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POINT OF VIEW: Development must balances desires, needs of many

POINT OF VIEW: Development must balances desires, needs of many

There is a lot of misinformation being put out in the community about South Dixie Highway and West Palm Beach’s Mobility Plan. These two issues are separate, yet connected. During the past 18 years, communities and businesses that abut the South Dixie Corridor have been united toward a common purpose. This loose coalition of citizens has given its time, talent and financial resources to improve...
Noel Martinez: Why work, mental health issues drive Leadership summit

Noel Martinez: Why work, mental health issues drive Leadership summit

Leadership Palm Beach County celebrates its 35th year with 1,700 alumni from elected leaders to CEOs, but a June 15 summit led by executive director Noel Martinez isn’t so much about looking back. It aims at new starts, a kind of civic crowdsourcing to solve knotty problems dominating too many headlines. Mental health in the workplace. Ex-offenders needing jobs. Opportunities for overlooked...
JUST IN: Congressmen call on feds to suspend Brightline bonds

JUST IN: Congressmen call on feds to suspend Brightline bonds

Days after Brightline completed the first leg of its passenger train service, the battle continued to grow over whether the company should be allowed to use federally approved tax-exempt bonds to finance its extension north to Orlando. Brightline carried its first paying passengers between West Palm Beach and Miami on Saturday — marking the completion of the first phase of its private service...
West Palm green-lights all-options-open plan for transportation future

West Palm green-lights all-options-open plan for transportation future

The city has adopted an outline for a transportation future that puts trolley and bus riders, bicyclists and walkers on a more even footing with cars. In unanimously approving the mobility plan Monday night, the City Commission overstepped criticism the consultant-driven plan was an unrealistic and expensive road map for congestion. The mayor of Palm Beach, Gail Coniglio, joined those urging against...
Palm Beach Zoo’s new leader hopes to create world-class attractions

Palm Beach Zoo’s new leader hopes to create world-class attractions

The Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society has a new president and chief executive who hopes to transform the facility into a “world class” destination for both locals and out-of-town visitors. Margo McKnight, the former senior vice president of conservation, science and research at the Florida Aquarium, took over the zoo’s top position on Monday. She replaces Andrew Aiken, who...
Jupiter wants ‘pound of flesh’ in rent case, landlord attorney says

Jupiter wants ‘pound of flesh’ in rent case, landlord attorney says

Owners of the Barcelona Jupiter apartment complex, accused of overcharging “workforce” tenants up to $421 a month, argued at a hearing Tuesday they should owe no penalty at all — but if any fine is coming, it should be about a third of the $150,000 the town wants, or $55,000. The town’s interpretation of the rules has been “nothing short of a mess,” said Benjamin...
Scripps Florida researchers win $3.6 million NIH grant to study autism

Scripps Florida researchers win $3.6 million NIH grant to study autism

JUPITER -- Scripps Florida researcher Gavin Rumbaugh won a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to continue studies of abnormal brain circuitry in autism, the nonprofit lab said Tuesday. The grant builds on Rumbaugh’s previous work, research that found a crucial period in brain development during which Syngap1 -- a gene that plays a role in...
Report: This is the hottest (little-known) career in America right now

Report: This is the hottest (little-known) career in America right now

The hottest job in America may be one you've never heard of, but demand for people who can fulfill the roll is very high – as is its starting pay. If you're qualified to be a data scientist, according to Bloomberg, you may find companies fighting for your services. Andrew Gardner, a senior machine learning manager in Atlanta at Symantec Corp., an IT security firm, works to fill roles at...
Wait, your own number is calling? It’s happening here. It’s a scam.

Wait, your own number is calling? It’s happening here. It’s a scam.

Palm Beach County residents are getting calls that seem to be from their own cell number. Received one of these? A reporter and his son did. A recorded message that purports to be from AT&T says an account has been compromised and asks people to punch in the last four digits of their social security number. It’s just confusing and disconcerting enough to throw some...
7 of the most popular jobs for 2018 college grads

7 of the most popular jobs for 2018 college grads

It's the ultimate accessory for that fancy diploma they just placed in your hands. Not a frame, no. How about a job to go with it? Pay attention, anxious parents, recent grads and anyone currently in the process of choosing a college major who would like to earn a healthy income post-graduation. According to LinkedIn, the 2018 college graduating class will be applying for certain jobs in record...
For real estate agent Minkoff, the art and the deal go hand-in-hand

For real estate agent Minkoff, the art and the deal go hand-in-hand

Business is becoming global. So when it comes to selling real estate in Palm Beach County, thinking locally isn’t enough. That’s why real estate agent Burt Minkoff recently jumped from an East Coast-oriented firm to one that is worldwide. At Douglas Elliman, Minkoff hopes to continue his unique brand of marketing real estate to people who not only care about owning a home but want a lifestyle...
NextEra announces $6.5B deal to buy Gulf Power, gas interests

NextEra announces $6.5B deal to buy Gulf Power, gas interests

Florida’s biggest power company aims to get bigger. Juno Beach-based NextEra Energy Inc. announced Monday it intends to buy Gulf Power, Florida City Gas and interests in two Florida power plants for nearly $6.5 billion. NextEra, the parent company of Florida Power & Light with nearly 5 million customers, will add about 450,000 customers at Gulf Power and 110,000 from Florida City Gas in the...
West Boca apartments sell for $112 million

