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

Isabella Hellmann mystery spans three continents, raises questions
 On Monday, a British journalist knocked on the door of a home in Hythe, a coastal Hampshire town about 85 miles southwest of London. “We have been told not to say anything,” the resident told the reporter, sent by The Palm Beach Post. “He lives here some of the time, because we are his parents, but not all the time.&rdquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

On Monday, a British journalist knocked on the door of a home in Hythe, a coastal Hampshire town about 85 miles southwest of London. “We have been told not to say anything,” the resident told the reporter, sent by The Palm Beach Post. “He lives here some of the time, because we are his parents, but not all the time.&rdquo...
Isabella Hellmann mystery spans three continents, raises questions
 On Monday, a British journalist knocked on the door of a home in Hythe, a coastal Hampshire town about 85 miles southwest of London. “We have been told not to say anything,” the resident told the reporter, sent by The Palm Beach Post. “He lives here some of the time, because we are his parents, but not all the time.&rdquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

On Monday, a British journalist knocked on the door of a home in Hythe, a coastal Hampshire town about 85 miles southwest of London. “We have been told not to say anything,” the resident told the reporter, sent by The Palm Beach Post. “He lives here some of the time, because we are his parents, but not all the time.&rdquo...
POST TIME: 50 years ago, tragedy spurred creation of Boca hospital
 Readers: Half a century ago, Boca Raton didn’t have a hospital. When it finally got one, the moment honored two children who might have been saved. Here’s more from an Oct. 18, 2012 column. In September 1962, 351 Boca Raton-area residents formed the Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League. Their goal: to raise money to build a hospital...

Posted: 4 days ago

Readers: Half a century ago, Boca Raton didn’t have a hospital. When it finally got one, the moment honored two children who might have been saved. Here’s more from an Oct. 18, 2012 column. In September 1962, 351 Boca Raton-area residents formed the Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League. Their goal: to raise money to build a hospital...
LATEST: Suit says Boynton-area girl, 13, who died in crash called Lyft
 The ride-sharing company Lyft took a 13-year-old girl in the middle of the night to a 17-year-old boy’s home, where she got in his pickup and died when it slammed into two trees west of Lantana early on July 9, a lawsuit filed this week contends. Josie Saint Fleur still doesn’t know what her daughter, high-honors student Karenine...

Posted: 4 days ago

The ride-sharing company Lyft took a 13-year-old girl in the middle of the night to a 17-year-old boy’s home, where she got in his pickup and died when it slammed into two trees west of Lantana early on July 9, a lawsuit filed this week contends. Josie Saint Fleur still doesn’t know what her daughter, high-honors student Karenine...
NEW: PBSO posts photos of jewels taken in Royal Palm home invasion
 Authorities on Monday posted several photos of jewelry they said was taken during what they called a “heinous” July 6 home invasion in which an aunt and niece were reportedly robbed and assaulted and the younger woman raped. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office last week posted grainy surveillance images of a vehicle it...

Posted: 5 days ago

Authorities on Monday posted several photos of jewelry they said was taken during what they called a “heinous” July 6 home invasion in which an aunt and niece were reportedly robbed and assaulted and the younger woman raped. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office last week posted grainy surveillance images of a vehicle it...
Husband of missing Delray woman wanted ‘presumed death’ letter
 Within a day after the Coast Guard called off the search for Isabella Hellmann, her newlywed husband asked the agency for a “letter of presumed death,” court documents show. Lewis Bennett has said he was awakened early on May 15 after his catamaran struck something west of Cay Sal in the Bahamas. He said he came topside to find...

Posted: 9 days ago

Within a day after the Coast Guard called off the search for Isabella Hellmann, her newlywed husband asked the agency for a “letter of presumed death,” court documents show. Lewis Bennett has said he was awakened early on May 15 after his catamaran struck something west of Cay Sal in the Bahamas. He said he came topside to find...
VIDEO: Priest charged in road rage denies pointing gun at motorist
 An Episcopal priest charged with pointing a handgun at another motorist in an alleged Treasure Coast “road rage” assault adamantly denied doing so when Florida Highway Patrol troopers stopped his 2014 Corvette, FHP dashboard camera video shows. William Rian Adams, 35 of Fletcher, N.C., was arrested July 5 and charged with pointing...

Posted: 9 days ago

An Episcopal priest charged with pointing a handgun at another motorist in an alleged Treasure Coast “road rage” assault adamantly denied doing so when Florida Highway Patrol troopers stopped his 2014 Corvette, FHP dashboard camera video shows. William Rian Adams, 35 of Fletcher, N.C., was arrested July 5 and charged with pointing...
BREAKING: Sister of missing Delray woman files for control of property
 The sister of Isabella Hellmann has filed in court to protect the assets of the suburban Delray Beach real estate broker reported lost at sea in May, court records show. Palm Beach County court documents also show papers were served on Lewis Bennett, Hellmann’s newlywed husband, who said in a June Facebook posting he has gone to England...

Posted: 10 days ago

The sister of Isabella Hellmann has filed in court to protect the assets of the suburban Delray Beach real estate broker reported lost at sea in May, court records show. Palm Beach County court documents also show papers were served on Lewis Bennett, Hellmann’s newlywed husband, who said in a June Facebook posting he has gone to England...
911 CALL: Priest charged in road rage ‘pointed a gun at me,’ woman says
 “He pointed a gun at me,” an incredulous Central Florida woman tells a 911 dispatcher in a recording describing an Episcopal priest’s alleged “road rage” assault. William Rian Adams is charged with pointing a semi-automatic Glock handgun at Sharon Hughes, 54, and her son Christopher, 24, who was driving, on July...

Posted: 10 days ago

“He pointed a gun at me,” an incredulous Central Florida woman tells a 911 dispatcher in a recording describing an Episcopal priest’s alleged “road rage” assault. William Rian Adams is charged with pointing a semi-automatic Glock handgun at Sharon Hughes, 54, and her son Christopher, 24, who was driving, on July...
NEW: Coach raises money for kids’ program slain MMA fighter championed
 A coach who worked with slain mixed-martial arts fighter Aaron Rajman is raising money for a “StreetSmart” program Rajman had planned to help lead. The 25-year-old fighter, an Orthodox Jew, was fatally shot July 3 at his family home west of Boca Raton. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has not announced an arrest and...

Posted: 11 days ago

A coach who worked with slain mixed-martial arts fighter Aaron Rajman is raising money for a “StreetSmart” program Rajman had planned to help lead. The 25-year-old fighter, an Orthodox Jew, was fatally shot July 3 at his family home west of Boca Raton. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has not announced an arrest and...
POST TIME: Army creates Camp Murphy; now Jonathan Dickinson State Park
 Readers: A very special place, just north of Jupiter in southern Martin County, has not one but three different links to history. It’s Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Mr. Dickinson figures both at the beginning and now, with the U.S. Army, in between. Seventy-five years ago this month, on July 5, 1942, Camp Murphy was established. A...

Posted: 11 days ago

Readers: A very special place, just north of Jupiter in southern Martin County, has not one but three different links to history. It’s Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Mr. Dickinson figures both at the beginning and now, with the U.S. Army, in between. Seventy-five years ago this month, on July 5, 1942, Camp Murphy was established. A...