minute eclipse catamaran cruise for residents and tourists who want to view the event from...

Palm Beach County tourism website ranks among best in the world

A new website created to market Palm Beach County as tourist destination ranks among the best in the world, according to Skift, a travel and marketing company. The website, www.thepalmbeaches.com, which was recently launched by Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official tourism marketing group, was named one of the “25 best tourism board websites&rdquo...
NEW: FPL bid for more nuclear units to face more scrutiny today

NEW: FPL bid for more nuclear units to face more scrutiny today

A second day of hearings has begun on a question critical to Florida Power & Light Co. and its ratepayers: Should the utility continuing seeking — and requiring customers to pay for — licenses for two potential nuclear reactors in South Florida? On Tuesday, the utility’s bid came under questioning from state regulators, and criticism from large user groups. Halting its quest to obtain...
It’s more convenient than ever to apply for social security benefits

It’s more convenient than ever to apply for social security benefits

You’ve worked hard your whole life, and receiving your Social Security benefits should be the icing on the cake at your retirement party. We’re working hard to make it as quick and seamless as possible for you to apply for benefits from Social Security. Simply visit www.socialsecurity.gov/applyforbenefits to get started. Through our safe and secure website, you can apply for: * Retirement...
Commissioner formerly worked for firm seeking housing authority money

Commissioner formerly worked for firm seeking housing authority money

Palm Beach County Commissioner Mack Bernard repeated his call Tuesday to give the county some oversight of the county Housing Authority, whose chief executive was fired last month amid allegations of financial mismanagement. Meanwhile, a firm that once employed Bernard is attempting to get nearly $339,000 from the authority for work on an aborted development project in Boynton Beach, records obtained...
3 more executives leave Trump's manufacturing council in aftermath of Charlottesville

3 more executives leave Trump's manufacturing council in aftermath of Charlottesville

President Donald Trump on Tuesday told reporters that the CEOs who have resigned from the White House manufacturing council in the days since the president blamed “many sides” for violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, have done so “out of embarrassment” on the same day that a pair of executives announced their exits from the group. “They’re not taking their job...
State tourism on record-breaking pace despite ‘16 crises, funding feud

State tourism on record-breaking pace despite ‘16 crises, funding feud

A record 60.7 million tourists visited Florida during the first six months of 2017, marking the highest tourism count ever recorded between January and June, Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday. Palm Beach County hosted 4.2 million tourists during the first half of the year, an 8.7 percent increase from the same time period in 2016 — and a record-setting milestone for the county’s tourism...
Trump tweets he knows CEOs to replace the 'grandstanders' who resigned from council

Trump tweets he knows CEOs to replace the 'grandstanders' who resigned from council

In a tweet Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump said he has other chief executives ready to succeed the "grandstanders" who stepped down from his manufacturing council in the aftermath of the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. "For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place," the president tweeted. "Grandstanders...
Married couple facing charges in latest patient-brokering arrests

Married couple facing charges in latest patient-brokering arrests

A married couple from Palm Springs are accused of collaborating in a patient brokering scheme. Forty-three additional charges of patient brokering were filed Monday against Steven Johnson, a West Palm Beach drug treatment operator who was arrested in March, and his wife, Melissa Johnson, was arrested Monday on 66 counts of patient brokering. According to state records, they are officers of Palm Beach...
Here's why you might want to stop using smiley faces in emails

Here's why you might want to stop using smiley faces in emails

Think you’re being nice when you add a smiley face to the end of your email? According to one study, you could be conveying something else.  >> Read more trending news  The new study, titled the “The Dark Side of a Smiley,” examines the “effects of smiling emoticons on virtual first impressions.” Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the...
Record number of tourists visited Florida during first half of 2017

Record number of tourists visited Florida during first half of 2017

A record 60.7 million tourists visited Florida during the first six months of 2017, marking the highest tourism count ever recorded between January and June, Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday. The record tourism level comes amid a difficult year for the state’s tourism marketing organization, Visit Florida, which faced budget cuts and saw the...
NEW: Uber settles privacy, data security case — tips if you’re impacted

