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EXCLUSIVE: Under fire, Riviera council gives up $12,000 stipends

EXCLUSIVE: Under fire, Riviera council gives up $12,000 stipends

Riviera Beach City Council members, who give themselves the biggest car and travel allowances in the state along with a stipend in addition to their salary to oversee the city water department, have rescinded one of those perks — the $12,000 annual individual stipend. They voted Monday to drop the perk, effective immediately, after several months of negative publicity over their spending and...
Old cannon on the island pointed at West Palm — for attack or adornment?

Old cannon on the island pointed at West Palm — for attack or adornment?

Relations between Palm Beach and West Palm Beach are not always easy. Last year when West Palm pushed to build an office tower next to the bridge Palm Beachers rely upon to get to and from the island, verbal salvos were exchanged across city commission chamber lines. But many years ago there was a time when the town aimed actual artillery at the city. Part of that history turned up recently during...
S. Dixie residents soundly reject bigger projects near neighborhoods

S. Dixie residents soundly reject bigger projects near neighborhoods

For the city of West Palm, it looked like a great idea and compromise: a plan to blend shops, housing and offices but ease traffic and parking. But residents of historic neighborhoods off South Dixie Highway saw the opposite. They called it a developer giveaway that would clog their streets and allow tall, bulky buildings that stare down on their backyards. The residents won that battle Tuesday. Faced...
Green markets guide: Find the best one near you in Palm Beach County

Green markets guide: Find the best one near you in Palm Beach County

What’s not to love about green market season? The markets provide fresh produce from area farms, artisanal goods, local plants, baked goods, gourmet foods and much more. Plus it’s a great time to just get outside and enjoy South Florida’s fall season.  Here’s info on some of our favorites around the county. Opens: Oct. 7, 2017 through April 21, 2018Hours: 9 a.m. to...
How to sell a pilot: Lake Worth TV writer to speak at Book Cellar

How to sell a pilot: Lake Worth TV writer to speak at Book Cellar

When Book Cellar opened late last year, Hal Cantor was really excited. “We were worshipping at their feet,” he said. “Lake Worth needs more places like Book Cellar.” Cantor, a 53-year-old television and film writer, also saw an opportunity for himself. “I met the owner of the store and said I’d love to do a talk (about) TV,” Cantor said. “They said,...
Lake Worth latest city that wants to ban assault weapons

Lake Worth latest city that wants to ban assault weapons

“Persistence pays off.” Those were the three words Lake Worth Commissioner Herman Robinson said at Tuesday’s meeting, and about 40 minutes before the city unanimously drafted a resolution banning assault weapons in the city. “Guns have become a religion,” Robinson said. “We need to talk about it and it’s become a controlling factor in every thing we do.&rdquo...
Designated beach parking decals for sale in Lake Worth

Designated beach parking decals for sale in Lake Worth

Planning to spend some time at the Lake Worth Beach? The city began selling beach parking decals Monday for residents and seasonal residents who live in the 33460 or 33461 zip codes. The beach decal period will be for May 1 to April 30, 2019. The price remains the same at $42.80 for full-time residents and $64.20 for seasonal residents. “We’ve been doing this for years,” said Ben...
Rosemary Avenue downtown closing for road painting

Rosemary Avenue downtown closing for road painting

Parts of Rosemary Avenue will be closing over the next few days, from Okeechobee Boulevard to 11th Street, for painting of a ‘road tattoo’ mural. Here’s the road-closing schedule, from the City of West Palm Beach: April 17-18: Okeechobee Blvd. to Hibiscus Street, including intersection with Hibiscus. April 19-20: Hibiscus Street to Fern Street, including...
Steven Michael, Hudson Holdings out of Gulfstream Hotel project

Steven Michael, Hudson Holdings out of Gulfstream Hotel project

Steven Michael and his company, developer Hudson Holdings, are officially out of the $65 million Gulfstream Hotel renovation project. “I’m emotionally attached to hoping this becomes a successful hotel in Lake Worth,” Michael told The Palm Beach Post Monday morning. “Anything we can do to help them get to that end we’ll be there to do.” In late March,...
Teen Anxiety to be addressed at public event at Oxbridge Academy

Teen Anxiety to be addressed at public event at Oxbridge Academy

Oxbridge Academy, in partnership with Score at the Top, invites students, parents and the public to attend a special screening of “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety,” an independent film that has received national attention and sparked global conversation about teen anxiety. The 56-minute film, on Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m., will be followed by a panel discussion led by local...
NEW: PBSO arrests 12 during Greenacres-area prostitution sting

NEW: PBSO arrests 12 during Greenacres-area prostitution sting

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says it arrested 12 people in four hours Friday night during a prostitution operation in the Greenacres-Palm Springs area. The 12 people were booked into the county jail between 7:15 p.m. and 11:23 p.m. Friday, jail records show.  Ten were charged with a first offense of soliciting prostitution. Two of the 10 also were charged with possession of cocaine...
Driver dead after car smashes into tree off Belvedere Road

Driver dead after car smashes into tree off Belvedere Road

A female is dead and a male injured after their car lost control on Belvedere Road at about 4 a.m., just west of Florida’s Turnpike. No one else was injured and no other vehicles were involved, said Teri Barbera, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. The car hit a curb and then a tree, ejecting the two. Deputies were on the scene until after 8 a.m. The identities of the driver...
Northwood hearing gripes about smaller speed humps, excessive signs

Northwood hearing gripes about smaller speed humps, excessive signs

Some 20 years ago, speeding cars had Northwood residents agitated. The north end area, a collection of single-family home neighborhoods mainly sandwiched between Broadway and the Lake Worth Lagoon, had become a shortcut for commuters avoiding Interstate 95 and for drug dealers racing between high-crime areas of Riviera Beach and Tamarind Avenue, said Carl Flick, an urban planner who heads the Northwood...
Habitat for Humanity dedicates home built by local students

