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Gibson pushes back against bankruptcy talk, hires new CFO

Gibson pushes back against bankruptcy talk, hires new CFO

Gibson is pushing back against reports of an impending bankruptcy and has hired a new chief financial officer, who starts with the company Monday. Officials with Gibson Brands, Inc., maker of the famed Les Paul and ES-335 electric guitars, released a statement saying the company has met all “current obligations to the bondholders, is in the process of arranging a new credit facility to replace...
All aboard: Disney Cruise Line looks for workers to man its ship kid clubs

All aboard: Disney Cruise Line looks for workers to man its ship kid clubs

If you’ve dreamed of working on the high seas, then Disney is looking for you. The cruise line that Mickey built is hiring youth activities counselors to live and work on its fleet of cruise ships, Metro reported. >> Read more trending news  The hours are long, according to Metro, at 80 hours a week, but the job offers fun and amazing ports of call in Mexico, Barcelona and...
Palm Beach real estate baron wants custody of shaving mugs in divorce

Palm Beach real estate baron wants custody of shaving mugs in divorce

Forget the tony shops on Worth Avenue, the bars and restaurants in Delray Beach, the golf course in the Catskills or the office buildings and apartments in upstate New York. One of the most contested property in Burt and Lucille Handelsman’s estimated $550 million empire has nothing to do with expensive real estate. It’s the Palm Beach couple’s shaving mug collection. Valued at more...
Sneaky ways to save money on your next road trip

Sneaky ways to save money on your next road trip

You hop in the car with a few friends or the family and a mere 1,000 miles later you're down $400 when you only intended to spend $150. What happened? Probably just a few overruns on the road trip budget. With a little effort, you'll find it's just as simple and sometimes even more pleasant to take a road trip that will save you hundreds. Credit Donkey shared the secret to saving money on road trips...
Don't try this at home: Top home repairs that aren't DIY

Don't try this at home: Top home repairs that aren't DIY

Everyone wants to feel self-sufficient, and even those with deep pockets find it's a good idea to stick to some kind of home maintenance budget. If you chuckled at the thought of having "deep pockets," you're probably even more concerned with controlling costs on the home front. But frugal isn't always better, even if you have monster DIY skills. "When it comes to doing your own home...
Palm Beach County mansion sales picked up in January

Palm Beach County mansion sales picked up in January

Palm Beach County’s typical house sold for $325,000 in January, a 4.8 percent increase from a year ago, the Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale said Wednesday. While the overall market has been in a holding pattern, mansion sales rose sharply. Realtors reported 104 sales of homes priced at more than $1 million in January, a 28 percent spike from January 2017. Still a seller&rsquo...
Caribbean eatery, Italian restaurant in PBC both cited for violations

Caribbean eatery, Italian restaurant in PBC both cited for violations

State inspectors temporarily closed restaurant Let’s Dish Caribbean Restaurant in West Palm Beach and Josie’s Ristorante & Pizzeria in Boynton Beach last week after citing them for sanitation violations. Both have re-opened. Let’s Dish Caribbean Restaurant, 5083 Okeechobee Blvd., was shut down Feb. 12 after a Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation inspector noted...
Social Security: America Saves Week starts Monday

Social Security: America Saves Week starts Monday

A secure retirement is created from a lifetime of planning and saving. Each year, American Savings Education Council and America Saves coordinate America Saves Week. The week is an opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status. For years, Social Security has collaborated with America Saves Week to promote our shared mission...
Put that pen down: Why baby boomers should not co-sign college loans 

Put that pen down: Why baby boomers should not co-sign college loans 

We all know that young people should show respect for their elders. In return, those elders should extend all their resources to the up-and-coming generation. Right? Not so fast, says the Motley Fool. When it comes to co-signing for college loans, parents and grandparents in the Baby Boom generation (born 1946 to 1964) should just say no. "Tempting as it may be to co-sign a loan for...
Grand Classica slated to sail from Port of Palm Beach April 13

Grand Classica slated to sail from Port of Palm Beach April 13

Grand Classica, a 1,680-passenger ship, will join its sister ship Grand Celebration at the Port of Palm Beach as it begins sailing from the port to Freeport, Bahamas on April 13. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, the only cruise line at the port in Riviera Beach, announced Tuesday that reservations for Grand Classica are open with a buy-one, get-one free booking offer. The two ships expect to carry approximately...
Two local resorts win top marks from Forbes Travel Guide

Two local resorts win top marks from Forbes Travel Guide

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan and the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach have been named Five-Star hotels by Forbes Travel Guide.  Both Palm Beach County resorts also won Five-Star designations for their spas. Forbes unveiled its annual list on Tuesday. The travel guide rates properties in 50 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle...
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:...
Meet Janice Bryant Howroyd, the first African-American woman to run a $1 billion business

Meet Janice Bryant Howroyd, the first African-American woman to run a $1 billion business

Janice Bryant Howroyd, 65, is founder and chief executive of Act 1 Group, an employment agency that also provides consulting and business services, including background checks and screening. She’s the first African-American woman to operate a company that generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue, according to Black Enterprise Magazine. Act 1, which includes other brands such as Agile...
Struggling Winn-Dixie could close nearly a third of its stores

