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Trump-owned house in Palm Beach available to rent for $100,000 a month

Trump-owned house in Palm Beach available to rent for $100,000 a month

The Palm Beach beachfront house belonging to President Donald Trump’s two eldest sons is up for rent — for $100,000 a month, according to the local multiple listing service. Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump two months ago paid their aunt, federal appeals Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, $18.25 million for her eight-bedroom house at 1125 S. Ocean Blvd. The deed was recorded...

Association may be liable for failure to enforce pet rules

Question: I was hoping you could help answer questions about a recent event that took place in our HOA community. My mom was walking her small dog outside. Within 30 feet of her home, she passed her neighbor’s home and their pit bull raced out of the home and attacked my mother and her dog. Luckily, my mother was not physically injured. However, our dog was badly injured and left for dead. We...
Man fired after encounter with 'racist' customer. After sharing story, Home Depot offers job back.

Man fired after encounter with 'racist' customer. After sharing story, Home Depot offers job back.

After a man last Thursday approached the checkout at a Home Depot in Albany, New York, staff member Maurice Rucker asked him to leash his dog. That's when the man exploded. » RELATED: Atlanta's Home Depot growing in various ways, but not new stores Rucker, a 60-year-old black man, claimed he was fired Tuesday after defending himself from a customer who, he told the Union Tribune, went on...
Mark Wahlberg launches Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet dealership in Ohio

Mark Wahlberg launches Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet dealership in Ohio

Actor Mark Wahlberg is partnering with longtime Chevy dealer Jay Feldman to launch his first car dealership in Ohio. Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet will open in Columbus, Ohio. The dealership was formerly known as Bobby Layman Chevrolet. Feldman and Wahlberg have been friends for several years, and became partners in a Wahlburgers restaurant in Cleveland. >> Read more trending news  According...

Palm Beach County job growth remains weak, but jobless rate stays low

Palm Beach County’s labor market sent more mixed signals in June, a month when job growth was weak even as unemployment remained at rock-bottom levels. Palm Beach County added just 3,100 jobs from June 2017 to June 2018, a 0.5 percent growth rate that trailed both the state and national averages. Palm Beach County’s pace of job growth ranked 22nd among 24 metro areas in the state, Florida&rsquo...
Irma jobless aid eluded most local applicants; critics blast ‘botch’

Irma jobless aid eluded most local applicants; critics blast ‘botch’

It was billed as prompt unemployment relief after Hurricane Irma, but a state-run system delivered payments on fewer than 30 percent of applications from eligible Palm Beach County workers after nearly half a year, records requested by The Palm Beach Post show. With the business end of another storm season approaching, officials in Gov. Rick Scott’s administration defended “above and beyond&rdquo...
Golf course, done. Clubhouse under way. What’s next at Banyan Cay?

Golf course, done. Clubhouse under way. What’s next at Banyan Cay?

The new golf course is open at Banyan Cay Resort & Golf in West Palm Beach. The club house has started construction and will be completed this fall. But Banyan Cay still lacks the resort part of the complex. That’s about to change. The project just secured a $62 million loan that will allow it to start construction on the hotel and its amenities. Plans now are for the 150-room hotel...

POINT OF VIEW: My trade deficit with grocery stores, the local laundry

Inspired by President Donald Trump’s insistence that all U.S. trading partners buy as much from us as we do from them, I have been trying to apply the concept to my personal affairs. I’ve got a problem with my local grocery chains, Aldi and Publix. I buy lots of groceries from them, but they don’t buy any of the lectures or writing that I do for a living. The balance of trade is...
Brightline adding five daily departures from WPB, charging for parking

Brightline adding five daily departures from WPB, charging for parking

Commuting by Brightline will get more convenient on Aug. 6. That’s when the private rail operator will add five trains a day to its weekday service between West Palm Beach and Miami. Related: Brightline hopes to extend fast-train service to Tampa From West Palm Beach, Brightline will add weekday departures at 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. There also will be five new daily arrivals...
Haulers oppose race, gender targets in bid specs for garbage contracts

Haulers oppose race, gender targets in bid specs for garbage contracts

Garbage haulers tore into a new set of Solid Waste Authority standards that would require them to share future contracts with firms owned by women and minorities and form a joint venture with them to service a specific portion of the county. Unveiled publicly for the first time Wednesday, the new standards would require haulers bidding to collect garbage and recycling to share 20 percent of their...
Lake Worth’s Callaro’s Steak House sells for $1.4 million

Lake Worth’s Callaro’s Steak House sells for $1.4 million

Callaro’s Steak House, the downtown Lake Worth restaurant formerly occupied by L’Anjou, was sold for $1.4 million on July 13 to a company based in Philadelphia. “I did it because they were frequent customers in the restaurant and they loved the staff and loved everything about the restaurant,” said Danny Callaro, a managing member of the site on 717 Lake Ave. “It...
Need a big box? These four empty Palm Beach County retail spaces fit the bill

Need a big box? These four empty Palm Beach County retail spaces fit the bill

Entrepreneur Hannah Wickins scoured Palm Beach County for space suitable for the indoor pet park that she calls “Disney World for dogs.” She settled on the long-empty Home Depot Expo at Woolbright Road and Interstate 95 in Boynton Beach. Wickins signed a bargain lease for 20,000 square feet for her Dog Activity World Group. “It was a very desolated plaza,” Wickins said...
PBA grad entered male-dominated marine industry and made her mark

