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Tacky or trendy? ‘Brewery’ sign mars famous artist’s downtown masterpiece
 Think of it this way: Leonardo da Vinci gives you the Mona Lisa. You hang it in your museum. Then you nail an illuminated “Drink Coca Cola” sign on her. OK, it’s not that, but kinda. Havana-born artist Jose Bedia painted his masterpiece, a mural at 332 Evernia St. in downtown West Palm Beach, as part of the city’s...

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Think of it this way: Leonardo da Vinci gives you the Mona Lisa. You hang it in your museum. Then you nail an illuminated “Drink Coca Cola” sign on her. OK, it’s not that, but kinda. Havana-born artist Jose Bedia painted his masterpiece, a mural at 332 Evernia St. in downtown West Palm Beach, as part of the city’s...
NEW: West Palm agrees to Grassy Waters cleanup near Ibis
 The city of West Palm Beach and South Florida Water Management District have agreed to a cleanup plan for pollution from Ibis Golf & Country Club into the city’s main water supply, Grassy Waters Preserve, averting a multimillion-dollar re-engineering of the community’s lakes and filtration area but requiring lower-priced fixes...

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The city of West Palm Beach and South Florida Water Management District have agreed to a cleanup plan for pollution from Ibis Golf & Country Club into the city’s main water supply, Grassy Waters Preserve, averting a multimillion-dollar re-engineering of the community’s lakes and filtration area but requiring lower-priced fixes...
State OKs making S. Dixie Highway a two-lane road leading into core of West Palm
 A redesigned South Dixie Highway, with fewer travel lanes but a central turn lane, on-street parking for businesses, more landscaping and room for pedestrians and bicyclists, has won approval from the state’s district transportation office. The plan would take the mile-and-a-half stretch from Okeechobee Boulevard to Albemarle Road...

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A redesigned South Dixie Highway, with fewer travel lanes but a central turn lane, on-street parking for businesses, more landscaping and room for pedestrians and bicyclists, has won approval from the state’s district transportation office. The plan would take the mile-and-a-half stretch from Okeechobee Boulevard to Albemarle Road...
Getting to Brightline from Clematis Street a hassle… for how long?
 Newcomers to Brightline’s West Palm train station may be frustrated and confused if they try to park or walk in from Clematis Street. The frontage road is a muddy playground for earth-moving machinery and won’t be a completed road with sidewalks until the end of February. When it’s done, it will make access easier from the...

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Newcomers to Brightline’s West Palm train station may be frustrated and confused if they try to park or walk in from Clematis Street. The frontage road is a muddy playground for earth-moving machinery and won’t be a completed road with sidewalks until the end of February. When it’s done, it will make access easier from the...
Happy rails to you: Brightline high-speed trains roll into action
 Over, almost before it began. That’s how it felt as Brightline’s first train  pulled into Fort Lauderdale, a quick 35 minutes after rolling out of downtown West Palm Beach. Barely had the seat-back trays come down, laptops opened, Wifi connected and snack-and-beverage cart made the rounds, then the destination city skyline came...

Posted: 5 days ago

Over, almost before it began. That’s how it felt as Brightline’s first train pulled into Fort Lauderdale, a quick 35 minutes after rolling out of downtown West Palm Beach. Barely had the seat-back trays come down, laptops opened, Wifi connected and snack-and-beverage cart made the rounds, then the destination city skyline came...
Amid Brightline’s new flash, whither Tri-Rail?
 All the attention has been on new baby Brightline this week but don’t forget about older brother Tri-Rail, which also rides the rails from West Palm to Fort Lauderdale and has for years. But there’s no sibling rivalry, says Tri-Rail spokeswoman Bonnie Arnold. “We’ve been working together for a number of years, because...

Posted: 6 days ago

All the attention has been on new baby Brightline this week but don’t forget about older brother Tri-Rail, which also rides the rails from West Palm to Fort Lauderdale and has for years. But there’s no sibling rivalry, says Tri-Rail spokeswoman Bonnie Arnold. “We’ve been working together for a number of years, because...
Chains vs. local stores: Downtown West Palm, Delray face dilemma
 Thomas Rebhandl has big plans for City Center Pharmacy, a shop he opened 14 years ago at 416 Clematis St. For one, he hopes to buy the 76-year-old building, which occupies a busy spot across from West Palm Beach’s library and City Hall. Inside the pharmacy, he wants to transform the handsome, dark-wood bar that sits unused along a side...

