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

FEMA books Grand Celebration cruise ship for St. Thomas mission
 The MV Grand Celebration, based at the Port of Palm Beach, will be heading to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands late this week at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA has chartered the 1,900-passenger ship to house the National Guard and first responders as they help to rebuild people’s lives after the devastation...

Posted: 5 hours ago

The MV Grand Celebration, based at the Port of Palm Beach, will be heading to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands late this week at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA has chartered the 1,900-passenger ship to house the National Guard and first responders as they help to rebuild people’s lives after the devastation...
After Hurricane Irma: Lawsuit filed against FPL over power outages
 As Florida Power & Light nears the end of its post-Hurricane Irma restoration effort, two Miami-Dade County law firms have filed a lawsuit alleging that FPL charged customers a storm restoration fee yet did nothing to strengthen its grid. John Ruiz, an attorney with MSP Recovery Law Firm in Miami, and Gonzalo Dorta, an attorney with Dorta...

Posted: 6 hours ago

As Florida Power & Light nears the end of its post-Hurricane Irma restoration effort, two Miami-Dade County law firms have filed a lawsuit alleging that FPL charged customers a storm restoration fee yet did nothing to strengthen its grid. John Ruiz, an attorney with MSP Recovery Law Firm in Miami, and Gonzalo Dorta, an attorney with Dorta...
After Irma: Unbelievable Acres Gardens took a beating, needs help
 During Hurricane Irma, Gene Joyner felt his house shake and heard loud thumps as flying objects hit it, but he wasn’t expecting to find the level of destruction that occurred at his beloved 2.5-acre Unbelievable Acres Botanic Gardens. “It was worse than Wilma,” Joyner, 71, said Monday from his house and garden in an unincorporated...

Posted: 11 hours ago

During Hurricane Irma, Gene Joyner felt his house shake and heard loud thumps as flying objects hit it, but he wasn’t expecting to find the level of destruction that occurred at his beloved 2.5-acre Unbelievable Acres Botanic Gardens. “It was worse than Wilma,” Joyner, 71, said Monday from his house and garden in an unincorporated...
After Hurricane Irma: Why solar power can’t replace storm-damaged grid
 Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity to millions of Floridians, as well as people in Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas last week. At the outage peak on Sept. 11, 7.8 million utility customers were in the dark. What about those with solar systems on their homes? Were they also without power? After Hurricane Irma: Would underground lines...

Posted: a day ago

Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity to millions of Floridians, as well as people in Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas last week. At the outage peak on Sept. 11, 7.8 million utility customers were in the dark. What about those with solar systems on their homes? Were they also without power? After Hurricane Irma: Would underground lines...
After Hurricane Irma: Would underground lines keep lights on in storm?
 After Hurricane Irma’s winds uprooted trees and other debris and slammed the mess into overhead power lines, cutting power, people are again asking a familiar question: Would burying power lines underground be better? Although about 40 percent of Florida Power & Light Co.’s 67,000 miles of lines are underground, experts say buried...

Posted: a day ago

After Hurricane Irma’s winds uprooted trees and other debris and slammed the mess into overhead power lines, cutting power, people are again asking a familiar question: Would burying power lines underground be better? Although about 40 percent of Florida Power & Light Co.’s 67,000 miles of lines are underground, experts say buried...
After Irma: Gasoline costs ‘poised to plummet’ after hitting 3-year high
 Gasoline availability continues to improve after Hurricane Irma drove up demand and left many gas stations without fuel, AAA said, but prices hit a three-year high in the last week. A steady stream of ships delivering gasoline to Florida’s ports are helping to normalize supply levels in the southeastern U.S., and gas prices are beginning...

Posted: a day ago

Gasoline availability continues to improve after Hurricane Irma drove up demand and left many gas stations without fuel, AAA said, but prices hit a three-year high in the last week. A steady stream of ships delivering gasoline to Florida’s ports are helping to normalize supply levels in the southeastern U.S., and gas prices are beginning...
From Wilma to Irma: Assessing FPL’s post-storm grid, restoration effort
 Hurricane Wilma roared through South Florida in 2005 and left 6 million people in the dark. It was the worst disaster in Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light’s history — until this week. Hurricane Irma made its first U.S.landfall Sunday at Cudjoe Key and took the dubious “worst disaster” title from Wilma. Overall...

Posted: 3 days ago

Hurricane Wilma roared through South Florida in 2005 and left 6 million people in the dark. It was the worst disaster in Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light’s history — until this week. Hurricane Irma made its first U.S.landfall Sunday at Cudjoe Key and took the dubious “worst disaster” title from Wilma. Overall...
After Irma: Power restoration slows as FPL goes house-by-house
 The post-Hurricane Irma power restoration process is slowing as Florida Power & Light tackles more difficult outages that cannot be resolved as quickly. On Friday afternoon, 23 percent of FPL 5 million customers statewide were still without power, FPL spokesman Rob Gould said. After Irma: FPL has restored power to all hospitals, airports...

Posted: 4 days ago

The post-Hurricane Irma power restoration process is slowing as Florida Power & Light tackles more difficult outages that cannot be resolved as quickly. On Friday afternoon, 23 percent of FPL 5 million customers statewide were still without power, FPL spokesman Rob Gould said. After Irma: FPL has restored power to all hospitals, airports...
Florida agriculture losses after Hurricane Irma ‘a real gut punch’
 Florida agricultural producers ventured into their fields and groves after Hurricane Irma to find oranges ripped from trees, shade houses gone, vegetable beds ruined, sugarcane flattened and power poles and lines down. >> Read more trending news Statewide, the total agricultural cost of the storm will be in the billions, informal estimates...

Posted: 4 days ago

Florida agricultural producers ventured into their fields and groves after Hurricane Irma to find oranges ripped from trees, shade houses gone, vegetable beds ruined, sugarcane flattened and power poles and lines down. >> Read more trending news Statewide, the total agricultural cost of the storm will be in the billions, informal estimates...
After Irma: Florida agriculture losses widespread, billions in damage
 Palm Beach County and Florida agricultural producers ventured into their fields and groves after Hurricane Irma to find oranges ripped from trees, shade houses gone, vegetable beds ruined, sugar cane flattened and power poles and lines down. Statewide, the total agricultural cost of the storm will be in the billions, informal estimates suggest...

Posted: 5 days ago

Palm Beach County and Florida agricultural producers ventured into their fields and groves after Hurricane Irma to find oranges ripped from trees, shade houses gone, vegetable beds ruined, sugar cane flattened and power poles and lines down. Statewide, the total agricultural cost of the storm will be in the billions, informal estimates suggest...
After Irma: FPL has restored power to more than 70% of customers
 More than 70 percent of Florida Power & Light’s customers’ power has been restored, and the most difficult part of the restoration has begun, FPL spokesman Bryan Garner said Thursday. It’s Day Three in the post-Hurricane Irma massive effort to turn the lights back on in the largest outage in Florida’s and the nation&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

More than 70 percent of Florida Power & Light’s customers’ power has been restored, and the most difficult part of the restoration has begun, FPL spokesman Bryan Garner said Thursday. It’s Day Three in the post-Hurricane Irma massive effort to turn the lights back on in the largest outage in Florida’s and the nation&rsquo...