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Arrests at concert spur Wellington to consider new nightclub ordinance

Arrests at concert spur Wellington to consider new nightclub ordinance

A raucous concert where a handful of people were arrested is prompting village officials to consider new rules for nightclubs. Two juveniles and three adults were arrested on six charges in the Suri West parking lot in Wellington during an Aug. 24 concert headlined by rapper GlokkNine, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office confirmed. Five guns and a stolen car were confiscated, and deputies...
Wellington council members duke it out over waterfront project, budget

Wellington council members duke it out over waterfront project, budget

Village Council members argued over each other and lobbed criticisms Tuesday night during an especially contentious budget hearing. A particular sticking point: Plans to redevelop the Lake Wellington waterfront space that could include tearing down the aging Lake Wellington Professional Centre. The council debated the necessity of setting aside $1.2 million to spend on planning the waterfront redevelopment...
Wellington Councilwoman Siskind responds to Post article on husband

Wellington Councilwoman Siskind responds to Post article on husband

A member of the Village Council took a few minutes at Tuesday night’s council meeting to address a recent Palm Beach Post article on her husband. Wellington Councilwoman Tanya Siskind’s comments came toward the end of a lengthy budget meeting where two residents called for Siskind to recuse herself from voting on financial issues in the wake of the Post’s investigation into allegations...
Big Dog Ranch Rescue offers shelter to animals in hurricane’s path

Big Dog Ranch Rescue offers shelter to animals in hurricane’s path

Some shelter dogs placed in harm’s way because of Hurricane Florence will ride out the storm in Palm Beach County. Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Loxahatchee Groves sent vans to North Carolina and South Carolina Tuesday to collect the dogs and bring them to Florida. They arrived around noon on Wednesday. “Any time a natural disaster strikes, there is a collaborative effort to save lives,&rdquo...
Election 2018: Four appellate judges seek merit retention

Election 2018: Four appellate judges seek merit retention

Along with deciding hotly-contested gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and other political races, Palm Beach County voters on Nov. 6 will be asked to weigh the performance of four judicial officeholders who have no opposition. As part of a 42-year-old ritual, voters will be asked to simply give a thumbs up or thumbs down to Florida Supreme Court Justice Alan Lawson and Judges Burton Conner, Jeffrey Kuntz...
Plea deal struck with Wellington couple in elderly neglect case

Plea deal struck with Wellington couple in elderly neglect case

Surrounded by loved ones of people they allegedly abused, a Wellington couple accepted a plea deal on Tuesday that allows them to escape criminal charges as long as they stay out of the elder care business. The strange ending to the case against Bhoodram “Ken” Parsaram and his wife, Bibi, over their treatment of elderly people at their suburban West Palm Beach assisted living facility...
After approval, Loxahatchee Groves to reconsider manager’s contract

After approval, Loxahatchee Groves to reconsider manager’s contract

The council of this small town threw a curveball late last week, voting to have a workshop to “reconsider” its management contract just weeks after voting to approve a two-year extension. The unanimous vote in favor of the workshop was called for by Loxahatchee Groves Vice Mayor Todd McLendon and came a month after the council voted 3-2 to grant the extension to Town Manager Bill...
Efforts underway to clean up raw sewage at Pahokee marina

Efforts underway to clean up raw sewage at Pahokee marina

A bluish plume spreading along the surface of Lake Okeechobee alarmed Pahokee residents when it first appeared at the city’s marina this summer. The bacteria-laden blob, floating around a boat slip near the marina’s boardwalk, caught the attention of longtime resident Sam McKinstry, who began questioning city and county officials about it. According to McKinstry, the city’s marina...
Wellington officials tackle stinky issue: What to do with horse manure

Wellington officials tackle stinky issue: What to do with horse manure

Officials gathered this week to tackle issues surrounding one of the village’s stinkier problems: horse manure. How much livestock waste is in Wellington and what to do with it were two of the key topics at Wednesday night’s Equestrian Preserve Committee meeting. The short answer to both problems: There is no easy answer, project manager Mike O’Dell told committee members. WELLINGTON...
Wellington picks holiday parade theme

Wellington picks holiday parade theme

Wellington’s annual holiday parade has a theme, and it’s a very Florida one. The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the village will team to present “Holiday in Paradise” on Dec. 9 beginning at 1:30 p.m. The 35th annual event will begin at the corner of Forest Hill Boulevard and Wellington Trace, and follow a 3-mile route along Forest Hill before turning onto...
Wellington entrepreneur donates clear backpacks after game shooting

Wellington entrepreneur donates clear backpacks after game shooting

A Wellington parent and entrepreneur aims to make a clear difference when it comes to school apparel and safety. After a shooting outside an Aug. 17 game in Wellington, Scott Harris’s firm donated thousands of transparent backpacks designed to make it easier for security officers to check what spectators are carrying into games at area schools. His company PhysEdGear lines up schools with free...
THINGS TO DO: First Responders 5K, 9/11 ceremony in Wellington

THINGS TO DO: First Responders 5K, 9/11 ceremony in Wellington

First Responders 5K: Get some exercise while supporting local first responders as the Rotary Club of Wellington presents the Race for the Red and Blue First Responders 5K on Saturday at the Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd. The event, previously known as the Jeff Annas Memorial Firefighters 5K, is open to runners and walkers of all ages. Race shirts and medals will be provided to registered...
Could judge’s ruling end Flying Cow Ranch project in Wellington?