West Boca apartments sell for $112 million

In another big apartment deal in Palm Beach County, the Marbella Premium Apartments west of Boca Raton just sold for $112 million. That works out to $377,104 per unit. Rents at the complex range from $1,930 to $4,370, according to Apartments.com. Related: Wellington apartment complex sells for $120 million The seller was Marbella Premium Apartments LLC of Houston. The buyer is Hart Boca...
Why Palm Beach officials needed more than a year to OK house design

Why Palm Beach officials needed more than a year to OK house design

Neighbors on Via Vizcaya in Palm Beach’s Estate Section finally know what may rise on one of two vacant lakefront lots at the end of the circular street. A Mediterranean-style house — to be developed on speculation at 235 Via Vizcaya — has won approval from the Architectural Commission, more than a year after plans were first presented for the property. The lot is owned by a...
Aimovig: New migraine prevention drug approved by FDA

Aimovig: New migraine prevention drug approved by FDA

If you suffer from chronic migraines, relief is here. According to The Associated Press, the Food and Drug Administration last week approved Aimovig, a monthly shot that aims to reduce migraines. The drug, developed by Amgen Inc. and Novartis AG, is "injected monthly just under the skin using a pen-like device," the AP reported. Its price tag: $6,900 annually before insurance. But how...
AAA: Gas prices could rise another 50 cents per gallon this year

AAA: Gas prices could rise another 50 cents per gallon this year

Palm Beach County’s average gas price leads Florida at $2.93 per gallon, and a rise of another 50 cents this year is a real possibility, says motorist group AAA, citing partners at the Oil Price Information Service. “OPIS believes oil prices could reach as high as $90 per barrel before the end of the year,” AAA said in a statement early Monday. “While...

POINT OF VIEW: We need to bridge the flood insurance ‘coverage gap’

“Coverage gaps” are a topic discussed by many but understood by few. With the approach of hurricane season, this is an ideal “teachable moment.” A coverage gap is what happens when there’s a disparity between insured losses (damages that are covered under an insurance policy), and uninsured losses, which are paid for out-of-pocket by individuals affected by a catastrophe...
Editorial: Publix polarizes with political contributions to Putnam

Editorial: Publix polarizes with political contributions to Putnam

Publix, the supermarket giant that ranks high among things that residents love most about Florida, is learning the perils of political participation in our polarizing age. Last week, it was reported that the beloved grocery chain has given more money to Adam Putnam’s gubernatorial campaign than to any candidate since 1995, and probably in its entire history. Publix, the heirs to the company&rsquo...
Brightline’s inaugural West Palm-to-Miami trip draws crowd, celebration

Brightline’s inaugural West Palm-to-Miami trip draws crowd, celebration

Brightline trains transported riders from West Palm Beach to Miami on Saturday, marking the first time in 50 years that the Florida East Coast Railway has been used to bring passengers to the Magic City. The historic trip, capped off by a celebratory grand opening of the MiamiCentral station, signaled a milestone achievement for the Florida company, which has endured a turbulent first four months...

Boards may act outside meeting by unanimous written consent

Question: Our board of directors recently entered into a complex insurance contract in accordance with a resolution apparently adopted by the board with no notice of any meeting. We were told that such action by resolution or written consent is consistent with the Florida Condominium Act and is permitted by the not-for-profit statute. No mention of action by such resolution or written consent appears...
Palm Beach County jobless rate falls to 12-year low

Palm Beach County jobless rate falls to 12-year low

The last time Palm Beach County unemployment plummeted this low, a condo craze was in full bloom, home prices were soaring and no one outside of Wall Street had heard of credit default swaps. Palm Beach County’s jobless rate hit a rock-bottom 3.3 percent in April, state economists said Friday. That was the lowest rate since 2006, when the region’s real estate bubble had fully inflated...
Jupiter says workforce tenants overcharged up to $421 a month

Jupiter says workforce tenants overcharged up to $421 a month

Tenants have been overcharged up to $421 a month in what is billed as Jupiter’s first example of a builder agreeing to offer long-term, affordable “workforce housing” in exchange for breaks on building limits, town officials calculate in documents reviewed by The Palm Beach Post. Owners of the Barcelona Jupiter complex off Military Trail say the town’s interpretation is &ldquo...
Why you might want to download the mobile passport app

Why you might want to download the mobile passport app

Have you recently deplaned from an international flight at bustling Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and been stuck in the immigration and customs line while some people got pulled out and waved through? Yes, some were Global Entry folks (low-risk travelers who pay a fee), but many others had downloaded the free Mobile Passport Control app which expedited their time in the customs and...
7 tips for males who manage or mentor females

7 tips for males who manage or mentor females

It's a sensitive time in this #MeToo era. As Peter J. Strauss described it in Forbes, "Over the past few months, there has been an important and long overdue national conversation surrounding the topics of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior in the workplace."  And while the movement has generated massive positive change, "some of the fallout from the ongoing discussion...
Trader Joe’s plaza in Palm Beach Gardens sells for $88 million

Trader Joe’s plaza in Palm Beach Gardens sells for $88 million

PGA Plaza, the 120,000-square-foot shopping center at 2658 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens, has sold for $88 million, according to property records. The seller is Menin Development, which renovated the center in 2014. Tenants include Trader Joe’s, Marshalls, Ulta Beauty and Orangetheory Fitness. The buyer is InvenTrust Properties of Downers Grove, Illinois, said Marc Yavinsky, a partner at Delray...
JUST IN: Brightline trains ‘nearly sold out’ for Miami opening weekend

JUST IN: Brightline trains ‘nearly sold out’ for Miami opening weekend

Tickets for Brightline’s first train trips to Miami this weekend are nearly sold out, and the company is bracing for large crowds at all of its south Florida stations. As of Thursday morning, tickets were still available on the 7 a.m. weekend trains departing West Palm Beach for the Miami station. There were also seats on the 9 p.m. Saturday train and on the 7 p.m. Sunday train, both traveling...
UPDATE: President’s sister sells Palm Beach house to company headed by nephews Eric, Donald Trump Jr.

