Business headlines

Florida’s medical marijuana registry hits 100,000

Florida’s medical marijuana registry hits 100,000

In a sign that Floridians are embracing the state’s freshly minted medical marijuana program, the state’s official cannabis registry has topped 100,000 patients. The Florida Department of Health counted 100,576 patients as of Friday, and about 2,500 people join the list each week. Related: Florida’s pot industry on track to reach $1 billion — but when? “Hitting 100,000...
Palm Beach County unemployment falls, but job creation slow

Palm Beach County unemployment falls, but job creation slow

Workers are in short supply in Palm Beach County, but so are new jobs. In another month of mixed signals from Palm Beach County’s job market, the region’s unemployment rate fell in March even as job growth remained weak. Palm Beach County unemployment dipped to 3.6 percent in March, down from 3.7 percent in February, the state labor department said Friday. Related: Despite robust pay,...
Toys R Us rejects Bratz CEO’s buyout offer for being too low, report says

Toys R Us rejects Bratz CEO’s buyout offer for being too low, report says

Toys R Us has rejected MGA Entertainment CEO Isaac Larian’s $675 million bid for about 30 percent of the remaining U.S. and Canada locations of the business. CNN Money reported that the bid, which was made April 13, was too low, according to sources. >> Read more trending news  Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2017 and announced store closings March 15. “If...
NEW: Palm Beach estate on Billionaires Row sells for $37 million: deed

NEW: Palm Beach estate on Billionaires Row sells for $37 million: deed

Socialite Mary Montgomery’s ocean-to-lake estate at 1800 S. Ocean Blvd. in Palm Beach has sold for more than $37 million, according to a deed recorded today. Montgomery and her late husband, attorney Robert “Bob” M. Montgomery Jr., bought the the 2½ -acre property in 1988 and then completely rebuilt a historic house there. Christened by the Montgomerys Sans Souci...
Great Give, a countywide fund-raising day, returns on Tuesday

Great Give, a countywide fund-raising day, returns on Tuesday

The Great Give for Palm Beach and Martin counties is back for the fifth year with a more ambitious fund-raising goal and a larger roster of non-profits in search of support. The event is from midnight to midnight Tuesday, April 24, 2018. This year, 485 charities are participating, up from 405 in 2017. Tuesday’s fund-raising goal: $2.25 million. In 2017, $2.1 million was raised. Since the Great...
Goodbye Grub: Costa restaurant closes doors in Palm Beach

Goodbye Grub: Costa restaurant closes doors in Palm Beach

It was a concept that swept into Palm Beach’s Esplanade Plaza, filling an out-of-the-way, second-story space with the aromas of modern Mediterranean cuisine.  But like the restaurants that had tried and failed in the space before it, sleek and stylish Costa Palm Beach could not make it work. The restaurant permanently closed on Thursday. “I’m really proud of what we...
NEW: Congress committee questions Brightline financing strategy

NEW: Congress committee questions Brightline financing strategy

Members of a congressional oversight committee Thursday took aim at Brightline’s plan to use tax-exempt bonds to pay for its West Palm Beach-to-Orlando extension, questioning whether the project qualifies for the tax-free financing. Brightline in December won federal approval to sell $1.15 billion in private activity bonds to help pay for the second phase its passenger rail project, which will...
What would Prince want? Two years later, his estate is a mess and his legacy unclear

What would Prince want? Two years later, his estate is a mess and his legacy unclear

CHANHASSEN, Minnesota — Near Influence Hallway, past Paisley Park's platinum album-lined entry, our tour group is led to Prince's inner sanctum, a two-story atrium painted sky blue with clouds — his take on heaven. A trio of doves flutter in an ornate cage. They don't cry. They coo. The late artist's residence and recording complex sprawls alongside a well-traveled highway, 20 miles from...
Hurricane Irma’s unlikely victim: Florida’s supply of CBD

Hurricane Irma’s unlikely victim: Florida’s supply of CBD

Hurricane Irma terrified Floridians and spurred a mass evacuation. It also exacted a toll on the state’s supply of cannabidiol, or CBD, the non-euphoric pot product that patients use to control seizures, migraines and inflammation. Curaleaf, one of seven pot producers in the state, grows cannabis in southwestern Miami-Dade County. The cultivation facility took just a glancing blow when...
Ocwen CEO to retire, get $2.8 million

Ocwen CEO to retire, get $2.8 million

The CEO of embattled mortgage firm Ocwen Financial will retire June 30, the company said Thursday. Ronald Faris’ departure package includes lump sums totaling $2.8 million. Faris will be succeeded by Glen Messina, 56. The management shakeup is part of West Palm Beach-based Ocwen’s merger with PHH Mortgage of Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Messina was president and CEO of PHH, a troubled mortgage...
South Florida home values still below peak prices

South Florida home values still below peak prices

South Florida’s economy seems to be firing on all cylinders. Unemployment is back below 4 percent, construction activity has rebounded and home values have bounced back.  And yet: Median home prices in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties remain nearly 14 percent below their boomtime highs. That’s according to a report released Thursday by ATTOM Data Solutions. ATTOM says...
Boca Raton’s Bluegreen pitches timeshares to next generation