Could judge’s ruling end Flying Cow Ranch project in Wellington?

A recent ruling from a bankruptcy judge could put the kibosh on controversial plans to build an equestrian-aviation neighborhood in Wellington. The Flying Cow Ranch project’s developer, Flying Cow Ranch HC LLC, filed for bankruptcy in March. The organization’s manager, James Hall of Jupiter, is listed as co-debtor in the company’s filing. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post&rsquo...
Employee at Massage Envy charged with molesting client in Royal Palm

Employee at Massage Envy charged with molesting client in Royal Palm

Days after several Massage Envy storefronts in Palm Beach County were sued for failing to protect women from sexual assault, a 42-year-old suburban West Palm Beach man appeared in court this week to answer charges that he molested a client while working at the company’s store on Southern Boulevard. Juan Pablo Parra was charged with attempted sexual battery after a woman claimed he groped her...
School cop hit by mom in car line warns of distracted driving dangers

School cop hit by mom in car line warns of distracted driving dangers

A distracted driver changed the life of a school police officer last December. Officer Bob Keating, a Wellington resident who has spent the past 12 years with the Palm Beach County School District, was hit by a woman driving a Ford F-150 truck Dec. 15 as he was directing traffic at Wellington Landings Middle School. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Keating said witnesses later told him he flew into the air...
Wellington mom says game shooting ‘most traumatic event’ of her life

Wellington mom says game shooting ‘most traumatic event’ of her life

The mother of a cheerleader in the stadium at Palm Beach Central High School when gunshots erupted Aug. 17 told a town hall meeting on gun violence it was “the most traumatic event I have ever endured in my life.” Christy Moore recalled what felt like endless moments in which she was separated from her daughter in a panicked rush of spectators and players. Word had not reached her that...
Wellington game shooting exit strategy, teen crimes draw questions

Wellington game shooting exit strategy, teen crimes draw questions

Though many crime statistics are holding steady or falling, persistent juvenile crimes and an Aug. 17 shooting during a football game that left two adults injured at Palm Beach Central High School dominated discussion of a requested 3 percent rise in the village’s budget for Palm Beach County Sheriff’s services. Just last weekend, teenagers as young as 13 and 14 drove a stolen vehicle...
NEW: Loxahatchee Groves voters shoot down more time to repay loans

NEW: Loxahatchee Groves voters shoot down more time to repay loans

Town voters have said no to a proposal that would have allowed for more time to repay borrowed money. The ballot question posed to Loxahatchee Groves residents Tuesday would have given the town a longer repayment period before having to take any possible borrowing requests to a town referendum. RELATED: Read the ballot language posed to Loxahatchee Groves residents Instead of the current three years...
U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney on short list for Palm Beach County judgeship

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney on short list for Palm Beach County judgeship

After questioning retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney’s legal chops, a local judicial nominating commission on Tuesday agreed he is one of six attorneys Gov. Rick Scott should consider for an opening on the Palm Beach County bench. Rooney, 47, who announced he will retire in January when his fifth term in Congress is up, made the short list after the Judicial Nominating Commission interviewed 32 applicants...
All three PBC circuit judge races head for decision on Nov. 6

All three PBC circuit judge races head for decision on Nov. 6

Six years after he abruptly stepped down as Palm Beach County state attorney to accept a lucrative job in the private sector, Michael McAuliffe squeaked into a run-off against former county magistrate Sarah Willis in a race for a circuit judgeship. Willis and McAuliffe aren’t the only circuit judge candidates who will be back on the ballot Nov. 6. Attorney Maxine Cheesman will face off against...
Lemongrass Asian Bistro and Submarine Crab open to buzz in Wellington

Lemongrass Asian Bistro and Submarine Crab open to buzz in Wellington

New, trendy restaurants continue to bloom around the Mall at Wellington Green. Hot on the heels of the opening of The Beauty and the Beeeef earlier this year, two new eateries have opened in the past month. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news Lemongrass Asian Bistro opened Aug. 1 in its slot next to the CMX movie theater on the mall’s upper...
Antique fest, food trucks and more coming in Wellington, Royal Palm

Antique fest, food trucks and more coming in Wellington, Royal Palm

Antiques festival: Head to the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., this weekend for the monthly West Palm Beach Antiques Festival. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 at the gate for adults, $7 for seniors and free for children younger than age 16. For more information, go to www.southfloridafair...
NEW: Developer pitches homes for old Palm Beach Polo north course