PBA grad entered male-dominated marine industry and made her mark

Lauren Cotton said she’s worked to get people in the yachting industry to take her seriously. As a woman and the owner of a West Palm Beach marine staffing business, Cotton said getting started in the male-dominated field took persistence. She said her honesty, values and ethics helped her business grow and succeed. “To be a female and start a company that’s successful...
This historic Palm Beach home won’t be demolished after all, lawyer says

This historic Palm Beach home won’t be demolished after all, lawyer says

A deal to sell Palm Beach’s second-oldest house is almost complete, potentially ending a seven-month saga between the owner and the town over plans to demolish the building. Paul Maddock, owner of Duck’s Nest, the historic home at 305 Maddock Way, and his lawyer, Peter Broberg, are “working toward closing” a sale of the home, Broberg said Monday. In a Town Council...
Local students team-up with AT&T to improve STEM talent pipeline

Local students team-up with AT&T to improve STEM talent pipeline

“I wanted to be an artist, but in school I’m doing marine biology,” says Zoleecia, just moments after completing a STEM project with her other young, tech-savvy peers. “I’m going to try to do that in college.” Zoleecia, along with the rest of her hardworking grade-school classmates, knows that exploring career options and earning potential is no easy task...
State to withhold payments to SunPass vendor until upgrade complete

State to withhold payments to SunPass vendor until upgrade complete

The vendor responsible for the messy rollout of the state’s new SunPass customer service system won’t get paid until the system is fully operational, the Florida Department of Transportation said in a release issued Monday. Conduent State & Local Solutions, which has an electronic tolling contract with the state worth $287 million, began what was supposed to be a weeklong upgrade of the...
Gas prices climb 8 cents in priciest summer driving in four years

Gas prices climb 8 cents in priciest summer driving in four years

Florida gas prices rose 8 cents in a week to $2.80 a gallon, fueling the most expensive summer driving in four years. Palm Beach County maintained its grip on the state’s highest average pump price at $2.89, motorist organization AAA said Monday. READ MORE: FPL bills get slight shave heading into summer heat Summer is often a season for “volatility” in prices, and this year has plenty...
Bristol, most expensive in Palm Beach County, races to completion

Bristol, most expensive in Palm Beach County, races to completion

Developers of The Bristol are racing toward completion of the ultra-luxury condominium in downtown West Palm Beach. At the end of July, construction trailers will be removed so landscaping can begin at the site. When buyers start returning to the Palm Beach area around October, they’ll see quite a different look to the multi-million dollar project, at 1112 S. Flagler Dr. The Bristol...

Management staffing is business decision to be determined by board

Question: Our association is managed by a management company, and their fee is paid by our quarterly maintenance assessments. The LCAM who is assigned to our property is “overwhelmed” by all of the work involved. So, a board member has hired an extra person (a homeowner in our complex) to help the property manager. Shouldn’t the management company be responsible to provide their...
Blockbuster video to close in Alaska, only 1 store still open in U.S.

Blockbuster video to close in Alaska, only 1 store still open in U.S.

Alaska’s last two Blockbuster video rental stores are closing this weekend -- leaving only one Blockbuster store open in the United States. >> Read more trending news  Alaska Blockbuster posted a video on its Facebook page of employees mourning the closure by leaving candles outside the store. The closures come just two months after John Oliver, the host of HBO’s &ldquo...
McDonald’s pulls salads from some restaurants after more than 100 people infected by parasite

McDonald’s pulls salads from some restaurants after more than 100 people infected by parasite

Departments of public health in Illinois and Iowa are investigating some McDonald’s locations after people became ill after eating their salads. CNN reported that Illinois has reported 90 cases of a parasite outbreak since mid-May. Iowa reported 15 cases since late June. >> Read more trending news  The Iowa Department of Public Health said there has been an increase in Cyclospora...
Florida’s economy hits $1 trillion -- but shouldn’t that have happened long ago?

Florida’s economy hits $1 trillion -- but shouldn’t that have happened long ago?

Florida’s economy officially has topped $1 trillion, the Florida Chamber of Commerce said Friday -- an impressive number that loses luster on closer inspection. “Becoming a $1 trillion economy means Florida is continuing to grow and create jobs, keeping unemployment lower than the national average, and creating economic opportunity,” Jerry Parrish, chief economist of the Florida...
Contents of Charley’s Crab in Palm Beach to be sold starting Saturday

Contents of Charley’s Crab in Palm Beach to be sold starting Saturday

Equipment, china, dining tables and hundreds of other items from the old Charley’s Crab will be sold starting Saturday morning at the former restaurant building across from Midtown Beach in Palm Beach. The restaurant at 456 S. Ocean Blvd. shuttered its doors in early April, just days before the Frisbie Group bought the building and its contents for a recorded $26.3 million...
Another price cut for Frank McKinney’s micromansion in Ocean Ridge

Another price cut for Frank McKinney’s micromansion in Ocean Ridge

Prominent mansion builder Frank McKinney again has cut the list price of his “micro-mansion” in Ocean Ridge. McKinney first listed his micro-mansion in May 2016 at $3.9 million. After price cuts to $3.43 million, $2.95 million and $2.65 million, it’s now listed at $2.295 million, according to Realtor.com. The house marked a dramatic departure for McKinney, who long specialized...
Residences to workplaces: Engaging CEOs key to business expansion

