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EXCLUSIVE: Father named in missing teens lawsuit, “Blu” Stephanos, responds

EXCLUSIVE: Father named in missing teens lawsuit, “Blu” Stephanos, responds

William “Blu” Stephanos “was not negligent in any manner” despite a lawsuit filed Friday blaming him and three others for the presumed deaths of two Tequesta teenagers lost at sea in 2015, his attorney said in a statement. Blu’s son Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, were last seen July 24, 2015, motoring a 19-foot boat out of the Jupiter Inlet and into...
Tri-Rail Station likely coming to Gardens, but where will it go?

Tri-Rail Station likely coming to Gardens, but where will it go?

Palm Beach Gardens has snagged a $120,000 grant to plan a new Tri-Rail station that will extend the commuter rail north and eventually allow thousands who commute to work along PGA Boulevard an alternative to slogging through highway traffic snarls. RELATED: Tri-Rail to start service between Palm Beach County and Brightline’s Miami station late this year The money comes from the Federal Transit...
Plans for 16-foot, 10-ton underwater replica of Jupiter Lighthouse

Plans for 16-foot, 10-ton underwater replica of Jupiter Lighthouse

A Jupiter-based nonprofit organization is planning to build an underwater 16-foot, 10-ton replica of the Jupiter Lighthouse and donate it to the county as part of the group’s efforts to help marine life by creating artificial reefs in the area. The lighthouse will be in 55 feet of water and more than a mile northeast of the Jupiter Inlet along with 100 other four-ton artificial reefs and a 250-ton...
UPDATE: Waterside condos, retail at U.S. 1 and Indiantown Road closer

UPDATE: Waterside condos, retail at U.S. 1 and Indiantown Road closer

The Jupiter town council gave preliminary approval to the construction of a condominium and commercial use building along with a public dock and plaza on the corner of U.S. 1 and Indiantown Road on Tuesday night. If the plan is approved Aug. 15, the building will feature 15 high-end condos and about 2,500 square feet of commercial space on the first floor for either offices or retail stores. The site...
In Gardens, more money for police, fire — how much will taxes increase?

In Gardens, more money for police, fire — how much will taxes increase?

Palm Beach Gardens will collect more in taxes this year and use the money to keep up with growth, primarily out west. RELATED: New construction helps fuel property value bump in Palm Beach County The city plans to hire eight more police officers, bringing the force to 120, and two fire code officers. Much of the future growth is concentrated on western Northlake Boulevard. Officials have approved...
Can Gardens native win $10,000 deciphering emojis for TV audience?

Can Gardens native win $10,000 deciphering emojis for TV audience?

Daphnique Springs is fluent in emoji. RELATED: This is the most popular travel emoji in Florida Not only can the Palm Beach Gardens native decode those ubiquitous images of smiley faces, hand gestures and, yes, poop piles, that populate text messages and social media, she can do it at a speed that’s, well, competitive. And it could earn her $10,000 as one of the first contestants on Emogenius...
WATCH: Dusty Baker the turtle returns to ocean in Juno

WATCH: Dusty Baker the turtle returns to ocean in Juno

A teenage loggerhead turtle later named after the Washington Nationals manager was starving when he was plucked from the sea a mile off St. Lucie’s coast in February. Six months and 20 pounds later, Dusty Baker was off the Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s disabled list and ready to return to the ocean Tuesday. Baseball and turtle releases being what they are around here, about 300 people...
Judge rules Dr. Salomon Melgen’s family can get $18 million bond back

Judge rules Dr. Salomon Melgen’s family can get $18 million bond back

A federal judge has paved the way for Dr. Salomon Melgen’s family to recoup some or maybe even all of an estimated $18 million they put up to assure the Palm Beach County ophthalmologist wouldn’t flee, rejecting federal prosecutors’ claims that the money is needed to pay victims of the physician’s $105 million fraud. And by victims, the prosecutors primarily mean Medicare....
$1.5 million spot for more boat-trailer parking in Jupiter about ready

$1.5 million spot for more boat-trailer parking in Jupiter about ready

Burt Reynolds Park West, with more boat trailer parking, new traffic circulation and a lighted walkway below U.S. 1, is expected to be open by Labor Day. “These improvements will make Burt Reynolds Park safer for boaters, motorists and pedestrians,” Palm Beach County Director of Park Development Bob Hamilton said. About two dozen boat-trailer parking spaces are being added to the 39 spaces...
Public meetings moved in Jupiter during $275,000 town hall renovations

Public meetings moved in Jupiter during $275,000 town hall renovations

July and August meetings of the town council, community redevelopment agency and planning and zoning commission will be held at the Community Center because of renovations in town hall council chambers. The meetings at the community center are open to the public. The $275,000 in town hall council chamber upgrades include new projection screens, internet access for council members, upgrades to the...
Delray man not guilty of murder in best friend’s drowning

Delray man not guilty of murder in best friend’s drowning

With his head bowed, a smile broke out on Lontrelle Durham’s face on Friday when a Palm Beach County jury announced it had cleared him of a charge of first-degree murder in the drowning death of his best friend, a man he described as his brother. The jury convicted the 20-year-old Delray Beach man of fleeing and eluding police and grand theft auto in connection with the chaotic November ride...
Court decision paves way for Dick’s Sporting Goods at Gardens Mall

Court decision paves way for Dick’s Sporting Goods at Gardens Mall

If Sears in The Gardens Mall wants to sublease space to Dick’s Sporting Goods, neither the mall’s ownership or the city can stop the struggling retailer, a court ruled this week. RELATED: Macy’s, Nordstrom ask Palm Beach Gardens to reverse sublease rule The ruling ends a five-year battle in which Sears — one of the mall’s original tenants — was backed by other big...
Donna Horwitz sentencing delayed, but jury misconduct off table

