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Back to the drawing board: NPB seeks new restaurant for clubhouse

Back to the drawing board: NPB seeks new restaurant for clubhouse

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. “That’s what it feels like,” said Andrew Lukasik, the village of North Palm Beach’s manager, after two unsuccessful years of trying to find the right restaurant for a new country club under construction. MORE: Golf course, done. Clubhouse under way. What’s next at Banyan Cay? Lukasik confirmed that a deal to bring the operator of Jupiter&rsquo...
Tariff tradeoff: Wait lists longer, costs higher for aluminum shutters

Tariff tradeoff: Wait lists longer, costs higher for aluminum shutters

Halfway through hurricane season, a high-end Frenchman’s Creek home in Palm Beach Gardens finally got its $40,000 in aluminum hurricane shutters Wednesday — a hard-fought for prize in the new age of tariffs. Ordered in April, the nearly four-month wait is more than quadruple the norm as aluminum prices edge up and supply dwindles with more mills looking to avoid tariffs ...
South Florida airports all rank below average in J.D. Power grades

South Florida airports all rank below average in J.D. Power grades

In Lake Woebegon, all the children are above average. In South Florida, alas, all the airports are below average, according to J.D. Power’s 2018 North America Airport Satisfaction Study. The survey of more than 40,000 passengers ranks dozens of airports on such factors as check-in, food options and baggage claim.  Palm Beach International ranks 13th among 21 “medium&rdquo...
Wellington Green mall museum pokes saber-toothed hole in expectations

Wellington Green mall museum pokes saber-toothed hole in expectations

Look out for that time warp near the Nordstrom store at the Mall at Wellington Green. It could throw off your whole shopping schedule by, like, a million years. One minute you’re browsing the latest gadgets or clothes. The next you’re in a world of mammoths and saber-toothed cats. Some come straight out of prehistoric versions of Palm Beach County. Welcome to the Palm Beach Museum...
Palm Beach County bank customers forgive Wells Fargo’s missteps

Palm Beach County bank customers forgive Wells Fargo’s missteps

Wells Fargo remains Palm Beach County’s biggest bank, and out-of-state institutions continue to dominate the county’s financial landscape. San Francisco-based Wells Fargo held nearly $10 billion of the county’s deposits as of June 30, a market share of 19 percent, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Wells Fargo’s deposits increased by 1 percent, reversing a drop...
Seacoast Bank boosts starting pay to $15 an hour

Seacoast Bank boosts starting pay to $15 an hour

Two years ago, Stuart-based Seacoast Banking Corp. (NASDAQ: SBCF) boosted minimum pay to $14 an hour. Now it has given wages again, this time to at least $15 an hour. Seacoast said the raise aims to help tellers and other low-wage workers keep pace with rising costs of living. The raises are separate from merit increase considerations and include all permanent full- and part-time employees, the bank...

POINT OF VIEW: More transparency needed for proposed diversity program

No one should condone discrimination of any kind. Certainly, government contracts spending public tax dollars should be awarded based upon the lowest price to the most qualified contractor, regardless of race or gender. Rather than support these simple common-sense approaches, The Palm Beach Post’s Sept. 4 editorial minimizes a complex issue. At the same time, it insults the integrity of the...
Editorial: West Palm wrong to ignore traffic concerns with One Flagler

Editorial: West Palm wrong to ignore traffic concerns with One Flagler

When the county, the state, your partner city and a substantial bloc of residents say you’re making a mistake, maybe you should think twice. And when one of your own hand-picked advisers warns of potential lawsuits alleging illegal “spot zoning,” maybe even three times. But the West Palm Beach City Commission isn’t listening. It’s pushing forward on the once-defeated...
Commentary: Affordable clean energy rule — improving the state of play

Commentary: Affordable clean energy rule — improving the state of play

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulation to replace the prior administration’s Clean Power Plan with the Affordable Clean Energy rule is another step in the right direction for federal regulatory reform. A brief review of the CPP frames the issues and puts the new EPA proposal in context. The CPP was a sweeping effort to transform how electricity is produced and distributed...
Commentary: Trump’s dirty power plan risks lives to bail out coal

Commentary: Trump’s dirty power plan risks lives to bail out coal

The Trump administration’s Dirty Power Plan is an illegal giveaway to the struggling coal industry that will result in the deaths of thousands of Americans and exacerbate the worst effects of the climate crisis. It’s illegally weak and intentionally vague, with no concrete emission reduction goals or standards that would actually require dirty power plants to cut down on dangerous pollution...
NTSB report has more details on plane crash in John Prince Park

NTSB report has more details on plane crash in John Prince Park

A preliminary report released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board yielded more details on the fatal plane crash near the Lantana airport  — but the cause of the Sept. 9 wreck remains unclear. The report, however, does appear to rule out two common causes of plane wrecks: bad weather and insufficient fuel. Weather reports that morning, as cited by the NTSB...
Brightline buys private rail line connecting Los Angeles and Las Vegas

Brightline buys private rail line connecting Los Angeles and Las Vegas

Brightline’s newly launched rail service in South Florida is losing money and struggling to lure passengers, but its owners are optimistic enough about the concept that they just bought the private train route from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Brightline said Tuesday that it paid an undisclosed sum for XpressWest, a high-speed passenger rail project. “Brightline is changing transportation...
UPS hiring 100,000 workers for holiday shipping season