UPDATE: President’s sister sells Palm Beach house to company headed by nephews Eric, Donald Trump Jr.

UPDATE: Eric and Donald Trump Jr., President Trump’s sons, are officers of the company that just paid $18.25 million for the Palm Beach oceanfront vacation home of one of the president’s sisters, records show. The house at 1125 S. Ocean Blvd. was sold by Eric and Donald Jr.’s aunt, federal appeals Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, according to the deed recorded this week. Eric Trump signed...
While other golf clubs close, Palm Beach Gardens’ Eastpointe has a plan

While other golf clubs close, Palm Beach Gardens’ Eastpointe has a plan

Eastpointe Country Club in suburban Palm Beach Gardens has found a way out of the rough and into a new source of money to upgrade its facilities, while keeping intact two golf courses for residents. The club plans to sell one of two driving ranges and tennis complexes to a housing builder, then use the money from the 10-acre sale to create a recreation center plus make other upgrades. Eastpointe&rsquo...
Chicago billionaire adds to his Palm Beach estate with $20 million deal

Chicago billionaire adds to his Palm Beach estate with $20 million deal

Chicago hedge-fund billionaire Ken Griffin has completed the purchase — to the tune of more than $20 million — of a house he has had under contract for months on Blossom Way. Or so preliminary information indicates for a deed recorded today by the Palm Beach County Clerk’s office. The off-market purchase brings Griffin’s contiguous land holdings east of South Ocean Boulevard...
For Manalapan mansion, another hefty price cut

For Manalapan mansion, another hefty price cut

The Ziff estate in Manalapan grabbed headlines when it went on the market in 2016 for an eye-popping asking price of $195 million. Asking and getting aren’t always the same thing, however. In 2017, the owners hired a new listing agent and dropped the price to $165 million. And now, the price is down to $138 million. Even after a 32 percent price cut from the original listing price, the property...
West Palm hotel: 50 years of change on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard

West Palm hotel: 50 years of change on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard

The spring training baseball stadium on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard is long gone. So is the auditorium that once drew hundreds of thousands of event-goers a year to the busy corridor. But the roadside hotel that served both of those venues is thriving, even as other businesses along Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard have faltered. The Best Western Palm Beach Lakes Inn will...
Uber Eats expands in Jupiter, launches in Stuart, Port St. Lucie

Uber Eats expands in Jupiter, launches in Stuart, Port St. Lucie

Uber Eats is trying to take a bigger bite out of the food delivery market in Jupiter and beyond. Wednesday marked the formal launch of the Uber Eats app and website in Stuart and Port St. Lucie, with expanded service in Jupiter. For a $4.99 fee, the rideshare service’s drivers deliver food from participating restaurants in a service area including Port St. Lucie, Hutchinson...
11 of the biggest scandals in sports gambling history

11 of the biggest scandals in sports gambling history

With the Supreme Court ending a federal ban on sports betting, the floodgates have opened for some, or all, of the 50 states to legalize wagers on athletic events. With this brave new world of gaming, we'll see extra focus on players, officials, spreads, lines and money, all as leagues, law enforcement and sports books try to ensure that sports gambling stays incorruptible...
Investment forecast: Sea-level rise a risk factor in South Florida

Investment forecast: Sea-level rise a risk factor in South Florida

Most investment forecasts deal with projections for inflation, recessions, yield curves. You know, financial stuff. In South Florida, they now also include sea-level rise predictions. “The risk is not just from the side but from below,” said Eric Wytenus, managing director of JP Morgan Private Bank in Palm Beach. It was near the end of his generally optimistic economic outlook presentation...
UPDATE: Trust buys ocean-to-lake estate in Palm Beach for $22.43 million, deed shows

UPDATE: Trust buys ocean-to-lake estate in Palm Beach for $22.43 million, deed shows

An ocean-to-lake estate has sold for more than $22 million on the stretch of coastal road known to locals as Billionaires Row, about a mile south of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago. The property at 1616 S. Ocean Blvd. was sold by Luciana Vittoria and her husband, Joseph V. Vittoria, a former chairman and CEO of Avis Inc., the rental-car company. An unidentified family used...
UPDATE: New monorail fleet in the works? Disney World denies rumors

UPDATE: New monorail fleet in the works? Disney World denies rumors

Walt Disney World should soon be getting replacements for its aging fleet of monorails, according to the retired imagineer who designed the original iconic trains for Disneyland as well as the Orlando resort. But officially, theme park officials say there presently are no such plans. Bob Gurr, an 86-year-old Disney legend who was hired by Walt Disney in the 1950s, appeared to confirm recent rumors...
Fun and free things to do with kids in Palm Beach County this weekend

Fun and free things to do with kids in Palm Beach County this weekend

There are so many amazing and COMPLETELY FREE things to do with your kids in Palm Beach County this weekend.  Here are our picks for the best events. To get this weekly listing delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our Palm Beach Parenting Newsletter by clicking HERE.  Where: Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 129 East Ocean Avenue, Boynton Beach. When: May 18; 6 p.m...
Sound of silence: Brightline tiptoes through West Palm’s quiet zones

