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No run on local tax offices so why pay property taxes before year end?
 For Palm Beachers who don’t get hit by the alternative minimum tax and can itemize their tax returns, one aspect of the new federal tax bill could be costly. It caps deductions on local and state taxes at $10,000 — an amount that barely covers the monthly maintenance on some island homes. So for residents who owe $50,000 in Palm...

Posted: 19 days ago

For Palm Beachers who don’t get hit by the alternative minimum tax and can itemize their tax returns, one aspect of the new federal tax bill could be costly. It caps deductions on local and state taxes at $10,000 — an amount that barely covers the monthly maintenance on some island homes. So for residents who owe $50,000 in Palm...
No run on local tax offices so why pay property taxes before year end?
 The run on tax offices in New York and New Jersey is not playing out in Florida for one simple reason: There’s no 2018 property tax to prepay. Palm Beach County residents received tax bills in November and most already have paid next year’s bill, said Tax Collector Anne Gannon. About 80 percent of the payments her office collects...

Posted: 20 days ago

The run on tax offices in New York and New Jersey is not playing out in Florida for one simple reason: There’s no 2018 property tax to prepay. Palm Beach County residents received tax bills in November and most already have paid next year’s bill, said Tax Collector Anne Gannon. About 80 percent of the payments her office collects...
Journalism done right: Post honored with nine winners in state contest
 The Palm Beach Post took home nine awards, including a first-place finish for food and dining editor Liz Balmaseda, at the Florida Society of News Editors annual journalism contest, announced Thursday in Naples. Balmaseda, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who has worked at The Post since 2006, won for commentary for writings that included...

11:05 AM Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

The Palm Beach Post took home nine awards, including a first-place finish for food and dining editor Liz Balmaseda, at the Florida Society of News Editors annual journalism contest, announced Thursday in Naples. Balmaseda, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who has worked at The Post since 2006, won for commentary for writings that included...
Post’s Pat Beall named state’s Journalist of the Year
 Palm Beach Post staff writers received nine honors, including Journalist of the Year, at the Society of Professional Journalist’s Sunshine State Awards ceremony Saturday at the University of Miami. Post investigative reporter Pat Beall won Journalist of the Year for her work on The Post’s coverage of the heroin crisis, including...

12:35 AM Sunday, Jul. 23, 2017

Palm Beach Post staff writers received nine honors, including Journalist of the Year, at the Society of Professional Journalist’s Sunshine State Awards ceremony Saturday at the University of Miami. Post investigative reporter Pat Beall won Journalist of the Year for her work on The Post’s coverage of the heroin crisis, including...
Florida Gov. Rick Scott sees Lake Okeechobee dike as algae solution
 When Gov. Rick Scott rips the Obama administration over repairs to the Lake Okeechobee dike, he assumes that making the dike safe means it can hold more water. Holding more water means less water sent to fragile estuaries, which means less algae causing havoc among boaters, fishermen and nature lovers. When Scott says President Donald Trump...

12:05 AM Friday, Jun. 30, 2017

When Gov. Rick Scott rips the Obama administration over repairs to the Lake Okeechobee dike, he assumes that making the dike safe means it can hold more water. Holding more water means less water sent to fragile estuaries, which means less algae causing havoc among boaters, fishermen and nature lovers. When Scott says President Donald Trump...
Why it cost Wawa nothing to buy five store sites in Palm Beach County
 To assemble sites for five Wawa stores in Palm Beach County, developers have spent $17 million. But not a penny of it came directly from the Pennsylvania-based retailer known for its hoagies and coffee selection. One model behind Wawa’s breakneck expansion into Florida — the chain has more than 100 stores here and plans to...

9:15 PM Wednesday, Jun. 14, 2017

To assemble sites for five Wawa stores in Palm Beach County, developers have spent $17 million. But not a penny of it came directly from the Pennsylvania-based retailer known for its hoagies and coffee selection. One model behind Wawa’s breakneck expansion into Florida — the chain has more than 100 stores here and plans to...
UPDATE: President Trump leaves Palm Beach for return to D.C.
 FINAL UPDATE: Air Force One has taken off with President Donald Trump onboard for his return to Washington, D.C. According to pool reports, New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft joined Trump on Air Force One. The pair reportedly had dinner together Friday night.  Tomorrow, the president will travel to Louisville, Kentucky, for a...

1:57 PM Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017

FINAL UPDATE: Air Force One has taken off with President Donald Trump onboard for his return to Washington, D.C. According to pool reports, New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft joined Trump on Air Force One. The pair reportedly had dinner together Friday night.  Tomorrow, the president will travel to Louisville, Kentucky, for a...
Sober home report calls for more regulation, stricter enforcement

10:37 PM Friday, Jan. 06, 2017

The Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force overseen by State Attorney Dave Aronberg has submitted its final report to the Legislature. As The Post reported on Dec. 20, the report calls for more oversight of sober homes, licensing of so-called “marketers” and enforcement measures to help police. “Our primary goal is to protect...
Hurricane Matthew: How windy will it get in north county and the Treasure Coast?
 The first sign of sustained hurricane-strength winds in northern Palm Beach County won’t come until late Thursday night into Friday in Jupiter, with sustained winds expected to reach 105 mph by 1 a.m. Friday. The forecast does not call for sustained winds of greater than 74 mph — Category 1 hurricane force — in Palm...