UPS hiring 100,000 workers for holiday shipping season

UPS said it is hiring about 100,000 temporary workers for the holiday shipping season. The jobs are to help handle the huge volume of packages shipped starting in November through January 2019. >> Read more trending news  The full-time and part-time seasonal jobs are for package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers, and can be an entry point for a full-time job at the...
Citrus aid money moves a step closer

Citrus aid money moves a step closer

As a new citrus growing season gets underway, federal assistance tied to the hurricane-ravaged 2017-18 harvest is finally moving into the application phase. The state Division of Emergency Management announced Friday it has secured a $343 million block grant that was part of a wider disaster-relief package signed into law in February by President Donald Trump. The agency also said a series of four...
Cerabino: When it comes to Nike, Big Dog Ranch just does it wrong

Cerabino: When it comes to Nike, Big Dog Ranch just does it wrong

Colin Kaepernick ought to be a hero, not a villain, at the Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Loxahatchee Groves. Let me explain. Last week, Lauree Simmons, the president of the largest no-kill shelter in the Southeast, reacted to a Nike ad that supported the former NFL quarterback, who led the sideline kneeling protests during the playing of the national anthem before games. “I don’t want to...
Amateur hour at former B.B. King’s? Owner says reality-TV managers committed fraud

Amateur hour at former B.B. King’s? Owner says reality-TV managers committed fraud

A Memphis-based restaurateur had high hopes when it hired two reality TV stars to revive its struggling eatery and music venue at CityPlace in West Palm Beach. Instead, after an ill-considered renovation and rebranding, the former home of B.B. King’s, Lafayette’s and Bowery Palm Beach is empty. In a lawsuit filed Friday in Palm Beach County, Beale Street Blues Co. West Palm Beach LLC accuses...
Intech leaving CityPlace for location in One Clearlake Centre

Intech leaving CityPlace for location in One Clearlake Centre

Intech, the longtime anchor tenant of the luxury CityPlace Tower office building, confirmed it plans to move to One Clearlake Centre, west of downtown West Palm Beach. The deal, in the works for some time and first reported last November, would free up 50,000 square feet of arguably the best office space downtown. READ ALSO: Pricey new townhomes in historic WPB neighborhood nearly sold out That soon-to-be...
$14.7M Georgia 'safe house' with bat cave, waterfall headed to auction block

$14.7M Georgia 'safe house' with bat cave, waterfall headed to auction block

It took six years to build, but the Rice House Atlanta, a luxury home in North Fulton County, Georgia, was more than 60 years in the making.  The $14.7 million, 36,000-square-foot compound in the Country Club of the South was created by a self-made, octogenarian entrepreneur who wanted to build a home that embodied all of his boyhood dreams.  Now, it’s going to be sold...
Florida corporate tax separates blue, red in governor’s race

Florida corporate tax separates blue, red in governor’s race

A tax Republican Gov. Rick Scott once campaigned on eliminating has emerged as a big-dollar, central clash between the candidates fighting to succeed him. In a move setting him apart from usually tax-averse Florida candidates, Democrat Andrew Gillum has called for a stunning 40 percent increase in Florida’s corporate income tax — which he wants to use to raise $1 billion more for...
Editorial: Scott must answer for environmental malpractice

Editorial: Scott must answer for environmental malpractice

With a horrific red tide killing marine life and tourism on Florida’s southwest coast, and with toxic green algae bringing misery to the Treasure Coast and Fort Myers area on a now-annual basis, it’s understandable that Gov. Rick Scott would want to run away from his environmental record. Voters shouldn’t let him. RELATED: Christie: 2018 election: Florida’s environment don&rsquo...
Dress for Success Director Mary Hart on empowering women

Dress for Success Director Mary Hart on empowering women

Meet Mary Hart, executive director of Dress for Success Palm Beaches. In addition to providing women professional attire to assist in seeking employment, Dress for Success offers an impressive 10-week job preparation and mentoring program called New Directions. The mentees have diverse paths, many seeking new opportunities after significant accomplishments in various fields. The mentors also come...
Wellington FPL lineman ‘scared to death’ for family riding out Florence

Wellington FPL lineman ‘scared to death’ for family riding out Florence

A storm that has claimed at least nine lives and knocked out power to about 1 million people in the Carolinas took on special significance for Wellington’s Gerald Nixon. The Florida Power & Light Co. line worker, one of 930 workers from his utility dispatched to help restore power in Florence’s wake, anxiously awaited word family members were safe as they rode out the storm in the Wilmington...
Banning plastic staws? Boynton Beach has a different approach

Banning plastic staws? Boynton Beach has a different approach

While some cities in Palm Beach County are considered banning plastic straws to go green, Boynton Beach commissioners have a different approach. Mayor Steven Grant proposed a “Green Business Project” that would give businesses the incentive to go green, rather than having the city ban plastic and Styrofoam substances. BOYNTON BEACH READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly Boynton Beach...

Unit owner may have right to have car towed from private property

Question: As the owner of a coachhouse with a private one-car garage, do I have the right to call a towing company to remove a vehicle that is parked in front of my garage and is blocking me from leaving my home? I recently needed medicine in the middle of the night and was being blocked by a car, and the emergency on call department for the management company told me to call the police to ticket...
Pilots flying without licenses, how does it happen?

Pilots flying without licenses, how does it happen?

