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Florida high school athlete dies after collapsing in weight room

Florida high school athlete dies after collapsing in weight room

A two-sport athlete from Jacksonville died last week after collapsing in his high school's weight room. Ben Johnson was pronounced dead Thursday, two days after he was rushed to the hospital. Johnson suffered cardiac arrest and irreversible brain damage, the Florida Times-Union reported. He was a sophmore at Fleming Island High School. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death...
Rick Shaw, first South Florida DJ to play the Beatles, dies at 78

Rick Shaw, first South Florida DJ to play the Beatles, dies at 78

Rick Shaw, a radio veteran of more than 50 years and the first disc jockey in South Florida to play the Beatles, has died at age 78. Shaw, a Cooper City resident who spent 46 years as a DJ in Miami, passed away on Friday, the Miami Herald reported. Shaw began his DJ career in 1956 in St. Louis, coming to Miami in 1960. While working for WQAM in 1964, Shaw was the first radio DJ in South Florida...

POINT OF VIEW: Public school financing must change

With the increasing federal drumbeat to spend a trillion dollars rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure through public-private partnerships, public school districts should seize the same opportunity. Since the public sector often is criticized for paying too much and taking too long, it is time to enlist the private sector’s expertise and efficiencies to strengthen the public education...
After Irma: Palm Beach’s weeklong shutdown challenged, defended

After Irma: Palm Beach’s weeklong shutdown challenged, defended

Looking to restock his refrigerator three days after Hurricane Irma tore through Palm Beach County, attorney Richard Ryles headed to the Publix in Palm Beach. But, like scores of mainland residents discovered in the aftermath of the storm, the wealthy island was off-limits to nearly everyone who didn’t live or work in the tony town — not just during the storm but for seven days...
State’s consumer advocate urges FPL customers to file complaints

State’s consumer advocate urges FPL customers to file complaints

Do you have a concern about Florida Power & Light’s power restoration after Hurricane Irma? Was your power out for five days and you don’t know why? Did FPL’s website show that your power was restored when it wasn’t? Consumers can file such complaints with the Florida Public Service Commission, Florida Public Counsel J.R. Kelly said Friday. His office represents all consumers...
Irma left many with that same empty feeling

Irma left many with that same empty feeling

Hurricanes force us to do a lot of things we ordinarily wouldn’t do. For example, I spent a hot, steamy night in a tent in the Keys with a man who’s not my husband. Covering Hurricane Irma’s march across the Lower Keys, photographer Lannis Waters and I had no place to stay in the storm’s powerless, waterless aftermath, so we ended up pitching a tent in an Islamorada park where...
Did Russia use Facebook to promote Trump events in Palm Beach County?

Did Russia use Facebook to promote Trump events in Palm Beach County?

As Facebook says it was unwittingly used by Russian propagandists seeking to influence the 2016 presidential election, questions have been raised about an entity that used the social media platform to publicize a series of pro-Donald Trump “patriotic flash mob” events in Palm Beach County and across Florida one Saturday during the 2016 campaign. The Daily Beast this week said that its...
After Irma: Why planting the right tree in the right place matters

After Irma: Why planting the right tree in the right place matters

Trimming trees before hurricane season is a necessary pain that South Florida homeowners know, or should know, well. It goes doubly so for Florida Power & Light. The Juno Beach-based company, which operates more than 45,000 miles of overhead power lines surrounded by about 7 million trees, says it chops away limbs and brush from about 15,000 miles of lines each year, and in the last 10 years, has...
Aronberg: Fix Obamacare so unethical sober homes don’t exploit opioid crisis

Aronberg: Fix Obamacare so unethical sober homes don’t exploit opioid crisis

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg in 2016. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post) Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg says in a Time magazine op-ed that unscrupulous drug treatment providers have manipulated Obamacare “to foster a cycle of relapse, rather than recovery” and cash in on the opioid crisis. Democrat...
Would GL Homes plan mean Ag Reserve flooding in hurricane?

Would GL Homes plan mean Ag Reserve flooding in hurricane?

The images from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are as fraught as they are fresh: wind-whipped waters flooding out neighborhoods; residents using boats and kayaks to reach their homes and businesses. Opponents of GL Homes’ plan to build more in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve say agreeing to the developer’s request will take the county a step closer to making those...
After Irma: What Florida Keys bars, hotels, landmarks survived storm?

After Irma: What Florida Keys bars, hotels, landmarks survived storm?

While reporting on Irma’s aftermath in the Florida Keys, we noticed something odd. Irma smashed trailers, boats and docks, but most of those giant statues outside tourist attractions stood tall against the winds and the storm surge. Not even an antenna was bent on that gigantic spiny lobster statue outside the Rain Barrel Village in Islamorada. Two giant conch statues, at Shell World in...

POINT OF VIEW: Preserve wetlands to control flooding

The time to prevent a flooding crisis in southeastern Florida is now. We must change our approach to land development. If we don’t, we could suffer catastrophic flooding. In Houston, we see how a government that could not stop development created a flooding crisis. With Hurricane Irma, the region luckily did not receive the rain that Houston got from Harvey. Wetlands and native plants are designed...

