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BREAKING: Feds explain sweet deal for billionaire sex offender Epstein

BREAKING: Feds explain sweet deal for billionaire sex offender Epstein

Federal prosecutors went on the offensive this month, denying allegations that they bowed to pressure from billionaire Palm Beach resident Jeffrey Epstein and his high-priced lawyers at the expense of dozens of teenage girls he sexually abused. In their first public comment since 2007 — when they negotiated a deal that allowed Epstein to escape federal charges — prosecutors filed...
Science center to add brain center, thanks to $100K donation

Science center to add brain center, thanks to $100K donation

The money contributed by the Stiles-Nicholson Foundation to name this center will be added to funds already raised to build the center’s new permanent exhibit, “Journey Through the Human Brain,” a $2 million project in partnership with Florida Atlantic University’s newly-created Brain Institute.
Why was Army hero killed in botched prisoner escape plan?

Why was Army hero killed in botched prisoner escape plan?

Thirty years ago, two ex-cons hatched a brazen, murderous scheme to free their imprisoned buddy during a trip to a doctor’s office in West Palm Beach. Before the bullet-riddled afternoon ended, one prison guard was dead, another was wounded and a 12-car police chase and shooting spree ranged from Olive Avenue to Palm Beach International Airport. And it all happened because James J. O’Brien...
Voters said ‘no’ to waterfront towers, so why is one in the works?

Voters said ‘no’ to waterfront towers, so why is one in the works?

Despite a voter-approved ban on building skyscrapers on West Palm’s downtown waterfront, the city is pressing forward with a plan that would allow one developer — Related Cos. of New York — to do just that. Related in April submitted an application to create an Okeechobee Business District that would allow the CityPlace developer to build a 25-story office tower 300 feet from the...
Looking up: West Palm Beach by the numbers

Looking up: West Palm Beach by the numbers

The Bristol (artist’s rendering). The city has dozens of projects on its wish list that will take years to complete, depending mainly on how money is tapped to pay for them, whether from bonds, state or federal grants or local taxes and fees.
Starbucks, T-Mobile coming to new Lake Worth shopping center

Starbucks, T-Mobile coming to new Lake Worth shopping center

Starbucks and T-Mobile have signed five-year leases to move into Downtown Lake Worth, a 8,750-square-foot shopping center under construction on North Dixie Highway and 2nd Avenue North. The center is expected to be complete by Nov. 1, according to Norman Weinstein, president of Boca Raton-based Stateside Partners, the company that’s building the plaza, projected...
POST TIME: Woman recalls her time as a roller-skating Lanigan’s girl

POST TIME: Woman recalls her time as a roller-skating Lanigan’s girl

Readers: Our Dec. 22 column on Lanigan’s service station — the place that operated north of downtown West Palm Beach in the 1950s, and sold “dehydrated gasoline”— prompted a call from Leah Smith, who lives west of Lake Worth. She was a friend of William Lanigan’s daughter, Betty Jean — and worked briefly as one of his roller-skating girls. As in “Free...
Micro-apartments downtown get final OK, paving way for compact living

Micro-apartments downtown get final OK, paving way for compact living

With the city promoting downtown living but high rents making it impossible for many, West Palm Beach commissioners Monday gave final approval to developer Jeff Greene’s micro-apartment project. Banyan Place, a 12-story building proposed for the southeastern corner of Banyan Boulevard and Rosemary Avenue, will include 348 apartments that range in living area from 340 to 560 square feet. The...
‘Jaws’ at 42: Did you know shark’s first victim went to Forest Hill High?

‘Jaws’ at 42: Did you know shark’s first victim went to Forest Hill High?

When Steven Spielberg began casting “Jaws” in early 1974, he envisioned a New York City actress for the role of the skinny-dipper killed in the opening minutes of the movie. But what would become an iconic role in the summer blockbuster that opened on June 20, 1975 — 42 years ago — would go to a West Palm Beach-bred stunt woman who seemed born to play the part. Her name...
UPDATE: ‘It’s scary’… Lake Worth homicide has neighborhood on edge

UPDATE: ‘It’s scary’… Lake Worth homicide has neighborhood on edge

Wawing Christophe was watching “Orange Is The New Black” when he heard four gunshots in the early Saturday morning hours where he lives on North F Street in Lake Worth. “I immediately turned off the lights,” said Christophe, 18. “There can be a hot streak of violence around here.” While Christophe was checking out the popular Netflix series, the Palm Beach County...
Lake Worth’s work/live downtown lofts will give artists financial boost

Lake Worth’s work/live downtown lofts will give artists financial boost

The term “starving artist” may be a cliche, but it’s also very real. For many, paying rent or a mortgage and shelling out money for a studio space is often a recipe for financial disaster. That is where the live-work art community concept comes in. READ: Lake Worth takes major step in ridding the streets of abandoned cars Several cities nationwide, including Lake Worth, are building...
NEW: Latest effort to ease the flight ban when Trump visits Palm Beach