Boca Raton’s Bluegreen pitches timeshares to next generation

It’s not your parent’s timeshare anymore. That’s the message of Bluegreen Vacations Corp., a Boca Raton-based company seeking to tap the next generation of travelers. Bluegreen on Wednesday announced it had purchased a new vacation destination, The Éilan Hotel and Spa in the San Antonio Hill Country. The $34 million purchase is part of an initiative to expand the company&rsquo...
Amazon warehouse culture like 'prison,' undercover author writes 

Amazon warehouse culture like 'prison,' undercover author writes 

An undercover author said working in an Amazon fulfillment center is like "a prison," where workers were urinating in bottles because they did not have enough time to go to the bathroom.  James Bloodworth, as part of his book "Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain," spent almost a month in 2016 working as a "picker" at a fulfillment center in Rugeley,...
Three people killed by Brightline trains had drugs in system

Three people killed by Brightline trains had drugs in system

All three of the pedestrians who were accidentally struck and killed by Brightline trains in Palm Beach County had drugs in their system at the time they were hit, toxicology reports filed with the medical examiner’s office show. Since Brightline began testing along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks last year, five people have been killed by the company’s trains in Palm Beach...
Discount program launched for Palm Beach County attractions, museums

Discount program launched for Palm Beach County attractions, museums

As Florida’s tourism season enters its slower months, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County has launched a new discount program designed to persuade both residents and tourists to visit the county’s museums and attractions. The campaign, dubbed MOSAIC, an acronym for “month of shows, art, ideas and culture,” offers deals at a number of hotels and attractions. Among the...
Editorial: Scott veto of local bill stifles more effective oversight

Editorial: Scott veto of local bill stifles more effective oversight

A long-overdue cleanup and overhaul of the Palm Beach County Housing Authority is well underway. But common sense tells us that’s not enough. There must be policies, procedures and people to deter it from happening again. This is what Palm Beach County and its state representatives sought from the Legislature this year. Lawmakers proposed a “local bill” (HB 1113) allowing county...
NEW: Publishing heir Peter Pulitzer dies at 88

NEW: Publishing heir Peter Pulitzer dies at 88

Palm Beach publishing heir Peter Pulitzer, scion of two prominent American families, died Saturday at home, surrounded by his children. He was 88 and had been in excellent health until recently. “We always thought he would be eaten by a shark or killed by a bear in the woods or fall out of a seaplane,” said his daughter, Liza Calhoun, of the sportsman and adventurer. “We were all...
JUST IN: Jupiter council hits brakes on Fisherman’s Wharf

JUST IN: Jupiter council hits brakes on Fisherman’s Wharf

JUPITER — This came down to a fight over height. After hours of debate, Jupiter council members found a 64-foot Fisherman’s Wharf waterfront development too tall an order in a place where a 40-foot limit normally applies. “Height is what punches people in the face,” said mayor Todd Woodraska, who said he struggled with the merits before deciding to oppose it. At least three...
Starbucks closing over 8,000 stores for racial-bias training after controversial arrest

Starbucks closing over 8,000 stores for racial-bias training after controversial arrest

More than 8,000 Starbucks stores will be closed nationwide next month for a one-day training aimed at educating employees about racial bias. The training was announced after two black men were arrested last week at a Philadelphia Starbucks, raising questions of racial bias and sparking criticism at the store and online. Company officials said more than 8,000 company-owned Starbucks locations will...
West Palm Beach, Delray Beach restaurants cited for violations

West Palm Beach, Delray Beach restaurants cited for violations

Jereve, a restaurant in the EmKo art space at 2119 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, and Taverna Opa, 270 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, were temporarily shut down last week by state inspectors who cited them for numerous violations. Both were cleared to re-open. A Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation inspector noted eight violations at Jereve, including live roaches, during...
Starbucks CEO meets with 2 black men arrested in Philadelphia store

Starbucks CEO meets with 2 black men arrested in Philadelphia store

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson met Monday with two black men who were arrested after an employee at one of the company’s Philadelphia locations called 911 to say they were trespassing, according to multiple reports. A Starbucks spokesperson told CNN that Johnson apologized to the men, who were arrested Thursday at the Starbucks at 18th and Spruce streets. The spokesperson declined to elaborate...
Fun and free things to do with kids in Palm Beach County this weekend

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

There are so many amazing and COMPLETELY FREE things to do with your kids in Palm Beach County this weekend.  Here are our picks for the best events. We’ve also included a few for next weekend so you can get a head start on planning. To get this weekly listing delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our Palm Beach Parenting Newsletter by clicking HERE.  Where:...
Where does Palm Beach rank among the nation’s wealthiest ZIP codes?

Where does Palm Beach rank among the nation’s wealthiest ZIP codes?

