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

The feds’ opioid crackdown involved only one case in Florida. Why?
 U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it the largest opioid-related fraud bust in U.S. history. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the huge fraud crackdown was aimed at stopping opportunists from taking advantage of a “national scourge,” the nation’s killer opioid epidemic. But a huge nationwide...

Posted: 12 days ago

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it the largest opioid-related fraud bust in U.S. history. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the huge fraud crackdown was aimed at stopping opportunists from taking advantage of a “national scourge,” the nation’s killer opioid epidemic. But a huge nationwide...
County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay honored for efforts to fight opioid epidemic
 Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay has been honored by the Florida Association of Counties for her efforts to
            help communities across the state deal with the 
            opioid epidemic. FAC President Kathy Bryant presents the award to Vice Mayor Melissa McKinlay at the Legislative Awards Luncheon held at the
  ...

Posted: 25 days ago

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay has been honored by the Florida Association of Counties for her efforts to help communities across the state deal with the opioid epidemic. FAC President Kathy Bryant presents the award to Vice Mayor Melissa McKinlay at the Legislative Awards Luncheon held at the ...
Opioid crisis: Florida governor extends public health emergency order
 Gov. Rick Scott’s public health emergency declaration in the fight against the opioid epidemic will be extended another 60 days. Scott’s original executive order, signed May 3, had been set to expire Monday. But he signed an order Thursday extending the declaration for two more months. Scott’s latest order comes two weeks...

Posted: 26 days ago

Gov. Rick Scott’s public health emergency declaration in the fight against the opioid epidemic will be extended another 60 days. Scott’s original executive order, signed May 3, had been set to expire Monday. But he signed an order Thursday extending the declaration for two more months. Scott’s latest order comes two weeks...
Opioid crisis: Film art festival aims to raise awareness, offer hope
 Manny Mendez was in prison when he honed his drawing and painting skills. “It was one of the only ways I could find peace in a place that didn’t allow it,” said Mendez, who has spent 11 years in Florida jails since age 17 for crimes related to his addiction to crack cocaine. “It’s funny because I looked to art...

Posted: 26 days ago

Manny Mendez was in prison when he honed his drawing and painting skills. “It was one of the only ways I could find peace in a place that didn’t allow it,” said Mendez, who has spent 11 years in Florida jails since age 17 for crimes related to his addiction to crack cocaine. “It’s funny because I looked to art...
EXCLUSIVE: Madman at the gate: A community’s close encounters with Omar Mateen
 Tucked among palm trees, flowers and manicured hedges, the south security gate at PGA Village is supposed to serve as a welcome mat to a development known for its upscale homes, three golf courses and streets with names like Perfect Drive and Steeplechase Lane. But for some residents and visitors, it’s a gateway to something far less...

2:00 PM Saturday, Jun. 10, 2017

Tucked among palm trees, flowers and manicured hedges, the south security gate at PGA Village is supposed to serve as a welcome mat to a development known for its upscale homes, three golf courses and streets with names like Perfect Drive and Steeplechase Lane. But for some residents and visitors, it’s a gateway to something far less...
Omar Mateen at the gate: Community’s close encounters with a madman
 After Omar Mateen opened fire on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the fear struck deep in one South Florida community for a particular reason: the man who carried out the worst mass shooting in modern American history had been one of their own protectors.  In fact, just hours after Mateen finished his Saturday shift as a security guard at...

2:02 PM Thursday, Jun. 08, 2017

After Omar Mateen opened fire on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the fear struck deep in one South Florida community for a particular reason: the man who carried out the worst mass shooting in modern American history had been one of their own protectors.  In fact, just hours after Mateen finished his Saturday shift as a security guard at...
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane gets married at The Floridian
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane — whose team opened The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches earlier this year in West Palm Beach — got married over the Memorial Day weekend to Whitney Wheeler at his Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City.

7:59 PM Thursday, Jun. 01, 2017

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane — whose team opened The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches earlier this year in West Palm Beach — got married over the Memorial Day weekend to Whitney Wheeler at his Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City.
Heroin-related deaths skyrocket as Palm Beach County leads state
 Correction: Because of a data reporter’s error, two comparisons were incorrect in a story Saturday on the skyrocketing number of heroin deaths in Palm Beach County and throughout Florida. County deaths from heroin-related overdoses in a two-year period, not a six-year period, were as great as in 2015. And the average monthly toll of...

5:14 PM Friday, May. 05, 2017

Correction: Because of a data reporter’s error, two comparisons were incorrect in a story Saturday on the skyrocketing number of heroin deaths in Palm Beach County and throughout Florida. County deaths from heroin-related overdoses in a two-year period, not a six-year period, were as great as in 2015. And the average monthly toll of...