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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

Clerk stole exotic dancer license fees, Inspector General finds
 A Palm Beach County clerk took advantage of lax accounting — and the traditional way exotic dancers collect their earnings — to embezzle more than $25,000, the county’s 
               Inspector General
            said Tuesday. Public Safety Department worker Anita Pedemey cooked books to skim from the $75 fees dancers...

Posted: 2 hours ago

A Palm Beach County clerk took advantage of lax accounting — and the traditional way exotic dancers collect their earnings — to embezzle more than $25,000, the county’s Inspector General said Tuesday. Public Safety Department worker Anita Pedemey cooked books to skim from the $75 fees dancers...
FAA to Palm Beach County: Let jets land at Lantana airport
 The 44-year ban on jets at Lantana’s airport is over. The Federal Aviation Administration wrote Palm Beach County this month to say small jets now can land at the airport, though they’re limited to one of its three runways. The agency “has concluded that permitting jet aircraft operations” on the one runway &ldquo...

Posted: 8 hours ago

The 44-year ban on jets at Lantana’s airport is over. The Federal Aviation Administration wrote Palm Beach County this month to say small jets now can land at the airport, though they’re limited to one of its three runways. The agency “has concluded that permitting jet aircraft operations” on the one runway &ldquo...
County: PBIA general aviation dropped 13.5 percent during Trump visits
 General aviation at Palm Beach International Airport dropped 13.5 percent during February weekends that President Donald Trump was at his Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach County’s airports department says. But some operations might just be moving off weekends, Deputy Director Laura Beebe told commissioners Friday...

Posted: a day ago

General aviation at Palm Beach International Airport dropped 13.5 percent during February weekends that President Donald Trump was at his Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach County’s airports department says. But some operations might just be moving off weekends, Deputy Director Laura Beebe told commissioners Friday...
April 6 marks centennial of U.S. role in World War 1
 Readers: Next month marks the centennial of America’s involvement in “the war to end all wars.” We all know how that worked out. On April 6, 1917, the U.S. joined allies France, Russia and the United Kingdom to fight in what would be called “the Great War.” That was changed to World War I, by necessity, when...

Posted: 6 days ago

Readers: Next month marks the centennial of America’s involvement in “the war to end all wars.” We all know how that worked out. On April 6, 1917, the U.S. joined allies France, Russia and the United Kingdom to fight in what would be called “the Great War.” That was changed to World War I, by necessity, when...
POST TIME: ‘Seminole Sun Dance’ brought carnival to Clematis Street
 Readers: Wayne Miner of Belle Glade, a longtime resident and sometime Post Time contributor, asked us recently about a small carnival that would set up on Clematis Street, near Tamarind Avenue, in the 1950s. Such small midways don’t appear to have been big enough to merit news coverage. But there were some large events. We find clips...

Posted: 13 days ago

Readers: Wayne Miner of Belle Glade, a longtime resident and sometime Post Time contributor, asked us recently about a small carnival that would set up on Clematis Street, near Tamarind Avenue, in the 1950s. Such small midways don’t appear to have been big enough to merit news coverage. But there were some large events. We find clips...
POST TIME: Do you remember Palm Beach County’s ‘poor farm?’
 Readers: Remember the “Poor Farm?” A century ago, Dr. A. H. King, Palm Beach County’s health officer, urged county leaders to find a place where people who had no money could get medical help. We know Dr. King came from Cincinnati some time before Dec. 30, 1915, the year he bought a Ford that was one of the first vehicles...

Posted: 20 days ago

Readers: Remember the “Poor Farm?” A century ago, Dr. A. H. King, Palm Beach County’s health officer, urged county leaders to find a place where people who had no money could get medical help. We know Dr. King came from Cincinnati some time before Dec. 30, 1915, the year he bought a Ford that was one of the first vehicles...
Florida: Palm Beach County can’t use state grant for crime database
 The Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission has lost a $100,000 annual state grant for a program that compares crimes and criminals. It still will get the money from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; it just has to spend it on something else. Since the 2014-2015 budget year, FDLE has given money for the Palm Beach County-based...

Posted: 23 days ago

The Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission has lost a $100,000 annual state grant for a program that compares crimes and criminals. It still will get the money from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; it just has to spend it on something else. Since the 2014-2015 budget year, FDLE has given money for the Palm Beach County-based...
Palm Beach County ethics panel hears complaint worker pressured shop
 A former analyst for Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management on Thursday faced the county Commission on Ethics’ first full hearing of an ethics complaint since it was formed in 2009. The commission usually disposes of complaints with a dismissal, a “letter of instruction,” a reprimand or...

Posted: 25 days ago

A former analyst for Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management on Thursday faced the county Commission on Ethics’ first full hearing of an ethics complaint since it was formed in 2009. The commission usually disposes of complaints with a dismissal, a “letter of instruction,” a reprimand or...
Palm Beach County Natural Areas Festival set for March 11
 Palm Beach County’s annual Natural Areas Festival is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at Winding Waters Natural Area, 6161 Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach. The event, hosted by the county’s Department of Environmental Resources Management, encourage youths and adults to discover the beauty and wilderness...

Posted: 27 days ago

Palm Beach County’s annual Natural Areas Festival is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at Winding Waters Natural Area, 6161 Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach. The event, hosted by the county’s Department of Environmental Resources Management, encourage youths and adults to discover the beauty and wilderness...