Sound of silence: Brightline tiptoes through West Palm’s quiet zones

A freight train rolled through West Palm Beach early Tuesday morning without blasting its horn, bringing an unfamiliar quiet to the neighborhoods surrounding the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. For decades, city residents have endured the ear-piercing horns as locomotives pass through dozens of rail crossings along the FEC line. But for some, the blasts became intolerable in January when Brightline...
Brightline, Lyft announce new partnership as Miami launch nears

Brightline, Lyft announce new partnership as Miami launch nears

As Brightline prepares for the opening of its Miami station this weekend, the ride-sharing service Lyft announced it has inked an exclusive partnership with the private-rail company to help get travelers to their final destinations. As part of the deal, Lyft will have designated pick-up and drop-off zones at each of Brightline’s three South Florida stations. Travelers will be able...
A barista refused to serve a man for 'being really racist' to a Muslim. Her bosses backed her.

A barista refused to serve a man for 'being really racist' to a Muslim. Her bosses backed her.

Kathleen "Amina" Deady stood in front of a pastry counter in Riverside, California, holding a key fob and wearing a veil across her face. Only her eyes peeked through the veil. In Islam, it is called a niqab, though the man standing in front of Deady at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Friday had other words for it. » Muslims in America, by the numbers "Is this Halloween or something?"...
JUST IN: Three new stores coming to Palm Beach Outlets

JUST IN: Three new stores coming to Palm Beach Outlets

Three new retailers are opening their doors at the Palm Beach Outlets on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, mall officials announced on Monday. - Kipling, a chain known for its handbags, backpacks, luggage, wallets, messenger bags and travel accessories, will open at the mall on Friday, May 18. The store will be located next to Tommy Hilfiger, near the southern side of the mall. - A Polo Ralph Lauren Factory...
NEW: All eyes on Brightline now as West Palm quiet zone starts

NEW: All eyes on Brightline now as West Palm quiet zone starts

With the train track “quiet zone” taking effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday, Mayor Jeri Muoio urged anyone crossing the Florida East Coast Railway lines from here on to be careful and not circumvent safety gates. Conductors can blow horns if they spot someone near the tracks, or when within passenger stations or rail yards in an emergency, but other than that, the regular, ear-piercing blasts...
Gas prices jump 10 cents after Trump exits Iran deal

Gas prices jump 10 cents after Trump exits Iran deal

Florida gas prices shot up 10 cents in a week for the costliest fill-up since November 2014, with Palm Beach County’s average leading the state at $2.92 per gallon. Gasoline prices are relatively unchanged over the last week. The pump prices reflect a rise in the cost of oil after President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal and markets anticipated sanctions...

Aggressive collections policy is key to reduced receivables

Question: Our condo association has some members who have not paid their dues for a long time. This puts a major dent in our monthly budget as well as making assessments higher for paying owners. Is there any recourse for the board to collect these fees and assessments from the delinquent owners? There has been a lien put on one of the properties, but this doesn’t seem to make the owners fulfill...
JUST IN: Florida drivers face nation’s top risk with unfixed airbags

JUST IN: Florida drivers face nation’s top risk with unfixed airbags

Florida drivers who own 1.3 million vehicles with a recalled Takata airbag that was never fixed are taking the biggest risks in the nation, new statistics suggest. Florida leads all U.S. states and territories with three deaths and 83 injuries related to the airbags, and injuries in the state have jumped almost 400 percent since the end of 2014. Yet only 45 percent of recalled...
NEW: Brightline has big discounts for first West Palm-to-Miami weekend

NEW: Brightline has big discounts for first West Palm-to-Miami weekend

Brightline will start shuttling passengers to its station in downtown Miami on Saturday, May 19, with round-trip fares starting at $6 for its grand opening weekend — a price that is competitive with the cost of a Tri-Rail ticket. To mark the final phase of its South Florida launch, Brightline plans to slash its one-way ticket prices on May 19 and 20 to $3 for its a seat in one of the company&rsquo...
Subculture owner hosts “unconference” in West Palm Beach

Subculture owner hosts “unconference” in West Palm Beach

The typical conference focuses on a tightly defined theme and aims to deliver practical information to workers toiling in a specific industry. Then there’s the INIT Gathering, an event scheduled for May 19-20 in West Palm Beach. Organizer Sean Scott calls the confab an “unconference,” with sessions designed to appeal to anyone and everyone. Scott -- who runs the popular Clematis...
Palm Beach Zoo wins county tourism’s Providencia Award

Palm Beach Zoo wins county tourism’s Providencia Award

Cute animals helped the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society win Palm Beach County’s top tourism prize Friday. The winner of the Providencia Award is determined by a public vote, and the zoo beat out two other finalists for the annual award. Zoo spokeswoman Naki Carter says it’s hard to vote against a collection of creatures that includes koalas and bears named Lewis and...
Wellington apartment complex sells for $120 million

Wellington apartment complex sells for $120 million

In another big-dollar deal for an apartment complex, Tampa-based HG Management said Friday it sold The Quaye at Wellington for $120 million. The newly built Quaye at Wellington is a 32-acre, 350-unit community of apartments and townhouses. The units are more than 90 percent occupied, HG Management said. The new owner is Stockbridge Capital Group of Atlanta. Rents at the Quaye at Wellington...
Feds to South Florida robocaller: Pay all of record fine, Abramovich

