Bill DiPaolo

Bill DiPaolo is a native of Boston. Since 1980, he has covered police, politics, trends and just about everything else for Florida newspapers in Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Pensacola and West Palm Beach. A graduate of the University of Florida, he has a master's degree in urban planning from Ball State University. He lives in West Palm Beach with his wife, Carolyn, editor of the business section of The Palm Beach Post, and daughter Bonnie.

Latest from Bill DiPaolo

Diving for golf balls a lucrative business — if you can avoid the gators
 When Stephen Martinez says he’s had a tough day at work, he’s not kidding. Twice, he’s been bitten by alligators. A snapping turtle almost busted his face mask. Snakes slither by. His murky workplace has almost zero visibility. His job? Scrape out the golf lakes up to 45 feet deep for those millions of wayward golf shots...

Posted: a day ago

When Stephen Martinez says he’s had a tough day at work, he’s not kidding. Twice, he’s been bitten by alligators. A snapping turtle almost busted his face mask. Snakes slither by. His murky workplace has almost zero visibility. His job? Scrape out the golf lakes up to 45 feet deep for those millions of wayward golf shots...
Jupiter Farms resident wins ice carving championship in Canada
 The champion in the 2018 Ice Magic International Ice Carving Competition held in the Canadian Rockies in January is from — Jupiter Farms? About 20,000 cheering spectators stood in the snow in subfreezing temperatures at Lake Louise to watch Ben Rand and his team partner, Scott Harrison of Canada, carve their design. Chisels, chain saws...

Posted: 2 days ago

The champion in the 2018 Ice Magic International Ice Carving Competition held in the Canadian Rockies in January is from — Jupiter Farms? About 20,000 cheering spectators stood in the snow in subfreezing temperatures at Lake Louise to watch Ben Rand and his team partner, Scott Harrison of Canada, carve their design. Chisels, chain saws...
Gov. Scott to talk about tourism Thursday in Juno Beach
 Florida Governor Rick Scott is scheduled to give his annual Florida tourism press conference at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach on Thursday at 1 p.m. Scott is expected to address address the current state of Florida’s tourism industry.

Posted: 3 days ago

Florida Governor Rick Scott is scheduled to give his annual Florida tourism press conference at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach on Thursday at 1 p.m. Scott is expected to address address the current state of Florida’s tourism industry.
Historic building to be floated on barge Thursday in Stuart
 The historic Clifton Guest and Fishing Lodge, built in 1915 by prolific Stuart builder Sam Matthews, is expected to be placed on a barge Thursday and floated on the St. Lucie River to a new home. The 2,500-square-foot lodge at 41 S.E. Seminole St. is being relocated roughly 1,500 feet away. The home will be wheeled to the barge around 4 p...

Posted: 3 days ago

The historic Clifton Guest and Fishing Lodge, built in 1915 by prolific Stuart builder Sam Matthews, is expected to be placed on a barge Thursday and floated on the St. Lucie River to a new home. The 2,500-square-foot lodge at 41 S.E. Seminole St. is being relocated roughly 1,500 feet away. The home will be wheeled to the barge around 4 p...
Planned burn scheduled for Wednesday in Hobe Sound
 Smoke is likely over coastal northern Palm Beach County and southern Martin County during Wednesday’s prescribed burn at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound. The prescribed burn will consist of 102 acres west of US 1 and east of the railroad tracks, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The prescribed...

Posted: 4 days ago

Smoke is likely over coastal northern Palm Beach County and southern Martin County during Wednesday’s prescribed burn at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound. The prescribed burn will consist of 102 acres west of US 1 and east of the railroad tracks, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The prescribed...
What’s going on at Jupiter Farms Road and Indiantown Road?
 Installing new eastbound and westbound turn lanes on Indiantown and Jupiter Farms roads is scheduled to be finished in mid-June. New drainage and paving is also being added on the project that started in December. Orange barricades are up and traffic is being rerouted at the intersection while the work is being completed. About 23,000 vehicles...

Posted: 5 days ago

Installing new eastbound and westbound turn lanes on Indiantown and Jupiter Farms roads is scheduled to be finished in mid-June. New drainage and paving is also being added on the project that started in December. Orange barricades are up and traffic is being rerouted at the intersection while the work is being completed. About 23,000 vehicles...
NEW: Volunteers hope to raise $2 million to restore old Jupiter school
 Jim Sparger, a volunteer at Jupiter Elementary School, wants to return the auditorium in the historic Jupiter school to its former luster. “I remember there were basketball games. Political debates. They gave out vaccines. There were community functions. It was the heart of Jupiter,” said Tequesta resident Sparger, a former teacher...

Posted: 5 days ago

Jim Sparger, a volunteer at Jupiter Elementary School, wants to return the auditorium in the historic Jupiter school to its former luster. “I remember there were basketball games. Political debates. They gave out vaccines. There were community functions. It was the heart of Jupiter,” said Tequesta resident Sparger, a former teacher...
Things to do in Jupiter: Turtlefest looking for volunteers

Posted: 5 days ago

VOLUNTEERS, ARTISTS AND VENDORS NEEDED The Loggerhead Marinelife Center is seeking volunteers for the 15th annual TurtleFest on March 24. The event is planned at LMC on U.S. 1 in Juno Beach and is expected to draw about 10,000 people. LMC is seeking volunteers to work about five-hour shifts in the morning or afternoon. Volunteers get a free...
Lots of improvements at Jupiter’s spring training stadium
 The new signs are up with the new name for Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter’s Abacoa. The 7,000-seat stadium has made about $560,000 improvements fans will see when the spring training season open Feb. 23, including a new chickee hut.

Posted: 5 days ago

The new signs are up with the new name for Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter’s Abacoa. The 7,000-seat stadium has made about $560,000 improvements fans will see when the spring training season open Feb. 23, including a new chickee hut.
Newest addition at Jupiter’s spring training stadium… a chickee hut
 Spring training baseball fans will find another upgrade at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium — a chickee hut. Guanabanas restaurant is building the 15-feet-by-30-foot building next to the left field bullpen. Stadium concessions will be sold from the hut. In exchange, Guanabanas is posting its logo signs on the east and south sides of the...

Posted: 7 days ago

Spring training baseball fans will find another upgrade at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium — a chickee hut. Guanabanas restaurant is building the 15-feet-by-30-foot building next to the left field bullpen. Stadium concessions will be sold from the hut. In exchange, Guanabanas is posting its logo signs on the east and south sides of the...
NEW: Luxury condos proposed in Jupiter across from Harbourside Place
 A revised plan for the latest luxury residential development on Jupiter’s waterfront — this one with onsite workforce housing with prices regulated by the town — goes before a town board on Tuesday. The tallest condominium for Fisherman’s Wharf would be about 64 feet, higher than the town code allowance of 40 feet...

Posted: 8 days ago

A revised plan for the latest luxury residential development on Jupiter’s waterfront — this one with onsite workforce housing with prices regulated by the town — goes before a town board on Tuesday. The tallest condominium for Fisherman’s Wharf would be about 64 feet, higher than the town code allowance of 40 feet...