Donna Horwitz sentencing delayed, but jury misconduct off table

Donna Horwitz won’t find out until September whether she will again be sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting her 66-year-old ex-husband, Lanny, in the home the couple shared in the Jupiter gated community of Admiral’s Cove. However, while agreeing not to sentence the 70-year-old Jupiter woman Friday, as planned, a Palm Beach County judge refused her attorneys’ request...
Potential conflict of interest delays Love Street vote in Jupiter

Potential conflict of interest delays Love Street vote in Jupiter

A potential of conflict of interest of three Jupiter zoning commission members on the Love Street project delayed a preliminary vote Tuesday night. Former and current positions held by Brett Leone, Cheryl Schneider and MB Hague could be considered “prohibited conduct,” according to Tom Baird, the Jupiter town attorney. If a conflict of interest exists, the three commissioners can&rsquo...
How three weeks of isolation on Lake Superior shaped a Gardens artist

How three weeks of isolation on Lake Superior shaped a Gardens artist

The feathers of the birds that Tykie Ganz paints are depicted in such sharp detail that it would be easy to confuse her acrylic-covered canvases for photographs. RELATED: Tequesta art exhibit has thought-provoking historical images for kids The pelicans, storks, ibis and herons co-exist next to gray wolves in the exhibit gracing the City Hall lobby through Aug. 24. The birds of the Everglades are...
LATEST: What we know (and don’t know) about Venus Williams car crash

LATEST: What we know (and don’t know) about Venus Williams car crash

The speculation started swirling as soon as the news broke that tennis superstar Venus Williams was reported at-fault in a fatal crash outside the entrance to BallenIsles, the luxury gated community where she owns a home. RELATED: Police: Venus Williams legally entered intersection before fatal crash In the absence of the whole story, people are inevitably tempted to fill in the missing pieces. READ...
Public meeting tonight on Jupiter’s new town hall

Public meeting tonight on Jupiter’s new town hall

A public meeting is scheduled Wednesday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center to discuss the four proposals for the future of Jupiter’s town hall/police station. The meeting is open to the public. No vote is planned. Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.    
Should Jupiter spend $275,000 to upgrade town hall?

Should Jupiter spend $275,000 to upgrade town hall?

“We’re stuck in the 80s. During video presentations, we have to balance projectors on books,” says Mayor Todd Wodraska, who supports about $275,000 for digital and cosmetic upgrades to the Jupiter town council chambers. But opponents ask why upgrade now when the town may spend up to $36 million to demolish the town hall and police station, and build new structures?...
Timing questioned on $275,000 upgrade of Jupiter council chambers

Timing questioned on $275,000 upgrade of Jupiter council chambers

“We’re stuck in the 80s. During video presentations, we have to balance projectors on books,” says Mayor Todd Wodraska, who supports about $275,000 for digital and cosmetic upgrades to the Jupiter town council chambers. But opponents ask why upgrade now when the town may spend up to $36 million to demolish the town hall and police station, and build new structures? “(Spending...
North Palm revisits question: Should US 1 be narrowed to 4 lanes?

North Palm revisits question: Should US 1 be narrowed to 4 lanes?

Experts have advised city leaders that narrowing U.S. 1 could revive the stretch of highway lined with empty office buildings but those leaders are asking residents what they think before making any decisions. RELATED: U.S. 1 going from six driving lanes to four The debate overthe road’s width from the Parker Bridge to the Lake Park border has simmered for years, and each time residents have...
Bad airbags vs. intoxication debated in trial over Jupiter man’s death

Bad airbags vs. intoxication debated in trial over Jupiter man’s death

It was spring break, and 20-year-old Anthony Llera and his 19-year-old friend Heriberto Perez Mendez spent the night celebrating at a bar on Clematis Street. But en route to a friend’s house in the Villages where they planned to continue the party, Llera lost control of his father’s new Mustang convertible on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard near Interstate 95. It plowed into a tree. Both men...
New pizza place opens in Tequesta on Wednesday

New pizza place opens in Tequesta on Wednesday

(Photo/Allen Eyestone) Ribbon cutting for a new pizza shop in Tequesta is planned Wednesday, July 12 at 12:15 p.m. The store at 668 U.S. Highway 1 N. is featuring special pizza deals through Saturday. The Domino’s store has free Wi-Fi, indoor seating and a chalkboard to allow customers to leave feedback for Domino’s team members. “Building my store from the ground up...
FPL: New Jupiter building will speed up response time after storms

FPL: New Jupiter building will speed up response time after storms

Artist rendition on new building (FPL) As South Florida approaches the height of the 2017 hurricane season, Florida Power & Light’s new service center on Indiantown Road is almost done See the full story in The Palm Beach Post. FPL building is under construction (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)  
Family honors their pet’s memory at Jupiter’s Dog Beach

Family honors their pet’s memory at Jupiter’s Dog Beach

Lauren Webb and Kiera Lynn, her a 14-year-old pit bull Kiera Lynn, a 14-year-old pit bull, loved chasing yellow tennis balls on Jupiter’s dog beach. So when the reddish brown and white 55-pound dog passed away May 26, her owner Lauren Webb wanted to share that memory with other dog owners who bring their pets to frolic on the sand north of Marcinski Road. See the ...
A favorite dog dies, but his love lives on at this Jupiter beach

A favorite dog dies, but his love lives on at this Jupiter beach

Kiera Lynn, a 14-year-old pit bull, loved chasing yellow tennis balls on Jupiter’s dog beach. So when the reddish brown and white 55-pound dog passed away May 26, her owner Lauren Webb wanted to share that memory with other dog owners who bring their pets to frolic on the sand north of Marcinski Road. “Kiera Lynn was super athletic. She loved to chase the balls and play Frisbee. She would...
Should Jupiter fix or replace its municipal building?

