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PBSO probes Lake Worth fight involving ‘Cash me Ousside’ teen

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Rick Scott eats lunch, dinner with Trump after scoring key RGA post

Rick Scott eats lunch, dinner with Trump after scoring key RGA post

Florida guys hangin’ in the Oval — Gov. Rick Scott and President Donald Trump on Saturday.

POINT OF VIEW Ride-booking legislation strikes the right balance

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) applauds state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, and state Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Clearwater, for pushing forward with both Senate Bill 340 and House Bill 221 this session to protect Floridians. The number of Floridians using transportation network companies (TNC), such as Uber or Lyft, has certainly exploded in recent years. Yet despite...
POINT OF VIEW Whose child has to die before somebody does something?

POINT OF VIEW Whose child has to die before somebody does something?

“Whose child has to die before somebody does something?” That was the question my former aide, Johnnie Easton, asked me shortly after I was elected. It was one of what would become many sleepless nights she had to call me to tell me she would be late because she was out searching the streets for her daughter, Tasha. In mid-November of 2016, she got the answer to that question. Hers. Since...
Palm Beach County aims to weigh benefits of Trump visits against costs

Palm Beach County aims to weigh benefits of Trump visits against costs

Much has been made of the escalating costs of providing additional security during President Donald Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago, which he has dubbed the “winter White House.” But having the president in your midst brings benefits, too. And Palm Beach County wants to know how they stack up. The county is conducting a review of the benefits and costs of having the president...
Editorial: As awareness rises on human trafficking, more action needed

Editorial: As awareness rises on human trafficking, more action needed

The number of reported cases of human trafficking is soaring in Florida: nearly 1,900 reported cases in fiscal 2015-‘16, a 54 percent increase over the previous year, according to the state’s Department of Children and Families. It’s a huge problem. South Florida is the third-busiest region in the nation for it, the U.S. Justice Department says. The authorities have a long way to...
Video: Mast faces fire in marathon town hall from constituents angry at Trump

Video: Mast faces fire in marathon town hall from constituents angry at Trump

For four rough hours Friday, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast was jeered and, less frequently, cheered during a packed, raucous town hall meeting at the Havert L. Fenn Center here. The Palm City Republican was the most recent member of Congress to face constituents infuriated by policies supported by President Donald Trump and the Republican Party. Mast, a double amputee Army veteran elected in November...
Mast gets earful as hundreds pack town hall meeting in Fort Pierce

Mast gets earful as hundreds pack town hall meeting in Fort Pierce

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast was jeered and, at times, cheered during a packed, raucous, four-hour town hall meeting at the Havert L.
Rory McIlroy: Golf with Trump wasn’t ‘endorsement nor a political statement’

Rory McIlroy: Golf with Trump wasn’t ‘endorsement nor a political statement’

Rory McIlroy and President Donald Trump golfed Sunday at Trump International Golf Club (both photos by Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) It sounds like golfer Rory McIlroy has been taking some heat for teeing up with President Donald Trump last weekend at Trump International Golf Club.
Trump at CPAC: ‘I love the First Amendment’ but hate ‘fake news’

Trump at CPAC: ‘I love the First Amendment’ but hate ‘fake news’

President Donald Trump speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, via CSPAN. President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on “fake news” in front of cheering conservative activists today while saying he’s not against all media or the First Amendment.
LIVE VIDEO: Trump at CPAC today — a history of an unlikely alliance

LIVE VIDEO: Trump at CPAC today — a history of an unlikely alliance

Donald Trump as a not-yet-declared presidential candidate at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference.

POINT OF VIEW Ag Commissioner Putnam’s selective concerns

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam seems quite selective when it comes to his concerns — suspiciously so. Surprising, no. Disappointing, absolutely. At last month’s Associated Press Legislative Planning Session in Tallahassee, he spoke of citrus greening, pythons in the Everglades, screwworms, the mosquito-borne Zika virus and the Giant African Land Snail. But the toxic blue-green...
Good Samaritan or cop impersonator? Jury to decide in FAU case

Good Samaritan or cop impersonator? Jury to decide in FAU case

A Palm Beach County jury today will begin deciding the case of a former Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy accused of impersonating a cop to stop an argument over a seat at the all-night study area of Florida Atlantic University’s campus in Boca Raton. Former deputy Adam Shockey faces a single third-degree felony charge of falsely impersonating an officer in connection with the January...
South Florida’s public radio outfit in power struggle with school board