Residences to workplaces: Engaging CEOs key to business expansion

For the past several years, Palm Beach County’s chief business recruitment arm has sought to lure companies through a program dubbed, “Behind the Gates.” The Business Development Board’s strategy is based on finding out-of-area executives with homes in the county who may also be interested in relocating or expanding their businesses here, too. And a recent deal validates the...
Investment firm puts priority on empowering women for success

Investment firm puts priority on empowering women for success

Nancy Rizzuto is a founding partner and principal of Capital Strategies Investment Group, a firm that specializes in helping organizations and individuals manage their investments and retirement programs. The investment group was formed in 2003 in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois., and recently opened a satellite office in Jupiter’s Harbourside Place development. Two of the three founding members...
POINT OF VIEW: Coastal residents need to set aside money for flooding

POINT OF VIEW: Coastal residents need to set aside money for flooding

Through myopic indifference, society is making adaptation to sea-level rise exponentially riskier than it needs to be. There is a noticeable absence of meaningful federal and state legislation to create practical and innovative financial tools necessary to help ordinary people and small businesses cope with the projected harm of rising waters. Each day that passes, reluctant lawmakers are unnecessarily...
Young broker uses hustle, international skills to drum up business

Young broker uses hustle, international skills to drum up business

When it comes to chasing business goals, Roman Fischer isn’t shy. As a college student in Ukraine, Fischer traveled to China to set up a supply chain and negotiate terms for a tire company — an extraordinary bit of effort considering that Fischer worked for the tire distributor only part-time. These days, as a real estate broker in Palm Beach County, Fischer scouts hard-to-find apartment...
Trump widens bid to hire foreign workers to Jupiter golf club

Trump widens bid to hire foreign workers to Jupiter golf club

President Donald Trump is seeking to hire foreign workers at his Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter. He has asked for H-2B visas for 10 servers and two cooks, at the same wages as Mar-a-Lago is paying. The bid comes on the heels of the president’s reques to hire more foreign workers to staff his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach this winter. Trump has asked his Labor Department for visas for...
Wellington, Royal Palm plazas eye alternatives to typical retail

Wellington, Royal Palm plazas eye alternatives to typical retail

In plazas throughout the western communities, a shift is occurring from big box retailers to entertainment and other options. The change was highlighted as news broke last week that the former hhgregg in the Shoppes at Wellington Green plaza will become an indoor entertainment venue called Urban Air Adventure Park. The 29,000-square-foot space is set to open later this year, the company said. WELLINGTON...
Kroger launches fashion apparel brand

Kroger launches fashion apparel brand

Kroger is getting into the fashion game. Officials with Kroger Co. on Monday announced its new apparel brand Dip, developed by fashion designer Joe Mimran. Dip will launch with men’s, women’s, juniors, kids and baby collections. “We’ve worked closely with Joe and his team to develop a line of clothing that works for today’s times – easy to buy, easy to wear and...
Here's how to deal with these 5 common types of narcissists

Here's how to deal with these 5 common types of narcissists

The term "narcissist" literally dates back to Greek mythology. Narcissus, a son of the river god, was known for his mythical beauty and self-absorption and provides a cautionary tale that stands the test of time. But in the past few years, the term has fallen into casual conversation, becoming a quick way to label. "Most people use the word to describe men and women who think a...

Want weed but lack cash? Pot payment app calls Florida its top market

When pot patient Karen Seeb Goldstein shops for cannabis, she uses CanPay, an app that offers a workaround for marijuana buyers who’d prefer not to pay cash for their weed. “I love it,” said Goldstein, who lives in Fort Lauderdale and runs the pro-cannabis group Regulate Florida. “I sometimes buy more than I plan to buy, and I don’t like to carry tons of cash.”...

Associations have options to collect from bankrupt owners

Question: Our condo has been suffering from one owner since 2011. She keeps changing the name of the entity that owns the unit and filing bankruptcy to avoid paying maintenance. We settled one case with her and settled for a small amount and a promise (agreement was notarized) that the owner would stay current with maintenance. We hired an attorney who was unable to process anything for us before...
NEW: Former Wellington hhgregg to become indoor adventure park

NEW: Former Wellington hhgregg to become indoor adventure park

An indoor entertainment provider is moving into a large retail space left vacant last year after the departure of hhgregg. Urban Air Adventure Park is leasing about 29,000 square feet in the Shoppes at Wellington Green plaza, the company said in a news release. Electronics retailer hhgregg moved out of the space at 10560 Forest Hill Blvd. last year as it closed 88 stores nationwide...
$200M Uptown Boca Raton to feature shopping, movie theater, apartments

$200M Uptown Boca Raton to feature shopping, movie theater, apartments

The county’s build-out continues, with a development group snapping up the last piece of prime vacant land west of Boca Raton. The property at Glades Road and 95th Avenue was a longtime standout, a swath of farmland surrounded by shopping centers and housing communities. But the Johns family, who owned the old pepper farm for decades, finally has parted with the site. In a deal completed...
Ecclestone: Daughter’s ‘vile’ claims of sex abuse should be tossed

Ecclestone: Daughter’s ‘vile’ claims of sex abuse should be tossed

E. Llwyd Ecclestone, Jr., has asked a Palm Beach County court to throw out a lawsuit filed against him by his daughter, who alleges he sexually molested her when she was a child. In his motion to dismiss filed on Tuesday, Ecclestone said daughter Wendy Walker Mendelsohn’s “fake claims are nothing more than a shake down” to coerce Ecclestone to pay exorbitant sums of money to...
Pyramid promise: New Palm Beach Gardens towers set to lure firms