Struggling Winn-Dixie could close nearly a third of its stores

The parent of long-suffering grocer Winn-Dixie is pondering another bankruptcy and might close 200 of the chain’s 700 stores, Bloomberg reports. Winn-Dixie parent Bi-Lo is preparing for a bankruptcy filing in March, Bloomberg said. Once a major player in the Sunshine State’s supermarket sector, Winn-Dixie has been vanquished by Publix in Florida’s supermarket wars. Winn-Dixie...
Gas prices decline, but runup expected to begin in March

Gas prices decline, but runup expected to begin in March

Gasoline prices have dropped in both Palm Beach County and statewide in the last week, but motorists should not expect the downward trend to continue. Spring refinery maintenance began Feb. 1. Refineries reduce output while they conduct scheduled maintenance on their equipment. In addition, the switch to more expensive summer blend fuels has to be completed by May 1. Palm Beach County’s average...
Four Palm Beach County educators who make more than Robert Avossa

Four Palm Beach County educators who make more than Robert Avossa

To a teacher making $40,000 a year, Robert Avossa’s salary seems a lofty sum. But at least four private schools in Palm Beach County pay their top executives far more than the Palm Beach County schools superintendent’s salary of $334,750. Oxbridge Academy offers the most generous pay among private schools. It paid former head Robert Parsons more than $1 million in the year ended June 30...

POINT OF VIEW: Affordable housing crisis answer in collaboration

Palm Beach County has more than 4,400 nonprofits that offer a hand to thousands of residents whose needs vary, including the elderly, those with physical or mental disabilities, the poor, homeless, abused, addicted and the list goes on. Despite the diverse missions of these organizations, there is a common thread — the need for affordable housing. Ignoring this demand places heavy pressure on...
County fighting the same gender- and race-based battles 16 years later

County fighting the same gender- and race-based battles 16 years later

Sixteen years ago, when Palm Beach County was considering ending its gender- and race-based contracting assistance program, women and minority business owners warned against the move, documents obtained by The Palm Beach Post show. Women and minority business owners said their opportunities to get county contracts — already limited by what they described as a pervasive good ol’ boy system...
Report: Winn-Dixie owner preparing for bankruptcy, up to 200 stores could close

Report: Winn-Dixie owner preparing for bankruptcy, up to 200 stores could close

Winn-Dixie owner Bi-Lo is preparing for bankruptcy, according to a Bloomberg report. >> Read more trending news  Up to 200 stores could close as part of a bankruptcy filing, Bloomberg reported. According to Winn-Dixie's website, the retailer has locations in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. The bankruptcy filing could come as early as next month, Bloomberg...
NEW: Kathie Lee Gifford coming to Lake Worth to promote book

NEW: Kathie Lee Gifford coming to Lake Worth to promote book

NBC’s Kathie Lee Gifford is coming to Lake Worth next month. The three-time Emmy-winning cohost of the fourth hour of “Today,” will be at Book Cellar on Lake Avenue on March 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. as part of a “Happy Hour Mingle” to promote her latest book, ‘The Rock, the Road and the Rabbi.” Gifford wrote the book, scheduled to come out March 6, with Rabbi...

Owners bound by most amendments to Declaration of Condominium

Question: I own a unit in a small (10-unit) condominium. It is located in a tourist-zoned area. I have lived here 35 years in a tranquil, residential-restricted association, where owners can rent their units, but it must be for 90 days or longer. Some more recent buyers (investors) would like to change our condo bylaws/restrictions to allow short-term rentals, where there is no rental time restriction...
6 house upgrades to do now for a better listing price later

6 house upgrades to do now for a better listing price later

Whether you want to flip your house in a few months or you just want to use your remodel money wisely, the most beneficial home upgrades are not a matter of chance. And they "aren't particularly sexy," according to Bank Rate's Holden Lewis.  Except for a minor kitchen remodel, according to Remodeling magazine's 2018 Cost vs. Value Report, you'll gain the highest returns from...
Broward school shooting: Sheriff warns of fake GoFundMe accounts

Broward school shooting: Sheriff warns of fake GoFundMe accounts

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office on Friday warned that it has received reports of fake GoFundMe pages alleging to help the victims of the Valentine’s Day school shooting at a Parkland high school. “Unfortunately, we have heard reports about fake @gofundme pages,” the sheriff’s office said in a Tweet, which included a link to the official fundraising page for the victims...
Lilly Pulitzer store expected to open in November on Worth Avenue

Lilly Pulitzer store expected to open in November on Worth Avenue

Lilly Pulitzer is coming back. The nearly 60-year-old brand that started on Worth Avenue is expected to open a store in the old Hermes space in November. Representatives for the store were at the Town Council Wednesday to get approval for small alterations for the building including raising the awnings on the front facade. “Lilly Pulitzer brands started almost 60 years ago on Via Mizner...
Fountains Country Club: Are happy days back at divided community?

Fountains Country Club: Are happy days back at divided community?

