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Why Boynton didn’t have the sewage problem after Irma that Delray had

Why Boynton didn’t have the sewage problem after Irma that Delray had

After Hurricane Irma hit Palm Beach County, Delray Beach workers had a messy situation on their hands: They had to keep sewage from spilling into the streets because the wind knocked out almost all of the sewage pumps. The Post’s Lulu Ramadan reported that residents were asked to limit flushing the toilet, running the shower or using the washing machine. Luckily for Boynton Beach...
Lessons from Wilma: How county got key stoplights running after Irma

Lessons from Wilma: How county got key stoplights running after Irma

Hurricane Irma’s mammoth winds and relentless rain knocked out traffic lights at 600 of Palm Beach County’s 1,200 intersections, leaving employees on a hunt for backup until Florida Power & Light could put them back on the grid. They found 15 generators and deployed them at some of the 125 most critical intersections. The last time they had to do this? Twelve years ago. Hurricane...
Takeaways from Boynton Beach police chief's town hall meeting

Takeaways from Boynton Beach police chief's town hall meeting

Lyndell Thomas is a filmmaker and wants to teach the kids in Boynton Beach that there are jobs behind the camera instead of just in front of it.  He tells the kids, “there’s more than just sports.” He came to Police Chief Jeffrey Katz’s town hall meeting Thursday and asked the crowd how he could further deliver his message. By the end of the meeting he had several...
After Irma: Boca Raton animal shelter clinic damaged beyond repair

After Irma: Boca Raton animal shelter clinic damaged beyond repair

A massive tree branch crashed into the roof of a building at a no-kill animal shelter near Boca Raton during Hurricane Irma. Rain pelted through an opening in the ceiling, flooding the clinic where 51 sick cats and dogs were housed. “You heard the water rushing in,” said Paul Motz, one of nine staffers who rode out the storm at Tri-County Animal Rescue, on Boca Rio Road between Glades...
Could Delray Beach have avoided its post-Irma sewage chaos?

Could Delray Beach have avoided its post-Irma sewage chaos?

Delray Beach is facing some criticism of its handling of sewage pump problems resulting from Hurricane Irma. City workers had to scramble to keep water the underground sewage water from spilling into streets and homes after hurricane-force winds took out power at almost all the city’s sewage pumps. As a result of powerless pumps, residents were asked to avoid draining water for about a week...
From lawsuit to book chapter, Boca lawyer pursues fight against Trump

From lawsuit to book chapter, Boca lawyer pursues fight against Trump

When Boca Raton lawyer James Herb filed legal papers last year to have President Donald Trump declared mentally unfit, he had no inkling his personal crusade would earn him a spot in a book that longtime liberal political pundit Bill Moyers said should become “an instant best-seller.” Along with more than a dozen of the nation’s top psychiatrists and mental health experts, Herb was...
Boynton Beach police officers want you to meet them, and their therapy dog

Boynton Beach police officers want you to meet them, and their therapy dog

The Boynton Beach Police Department is hosting two events this week to give the community a chance to become familiar with the officers. The first event is Thursday. Police Chief Jeffrey Katz will host a Town Hall meeting at the Carolyn Sims Center, 311 NW 12th Ave. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and is an opportunity for residents to speak directly with the chief and officers who patrol the area...
FDOT: Eroded I-95 ramp to Woolbright repaired, lanes open

FDOT: Eroded I-95 ramp to Woolbright repaired, lanes open

Crews have repaired the Interstate 95 exit ramp to Woolbright Road and all lanes have been reopened. The Florida Department of Transportation on Wednesday closed the westbound lane of the southbound exit ramp to Woolbright because of erosion from heavy rains and Hurricane Irma. The city received heavy rains Tuesday after 6:30 p.m., which worsened the issue. “The roadway hasn’t failed...
Boynton animal center opens doors for dogs, cats — and pig — during Irma

Boynton animal center opens doors for dogs, cats — and pig — during Irma

On top of shuttering homes, gathering enough food and water and finding a safe place to stay, those who had to evacuate Boynton Beach during Hurricane Irma also had to worry about their four-legged children. INN the Dog House on Congress Avenue made that easier. The dog day-care center opened its doors to all animals, even pigs, to ride out the storm. “It took a lot of anxiety away for the parents...
After generators failed, Boynton soup kitchen still found ways to help

After generators failed, Boynton soup kitchen still found ways to help

Hurricane Irma left The Soup Kitchen in Boynton Beach without power for nine days, but workers and volunteers still found ways to help. They handed out non-perishables such as peanut butter and crackers. They cooked with gas instead of electric. The Olive Garden gave the kitchen 100 meals. And for the Meals on Wheels program, volunteers bought food to deliver. Read: Soup...
FDOT: Erosion has closed lane at southbound I-95 Woolbright Road exit ramp

FDOT: Erosion has closed lane at southbound I-95 Woolbright Road exit ramp

Officials on Wednesday said they closed the lane that heads west onto Woolbright Road from the Interstate 95 southbound exit ramp. They do not know when they will reopen it. The closure is due to erosion from storms, a Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman said.  Drivers can use the southbound to eastbound exit lane to Woolbright Road, and can detour via US 1.
Palm Beach County’s first FEMA disaster recovery center opens in Boynton Beach 

Palm Beach County’s first FEMA disaster recovery center opens in Boynton Beach 

Boynton Beach’s Carolyn Sims Center is now serving as a FEMA disaster recovery center for those who need help with Hurricane Irma damage. This is the first recovery center to open in Palm Beach County.  The center will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Wednesday. The center is at 225 NW 12 Ave. At the center, residents can find out information about disaster...
Boynton approves budget, signs off on employee raises