Feds to South Florida robocaller: Pay all of record fine, Abramovich

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, in a statement of considerable length, says a South Florida robocaller’s arguments don’t wash and he should pay every penny of a record $120 million fine. As The Palm Beach Post reported, the FCC found Adrian Abramovich of Miami “is the perpetrator of one of the largest — and most dangerous — illegal robocalling...
EXCLUSIVE: Marlins, Cards seek $100 million Roger Dean Stadium upgrade

EXCLUSIVE: Marlins, Cards seek $100 million Roger Dean Stadium upgrade

The Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals want Palm Beach County to help pay for a $100 million upgrade of their spring training stadium in Jupiter, a request that some tourism leaders say could threaten their ability to plan future projects that draw travelers to the area. Representatives from both teams appeared before the county’s Tourist Development Council on Thursday to make their...
Judge’s order favors Jupiter in Harbourside noise fight

Judge’s order favors Jupiter in Harbourside noise fight

A federal judge’s order hits notes Jupiter officials wanted to hear in a donnybrook over decibels at the town’s waterfront Harbourside entertainment complex. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra in West Palm Beach denied Harbourside Place LLC’s bid for a preliminary injunction against the town. The development argued a town noise ordinance violated its constitutional rights of free...
Largest mall in America moving closer to reality in Miami-Dade 

Largest mall in America moving closer to reality in Miami-Dade 

The largest mall in America is one step closer to being built in Southwest Florida, after a Miami-Dade planning board gave it the thumbs up this week, according to the Miami Herald. But calling the $4 billion project a mall would be a major understatement.  Titled the American Dream Miami, the 5-million-square-foot undertaking includes much more than stores and restaurants. The development...
This local utility executive was highest paid in country in 2017 

This local utility executive was highest paid in country in 2017 

Reflecting NextEra’s status as the most valuable utility in the nation, Chairman and Chief Executive James Robo was the most richly compensated utility executive in the country last year, according to Palm Beach Post research. Robo collected $32.6 million in 2017, NextEra told securities regulators. Robo’s pay included a $1.35 million salary and a $4.3 million incentive plan payment. But...
If you got a telemarketing call from Dish Network, you may be able to get $1,200

If you got a telemarketing call from Dish Network, you may be able to get $1,200

If you received a call from Dish Network from 2010 to 2011, you may be able to get $1,200 per call. CBS News reported that thousands of people who have received calls from the company are owed a portion of the $61 million class-action lawsuit. >> Read more trending news  In January 2017, a verdict was reached in the case in which Thomas Krakauer sued Dish Network in North Carolina...
Camping World buys long-vacant site in Boynton Beach

Camping World buys long-vacant site in Boynton Beach

Gander Mountain is gone. Bass Pro Shops never arrived. But perhaps Camping World is in Palm Beach County’s retail future. Camping World paid $8.25 million for the long-empty Home Depot Expo Center property at 1520 SW 8th St. in Boynton Beach, according to a deed. The 87,792-square-foot space was built in 1998, according to property records. The space once was home to a Home Depot Expo Design...
Which downtown West Palm building looks like ‘beautiful wedding cake’?

Which downtown West Palm building looks like ‘beautiful wedding cake’?

Rick Gonzalez makes his living at the intersection of history and architecture, and even he starts running low on superlatives when trying to explain the visual appeal of The Wagg Building. It’s Spanish. Baroque. Italianate. Mediterranean Revival. “I think it looks like a beautiful wedding cake,” he says of the intricate molding and royalist detail work — from shield-like emblems...
Commentary: Fear not the ‘intelligent’ machine

Commentary: Fear not the ‘intelligent’ machine

Polls reveal most Americans fear artificial intelligence. Blame the culture, not the machines. Start with Hollywood’s long love affair with robots running amok. Two iconic examples: the “thinking machine” HAL in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 movie “2001,” and the rogue “Terminator” robots in a movie series that began in 1984. Combine such dystopian images with...
Editorial: National disaster fund benefits Florida by spreading risk

Editorial: National disaster fund benefits Florida by spreading risk

If Congress doesn’t step up with comprehensive and effective legislation to confront sea-level rise and its already evident effects, then we’re sunk, South Florida. Sunk, literally, as the ocean encroaches upon our shores in the decades ahead. And the financial toll is going to be staggering. RELATED: Editorial: Sea-level rise is real and needs attention now At the moment, the federal...
National Nurses Week 2018: 5 freebies and deals

National Nurses Week 2018: 5 freebies and deals

Businesses across the country are honoring nurses this week with freebies and deals for health care workers. >> Read more trending news  National Nurses Week, which kicked off with National Nurses Day on May 6, runs through May 12, the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale. Check out some of the offers below, and just to be on the safe side, contact your local stores and franchises...

