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Joe Capozzi

Prior to moving to Local news to cover growth management and transportation in 2013, Joe covered the Marlins beginning in 1999. After graduating from Ohio University, he worked for The Stuart News before joining the The Palm Beach Post in 1989 as a metro reporter until 1997 when he moved to sports.

Latest from Joe Capozzi

Heroin epidemic: As deaths rise, program a ‘glimmer of hope’ for life
 Six weeks ago, Shawn Walker was shooting heroin at least once a day, feeding a two-year addiction that he supported by pawning and selling whatever he stole from family and stores. “Heroin was my girlfriend. It was my everything,” he said. “I was in a messed up, co-dependent relationship with that drug.” Now, the Lake...

Posted: 2 days ago

Six weeks ago, Shawn Walker was shooting heroin at least once a day, feeding a two-year addiction that he supported by pawning and selling whatever he stole from family and stores. “Heroin was my girlfriend. It was my everything,” he said. “I was in a messed up, co-dependent relationship with that drug.” Now, the Lake...
Sen. Nelson, Scripps scientists bemoan Trump’s proposed research cuts
 Nearly $6 billion in cuts to the National Institutes of Health in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget could “devastate” Scripps Florida at a time when scientists at the Jupiter campus say they’re making progress on non-addictive opioids. “This will cripple Scripps research, a cut like this. It could literally...

Posted: 4 days ago

Nearly $6 billion in cuts to the National Institutes of Health in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget could “devastate” Scripps Florida at a time when scientists at the Jupiter campus say they’re making progress on non-addictive opioids. “This will cripple Scripps research, a cut like this. It could literally...
Governor’s opioid listening tour generates skepticism, concerns
 State officials dispatched by Gov. Rick Scott on a statewide listening tour to seek solutions to the opioid epidemic will devote just six hours in four stops to an issue causing thousands of deaths in Florida and nationwide. As other governors declare a state of emergency and increase spending on treatment, Scott has called for four 90-minute...

Posted: 9 days ago

State officials dispatched by Gov. Rick Scott on a statewide listening tour to seek solutions to the opioid epidemic will devote just six hours in four stops to an issue causing thousands of deaths in Florida and nationwide. As other governors declare a state of emergency and increase spending on treatment, Scott has called for four 90-minute...
Governor’s opioid workshop in Palm Beach County set for May 1
 Palm Beach County will be the first of four counties visited by state officials next month in their plan to seek ideas for combating the opioid crisis.  Palm Beach County’s “community workshop” is set for May 1, according to an email from the Department of children and Families. It will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at...

Posted: 10 days ago

Palm Beach County will be the first of four counties visited by state officials next month in their plan to seek ideas for combating the opioid crisis. Palm Beach County’s “community workshop” is set for May 1, according to an email from the Department of children and Families. It will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at...
Gator selfies at park? County complains to state wildlife agency
 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating why a private trapper, hired by the agency to remove an alligator from John Prince Park last month, allowed members of the public to sit on and take selfies with the gator. “We don’t condone allowing public contact with alligators removed by contracted...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating why a private trapper, hired by the agency to remove an alligator from John Prince Park last month, allowed members of the public to sit on and take selfies with the gator. “We don’t condone allowing public contact with alligators removed by contracted...
NEW: Scott, Bondi vow to get tough on Florida opioid crisis
 In declaring for the first time that the state is caught up in the “national” opioid epidemic, Gov. Rick Scott and Pam Bondi announced plans Tuesday to hold public workshops to generate ideas in Palm Beach and three other counties but pledged no new major state resources to the fight. However, Bondi pledged to go after sober homes...

Posted: 12 days ago

In declaring for the first time that the state is caught up in the “national” opioid epidemic, Gov. Rick Scott and Pam Bondi announced plans Tuesday to hold public workshops to generate ideas in Palm Beach and three other counties but pledged no new major state resources to the fight. However, Bondi pledged to go after sober homes...
Rick Scott, Pam Bondi to hold press conference on Florida’s opioid epidemic
 Attorney General Pam Bondi and Governor Rick Scott will hold a joint news conference about Florida’s opioid epidemic at 4 p.m. today in the state Capitol in front of the Attorney General’s Office. It is not known exactly what Bondi and Scott will discuss. The press conference can be seen online at The Florida Channel. Check...

Posted: 12 days ago

Attorney General Pam Bondi and Governor Rick Scott will hold a joint news conference about Florida’s opioid epidemic at 4 p.m. today in the state Capitol in front of the Attorney General’s Office. It is not known exactly what Bondi and Scott will discuss. The press conference can be seen online at The Florida Channel. Check...
Opioid overdose deaths double to nearly 600: ‘I don’t see any stop’
 Every 15 hours last year, someone died of an opioid overdose in Palm Beach County, nearly double the rate of murders and fatal car crashes. The 590 opioid overdose deaths in 2016, an all-time high for the county, are nearly twice as many as the year before, according to a Palm Beach Post analysis of records from the Palm Beach...

Posted: 14 days ago

Every 15 hours last year, someone died of an opioid overdose in Palm Beach County, nearly double the rate of murders and fatal car crashes. The 590 opioid overdose deaths in 2016, an all-time high for the county, are nearly twice as many as the year before, according to a Palm Beach Post analysis of records from the Palm Beach...
Opioid overdose deaths double to nearly 600: ‘I don’t see any stop’
 Every 15 hours last year, someone died of an opioid overdose in Palm Beach County, nearly double the rate of murders and fatal car crashes. The 590 opioid overdose deaths in 2016, an all-time high for the county, are nearly twice as many as the year before, according to a Palm Beach Post analysis of records from the Palm Beach County Medical...

Posted: 14 days ago

Every 15 hours last year, someone died of an opioid overdose in Palm Beach County, nearly double the rate of murders and fatal car crashes. The 590 opioid overdose deaths in 2016, an all-time high for the county, are nearly twice as many as the year before, according to a Palm Beach Post analysis of records from the Palm Beach County Medical...
PBC Fire Rescue has social solution to frequent 911 callers
 Just 112 people accounted for more than 2,600 calls to a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue 911 operator over a year — an average of 23 calls each. Many of the callers were elderly and indigent. One man called 70 times in that period, mainly because of complications from not properly taking medication for diabetes. “Nobody should call...

Posted: 22 days ago

Just 112 people accounted for more than 2,600 calls to a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue 911 operator over a year — an average of 23 calls each. Many of the callers were elderly and indigent. One man called 70 times in that period, mainly because of complications from not properly taking medication for diabetes. “Nobody should call...