NEW: Latest effort to ease the flight ban when Trump visits Palm Beach

Palm Beach County has drafted a resolution calling on the federal government to exempt the Lantana airport from some temporary flight restrictions imposed during President Donald Trump’s visits to his Mar-a-Lago mansion on Palm Beach. The resolution, up for discussion when commissioners meet on Tuesday, directs County Administrator Verdenia Baker or her designee to work with the county&rsquo...
Packed workshop hears bevy of potential fixes for Okeechobee corridor jams

Packed workshop hears bevy of potential fixes for Okeechobee corridor jams

A receptive group of 300 West Palm Beach residents packed a convention center workshop Thursday night to hear consultants lay out potential solutions to downtown’s busiest and most vexing entryway, the Okeechobee Boulevard corridor. The consultants, a team assembled by Alta Planning + Design, laid out a bevy of long- and short-term options, from depressing the Tri-Rail tracks to adding roundabouts...
Get me out! Family picnic ends with 35 locked in West Palm park

Get me out! Family picnic ends with 35 locked in West Palm park

There’s no shortage of signs at the entrance to Gaines Park in West Palm Beach. There’s the “don’t leave valuables in your car” sign, the “drug-free zone” sign, the “Warning! Alligators in water” sign in English and Spanish. Tonya Preston just wishes the people who run the park would read the signs, especially the one that says in plain English...
Lake Worth takes major step in getting abandoned cars off the streets

Lake Worth takes major step in getting abandoned cars off the streets

Anne doesn’t live near a junkyard. But, at times, it felt that way. There were a bunch of cars — at least 6 — that were always parked in the 500 block of South L Street directly across from Anne’s house. “A few times, they blocked me and my neighbor’s driveways,” said Anne, who didn’t want her last name used. “It seemed like they were collecting...
UPDATE on West Palm’s micro-apartments: Passageway to Clematis proposed

UPDATE on West Palm’s micro-apartments: Passageway to Clematis proposed

A plan for micro-apartments that would change the mix of West Palm Beach residential options won approval from the Downtown Action Committee this past week. The design panel unanimously approved developer Jeff Greene’s Banyan Place project, a 12-story building proposed for the corner of Banyan Boulevard and Rosemary Avenue that would include 348 apartments that range in living area from 340...
The answers to all West Palm Beach’s traffic problems?

The answers to all West Palm Beach’s traffic problems?

The city’s four-day traffic study charrette concludes this evening, as consultants Alta Planning + Design present potential fixes to downtown congestion. It’s the first draft of a plan, as the consultants prepare to continue their work through the summer. The sessions for the past three afternoons at the Palm Beach County Convention Center have invited input from residents and discussion...
A rite of passageway for Subculture Coffee

A rite of passageway for Subculture Coffee

Sean and Natalie Scott at Subculture Coffee. (J. Gwendolynne Berry/The Palm Beach Post) News the Downtown Action Committee approved a landscaped, illuminated walkway connecting Banyan Boulevard with the 500 block of Clematis Street brought cheer an ocean away, where the co-owner of West Palm’s Subculture Coffee, Sean Scott, was traveling in — of course — Scotland.
Suburban Lake Worth kitten survives road trip on truck’s battery

Suburban Lake Worth kitten survives road trip on truck’s battery

They say cats have nine lives. Well, an unnamed, 10-week-old domestic short-haired kitty has already used one of hers. The story starts behind Ansley Ellmyer’s suburban Lake Worth home on a rainy night last week. READ: Lake Worth institution closing in July Ellmyer, an insurance defense attorney, heard what sounded like a kitten meowing in the big brush near the family pool this past Wednesday...
It could be downtown Lake Worth’s oldest business, and it’s closing soon

It could be downtown Lake Worth’s oldest business, and it’s closing soon

The end is near for downtown businesses The Art Shop and The Bruce Webber Gallery. The Art Shop, a picture framing supply store, is a Lake Worth institution that has been in the city for 61 years. It’s believed to be the oldest downtown business in Lake Worth. Both shops will be closing at the end of July after owners Bruce and Maryanne Webber finalize a deal to sell the buildings at 705-711...
West Palm wins grant to put start-ups in empty downtown storefronts

West Palm wins grant to put start-ups in empty downtown storefronts

A proposal to turn empty downtown storefronts into pop-up rentals for start-ups and other small businesses has won a $180,000 grant for West Palm Beach from the Knight Cities Challenge. Expanding on a pilot project, the proposal “12 for 12: Pop-up to Rent,” submitted by Economic Development Director Christopher Roog, aims to have the city work with property owners to activate 12 empty...
Turning empty storefronts into business start-ups

Turning empty storefronts into business start-ups

Roog A proposal by West Palm Beach to turn empty storefronts into pop-up rentals for small businesses or start-ups has won a $180,000 grant from the Knight Cities Challenge.
Looking for summer fun in Lake Worth? Here it is