NEW: Uber settles privacy, data security case — tips if you’re impacted

The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday it reached an agreement with ride-sharing company Uber to settle FTC charges that Uber failed to protect consumers’ personal information. The FTC charged that San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc. failed to monitor employees’ access to customers’ information and failed to reasonably secure sensitive consumer data stored on a third-party...
Fed up with Citizens rate hikes? Email or attend Aug. 23 hearing

Fed up with Citizens rate hikes? Email or attend Aug. 23 hearing

Not happy with rate increases at state-run insurer Citizens? Now is the time to tell regulators. Chris Gardner (left), chairman of the Citizens board, and president Barry Gilway meet with the Post Editorial Board to discuss issues ahead of the Florida Legislative session in February. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post) Send an email or attend a hearing in person next...
AAA warns drivers to slow down, use caution as school year starts

AAA warns drivers to slow down, use caution as school year starts

The Palm Beach County school year has started, and AAA is urging motorists to slow down and stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones.The national automotive group made the plea as it issued tips to improve safety around schools and neighborhoods in an awareness campaign. The most recent data available shows that in 2015 more than 343 child pedestrians 17 and under died and 11,000 were injured...
JUST IN: Dresses, accessories and more set for Alfred Angelo auction

JUST IN: Dresses, accessories and more set for Alfred Angelo auction

Thousands of wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and other accessories from the inventory of failed bridal chain Alfred Angelo can be auctioned off next month at a massive sale in Deerfield Beach, a U.S. bankruptcy judge agreed Monday. Roughly 6,000 items will be up for grabs at the Sept. 2 auction set to be held at 9 a.m. at Alfred Angelo’s Broward County warehouse. The sale comes seven weeks...
North Palm Beach kills deal to bring Luger steakhouse to clubhouse

North Palm Beach kills deal to bring Luger steakhouse to clubhouse

A Luger steakhouse will not be coming to North Palm Beach after all. Also not coming anytime soon: A new village clubhouse where the restaurant was supposed to operate. Carl Von Luger Steak & Seafood, a Scranton, Pa.-based restaurant, was slated to open fine dining and casual restaurants at the soon-to-be revamped North Palm Beach clubhouse. But then the famous Peter Luger Steak House of New York...
Gas price average dips slightly in Palm Beach County — rise across US

Gas price average dips slightly in Palm Beach County — rise across US

Gasoline prices dipped slightly in Palm Beach County and Florida in the last week, AAA said Monday, but that wasn’t the case in 27 states in the western U.S. where prices rose. Palm Beach County’s average for a gallon of regular was $2.36 Monday, down a cent from a week ago. Florida’s average fell to $2.26 a gallon from $2.28 a week ago, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report...
NEW: West Palm buffet cited for roaches; shut down twice last week

NEW: West Palm buffet cited for roaches; shut down twice last week

Crazy Buffet in West Palm Beach was shut down twice in the same day last week by state inspectors who initially cited it for 41 violations, including live and dead roaches and potentially hazardous food temperatures. State inspectors required the restaurant at 2030 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. to temporarily close two times on Tuesday, Aug. 8. Inspectors found 22 remaining violations in the second...
Merck CEO quits Trump manufacturing council after Charlottesville response

Merck CEO quits Trump manufacturing council after Charlottesville response

The chairman and CEO of American pharmaceutical giant Merck announced Monday that he was resigning from President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council “as a matter of personal conscience” in the wake of a deadly car attack on protesters in Virginia over the weekend. Kenneth C. Frazier, who is African American, announced his decision Monday morning, writing in a statement...
Amazon issues refunds for potentially fake solar eclipse glasses

Amazon issues refunds for potentially fake solar eclipse glasses

Having second thoughts about the safety of those cheap solar eclipse glasses you bought from Amazon? You're in luck: The company reportedly has given full refunds to some customers who bought possible fakes. "Safety is among our highest priorities," Amazon said in a statement, KGW reported Saturday. "Out of an abundance of caution, we have proactively reached out to customers and...
JUST IN: 2 old Disney rides closing to make way for new ones

