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Eliot Kleinberg

Eliot Kleinberg, born in South Florida, has spent nearly four decades as a reporter, including more than a quarter-century 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 10 books, all focusing on Florida, including "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 in the Post. His tenth, Peace River, is 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. Note: Eliot covers Palm Beach County government and local history. If you want to alert the Post about something else, email breakingnews@pbpost.com. www.eliotkleinberg.com

Latest from Eliot Kleinberg

NEW: FBI probing woman’s reported disappearance at sea, authorities say
 Authorities confirmed Thursday that the FBI has joined the investigation into the reported disappearance at sea of Delray Beach real-estate broker Isabella Hellman. U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Lisa Novak told The Palm Beach Post that the Coast Guard and the FBI are “jointly” working on what she called “a missing person...

Posted: a minute ago

Authorities confirmed Thursday that the FBI has joined the investigation into the reported disappearance at sea of Delray Beach real-estate broker Isabella Hellman. U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Lisa Novak told The Palm Beach Post that the Coast Guard and the FBI are “jointly” working on what she called “a missing person...
Husband to start own search for wife presumed lost at sea
 The newlywed husband of missing Delray Beach real estate broker Isabella Hellman, presumed lost after a four-day search by the U.S. Coast Guard, said Wednesday he’ll start his own effort, according to WPTV. Lewis Bennett told WPTV he planned to fly today to Cuba, then obtain a boat. He said his family was “distraught&rdquo...

Posted: 19 hours ago

The newlywed husband of missing Delray Beach real estate broker Isabella Hellman, presumed lost after a four-day search by the U.S. Coast Guard, said Wednesday he’ll start his own effort, according to WPTV. Lewis Bennett told WPTV he planned to fly today to Cuba, then obtain a boat. He said his family was “distraught&rdquo...
Police: Foster parent and Uber driver sexually assaulted ride customer
 For two decades, Gary Timothy Kitchings was the guy people admired. Father of an adopted child. “House parent” at foster homes. Loyal husband to a longtime wife fighting cancer. Author of inspirational blogs. But early Sunday in the darkness of his 2016 Nissan’s front seat, Jupiter police allege, he was a sexual predator...

Posted: 20 hours ago

For two decades, Gary Timothy Kitchings was the guy people admired. Father of an adopted child. “House parent” at foster homes. Loyal husband to a longtime wife fighting cancer. Author of inspirational blogs. But early Sunday in the darkness of his 2016 Nissan’s front seat, Jupiter police allege, he was a sexual predator...
Report: Husband to start own search for wife presumed lost at sea
 The newlywed husband of missing Delray Beach real estate broker Isabella Hellman, presumed lost after a four-day search by the U.S. Coast Guard, said Wednesday he’ll start his own effort, according to WPTV News Channel 5. Lewis Bennett told WPTV he planned to fly today to Cuba, then obtain a boat. He said his family was “distraught&rdquo...

Posted: a day ago

The newlywed husband of missing Delray Beach real estate broker Isabella Hellman, presumed lost after a four-day search by the U.S. Coast Guard, said Wednesday he’ll start his own effort, according to WPTV News Channel 5. Lewis Bennett told WPTV he planned to fly today to Cuba, then obtain a boat. He said his family was “distraught&rdquo...
Post Time: Memorial Day; we salute local man who saved lives in WWII
 Readers: Memorial Day is Monday. Unlike Veterans Day, designed to honor all who served, Memorial Day is intended to salute those who died in service. But we’re going to cheat a little to tell a story that came to us in April. It’s from the daughter of a Jupiter man who’s a hero not because he died in battle — he died...