A country club is supposed to be a relaxing retreat. But for years, the Fountains Country Club community in suburban Lake Worth has been anything but calm, with residents waging war over the management and future of its club. Now it looks like Fountains residents may finally have worked their way out of the rough. They voted to sell the club to a professional golf club operator, Concert...
CEO pushes for treating mental illness, substance use together

CEO pushes for treating mental illness, substance use together

Mental illness and drug or alcohol dependency often occur together, but only 7.4 percent of people with those conditions receive treatment for both, according to Linda De Piano, CEO of the Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health in West Palm Beach. More than half get no treatment at all, she said, citing federal statistics. “Your support is helping us overcome a significant challenge for...
Big Bertha stands as a memorial to South Bay Growers

Big Bertha stands as a memorial to South Bay Growers

South Bay Growers, headquartered in the tiny town of South Bay just west of Belle Glade, was founded in 1946. For decades it flourished as one of the nation’s largest growers of lettuce, celery, and other winter vegetables and employed as many as 2,500 workers in western Palm Beach County. The company typically harvested, packed and shipped 40,000 to 50,000 cartons of lettuce and 10,000 to 12...
This local mall is giving away rent-free retail space

This local mall is giving away rent-free retail space

The Mall at Wellington Green is giving away rent-free retail space as part of a competition to find the best local pop-up shop.  Entrepreneurs have until March 30 to enter the mall’s “Challenge: Battle of the Pop-Up Contest.” Up for grabs: rent-free space in the mall for four months, the use of existing mall or store fixtures and free utilities.  The winner will also...
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: Boynton...
Commentary: Expanding offshore drilling is dangerous and unwise

Commentary: Expanding offshore drilling is dangerous and unwise

Four days into the new year, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke unveiled a plan to open more than 90 percent of federal offshore waters to new oil and gas development, affecting virtually every mile of coastline along the continental United States and Alaska. The single largest expansion ever proposed, this Draft Proposed Program calls for auctioning off ocean territories of the National Outer Continental...
Commentary: Offshore energy is critical to future energy security

Commentary: Offshore energy is critical to future energy security

Offshore development plays a critical role in U.S. energy security, supplying more than 1 million barrels of oil per day for the past 20 years. And that’s with 94 percent of federal offshore acreage closed to exploration. Imagine how much more natural gas and oil we could develop if additional coastal resources were accessible. If the Trump administration’s proposed offshore expansion...

POINT OF VIEW: Give small businesses a change to compete, succeed

In the recent Point of View letter, the writer missed the point regarding the awarding of contracts to minorities. His point about the free market system is well taken, and most minorities believe and subscribe to our capitalistic free market system. After all, most of our immigrant ancestors came to this great county for the opportunity and chance to succeed. This is what makes America great. Most...
They shared their lives on YouTube. Then an obsessed fan came calling — with a gun

They shared their lives on YouTube. Then an obsessed fan came calling — with a gun

Christopher Giles passed his hours plugged into the internet, either gripping an X-box controller or burning through YouTube videos. He was 23 years old and lived by himself in a two-story apartment complex topped with stucco in a neighborhood in northern Albuquerque. It was an existence a police investigator bluntly described in a recent search warrant affidavit as "single, lonely and disturbed...
7 mistakes first-time bosses make and how to avoid them

7 mistakes first-time bosses make and how to avoid them

Kudos! You've moved up the corporate ladder and are on top of your career. That's right: You're now the boss. However, managing a department, division or corporation doesn't mean it's time to lean back in your office chair and prop up your feet. Yet, this type of lax approach to leadership is often seen in executive positions across various industries and unfortunately ends in employee turnover. The...
Treasure Coast counties file new lawsuit to block Brightline bonds

Treasure Coast counties file new lawsuit to block Brightline bonds

Martin and Indian River counties and a Treasure Coast-based citizens group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging the approval of $1.15 billion in tax-exempt bonds to help pay for Brightline’s planned expansion north to Orlando.  The 94-page complaint filed against the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration alleges federal officials either ignored...
Record-breaking 7.9 million tourists visited PBC in 2017

Record-breaking 7.9 million tourists visited PBC in 2017

A record-breaking 7.9 million tourists traveled to Palm Beach County last year, a milestone that shattered 2016’s all-time high and marked the ninth consecutive year of growth for the local tourism industry. A surge in travelers from within the United States helped break the previous record set in 2016, when 7.35 million tourists came here, according to Discover The Palm Beaches, the county&rsquo...
NEW: Will a $25 late fee cost a West Palm Beach man his $340,000 home?

NEW: Will a $25 late fee cost a West Palm Beach man his $340,000 home?

David Silva didn’t believe he deserved the $25 late fee when his condo switched property managers and his $282 maintenance check for June 2015 wasn’t deposited. He still doesn’t. He paid the maintenance bill when he found out that August it was overdue. But by this year, the late fee and the ones that came after it, which he wouldn’t pay, had metastasized into $50,000 of additional...
NEW: Could this commercial area be a ‘new gateway to Wellington’?