JUST IN: 2 old Disney rides closing to make way for new ones

Two of Disney’s oldest rides are closing today to make way for new ones.  Epcot’s Universe of Energy and Hollywood Studios’ The Great Movie Ride are set to take guests on their final journeys today before shutting down, according to WKMG. The Universe of Energy has been around since 1982 and was last updated in 1996 with a new film, music and Ellen DeGeneres as its...
Newsmakers: People hired, promoted in Palm Beach County business

Newsmakers: People hired, promoted in Palm Beach County business

ADVOCACY Sheri Svi has been named regional director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Florida office. Sheri has served the state’s Jewish community for many years. The office is located in Boca Raton. Prior to working for the ADL, Svi worked at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, as well as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. She received her bachelor’s degree with...
The sea level did, in fact, rise faster in the Southeast

The sea level did, in fact, rise faster in the Southeast

For people in the southeastern United States, and especially in Florida, who feel that annoying tidal flooding has sneaked up on them in recent years, it turns out to be true. And scientists have a new explanation. In a paper published online Wednesday, University of Florida researchers calculated that from 2011 to 2015, the sea level along the American coastline south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina...

Condominium Leasing Provisions are Generally Enforceable

Question: Our declaration of condominium contains very specific restrictions regarding rentals. Rental units at any given time will be limited to 20 percent of the total number of units, leases for a period of less than one year are prohibited, no individual rooms may be rented, no transient tenants are allowed, and subleases are prohibited. Leases must be in writing and are subject to the declaration...
Office Depot pays $132 million for Boca Raton headquarters

Office Depot pays $132 million for Boca Raton headquarters

In a move that would seem to settle any questions about Office Depot’s future in Palm Beach County, the Fortune 500 retailer this week paid $132 million for its headquarters. Office Depot (NYSE: ODP) bought the 625,000-square-foot complex at 6600 N. Military Trail from its landlord, Equity Commonwealth (NYSE: EQC) of Chicago. The landlord paid $171 million for the property in 2011, according...
Ousted Housing Authority chief had hired niece without telling board

Ousted Housing Authority chief had hired niece without telling board

The recently fired Palm Beach County Housing Authority chief executive had hired his niece as a consultant and employed her for four years before his board members knew about his family connection to her, documents obtained by The Palm Beach Post show. Housing Authority board members fired Van Johnson on July 29, saying his leadership was marked by “financial malfeasance, gross mismanagement...
JUST IN: Solar eclipse stamps selling out — order them online, USPS says

JUST IN: Solar eclipse stamps selling out — order them online, USPS says

The interactive Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun Forever stamp is proving to be so popular that some post offices may be out of stock. The U.S. Postal Service is recommending ordering them online. “We printed 60 million stamps and will not print any more. The stamps have been extremely popular, especially along the route of the total eclipse as noted on the map on the back of the stamp pane,&rdquo...
NEW: Split check at Cheesecake Factory? You may have overpaid on tip

NEW: Split check at Cheesecake Factory? You may have overpaid on tip

If you split the bill at a Cheesecake Factory, you may have overpaid on the tip. Way overpaid. A lawsuit filed against the popular California-based restaurant chain said the restaurant’s suggested tips on split bills are calculated based on the entire bill and not the divided share. READ ALSO: Do you tip 15% at restaurants? Study: 20 percent don’t tip at all As a result, an untold number...
Donald Trump's childhood home in NYC listed on Airbnb

Donald Trump's childhood home in NYC listed on Airbnb

President Trump’s childhood home, located in Queens, New York, has been listed on home rental website Airbnb. The house is in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood. >> Read more trending news The listing provides a short history of the house, which was built by Trump’s father, Fred: The house is conveniently located for those who wish to visit the city during the day and retreat...
DealNews: With iPhone 8 coming in the next couple months, expect iPhone 7 discounts in February

DealNews: With iPhone 8 coming in the next couple months, expect iPhone 7 discounts in February