Seven years ago, Palm Beach had the richest ZIP code in America. Not anymore. The town was listed as the third-wealthiest ZIP code in the nation, according to a recent Bloomberg report that analyzed 2015 Internal Revenue Service data. The report found the average income in Palm Beach (ZIP 33480) is about $1.25 million, just behind Atherton, California, (94027, about $1.5 million) and Miami Beach...
Sears to Palm Beach Gardens: Pay our $2.1 million legal bill

Sears to Palm Beach Gardens: Pay our $2.1 million legal bill

Sears is seeking $2.1 million in legal fees from the city of Palm Beach Gardens after the department store defeated the city and The Gardens Mall’s owner in court and prevailed in its efforts to sublease its mall space to Dick’s Sporting Goods. The amount, which an attorney for Palm Beach Gardens called “shocking,” is not covered by the city’s insurance policy. That means...
6 most impressive benefits offered to Amazon employees

6 most impressive benefits offered to Amazon employees

As 20 cities strive to become the site of Amazon's next headquarters, aka "HQ2," an important question needs answering: What's in it for potential employees? After all, HQ2 could bring 50,000 new jobs to the chosen city. According to business publications like Business Insider and Fairygodboss, those employees would be in good hands. Though Amazon does not appear on the ranks...
E. coli infections in 11 states linked to chopped Romaine lettuce

E. coli infections in 11 states linked to chopped Romaine lettuce

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have announced that chopped, bagged romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Ariz. region may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick. No common grower, supplier, distributor or brand has been identified yet. The agencies advised consumers to avoid eating chopped, bagged romaine lettuce from Yuma...
Gasoline prices rising in wake of Middle East tensions

Gasoline prices rising in wake of Middle East tensions

Get ready for gasoline prices to go up this week. The conflict in Syria sent crude oil prices to their highest point in more than three years, and as a result, motorists are about to feel the pain at the pump, AAA said Monday. “Motorists should expect a 15-cent increase at the pump in the short term,” said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins. “However, prices could rise even more, depending...
In Hialeah, Trump touts tax cuts, jabs Bill Nelson before Palm Beach visit

In Hialeah, Trump touts tax cuts, jabs Bill Nelson before Palm Beach visit

Before heading to Palm Beach to host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump told a Hialeah crowd Monday that the U.S. economy is “starting to rock” because of tax cuts he signed into law in December. Trump was joined by Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta and...
6 most impressive benefits offered to Amazon employees

6 most impressive benefits offered to Amazon employees

As Atlanta and 19 other cities strive to become the site of Amazon's next headquarters, aka "HQ2," an important question needs answering: What's in it for potential employees? After all, HQ2 could bring 50,000 new jobs to the chosen city. According to business publications like Business Insider and Fairygodboss, those employees would be in good hands. Though Amazon does...
22 reported illnesses prompt massive egg recall

22 reported illnesses prompt massive egg recall

More than 200 million eggs are part of a recall issued Friday because they have the potential of being contaminated with salmonella, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. >> Read more trending news  Rose Acre Farms, of Seymour, Indiana, has issued a voluntary recall for 206,749,248 eggs distributed to restaurants and retail stores in the following states: Colorado...
Peanut Island’s JFK bunker restoration push begins

Peanut Island’s JFK bunker restoration push begins

The Cold War-era John F. Kennedy bunker, former Coast Guard station and boathouse on Peanut Island in the Intracoastal Waterway are among Palm Beach County’s historic gems, but it will take $4.4 million to restore the neglected properties. That’s the renovation and repair estimate construction firm The Weitz Co. has provided to the Port of Palm Beach and Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation...
LA police seize $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics

LA police seize $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics

Police seized $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics after raiding 21 locations in Los Angeles’ Fashion District, KABC reported. Los Angeles police Capt. Marc Reina announced the results of the operation Thursday evening on Twitter, adding that the bogus cosmetics were "found to contain bacteria and human waste." "The best price is not always the best deal!" Reina...
No politics, just porn star Stormy Daniels at West Palm strip club

No politics, just porn star Stormy Daniels at West Palm strip club

Stormy Daniels, the most politically relevant porn star in America, drew a crowd of curious patrons to a West Palm Beach strip club Friday night — husbands and wives, political junkies, celebrity hounds and others who found their attendance a delicate matter that might be better kept quiet. “This is just a spur-of-the-moment decision,” said John Powell, 63, of Lake Worth, who...
Jeff Greene says he will build new West Palm Beach office after all

Jeff Greene says he will build new West Palm Beach office after all

He’s finally going to do it. Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene said he’s moving forward with One West Palm, a twin-tower office, hotel and apartment complex planned for West Palm Beach. The project, at 550 Quadrille Blvd., was approved more than two years ago, but it has not started construction. Greene has blamed various issues for the delay, including possible competition from an office...

Proxy can offer multiple alternatives for waiving reserves

Question: A prior president of our condominium convinced a majority of our residents that the proxy for voting on a waiver of reserves had to be written such that the only votes offered would be for either collecting the full statutory amount, or for a complete waiver. His justification was that, if a third alternative (less than full reserves, but still a reasonable and adequate amount) was on the...
Stormy Daniels in Palm Beach County: Live updates

Stormy Daniels in Palm Beach County: Live updates

Stormy Daniels, the porn star who says she had a 2006 affair with President Donald Trump, appeared at a strip club right next to Trump’s West Palm Beach-area golf club on Friday night and is expected back Saturday night. The Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News are providing real-time updates:
Some show up early for Stormy Daniels performance in West Palm Beach

Some show up early for Stormy Daniels performance in West Palm Beach

The crowd wandered in and out of Ultra Gentlemen’s Club on Friday evening, some coming early to grab $35 seats or tickets for the 10 p.m. or midnight shows, some leaving under still-blue skies before the onset of stripper Stormy Daniels, President Trump’s alleged paid-for-silence porn star paramour. To some, the politics was the heart of the attraction, to others it didn’t matter...