South Florida’s public radio outfit in power struggle with school board

Who should control the newsroom in South Florida’s only remaining public radio station? For decades Boynton Beach-based WXEL-FM 90.7 and downtown Miami-based WLRN-FM 91.3 had a long-running competition for Palm Beach County listeners. When WXEL sold the radio station to a Broward County-based classical music outfit in 2011, that left WLRN as the only public radio voice east of Fort Myers and...
Board OKs manure recycling facility, medical-pot-dispensary moratorium

Board OKs manure recycling facility, medical-pot-dispensary moratorium

It could take as long as a year before Palm Beach County begins accepting zoning applications for medical marijuana treatment centers and dispensaries now that commissioners have approved a moratorium. Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the moratorium during a zoning hearing Thursday, when they also backed a land use change that would allow a horse manure recycling facility to open between...
Concern over Brightline prompts lawmakers to consider rail regulations

Concern over Brightline prompts lawmakers to consider rail regulations

A proposed bill regulating high-speed trains could delay the second phase of All Aboard Florida’s Brightline project and impact the cost of moving freight across the state, rail companies warned a House panel this week. The Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee spent about an hour listening to a group of rail experts and government officials weigh in on the bill, dubbed the Florida High-Speed...
Trump in Palm Beach: Not this weekend; March visit(s) coming

Trump in Palm Beach: Not this weekend; March visit(s) coming

President Donald Trump at Palm Beach International Airport on Feb. 17. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH — There’s been no official guidance from the White House on President Donald Trump‘s plans for this weekend, but all signs suggest he will not be coming to his second home at Mar-a-Lago.
Medical examiner raises questions about Seth Adams shooting

Medical examiner raises questions about Seth Adams shooting

If Seth Adams was fatally shot as he spun out of the cab of his pickup truck, as Palm Beach County Sgt. Michael Custer claims, his blood would have been found in and near the open door, a medical examiner told a federal jury on Thursday. “Boom, boom, boom, boom,” attorney Stephan LeClainche said repeating Custer’s description of how fast he fired, claiming he feared Adams, 24, had...
Where’s Rubio? Unknown group wants to know

Where’s Rubio? Unknown group wants to know

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio It’s Wednesday afternoon. Do you know where one of your U.S. senators is?
UPDATE: No flight restrictions yet for possible Trump visit; will he stay in D.C.?

UPDATE: No flight restrictions yet for possible Trump visit; will he stay in D.C.?

By this time last week, Palm Beach County was preparing for a third weekend visit in a row from President Donald Trump.
Cell phones loom large in trial of Seth Adams shooting by PBSO deputy

Cell phones loom large in trial of Seth Adams shooting by PBSO deputy

When Seth Adams called his brother and sister-in-law in May 2012 to tell them he’d been shot by a cop, they hung up on him, thinking he was playing a joke. The 24-year-old called back and they ran outside to find him clinging to life after being shot by Palm Beach County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer in the parking lot of One Stop Garden Shop in Loxahatchee Groves, where the three family...
County budget wishes, including $3 million for drug crisis, top income

County budget wishes, including $3 million for drug crisis, top income

Palm Beach County is contemplating additional spending — as much as $1 million this year and another $2 million in 2018 — to combat the heroin and opioid crisis that has devastated families and put added strains on first responders and hospitals here and across the country. The idea of spending the additional money was presented by county staff members Tuesday as they gave commissioners...
Renewed push to declare heroin a crisis: Governor hears from Democrats

Renewed push to declare heroin a crisis: Governor hears from Democrats

Citing out-of-control heroin-related hospital costs first detailed by The Palm Beach Post, Florida Senate Minority Leader Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, and the Florida Senate Democratic Caucus are urging Gov. Rick Scott to declare the heroin crisis a public health emergency. Heroin and fentanyl, wrote Braynon, are “wreaking widespread devastation, not only from the ravages of addiction, but...
President Trump won’t return to Mar-a-Lago this weekend, report says

President Trump won’t return to Mar-a-Lago this weekend, report says

It looks like President Donald Trump may break his streak of weekend visits to his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Trump, who returned to Washington, D.C., on Monday after spending a third weekend at his oceanside estate, will stay at the White House this weekend as he prepares to address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, according to CNN. It will be the president’s first speech before...
Donald Trump’s secret Palm Beach weekend

Donald Trump’s secret Palm Beach weekend

From left: Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney with President Donald Trump on Saturday night; Sunday golf partner Rory McIlroy; Trump at a Monday charity lunch; Trump with Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.
Lead detective in Seth Adams shooting grilled on witness stand

