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

Alleged Parkland shooter left suburban Lantana home over gun dispute
 Nikolas Cruz, the man charged in this week’s school massacre, left a suburban Lantana mobile home in November because his benefactor gave him an ultimatum: you or the gun. “He bought a gun and wanted to bring it into my house,” Rocxanne Deschamps said publicly in comments that have since been removed from her Facebook page...

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Nikolas Cruz, the man charged in this week’s school massacre, left a suburban Lantana mobile home in November because his benefactor gave him an ultimatum: you or the gun. “He bought a gun and wanted to bring it into my house,” Rocxanne Deschamps said publicly in comments that have since been removed from her Facebook page...
Lawyer: Family where alleged Broward school gunman lived ‘horrified’
 A northern Broward County family decided to help out an orphan who had nowhere else to go. What they got was the world “gone crazy” and law-enforcement officers crawling over their home west of Boca Raton, their lawyer says. Within hours of Wednesday afternoon’s high school shooting in Parkland, authorities surrounded a...

Posted: 3 days ago

A northern Broward County family decided to help out an orphan who had nowhere else to go. What they got was the world “gone crazy” and law-enforcement officers crawling over their home west of Boca Raton, their lawyer says. Within hours of Wednesday afternoon’s high school shooting in Parkland, authorities surrounded a...
Lawyer: Family where alleged Broward school gunman lived ‘horrified’
 A northern Broward County family decided to help out an orphan who had nowhere else to go. What they got was the world “gone crazy” and law-enforcement officers crawling over their home west of Boca Raton, their lawyer says. Within hours of Wednesday afternoon’s high school shooting in Parkland, authorities surrounded a...

Posted: 3 days ago

A northern Broward County family decided to help out an orphan who had nowhere else to go. What they got was the world “gone crazy” and law-enforcement officers crawling over their home west of Boca Raton, their lawyer says. Within hours of Wednesday afternoon’s high school shooting in Parkland, authorities surrounded a...
POST TIME: County’s first paper, the Gazetteer, founded 125 years ago
 Readers: One of the more interesting aspects of local history is the story of the institutions that chronicled it. While The Palm Beach Post turned 100 in 2016, it wasn’t the first newspaper actually born in Palm Beach County. That distinction goes to a publication called the Weekly Gazetteer, founded 125 years ago. Here&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Readers: One of the more interesting aspects of local history is the story of the institutions that chronicled it. While The Palm Beach Post turned 100 in 2016, it wasn’t the first newspaper actually born in Palm Beach County. That distinction goes to a publication called the Weekly Gazetteer, founded 125 years ago. Here&rsquo...
Broward school shooting: Who was Marjory Stoneman Douglas?
 Editor’s Note: Wednesday’s horrible mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School may leave some Florida newcomers or outsiders wondering who the school is named for. She was one of the most famous Floridians, an author, feminist and ardent environmentalist known as “The Voice of the Everglades.” Here is Palm...

Posted: 4 days ago

Editor’s Note: Wednesday’s horrible mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School may leave some Florida newcomers or outsiders wondering who the school is named for. She was one of the most famous Floridians, an author, feminist and ardent environmentalist known as “The Voice of the Everglades.” Here is Palm...
NEW: No sonic booms during Trump air-security exercise, Air Force says
 Numerous people who hadn’t read or heard reports that military jets would be roaring low over Palm Beach County on Wednesday morning, some of them just 3,500 feet off the ground, took to social media to describe unsettling flyovers. But if anyone insisted they heard a sonic boom, they’re mistaken, a military spokesman said Wednesday...

Posted: 4 days ago

Numerous people who hadn’t read or heard reports that military jets would be roaring low over Palm Beach County on Wednesday morning, some of them just 3,500 feet off the ground, took to social media to describe unsettling flyovers. But if anyone insisted they heard a sonic boom, they’re mistaken, a military spokesman said Wednesday...
NEW: Military jets to fly as low as 3,500 feet over county today
 Military jets will fly over Palm Beach County this morning, some of them just 3,500 feet off the ground, in training related to their patrols when President Donald Trump spends the weekend in Palm Beach, authorities said Tuesday. The “Falcon Hawk 18” exercise is set for 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, said a release from Tyndall...

Posted: 5 days ago

Military jets will fly over Palm Beach County this morning, some of them just 3,500 feet off the ground, in training related to their patrols when President Donald Trump spends the weekend in Palm Beach, authorities said Tuesday. The “Falcon Hawk 18” exercise is set for 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, said a release from Tyndall...
Florida assistant state attorney could be Lincoln’s last living descendant
 Tim Beckwith doesn’t want to talk about it. The Palm Beach County assistant state attorney has turned down numerous requests over the years by The Palm Beach Post — including for this story — to discuss a topic that has absolutely nothing to do with his legal work in Florida, but which makes him one of...

Posted: 5 days ago

Tim Beckwith doesn’t want to talk about it. The Palm Beach County assistant state attorney has turned down numerous requests over the years by The Palm Beach Post — including for this story — to discuss a topic that has absolutely nothing to do with his legal work in Florida, but which makes him one of...
Is assistant state attorney last living descendant of Abraham Lincoln?
 Tim Beckwith doesn’t want to talk about it. The Palm Beach County assistant state attorney has turned down numerous requests over the years by The Palm Beach Post — including for this story — to discuss a topic that has absolutely nothing to do with his legal work, but which makes him one of the most historically...

Posted: 6 days ago

Tim Beckwith doesn’t want to talk about it. The Palm Beach County assistant state attorney has turned down numerous requests over the years by The Palm Beach Post — including for this story — to discuss a topic that has absolutely nothing to do with his legal work, but which makes him one of the most historically...
NEW: Lawyers for Gardens man say federal racketeering suit ‘baseless’
 Lawyers for Palm Beach Gardens real estate entrepreneur Ilia Mogilevsky have asked a judge to throw out the 21-count federal suit against him, calling it “baseless” and “an attempt to leverage” his pending divorce. On Jan. 16, Mogilevsky’s mother-in-law, Tamara Filippova, filed the 158-page suit, which cites...

Posted: 6 days ago

Lawyers for Palm Beach Gardens real estate entrepreneur Ilia Mogilevsky have asked a judge to throw out the 21-count federal suit against him, calling it “baseless” and “an attempt to leverage” his pending divorce. On Jan. 16, Mogilevsky’s mother-in-law, Tamara Filippova, filed the 158-page suit, which cites...
NEW: One driver hurt in Wednesday’s I-95 crashes, shooting out of hospital
 One of two motorists hospitalized in Wednesday’s chaotic crash and shooting on Interstate 95 near Lantana Road still was hospitalized Friday, while the other has been released from care, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. The update comes as five different law-enforcement agencies try to sort out the chaos that...

Posted: 9 days ago

One of two motorists hospitalized in Wednesday’s chaotic crash and shooting on Interstate 95 near Lantana Road still was hospitalized Friday, while the other has been released from care, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. The update comes as five different law-enforcement agencies try to sort out the chaos that...