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PGA program for veterans with disabilities to tee off at Okeeheelee

PGA program for veterans with disabilities to tee off at Okeeheelee

Nearly two dozen veterans and active military personnel have been invited to hit the links beginning Friday at Okeeheelee Golf Course. Throught its PGA HOPE (Helping our Patriots Everywhere) program, the South Florida PGA Foundation will teach golf to veterans with physical and cognitive challenges in an effort to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. RELATED: Palm Beach...
Priest who worked in Boca accused of abuse by Pennsylvania grand jury

Priest who worked in Boca accused of abuse by Pennsylvania grand jury

A priest who was affiliated with Ascension Catholic Church in Boca Raton is accused of molesting a 9-year-old boy and sexually abusing unidentified others in a scathing report issued Tuesday by a Pennsylvania grand jury that conducted a sweeping investigation into clergy misconduct. Monsignor Thomas Benestad was among the scores of “predator priests” the grand jury mentioned...
Leaving Congress, Rooney seeks spot on Palm Beach County bench

Leaving Congress, Rooney seeks spot on Palm Beach County bench

Six months after announcing he wouldn’t seek a sixth term in Congress, U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney has applied for an opening on the Palm Beach County bench. Rooney is among 32 attorneys who have applied to replace County Judge Dana Santino, who was booted from office by the Florida Supreme Court last month over inappropriate comments she made about her opponent in the 2016 election. RELATED: Three...
Fired FAU professor declares it’s his right to call Sandy Hook a hoax

Fired FAU professor declares it’s his right to call Sandy Hook a hoax

Lashing out at his former bosses and a federal judge, former Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy is back in court, again claiming he was wrongfully fired for publicly and repeatedly proclaiming that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax. In his ongoing quest to get his job back, Tracy insists a federal jury got it wrong in December when it decided the university fired him for insubordination...
‘Put an end to this nightmare’: A plea for justice in teens’ unsolved murders

‘Put an end to this nightmare’: A plea for justice in teens’ unsolved murders

Sharon Dunbar thought she could never have children. So when she found out she was pregnant with a baby boy, she did everything she could to protect him. She wouldn’t stand near a microwave while she was pregnant and was so wary of “jinxing it” that she refused to buy a crib until she brought Se’Sawn home from the hospital. But 17 years later, she couldn’t protect her...
Corrections officer: Free man wrongly accused in son’s death

Corrections officer: Free man wrongly accused in son’s death

For more than 10 years, Linda Tomlinson has lived with the painful knowledge that the wrong man was sent to prison for her 25-year-old son’s murder while his real killer was allowed to go free. She has written letters. She has talked to prosecutors. She has testified in court. All to no avail. “I never got any justice for Eric,” said Tomlinson, who as a corrections officer...
Cheesman, Coleman, Maryuma have vastly different backgrounds

Cheesman, Coleman, Maryuma have vastly different backgrounds

An assistant public defender, a former prosecutor who practices family law and a scientist turned lawyer will face off on Aug. 28 to replace retiring Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Peter Blanc. The three candidates not only practice different types of law but come from vastly different backgrounds. KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES: Complete guide to the Aug. 28 election Maxine Cheesman, 62, was born in Jamaica...
Melgen will stay in prison while he appeals health care conviction

Melgen will stay in prison while he appeals health care conviction

Dr. Salomon Melgen will remain behind bars while he appeals his conviction on 67 charges of health care fraud and his 17-year prison sentence, a federal judge ruled this week. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra rejected arguments from Melgen’s attorneys who claimed the 63-year-old disgraced Palm Beach County retinal specialist is not a flight risk and that he is likely to win a new trial in connection...
You need a daycation to Palm Beach this summer and here's why

You need a daycation to Palm Beach this summer and here's why

Need a daycation? Skip the flight and the long drive. You live in Palm Beach County, my friend. That means you live a quick bike or drive away from Palm Beach Island. You can make this into a super chill daycation or a glamorous one. The choice is yours. But first, charge up that phone. It’s true that Palm Beach makes anyone with a smartphone an amateur photographer. The abundance of luxury...
Two Boca attorneys disbarred by Florida Supreme Court

Two Boca attorneys disbarred by Florida Supreme Court

Four Palm Beach County attorneys are among 21 statewide who were recently disciplined by the Florida Supreme Court. Two Boca Raton attorneys - Jason Dalley and Lori Kovacs - were disbarred, another Boca attorney was suspended for three years and a Palm Beach lawyer was suspended from the practice of law indefinitely, according to orders the high court issued between May 15 and July 12. Dalley lost...
Candidate for circuit court admits affair with client in 2013

Candidate for circuit court admits affair with client in 2013

A Palm Beach County circuit judge candidate on Tuesday admitted she had sex with a client she was representing in a 2013 divorce, a violation of Florida Bar rules. Royal Palm Beach family law attorney Marybel Reinoso Coleman, who has garnered support from the county’s legal elite in a three-person race to replace retiring Circuit Judge Peter Blanc, made the admission in response to two letters...
Boynton man convicted of taking lewd videos of teen family member

Boynton man convicted of taking lewd videos of teen family member

A 56-year-old Boynton Beach man on Wednesday was convicted of charges of producing and possessing child pornography of a teenage family member. ALSO: Army recruiter at Dwyer High pleads guilty to child porn charges A federal jury convicted Tommy Findley of the charges on the third day of trial. He faces a mandatory 15-year sentence and a maximum 40-year term when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge...
County library program bringing more name authors to town