A week after his death, Philip Castronova’s family and friends are still stunned that the 70-year-old pilot did not have an active license to fly an aircraft. Even more, residents living in the vicinity of the airport emailed local officials indicating they couldn’t believe Castronova hadn’t been caught. But pilots — both local and afar — aren’t surprised...
$180M senior-living community planned next to Mall at Wellington Green

$180M senior-living community planned next to Mall at Wellington Green

A pair of developers has announced plans to build a $180 million senior-living facility on 46 acres next to the Mall at Wellington Green. ZOM Senior Living and Liberty Senior Living recently bought the land, which is south of the mall and northwest of the NuVista Living at Wellington Green facility, the companies said in a new release. The property sold Tuesday for $23.25 million to Wellington...
Jack Nicklaus seeks land swap for development in Jupiter Bear’s Club

Jack Nicklaus seeks land swap for development in Jupiter Bear’s Club

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus’ exclusive Bear’s Club wants to develop about 15 acres of property it owns that is restricted by a hands-off conservation easement protecting the habitat. So, the club is offering a trade. It is asking the Palm Beach County Commission to unlock the land. In exchange, Bear’s Club will give a one-time payment of $1 million to the Natural Areas Fund, which...
Pricey new townhomes in historic WPB neighborhood nearly sold out

Pricey new townhomes in historic WPB neighborhood nearly sold out

In a historic enclave of West Palm Beach sits a new housing community that is selling to buyers who want a new and modern-style home — and are willing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for it. After just a few months of sales, Park Slope , a boutique townhouse community, is nearly sold out of its 14 units. The project, at Lake Avenue and N Street, is by developer...
What credit rating do you need to buy a house?

What credit rating do you need to buy a house?

It's a good thing to keep your credit rating healthy even when you don't have a particular goal in mind. But when you want to buy a house, it's critical. People with good credit scores can receive benefits from lower down payments to lower interest rates. You also need a minimum baseline score to be considered a good risk to get any home loans at all. How much credit do you need to buy a house? To...
UPDATE: Big Dog Ranch Rescue now says Nikes OK

UPDATE: Big Dog Ranch Rescue now says Nikes OK

Big Dog Ranch Rescue on Thursday denied it had implemented a controversial ban on Nike sneakers. Instead, a spokesman said the founder’s edict to replace employees’ Nike sneakers with alternate brands was a “personal offer” and not an official policy. “She understands it’s a free country,” spokesman Chase Scott said of Big Dog president Lauree Simmons, who...
POINT OF VIEW: Resident safety top storm priority for nursing homes

POINT OF VIEW: Resident safety top storm priority for nursing homes

As we reflect on what we’ve learned since Hurricane Irma blasted Florida one year ago, Florida’s nursing centers are continuing their work of improving preparations, education, and training – to be ready for a storm of comparable power and impact. We cannot forget the lessons of the tragedy that struck a South Florida nursing center last year. Even though that center was not a member...
Manufacturing facility in Belle Glade to create nearly 200 jobs

Manufacturing facility in Belle Glade to create nearly 200 jobs

In a potential economic boost for a struggling corner of Palm Beach County, a Michigan-based manufacturer plans to build a 190-worker plant on the site of a former state prison in Belle Glade.  Palm Beach County commissioners next week will consider a tax exemption of nearly $500,000 for a company code-named Project Paper. City officials welcomed the arrival of a new employer in an area...
New 120-room hotel, eatery among flurry of activity at PBC industrial park

New 120-room hotel, eatery among flurry of activity at PBC industrial park

For developers and distribution firms, Palm Beach Park of Commerce long has generated mixed feelings. Sure, the industrial property west of Jupiter Farms promised a relatively painless approval process for projects likely to raise objections further east. But Palm Beach Park of Commerce’s remote location, across the Beeline Highway from Pratt & Whitney’s engine-testing plant, felt...
Scam alert: Fake Amazon job offer asks for $200 payment

Scam alert: Fake Amazon job offer asks for $200 payment

A new scam targeting job seekers invites you to apply for a job at Amazon then purchase an "enrollment kit." Don't fall for it. The Better Business Bureau says the job offer appears to come from Amazon, either by email or voicemail, offering anywhere from $20 per hour to $6,000 a month – and you can work from home. You're then asked to submit $200 before you can start working for an...
POINT OF VIEW: Don’t take health coverage from struggling residents

POINT OF VIEW: Don’t take health coverage from struggling residents

The recent Point of View, “Medicaid recipients who can work, should work,” is driven by an ideology intended to take invaluable health care coverage away from families who need it the most. The author cites a flawed Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) study, which concludes that many Medicaid beneficiaries “can work but choose not to.” This conclusion flies in the face of multiple...
Commentary: The ‘Big Man on Campus’ soon to be a mere shadow

Commentary: The ‘Big Man on Campus’ soon to be a mere shadow

Almost 18 million undergraduate students will roll back to our college campuses and, naturally, there will be news reports about enduring issues such as rising tuition, enrollment success or challenges, and the hot majors, as well as contemporary issues such as campus security, student safe spaces and where people go to the bathroom. What you will not likely read about is the under-enrollment by males...
VIDEO: FPL sending crews to the Carolinas to help after Florence

VIDEO: FPL sending crews to the Carolinas to help after Florence

Florida Power & Light Co. is deploying more than 500 power-restoration workers and several trucks to the Carolinas to help restore power in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. With support from the Southeastern Electric Exchange, Duke Power, and other electric companies, workers plan to restore outages in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states, FPL spokesperson Chris McGrath said at a news...
Rabbit ears at half mast: WXEL signal slips from local indoor antennas