If you’re still toting an Apple iPhone 5, 5s, 6 or 6s, you might want to wait a few months months to upgrade to an iPhone7. DealNews says now is a terrible time to buy an iPhone. That’s because with the iPhone8 is expected to be released in September or October, so discounts on the iPhone 7 won’t be far behind. DealNews keeps records of iPhone price trends dating back to...
Sunshine State’s lone solar panel maker flourishing in Riviera Beach

Sunshine State’s lone solar panel maker flourishing in Riviera Beach

When Linda Smithe and her husband Brian Ducharme decided to buy a rooftop solar energy system for their Jupiter area home, their goal was to reduce their carbon footprint, support local jobs and avoid buying solar panels from China. Fortunately, Florida’s only solar photovoltaic manufacturer, SolarTech Universal, is headquartered in Riviera Beach and produces cutting-edge solar panels with smart...
Supermarket wars: Publix growth routs rivals, eyes Amazon competition

Supermarket wars: Publix growth routs rivals, eyes Amazon competition

Floridians of a certain age recall when going to the grocery store meant choosing between Publix and Winn-Dixie. As recently as 20 years ago, the grocers were evenly matched rivals running neck and neck. In 1997, Winn-Dixie operated 424 stores in Florida, while Publix ran 446 supermarkets. RELATED COVERAGE: Publix continues to load up on real estate Fast forward two decades, and there’s no longer...
Singer Island developer waits out bust, brings back condo project

Singer Island developer waits out bust, brings back condo project

After putting his dream on hold for a decade, developer Dilip Barot has revived an oceanfront project focused on health and wellness. “If you think something is good, you have to be persistent,” Barot says. “The good things in life require patience.” During the real estate boom, Barot collected deposits from nearly 100 buyers at his proposed Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences...

POINT OF VIEW: 1,900-foot rule canker rule based on science

Within the past few months, two separate articles appeared in The Palm Beach Post concerning aspects of the now-discontinued citrus canker-eradication program. This topic has been of considerable interest to many southern Florida residents. The Post is to be commended for its decisions to cover this important disease affecting our signature commercial agricultural industry and widely grown dooryard...
Applebee’s, IHOP to close up to 160 restaurants

Applebee’s, IHOP to close up to 160 restaurants

DineEquity Inc., the parent company of Applebee’s and IHOP, is planning to close up to 160 of the restaurants. According to a Thursday news release from Dine Equity, 105-135 Applebee’s locations and 20-25 IHOP restaurants will close Previously, the company said it expected to close 40-60 Applebee’s restaurants and 18 IHOP restaurants. “We are investing in the empowerment...
Lake Worth man faces new order on phony FTC release, computer fixes

Lake Worth man faces new order on phony FTC release, computer fixes

A Lake Worth man has been ordered to pay more than $52,000 and stop faking Federal Trade Commission press releases to sell useless tech support services. An FTC complaint says this fake email press release was sent to consumers. The FTC filed a complaint in April against Daniel L. Croft, doing business as PC Guru Tech Support and Elite Tech Support. Federal officials alleged...
JUST IN: UF working to develop a better-tasting tomato juice

JUST IN: UF working to develop a better-tasting tomato juice

The juice business, including tomato juice, is big business in the U.S., and University of Florida scientists are working to develop a better-tasting tomato juice. Palm Beach County-grown Florida’s Table rice in Publix, Whole Foods Essence, usually extracted from a plant to add flavor or provide a scent, can be used to improve juice flavor, according to a new University of Florida Institute...
Headed to shop at an outlet center? Here are some tips.

Headed to shop at an outlet center? Here are some tips.