Habitat for Humanity dedicates home built by local students

Emily Luna waited years for the moment she experienced Friday morning. The newest resident of suburban West Palm Beach got the keys to her home on Miss Piney Road from Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, the culmination of years of effort by Luna and her daughter, 18-year-old Pryzinda. But their home is different from most other Habitat for Humanity homes built in Palm Beach County —...
Earth Day coming to Lake Worth April 21

Earth Day coming to Lake Worth April 21

For the past three years, Brian Kirsch of the Gray Mockingbird Community Garden has been helping the Lake Worth Kiwanis Club stage Earth Day, the city’s annual event. “The Kiwanis Club has been doing Earth Day for the last 18 years,” Kirsch said. “There has been a few years they didn’t have it….but it’s just a matter of getting people involved.” The...
When is Lake Worth’s new Peruvian restaurant opening?

When is Lake Worth’s new Peruvian restaurant opening?

At the start of February, Gonzalo Gutierrez, a co-owner of Victoria’s Pisco Lounge, said his new downtown Peruvian restaurant was going to open in about a month. “This will bring new life and another culture to downtown Lake Worth,” he said of the site at 806 Lake Avenue. But William Waters, the city’s community sustainability director, said he doesn’t know the opening...
Lake Worth’s Forgotten Soldiers Outreach staying put thanks to donor

Lake Worth’s Forgotten Soldiers Outreach staying put thanks to donor

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach won’t have to move. The organization will stay put at the 1,925-square-foot location in Lake Worth at 3550 23rd Avenue, off Boutwell Road, near Interstate 95, thanks to an anonymous donor who has agreed to pay the rent the next three years. “This was a blessing in disguise,” said Lynelle Zelnar, Forgotten Soldiers Outreach’s founder and...
Back on West Palm’s table of discussion: Tent site, Carefree Theatre

Back on West Palm’s table of discussion: Tent site, Carefree Theatre

Two important development sites are coming back under the microscope: - The site of the demolished, once-popular Carefree Theater on South Dixie Highway, as part of a broader rezoning of commercial areas. - The tent site, the prominent location straddling the Okeechobee Boulevard and Lakeview Avenue gateway to downtown. Palm Beach winter resident Charles Cohen, who has developed prominent buildings...
Doubling up on Zen: An even more serene spot at Mounts Botanical

Doubling up on Zen: An even more serene spot at Mounts Botanical

“Most of Mounts is very lush and green and serene and tranquil in itself,” Mounts Botanical Garden Horticulturist Joel Crippen said. But if that’s not enough and the rush of urban life has you stressed, there’s still hope, because Mounts now has a Garden of Tranquility — a place of tranquility within a place of tranquility. The new serene spot, which opened this week...
Tainted police car fuel tracked to suppliers and their distributor

Tainted police car fuel tracked to suppliers and their distributor

More than 100 police cars in Miami-Dade and West Palm Beach suffered severe engine damage the past few weeks, and officials said Thursday they’re confident the cause is what they suspected: A distributor filled their supply tanks with diesel fuel instead of unleaded gas. Miami-Dade and West Palm contract with separate fuel supply companies. But according to City Administrator Jeff Green, both...
Sober home operator sentenced for burglarizing sober homes

Sober home operator sentenced for burglarizing sober homes

A former sober home owner, who pleaded guilty last week to federal charges in connection with health care fraud that has gripped some of Palm Beach County’s drug treatment industry, admitted Tuesday he also was responsible for a string of burglaries at homes where people struggle to beat their addictions. Albert Jones Saye, 29, was sentenced to 5½ years in prison after pleading guilty...
Rosemary Ave. to close for ‘road tattoo’ mural painting

Rosemary Ave. to close for ‘road tattoo’ mural painting

To paint a “road tattoo,” Rosemary Avenue will close from CityPlace to 11th Street, starting next Tuesday. Here’s the road closure schedule, from the City of West Palm Beach, but stay tuned, as we’re told some of these times and dates might change: April 17-18, Rosemary to close from Okeechobee Boulevard to Hibiscus Street, including intersection with Hibiscus...
National Pet Day: Celebrate your dog at some of the best local dog parks

National Pet Day: Celebrate your dog at some of the best local dog parks

It’s National Pet Day! If you have a dog and live in Palm Beach County, here are five free dog parks where your buddy can run free and unleashed. Sit back, relax and take pictures. Address: 7715 Forest Hill Boulevard, West Palm Beach  Call:  561-966-6611 Hours: Sunrise - Sunset  *Closed Wednesdays 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. for maintenance. Address: 12551 Glades Rd...
Theater review: ‘Bodyguard’ a satisfying tribute to Whitney Houston

Theater review: ‘Bodyguard’ a satisfying tribute to Whitney Houston

The play’s official name is “The Bodyguard,” but it might as well be called “Whitney Houston: The Musical.” And that’s absolutely fine. Tuesday night’s Kravis Center debut of the stage version of the 1992 big-screen star-crossed romance starring late legendary singer Houston and Kevin Costner featured not only music from the film’s record-breaking soundtrack...
40 years in business for West Palm daycare company

40 years in business for West Palm daycare company

Academy for Little People just celebrated its 40th anniversary in the day care business in West Palm Beach. Owner Nancy Rollins started the company in 1978 on Forest Hill Boulevard and later opened centers in Palm Beach Gardens and Royal Palm Beach. Today the company has one day care center, at 4639 N. Military Trail, where Rollins and two daughters work. Daughter Julie Dansevich manages the office...
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio forms homeless task force