Posted: a day ago

Readers: Memorial Day is Monday. Unlike Veterans Day, designed to honor all who served, Memorial Day is intended to salute those who died in service. But we’re going to cheat a little to tell a story that came to us in April. It’s from the daughter of a Jupiter man who’s a hero not because he died in battle — he died...
JUST IN: Christy Luna, missing 33 years, to ‘speak’ via social media
 All this weekend, Marjorie Christina Luna will take over social media for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. She’ll do this despite having vanished more than three decades ago. The 8-year-old Greenacres second-grader will speak vicariously through sheriff’s office tweets and Facebook postings, recreating...

Posted: 2 days ago

All this weekend, Marjorie Christina Luna will take over social media for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. She’ll do this despite having vanished more than three decades ago. The 8-year-old Greenacres second-grader will speak vicariously through sheriff’s office tweets and Facebook postings, recreating...
With Coast Guard search over, inquiries into missing woman up to FBI
 Now that the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a Delray Beach woman reported missing at sea, any inquiry into possible foul play would be the purview of the FBI, that agency said Friday. The FBI, however, did not say whether any investigation has been launched or whether it has any grounds to suspect wrongdoing in the disappearance...

Posted: 6 days ago

Now that the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a Delray Beach woman reported missing at sea, any inquiry into possible foul play would be the purview of the FBI, that agency said Friday. The FBI, however, did not say whether any investigation has been launched or whether it has any grounds to suspect wrongdoing in the disappearance...
The last day of Byron O’Shea: Fatal shooting capped life of pain
 Byron O’Shea adjusted his hoodie and sunglasses and stepped into the dimly lit pub. It was about 4 a.m. on May 12. “This is a robbery. Not a homicide,” he announced, his handgun aimed at the head of one of two bartenders. Some two dozen patrons watched, frozen. Soon, hundreds of dollars were stuffed in O’Shea&rsquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

Byron O’Shea adjusted his hoodie and sunglasses and stepped into the dimly lit pub. It was about 4 a.m. on May 12. “This is a robbery. Not a homicide,” he announced, his handgun aimed at the head of one of two bartenders. Some two dozen patrons watched, frozen. Soon, hundreds of dollars were stuffed in O’Shea&rsquo...
Fatal shooting by deputies capped desperate man’s crime spree
 Byron O’Shea adjusted his hoodie and sunglasses and stepped into the dimly lighted pub. It was about 4 a.m. on May 12. “This is a robbery. Not a homicide,” he announced, his handgun aimed at the head of one of two bartenders. Some two dozen patrons watched, frozen. Soon, hundreds of dollars were stuffed in O’Shea&rsquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

Byron O’Shea adjusted his hoodie and sunglasses and stepped into the dimly lighted pub. It was about 4 a.m. on May 12. “This is a robbery. Not a homicide,” he announced, his handgun aimed at the head of one of two bartenders. Some two dozen patrons watched, frozen. Soon, hundreds of dollars were stuffed in O’Shea&rsquo...
BREAKING: PBSO ID’s deputies in Friday’s shootouts in West Palm, Jupiter
 The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has identified the three deputies who confronted robbery suspect Phillip Byron O’Shea on Friday morning at a suburban West Palm Beach industrial park, sparking one shootout, and the three who then traded shots that afternoon at a Jupiter apartment complex, killing O’Shea. All six remain...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has identified the three deputies who confronted robbery suspect Phillip Byron O’Shea on Friday morning at a suburban West Palm Beach industrial park, sparking one shootout, and the three who then traded shots that afternoon at a Jupiter apartment complex, killing O’Shea. All six remain...
BREAKING: Coast guard suspends search for Delray Beach mother
 UPDATE 9 p.m.: The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for the Delray Beach mother who has been missing since early Monday. “Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Ms. Hellman in this difficult time,” said Capt. Aldante Vinciguerra, chief of response for the Coast Guard Seventh District. “Suspending...

Posted: 7 days ago

UPDATE 9 p.m.: The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for the Delray Beach mother who has been missing since early Monday. “Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Ms. Hellman in this difficult time,” said Capt. Aldante Vinciguerra, chief of response for the Coast Guard Seventh District. “Suspending...