POINT OF VIEW: Tragic deaths shouldn’t tarnish nursing home workers

Florida’s nursing home industry is populated by hundreds of excellent centers staffed by thousands of dedicated, caring professionals. It’s unfortunate, but inevitable, that they will get painted with the same negative brush when one facility fails to meet the high standards we set for ourselves. RELATED LINK: Editorial: Require generators for nursing homes in wake of deaths Every compassionate...
Irma wind damages pegged at more than $19 billion

Irma wind damages pegged at more than $19 billion

Hurricane Irma caused an estimated $19.4 billion in wind-related damages in Florida, with the heaviest losses in Collier and Lee counties, according to a team led by a Florida International University researcher. The report estimates that $6.3 billion will be covered by property insurance companies, while the remaining two-thirds of the damages, which do not include flood losses, will be borne by...
U.S. Supreme Court may take Florida case involving medical records

U.S. Supreme Court may take Florida case involving medical records

In a legal battle drawing attention from medical groups across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court could be close to deciding whether to hear a Florida case about the disclosure of medical records. The Supreme Court is expected to consider the case Monday during a private conference, according to an online docket. The court receives thousands of petitions a year but agrees to hear only a relative...
NEW: Florida daycare workers wanted for taunting, abusing autistic boy

NEW: Florida daycare workers wanted for taunting, abusing autistic boy

Law enforcement officials are looking for two Florida daycare workers who they say berated, taunted and threw a backpack at an 8-year-old autistic boy. Winter Haven police, in Central Florida, retrieved a Snapchat video of the alleged abuse at Our Children’s Academy in Winter Haven. The three-minute video, investigators say, shows Kaderrica Smith, of Haines City, and Alexus Henderson, of...
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...
Photos, video: Tim Tebow, Marco Rubio in Big Pine Key after Hurricane Irma

Photos, video: Tim Tebow, Marco Rubio in Big Pine Key after Hurricane Irma

Tim Tebow and Sen. Marco Rubio handing out bags of ice in Big Pine Key today. (Twitter account of Marco Rubio.) Tim Tebow joined Sen. Marco Rubio in Big Pine Key today to check on post- Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. Florida’s junior senator and the former Heisman Trophy winner served lunch and handed out ice at a drive-through distribution center...
If he runs for governor, John Morgan would push pot legalization

If he runs for governor, John Morgan would push pot legalization

Fresh off a landslide win in his campaign to legalize medical marijuana, John Morgan is considering a run for governor in 2018. If he enters the race, the Orlando trial attorney said Wednesday during a speech to cannabis entrepreneurs, he’ll push for the next logical step in pot policy: Permission for any Florida adult to use weed. “If they write an obituary, they’re going to say...
Finding my past: How a DNA test uncovered my family’s roots

Finding my past: How a DNA test uncovered my family’s roots

My most important Father’s Day gifts are ones I appreciate every single day – two wonderful children whose relatively smooth transition to adulthood has been a joy to behold. But that doesn’t mean a man can’t enjoy a little Daddy swag. So my Father’s Day kicked off this year with one of my daughter Ashley’s omelette specials and a couple other gifts that were...
Today: Tim Tebow joins Marco Rubio in Keys for Hurricane Irma recovery visit

Today: Tim Tebow joins Marco Rubio in Keys for Hurricane Irma recovery visit

Gov. Rick Scott visited a shelter in Jacksonville with Tim Tebow last week. (Florida governor’s office) Tim Tebow will join Sen. Marco Rubio in Big Pine Key today to meet with local officials and volunteers not far from where the center of Hurricane Irma barreled into Florida last week. Rubio and Tebow will also help distribute food and then field questions from...
Prosecutor says argument over woman sparked 2015 Delray murder

Prosecutor says argument over woman sparked 2015 Delray murder

From the looks of a surveillance video that captured his last moments, Jammar Gammage appeared to think the offer of a hug to Dion Antonio Graham’s brother would be enough to quell an argument with Dion Graham, one that cost him his life. This was no provoked attack, Assistant State Attorney Takisha Richardson told a Palm Beach County jury Wednesday. It was murder. “As soon as Mr. Graham&rsquo...

POINT OF VIEW: Florida’s small businesses deserve tax relief

Small businesses are the cornerstone of Florida’s economy. They make up 99.8 percent of all Florida businesses and employ over 3.2 million workers. Encouraging their growth is essential to growing Florida’s economy and helping our hardworking employees. Nationally, small business owners claim taxes are their top concern, and it is easy to understand why. Small businesses are traditionally...
BREAKING: Florida takes license of Broward nursing home where 9 died

BREAKING: Florida takes license of Broward nursing home where 9 died

Rick Scott’s administration moved Wednesday to shut down a Broward County nursing home where nine overheated seniors died after Hurricane Irma knocked out the facility’s air conditioning. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which had already ordered a moratorium on new patients at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and suspended its participation in Medicaid, on...
Shooter gets 48 years in prison for murder of FAU student selling pot

Shooter gets 48 years in prison for murder of FAU student selling pot

For the 19 years he was alive, Nicholas Acosta was the apple of his father’s eye. He was the child who Maximino Acosta called “mini-me” and brought to work with him to show off. The father beamed with pride when the boy gave his client stock tips and correctly predicted the rise of the online giant Amazon. Alexander Gillis’ early ride through life was much less idyllic, born...
After Hurricane Irma: Task force wants tips on storm-related scams

