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POINT OF VIEW: Residents, officials need to get educated on plastic

Plastic makes it possible. From aerospace and transportation, to medicine and computer technology, our future relies on plastic. You know whose future does not rely on plastic? Our local businesses. What I saw at the town of Jupiter’s Beach Committee meeting on July 23 was a perfect picture of what’s wrong in American politics right now; people are completely ignorant to what’s happening...
Royal Palm Beach votes to ban retail dog and cat sales

Royal Palm Beach votes to ban retail dog and cat sales

Royal Palm Beach’s Village Council voted 5-0 Thursday night to ban retail dog and cat sales within 18 months, despite heated protests from a shop owner that it would be “criminal” to force the closure of his family-owned business. “What research has been done to even warrant this?” said Daniel Ruiz, owner of Star Pups Inc. on State Road 7. READ MORE: Royal Palm Beach...

POINT OF VIEW: SunPass-Florida relationship should be explored

While I agree with at least one argument that Post Editorial Page Editor Rick Christie made in his July 29 column, “Give Florida drivers a pass from SunPass mess,” I disagree with another. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Christie writes that the Florida Department of Transportation should forgive “say, 50 percent of your tolls...
State, county, Boca offering growing tech company money to stay put

State, county, Boca offering growing tech company money to stay put

A Boca Raton-based business that provides emergency response systems promises it will invest $3.6 million into their facility, create 150 jobs, and estimates it will generate $295 million local economic impact. But there’s a catch: The company wants incentives, otherwise it might move to Alabama where it also has an office. RELATED: Four Palm Beach County firms make Inc 500 list While negotiations...
Medical marijuana dispensary plans to open on Okeechobee Boulevard in December

Medical marijuana dispensary plans to open on Okeechobee Boulevard in December

Medical marijuana producer GrowHealthy plans to open a dispensary on Okeechobee Boulevard by the end of the year.  The new pot shop will be at 4237 Okeechobee Blvd., an unincorporated pocket of Palm Beach County just east of Military Trail. The dispensary will occupy 4,500 square feet, eclipsing the 3,100 square feet in Lake Worth occupied by Knox Medical, which for now operates the largest...
Tesla to open dealership and service center in West Palm Beach

Tesla to open dealership and service center in West Palm Beach

Tesla will open a new dealership and service center in West Palm Beach, thanks to a Palm Beach County real estate firm that’s bouncing back after a tragedy nearly three years ago. Earlier this week, Pebb Enterprises became the owner of the empty Gander Mountain store at Interstate 95 and Northlake Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens.
Mom saves 2 kids moments before toy jeep bursts into flames

Mom saves 2 kids moments before toy jeep bursts into flames

A battery-powered toy jeep burst into flames just moments after kids had been playing with it, a Massachusetts mom says. Michelle Kline said she bought the SportRax Awesome XL for her 3-year-old, Quincy, and his little sister, Nellie, but never expected it to pose such a danger to her family. "Part of the reason we bought the jeep that we bought was because the weight was ... I think...
Floridians charge to N0. 2 in credit use as area counselors gear up

Floridians charge to N0. 2 in credit use as area counselors gear up

Despite cutting the cord on some traditional expenses — such as dropping telephone land lines by 17 percent in a year — Floridians are replacing them with other spending and ringing up credit card debt at the nation’s second-fastest pace. “August has been our busiest month this year,” said Michael Rossi, supervisor for credit-card debt counselors at debthelper. com, a...
Royal Palm Beach weighs ban on retail puppy sales

Royal Palm Beach weighs ban on retail puppy sales

After years of controversy, a proposed ban on the sale of dogs and cats at retail stores lands before the Village Council Thursday evening. Florida has the highest number of complaints to the Humane Society about animals who suffer from health problems critics attribute to breeding at “puppy mills” or “kitten factories” for sale in stores, according to a village staff recommendation...
Local firms make list of nation’s fastest-growing private companies

Local firms make list of nation’s fastest-growing private companies

Four Palm Beach County companies ranked near the top of the annual Inc. 500 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Experimac, a West Palm Beach-based franchise, led the way among local companies. The company ranked 57th nationally, based on revenue that soared 4,788 percent, to $12.4 million in 2017. Experimac, whose franchisees throughout the country repair and upgrade...
Housing affordability falls to 10-year low in Palm Beach County, nation

Housing affordability falls to 10-year low in Palm Beach County, nation

Mirroring a national trend of rebounding home prices and rising mortgage rates, Palm Beach County saw housing affordability fall to a 10-year low in the second quarter of 2018, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index. Just 54.9 percent of homes sold in Palm Beach County in the second quarter were affordable to a median-income family, according...
Scripps Florida scientists win NIH grant to study safer painkillers

Scripps Florida scientists win NIH grant to study safer painkillers

Two Scripps Florida scientists won a five-year, $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop safer pain medications, the Jupiter nonprofit said Wednesday. Laura Bohn and Thomas Bannister will use the money to study new compounds that separate the powerful pain relief of opioids from the drugs’ life-threatening side effects of decreased breathing rate and lower blood-oxygen...
County Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock has a passion for public service

County Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock has a passion for public service

Clerk & Comptroller Sharon R. Bock was recently sworn in as president of the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers, marking the first time in the clerks association’s 65-year history that a clerk from Palm Beach County has led the statewide association. The Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers is made up of the state’s 68 Clerks of the Circuit Court and Comptrollers and their more than...
Frontier adds more nonstop routes between PBIA and these five cities