Lead detective in Seth Adams shooting grilled on witness stand

The lead detective in the May 2012 shooting death of Seth Adams by Palm Beach County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer didn’t know how many bullets had been taken out of the 24-year-old’s body, wasn’t clear about what injuries Adams suffered and admitted he didn’t read a report from a blood-spatter expert the sheriff hired to plumb Custer’s claims. When asked Tuesday...
Anti-Trump protesters outnumber supporters as president departs

Anti-Trump protesters outnumber supporters as president departs

More than 100 protesters turned their backs on President Donald Trump as his presidential motorcade sped on Southern Boulevard toward Palm Beach International Airport Monday — showing President Trump their disapproval with “No 45” signs pinned to the back of their shirts. For many of the protesters, Monday’s event was the third or fourth they had participated in since Trump...
Trump departs Florida, where president has spent fourth of first month

Trump departs Florida, where president has spent fourth of first month

President Donald Trump on Monday wrapped up a Florida weekend in which he named a national security adviser, got in a stealth round of golf with No. 2-ranked Rory McIlroy and headlined a campaign-style rally with 9,000 supporters. Trump — who so far has spent one-quarter of his presidency in Florida — ended his third consecutive weekend at his Mar-a-Lago Club at 3:51 p.m. The president&rsquo...
Florida death penalty cases allowed to move forward

Florida death penalty cases allowed to move forward

In what was described as an “about-face” after a previous ruling, the Florida Supreme Court on Monday ordered that death penalty cases can proceed, even with an unconstitutional law still on the books. The order came as the Legislature prepares to address a pair of Florida high court rulings last fall that struck down the state’s most recent death-penalty sentencing scheme as unconstitutional...
Royal Palm mayor, county commish clash over response to car burglaries

Royal Palm mayor, county commish clash over response to car burglaries

Royal Palm Beach Mayor Fred Pinto admonished Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay in a recent email as she sought to address a constituent complaint about car burglaries in the village. The flare-up, revealed in public emails between them and other elected officials, was a break from the usually harmonious dealings between local public officials, and it was especially noteworthy because...
Trump visit in April would cancel Boca airport event for disabled kids

Trump visit in April would cancel Boca airport event for disabled kids

Unless organizers can get a commitment in the next week or so from President Donald Trump that he won’t be at his Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago club on April 1, a “Special Day for Special Kids” event at the Boca Raton airport for about 350 ill or disabled children will have to be called off, postponed or moved, an organizer says. In fact, since the president of the United States usually...
Charges dropped against Boynton mom who fought son’s circumcision

Charges dropped against Boynton mom who fought son’s circumcision

The case of the Boynton Beach mother arrested after she took her son on the run rather than let his father have him circumcised is now officially over. Prosecutors dropped criminal charges against 32-year-old Heather Hironimus weeks ago after she completed an 18-month program to keep the state from pursuing the case that could have landed her in prison for up to five years. Hironimus became the subject...
A Trump golf mystery solved: Rory McIlroy joined him Sunday

A Trump golf mystery solved: Rory McIlroy joined him Sunday

Rory McIlroy and President Donald Trump golfed Sunday at Trump International Golf Club (both photos by Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH  — The White House was tight-lipped about President Donald Trump‘s golf outing on Sunday, but professional golfer Rory McIlroy wasn’t so reluctant.
UPDATES: President Trump leaves Palm Beach after third weekend trip

UPDATES: President Trump leaves Palm Beach after third weekend trip

FINAL UPDATE: President Donald Trump has left Palm Beach after spending the third weekend in a row at his Mar-a-Lago Club.
Florida Man: Trump spends 25% of first month in Sunshine State

Florida Man: Trump spends 25% of first month in Sunshine State

President Donald Trump arrives at Palm Beach International Airport on Air Force One Friday, February 10, 2016 accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, and the Prime Minister’s wife Akie Abe.
President’s Day: Trump at 1 month in office; passes William Henry Harrison

President’s Day: Trump at 1 month in office; passes William Henry Harrison

William Henry Harrison (left) is now in President Donald Trump’s rear-view mirror for presidential longevity.
Air Force sends fighter jets to enforce no-fly area near Mar-a-Lago

Air Force sends fighter jets to enforce no-fly area near Mar-a-Lago

The Air Force twice this weekend has intercepted planes flying too close to Mar-a-Lago while President Donald Trump is in town.
Editorial: Regulations on medical marijuana must make access easy

Editorial: Regulations on medical marijuana must make access easy

Medical marijuana is now legal in Florida for a number of debilitating ailments such as HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder and Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s in the state Constitution, thanks to Amendment 2, swept in by 71 percent of voters in November. But the law, enacted on Jan. 3, has barely gone into effect. Under the amendment’s terms, the Florida Legislature is supposed...
Trump in Palm Beach: Another golf club visit, national security adviser interviews