Looking for summer fun in Lake Worth? Here it is

The calendar tells us that June 21 is the first day of summer. But South Floridians know better as we live in a tropical paradise that can be considered summer-y all year long. With the kids out of school and grown folks in sunny vacation mode, now’s the time — even with the heat — where people are looking for cool, outdoor summer events. READ: Why is the Lake Worth High School Flea...
Here are county arts groups that could get $4.4 million in grants

Here are county arts groups that could get $4.4 million in grants

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County recently recommended $4.4 million in grants to 22 major institutions and 11 mid-sized arts and cultural organizations in Palm Beach County for fiscal year 2017-2018. The recommendations were approved by the Tourist Development Council of Palm Beach County’s board of directors meeting in May. These grants are funded with hotel tax dollars and demonstrate...
Here’s the story of the hieroglyphics behind Restoration Hardware store

Here’s the story of the hieroglyphics behind Restoration Hardware store

Restoration Hardware is making progress on its $26 million, mansion-like gallery going up at 560 Okeechobee Blvd., with its eastern exterior now wearing a hieroglyphic-like pattern by artist RETNA. The Los Angeles artist poetic expression is characterized by “sophisticated hieroglyphs, calligraphy and illuminated text-based abstract imagery,” according to Sybille Welter, coordinator of...
Neighbors say Australian Ave. has become deadly speedway

Neighbors say Australian Ave. has become deadly speedway

One man died at 4 a.m. May 24 at North Australian Avenue near 25th Street, when a stolen Lexus sedan became one with a concrete utility pole. That fatal accident followed another at the same intersection Feb. 21, when a car hit a light pole and split in two. Neighborhood residents say they’ve witnessed more than their share of injuries and deaths on that stretch of Australian, between Palm Beach...
Florida Supreme Court takes up Palm Beach County Geico bad-faith case

Florida Supreme Court takes up Palm Beach County Geico bad-faith case

In a case stemming from a fatal auto accident, a divided Florida Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take up a dispute about the state’s “bad faith” insurance laws. Justices voted 4-3 to hear a challenge to a 4th District Court of Appeal decision in favor of Geico General Insurance Co. in the Palm Beach County case. Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred...
Palm Beach County Animal Control waives cat adoption fees this weekend

Palm Beach County Animal Control waives cat adoption fees this weekend

Because of the high number of cats and kittens that are in need of good homes, an adoption special is being offered Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11 by Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control. The Animal Care and Control shelter at 7100 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, is waiving the adoption fee for all cats and kittens and is offering a “name your price” adoption promotion for...
Condo enforcement: Pay $25 late fee or… lose your home?

Condo enforcement: Pay $25 late fee or… lose your home?

David Silva’s $340,000 condo faces foreclosure because of a $25 late fee. Silva, a resident at Ventura Greens at Emerald Dunes since 2007, was having his bank make automatic payments of the monthly maintenance fee for his three-bedroom, 2½-bath townhouse on the outskirts of West Palm Beach just west of Florida’s Turnpike. But the 70-unit development changed property managers in...
‘We always think next week is going to get better, but it doesn’t’

‘We always think next week is going to get better, but it doesn’t’

For the past 26 years, Agueda Garza has served Mexican food and sold clothes from the Lake Worth High School Flea Market, a city institution since it started in 1987. But for the past three years, Garza, who runs Cocina Mexicana, has watched business fizzle nearly 50 percent. It’s gotten to the point where Garza now gives out her cell number, praying she can get orders over the phone to fight...
IN DEPTH: When will we see some of billionaire’s West Palm projects?

IN DEPTH: When will we see some of billionaire’s West Palm projects?

Periodically the question pops up: Is West Palm Beach’s biggest property owner ever going to build on his land or is he all hat, no cowboy? The answer, Jeff Greene says: he’s herding his projects forward, he’s not banking land to flip it. The process takes time to do it right, that’s all. So what’s dragging it out? One site needs Federal Aviation Administration approval...
Take a staycation: Nine great scenic drives in Palm Beach County

Take a staycation: Nine great scenic drives in Palm Beach County

With summer here, it’s time to get into the car and hit the great American highway for a road trip to remember. Destination: Palm Beach County? With staycations all the rage, you don’t have to go far to add a scenic drive to your summer bucket list. Within the broad borders of the county, there is more to see than you might think. These drives are perfect for a weekend afternoon &mdash...
West Palm cops looking for man who robbed Wells Fargo bank

West Palm cops looking for man who robbed Wells Fargo bank

West Palm Beach police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a Wells Fargo bank on Monday. The robbery occurred about 9:15 a.m. at the Wells Fargo at 2701 Okeechobee Blvd. » Download our PostNOW app to get the latest Breaking News Police did not give any further information regarding the robbery. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS...
Heading to Lake Worth? Be wary of the ‘boot’ 

Heading to Lake Worth? Be wary of the ‘boot’ 

It’s official: Lake Worth and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office can place a wheel clamp on your vehicle or tow it if it has three or more unpaid parking tickets that are more than 15 days old. Along with the overdue parking tickets, an administration fee of no more than $200 will be tacked on, the city has said. Once payment is received, the boot will be removed. If not...
Dippolito jury seated; attempted murder trial starts Thursday morning