NEW: Developer pitches homes for old Palm Beach Polo north course

A proposal to turn a long-stagnant golf course into a residential community is causing concern among some neighbors. A developer has an option to buy the former north course of Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club from Palm Beach Polo Inc., a company controlled by developer Glenn Straub, village officials confirmed. The property is north of Forest Hill Boulevard and west of Elbridge Gale Elementary...
Lawsuit accuses Massage Envy of molesting clients in Palm Beach County

Lawsuit accuses Massage Envy of molesting clients in Palm Beach County

What was to be a relaxing mother-and-daughter outing to celebrate Mother’s Day at Massage Envy turned ugly when both women — in separate rooms — said they were abused by masseurs at the national chain’s Boca Raton storefront, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. The May 2017 incident — one of nearly a dozen separate assaults described...
Record-breaking primary early voting hints at high turnout Tuesday

Record-breaking primary early voting hints at high turnout Tuesday

Palm Beach County voters — like their counterparts throughout the state — embraced early voting this year, eclipsing the numbers who voted before election day in both the 2014 and 2016 primaries. When the roughly two-week-long early voting period ended Sunday, 590,000 people had cast ballots at early voting sites throughout the state. At the same time, another 1.2 million had returned...
Judge Evans’ retirement hastened by quip seen as racially insensitive

Judge Evans’ retirement hastened by quip seen as racially insensitive

Last week’s abrupt departure of Palm Beach County Judge Peter Evans was prompted after the 30-year jurist used a racially insensitive word to describe a black defense attorney. Evans’ off-handed remark, calling Assistant Public Defender Sheldon Graves “a gorilla,” came during early-morning plea hearings at the West County Courthouse in Belle Glade. Until his retirement on Aug...
Car driven by boy, 16, crashes into Wellington dental office

Car driven by boy, 16, crashes into Wellington dental office

Dr. Marisol Lopez-Belio had just sat down with a patient on Thursday when the walls exploded around her. A car, driven by a 16-year-old boy, slammed into Lopez-Belio’s Wellington dental office, blowing out walls, crumpling equipment and shattering the normalcy of a routine day at the office. Lopez-Belio was in the room next door when she heard a loud boom, and then watched helplessly as the...
Interested in learning about criminal justice in Palm Beach County?

Interested in learning about criminal justice in Palm Beach County?

Want to learn more about Palm Beach County law enforcement and its criminal justice system? The Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission is seeking applications from people interested in attending a free 10-week course that includes lectures from some of the county’s top cops and tours of the Palm Beach County Courthouse and the medical examiner’s office. The Citizen’s Justice...
Wellington approves $17M contract to upgrade water treatment facility

Wellington approves $17M contract to upgrade water treatment facility

The village moved forward with plans to replace an aging part of its water treatment facility last week, approving a contract worth just over $17 million for the work. Weiss Construction Company will oversee the project, which will include replacement of the oldest of the three water plants at the facility on Wellington Trace. That plant is 30 years old and produces approximately 4.5 million gallons...
Officer who acted to stop Wellington victim’s bleeding downplays role

Officer who acted to stop Wellington victim’s bleeding downplays role

If hands held guns that spilled blood, recognize and remember other hands, too. They reached out, at a critical and chaotic moment, to stop the flow of blood from a man’s body. A school district police officer said on Sunday that yes, he was the one applying pressure to the wound of a shooting victim near the football field at Palm Beach Central High School. No, he did not wish to comment on...
Football security changes include earlier starts, some Saturday games

Football security changes include earlier starts, some Saturday games

The security playbook for Palm Beach County high school football will be rewritten this week in the aftermath of the shooting on the outskirts of a high school football stadium Friday night. The shooting at Palm Beach Central High in Wellington sent two men to the hospital and hundreds of fans and athletes scrambling in fear, and in its wake forced a hard look at school safety after the last...
Palm Beach County Judge Peter Evans abruptly ends 30-year career

Palm Beach County Judge Peter Evans abruptly ends 30-year career

Citing mounting health problems and a desire to spend time with his family, Palm Beach County Court Judge Peter Evans ended his nearly 30-year judicial career on Friday. “There is time for all things, and time has come for me to focus on my medical care and enjoying my remaining time with my family,” Evans said in a Aug. 10 letter to Gov. Rick Scott, announcing his resignation. The 67-year-old...
Traffic, charter school and hotel plans stir Royal Palm Beach debate

Traffic, charter school and hotel plans stir Royal Palm Beach debate

A proposed development near one of Palm Beach County’s busiest intersections at Southern Boulevard and State Road 7 is winning an early round of green lights from the village council, but not without stirring up questions about traffic, a proposed charter school and the height of a proposed hotel. Developer Brian Tuttle said the goal is to provide a dining and entertainment center that does...
Royal Palm Beach votes to ban retail dog and cat sales