West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio forms homeless task force

They sleep in cars, with their children. They pass hours sitting outside the public library. They crouch on the sidewalk under Clematis Street shop displays, drink with friends on tree-shaded benches near the waterfront great lawn. They snooze on their backs in the City Hall courtyard, panhandle at outdoor eateries and interstate off-ramps. At night they camp out of sight in neighborhood parks, sometimes...
Lake Worth commissioner adamant: No weapons of war for civilians

Lake Worth commissioner adamant: No weapons of war for civilians

After 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Valentine’s Day, Lake Worth Commissioner Herman Robinson has spoken at four meetings on banning assault weapons in the city. “We’ve been almost morally bankrupt in bringing up weapons in that conversation,” Robinson said last week. “Boynton, Delray, West Palm Beach are all continuing to...
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer no stranger to Palm Beach County or Trump

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer no stranger to Palm Beach County or Trump

The last time California attorney Michael Avenatti took on a sometime Palm Beacher, there were allegations of backroom deals, exploitation and furtive payments of tens of thousands of dollars. The long and winding lawsuit involving the 2003 sale of a Boca Raton cemetery sullied the reputation of a successful developer, cost a prominent attorney his license to practice law and found a Palm Beach County...
ANALYSIS: As retail dims, West Palm may OK banks, offices on Clematis

ANALYSIS: As retail dims, West Palm may OK banks, offices on Clematis

Along with a redesign of Clematis’ streetscape and a new look for its back alleys, the rules of the road may soon change on West Palm’s main drag. Property owners on Clematis Street and parts of Rosemary Avenue, restricted for 23 years to leasing only to shops or restaurants, may soon be free to fill store spaces with banks, offices and other businesses rather than let storefronts sit...
NEW: Everglades program this weekend at West Palm Historical Society

NEW: Everglades program this weekend at West Palm Historical Society

1. History of the Everglades. Celebrate the rich history of the Everglades on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, 300 N. Dixie Highway. What once covered 8 million acres of the lower Florida peninsula, now can still be found in Palm Beach County. Enjoy a series of lectures, exhibitions, and discussions. For more information, visit hspbc.org. 2. Jazz...
NEW: Theories forming on what sidelined 13 new West Palm police cars

NEW: Theories forming on what sidelined 13 new West Palm police cars

Thirteen new police cars are sidelined and the high-performance engines of at least two will be shipped back to Detroit after breakdowns early last week sparked a rush inspection of the entire 60-car fleet. City Administrator Jeff Green said Friday the two breakdowns did not occur during chases or other sensitive police actions. The temporary removal of the 13 from circulation will not interfere with...
What’s that? Click on West Palm map and see

What’s that? Click on West Palm map and see

If you want to know what that 100-foot-high crane down your block is doing, there’s a new feature on the city’s website to let you know. West Palm Beach this week cranked up its “Citywide Projects List Information Portal,” whose unsexy name belies a feature that can fill-in residents about every major project planned or under construction, at a time when a building...
Affordable mini-condos planned for trendy Northwood neighborhood

Affordable mini-condos planned for trendy Northwood neighborhood

The plan for mini-apartments went over big in West Palm Beach, but abruptly ended. Seeing the concept as a way to help create a vibrant, more affordable and less car-dependent downtown, the city swiftly granted approvals last year developer for Jeff Greene’s building at Banyan Boulevard and Rosemary Avenue. Alas, after months of working the numbers, Greene concluded the project would cost more...
How Dan Rather, at 86, is getting a new online, millennial audience

How Dan Rather, at 86, is getting a new online, millennial audience

At 86 — even he can’t believe that advanced number — Dan Rather seems more relevant today than he was during 44 years at CBS News, 24 of them anchoring the network’s Evening News. His pithy rebukes to President Donald Trump go out to his 2.7 million followers on Facebook and 370,000 on Twitter, which are then shared with as many as 20 million people...
Trading ‘air rights’ to preserve landmarks

Trading ‘air rights’ to preserve landmarks

They used to call them air rights — the concept that, if you owned a property, for development purposes, you also owned the air above it, just as you owned mining rights to the ground below. But in acronym-happy “city planner-speak,” they now call them TDR’s, for Transfer of Development Rights. And that’s the modern concept being used to save one of West Palm’s...
West Palm commissioner Materio home, ‘really tired’ after brain surgery

West Palm commissioner Materio home, ‘really tired’ after brain surgery

Shanon Materio’s husband noticed a change two or three years ago. It started with the volume on their bedroom TV. “I’d watch on level 10. She’d have to kick it up to level 18,” said Phil Materio, husband of the West Palm Beach city commissioner. “That was my inkling. But I never questioned it. It was just, OK, she’s just not hearing as well as I’m hearing...
NEW: 3 cool things happening in Lake Worth!

NEW: 3 cool things happening in Lake Worth!