County library program bringing more name authors to town

When Palm Beach County librarian Stacey Alesi started the Writers LIVE! program in 2009, it was a one-event presentation. It was titled “Murder They Wrote,” with best-selling authors Lisa Unger, James O. Born, Ted Bell and Brad Meltzer on the writer’s panel. Fast forward to 2018. The program now brings in between 18 and 20 writers with 22 events during the season, drawing a public...
Lawyers sought to replace ousted Palm Beach County Judge Dana Santino

Lawyers sought to replace ousted Palm Beach County Judge Dana Santino

Attorneys interested in replacing Palm Beach County Judge Dana Santino, who was removed from office on July 2 by the Florida Supreme Court, have until July 31 to submit applications to the local Judicial Nominating Commission. Gov. Rick Scott has asked the commission to move quickly to select candidates to replace Santino, who was booted from the bench by the high court for violating judicial canons...
Drive-in movie memories: 71 years of double features and even death

Drive-in movie memories: 71 years of double features and even death

— The Beach Boys When it opened 71 years ago this month — on July 11, 1947 — the first drive-in theater in Palm Beach County didn’t have a name. Just called “Drive In Theatre” or “The Family Theatre,” the one-screen operation was in an empty lot west of Morrison Field, now PBIA, on Southern Boulevard. “See and hear your favorite movies...
Palm Beach author says she made a list that changed her life

Palm Beach author says she made a list that changed her life

Overachiever and goal-oriented are words that come to mind when speaking to local filmmaker, actress and now author Jacqueline Journey. Her new book, “The Diva’s in the Details,” a guide to inspire readers into believing that confidence, courage and style can be achieved by anyone, certainly reflects her outgoing and go-getter personality. But Journey says it wasn’t always...
Fane Lozman to Riviera Beach: Ending lawsuit will cost $650K, apology

Fane Lozman to Riviera Beach: Ending lawsuit will cost $650K, apology

A month after the U.S. Supreme Court handed Fane Lozman his second win against Riviera Beach, the city’s longtime nemesis has offered to end his decade-old legal battle for $650,000, an apology and an invitation to address the city council. Lozman described his proposition as a bargain. “I gave them a really inexpensive settlement offer,” said Lozman, a former U.S. Marine...
Gardens lawyer, Stormy Daniels’ attorney Avenatti share legal award

Gardens lawyer, Stormy Daniels’ attorney Avenatti share legal award

Palm Beach Gardens lawyer Edward Ricci joined Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti on a stage in Denver on Monday, both accepting an award as the Trial Attorney of the Year from the Public Justice Foundation. Ricci and Avenatti, who became a regular on TV news shows for representing the porn star who claims she had an affair with President Donald Trump, received the award in connection...
West Palm Beach mom sues air rifle maker over son’s head injuries

West Palm Beach mom sues air rifle maker over son’s head injuries

The mother of a West Palm Beach teen is suing a leading air rifle manufacturer for devastating injuries she says her son sustained when he accidentally shot himself in the head four years ago. Since the July 2014 accident, Antonio Young has undergone several operations to remove the pellet from his head, attorney Sekou Gary said in the lawsuit filed this month in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. The...
Palm Beach author: The reasons I love Florida

Palm Beach author: The reasons I love Florida

When asked whether she shared the view of writer Lauren Groff about Florida as “a monkey bread state…that isn’t one thing but many things all jammed together,” Margaret Bradham Thornton said she had to disagree. “That would not be the way I would describe Florida. Perhaps because I love its natural beauty and wide open spaces so much,” Bradham Thornton said...
Girl, 15, returns to testify in sex trafficking trial of West Palm man

Girl, 15, returns to testify in sex trafficking trial of West Palm man

A 15-year-old girl reluctantly returned to the witness stand Tuesday a day after she fled from a federal courtroom rather than answer questions about a man described as her pimp. The teen’s about-face lifted a constitutional cloud that threatened to derail the trial of 63-year-old Charles Smith, who faces a possible life sentence if...
Cold case murder: Who killed rich Palm Beacher 75 years ago?

Cold case murder: Who killed rich Palm Beacher 75 years ago?

It was a murder case so sensational that it spanned two nations and two islands — one of them Palm Beach — and managed to knock World War II out of the top headlines. The victim: a man who owned a vast swath of northern Palm Beach County and whose name started with “Sir.” At one point, he was called one of the two richest men in America. Seventy-five years ago this week, Sir...
Girl, 15, walks off stand during testimony in sex trafficking case

Girl, 15, walks off stand during testimony in sex trafficking case

A 15-year-old girl on Monday was willing to tell a federal jury that 63-year-old Charles Edward Smith plied her with crack cocaine, encouraged her to work as a prostitute and had sex with her. But she balked when questions turned to her relationship with 44-year-old Michael Clark, another West Palm Beach man who prosecutors claim also forced her to work as a prostitute out of a house on Pine Street...
Is Greg Norman-owned water park at Okeeheelee safe to visit? CEO says yes

Is Greg Norman-owned water park at Okeeheelee safe to visit? CEO says yes

Greg Norman Jr., has been waterskiing and wakeboarding at Okeeheelee Park for years, long before he and business partner Jeff Trudeau decided to open Palm Beach County’s first cable-powered watersports park. Norman Jr., the son of golfing great Greg Norman and CEO of Shark Wake Park 561, never considered the park’s freshwater lakes dangerous then. And he doesn’t now, despite...
Boca Raton attorney ordered to stop practicing law for three years