Frontier adds more nonstop routes between PBIA and these five cities

Frontier Airlines announced Tuesday it is adding nonstop routes between Palm Beach International Airport and five cities just in time for holiday travel season. Travel + Leisure magazine names PBIA as one of top U.S. airports The additional routes will start Nov. 15, according to a statement released Tuesday: • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays &bull...
Editorial: Keep Singer as mayor in Boca Raton; put Thomson on council

Editorial: Keep Singer as mayor in Boca Raton; put Thomson on council

Boca Raton residents are voting this summer for a new mayor and a new city council member because of the legal troubles of suspended mayor Susan Haynie. Days after Haynie’s arrest in April on public corruption charges, deputy mayor Scott Singer was sworn in as mayor, setting up special elections Aug. 28 both for the mayor’s office and the council seat he vacated. Sign up for The Palm Beach...
FDOT fines SunPass vendor $800K for botched upgrade; clears backlog

FDOT fines SunPass vendor $800K for botched upgrade; clears backlog

The Florida Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it had cleared the entire backlog of SunPass toll transactions resulting from the messy upgrade of its customer service system, and had fined the vendor in charge of overseeing it. At the direction of Governor Rick Scott, the FDOT assessed Conduent State & Local Solutions nearly $800,000 in damages as a result of the botched rollout of...
SEC says muni bond firm in Boca Raton committed fraud

SEC says muni bond firm in Boca Raton committed fraud

A Boca Raton company improperly diverted municipal bonds at the expense of retail investors, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday. The SEC alleges that from 2009 to 2016, two agents of Core Performance Management LLC of Boca Raton lied about their identities to cut in line in bond allocations. The SEC says Core Performance Management’s representatives bought new-issue muni bonds...
Car wash's billboard promoting QAnon conspiracy theory sparks controversy

Car wash's billboard promoting QAnon conspiracy theory sparks controversy

A Georgia car wash has aligned its business with a group that believes a government insider is publicly uncovering a vast left-wing plot against President Donald Trump. The billboard reads “#QANON” — citing a group many have said espouse conspiracy theories — and has a logo with the name of Car Nutz Car Wash in the bottom left corner.  >> Read more trending...
Staples manager fired after accusing woman pregnant with twins of shoplifting

Staples manager fired after accusing woman pregnant with twins of shoplifting

Staples said in a statement Monday that it has fired the manager who assumed an expecting mother had shoplifted at one of its stores in North Carolina. Shirell Bates told WSOC-TV that she now regrets leaving her home on Friday for back-to-school shopping at the Pineville store. "Being pregnant is already high-risk, and having to deal with that, just additional stress that I don't need...
Earl Stewart Toyota faces discrimination complaint

Earl Stewart Toyota faces discrimination complaint

Toyota dealer Earl Stewart has been sued by a man who says the dealership discriminated against him by not giving him a job that was advertised exclusively for female sales associates. Glenn Liou, a 58-year-old New York resident with no experience working at a car dealership, claims he was rejected by the dealership based on his gender, according to court records. RELATED: Earl Stewart Toyota expansion...
West Palm Beach votes tonight on creating Okeechobee Business District

West Palm Beach votes tonight on creating Okeechobee Business District

The city commission takes its final vote tonight (Monday, Aug. 13) to create an Okeechobee Business District, a zoning change meant to encourage Class A office construction on the busy downtown corridor. The city has proposed the to alter the land use rules for Okeechobee Boulevard, from CityPlace to the waterfront, to attract high-end employers downtown, which has virtually no vacant top-tier...
Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches expands to Jupiter

Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches expands to Jupiter

On Wednesday, lunch in the Horan household consisted of a cold pasta salad, sliced cucumbers and three-bean salad paired with bread and an orange. It was the second meal the couple had received from Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches since the organization took over North County Meals’ Jupiter clients earlier this month. “It’s a nice relief to get good meals on a regular basis,&rdquo...
Wait, Florida gas prices rise, other states drop? Guess priciest area

Wait, Florida gas prices rise, other states drop? Guess priciest area

Gas prices climbed five cents in Florida in a week despite dropping in Georgia and Tennessee, and Palm Beach County pumps dispensed the state’s priciest fuel at $2.89 per gallon. Motorist group AAA chalked it up to high demand on Monday. “Strong demand pushed gas prices higher in some states last week, as families squeeze in one final vacation before the kids go back to school,”...
West Palm Beach has nation’s hottest mansion market, brokerage says

West Palm Beach has nation’s hottest mansion market, brokerage says

West Palm Beach is home to the nation’s hottest mansion market, real estate brokerage Redfin said Monday. The average sale price of a luxury home sold in West Palm Beach in the second quarter soared to $2.24 million, up 85 percent from a year earlier. Luxury home prices jumped 59.1 percent in Boynton Beach, which placed second nationally. Other strong showings came in Henderson, Nevada...
Boca Raton investor buys former Gander Mountain big box in Palm Beach Gardens

Boca Raton investor buys former Gander Mountain big box in Palm Beach Gardens

The empty Gander Mountain store at Interstate 95 and Northlake Boulevard has a new landlord. Pebb Enterprises of Boca Raton said Monday that it now owns the 125,641 square feet of retail space on 13.2 prime acres. Instead of a straight sale, Pebb Enterprises said it took title by acquiring the property’s defaulted debt and foreclosing on the underlying collateral. A certificate of title...
Pregnant Staples shopper says she was wrongfully accused of shoplifting, hiding items under shirt

Pregnant Staples shopper says she was wrongfully accused of shoplifting, hiding items under shirt