Rabbit ears at half mast: WXEL signal slips from local indoor antennas

A merger of public broadcasting stations has changed WXEL’s signal transmission point from Boynton Beach to Miami and left some over-the-air viewers with snowy screens. It has crimped Zach Schwartz’s strategy to cut the cord with cable and satellite services and enjoy what he can by way of a rabbit-ears antenna. Since the signal change Aug. 22, “I”ve had no PBS,” said...
Jimmy Buffett signs licensing deal with medical marijuana firm

Jimmy Buffett signs licensing deal with medical marijuana firm

Jimmy Buffett, the singer, entrepreneur and Palm Beach resident who urged Florida residents to legalize medical marijuana, is getting into the weed business himself. Buffett will license his Coral Reefer brand to Surterra Holdings Inc. for a line of cannabis products including vape pens, gel caps, edibles and lotions, the companies said Tuesday. Buffett is the second prominent Palm Beach County figure...
Craft beer and pizza coming to Singer Island

Craft beer and pizza coming to Singer Island

Beer Florida, Inc., the owners of DAS Beer Garden in Downtown Abacoa, will open a new craft beer and pizza joint in Singer Island. DAS Craft Beer & Pizza will offer more than 60 craft beers and creative pizza offerings from DAS Head Chef Jason Rohrbach in its 5,500-square-foot location at 2415 N. Ocean Drive in the Ocean Walk plaza, near Da Big Kahuna surf shop and New York Bagel Cafe & Deli. ...
Editorial: We must do more to address coastline’s distressed beaches

Editorial: We must do more to address coastline’s distressed beaches

Beach replenishment is kind of dumb. You pump many tons of sand onto a stretch of shoreline, and in a few years you do it all over again. It disrupts the environment. Surfers hate it. It’s expensive, and getting more so. And with sea level rise, this cycle of erosion and replenishment spins faster and faster. But what’s the alternative? Until someone develops a better answer, replenishment...

POINT OF VIEW: Time for Floridians to get prepared for a hurricane

Nearly two-thirds of Florida residents say they have taken precautions in advance of the 2018 hurricane season, according to a poll by SurveyMonkey on behalf of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). A year ago, Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys, inflicting major damage and leaving more than 15 million residents without power. And, with more than $50 billion in...
Choice or necessity? Florida leads U.S. in growth of women-owned firms

Choice or necessity? Florida leads U.S. in growth of women-owned firms

Florida leads the nation in the growth of women-owned businesses, a study based on census data says. The metro area from greater West Palm Beach to Miami ranks in the nation’s top five for such growth. Just be prepared for a spirited discussion if you ask how much that represents the pull of entrepreneurial opportunity or the push of inequality in the traditional workplace. One analysis plunks...
NEW: Cityplace is about to get a major makeover

NEW: Cityplace is about to get a major makeover

Worn out on faux-Mediterranean buildings in West Palm Beach? Relief is on the way and it won’t be Pepto Bismol-colored. The city commission this week eased its requirement that CityPlace facades must mimic Mediterranean styles, colors and materials. There’s no immediate plan to undo the city’s signature shopping and entertainment plaza. But owners The Related Cos. have been ...

Board not required to itemize every aspect of proposed assessment

Question: We have been notified of a special assessment meeting by our condominium association. The notification says that the purpose of this assessment is for expenses over and above those that were anticipated by the annual budget due to hurricane damage, which included: windows, garages, carports, and roof repairs. The agenda for the meeting says that the board will consider a special assessment...

Congress should step in to protect DACA

President Donald Trump recently confirmed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will stay in his post as head of the U.S. Department of Justice at least until after the November election. That means the attorney general will continue to oversee the Trump administration’s challenges to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. That’s not good news, and it further underscores...
Target giving away free toys Saturday during 'Adopt-A-Pup' kids' event

Target giving away free toys Saturday during 'Adopt-A-Pup' kids' event

Expect Target stores to be busy Saturday. » RELATED: Target to test same-day delivery Participating locations are holding “Our Generation Adopt-A-Pup” events 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.           According to Target and Our Generation, kids are invited to bring their Our Generation dolls and can choose a free limited-edition...
GL Homes lures Palm Beach County buyers north with low-priced homes

GL Homes lures Palm Beach County buyers north with low-priced homes

There’s a new GL Homes housing community for people aged 55 and older. The price is right, starting at $219,000, half the cost of other single-family houses built for this age group. And as is typical with homes constructed by this Sunrise-based company, residents can expect a host of amenities, including parks, pools and a sports club. PREVIOUS STORY: President of...

POINT OF VIEW: Preparation imperative for natural disasters

The natural disasters that devastated many communities across the United States and its territories in 2017 won’t be forgotten any time soon. An estimated $306 billion in losses from 10 hurricanes, tornadoes that swept across the South, the Western wildfires and other events made 2017 the most expensive year ever for natural disasters. Hurricane Irma, the fifth costliest hurricane in U.S. history...
Why there’s still no Dick’s store at The Gardens Mall

Why there’s still no Dick’s store at The Gardens Mall

Sears may have won the battle for the right to sublease its space at The Gardens Mall to Dick’s Sporting Goods, but it could still lose the war to bring the retailer to the mall. Over a sign. During the past few months, Sears has asked the city of Palm Beach Gardens to grant approval for a Dick’s sign on the exterior of a Sears store at the mall on PGA Boulevard east of Interstate 95....
Judge: Sex battery claims by Ecclestone daughter can continue