POINT OF VIEW: PACE financing a tool for resilience in county

As Floridians, we have seen our share of severe storms over the years and know the devastating impact they can have. With the 2018 hurricane season predicted to be another busy one, many residents are eager to prepare their homes but may not know what resources are available to them. One such resource is Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), a financing option for residential and commercial property...
PBC tourism leader works to attract more conventions

PBC tourism leader works to attract more conventions

Kelly Cavers is the senior vice president of group sales and destination services for Discover The Palm Beaches, the nonprofit group charged with promoting the county as a tourism hot spot for both leisure travelers and convention groups. Cavers and her team work with the sales staff at the Palm Beach County Convention Center to bring meetings, associations and conventions to the building on Okeechobee...
Gas price hikes easing? Not if Trump exits Iran deal, analysts say

Gas price hikes easing? Not if Trump exits Iran deal, analysts say

Retail gas prices sit in a restless and jittery lull as analysts say higher costs at the pump likely await if President Donald Trump pulls out of the Iran nuclear deal by May 12. Already oil prices have reached a 2018 high, and Friday contracts marked the priciest since November 2014. Generally that means higher costs at the gas station are in the pipeline. Retail  prices...
Viral photo of veteran sitting in rain outside Pennsylvania Walmart sparks outrage

Viral photo of veteran sitting in rain outside Pennsylvania Walmart sparks outrage

A viral Facebook post of a veteran sitting by himself in the rain outside a Walmart in northeastern Pennsylvania had people questioning store policy. According to WPXI, thousands on Facebook shared the picture of the veteran, who had been told to sit out in the rain and not in the covered area of the store when he was collecting donations for service members. The store said it had a...
Season in Review: Why was real estate market so busy in Palm Beach?

Season in Review: Why was real estate market so busy in Palm Beach?

If the Palm Beach real estate market were a magnum of Dom Perignon, you would surely have heard a loud “pop” this season. That’s because the bottleneck holding back single-family sales over the past couple of years finally broke with a rush of closings, especially after the first of the year, real estate brokers and analysts agree. “There’s no doubt we&rsquo...

POINT OF VIEW: Offshore energy key for Florida’s future

Floridians will vote on a number of constitutional amendments in November. While some of these ballot amendments are warranted and much-needed changes, one measure, in particular, has the potential to endanger our state’s future. Amendment 9, which would permanently ban offshore drilling and seismic testing off Florida’s coastal waters, could cause irreparable damage to our energy future...
NEW: These PBC cultural groups will feel the pain of state grant cuts

NEW: These PBC cultural groups will feel the pain of state grant cuts

State lawmakers have slashed the amount of grant money they give to cultural programs, sending Palm Beach County’s non-profit arts organizations scrambling for donations to help soften the blow. The state’s $88.7 billion budget includes just $2.65 million for cultural grants, which will be spread among 489 organizations statewide that have been vetted by the Division of Cultural Affairs...
Kroger CEO addresses grocery industry, Target merger rumors

Kroger CEO addresses grocery industry, Target merger rumors

The grocery landscape is constantly changing and Kroger has to stay ahead of what the customer wants, the grocery chain’s chief executive said. Rodney McMullen, chairman and CEO of the Cincinnati-based grocery giant, talked about some of those changes from the rise of organics, to the merger rumors to looming trade issues in a new interview with Bloomberg. “The only thing that stays...
Troubled West Palm Beach firm owes race organizers nearly $3 million

Troubled West Palm Beach firm owes race organizers nearly $3 million

Another race organizer says it’s owed a six-figure sum by Forte Interactive, the West Palm Beach tech company forced into bankruptcy by its creditors. Cumulus Media, the Atlanta-based radio station owner, filed a suit in Palm Beach County in April saying it’s owed $247,946 in fees that Forte Interactive collected for the Bridge to Bridge Run in San Francisco. Cumulus is just the latest...
Editorial: Don’t risk Florida coast by changing offshore drilling rules

Editorial: Don’t risk Florida coast by changing offshore drilling rules

The U.S. Interior Department seems to be confused when it comes to the question of allowing more oil drilling anywhere near Florida’s coast. The latest comes via a bipartisan tirade over plans by Interior officials to ease regulations and oversight of the 2016 Well Control Rule put in place by the Obama administration in the wake of the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill. Interior officials want...

HOA unlikely to be liable for damage caused by tree felled in storm

Question: I have two questions about my HOA. First, my HOA keeps trimming the trees on our perimeter from the bottom. They are now very top-heavy and at least 30 feet high. FPL just recently came through and trimmed the same trees to keep them from the power lines. I live about 20 feet from the perimeter. If a tree on the perimeter falls during a hurricane and damages my home, is the association responsible...
FPL ‘underestimated frankly’ online demands after Irma

FPL ‘underestimated frankly’ online demands after Irma

Website crash. App with information not so apt. Trees that local governments don’t agree to cut back. Lines on 200,000 poles controlled by other companies with “not a big appetite” to strengthen them. For all the successes Florida Power & Light cites in restoring power after the worst hurricane in more than a decade last year, executives acknowledge there are things the Juno Beach-based...
SunFest 2018: Brightline offers discounts; Broward attendance expands

SunFest 2018: Brightline offers discounts; Broward attendance expands

Brightline’s passenger trains could help boost attendance at SunFest this year by providing Broward County residents a traffic-free way to get to the festival. Brightline, which began operating its fast-moving trains between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale in January, is offering a 50 percent off discount to festival-goers who want to ditch their cars and try the train. To receive the discount...
Editorial: Aging flood-control systems can’t protect South Florida

Editorial: Aging flood-control systems can’t protect South Florida

The way most Floridians will first feel the effects of sea-level rise probably won’t be from some catastrophic wave crashing over a sea wall. More likely, it will be flooding, the water covering your shoes, your street, your doorstep. Flooding is already heavier in South Florida. And it will get heavier still as the sea continues its inexorable rise — gaining at least 2 feet by 2060 and...
Editorial: Sea-level rise is real and needs attention now