Pyramid promise: New Palm Beach Gardens towers set to lure firms

It’s not quite the Louvre, but Palm Beach Gardens now can lay claim to its own iconic pyramid structure. Actually, two of them. DiVosta Investments, led by longtime builder Otto “Buz” DiVosta, just topped one of two new office buildings with a giant pyramid, hoisted onto the 11-story building in two parts. Assembled as a puzzle, the white steel pyramid is clear, absent the glass...
OPINION: Maryland shooting an attack on journalism itself

OPINION: Maryland shooting an attack on journalism itself

Friday’s Opinion section in the Capital Gazette consisted of only 56 words, centered around five names. It was a spare and eloquent — and heartbreaking — tribute to those lost in the tragedy that had befallen this storied newspaper the day before, and to the kind of journalism the newspaper embodies. The five names were those of the dedicated professionals who came to the Capital&rsquo...
Commentary: Trump’s dangerous brinkmanship on trade

Commentary: Trump’s dangerous brinkmanship on trade

Once a year, the heads of the world’s leading industrialized free-market democracies — the Group of Seven — get together. On the eve of this year’s meeting, President Donald Trump made a big bet. He imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from the other G-7 countries, as well as on NAFTA partner Mexico. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter:...
Commentary: Will Trump’s tariffs kill free markets?

Commentary: Will Trump’s tariffs kill free markets?

President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum against such allies as Canada, Mexico and the European Union are only the latest skirmish in a long-term attack on America’s free-market economy. So now that Trump is also mulling tariffs on foreign automobiles, renegotiating NAFTA and raising trade barriers against China, will that finally be the death knell for free enterprise? Hardly...
Popular cycling fitness studio to open in Wellington

Popular cycling fitness studio to open in Wellington

A popular fitness chain with a loyal following opens its third Palm Beach County location this month. CycleBar is scheduled to start offering its unique brand of cycling fitness classes July 19 in Wellington’s Kobosko’s Crossing shopping plaza, franchise owner Erin Schiller said. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news The studio features...
Ecclestone daughter accuses powerful developer of child sex abuse

Ecclestone daughter accuses powerful developer of child sex abuse

A boiling feud among family members of one of Palm Beach County’s most prominent developers has erupted into two lawsuits: One over the multimillion dollar family trust, and another filed this week alleging sexual abuse by the family patriarch. In the most recent action, which was filed on Monday, the youngest daughter of real estate developer E. Llwyd Ecclestone, Jr., sued him alleging he sexually...
Walmart facing calls for boycott after 'Impeach 45' shirts appear online

Walmart facing calls for boycott after 'Impeach 45' shirts appear online

Retail giant Walmart is facing criticism and calls for a boycott after shirts appeared for sale on the company’s website emblazoned with the phrase “Impeach 45,” an apparent reference to President Donald Trump. Ryan Fournier, chairman of the group Students for Trump, first brought the issue to the public’s attention when he questioned the company’s decision to sell the...
Non-profit leader seeks to help others achieve success

Non-profit leader seeks to help others achieve success

Boca Raton-based Office Depot spun off its foundation last year, after the global office supply retailer decided it no longer would financially support the nonprofit. With a new name, the Listen Learn Care Foundation, longtime foundation leader Mary Wong is building on the Office Depot Foundation’s past. The foundation was known for its programs that gave schoolchildren backpacks filled with...

POINT OF VIEW: Corporate tax cuts are unpopular with voters

Last month, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll of registered voters in swing congressional House districts found that a candidate’s support for the tax law passed in December might cost them in this November’s election. Forty-two percent of voters were less likely to vote for a candidate who supported the tax law compared with 36 percent who said that they were more likely. That difference...
Ex-wife of former Apple CEO sells Palm Beach house for $6 million

Ex-wife of former Apple CEO sells Palm Beach house for $6 million

Carol Lee “Leezy” Sculley has sold, for more than $6 million, the Regency-style house she renovated on the North End of Palm Beach, according to a deed recorded today. Sculley bought the house at 302 Via Linda in 2014 three years after her divorce from former Apple Chairman John Sculley, who is remarried and has a home in Palm Beach. Health-insurance executive Michael F...
PBC again extend leases to families farming in its Ag Reserve

PBC again extend leases to families farming in its Ag Reserve

Palm Beach County has again extended the leases of families farming in its Agricultural Reserve, laying down a marker for more agriculture in a fertile swath of land eyed hungrily by developers. Commissioners voted unanimously last month to extend to 2053 a series of leases with the Bedner and Bowman families, who have grown peppers, squash and cucumbers in the 22,000-acre reserve for decades. The...
Editorial: Region must prepare now for higher flood-insurance rates

Editorial: Region must prepare now for higher flood-insurance rates

Long before the invading sea reaches our homes, it could upend our region’s economy. And soon. In just two or three years, Congress may change the way it sets rates in FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to reflect more realistic assessments of risk, including the expected impacts of sea-level rise. According to the Wayne Pathman, chairman of Miami’s Sea Level Rise Committee...
How some students are lowering or avoiding college tuition and student loans

How some students are lowering or avoiding college tuition and student loans

As many Americans struggle with student debt, a growing number of college-bound teenagers have found a way to sidestep as much as $44,000 in tuition expense, on average — and the loans that often go along with it.           » RELATED: Are you in debt? Atlanta ranks No. 2 in US for cities with most student loan debt...

