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BREAKING NEWS: Dalia Dippolito sentenced to 16 years in prison

BREAKING NEWS: Dalia Dippolito sentenced to 16 years in prison

Dalia Dippolito, the 34-year-old former Boynton Beach newlywed convicted for a second time in the 2009 murder plot to kill her husband, will spend the next 16 years of her life in prison. With his sentence, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley denied prosecutors’ request for him to exceed the 20-year sentence that Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath previously gave Dippolito in 2011 and rejected...
Boynton leaders agree: Condos are out, luxury apartments are in

Boynton leaders agree: Condos are out, luxury apartments are in

The builder of a development going up on the city’s west end might not be able to quench Boynton Beach’s need for homes people can buy, but promised that the apartment complexes it will build instead will be luxurious and half as dense, putting less strain on city roads and services. With that promise in hand, the city commission this past week agreed in a...
What were they like? Coach recalls Venus, Serena’s youth in Delray

What were they like? Coach recalls Venus, Serena’s youth in Delray

From the streets of Compton to the courts of Wimbledon. That’s how most people tell the story of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams. But that leaves out one important stop: The formative tween years the sisters spent on the pothole-covered hard courts at Pompey Park, honing their staggering fusion of speed and strength in Delray Beach before they went pro. How did two girls from...
After shooting, ‘Stop the Violence’ basketball tournament in Delray

After shooting, ‘Stop the Violence’ basketball tournament in Delray

Residents of southern Palm Beach County and police officers will gather in Delray Beach on Saturday for a basketball tournament aimed at discouraging gun violence, a timely conversation given a fatal shooting Tuesday night. This is the second year of the “Stop the Violence” tournament, in which men from Delray Beach and Boynton Beach face off on the community’s courts with police...
Delray man, 19, latest victim in long-running feud between two groups

Delray man, 19, latest victim in long-running feud between two groups

The body count in a long-time feud pitting two Delray Beach families is going up. A 19-year-old man shot to death outside a church Tuesday afternoon was likely targeted in retaliation for the unsolved murder last year of 30-year-old Jarvis Collins, Delray Beach Police Chief Jeff Goldman said. The man killed Tuesday, Branden Newman, is a former Atlantic High School student who was shot...
Delray, Boynton first in state to set standards for sober homes

Delray, Boynton first in state to set standards for sober homes

Delray Beach and Boynton Beach on Tuesday passed rules that make them the first cities in Florida to force sober homes to meet standards that would protect recovering addicts in order to stay open. The cities crafted and passed similar regulations that force sober homes to certify with state-designated nonprofit Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR), or prove they meet the business and...
NEW: Man, 19, identified by Delray police as victim in Tuesday murder

NEW: Man, 19, identified by Delray police as victim in Tuesday murder

A man murdered outside a Delray Beach church Tuesday afternoon has been identified by police as Branden Newman, 19. Newman was one of three people shot in the incident, according to Delray Beach Police Chief Jeff Goldman. The other two individuals are hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, but are not being named for their own protection. The shootings took place in front of St. John...
You can putt for free in Boca at Mizner Park’s new mini-golf greens

You can putt for free in Boca at Mizner Park’s new mini-golf greens

Putt’n On The Plaza, a free min–golf course at Mizner Park in downtown Boca Raton, recently opened. (Contributed) BOCA RATON — Grab a club and take a swing at Mizner Park’s new — free — mini-golf putting green. The downtown plaza added a small, complimentary course, called “Putt’n On The Plaza,” with clubs and balls...
Vandals disrupt public pool in Boynton Beach

Vandals disrupt public pool in Boynton Beach

Boynton Beach public pool employees have found trash, glass and various pool equipment that has been thrown into the water overnight during the past six weeks, Boynton’s Recreation Superintendent Amy Blackman confirmed. An unknown person or persons have sneaked into the John Denson pool area overnight, presumably by jumping the fence, and thrown all items that aren’t bolted down into the...
BREAKING: Delray will sue Big Pharma for ‘scourge of opioid addiction’

BREAKING: Delray will sue Big Pharma for ‘scourge of opioid addiction’

The opioid epidemic has caused financial and emotional strain on the people of Delray Beach, and its leaders want accountability and restitution. That’s why the Delray Beach commission Tuesday decided to sue drug makers for the part they played in the heroin crisis. It is the first city in Florida to take such action. “With virtually no help from our federal government and little...
POST TIME: 50 years ago, tragedy spurred creation of Boca hospital

POST TIME: 50 years ago, tragedy spurred creation of Boca hospital

Readers: Half a century ago, Boca Raton didn’t have a hospital. When it finally got one, the moment honored two children who might have been saved. Here’s more from an Oct. 18, 2012 column. In September 1962, 351 Boca Raton-area residents formed the Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League. Their goal: to raise money to build a hospital. Debbie and Rand were Debra Ann Drummond, 9, and her brother...
Duane Owen fights to get off death row for two vicious 1984 murders