1. A Glimpse of Lake Worth Past: Sunday, 1 p.m., The Lake Worth Historical Museum, 414 Lake Ave. There will be a program on early Lake Worth history highlighting a rolling trolley tour which includes an early neighborhood with lots of cottages and bungalows, a number of early architectural styles, three of the oldest 1912 houses, government buildings, some designed by famed local architect Sherman...
Lake Worth to host fundraiser for man suffering from terminal cancer

Lake Worth to host fundraiser for man suffering from terminal cancer

Christopher Bowen’s eyes are starry blue, like actor Chris Hemsworth’s. But they don’t shine as bright as Thor’s any more since Bowen was told he has a fatal form of cancer. Ask Bowen, 35, how he’s doing, he’ll crack a sly joke. “I’m vertical, so I guess I’m OK,” he said. A construction worker, Bowen was diagnosed five months ago with Burkitt...
NEW: Kravis Center unveils its $40 million redesign vision

NEW: Kravis Center unveils its $40 million redesign vision

A $40 million redesign to better integrate the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts into its urban surroundings won city commission approval Monday. The plan will push out the main hall’s windowed facade to create a bigger lobby. Outside that lobby, reducing the size of the center’s moat-like fountains and hedges will allow an expanded, pedestrian plaza opening on Okeechobee Boulevard...
Eighth annual Clematis Pub Crawl returns Saturday night

Eighth annual Clematis Pub Crawl returns Saturday night

1. Clematis Pub Crawl: The Palm Beach County Seminole Club’s eighth annual Clematis Street Pub Crawl is scheduled for Saturday. The event includes several Clematis Street bars, including O’Shea’s, Lost Weekend, Banko Cantina, Dorrian’s Red Hand and Grease. Check-in begins at O’Shea’s (531 Clematis St.) at 4 p.m. Participants will receive an official pub crawl T-shirt...
Lake Worth’s Gulfstream Hotel developers hit with racketeering lawsuit

Lake Worth’s Gulfstream Hotel developers hit with racketeering lawsuit

CDS Gulfstream, the company that owns 51 percent of the $65 million Gulfstream Hotel renovation project, on Tuesday sued partner HH Gulfstream, claiming company owners for years engaged in racketeering activities to lure investors into the multimillion-dollar project. “The defendants have engaged in a pattern of fraud to induce our clients to invest in projects in Lake Worth like The Gulfstream...
NEW: Advocates for homeless march from West Palm to Boynton Beach

NEW: Advocates for homeless march from West Palm to Boynton Beach

The face of homelessness isn’t just the intersection panhandler or downtown bench-warmer. “It’s also the mother and her children, sleeping in cars,” said Jack Scarola, a West Palm Beach lawyer who co-founded The Lord’s Place, a nonprofit resource center that helps homeless people. According to the school district, as of this month, 3,907 Palm Beach County students are...
Three Palm Beach County attorneys barred from practicing law

Three Palm Beach County attorneys barred from practicing law

Two Palm Beach County attorneys voluntarily surrendered their licenses to practice law — one after pleading guilty to 15 felonies — and a third is contesting the Florida Supreme Court’s decision to suspend his license while authorities investigate claims that he misappropriated $34,000. The disciplinary action against Boca Raton attorneys Steven Slootsky and Gary Kovacs and West...
NEW: What’s in store for $145 million development on old City Hall land

NEW: What’s in store for $145 million development on old City Hall land

Developer Navarro Lowrey Inc. bought the West Palm Beach old City Hall site this morning, paving the way for a $145 million project with a waterfront hotel, apartments and restaurants. After two years of solicitations, competition, negotiations and demolition at Banyan Boulevard and 2nd Street, the $11.5 million sale of 3.5 acres closed at 9 a.m. “They wanted a hotel with its...
Dividing Handelsman real estate empire takes center stage in divorce

Dividing Handelsman real estate empire takes center stage in divorce

After spending a month trading barbs about who did more to build their estimated $500 million real estate empire, Burt and Lucille Handelsman returned to a Palm Beach County courtroom Tuesday to begin laying out the thorny details of how to divide the remarkable spoils of their now defunct 70-year marriage. Trying to figure out a way to evenly split property that houses such landmarks as the Hog&rsquo...
West Palm, Justice Department resolve dispute over deportation help

West Palm, Justice Department resolve dispute over deportation help

The U.S. Department of Justice withdrew its threat to revoke law enforcement grants Tuesday after West Palm Beach agreed to notify employees that they may share immigration information the federal government requests — a provision already included in West Palm’s Welcoming City policy. As a result of the agreement, the city withdrew its lawsuit against the DOJ. But an angry Mayor Jeri Muoio...
Opening date pushed back on new Lake Worth Starbucks

Opening date pushed back on new Lake Worth Starbucks

The new Starbucks at Downtown Lake Worth, the $2 million North Dixie Highway shopping center, will open in early summer, not late April, the company said. “Choosing a site for a new Starbucks location is a key element in providing customers with the Starbucks experience and we carefully consider many factors when opening a new store,” the company said in an email to The Palm Beach Post...
West Palm commissioner recovering after 7-hour brain surgery

West Palm commissioner recovering after 7-hour brain surgery

City Commissioner Shanon Materio, fresh off a narrow loss in her campaign for re-election, underwent brain surgery Monday to remove a benign tumor behind her ear that has affected her hearing and balance. Materio, 61, was wheeled into an operating room at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami at about 7:30 a.m. The operation lasted until shortly after 3 p.m., and her daughter Taylor Materio said...
Court documents reveal what could be in Lynda Cruz’s estate

Court documents reveal what could be in Lynda Cruz’s estate

Frustrated by a Lantana-area woman who took in brothers Zachary and Nikolas Cruz after their mother’s death, a Boca Raton-based attorney dropped the brothers’ probate case, citing Rocxanne Deschamps’ interference. Audra Simovitch said in a court filing that she believes Deschamps has Lynda Cruz’s furniture, an engagement ring worth about $5,000 and other jewelry, Lalique elephant...
3 fun things happening in Lake Worth soon!

3 fun things happening in Lake Worth soon!

1. Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday, Bryant Park, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Music, games, crafts and food. Look for an Easter Bonnet Parade at 9:40 a.m. Admission is $5 for 3 Easter egg hunts. For information, call 561-533-7363. 2. Biblioarte: April 7, at HATCH, 1121 Lucerne Avenue, 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Meet and greet Todd Bol, founder of the worldwide Little Free Libraries Project. Stroll through a Little...
Starbucks and T-Mobile on tap to open in Lake Worth in April

Starbucks and T-Mobile on tap to open in Lake Worth in April

Downtown Lake Worth, a new $2 million shopping center on North Dixie Highway and 2nd Avenue North, has four signed leases for tenants, according to Norman Weinstein, president of Stateside Partners, the Boca Raton company behind the venture. “We’re all anxious to get these tenants in and get them opened up,” Weinstein said. “We’re looking forward to a very strong reception...
It may be the south end seat, but Lambert won with western support

It may be the south end seat, but Lambert won with western support

Christina Lambert rode into City Hall from the west. The political newcomer, challenging five-year incumbent Shanon Materio for the District 5 seat in the city’s south end, found the votes for her victory as far from the district as you can get in West Palm Beach: the wealthy western communities where turnout is always heavy. Data released by the city clerk’s office showed...
Why Lake Worth won’t give this entire site a certificate of occupancy

Why Lake Worth won’t give this entire site a certificate of occupancy

In May 2015, Tom Curtis, a New York real estate lawyer and broker who lives part-time in West Palm Beach, bought an abandoned property built in 1950 in Lake Worth. The site, at 1602 Crestwood Boulevard, was vacant for years and was in terrible condition, Curtis said. He paid $71,800 for it, according to Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s website and spent close to $300,000 fixing it. &ldquo...
Islands near at hand in the Lake Worth Lagoon

Islands near at hand in the Lake Worth Lagoon

It may look like a big clump of sand but evolution takes time. In this case, that sand, shipped from a dredging site a few miles north, will form five islands off the El Cid neighborhood. They’ll be seeded with sea grass, red mangrove saplings and smooth cordgrass, providing habitat for fish and sea birds. There’ll also be a handful of reef-like areas, to protect the shoreline and provide...
Charity sues after high bidder fails to pay for Trump portraits

Charity sues after high bidder fails to pay for Trump portraits

When a wealthy Naples businessman reneged on his promise to pay $21,530 for 6-foot-tall paintings of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at a gala charity auction at Mar-a-Lago last month, the nonprofit sponsoring the auction, The Truth About Israel, filed suit. Timothy Lane, 70-year-old CEO of the Hong Kong-based Everest Advisors, “is in breach of his agreement with The Truth...
Why Florida novelist Tim Dorsey returns to Riviera Beach every year

Why Florida novelist Tim Dorsey returns to Riviera Beach every year

Tim Dorsey hauls himself behind the wheel of an old, dirty, scratched-up Lincoln Town car that would look at home at a down-at-the-heels retirement village. The air conditioner has quit, a few none-too-clean tropical shirts hang precariously from hangers in the back while various papers and what look like rags populate the front seat. One is a filthy pillow to cradle his right arm on the center console...
‘March For Our Lives’ rallies planned Saturday in Delray, Boca, West Palm

‘March For Our Lives’ rallies planned Saturday in Delray, Boca, West Palm

More than 800 rallies springing from the deadly school shooting in Parkland are planned throughout the nation Saturday, and among the sites are downtown Delray Beach, Boca Raton City Hall and West Palm Beach — near President Donald Trump’s “winter White House.” Palm Beach County students plan to march on: - Delray Beach’s Old School Square cultural center, on Swinton...
Scam alert: Be aware of strange phone calls in Lake Worth

Scam alert: Be aware of strange phone calls in Lake Worth

Does this sound familiar? Your phone rings. The caller ID says the number is in Lake Worth, so you answer. Then you’re told you owe money on your utility bill and that it will be shut off if you don’t pay immediately with a Green Dot MoneyPak card or a personal credit card. If you get a call like that, just hang up. They’re phone scammers. Lake Worth is saying that scammers are targeting...
Two men sentenced in Lantana plot that put corroded plane in air

Two men sentenced in Lantana plot that put corroded plane in air

Two men who conspired to put an airplane with rusted and corroded parts into the sky were placed on probation Tuesday for falsifying documents to make sure the Federal Aviation Administration didn’t know about the scheme they hatched at the Lantana airport. U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg sentenced the mastermind of the plan, pilot Ulipiano Luis Amy, 63, to six months of house arrest in...
Spring Break 2018: You have to see these 5 natural springs in Florida.

Spring Break 2018: 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, ...
Did Palm Beach Post headline lead to a Jason Mraz song?

Did Palm Beach Post headline lead to a Jason Mraz song?

Did singer-songwriter Jason Mraz serenade the Palm Beach Post during his Friday night show at the Kravis Center? We can’t say for sure. But we’re still going to say yes. Mraz, who just finished a stint on Broadway in “Waitress: The Musical,” gave a phone interview last month with The Post, during which he bemoaned the lack of positive, uplifting entertainment.  &ldquo...
25,000 expected: Lake Worth has big plans for LGBTQ Pride parade

25,000 expected: Lake Worth has big plans for LGBTQ Pride parade

For years, Lake Worth’s popular, two-day event that supports the gay, lesbian and LGBTQ communities was called PrideFest. But organizers recently changed the name to Palm Beach Pride. “We re-branded it,” said Julia Murphy, chief development officer for Compass Community Center, the nonprofit that produces the event. “We wanted to make sure people knew this is for Palm...
NEW: Man ordered held without bail related to arson, homicide

NEW: Man ordered held without bail related to arson, homicide

A Miami man will remain in the Palm Beach County jail while waiting for a grand jury to consider murder charges against him following a woman’s death in a trailer fire Saturday near West Palm Beach. Speaking through an interpreter, a judge Sunday told Yulexis Soto Rodriguez, 40, that no bond would be set for him on a slew of charges including first-degree murder, arson and kidnapping. The Palm...
The One luxury condo in Lake Worth almost 50 percent sold