Condo association may assess owners to replenish operating account

Question: Our condo association incurred repairs for Hurricane Irma. Some of these were immediately incurred (landscape, cleanup, etc.) and others were deferred for a special assessment (major wall damage). We paid out of operating funds $35,000 last year for immediate repairs. Can we reimburse the operating account this amount as part of the special assessment this year? — M.G. Answer: Most...
Want weed but lack cash? Pot payment app calls Florida its top market

Want weed but lack cash? Pot payment app calls Florida its top market

When pot patient Karen Seeb Goldstein shops for cannabis, she uses CanPay, an app that offers a workaround for marijuana buyers who’d prefer not to pay cash for their weed. “I love it,” said Goldstein, who lives in Fort Lauderdale and is vice chairwoman the pro-cannabis group Regulate Florida. “I sometimes buy more than I plan to buy, and I don’t like to carry tons of...
Trump’s stricter immigration enforcement a boon to GEO Group

Trump’s stricter immigration enforcement a boon to GEO Group

The Donald Trump era has been good for private prison operator GEO Group and its stockholders. As the president pushes a more muscular approach to immigration enforcement, investors expect the business of incarceration for profit to grow more lucrative. Shares of GEO Group (NYSE: GEO) jumped 11 percent in June, a month when stories of immigrant children being separated from their parents dominated...
Wellington Green moves to evict struggling women’s clothing retailer

Wellington Green moves to evict struggling women’s clothing retailer

The Mall at Wellington Green is seeking to evict retailer Love Culture from its 9,999-square-foot space at the shopping center. Los Angeles-based Love Culture owes the shopping center $205,569 in unpaid rent and other charges, landlord TM Wellington Green Mall LP said in a suit filed this week in Palm Beach County. Love Culture, which had more than 75 stores nationally when it filed for Chapter 11...
Former CFO of Bankrate pleads guilty to cooking books

Former CFO of Bankrate pleads guilty to cooking books

A former chief financial officer of Bankrate Inc. admitted to lying to investors in a scheme that cost shareholders more than $25 million, federal prosecutors said Thursday.  Edward J. DiMaria, 53, of Connecticut pleaded guilty to crimes that included lying to a public company’s accountants and to the Securities and Exchange Commission. DiMaria entered the guilty plea in federal...
Safety agency warns about sparkler, fireworks safety this Fourth of July

Safety agency warns about sparkler, fireworks safety this Fourth of July

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is reminding people ahead of the Fourth of July to celebrate safely. The agency said in a Wednesday news release that there were eight fireworks-related deaths reported in 2017. Victims ranged in age from 4 to 57, according to the agency’s 2017 fireworks report.  >> Read more trending news  “In CPSC’s new...
Limit consumer charges for air ambulances, state report urges

Limit consumer charges for air ambulances, state report urges

Florida’s insurance consumer advocate has recommended a ban on “balance billing” for air ambulance services that can leave consumers with surprise bills of $25,000 or more, along with an overhaul of ground charges, but ambulance providers say some proposals go too far. Balance billing means consumers get handed a sometimes devastating financial burden when insurers and ambulance...
BREAKING: Crews rescue man from Walgreens warehouse roof in Jupiter Farms

BREAKING: Crews rescue man from Walgreens warehouse roof in Jupiter Farms

Crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue rescued a person from the roof of the Walgreens Distribution Center in Jupiter Farms. The man who was lowered about 100 feet off a Walgreens Distribution Center roof was a worker suffering from heat exhaustion, a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue spokesman said. Paramedics decided the man had to be lowered down the building’s side because the pathway to the...
Local Toys R Us workers fume about no severance pay as stores close

Local Toys R Us workers fume about no severance pay as stores close

Bright yellow signs on Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach blare the message to drivers that ‘Everything Must Go.’ Inside Toys R Us, bare shelves are all that’s left in the back half of a store that used to be the premier stop for children’s toys. Shoppers looking for deals are getting them — 70 to 90 percent off before the store closes its doors Thursday. The deals...
POINT OF VIEW: Coping with rising seas will require money, cooperation

POINT OF VIEW: Coping with rising seas will require money, cooperation

Sea-level rise is an enormously complex problem. It’s only getting worse. To date, efforts to combat rising seas have been managed largely by local governments with some coordination at the regional level. To succeed, it must become a broader shared enterprise with the region’s academic institutions and local, state and federal governments. We are already seeing how sea-level rise is accelerating...
Bank of America neglects foreclosures in non-white neighborhoods, activists allege

Bank of America neglects foreclosures in non-white neighborhoods, activists allege

Bank of America allows foreclosed houses in black and Hispanic neighborhoods to fall into disrepair even as it studiously maintains bank-owned homes in white areas, housing activists allege. The nonprofit National Fair Housing Alliance on Tuesday filed suit accusing one of the nation’s largest financial institutions of “systematic” discrimination. The Fair Housing Center of the Greater...
Harbourside developer wants to build fewer condos on PGA

Harbourside developer wants to build fewer condos on PGA

The developer of the former Panama Hattie’s restaurant and rum bar wants to scale back plans for 88 luxury condos along the Intracoastal Waterway. RELATED: Panama Hattie’s site condos get go-ahead over city’s objections Allied Capital & Development of South Florida — also the developer of Harbourside Place in Jupiter — first received county approval for the luxury, boutique-style...
Brightline CEO Goddard: Train will transform Palm Beach County