POINT OF VIEW: Thousands of mail carriers have Amazon to thank

Whether the U.S. Postal Service’s relationship with Amazon is as unprofitable as President Donald Trump thinks it is, there’s one group that — judging from government jobs data — has undoubtedly benefited: mail carriers. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup For the most part, the advent of the internet has been a disaster for the...
New cruise ship sets sail to Bahamas out of Port of Palm Beach

New cruise ship sets sail to Bahamas out of Port of Palm Beach

Palm Beach County leaders on Friday heralded the arrival of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s newest ship at the Port of Palm Beach, saying that the addition would be a boon for both businesses in Riviera Beach and the local tourism industry. The Grand Classica, a 1,680-passenger ship, docked at the port in Riviera Beach just after 9 a.m., ending a week-long journey across the Atlantic...
What’s left of Trump's merchandising empire? Not much

What’s left of Trump's merchandising empire? Not much

Before he ran for office, Donald Trump made millions by selling his name to adorn other people's products. There was Trump deodorant. Trump ties. Trump steaks. Trump underwear. Trump furniture. At one time, there was even a Trump-branded urine test. Now, almost all of them are gone. In 2015, Trump listed 19 companies that were paying him to produce or distribute Trump-branded...
New Bahamas cruise ship sets sail today from Port of Palm Beach

New Bahamas cruise ship sets sail today from Port of Palm Beach

A second cruise ship will begin sailing from the Port of Palm Beach today, an addition Palm Beach County tourism officials estimate could bring more than 250,000 passengers a year to the area. The 1,680-passenger Grand Classica joins its sister ship Grand Celebration at the port in Riviera Beach, with the pair offering daily cruises to Freeport, Bahamas. The ships are operated by Bahamas Paradise...
POINT OF VIEW: Stream of tutorials from Facebook CEO to senators

POINT OF VIEW: Stream of tutorials from Facebook CEO to senators

The senators and the Facebook founder spoke different languages, and there was no simultaneous translation. Born long before the digital era took hold, the mostly gray-haired members of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees came to grill Mark Zuckerberg, the errant 33-year-old CEO who came before them in his uncustomary suit and periwinkle tie on Tuesday afternoon. And for very good reason...
EXCLUSIVE: Crocker threatens Boca Raton with $138 million lawsuit

EXCLUSIVE: Crocker threatens Boca Raton with $138 million lawsuit

Crocker Partners built many of Boca Raton’s most important commercial buildings. Now the company is threatening to sue its hometown community for $138 million. “This is the worst experience I’ve ever had working with a municipality. It’s shocking. They pushed us to sue them,” said Angelo Bianco, Crocker Partners’ managing partner. »RELATED: The latest in Florida...
Boston Red Sox rare team to avoid losing race fees to Forte Interactive of West Palm Beach

Boston Red Sox rare team to avoid losing race fees to Forte Interactive of West Palm Beach

The Boston Red Sox have escaped the fate shared by the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers and other organizations that say Forte Interactive of West Palm Beach owes them $2.5 million in missing race fees. The Red Sox Foundation says all of the money from its Run to Home Base race is present and accounted for. That’s because, unlike other teams, the Red Sox...
Downtown developers: Brightline fares could hamper ridership numbers

Downtown developers: Brightline fares could hamper ridership numbers

Bob Vail, president of developer Kolter Urban, counts himself as a regular user of the Brightline train. But he wonders if South Floridians without an expense account can afford to join him.  “It’s $20 round-trip,” Vail said. “That’s going to add up if you’re doing it every day.” Vail’s office is within walking distance of the Brightline station...
What happened to the popular Palm Beach restaurant manager facing deportation

What happened to the popular Palm Beach restaurant manager facing deportation

Francisco Javier Gonzalez, the popular Pizza Al Fresco manager and head waiter who faces possible deportation to Mexico, appeared at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting to say what may be his farewell to Palm Beach. Gonzalez told the council, Mayor Gail Coniglio and friends and well-wishers that he realizes his time in America may be running out. “With the help of several residents...
Wawa Day: Get free coffee on chain's 54th anniversary today

Wawa Day: Get free coffee on chain's 54th anniversary today

Want some free coffee? If you live near a Wawa convenience store, you can get a complimentary caffeine fix on "Wawa Day," a celebration of the chain's 54th anniversary. According to a Wawa news release, customers can get "free cups of any-size coffee" Thursday at any of the company's 790-plus stores in Pennsylvania; Florida; Washington, D.C.; New Jersey; Delaware; Maryland...
Boca Raton Regional Hospital lands $25 million gift

Boca Raton Regional Hospital lands $25 million gift

Continuing its record of landing big gifts from philanthropists, Boca Raton Regional Hospital said Wednesday that it received a $25 million donation. The gift comes from Johnson & Johnson heir Elaine J. Wold of Boca Raton and a nonprofit affiliated with her, the Bay Branch Foundation. The donation is among the largest in the hospital’s history. In recent years, the hospital also has landed a...
BREAKING: Dick’s Sporting Goods won’t sell guns at Gardens Mall store

BREAKING: Dick’s Sporting Goods won’t sell guns at Gardens Mall store

Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the nation’s largest sporting goods retailers, has decided that it will not sell guns or ammunition at its proposed Gardens Mall location, city officials said Wednesday. Shannon Yeakel, the company’s director of real estate development, told city officials in an email Friday that there are no plans to include the sale of those items in its planning and...
FTC says those ‘warranty void if removed’ stickers are illegal