Duane Owen fights to get off death row for two vicious 1984 murders

Thirty-three years after Duane Owen fatally stabbed a Delray Beach babysitter and bludgeoned to death a Boca Raton single mother, his lawyers were back in court Tuesday, trying to persuade a Palm Beach County judge he didn’t deserve to die for his horrific deeds. Like other death row inmates, the now 56-year-old Owen is trying to take advantage of recent Florida and U.S. supreme court...
Gov. Rick Scott will visit this Boca Raton-based business to talk job growth

Gov. Rick Scott will visit this Boca Raton-based business to talk job growth

Gov. Rick Scott speaks to employees at RGF Environmental Groupd in Riviera Beach, Florida on May 3, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) BOCA RATON — Gov. Rick Scott will visit the corporate headquarters of Orangetheory Fitness, a national fitness franchise based in Boca Raton, to highlight job growth Wednesday afternoon. Scott will speak at the fitness...
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...
BurgerFi to open in Boynton Beach next week

BurgerFi to open in Boynton Beach next week

Image of a BurgerFi. (Phil Scavo) It’s been in the works for at least 10 months, but Boynton Beach residents will finally be able to eat at BurgerFi next week. Owner Phil Scavo plans to open his restaurant in Renaissance Commons on Monday. Scavo built the restaurant in about 3,000 square feet of space taken from the 6,000-square-foot ...
Bra-clad PBSO official spurs query about DNA used to solve 1975 murder

Bra-clad PBSO official spurs query about DNA used to solve 1975 murder

A photo of a Palm Beach County sheriff’s official posing in a murdered woman’s brassiere raises questions about the veracity of DNA evidence that detectives claim they used to link a death row inmate to a long unsolved slaying, a defense attorney told a judge Thursday. Attorney Joe Walsh, who represents 71-year-old James Franklin Rose on charges that he raped, beat and fatally...
Could Arts Warehouse in downtown Delray be ‘catalyst’ for art scene?

Could Arts Warehouse in downtown Delray be ‘catalyst’ for art scene?

Delray Beach has always seen itself as an arts destination, a place artists would flock to and flourish. But so far the image is only skin deep. Seeking to propel the city deeper into the art world, the Community Redevelopment Agency bought a massive abandonned warehouse that is now poised to become a city-subsidized incubator for emerging artists. The Arts Warehouse is a 15,000-square-foot space...
Boynton Beach’s Ocean One project gets $4.5 million go ahead

Boynton Beach’s Ocean One project gets $4.5 million go ahead

The path to building an eight-story apartment building with space for retail and restaurants has been cleared now that Boynton Beach officials have agreed to pay the developer about $4.5 million over the next several years. Davis Camalier’s Ocean One at the southeast corner of Boynton Beach Boulevard and Federal Highway will have 231...
BREAKING: Sister of missing Delray woman files for control of property

BREAKING: Sister of missing Delray woman files for control of property

The sister of Isabella Hellmann has filed in court to protect the assets of the suburban Delray Beach real estate broker reported lost at sea in May, court records show. Palm Beach County court documents also show papers were served on Lewis Bennett, Hellmann’s newlywed husband, who said in a June Facebook posting he has gone to England with the couple’s infant child. The sister&rsquo...
Three-course meal in Delray for $20? Yes, it’s coming

Three-course meal in Delray for $20? Yes, it’s coming

A crowd gathers outside City Oyster on Atlantic Avenue. (Photo by Lannis Waters/ The Palm Beach Post) DELRAY BEACH — You can treat yourself to a meal at downtown Delray Beach’s most popular (and pricey) destinations for cheap this summer. But only for a week. Restaurant Week, when more than 35 popular downtown restaurants, juice bars and cafes offer discounted multi-course...
Boynton officials plan $1.3M makeover to Sara Sims Park

Boynton officials plan $1.3M makeover to Sara Sims Park

Heart of Boynton Beach residents rejoice: After years of apparent neglect, Sara Sims Park will likely undergo a $1.3 million update this year that aims to make the place cleaner, safer, and more enjoyable for children and their families. City officials must approve this year’s budget first, but in it are plans for the Community Redevelopment Agency to pay $600,000...
Boynton police honor school counselor for pulling man from burning car

Boynton police honor school counselor for pulling man from burning car

Late for work one day in April, Edgar Baez called his boss and blamed traffic for the delay. Yes, there was a backup on Congress Avenue caused by a car crash. But what really delayed Baez was his impulse to rush to rescue the driver from that crash. Baez and his mom were on their way to Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch before work when they saw the wreck. “I heard a horn and saw a man slumped over...
Tapas restaurant to open soon in historic Boynton Beach cottage