An expecting mother said she feels humiliated after she was asked if she was trying to shoplift from a Staples store in North Carolina. Shirell Bates said she now regrets leaving her home on Friday for back-to-school shopping. "Being pregnant is already high-risk, and having to deal with that, just additional stress that I don't need,” Bates said. Bates said a police officer asked...
The Breakers, other Palm Beach spots join effort to ban plastic straws

The Breakers, other Palm Beach spots join effort to ban plastic straws

A seemingly harmless way to sip beverages, the plastic straw is typically used once and discarded without a thought. But now businesses and their patrons locally and elsewhere are thinking about the environmental damage done by plastic straws, bags and other single-use plastic products that often escape landfills and find their way onto the beaches and into the ocean. The plastics are...
New Lake Worth business owner brings The Bronx to Lake Avenue

New Lake Worth business owner brings The Bronx to Lake Avenue

Sitting inside NoDoSo — short for North Down South — at 609 Lake Avenue, Jerusha Benjamin, almost looks like one of the fine pieces of art she has hanging on her wall. Benjamin, a slender woman with dark hair, is wearing a colorful dress that brightens the room. She has a distinctive nose ring and is extremely intelligent. “I’m a Bronx girl bringing some of that ‘Bronx...
Editorial: In Dem primary, Graham best shot to win in November

Editorial: In Dem primary, Graham best shot to win in November

A lot has changed in Florida over the past 20 years. The state has 5.8 million more residents. There are dozens of new municipalities. And our state budget has ballooned from $42.3 billion in 1998 to $89.3 billion this year. What hasn’t changed is Republican Party occupation of the Governor’s Mansion, where Democrats have been locked out for two decades. The low point coming with two consecutive...
NEW: CBS 12 news anchor Eric Roby exits after 17 years

NEW: CBS 12 news anchor Eric Roby exits after 17 years

After working as a news anchor at CBS 12 for 17 years, Eric Roby made a career-altering decision to become a real estate agent.  “I’ve decided to hang up my microphone and use my knowledge of all of our south Florida neighborhoods to sell real estate,” Roby said in a video on his Facebook fan page. “Best of all, no more bad news—I’ll only be giving...

Independent fining committees are appointed by the board

Question: I live in an HOA community. In a recent column it was stated that, apparently, an infraction committee can be appointed by the board. Please let us know the statutory basis for that. — M.H. Answer: The HOA Act, at Section 720.305, expressly states that “a fine or suspension levied by the board of administration may not be imposed unless the board first provides at least 14 days&rsquo...
Second investor pleads guilty in foreclosure bid-rigging case

Second investor pleads guilty in foreclosure bid-rigging case

Real estate investor Christopher Graeve pleaded guilty this week to rigging online foreclosure auctions for homes with a total value of $8 million, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Graeve is the second real estate investor to plead guilty in this investigation. Stuart Hankin in June admitted to violating antitrust law. A violation of the Sherman Act carries a penalty of up to 10 years...
Editorial: For Ag Commissioner: Republican Grimsley, Democrat Fried

Editorial: For Ag Commissioner: Republican Grimsley, Democrat Fried

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services involves a lot more than crops and cattle. The agriculture commissioner also oversees gun permits, consumer complaints, gas pumps — and sits on the powerful Florida Cabinet, whose duties include restoring felons’ rights. RELATED: Listen to the Agriculture Commissioner candidates interviews. Four candidates are in the Republican...
Bluegreen claims a victory in battle against timeshare exit firms

Bluegreen claims a victory in battle against timeshare exit firms

Timeshare marketer Bluegreen Vacations continues to do battle with attorneys marketing their services to displeased owners of getaways in Orlando, Las Vegas, Branson and other tourist spots. Boca Raton-based Bluegreen (NYSE: BXG) said Thursday that plaintiffs’ attorneys dropped actions on behalf of 175 owners seeking to terminate their contracts. Bluegreen issued a statement touting its ...
CityPlace of the west? Master plan map filed in Royal Palm Beach

CityPlace of the west? Master plan map filed in Royal Palm Beach

A master plan filed in the village, and scheduled to come before officials next week, marks a milestone for a project years in the making and a topic of curiosity for thousands of daily commuters on Southern Boulevard. “It’s going to be the CityPlace of the western communities,” said Michael Tuttle, manager of Tuttle Land Investments. The reference to West Palm Beach’s signature...
Scripps Florida sets new annual record for NIH grants

Scripps Florida sets new annual record for NIH grants

When then-Gov. Jeb Bush lured the Scripps Research Institute to Florida with a $310 million state subsidy, he made many bold promises: Scripps would create thousands of private-sector jobs, spark demand for millions of square feet of commercial real estate in northern Palm Beach County, elicit a flood of philanthropic giving and reshape Florida’s low-wage economy. Fifteen years later, none of...
Swedish Princess Madeleine moving to Florida; will it be Palm Beach?

Swedish Princess Madeleine moving to Florida; will it be Palm Beach?