Editorial: Sea-level rise is real and needs attention now

No graver threat faces the future of South Florida than the accelerating pace of sea-level rise. In the past century, the sea has risen 9 inches in Key West. In the past 23 years, it’s risen 3 inches. By 2060, it’s predicted to rise another 2 feet, with no sign of slowing down. Think about that. Water levels could easily be 2 feet higher in 40 years. And scientists say that’s a conservative...
Palm Beach Gardens-based provider of .xxx and .sex websites sells in $41 million deal

Palm Beach Gardens-based provider of .xxx and .sex websites sells in $41 million deal

PALM BEACH GARDENS -- The Internet company that sells .xxx, .sex and .porn websites has a new owner. Privately held ICM Registry of Palm Beach Gardens said Friday that British firm Minds + Machines Group paid $10 million in cash and $31 million in stock for the company. Minds + Machines trades on the London Stock Exchange and runs a number of niche domains, including .miami, .london, .fit and .fashion...

POINT OF VIEW: There’s no silver bullet for severe weather

The benefits of solar and battery storage are numerous, but no Floridian should be fooled into believing these technologies can replace essential hurricane preparations, as Lynn Jurich suggests in her blatant sales pitch, “Turn to Solar Power to Keep Lights on in Hurricane Season.” Jurich, the CEO of Sunrun – a California corporation – is dangerously dismissive of what people...

LRP buys Connecticut publishing firm

LRP Publications said Monday it bought a 40-employee company that publishes education magazines and hosts events for school administrators. Palm Beach Gardens-based LRP now owns Connecticut-based Professional Media Group. The company’s offerings include District Administration magazine, District Administration Leadership Institute, University Business magazine, the UBTech conference and Higher...
6 factors that will affect your mortgage payment 

6 factors that will affect your mortgage payment 

Deciding when to shop for your first home can be a big decision.  Maybe you've been holding down the rent payments on your apartment for a few years and you're ready to invest in a place of your own. Maybe you just got married and you're looking for a house with a backyard for your two dogs. No matter what your motivation for taking this step, it's important to start by figuring out how much...
MoviePass brings back movie-a-day monthly plan

MoviePass brings back movie-a-day monthly plan

MoviePass, a subscription-based movie ticketing service, is bringing back its popular movie ticket per day subscription plan. Wired reported that the company made the decision two weeks after the offer was removed from its website. The plan allows customers to see a movie a day each day for $9.95 a month. >> Read more trending news  “We never planned to abandon the flagship...
9 of the highest-paid doctors in America, per LinkedIn

9 of the highest-paid doctors in America, per LinkedIn

Doctors are often thought of as a highly-paid professionals, and, while that's true, some specialties pay better than others.  LinkedIn gathered data from its salary tool and shared it with Business Insider, which reported the top highest-paid doctors in America. The figures are self-reported based on information from LinkedIn's verified users over the past year. Base median salary information...
Editorial: New generator rules address equipment, not system

Editorial: New generator rules address equipment, not system

Twelve elderly people. That’s how many died either in, or as a result of sweltering heat at a Hollywood nursing home last year after Hurricane Irma knocked out the building’s air-conditioning system. There was no functioning backup generator. One could barely imagine a more grotesque death for someone so old and frail. To die so tragically in a place they were supposed to be cared for...
Ex-boss at Boca-based staffing company claims harassment led to firing

Ex-boss at Boca-based staffing company claims harassment led to firing

A former executive of a national health care staffing company based in Boca Raton has accused an ex-boss of sexual harassment and the company of violating SEC regulations in public statements about its financial well-being. In the lawsuit filed last week in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Vickie Anenberg, former president of a division of Cross Country Healthcare, said her 27-year tenure at the $865...
Tech CEO stresses “kindness,” enjoys stellar growth

Tech CEO stresses “kindness,” enjoys stellar growth

Over the past decade, marketing agency Levatas has grown from a garage startup into a thriving firm with more than 100 employees. Chief Executive Ryan Gay proudly shows off his company’s offices on the second floor of Downtown at the Gardens. The decor includes features that have become nearly mandatory for tech employers. Superhero figurines adorn one wall. The lounge boasts a pingpong table...
8 ways to be on time without waking up earlier 

8 ways to be on time without waking up earlier 

Even if you go along with the recent UK study that indicated nocturnal people are likely to be more intelligent than their "early morning" counterparts, it's not too bright to constantly be late to work. Forbes, for example, lists tardiness right up there with lying and procrastination among "14 Bad Habits That Can Cause You to Lose Your Job." And even if constantly arriving...
LRP Publications buys producer of education conferences and content

LRP Publications buys producer of education conferences and content

LRP Publications said Monday it bought a 40-employee company that publishes education magazines and hosts events for educators. Palm Beach Gardens-based LRP now owns Connecticut-based Professional Media Group. The company’s offerings include District Administration magazine, District Administration Leadership Institute, University Business magazine, the UBTech conference...
How to get free Chipotle on Teacher Appreciation Day

How to get free Chipotle on Teacher Appreciation Day

Chipotle will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day on May 8 with a tasty deal: buy one, get one free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos at participating stores. According to the restaurant chain's website, educators can claim their freebie from 3 p.m. to close Tuesday, May 8, by presenting their faculty ID. >> Read more trending news  The promotion is limited to "one free entree...
James Avery, Texas jewelry icon, dead at 96

James Avery, Texas jewelry icon, dead at 96

James Avery, the founder of one of Texas’ most beloved jewelry brands, has died, according to a Facebook message posted Monday by James Avery Artisan Jewelry. Born in 1921, Avery was 96 when he died, according to the San Antonio Express-News. “It is with heartfelt sorrow that we announce the passing of our founder, James Avery,” the jewelry company’s Facebook...

