Eliot Kleinberg

Eliot Kleinberg, born in South Florida, has spent nearly four decades as a reporter, including 30 years at The Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach. In addition to covering local news, he also writes extensively about Florida and Florida history.   He has written nine books, all focusing on Florida. They include "Black Cloud", on the great 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane; two "Weird Florida" books, and "Palm Beach Past" and "Wicked Palm Beach", both of them collections of items from "Post Time," his weekly local history column that has run in the Post for more than 17 years.   He’s currently completing his tenth book, Peace River, a historical novel based at the end of the Civil War.   The son of longtime prominent South Florida journalist Howard Kleinberg, he graduated from Miami-area public schools and the University of Florida. He is a member of the Florida, South Florida and Palm Beach County historical societies. He and his wife are the parents of two adult sons and live in suburban Boca Raton. You can reach Eliot by email at Eliot_Kleinberg@pbpost.com. www.eliotkleinberg.com

Latest from Eliot Kleinberg

What happens to pilots who violate Trump air space?
 When motorists speed, or run a stop sign, they get a ticket. But what about those pilots that cross into no-fly zones when President Donald Trump is at Mar-a-Lago? There are consequences, authorities say. When the president visits his “Winter White House,” all air operations, with a few exceptions, are prohibited within the...

Posted: a day ago

When motorists speed, or run a stop sign, they get a ticket. But what about those pilots that cross into no-fly zones when President Donald Trump is at Mar-a-Lago? There are consequences, authorities say. When the president visits his “Winter White House,” all air operations, with a few exceptions, are prohibited within the...
Tournament: best way to honor lost fisherman is to get back on lake
 The league that ran the Lake Okeechobee tournament at which pro fisherman Nik Kayler died this month said Wednesday it will get back to competitions on the lake, saying that’s the best way to honor him. The Fishing League Worldwide Tour said it will start its 23rd season Jan. 25 with an event on the lake that will...

Posted: a day ago

The league that ran the Lake Okeechobee tournament at which pro fisherman Nik Kayler died this month said Wednesday it will get back to competitions on the lake, saying that’s the best way to honor him. The Fishing League Worldwide Tour said it will start its 23rd season Jan. 25 with an event on the lake that will...
POST TIME: Iconic Barefoot Mailman route ended 125 years ago this week
 Readers: In January 1893, federal postal officials opted not to renew their 8-year old contract for Star Route #6451. Thus came to an end, 125 years ago this week, the venture of one of the most colorful characters in South Florida’s pioneer history: the Barefoot Mailman. The Historical Society of Palm Beach County places the official...

Posted: a day ago

Readers: In January 1893, federal postal officials opted not to renew their 8-year old contract for Star Route #6451. Thus came to an end, 125 years ago this week, the venture of one of the most colorful characters in South Florida’s pioneer history: the Barefoot Mailman. The Historical Society of Palm Beach County places the official...
Authorities: Fighter jets intercepted three aviators during Trump stay
 The military scrambled fighter jets three times this past holiday weekend to intercept small private planes that had violated air space near Mar-a-Lago while President Donald Trump was there and who didn’t respond to radio calls, authorities confirmed Tuesday. The three were among eight pilots who entered the no-fly rings during the...

Posted: 2 days ago

The military scrambled fighter jets three times this past holiday weekend to intercept small private planes that had violated air space near Mar-a-Lago while President Donald Trump was there and who didn’t respond to radio calls, authorities confirmed Tuesday. The three were among eight pilots who entered the no-fly rings during the...
Crash that killed girl, 13, capped clandestine first date with boy, 17
 Karenine Saint Louis could have died last summer crossing the street, or on a ride to the mall with her mother. What makes the story of her death tragic is the sum of its parts. Arranging a clandestine rendezvous with a boy she’d just met and who didn’t even know her last name. Sneaking out of bed in the dead of night and...