Boca Raton attorney ordered to stop practicing law for three years

A 66-year-old Boca Raton attorney was suspended on Thursday from the practice of law for three years by the Florida Supreme Court. The punishment imposed on Byron Petersen was far more severe than the 91-day suspension recommended by court-appointed referee, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Catherine Brunson, and supported by the Florida Bar. Justices unanimously agreed the tougher punishment was in...
Five Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls to face off Aug. 2 in West Palm

Five Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls to face off Aug. 2 in West Palm

All five Democratic candidates for governor will face off Aug. 2 in a debate at the studios of WPBF-Channel 25. The hour-long debate, presented by the West Palm Beach ABC affiliate and the Florida Press Association, will be broadcast statewide, giving voters throughout Florida the chance to hear from one of the largest field of candidates in recent memory weeks before the Aug. 28 primary. The Republican...
Boynton activist sues city for discrimination over summer camp program

Boynton activist sues city for discrimination over summer camp program

Activist Bernard Wright is suing Boynton Beach, claiming it’s discriminating against black children by barring them from using the Carolyn Sims Center while it hosts summer day camps that are beyond the financial reach of low-income families who live nearby. “The recreation center should be free and open to these children all year round,” Wright said on Tuesday less than...
Greg Norman company debuts watersports park at Okeeheelee

Greg Norman company debuts watersports park at Okeeheelee

Just in time for Independence Day, Shark Wake Aqua Park is open for business. The inflatable, floating obstacle course at Okeeheelee Park, which was built and operated by a company owned by golfing great Greg Norman, made its debut on Saturday. It will be open during Wednesday’s Fourth of July holiday and throughout the summer at a temporary location near Pooch Pines Park. Later this year it...
PBC Judge Dana Santino removed from office by Florida Supreme Court

PBC Judge Dana Santino removed from office by Florida Supreme Court

Palm Beach County Judge Dana Santino on Monday became the first jurist in county history to be booted from the bench when the Florida Supreme Court removed her from office for attacks she made against her opponent during her 2016 campaign. In a 4-3 decision, the high court ordered the 50-year-old former guardianship and probate attorney to leave office by 5 p.m. on Monday. But, as a...
Resign-to-run law forces Peyton McArthur out of PBC commission race

Resign-to-run law forces Peyton McArthur out of PBC commission race

Palm Beach County commission aide Peyton McArthur’s last-minute decision to run for his boss’s seat backfired on Friday when he was forced to pull out of the commission race because he failed to resign from his post as a Port of Palm Beach commissioner. In a one-sentence letter to Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, McArthur wrote: “Please accept this as a formal request to withdraw...
Biological dads score win at Florida Supreme Court on antiquated rule

Biological dads score win at Florida Supreme Court on antiquated rule

A Loxahatchee man and scores of other despondent dads throughout the state on Thursday won the chance to help raise their children when the Florida Supreme Court struck down decades-old rules that put the antiquated notion of a child’s “legitimacy” ahead of a biological father’s rights. In a decision hailed by family law attorneys as a giant step into the modern world, the...
Assault suits against former Palm Beach Shores cop settled for $800K

Assault suits against former Palm Beach Shores cop settled for $800K

Two women who claim they were sexually assaulted by former Palm Beach Shores Police Officer Charles Hoeffer will be paid a total of $800,000 by the town’s insurer to end their litigation, officials of the small seaside burg said Thursday. The settlements with a 29-year-old blind woman, who claims Hoeffer raped her twice in 2014, and with a 52-year-old woman, who claims he violently groped her...
Suit filed in death of diver cleaning boat at Old Port Cove Marina

Suit filed in death of diver cleaning boat at Old Port Cove Marina

One minute, Luis Gorgonio-Ixba was routinely cleaning the hull of a luxury yacht at Old Port Cove Marina in North Palm Beach. The next minute, with the errant flip of a switch, the 34-year-old West Palm Beach man was sucked into the 164-foot yacht’s powerful engines. He died from blows to the head. In a lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court on Wednesday, an attorney representing Gorgonio-Ixba&rsquo...
Boca man pleads guilty in connection with “IRS impersonation” scam

Boca man pleads guilty in connection with “IRS impersonation” scam

A Boca Raton man faces a maximum 25-year prison sentence in connection with a lucrative scheme in which he posed as an IRS agent or other government official and threatened people with arrest if they didn’t pay up. Bradley Wright pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of conspiracy to launder money and identity theft. He is to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks on Sept. 13...
Must-try travel: You have to see these 5 natural springs in Florida

Must-try travel: You have to see these 5 natural springs in Florida

It’s time to hit up the natural springs! or is it? In Florida, we don’t just have more than 1,000 miles of coastline, but we also have some of the most spectacular natural springs. And lots of them are within driving distance of Palm Beach County. These places are so clear, you can see all the way to the bottom, making it ideal for snorkeling, cave discovery and, of course, ...
Toys R Us closing: Palm Beach Gardens store looks like ghost town