Tapas restaurant to open soon in historic Boynton Beach cottage

The owner of Fork Play in the historic Ruth Jones Cottage expects the restaurant to be open for business by the end of September at the latest. Lisa Mercado will bring the kitchen and dining room expertise she gained from running The Living Room on Congress Avenue to the site at 480 E. Ocean Ave. Fork Play will offer small plates, commonly...
Family thought Boynton girl who died in wreck was asleep in bed

Family thought Boynton girl who died in wreck was asleep in bed

Josie Saint Fleur thought her 13-year-old daughter was home asleep, right up until she learned Karenine Saint Louis was dead. The straight-A student was killed before dawn Sunday when a car driven by a 17-year-old her mother doesn’t know lost control on a wet road west of Lantana and slammed into two trees, authorities say. “Our heart is breaking in two,” aunt Marie Wislaine Bontemps...
Scores strip club faces second suit over drunken patron who died

Scores strip club faces second suit over drunken patron who died

For the second time in less than two years, a Palm Springs strip club has been accused of causing the death of a patron who died in an alcohol-fueled traffic accident. A case now winding its way through Palm Beach County Circuit Court claims Scores Palm Beach should have stopped serving Jeremy Standridge before he became inebriated. The 26-year-old mechanic died in a March 2016 single-vehicle crash...
Boynton group opposes changes for more rentals and no condos

Boynton group opposes changes for more rentals and no condos

The District at Cortina apartments, shown here on July 6, 2017, is under construction in Boynton Beach. (Alexandra Seltzer / The Palm Beach Post) A group of Boynton Beach residents have created an online petition against proposed changes to the incoming Cortina residential project off Congress Avenue. A developer wants to build more than 300...
Share your thoughts on Boca’s waterfront redesign at visioning session

Share your thoughts on Boca’s waterfront redesign at visioning session

Chris Beenan (left) and Beth Domino, both of western Boca Raton, stare out at the ocean at South Beach Park. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post) BOCA RATON — Have a vision for Boca Raton’s 300 acres of waterfront green space? Residents have the opportunity to share ideas and feedback on the city’s plan to connect and upgrade its 14 coastal parks...
It’s really happening. Delray iPic broke ground last week

It’s really happening. Delray iPic broke ground last week

A rendering of iPic Entertainment theater complex planned for downtown Delray Beach. (Contributed)   DELRAY BEACH — After three years of back-and-forth between city officials and the people behind a luxury movie theater planned in the heart of downtown Delray Beach, construction began on the project Wednesday. Developer Samuel & Associates broke ground on the 50,000-square-foot...
Boynton Beach’s medical pot laws scratched by state

Boynton Beach’s medical pot laws scratched by state

Boynton Beach officials wanted to be ahead of the game when medical marijuana dispensaries begin setting up shop in the wake of voter approval last fall. While other governments enacted temporary bans on these businesses, Boynton sought to craft rules dictating how many of the dispensaries could open in the city and where. But...
Delray inches closer to demanding sober home certification

Delray inches closer to demanding sober home certification

City leaders took the first step in adopting regulations that would compel sober homes in Delray Beach to prove they are up to snuff or close down. On Thursday, city commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance that would require recovery residences to prove they meet various business and housing standards. They could do that by either seeking the voluntary certification offered by a state-designated...
Parking meters downtown could net Delray $3 million a year

Parking meters downtown could net Delray $3 million a year

Delray Beach wants to nix free parking and add meters to its 3,000-plus city-owned spots downtown. (Melanie Bell / The Palm Beach Post)   DELRAY BEACH — A plan to place parking meters at more than 2,000 free spots in downtown Delray Beach could net the city more than $3.15 million a year if it charges. City leaders are mulling over the idea of adding...
Boynton could lose houses to apartments furthering crunch for homes

Boynton could lose houses to apartments furthering crunch for homes

When commissioners approved a massive development at the northeast corner of Congress Avenue and Old Boynton Road , the goal was to give residents starved for housing options hundreds of new condos and single-family houses to choose from. Two years into the Cortina project, the city is being asked to approve changes to those plans that would...
Low-priced Whole Foods, other restaurants coming to Delray Beach

Low-priced Whole Foods, other restaurants coming to Delray Beach

A rendering of a redevelopment planned at Delray Plaza, at 600 W. Linton Blvd. The new plaza will bring in a 365 by Whole Foods Market. (Courtesy of S.J. Collins Enterprises) DELRAY BEACH — A smaller, low-priced version of the popular grocery chain Whole Foods, along with other new restaurants, will open in Delray Beach once a plaza on Linton Boulevard is redeveloped...
Delray Housing Authority finds new home after storm destroyed old one