Posted: 6 days ago

Karenine Saint Louis could have died last summer crossing the street, or on a ride to the mall with her mother. What makes the story of her death tragic is the sum of its parts. Arranging a clandestine rendezvous with a boy she’d just met and who didn’t even know her last name. Sneaking out of bed in the dead of night and...
Body of missing fisherman found in Lake Okeechobee
 Just before noon Wednesday, the relatives and friends of Nik Kayler spoke quietly among themselves and shared hugs. Hours earlier, a nearly weeklong search had ended for the 38-year-old Army veteran, husband and father, missing since he was flung overboard into the rough waves of Lake Okeechobee last Thursday during a fishing tournament...

Posted: 7 days ago

Just before noon Wednesday, the relatives and friends of Nik Kayler spoke quietly among themselves and shared hugs. Hours earlier, a nearly weeklong search had ended for the 38-year-old Army veteran, husband and father, missing since he was flung overboard into the rough waves of Lake Okeechobee last Thursday during a fishing tournament...
LATEST: Burned Fort Pierce-area girl fighting infections, family says
 Even as well-wishers continued to raise money for her family, 14-year-old Layne Chesney fought infections this week as she recovered from burns suffered in a bonfire flare-up on New Year’s Eve. Layne was at the home of a friend southwest of Fort Pierce when she picked up a can of gasoline to refresh the fire. The can exploded in her...

Posted: 8 days ago

Even as well-wishers continued to raise money for her family, 14-year-old Layne Chesney fought infections this week as she recovered from burns suffered in a bonfire flare-up on New Year’s Eve. Layne was at the home of a friend southwest of Fort Pierce when she picked up a can of gasoline to refresh the fire. The can exploded in her...
BREAKING: Body of missing fisherman found in Lake Okeechobee
 Just before noon Wednesday, the relatives and friends of Nik Kayler spoke quietly among themselves and shared hugs. Hours earlier, a nearly weeklong search had ended for the 38-year-old Army veteran, husband and father, missing since he was flung overboard into the rough waves of Lake Okeechobee last Thursday during a fishing tournament....

Posted: 8 days ago

Just before noon Wednesday, the relatives and friends of Nik Kayler spoke quietly among themselves and shared hugs. Hours earlier, a nearly weeklong search had ended for the 38-year-old Army veteran, husband and father, missing since he was flung overboard into the rough waves of Lake Okeechobee last Thursday during a fishing tournament....
“POST TIME:” South Florida Fair moved to current locale 60 years ago
 For Palm Beach County residents, and especially youngsters, the new year also means the South Florida Fair. It hasn’t always been at its eponymous current location, west of Florida’s Turnpike on Southern Boulevard. It moved there 60 years ago, on Jan. 27, 1958. The “Palm Beach County Fair” started in March...

Posted: 8 days ago

For Palm Beach County residents, and especially youngsters, the new year also means the South Florida Fair. It hasn’t always been at its eponymous current location, west of Florida’s Turnpike on Southern Boulevard. It moved there 60 years ago, on Jan. 27, 1958. The “Palm Beach County Fair” started in March...
NEW: Missing fisherman’s family posts $10,000 reward for his recovery
 As the search for missing fisherman Nik Kayler entered its fifth day Tuesday, his family offered a $10,000 reward for his recovery. Authorities have said the 38-year-old Army veteran, husband and father, was flung overboard Thursday into Lake Okeechobee as he and another angler participated in the first day of the Fishing League Worldwide&rsquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

As the search for missing fisherman Nik Kayler entered its fifth day Tuesday, his family offered a $10,000 reward for his recovery. Authorities have said the 38-year-old Army veteran, husband and father, was flung overboard Thursday into Lake Okeechobee as he and another angler participated in the first day of the Fishing League Worldwide&rsquo...
County marks anniversary of 1924 deputy’s slaying
 The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday marked the anniversary of the Jan. 9, 1924 death of deputy Frederick A. Baker, one of the county’s first deputies slain in the line of duty. The agency made a posting on its Facebook page, as it does for all such anniversaries, and also noted that Tuesday was Law Enforcement Appreciation...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday marked the anniversary of the Jan. 9, 1924 death of deputy Frederick A. Baker, one of the county’s first deputies slain in the line of duty. The agency made a posting on its Facebook page, as it does for all such anniversaries, and also noted that Tuesday was Law Enforcement Appreciation...