Royal Palm Beach votes to ban retail dog and cat sales

The village council voted Thursday to ban retail dog and cat sales within 18 months, despite heated protests from a shop owner that it would be “criminal” to force the closure of his family-owned business. “What research has been done to even warrant this?” said Daniel Ruiz, owner of Star Pups Inc. on State Road 7, told council members at a meeting Thursday evening. READ MORE...
Palm Beach pastor linked to pedophile priest scandal

Palm Beach pastor linked to pedophile priest scandal

The longtime pastor of a prominent Palm Beach church where the Kennedys, the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and other luminaries have worshiped became entangled in the latest pedophile priest scandal that erupted this week in Pennsylvania. Monsignor Thomas Klinzing, pastor of the historic St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, was among church leaders in the Diocese of Greensburg in the 1980s...
NEW: Wellington warns of discolored water as valves are flushed

NEW: Wellington warns of discolored water as valves are flushed

Notice a strange color in your water? You’re not alone. Wellington recently began a maintenance program to find and flush all water main valves. What does that mean? Utilities Department crews will open, close and make repairs as needed to make sure every valve remains in top shape. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news The process could take...
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...
Wellington awards contracts for license plate readers, new park

Wellington awards contracts for license plate readers, new park

The village council approved a pair of projects Tuesday night that will boost safety and provide new recreational opportunities for residents. As part of its consent agenda, the council awarded contracts of $463,000 to Vetted Security Solutions for an automated license plate reader system, and $408,000 to Kimley-Horn and Associates to design the village’s new Greenbriar Park. RELATED: Heated...
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...
Royal Palm Beach weighs ban on retail puppy sales

Royal Palm Beach weighs ban on retail puppy sales

After years of controversy, a proposed ban on the sale of dogs and cats at retail stores lands before the Village Council Thursday evening. Florida has the highest number of complaints to the Humane Society about animals who suffer from health problems critics attribute to breeding at “puppy mills” or “kitten factories” for sale in stores, according to a village staff recommendation...
Results of Wellington budget survey: What matters most to residents?

Results of Wellington budget survey: What matters most to residents?

The results are in. Wellington wrapped up its annual Budget Challenge earlier this week. All told, 1,015 people completed the survey, which asked for input on Wellington’s budget decision-making process. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news That turnout is better than expected but about where officials hoped it would be. The first week of the...
Get details on Wellington’s Lakeside Family Fun series, Fall Festival

Get details on Wellington’s Lakeside Family Fun series, Fall Festival

Get ready: Wellington has a packed schedule of events lined up for the fall. That includes the return of the popular Lakeside Family Fun series, which kicked off last spring and drew hundreds of people to the village’s Lake Wellington waterfront. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news Wellington last week released its fall Parks and Recreation...
NEW: Eagle Arts school zone lights still flash — but not for long

NEW: Eagle Arts school zone lights still flash — but not for long

There were confused motorists — and a few honked horns — on Wellington Trace on Monday in front of the former Eagle Arts Academy Charter School for the Arts.  Though the Palm Beach County School District voted Aug. 1 to end Eagle Arts’ charter and close the troubled school, there was one sign of back-to-school life in front of the campus Monday: the flashing school...
NEW: Chronic condition inspires Wellington woman to create medical log

NEW: Chronic condition inspires Wellington woman to create medical log

When the diagnosis came for Jordan Ray, it was one she hadn’t heard before: Chiari malformation. But what the Wellington resident did with that diagnosis is launch a mission to help others with chronic conditions by creating a detailed medical journal. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news Ray was 17 and one of the star players on Palm Beach Central...
Wellington hosting Facebook Live session to answer budget questions

Wellington hosting Facebook Live session to answer budget questions

The village of Wellington will host its second annual budget overview virtual town hall Wednesday at 6 p.m. on Facebook Live. The session gives viewers the opportunity to offer input and ask questions about the village’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget, which is $97.3 million. That’s down from this year’s $110.4 million. RELATED: Heated discussion marks OK for higher preliminary Wellington...
Water line break closes splash pad at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park

Water line break closes splash pad at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park

The splash pad at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park has been closed to repair a break in a water line, the village announced Tuesday. The park might reopen later today, parks and recreation director Lou Recchio said. “We’re hoping to get it up later today, but we don’t know for sure,” he said. “There was a break in the line, and we’ve got to get in there.” RELATED...
Amphitheater fun, Senior Expo coming up in Wellington, Royal Palm

Amphitheater fun, Senior Expo coming up in Wellington, Royal Palm

Amphitheater entertainment: Wellington’s weekend lineup for its amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., includes two free concerts, food trucks and a free movie. Bring your own seating for each event. For more information, go to www.wellingtonfl.gov/events. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news • Food trucks and free concert from...
NEW: Popular Wellington playground to close for maintenance

NEW: Popular Wellington playground to close for maintenance

A popular Wellington playground will close for up to 10 days for maintenance work. Tiger Shark Cove Playground, 13800 Greenbriar Blvd., will close Sept. 4-14. The work could take less time, weather permitting, Assistant Village Manager Jim Barnes said. During the closure, village crews will repair safety surfaces throughout the playground, resurface several poles and repair roofs on several structures...
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. Maxine Cheesman, 62, was born in Jamaica and spent decades working as a chemist and hydrologist...
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...
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...
A Wellington elementary is named for man who brought mangoes to U.S.