Delray Housing Authority finds new home after storm destroyed old one

Delray Beach Housing Authority’s new office space on Northwest Fifth Avenue in downtown Delray Beach. (Contributed) DELRAY BEACH — After  Hurricane Wilma destroyed the Delray Beach Housing Authority’s offices more than a decade ago, the organization exhausted its resources putting roofs over the heads of families in need, and long ignored its...
Relief coming to drivers of Flakowitz parking lot west of Boynton

Relief coming to drivers of Flakowitz parking lot west of Boynton

The owners of the Flakowitz restaurant shopping center off Boynton Beach Boulevard aim to make parking for a bagel and schmear — or any other item sold in there — a tad less treacherous by building a separate parking lot for employees. It’s needed. Drivers circled the lot Wednesday like sharks waiting for the rarest prey: an empty space. Read: Boynton’s Flakowitz parking lot...
Boynton Beach gym invites adults to exercise with their children

Boynton Beach gym invites adults to exercise with their children

Finding time for mom and dad to work out in the summer can be difficult. What about the kids? Billy Wheeler thinks he has the answer. The owner of Primal Fitness in Boynton Beach is telling the adults to bring their kids, so the youngsters can learn how to properly exercise and take care of their bodies, too. The program is a hit, Wheeler said...
Abandoned, underweight dog recovering after found by Boynton resident

Abandoned, underweight dog recovering after found by Boynton resident

Becca (Handout) An abandoned dog found wandering a Boynton Beach street last week is on her way back to health thanks to a Boynton resident and the Tri-County Animal Rescue. Alisha Zucarro found the 30-pound boxer-mix walking alone without a collar or leash in her neighborhood one day last week. “It looked scared and starved,” Zucarro said in a...
EXCLUSIVE: Dippolito witness, Shihadeh, linked to woman’s drug death

EXCLUSIVE: Dippolito witness, Shihadeh, linked to woman’s drug death

Early one Tuesday in March, a 34-year-old homeless married mother of three lay cold — as still as a mannequin, a witness would later tell police — on the bare chest of a virtual stranger in a borrowed bed inside a $70-a-night motel room. Linda Lavell was dead by the time Boynton Beach police arrived, but the man below her was still breathing. It wasn’t long before detectives...
One-time Boynton commissioner gets fined again for campaign documents

One-time Boynton commissioner gets fined again for campaign documents

More than a year after his failed run to become Boynton Beach’s mayor, one-time city commissioner David Merker is still feeling the sting of his loss - a $1,200 sting. The insurance agent was fined that sum by the Florida Elections Commission in April for errors on about a dozen of his 2016 campaign reports. Specifically, he failed to include details regarding the...
‘Boca Raton Bowl Idol’: Want to sing the anthem at the big game?

‘Boca Raton Bowl Idol’: Want to sing the anthem at the big game?

Marshall fans cheer during first half action during the Boca Raton Bowl between Northern Illinois University Huskies and The Herd of Marshall in Boca Raton, Fla., on Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post) BOCA RATON — If you’ve got singing chops and aren’t shy in front of hundreds, if not thousands, of collegiate football fans, ...
Where to see Fourth of July fireworks in south Palm Beach County

Where to see Fourth of July fireworks in south Palm Beach County

Fourth of July Fireworks light the night sky over Delray Beach in 2014. Photo by Aaron Lurie, VMA Studio DELRAY BEACH — Looking for a way to ring in Fourth of July? There’s plenty to do that holiday evening in southern Palm Beach County, with celebrations that include live music, fireworks and activities for children planned in Delray Beach, Boca Raton and west of Boca...
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...
Boynton Beach offers surf camp for kids in July

Boynton Beach offers surf camp for kids in July

Ten-year-old Solenne Simon catches a wave during Hula Surf School at Oceanfront Park in Boynton Beach Monday, July 21, 2014. At left is Hula Surf School owner Reinaldo Schiavinato. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post) Boynton Beach with Hula Surf and Paddle School is hosting a Surf Camp starting in July. The camp will be held at Oceanfront Park, 6415 N. Ocean Blvd., from Monday...
Soil and Water Conservation District opposes GL Homes’ Ag Reserve plan

Soil and Water Conservation District opposes GL Homes’ Ag Reserve plan

GL Homes’ proposal to build more in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve has drawn additional opposition, this time from the Soil and Water Conservation District. The builder plans to ask the county to allow it to preserve land it owns in The Acreage/Loxahatchee area in exchange for permission to build more in the Ag Reserve, a 22,000-acre farming and land-conservation zone west of...
NEW: Missing Delray woman’s husband: Contrary to reports, I loved her