Dippolito jury seated; attempted murder trial starts Thursday morning

Four women and four men were seated late Wednesday as the six jurors and two alternates who could ultimately decide the fate of Dalia Dippolito, the 34-year-old former Boynton Beach newlywed on trial for the third time on allegations that she tried to have her husband killed. Dippolito’s attorneys, prosecutors and Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley selected the panel out of a pool of 300 potential jurors...
Man robbed at gunpoint while walking home in downtown West Palm Beach

Man robbed at gunpoint while walking home in downtown West Palm Beach

A Boynton Beach man and a juvenile were arrested early Saturday after they allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint in downtown West Palm Beach, according to an arrest report. The alleged victim told West Palm Beach police that he was walking home about 2:45 a.m. when two armed individuals approached him brandishing handguns. » Download our PostNOW app to get the latest Breaking News Frank K. Alexander...
Southern Boulevard bridge lane closings planned, as construction underway

Southern Boulevard bridge lane closings planned, as construction underway

The Southern Boulevard (SR 80) Causeway will have lane closures from 9 p.m. Sunday, June 11, to 6 a.m. Monday, June 12, with closures alternating between eastbound and westbound lanes. Flag crews will maintain two-way traffic in one lane as a barrier wall is installed and a portion of the causeway is restriped. The Southern Boulevard (SR 80) Bridges Replacement Project includes replacing...
Immigration lawyer speaks at ‘Why Courts Matter’ forum

Immigration lawyer speaks at ‘Why Courts Matter’ forum

The Palm Beach Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida  is launching the second year of its “Why Courts Matter” discussion series with a presentation on the role of courts in immigration by Jacqueline Delgado, an immigration attorney and daughter of Cuban immigrants. The forum takes place Tuesday, June 13, 6-7 p.m., at the Palm Beach Post Auditorium (2751...
Soup’s on: 5 best soups, stews in Palm Beach County

Soup’s on: 5 best soups, stews in Palm Beach County

You know it’s been raining nonstop in South Florida, so we’re craving soup for lunch and dinner. It’s the craving that comes when we bring out those umbrellas on such rainy days.  With that, let’s take our umbrellas and appetites and go have some belly-warming soup.  Here are five good options: As golden-crusted, dense and oozy as an onion soup ought to be, this...
Future of West Palm transit — too many parking lots and wide roads?

Future of West Palm transit — too many parking lots and wide roads?

Either getting around West Palm Beach is a mess or an opportunity to shape the future. Or both. In any case, the issue is jamming the highways of public thought this year, as getting from Point A to Point B makes many residents of the growing city wish they’d just stayed at Point A. Now, days after a city and a county commissioner and Town of Palm Beach mayor offered up their own transportation...
Former Lake Worth area teen hopes to skateboard in X Games

Former Lake Worth area teen hopes to skateboard in X Games

At age 6, while hanging out in his friend’s garage, Alex Sorgente saw his first skateboard. It was love at first skate. “I fell in love instantly,” said Sorgente, now 19. He hasn’t stopped skating since. On Friday and Saturday, Sorgente, whose family lives in suburban Lake Worth, will be competing in an X Games qualifier in Boise, Idaho. The X Games is the annual extreme sports...
Can these four local cyclists race across America in less than 9 days?

Can these four local cyclists race across America in less than 9 days?

Maybe they’re tilting one last time against the immutable windmill of aging, these men in middle-to-senior citizen age. Perhaps they’re delusional. Just plain nuts comes to mind, too. Beginning on June 17, four Palm Beach County men, ages 43 to 65, will embark on the 36th Race Across America, one of the world’s toughest bike endurance competitions, in which riders race almost...
30 years of Respectable Street: How club transformed West Palm Beach

30 years of Respectable Street: How club transformed West Palm Beach

When Rodney Mayo, then 24, returned to West Palm Beach from California’s Occidental College, he brought back with him a new love for the alternative music he discovered in Los Angeles. Finding nowhere locally to experience that sound, he decided that Salvation Army building, bordered by other closed buildings and a corner store, would be the perfect place for the club and cafe he wanted to open...
At vacant Ballpark of Palm Beaches, lots of events… maybe a wedding?

At vacant Ballpark of Palm Beaches, lots of events… maybe a wedding?

The Boys of Spring are gone but the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches has a full summer lineup. As the nearly crisp 70-degree weather has given way to hot and heavy 80s and even 90s, the new ballpark and its 12 nearly pristine practice fields remain busy with Houston Astros, Washington Nationals and a steady lineup of athletic events, from soccer to lacrosse to high school and Division I and Division II...
Care to guess how much the city rakes in from parking meters?

Care to guess how much the city rakes in from parking meters?