A Wellington elementary is named for man who brought mangoes to U.S.

As we approach the beginning of Palm Beach County’s school year — that’s Aug. 13 but no pressure, parents — it’s natural for people to start wondering more about their children’s schools. One curious parent who asked to remain anonymous emailed me last week to inquire about the origin of the name of her son’s school. Elbridge Gale Elementary sits behind the...
Details on back-to-school expo; budget workshop coming in Wellington

Details on back-to-school expo; budget workshop coming in Wellington

Back-to-school expo: Join WPTV NewsChannel 5 personalities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for the station’s annual Back to School Expo at the Mall at Wellington Green, 10300 Forest Hill Blvd. The event coincides with Florida’s tax-free holiday, where families can stock up on a range of back-to-school essentials without paying state sales tax. At the expo, families will meet representatives...
Work to begin Tuesday on widening western portion of Southern Blvd.

Work to begin Tuesday on widening western portion of Southern Blvd.

Orange cones will be going up Tuesday along a 7.2-mile stretch of Southern Boulevard in the western communities. A $33 million Florida Department of Transportation project that is expected to take three years to complete will widen the existing roadway from four to six lanes from west of Lion Country Safari Road to the intersection of Forest Hill and Crestwood boulevards. Crews also will add a 12-foot...
Forest Hill High teacher celebrating 21-year perfect attendance streak

Forest Hill High teacher celebrating 21-year perfect attendance streak

Tony Watson had planned on taking a sabbatical from teaching when his oldest son was a senior in college. But then he remembered where Tony II attended school. “He was at the University of Buffalo, where it’s so cold,” said Watson, a Royal Palm Beach resident who teaches P.E. at Forest Hill High School and also coaches the school’s boys varsity basketball team. “I told...
New lighting along Okeechobee Boulevard approved by Royal Palm Beach

New lighting along Okeechobee Boulevard approved by Royal Palm Beach

A two-mile stretch of Okeechobee Boulevard is getting new lighting after the village council approved a nearly $1 million project Thursday night. Pedestrian and roadway lighting will be installed along the the stretch of road between Folsom Road and State Road 7. Approximately 86 light poles will be added as part of the project, according to Village Engineer Chris Marsh. “We’re improving...
COLUMN: Wellington jewelry store plans move to Trader Joe’s plaza

COLUMN: Wellington jewelry store plans move to Trader Joe’s plaza

A Wellington mystery is solved: We now know who will occupy the space in a new building going up next to Trader Joe’s. In addition to a drive-through Starbucks, the building will be the new home of Designer’s Touch Jewelry, which will move from just up the road in Wellington Reserve. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news Designer’s...
Details on Wellington’s free Back-to-School Block Party this weekend

Details on Wellington’s free Back-to-School Block Party this weekend

Back-to-school bash: Wellington’s Back-to-School Community Block Party is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wellington Community Center, 12150 Forest Hill Blvd. Free backpacks stuffed with donated school supplies will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be games, live music and food. It is a free swim day at the Wellington Aquatics Complex, so bring your swimsuits...
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...
BREAKING: Water main break leads to boil water order in Wellington

BREAKING: Water main break leads to boil water order in Wellington

A precautionary boil-water notice has been issued for about 15 homes near the northwest corner of Big Blue and Wellington traces because of a water main break in the area. Residents at 13448-13482 Hyacinth Court, 13419-13515 Barberry Drive and 12463 Jonquil Place are affected by the notice, Wellington said in a news release. No businesses are affected, a village spokeswoman said, but Temple Beth...
Royal Palm Beach council votes to keep current tax rate

Royal Palm Beach council votes to keep current tax rate

The village council approved keeping the tax rate unchanged as officials had their first public workshop on the proposed $44 million budget. Royal Palm Beach officials plan to hold the property tax rate at $1.92 per $1,000 of taxable value for another year. The preliminary rate was approved as part of the council’s consent agenda Thursday night. Two public hearings on the rate are set for 6...
Loxahatchee Groves council delays discussion on proposed Wawa, Aldi

Loxahatchee Groves council delays discussion on proposed Wawa, Aldi

A proposed development that would include a popular convenience store chain, discount grocer and bank will have to wait a little longer to try for necessary approvals. The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council on Tuesday night postponed hearing the master plan for the Groves Town Center, which sits on about 90 acres on the northeast corner of B Road and Southern Boulevard and where developers want to build...
Loxahatchee Groves council OKs higher preliminary tax rate to ‘rebuild’

Loxahatchee Groves council OKs higher preliminary tax rate to ‘rebuild’

After a fiscal year that saw the town get pummeled first by Hurricane Irma and then by brutal road conditions, it’s time to rebuild, Town Manager Bill Underwood told the council at Tuesday night’s meeting. “This is the year of rebuilding,” he said as he presented the proposed budget for the coming year. RELATED: Loxahatchee Groves landowners vote to fold water district into...
Wellington Star Liquors demolished; what will take its place?