NEW: Missing Delray woman’s husband: Contrary to reports, I loved her

Lewis Bennett, whose wife’s vanishing at sea has sparked two federal investigations, said this week, in his first formal public comment, that he has returned to England with the suburban Delray Beach couple’s daughter and “must take a step back from the world of social media.” The one thing Bennett doesn’t address in Wednesday’s Facebook posting: the circumstances...
Five secret — and free — places to park in downtown Delray Beach

Five secret — and free — places to park in downtown Delray Beach

Delray Beach wants to eliminate free parking and add meters to its 3,000-plus city-owned spots downtown. (Melanie Bell / The Palm Beach Post) DELRAY BEACH — Downtown parking can be a pain. And pretty soon it’ll be a strain on your wallet too. The city is considering adding parking meters to 3,000-plus free parking spots in downtown Delray Beach. When they...
UPDATE: Two released from hospital after dock collapse in Boca

UPDATE: Two released from hospital after dock collapse in Boca

The condominium management group at the gated Boca Bayou complex is responsible for maintaining and inspecting a dock that collapsed sending 13 people into the waters and two to the hospital, city officials say. The two have since been released from the hospital, fire rescue spokesman Bob Lemons said. The city inspected the dock when it was first built, said city spokeswoman Chrissy Gibson. &ldquo...
Whose responsibility is it to maintain Boca dock that collapsed?

Whose responsibility is it to maintain Boca dock that collapsed?

The condominium management group at the gated Boca Bayou complex is responsible for maintaining and inspecting a dock that collapsed sending 13 people into the waters and two to the hospital. The city inspected the dock when it was first built, said city spokeswoman Chrissy Gibson. “But it’s a private dock,” she said. “It’s their responsibility to maintain it.&rdquo...
Boynton Police: Card skimmer found at Congress Avenue gas station

Boynton Police: Card skimmer found at Congress Avenue gas station

Skimmer (BBPD) A card skimmer was found at a Mobil gas station on Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach. Read more Breaking News here. City police are asking anyone who has noticed a fraudulent purchase on their card between June 1 and June 25 to call Det. Ramos at (561) 732-8116. The gas station is at  4798 N. Congress Ave., at Hypoluxo Road.
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...
Why is Boynton Beach having its Fourth of July celebration on July 1?

Why is Boynton Beach having its Fourth of July celebration on July 1?

070416 PBDN Meghan McCarthy Fireworks explode over the Intracoastal Waterway during Fourth On Flagler Monday July 4, 2016. Last year, Boynton Beach held its Fourth of July celebration and fireworks event on July 4. It was a Monday. And it was a late night. The next day, parents asked the city if they’d move future July 4th events to the weekend. So now, this year’s celebration...
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...
Deadline looming to join Boynton Beach’s teen police academy

Deadline looming to join Boynton Beach’s teen police academy

Teen Police Academy. (Handout: Boynton Beach Police) The deadline to register for the  Boynton Beach Police Department’s Teen Police Academy is Monday. The program is July 31 through Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Intracoastal Park for teens ages 14-16. The academy will provide youth a hands-on opportunity to learn how the ...
FAU sues to fire campus cop who threatened to shoot lieutenant

FAU sues to fire campus cop who threatened to shoot lieutenant

The trustees of Florida Atlantic University are asking a Palm Beach County circuit judge to reverse an arbitrator’s decision that forced them to reinstate a campus cop who was fired after he threatened to shoot a fellow officer. In a lawsuit filed this month, the board of the Boca Raton-based university claims it should not have been forced to rehire officer William Hernandez Jr., an 18-year...
Delray board rejects historic district redevelopment: ‘It’s too much’

Delray board rejects historic district redevelopment: ‘It’s too much’

A Delray Beach board shot down a controversial proposal to redevelop the Swinton Avenue corridor downtown piecemeal after nearly nine hours of deliberation split into two nights. Members of the city’s Historic Preservation Board, which met Monday and Tuesday, complimented parts of Midtown Delray Beach, the $140 million plan to restore and relocate some of the historic homes along Swinton Avenue...
NEW: Sober-home regulation starts Saturday with new Florida law

NEW: Sober-home regulation starts Saturday with new Florida law

Florida’s burgeoning sober-home industry, fraught with fraud, will soon see oversight, as Gov. Rick Scott signed a sober home cleanup bill into law Monday. The law targets shady marketing practices, including kickbacks and patient brokering, that draw addicts to seemingly unregulated sober homes and treatment facilities throughout the state with the promise of recovery. Palm Beach...
Bees swarm, kill dog in Boca Raton backyard: ‘They were relentless’

Bees swarm, kill dog in Boca Raton backyard: ‘They were relentless’

