Susan Salisbury

A native of West Palm Beach, Susan Salisbury has been a newspaper reporter in Palm Beach County for many years. She is a University of Florida graduate and covers consumer issues, agriculture, international trade, utilities and other business news.

Latest from Susan Salisbury

Second Okeechobee dairy faces allegations of animal abuse
 Alleged abuse of dairy cows and calves at Burnham Dairy, the second Okeechobee County dairy accused of mistreatment of dairy cows within the last week, was revealed Thursday in a surveillance video released by Animal Recovery Mission. In response, the Publix supermarket chain has halted shipments from Burnham. In addition, the cooperative...

Posted: 3 days ago

Alleged abuse of dairy cows and calves at Burnham Dairy, the second Okeechobee County dairy accused of mistreatment of dairy cows within the last week, was revealed Thursday in a surveillance video released by Animal Recovery Mission. In response, the Publix supermarket chain has halted shipments from Burnham. In addition, the cooperative...
Florida agriculture still reeling from Irma damage, relief sought
 Most years attendees at the annual Farm-City Week luncheon at the South Florida Fairgrounds leave with a box full of locally-grown produce such as sweet corn, green beans, peppers and radishes. At the annual event held Wednesday that didn’t happen. That’s because Hurricane Irma’s arrival Sept. 10 left Palm Beach County&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Most years attendees at the annual Farm-City Week luncheon at the South Florida Fairgrounds leave with a box full of locally-grown produce such as sweet corn, green beans, peppers and radishes. At the annual event held Wednesday that didn’t happen. That’s because Hurricane Irma’s arrival Sept. 10 left Palm Beach County&rsquo...
Graham calls for repeal of nuclear fees, ban on fracking charges
 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham vowed on Tuesday to put an end to what she called “utility taxes” for advanced nuclear power plant costs and to ban utilities from charging customers for natural gas fracking if she is elected. Graham, a former U.S House member who lives in Tallahassee, also pledged to appoint consumer-friendly...

Posted: 5 days ago

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham vowed on Tuesday to put an end to what she called “utility taxes” for advanced nuclear power plant costs and to ban utilities from charging customers for natural gas fracking if she is elected. Graham, a former U.S House member who lives in Tallahassee, also pledged to appoint consumer-friendly...
FPL leadership team in Puerto Rico, 1,000 power line poles on way
 Florida Power & Light said Monday that it mobilized and transported 1,000 power line poles, previously located in North Florida, to Port Canaveral and then to Puerto Rico to assist with the rebuilding of the electrical grid that was devastated by Hurricane Maria. The poles were part of the company’s storm inventory that is stored near...

Posted: 5 days ago

Florida Power & Light said Monday that it mobilized and transported 1,000 power line poles, previously located in North Florida, to Port Canaveral and then to Puerto Rico to assist with the rebuilding of the electrical grid that was devastated by Hurricane Maria. The poles were part of the company’s storm inventory that is stored near...
Sheriff: Group should have provided video of alleged abuse at dairy farm sooner
 The undercover animal cruelty investigative group that recorded the alleged abuse at Larson Dairy should have given the video to the sheriff’s office sooner instead of continuing to record at the farm for three weeks, Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen said Monday. A surveillance video released Thursday by Animal Recovery Mission...

Posted: 6 days ago

The undercover animal cruelty investigative group that recorded the alleged abuse at Larson Dairy should have given the video to the sheriff’s office sooner instead of continuing to record at the farm for three weeks, Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen said Monday. A surveillance video released Thursday by Animal Recovery Mission...
Gasoline prices shoot up 9 cents in Palm Beach County
 Gasoline prices normally decline after Labor Day, but fuel prices shot up in the last week after crude oil reached a two-year high. Prices at the pump are expected to remain at their current levels for the time being. Palm Beach County’s average for a gallon of regular stood at $2.63 Monday, up 9 cents from a week ago, according to...

Posted: 6 days ago

Gasoline prices normally decline after Labor Day, but fuel prices shot up in the last week after crude oil reached a two-year high. Prices at the pump are expected to remain at their current levels for the time being. Palm Beach County’s average for a gallon of regular stood at $2.63 Monday, up 9 cents from a week ago, according to...
VIDEO: Alleged abuse at dairy farm as  Publix suspends shipments
 A surveillance video shot undercover by an animal welfare group at Larson Dairy in Okeechobee shows workers kicking cows in the head and torso and beating them with a steel rod inside the barn and milking stalls. It was enough to prompt Okeechobee County police to launch an investigation and for Publix Supermarkets to suspend shipments from...

Posted: 10 days ago

A surveillance video shot undercover by an animal welfare group at Larson Dairy in Okeechobee shows workers kicking cows in the head and torso and beating them with a steel rod inside the barn and milking stalls. It was enough to prompt Okeechobee County police to launch an investigation and for Publix Supermarkets to suspend shipments from...
Cell phone taxes: Did you know they’re triple the sales tax rate?
 Imagine purchasing a pair of shoes and being told the sales tax is 21 percent instead of the usual Palm Beach County 7 percent sales tax. Many consumers would no doubt be outraged, but every month, that’s the tax rate Floridians pay on their cellular phone service bills, often without noticing the charge. It’s a tax once considered...

Posted: 10 days ago

Imagine purchasing a pair of shoes and being told the sales tax is 21 percent instead of the usual Palm Beach County 7 percent sales tax. Many consumers would no doubt be outraged, but every month, that’s the tax rate Floridians pay on their cellular phone service bills, often without noticing the charge. It’s a tax once considered...
Solar panel lead generating robocallers settle FTC charges
 Two brothers behind a telemarketing operation that made millions of illegal robocalls promising consumers energy savings have settled a federal complaint brought against them, Federal Trade Commission officials said Wednesday. The FTC complaint said Francisco Salvat and the companies he controlled along with Julio Salvat, an officer of the...

Posted: 11 days ago

Two brothers behind a telemarketing operation that made millions of illegal robocalls promising consumers energy savings have settled a federal complaint brought against them, Federal Trade Commission officials said Wednesday. The FTC complaint said Francisco Salvat and the companies he controlled along with Julio Salvat, an officer of the...
Pesticides in our food supply: What the latest FDA report found
 No one wants to consume pesticides in foods, and a U.S. Food and Drug Administration report released this week found that 98 percent of domestic and 90 percent of imported foods tested met federal pesticide residue limits. But that doesn’t mean the foods, from almonds to fish, milk, soybeans, apples, cabbage and just about everything...

Posted: 11 days ago

No one wants to consume pesticides in foods, and a U.S. Food and Drug Administration report released this week found that 98 percent of domestic and 90 percent of imported foods tested met federal pesticide residue limits. But that doesn’t mean the foods, from almonds to fish, milk, soybeans, apples, cabbage and just about everything...
Sierra Club launches campaign asking FPL to cancel new power plant
 The Sierra Club launched a campaign Tuesday asking Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Power & Light Co. to cancel plans to build a new natural gas-burning power plant in Dania Beach. The environmental organization opposes FPL’s efforts to have the Florida Public Service Commission determine that ratepayers need another “fracked gas&rdquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Sierra Club launched a campaign Tuesday asking Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Power & Light Co. to cancel plans to build a new natural gas-burning power plant in Dania Beach. The environmental organization opposes FPL’s efforts to have the Florida Public Service Commission determine that ratepayers need another “fracked gas&rdquo...