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Palm Beach County gas prices soar 9 cents in a week
 Palm Beach County’s average for a gallon of regular gasoline climbed 9 cents in the past week, and the state’s average rose 10 cents, marking the highest January prices since 2014. The county’s average stood at $2.66 Monday, and Florida average was $2.54, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. Motorists who shop around...

Posted: 7 hours ago

Palm Beach County’s average for a gallon of regular gasoline climbed 9 cents in the past week, and the state’s average rose 10 cents, marking the highest January prices since 2014. The county’s average stood at $2.66 Monday, and Florida average was $2.54, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. Motorists who shop around...
Enright elected Port of Palm Beach chair
 Jean Enright was elected Thursday as the new chair of the Port of Palm Beach Commission. Enright joined the commission in 2005. She was re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016. She received a bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University, a master’s from Howard University, and a doctorate from the Catholic University of America. Enright...

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Jean Enright was elected Thursday as the new chair of the Port of Palm Beach Commission. Enright joined the commission in 2005. She was re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016. She received a bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University, a master’s from Howard University, and a doctorate from the Catholic University of America. Enright...
Palm Beach to reap savings on utility conversion project
 A change in how the cost of conversion from overhead to underground power lines is calculated will save Palm Beach, Palm Beach Shores and four other municipalities an estimated $14 million. Palm Beach expects its share of the savings to fall between $3.3 million and $6 million, Town Manager Tom Bradford said. Earlier this month, the Public...

Posted: 3 days ago

A change in how the cost of conversion from overhead to underground power lines is calculated will save Palm Beach, Palm Beach Shores and four other municipalities an estimated $14 million. Palm Beach expects its share of the savings to fall between $3.3 million and $6 million, Town Manager Tom Bradford said. Earlier this month, the Public...
Publix launches low-price prescription drug program
 Publix Pharmacy has launched a new low-price prescription drug program offering a 90-day supply some of the most commonly prescribed medications for $7.50. The program includes 29 medications with a total of 85 dosage options. “Our founder, George Jenkins, taught us to take care of people and our communities, and making needed medications...

Posted: 4 days ago

Publix Pharmacy has launched a new low-price prescription drug program offering a 90-day supply some of the most commonly prescribed medications for $7.50. The program includes 29 medications with a total of 85 dosage options. “Our founder, George Jenkins, taught us to take care of people and our communities, and making needed medications...
FPL customers tell regulators they oppose new Dania Beach power plant
 Since 2005, Florida Power & Light Co. has built nine natural-gas fired plants. Wednesday, four residents of Dania Beach traveled to Tallahassee to tell regulators they don’t want a new plant in their city. Before Juno Beach-based FPL can build an $888 million natural gas-fired plant to replace an older facility that burns natural gas...

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Since 2005, Florida Power & Light Co. has built nine natural-gas fired plants. Wednesday, four residents of Dania Beach traveled to Tallahassee to tell regulators they don’t want a new plant in their city. Before Juno Beach-based FPL can build an $888 million natural gas-fired plant to replace an older facility that burns natural gas...
FPL: Customers won’t pay surcharge for Irma costs due to tax reform
 Thanks to federal tax savings for Florida Power & Light, its customers will not face increased rates for Hurricane Irma-related restoration costs, company officials said Tuesday. Instead of charging customers a storm surcharge, FPL will apply the savings resulting from the new federal tax law toward the $1.3 billion restoration cost of the...

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Thanks to federal tax savings for Florida Power & Light, its customers will not face increased rates for Hurricane Irma-related restoration costs, company officials said Tuesday. Instead of charging customers a storm surcharge, FPL will apply the savings resulting from the new federal tax law toward the $1.3 billion restoration cost of the...
Palm Beach Co. gas average up 4 cents; higher oil prices blamed
 As oil prices continue to rise, Palm Beach County’s average for a gallon of regular gasoline rose to $2.61 Tuesday, up 4 cents from a week ago. The national average stood at $2.53 Tuesday, up 4 cents from last week, while Florida’s average rose 5 cents to $2.49, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. Expect to see more increases...

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As oil prices continue to rise, Palm Beach County’s average for a gallon of regular gasoline rose to $2.61 Tuesday, up 4 cents from a week ago. The national average stood at $2.53 Tuesday, up 4 cents from last week, while Florida’s average rose 5 cents to $2.49, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. Expect to see more increases...
Florida’s onshore oil drilling industry began 75 years ago
 Offshore oil drilling is off the table for Florida for now, but many people might not know that the Sunshine State has produced oil from wells in Southwest Florida and the Panhandle for decades. That too has been controversial and the subject of lawsuits as environmental groups have fought against the ongoing drilling for oil and natural...