Word came last week via the foreign press that Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her family are moving to Florida in the fall. The news was first reported in the Swedish newspaper Expressen and then confirmed by the Royal House of Sweden. But exactly where they royals will land remains up in the air. What we do know is that the Palm Beach house the princess’ husband, Christopher...
Police officer denied service at Verizon store; employee fired

Police officer denied service at Verizon store; employee fired

An employee at an independently owned Verizon retailer has been fired after refusing service to an on-duty, uniformed Massachusetts police officer, Boston's WFXT reports. Sources told WFXT that Waltham police Officer Dan Collins was refused service Tuesday at the Verizon store on Tower Road in Waltham. The store is independently owned and operated by Cellular Sales.  Waltham...
Editorial: Weiss offers valuable perspective on housing, development

Editorial: Weiss offers valuable perspective on housing, development

With Paulette Burdick leaving the Palm Beach County Commission because of term limits, three Democrats are vying in the Aug. 28 primary to succeed her. The candidates are from District 2, in the central part of the county. Our choice is Gregg Weiss, a former technology executive who is using his retirement to immerse himself in civic activities. Though never elected to office, the 61-year-old Weiss...
8 jobs most likely to yield a big pay raise in 2018 

8 jobs most likely to yield a big pay raise in 2018 

Most job seekers focus on getting the highest-paying position, just like a lot of students seriously consider which careers deliver the best paychecks before deciding on a major. But scoring a great job (or high-paying first job) isn't the only path to a generous salary. Work with good potential for substantial raises is another strategy. According to a recent Finder.com analysis...

POINT OF VIEW: Building a talent pipeline to meet STEM demands

Florida’s economy is booming, yet, as other states also are experiencing, the talent gap persists in many of our targeted industries, particularly in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations. The CareerSource Florida network and our strategic partners are working hard to address this challenge. As workforce developers, we know talent is key in continuing economic growth....
Florida Supreme Court to decide whether dog racing ban will be on November ballot

Florida Supreme Court to decide whether dog racing ban will be on November ballot

Just a day after receiving the case, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously agreed to take up a battle about whether a proposed ban on greyhound racing should go on the November ballot. Justices scheduled arguments in the case on Aug. 29 and set a rapid-fire series of deadlines for the parties to file briefs, according to an order issued by the court. The court is moving quickly, at least...
Woman finds squatters in backyard of home

Woman finds squatters in backyard of home

A Seattle woman said she came home to find homeless squatters setting up a tent in her backyard. The home is for sale. Lisa, the owner, who asked us not to identify her or the house so it would not interfere with her sale, said one man expressed interest in buying the house Friday. She told him to come back with an agent. When she came home Monday, she found that man and another man in her backyard...
Miami Dolphins part ways with Papa John’s, have new pizza vendor at stadium

Miami Dolphins part ways with Papa John’s, have new pizza vendor at stadium

Don’t bother looking for Papa John’s pizza at Hard Rock Stadium this season. The Dolphins have joined a long list of sports teams and organizations severing ties with the pizza company. A source said the Dolphins made their decision before founder John Schnatter triggered a national controversy by using a racial slur during a media training call in May. The contract between the Dolphins...
Miami Dolphins to build ‘best-in-class’ training facility for $75M in Miami Gardens

Miami Dolphins to build ‘best-in-class’ training facility for $75M in Miami Gardens

The “Davie” datelines attached to stories about the Miami Dolphins soon will disappear. The Dolphins confirmed Tuesday that they’re moving their training facility from Nova Southeastern University to the grounds of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, possibly as soon as the 2020 season. Tom Garfinkel, vice chairman and CEO of the Dolphins, confirmed the project, which has long been...
Apartment site in Boynton Beach fetches $19.5 million

Apartment site in Boynton Beach fetches $19.5 million

Two out-of-state developers plan to build 378 apartments and 55 townhouses on a vacant parcel in Boynton Beach. Morgan Group of Houston and Rockpoint Group of Boston paid $19.5 million for the 18.5-acre site, according to property records. Commercial real estate firm ARA Newmark handled the sale. The property is located along Renaissance Commons Boulevard in Boynton Beach, just east of Congress Avenue...
Publix to open new GreenWise location west of Boca Raton

Publix to open new GreenWise location west of Boca Raton

The battle for the wallets of Palm Beach County’s health-conscious consumers is heating up. Whole Foods just began delivering in parts of Palm Beach County. Lucky’s plans to open in Delray Beach. And Publix is breathing new life into its GreenWise concept. Publix said it will open a GreenWise store at Glades Road and Florida’s Turnpike in 2019. Publix also is opening GreenWise...
BREAKING: Miami Dolphins moving training facility to Miami Gardens

BREAKING: Miami Dolphins moving training facility to Miami Gardens

The Miami Dolphins will move their training facility to Miami Gardens as early as 2020, Hal Habib reports from the scene on Tuesday. Dolphins chief executive officer Tom Garfinkel said the training facility will be on the northwest side of Hard Rock Stadium. He added the facility will cost about $75 to $80 million. The Dolphins now train at Nova Southeastern University in Davie. But despite improvements...
Economic Council names first female CEO

Economic Council names first female CEO

After another management change, the nonprofit Economic Council of Palm Beach County has named its first female CEO. Michele Jacobs will take the nonprofit’s helm on Aug. 24. She succeeds Michael Debock, who was named CEO last year and is leaving the Economic Council this month for a job at Florida Power & Light. Jacobs, 51, joined the Economic Council in late 2017 as chief strategy officer...
From gum to ganja: PBC billionaire backs medical marijuana firm

From gum to ganja: PBC billionaire backs medical marijuana firm

In another sign that medical marijuana is going mainstream, pot purveyor Surterra Wellness said this week that William “Beau” Wrigley Jr. took a significant stake in the company. Wrigley, a billionaire who lives near North Palm Beach and once ran his namesake candy company, led a $65 million investment in Surterra. He also joined the company’s board. As Americans increasingly allow...
SeaWorld sees jump in attendance, cuts 125 jobs day later