Trump in Palm Beach: Another golf club visit, national security adviser interviews

President Donald Trump in his private citizen days of 2011 playing golf at his Trump International Golf Club outside West Palm Beach.
Counties, voters eager for lawmakers’ medical pot implementation rules

Counties, voters eager for lawmakers’ medical pot implementation rules

A pair of medical marijuana bills filed in the Florida Senate would regulate everything from how much it would cost to get a license to grow and sell marijuana to who can prescribe and acquire it. Meanwhile, counties across the state — including Palm Beach County — are waiting for the state to act before deciding what additional restrictions they will impose on the cultivation, sale and...
Inspector General seeks 10 new staffers from Palm Beach County

Inspector General seeks 10 new staffers from Palm Beach County

While Palm Beach County fought in the courts over how cities would pay for their share of the Office of Inspector General, the office operated at half its staffing level. Now that the county has abandoned that legal fight after losing on appeal, Inspector General John A. Carey is calling on the county to hire ten new staffers over the next three years, and cover it from their general budget. That...
NEW: ‘A star is born,’ says Trump of Boynton Beach man at rally

NEW: ‘A star is born,’ says Trump of Boynton Beach man at rally

President Donald Trump with Boynton Beach resident Gene Huber at a Saturday rally in Melbourne. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) MELBOURNE — The man President Donald Trump summoned from the crowd at his Saturday rally is a Boynton Beach car salesman who keeps a life-size cardboard cutout of Trump at his house and regularly praises Trump on social media.
Trump returns to campaign mode, brings Boynton man on stage

Trump returns to campaign mode, brings Boynton man on stage

For those who somehow missed candidate Donald Trump’s raucous 2016 campaign rallies, Trump — now the 45th president of the United States — reprised most of his greatest hits Saturday in a campaign-style appearance before 9,000 cheering supporters at an airplane hangar. There were no shots at vanquished 2016 foe Hillary Clinton or “Lock her up” chants from the crowd. But...
F-15s fly at supersonic speed into Palm Beach airspace to defend Trump

F-15s fly at supersonic speed into Palm Beach airspace to defend Trump

Less than fourteen minutes. That’s how long it took for two F-15 fighter jets to fly from Homestead Air Reserve Base to Palm Beach on Friday night, a trip spanning about 110 miles. Their mission? Intercept an unresponsive aircraft flying through restricted airspace above Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s part-time residence and winter White House, according to the North American Aerospace...
UPDATE: Two F-15s flew at supersonic speed into Palm Beach airspace

UPDATE: Two F-15s flew at supersonic speed into Palm Beach airspace

Less than fourteen minutes. That’s how long it took for two F-15 fighter jets to fly from Homestead Air Reserve Base to Palm Beach on Friday night, a trip spanning about 110 miles. Their mission? Intercept an unresponsive aircraft flying through restricted airspace above Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s part-time residence and winter White House, according to the North American Aerospace...
PBSO: Middle-schooler threw wood block at Trump’s motorcade

PBSO: Middle-schooler threw wood block at Trump’s motorcade

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday identified the person who threw the block of wood at President Donald Trump’s motorcade Friday afternoon as a middle-school student. The State Attorney’s Office will decide whether any charges are filed in the case, according to the press release from the sheriff’s office. RELATED: The Post’s complete coverage of Trump...
Ballpark of Palm Beaches hits home run on ‘opening day’ for fans

Ballpark of Palm Beaches hits home run on ‘opening day’ for fans

It was a day of firsts on Saturday when The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, Major League Baseball’s newest spring-training facility, opened its doors to the public for the first time. The first souvenir baseball from a batting-practice foul ball went to Rocco Arnone, 10, of Boca Raton, who snagged it outside a Houston Astros practice field. Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez and 8-year-old Ryan...
In Melbourne, thousands line up early for Trump rally

In Melbourne, thousands line up early for Trump rally

Supporters of President Donald Trump outside Orlando-Melbourne International Airport today before a 5 p.
NEW: Firefighters spare 15 homes from wildfire in Okeechobee County

NEW: Firefighters spare 15 homes from wildfire in Okeechobee County

Firefighters spared 15 homes and two barns from damage Friday while battling a wildfire in Okeechobee County. Read more: Thousands of acres burn in Polk County as fire danger escalates in Palm Beach Residents were evacuated and no one was injured, according to the Florida Forest Service. The fire consumed about 90 acres of tall grass, thick shrubs and pine trees about 20 miles north the city of Okeecehobee...
Parents back in South Florida after daughter, 21, killed in Ohio