POINT OF VIEW: Pay your summer interns, corporate America

A piece of advice to companies hiring interns this summer: Pay them for their work. Some organizations don’t, claiming that the chance to learn on the job is compensation enough. But not only has this left corporations vulnerable to lawsuits — NBCUniversal, Hearst, Condé Nast, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Warner Music, Coach and Viacom are just a few companies sued by former interns...
This landmarked hotel in Palm Beach has sold for $15.4 million

This landmarked hotel in Palm Beach has sold for $15.4 million

The landmarked Bradley Park Hotel — a fixture on Palm Beach’s Sunset Avenue since the boom years of the 1920s — has been sold for $15.375 million, according to a deed recorded today. The new owner of the 32-room hotel at 280 Sunset Ave. is Boston-based New England Development, a statement released by the company confirmed. The company is developing plans for a major renovation...
Gas prices: Today ends most expensive April in four years

Gas prices: Today ends most expensive April in four years

Pump prices held steady in Florida and Palm Beach County to close out the priciest April since 2014. (Getty Images) The  county’s average remained unchanged since last week at $2.86, but is still the highest in the state according to motorist group AAA. Statewide the average stayed at $2.74,  but that’s 10 cents more than a month ago, and 32 cents more than last...
Railroads offering new hires up to $25K in signing bonuses, report says

Railroads offering new hires up to $25K in signing bonuses, report says

Want to work on the railroad? If so, you could get your bank account on the right track with a massive bonus. According to the Wall Street Journal, Texas-based BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) Railway and Nebraska-based Union Pacific Corp. are trying to attract new employees by offering as much as $25,000 in signing bonuses. >> Read more trending news  The news comes "...
Two West Palm Beach residents nabbed in fentanyl crackdown

Two West Palm Beach residents nabbed in fentanyl crackdown

Two West Palm Beach residents were part of an international ring that distributed deadly fentanyl throughout the country, the U.S. Justice Department said Friday. Louis Felix Bell, 30, and Amanda Renee Schneider, 27, both of West Palm Beach, face federal charges of drug trafficking conspiracy. They were indicted as part of a federal probe that started with the 2015 overdose death of an 18-year-old...
Bass Pro Shops pulls plug on Palm Beach County location

Bass Pro Shops pulls plug on Palm Beach County location

That spot on US 1 that was slated for a Bass Pro Shops location? Never mind. The Missouri-based retailer this week sold the 75,000-square-foot center at 11940 U.S. 1 for $7 million, according to property records. Bass Pro Shops bought the site in 2014 for $5.5 million. The property is the former Carl’s Furniture Plaza, located just north of PGA Boulevard in an unincorporated area near Palm...
Christie commentary: Starbucks arrests brew bitter cup of racial bias

Christie commentary: Starbucks arrests brew bitter cup of racial bias

It would be easy — even tempting — to simply dismiss the recent arrest of two black men who were waiting for friend in a downtown Philadelphia Starbucks as just another racial incident in America, or nothing to do with race at all. But that would be a cop out. RELATED: Philadelphia Starbucks arrest: Men say manager called 911 minutes after they arrived We could try to explain away an experienced...
Home security company ADT faces new competition from Amazon

Home security company ADT faces new competition from Amazon

From bookstores to shopping malls to supermarkets, Amazon has roiled many a long-established business model. Now, the Amazon effect is shaking up an unlikely industry: home security systems. Shares in Boca Raton-based ADT, the security provider that went public in January, took a fall after Amazon in February announced its $1 billion acquisition of Ring, a maker of systems that connect doorbells with...

Costs of an unsuccessful recall effort must be borne by all owners

Question: A group of owners in our townhome community was very unhappy with the 2017 elected HOA board due to excessive spending of association funds, and they attempted to coordinate a recall. The recall vote was unsuccessful — of 306 owners, approximately 100 voted for the recall, and approximately 10 voted to retain. The board spent $20,000 of common funds to counter this recall effort, including...
He’s the boss. And at 15, he may gross $100,000 this year

He’s the boss. And at 15, he may gross $100,000 this year

Jupiter’s Austyn Roth runs Lucky Landscaping, attends trade shows around the country, hobnobs with equipment executives and buys state-of-the-art $7,000 mowers. What many customers around town never quite realize: He’s 15 and the owner, not a tenderfoot assistant. He can’t legally drive the truck his crew uses. He pays two adult employees. “A lot of my customers will be shocked...
Forte Interactive hit with another suit for unpaid race fees

Forte Interactive hit with another suit for unpaid race fees

Another race organizer says it’s owed a six-figure sum by Forte Interactive, the West Palm Beach Company forced into bankruptcy by its creditors. Cumulus Media, the Atlanta-based radio station owner, filed a suit in Palm Beach County this week saying it’s owed $247,946 in fees that Forte Interactive collected for the Bridge to Bridge Run in San Francisco. Cumulus is just the latest company...
Brightline: What we learned after 44 trips on the train

Brightline: What we learned after 44 trips on the train

A dozen Palm Beach Post reporters spent more than 29 hours riding Brightline’s trains and waiting at its stations to get a handle on how many people are riding the new passenger rail service. After 44 train rides, including one in every time slot offered by the passenger service, here’s what Post reporters say riders need to know: Two classes of service: Each train has three Smart coach...
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