After Hurricane Irma: Task force wants tips on storm-related scams

A task force created by the U.S. Attorneys’ offices in Florida and Puerto Rico and the National Center for Disaster Fraud has launched a 24-hour tip line to report storm-related fraud and scams. Among more than 400 storm-related crimes already reported after hurricanes Harvey and Irma: impersonating law enforcement officials; identity theft; filing fraudulent insurance claims; bogus charities...
Hurricane Irma: Democrats criticize Scott on nursing home deaths; he pushes back hard

Hurricane Irma: Democrats criticize Scott on nursing home deaths; he pushes back hard

Republican Gov. Rick Scott, left, is expected to challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson next year. (Photos by George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) With Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott expected to challenge Democratic Sen.  Bill Nelson next year, both Nelson and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee have attempted to link Scott to last week&rsquo...
After Irma: Scott says nursing home ‘failed…basic duty’ in deaths

After Irma: Scott says nursing home ‘failed…basic duty’ in deaths

Operators of a Broward County nursing home where eight seniors died last week called Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s cell phone four times after Hurricane Irma knocked out the facility’s air conditioning, Scott’s office confirmed Tuesday — but the governor’s office said managers never indicated patients were in danger or needed to be evacuated. Every call from the...
Hurricane Irma: Belle Glade gets Operation Blue Roof help site

Hurricane Irma: Belle Glade gets Operation Blue Roof help site

Palm Beach County homeowners with roofs damaged by Hurricane Irma can apply for federal Operation Blue Roof assistance in Belle Glade beginning today. The new location for people to get and submit needed paperwork is at the Belle Glade Branch Library at 725 NW 4th Street in Belle Glade. The site will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Sunday. Operation Blue Roof is a Federal Emergency...
Irma prompts hurricane legislation from Scott, Nelson, Corcoran

Irma prompts hurricane legislation from Scott, Nelson, Corcoran

From creating a state gasoline reserve to protecting vulnerable seniors in nursing homes, a newly created state House committee will look at ways of better preparing Florida to face major storms like Hurricane Irma. “With any event of this magnitude, lessons can be learned,” House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, said Tuesday in a memo to House members, announcing the 21-member...
Clearing Irma debris in Palm Beach County could take three months

Clearing Irma debris in Palm Beach County could take three months

Even with nearly 400 trucks rumbling throughout unincorporated Palm Beach County every day, it could take as long as three months to collect all of the vegetation debris left by Hurricane Irma, the county’s Solid Waste Authority said. During one wet, windy weekend, the massive storm left an estimated 3 million cubic yards of vegetation debris — about as much as the SWA usually collects...

POINT OF VIEW: PBC schools charter challenge a matter of local control

When the Palm Beach County School Board rejected a charter school application in December 2014, it brought a flurry of headlines – and gave the school district and School Board a reputation that it is opposed to charter schools. As a former charter school principal and longtime educator, I can tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. While our differences with charter schools are...
Editorial: Gov. Scott’s Irma leadership undercut by his climate denial

Editorial: Gov. Scott’s Irma leadership undercut by his climate denial

Applause to Gov. Rick Scott for responding so quickly and decisively to Irma, this monster that damaged so much of Florida last week. On Monday, Labor Day, while the then-Category 4 was hundreds of miles off in the Atlantic, nearly a week before projected landfall at Florida’s tip, Scott declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties. For days, he appeared in his “Navy” ball cap...
Gov. Scott wants to require nursing homes to have backup generators for AC

Gov. Scott wants to require nursing homes to have backup generators for AC

Calling the deaths of eight seniors last week an “isolated incident,” a nursing-home industry group will hold a meeting Friday to discuss a move by Gov. Rick Scott to require nursing homes to be equipped with generators to power air-conditioning systems when electricity goes out. The Florida Health Care Association will host an emergency-preparedness “summit” in Tallahassee...
After Hurricane Irma: Lawsuit filed against FPL over power outages

After Hurricane Irma: Lawsuit filed against FPL over power outages

As Florida Power & Light nears the end of its post-Hurricane Irma restoration effort, two Miami-Dade County law firms have filed a lawsuit alleging that FPL charged customers a storm restoration fee yet did nothing to strengthen its grid. John Ruiz, an attorney with MSP Recovery Law Firm in Miami, and Gonzalo Dorta, an attorney with Dorta Law in Coral Gables, filed the lawsuit in Miami-Dade County...
LATEST: West Palm man buys winning lottery ticket at Palm Beach Publix

LATEST: West Palm man buys winning lottery ticket at Palm Beach Publix

A West Palm Beach man has claimed a $1 million prize in the Florida Lottery’s “$10,000,000 Fortune” scratch-off game, lottery officials announced Tuesday. Mark Schay, 49, bought the ticket at the Publix Super Market in Palm Beach. He came to Tallahassee to collect, opting for a one-time lump-sum payment of $792,000. The Publix will get a $2,000 bonus. In 2011, a person bought a ticket...
Florida man posed as cop, pulled gun on motorist, police say

Florida man posed as cop, pulled gun on motorist, police say

A Florida man is accused of pointing a gun at a motorist, pretending to be a law enforcement officer. Antonio Prado, 31, of Homestead was sitting in a marked security vehicle in Davie when a man pulled up next to him and allegedly said: "I hope you get shot in the face, (expletive)," according to WPLG in Miami. The men had been involved in an incident the previous day. Prado...
Jury votes 9-3 for life in prison for man convicted of 1987 murder