Should Jupiter fix or replace its municipal building?

Plans to renovate the town hall/police department building or construct a new one costing up to about $36 million are the subject of a town workshop planned for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the town’s Community Center, 200 Military Trail. There will be no vote at the meeting, which is free and open to the public. To view a presentation of the four proposals, go to jupiter.fl.us. The four proposals...
FPL says this will help get your power on faster after a storm

FPL says this will help get your power on faster after a storm

As South Florida approaches the height of the 2017 hurricane season, Florida Power & Light is finishing up a new service center officials say will speed up response time. “Our restoration specialists will be in the best possible positions to get the lights back on as soon as possible,” said FPL spokesman Chris McGrath. Scheduled for completion in the fall, the new 25,000-square-foot building...
Sea turtle release on Wednesday in Juno Beach

Sea turtle release on Wednesday in Juno Beach

Big crowds usually attend sea turtle release (Photo/Rich Graulich) Krebster and Dr. Paul, two loggerhead sea turtles nursed back to health at Loggerhead Marinelife Centert are scheduled to be released back into the Atlantic Ocean in Juno Beach on Wednesday at about 10:30 a.m. See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.  
Now healthy, two sea turtles swim home Wednesday from Juno Beach

Now healthy, two sea turtles swim home Wednesday from Juno Beach

  Krebster and Dr. Paul, two loggerhead sea turtles nursed back to health at  Loggerhead Marinelife Center, are scheduled to be released back into the Atlantic Ocean in Juno Beach on Wednesday at about 10:30 a.m. The release on the beach at LMC, just north of Donald Ross Road on the east side of U.S. 1, is free and open to the public. For information, go to ...
Tebow draws fans, admirers to Roger Dean in Jupiter

Tebow draws fans, admirers to Roger Dean in Jupiter

Noah Engelhard shows off his hero’s autograph (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) Holding up the baseball just autographed by his hero Tim Tebow, 16-year-old Noah Engelhard beamed like he had just homered with the bases jammed. “Tim Tebow will always, always, always be my favorite player,” said the Davie resident, posing for a quick photo before running off between the...
VIDEO: Police say Venus Williams had green light in fatal crash

VIDEO: Police say Venus Williams had green light in fatal crash

Palm Beach Gardens police have released video from a neighborhood guard shack that captured the fatal car crash involving tennis star Venus Williams. Williams had a green light when she entered the intersection of Northlake Boulevard and BallenIsles Drive the afternoon of June 9, police said Friday. A police report released today said she entered the intersection legally. As she entered the intersection...
Police: Venus Williams legally entered intersection before fatal crash

Police: Venus Williams legally entered intersection before fatal crash

Newly released video of a car crash involving Venus Williams last month shows the tennis star entered the intersection on a green light but stopped to avoid hitting an oncoming car turning left just before her SUV was hit from the side by a third car, according to Palm Beach Gardens police. Based on the new evidence — surveillance video acquired from the Steeplechase gated community —...
What’s nitrogen-frozen ice cream? Get a free taste in Gardens

What’s nitrogen-frozen ice cream? Get a free taste in Gardens

Deb Terzi watches as Soldiah Jean mixes made-to-order yogurt frozen with liquid nitrogen at Dr. Freeze, a new dessert shop at 4773 PGA Blvd. in the Mainstreet at Midtown complex in Palm Beach Gardens. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post) A Palm Beach Gardens treat shop specializing in liquid-frozen ice cream and fancy desserts will celebrate National Ice Cream Day Sunday with...
Register now for north county legislative update

Register now for north county legislative update

Legislative update is planned for July 19 (Photo provided) Registration is open for the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast on Wednesday, July 19 at Palm Beach Gardens Marriott from 7:15 a.m. – 9 a.m. Reservations are required. For information or to register, go to pbnchamber.com or call 561-746-7111. Each attending legislator will...
Newest Jupiter Love Street plan? More kayaks, beach and boats

Newest Jupiter Love Street plan? More kayaks, beach and boats

Jupiter’s third Love Street plan — this one on less land with fewer buildings — is up for a preliminary vote Tuesday. “We’re not building lots of structures and cement. We are preserving the beach. We want to keep the naturally beautiful area like it is as much as possible,” developer Charles Modica told The Palm Beach Post. Opponents blast the Love Street...
Gardens Fire Rescue lieutenant missing on birthday, eve of retirement

Gardens Fire Rescue lieutenant missing on birthday, eve of retirement

Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue Lt. Gary Bussey should have been celebrating two milestones this week — his birthday and his pending retirement. Instead, on the eve of turning 60, he was pitched from a boat entering the Lake Worth Inlet and never resurfaced. Bussey was returning from a fishing trip Wednesday afternoon with his wife, Tracy, when he fell over the back of their 22-foot Grady White...
Fishing contest is sponsored by family of missing Tequesta teen

Fishing contest is sponsored by family of missing Tequesta teen

Austin Stephanos and his father Blu Stephanos (Photo provided) Registration is open for the first fishing tournament to be held by the AustinBlu Foundation to help to teach people about boating safety. The Aug. 5 tournament at the River Center in Jupiter will include two competitions running side by side to better accommodate all anglers. In the Release competition...
Learn about safety during bicycle ride with Tequesta firefighters

Learn about safety during bicycle ride with Tequesta firefighters

Tequesta firefighters are holding public bicycle ride on Saturday (File photo) Local children, parents and families are invited to ride bicycles with the Tequesta firefighters Saturday, July 8, through the Tequesta Country Club neighborhood. During Le Tour de Tequesta, Tequesta firefighters will be promoting bicycle, golf cart and home fire safety. The bicycle ride will begin at the Tequesta...
Will retail complex revive Hobe Sound or make it Harbourside Place?