The scratches on the French doors that lead to Debbie Leonard’s Boca Raton backyard and the slew of dead bees scattered on the floor are harsh reminders of something dog owners fear, but rarely expect. “My kids won’t go in the backyard anymore,” said Leonard, a local Realtor. That’s where her 7-year-old dog Delilah was viciously swarmed by bees while roaming the backyard...
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...
‘High quality’ lakeside restaurant could be coming to Boynton soon

‘High quality’ lakeside restaurant could be coming to Boynton soon

Gateway Boulevard just west of Interstate 95 heading both east and west is packed with restaurants, shops, grocery stores and just about everything else. As if there wasn’t already enough to choose from, a land owner is proposing to build on the last vacant piece of property in the Quantum Park and Village South development and turn it into a “high quality...
One restaurant closes, another opens in Boynton’s Renaissance Commons

One restaurant closes, another opens in Boynton’s Renaissance Commons

Grilled-cheese sandwich lovers have a limited time in Boynton Beach to buy their favorite sandwich from MELT “Crafted Grilled Cheese.” The restaurant in Renaissance Commons, which opened in 2014, will close Sunday. The menu includes a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches, chopped salads and side dishes. Examples of sandwiches on the menu: ...
Delray rolls out its $31 million penny sales tax spending wish list

Delray rolls out its $31 million penny sales tax spending wish list

Delray Beach has secured a $31 million bond that it expects to pay back in the next decade with money from the countywide penny sales tax increase. That chunk of change will likely pay for several Delray projects that have long-awaited money, such as a new fire station, roadway and infrastructure improvements and the addition of parking meters downtown, according to city officials. Palm Beach County&rsquo...
NEW: Boca eatery fires employee for confronting breast-feeding patron

NEW: Boca eatery fires employee for confronting breast-feeding patron

A sensitive and controversial debate about breastfeeding in public was sparked online after a mother’s claim she was kicked out of a Boca Raton restaurant by an employee when she breast-fed her infant. The employee was fired and the restaurant issued a public apology, but controversy continues as the popular restaurant’s Facebook page has become a battleground for public debates....
Developer wants to demolish building to build convenience store, gas station west of Boynton

Developer wants to demolish building to build convenience store, gas station west of Boynton

Rendering of what the 7-11 could look like in the Boynton West Shopping Center on Military Trail. (Handout: COBWRA) Palm Beach County commissioners will decide in July whether a  7-11 convenience store and gas station will be built at Military Trail and Boynton Beach Boulevard. Read: Upscale projects envisioned for west Boynton Beach Boulevard The proposal...
Palm Beach County vacation rentals a target for scammers 

Palm Beach County vacation rentals a target for scammers 

The 7,000-square-foot, 5-bedroom vacation rental property, Chevrier later learned, was used earlier this month to host a “mansion party” for hundreds of guests, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage. Chevrier told police that dozens of items were stolen during the party, including a 48-inch flat screen television, a $1,700 telescope, a Nespresso coffee machine, and a surf board...
Delray police seek men who injured, robbed elderly woman at Walgreens

Delray police seek men who injured, robbed elderly woman at Walgreens

A surveillance image of two men who allegedly robbed an elderly woman in Delray Beach on Friday, June 23, 2017. Police are looking for the men. (Delray Beach Police Department)   DELRAY BEACH — City police are looking for two men captured on video knocking an elderly woman to the ground and robbing her Friday afternoon at a local Walgreens, the...
Don’t hate! Delray green bike paths nationally recognized for safety

Don’t hate! Delray green bike paths nationally recognized for safety

The bright green bike paths in one of Delray Beach’s northern neighborhoods may not be well-liked by everyone — but they landed the city national recognition. A report by nonprofit research firm Smart Growth America graded cities throughout the United States on a 0-to-100 scale on the implementation of “Complete Streets” policies — an effort to emphasize bicycle and pedestrian...
Driver crashes into City Mattress sign, flips over in Boynton Beach

Driver crashes into City Mattress sign, flips over in Boynton Beach

One man was taken to a local hospital this morning after he lost control of his car and crashed into a City Mattress store sign on Boynton Beach Boulevard, police said. Read the latest Breaking News from The Post. The wreck, just north of Congress Avenue, happened at about 8:45 a.m. Boynton Beach Police Officer Ray Thomas said he believes the driver of a Jeep Latitude “passed out at the wheel...
He overdosed twice in 24 hours, then came back to thank his rescuers

He overdosed twice in 24 hours, then came back to thank his rescuers

While responding to drug-overdose calls several times a day, it’s not unheard of for paramedics to save the life of one person only to have that same person overdose again within 24 hours. But it is rare for that person to get sober, and then want to meet the team that saved his life. It happened with Steve Sundquist in Boynton Beach. One day in March he was found...
Mark Bellissimo’s attorney arrested; allegedly grabbed and shook woman