Brightline CEO Goddard: Train will transform Palm Beach County

As Brightline’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Patrick Goddard led the company as its trains began carrying commuters between West Palm Beach and Miami this year — a milestone that marked the first time in 50 years that the Florida East Coast Railway tracks have been used to shuttle passengers. Brightline’s trains began operating between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale...
Boynton Beach company targeted teachers in student loan scam, Pam Bondi says

Boynton Beach company targeted teachers in student loan scam, Pam Bondi says

A Boynton Beach debt relief company scammed public-sector workers in Palm Beach County by falsely promising to help borrowers qualify for student-loan forgiveness, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a suit filed Monday. In the suit, Bondi names as defendants Integrity Group US Inc., OnlineStudentLoan.org Inc., StudentsLoanServices.org Inc. and Thomas H. Rohan. The companies used breathless...
AT&T warns customers of Social Security scam

AT&T warns customers of Social Security scam

AT&T has reportedly issued a warning to its customers about a phone scam making the rounds. WAFB reported that customers are reporting calls from people saying their service is being temporarily halted until they give the last four digits of their Social Security number. >> Read more trending news  “These calls are not from us,” AT&T said in a statement, according...
Foreclosure crisis: Resentment lingers, legal legacy unclear

Foreclosure crisis: Resentment lingers, legal legacy unclear

It was a decade ago that the roof crashed down on Florida homeowners. July 1, 2008, started a Florida fiscal year that ranked as worst of times in the home foreclosure crisis, according a state legislative study released a few years ago. By the time the fiscal year ended on June 30, 2009, another 403,000 homeowners had received a foreclosure notice. That total landed on top of the 284,000 homes that...
Roofer faces $150,000 fine for alleged violations in Jupiter community

Roofer faces $150,000 fine for alleged violations in Jupiter community

A roofing company faces nearly $150,000 in fines after failing to protect workers from falling, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday. Crown Roofing of Sarasota was cited after OSHA inspectors in January visited a construction site on Blanca Isles Lane at DiVosta’s Sonoma Isles project in Jupiter. OSHA said Crown Roofing neglected to use a guardrail, safety...
Palm Beach County foreclosure investor pleads guilty to bid rigging charge

Palm Beach County foreclosure investor pleads guilty to bid rigging charge

A Palm Beach County real estate investor accused of rigging bids on public foreclosure auctions has pleaded guilty, federal prosecutors said. Stuart Hankin admitted to violating antitrust law, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. A violation of the Sherman Act carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. Federal prosecutors in November charged Hankin and...
Lytal, other Palm Beach County lawyers take lead at state legal group

Lytal, other Palm Beach County lawyers take lead at state legal group

Lake H. “Trey” Lytal III and other Palm Beach County attorneys have taken leadership roles in a state legal association that has lobbied the legislature heavily on issues including proposed repeal of Florida’s no-fault car insurance system. Lytal, 47, was sworn in as president of the Florida Justice Association in its annual meeting last week in Palm Beach. He serves as managing...
Toys R Us closing: Palm Beach Gardens store looks like ghost town

Toys R Us closing: Palm Beach Gardens store looks like ghost town

It used to be teeming with toys, a wonderland of games and bikes and dolls and video games for kids of all ages, from babies to adults. Now, the Toys R Us store on PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens looks like a ghost town. The signs say it all: Final 8 days. 70 percent off. No cash. Everything must go. Yellow caution tapes rope off swaths of empty shelves. Even the fixtures are for sale...
Editorial: Courts must protect Florida’s environment from lawmakers

Editorial: Courts must protect Florida’s environment from lawmakers

A Tallahassee judge has affirmed what most of us already knew: Florida lawmakers have flouted the will of voters by failing to comply with a constitutional amendment meant to buy and preserve fragile lands. Score one each for state’s environment and voters. It shouldn’t be this way, of course — our courts having to so publicly spank the hands of our lawmakers. But our Republican-dominated...

Draft contracts likely not inspectable records

Question: I live in a community with a HOA. I understand that, as a parcel owner, I have the right to view official records upon request. My HOA is currently in negotiations with a cable provider to renew our cable contract. I have access to the bids, as I understand those are part of the official records. My question is: Would I have the right to view the contract before it is signed, or does the...
VistaBlue condo sets Singer Island record, draws billionaire Joe Mansueto

VistaBlue condo sets Singer Island record, draws billionaire Joe Mansueto

A penthouse at VistaBlue, the oceanfront condo in Riviera Beach, fetched $7.56 million -- and the developer says the price of $1,176 per square foot is the richest sum ever paid for a Singer Island condo. The buyers of that unit are Singer Island residents Walter and Karen Worthy, according to property records. In all, VistaBlue — the first Singer Island condo development built since the...
Brightline hopes to extend fast-train service to Tampa

Brightline hopes to extend fast-train service to Tampa

Brightline hopes to extend its service not just to Orlando but also to Tampa. Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that, in response to “an unsolicited proposal” from Brightline, the Florida Department of Transportation will seek bids from private companies interested in running high-speed trains from Orlando to Tampa. Brightline, the rail service operating between Miami and West Palm Beach...
Private vs. public: 6 ways private and public school differ 