Will retail complex revive Hobe Sound or make it Harbourside Place?

The developer says Hobe Sound Station will bring “a stylish retail center with the feel of Worth Avenue” to a desolate section of U.S. 1. But several locals in this laid back Martin County area say they like their neighborhood businesses just fine. “There’s no fun, no energy, no imagination along this stretch of U.S. 1. People leapfrog Hobe Sound. They go north to Stuart or...
‘Oh my god, I took a life.’ So why are charges being dropped?

‘Oh my god, I took a life.’ So why are charges being dropped?

UPDATE: At a hearing in the Broward County Courthouse this morning, the Broward State Attorney’s Office dropped all charges against Joni Donley. After being tracked down, arrested and charged with premeditated murder and left alone in an interview room, Donley was heard saying to himself, aloud: “You killed somebody, Jon. How could you? How could you have done that? Oh, my God. I took...
Don’t let summer heat keep you from spending sunny days at these parks

Don’t let summer heat keep you from spending sunny days at these parks

Let’s be honest. Whether you’ve lived in Florida for five months or five decades, July feels downright sweltering. RELATED: More hiking and biking in north county as new trail section opens It’s sticky. It feels like 94 degrees by 10:30 a.m. But it can actually be the perfect time to get outside. July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and while the people who chose this month...
Juno Beach Pier is a great place to watch tonight’s rocket launch

Juno Beach Pier is a great place to watch tonight’s rocket launch

Looking for a local spot to view tonight’s rocket of the Falcon 9 rocket tonight at Kennedy Space Center? North County residents can head to the Juno Beach Fishing Pier. The launch window for tonight is scheduled to begin at 7:37 p.m. Eastern time. The rocket will be carrying an Intelsat satellite, intended to enhance communications in Caribbean, trans-Europe and African...
Tabby cat and pit bull find new home after owner dies in Gardens fire

Tabby cat and pit bull find new home after owner dies in Gardens fire

Authorities have yet to release the name of a woman killed in a Palm Beach Gardens apartment fire Sunday, but the pets she left behind have a home waiting with her sister. Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control employees said they’ll be handing over a 7-year-old cat and 5-year-old dog on Monday. RELATED: Woman’s body found in apartment fire in Palm Beach Gardens A neighbor’s dog...
Syracuse pizza joint opening new spot in Gardens

Syracuse pizza joint opening new spot in Gardens

Twin Trees III, a popular pizza and wings restaurant in North Syracuse, New York, is putting down roots in Palm Beach Gardens. Twin Trees will open a Syracuse-style pizza restaurant in Promenade Plaza in the former Slice of Palm Beach Gardens north of Publix.  (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post) RELATED: The 20 best restaurants in Palm Beach County right now. The new Italian casual...
Florida Senate President Negron finds job with another big law firm

Florida Senate President Negron finds job with another big law firm

Florida Senate President Joe Negron has joined the West Palm Beach office of the powerful Akerman law firm roughly six months after he resigned from another large firm when his legislative goals conflicted with those of one of its largest clients — U.S. Sugar. Akerman, with 650 lawyers in 24 offices across the nation, announced that the Stuart Republican will join its litigation practice group...
Sprucing up–and slowing down–coming to Jupiter’s Indiantown Road?

Sprucing up–and slowing down–coming to Jupiter’s Indiantown Road?

Bicycle lanes like this on northbound A1A in Jupiter’s Inlet Village could be coming to Indiantown Road east of U.S. 1. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) A $2 million plan to build bicycle lanes, landscaping, crosswalks and medians on Indiantown Road from Harbourside Place east to the Maltz Jupiter Theatre is inching forward in Jupiter. Not only that, the speed limit...
Big vote coming up on plan to slow down Indiantown Road traffic

Big vote coming up on plan to slow down Indiantown Road traffic

Like rush hour traffic, a $2 million plan to build bicycle lanes, landscaping, crosswalks and medians on Indiantown Road from Harbourside Place east to the Maltz Jupiter Theatre is inching forward. A county transportation board votes July 20 on whether to put the project on a priority list for federal money. If the board votes yes, and the Jupiter town council and the county commission agree, the...
What’s that new building at Indiantown Rd and Delaware Blvd in Jupiter?

What’s that new building at Indiantown Rd and Delaware Blvd in Jupiter?

New FPL building is being constructed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane (Photos/Bill DiPaolo) That construction on the southwest corner of Delaware Boulevard and Indiantown Road in Jupiter is going to be a new FPL service center. The new two-story building will be four times as large as the former center. The new 25,000-square-ft building is designed to withstand a Category...
What’s the best cheap activity in Jupiter this weekend?

What’s the best cheap activity in Jupiter this weekend?