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Thomas Rebhandl has big plans for City Center Pharmacy, a shop he opened 14 years ago at 416 Clematis St. For one, he hopes to buy the 76-year-old building, which occupies a busy spot across from West Palm Beach’s library and City Hall. Inside the pharmacy, he wants to transform the handsome, dark-wood bar that sits unused along a side...
It’s ‘All aboard’ for Brightline inaugural rail run
 A big yellow train at the platform, a smattering of celebratory statements and Brightline’s inaugural run set off Friday morning, dignitaries aboard, for a high-speed ride down the rails to Fort Lauderdale and back. Some politicos acknowledged disappointment the company failed to finish construction of whatever’s required for...

Posted: 6 days ago

A big yellow train at the platform, a smattering of celebratory statements and Brightline’s inaugural run set off Friday morning, dignitaries aboard, for a high-speed ride down the rails to Fort Lauderdale and back. Some politicos acknowledged disappointment the company failed to finish construction of whatever’s required for...
Indoor tennis, anyone? Billionaire developer sees a need in West Palm
 When his kids needed a school, he built a school. Now developer Jeff Greene wants to play tennis out of the heat and wind, so he plans to build an indoor tennis and health club next to the Greene School. It’s still in the planning stages, and Greene’s M-O is to sit on land a long time before building but tennis is a big motivator...

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When his kids needed a school, he built a school. Now developer Jeff Greene wants to play tennis out of the heat and wind, so he plans to build an indoor tennis and health club next to the Greene School. It’s still in the planning stages, and Greene’s M-O is to sit on land a long time before building but tennis is a big motivator...
Ideas to improve Clematis Street? West Palm wants your input
 1. The City is seeking comment from Clematis Street merchants, area merchants, residents and the public, about potential upgrades to the street to enhance public life. Enhancements may include shade and tree canopy improvements, better lighting, café seating, paving, clearly marked pedestrian crossings and more. To put in your two...

Posted: 6 days ago

1. The City is seeking comment from Clematis Street merchants, area merchants, residents and the public, about potential upgrades to the street to enhance public life. Enhancements may include shade and tree canopy improvements, better lighting, café seating, paving, clearly marked pedestrian crossings and more. To put in your two...
Will WPB man lose townhouse for refusing association’s $25 late fee?
 What started with a $25 late fee three years ago for townhouse owner David Silva has grown to a foreclosure fight over a $47,554 bill that had Silva in court two days this week, fending off an effort by his property association to take away his $340,000 home. His fate rests with Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Robert Panse, who on Monday...

Posted: 7 days ago

What started with a $25 late fee three years ago for townhouse owner David Silva has grown to a foreclosure fight over a $47,554 bill that had Silva in court two days this week, fending off an effort by his property association to take away his $340,000 home. His fate rests with Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Robert Panse, who on Monday...
NEW: Brightline’s website experiences problems after launch announced
 Brightline’s website experienced technical problems on Thursday in the hours after the company announced its start date, train schedule and ticket prices. “We’re encountering site traffic delays and minor glitches due to your overwhelming excitement to book rides,” the company said on its website, gobrightline.com...

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Brightline’s website experienced technical problems on Thursday in the hours after the company announced its start date, train schedule and ticket prices. “We’re encountering site traffic delays and minor glitches due to your overwhelming excitement to book rides,” the company said on its website, gobrightline.com...
Moffett not running for re-election; how it could affect downtown
 West Palm Beach City Commissioner Sylvia Moffett announced Tuesday that she will not seek re-election for the City Commission District 1 seat. “After consulting with my family and close supporters, I believe this is the best decision for me both professionally and personally,” she wrote in a statement. “I am planning...

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West Palm Beach City Commissioner Sylvia Moffett announced Tuesday that she will not seek re-election for the City Commission District 1 seat. “After consulting with my family and close supporters, I believe this is the best decision for me both professionally and personally,” she wrote in a statement. “I am planning...
Muoio’s heavy lift: polishing downtown vitality, chipping at poverty
 The pieces will start coming together in 2018, Mayor Jeri Muoio says. At a slow, governmental pace, to be sure, but the public will begin to see results of two years of plans crafted by city leaders, consultants and community members to create “a world class city where people want to be,” as West Palm’s mission statement...