Shopping at outlets is one way back-to-school shoppers try to save money. But before you head for an outlet center, keep these tips from the Federal Trade Commission in mind: ALSO: These stores are set to open this fall at Palm Beach Outlets • Check out the retail prices of items you want to buy so you’ll know if you’re really getting a bargain. Don’t have time? There are apps...
Palm Beach County’s housing affordability takes dive in second quarter

Palm Beach County’s housing affordability takes dive in second quarter

(Getty Images) Palm Beach County housing affordability fell to its lowest level in nearly a decade, the National Association of Home Builders said Thursday. Just 56.9 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of April and end of June were affordable to families earning Palm Beach County’s median income of $67,900. That’s down from the 60.4 percent...
Alfred Angelo employee: You violated our rights, owe us 60 days pay

Alfred Angelo employee: You violated our rights, owe us 60 days pay

Defunct dress chain Alfred Angelo violated workers rights when it abruptly shut down in July, according to a lawsuit filed by a former employee. In a suit filed Wednesday, former Alfred Angelo employee Deborah Hightower said she was one of 248 employees whose rights under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act were violated. RELATED: Thousands of dresses to be auctioned...
Lawsuit: These 42 Disney apps are spying on your kids

Lawsuit: These 42 Disney apps are spying on your kids

The Walt Disney Co. secretly collects personal information on some of their youngest customers and shares that data illegally with advertisers without parental consent, according to a federal lawsuit filed late last week in California. The class-action suit targets Disney and three other software companies — Upsight, Unity and Kochava — alleging that the mobile apps they built...
Starbucks debuts horchata-inspired Frappuccino made with almond milk

Starbucks debuts horchata-inspired Frappuccino made with almond milk

Move over, Unicorn, Dragon and Mermaid Frappuccinos. Starbucks debuted its latest icy concoction, the Horchata Almondmilk Frappuccino, on Tuesday at stores across the U.S. and Canada. The drink, which takes its inspiration from the horchata drinks popular across Spain and Latin America, is made with almond milk, cinnamon dolce syrup, coffee and ice. Baristas top the mix with whipped cream, caramel...
Watch out for unlicensed contractors, repairman this hurricane season

Watch out for unlicensed contractors, repairman this hurricane season

We’re in peak hurricane season, and this year there is something else to add to your preparations: A list of websites to check whether home repair companies are legit or not. How safe is your roperty insurer? Check Palm Beach Post’s Insurance Explor The scenario has played out after almost every storm. Homes and property are damaged — and all kinds of “contractors” come...
Thousands of dresses from Alfred Angelo’s inventory to be auctioned

Thousands of dresses from Alfred Angelo’s inventory to be auctioned

Looking for a deal on a wedding gown? Thousands of dresses from the inventory of failed bridal chain Alfred Angelo could be auctioned next month. The bankruptcy trustee assigned to the case has proposed an auction for Sept. 2 in Deerfield Beach. If the judge approves, the sale would be run by auctioneer Stan Crooks, president of Auction America in West Palm Beach. Crooks said Alfred Angelo’s...
Walmart apologizes after viral photo appears to show guns under back-to-school sign

Walmart apologizes after viral photo appears to show guns under back-to-school sign

Walmart has apologized after a viral photo seemed to show guns displayed under a back-to-school sign at a store. According to KFSM, several Twitter users Wednesday shared a photo of a gun display that appeared to be under a banner that read, "Own the school year like a hero." The image quickly went viral and sparked criticism on social media. CNN reported that Walmart spokesman Charles Crowson...

Banks’ overdraft fees shouldn’t put the squeeze on you

Which bank fees cost Americans more money each year than they spend on eggs, on baby clothes, or on books, newspapers and magazines combined? Overdraft fees on family and personal checking accounts, to the tune of $14 billion annually. Financial institutions charge large fees when a customer’s checking account doesn’t have enough money for a purchase but the bank pays the transaction anyway...
Nationwide settles with Fla., states on data breach of 1.27M customers

Nationwide settles with Fla., states on data breach of 1.27M customers

Insurer Nationwide “demonstrated true carelessness while collecting and retaining information from prospective customers,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Wednesday as 32 states including Florida settled charges related to a data breach. In a company statement, Nationwide said it “is pleased to have reached a settlement that we believe...
Thousands of dresses from Alfred Angelo’s inventory to be auctioned next month