Parents back in South Florida after daughter, 21, killed in Ohio

About a week after their 21-year-old daughter was killed near Columbus, Ohio, Lisa McCrary-Tokes and Toby Tokes are back in their northern Broward County home trying to figure out what’s next. Their oldest daughter, Reagan Tokes, was found dead Feb. 9 in a suburban Columbus park. The senior at Ohio State University was last seen late Feb. 8 leaving the restaurant where she worked. Just...
Trump in Palm Beach: Morning trip to golf club, Melbourne rally later

Trump in Palm Beach: Morning trip to golf club, Melbourne rally later

President Donald Trump at Palm Beach International Airport on Friday. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump departed Mar-a-Lago at 8:28 a.
State checks World War II sites at PBIA, Trump club for contamination

State checks World War II sites at PBIA, Trump club for contamination

When World War II ended, and the boys came home, the federal government turned most of its military sites to federal, local or private entities. But they also left in the ground gasoline and oil, lead and other chemicals, machinery, and even bullets and bombs. At the end of the 20th century, governments tested several of those sites, including an area in and around Palm Beach International Airport...
Hawaii dealt with its own presidential flight restriction hassles

Hawaii dealt with its own presidential flight restriction hassles

When Barack Obama vacationed on the island of Oahu, in his native Hawaii, temporary flight restrictions — TFRs — severely hampered small plane traffic and commerce at Honolulu International Airport and two municipal airports. “Lengthy island-wide TFR disrupting training…thanks Obama!” one person posted in a 2013 newsletter of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association...
Booms linked to military intercepting aircraft near Palm Beach

Booms linked to military intercepting aircraft near Palm Beach

Two F-15s intercepted an “unresponsive general aviation aircraft” near Palm Beach causing the sonic boom as they traveled from Miami-Dade County, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The air space around Mar-a-Lago is restricted while President Donald Trump is in town. The planes made their way up from Homestead Air National Guard Base and needed to travel...
Trump returns to supporters bearing gifts — and maybe one throwing rocks

Trump returns to supporters bearing gifts — and maybe one throwing rocks

President Donald Trump arrived at Mar-a-Lago Friday for a holiday weekend that will include a campaign-style rally in Melbourne today and potential interviews with candidates for the vacant national security adviser’s post. After stopping at a Boeing facility in South Carolina for the unveiling of the new 787 Dreamliner aircraft, Trump arrived at Palm Beach International Airport aboard Air Force...
Photos: President Trump visits Palm Beach for third straight weekend

Photos: President Trump visits Palm Beach for third straight weekend

President Donald J. Trump returns to Palm Beach county for the third week in a row.
Trump arrives in Palm Beach; vets give president a T-shirt

Trump arrives in Palm Beach; vets give president a T-shirt

After landing in Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport, President Donald Trump greets supporters before heading to Mar-a-Lago.
Student describes bizarre finding of 11-foot python in car engine

Student describes bizarre finding of 11-foot python in car engine

Ross Price came home Feb. 1 from a night study session at Nova Southeastern University when he noticed something massive moving near his roommate’s parking spot. Price, 24, then ran inside his apartment to tell his roommate that an 11-foot reticulated python was slithering beneath his car. Reticulated pythons are similar to Burmese pythons, but grow larger in size and have a black, yellow and...
Student describes bizarre finding of 11-foot python in engine

Student describes bizarre finding of 11-foot python in engine

Ross Price came home from a night study session at Nova Southeastern University when he noticed something massive moving near his roommate’s parking spot. Price, 24, then ran inside his apartment to tell his roommate that an 11-foot reticulated python was slithering beneath his car. Reticulated pythons are similar to Burmese pythons, but grow larger in size and have a black, yellow and white...

Florida-bound: Ivanka, Jared leave D.C. with Donald Trump

Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and their children leaving Marine One for Air Force One outside Washington, D.
Trump’s emerging Florida Cabinet: Carson, Ross, Acosta, Lighthizer

Trump’s emerging Florida Cabinet: Carson, Ross, Acosta, Lighthizer

President Donald Trump has tapped four Floridians for Cabinet-level posts. Clockwise from top left: Ben Carson (HUD), Wilbur Ross (Commerce), Robert Lighthizer (U.
President Trump in Palm Beach, Round 3: Things to know

President Trump in Palm Beach, Round 3: Things to know

President Donald J. Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 3, 2017.
Nelson announces opposition to Trump’s EPA pick