Jury votes 9-3 for life in prison for man convicted of 1987 murder

It took a Palm Beach County jury two hours Tuesday to decide to spare 50-year-old Rodney Clark from a death sentence for the 1987 strangulation of Dana Fader. With their verdict, jurors found that prosecutors had proved each of three aggravating factors in the case, including that Clark, of Jackson, Miss., had murdered Fader in a heinous, atrocious and cruel manner. But the 12-member panel voted 9-3...
Part-time Palm Beach man vs. Rocket Man: Full text of Trump’s UN speech

Part-time Palm Beach man vs. Rocket Man: Full text of Trump’s UN speech

Trump to Rocket Man: U.S. ready to “totally destroy” North Korea if nuclear belligerence persists. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) President Donald Trump, making his first United Nations speech, warned North Korea’s Kim Jong Un that the U.S. will “totally destroy” his country if Kim threatens America...
Shot in the face by deputy, West Palm Beach man sues PBSO

Shot in the face by deputy, West Palm Beach man sues PBSO

A 31-year-old West Palm Beach man who was shot in the face in 2014 as he attempted to flee from a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy has sued the agency, claiming the deputy had no reason to shoot him. In the lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court, attorneys representing Joshua Jett claim Deputy Christopher Cabrera falsely claimed he opened fire because he was afraid Jett was going to drive...

After Hurricane Irma: Water district stops pumping water into Lake O

The Army Corps of Engineers began releasing water from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee Estuary today to lower the rapidly rising lake level caused by Hurricane Irma. Last week the corps began releasing lake water into the St. Lucie Estuary on the east side of the lake but was unable to make releases into the Caloosahatchee on the west side of the lake because of flooding in the region. Counties...
BREAKING: State to resume charging tolls on turnpike following Irma

BREAKING: State to resume charging tolls on turnpike following Irma

The state will resume charging tolls on Florida’s Turnpike and other roads and bridges Thursday morning after they were suspended during Hurricane Irma, authorities said Tuesday. Gov. Rick Scott ordered the suspensions Sept. 5 so people could prepare, get supplies, and “quickly and safely evacuate when necessary,” his office said. The tolls go back into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday...
After Hurricane Irma: Pilots flying aid to Key West find ‘ghost town’

After Hurricane Irma: Pilots flying aid to Key West find ‘ghost town’

When volunteer pilot Nathan Zucker of Boca Raton saw a tattered American flag still hanging onto a pole in Key West on Friday, it struck him as the perfect symbol following Hurricane Irma. “A torn, shredded flag, still flying,” said Zucker, 45. Zucker, a flight instructor, had flown to the Keys many times before, but this time, the plane was there to deliver supplies to those who felt...
Palm Beach County OKs 2018 budget, but more financial challenges ahead

Palm Beach County OKs 2018 budget, but more financial challenges ahead

Palm Beach County commissioners quickly approved the county’s $4.5 billion 2018 budge t Monday night, putting additional money into law enforcement and the fight against the opioid crisis as well as giving employees a raise. The budget holds county government property tax rates steady for the seventh year in a row at $4.78 for every $1,000 in taxable property value, excluding debt...
Hurricane Irma: Palm Beach County doesn’t yet have blue roof help site

Hurricane Irma: Palm Beach County doesn’t yet have blue roof help site

Palm Beach County homeowners whose roofs were damaged by Hurricane Irma are eligible for federal Operation Blue Roof assistance — but so far the nearest places to get and submit required paperwork are in Miami-Dade, Collier and Lee counties. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says on its website that a Palm Beach County site is “coming soon.” The Corps manages Operation Blue Roof for...
After Hurricane Irma: State road tolls stay suspended during recovery

After Hurricane Irma: State road tolls stay suspended during recovery

Tolls remain suspended during the Hurricane Irma response. Gov. Rick Scott ordered the suspensions Sept. 5 so people could prepare, get supplies, and “quickly and safely evacuate when necessary,” his office said in a statement at the time. He said Monday in a tweet that the tolls “remain suspended as we focus on recovery efforts. We will keep all Floridians updated.&rdquo...
Palm Beach County judge steps off cases amid claims of friendship bias

Palm Beach County judge steps off cases amid claims of friendship bias

The ongoing saga of last year’s judicial race between attorney Gregg Lerman and successful candidate Dana Santino took another twist this month when a Palm Beach County circuit judge agreed she would not hear any of Lerman’s cases. Without commenting on Lerman’s allegations that she wouldn’t give one of his clients a fair shake because of her friendship with Santino, Circuit...
NEW: Honor Flight soon to offer D.C. tribute trips to Vietnam vets

NEW: Honor Flight soon to offer D.C. tribute trips to Vietnam vets

With the years taking their toll on the ranks of World War II and even Korean War veterans, Southeast Florida Honor Flight — which has a journey set for Saturday — is about to start opening up to veterans of Vietnam. “We still have a substantial waiting list of Korean War veterans (and) we are still getting WWII veterans as well, although their numbers are sadly dwindling,&rdquo...
Hurricane Irma: Death toll in Florida at 34, but number will rise

Hurricane Irma: Death toll in Florida at 34, but number will rise

Hurricane Irma has officially been tied to 34 deaths in Florida, but the number will rise. The figure available Monday morning from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Division of Emergency Management is still being updated. RELATED: The Post’s complete coverage of Hurricane Irma Not every county has been recorded. Absent is Monroe, where recovery efforts continue with ongoing...
Rodney Clark jury hears testimony to decide life or death sentence