Thousands of dresses from Alfred Angelo’s inventory to be auctioned next month

Looking for a deal on a wedding gown? Thousands of dresses from the inventory of failed bridal chain Alfred Angelo could be auctioned next month. The bankruptcy trustee assigned to the case has proposed an auction for Sept. 2 in Deerfield Beach. If the judge approves, the sale would be run by auctioneer Stan Crooks, president of Auction America in West Palm Beach...
Palm Beach County firefighters sue siren-maker over hearing loss

Palm Beach County firefighters sue siren-maker over hearing loss

Nearly two dozen Palm Beach County firefighters are suing a publicly-traded company claiming sirens it produces for emergency vehicles robbed them of their hearing. In the lawsuit filed this week in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, current and former firefighters for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and the West Palm Beach and Boca Raton fire departments say Federal Signal Corp. should have warned them...
FPL wants more nuclear units; customers say prove they make sense

FPL wants more nuclear units; customers say prove they make sense

Just weeks after this summer’s announcement that two unfinished nuclear reactors in South Carolina are being abandoned, Florida regulators are poised to once again consider Florida Power & Light’s pursuit of two new reactors. However, hundreds of FPL customers say they want the utility to prove the reactors would be worth the costs. In an email campaign organized by the Southern Alliance...
Credit card debt breaks pre-crisis record. Florida holds lessons.

Credit card debt breaks pre-crisis record. Florida holds lessons.

Behold now the great plastic milestone just passed: U.S. credit card debt has reached a new high above $1.02 trillion, breaking the old mark set just before the economic crash of 2008. For Floridians, one of the painful rear-view lessons of the Great Recession was not to allow credit card debt to grow fat and hairy in times of plenty. After the financial meltdown, Sunshine Staters paid the price...
Reward of up to $12,000 in unsolved 2015 West Palm Beach death

Reward of up to $12,000 in unsolved 2015 West Palm Beach death

It’s been nearly two years since worried friends asked police to check on Alex Johnson at his West Palm Beach apartment, where they found the 22-year-old waiter dead. Now, rewards of up to $12,000 have been posted in his unsolved murder. Johnson, who lived alone, was found dead on Sept. 15, 2015, detective Andrea Branch said Tuesday. Police have put up $5,000 and CrimeStoppers will pay up to...
Publix: Where hefty profit margins are a pleasure

Publix: Where hefty profit margins are a pleasure

Jeff Ostrowski/The Palm Beach Post Over the past two decades, Publix consolidated its dominant position in Florida’s grocery market. As Publix has vanquished Winn-Dixie, its profit margins have climbed steadily. In 2003, when Winn-Dixie was still a viable rival, Publix’s profit margin was 3.9 percent. As Winn-Dixie withered, Publix’s profit margins climbed...
BDB’s Coleman helps companies grow while staying in PB County

BDB’s Coleman helps companies grow while staying in PB County

As vice president of existing industry at the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Shereena Coleman works with companies that, just like hermit crabs, have grown too big for their shell and need help moving into a bigger one. ALSO: West Palm Beach’s A.J. Jama and PermuTrade see no borders Each year she meets with more than 100 companies and assists them with finding the resources...
Credit card debt busts pre-crisis record, $1.02 trillion. Paging Fla.

Credit card debt busts pre-crisis record, $1.02 trillion. Paging Fla.

Behold now the great plastic milestone just passed: U.S. credit card debt has reached a new high above $1.02 trillion, breaking the old mark set just before the economic crash of 2008. For many Floridians, one of the painful rear-view lessons of the Great Recession was not to allow credit card debt to grow fat and hairy in times of plenty. After the financial meltdown, Sunshine...
Brightline: West Palm to Miami by year’s end

Brightline: West Palm to Miami by year’s end

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger train service will start carrying passengers between West Palm Beach and Miami by the end of the year, offering introductory fares and “buy-one-get-one free” offers to entice commuters to ride. Brightline had said the first leg of its service was expected to start service in late summer, with a grand opening ceremony expected to be held in...
Miami radio station buys Belle Glade station

Miami radio station buys Belle Glade station

Miami radio operator Zoo Communications, owner of dance-music station Revolution 93.5-FM, says it bought WBGF 93.5-FM from JVC Broadcasting. The expanded frequency extends the dance station’s reach  from the lower Keys to Martin County. “Revolution 93.5 will carry the strongest signal in the tri-county area,” Zoo Communications Chief Executive Marco...
NEW: Will EPA funding debate affect contaminated PBC site?