William Shakespeare wrote about 38 full-length plays, but most theater companies that do the Bard’s work only deal with a handful or two of them. Beyond “Hamlet,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Comedy of Errors,” there are many worthy, but rarely staged scripts like “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” which the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival tackles...
Family sues Palm Beach County over son’s 2015 drowning death

Family sues Palm Beach County over son’s 2015 drowning death

The family of a 15-year-old Broward County youth who drowned while swimming at DuBois Park in Jupiter two years ago has sued the Palm Beach County Commission for negligence. In a lawsuit filed last week in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, the family of Edwin Castañon claims the commission didn’t make sure lifeguards were properly trained to protect swimmers at the Palm Beach County park...
Jupiter’s El Sol director opens swimming school

Jupiter’s El Sol director opens swimming school

Infants and young swimmers will have a new place to learn starting Saturday in Palm Beach Gardens. “It’s important that young swimmers start early. Young children need to learn confidence in the water at a young age,” said Jocelyn Skolnick, executive director of the El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center in Jupiter. The swim lessons will be held at the L.A. Fitness on Fairway Drive...
Fireworks and Tim Tebow bringing big crowds this week to Jupiter

Fireworks and Tim Tebow bringing big crowds this week to Jupiter

Tim Tebow expected to bring extra fans when he plays for the St. Lucie Mets this weekend at Roger Dean Stadium (Photo/Rich Graulich) Fireworks and Tim Tebow are making this week a big one at Jupiter’s Roger Dean Stadium. See the full story in The Palm Beach Post. “He’s a huge draw. People want to come and see him play,” said Roger Dean Stadium...
Oohs! and aahs!: For fireworks (and Tim Tebow) at Roger Dean Stadium

Oohs! and aahs!: For fireworks (and Tim Tebow) at Roger Dean Stadium

Fireworks and Tim Tebow make this a busy week at Roger Dean Stadium in Abacoa. About 5,000 people are expected at the Fourth of July Megabash on Tuesday, with bounce houses, inflatable slides, live tribute bands and other entertainment. Following the 6 p.m. game between the Palm Beach Cardinals and Bradenton Marauders, a 12-minute fireworks display is planned, starting around 9 p.m. The town annually...
Waterfront living is big in Jupiter

Waterfront living is big in Jupiter

Developers want to demolish the Profile Art Gallery in Jupiter and build a five-story condominium with a roof top pool (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) More waterfront development — condos at $900,000 each — may be coming near Harbourside Place in Jupiter. See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.  
Born in 2016, Westlake starting to see first homes built by Minto

Born in 2016, Westlake starting to see first homes built by Minto

It started with a handful of residents and one developer wanting to become Palm Beach County’s newest city. Now, that developer, Minto Communities, has started home construction in that city, Westlake, whose incorporation last year surprised and angered some county officials. Minto has begun building one- and two-story homes in what is expected to be a city of 4,500 homes and 2.1 million square...
Venus Williams wipes away tears at Wimbledon over fatal crash

Venus Williams wipes away tears at Wimbledon over fatal crash

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 03: Venus Williams of the United States plays a backhand during the Ladies Singles first round match against Elise Mertens of Belgium on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) Venus Williams shook her head...
Trump’s tab increases for Jupiter golf club lawsuit

Trump’s tab increases for Jupiter golf club lawsuit

Add another $23,500 to the roughly $5.7 million President Donald Trump owes former members of his country club in Jupiter. In an order last week, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra tacked on the court costs to the judgment that 65 former members of Trump National Golf Club Jupiter won in February. »RELATED: President Trump headlines Another order Marra signed last week paves the way for the Trump...
More waterfront condos ($900K a pop) near Harbourside may on the way

More waterfront condos ($900K a pop) near Harbourside may on the way

More waterfront development may be coming near Harbourside in Jupiter. A five-story building with 15 condos, a pool and outdoor kitchen on the roof is being considered on a one-acre site across Indiantown Road from Harbourside. But that means the three-story Profile Art Gallery on the Intracoastal Waterway must be demolished first. VENUS CRASH IN GARDENS: What casued ‘other traffic’ at...
New restaurant taking shape at former Pasquale’s in Jupiter

New restaurant taking shape at former Pasquale’s in Jupiter

About $1 million in remodeling at the former Pasquale’s restaurant, the once-popular, now-closed Italian eatery near the Jupiter/Tequesta line, is nearing completion. “We figure to finish work in mid-September. Then we apply for permits to open,” said Peter Pace, co-owner of the company that owns the 1/2-acre property just west of North Alternate A1A on Cypress Drive last year. The...
Venus Williams crash: What caused ‘other traffic’ at intersection?

Venus Williams crash: What caused ‘other traffic’ at intersection?

The report from the crash involving tennis superstar Venus Williams offers a detailed — but not completely clear — picture of what happened June 9 in the fatal car crash outside the entrance to BallenIsles. It is explicit that Williams was at fault, but an investigation continues. Interviews and a closer look at the intersection yield more questions than answers. RELATED: How will three...
Big spending could be coming for new Jupiter town center

Big spending could be coming for new Jupiter town center

Four proposals that range from $10 million to $36 million are being considered for Jupiter’s town hall and adjacent police department. “Hurricane Matthew was an awakening. The storm showed us how vulnerable are,” said David Brown, the town’s director of utilities. See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.
Use of illegal credit card skimmers surging at Florida gas stations

Use of illegal credit card skimmers surging at Florida gas stations

Motorists beware. More credit card skimmers than ever before are being detected at gas stations in Palm Beach County and statewide. The number of skimmers found and removed at Palm Beach County gas stations as of June 23 is 58, more than twice the 22 found for all of 2016, according to data released Friday by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Statewide, 276 skimmers...
Highway Patrol: Younger brother said ‘I did it’ in road rage stabbing