Boynton approves budget, signs off on employee raises

City officials on Tuesday signed off on the 2017-18 budget of $83.2 million and a millage rate of 7.9, which is the same as last year. However, residents’ tax bills will likely increase because property values have. A home with an assessed value of $100,000 and a $50,000 homestead exemption paid $395 in annual property taxes in 2016-17 but would pay $412 in 2017-18...
State says owner of Boynton historic cottage cafe didn’t pay sales tax

State says owner of Boynton historic cottage cafe didn’t pay sales tax

When Chrissy Benoit shuttered The Little House tavern and cafe that operated out of a historic Boynton Beach cottage in 2014, she blamed a clientele not ready for her funky creations. But there may have been another reason. Benoit was in financial trouble. She expected more money from the bank financing the business, and fell behind on her sales tax. READ: Tapas restaurant...
3 reasons why Boynton residents will pay more for firefighters in ‘18

3 reasons why Boynton residents will pay more for firefighters in ‘18

Starting Oct. 1 Boynton Beach residents will have to budget an extra $20 a year to pay the city’s annual fire assessment fee that officials raised from $100 to $120. City staff proposed the increase to pay for rising firefighter pension payments, fully staffing Fire Station 1 and other personnel costs. Resident Virginia Foot said she knows the extra money will only...
In Boynton, amid overdose, scams, tension, a community came together

In Boynton, amid overdose, scams, tension, a community came together

Boynton Beach may have been spared the worst of Hurricane Irma, but there were other ramifications on the streets from the wind and rain. A 23-year-old woman died at The Inn at Boynton after overdosing on drugs, likely heroin, during the storm, police said. And two men fooled a 95-year-old woman into thinking they were electricians but really...
After Hurricane Irma: In Boynton Beach, ‘miles of vegetation’

After Hurricane Irma: In Boynton Beach, ‘miles of vegetation’

On the first day of vegetation pickup since Hurricane Irma tackled and trashed our trees and yards, the city’s Public Works crew removed 36 truckloads of the debris in 12 hours Thursday. And there’s a lot more to go. “This is rough. There’s a lot of stuff,” Crew Supervisor Joe Matthews said while driving through the Leisureville community Thursday. “The...
Hurricane Irma: Storms come and go; the Everglades endures

Hurricane Irma: Storms come and go; the Everglades endures

Jimmy Hall reared back and let his fishing line fly. Just behind him, more than a dozen crappies, each about the size of his palm, crammed an orange bucket. As they struggled in black water, some gasped for air, but others already had given up. They’d made it through Hurricane Irma, but they couldn’t survive Jimmy’s hook. You drive west of Boca Raton, then south on U.S. 441, and...
Boca Raton: After Irma, is it time to finally bury power lines?

Boca Raton: After Irma, is it time to finally bury power lines?

Widespread power outages caused by Hurricane Irma sparked discussion in Boca Raton of burying power lines and caused chaos at Delray Beach intersections. Days without power for most southern Palm Beach County residents made Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie ponder the the costly venture of putting power lines underground. “It’s something we could look into,” Haynie said. “We&rsquo...
Boynton Beach post-Hurricane Irma info: things to do, where to eat, debris pickup

Boynton Beach post-Hurricane Irma info: things to do, where to eat, debris pickup

We are at Day 5 post-Hurricane Irma and conditions are definitely improving.  Here’s some helpful info for Friday.    -The city has started to pick up household garbage, recyclables and vegetation. -The vegetation should not have anything else mixed in with it and should not be wrapped in anything, including bags. -Jeff Livergood, the city’s director of public works, said...
Watch those red lights, the cameras are back on in Boynton Beach

Watch those red lights, the cameras are back on in Boynton Beach

The warning period is over.  As of Friday, any driver who runs a red light in Boynton Beach and is caught on camera will have to pay a fine.  The city commissioners decided in August to resume the program of 15 cameras at seven locations starting Sept. 1. The first two weeks were a warning period and drivers received a notice in the mail.   Boynton is the only Palm Beach County...
After Hurricane Irma: Boynton police, paramedics deployed to the Keys, west coast 

After Hurricane Irma: Boynton police, paramedics deployed to the Keys, west coast 

After taking care of their home base for days at a time without taking a break, Boynton Beach paramedics and police officers have been deployed to help areas across the state that have been hit much worse by Hurricane Irma. On Wednesday, four Boynton Beach firefighters/paramedics - Georgio Salame, Craig Kovach, Andrew Defilippis and Mike Landress, who is also the EMS coordinator - headed south...
After Hurricane Irma: Why you still shouldn’t needlessly flush the toilet in Delray

After Hurricane Irma: Why you still shouldn’t needlessly flush the toilet in Delray

DELRAY BEACH — Update at noon: The power at a majority of the city’s sewage pumps have been restored. But still, the city is asking residents to avoid draining water so sewage doesn’t back up into the streets and into your homes. The city has been asking this of residents since Hurricane Irma hit. But why? Because power outages damaged the monitoring systems at sewage pumps...
After Hurricane Irma: Things to do in the Boynton Beach area 

After Hurricane Irma: Things to do in the Boynton Beach area 

City facilities that are open:  -The Hester Center and the Civic Center will be open for recreation from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.   -All recreation programs scheduled for the Art Center, Senior Center, Civic Center and Hester Center will continue as scheduled except for the Kids Club after-school program.  -Oceanfront Park is open  -The library is open -The...
After Hurricane Irma: 51 local police officers leave Boca, head to Naples area

After Hurricane Irma: 51 local police officers leave Boca, head to Naples area

BOCA RATON — Update at 11 a.m.: Palm Beach County law enforcement agencies sent 51 officers to Collier County, home to Naples and Marco Island, Thursday morning. Among those officers were seven from the Boca Raton Police Department. Those areas were devastated by Hurricane Irma as its eye wall ripped through the area Sunday.  “These folks received some of the worst...
After Hurricane Irma: Information for Boynton Beach residents for Thursday 