Toys R Us closing: Palm Beach Gardens store looks like ghost town

It used to be teeming with toys, a wonderland of games and bikes and dolls and video games for kids of all ages, from babies to adults. Now, the Toys R Us store on PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens looks like a ghost town. The signs say it all: Final 8 days. 70 percent off. No cash. Everything must go. Yellow caution tapes rope off swaths of empty shelves. Even the fixtures are for sale...
Lake Worth photos: What city roads, beach, buildings used to look like

Lake Worth photos: What city roads, beach, buildings used to look like

Happy 105th birthday, Lake Worth. Well, belated birthday. The town, according to our records, was officially incorporated on June 14, 1913. But it had been there for years before under a variety of monikers: Jewel (or Jewell), Lucerne, Linton and for a mercifully brief time: Lakeworth. (No, that’s not a typo.) In 2012, there was a campaign to change the name to Lake Worth Beach. Fortunately...
UPDATE: 1 dead, three injured in Riviera Beach shooting

UPDATE: 1 dead, three injured in Riviera Beach shooting

One man has died from his injuries in a shooting Sunday night in Riviera Beach, city police said Monday. The name of the victim was not immediately available. Three other men were injured in the incident, which took place just before 8 p.m. on the 1200 block of West 35th Street, just west of President Barack Obama Highway near the Lake Park border. Riviera Beach Fire Rescue took three of the...
Dying Lake Worth woman fights to take lawsuit against JFK to court

Dying Lake Worth woman fights to take lawsuit against JFK to court

A year ago, Joyce Sirico was working as an auditor and thinking about her looming retirement, which promised carefree days at the beach and plenty of time for travel. Today, the 60-year-old Lake Worth woman barely has the strength to get out of bed. Ravaged by cancer, Sirico describes her new reality with a wave of her hand. “I’m dying,” she said matter-of-factly. But, while she...
Wellington’s not alone: Thousands exposed in municipal website breaches

Wellington’s not alone: Thousands exposed in municipal website breaches

Tammy Avella can’t be blamed for hoping the email saying her credit card number had been stolen was a mistake. She’s aware of the risks of doing business online, but the Wellington resident had been through the same routine just three weeks before: Bank of America detected fraudulent purchases, and Avella shut down the card and started anew. But the email she received while on a cruise...
James Patterson: It was ‘irresistible’ to write book with Bill Clinton

James Patterson: It was ‘irresistible’ to write book with Bill Clinton

In her book, “Murder in the White House,” author Margaret Truman, daughter of President Harry Truman, presented a scenario in which a grisly murder occurs in the Lincoln Bedroom. Truman wrote plot-twisty page-turners in which a White House counsel is in love with the president’s daughter and two FBI agents become romantically involved while investigating foul play at the bureau&rsquo...
Manalapan investment advisers sentenced in $2.7 million scam

Manalapan investment advisers sentenced in $2.7 million scam

Two Manalapan investment advisers were sentenced to federal prison for bilking $2.7 million from clients and for lying to the Internal Revenue Service. Shawn O’Sullivan, 60, who has lived in Palm Beach and in the Lake Worth area, on Tuesday was sentenced to 16 months in prison by U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas for his role in the scam. In May, 49-year-old Finnish native Heidi Wivolin...
U.S. Supreme Court hands Fane Lozman second win against Riviera Beach

U.S. Supreme Court hands Fane Lozman second win against Riviera Beach

Legal lightning struck twice for longtime Riviera Beach critic Fane Lozman on Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court — for a second time — ruled in his favor in his decade-old battle with the city. In an opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court sent the dispute back to an appeals court to decide if city officials violated the self-styled corruption fighter’s First Amendment...
Is West Palm dealing bar owner a free deck? Or building a downtown?

Is West Palm dealing bar owner a free deck? Or building a downtown?

The city has approved spending up to $200,000 to dress up an Evernia Street sidewalk with decking and planters, to test ways to enliven quiet downtown side streets. While the design is inviting, some residents and business owners immediately wondered whether it’s not just inviting customers to a millionaire’s new bar, at taxpayer expense. But city officials say the deck outside the West...
What’s your status? Free HIV testing on June 27 in Lake Worth

What’s your status? Free HIV testing on June 27 in Lake Worth

The numbers on HIV come off Mayor Pam Triolo’s lips like daggers at Tuesday’s Lake Worth Commission meeting. Check this out. 36.7 million people live with HIV/AIDS worldwide. 35 million people have died of AIDS-related illnesses. An estimated 2.1 million new infections occur each year. In the United States, more than 1 million...
Road Rascals Car Show in Lake Worth gets a new name

Road Rascals Car Show in Lake Worth gets a new name

The Road Rascals Car Show in Lake Worth has a new name. It’s now called MG Productions Car Show and will still be held at the Lake Worth Casino Building & Beach Complex from 4:30 to 9 p.m. The next show is Thursday. “We just decided to do different shows on our own,” said Michael Goodwin, MG Productions owner. “So we just decided to dismantle Road Rascals for a while to see...
NEW: 3 cool things happening in Lake Worth

NEW: 3 cool things happening in Lake Worth

1. Food Truck Invasion: Monday, 6 to 10 p.m., get something really yummy to eat at the Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave. 2. Third annual Lake Worth International Mango Festival: Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cultural Plaza. Look for mango cuisine, mango products and mango beverages as well as live steel pan music and musicians from Brazil. If you’re interested in being an artist...
Norton Museum closing during expansion, art reinstallation