NEW: Will EPA funding debate affect contaminated PBC site?

Florida has dozens of federal Superfund sites — including in Palm Beach County — but identifying these contaminated sites could be the easy part given the sharp debate over funding for the federal agency charged with addressing them. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced in late July that he will choose 10 Superfund sites for priority cleanup, as part of a wide-ranging list of 42 recommendations...
Office Depot starts same-day delivery service

Office Depot starts same-day delivery service

In a bid to shore up its eroding sales, Office Depot said Monday that it’s testing same-day delivery in three markets. “With our new same-day delivery and our omnichannel approach, we are utlizing our retail stores as assets and part of our supply chain to give our customers the best possible experience,” Office Depot Chief Executive Gerry Smith said in...
The new name for Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre sounds very familiar

The new name for Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre sounds very familiar

Confused concertgoers beware: It’s Coral Sky. Again. Just when we all got used to the name Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, the name of the South Florida Fairgrounds concert venue has reverted back to its original name: Coral Sky Amphitheatre. RELATED: The 20 best shows ever at the Changing Names All The Time Amphitheatre This happens every few years when the corporate branding sponsorship lapses...
Air ambulance prices double, GAO says. Should Florida do anything?

Air ambulance prices double, GAO says. Should Florida do anything?

Helicopter air ambulance prices  approximately doubled in four years, a new government report finds as Florida officials consider possible legislation by next spring to limit what consumers pay for emergency transportation. The median price rose from around $15,000 to about $30,000 per air trip between 2010 and 2014, according to Medicare data from the Centers...
When E.F. Hutton called, restaurateur listened

When E.F. Hutton called, restaurateur listened

Hutton Seafood & Raw Bar opening later this month in Northwood There’s a new restaurant opening soon in West Palm Beach’s Northwood section.  The restaurant is called Hutton. The restaurant owner’s name is Tim. But Timothy Hutton, the actor, is nowhere near this eatery. Instead, owner Tim Klinefelter drew inspiration elsewhere. Before...
Perspective: This Trump real estate deal looks a lot like criminal tax fraud

Perspective: This Trump real estate deal looks a lot like criminal tax fraud

President Donald Trump clearly doesn't want to release his income tax returns to the public. Members of the public and commentators have progressed through stages of outrage, speculation and acceptance that they'll never see the goods, while others have made attempts to pry the documents free (such as proposed legislation in New York and other states that would require presidential candidates to release...
Immigration in the age of Trump: What it means for Palm Beach County

Immigration in the age of Trump: What it means for Palm Beach County

Immigration returned to the forefront of political discourse with the emergence of Donald Trump, who announced his bid for the presidency two years ago by saying he would build a wall between the United States and Mexico, which he accused of sending drugs and rapists into the U.S. That wall has not yet materialized — Congress has so far refused to go along with funding for it — but...
Newsmakers: Palm Beach County business, nonprofits hires, promotions

Newsmakers: Palm Beach County business, nonprofits hires, promotions

ACCOUNTING Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil has issued six promotion. Maggie Xie has been named family office services manager. Matthew Oliver, Lory Richardson and Vicki Rizzuto have been named tax supervisors. Gary Mann has been named audit advanaced staff accountant. Stacey Horowitz has been named advanced tax staff accountant. ARCHITECTURE MHK Architecture has hired Caroline Koons Forrest...
Editorial: Renovate, rebuild confidence in county housing authority

Editorial: Renovate, rebuild confidence in county housing authority

Few governmental agencies are forced to weather the lows of a public housing authority. These much-maligned agencies, charged with giving shelter to low-income, and often elderly and disabled, people, are too often targets for fraud and corruption. Their tenants, and accompanying taxpayer funding, are easy prey for the unscrupulous. We hope that Dr. Ben Carson, the Trump Administration’s Secretary...
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