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Offshore oil drilling is off the table for Florida for now, but many people might not know that the Sunshine State has produced oil from wells in Southwest Florida and the Panhandle for decades. That too has been controversial and the subject of lawsuits as environmental groups have fought against the ongoing drilling for oil and natural...
Beautiful day for train ride: The curious come out to take Brightline
 Brightline’s second day of operation Sunday attracted lots of families, singles and others looking for an outing on the chilly, windy day that was too cold for the beach. A steady stream of people entered the station at 260 Quadrille Plaza Drive in downtown West Palm Beach, hoping to buy a tickets at $10 apiece one way to Fort Lauderdale...

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Brightline’s second day of operation Sunday attracted lots of families, singles and others looking for an outing on the chilly, windy day that was too cold for the beach. A steady stream of people entered the station at 260 Quadrille Plaza Drive in downtown West Palm Beach, hoping to buy a tickets at $10 apiece one way to Fort Lauderdale...
New tax law could mean lower FPL rates
 Across the country, electric utilities in Massachusetts, Illinois, Oregon and Washington, D.C., and elsewhere have announced they will pass on their corporate income tax savings to customers in the form of lower rates. Florida’s investor-owned utilities, including Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light Co., have not made any rate-cutting...

Posted: 12 days ago

Across the country, electric utilities in Massachusetts, Illinois, Oregon and Washington, D.C., and elsewhere have announced they will pass on their corporate income tax savings to customers in the form of lower rates. Florida’s investor-owned utilities, including Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light Co., have not made any rate-cutting...
FPL underground power cost change approved
 A change in how the cost of conversion from overhead to underground power lines is calculated will save Palm Beach, Palm Beach Shores and four other municipalities an estimated $14 million. Tuesday the Florida Public Service Commission approved a new formula for calculating the cost as requested by Florida Power & Light Co. WHAT ARE THE PROS...

Posted: 13 days ago

A change in how the cost of conversion from overhead to underground power lines is calculated will save Palm Beach, Palm Beach Shores and four other municipalities an estimated $14 million. Tuesday the Florida Public Service Commission approved a new formula for calculating the cost as requested by Florida Power & Light Co. WHAT ARE THE PROS...
Coalition seeks amendment to let Floridians choose electricity source
 Florida Energy Freedom, a coalition pushing to deregulate Florida’s electricity market, wants Floridians to have the right to choose their retail electricity provider, and says such a change could save consumers up to $5 billion a year. The coalition led by Rich Blaser, founder of Gainesville-based Florida Energy Freedom, is seizing...

Posted: 13 days ago

Florida Energy Freedom, a coalition pushing to deregulate Florida’s electricity market, wants Floridians to have the right to choose their retail electricity provider, and says such a change could save consumers up to $5 billion a year. The coalition led by Rich Blaser, founder of Gainesville-based Florida Energy Freedom, is seizing...
FPL workers depart from PBI for Puerto Rico
 Florida Power & Light Co. lineworkers and support staff departed from Palm Beach International Airport Monday for Puerto Rico to help restore power to areas impacted by Hurricane Maria’s landfall. Hundreds of thousands of people remain without electric service nearly four months after the destructive storm devastated the island. FPL...

Posted: 13 days ago

Florida Power & Light Co. lineworkers and support staff departed from Palm Beach International Airport Monday for Puerto Rico to help restore power to areas impacted by Hurricane Maria’s landfall. Hundreds of thousands of people remain without electric service nearly four months after the destructive storm devastated the island. FPL...
Gas prices stable, but could decrease in late January
 Gasoline prices are holding steady, with the national average frozen at $2.49 for 10 straight days, but prices could drop 5 to 15 cents in the next six weeks. Prices are high for this time of year. A year ago, the national average for regular gasoline was $2.36. Palm Beach County’s average for a gallon of regular stood at $2.56 Monday...