Private vs. public: 6 ways private and public school differ 

For parents of preschoolers right on up to those with high schoolers eyeing the all-important college admissions game, the decision to attend private versus public school can be a weighty one. And you can't even rely on long-held assumptions about the merits of each. A recent Time piece asserted that sending a kid to private school could actually save you $53,000 if you opted for a less expensive...
How safe is your home insurer in 2018? What you need to know

How safe is your home insurer in 2018? What you need to know

Hurricane Irma’s claims in Florida are still climbing to nearly $10 billion and nearly 10 percent are not closed, but the 2018 hurricane season barged right in anyway. It could not even wait until its official start date of June 1 to generate a named storm, Alberto. While the season’s ultimate severity remains to be seen, September’s Irma has already left its mark on the state&rsquo...
Affordable housing project lists new homes at $155K — see how it works

Affordable housing project lists new homes at $155K — see how it works

For nine years, Michelle Meeks crammed herself and her two daughters into a two-bedroom unit in what she describes as a “fly-by-night” apartment complex. The single mom saved money by skipping cable, and she slept in a bedroom where the air conditioning barely worked. “It was horrible,” said Meeks, a maintenance worker. Now, though, Meeks’ living situation is considerably...
Commission reinstates solid waste race, gender contract program

Commission reinstates solid waste race, gender contract program

Palm Beach County commissioners voted Wednesday to re-establish race- and gender-conscious assistance programs for the Solid Waste Authority, pleasing women and minority business owners who complained they have been largely shut out of contract opportunities. The 5-2 vote capped a racially divisive debate and offered a possible preview of discussions commissioners are expected to have this fall, when...
Your guide to finding the best lawn care pros this summer

Your guide to finding the best lawn care pros this summer

The “Agony and the Ecstasy” may be a literary classic, but it's also an on-point description of owning a house with a lawn. Yes, it offers a wonderful play space for the kids and a respite from the workaday world for the adults. But when the heat climbs and the brown spots start showing and the lawn guy who signed up in cooler months starts ghosting you, your lawn can turn into real...
Lake Worth takes first step in moratorium on tattoo shops downtown

Lake Worth takes first step in moratorium on tattoo shops downtown

City Commissioners unanimously passed a moratorium Tuesday night on tattoo parlors and/or body piercing studios in downtown Lake Worth. A second hearing was set for July 17. There was no discussion. The moratorium is set for one year to give staff time to further research the impact of the types of shops downtown. Solid Image Tattoo opened recently at 603 Lake Avenue.  Ariana Peters, managing...
Palm Beach County house prices hit post-crash high

Palm Beach County house prices hit post-crash high

Continuing a trend of rising property values, Palm Beach County home prices hit a new post-crash high in May. The median price of a single-family house sold last month was $354,000, the Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale said Wednesday. That's up slightly from April's median of $350,000, and a 5.7 percent increase from May 2017. The continued rise in prices has renewed concerns...
What does Office Depot mean when it says: ‘We are not a retailer’

What does Office Depot mean when it says: ‘We are not a retailer’

At the Office Depot store a few miles from the Fortune 500 company’s headquarters, the fluorescent lighting is harsh, the parking lot is mostly empty and the aisles hold mundane products such as bottled water, poster board and pens. Office Depot Chief Executive Gerry Smith wants investors to erase that image from their memories. Aiming to spare his company — long troubled, twice a target...

Commentary: A job market this tight should deliver bigger raises

With the economy strong and unemployment low, why is wage growth so sluggish? Lots of economists and pundits are debating this vexing question. When the labor market gets tight, wages are supposed to rise faster. Instead, median wage growth is slower than it was back in 2016. The most benign explanation is that there’s no mystery here — total compensation, which includes both wages and...
Commentary: Trump economy doing fine, to chagrin of the dismal science

Commentary: Trump economy doing fine, to chagrin of the dismal science

They don’t call it the dismal science for nothing. Remember Paul Krugman predicting the apocalypse in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. And now with the economy clipping along at nearly 3 percent, deregulation and lower taxes reviving manufacturing, and consumers confidently spending again, some two-thirds of private-sector prognosticators see a recession beginning as early 2020. The...
Race, gender program issue raises tensions as county’s meeting nears

Race, gender program issue raises tensions as county’s meeting nears

Palm Beach County commissioners will meet Wednesday in another attempt to decide whether race- and gender-conscious business assistance programs should be re-established at the Solid Waste Authority. The meeting comes at a tense juncture marked by increasing acrimony among contractors, dueling studies and racially-charged allegations of favoritism and discrimination. A decision on the programs could...
Insurer Citizens delays local premium hike above $3,000 on average

Insurer Citizens delays local premium hike above $3,000 on average

The board of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. voted Wednesday to slow down another rate hike landing on a storm-battered state, moving to defer action until December on a proposed statewide premium increase of about 8 percent that would have taken effect Feb. 1. Citizens board chairman Chris Gardner called it a “consumer-friendly action” following “the devastation brought on by...
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center CEO: Why hospitals need hospitality

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center CEO: Why hospitals need hospitality

Of course the quality of the medical care matters. That hasn’t changed. But in today’s hospital industry, Trey Abshier finds a patient’s positive review can turn sour surprisingly fast based on the quality of the mashed potatoes. Or because an employee simply pointed to where a patient needed to go instead of walking her there. Abshier, 37, took the reins in May as CEO at 199-bed...
NEW: Nine months after rejecting it, West Palm OKs new high-rise zone