After Hurricane Irma: Information for Boynton Beach residents for Thursday 

Trash and vegetation pickup:  -Starting Thursday, the city will pick up household garbage, recyclables and vegetation. -The vegetation should not have anything else mixed in with it and should not be wrapped in anything, including bags.  -Jeff Livergood, the city’s director of public works, said it will probably take crews about 60 days to remove all vegetation. City facilities that...
32 Palm Beach County residents poisoned by generators, officials say

32 Palm Beach County residents poisoned by generators, officials say

Thirty-two Palm Beach County residents have been treated for carbon monoxide poisoning after inhaling dangerous fumes from generators they fired up after Hurricane Irma wiped out electrical power to their homes, county health officials said Wednesday. The number includes two families in West Palm Beach and one each in Delray Beach and Boca Raton who were treated at area hospitals after they inhaled...
After Hurricane Irma: Boynton Ice employees help keep residents cool

After Hurricane Irma: Boynton Ice employees help keep residents cool

   On a typical day Boynton Ice employees are out delivering to restaurants, convenience stores and bait shops. But this week Hurricane Irma has brought the store a different type of clientele: Her victims.  Around 2 p.m., 36 percent of FPL’s 739,000 accounts were still out of power. No air conditioning. No place to keep food cold. No cold beer after a day of sweating outside...
Hurricane Irma: Courts reopen after case, judge selection delays

Hurricane Irma: Courts reopen after case, judge selection delays

Several sentencings in high-profile cases and the selection process to replace two circuit judges have all been postponed by Hurricane Irma, even as business resumed Wednesday at a Palm Beach County satellite courthouse. The north Palm Beach County courthouse in Palm Beach Gardens reopened Wednesday after being closed for a total of four business days because of the storm, whose wide bands reached...
Hurricane Irma: Half Boca Raton still without power Wednesday

Hurricane Irma: Half Boca Raton still without power Wednesday

BOCA RATON — Update at 3 p.m.: Half the city is still without power as of noon Wednesday, city officials say. The city, like the rest of county, is slated to have its power restored by Sunday, said city spokeswoman Chrissy Gibson.  The widespread power loss prompted Mayor Susan Haynie to say Wednesday that the city may consider whether it should pay to bury power lines. Burying...
Hurricane Irma: Some Delray sewage pumps powered, but use water sparingly, city says

Hurricane Irma: Some Delray sewage pumps powered, but use water sparingly, city says

DELRAY BEACH — Update at 1 p.m.: Power is slowly being restored to Delray Beach sewage pumps, but the city is still asking residents to avoid using appliances that run water, such as dishwashers and washing machines. This request was first made after the storm, when several of the pumps lost power. The water is safe to drink, said Dani Moschella, police spokeswoman. But power has only been...
Hurricane Irma: Wednesday Boynton info on openings, curfew, trash and more 

Hurricane Irma: Wednesday Boynton info on openings, curfew, trash and more 

-Starting Thursday, the city will pick up household garbage, recyclables and vegetation.  -The vegetation should not have anything else mixed in with it and should not be wrapped in anything, including bags.  -Jeff Livergood, the city’s director of public works, said it will probably take crews about 60 days to remove all vegetation. -The Hester Center and the Civic Center will be...
UPDATE: Hurricane Irma: Info for Boynton residents on trash, vegetation clean up and everything else

UPDATE: Hurricane Irma: Info for Boynton residents on trash, vegetation clean up and everything else

-The City started picking up household garbage Tuesday. -Starting Thursday, the city will pick up household garbage, recyclables and vegetation. -The vegetation should not have anything else mixed in with it and should not be wrapped in anything, including bags. -Jeff Livergood, the city’s director of public works, said it will probably take crews about 60 days to remove all vegetation from...
Hurricane Irma: Residents head to Boynton library while homes out of power

Hurricane Irma: Residents head to Boynton library while homes out of power

Sergio Sandoval will retire from the U.S. Navy this November and is working on a career in criminal justice in the meantime. He’s taking classes online that require internet connection, which Hurricane Irma snatched from him.  The Boynton Beach resident packed his laptop Tuesday and headed to the city’s library where he and more than a dozen others juiced up their electronics...
WATCH: Irma’s winds take down massive banyans in Boynton community

WATCH: Irma’s winds take down massive banyans in Boynton community

Jon Ratliff heard on the news a band of high-speed winds would soon be rushing through Boynton Beach and jumped outside with his cell phone in hand to film what Hurricane Irma planned to bring.  He admits now- maybe it wasn’t the best idea. His 41-second video from that Sunday afternoon shows trees swaying side to side as Ratliff screams “whoa, whoa!” The sounds of the...
Hurricane Irma: Power outages cause inconveniences in Boca Raton suburbs

Hurricane Irma: Power outages cause inconveniences in Boca Raton suburbs

Update at 11:30 a.m.: In neighborhoods far west of Boca Raton, damage was spotty but whether one enjoyed modern inconveniences often depended on dumb luck.   A massive tree fell in front of Nazza Reno’s home, near Lyons Road south of Palmetto Park Road, during the storm, blocking the street but missing any cars or structures.   “One minute I looked outside, I went...
Hurricane Irma: Despite appearances, FPL ‘definitely working’ in Delray

Hurricane Irma: Despite appearances, FPL ‘definitely working’ in Delray

DELRAY BEACH — Update at 5 p.m.: Some residents have complained they haven’t spotted Florida Power & Light trucks roving Delray Beach working to restore power in areas with widespread outages. “Anyone have a ‘real’ estimate from FPL for Delray Beach - East of 95 areas? I don't want the ‘anti-panic’ answer but the real one,” wrote one Facebook...
UPDATE: Boynton post-Irma: Photos, info of downed trees, debris 

UPDATE: Boynton post-Irma: Photos, info of downed trees, debris 

Despite roads being sprinkled with downed tree limbs and debris, and many traffic signals at major intersections powerless, Boynton Beach residents took to the streets Monday morning even before officials said it was safe to.  While driving around the city to survey damage, Boynton Beach Police Sgt. Phil Hawkins said those out are mostly sight-seeing: Some parking lots such as Riverwalk Plaza...
Boynton Beach post-Irma: What’s open for business?