NEW: Could this commercial area be a ‘new gateway to Wellington’?

Real estate investor Everett Waldman has a bold vision. He sees a new entry-point for Wellington: Binks Commercial Center. And his reasoning might surprise you. “With all of the development and all of the potential traffic coming from the west, Binks could become the new gateway to Wellington,” he said. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news...
Late mortgage payments rise after hurricane season takes toll on homeowners

Late mortgage payments rise after hurricane season takes toll on homeowners

The 2017 storm season spurred a mass evacuation but dealt just a glancing blow to South Florida’s real estate market. However, hurricanes blew up many mortgage borrowers’ histories of prompt payment, CoreLogic said Tuesday. In the three-county South Florida region, 12.7 percent of mortgages were delinquent by at least 30 days in November 2017, up from 7.4 percent in November 2016. Miami-Fort...
7 ways to avoid talking politics at work

7 ways to avoid talking politics at work

Remember when the presidential election was over and everyone breathed a sigh of relief, thinking we could all go back to talking about sports and kids, not politics? Of course, that's not what happened at all: Contentious political conversations abound everywhere, from Facebook to daycare to the corner bar. But when they spring up in the workplace, awkward can become inappropriate. "No good...
Analysis: Employers who don't offer paid sick leave are making flu season worse

Analysis: Employers who don't offer paid sick leave are making flu season worse

This winter's flu season is shaping up to be a nasty one, with flu-related hospitalization rates outpacing anything seen in recent years, according to the CDC. This year's vaccine is less effective against the strain of virus making the rounds. But there's another factor that gives aggressive viruses like this one an extra punch in the United States: lack of access to paid sick time. According to...
CityPlace’s Revolutions temporarily shut down for sanitation violations

CityPlace’s Revolutions temporarily shut down for sanitation violations

Revolutions at CityPlace was ordered to stop operations and was temporarily shut down Friday after a state inspector cited it for 12 violations including misrepresentation of menu items and the presence of dozens of live, small flying insects. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation allowed the restaurant where patrons can eat, drink and bowl, at 477 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm...
Gas prices declining in wake of stock market plunge

Gas prices declining in wake of stock market plunge

Last week’s stock market plunge brought good news for consumers on the energy front. Gas prices are declining in the wake of lower crude oil prices. Crude oil dropped to its lowest price of the year last week, dramatically reducing the cost of producing gasoline, AAA said Monday. Palm Beach County’s average for a gallon of regular was $2.73 Monday, two cents higher than a week ago, but...
Gun manufacturer Remington to file for bankruptcy

Gun manufacturer Remington to file for bankruptcy

The Remington Outdoor Company, one of America’s largest firearm and ammunition manufacturers, plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after reaching a deal Monday with its creditors, according to multiple reports. Company officials said in a news release that a prepackaged reorganization plan will be filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The deal will give control of the...
Vinyl memories: Palm Beach County’s lost, forgotten record stores

Vinyl memories: Palm Beach County’s lost, forgotten record stores

Music lovers have it made nowadays. You log into Spotify, find a song, click on it. Stick in your earbuds. Done. So why do we persist in a nostalgic reverie about the good old days of vinyl, when you actually had to get in your car and drive somewhere to buy music? When you needed a weirdly-shaped yellow plastic insert to play a 45 rpm single. And when you pretty much had to buy an album...
UPDATE: Local church compensates Outback server who lost job, not tipped on $735 order 

UPDATE: Local church compensates Outback server who lost job, not tipped on $735 order 

Update Monday 10 a.m.: Tamlynn Yoder told The Palm Beach Post on Monday that Christ Fellowship reached out and compensated her after she was not tipped on a $735 to-go order.  She said the compensation totaled “more than the tip.”  “(Christ Fellowship) said a couple of the church families came together for me,” Yoder said.  Outback has not contacted Yoder...
Palm Beach County housing affordability declines to nine-year low

Palm Beach County housing affordability declines to nine-year low

Just 55.9 percent of homes sold in Palm Beach County in the fourth quarter of 2017 were affordable for a median-income family, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo affordability index. That was the lowest level of affordability since 2008. The index is based on a median home price of $255,000, a figure that includes houses and condos, and a median income of $67,900. Housing...

Conflict of interest does not disqualify owner from running for board

Question: Assume that a condominium employs a licensed community association manager. Is the manager’s spouse an eligible candidate for the condo’s board of directors? If yes, please specify to what extent the spousal board member must abstain from voting on board matters. — C.E. Answer: Let’s assume, to start, that the spouse/potential candidate is generally eligible to be...
Hurricane fallout for Palm Beach County: more tourists

Hurricane fallout for Palm Beach County: more tourists

Palm Beach County has seen its tourism tax collections soar in the four months since hurricanes tore through the Florida Keys and the Caribbean. The September storms caused widespread damage in the middle Keys, Puerto Rico and other tropical vacation spots, leaving hoteliers with fewer rooms to rent out. As business owners continue to deal with the damage, some tourists have decided to look for new...
FPL wants to keep operating Turkey Point reactors through 2052