Wellington Star Liquors demolished; what will take its place?

Drivers traveling along Forest Hill Boulevard on Tuesday may have noticed a bit of a commotion as the longtime Star Liquors building came tumbling down. Crews demolished the structure to make way for a new standalone CVS in the Wellington Town Square plaza on the corner of Forest Hill and South Shore boulevards. Once the drive-through CVS is completed, Star Liquors will move back to the plaza...
NEW: Discussions continue on Wellington Seniors Club membership cap

NEW: Discussions continue on Wellington Seniors Club membership cap

What is the solution to what the village’s seniors say is a space crunch that has caused the planned capping of membership to one of its largest community groups? Discussions continued Thursday as Wellington’s Senior Advisory Committee planned its next steps toward finding solutions regarding the Wellington Seniors Club’s planned cap, which is scheduled to take effect Sept. 1. WELLINGTON...
NEW: 5K at the Commons this weekend in Royal Palm Beach

NEW: 5K at the Commons this weekend in Royal Palm Beach

Run — or walk — a 5K: Royal Palm Beach will have its 5K at the Commons starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd. All ages and skill levels are welcome, along with baby strollers and dogs on leashes. The run/walk takes place on the paths around Commons Park. Free refreshments are available and there will be giveaways. For more information, go to www.royalpalmbeach...
Wellington to get county’s first specialized memory care group home

Wellington to get county’s first specialized memory care group home

Palm Beach County’s first memory care group home designed specifically for people with developmental disabilities is set to open just after the New Year in 2020. The home, in the Little Ranches area of Wellington, will be built and operated by the Palm Beach Habilitation Center, a private, nonprofit organization based in Palm Springs that provides services to people with mental, physical and...
Who is responsible for maintaining Rustic Ranches roads in Wellington?

Who is responsible for maintaining Rustic Ranches roads in Wellington?

When it comes to communities within the village’s borders, Rustic Ranches stands out as among the most unique. It is fairly new to the village, one of the more recent annexations after entering Wellington’s boundaries in 2004. It also features larger homesites, with everything from tree farms to horse barns to a replica of a 12th century Irish castle. Now the community is poised to face...
Build-A-Bear promotion yields vouchers, not bears, for some customers

Build-A-Bear promotion yields vouchers, not bears, for some customers

After waiting in long lines Thursday at Build-A-Bear stores, some customers walked away with stuffed animals. Others got vouchers. The chain’s first-ever Pay Your Age Day event, in which parents could pay their child’s current age for a plush bear, drew huge crowds to Build-A-Bear locations throughout the country. As a result, many stores were forced to turn customers away when lines grew...
First Bank of the Palm Beaches opens new branch in Wellington 

First Bank of the Palm Beaches opens new branch in Wellington 

The First Bank of the Palm Beaches this week opened its second branch. The full-service bank center is at 12796 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington Plaza and opened Monday, the bank said in a news release.  The branch is managed by James Seder, a longtime Wellington resident and vice president/market executive for First Bank of the Palm Beaches.  “When we decided to open in Wellington...
Wellington budget survey sees more responses in first week than last year’s total

Wellington budget survey sees more responses in first week than last year’s total

Wellington launched its annual Budget Challenge survey July 2, and in its first week it received a higher number than the total responses to last year’s survey. According to a weekly update sent to Wellington’s council, 360 people completed surveys from July 2-9. Last year’s survey was completed 343 times, and the survey was completed 541 surveys in 2016.  The Budget Challenge...
NEW: Wellington spends nearly $1.7M to pay off bond, become debt-free

NEW: Wellington spends nearly $1.7M to pay off bond, become debt-free

The village is now debt-free. Wellington’s council Tuesday night approved paying off early a public service revenue funding bond with a nearly $1.7 million remaining balance. The early payoff will save Wellington taxpayers $16,568 and lower the coming year’s budget, Administrative and Financial Services Director Tanya Quickel said. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly...
Yes, work will happen at Wellington’s K-Park, but don’t get excited

Yes, work will happen at Wellington’s K-Park, but don’t get excited

Residents are about to see workers bustling along the property line at one of the village’s more controversial properties. But officials want to make sure you understand: It doesn’t mean larger plans are in play. Wellington’s council on Tuesday night voted 4-0, with Councilman Michael Napoleone absent, to approve a $360,000 contract with A Cut Above Landscape and Maintenance to build...
Belle Glade football stadium to get $3 million in renovations