Boynton Beach post-Irma: What’s open for business?

About a quarter of the city was still without power mid-day Monday, Boynton Police Sgt. Phil Hawkins estimated. Still, businesses opened.  And residents found them.  Drivers waited in a line down Federal Highway south of Woolbright to buy lunch at McDonald’s.  Nick Harb opened the Ocean Food Mart on Federal Highway at 8 a.m. By 11 a.m. he helped hundreds of customers and found...
UPDATE: Boynton residents allowed to drive in daylight

UPDATE: Boynton residents allowed to drive in daylight

UPDATE at 8:20 a.m.: The curfew has been lifted countywide including in Boynton Beach, officials said. Residents are now free to drive during the day.  However, residents cannot drive 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. for the next 72 hours.  ORIGINAL POST MONDAY: Hurricane Irma has left Boynton Beach but officials still have the curfew in effect and residents should not be driving.  "...
Irma’s winds still ripping Boynton, but relief not far out 

Irma’s winds still ripping Boynton, but relief not far out 

Boynton Beach residents will start to very slowly see a decrease in Hurricane Irma’s winds through the night, but they’ll still remain powerful and dangerous, and officials do not want residents outside. The National Weather Service predicts sustained winds at 7 p.m. are 52 mph with 78-mph gusts. By 3 a.m. Monday, meteorologists expect sustained winds to be just under 40 mph with gusts...
Hurricane Irma: Downed wire in Boca Raton caused house fire, city officials say

Hurricane Irma: Downed wire in Boca Raton caused house fire, city officials say

A power line downed by stormy weather in Boca Raton sparked a house fire that fire fighters are still battling, city officials said. The fire started Sunday morning at a home on 36th Street between Dixie and Federal highways. No one was hurt and the home was evacuated, said city spokeswoman Chrissy Gibson. Fire fighters were still at the home at 10:30 a.m. awaiting assistance from Florida Power &...
Boynton Police: Woman dies after overdose during Irma

Boynton Police: Woman dies after overdose during Irma

A 23-year-old woman died at a hotel after likely overdosing on heroin during Hurricane Irma, Boynton Beach Police said. The woman, whose name was not released, was at The Inn at Boynton 480 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., just east of Interstate 95. The call came in about 11:50 p.m. Saturday.  That was the first fatal overdose during Hurricane Irma in Boynton, a police spokeswoman said. A witness told...
Hurricane Irma: Boynton pulls police off streets as weather worsens

Hurricane Irma: Boynton pulls police off streets as weather worsens

High winds and heavy rains from Hurricane Irma pushed city officials to pull all Boynton Beach police officers off the streets late Saturday. Police urge residents to call 911 only in a life-threatening emergency. Residents who do not have an emergency but have a question should call the non-emergency line at (561) 742-6921. The 742 number is good for questions about city...
Hurricane Irma: Watching nature’s show of power at Boca Raton beach

Hurricane Irma: Watching nature’s show of power at Boca Raton beach

The sand whipping in from the beach stung the faces of the people lined up at the South Beach Pavilion, at the end of Palmetto Park Road. They didn’t care. They were there to see power. Hurricane Irma still was hundreds and hundreds of miles to the south, and indications were that the worst of it would stay far from Palm Beach County. So scores of people lined the viewing stand, about 20 feet...
Boynton principal on shelter: ‘We’re all about each other now’

Boynton principal on shelter: ‘We’re all about each other now’

Boynton Beach High school is one of several shelters in Palm Beach County open during Hurricane Irma, and the school’s principal is expecting more than 2,000 residents to stay there. Principal Guarn Sims, who started his job this past July, said the school is “totally equipped.” The school is at 4975 Park RIdge Blvd.  “This is the safest place probably in Boynton...
Soup kitchen director opens doors to homeless, will stay with them during storm

Soup kitchen director opens doors to homeless, will stay with them during storm

He’s there every single day.  The man who sits on the bridge at the corner of Boynton Beach Boulevard and U.S. Highway 441 goes by the name Indian, and is a familiar face to anyone whose daily trek takes them through that intersection.  He has a bike, a chair, an umbrella, water, all the personal belongings he says he needs. That includes his dog, a Chihuahua named Chickey, that a...
UPDATE: County-wide curfew ahead of Irma includes Boynton Beach

UPDATE: County-wide curfew ahead of Irma includes Boynton Beach

Officials have issued a county-wide curfew that lasts from 3 p.m. Saturday until modified or canceled. That includes Boynton Beach.  -Mandatory evacuations are in effect for Zones A and B. Zone C is a voluntary evacuation. Find out where you are here. -City Manger Lori LaVerriere on Friday morning signed the official Declaration of Local State Emergency. That is expected to expire Tuesday...
Ocean Ridge to residents on Irma: We recommend you evacuate now

Ocean Ridge to residents on Irma: We recommend you evacuate now

Ocean Ridge officials are recommending residents evacuate now ahead of Hurricane Irma. Palm Beach County’s Emergency Operations Center is issuing a mandatory evacuation for all barrier islands effective Friday morning at 10 a.m. -Normal pick up is scheduled for Friday -Bulk landscape trimming or large items will not be picked up and will only be a hazard during the hurricane -Closed Friday through...
Boynton’s top cop on Irma: 'Take a breath. Keep yourself calm’ 