Norton Museum closing during expansion, art reinstallation

As the Norton Museum of Art’s $100 million expansion moves forward, the South Dixie Highway institution will close July 16 through Feb. 8, while interior construction is completed and the art collection is reinstalled. Norton officials say exterior construction is almost done. “The project is on schedule and in the home stretch,” spokesman Scott Benarde said. Though the building...
In run for mayor, Keith James seeks to bridge economic divide

In run for mayor, Keith James seeks to bridge economic divide

When a land use or development issue comes before the board, City Commissioner Keith James can be counted on to pose the lawyerly questions, asking city staffers to explain details as if parsing a contract. But overall he remains something of a mystery to the public, a frequent supporter of Mayor Jeri Muoio’s initiatives but one who hasn’t stepped into the spotlight with projects of his...
New at Lake Worth’s raft race: Life-sized squirrel, walrus, flamingo

New at Lake Worth’s raft race: Life-sized squirrel, walrus, flamingo

Want to check out a sight at Lake Worth’s 17th annual Great American Raft Race on July 4? Look for Lake Worth City Commissioner Herman Robinson dressed as a squirrel. “The theme is ‘Race to the Zoo,’” he said, laughing. “Which isn’t easy to put a name on individually. They’ll also be a walrus and a flamingo. We go by size.” LAKE WORTH READERS:...
Esperante tower owners seek injunction against proposed rezoning

Esperante tower owners seek injunction against proposed rezoning

The owners of the Esperante office tower filed for an injunction Monday to prevent a zoning change that could allow a proposed building far higher than current rules allow to block its waterfront views. Under the name 222 Lakeview LLC, the owners filed in circuit court to force a redo of a May 15 Planning Board vote to create an Okeechobee Business District. The district, if approved next week by...
NEW: Tent site project has developer, famed architect… what’s next?

NEW: Tent site project has developer, famed architect… what’s next?

The team of New York developer Charles Cohen and the Cesar Pelli architecture firm were chosen Monday to submit a proposal for West Palm’s prominent tent site, a gateway location where the city has sought for more than a decade to land a signature project. After presentations from three developers, the city commissioners, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, overwhelmingly ranked...
Lake Worth’s Cultural Council gets $250,000 gift from philanthropists

Lake Worth’s Cultural Council gets $250,000 gift from philanthropists

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, based in downtown Lake Worth, got a nice gift recently from philanthropists Donald Ephraim and his partner, Maxine Marks. They donated $250,000 to the council to support the nonprofit’s mission to grow the arts and cultural sector. “We love the arts,” Ephraim said in a statement. “We want to see these organizations survive, prosper...
Lake Worth’s Hummingbird Hotel being turned into a luxury office space

Lake Worth’s Hummingbird Hotel being turned into a luxury office space

The site, 631 Lucerne Avenue, has been vacant for 10 years. The old Hummingbird Hotel, a 3-star site featuring 24 rooms, welcomed its last guest in 2008. But Hummingbird Partners, LLC started work last week on renovating the structure and turning it into Emerge Lake Worth, a 5,638 square foot space where up to 22 office spaces for attorneys, insurance professionals, real estate brokers and other professionals...
EXCLUSIVE: Ex-West Palm commissioner: Foe’s consultant hid election contributors

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-West Palm commissioner: Foe’s consultant hid election contributors

Former West Palm Beach City Commissioner Shanon Materio alleged in election complaints Thursday that her opponent’s political adviser, Rick Asnani, hid contributor names by having campaign donors give through shell corporations. Materio lost her bid for re-election in March to political newcomer Christina Lambert by 183 votes of a total of 7,483 cast in the District 5 race. That...
Things to do this weekend (and beyond) in West Palm Beach

Things to do this weekend (and beyond) in West Palm Beach

The Butcher Shop West Palm Beach hosts a West Palm Beach Fire Department Rib Challenge, this Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m., at 209 6th St. Nine Fire Stations plus Fire Administration will battle for the title of West Palm Beach Fire Department Best Ribs. A $20 ticket gets you a draft beer and six rib tastings, plus limited side dishes provided at each station. Ticket sales benefit the West Palm...
In battle of city future, plan opponents urge faster access to info

In battle of city future, plan opponents urge faster access to info

One person’s transparency is another’s opacity, when it comes to opposing visions for the city. In recent weeks, Mayor Jeri Muoio revived a plan to create a downtown zoning district that would allow a 25-story office tower in a 5-story zone near the waterfront, a plan that promises to attract high-paying hedge funds but threatens to block neighbors’ views and gridlock the Okeechobee...
Long vacant Lake Worth site could be leased in a few weeks

Long vacant Lake Worth site could be leased in a few weeks

The site at 614 Lake Ave. should be leased in the next few weeks. “We have a lot of interest,” said Chris Fleming, a senior broker at Strategic Realty Services. “We’ll end up with a deal in June. I’m going to Costa Rica in another week, so hopefully, we’ll sign before that, but it’ll probably be mid-June.” New owners Bruce and Robert Oresky bought the...
NEW: Lake Avenue Starbucks closes, but new one nearby opens Friday

NEW: Lake Avenue Starbucks closes, but new one nearby opens Friday

Elanie Thompson McCarthy used to visit the Starbucks on Lake Avenue a couple of times a week, but she doubts she’ll ever cross North Dixie Highway to visit the new one opening Friday at 5 a.m. “I wish they could leave both,” she said. “But now I’ll start patronizing our local independent coffee shops so it’s actually a good thing.” READ: Lake Worth gym celebrates...
One building is about to give West Palm a massive property tax bump