Judge: Sex battery claims by Ecclestone daughter can continue

A Palm Beach County Circuit Court judge last month refused to throw out a lawsuit filed against E. Llwyd Ecclestone, Jr., by his adult daughter, who alleges the prominent real estate developer sexually molested her as a child. The allegations by Wendy Walker Mendelsohn and her husband, Joshua, were made in an amended complaint filed on July 2. Wendy Mendelsohn claimed that when she was 10 years old...
Wellington entrepreneur donates clear backpacks after game shooting

Wellington entrepreneur donates clear backpacks after game shooting

A Wellington parent and entrepreneur aims to make a clear difference when it comes to school apparel and safety. After a shooting outside an Aug. 17 game in Wellington, Scott Harris’s firm donated thousands of transparent backpacks designed to make it easier for security officers to check what spectators are carrying into games at area schools. His company PhysEdGear lines up schools with free...
Nike ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick sparks boycott

Nike ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick sparks boycott

Some people are boycotting Nike after the company partnered with Colin Kaepernick to make the former NFL quarterback the face of its latest "Just Do It" campaign. The campaign, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the company's iconic phrase, features Kaepernick's face with the words, "Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything." The ad caught attention on both...
Commentary: Labor rules are rigged against workers

Commentary: Labor rules are rigged against workers

The U.S. workforce comprises 156 million workers ― men and women, young and old, of every race and ethnicity. This workforce is the source of our economy’s strength; it is America’s workers who work hard, day in and day out, to generate the goods and services that move our country forward. But even though these workers devote a huge part of their waking hours to the labor market...
Commentary: Thanks to labor law reform, our strong economy is strong

Commentary: Thanks to labor law reform, our strong economy is strong

As Labor Day sets, the American economy is in good health. Unemployment remains under 4 percent, more than 2.4 million jobs have been created since Labor Day last year, and GDP has expanded briskly. While there are many factors responsible for our current state of affairs, regulatory reform must be included on the list. This has been particularly true in the area of labor law. Take, for example, the...
Editorial: PBC commissioners let sideshows distract from real issue

Editorial: PBC commissioners let sideshows distract from real issue

The Palm Beach County government, despite its best efforts, has a problem with fair treatment when it comes to awarding contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses. It is a problem that has been documented, analyzed and, yes, confirmed. RELATED: Editorial: Race, gender remedies in contracting won’t hurt taxpayers County commissioners know this from looking at the available data. They know...
Palm Beach developer, wife plead not guilty to tax-evasion charge

Palm Beach developer, wife plead not guilty to tax-evasion charge

Palm Beach developer Robert V. Matthews and his wife, Maria “Mia” Matthews, pleaded not guilty today to one count each of felony tax evasion before a federal judge in Connecticut. The charges are related to alleged financial improprieties at the still-unfinished Palm House hotel-condominium renovation project in Palm Beach. Both husband and wife are free on bond with travel restrictions...
Photos: What this famous Jupiter neighborhood used to look like

Photos: What this famous Jupiter neighborhood used to look like

One week before the event, the pilgrims began to arrive. At first, it was just a handful. It soon became hundreds. On a wide expanse of Jupiter  sand, they set up camp in tents, trailers, cars and even lawn chairs. They formed a line. But it wasn’t just any line. For seven days in March 1984, the line evolved into a city. It had rules, a charter, even a mayor. Friendships began on...
Scripps biochemist developing anti-cancer treatments has no regrets

Scripps biochemist developing anti-cancer treatments has no regrets

Researcher Christoph Rader spent a decade at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland delving into the intricacy of cancer cells. Now at Scripps Florida, the biochemist is expanding on that work. Rader is developing anti-cancer treatments that can attack tumors while sparing healthy tissue. He’s also working on ways to recruit a cancer patient’s own T-cells to destroy malignancy. Scripps...

Let’s not forgetthe true meaningof today’s holiday

There is a common misconception is that since Labor Day is a national holiday, everyone gets the day off. Nothing could be further from the truth. While the first Labor Day was created by striking, the idea of a special holiday for workers was easy for politicians to support. It was easy because proclaiming a holiday, like Mother’s Day, costs legislators nothing and benefits them by currying...
Mall at Wellington Green to Taco Bell franchisee: You owe us $539,000

Mall at Wellington Green to Taco Bell franchisee: You owe us $539,000

The Mall at Wellington Green says the operator of the Taco Bell in the mall’s food court has stopped paying rent and now owes nearly $539,000. The mall this week filed suit against Hamlyn Ramochan, Abdul Sakr and Ali Yassine, operators of the 824-square-foot Taco Bell at the mall.   “Defendant is in default under and in breach of the lease as a result, among other things, of...

Cost of attorney review of contract is usually money well spent

Question: I live in a 90-unit condominium. During a past project, our condominium board signed a contract for replacement of gates and fences; ultimately, damage to the units (walls, walkways, crushed drains, cable cuts) occurred, and the vendor’s contract denied all responsibility for any damage — so the association made the repairs. A notice has now been posted telling us that all buildings...
From Florida Marlins to admitted felon: The fall of Justin Wayne

From Florida Marlins to admitted felon: The fall of Justin Wayne

Former Florida Marlins pitcher Justin Wayne and his brother admitted in federal court this week that they made millions from a fraud scheme while working with notorious sober-home owner Kenny Chatman. Their new status as convicted felons was a stark contrast to the celebrity the two gifted athletes achieved as professional baseball players. Before they started SMART Lab in Palm...
A $75 million Jupiter medical complex sits empty. Why?