SeaWorld sees jump in attendance, cuts 125 jobs day later

Just one day after releasing their second-quarter results, which showed increased attendance at the parks, SeaWorld is cutting 125 jobs.  According to the Orlando Sentinel, a SeaWorld spokesman said the cuts were meant for the company’s “continued growth and financial success.”  In October, the Sentinel reported, SeaWorld cut 350 positions in order to save $40 million...
Office Depot shares jump after strong second quarter

Office Depot shares jump after strong second quarter

BOCA RATON -- Shares of retailer Office Depot jumped 14 percent Tuesday after the Fortune 500 company reported better-than-expected sales and earnings. Boca Raton-based Office Depot (NASDAQ: ODP) said second-quarter sales totaled $2.63 billion, an 11 percent increase from $2.36 billion in the second quarter of 2017. The long-struggling company has been working to transform itself from a purveyor...
On second try, Whole Foods delivery works smoothly

On second try, Whole Foods delivery works smoothly

When Amazon and Whole Foods announced last month that they had expanded their delivery service to parts of Palm Beach County, I gave the service a try. I was disappointed -- my bacon, bananas and blue-corn tortilla chips never arrived. Two weeks later I tried again, and this time everything went smoothly. I placed an order about noon with a delivery window of 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. At 2:35 p.m., a driver...
Scam calls about pain medicine target Florida Blue customers, seniors

Scam calls about pain medicine target Florida Blue customers, seniors

Look out for calls about new pain-relieving medicine, especially if you are a customer of the state’s largest health insurer, Florida Blue, warns an advisory that calls the effort “shameful” and a “scam.” Such calls can deliver a dose of financial hurt including identity theft or bogus charges, according to the state’s top financial officer. READ MORE: How does...
MoviePass limits customers to 3 films per month

MoviePass limits customers to 3 films per month

The popular movie theater subscription service MoviePass has changed its pricing plan for the second time in one week. Last week, the company announced it would change its $10-per-month subscription that let customers see one movie each day, any movie at any time. To become sustainable, the cost would increase to $14.99 a month and limit the availability of blockbuster movies during...
Palm Beach County regains Florida’s priciest gas with 7-cent jump

Palm Beach County regains Florida’s priciest gas with 7-cent jump

Gas prices revved up 7 cents per gallon in Palm Beach County coming off the state’s most expensive July since 2014, motorist group AAA said Monday. That drove Palm Beach County back into Florida’s top spot for the highest average cost at $2.91 per gallon, after a brief lapse to third place a week earlier at $2.84 behind Crestview-Fort Walton Beach ($2.89) and Panama City ($2.86), AAA figured...
EXCLUSIVE: Tommy Hilfiger sells Palm Beach seaside home for $35M after owning it barely a year

EXCLUSIVE: Tommy Hilfiger sells Palm Beach seaside home for $35M after owning it barely a year

Tommy Hilfiger and his fashion designer wife have sold their oceanfront home in Palm Beach for a recorded $35 million — $1 million more than they paid for it a little more than a year ago. The deed for the off-market sale of the Mediterranean-style house at 100 Casa Bendita was recorded by the Palm Beach County Clerk’s office. The buyer was listed on the deed as Villa Bendita LLC...
Grilling fanatic? Get $10K to eat barbecue as Reynolds' new 'chief grilling officer'

Grilling fanatic? Get $10K to eat barbecue as Reynolds' new 'chief grilling officer'

Hungry for a new career? Reynolds Kitchens has a mouthwatering new job opportunity. According to a post on its website, the company best known for its aluminum foil is hiring a chief grilling officer to help "identify the best grilling techniques and tips" to pass along to Reynolds' fans. "As CGO, you won't need a comfy corner office. That's because for two weeks, you'll be too...
Bankruptcy documents show Palm Beach hotel-condo owes millions

Bankruptcy documents show Palm Beach hotel-condo owes millions

A court-appointed receiver has ushered the beleaguered Palm House condominium-hotel project into bankruptcy court — and its ownership company owes nearly $115 million to creditors, the court filing shows. Thursday’s voluntary Chapter 11 corporate bankruptcy petition for 160 Royal Palm LLC comes more than three years after renovations abruptly halted at the property in the...
POINT OF VIEW: Dr. Beach’s prescription for what ails our beaches

POINT OF VIEW: Dr. Beach’s prescription for what ails our beaches

Our beaches are in trouble. As sea levels continue to rise, our old solutions won’t cut it much longer. Here’s the prescription from Dr. Beach: A robust network of sensors along our coast that can help us better understand how erosion is chipping away at our shores. South Florida is one of the areas in the United States most susceptible to hurricanes and sea-level rise – things that...
'N Sync's Lance Bass says he was outbid in effort to buy 'Brady Bunch' house

'N Sync's Lance Bass says he was outbid in effort to buy 'Brady Bunch' house

"Brady Bunch" fans, it's time to say "Bye Bye Bye" to your dreams of owning the iconic California home from the popular 1970s sitcom. 'N Sync singer Lance Bass tweeted Friday that he was buying the house made famous in exterior shots of the Brady home. It recently was listed for $1.885 million. "Super excited to announce they accepted my offer on the #BradyBunch house...
EXCLUSIVE: How a Singer Island mansion escaped water bills for 6 years

EXCLUSIVE: How a Singer Island mansion escaped water bills for 6 years

The waterfront house at 2765 Lake Drive is the ninth most valuable in Riviera Beach, its worth estimated by the county at nearly $2.2 million. Yet, despite its lush lawn, dock and swimming pool on Singer Island alongside the Intracoastal Waterway, five bedrooms and four full baths, utility bills obtained by The Palm Beach Post indicate no one at the 5,900-square-foot property used any water the past...