Here’s a good party trivia stumper for you, kids: Question: How much does West Palm Beach rake in from its annoying parking meters every year? Answer: The Parking System pulls in more than $6.9 million a year in total revenue, based on the current city budget. Just over $2.6 million of that comes from parking meters. The city’s fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. So far, according...
Trump protest paintings will be part of art exhibition in Lake Worth

Trump protest paintings will be part of art exhibition in Lake Worth

Pretty things. That’s what Maxine Schreiber, a lifelong artist always loved painting. A Palm Beach sunrise. A parakeet in a hibiscus tree. An historic Key West home. But for Schreiber, 72, things changed dramatically Nov. 8 when Donald Trump was elected president. The impact on Schreiber — and her work — was profound. “I felt very deflated and depressed,” said Schreiber...
Parking chief: ‘No more leaping out of bushes when your meter expires’

Parking chief: ‘No more leaping out of bushes when your meter expires’

Nobody loves a meter maid or meter man. But the city’s new meter man-in-chief, Parking System Administrator Ed Davis, says he hopes West Palm Beach parking space enforcers and parkers can come to a meeting of the minds. Davis, who came to West Palm via Houston in March, acknowledged the town-frown strains here and the frustrations, particularly as a building boom knocks out whole blocks...
All smiles: Playground near West Palm for former homeless kids opens

All smiles: Playground near West Palm for former homeless kids opens

The kids swarmed over the playground the instant the celebratory ribbon was snipped. This playground, with its colorful slides and ladders, is different from others, because this one is for children of formerly homeless families. Nonprofit The Lord’s Place inaugurated the $40,000 playground Thursday on a quarter-acre spot near its Family Campus, a suburban West Palm Beach shelter. CEO Diana...
How British kids escaped World War II horrors in a Palm Beach mansion

How British kids escaped World War II horrors in a Palm Beach mansion

Three young siblings sit at a fountain. Two girls in matching dresses and white floppy bonnets; a lad in a schoolboy’s jacket and shorts. Behind the children, there is a statue of a protecting angel. Their smiles are subdued. The children are long term guests at the compound of one of Palm Beach’s more famed denizens. But they are a long way from home. Across the sea, their mother...
5-month shutdown coming for Roebuck Road

5-month shutdown coming for Roebuck Road

Almost the entire length of Roebuck Road, from Military Trail nearly to Jog Road, will close for five months, starting Saturday, June 3, to allow workers to re-line the pipeline that carries all of the city’s sewage to its water treatment plant. The closing was the most efficient way to get the work done, said Assistant City Administrator Scott Kelly. Keeping the road open would have cost more...
West Palm mayor: Climate accord withdrawal ‘downright troubling’

West Palm mayor: Climate accord withdrawal ‘downright troubling’

Muoio West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson — who recently chaired a Senate subcommittee hearing in West Palm on sea level change — raised their voices against President Trump’s decision Thursday to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
Lake Worth vintage sneaker store facing delay on opening

Lake Worth vintage sneaker store facing delay on opening

A planned interactive sneaker store for downtown Lake Worth has hit a minor speed bump. The Peters sisters, who own and operate Chicks With Kicks, an upcoming business that will feature vintage sneakers for sale , originally intended to close in July on the vacant 605 Lake Avenue property where the company will be housed. But, according to Ariana Peters, a company spokeswoman...
Mentally ill man charged with making threats against Trump near WPB

Mentally ill man charged with making threats against Trump near WPB

A 27-year-old Coral Springs man will appear in U.S. District Court today, accused of making threats against President Donald Trump while at psychiatric and addiction treatment centers in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Kamran Ebrahimi, who was charged this week with making threats against the president, is to appear before a U.S. magistrate, who will determine whether he will remain incarcerated...
Good Sam hosts “Cereal Drive” against hunger

Good Sam hosts “Cereal Drive” against hunger

Good Samaritan Medical Center is leading a community effort to provide children and adults struggling with hunger with a healthy breakfast during the summer, through its Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive, to benefit Feeding South Florida Palm Beach County branch. Donations of healthy cereal will be collected from June 2 through June 9 at the hospital. Financial donations made during the campaign...
West Palm names 2017 historic preservation award winners

West Palm names 2017 historic preservation award winners

Best historic rehab award: 114 S. Olive Ave. Rick Gonzalez, an architect who hosts historic walking tours, in West Palm Beach, has won a 2017 Historic Preservation Award, in the community service category.
Haverhill Road north of Gun Club Road to close for 9 weeks

Haverhill Road north of Gun Club Road to close for 9 weeks

Haverhill Road between Gun Club Road and Southern Boulevard will close for nine weeks for replacement of sanitary sewer lines, starting Saturday at 8 a.m. The road is scheduled to reopen Aug. 11. Southbound traffic will detour at Southern Boulevard (SR 80/US 98) east to Military Trail, south to Gun Club Road, then west to Haverhill Road. Northbound traffic will detour at Gun Club Road east to Military...
Summit: Lack of affordable homes in Palm Beach County at ‘crisis’ level

Summit: Lack of affordable homes in Palm Beach County at ‘crisis’ level

More than 500 government officials, lenders and builders packed a ballroom at the Palm Beach County Convention Center Wednesday to come up with ideas on how to address a lack of affordable housing they say is hurting employee recruitment efforts and driving younger people to less expensive locations. Turns out, they fretted, paradise is less idyllic if you’ve got to live with your parents or...
Summer surprise! Lake Worth teacher treats students to new clothes