Boynton’s top cop on Irma: 'Take a breath. Keep yourself calm’ 

Boynton’s city manager, top cop and top firefighter gathered Thursday morning to share with residents some important information regarding Hurricane Irma.  You can watch the video here. But below are the basics. -Will be picked up as scheduled Thursday and Friday -Don’t put out additional items  -City Hall is open Thursday and will be closed Friday -City Commission is...
Hurricane Irma: Police called to calm drivers at Boynton gas stations

Hurricane Irma: Police called to calm drivers at Boynton gas stations

Pack your patience.  Scenes at gas stations in Boynton Beach on Wednesday have been chaotic and hectic while residents wait on line to fill up before Hurricane Irma arrives.  Boynton Beach Police officers were called at least twice to gas stations after disturbances were reported. Spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said drivers were yelling at one another because of cutting lines. At the BJ&rsquo...
UPDATE: Cancellations, closures in Boynton ahead of Hurricane Irma

UPDATE: Cancellations, closures in Boynton ahead of Hurricane Irma

Events are being canceled in Boynton Beach ahead of Hurricane Irma. -All recreation programs are canceled beginning Thursday until after Hurricane Irma damage assessment. -On Thursday and Friday the Denson Pool will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oceanfront Park Beach from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Tennis Center from 8 a.m. . to 5 p.m. and game rooms at Hester and Sims Centers from noon to...
Suit: Lyft drove girl, 13, in her pajamas. Lyft: We didn’t cause crash

Suit: Lyft drove girl, 13, in her pajamas. Lyft: We didn’t cause crash

A Lyft driver who spoke no English and didn’t know the ride-sharing company barred transporting minors picked up a 13-year-old girl sneaking out of her gated-community home in her pajamas at 1:30 a.m. one July morning, and then took her to her boyfriend’s home hours before she was killed in a crash, lawyers say in an amended lawsuit complaint. But in a motion to dismiss, lawyers for Lyft...
Trio of teens charged with killing Boca MMA fighter held without bail

Trio of teens charged with killing Boca MMA fighter held without bail

Three teens will be held in Palm Beach County jail without bail on first-degree murder charges in the fatal shooting of a mixed martial arts fighter west of Boca Raton, a judge decided Saturday. It was an emotional blow to the teens’ family, who told reporters after the hearing that they are innocent in the death of MMA fighter Aaron Rajman, 25, killed in his suburban Boca Raton home. Summer...
Boynton Beach emphasizes hiring local in new movement

Boynton Beach emphasizes hiring local in new movement

There’s a movement in Boynton Beach, by both the city’s leaders and its residents, to focus on hiring local. Boynton business owners now have an advantage over competing outside companies when it comes to being hired for work by the city. And residents and businesses are working together in a Boynton-focused Facebook group for job opportunities. RELATED: Boynton takes step to create &lsquo...
Boynton-area couple raises $3,000 for supplies to help Harvey victims

Boynton-area couple raises $3,000 for supplies to help Harvey victims

While watching news coverage of the devastating Hurricane Harvey flooding in Texas, Kristy Groover sat some 1,300 miles away worried about the animals. What if she and her husband Jeff rented an air boat and helped rescue them? They thought about that idea for a bit, and then it developed into something bigger. The suburban Boynton Beach couple has been raising money since Wednesday that Jeff will...
NEW: Boynton motel where sink fell on 1-year-old closes, will be razed

NEW: Boynton motel where sink fell on 1-year-old closes, will be razed

The Atlantic Lodge motel on Federal Highway in Boynton Beach will soon be a thing of the past. The motel just south of Woolbright Road is already closed, and the new property owner is razing the buildings. What will be built there next is unknown. For now, it’s “just a land investment,” said a representative with Bark Management. “If a development opportunity comes along we&rsquo...
Car hits pole west of Lantana near Wal-Mart; person taken to hospital

Car hits pole west of Lantana near Wal-Mart; person taken to hospital

A person was taken to a hospital early Friday after a vehicle struck a pole near the Wal-Mart Supercenter west of Lantana. The crash happened at about 6:30 p.m. on Military Trail just north of Hypoluxo Road, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue said.
Watch yourself! Look what’s back in Boynton Beach starting Friday

Watch yourself! Look what’s back in Boynton Beach starting Friday

Friday marks the return of red light cameras in Boynton Beach. The city commission decided in August to resume the program of 15 cameras at seven locations starting Sept. 1. The first two weeks will be a warning period and drivers will receive a notice in the mail. Starting Sept. 15, you’ll have to pay up. Boynton is the only Palm Beach County municipality to choose...
After years of failure, vacant Boynton site gets sign of life

After years of failure, vacant Boynton site gets sign of life

In their latest attempt to begin development of the vacant Ocean Breeze East land, Boynton Beach’s leaders have chosen an affordable housing developer with nearly 40 years of experience to construct energy-efficient apartments with an emphasis on building up the community. The commissioners, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency board, listened to four companies Tuesday night present...
Longtime Boca Raton leader, state legislator, dies at 83

Longtime Boca Raton leader, state legislator, dies at 83

Carol Hanson’s gravelly voice was unmistakable. And many times it was employed in a single word: “No.” The longtime Boca Raton mayor and Florida legislator, who never lost an election, died at 83 on Aug. 22. That was just one month after her husband of 61 years, Henry “Hank” Hanson, died, her family said in a death announcement that noted her “dedication and tireless...
Boynton firefighters want home for dog tied to tree at station

Boynton firefighters want home for dog tied to tree at station

An unexpected guest showed up at one of Boynton Beach’s fire stations last week and the firefighters are intent on finding the furry one a home. Known as Axe to the firefighters, the rottweiler mix plays fetch and sits on command — especially for his favorite food… hot dogs. Someone in a black Jeep Cherokee dropped the collarless dog off outside the fire station at Congress...
Wellington scammer says he feared PBSO deputy, wins reduced sentence