Rodney Clark jury hears testimony to decide life or death sentence

A Palm Beach County jury on Tuesday will likely begin deciding between a sentence of life in prison or the death penalty for Rodney Clark, the 50-year-old Jackson, Miss. man whose murder case is the first local test of Florida’s death penalty process since state lawmakers revamped the system that the U.S. Supreme Court had deemed unconstitutional. Testimony resumed Monday after an 11-day break...
Trump-linked Ballard lobby firm adds Justin Sayfie to D.C. office

Trump-linked Ballard lobby firm adds Justin Sayfie to D.C. office

Sayfie Review publisher Justin Sayfie is joining the Washington, D.C., office of Brian Ballard’s lobbying firm. South Florida attorney, Republican operative and longtime enabler of Florida politics junkies Justin Sayfie is  joining the Washington, D.C., office of Ballard Partners — the lobbying firm headed by President Donald Trump Florida confidant...
Today: Ag Sec meets Putnam, Rubio in Florida to assess Hurricane Irma crop damage

Today: Ag Sec meets Putnam, Rubio in Florida to assess Hurricane Irma crop damage

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, shown campaigning for governor in Riviera Beach this year, will meet with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today to discuss Hurricane Irma crop damage. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be in Clewiston and Orlando today to meet Florida Agriculture Commissioner...
One lucky Florida duck rides out Hurricane Irma atop her 13 eggs

One lucky Florida duck rides out Hurricane Irma atop her 13 eggs

Those ducklings better be grateful.  One Muscovy mother reportedly sat through the entire wrath of Hurricane Irma not budging an inch atop her 13 eggs. Joy Anne Trent , of Plant City, posted a photo of the worn-out-and-weathered bird on Tuesday to Facebook. As of Sunday afternoon, it had already been shared over 43,000 times.  In the post, she explains how “Irma,” who...
From Wilma to Irma: Assessing FPL’s post-storm grid, restoration effort

From Wilma to Irma: Assessing FPL’s post-storm grid, restoration effort

Hurricane Wilma roared through South Florida in 2005 and left 6 million people in the dark. It was the worst disaster in Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light’s history — until this week. Hurricane Irma made its first U.S.landfall Sunday at Cudjoe Key and took the dubious “worst disaster” title from Wilma. Overall, Irma knocked out power to 90 percent of FPL’s 5 million...

POINT OF VIEW: Prison evacuations may not be enough for Florida

As Florida officials ordered more than 5 million people across Florida to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma, it is also coordinated thousands of prisoners to be moved into less dangerous facilities. While this sounds better than being left in a cell during floods and destruction, cramming people into already overcrowded prisons may result in more danger for those incarcerated. There are around 100...
Hurricane Irma: Minorities make up 66% of county’s curfew arrests

Hurricane Irma: Minorities make up 66% of county’s curfew arrests

As an attorney who has devoted much of his life to making sure governments don’t stomp on people’s rights, Jim Green said he can understand why Palm Beach County officials flexed one of their biggest muscles during Hurricane Irma, threatening people with arrest if they left their homes. “It was a bad storm,” said Green, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union. &ldquo...
Editorial: Require generators for nursing homes in wake of deaths

Editorial: Require generators for nursing homes in wake of deaths

We can always count on having our shortcomings exposed in the aftermath of a catastrophe. Hurricane Irma is proving to be no exception. For example, crashes caused by impatient drivers playing risky games of “chicken” or “Russian roulette” make it clear that Palm Beach County could use a better plan for handling at least its most dangerous intersections. Placing either temporary...
Who paid $1,092 for two nights at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club?

Who paid $1,092 for two nights at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club?

President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) The bill for a two-night stay at Mar-a-Lago in March. Taxpayers were billed $1,092 so a government official of redacted identity could stay two nights at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in March while the president was spending a weekend in Palm Beach, a transparency...
After Hurricane Irma: Keys couple survive storm hanging on pool floats

After Hurricane Irma: Keys couple survive storm hanging on pool floats

The water rose quickly. “It was bubbling up from the floor. We’re sitting on mangroves here,” said R.J. Potter. He and his girlfriend, Susan Aldrich, hadn’t counted on that when they decided to ride out Hurricane Irma’s rampaging winds in Mangrove Mama’s restaurant on Summerland Key, about 5 miles from where the hurricane’s eye howled ashore Sunday morning...
Hurricane Irma commentary: ‘We help each other through’

Hurricane Irma commentary: ‘We help each other through’

We are surviving, together, through a historic moment — a natural catastrophe so vast it pummeled all of Florida except the Panhandle. Hurricane Irma proved nature’s power — no other hurricane or tropical cyclone has stayed so strong for so long. It also proved, again, the true nature and strength of our community. Through it all, around the clock, our reporters, photographers and...
Hurricane Irma: Employees question county shelter staffing policy

Hurricane Irma: Employees question county shelter staffing policy

No on-site training. Little guidance. Long, exhausting hours of work with frightened, confused residents. And, perhaps worst of all, forced separation from family members during a hurricane. Palm Beach County’s requirement that county employees staff evacuation shelters was an unfair, forced burden on employees who were ill-equipped to provide meaningful assistance to the people they were assigned...
Federal worker’s two-day stay at Mar-a-Lago cost U.S. taxpayers $1,092