Highway Patrol: Younger brother said ‘I did it’ in road rage stabbing

It was Mario Briceno, the younger of two brothers in this month’s  fatal road rage confrontation in Riviera Beach, who said “I did it” to an arriving Florida Highway Patrol trooper, the agency confirmed Friday. A report obtained Thursday by The Palm Beach Post had said an arriving trooper found Jose Briceno Escobar on top of Duvarn “Devon” Fraser, 26,, of West Palm...
Former Pasquale’s restaurant moves closer to opening

Former Pasquale’s restaurant moves closer to opening

Construction at former Pasquale’s restaurant expected to be finished in mid-September (Photos/Bill DiPaolo) About $1 million in remodeling at the former Pasquale’s restaurant, the once-popular, now-closed Italian eatery near the Jupiter/Tequesta line, is nearing completion. “We figure to finish work in mid-September. Then we apply for permits to open,” said Peter...
After Hurricane Matthew scare, Jupiter wants upgrades to town hall

After Hurricane Matthew scare, Jupiter wants upgrades to town hall

Four proposals that range from $10 million-$36 million are being considered for Jupiter’s town hall and adjacent police department. “Hurricane Matthew was an awakening. The storm showed us how vulnerable are,” said David Brown, the town’s director of utilities. The ideas would be improvements or demolishing and rebuilding. The original building was built in 1981. An addition...
From above, here’s Jupiter’s future dog park

From above, here’s Jupiter’s future dog park

Indiantown Road is on the right side, Center Street upper right (Photo/Town of Jupiter) Construction of the $2.5 million dog park is expected in Jupiter is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Fenced-off areas for big and little dogs, a dog-drink station, landscaping, 2-acre wetlands area, a gazebo with picnic tables, bicycle racks, a restroom and lighted walkways...
Drum Corps International competition coming to Jupiter

Drum Corps International competition coming to Jupiter

The Drum Corps International competition is planned July 10 at Jupiter Community High School. The show is part of the 45 th Anniversary Summer Tour that includes 110 shows in 37 states with 55 drum corps vying for this year’s Open and World Class titles at Velocity Credit Union Stadium. For information, go to dci.org. Rehearsals start at 9:30...
Jupiter basketball camp is moved from High School

Jupiter basketball camp is moved from High School

Due to an ongoing floor resurfacing and maintenance project at Jupiter High School, morning and afternoon sessions of the July 3 – 7 Basketball Camp are being relocated to the Jupiter Community Center. Day-of registration will take place at the Community Center. Camps will be held on July 4th. For information or to register for the camp, contact the Community Center...
More mosquito spraying set for Saturday night west of Military Trail

More mosquito spraying set for Saturday night west of Military Trail

Rarely has aerial spraying for mosquitoes been greeted with as much relief as earlier this week, when Palm Beach County’s contractor took to the skies to combat a booming bug population that had drawn complaints in northern and western parts of the county. The county Division of Mosquito Control will resume its aerial attack with a Huey helicopter Saturday night to spray about 270,000 acres...
Not surprising North Palm Beach got national kudos in this category

Not surprising North Palm Beach got national kudos in this category

Every time distant family members or friends say that I live in “Palm Beach,” I correct them before they can finish their sentence. They don’t understand that there’s a big difference between the island with oceanfront mansions and all the other zip codes across the Intracoastal Waterway. READ: North Palm Beach’s ‘small-town’ charm lauded as village plots...
Jupiter’s Cinebowl developer may be booted from CityPlace

Jupiter’s Cinebowl developer may be booted from CityPlace

Jupiter-based Frank Entertainment, who won Jupiter town council approval on June 20 to build a 73,000-square-foot fun center in Abacoa, may be getting tossed out of their digs in CityPlace. Read Alexandra Clough’s story in The Palm Beach Post. CityPlace filed a Palm Beach County Circuit Court lawsuit on June 23, alleging Revolutions owes $429,801 in past due rent....
Why a Jupiter man is riding his Harley 12,000 miles across the country

Why a Jupiter man is riding his Harley 12,000 miles across the country

David Cowan parked his blue Harley Davidson CVO Limited loaded with supplies outside The Gardens Mall food court Wednesday about to embark on adventure honoring his late wife, Alison. Three other motorcyclists joined him for the Palm Beach County leg of his six-week, 12,000-mile ride to every corner of the contiguous United States. Then he was on his own. This is no ordinary trip for Cowan, a Jupiter...
Tim Tebow to play in Jupiter

Tim Tebow to play in Jupiter

Tim Tebow (Photo/Rich Graulich) Former University of Florida quarterback and now professional baseball player Tim Tebow, now a member of the St. Lucie Mets, is scheduled play at Roger Dean Stadium on July 7 against the Jupiter Hammerheads. Tebow was promoted Sunday to the St. Lucie team from the Columbia Fireflies, the Mets’ low-single-A minor league affiliate. On Sunday, Tebow...
Can you shoot the best photo of the Juno Beach Pier?

Can you shoot the best photo of the Juno Beach Pier?