The One luxury condo in Lake Worth almost 50 percent sold

The One, a 14-unit, four-story condo that’s being built on Lake Avenue and South Palmway, is almost 50 percent sold, said Lori Principe, co-president of SunDream Investment of West Palm Beach. “We are proud and excited to be able to deliver such a luxurious building to the charming city of Lake Worth,” Principe said. Completion is scheduled for the summer. The site has 3,000 square...
Parkland tragedy: Valentine’s card last love letter between teachers

Parkland tragedy: Valentine’s card last love letter between teachers

The night before Valentine’s Day while her fiance showered, Gwen Gossler snuck into his car and placed a handmade card on the dashboard for him to find the next morning. In the valentine, made with pink construction paper and decorated with hearts, Gossler told Scott Beigel she loves him and that he is her favorite person. The couple had made plans for that night that would come after a...
St. Patrick’s Day 2018: Celebrations in Palm Beach County

St. Patrick’s Day 2018: Celebrations in Palm Beach County

Grab your favorite green party favors, put on that fabulous green outfit and head to these fun parties, parades and events for St. Patrick’s Day!  St. Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a day to celebrate Irish culture on or around March 17. Here a list of ways to enjoy this holiday weekend: The parade will take place Friday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Lake...
Where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in downtown West Palm

Where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in downtown West Palm

Downtown West Palm Beach bars are gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday. - O’Shea’s Pub is hosting its 24th annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party, on the 500 block of Clematis Street, starting 9 a.m. There’ll be an Irish band, Gaelic Brew. Children are welcome, as the party includes a Kids Zone with bounce houses, face-painting and other activities. - Dorrian&rsquo...
Eight West Palm youths get seats to see Supreme Court in D.C.

Eight West Palm youths get seats to see Supreme Court in D.C.

It may seem like a lot of people are leaving Washington, D.C., these days but West Palm Beach City Commission President Cory Neering is on his way there. Neering, community activist Ricky Aiken and Kevin Jones, assistant pastor at Missionary Tabernacle Baptist Church, are chaperoning eight African-American youths to the nation’s capital Saturday, where they’ll be through Tuesday. For most...
Flashback: Alfred Hitchcock’s forgotten connection to Singer Island

Flashback: Alfred Hitchcock’s forgotten connection to Singer Island

Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece “Vertigo” returns to the big screen Sunday for its 60th anniversary, so here’s a question to make trivia buffs dizzy: What is the Master of Suspense’s connection to northern Palm Beach County? The director rarely visited Florida, and newspaper accounts indicate that he stopped in Palm Beach just once, in 1939, with his wife Alma. But...
ANALYSIS: What ousted Commissioner Materio in West Palm election upset

ANALYSIS: What ousted Commissioner Materio in West Palm election upset

The lure of change, tens of thousands of dollars worth of negative ads and apparently strong turnout in strategic precincts toppled City Commissioner Shanon Materio’s re-election bid Tuesday, cheering those who opposed a State Road 7 expansion out west and who didn’t oppose outright the possibility of a high-rise office tower near the city waterfront. Challenger Christina...
This plane is also an eye hospital. Families leave it with joy, tears

This plane is also an eye hospital. Families leave it with joy, tears

It’s been more than 20 years but Larry Katzen, a Palm Beach County eye surgeon, hasn’t forgotten. Working with Orbis, the world’s only flying eye hospital, he removed the cataracts of a woman in her late 70’s in Lima, Peru, who had never seen the faces of her children. She went blind at a young age from an eye disease easily corrected by modern medical techniques...
JUST IN: Triolo appears to secure fourth term as Lake Worth mayor

JUST IN: Triolo appears to secure fourth term as Lake Worth mayor

With close to half of the vote completed late Tuesday night, Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo appeared to secure a fourth term as the city’s leader while city commissioner Scott Maxwell narrowly was ahead of another neophyte, Sarah Malega, in the District I seat, according to results posted by by the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections. Triolo was facing political newcomer Drew Martin and held...
West Palm: Lambert narrowly beats Materio; Shoaf wins District 1

West Palm: Lambert narrowly beats Materio; Shoaf wins District 1

Promising to bring “a fresh perspective” to the West Palm Beach Commission, Christina D’Elosua Lambert won a close race Tuesday for a seat held by Shanon Materio for the past five years. With all the city’s precincts counted, Lambert beat Materio by just 176 votes. Lambert had 51.2 percent of the vote, Materio 48.8 percent. A second commission contest was not as close. Newcomer...
Power shift in Riviera: Botel trounces 10-year incumbent Pardo

Power shift in Riviera: Botel trounces 10-year incumbent Pardo

Challenger Julie Botel easily defeated 10-year incumbent Dawn Pardo, while City Council Chairwoman KaShamba Miller-Anderson fended off her challenger, Keith Golden by a wide margin in a race strongly affected by anger over the firing of popular Riviera Beach City Manager Jonathan Evans. Miller-Anderson — who supported Evans — handily beat Palm Beach fire battalion chief Golden, a newcomer...
Which celebrity coming to West Palm says he is a musical Mr. Rogers?

Which celebrity coming to West Palm says he is a musical Mr. Rogers?