Nelson announces opposition to Trump’s EPA pick

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson has announced his opposition to President Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt. Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general, shut down his office’s environmental protection unit. Critics fear he will curtail the EPA’s enforcement authority. Nelson said he won’t vote to confirm Pruitt because of his ties to the oil and gas...
Will traffic deaths continue to rise? Report takes a look at 2016

Will traffic deaths continue to rise? Report takes a look at 2016

It’s a grim picture on roadways and highways: U.S. motor vehicle deaths in 2016 were the highest they’ve been in almost a decade, reaching nearly 40,000, according to a new estimate released this week by the National Safety Council. This year’s report from the NSC estimates a 6 percent increase in traffic deaths last year from 2015, and a 14 percent increase over 2014. It would be...
Record-breaking 112.8 million tourists visited Florida in 2016

Record-breaking 112.8 million tourists visited Florida in 2016

A record-breaking 112.8 million tourists visited Florida in 2016, up  5.9 percent over 2015’s level, Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday. The increase marks the sixth consecutive year of record tourism growth in the state, the governor’s office said. A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport. (Getty Images) Tourism-related jobs area also at an all-time...
Trump’s new Labor pick, Alex Acosta, prosecuted 3 Palm Beach County commissioners

Trump’s new Labor pick, Alex Acosta, prosecuted 3 Palm Beach County commissioners

Former U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta of Miami, tapped by President Donald Trump to be Labor secretary. President Donald Trump‘s new choice to head the Department of Labor, Alexander Acosta of Miami, is a familiar figure in Palm Beach County politics.
State, county leaders urge feds to cut flight limits for Trump visits

State, county leaders urge feds to cut flight limits for Trump visits

With President Donald Trump likely to return to Mar-a-Lago on Friday for a third consecutive weekend, a state legislator has asked Gov. Rick Scott, who calls himself a long-time friend of Trump, to “intercede any way you can” with the president in hopes of getting the Secret Service to tweak flight restrictions local aviation firms say might be running them out of business...
Trump in Palm Beach: Local impact beyond security, traffic

Trump in Palm Beach: Local impact beyond security, traffic

President Donald J. Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 3, 2017.
Trump, Rubio meet wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader

Trump, Rubio meet wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader

President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with Lilian Tintori in the White House on Wednesday.

Florida bill aims to reduce time students spend on standardized tests

Leading members of the House and Senate unveiled legislation Wednesday that they said could help reduce the amount of time Florida public school students spend on standardized tests during the school year. But lawmakers admitted that the proposal (HB 773, SB 926), dubbed the “Fewer, Better Tests” legislation, would not explicitly do away with any exams. The proposal would require the state&rsquo...

Florida death penalty fix on the fast track in Legislature

A proposal that would require unanimous jury recommendations for death sentences to be imposed sailed through its first House vetting Wednesday, receiving unanimous approval from the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. The legislation (HB 527), and a similar Senate measure (SB 280), is the latest attempt to get the state’s death penalty — on hold for more than a year — back on track...
Trump’s Palm Beach weekend to include side trip to Melbourne for rally

Trump’s Palm Beach weekend to include side trip to Melbourne for rally

President Donald Trump intends to put a few more miles on Air Force One this weekend with a short side trip from Mar-a-Lago to Melbourne on Saturday for a rally. The president announced the 5 p.m. rally with a tweet Wednesday afternoon that read, “Join me in Florida this Saturday at 5 p.m. for a rally at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport!” Tickets to the rally are free but registration...
Detective saw no hostility between Seth Adams and deputy who shot him

Detective saw no hostility between Seth Adams and deputy who shot him

A simple mental lapse put a Palm Beach County sheriff’s detective in a position to raise questions about whether his former supervisor, Sgt. Michael Custer, accurately described events leading up to the May 2012 shooting death of Seth Adams in Loxahatchee Groves. Called to testify by attorneys representing Adams’ parents in a multi-million-dollar wrongful death lawsuit against Custer and...
Tonight: Trump, Rubio and their wives dine at White House

Tonight: Trump, Rubio and their wives dine at White House

Donald Trump displays his hands during a GOP debate after Sen. Marco Rubio (below) suggested they were unusually small President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will host Sen.

Mar-a-Lago dinner: House Oversight chair probes security

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, asking for information on the Trump administration’s handling of potentially secure documents at Mar-a-Lago this past weekend.