Sunrise at the Juno Beach Pier (Photo/Rich Graulich) Loggerhead Marinelife Center is calling photographers of all ages and experiences to submit their best photo of the Juno Beach Pier for the Center’s 3rd annual Juno Beach Pier Photo Contest. Submissions are open open Monday, July 3 – Aug. 11. The 990-foot-long pier may not be the longest or showiest, but locals love their...
America’s Best Beach Towns to Live In: 3 in Palm Beach County make the list 

America’s Best Beach Towns to Live In: 3 in Palm Beach County make the list 

The by-the-beach life may be as much a part of the American dream as the white picket fence. And many don’t realize just how affordable living in the best beach towns is because of the assumption that these places are more expensive than landlocked ones.  Well, WalletHub says differently. The personal finance website compiled a list of the best beach towns and cities to live in...
Appraiser: Palm Beach County property values up 7.3 percent

Appraiser: Palm Beach County property values up 7.3 percent

The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office has refined its estimates for how much property values have risen, showing that cities will collectively have less money to work with than previously thought while the county government will have a little bit more. The new figures, released Wednesday, will be used by the county and cities to set their budgets and new property tax rates for...
Regular gas dips below $2 a gallon in Palm Beach County

Regular gas dips below $2 a gallon in Palm Beach County

Just in time for Fourth of July travelers, $1.99 a gallon gasoline is being sold in Palm Beach County. As of Wednesday afternoon, only five stations had reached the price point coveted by consumers, according to reports on GasBuddy.com They were Rocket Fuel, 100 N. Federal Highway in North Palm Beach and four in suburban West Palm Beach — Murphy USA, 1050 N. Military Trail; Raceway, 288 N. Haverhill...
Protesters vent over GOP health care bill outside Rubio’s office on PGA

Protesters vent over GOP health care bill outside Rubio’s office on PGA

Cheryl Harris was born with a leaking heart valve so minor it wasn’t detected until she was an adult. She kept up with her medical care while she was living and working in the London, so she was dismayed when she returned to the United States and was denied health care because insurers here considered her heart murmur a pre-existing condition and she had been out of the system. The Affordable...
Gardens 1800s church bell with mysterious history rings again

Gardens 1800s church bell with mysterious history rings again

A Palm Beach Gardens church bell that sat dormant for years is ringing again, thanks to an offhand comment and a limber handyman. The history of the bell at the First Baptist Church of Palm Beach Gardens, 11980 Alternate A1A, is a bit of a mystery. The church was dedicated in 1962, but the bell dates back to the late 1800s. Its inscription reads “Margaretville Union Free School 1892.”...
Teens raise quick money for family of fallen Jupiter paramedics

Teens raise quick money for family of fallen Jupiter paramedics

Julie Garcia made it a point to hug each of the Palm Beach Gardens Fire Explorers who gathered Monday evening to honor her husband and another paramedic killed in an ambulance crash in Jupiter. The Fire Explorers raised $1,760 for the families of Lahiri Garcia, 51, and Paul Besaw, 36, two paramedics from American Medical Response who were killed in a crash about 3 a.m. June 1 on Indiantown Road outside...
Dr. Salomon Melgen may declare indigency in $105 million fraud case

Dr. Salomon Melgen may declare indigency in $105 million fraud case

Wearing a blue prison jumpsuit and a wan smile, Dr. Salomon Melgen on Tuesday bore little resemblance to the wildly successful retinal specialist who befriended politicians and raked in millions while treating roughly a hundred patients a day at clinics in Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. While Melgen’s appearance has changed since he was convicted in April of 67 charges of health-care fraud...
Coming soon to Palm Beach Gardens: New 50-acre park with sports fields

Coming soon to Palm Beach Gardens: New 50-acre park with sports fields

New athletic fields, a playground and hiking trails could open in Palm Beach Gardens by next year after county officials agreed to a plan for a park’s development. RELATED: Gardens expanding athletic fields, renovating buildings with sales tax Palm Beach County Commissioners last week signed off on a plan for the first phase of a North County District Park on about 50 of the 80 acres it owns...
Why were police chasing cows through the streets of North Palm Beach?

Why were police chasing cows through the streets of North Palm Beach?

An 800-pound Black Angus cow and her 3-week-old calf led a frantic posse of police and paramedics on a slow-speed stampede through the streets of North Palm Beach Monday before they jumped off a sea wall into the Intracoastal Waterway. Police borrowed a boat and finally managed to rope the animals as they swam toward Singer Island. The animals, who had walked away from a pasture in Riviera Beach...
Ex-FPL accounts supervisor trying to make restitution in fraud case

Ex-FPL accounts supervisor trying to make restitution in fraud case

A former FPL accounts supervisor is trying to come up with roughly $120,000 to reimburse the company for money he is accused of embezzling, his attorney told a Palm Beach County judge on Tuesday. While John Cardillo was expected to take a plea deal, he is trying to work out how to take the money out of the equity he has in his estimated $245,000 North Palm Beach home, his attorney, Darren Shull, told...
North County boaters: What’s your take on the new Waterway Park?

North County boaters: What’s your take on the new Waterway Park?

Safety bumpers are planned on the floating docks at Jupiter’s Waterway Park (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) North county boaters have mostly compliments — and a few complaints — about the new $7 million Waterway Park opened about three months ago in Jupiter. Palm Beach County’s newest waterfront park — the first since Jim Barry Light Harbor Park was...
Trump care is target of rally planned at Rubio’s office in PBG

Trump care is target of rally planned at Rubio’s office in PBG

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, center, heads to a vehicle after arriving on Air Force One with President Donald Trump at the Palm Beach International Airport on Mar. 3. Candlelight protests against President Donald’s Trump’s health care plan are planned starting tonight at U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s office, 4580 PGA Blvd (PGA Commons Plaza) in...
Three months after debut, Jupiter boaters weigh in on new boating park

Three months after debut, Jupiter boaters weigh in on new boating park

North county boaters have mostly compliments — and a few complaints — about the new $7 million Waterway Park opened about three months ago. “I like how the ramps are less steep than the ones at Burt Reynolds Park,” said Ethan Randell, who was launching his 22-footer for a trip down the Intracoastal Waterway with two friends on a recent Thursday morning. “The ramps have...
People surf in Jupiter, why not dogs?