A $75 million Jupiter medical complex sits empty. Why?

The Institute for Healthy Living in Jupiter is a curiosity to residents who drive by and wonder why the cheerful, pastel-painted buildings along Central Boulevard is a ghost town. Here’s why the Institute is empty: The owner of the $75 million senior housing, rehabilitation and research complex says it doesn’t have research agreements required by the town of Jupiter for...
Condo sale at Bristol sets new record for West Palm Beach

Condo sale at Bristol sets new record for West Palm Beach

A condo at The Bristol tower just sold for $10.4 million, a new record for a unit in West Palm Beach. A number of Palm Beach condos have fetched more than $10 million, but the old record for a closed condo deal in West Palm Beach was $7.4 million, for a unit at One Watermark Place at 622 N. Flagler Drive. According to property records, Raymond L. Golden is the new owner of a 5,000-square-foot...
Coca-Cola agrees to buy Costa Coffee chain for $5.1 billion

Coca-Cola agrees to buy Costa Coffee chain for $5.1 billion

Coca-Cola is getting a jolt of caffeine. >> Read more trending news  The company agreed to buy Costa, the largest chain in the United Kingdom, for $5.1 billion, The Guardian reported Friday. Alison Brittain, the chief executive of Whitbread, which owns Costa, said Coca-Cola’s offer led to “an absolutely stonking deal,” the newspaper reported. Costa has nearly 4,000...
Who makes your photos so Instagrammable? This local dreamer.  

Who makes your photos so Instagrammable? This local dreamer.  

In the world of social media, you often see people posing in front of awesome murals, artsy walls and other creative backgrounds, and tagging their best friends or favorite coffee shop in the post. And I’m no exception. But few actually question who made that wall of art — let alone tag the artist responsible.  Which is why today, I want to highlight the man behind ...
Labor Day photos: The jobs we once worked in Palm Beach County

Labor Day photos: The jobs we once worked in Palm Beach County

We built everything from mattresses to jet engines to disposable diaper machines. We toiled in fields harvesting vegetables by hand. We assembled computers. We even sweated over newspaper printing presses — in long-sleeve shirts and ties! For Labor Day, let’s take a look back at some of the many ways we have worked over the years in Palm Beach County, courtesy of photos from the State...
Sinclair - again - drops lawsuit against a former WPEC-TV reporter

Sinclair - again - drops lawsuit against a former WPEC-TV reporter

Ten months after broadcasting giant Sinclair Communications sued a former West Palm Beach television news reporter to recover $5,700, it quietly dropped the breach of contract lawsuit this month. Former WPEC-Channel 12 reporter Jonathan Beaton, who fought Sinclair’s efforts to clawback his $1,500 signing bonus and another $4,200 for leaving the station with one month left on his contract, declined...
State board approves tax-free bond issue for Brightline expansion

State board approves tax-free bond issue for Brightline expansion

Despite strong opposition from officials in the Treasure Coast, the board of the Florida Development Finance Corp. unanimously signed off on a $1.75 billion bond issue for the Brightline rail service. Brightline asked the organization to approve a tax-free bond issue that will bankroll its expansion to Orlando. During a hearing Wednesday in Orlando, proponents and opponents painted vastly different...
Commentary: Gdansk Shipyard strike launched a revolution

Commentary: Gdansk Shipyard strike launched a revolution

A union leader, the pope and Margaret Thatcher may sound like the opening of an old joke. Instead of walking into a bar, the unlikely combo defeated a communist regime in Poland, revived free enterprise and democracy, and ushered in a period of unprecedented freedom and prosperity in the heart of Europe. Solidarity, the first independent trade union in the Soviet bloc, was born out of a strike at...
Commentary: After winning the war, the West now retreats

Commentary: After winning the war, the West now retreats

Thirty-eight years ago — Aug. 14, 1980 — Polish workers at the Gdansk shipyard went on strike to press for not only pay raises but also the right to belong to an independent union that would be free of communist control. So began the Solidarity labor movement that inspired opposition to communist rule in Poland and across Central Europe, ultimately leading to the collapse of the communist...
Editorial: Residents save the day on head-scratching Delray land deal

Editorial: Residents save the day on head-scratching Delray land deal

Some residents of Delray Beach scored a satisfying victory this month by standing firm against a real head-scratcher of a development deal that would have had major consequences for their community. Mayor Shelly Petrolia puzzled many in pushing for a sale of three city blocks on West Atlantic Avenue at a 90 percent discount to a developer who had failed to deliver one time before. Luckily, opponents...
Carefree Theatre site gets initial rezoning nod, but what will it be?

Carefree Theatre site gets initial rezoning nod, but what will it be?