Mark Bellissimo’s attorney arrested; allegedly grabbed and shook woman

Mark Bellissimo’s longtime attorney Dan Rosenbaum was arrested this week after he grabbed a woman out of her seat and shook her, according to an arrest report. Rosenbaum went into an Urgent Care facility in Boca Raton on Tuesday morning and started to yell at a man and a woman in the waiting room, the report said. The woman’s name was redacted from the report. He then grabbed the woman...
Delray officer weeps at driver’s bond hearing in fatal Key West crash

Delray officer weeps at driver’s bond hearing in fatal Key West crash

The judge hadn’t called Lacy Marie Morris’ hearing in Monroe County court on Thursday, but tears were already coming from Delray Beach Police employees. The woman who police say drove with drugs and alcohol in her system and caused the April 8 wreck that killed Officer Christine Braswell, 40, sat within feet of them for the first time. That alone prompted the emotion. “To hear (Morris&rsquo...
SNEAK PEEK: Delray $80 million patient tower ‘more hotel than hospital’

SNEAK PEEK: Delray $80 million patient tower ‘more hotel than hospital’

Now equipped with private patient rooms and a rooftop helipad for quicker transports, Delray Medical Center will soon open its largest expansion since the hospital was built in 1982. The July 11 opening of the $80 million patient tower promises to impress. The four-story tower adds a new, larger main entrance, 96 private patient rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, a cardiovascular clinic, five-level...
Boynton becoming a brewery and now barbecue destination

Boynton becoming a brewery and now barbecue destination

For a couple years now Boynton Beach has unofficially been the city of breweries. It all started with Due South Brewing. Now Boynton has Devour, Copperpoint, NOBO, and even NonProphet, which is a brewery but not your typical beer brewery. That’s five “breweries.” READ: Boynton Beach to get second ‘bad to the bone’ barbecue spot But now I’m beginning to think there&rsquo...
New rules for sober homes get first approval in Boynton Beach

New rules for sober homes get first approval in Boynton Beach

With just one more vote from the city’s officials, business owners that plan to open sober homes in Boynton Beach will have to get them certified with the local nonprofit Florida Association of Recovery Residences. The organization already regulates sober homes, but under a voluntary program, with the state. Read: What two south county cities are doing to regulate...
Boynton Beach park outfitted with solar tree; solar canopy coming

Boynton Beach park outfitted with solar tree; solar canopy coming

Boynton Beach’s Oceanfront Park now has a solar tree thanks to those Boynton residents who chose to pay an extra $9 on their monthly Florida Power & Light bills. The tree will also have brick pavers, benches, phone charges and educational boards. And, there’s more to come. FPL plans to install solar canopies at both Oceanfront Park, 6415 N. Ocean Blvd., and...
Anthony Pugliese owes Subway estate $13 million, judge rules

Anthony Pugliese owes Subway estate $13 million, judge rules

Delray Beach developer Anthony Pugliese should pay the estate of the late Subway founder Fred DeLuca nearly $13 million in connection with a failed partnership to build a sprawling community on ranch land in Central Florida, a Palm Beach County judge ruled this month. Sorting out the meaning of a verdict a jury reached in February, Circuit Judge Donald Hafele ruled that Pugliese should pay $4 million...
NEW: Bond hearing for woman accused in crash that killed Delray cop

NEW: Bond hearing for woman accused in crash that killed Delray cop

The woman accused of driving under the influence in a wreck that killed a Delray Beach police officer is expected to request a reduced bond at a hearing Thursday morning in Monroe County, her attorney told The Palm Beach Post. Lacy Marie Morris, 32, of Sugarloaf Key faces multiple charges that include DUI manslaughter in the Key West crash that killed Officer Christine Braswell in early April. Morris...
Florida’s Turnpike to grow from 6 to 10 lanes, add express lanes in south PBC

Florida’s Turnpike to grow from 6 to 10 lanes, add express lanes in south PBC

Florida’s Turnpike after express lanes and widening. (FDOT) BOCA RATON — As use of Florida’s Turnpike grows, as will its lanes from six to 10 between Glades Road and Boynton Beach Boulevard with the addition of express lanes, residents of southwestern Palm Beach County learned Monday evening.
‘Hop’ aboard the Boynton Beach brewery bus

‘Hop’ aboard the Boynton Beach brewery bus

Photo provided by the Damn Good Beer Bus A bus company is making it easier for beer-lovers to drink all the beer they want at Boynton Beach’s breweries while getting around safely.
Boynton bridges to get preventative work before replacement project

