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

After Irma: Slosberg roundtable to explain new nursing home rules
 State Rep. Emily Slosberg will host a meeting next week to explain new rules requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Florida to have generators capable of operating air conditioners for at least 96 hours after a power loss. Gov. Rick Scott announced the emergency rules Saturday, three days after eight elderly residents died...

Posted: a day ago

State Rep. Emily Slosberg will host a meeting next week to explain new rules requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Florida to have generators capable of operating air conditioners for at least 96 hours after a power loss. Gov. Rick Scott announced the emergency rules Saturday, three days after eight elderly residents died...
It’s natural but is it wrong? Rooting for hurricanes to hit elsewhere
 Now, we’re watching Hurricane Maria. And once again, we’re all sharing those same familiar thoughts that kicked around in our collective heads when Hurricane Irma took aim at South Florida: If the storm has to make landfall somewhere, please don’t let it be here. Of course, that would mean that someone somewhere will...

Posted: 2 days ago

Now, we’re watching Hurricane Maria. And once again, we’re all sharing those same familiar thoughts that kicked around in our collective heads when Hurricane Irma took aim at South Florida: If the storm has to make landfall somewhere, please don’t let it be here. Of course, that would mean that someone somewhere will...
Hurricane Irma: Employees question county shelter staffing policy
 No on-site training. Little guidance. Long, exhausting hours of work with frightened, confused residents. And, perhaps worst of all, forced separation from family members during a hurricane. Palm Beach County’s requirement that county employees staff evacuation shelters was an unfair, forced burden on employees who were ill-equipped...

Posted: 5 days ago

No on-site training. Little guidance. Long, exhausting hours of work with frightened, confused residents. And, perhaps worst of all, forced separation from family members during a hurricane. Palm Beach County’s requirement that county employees staff evacuation shelters was an unfair, forced burden on employees who were ill-equipped...
VA offers beds to Florida nursing home residents affected by Irma
 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is making beds available to non-veteran nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Irma. U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin announced the plan after talking with Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Bill Nelson late Wednesday. Those discussions took place after eight residents of a Florida nursing...

Posted: 6 days ago

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is making beds available to non-veteran nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Irma. U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin announced the plan after talking with Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Bill Nelson late Wednesday. Those discussions took place after eight residents of a Florida nursing...
Companies offering AC units to PBC nursing homes without power
 Two businesses want to donate and loan a limited number of portable air-conditioning units and generators to Palm Beach County nursing homes that have been without power because of Hurricane Irma. The companies offered the units after reading a Palm Beach Post story about seniors sweltering in some Palm Beach County nursing homes. The local...

Posted: 6 days ago

Two businesses want to donate and loan a limited number of portable air-conditioning units and generators to Palm Beach County nursing homes that have been without power because of Hurricane Irma. The companies offered the units after reading a Palm Beach Post story about seniors sweltering in some Palm Beach County nursing homes. The local...
Sweltering nursing homes draw pleas for help to keep residents cool
 When Mark Sandy saw a Facebook post on Wednesday about a Lake Worth nursing home that was without power, he went to check on a family friend who was living there. “When we showed up, the fire department was there with trucks waiting to take people away,” he said. He walked inside and saw employees at Signature HealthCare putting...

Posted: 7 days ago

When Mark Sandy saw a Facebook post on Wednesday about a Lake Worth nursing home that was without power, he went to check on a family friend who was living there. “When we showed up, the fire department was there with trucks waiting to take people away,” he said. He walked inside and saw employees at Signature HealthCare putting...
Hurricane Irma: This couple braved storm saving boats at marina
 NAPLES – The safest thing for Scott and Shara Marconi to do as Hurricane Irma’s eye wall took aim at Port of the Islands Marina would have been to hunker down in their boarded up condo and wait for the storm to blow over. But as dock master, Scott couldn’t just sit back and watch as Irma started to knock some of the 70 boats...

Posted: 8 days ago

NAPLES – The safest thing for Scott and Shara Marconi to do as Hurricane Irma’s eye wall took aim at Port of the Islands Marina would have been to hunker down in their boarded up condo and wait for the storm to blow over. But as dock master, Scott couldn’t just sit back and watch as Irma started to knock some of the 70 boats...
Hurricane Irma: Panic in the little frame house on Marco Island
 For a moment Sunday night, Gary Stringer thought Hurricane Irma was about to blow his little red house into the Gulf of Mexico – with him, his roommate and their two dogs in it. As the hurricane’s eye passed over Marco Island, they ran from room to room in the darkness, fearing what the forces behind the groans and crashes outside...

Posted: 9 days ago

For a moment Sunday night, Gary Stringer thought Hurricane Irma was about to blow his little red house into the Gulf of Mexico – with him, his roommate and their two dogs in it. As the hurricane’s eye passed over Marco Island, they ran from room to room in the darkness, fearing what the forces behind the groans and crashes outside...
Hurricane Irma: Lake Worth power crews off streets until Monday
 Lake Worth utilities crews who had been working to restore power are now off the streets because of dangerous winds from Hurricane Irma, city officials said in their latest update. City Manager Mike Bornstein said it will probably be early Monday morning before crews go back out. There are 8,650 customers without power in the city. Bornstein...

Posted: 10 days ago

Lake Worth utilities crews who had been working to restore power are now off the streets because of dangerous winds from Hurricane Irma, city officials said in their latest update. City Manager Mike Bornstein said it will probably be early Monday morning before crews go back out. There are 8,650 customers without power in the city. Bornstein...
Hurricane Irma: West Palm Beach seeks volunteers to help clean up
 Hurricane Irma hasn’t made landfall yet in Florida, but the city of West Palm Beach is already preparing for the storm’s aftermath. The city is seeking volunteers to help return West Palm Beach back to normal in the aftermath of the storm on such jobs as clearing streets of debris and preparing emergency shelters for their main...

Posted: 11 days ago

Hurricane Irma hasn’t made landfall yet in Florida, but the city of West Palm Beach is already preparing for the storm’s aftermath. The city is seeking volunteers to help return West Palm Beach back to normal in the aftermath of the storm on such jobs as clearing streets of debris and preparing emergency shelters for their main...
People who fled PBC find they are back in Irma’s path: What to do now?
 As Hurricane Irma aimed at southeast Florida earlier this week, thousands fled to what they thought would be a safe haven — Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers — only to find themselves in the bullseye once again when the killer storm projected path jogged west. On Saturday, some at relatives homes, others holed up in hotels...

Posted: 11 days ago

As Hurricane Irma aimed at southeast Florida earlier this week, thousands fled to what they thought would be a safe haven — Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers — only to find themselves in the bullseye once again when the killer storm projected path jogged west. On Saturday, some at relatives homes, others holed up in hotels...