Posted: 13 days ago

The pieces will start coming together in 2018, Mayor Jeri Muoio says. At a slow, governmental pace, to be sure, but the public will begin to see results of two years of plans crafted by city leaders, consultants and community members to create “a world class city where people want to be,” as West Palm’s mission statement...
Cold air takes breath away -- from tires
 This week’s cold front deflated tires and set off many cars’ low-pressure sensors, sending  drivers to line up at gas station air pumps in West Palm Beach. The Wawa Market on Belvedere Road, one of the few  stations with free air hoses, had cars lining up three-, four- and five-deep this week, as temperatures dipped into...

Posted: 14 days ago

This week’s cold front deflated tires and set off many cars’ low-pressure sensors, sending  drivers to line up at gas station air pumps in West Palm Beach. The Wawa Market on Belvedere Road, one of the few stations with free air hoses, had cars lining up three-, four- and five-deep this week, as temperatures dipped into...
Climate change the hot topic at  Norton Museum conference Saturday
 On the closing weekend of its exhibition, Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene, the Norton Museum of Art is presenting a public program on climate change and its implications and effects on our state, country, and planet. The program, Community Conversation: Climate Change, runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan...

Posted: 15 days ago

On the closing weekend of its exhibition, Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene, the Norton Museum of Art is presenting a public program on climate change and its implications and effects on our state, country, and planet. The program, Community Conversation: Climate Change, runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan...
JUST IN: West Palm mourners hold vigil for slain mother, 11-year-old daughter
 The warmth of huddled neighbors and friends with memorial candles took some chill off the doorstep vigil Saturday night for Kaladaa Crowell and her 11-year-old daughter, Kyra Inglett, slain Thursday in their home just north of downtown. About three dozen gathered after sundown, around a memorial of stuffed animals, a pink roller skate...

Posted: 19 days ago

The warmth of huddled neighbors and friends with memorial candles took some chill off the doorstep vigil Saturday night for Kaladaa Crowell and her 11-year-old daughter, Kyra Inglett, slain Thursday in their home just north of downtown. About three dozen gathered after sundown, around a memorial of stuffed animals, a pink roller skate...
After a tumultuous year in Riviera Beach, what’s ahead in 2018?
 As the year limps to a close in Riviera Beach, the city government, led for now by its former deputy finance director, heads into 2018 with seven top positions unfilled and an eighth about to be, city council member spending under audit and a majority of the council under threat of voter recall. The Palm Beach Post reported in October that...

Posted: 20 days ago

As the year limps to a close in Riviera Beach, the city government, led for now by its former deputy finance director, heads into 2018 with seven top positions unfilled and an eighth about to be, city council member spending under audit and a majority of the council under threat of voter recall. The Palm Beach Post reported in October that...
Check out West Palm’s proposed $333,000 glass art display at Canopy hotel
 The downtown hotel isn’t built but officials say banyan roots will crack through its atrium ceiling and pierce a lobby wall. That’s not a construction defect. That’s the plan. The city commission on Dec. 18 approved a $333,000 work of public art by Miami glass artist Terje Lundaas, for the Canopy by Hilton West Palm...

Posted: 20 days ago

The downtown hotel isn’t built but officials say banyan roots will crack through its atrium ceiling and pierce a lobby wall. That’s not a construction defect. That’s the plan. The city commission on Dec. 18 approved a $333,000 work of public art by Miami glass artist Terje Lundaas, for the Canopy by Hilton West Palm...
What’s prompting construction of three new fire stations in West Palm?
 Sixty years ago, West Palm Beach fire stations couldn’t handle hurricanes. They didn’t have room for hazmat trucks, water rescue or technical rescue units. They didn’t have gyms. There were no women on the job, so there were no private dorm rooms, just an open dorm with three beds. Bathrooms were just large rooms with a...

Posted: 21 days ago

Sixty years ago, West Palm Beach fire stations couldn’t handle hurricanes. They didn’t have room for hazmat trucks, water rescue or technical rescue units. They didn’t have gyms. There were no women on the job, so there were no private dorm rooms, just an open dorm with three beds. Bathrooms were just large rooms with a...
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