Before he was an international music superstar, an activist, arts education advocate and a Broadway actor, Jason Mraz was just a good-vibing guy, playing clever songs on his guitar. Before the start of his big summer tour, he returns to those acoustic roots for a string of intimate solo dates, including one Friday at the Kravis Center. “I’ve gotten to do Broadway, and big band shows, where...
Jack Carpenter, Lantana Historical Society founder, dies at 86

Jack Carpenter, Lantana Historical Society founder, dies at 86

The founder of Lantana’s historical society and a former town councilman, Jack Carpenter, has died, leaving a legacy that includes the preservation of an 1800s cemetery and a 1920s school house. At age 86, his death still came too early by at least two chapters, said his longtime partner in preservation, Rosemary Mouring, the current historical society president who was collaborating on a book...
$1.4 million Boutwell Road project underway in Lake Worth

$1.4 million Boutwell Road project underway in Lake Worth

On a windy, but sunny Thursday afternoon, Mayor Pam Triolo had some good news to spread in Lake Worth. “Today, is a great day,” she said at a short press conference.“And, let’s just say it was 20 years in the making.” Triolo was talking about the $1.4 million Boutwell Road project in the city’s Park of Commerce that started in February on Boutwell Road. READ: LAKE...
Lake Worth’s Tasty Bakery moves to N. Dixie Highway

Lake Worth’s Tasty Bakery moves to N. Dixie Highway

Tasty Bakery has finally moved. The 16-year-old Haitian bakery is across the street from its old 430 S. Dixie Highway location and is now at 419 N. Dixie Highway. “It’s so much bigger,” said Lionel Jean-Jacques, a bakery worker. “It’s more than 1,000 square feet. The other site was about a third of that.” Frank Gaston, the bakery’s owner, told The Palm Beach...
3 upcoming Lake Worth events you can’t miss!

3 upcoming Lake Worth events you can’t miss!

1. Palm Beach Pride Fest: March 24 and 25. It’s Palm Beach County’s largest gay and lesbian event. The highlight of the weekend is the mile-long LGBTQ Pride Parade that takes place on March 25. The annual Pride weekend festivities include more than 100 vendors, art exhibits and food. 2. Easter Egg Hunt: March 31, Bryant Park, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Music, games, crafts and food....
Lake Worth to hire two code compliance officers…for one year

Lake Worth to hire two code compliance officers…for one year

A Community Development Block Grant of $291,846 was approved by Lake Worth City Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting to hire two more code officers and a secretary for a year. The vote was 4-1, with City Commissioner Andy Amoroso opposed. Under contract employee option 1, two officers will be hired at a total cost of $270,000. A secretary will be hired for a $59,000 annual salary. Total expenses...
NEW: West Palm has big plan to reinvent alley between Clematis, Datura

NEW: West Palm has big plan to reinvent alley between Clematis, Datura

A turn-of-the-century street grid left West Palm Beach’s back alleys solely for deliveries and garbage pick-ups. Now, a new plan aims to reverse the out-of-sight, out-of-mind logic and to turn dingy alleys into vital parts of an active urban ecosystem. The plan will start with improvements to the alley behind the 300 block of Clematis Street, starting sometime after October. Separate plans already...
Check out this $260,000 ‘road tattoo’ that could color West Palm street

Check out this $260,000 ‘road tattoo’ that could color West Palm street

We’re getting a big tattoo. A road tattoo, or street mural, that is. The city on Monday approved a $260,000 mural by artist Steed Taylor that will stretch down Rosemary Avenue, from CityPlace to as far north as 11th Street in the Historic Northwest area. Originally proposed by CityPlace, to link the development to Clematis Street, the Community Redevelopment Agency proposed extending the project...
NEW: Vacant downtown Lake Worth site for 20 years coming back to life

NEW: Vacant downtown Lake Worth site for 20 years coming back to life

For more than 20 years, 614 Lake Avenue has been vacant. A big, empty site on a fairly busy downtown Lake Worth street. But the site’s new owners, real estate investors Bruce and Robert Oresky, hope that’s about to change after buying the site for $200,000 from Jay Burry in November 2016, according to the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s website. The brothers are putting a...
Boat Show will have $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts, accessories

Boat Show will have $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts, accessories

Things to do in West Palm Beach in March: 1. The Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 22-25, features more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers. The event includes hundreds of boats, from 8-foot inflatables to power boats, fishing boats, center consoles, bow riders, personal watercraft and superyachts over 150 feet long....
NEW: Former Dreyfoos student bringing Ballet Florida back

NEW: Former Dreyfoos student bringing Ballet Florida back

A Dreyfoos School of the Arts alumna has re-established Ballet Florida, with a program called “Reawakening” scheduled for March 24 at the Kravis Center. Lauren Carey, 28, of West Palm Beach, an alumnus of both Ballet Florida and Dreyfoos School of the Arts, is the president and artistic director of the newly resurrected local dance company, according to spokeswoman Margaret Yansura. Joining...
Parents of student killed at Conniston in 1997 finally win claims bill

Parents of student killed at Conniston in 1997 finally win claims bill

Ashraf Kamel’s 14-year-old son, Jean Pierre Kamel, was killed 21 years ago when a classmate shot him dead at Conniston Middle School in West Palm Beach. Five years after their son’s death, Kamel and his ex-wife, Marguerite Dimitri, won a $1.6 million judgment against the Palm Beach County School Board in a lawsuit alleging negligence by district and school officials. But the school...
Jeffrey Epstein’s salacious trial a go without ‘stolen’ documents

Jeffrey Epstein’s salacious trial a go without ‘stolen’ documents

What promises to be a salacious trial involving convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein appeared to be spinning out of control Thursday as his attorneys fended off allegations that they were trying to use stolen documents to get their billionaire client off the hook. Despite allegations of wrongdoing against one of Palm Beach County’s most prominent law firms and complex issues involving...
Allegations fly in Riviera race, as council recall effort continues