FPL wants to keep operating Turkey Point reactors through 2052

Florida Power & Light Co. is seeking federal approval to extend the operating license of its Turkey Point nuclear plant for another 20 years. 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 move comes as the company is set to go to...
Superintendent’s new boss: ‘He was going to leave anyway’

Superintendent’s new boss: ‘He was going to leave anyway’

Even if Palm Beach County schools Superintendent Robert Avossa hadn’t accepted a job as senior vice president at LRP Publications, the well-regarded educator would have moved on, his new boss says.    “Robert is so good that he was being recruited by some even bigger districts and some states to be state superintendent,” LRP owner Ken Kahn said Friday in an interview...
FPL, NextEra sue nuclear industry group, allege extortion, retaliation

FPL, NextEra sue nuclear industry group, allege extortion, retaliation

Florida Power & Light Co. and NextEra Energy have pulled their $3 million annual membership from the nation’s premier nuclear industry trade group, saying being a member was harmful to their interests. Now the companies are accusing the Nuclear Energy Institute of extortion and retaliation, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in West Palm Beach earlier this month. FPL and its parent...
Car insurers hike PIP up to 54%, but lobbyists pump brakes on repeal

Car insurers hike PIP up to 54%, but lobbyists pump brakes on repeal

Florida’s top 25 car insurers raised Personal Injury Protection premiums up to 54 percent since the start of 2017, records requested by The Palm Beach Post show, even as industry lobbyists advised lawmakers to put off PIP repeal another year and cast doubt on a state-ordered report that said drivers could save $81 per car by killing it. Buckle up again for financially hazardous conditions in...
Theater lover directs Oasis Outsourcing’s growth

Theater lover directs Oasis Outsourcing’s growth

Oasis Outsourcing has weathered good times, bad times and good times again, and grown along the way. Led by Mark Perlberg, Oasis Outsourcing has doubled its growth during the past five years, buoyed by the need for its human resource services by small to mid-size companies. During tough times, companies might need more of Oasis’ help with managing staff, including downsizing its labor force...
Tourism leaders try to rid Google of unflattering photos of the county

Tourism leaders try to rid Google of unflattering photos of the county

Palm Beach County tourism officials are on a mission to rid Google of unflattering, outdated or inaccurate photos of the area’s cultural attractions and top travel spots. Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s tourism marketing organization, is using a Google Pixel phone with an app that allows the agency to flag images that it says are either inappropriate or don’t accurately represent...

POINT OF VIEW: Americans’ low savings a big red flag for the economy

News that the economy did all right in 2017 landed on Feb. 2 with a benign thud, but behind that thud lurks a red flag. For the duration of this economic expansion, consumer spending has been the dynamo driving growth in gross domestic product, or GDP. But now there are indications Americans are getting a little too dynamic. Their actions are out of whack. For the past two years, spending has risen...
Vacation rental change sails through Florida Senate committee

Vacation rental change sails through Florida Senate committee

The score is now vacation rentals – 2, local government – 0 after a bill giving the state the power to regulate the former on Thursday cruised through another Senate committee. A wave of opposition from local elected officials and lodging groups couldn’t stop the Regulated Industries Committee from voting 9-1 on SB 1400 by Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota. The bill – which has...
Palm Beach Gardens apartments fetch nearly $100 million

Palm Beach Gardens apartments fetch nearly $100 million

The 542-unit Landmark at Garden Square apartment complex in Palm Beach Gardens has sold for $97.3 million, according to a deed. The property last sold in 2012 for $54 million. The complex, built in the early 1970s, is just west of Interstate 95 and just south of PGA Boulevard. The new owner is Advenir, an Aventura landlord. The new owner took mortgages totaling $80 million, according to property records...
South Florida faces long odds for Amazon’s HQ2, FIU researchers say

South Florida faces long odds for Amazon’s HQ2, FIU researchers say

Researchers at Florida International University crunched the numbers on South Florida’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters. The conclusion: South Florida compares unfavorably to the other 19 finalists. “The odds are not in Miami’s favor,” says Maria Ilcheva, senior researcher at FIU’s Metropolitan Center.  One major strike against South Florida: The region&rsquo...
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these staycation deals

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these staycation deals

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, local tourism leaders are promoting a handful of deals perfectly designed for both visitors and county residents looking for a romantic getaway. Discover The Palm Beaches, Palm Beach County’s official tourism marketing arm, has put together a list of specials and packages offered by local hotels and tourist attractions. The specials include hotel and dining...
Florida’s pot industry on track to hit $1 billion -- but when?

Florida’s pot industry on track to hit $1 billion -- but when?