Belle Glade football stadium to get $3 million in renovations

Glades Pioneer Park is getting a major face-lift. The Orange Bowl Committee and Palm Beach County broke ground Wednesday for a $3 million renovation of the existing football stadium and field at the park, which is home to the Glades Youth Football League. The league is a member of the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance, a nonprofit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community...
Heated discussion marks OK for higher preliminary Wellington tax rate

Heated discussion marks OK for higher preliminary Wellington tax rate

Village residents could see a rise in next year’s tax bill. The village council on Tuesday approved increasing the preliminary tax rate for the coming fiscal year. The vote was 3-1 with Mayor Anne Gerwig dissenting and Councilman Michael Napoleone absent. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news The vote set the stage for a more heated discussion...
Lion Country to mark first World Chimpanzee Day Saturday

Lion Country to mark first World Chimpanzee Day Saturday

It’s World Chimpanzee Day Saturday, and Lion Country Safari plans to celebrate. The wildlife park will host a handful of events to mark the occasion, which debuts this year. Park guests can participate in a special VIP tour for an additional fee, which will be donated to chimp conservation. There also will be celebratory chimp-themed activities in Safari World. Lion Country Safari cares for...
NEW: Wellington council OKs first step toward license-plate cameras

NEW: Wellington council OKs first step toward license-plate cameras

The village council has voted to approve spending money taken from seized and forfeited assets to pay for a license-plate reading system officials say could help solve and prevent crimes. Wellington has more than $350,000 available in Law Enforcement Trust Fund cash, but Florida law requires a council vote to approve spending that money on the license-plate cameras. Tuesday’s 4-0 vote &mdash...
Wellington, Royal Palm plazas eye alternatives to typical retail

Wellington, Royal Palm plazas eye alternatives to typical retail

In plazas throughout the western communities, a shift is occurring from big box retailers to entertainment and other options. The change was highlighted as news broke last week that the former hhgregg in the Shoppes at Wellington Green plaza will become an indoor entertainment venue called Urban Air Adventure Park. The 29,000-square-foot space is set to open later this year, the company said. WELLINGTON...
NEW: Get details on Royal Palm Beach’s Woofapalooza this Saturday

NEW: Get details on Royal Palm Beach’s Woofapalooza this Saturday

Dog day of summer: Bring your pooch to Royal Palm Beach’s Woofapalooza, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Bark Park at Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd. The free event includes vendors with information about dog grooming and training. There will be refreshments and giveaways. Dogs, of course, are welcome. For more information, go to www.royalpalmbeach.com or call 561-790-5149. WELLINGTON...
Haverhill man charged with car break-ins, stealing gun in Wellington

Haverhill man charged with car break-ins, stealing gun in Wellington

A Haverhill man was arrested on the Fourth of July after admitting to breaking into at least two vehicles and stealing a gun from one of them, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Adam Nathaniel Francis, 19, was charged with breaking into a vehicle and graft theft of a firearm, as well as resisting arrest without violence. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly...
Bankruptcy stalls controversial Flying Cow Ranch project in Wellington

Bankruptcy stalls controversial Flying Cow Ranch project in Wellington

A controversial proposal to build an equestrian-aviation neighborhood is on hold indefinitely after the project’s developer filed for bankruptcy. Plans for Flying Cow Ranch include single-family homes on large lots with barns or hangars on a 150-acre, triangle-shaped property south of the Wellington Environmental Preserve and west of Flying Cow Road. The bankruptcy filing puts the project&rsquo...
LATEST: Wellington sending notices to 6,000 potential breach victims

LATEST: Wellington sending notices to 6,000 potential breach victims

More than 6,000 customers of six village departments soon will receive notices that they may have been affected by a recent data breach. Wellington is sending 6,125 letters to customers of its building, business license, code, parking ticket, utilities and planning departments, Assistant Village Manager Jim Barnes said. Of that number, not all will have been affected by the breach of the village&rsquo...
Vero Beach doctor gets life in Wellington’s woman death from fentanyl

Vero Beach doctor gets life in Wellington’s woman death from fentanyl

A once respected Vero Beach orthopedic surgeon on Friday was sentenced to life in prison for producing and distributing the powerful narcotic fentanyl that caused the September 2016 overdose death of a 34-year-old Wellington woman. U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas wasn’t swayed by awards Dr. Johnny Benjamin won for helping at-risk kids or the support he offered young athletes in Indian...
NEW: Former Wellington hhgregg to become indoor adventure park

NEW: Former Wellington hhgregg to become indoor adventure park

An indoor entertainment provider is moving into a large retail space left vacant last year after the departure of hhgregg. Urban Air Adventure Park is leasing about 29,000 square feet in the Shoppes at Wellington Green plaza, the company said in a news release. Electronics retailer hhgregg moved out of the space at 10560 Forest Hill Blvd. last year as it closed 88 stores nationwide...
Popular cycling fitness studio to open in Wellington