Allegations fly in Riviera race, as council recall effort continues

With less than a week to go, the Riviera Beach council race heated up Wednesday, with incumbent Dawn Pardo sending out a mailer alleging challenger Julie Botel “looked the other way while Colombian drug dealers used her apartment.” “It is clearly a desperation move,” Botel countered. “It’s pretty low. I was a victim then, and now I’m a victim of her lies and...
Appeals court tosses Riviera man’s sentence in murder over bag of pot

Appeals court tosses Riviera man’s sentence in murder over bag of pot

A 22-year-old Riviera Beach man, serving 45 years in prison in connection with the 2012 shooting death of a Palm Springs teen over a bag of pot, won a chance on Wednesday for a new sentence. The case that ignited deep passions among both families must return to court because, in sentencing Tyrie Theophile for the murder of 17-year-old Jake Duchene, a judge erroneously said Theophile “pulled...
Spring Break 2018: Five best uncrowded beaches in Palm Beach County

Spring Break 2018: Five best uncrowded beaches in Palm Beach County

Headed to the beach for Spring Break? 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...
UPDATE: At least three people rescued from ocean off Singer Island

UPDATE: At least three people rescued from ocean off Singer Island

Jeff Serino could see it coming. He’s seen it before. As the lifelong surfer prepared to tackle a “big set” of crashing waves in the Atlantic Ocean off Singer Island, he noticed an older couple in ankle-deep water at the shore. Serino knew the illusion of calm was potentially deadly. And before he could act, “we saw the white water come and take (the) couple off their...
NEW: Artsy Fartsy business owner mad about having to leave Lake Worth

NEW: Artsy Fartsy business owner mad about having to leave Lake Worth

Artsy Fartsy, the eccentric gift shop owned by Brian Schlitz, didn’t last long on Lucerne Avenue. About one year. “The mayor says we’re working toward something,” Schlitz says, “but we’re really going backwards.” READ: Lake Worth election: What the hopefuls for mayor and District 1 have to say Things started going downhill for Schlitz on Feb. 19 when Yolanda...
New look for Clematis Street, swapping parking spots for people space

New look for Clematis Street, swapping parking spots for people space

Look for a leafier Clematis Street, with wider, curb-less sidewalks, more room for outdoor dining and hand-in-hand strolling and a look more like a plaza than a thoroughfare. The city commission on Monday unanimously approved a $2 million makeover for the 300 block of West Palm’s historic, signature retail strip. It’s the first phase of a streetscape improvement that eventually will...
The Lantana-area woman who took in the Parkland school shooter

The Lantana-area woman who took in the Parkland school shooter

Despite facing struggles of her own — money problems, alcohol and domestic abuse — Rocxanne Deschamps chose to honor her late friend’s wishes by opening her Lantana-area mobile home to the woman’s son, according to documents. Nikolas Cruz’s tumultuous stay with Deschamps didn’t extend past more than a month. But his younger brother Zachary still lives with...
Renovation work nearing on West Palm’s historic Sunset Lounge

Renovation work nearing on West Palm’s historic Sunset Lounge

Renovations to Sunset Lounge, where Basie and Ellington once played, are moving forward as a catalyst for revitalizing the city’s Historic Northwest. Jon Ward, executive director of the Community Redevelopment Agency, said Friday the project is on target for completion by June 2019. While the the old music hall gets renovated, the city will add a 6,000-square-foot annex with kitchens and elevators...
Store for rare Nikes, Air Jordan sneakers may not land in Lake Worth

Store for rare Nikes, Air Jordan sneakers may not land in Lake Worth

Three sisters who planned to open an interactive sneaker store in Lake Worth — one that would house some 6,000 rare Nikes, Adidas, Pumas and Jordans — are having second thoughts. The sisters, who run a commercial property company that owns 39 downtown Lake Worth properties, got an offer on the building where they planned to open the store. Apparently it’s an offer too good to...
Boca lawyer takes battle over Trump’s competency to U.S. Supreme Court

Boca lawyer takes battle over Trump’s competency to U.S. Supreme Court

After an unsuccessful nearly 18-month legal battle to have President Donald Trump declared incompetent, Boca Raton lawyer James Herb is taking his case to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 67-page petition filed Thursday, the guardianship attorney is asking justices to decide constitutional questions that swirl around his request to have a panel of psychological experts interview Trump to decide...
With mounting turmoil in Riviera Beach, stability hangs in the balance

With mounting turmoil in Riviera Beach, stability hangs in the balance

Riviera Beach’s five-member city council found itself in mounting turmoil over the past year and with two seats up for election March 13, the city’s stability hangs in the balance. The council’s unexplained firing last September of popular City Manager Jonathan Evans, by an unscheduled 3-2 vote, exacerbated tensions within the city and exacerbated its failure to fill many key positions...
Death penalty trial begins for Palm Springs man in wife’s 2013 murder

Death penalty trial begins for Palm Springs man in wife’s 2013 murder

There is no question that Elton Taylor barged into the home of his estranged wife’s parents in 2013, forced Watisha Wallace outside and shot her dead, a defense attorney for the burly 39-year-old Palm Springs man told a Palm Beach County jury on Thursday. But in an apparent attempt to spare her client a death sentence, Assistant Public Defender Christine Geraghty insisted Wallace’s murder...
West Palm mayor says homeless number dropped 14 percent last year

West Palm mayor says homeless number dropped 14 percent last year

About 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, while patrons dined and drank at popular Rocco’s Tacos on Clematis Street, a man grabbed a heavy glass candle off a sidewalk table and hurled it inside at the bar, shattering $921 worth of liquor bottles. No one was hurt and staffers held the man until police came. While police tried to handcuff him, he lunged for another glass candle. Chad Sanjay Bailey, 23, who police...
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