FTC says those ‘warranty void if removed’ stickers are illegal

The Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday that it had sent letters to six major companies informing them that the “warranty void if removed” stickers on specified parts aren’t just meaningless, they are also illegal. >> Read more trending news  Under the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, companies cannot place repair limits on warranties “unless...
Why ‘unintended consequences’ spur today’s Citizens insurance change

Why ‘unintended consequences’ spur today’s Citizens insurance change

When it comes to the costliest claims not caused by hurricanes, Florida’s second largest home insurer acknowledged “unintended consequences” behind a change approved by the board of state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Wednesday. Chris Gardner (left), chairman of the Citizens board, and president Barry Gilway meet with the Post Editorial Board to discuss ...
EXCLUSIVE: Springsteen drummer sells house in Palm Beach

EXCLUSIVE: Springsteen drummer sells house in Palm Beach

Drummer Max Weinberg is well known in rock circles for keeping the beat in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. And in television circles, he’s remembered as a sidekick of late night talk show host Conan O’Brien. But in Palm Beach, he’s nearly as famous among real estate watchers for his property deals. His latest transaction? He and his wife, Becky, have sold...
Bank of America to stop financing makers of military-style guns

Bank of America to stop financing makers of military-style guns

Bank of America plans to stop lending to companies that make military-style firearms for civilian use nearly two months after a shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead, a company executive told Bloomberg Television on Tuesday. “It’s our intention not to finance these military-style firearms for civilian use,” Anne Finucane, a vice chairman at Bank of America, told...
Quiet zone to stop Brightline horns delayed in 5 PBC cities

Quiet zone to stop Brightline horns delayed in 5 PBC cities

Residents of five Palm Beach County cities along Brightline’s route will continue hearing horn blasts from the passenger trains until at least June, after work to complete a railroad quiet zone was put on hold while the company focuses on the launch of its Miami service. In a letter sent to county transportation planners Tuesday, Brightline officials said the contractor responsible for completing...
Crocker Partners pays $170 million for former IBM campus in Boca Raton

Crocker Partners pays $170 million for former IBM campus in Boca Raton

Crocker Partners is the buyer of the iconic former IBM campus in Boca Raton, which went up for sale last year not only as an office site but as a possible future home for apartments and shops. Boca Raton-based Crocker, together with New York-based Rialto Capital and Siguler Guff, this month paid about $170 million for the campus, now known as the Boca Raton Innovation Center, a Crocker official said...
POINT OF VIEW: Don’t be fooled by proposed education amendment

POINT OF VIEW: Don’t be fooled by proposed education amendment

Tallahassee politicians keep trying to hide their real education agenda. They fooled us with the lottery amendment. They fooled us with measures to water down our class size limits. Now they are trying to fool us again with the following amendment: School board term limits and duties; public schools. Creates a term limit of eight consecutive years for school board members and requires the Legislature...
Attorney who opposes Brightline also represents Trump’s attorney

Attorney who opposes Brightline also represents Trump’s attorney

The Washington, D.C.-based attorney fighting to block Brightline’s expansion north through the Treasure Coast is also representing Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer whose office was raided by the FBI on Monday. Attorney Stephen Ryan, of the law firm McDermott, Will & Emery, issued a statement following Monday’s raid, calling the tactics “inappropriate and...
Green Bay Packers, others seek bankruptcy for West Palm firm that collected race fees

Green Bay Packers, others seek bankruptcy for West Palm firm that collected race fees

Saying they’re owed nearly $1.4 million by Forte Interactive of West Palm Beach, six race organizers in Maryland and Wisconsin on Tuesday filed a petition to push the company into involuntary bankruptcy. That’s in addition to three Major League Baseball teams and a California chamber of commerce that have sued the West Palm internet marketing firm. In all, the 10 organizers of 5Ks, bike...
Three compete for county tourism award … and you make the call

Three compete for county tourism award … and you make the call

Three local organizations are competing for Palm Beach County’s top tourism prize, and the public will decide which one ultimately receives the coveted award. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, The Brazilian Court hotel and the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society are all in the running for the county’s annual Providencia Award given by Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official...
Developer reveals plans for Charley’s Crab site in Palm Beach

Developer reveals plans for Charley’s Crab site in Palm Beach

The Frisbie Group is working on details of its plans to develop as many as five luxury townhouses on the site of the recently shuttered Charley’s Crab restaurant, which it bought for $26.3 million late last week. And if those plans come to fruition, the project could be poised to find a receptive audience among homebuyers in Palm Beach, where the newest oceanfront condominium on Midtown...
Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative joins industry group as farm bill looms

Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative joins industry group as farm bill looms

The Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, based in Belle Glade, is once again represented by the Florida Sugar Cane League, the industry trade association. This move ensures that the three major sugar cane companies in Florida — along with their independent growers — are fully united under the banner of the Florida Sugar Cane League as debate over no-cost American sugar policy takes...
Palm Beach Zoo names new president

Palm Beach Zoo names new president

The Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society announced on Tuesday that it has hired a new president and chief executive following a national search to replace  former leader Andrew Aiken, who stepped down from the post in November. Margo McKnight, the former senior vice president of conservation, science and research at the Florida Aquarium,  will take over the post on May...
Head-scratcher: Houston got the major hurricane, but its post-storm mortgage delinquency rate is lower than South Florida’s