Brian Booth of Boca Raton has struggled with seizures and weight loss since a car crash, and he says medical marijuana helps him manage his health where prescription drugs failed. Chalk up his testimonial as a marketing victory for pot proponents, who see the potential for Florida’s cannabis sector to blossom into a billion-dollar industry in the near future. There’s a catch, though: Booth...
Why a Palm Beach finance firm is moving across the bridge to WPB

Why a Palm Beach finance firm is moving across the bridge to WPB

A Palm Beach private equity real estate firm is moving off the island and into West Palm Beach, where the firm is turning an old downtown bank building into a modern, edgy office center. The purpose of Sterling Organization’s move: To lure smart, educated hires who want to work in a vibrant city. Sterling is pulling out all the stops for these potential employees by building an office that...
Palm Beach buyer snaps up entire floor of The Bristol condo

Palm Beach buyer snaps up entire floor of The Bristol condo

The Bristol, Palm Beach County’s most expensive condominium, has sold an entire floor to Palm Beach philanthropist Sydell Miller, according to the condo’s developer. In addition, Super Bowl weekend turned into a super sales weekend for the waterfront West Palm Beach property, as another six units went under contract for sale. This leaves seven units available in the nearly sold-out...
How to recover when you’ve majorly messed up at work

How to recover when you’ve majorly messed up at work

To err is human and every human's workday is full of the easily-corrected, quickly forgotten type of mistakes. But when you screw up big time on the job, you're facing a much more difficult challenge. "If we make mistakes in our personal lives, we can cope by working through it with the people closest to us," noted LinkedIn influencer Ilya Pozin, founder of Ciplex. "But if we make...
Character traits you wouldn't believe give you an edge in your career

Character traits you wouldn't believe give you an edge in your career

Are you one of those anal-retentive employees? It's OK. Be honest with your professional self. Maybe you constantly bug co-workers about due dates as if they didn't already know or are a super stickler for how team members use company supplies. And that's not always a bad thing, right?  The crisis communicator. This personality always freaks out about office events like deadlines, new hires,...
4 questions to ask yourself as you plan for retirement

4 questions to ask yourself as you plan for retirement

Deciding when to start receiving your retirement benefits from Social Security is a decision that only you can make, and you should make that decision with as much information as possible. There are a lot of important questions to answer. Should you claim benefits earlier and get a smaller monthly payment for more years? Or should you wait and get a bigger monthly amount over a shorter period? There...
Commentary: Increase the public debt at your peril

Commentary: Increase the public debt at your peril

Milton Friedman never tired of reminding us that in economics there is no such thing as a free lunch. If ever his adage had validity it has to be in relation to the question of running up excessive government debt. While throwing caution to the wind and increasing our public debt now might allow our government to finance a large unfunded tax cut, it does so at the very real risk of mortgaging our...

Commentary: Debts and deficits — should we be worried?

With the Republican tax cut projected to add $1.5 trillion to the national debt over the next decade, we are seeing a new round of fear-mongering over the debt. While this tax cut is a poor use of public funds, the whining over the debt and deficits is best ignored. It is easy to scare people with talk of multitrillion- dollar debts, but this is a politics of fear, not a basis for constructing reality-based...
Company that lured schools chief quietly builds publishing empire

Company that lured schools chief quietly builds publishing empire

Robert Avossa is stepping down from a high-profile post atop one of the nation’s largest school districts to take a vice president’s job at a niche publisher that’s largely unknown outside specialty fields. Even so, LRP Publications is ambitious in its own right. The company has more than 400 employees, $70 million in annual revenue and a large headquarters along Florida&rsquo...

Florida fracking ban moving in Senate, going nowhere in House

A measure that would ban the controversial oil- and natural-gas drilling process known as “fracking” is again on the move in the Florida Senate. However, the proposal remains sidelined in the House as the 60-day legislative session nears its midpoint. » RELATED: The latest in Florida political news The Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee voted unanimously...
Burt Handelsman quizzed about love of lawyer in battle over empire

Burt Handelsman quizzed about love of lawyer in battle over empire

A battle over how to split Burt and Lucille Handelsman’s $500 million real estate empire intensified Tuesday as the 90-year-old land baron was quizzed briefly about his relationship with a Fort Lauderdale lawyer who has been painted as the other woman who prompted the divorce. Attorney Alan Kluger, who represents Burt, objected to questions about Jane Rankin, the couple’s once trusted...
GetUpside gas savings app launched in South Florida

GetUpside gas savings app launched in South Florida

GetUpside, a new app designed to reduce gasoline costs by giving users access to low prices not displayed on gas station signs, launched Tuesday in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. More than 400 gas stations in South Florida, including 45 in Palm Beach County, are participating. “We are thrilled to launch GetUpside in Florida, which has a high percentage of work commuters, rideshare...
PSC approves FPL bill reduction, asserts jurisdiction over tax savings

PSC approves FPL bill reduction, asserts jurisdiction over tax savings

Florida Power & Light customer bills will decrease slightly starting March 1 because the company retired the coal-fired St. Johns River Power Park generating facility. Tuesday the Florida Public Service Commission approved the early reduction of FPL customer bills. The annual adjustment of the bill related to the closure of the coal-burning plant was not due until January 2019. The reduction amounts...
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: West Palm...
County gas prices rise slightly; more increases expected

County gas prices rise slightly; more increases expected

Gasoline prices increased throughout most of the country last week, rising 5 cents on average in Florida and just 1 cent in Palm Beach County. The national average for a gallon of regular stood at $2.61 Monday, while Florida’s was $2.60, and Palm Beach County’s $2.72, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said the price increase in Palm Beach County...
Groups warn against ‘premature’ workers’ comp changes