Wellington scammer says he feared PBSO deputy, wins reduced sentence

Claiming he should be rewarded for helping prosecutors bring down a corrupt Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy, a convicted Wellington scammer on Wednesday asked a federal judge to cut his 11-year sentence in half. Instead, U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg shaved 3½ years off Kesner Joaseus’s sentence to reward him for ratting out former sheriff’s deputy Frantz Felisma...
Why Boynton Beach’s water tower will be lit in green Tuesday night

Why Boynton Beach’s water tower will be lit in green Tuesday night

Boynton Beach’s sky near Interstate 95 and Woolbright Road will be a shade of green Tuesday night. The city’s water tower will be lit in green to raise awareness for muscular dystrophy. “The City has joined more than 60 agencies across the nation to shine a light on this cause,” according to the city’s utilities department Facebook. <iframe width="480" height="...
Nouman Raja, accused of shooting Corey Jones, sues home insurer

Nouman Raja, accused of shooting Corey Jones, sues home insurer

A former Palm Beach Gardens police officer, charged with manslaughter in connection with the 2015 shooting death of Corey Jones, is suing his insurer over its refusal to pay for $48,000 in water damage to his home west of Boynton Beach. In the lawsuit filed this month in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Nouman Raja claims Prepared Insurance Co. breached its contract when it refused to pay for the...
Sexiest movie made in Palm Beach County came out 36 years ago

Sexiest movie made in Palm Beach County came out 36 years ago

It’s probably the best — and undoubtedly the sexiest — movie ever made in Palm Beach County. Certainly the sweatiest. Thirty-six years ago, on Aug. 28, 1981, the murder-for-lust thriller “Body Heat” was released, putting downtown Lake Worth and Hypoluxo on the moviemaking map. It made stars out of William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Ted Danson and Mickey Rourke. And to think...
Former Boynton officer working toward plea in 2014 beating case

Former Boynton officer working toward plea in 2014 beating case

Former Boynton Beach police officer Justin Harris is cooperating with federal authorities who allege he and other city officers beat a 25-year-old man in 2014 and lied about it in official reports, the assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting the case said Friday. Harris, former officer Ron Ryan and current officer Mike Brown were indicted in June for allegedly beating Jeffrey...
Here’s why Boynton residents might have to pay more for fire fee

Here’s why Boynton residents might have to pay more for fire fee

Increasing pension payments, fully staffing Fire Station 1 and more personnel costs have pushed Boynton Beach’s staff to recommend commissioners raise residents’ annual fire assessment by $20, to $120 starting Oct. 1. Residents are invited to speak on the fee at the Sept. 7 commission meeting before the officials vote. If the increase passes, residents can apply for financial help through...
UPDATE: Police release photos of women from Boynton BJ's parking lot fight

UPDATE: Police release photos of women from Boynton BJ's parking lot fight

It’s been about one week since a woman pushed a shopping cart into Karen Rosenfeld in the BJ’s parking lot and the 56-year-old said she is still trying to bring her life back to normalcy.  “This person charged me from 12 feet away with a cart and told me she was doing it,” Rosenfeld recalled Thursday.  Rosenfeld said she continues having to visit with doctors...
Public backlash swayed Boca on keeping ‘Satanic’ display, but now what?

Public backlash swayed Boca on keeping ‘Satanic’ display, but now what?

Boca Raton city council considered a ban that would have stopped the installation of a 10-foot pentagram that caused a holiday stir last year. But residents rallied in defense of the pentagram’s installation — some of them the same residents who protested the “Satanic” display in December. “Though I find the pentagram a vile symbol, I honor the fact that in...
Boynton’s plan gives developers more incentive for workforce housing

Boynton’s plan gives developers more incentive for workforce housing

Boynton Beach: Meet workforce housing. It’s been a while. The city has had rules to guide developers interested in building for the workforce, but the program hasn’t been successful. Months ago, Mayor Steven Grant and Commissioner Christina Romelus pushed city staff to redo the rules and make building these units more attractive. READ: As housing prices surge in Boynton, income levels...
NEW: Boynton Beach to get $246,000 playground

NEW: Boynton Beach to get $246,000 playground

Boynton Beach is buying a multi-station accessible playground for its Barrier Free Park that will complete Phase 1 and 13.5 acres of the site’s overall master plan. The playground, which costs about $246,000, is expected to be installed within the next two months, said Wally Majors, the city’s director of parks and recreation. Barrier Free at 3111 S. Congress Ave ...
Boca: No ban on religious displays from park despite ‘Satanic’ controversy

Boca: No ban on religious displays from park despite ‘Satanic’ controversy

BOCA RATON —A controversial 10-foot pentagram may once again go up in a Boca Raton park after the community rallied Tuesday against a proposed ban on all public religious displays. The city council considered adopting an ordinance that would have barred “free speech” installations from Sanborn Square, at Federal Highway and Palmetto Park Road. That would have effectively stopped...
Delray unveils its new secret weapon to help recovering addicts

Delray unveils its new secret weapon to help recovering addicts

When two Delray Beach sober homes abruptly shut down this month, 24 recovering addicts were displaced with only one or two days notice, police say. In the past, those recovering likely would have ended up homeless, roaming the city’s downtown or committing petty crimes such as trespassing or burglary to get by, Chief Jeff Goldman said. Instead, the department’s new service population advocate...
Downtown Boynton plan doesn’t impress: ‘This is weak,’ commissioner says