One building is about to give West Palm a massive property tax bump

The value of West Palm Beach real estate plummeted from its peak of $12.7 billion in 2007 to $8.1 billion in 2012, sending city property tax collections tumbling and forcing cuts in payroll and in such necessities as police car replacements, computer systems and road repairs. But Finance Director Mark Parks said Tuesday that thanks to economic improvement nationwide and a construction surge in West...
At Lake Worth gym open 24/7, you get a key, work out ‘whenever you want’

At Lake Worth gym open 24/7, you get a key, work out ‘whenever you want’

James Striker, a retired orthopedic surgeon, has been going to gyms for 50 years. One of his favorites is The Zoo Gym in downtown Lake Worth. “It’s a perfect gym, it’s two miles from my house and it’s open all the time,” said Striker, 70, of Palm Beach. “I come and go whenever I want.” READ: More details on the Lake Worth ‘zombie alert’ Hundreds...
NEW: Pedestrian killed in Lake Worth wreck was 66-year-old man

NEW: Pedestrian killed in Lake Worth wreck was 66-year-old man

A 66-year-old man was the victim of a fatal crash late Saturday in Lake Worth, but authorities have not released his name. The man was struck while walking east across South Dixie Highway near 10th Avenue South at around 8:30 p.m., according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. He wasn’t using a crosswalk. The driver of the car, the front of which struck the pedestrian, was not identified...
3rd Annual Lake Worth Mango Festival coming soon

3rd Annual Lake Worth Mango Festival coming soon

On June 16, it’s all about mangos. That’s when the 3rd Annual Lake Worth International Mango Festival will be held at the Cultural Plaza from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “We started this so we could get all the mangos that dropped from the mango trees in Lake Worth off the ground and to share them and help keep the streets of Lake Worth clean,” said Patti Sheldon, an event coordinator...
Former county commissioner Taylor sets sights on West Palm City Hall

Former county commissioner Taylor sets sights on West Palm City Hall

Priscilla Taylor brings to her candidacy for mayor of West Palm Beach a long resume of public service. She served as Port of Palm Beach commissioner from 1999-2004, state representative from 2004-2009 and Palm Beach County Commissioner from 2009-2016, which included a stint as the county’s first female mayor, in 2014. Born and raised in Fort Pierce, for 35 years she’s been a resident of...

Things to do in West Palm Beach

The South Florida Science Center will be hosting workshops with Allaxis 3D printers. These workshops are open to the public but pre-registration is required. Upcoming dates: June 16, July 28 and Aug. 4. The classes, “3D Design & Printing Showcase for Ages 8 - 15,” cost $45 and take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stiles-Nicholson STEM Education Center across the parking lot from the...
Esperante owners demand do-over on waterfront rezoning vote

Esperante owners demand do-over on waterfront rezoning vote

The owners of the Esperante office tower are demanding the Planning Board redo its 3-2 vote approving the Okeechobee Business District, asserting that board member Gregg Weiss, a candidate for county commission, illegally recused himself from voting on the controversial matter. The board voted May 15 to create the zoning district, which would allow construction of a 25-story office tower along the...
$1 million gift helps pay for 14 homes coming to Lake Worth by 2020

$1 million gift helps pay for 14 homes coming to Lake Worth by 2020

The large site at North A Street and 3rd Avenue North in Lake Worth is vacant, surrounded only by a fence and a green cover-up filled with white graffiti. On this day, two trucks are plowing to clear the land to make way for Third Avenue Homes, a $6.6 million, 14-unit housing development that will be built by early 2020, thanks, in large part, to a $1 million gift from a donor who wants to remain...
What are those yellow boxes sprouting up in downtown West Palm?

What are those yellow boxes sprouting up in downtown West Palm?

It’s not a parking meter. It’s not a homelessness donation meter. It’s a sunscreen dispenser. The cheery, yellow dispenser, the subject of a mayoral ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Lake Pavilion on Monday, now can be found by the waterfront visitor center next to the Great Lawn, or sometimes by the park fountain. The Sunscreen Application Machine was provided courtesy of the Richard...
West Palm Beach growth eases a bit

West Palm Beach growth eases a bit

Population growth appeared to slow in nearly every nook and cranny of Palm Beach County and West Palm Beach was no exception, a Census Bureau analysis released Thursday showed. In estimates for the latest year reported, from the middle of 2016 to mid-2017, population grew typically at two-thirds what it was a year earlier. Many cities grew at half the rate of this decade’s average. West Palm...
West Palm green-lights all-options-open plan for transportation future

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

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

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

The Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society has a new president and chief executive who hopes to transform the facility into a “world class” destination for both locals and out-of-town visitors. Margo McKnight, the former senior vice president of conservation, science and research at the Florida Aquarium, took over the zoo’s top position on Monday. She replaces Andrew Aiken, who...
More details on who — or what — was behind Lake Worth’s ‘zombie alert’

More details on who — or what — was behind Lake Worth’s ‘zombie alert’

So, who’s behind the zombie caper in Lake Worth? At the moment, the city has no idea. “There’s an investigation ongoing,” said Ben Kerr, Lake Worth’s spokesman. “But right now I have no details on it. It’s not information I can get into. It’s an outside investigation and I have no idea (how long it will take).” Sunday night about 1:45 a.m...
Lake Worth official unhappy with tattoo shop: Isn’t this what we’re ‘trying to get away from?’