Federal worker’s two-day stay at Mar-a-Lago cost U.S. taxpayers $1,092

Taxpayers spent $1,092 in March for a government official to stay two nights at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club while the president was visiting Palm Beach, according to a document obtained by transparency advocates who submitted a federal Freedom of Information Act request. The payment shows an improper merging of Trump’s public office and private business interests, contends...
Letters Special-needs shelter gets special thanks

Letters Special-needs shelter gets special thanks

Special-needs shelter gets special thanks My wife and I just returned Wednesday from the special-needs evacuation center at the South Florida Fairgrounds. We felt that we must comment about the wonderful volunteers who took care of us there. They were most helpful in addressing any of our needs with courtesy and interest in making our stay as comfortable as possible while taking care of more than...

POINT OF VIEW: Hold legislators’ feet to fire on money for land buys

Florida legislators are due back in Tallahassee this month to begin deliberating the public’s business. In committee meetings, they will start deciding which issues will become priorities for the 60-day 2018 legislative session that begins in January. One question all citizens should be asking our lawmakers: Will they once again blatantly ignore Florida voters by failing to appropriate adequate...
After Hurricane Irma: Mass evacuation wasn’t convenient, but it worked

After Hurricane Irma: Mass evacuation wasn’t convenient, but it worked

Emergency managers often fret that Floridians don’t take hurricanes seriously. That worry proved unfounded for Hurricane Irma, a monster storm that transformed even the most jaded among us into hypervigilant disaster planners. In the largest evacuation in state history, 6 million Floridians fled their homes — and while some lived in low-lying areas at risk of storm surge or flooding, many...
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...
Hurricane Irma: Melania Trump speaks out after Florida visit

Hurricane Irma: Melania Trump speaks out after Florida visit

First lady Melania Trump in April talking to girls from HomeSafe in Lake Worth. (photo provided by HomeSafe) First lady Melania Trump, who accompanied President Donald Trump to Fort Myers and Naples on Thursday to check out  Hurricane Irma recovery efforts, spoke out about the experience on Thursday night at a White House...
Hurricane Irma: Melania Trump saw ‘true spirit’ of America in Florida

Hurricane Irma: Melania Trump saw ‘true spirit’ of America in Florida

First lady Melania Trump says she saw “the true spirit of this nation” when she visited Southwest Florida with President Donald Trump on Thursday to inspect Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. After visiting Fort Myers and Naples with the president and Vice President Mike Pence during the day, Melania Trump spoke at a White House Historical Association dinner in Washington Thursday night...
Palm Beach County courts slow to restart after Hurricane Irma

Palm Beach County courts slow to restart after Hurricane Irma

At the Palm Beach County courthouse in West Palm Beach, the first morning after a long holiday usually brings with it longer-than-usual lines to get inside, crowded courtrooms and endless waits to pay parking tickets. On Thursday, however, the first day that the county’s main courthouse was open in the aftermath of a five-day hiatus for Hurricane Irma, deserted hallways and nearly empty courtrooms...
After Irma in Florida: Trump serves food, urges Scott run for Senate

After Irma in Florida: Trump serves food, urges Scott run for Senate

President Donald Trump told Floridians reeling from Hurricane Irma he’s “there for you 100 percent” during a Thursday visit to a corner of the state where more than three-fifths of homes and businesses remained without power four days after the storm. Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spent a little more than three hours in Southwest Florida, stopping...
With Lake Okeechobee on way to 10-year high, corps releases water east

With Lake Okeechobee on way to 10-year high, corps releases water east

The aging, worrisome dike around Lake Okeechobee withstood Hurricane Irma but in the weeks ahead water levels could reach 17 feet — the highest level in 10 years — as storm water continues to drain into the lake, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. As water levels rise above 15.5 feet, above the corps’ comfort level, the corps usually releases lake water into the Caloosahatchee...
After Irma: Florida agriculture losses widespread, billions in damage

After Irma: Florida agriculture losses widespread, billions in damage

Palm Beach County and Florida agricultural producers ventured into their fields and groves after Hurricane Irma to find oranges ripped from trees, shade houses gone, vegetable beds ruined, sugar cane flattened, and power poles and lines down. This week, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Thomas Rooney viewed the...
After Irma: Sixty-four Florida nursing homes still without power

After Irma: Sixty-four Florida nursing homes still without power

The number of nursing homes in Florida still without power stood at 64 midday Thursday — down from about 400 that lost power due to Hurricane Irma, according to the Florida Health Care Association. The plight of residents in nursing homes and other residential health care facilities turned dire on Wednesday, when heat reportedly contributed to the death of eight residents in a Broward...
After Irma: FPL has restored power to more than 70% of customers

After Irma: FPL has restored power to more than 70% of customers

More than 70 percent of Florida Power & Light’s customers’ power has been restored, and the most difficult part of the restoration has begun, FPL spokesman Bryan Garner said Thursday. It’s Day Three in the post-Hurricane Irma massive effort to turn the lights back on in the largest outage in Florida’s and the nation’s history. A workforce of 21,500 men and women is working...
Hurricane Irma: Trump urges Scott Senate bid during Florida trip