Head-scratcher: Houston got the major hurricane, but its post-storm mortgage delinquency rate is lower than South Florida’s

After a menacing-but-merciful hurricane season, South Florida homeowners are still missing mortgage payments, CoreLogic said Tuesday. In the three-county region, 10.6 percent of mortgages were delinquent by at least 30 days in January, up from 7.1 percent in January 2017. Delinquencies are slowly dissipating in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The rate was 11.6 percent in December and...
Riviera Beach seeks proposals for Marina Village project’s second phase

Riviera Beach seeks proposals for Marina Village project’s second phase

This city is starting up the next phase of its waterfront Marina Village as it seeks a master developer. The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency announced Monday that it has issued a request for proposals for Phase II of the project, which are due by noon May 31. A pre-submittal conference, which is mandatory for anyone submitting a proposal, is set for 3 p.m. May 14 at the Marina Event Center...
Delray, Boynton, Lantana, Wellington restaurants closed for violations

Delray, Boynton, Lantana, Wellington restaurants closed for violations

State inspectors recently ordered five restaurants in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lantana and Wellington to close after citing them for numerous violations. The restaurants inspected in late March and early April by Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation inspectors have all re-opened. Four were cited for live roaches and one for rodent activity, according to the inspectors&rsquo...
West Palm closer to Brightline quiet zone; Friday night train added

West Palm closer to Brightline quiet zone; Friday night train added

Less than three months after Brightline began running passenger trains between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, the company has expanded service on Friday nights — offering later trains between the cities. The last train on Fridays now departs West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale at 9 p.m., arriving at 9:40 p.m. The last train departs Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach at 10:55 p.m., arriving...
National gas price average peaks, as Palm Beach County average falls

National gas price average peaks, as Palm Beach County average falls

The national gas price average is the highest it has been this year, at $2.66 a gallon for regular, but Palm Beach County and Florida’s averages were down a few cents Monday. Palm Beach County’s average fell to $2.73 for a gallon of regular from $2.76 a week ago, while Florida’s average was $2.61, down from $2.63 a week ago, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. “Gas...
Scripps Florida researcher wins $2.9 million grant to pursue leukemia treatment

Scripps Florida researcher wins $2.9 million grant to pursue leukemia treatment

JUPITER -- A Scripps Florida scientist has won a five-year, $2.9 million grant to work on new treatments for leukemia, the nonprofit institute said Monday. The $575,000-a-year grant will fund Scripps Florida’s efforts to develop new molecules that deliver cytotoxic drugs to leukemia cells without harming normal cells, said Christoph Rader, an associate professor of immunology and microbiology...
Nine West files for bankruptcy

Nine West files for bankruptcy

Nine West Holdings Inc., a footwear, accessories, women’s apparel and jeanswear company, has filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, company officials announced Friday. The company has a portfolio of brands that includes Nine West, Anne Klein and Gloria Vanderbilt. In a release late last week, officials said the company filed its bankruptcy...
Palm Beach County tourist season roars past Easter and into April

Palm Beach County tourist season roars past Easter and into April

Easter may be over, but the winter tourists are still here. The spring holiday has traditionally marked the end of Palm Beach County’s busy travel season, but local hoteliers say their rooms have remained full despite Easter’s early date. At one beachfront resort, roughly 90 percent of the rooms have already been booked for next week. Even at smaller hotels along Interstate 95, business...
West Palm Beach moves closer to quiet zone for train horns

West Palm Beach moves closer to quiet zone for train horns

West Palm Beach officials notified the Federal Railroad Administration on Friday of their intent to create a quiet zone to silence train horns along Brightline’s route.  Federal officials have 21 days to review the city’s plan and decide whether safety upgrades along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks meet the requirements to allow train operators to stop blasting their...
EXCLUSIVE: Billy Joel sells vacant lot in Manalapan for recorded $7.5 million

EXCLUSIVE: Billy Joel sells vacant lot in Manalapan for recorded $7.5 million

Singer Billy Joel has sold a vacant ocean-to-lake lot in Manalapan for $7.5 million, according to a deed recorded today. Measuring nearly 2 acres, the lot at 1940 S. Ocean Blvd. is next door to one of two houses the Piano Man owns in the wealthy barrier-island town. Manalapan lies several miles south of the Palm Beach town limits. The lot was listed at $8.9 million and lies immediately south...
Ken Griffin pulls plug on Billionaires Row home in Palm Beach

Ken Griffin pulls plug on Billionaires Row home in Palm Beach

Facing a budget overrun, Chicago billionaire Ken Griffin has pulled the plug on a house under construction at his oceanfront estate of more than a dozen acres south of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, according to a town official’s email. The email was written Thursday by Paul Castro, acting head of the town’s Planning, Building and Zoning Department...
Singer Island resident known for real estate, philanthropy pens first book

Singer Island resident known for real estate, philanthropy pens first book

Bill Cummings, a part-time Singer Island resident for 30 years, grew up poor, but through a series of highly successful business ventures became one of the wealthiest individuals in Massachusetts. Founder of commercial real estate firm Boston-area Cummings Properties, at 81 he still works every day. He has committed to donate more than 90 percent of his wealth to charity. Cummings tells his story...
FPL’s application to operate reactors for 80 years now available

FPL’s application to operate reactors for 80 years now available

Florida Power & Light Co.’s application seeking to operate two reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear plant through 2052 and 2053 is now available for public review. If the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission grants the renewal for Turkey Point’s two existing reactors, known as units 3 and 4, FPL could be among the first power companies to operate a reactor for 80 years. The Nuclear Regulatory...

