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

VIDEO: Hundreds in Delray hear students’ emotional pleas for gun control
 About 20 miles from the school where 17 people were shot and killed last week, hundreds gathered in downtown Delray Beach Monday evening to hear the emotional pleas of children who survived the massacre — the latest in a wave of local protests calling for gun control. As was the case with other recent protests, teenagers who...

Posted: 15 hours ago

About 20 miles from the school where 17 people were shot and killed last week, hundreds gathered in downtown Delray Beach Monday evening to hear the emotional pleas of children who survived the massacre — the latest in a wave of local protests calling for gun control. As was the case with other recent protests, teenagers who...
NEW: Jupiter Medical Center plans urgent care center in Stuart
 Jupiter Medical Center, the town’s largest employer, plans to open its fifth off-site urgent care center in five years — this one in Stuart. The 4,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open this summer in the Baron Shoppes on 2650 SE Federal Highway. The center will have about six exam rooms, x-ray equipment and lab services...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Jupiter Medical Center, the town’s largest employer, plans to open its fifth off-site urgent care center in five years — this one in Stuart. The 4,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open this summer in the Baron Shoppes on 2650 SE Federal Highway. The center will have about six exam rooms, x-ray equipment and lab services...
Artists work on display in Jupiter
 FLORIDA ARTISTS WORK ON DISPLAY An exhibition at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta that features the multi-media art work of five Florida artists is open until Saturday. The displays feature cultural, historic and environmental issues of Florida. The artwork is from Xavier Cortada of Miami, Sarah Crooks of Jacksonville, Mary GrandPre&rsquo...

Posted: 22 hours ago

FLORIDA ARTISTS WORK ON DISPLAY An exhibition at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta that features the multi-media art work of five Florida artists is open until Saturday. The displays feature cultural, historic and environmental issues of Florida. The artwork is from Xavier Cortada of Miami, Sarah Crooks of Jacksonville, Mary GrandPre&rsquo...
Join up for Healthier Jupiter - IT’S FREE
 Couch to 5K, a nine-week town initiative to promote a healthier lifestyle, starts March 3. The program organized by Healthier Jupiter each Saturday morning runs through April 28. Meetings are at the Jupiter Medical Center’s Cary Grossman Health & Wellness Center , 1004 S. Old Dixie Highway. The program is free. JUPITER READERS: Sign...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Couch to 5K, a nine-week town initiative to promote a healthier lifestyle, starts March 3. The program organized by Healthier Jupiter each Saturday morning runs through April 28. Meetings are at the Jupiter Medical Center’s Cary Grossman Health & Wellness Center , 1004 S. Old Dixie Highway. The program is free. JUPITER READERS: Sign...
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: 3 days 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: 4 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: 5 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: 6 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: 6 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: 7 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: 7 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...