9:57 PM Thursday, Oct. 06, 2016

The first sign of sustained hurricane-strength winds in northern Palm Beach County won’t come until late Thursday night into Friday in Jupiter, with sustained winds expected to reach 105 mph by 1 a.m. Friday. The forecast does not call for sustained winds of greater than 74 mph — Category 1 hurricane force — in Palm...
Hurricane Matthew: How windy will it get?
 The first sign of sustained hurricane-strength winds: late tonight in Jupiter, with sustained winds expected to reach 105 mph by 1 a.m. Friday. The forecast does not call for sustained winds of greater than 74 mph — Category 1 hurricane force — to reach Palm Beach Gardens at all. Sustained winds: 34 mph at 5 p.m.; 50 mph at 9...

9:57 PM Thursday, Oct. 06, 2016

The first sign of sustained hurricane-strength winds: late tonight in Jupiter, with sustained winds expected to reach 105 mph by 1 a.m. Friday. The forecast does not call for sustained winds of greater than 74 mph — Category 1 hurricane force — to reach Palm Beach Gardens at all. Sustained winds: 34 mph at 5 p.m.; 50 mph at 9...
Hurricane Matthew: Projected wind speeds as the storm grows near

9:57 PM Thursday, Oct. 06, 2016

National Weather Service projected wind speeds for tonight and early Friday in northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast: Sustained winds: 34 mph at 5 p.m.; 50 mph at 9 p.m.; 70 mph at 1 a.m.; 44 mph at 5 a.m. Friday. Gusts: 48 mph at 5 p.m.; 65 mph at 9 p.m.; 86 mph at 1 a.m.; 62 mph at 5 a.m. Friday. Sustained winds: 41 mph...
Hurricane Matthew: Bump north lessens impact on Palm Beach County

9:19 PM Thursday, Oct. 06, 2016

Hurricane bump north means less wind trouble for Palm Beach County. In Palm Beach County, tropical storm force winds are expected to last through 6 a.m. Friday. Hurricane-force winds in Palm Beach County are expected to be occur between 8 p.m. and midnight, while gusts to hurricane force will come in periodic squalls from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m...
Hurricane Matthew: Free way
I-95 northbound and southbound lanes seen from the Congress Avenue overpass in West Palm Beach are virtually empty at 2:30 p.

7:27 PM Thursday, Oct. 06, 2016

I-95 northbound and southbound lanes seen from the Congress Avenue overpass in West Palm Beach are virtually empty at 2:30 p.
Hurricane Matthew: Predicted wind speeds in Gardens, Jupiter

6:18 PM Thursday, Oct. 06, 2016

As the storm moves north, the National Weather Service in Miami, forecasts the winds growing stronger. Here are its estimates for northern Palm Beach County starting tonight and into Friday. 9 p.m.: sustained 44 mph, gusts to 61 Midnight: sustained 61 mph, gusts to 79 mph 1 a.m. Friday: sustained 105 mph, gusts to 129 mph 6 a.m...
Hurricane Matthew: Is your favorite shopping destination open today?
 With Hurricane Matthew gone, many events planned to be closed or cancelled may be back on. Wondering what will and won’t be open this weekend? Here is a list: And if you want your event listed, please email breakingnews@pbpost.com: — Gardens Mall, CityPlace, the Mall at Wellington Green, Harbourside in Jupiter, Town Center Mall...

4:54 PM Tuesday, Oct. 04, 2016

With Hurricane Matthew gone, many events planned to be closed or cancelled may be back on. Wondering what will and won’t be open this weekend? Here is a list: And if you want your event listed, please email breakingnews@pbpost.com: — Gardens Mall, CityPlace, the Mall at Wellington Green, Harbourside in Jupiter, Town Center Mall...
Two Florida prisons on lockdown
 By Pat Beall Violent incidents involving multiple inmate dorms this morning triggered lockdowns at two Florida prisons, Gulf Correctional Institutional Annex and Mayo Correctional Institutional. The disturbances come after widespread inmate violence at Holmes Correctional earlier this week, and amid a nationwide call for prison inmates to...

5:05 PM Friday, Sep. 09, 2016

By Pat Beall Violent incidents involving multiple inmate dorms this morning triggered lockdowns at two Florida prisons, Gulf Correctional Institutional Annex and Mayo Correctional Institutional. The disturbances come after widespread inmate violence at Holmes Correctional earlier this week, and amid a nationwide call for prison inmates to...
How Florida treats mentally ill: Like 3rd World country
 For the head of the county branch of a national mental illness support group, Florida’s approach to treating the mentally ill is shocking. “I’m from the north,” Marsha Martino told about 60 people gathered Tuesday for a panel discussion on the mental health epidemic in Palm Beach County. “I have never lived in...

12:10 AM Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2016

For the head of the county branch of a national mental illness support group, Florida’s approach to treating the mentally ill is shocking. “I’m from the north,” Marsha Martino told about 60 people gathered Tuesday for a panel discussion on the mental health epidemic in Palm Beach County. “I have never lived in...
How 'Old Man' MacArthur bullied, bulldozed and built North Palm Beach County
    George Frost was a young engineer in the early 1960s when he and a Palm Beach County commissioner walked into the old man's home for a morning meeting.     John D. MacArthur stood before them stark naked, cooking eggs.    The billionaire, discussing plans for a turnpike...

6:19 PM Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

   George Frost was a young engineer in the early 1960s when he and a Palm Beach County commissioner walked into the old man's home for a morning meeting.     John D. MacArthur stood before them stark naked, cooking eggs.    The billionaire, discussing plans for a turnpike...
Corey Jones shooting: Rev. Al Sharpton to speak at funeral on Saturday

8:47 PM Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

The Rev. Al Sharpton will be a guest speaker Saturday at the funeral for Corey Jones, the 31-year-old drummer shot and killed Oct. 18 by a Palm Beach Gardens police officer. A communications manager for Sharpton’s New York City-based civil rights group National Action Network confirmed Sharpton’s appearance. He will be joined...
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