Editorial: Tougher oversight needed to curb condo board corruption

With no income tax and low business taxes, Florida has earned its reputation as one of the lowest-taxed states in the nation. Or has it? There’s a dirty little secret about the cost of living here that doesn’t show up on those “Top-10 Lowest Tax State” lists: New residential developments usually require association dues — sometimes very large, unpredictable dues that...
Voters will head to the polls March 14 in 21 cities, towns

Voters will head to the polls March 14 in 21 cities, towns

Voters in 21 of Palm Beach County’s 39 cities and towns will head to the polls on March 14, while others will see their elected leaders return to office unopposed. As the qualifying period for most municipal elections ended Tuesday, no one filed paperwork to challenge 42 candidates, including 35 incumbents. That means 12 of the county’s cities and towns won’t hold elections next...
Cerabino: Heads up, here’s a brainy explanation for zany Florida

Cerabino: Heads up, here’s a brainy explanation for zany Florida

Something’s not right here. You know it. I know it. And anybody who has been here more than a couple of days already has started to suspect it. The tourism people used to market the idea: “Florida, the rules are different here.” But nobody’s nailed down the reason why. Until now. I figured it out while looking at the recent data compiled by the Amino health care website. It...

EXCLUSIVE: Who’s running for municipal office in Palm Beach County

Here are the municipal office candidates who qualified for the March 14 election in Palm Beach County. Those marked with an asterisk (*) have no opposition and are automatically elected. Incumbents are indicated with an (i). ATLANTIS City Council Group 2 Aaron Rinker (i)* City Council Group 4 Michael LaCoursiere (i)* BELLE GLADE City Commission Seat B Steve B. Wilson (i) Yousef Muslet BOCA RATON Mayor...
Ratings firm: Insurers face lower grades, lender effect unknown

Ratings firm: Insurers face lower grades, lender effect unknown

Ratings firm Demotech says its guidance on 57 Florida-based property insurers is under review in the wake of the 2016 storms and continuing water-claims problems. But officials are not saying publicly how many how many companies are likely to get lower financial safety grades in March. Ohio-based Demotech plays a key role in rating Florida-based insurers for mortgage lenders, including smaller...
Florida congressman gets little traction on legislation to abolish EPA

Florida congressman gets little traction on legislation to abolish EPA

A Florida congressman has filed legislation to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency, underscoring Republican antipathy toward an agency that has out-sized importance in the Sunshine State in general and in South Florida in particular. The bill by U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, is not likely to become law. Even if it passes the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats in the U.S...
Trump in Palm Beach: Sheriff’s costs around $1.5 million and growing

Trump in Palm Beach: Sheriff’s costs around $1.5 million and growing

A Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy outside Trump International Golf Club while Donald Trump golfed there in December as president-elect.
PBSO overtime at $1.5 million and growing as Trump set to return again

PBSO overtime at $1.5 million and growing as Trump set to return again

With President Donald Trump likely to return to Mar-a-Lago on Friday for a third consecutive weekend, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw estimates his deputies have already racked up about $1.5 million in overtime costs for Trump’s other visits since the Nov. 8 election. Bradshaw said he’s confident the money will be reimbursed by the federal government. “I do hope...
The number of helicopter crashes has gone down, again

The number of helicopter crashes has gone down, again

A helicopter wreck in Palm Beach Gardens recently was a rarity, as the number of national and local helicopter crashes continues to drop, according to the latest Federal Aviation Administration count. There were 106 crashes this past year in the U.S., with 17 of them fatal, the FAA said this past week. That’s 12 percent fewer wrecks than in 2015 and 27 percent fewer than 2013. In Florida, there...
Trump to return to Palm Beach for third straight weekend

Trump to return to Palm Beach for third straight weekend

UPDATE: President Donald Trump will return to his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach this weekend, according to a Federal Aviation Administration advisory issued just moments ago.
Trump friend Chris Ruddy of West Palm Beach criticizes Priebus

Trump friend Chris Ruddy of West Palm Beach criticizes Priebus

Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy of West Palm Beach on CNN Sunday. Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy, a West Palm Beach resident and Mar-a-Lago Club member who spent time with President Donald Trump over the weekend, told CNN on Sunday that Trump isn’t being well-served by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
Testimony set to begin Tuesday in PBSO deputy’s shooting of Seth Adams

Testimony set to begin Tuesday in PBSO deputy’s shooting of Seth Adams

Nearly five years after Palm Beach County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer shot 24-year-old Seth Adams dead in a dark parking lot in Loxahatchee Groves, a federal jury on Tuesday will hear the veteran officer describe why he believed he had no choice but to fire his weapon. With jury selection nearly completed on Monday, attorneys representing parents Richard and Lydia Adams and those defending...
Protesters and some supporters greet Trump motorcade