Groups warn against ‘premature’ workers’ comp changes

After lobbying the Legislature to makes changes to the workers’ compensation insurance system for the past 18 months, business leaders are backing off this year. The Florida Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Florida and 15 other organizations sent a letter last month to the primary sponsor of the House workers’ compensation bill advising him that any changes the Legislature...
NEW: West Palm discussing downtown alcohol sales, pot dispensaries

NEW: West Palm discussing downtown alcohol sales, pot dispensaries

With plans for major streetscape improvements, alley enlivening projects and street-level office incubators on or near Clematis Street, city officials reached informal consensus Monday that they have enough projects in play not to rush into approving six-pack sales or medical marijuana dispensaries downtown just yet. In a Monday work session at City Hall, Development Services Director Rick Greene...
Labor Secretary Acosta touts nation’s economy in West Palm

Labor Secretary Acosta touts nation’s economy in West Palm

U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta touted the strength of the nation’s economy on Monday, but called on schools to put more emphasis on practical workforce education to address a “skills gap” that leaves some good jobs unfilled. Acosta spoke to about 600 people at a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch at the Kravis Center. “The American economy is incredibly strong,” Acosta...
Weiss Ratings explains why it considers Bitcoin barely above average as an investment

Weiss Ratings explains why it considers Bitcoin barely above average as an investment

Bitcoin is the best-known of the new breed of cryptocurrencies, but Weiss Ratings of Palm Beach Gardens says individual investors should be cautious. It gives the virtual money a grade of just C+. “It may have the strongest brand and the early-mover advantage, but others have the late-comer advantage — the ability to hit the ground running with legacy challenges mostly resolved and with...
Judge splits Palm Beach couple; now trial on real estate empire

Judge splits Palm Beach couple; now trial on real estate empire

With no fanfare, a Palm Beach County judge declared the nearly 70-year marriage of Burt and Lucille “Lovey” Handelsman “irretrievably broken” on Monday, allowing the trial to focus on the breakup of the couple’s $500 million real estate empire. Neither Lovey, 89, her 90-year-old husband nor their adult children showed any reaction to Circuit Judge Scott Suskauer&rsquo...
9 signs your company is going to close - and ways to save yourself

9 signs your company is going to close - and ways to save yourself

While there's something to be said for the "nose to the grindstone, ignore the gossips" approach at work, there is one time you want to avoid that strategy: when your company is about to go bust. Few places, whether they're large businesses or tiny mom and pops, are eager to share the news that they might be going under. So it's up to you, the employee, to shake off any denial and watch...
Hedge-fund manager buys  $24M house next door — and tears it down

Hedge-fund manager buys $24M house next door — and tears it down

Hedge fund manager Kenneth G. Tropin, it turns out, is behind the company that paid nearly $24 million last year for a North End oceanfront house — a house he’s already knocked down. Tropin bought the house at 1565 N. Ocean Way for a recorded $23.7 million in June from communications billionaire George Lindemann and his wife, Frayda. He already owned the house next door to the...
Sensitive DHS report about anthrax at Super Bowl found in plane's seat pocket

Sensitive DHS report about anthrax at Super Bowl found in plane's seat pocket

A CNN employee traveling by air recently discovered sensitive government documents - detailing how the Department of Homeland Security would respond to a bioterrorism attack coinciding with the Super Bowl — that apparently had been left behind in an airplane seat back pocket, the network reported Monday. The draft reports outlined ways the department could improve after there had been some confusion...
Payday loans: Make ’em bigger in Florida? Senior group says no

Payday loans: Make ’em bigger in Florida? Senior group says no

For those who think the problem with payday loans is too many government restrictions, bills in the state legislature aim to please by doubling to $1,000 the amount that can be loaned at a time. Folks who call such products “predatory” might be more inclined to cheer on a senior advocacy group that plans to raise a fuss online today. “Some borrowers end up...
Brightline not affected by overturned car on West Palm track

Brightline not affected by overturned car on West Palm track

The sight of a car overturned on the tracks for Brightline passenger and Florida East Coast freight trains Friday night may have had passersby thinking the vehicle might have collided with a train, but that was not the case, police say. The car overturned because of “basically a car accident,” according to West Palm Beach Police Sgt. Dave Lefont. “No injuries. Everyone was fine...
TV personality shares photo at famous Jupiter bar on Instagram

TV personality shares photo at famous Jupiter bar on Instagram

Television personality Shep Rose visited a tiki bar along the Jupiter Inlet on Saturday.  In an Instagram post, Rose shared a photograph of himself and his “old palm beach Aussie friends” hanging out at the Square Grouper Tiki Bar in Jupiter.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="...
Meet the man behind Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s $14 million expansion 

Meet the man behind Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s $14 million expansion 

Jack Lighton has been at the helm of the nonprofit Loggerhead Marinelife Center since 2013. The organization is committed to the conservation of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through public education, research and rehabilitation with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The number of visitors to the center where turtles recuperating from injuries or illness can be viewed...
Editorial: Race, gender remedies in contracting won’t hurt taxpayers

Editorial: Race, gender remedies in contracting won’t hurt taxpayers

Palm Beach County commissioners, in the wake of a dispiriting study confirming race and gender bias in the awarding of county contracts, wisely called for a 30-day period to gather public sentiment on how to move forward. Those who comment — and we hope there are many — should now realize that our county government’s competitive process of awarding contracts, as well-meaning as it...