Boynton bridges to get preventative work before replacement project

Boynton Beach will pay about $50,000 to repair nine bridges, most of which were built in the 1950s and are near the end of their expected service lives. Work is expected to startin June and will last about one month, said Jeff Livergood, the city’s director of public works and engineering. READ: Closures coming for $1 million update to Boynton, Ocean Ridge bridge The need for repairs was found...
Needing restoration work, Boynton’s Mizner 1925 building has new owner

Needing restoration work, Boynton’s Mizner 1925 building has new owner

The ladies of the volunteer Boynton Woman’s Club have tried their best, but struggled, to come up with money to restore their historic 1925 building on Federal Highway. This past week, they turned to the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency with a proposal: Buy the building for $110,000 and they’ll use the money to create a scholarship trust in memory...
VIDEO: Jury takes just 90 minutes to convict Dippolito of murder solicitation

VIDEO: Jury takes just 90 minutes to convict Dippolito of murder solicitation

Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley was just about to bring Dalia Dippolito’s jury into the courtroom to send them home for the weekend when they beat him to the door with a knock After just 90 minutes of deliberations that capped six days of testimony in her murder solicitation retrial, Dippolito, 34, appeared to instinctively understand that word of a verdict that quickly did not bode well for...
Boynton officers involved in 2014 beating case have solid histories

Boynton officers involved in 2014 beating case have solid histories

The sergeant and officer who were placed on paid administrative leave last week for allegedly lying about the beating of a 25-year-old man in 2014 have fairly clean records since they started working with Boynton Beach Police more than one decade ago, according to records obtained by The Palm Beach Post. In fact, Mike Brown was named Boynton’s Officer of the Year...
Buyback of conservation zone near Boynton lauded by environmentalists

Buyback of conservation zone near Boynton lauded by environmentalists

Preservationists and environmentalists are on the verge of another victory in their quest to limit building in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve, a 22,000-acre farming and land conservation zone west of Boynton Beach and Delray Beach that has been under increasing development pressure. County commissioners advanced a proposed budget Tuesday that includes $3 million to begin...
Wake up with the birds to survive the heat

Wake up with the birds to survive the heat

In South Florida, you can’t reason with the sizzling season. You can only endure. And, maybe, outwit it. One trick to surviving summer’s smother is to get outside early in the morning, before the heat kills our will to live and before the afternoon thunderstorms start their drum rolls. In this case, early means before the sun rises, which is about 6:30 a.m. these days. So, set...
Out-of-control Boynton mansion party trashes rental home

Out-of-control Boynton mansion party trashes rental home

Steve Homrich was getting ready for bed around 9 p.m. last Friday when his dog barked, prompting him to look out his window. He knew his neighbor was allowing short-term rentals through websites such as HomeAway, but he’d never seen something like this. “It was pretty phenomenal,” Homrich said. “My wife stopped counting at 300 people.” Unbeknownst to him —...
Tony winner dropped out of Boca’s Spanish River High to pursue acting

Tony winner dropped out of Boca’s Spanish River High to pursue acting

When Rachel Bay Jones won a Tony Award  for her role in the hit musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” the former Boca Raton resident and longtime veteran of South Florida stages, thanked her grandmother. Her Nana sold her engagement ring so Jones could move to New York and pursue her Broadway dream at age 19, she told the Tony audience. Jones, 47, plays Heidi, the hard-working...
Boca Raton sees double-digit percent crime increase in 2016

Boca Raton sees double-digit percent crime increase in 2016

(Palm Beach Post file photo) BOCA RATON – There was a 13 percent increase in violent and non-violent crimes in Boca Raton last year, according to data released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Thursday.
JUST IN: Boca lifts beach swim ban after bacteria levels improve

JUST IN: Boca lifts beach swim ban after bacteria levels improve

Surfers and beachgoers at South Beach Park in Boca Raton. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post) BOCA RATON — City beaches, which were temporarily closed to swimmers, have re-opened after bacteria levels have improved, according to city officials.
Delray wants to eliminate free downtown parking, install smart meters

Delray wants to eliminate free downtown parking, install smart meters

Delray Beach may soon eliminate free street-side parking along Atlantic Avenue — and possibly the rest of downtown including the parking garages. The city commission wants to add smart parking meters to its 3,000-plus free parking spots downtown. The “smart meters” would change cost per hour depending on demand, similar to surge pricing. But city leaders want to know if the parking...
Delray to put climate change at forefront: ‘The waters are coming’

Delray to put climate change at forefront: ‘The waters are coming’

President Donald J. Trump may not be prioritizing climate change, but Delray Beach city leaders are. Mayor Cary Glickstein joined more than 300 mayors nationwide in signing a vow to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement for environmental action to combat global warming, despite Trump’s recent controversial withdrawal of the United States from the agreement. “I wonder if those other mayors...
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