Email addresses may be included in directory with owner consent

Question: I am on the board of our community. For years, the residents have been trying to get email addresses placed in our phone book, but many excuses have been given for not providing us with them. Many of us have given permission, but to no avail. What is the policy of providing email addresses along with current contact info? — L.C. Answer: As a baseline, both the Condominium and HOA acts...
Cubs, Giants, Brewers say West Palm firm owes them for charity fees

Cubs, Giants, Brewers say West Palm firm owes them for charity fees

Marking the collapse of a once-thriving company, three Major League Baseball teams have sued Forte Interactive of West Palm Beach, saying the company had stiffed them for nearly $1 million that runners and bikers paid to participate in charity races. The San Francisco Giants won a judgment for $621,836 against Forte Interactive in March. The team said Forte Interactive never turned over fees paid...
Brightline moves closer to Miami service; adds Friday night train

Brightline moves closer to Miami service; adds Friday night train

Less than three months after Brightline began running its passenger trains between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, the company has expanded its service on Friday nights — offering later trains between the two cities. The last train will depart West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale at 9 p.m., arriving at 9:40 p.m. The last train will depart Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach...
Frisbie Group says it has paid $26 million for Charley’s Crab site in Palm Beach

Frisbie Group says it has paid $26 million for Charley’s Crab site in Palm Beach

Update: The deed recorded Friday by the Palm Beach County Clerk’s office shows Frisbie Group used an ownership company named 456 South Ocean LLC to buy the Charley’s Crab site and an adjacent vacant lot on Gulfstream Road. The recorded price was $26.3 million. * Original story: The Frisbie Group has paid about $26 million for the oceanfront site of the just-closed Charley&rsquo...
Whether to ban greyhound racing in Florida may soon be up to voters

Whether to ban greyhound racing in Florida may soon be up to voters

Greyhound racing, that throwback to Florida’s days of early-bird dinners, cocaine cowboys and Coppertone tans, has been in decline for decades. Opponents of the sport hope to hasten its demise. Animal welfare advocates and state Sen. Tom Lee, a Republican from Thonotosassa and the chamber’s former president, are pushing for a 2018 ballot question that would ask Florida voters to ban...
Title insurance: Shocking numbers should kill merger, group tells DOJ

Title insurance: Shocking numbers should kill merger, group tells DOJ

Industry executives in Florida sing the merits, but the Consumer Federation of America says a proposed merger of two of the top four U.S. title insurance giants represents bad news for home buyers from West Palm Beach to Walla Walla, Wash. CFA wrote letters to the U.S. Department of Justice and state regulators urging them to stop the marriage of Jacksonville-based Fidelity...
POINT OF VIEW: Harrowing experience means more needed for train safety

POINT OF VIEW: Harrowing experience means more needed for train safety

Several years ago, I experienced a harrowing experience when I encountered a near accident with a train on 45th Street in Vero Beach. In light of the state and corporate response to recent rail fatalities and injury, I decided to write and tell my story. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup As I drove through the rail crossing, I heard the “ding, ding...
11 ways to reduce next year’s tax bill

11 ways to reduce next year’s tax bill

If you claimed the right number of dependents and standard deductions on your 2017 federal income tax return and you still ended up owing the IRS, you’re probably looking to avoid a repeat performance next year. Luckily, there are several ways to increase your chance for a refund (or at least reduce the amount you’ll owe) and you don’t have to be a tax whiz or accountant to take...
6 tax mistakes procrastinators make and how to avoid them

6 tax mistakes procrastinators make and how to avoid them

We get it. Doing your taxes is no fun, especially if you know you’re going to owe money. But as with any project on which you procrastinate, leaving everything to the last minute can lead to errors, both large and small, and some of those errors could cost you serious money. If you’ve gone and done it, though, and are still looking at that pile of tax forms over there in the corner, we&rsquo...
Brightline adds later train to Friday schedule

Brightline adds later train to Friday schedule

Brightline announced this week that it will offer a later train for riders who want to travel between West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale on Friday nights. Beginning on April 6, the last train will depart West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale at 9 p.m., arriving at 9:40 p.m. The last train will depart Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach at 10:55 p.m., arriving at 11:35 p.m.  Before the switch...
Expert: FPL’s Turkey Point pollution fix will take 60 years

Expert: FPL’s Turkey Point pollution fix will take 60 years

Florida Power & Light’s cleanup of polluted water seeping from its Turkey Point nuclear plant’s cooling canals will take more than 60 years, not five or 10 years as the company has stated, a hydrologist said Thursday. Customers of Juno Beach-based FPL are paying $200 million to draw back a plume that is saltier than seawater that is contaminating the Biscayne Aquifer. The aquifer is the...
NRC to issue license for two new reactors at Turkey Point

NRC to issue license for two new reactors at Turkey Point

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has said yes to two new nuclear reactors for Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point site near Homestead. Since 2009, Juno Beach-based FPL has sought an operating license from the NRC for the proposed 2,200-megawatt Turkey Point 6 and 7 reactors which could cost as much as $21.8 billion. If the reactors are built, it would be no sooner than 2031, at the same...
Restaurateur Dennis Max out at Max’s Grille

Restaurateur Dennis Max out at Max’s Grille

Dennis Max has maxed out at Max’s Grille, quietly withdrawing as an owner of the venerable Boca Raton restaurant, 27 years after he opened it. It’s the end of an era for Max, whose creative, California-driven menu shaped the dining scene in South Florida. Max also launched the careers of dozens of chefs who have gone on to work at or own restaurants throughout the country. Max’s...
Too good to be true? Could your family use a reverse mortgage?