Hurricane Irma: Trump urges Scott Senate bid during Florida trip

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have arrived in Southwest Florida to inspect Hurricane Irma damage in Fort Myers and Naples and talk to Floridians affected by the storm. Trump also took time to put in a political plug — as he did during his last Florida visit in June — for Florida Gov. Rick Scott to run for Senate next year against Democratic...
Sen. Nelson to firms: Waive late fees, issue rebates for Irma victims

Sen. Nelson to firms: Waive late fees, issue rebates for Irma victims

Sen. Bill Nelson is asking the CEOs of America’s largest cell and internet providers to waive late fees and issue rebates for victims of Hurricane Irma. “As we begin the recovery process, it’s important that consumers not be saddled with late fees and other unnecessary costs — particularly those without the means to deal with such costs,” Nelson’s letter states...
Hurricane Irma: Sens. Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio are bipartisan disaster buddies

Hurricane Irma: Sens. Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio are bipartisan disaster buddies

Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson in Belle Glade on Wednesday. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) BELLE GLADE — Glades residents who lined up Wednesday for a hot meal and some bottled water after Hurricane Irma also got a chance to interact with both of Florida’s U.S. senators. “This is bipartisanship here,” Florida Democratic Sen...
After Hurricane Irma: Trump, Pence make two Florida stops today

After Hurricane Irma: Trump, Pence make two Florida stops today

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will visit Fort Myers and Naples in Southwest Florida today for a briefing on Hurricane Irma relief efforts and to meet people affected by the storm. First Lady Melania Trump is also expected to attend, though she was not specifically mentioned in a brief White House overview of the trip released Wednesday night. The Trump organization...
Letters Memories of Irma? People’s kindness

Letters Memories of Irma? People’s kindness

Memories of Irma? People’s kindness A big part of my Hurricane Irma experience is the kindness of people. I got to the JFK Medical Center cafeteria on Monday after it had just closed. A stranger opened up his bag and shared a meal; best beef, pasta, and squash I ever tasted. One neighbor shared enough gas to power my chainsaw to address my downed trees. Another neighbor is buying a generator...
Mounts Botanical Garden spared devastating blow from Hurricane Irma

Mounts Botanical Garden spared devastating blow from Hurricane Irma

When Rochelle Wolberg visited Mounts Botanical Garden after Hurricane Irma tore through South Florida on Sunday, she steeled herself for the worst. But the director and curator of the gardens on Military Trail was pleasantly surprised by the condition of the 14-acre tropical oasis just west of Palm Beach International Airport. While some trees were down and there is much work to be done before...
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...
Eight dead in Hollywood nursing home; politicians demand answers

Eight dead in Hollywood nursing home; politicians demand answers

They entrusted their elderly mothers, sisters, distant relatives to The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. That trust, tragically, was misplaced. On Wednesday, these families learned how their loved ones were left suffering in the smothering and ultimately deadly heat that festered in the wake of air-conditioning outages caused by Hurricane Irma. Eight of The Rehab Center’s patients...
After Hurricane Irma in Palm Beach County on Tuesday

After Hurricane Irma in Palm Beach County on Tuesday

The annoying and potentially dangerous game of who goes first at busy intersections throughout Palm Beach County is slowly coming to an end. With nearly 1,000 traffic lights back working at some of the county’s 1,200 most treacherous intersections, many motorists are no longer at the mercy of those who don’t know the simple rule: Treat intersections without lights like a four-way stop...
Hurricane Irma: Sens. Nelson, Rubio dish out food, promises to Glades

Hurricane Irma: Sens. Nelson, Rubio dish out food, promises to Glades

Hurricane Irma could have been a lot worse, many Glades residents said Wednesday, but for those facing three days without power the storm’s aftermath can be hot and frustrating. “This hurricane, it was pretty OK because we didn’t have any damage,” said Vanessa Creary as she and her three children picked up a hot lunch and bottled water distributed by a collection of business...
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...
FPL responds to nursing home tragedy, updates power restoration effort

FPL responds to nursing home tragedy, updates power restoration effort

Following the deaths Wednesday of six people who resided at a Hollywood Hills nursing home where Hurricane Irma knocked out power, Florida Power & Light officials said the facility was not on the list of top-tier infrastructure facilities Broward County provided in March. FPL spokesman Rob Gould said, “What we have seen is something extremely tragic. It points to the need for having plans in...
Hurricane Irma: New photos show paradise destroyed in Florida Keys

Hurricane Irma: New photos show paradise destroyed in Florida Keys

You can smell Hurricane Irma’s leftovers before you see them in the Florida Keys. The powerful storm surge that roared over the Middle Keys left the main highway covered in seaweed, tiny crabs, shrimp and fish, now decomposing in plowed mounds by the side of U.S. 1. A roadblock at Florida City is preventing anyone but residents from traveling down the single road in and out of the string...
Editorial: Hurricane Irma spared Palm Beach County its worst

Editorial: Hurricane Irma spared Palm Beach County its worst

We were lucky, Palm Beach County. Hurricane Irma, after taunting us for days with its record-breaking size and power, spared us its worst. RELATED LINK: Hurricane Irma: Curfew starts later, ends earlier, Schools out rest of week; Refrain from flushing It may not seem that way to some. Not if you’re one of the roughly 300,000 residents still without power. Not if you’re one of the thousands...
Hurricane Irma: Donald, Melania Trump to visit Florida to survey damage