Pool age restrictions may violate Fair Housing Act

Question: We have a posted rule at our pool stating that children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. Renters are continuously letting their children use the pool without adult supervision. There is a group of four to five children in elementary school that frequently use the pool, and sometimes they have a 17-year-old with them who stays on her phone. The...
Over Moviepass? Here's how to cancel your membership

Over Moviepass? Here's how to cancel your membership

Over your Moviepass? The drama surrounding the world's first flat-fee subscription movie service is starting to rival the movies on the screen. Even the company admits it's "going through a rough patch," which it compared to Uber's learning curve, according to Deadline Hollywood. Those who still own a Moviepass (of the three million who signed up in less than a year) are feeling the...
4 bad reasons to quit your job

4 bad reasons to quit your job

Somebody's got to win the lottery, right? And if the paycheck's high enough, you might decide to quit your job when you hit the jackpot (after scrupulous verification, of course). There are dozens of other good reasons to leave a job, too. Learning you have a better job may be the top example, followed by such happy events as becoming independently wealthy, your mate getting a great offer in another...
Legal challenge contests FPL plan to run Turkey Point plant 80 years

Legal challenge contests FPL plan to run Turkey Point plant 80 years

Eighty years would be unprecedented to run a U.S. nuclear plant and Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point license should not be extended to 2053 without major changes to protect drinking water and the environment, according to a legal challenge to the Juno Beach-based utility’s plans. An FPL official dismissed it Thursday as a chance to “grab a few headlines,” but the Southern...
Reddit was hacked. Here's how to learn if you were affected.

Reddit was hacked. Here's how to learn if you were affected.

Reddit announced on Wednesday that a hacker broke into its computer systems in June, gaining access to the email addresses of some of its users and a database of user names from 2007. The company did not say how many users may have been affected. But those affected will soon receive a message from Reddit alerting them of the intrusion, the company said. The 2007 database contained user names, email...
Is it time to rejoin the workforce? A stay-at-home mom's guide

Is it time to rejoin the workforce? A stay-at-home mom's guide

First kid or third, six-week leave or seven-year stay-at-home mom gig, there's no simple answer. The question? "When is it right to return to the workforce?" "You'd always planned to return to work, but with your restart date only weeks away, you're dreading leaving your baby," noted American Baby's Marguerite Lamb in Parents. "Should you stay home? Or maybe you've been...
Boca Raton hospital, Baptist deal shuts Cleveland Clinic out of PBC

Boca Raton hospital, Baptist deal shuts Cleveland Clinic out of PBC

Boca Raton Regional Hospital late last month chose a Coral Gables-based hospital company as a partner, a move that shut out another contender, the Cleveland Clinic, which badly wants a hospital presence in Palm Beach County. The selection of Baptist Health South Florida on July 26 as the winning partner by the Boca hospital’s board is a blow to Cleveland Clinic. For the past decade, the Ohio-based...
Woman outraged after homeless squatters set up tent in her backyard, claim to own house

Woman outraged after homeless squatters set up tent in her backyard, claim to own house

A Seattle woman says she came home to find homeless squatters setting up a tent in her backyard. The home is for sale. Lisa, the owner, who asked KIRO-TV not to use her full name or identify the house so it would not interfere with her sale, said one man expressed interest in buying the house Friday. She told him to come back with an agent. When she came home Monday, she said she found...
Chipotle illnesses: More than 400 report sickness after eating at Ohio restaurant

Chipotle illnesses: More than 400 report sickness after eating at Ohio restaurant

An Ohio Chipotle Mexican Grill has reopened after reports of illness caused the restaurant to voluntarily shut its doors Monday. As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, the Delaware County Health District had received 413 inquiries from customers who believed the Powell restaurant’s food made them sick, said the district’s public information officer, Traci Whittaker. “Our staff has...
Cerabino: Finding a companion program to doggie crackdown at Publix

Cerabino: Finding a companion program to doggie crackdown at Publix

The CAVE Society applauds Publix for its new signs aimed at keeping most dogs out of the supermarkets. We Citizens Against Virtually Everything have been annoyed by the gradual inclusion of canines into the shopping experience, especially those transported in baby strollers or infant harnesses. These dogs are almost never service animals, which are highly trained and disciplined dogs that perform...
Wraps, salads sold at Kroger, Trader Joe's recalled over possible parasite

Wraps, salads sold at Kroger, Trader Joe's recalled over possible parasite

Have you recently picked up a salad or wrap from the grocery store? It could make you sick, according to a new health alert. The Food Safety and Inspection Service said Monday that "beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products" recently distributed by Indianapolis-based Caito Foods may be contaminated with a parasite called cyclospora. The products, produced July 15-18, have "sell...
Just in: Lee Greenwood to headline Trumpettes party at Mar-a-Lago

Just in: Lee Greenwood to headline Trumpettes party at Mar-a-Lago

Country music star Lee Greenwood will headline a 2019 party at Mar-a-Lago hosted by Trumpettes USA, President Donald J. Trump’s fan club. Greenwood, the author and singer of “God Bless the USA, ” performed at Trump’s inauguration. Now he’s slated as the main entertainer at the Trumpettes Red White & Blue Celebration on Feb. 23, according to a flyer being sent out to members...