NEW: Nine months after rejecting it, West Palm OKs new high-rise zone

West Palm Beach commissioners took a key vote Monday to create a new focal point for future office towers, the Okeechobee Boulevard corridor from CityPlace to Flagler Drive, dismissing concerns the zoning measure would result in clogged roads and blocked water views from existing condos and offices. The commissioners cited the change’s potential to spur construction, spawn high-paying jobs and...
Delray Beach bar nominated for ‘Best New American Cocktail Bar’

Delray Beach bar nominated for ‘Best New American Cocktail Bar’

The Spirited Awards have been crowning the best in the service industry since 2007, and for 2018, Delray Beach’s own Death Or Glory has been nominated as one of the Top 10 Best New American Cocktail Bars. The local watering hole has a rum-focused menu and pays homage to the rum runners of 1920s Florida.  “The Spirited Awards are the equivalent of the Oscars for the bar world...
Why you can’t find a plumber, electrician or AC repairman?

Why you can’t find a plumber, electrician or AC repairman?

Tried to hire a plumber lately? An electrician? A roofer? Chances are getting one was a challenge, especially if you are a contractor working on a job site. And the labor crunch is unlikely to ease any time soon. Post reporter Jeff Ostrowski reported on June 15 that Palm Beach County’s jobless rate, a 12-year low of 3.3 percent in May, has predictably resulted in a shortage of “middle-skilled&rdquo...
NEW: Medical marijuana shops now legal in West Palm Beach

NEW: Medical marijuana shops now legal in West Palm Beach

Medical marijuana shops are free to open in West Palm Beach commercial zones after a unanimous final vote of the city commission Monday night. The vote came swiftly and without questions or comments by commissioners, which had discussed the matter in city workshops. The measure, allowing dispensaries in nonresidential zones and no closer than 500 feet from a school, received initial approval this...
Buying a home in Palm Beach County? Sea level rise better be on radar

Buying a home in Palm Beach County? Sea level rise better be on radar

In the span of a 30-year mortgage signed today, 2,400 Palm Beach County homes could face a month’s worth of flooding each year as sea levels rise and tides creep farther inland, according to a study released Monday by the Union for Concerned Scientists. By the year 2100, the number of homes from Boca Raton to Jupiter that are vulnerable to the slow-motion threat of tidal inundation...
Commentary: Trump-Kim photo-op, West Palm election controversy

Commentary: Trump-Kim photo-op, West Palm election controversy

From the Opinion Zone blog … After Palm Beach Post staff writer Tony Doris reported last week that West Palm Beach “took another step Wednesday toward encouraging Okeechobee Boulevard office construction all the way to the waterfront, despite continued criticism for the plan’s potential to block roads and views,” the question raised in the following June 4 post once again...

HOA has broad authority on community-access rules

Question: I live in a gated community with access to the Intracoastal Waterway. I have a boat behind my house. I employ a young man as a fishing mate. This individual works only on my boat. Our POA insists that, since he is paid a wage, he should be considered a vendor or a contractor. As a friend, the mate can have 24/7 access to my boat (which I need), but as a vendor or contractor, he cannot be...
Palm Beach County unemployment remains at 12-year low

Palm Beach County unemployment remains at 12-year low

Mike Fage has openings for 15 plumbers. Don Cortez could hire three electricians immediately. In a Palm Beach County labor market characterized by rock-bottom unemployment rates, employers like Fage and Cortez can only shake their heads at the lack of workers. Related: Despite robust pay, “middle-skill” jobs go unfilled “It’s been very difficult to find qualified people,&rdquo...
Homebuilder pays $12 million for 37 acres west of Lake Worth

Homebuilder pays $12 million for 37 acres west of Lake Worth

Expansion-minded builder Mattamy Homes paid $12 million for 37 acres along Lake Worth Road, according to a deed. The vacant land is on the south side of Lake Worth Road just west of Florida’s Turnpike. The seller, Lake Worth Road Investors, last year asked the county for permission to increase the density allowed on the property from 74 units to 184 units. The new neighborhood’s houses...
Suit claims Jupiter firm trained Pulse shooter, ignored warnings

Suit claims Jupiter firm trained Pulse shooter, ignored warnings

A Jupiter-based security company this week was slapped with what is expected to be a multi-million-dollar lawsuit. The suit claims the firm ignored obvious warning signs that Pulse nightclub killer Omar Mateen was unfit to be a security guard and instead continued to train him to use high-powered weapons. Not only did G4S Secure Solutions ignore complaints from Mateen’s co-workers that he was...
With fewer summer jobs, teens must compete on skills, not availability

With fewer summer jobs, teens must compete on skills, not availability

Chris Rocha is one in a million. This summer, just over 1 million teens like Rocha are expected to work a job. As of Tuesday, Rocha’s earning $10 an hour as an IT pro managing the website for Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast. It’s a project he actually started during spring break when he completely refurbished the site. “I want to finish it up,” said...
Commentary: Industry should pay its share for climate change damage

Commentary: Industry should pay its share for climate change damage

In his op-ed, Dan Peterson of the James Madison Institute (JMI) warns Florida city leaders to beware of climate change lawsuits and writes that climate advocates’ “claim that companies somehow hid scientific facts about climate change is a laughable idea.” He did not, however, share that his organization is directly backed by the Koch brothers and the Florida utilities industry....
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