Lake Worth official unhappy with tattoo shop: Isn’t this what we’re ‘trying to get away from?’

There’s a new type of business opening in downtown Lake Worth on Friday — a tattoo shop. Solid Image Tattoo Co. will be moving into the 603 Lake Ave. space. “Lake Worth has been so welcoming,” said Shirley Harris, the shop’s 74-year-old administrator and creator. “We needed a larger place than in Delray, where we only had 425 square feet. Now we’re in 1,000...
Florida Chamber president: Lawmakers left business on the table

Florida Chamber president: Lawmakers left business on the table

The Feb. 14 Parkland high school murders were among a series of events that distracted from business priorities, reduced the number of bills passed and hurt the Florida Chamber’s efforts to bolster the state’s competitiveness, according to Florida Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Wilson, speaking at a Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches breakfast Tuesday. Sex scandals also...
5 best uncrowded beaches in Palm Beach County

5 best uncrowded beaches in Palm Beach County

Headed to the beach? We found some of the best ones to enjoy without the usual crowds. Relax and have fun! Vital statistics: 15 acres, 600 feet of guarded beach, open sunrise to sunset Parking: Free The primary draw of this quiet beach – the county’s northernmost — is the snorkeling. With clear waters and multiple rock formations within wading distance of shore, Coral Cove...
LATEST: Man charged in Boynton drive-by that injures teen gets $20,000 bond

LATEST: Man charged in Boynton drive-by that injures teen gets $20,000 bond

An 18-year-old boy who allegedly shot and injured a teen in Boynton Beach Wednesday night was given a $20,000 bond by a Palm Beach County Court judge Saturday morning. Cleevens Altiner was arrested Friday and faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and aggravated battery with a firearm. The judge ordered a $10,000 bond for each count. Altiner’s mother...
NEW: 3 cool things happening in Lake Worth

NEW: 3 cool things happening in Lake Worth

1. Dive Against Debris: It’s the 4th annual event presented by the city and Wet Pleasures Dive Outfitters on June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake Worth Pier. Certified divers are asked to join for the underwater pier cleanup. A dive master and reef cleanup specialist will be on hand to teach you how to clean the pylons. To register, stop by Wet Pleasures Dive Outfitters in Lantana at 869...
West Palm man charged with attempted murder, robbery denied bond

West Palm man charged with attempted murder, robbery denied bond

A 46-year-old West Palm Beach man charged with attempted murder on Friday in connection with a beating last month in the city’s north end was denied bond Saturday morning by a Palm Beach County Court judge. Authorities allege that Kenneth Machuca beat a man at about 2 p.m. April 29, at the BP gas station at Broadway and 44th Street. The man was robbed when rendered...
West Palm details $2.2 million sophisticated plan to catch criminals

West Palm details $2.2 million sophisticated plan to catch criminals

West Palm police are asking the city to fund technology to locate shooting sites and catch criminals with greater ease. The department, which saw a 150 percent increase in murders last year, is asking the city commission for $2.2 million for gunfire-locator sensors, license plate readers and analytic systems to tie them to police and private security cameras, to speed response by helping identify...
New fleet to teach youths in the ways of sails and waves

New fleet to teach youths in the ways of sails and waves

At sailing’s simplest level, you take tiller in one hand, main sheet in the other and glide off the mooring, into the blue. At its most sophisticated, you spend years mastering navigation, seamanship, the physics of wind, tides and currents and, as you advance yet farther, the subtleties of saving yourself the trouble and cost by inviting yourself on someone else’s boat. In West Palm Beach...
Lake Worth’s Bamboo Room has new tenants who open in June

Lake Worth’s Bamboo Room has new tenants who open in June

The Bamboo Room is coming back…again. Everyone knows the legendary blues club at 25 S. J Street and a Lake Worth nightlife staple that has hosted live acts from Bo Diddley to Ben Prestag, has had its share of problems in recent years. The club closed twice — in 2008 and from 2014 to 2015. It was managed for about two years by Mike Olive, Common Ground Church Pastor. Olive...

5 cool things to do in West Palm Beach

Northwood Village ArtNight Out: Spring Fling takes place May 25, from 6 to 9 p.m., and the city will be giving away free native trees to West Palm residents and business owners. Northwood Village ArtNight Out will be in full bloom, with hidden artistic flowers all over the neighborhood…you can find a flower, keep a flower or share a flower! Due to the bad weather during the April ArtNight Out...
Not-so-good idea to paint West Palm roof on rainy day could be costly

Not-so-good idea to paint West Palm roof on rainy day could be costly

If the Lake Worth Lagoon seems more blue than usual this weekend, that’s because it might have more blue in it. West Palm Beach environmental compliance officers responded Thursday to a complaint that a downpour washed off wet coats of blue paint from a strip center at 3700 South Dixie Highway, where a two-man crew was repainting the metal roof. City workers arrived to find the men covered in...
Lake Worth Utilities workers upset with director over lack of work

Lake Worth Utilities workers upset with director over lack of work

Samuel Jackson has worked at Lake Worth Utilities for 14 years, the past 10 as a line foreman. “I love training the guys who are below me,” Jackson, an apprentice instructor since 2011, told The Palm Beach Post on Monday. “It’s a nice place to work and it pays the bills.” But Jackson wasn’t happy at Tuesday’s night city commission meeting, while listening...
NEW: Cost to replace 38 West Palm police car engines $6,000 a vehicle