Downtown Boynton plan doesn’t impress: ‘This is weak,’ commissioner says

City leaders want the $94.5 million Town Square project to finally deliver a vibrant downtown to Boynton Beach, but they said the plans they saw this week, full of apartments and parking garages, lack imagination. Instead, they want tree-lined streets, cafes, outdoor seating — something that will stop drivers from passing by. “This is weak. What you’re showing me today is weak,&rdquo...
NEW: Downtown Boca Mizner 200 high-rises approved after concessions

NEW: Downtown Boca Mizner 200 high-rises approved after concessions

A luxury high-rise condominium complex planned in downtown Boca Raton got a nod from city officials Monday after developers agreed to several changes based on criticism from neighbors. Mizner 200, a 1 million-plus square foot complex planned at 200 Southeast Mizner Boulevard near Mizner Park, was unanimously approved by the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, which just last month sent...
Under plan, Boynton police station to move north, library to be razed

Under plan, Boynton police station to move north, library to be razed

The Town Square redevelopment team failed to impress city leaders Monday night after unveiling their latest site plan for the 16 acres of land off Boynton Beach Boulevard, and instead left the commissioners calling for more imagination. However, city staff did get approval from the commissioners to start planning for a $10 million, two-story District Energy Plant on site, which would provide cold...
Looking for a job? Boynton Beach to host job fair

Looking for a job? Boynton Beach to host job fair

Looking for a job? The city is hosting a Town Square Boynton Beach Community Job Fair on Tuesday, at the Carolyn Sims Center, 225 NW 12th Ave.  Town Square is about 16 acres of land east of Interstate 95 off Boynton Beach Boulevard that will be redeveloped through a public-private partnership. The area includes the historic high school, City Hall and the police station. Full-time, part-time...
What are the seven best cities for hipsters in Palm Beach County?

What are the seven best cities for hipsters in Palm Beach County?

On the surface, Palm Beach County, with its tony island dwellers and western horse set, doesn’t automatically come to mind as a haven for hipsters, the authenticity-conscious connoisseurs of carefully curated experiences. But there are corners of the county providing places to eat, drink and do stuff with a youthful, iconoclastic flavor. The words “curated” and “artisanal&rdquo...
These two national retailers could be coming to Lantana 

These two national retailers could be coming to Lantana 

The developers of the Water Tower Commons project at the former A.G. Holley State Hospital site on Lantana Road updated town officials this week on the stores they hope to bring in.  The Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is expected to be under construction by January, Mike Langolf said on behalf of developer Ken Endelson. Other national retailers the team is in talks with are Marshalls and Ulta...
NEW: More details released in death of woman crossing tracks in Delray

NEW: More details released in death of woman crossing tracks in Delray

One year after Robin Landes was struck by a train while bar-hopping along downtown Delray Beach’s liveliest avenue, the city still awaits permission to add safety features that would prevent future tragedies. Meanwhile, more details about the deadly incident, including the fact that Landes’ blood-alcohol level exceeded the limits for driving, were released in official records. Landes,...
What Palm Beach County school was once monument to Confederate leader?

What Palm Beach County school was once monument to Confederate leader?

As the nation confronts the issue of Confederate monuments in the wake of Charlottesville and President Trump’s divisive comments, it’s a reminder that Palm Beach County grappled with another aspect of the Confederate legacy in 2005. RELATED: RICK CHRISTIE: Removing Confederate monuments is not removing history
Is saga done? Judge denies bond, Dalia Dippolito heading to prison

Is saga done? Judge denies bond, Dalia Dippolito heading to prison

After eight years, three trials, two sentences and at least one book in the case that sparked both a reality television show and a reality television show defense, the saga of Dalia Dippolito’s 2009 caught-on-camera plot to murder her husband could finally be over. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley in a scathing 24-page ruling on Wednesday denied Dippolito’s request to go free...
No jumping: Photos a reminder of treacherous waters at Boynton Inlet

No jumping: Photos a reminder of treacherous waters at Boynton Inlet

About a month ago The Palm Beach Post ran photos of youngsters committing what residents may not even know is a crime: Jumping off the sand transfer pump house, the jetty and the bridge at the Boynton Inlet. It sure looks like fun, but it’s illegal per state statute and county ordinance. And, it’s just dangerous. The Post has reported on several near drownings at or near the inlet including ...
Palm Beach County Jewish leaders ‘deeply concerned’ over Nazi symbolism

Palm Beach County Jewish leaders ‘deeply concerned’ over Nazi symbolism

To many people, the sight of neo-Nazis openly marching through an American city, particularly some 72 years after Allied forces fought Hitler in World War II, is unfathomable. RELATED: Charlottesville victim’s Florida father:’She died doing what she loved’ But to some members of the local Jewish community, the disturbing events last weekend in Charlottesville, Va. are evidence not...
When and where? Delray downtown paid parking plan taking shape

When and where? Delray downtown paid parking plan taking shape

Free night parking on the main avenue in downtown Delray Beach is on the brink of extinction. Details still need to be ironed out, but meters paid by smartphone application will likely line Atlantic Avenue west of Swinton Avenue, city leaders decided Tuesday. Meters will also be placed on side streets and lots one block north and south of Atlantic Avenue. » READ: Shhhh! Five secret (and free)...
Boynton Beach’s new electric car hits the streets Wednesday 

Boynton Beach’s new electric car hits the streets Wednesday 

The city’s first electric car will hit the streets Wednesday.  The lucky man behind the wheel? Joshua Mangone, the city’s electrical plan review and inspector.  Mangone got his first look at the Nissan Leaf on Tuesday in the City Hall parking lot after Andrew Mack, the city’s director of development, tossed him the keys. “I think it’s awesome,” Mangone...
Downtown Delray parking: Meters are coming. So is enforcement.

Downtown Delray parking: Meters are coming. So is enforcement.