POINT OF VIEW: Congress must do more to combat toxic algal outbreaks

Marked by family outings and gatherings, the summer season is prime time for people to come together and enjoy the rivers, beaches and lakes in their local communities. However, due to the massive algal outbreak covering 90 percent of Lake Okeechobee, Florida’s largest freshwater lake, we again need to marshal the resources to combat this dangerous public health threat. RELATED: Editorial: Fighting...
Senators call for federal probe of SunPass toll company

Senators call for federal probe of SunPass toll company

A company under fire for problems handling Florida SunPass tolls defended its performance Tuesday after members of Congress called for a federal investigation. Two senators asked the Federal Trade Commission to probe whether Conduent State & Local Solutions engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices in several states. Democrats Bill Nelson of Florida and Gary Peters of Michigan wrote a letter...
New rival for Publix? Kroger buys Delray Beach shopping center -- but Lucky’s will take the space

New rival for Publix? Kroger buys Delray Beach shopping center -- but Lucky’s will take the space

Et tu, Kroger? The nation’s largest grocer just bought a shopping center in the backyard of Florida’s largest grocer. Cincinnati-based Kroger (NYSE: KR) paid $15 million for the 74,000-square-foot shopping center at 5024 W. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach, according to property records. Kroger also paid $2 million for an outparcel that includes a bank branch. In a twist, Kroger is buying...
Roxanne Stein takes reins at Wellington chamber after TV career

Roxanne Stein takes reins at Wellington chamber after TV career

Longtime viewers know Roxanne Stein as the morning TV news anchor at WPTV-5 who retired last spring. She talked about looking forward to savoring a relaxed meal or two with her husband after getting up in the wee hours and chasing stories for 41 years on the air. But so much for riding off into the sunset on her horse, Bamboo. The Penn State graduate with a degree in agriculture soon saddled up for...
500 to lose jobs at Lockheed Martin campus west of Jupiter

500 to lose jobs at Lockheed Martin campus west of Jupiter

About 500 employees at the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. plant in north Palm Beach County will lose their jobs, the company said Tuesday, because of reductions in government demand for its aircraft. The announcement that Lockheed Martin Corp. will shut down key operations in its facilities and lay off hundreds was not a shock, but it was a disappointment to county economic development officials. And it...
How to get a McDonald's MacCoin, free Big Mac in honor of iconic burger's 50th anniversary

How to get a McDonald's MacCoin, free Big Mac in honor of iconic burger's 50th anniversary

McDonald's is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic Big Mac in a big way. Starting at lunchtime Thursday, customers at 14,000 participating restaurants across the country will receive a MacCoin with the purchase of a Big Mac while supplies last, the company announced in a news release. >> Read more trending news  From Friday through the end of the year, customers can...
Jupiter-based ‘retirement home’ for pets, looks to expand

Jupiter-based ‘retirement home’ for pets, looks to expand

Mornings for Wendy Derhak, the owner of The Pet Cottage, start before sunrise. She dishes out chow for Elvis, Dash, 2-2 and Charlie Brown before taking three of them out for walks. Elvis is a shepherd mix who Derhak adopted from a rescue that had saved him from a high-kill shelter. He and 2-2, a terrier mix, usually like trotting together, while Dash, an energetic pit bull mix, needs Derhak&rsquo...
Editorial: Holtz will bring a broader view to the port commission

Editorial: Holtz will bring a broader view to the port commission

Increasingly, the Port of Palm Beach is being recognized as an economic engine in the county. But one that can also be revved up a lot more. Indeed, both candidates in the Aug. 28 race to fill the Group 5 seat on the port commission — Joseph Anderson, operations manager for the city of Palm Beach Gardens; and Scott Holtz, a West Palm Beach attorney — believe the state’s fourth-biggest...

Ride’s over, Rex: No service animals in Publix shopping carts

Out of the shopping cart with your paws up. Signs at Publix supermarkets forbid pets to enter the store except as trained service animals, and make it clear that they may not ride or sit in shopping carts. “For food safety reasons, only service animals that are specifically trained to aid a person with disabilities are permitted within the store,” the sign reads. “Service animals...
BREAKING: Senate averts flood insurance shutdown, but fix is brief

BREAKING: Senate averts flood insurance shutdown, but fix is brief

The U.S. Senate voted to avert a shutdown of the National Flood Insurance Program on the last possible day Tuesday, but the fix is only for four months. Congress once again took it to the brink to renew the flood program, this time in the middle of hurricane season. Both Florida’s senators, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio, voted yes. Rubio called it a “huge relief for millions...
Bank of America freezes account of Kansas man who did not confirm citizenship

Bank of America freezes account of Kansas man who did not confirm citizenship

A Kansas man who ignored a letter from his bank asking if he was an American citizen had his family’s account temporarily frozen, The Kansas City Star reported. >> Read more trending news Josh Collins and his wife, Jessica Salazar Collins, of Roeland Park, said they received a letter from Bank of America last month. One of the questions asked if Josh Collins was a citizen or could...
Daytona hotel, biker bar gutted by fire are torn down

Daytona hotel, biker bar gutted by fire are torn down

Gary Theel snapped photos of the Crooks Den bar, its bright red sign blackened by smoke. A patron for nearly three decades, Theel said he wanted to take away one last memory of the downtown drinking hole before it was razed. Nearby, the long arm of an excavator tore down the adjacent three-story Bayview Hotel. “It was one of the biggest biker bar attractions that there was in Daytona,&rdquo...