NEW: Cost to replace 38 West Palm police car engines $6,000 a vehicle

The cost of West Palm Beach police car damage, allegedly from bad fuel, continues to mount and the damage isn’t limited to police cars, City Administrator Jeff Green said. As of Wednesday, 38 of the city’s 61 police cars and SUV’s had engines replaced, at a cost of $6,000 each. The city also has pulled 31 non-police vehicles off the road for inspection and so far 11 of those had...
Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery may be closing in Lake Worth soon

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery may be closing in Lake Worth soon

It looks as if the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery on 15 S. J St. may be closing. The gallery’s 3,685-square-foot studio at 216 S. F St., open to artists of all ages to come and create, is up for sale, according to Joyce Brown, curator and president of Flamingo Clay Studio, a nonprofit artist cooperative that operates the gallery. “We knew it was going up for sale the entire five years...
Okeechobee project returns

Okeechobee project returns

The city on Tuesday revived a plan, defeated last September amid a public uproar, that would allow a 25-story office tower in a five-story waterfront zone. The plan aims to encourage luxury office development along the Okeechobee Boulevard corridor while requiring developers to incorporate transportation salves for a congested downtown. At a marathon meeting Tuesday night, the plan won an initial...
JUST IN: Three new stores coming to Palm Beach Outlets

JUST IN: Three new stores coming to Palm Beach Outlets

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

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

With the train track “quiet zone” taking effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday, Mayor Jeri Muoio urged anyone crossing the Florida East Coast Railway lines from here on to be careful and not circumvent safety gates. Conductors can blow horns if they spot someone near the tracks, or when within passenger stations or rail yards in an emergency, but other than that, the regular, ear-piercing blasts...
NEW: 3 things to do in Lake Worth

NEW: 3 things to do in Lake Worth

1. Food Truck Invasion: Get some yummy food on Monday from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Avenue. 2. Dive Against Debris: It’s the 4th annual event presented by the city and Wet Pleasures Dive Outfitters on June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake Worth Pier. Certified divers are asked to join for the underwater pier cleanup. A dive master and reef cleanup specialist will...
NEW: Wide deck, plants and pergola planned for Evernia Street sidewalk

NEW: Wide deck, plants and pergola planned for Evernia Street sidewalk

John Pankauski said the city approached him several months ago, “about doing something special with a peripheral street, doing something to improve the area other than on Clematis Street.” That something special could take shape starting in June, assuming it gains city commission approval: turning the sidewalk outside his Evernia Street brewery into a 100-by-25-foot wooden deck bordered...
Lake Worth salon owner giddy her dream came true

Lake Worth salon owner giddy her dream came true

Growing up in Texas, Laura Garofalo always wanted to run her own beauty salon. “I used to do redneck hair out of my kitchen,” she said, laughing. Her dream took a backseat after Garofalo, now 54, got married and started a property management business with her first husband. The company was started in their guest house and has grown into a $2 million business. READ: New Lake Worth Dunkin&rsquo...
Sold at auction: One 2009 Cybermobile

Sold at auction: One 2009 Cybermobile

For eight years, the Riviera Beach Public Library’s Cybermobile trundled through the city, from the Ocean Mall to the Indian Trace Apartments, bringing books, computer stations, free WiFi and goodwill. Snowbirds from Singer Island, young readers from the Fisher Boys and Girls Club, elderly email-checkers from Villa Franciscan, rich and poor, hopped on the bus for trips to places only books and...
New Lake Worth Dunkin’ Donuts to be built on 6th Avenue South

New Lake Worth Dunkin’ Donuts to be built on 6th Avenue South

Chris Dabros knows Dixie Highway in Lake Worth needs help, as sites there have sat empty or underdeveloped for a long time. “In that area,” said Dabros, deputy director of the Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency, “we’ve lacked in new development.” READ: New Lake Worth Mexican seafood restaurant opens That is about to change as Dixie Capital Partners, a New York-based...
Boss Barista? Subculture Coffee’s co-owner ponders run for mayor

Boss Barista? Subculture Coffee’s co-owner ponders run for mayor

[UPDATED to mention Priscilla Taylor’s candidacy] Sean Scott knows beans about politics. But the co-owner of Clematis Street’s popular Subculture Coffee says that’s just as well, because those who make a living out of local politics aren’t grounded in the needs of the people. As someone who has weighed in at city hall on issues that affect downtown residents and business owners...
New Mexican seafood restaurant opening in Lake Worth on Thursday

New Mexican seafood restaurant opening in Lake Worth on Thursday

For 4 1/2 years, Delilah Ramirez was a receptionist in a doctor’s office. But she wasn’t happy. “I just wanted to get into something new,” said Ramirez, 38. “I was thinking about my future.” That future starts Thursday at 8 a.m. when she opens a new Mexican seafood restaurant at 23 South Dixie Highway. READ: Lake Worth’s Dollars for Scholars to hand out most...
Top 5 things to do in West Palm next week

Top 5 things to do in West Palm next week

1. Have a green thumb? The Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society is hosting its 13th Annual Rare & Unique Native Plant Auction on May 15 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Mounts Botanical Garden Auditorium. All proceeds will support the FNPS mission. For more, visit http://palmbeach.fnpschapters.org. 2. Grab some gourmet grub: Whether you’re a local, new...
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