DELRAY BEACH — Expect to soon see parking meters along Atlantic Avenue and nearby lots, and more parking tickets handed out to those who violate the rules. The city commission on Tuesday directed city staff put together a plan that includes: Parking meters along Atlantic Avenue from the Intracoastal Waterway to Swinton Avenue Meters on side street parkingspots one block north and south...
This $3.8 million Boca waterfront home will be auctioned off

This $3.8 million Boca waterfront home will be auctioned off

BOCA RATON — A home in the luxury enclave The Sanctuary of Boca Raton will be auctioned off and sold to the highest bidder this month, Miami-based real estate firm Platinum Luxury Auctions says. The 5,000-square-foot, five bedroom, six bathroom home faces the Intracoastal Waterway at Northeast 45th Road, off Federal Highway just south of Yamato Road.  Previously offered for $3...
I-95 lane, ramp closures in Boca this week for Spanish River project

I-95 lane, ramp closures in Boca this week for Spanish River project

BOCA RATON — Several lanes and ramps in both directions of Interstate 95 will close overnight through Friday as the last leg of the Spanish River interchange project continues, the Florida Department of Transportation reports. The $69 million project to add Boca Raton’s fifth Interstate 95 interchange at Spanish River Boulevard is in its third year. Construction will last through...
NEW: July overdose numbers in Delray Beach released

NEW: July overdose numbers in Delray Beach released

There were fewer drug overdoses in Delray Beach last month than there were during a record-breaking July 2016, according to police. Some other numbers: - There have been 465 overdoses this year through July. There were 690 in all of 2016. - July marks the first time in four months Delray has seen a drop in numbers. - There was only one overdose death in July, compared to seven last year. Meanwhile...
New civil, criminal details in Delray Lamborghini crash

New civil, criminal details in Delray Lamborghini crash

While a civil case filed against a health mogul Roger Wittenberns — who wrecked his yellow Lamborghini in a deadly Delray Beach collision — seemingly nears a close, the State Attorney’s Office is steadily building a criminal case. Wittenberns, a retired Delray Beach resident who founded a multi-million dollar health-club empire, faces several charges that include DUI manslaughter...
NEW: Mother of teen named in fatal crash suit with Lyft needs lawyer

NEW: Mother of teen named in fatal crash suit with Lyft needs lawyer

When lawyers sued Jimmy Aguirre, the Greenacres teen in whose truck a 13-year-old girl died in a crash, his mother did something unusual in court protocol. Melissa Aguirre submitted a document, duly filed by clerks, in which she hand-scrawled, in Spanish, that she didn’t have a lawyer and couldn’t afford one, and “if the court could provide me with one it would be very helpful.&rdquo...
Woman fatally overdoses at sober home linked to ex-Chatman operative

Woman fatally overdoses at sober home linked to ex-Chatman operative

A former top-level employee at Kenny Chatman’s corrupt Reflections Treatment Center is now running a Boynton Beach sober home where a 26-year-old woman fatally overdosed a week ago. Anthony Jackson, 51, was Reflections’ program director, responsible for overseeing treatment for the facility’s patients before it was shut down last year. He’s also the owner of Pantherview...
NEW DETAILS: How fast was Lamborghini going before fatal Delray wreck?

NEW DETAILS: How fast was Lamborghini going before fatal Delray wreck?

Roger Wittenberns told police he was going no more than 30 mph on Federal Highway near Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach when his Lamborghini rammed into an SUV driven by an 82-year-old man in September, killing him. But witnesses to the deadly wreck described the sight as a race between luxury cars along with reckless driving, according to court records released by the Palm Beach County State Attorney&rsquo...
Police: Boynton woman with driving ban flees police, causes wreck

Police: Boynton woman with driving ban flees police, causes wreck

A Boynton Beach woman whose driver’s license was suspended for 10 years in 2009 and who has five convictions of driving with a suspended license was arrested Tuesday after she fled police then caused a crash that left a man with serious injuries, according to a police report. Lakisha Shante Frazier, 28, is facing charges of fleeing and eluding police causing injury or death, driving with a suspended...
Identity of Dalia Dippolito’s baby’s father revealed during hearing

Identity of Dalia Dippolito’s baby’s father revealed during hearing

It will be another several days at least before Dalia Dippolito will find out whether a Palm Beach County judge will allow her to return home on house arrest or force her to go to prison as she pursues a second round of appeals in her murder solicitation case. Lawyers for Dippolito on Thursday made their last pitch for her freedom to Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley in a hearing that brought with it the...
NEW: Driver in Lamborghini Delray crash settles lawsuit with family

NEW: Driver in Lamborghini Delray crash settles lawsuit with family

A health mogul who wrecked his yellow Lamborghini while driving with a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit settled a lawsuit with the family of an 82-year-old man killed in the Delray Beach crash, court records show. Roger Wittenberns, embroiled in criminal and civil cases stemming from the Sept. 21 crash, settled a civil lawsuit filed by the wife of J. Gerald Smith for an undisclosed...
NEW: Man accused of using knife to rob boy, 14, in Lake Worth

NEW: Man accused of using knife to rob boy, 14, in Lake Worth

A homeless man was arrested after he robbed a 14-year-old boy of $10 while using a knife, according to an arrest report. Derick Darby, 37, is facing a charge of robbery with a weapon and remains in the Palm Beach County Jail after he refused to appear at his bond hearing Wednesday morning. The robbery took place in the 700 block of Eighth Street South in Lake Worth about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The boy...
New construction: What’s The Club at Boynton Beach on Federal Highway?

New construction: What’s The Club at Boynton Beach on Federal Highway?

A six-story assisted living facility and memory care building is under construction on Federal Highway just north of Woolbright Road. The Club At Boynton Beach should be complete within 16 months, said part-owner Oliver VonTroll. VonTroll bought the land at 623 S. Federal Highway nearly a decade ago, and tried building condos before the market crashed. He had 70 percent...
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