Too good to be true? Could your family use a reverse mortgage?

The idea of a reverse mortgage certainly sounds good: a person who is 62 or older is able to borrow against their home's equity in a legal arrangement that lets them tap cash for retirement or vacations without having to sell (or vacate) the family home. But is it too good to be true? "A reverse mortgage loan can help some older homeowners meet financial needs, but can also jeopardize their retirement...
POINT OF VIEW: Educate disability community about financial resources

POINT OF VIEW: Educate disability community about financial resources

Financial decisions affect our everyday lives, from budgeting for weekly groceries to determining investment options for retirement. Financial literacy is the first step to achieving financial independence; however, many in our community need resources and targeted education to help them better understand the issues affecting their finances — particularly the disability community. Results from...
Florida property tax rates in middle of pack nationally, Palm Beach County among highest in state

Florida property tax rates in middle of pack nationally, Palm Beach County among highest in state

Palm Beach County’s effective property tax rate is third-highest among Florida counties, according to a report released Thursday by ATTOM Data Solutions. The analysis says Palm Beach County imposed a property tax rate of 1.26 percent on single-family homes in 2017. That rate was third-highest among Florida's 43 largest counties. Only Alachua County’s 1.35 percent and St. Lucie County&rsquo...
Delta, Sears, Kmart data breach: Customer payment info possibly compromised in cyberattack

Delta, Sears, Kmart data breach: Customer payment info possibly compromised in cyberattack

Update Apr 5, 2018 3:45 PM EDT: In addition to Delta Airlines, Sears Holdings announced that customer data from Sears and Kmart stores, including names, addresses and credit card numbers, may have been exposed during a security breach last fall. >> Read more trending news  Sears Holdings uses the same online chat service as Delta, [24]7.ai, and said in a statement posted on its website...
Concierge medical practice opens in West Palm Beach

Concierge medical practice opens in West Palm Beach

Dr. Ofer Shustik is the medical director of Coordinated Health West Palm Beach, a new concierge family practice offering house calls, same-day appointments and access to the physician’s cellphone number. The practice, on Flagler Drive just north of downtown West Palm Beach, specializes in multigenerational family care, providing “one-stop” visits for parents and children (ages 2...
First Brightline train arrives at Miami station during final stage of construction

First Brightline train arrives at Miami station during final stage of construction

A Brightline train pulled into the MiamiCentral station for the first time last week, as construction on the building enters its final stage, the company announced Wednesday.  Brightline said it plans to launch service to downtown Miami in “the coming weeks.”  The company’s fleet of trains will soon begin testing on the stretch of rail that runs between Ft. Lauderdale...
Amid building boom, apartment vacancy rate in West Palm Beach jumps

Amid building boom, apartment vacancy rate in West Palm Beach jumps

The apartment boom in downtown West Palm Beach suggests a new version of the old saw: Build it and they might not come. The apartment vacancy rate in West Palm Beach jumped to 7.8 percent at the end of 2017, up from 6 percent a year earlier, Marcus & Millichap says. The commercial real estate brokerage blames the combination of new construction and what it calls “tempered demand.&rdquo...
Fast-expanding cannabis seller sues state, aims to open more pot shops

Fast-expanding cannabis seller sues state, aims to open more pot shops

Florida’s most ambitious seller of medical marijuana says the state is unfairly cramping its expansion plans by allowing it to open only 25 pot shops statewide. In a suit filed in Leon County against the Florida Department of Health, Trulieve said it should be allowed to open a total of 52 retail locations throughout the state. Related: Marijuana dispensaries scout for locations in Palm Beach...
Are you a victim of tax-related ID theft? Here’s what to do.

Are you a victim of tax-related ID theft? Here’s what to do.

The nation’s federal income tax deadline is April 17, and it’s also prime time for identity thieves who file returns using stolen Social Security numbers to claim someone else’s refund. The Federal Trade Commission and the Internal Revenue Service are teaming up to make it easier for consumers to report tax-related identity theft and to receive assistance to help recover. The IRS...
Lion Country in the running for ‘Best Wildlife Park’ award

Lion Country in the running for ‘Best Wildlife Park’ award

Lion Country Safari has been nominated for USA Today’s annual “Best Wildlife Park” award, and Palm Beach County tourism leaders are calling on the public to help the tourist attraction land the coveted title.  Lion Country is one of 20 wildlife parks across the country that are in the running for USA Today’s annual 10Best award.  The online voting runs through...
Don't make it rain: 10 money-saving tips on shower gifts 

Don't make it rain: 10 money-saving tips on shower gifts 

If April showers bring May flowers, June weddings bring even more showers. And it doesn't just seem like more babies are born in the summer; that's a fact, according to CDC figures. That raft of July and August births makes spring and summer baby shower boom time, too. Lots of celebrating means lots of presents, and if you're on the giving end, you might feel some pressure. "Since it's opened...
More Stories