POINT OF VIEW: Some Super Bowl TV ads are worth the price

A 30-second ad that airs during today’s Super Bowl, viewed by an estimated 100 million Americans, will cost more than $5 million. Does that amount to overpriced entertainment, or do these ads generate big sales? In many cases, it seems the ads more than pay for themselves. Many marketing experts say Super Bowl ads are much less cost effective than other advertising, based in part on survey evidence...

POINT OF VIEW: Tax cuts have already helped small businesses like mine

Under our new tax code, Apple recently announced plans to invest $30 billion in the U.S. economy over the next five years, which would create more than 20,000 jobs. But America’s largest corporations aren’t the only beneficiaries of tax cuts. Small-business owners, who account for two-thirds of new jobs in this country, are also using their tax savings to make new investments and reward...

New seawall, walkway may fall within exception to alteration rule

Question: Our condominium vinyl seawall was destroyed by Hurricane Irma. The board has a proposal to replace the vinyl seawall with a riprap stone seawall, along with a 4-foot wide gravel walkway. There was no walkway before, and the walkway is being sold to the owners as a splash guard. Another condominium just down the street is having its wall replaced with riprap by the same contractor, but it...
State probing West Palm company over sale of fake Twitter followers

State probing West Palm company over sale of fake Twitter followers

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is investigating allegations of identity theft by a West Palm Beach marketing firm that sells followers on Twitter, Facebook and other sites. “If you or someone you know has had their identity stolen and used to create a fake social media profile on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or any other social media platform, please file a complaint with our office,&rdquo...

Gov. Scott names Bondi deputy as Florida utilities regulator

Andrew Fay, a chief deputy to Attorney General Pam Bondi, was named Friday by Gov. Rick Scott to the state’s utility regulatory board. Scott chose Fay from among four finalists for a seat on the Florida Public Service Commission. Former state lawmaker Ritch Workman had been appointed to start serving in the post last month but withdrew in December because of a sexual-harassment allegation. »...
Just in: Pipeline firms that supply FPL seek emergency permits

Just in: Pipeline firms that supply FPL seek emergency permits

UPDATE: Late Friday natural gas pipeline companies Florida Southeast Connection, Sabal Trail and Transcontinental asked federal regulators to take action to prevent supplies from being shut down next week. The companies asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to either expedite an environmental review of the impact of emissions from the power plants supplied by the pipelines and reissue the...
Eighteen Palm Beach County hotels win AAA Diamond awards

Eighteen Palm Beach County hotels win AAA Diamond awards

Eighteen Palm Beach County hotels have won AAA Diamond Ratings, the travel group’s highest honor. Three beachfront hotels – Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan, the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, and The Breakers in Palm Beach – received AAA Five Diamond rating. RELATED: Palm Beach County named one of the world’s top travel spots by Forbes Fifteen other hotels earned...
Gleaning season is here as produce goes to feed the hungry

Gleaning season is here as produce goes to feed the hungry

On Saturday mornings when other people are sleeping in, Ginny Somerville heads to the black muck farms in Belle Glade to pick sweet corn or the sandy soils in west Boynton Beach to pluck bell peppers from rows of plants. The West Palm Beach resident is an executive secretary, not a farmworker. But she’s one of thousands of people who volunteer from November through July to glean produce for...
Wage growth still lagging: Is the “Uber effect” to blame?

Wage growth still lagging: Is the “Uber effect” to blame?

Wage growth finally is perking up, according to Friday’s jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department: Wages grew 2.9 percent over the past year. Even so, economists are puzzled about why raises haven’t been more robust in an era of full employment, record stock prices and rising home values. In past booms, wages have grown at a pace of 3.5 percent to 4 percent, says Realtor.com senior...
Western Union $586 million claims deadline extended to May 31

Western Union $586 million claims deadline extended to May 31

Ripped off by scammers who accepted payment by way of Western Union? The deadline has been extended to May 31 to file a claim in a $586 million settlement, federal officials said this week. Western Union agreed to settle charges it failed to protect consumers adequately from scams and discipline problem agents. The settlement goes way back. It covers scam payments between January 1, 2004...
Gardens approves $70,000 incentive for ‘Project Knight’

Gardens approves $70,000 incentive for ‘Project Knight’

“Project Knight,” an undisclosed company seeking a $560,000 incentive package to consolidate jobs in Palm Beach Gardens, won the support of the City Council.  Palm Beach Gardens’ share of the package is $70,000, which the City Council approved Thursday night. Palm Beach County is expected to pick up another $70,000, and the state will cover the rest.  There was no public...
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