People surf in Jupiter, why not dogs?

Sam Chiet with a client (Photo/Bruce Bennett) When you teach dogs to surf, patience is the key. “Sometimes they jump off the board. They leap on my head. A few take off down the beach. But they calm down. That’s part of the fun,” said Sam Chiet, a Jupiter Farms resident who charges $30 for 30 minutes to teach canines how to ride the waves at Carlin Park....
Jupiter man’s dog-surfing business is booming (we’re not kidding)

Jupiter man’s dog-surfing business is booming (we’re not kidding)

When you teach dogs to surf, patience is the key. “Sometimes they jump off the board. They leap on my head. A few take off down the beach. But they calm down. That’s part of the fun,” said Sam Chiet, a Jupiter Farms resident who charges $30 for 30 minutes to teach canines how to ride the waves at Carlin Park. Chiet, a 2014 graduate of Jupiter High School, and his mother...
Mosquito population — and complaints — up; aerial spraying to begin

Mosquito population — and complaints — up; aerial spraying to begin

Palm Beach County is getting bitten on both ends of its mosquito control program, with one resident saying the county has not done enough to control the burgeoning population while another has raised concerns about a chemical used when the county does spray. Jean Bacon said standing water from recent heavy rains has spawned a bumper crop of biting bugs that are posing an increasing health threat...
Just in: This retailer plans to open in The Gardens Mall

Just in: This retailer plans to open in The Gardens Mall

Kendra Scott, a women’s jewelry retailer, is set to open next month in The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. The store, which is tentatively scheduled to open on July 21, will be located on the mall’s lower level outside of Nordstrom. RELATED: Why Park Ave BBQ is going into The Gardens Mall Kendra Scott has one other Palm Beach County location — at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. Meanwhile...
Why was John Wayne Bobbitt at a Palm Beach Gardens hot dog contest?

Why was John Wayne Bobbitt at a Palm Beach Gardens hot dog contest?

Patience, people. Patience. John Wayne Bobbitt’s long white limo was supposed to pull up in front of The Abbey Road Grill & Sports Emporium a whole half-hour ago, but the lunch crowd inside is being extremely patient. In fact, this burger-munching, beer-sipping lunch crowd’s patience is so heroic, so sublime, that a careless observer might mistake it for indifference. Outside, in the Wednesday...
Looking for a new-construction home in heart of Gardens? It’s not easy

Looking for a new-construction home in heart of Gardens? It’s not easy

Buyers looking for a new house centrally located in Palm Beach Gardens have limited choices, and one of the biggest developers in Palm Beach County knows it. Alton, the Kolter Homes development between Donald Ross and Hood roads west of Central Boulevard, is the only new construction of single-family homes in the heart of the city. The two- to six-bedroom houses range in price from the high $500,000s...
COMMENTARY: Too many road rage incidents in northern Palm Beach County

COMMENTARY: Too many road rage incidents in northern Palm Beach County

Agreeing on politics seems to be tougher than ever these days, but can we at least get along during our morning and evening commutes? READ: FHP ID’s victim in I-95 road rage stabbing, two questioned I was alarmed, but not completely surprised, to read a story about a mother mourning the loss of her 26-year-old son, who was fatally stabbed on the side of Interstate 95 near Blue Heron Blvd. in...
Whew! Why Palm Beach Gardens seniors exercised for 12 straight hours

Whew! Why Palm Beach Gardens seniors exercised for 12 straight hours

Every day a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease can feel like the longest. RELATED: Gardens doctor in drug study for dementia that plagued Robin Williams For the Alzheimer’s Association’s aptly named “Longest Day” campaign to raise money for support and research, residents and staff of the La Posada senior living community near The Gardens Mall took turns exercising for...
Land clearing starts at Jupiter’s new dog park

Land clearing starts at Jupiter’s new dog park

Fenced-in areas for little dogs and big dogs are planned (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) Land in being cleared in Jupiter for the $2.5 million dog park at Center Street and Indiantown Road. Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.   Location of new dog park is outlined in red Dogs in Jupiter can go to Dog Beach, located north of Marcinski Road  
Movies, bowling and more approved in Jupiter’s Abacoa

Movies, bowling and more approved in Jupiter’s Abacoa

Artist rendition Despite concerns about parking, the town council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a $22 million plan for CineBowl & Grille, an Abacoa entertainment center with restaurants, bowling lanes, pool tables and a movie theater. See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.  
Jupiter Restaurant partly owned by Michael Jordan takes shape

Jupiter Restaurant partly owned by Michael Jordan takes shape

Here’s the latest view of 1000 North, scheduled to open by the end of the year in Jupiter (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) Exterior work has started on 1000 North,  cthe waterfront restaurant in Jupiter that will be partly owned by former NBA star Michael Jordan. The 50-foot-tall restaurant on the Loxahatchee River with a view of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is expected to open by the end of the year...
Jupiter council approves CineBowl in Abacoa

Jupiter council approves CineBowl in Abacoa

Despite concerns about parking, the town council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a $22 million plan for CineBowl & Grille, an Abacoa entertainment center with restaurants, bowling lanes, pool tables and a movie theater. “CineBowl will add to the vibrancy of the area,” said Josh Simon, the owner of Downtown Abacoa. The agreement calls for Rich Rendina, the owner of the Aries...
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