The owner of the former Carefree Theatre property on South Dixie Highway gained initial clearance Monday to rezone the site to make way for a new development. The four parcels within the 2-acre site were zoned differently, as a result of the progression of West Palm Beach development over the past century, making a new mixed-use project difficult. The city commission voted unanimously to...
Kroger grocery chain launches online delivery for select cities

Kroger grocery chain launches online delivery for select cities

Kroger, a Cincinnati-based grocery chain, is confronting e-commerce behemoths Walmart and Amazon with its new delivery service, Kroger Ship. The service was announced Aug. 1, making it available in Cincinnati, Houston, Louisville, Kentucky, Nashville, Tennessee, and, as of late, Atlanta. “Our customers have been telling us they want different options as far as purchasing groceries,&rdquo...
BREAKING: Brightline considers adding one or more Treasure Coast stops

BREAKING: Brightline considers adding one or more Treasure Coast stops

The Brightline rail service is considering one or more stops in the Treasure Coast, a region whose politicians have sought to stop the train from speeding through their turf en route to Orlando. Brightline has asked city managers in Stuart, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach and Sebastian to suggest possible locations for train stations, said Russell Roberts, Brightline’s vice president of government affairs...
FPL takes St. Lucie nuclear unit offline

FPL takes St. Lucie nuclear unit offline

Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light Co. took one of two St. Lucie nuclear units out of service Monday as about 950 contractors descended on the scene. The shutdown for St. Lucie Unit 2 on Hutchinson Island was not announced in advance and the expected length of the outage was not disclosed, though FPL spokesman Peter Robbins said each nuclear unit is shut down for maintenance and refueling every...
Proper Ice Cream picks sweet spot next to Delray’s iPic Theater

Proper Ice Cream picks sweet spot next to Delray’s iPic Theater

Proper Ice Cream has picked a sweet spot for its new flagship location, right next to the iPic Theater opening in downtown Delray Beach in early 2019. Proper Ice Cream owner Rick Felberbaum said the plan is to make the new Delray Beach store his signature shop. The store’s address is 75 S.E. 4th Ave. Plans are to open by Nov. 1. RELATED: Eat like a food editor with our dining guide The gourmet...
Study: Aspirin disappoints for avoiding first heart attack, stroke

Study: Aspirin disappoints for avoiding first heart attack, stroke

In a story Aug. 26, The Associated Press erroneously summarized the results of medical studies on the use of daily low-dose aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke. The studies suggest it's not worth the risks for people without known heart disease — not that risks don't outweigh benefits. A corrected version of the story is below: Taking a low-dose aspirin every day has long been...
Will third try be charm for art movies, apartments at Carefree site?

Will third try be charm for art movies, apartments at Carefree site?

Nearly three years since prominent New York developer and part-time Palm Beach resident Charles Cohen bought the West Palm Beach property where the Carefree Theater once stood on South Dixie Highway, the land sits bare. Two go-rounds with city officials and citizen opponents lie in the dust, including one effort by Cohen to build an art theater/movie house/apartment/restaurant venue bigger...
Jupiter businessman Rick Clegg pursues his passion for the outdoors

Jupiter businessman Rick Clegg pursues his passion for the outdoors

Nature beckoned Rick Clegg to come and play in the woods near his childhood home in Connecticut. Now nature serves as the backdrop for Clegg’s growing business — and a burgeoning source of tourism in Jupiter. Clegg, the owner of Jupiter Outdoor Center on Love Street, across from the Jupiter Lighthouse, is expanding his company. In October, Clegg will be offering kayak, canoe and bicycle...

Florida-friendly landscape law may protect landscaping changes

Question: I moved into a very run-down foreclosed home over three years ago. I hired a landscaper to clean up the property. This landscaper worked for the community and was highly recommended by many of my new neighbors, including the previous HOA president. We asked the president if we could remove dead trees and plant new, easy-to-keep (but also good-looking) plants, bushes and trees. She gave us...
Judge Jeanine Pirro booked for Trumpettes Mar-a-Lago bash in February

Judge Jeanine Pirro booked for Trumpettes Mar-a-Lago bash in February

Here comes the judge, back to Mar-a-Lago. Jeanine Pirro, host of Fox News Channel’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” once again will be the guest speaker at a Palm Beach party celebrating the anniversary of President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration. Party organizer Toni Holt Kramer of Trumpettes USA, Trump’s fan club, is hosting the event, set for Saturday...
Hand towels and Mimosas: Brightline debuts premium passenger service

Hand towels and Mimosas: Brightline debuts premium passenger service

Upgraded lounges, pre-boarding and weekend mimosas are part of Brightline’s new premium service introduced Friday. Passengers opting for Brightline Select service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach can access new breakfast and lunch offerings, business amenities like wireless printing and scanning, complimentary scented cold hand towels and self-service beverage stations...
T-Mobile warns customers of security breach, says personal information may have been accessed 

T-Mobile warns customers of security breach, says personal information may have been accessed 

Wireless carrier T-Mobile said its customer data, including that of Metro PCS customers, was accessed in a potential security breach. CNBC reported that the company announced late Thursday that its cyber-security team discovered and shut down unauthorized access to customer information on Aug. 20. The company said it was reported to authorities. >> Read more trending news  &ldquo...
Brass Ring Pub buys former Burrito Bros. space in Jupiter

Brass Ring Pub buys former Burrito Bros. space in Jupiter

The Brass Ring Pub this month paid $2.55 million for the former Burrito Bros. restaurant on Indiantown Road, a move that allows the burger restaurant to finally open a location in Jupiter. Brass Ring Pub principal Bret Worcester on Friday confirmed the purchase of the 1150 Indiantown Road property. READ ALSO: Giant food hall coming to Delray Beach on former condo site The Brass Ring Pub, known for...
Coming to the Delray iPic Theater: Private viewing pods

Coming to the Delray iPic Theater: Private viewing pods

iPic Theaters’s upscale movie house in downtown Delray Beach will finish construction earlier than expected in 2019 and feature an extra luxury twist: Viewing “pods,” the latest in seating technology. iPic Chief Executive Hamid Hashemi said the company plans to install these two-seat pods, akin to the first-class sleeping pods used in airplanes, to wrap around guests...
Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen says customer data was accessed in cyberattack