Summer surprise! Lake Worth teacher treats students to new clothes

The way Andrea Ible sees it, she’s more than just a school teacher. “I’m not just teaching part of the child, I teach the whole child,” said Ible, a third-grade teacher at South Grade Elementary the past five years. “There’s the academic piece, the social piece, the emotional piece. When you put them together, it makes up the whole child. When a child comes into...
Lake Worth teens enter local ‘Shark Tank’ to tout their businesses

Lake Worth teens enter local ‘Shark Tank’ to tout their businesses

On “Shark Tank,” ABC’s wildly successful reality show, budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to intimidating titans of industry in hopes of landing much-needed investment capital. The stakes are high, the pressure intense. A similar version of the show, but without TV cameras, the insane pressure, or millions of people watching, will play out Thursday at Lake Worth’s Barton...
Why didn’t I invent this?

Why didn’t I invent this?

Seen on Miami International Airport’s Skytrain: a triple hand-hold bar, so more people can hold on without crowding or awkwardly overlapping hands. If they’d thought to put in seats, they wouldn’t need the bar, but in oft-crowded confines like airports, it makes perfect sense. Congrats to whomever came up with this why-didn’t-I-think-of-that idea. PalmTran? Tri-Rail? Trolley...
Young Marines of Palm Beaches lead D.C. Memorial Day march

Young Marines of Palm Beaches lead D.C. Memorial Day march

From left, YM Sgt. Austin Sanders, PFC. Andrew Rodriguez, LCPL, Jordan Miller and LCPL Kazan Garcia, all from the Palm Beaches, march during the Memorial Parade 2017 in Washington, D.C. on May 29. (Oliver Contreras) (Item contributed by Young Marines of Palm Beaches) Four youth members from the Young Marines of Palm Beaches carried the lead banner of the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington...
Minority opinion: Commissioner says hold off on building on key site until downtown traffic is addressed

Minority opinion: Commissioner says hold off on building on key site until downtown traffic is addressed

The most prominent downtown parcel owned by the city, the Tent Site, has been offered up for development proposals again, despite the fact that it’s ground zero for West Palm’s burgeoning traffic problems. On May 8, the city commissioners, acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, voted 4-1 to ask staff to draft a request for development proposals for the site, at the intersection...
Completion dates set for I-95 interchange work at Hypoluxo, Woolbright

Completion dates set for I-95 interchange work at Hypoluxo, Woolbright

Tired of seeing construction at the Interstate 95 interchanges with Hypoluxo and Woolbright roads? The Florida Department of Transportation has good news for you. The work at Hypoluxo is 90 percent complete, and Woolbright is 70 percent complete . Both projects are expected to be finished in the fall, said Andi Pacini...
Surprise! Palm Beach School for Autism gets $500 of art supplies

Surprise! Palm Beach School for Autism gets $500 of art supplies

Christmas came early for The Palm Beach School for Autism, west of Lake Worth. The Palm Beach County AT&T Pioneers, a network of AT&T employees and retiree volunteers who donate time and money to local causes, recently delivered $500 worth of art supplies, including dozens of bottles of paint, construction paper, glue and paint brushes. “People with autism are often highly visual thinkers, using...
Commentary: Pull plug or fill pool … but, Lake Worth, do something!

Commentary: Pull plug or fill pool … but, Lake Worth, do something!

There are some things in life you know are going to take time. Your taxes. A visit to the doctor. A decision on the Lake Worth pool. It feels as if the saga of what to do with the creaky facility has been going on since a one-time peanut farmer named Jimmy Carter was running the country. There are those who want to save the 46-year pool, closed this year because the city said it’s not safe....
What new law, rulings mean for Palm Beach County’s 7 on Death Row

What new law, rulings mean for Palm Beach County’s 7 on Death Row

When dozens of law enforcement officers gathered in a Palm Beach County courtroom in March to make sure a convicted West Palm Beach cop killer remained on Death Row, it heralded the beginning of a parade of the county’s most notorious murderers. During the next several months, attorneys representing others who have spent decades on Death Row also will be in circuit court to argue that their...
Kasich touts book, weighs in on Trump, Nixon, faith, media

Kasich touts book, weighs in on Trump, Nixon, faith, media

Ohio Gov. John Kasich weighed in on his former Republican presidential nomination rival Donald Trump at a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch on Friday — but he spent more time talking about a pair of encounters he had with former President Richard Nixon. Kasich spoke to a sellout crowd of about 700 at the Kravis Center to promote his new book Two Paths: America Divided or United...
‘Protected’ bike lanes are coming to West Palm Beach

‘Protected’ bike lanes are coming to West Palm Beach

A specific type of bike lane — called a “protected” or “green” lane — is coming to West Palm Beach, specifically along Cumberland Drive in the Villages with construction starting in November. The bike lane will be set aside from the roadway and the sidewalk by a raised barrier for about a mile from Military Trail to Village Boulevard, said Erik Ferguson, the city&rsquo...
Memorial Day has painful side for Korean War-era veteran in Lake Worth