Protesters and some supporters greet Trump motorcade

Some of the anti-Trump protesters along Southern Boulevard awaiting the presidential motorcade. WEST PALM BEACH — A few hundred protesters and a smaller number of supporters lined a portion of Southern Boulevard to watch President Donald Trump‘s motorcade take him from Mar-a-Lago to Palm Beach International Airport late this afternoon.
Trump in Palm Beach today: Golf? Mar-a-Lago meetings, 6 p.m. departure

Trump in Palm Beach today: Golf? Mar-a-Lago meetings, 6 p.m. departure

Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, a.k.a. the winter White House, viewed from the southeast.
Sears, Kmart drop Trump products, say they aren’t profitable

Sears, Kmart drop Trump products, say they aren’t profitable

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the grand opening of Trump International Hotel in Washington, Wednesday, Oct.
Can Donald Trump match Obama presidential golf pace?

Can Donald Trump match Obama presidential golf pace?

Trump trails Obama by more than 300 rounds of presidential golf, but he’s been teeing off at a brisk pace.

‘Death panel’ ACA comment spurs anger at GOP congressman’s town hall

References to “death panels” spurred shouts of anger at a Republican congressman’s town hall meeting Saturday in New Port Richey on the Affordable Care Act, accoding to a CNN report. Rep. Gus Bilirakis met with constituents in Pasco County, which supported Donald Trump by 21 points, but he was met with a strong contingent of pro-Obamacare attendees. Around 250 attended the morning...
Protest moved to this afternoon as Trump leaves early

Protest moved to this afternoon as Trump leaves early

UPDATE: Protest organizers now say they will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the Publix parking lot off Southern Boulevard just east of I-95 and spread out from there.
Palm Beach County: Small pet rescue groups now must issue rabies tags

Palm Beach County: Small pet rescue groups now must issue rabies tags

Every year, places where dogs and cats are adopted sell required Palm Beach County rabies tags. From those, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control will collect $2.2 million in fees in 2017 for rabies tags, plus another $500,000 or so from other fees. And, every year, that money isn’t close to covering expenses, the department’s chief says. Its annual budget is about $10 million, and...
Palm Beach County Courthouse to get new, $16.6 million security system

Palm Beach County Courthouse to get new, $16.6 million security system

When the Palm Beach County courts complex opened in April 1995, it did so with 1995 technology. Something called the Internet had been around only a few years, and smart phones were more than a decade in the future. And it would be six years before a horrific event in New York City changed the way everyone looked at security in public places. Now, more than two decades after the complex opened...
Editorial: Abolish Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida? Not so fast!

Editorial: Abolish Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida? Not so fast!

When Texas, Georgia, California, New York and a host of other states are busy marketing themselves to businesses and enticing them to relocate, you just don’t decide to be the exception and quit. That would be like owning a major league baseball team and deciding you weren’t going to pay those multi-million dollar contracts because you long for the old days when players got by on salaries...
Ernie Els joins Trump and Japan’s Abe for golf in Jupiter

Ernie Els joins Trump and Japan’s Abe for golf in Jupiter

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe exchange a high five on the links at Trump National Golf Club in a picture posted on Trump’s social media accounts.
President takes Japan’s Abe on a Trump golf course tour

President takes Japan’s Abe on a Trump golf course tour

JUPITER — Hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Donald Trump showed off a pair of his Palm Beach County golf courses Saturday, zooming past a clutch of early-morning protesters who staked out Trump National in Jupiter.
Melania Trump visits Morikami while Donald Trump golfs with Japan’s Abe

Melania Trump visits Morikami while Donald Trump golfs with Japan’s Abe

Melania Trump flanked by Akie Abe and park administrator Bonnie White Lemay at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens (Michael Ares/The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH — While President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left the winter White House at Mar-a-Lago to golf in Jupiter this morning, first lady Melania Trump and the prime minister’s wife Akie Abe visited...
LIVE BLOG: President Trump hosts Japanese prime minister at Mar-a-Lago

LIVE BLOG: President Trump hosts Japanese prime minister at Mar-a-Lago

FINAL UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: President Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were joined by their wives, Melania Trump and Akie Abe, for dinner at Mar-a-Lago tonight.
Kids to Palm Beach County: Ask state to save turtles, ban plastic bags

Kids to Palm Beach County: Ask state to save turtles, ban plastic bags

Kids from a local school did a full show-and-tell last week for the Palm Beach County Commission about why the panel should ask the state to outlaw, or at least regulate, plastic shopping bags. At Tuesday’s meeting, Juno Beach-based Loggerhead Marinelife Center and students at The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach gave a presentation, complete with posters, explaining that the bags don&rsquo...
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