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen says customer data was accessed in cyberattack

Customers who dined at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen between November 3, 2017 and January 2, 2018 may need to check their credit card accounts. The American restaurant, first known as Cheddar’s Casual Cafe, said in a Wednesday news release that Darden Restaurants, the owner of the chain, was notified about a cyberattack incident involving restaurants in 23 states -- Alabama...
Sales of Palm Beach County homes priced $600,000-plus soared in July

Sales of Palm Beach County homes priced $600,000-plus soared in July

Palm Beach County’s housing market was hot for pricey homes in July. For the first time, sales of homes costing $600,000 and above jumped double digits percentage points compared to the same month last year. Sales of homes priced at $1 million or more rose an astonishing 30.6 percent in July, compared to July 2017, according to the Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale. In...
BrewDog DogHouse: ‘World's first’ craft beer hotel opens in Ohio this weekend

BrewDog DogHouse: ‘World's first’ craft beer hotel opens in Ohio this weekend

BrewDog will celebrate the opening of its new “beer-hotel” in Ohio this weekend.  The brewery said the hotel, named the DogHouse, is the “world’s first craft beer hotel,” according to BrewDog’s website.  Named the DogHouse, the hotel in Canal Winchester, a city near Columbus, is the first of its kind and features 32 rooms, including eight deluxe suites...
Commentary: The Myth of a GOP ‘War on the Poor’

Commentary: The Myth of a GOP ‘War on the Poor’

Has the Republican Party declared “war on the poor”? That is the recent accusation from New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, adding that Republicans “are fanatical about cutting off aid to the less fortunate” because “they hate the idea of government helping anyone.” Krugman is a brilliant international trade economist, which makes it so disappointing that his...
Commentary: Weakening anti-poverty programs would harm millions

Commentary: Weakening anti-poverty programs would harm millions

A new report from President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers argues that U.S. anti-poverty programs have reduced poverty so dramatically that we should now take assistance like SNAP (previously food stamps), Medicaid, and rental assistance away from people who don’t work a certain number of hours each week. Never mind that other proponents of cutting these programs used to advocate...
Video, photos: West Palm Beach company makes cool electric guitars

Video, photos: West Palm Beach company makes cool electric guitars

Inside a tool cabinet drawer in Greg Simpson’s garage are neat rows of rectangular contraptions made of metal, magnet and coil. They have strange titles handwritten on masking tape: “Atomic,” “Rocket Queens,” “Custard Pie.” They’re called pickups. And when attached to the base of an electric guitar, they “pick up” the vibrations of strings...
NEW: ‘Pandemonium’ as car crashes into Jupiter plaza

NEW: ‘Pandemonium’ as car crashes into Jupiter plaza

Lucas Matlock had just walked a patient out of his chiropractic practice and gone behind the front desk to grab a drink of water when he heard a “crazy noise” around 5 p.m. Just outside the glass front doors of Matlock Chiropractic at 2525 Military Trail, a white Chevrolet Suburban SUV had jumped the curb, scraped past two other vehicles and crashed into one of the support pillars of Sea...
OIG report faults Solid Waste Authority on consultant’s pay, hiring

OIG report faults Solid Waste Authority on consultant’s pay, hiring

The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County made a series of errors in hiring and paying a consultant during a disparity study, according to a report from the county’s Office of Inspector General. That report, undertaken at the behest of Commissioner Paulette Burdick, questioned $104,533 in Solid Waste Authority spending for the consultant, research professor George La Noue, and the disparity...
Report: Google to open first flagship retail store in Chicago

Report: Google to open first flagship retail store in Chicago

Tech giant Google is reportedly planning its first brick-and-mortar retail shop. The Chicago Tribune reported that, according to unnamed sources, the flagship store is expected to open in Chicago’s Fulton Market District, close to the company’s city headquarters. Google has finalized the property lease, the Tribune reported, but the company has not yet confirmed plans for long-term...
New Medicare cards with big change en route to millions of Floridians

New Medicare cards with big change en route to millions of Floridians

New Medicare cards are on the way to millions of Floridians this week with a change reformers say is long overdue: There is no Social Security number on it, to reduce chances for fraud and ID theft. Just watch out for one twist. Beware of anyone calling or knocking on the door seeking personal information or a fee to provide the new card, officials say. READ MORE: Scam calls about pain medicine target...
EXCLUSIVE: Taxes for Trump’s Palm Beach County properties may hit $1.36 million

EXCLUSIVE: Taxes for Trump’s Palm Beach County properties may hit $1.36 million

President Donald Trump, no fan of rising taxes, might not be happy with the tax bills in the works for Trump-related properties in Palm Beach County. Those properties — including his winter White House at Mar-a-Lago — likely will generate higher taxes this year than last, according to preliminary figures released today. Escalating property values mean total tax bills for Trump-related...
From near-death to CrossFit Champ: Local real estate appraiser takes on the impossible

From near-death to CrossFit Champ: Local real estate appraiser takes on the impossible

Fourteen years ago, Brian "Brig" Edwards was cycling 26 miles an hour in Palm Beach Gardens when a white sedan veered into his bike lane and abruptly stopped. Edwards’ body pierced through the back windshield and into the metal frame, shattering the bone structure on the right side of his face. His semi-pro cycling career had come to a screeching halt. “I actually got up...
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