Posted: 14 days ago

Gasoline prices are holding steady, with the national average frozen at $2.49 for 10 straight days, but prices could drop 5 to 15 cents in the next six weeks. Prices are high for this time of year. A year ago, the national average for regular gasoline was $2.36. Palm Beach County’s average for a gallon of regular stood at $2.56 Monday...
Two Lake Worth restaurants shut down due to rodent droppings
 State inspectors temporarily closed Brogues DownUnder and Rhum Shak, both on Lake Avenue in Lake Worth, on Jan. 3 after citing both for sanitation violations including rodent activity. Brogues DownUnder, a tavern offering Irish-Australian fare and live entertainment at 621 Lake Ave., was shut down after a Florida Department of Business and...

Posted: 14 days ago

State inspectors temporarily closed Brogues DownUnder and Rhum Shak, both on Lake Avenue in Lake Worth, on Jan. 3 after citing both for sanitation violations including rodent activity. Brogues DownUnder, a tavern offering Irish-Australian fare and live entertainment at 621 Lake Ave., was shut down after a Florida Department of Business and...
Thomas Produce founder dies at home in Boca Raton
 John J. Thomas, 97, founder of Boca Raton-based Thomas Produce Co., one of Florida’s largest vegetable growers, died Jan. 1 at his home in Boca Raton. Born in 1920, Mr. Thomas came to Palm Beach County from North Collins, N.Y. outside Buffalo in 1959 and began farming on 800 acres on land west of Boca Raton that is now occupied by Olympic...

Posted: 17 days ago

John J. Thomas, 97, founder of Boca Raton-based Thomas Produce Co., one of Florida’s largest vegetable growers, died Jan. 1 at his home in Boca Raton. Born in 1920, Mr. Thomas came to Palm Beach County from North Collins, N.Y. outside Buffalo in 1959 and began farming on 800 acres on land west of Boca Raton that is now occupied by Olympic...
Palm Beach Co. crops dealt second blow from freezing temperatures
 Hit by temperatures as low as 25 degrees Friday morning, Western Palm Beach County’s sensitive vegetable crops suffered a second round of damage that is still being assessed as farmers recover from a long night in their fields. Some opted to fly helicopters over green beans and sweet corn in hopes of raising the temperature at the ground...

Posted: 17 days ago

Hit by temperatures as low as 25 degrees Friday morning, Western Palm Beach County’s sensitive vegetable crops suffered a second round of damage that is still being assessed as farmers recover from a long night in their fields. Some opted to fly helicopters over green beans and sweet corn in hopes of raising the temperature at the ground...
Frigid Florida temps prompt run on space heaters, crop concerns
 South Florida awakes today to a second round of temperatures in the 30s, wind-chill advisories and crop concerns — lingering tolls of a storm that beat at the Northeast Thursday like a frozen hurricane. While daytime highs in West Palm Beach might reach 60 degrees, the mercury was forecast to drop to 37 in the pre-dawn darkness with...

Posted: 17 days ago

South Florida awakes today to a second round of temperatures in the 30s, wind-chill advisories and crop concerns — lingering tolls of a storm that beat at the Northeast Thursday like a frozen hurricane. While daytime highs in West Palm Beach might reach 60 degrees, the mercury was forecast to drop to 37 in the pre-dawn darkness with...
Manatees bask in FPL’s warm lagoon on chilly day
 More than 100 manatees were drawn to the warm waters flowing from Florida Power & Light Co.’s Riviera Beach power plant Thursday morning, as hundreds of bundled-up visitors seized the chilly morning for a firsthand look at the large, gray marine mammals. Manatees cannot tolerate prolonged exposure to water below 68 degrees, biologists...

Posted: 18 days ago

More than 100 manatees were drawn to the warm waters flowing from Florida Power & Light Co.’s Riviera Beach power plant Thursday morning, as hundreds of bundled-up visitors seized the chilly morning for a firsthand look at the large, gray marine mammals. Manatees cannot tolerate prolonged exposure to water below 68 degrees, biologists...
Burger King in West Palm Beach cited for wastewater backup
 Burger King No. 53, 1210 N. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, was temporarily closed Dec. 26 after state inspectors cited it for 10 violations, including a sewage backup in the kitchen. The Burger King is at the southeast corner of North Dixie and Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard across the street from Good Samaritan Medical Center. A Florida Department...

Posted: 20 days ago

Burger King No. 53, 1210 N. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, was temporarily closed Dec. 26 after state inspectors cited it for 10 violations, including a sewage backup in the kitchen. The Burger King is at the southeast corner of North Dixie and Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard across the street from Good Samaritan Medical Center. A Florida Department...
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