Memorial Day has painful side for Korean War-era veteran in Lake Worth

Albert Graveline has never picked up a weapon. He never set foot on a battlefield or locked eyes with a foreign enemy. Still, as a veteran who spent eight years in the Air Force as a chef and rose to the rank of staff sergeant, Graveline, 84, gets choked up on Memorial Day thinking about his role in the military, where he and five brothers served. READ: Lake Worth teen designs prosthetic hand for...
7 hot stops for a daycation in Palm Beach

7 hot stops for a daycation in Palm Beach

Need a daycation? Skip the flight and the long drive. You live in Palm Beach County, my friend. That means you live a quick drive away from Palm Beach Island.... Where the palm trees make anyone with a smartphone an amateur photographer. Where the abundance of Teslas and Rolls Royces and Maseratis make the streets feel like a 24/7 car show. Where one-of-a-kind restaurants and flower-framed courtyards...
Reader’s Choice: Who has the best Hot Dog in Palm Beach County?

Reader’s Choice: Who has the best Hot Dog in Palm Beach County?

It’s been a week since we asked you, the readers, to vote for your favorite hot dog restaurant in Palm Beach County. The competition was tough. Every bun, hot dog , sauce and topping is drool-worthy. However, with 57.15% of the votes as of Thursday May 25, the title of best hot dog in Palm Beach County easily goes to Ps561 Food Truck. “Man, I mean. I’m speechless to be...
Census: Boca, Boynton and Delray drive growth in Palm Beach County

Census: Boca, Boynton and Delray drive growth in Palm Beach County

Growth in southern Palm Beach County is fueling the county’s steady population rise, figures released today by the U.S. Census Bureau show. A trio of south county cities — Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach — saw some of the biggest population boosts from 2015 to 2016. “They are building a lot of new housing,” said County Commissioner Steven Abrams, whose...
How much to fix Lake Worth’s pool? Apparently, no one has a clue

How much to fix Lake Worth’s pool? Apparently, no one has a clue

Remember the old game show “What’s My Line?” Well, Lake Worth is playing its own version called “Which Numbers Do You Believe?” This year, an independent aquatics expert hired by the city to assess the pool and how to fix it, told city commissioners it would cost $4.6 million to upgrade and repair the pool, built in 1971. READ: Lake Worth...
West Palm’s Pairings event is your chance to taste and sip everything

West Palm’s Pairings event is your chance to taste and sip everything

The best dining experience happens when you find the perfect pairing. Every culinary explorer knows this. Think: the chicken meatballs and a Moscow Mule at Hullabaloo or the lamb kabob and pomegranate mojito at Leila.  On Thursday, May 25, so many yummy pairings will be made — all for a good cause. And we have the 6th Annual Pairings Food and Wine event to thank.  Twenty-five...
NEW: Elizabeth Taylor, the dog, improving after brutal beating

NEW: Elizabeth Taylor, the dog, improving after brutal beating

Updated, Wednesday 12:30 p.m.: A 2-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Elizabeth Taylor continues to improve after it survived a savage beating Sunday that resulted in an Ormond Beach man’s arrest. The 8-pound dog sustained a fractured skull after she was kicked, punched and slung by a leash against the inside of a vehicle in Palm Springs, according to an arrest report. Jason Robert...
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...
As Lake Worth’s pool sits vacant, city debates — repairs or a water park

As Lake Worth’s pool sits vacant, city debates — repairs or a water park

For the past several years, city commissioners have been talking about what Lake Worth should do with its aging pool, a 46-year-old facility officials have called a draining money pit . That conversation will continue Tuesday at 6 p.m. when Lake Worth hosts a special work session at City Hall so commissioners can discuss the issue some more. “I hope we put politics...
Should West Palm let developers go bigger if they add public benefits?

Should West Palm let developers go bigger if they add public benefits?

A city plan to let developers build bigger if they add features with a public benefit received a wary reception from residents at a West Palm Beach City Hall presentation. Many said bigger, taller buildings would bring traffic to local streets, cast homes in shadow and undo hard-fought gains to the quality of life in historic neighborhoods. Others pointed to businesses on South Dixie Highway that...
Lake Worth residents honored by county food bank

Lake Worth residents honored by county food bank

Volunteers for the Palm Beach County Food Bank were recently honored at a breakfast at Mounts Center Auditorium in West Palm Beach. Among those honored were Lake Worth residents John Mangan and Gemma Kibben and her children, Chase, Taylor, Halle and Vaughn. They were among more than 900 volunteers who assisted the Food Ban throughout the year, contributing more than 9,000 volunteer hours. Volunteer...
Accused killer takes 25-year plea near start of Jupiter murder trial