POINT OF VIEW: NAFTA is important to Florida economy

“The world will not do something stupid,” famed investor Warren Buffet recently said when arguing that a trade war between the United States and its major trading partners is not imminent. The privately owned freight rail industry, which moves billions of tons to market for just about every part of the U.S. economy – including those that come through the rail-connected PortMiami...
Christie commentary: Give Florida drivers a pass from SunPass debacle

Christie commentary: Give Florida drivers a pass from SunPass debacle

I had a boss once, who, whenever our Washington bureau would experience some kind of software glitch, was fond of saying: “You know technology is working the way it should when you don’t have to think about it.” This frequent saw comes to mind because, like tens of thousands of Florida drivers over the past month or so, I’ve been wondering what the heck is going on with SunPass...
Editorial: District right to push closing chronically troubled charter

Editorial: District right to push closing chronically troubled charter

For perspective on why the Eagle Arts Academy charter school should have been closed down long ago, consider the contrast: When the Palm Beach County School District last month announced its A-rated schools, the list included three top-notch high school charters: Inlet Grove in Riviera Beach, South Tech in Boynton Beach and the G-Star School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. Although privately managed...

Administrative assistants may not require a CAM license

Question: With respect to your recent column regarding management staffing, what actions by an “extra person” helping out in the office would require a CAM license? I thought that, whether the person is working on-site or off-site, they are still required to have a CAM license to work with a condo or HOA. Aren’t there some tasks that an assistant cannot do otherwise? — I.G...
No easy fix to collisions between trains, people seeking to end lives

No easy fix to collisions between trains, people seeking to end lives

In a dark twist for a shiny new attempt at mass transit, the Brightline train service has drawn attention to a fraught and little-discussed public-health problem: People who end their lives by getting in front of a fast-moving train. Experts say there’s no easy fix — and they caution that the very act of debating and trying to prevent the practice might bring the unintended effect...
IBM Southeast Employees’ Credit Union buying Vero Beach bank

IBM Southeast Employees’ Credit Union buying Vero Beach bank

For the second time this week, a financial institution with deep ties to Palm Beach County is part of a merger. On Friday, IBM Southeast Employees’ Credit Union, based in Delray Beach, said it is purchasing Vero Beach-based The Oculina Bank. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. IBM Southeast was founded in 1969 and has $1.1 billion in assets. It counts seven branches spread out across Palm...

POINT OF VIEW: Protect Florida’s springs from further degradation

Summer in North Florida can be brutal. Working outside during 90-plus degree days is utterly draining. But why do those who have a choice continue to live here and why do more people move to Florida each day? Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Visit the new Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park and you will see what people do to tolerate the summer heat:...
Ocwen dead last in JDPower’s survey of mortgage servicer satisfaction

Ocwen dead last in JDPower’s survey of mortgage servicer satisfaction

Troubled mortgage company Ocwen Financial fell into last place on JDPower’s 2018 survey of borrower satisfaction with mortgage servicers. Ocwen’s score of 667 on a 1,000-point scale was the worst showing among companies that collect loan payments, JDPower said Thursday. Quicken Loans had the highest grade among for-profit companies, although it was topped by two nonprofit credit unions...
FPL bills: What’s changing them in August and September

FPL bills: What’s changing them in August and September

Refunds to nearly 5 million customers of Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light will provide at least a small puff of cooling relief in a broiling and stormy time of year. A one-time refund in August for charges related to 2016’s Hurricane Matthew amounts to about $2.88 on a 1,000-kilowatt-hour monthly residential bill of just under $100. Many customers of the nation’s third-largest electric...
Fewer foreign buyers flocking to Florida, Realtors say

Fewer foreign buyers flocking to Florida, Realtors say

The ever-fluctuating flow of foreign homebuyers is ebbing, the National Association of Realtors said in a report released Thursday. After hitting a record $153 billion for the period from April 2016 to March 2017, the level of international sales fell to $121 billion for the year ending in March 2018. Florida remains the top destination of foreign buyers, ahead of California and Texas, but Florida&rsquo...
Travel + Leisure magazine names PBIA as one of top U.S. airports

Travel + Leisure magazine names PBIA as one of top U.S. airports

Travel + Leisure has again cited Palm Beach International Airport as one of the best U.S. domestic airports. It’s the second year in a row the magazine’s list of the top airports in America has included PBIA. READ ALSO: Palm Beach County named one of the world’s top travel spots by Forbes The airport, which Travel + Leisure ranked as 9th best, was recognized for: Check-in/security...
Norton Museum’s opening to feature return of Red Cross gala

Norton Museum’s opening to feature return of Red Cross gala

The International Red Cross Ball, the grandest gala of the Palm Beach social season, is returning next year after canceling its 2018 ball at Mar-a-Lago. But the ball is not returning to the Southern White House — or the island. RELATED: Trump Foundation donated to charities that booked galas at Mar-a-Lago Instead, the event will move across the bridge to West Palm Beach, to the new wing of the...
Tax-free weekend is around the corner. Here’s what you need to know.

Tax-free weekend is around the corner. Here’s what you need to know.

Whether you are buying school supplies or dorm essentials, they can get fairly expensive, and who doesn’t like a good deal? School is around the corner and so is Florida’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday, which kicks off Aug. 3 and runs through Aug. 5. Shoppers won’t be charged the state’s 6 percent sales tax or Palm Beach County’s 1 percent sales surtax on certain ...
One-bedroom beachfront house near Mar-a-Lago fetches $7 million: deed

One-bedroom beachfront house near Mar-a-Lago fetches $7 million: deed

A one-bedroom house directly on the beach has sold for about $7 million in the neighborhood that closes to through traffic when President Donald Trump visits Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. The house at 977 S. Ocean Blvd. was sold by attorney L. Frank Chopin, who acted as trustee of The Beach House Trust, according to the deed recorded today. He had the house homesteaded in his name in the Palm...
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