Hurricane Irma: Donald, Melania Trump to visit Florida to survey damage

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will visit Florida on Thursday to survey damage from Hurricane Irma. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the president’s visit during today’s press briefing. Melania Trump revealed on Twitter that she will travel with the president. “My concern continues for all impacted by the hurricanes. Will fly to #Florida...
Hurricane Irma: What Trump Org says about Mar-a-Lago, Florida golf courses

Hurricane Irma: What Trump Org says about Mar-a-Lago, Florida golf courses

Here’s a post-Irma look at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club from Ocean Boulevard on Monday. (Rich Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) At least five of President Donald Trump‘s properties were in the path of Hurricane Irma. His Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, ...
Hurricane Irma: Trump Organization ‘assessing’ Mar-a-Lago, golf courses

Hurricane Irma: Trump Organization ‘assessing’ Mar-a-Lago, golf courses

President Donald Trump’s business empire is “still assessing” the impact of Hurricane Irma on his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and his other properties in Florida and St. Martin. Mar-a-Lago appears to have survived major wind damage, The Palm Beach Daily News reported. Trump also owns the Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach, Trump National Golf Club in...
Hurricane Irma: Palm Beach County shortens curfew; 100 arrested

Hurricane Irma: Palm Beach County shortens curfew; 100 arrested

UPDATE: The county’s mandatory curfew now runs from midnight through 6 a.m., until further notice, emergency management authorities announced. Original Story, 2 p.m. Tuesday: Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies have arrested 100 people since Sunday for violating the county’s Hurricane Irma curfew, according to numbers released Tuesday by the sheriff&rsquo...
Hurricane Irma: County fire workers seek dead, injured in Florida Keys

Hurricane Irma: County fire workers seek dead, injured in Florida Keys

UPDATE, Wednesday, 8:30 am: Starting Wednesday morning, 27 members of a special emergency management team from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue will assist as search and rescue teams go door to door in the Florida Keys, looking for dead or injured residents. Hurricane Irma: Follow the latest headlines Two field hospitals are being set up in Key West and Marathon, with supplies flown in on military C-130...
Adam Putnam’s big money lead continues in Florida governor’s race

Adam Putnam’s big money lead continues in Florida governor’s race

Top row, from left: Democrats Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Chris King and Philip Levine. Bottom row, from left: Republicans Richard Corcoran, RonDeSantis, Jack Latvala and Adam Putnam. Republican Adam Putnam began September with more than a 3-to-1 cash advantage over his nearest GOP rival in the 2018 Florida governor’s race and more than a 5-to-1 money ...
Hurricane Irma: In a mostly unscathed Miami, was it fake news?

Hurricane Irma: In a mostly unscathed Miami, was it fake news?

In Miami and Coral Gables, Hurricane Irma knocked down trees and signs and left some streets muddy. But overall, the damage was small. In downtown Miami’s Brickell district, Irma turned the streets into rivers, knocking down trees and even blowing out some windows in a few high-rise buildings. Along Brickell Avenue on Monday, cleanup crews swept up broken glass and Miami police directed traffic...
Hurricane Irma: Panic in the little frame house on Marco Island

Hurricane Irma: Panic in the little frame house on Marco Island

For a moment Sunday night, Gary Stringer thought Hurricane Irma was about to blow his little red house into the Gulf of Mexico – with him, his roommate and their two dogs in it. As the hurricane’s eye passed over Marco Island, they ran from room to room in the darkness, fearing what the forces behind the groans and crashes outside were doing to his woodframe house at 345 Coconut Ave. in...
Irma smashes trees, floods parts of Belle Glade but dike holds

Irma smashes trees, floods parts of Belle Glade but dike holds

Life in Belle Glade isn’t a bowl of cherries even without a hurricane smashing trees, flooding neighborhoods and snuffing out electrical power. But one day after Hurricane Irma roared through South Florida, the residents of one of Palm Beach County’s poorest communities were faced with each of those unpleasant realities. Like people throughout the storm-battered county, Belle Glade&rsquo...
Hurricane Irma: Aussie rides it out on yacht in West Palm Intracoastal

Hurricane Irma: Aussie rides it out on yacht in West Palm Intracoastal

Geoff Bradley never takes his yacht to port — not even for a hurricane. Not even for Irma. The 57-year-old Australia native didn’t mean to put his 90-foot boat through what was slated to be one of the biggest storms to hit the U.S., but happenstances — and an expired visa — meant “Anna Marie” took off from the Bahamas to Palm Beach County about a week before Hurricane...
Palm Beach Zoo loses three animals, suffers tree damage during Irma

Palm Beach Zoo loses three animals, suffers tree damage during Irma

The Palm Beach Zoo lost three animals and suffered “major” tree damage during Hurricane Irma’s blast through South Florida, zoo spokeswoman Naki Carter said Monday. Storm-related stress was likely what killed a tree frog, a toucan-like bird named Aracari and an otter named Rudder, Carter said, adding that all other animals are accounted for and safe. A huge ficus tree near the entrance...
Hurricane Irma: Indiantown neighbors marvel at Irma-induced sinkhole

Hurricane Irma: Indiantown neighbors marvel at Irma-induced sinkhole

For three years, Indianwood Golf and Country Club has been both the place Carolyn Clutter called home and the place where nothing ever really happened. So in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which blew carports and Florida room screens off a few units but caused no major structural damage to any homes, Clutter shook her head on Monday as she stood just beyond a television news truck and a group of...
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