Accused killer takes 25-year plea near start of Jupiter murder trial

A last-minute plea deal halfway through jury selection ended what was supposed to be the start of a murder trial Thursday for a 30-year-old West Palm Beach man indicted last year for a 2012 Jupiter-area shooting. Anthony “Ant” Drisdom pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and robbery charges Thursday in the death of Kenneth Rusak, whose body was found July 28, 2012 on the 6700 block...
‘Emergencies’ could delay mega-development on N Flagler Drive

‘Emergencies’ could delay mega-development on N Flagler Drive

How could a brush fire hundreds of miles away delay a major West Palm Beach development? How could a hurricane that doesn’t hit Palm Beach County delay a project by six months? Or, a Zika virus scare in Miami? It’s all part of the state of emergency called Florida. Let me unravel that for you, and show how emergencies elsewhere suddenly wash up in our hometown. READ: Former waterfront...
Man with mental ills admits he stole $70K in care from Riviera VA

Man with mental ills admits he stole $70K in care from Riviera VA

A 58-year-old Florida man with a 9th-grade education and a history of mental illness admitted Friday that he stole a former U.S. Marine’s identity to get nearly $70,000 worth of medical care from the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Riviera Beach. Sitting in a wheelchair, Roy Underwood pleaded guilty to theft of government funds and aggravated identity theft. He faces a maximum 12-year...
Lake Worth residents step up to help woman who lost her home in a fire

Lake Worth residents step up to help woman who lost her home in a fire

After Beth Wolfe’s life literally went up in smoke when her house caught fire last year, she felt lost. Not only did she lose her home at 410 S. K St., her husband, Colin Howell, died shortly after the blaze. Howell, 74, had been battling health issues. To make matters worse, Wolfe’s home was cited by the city’s code compliance division for a number of violations, including fence...
PHOTOS: Fresh out of rehab in Jupiter, fallen bald eagle takes to sky

PHOTOS: Fresh out of rehab in Jupiter, fallen bald eagle takes to sky

A bald eaglet that fell from its nest early this year at Grassy Waters Preserve is back in flight, set free near its home Wednesday after a few months in rehab at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter. Despite having nursed the five-month-old back to health, its handlers still didn’t have a name for the noble creature. They decided Wednesday that “Rehab” would do, an appropriate...
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...
Could your vehicle get the ‘boot’ in Lake Worth? What you need to know

Could your vehicle get the ‘boot’ in Lake Worth? What you need to know

Watch out: Lake Worth may give your car the boot. If you have three or more unpaid parking tickets that are more than 15 days old, the city and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office can place a wheel clamp on your vehicle or tow it off city property. By a 4-1 vote Tuesday night, city commissioners on first reading amended a traffic ordinance to give it more teeth by adding the boot and towing...
SunTrust bank in West Palm Beach closes

SunTrust bank in West Palm Beach closes

The SunTrust bank branch at the corner of South Dixie and Belvedere has closed. Movers were hauling away the loan officers’ desks, pens on chains and other furnishings Wednesday. No bundles of money in sight, though. Where the ATM once dispensed cash was now just a gaping hole in the exterior wall, near the front entry.  
‘Point A to Point B’ traffic forum set for Monday

‘Point A to Point B’ traffic forum set for Monday

(Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post) West Palm Beach City Commissioner Shanon Materio, Palm Beach County Commissioner Mack Bernard and Town of Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio are hosting “Getting from Point A to Point B,” a public forum Monday, May 22, to address growing public concerns about traffic.
“Fun science” ..Lake Worth Lagoon Fishing Challenge

“Fun science” ..Lake Worth Lagoon Fishing Challenge

Ray Waldner fights a jack crevalle on ultralight tackle near Munyon Island. Fishing the northern end of Lake Worth Lagoon in the winter can produce snook, redfish, jack crevalle, ladyfish and, on the incoming tide, Spanish mackerel and bluefish.
Downtown Showdown seafood fest and fishing tournament set for this weekend

Downtown Showdown seafood fest and fishing tournament set for this weekend

  The 3rd Annual Downtown Showdown KDW fishing tournament and saltwater festival is coming up on Saturday, May 20th from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. The free event is one of the biggest fishing tournaments ever held on the West Palm Beach waterfront. It also includes the West Palm Beach Seafood Festival, a classic and custom car show, live music, local vendors, kid zone and more. For information...
National Barbecue Day: Which local restaurant has the best barbecue?

National Barbecue Day: Which local restaurant has the best barbecue?

Happy National Barbecue Day! A few months ago we asked our readers to pick their favorite restaurant for barbecue. And for ‘Best BBQ in Palm Beach County, our readers chose Park Avenue (PA) BBQ, the local chain with nine locations across the county and the Treasure Coast. I second that motion. PA BBQ has been my go-to spot in North Palm Beach when cravings for a smoky, pulled pork...
Nonprofit forms to enhance West Palm as Arts/Entertainment destination

Nonprofit forms to enhance West Palm as Arts/Entertainment destination

Teneka James The more than 20 galleries, museums, performing arts groups and other cultural organizations that comprise the city’s Arts and Entertainment District have formed a nonprofit to help seek grants and put more muscle in marketing efforts, to turn West Palm Beach into more of an arts destination for residents and visitors.
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