Popular cycling fitness studio to open in Wellington

A popular fitness chain with a loyal following opens its third Palm Beach County location this month. CycleBar is scheduled to start offering its unique brand of cycling fitness classes July 19 in Wellington’s Kobosko’s Crossing shopping plaza, franchise owner Erin Schiller said. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news The studio features...
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...
Fourth of July events and beyond in Wellington, Royal Palm this week

Fourth of July events and beyond in Wellington, Royal Palm this week

Fourth of July events: Wellington and Royal Palm Beach have several events lined up for the Fourth of July. • Wellington: The day begins with a Patriotic Pool Party from noon to 5 p.m. at the Wellington Aquatics Complex, 12072 Forest Hill Blvd. Regular admission applies. For more information, call 561-791-4770. The 4th of July Celebration is from 6 to 9 p.m. with the Zambelli Fireworks Show at...
Dear Wellington residents: Stop setting off fireworks in neighborhoods

Dear Wellington residents: Stop setting off fireworks in neighborhoods

Go ahead, call me a party pooper — I’m tired of people setting off fireworks in residential neighborhoods in Wellington. I love the Fourth of July: the patriotism, the fellowship with friends and neighbors and, yes, the fireworks. But a professional, permitted fireworks display is a far cry from the people on the cul de sac blowing up mortars. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post&rsquo...
Wellington hot spot The Grille Fashion Cuisine closes

Wellington hot spot The Grille Fashion Cuisine closes

A restaurant that became known as much for its raucous parties as it was for its award-winning cuisine has closed. The Grille Fashion Cuisine shut its doors for good earlier this summer, a spokeswoman for Grille owners Fashion Cuisine Group confirmed. The restaurant opened in 2010 in the Mizner Place plaza off South Shore Boulevard between Big Blue Trace and Forest Hill Boulevard. The space previously...
Where to drop off supplies for Wellington’s back-to-school drive

Where to drop off supplies for Wellington’s back-to-school drive

The start of the school year may be a month and a half away, but Wellington’s Back to School Supply Drive is well underway. Wellington’s Community Services Department will collect the essentials from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through July 20 at these locations: • Village Hall, 12300 Forest Hill Blvd. • Wellington Community Center, 12150 Forest Hill Blvd. • Community Services Office...
NEW: What to know as Wellington’s annual budget survey kicks off Monday

NEW: What to know as Wellington’s annual budget survey kicks off Monday

What has become an annual tradition in the village’s fiscal planning process kicks off Monday morning. The Budget Challenge is a survey that asks how strongly people feel about spending in certain areas. It began in 2012 as an interactive way to “challenge” respondents to cut money from certain areas of the budget. Last year’s survey was completed 343 times, down from the 541...
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...
Wellington Seniors Club plans membership cap, gets heat from committee

Wellington Seniors Club plans membership cap, gets heat from committee

Plans to cap the Wellington Seniors Club’s membership prompted concerns at a recent meeting of the village’s Senior Advisory Committee. But club representatives argue that membership already is too large and has outgrown space available in Wellington, posing a challenge in setting up events and setting the stage for a larger debate on where seniors can gather in the village. WELLINGTON...
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...
Wellington lawyer, councilwoman’s husband runs for attorney general

Wellington lawyer, councilwoman’s husband runs for attorney general

Attorney Jeffrey M. Siskind, husband of Wellington Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, is running for state office. Siskind qualified to run as an independent candidate for Florida attorney general on June 22, according to Florida Division of Elections records. Four other candidates also qualified for the seat: Republicans Ashley Moody of Tampa and Frank White of Pensacola, and Democrats Sean Shaw of Tampa...
DETAILS: Fourth of July events in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach

DETAILS: Fourth of July events in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach

Both Wellington and Royal Palm Beach are planning Fourth of July spectaculars that include music, food and fireworks. Get the details on each village’s events, which take place at multiple venues throughout July 4. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news Wellington Patriotic Pool Party: Noon to 5 p.m. at the Wellington Aquatics Complex, 12072 Forest...
BREAKING: Village Music in Wellington evacuated after A/C issue causes smoke

BREAKING: Village Music in Wellington evacuated after A/C issue causes smoke

The Village Music store in front of the Mall at Wellington Green was briefly evacuated Tuesday afternoon after employees smelled smoke coming from vents. The issue stemmed from a problem with the store’s air-conditioning unit, co-owner Donna Willey said. Several Palm Beach County Fire Rescue units responded to the store but there was “nothing showing on arrival,” Fire Rescue...
Loxahatchee Groves landowners vote to fold water district into town

Loxahatchee Groves landowners vote to fold water district into town

This is no longer a town of two governments. That was the message from the Loxahatchee Groves council Tuesday in a pair of special meetings after landowners voted 2,988 to 879 to fold the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District into the town. It’s a move officials hope eventually will help the town to make much-needed repairs to its dirt roads and canal system. The vote, which allowed landowners...
Wellington online payments safe again as 2 new similar hacks surface

Wellington online payments safe again as 2 new similar hacks surface

The village’s online-billing system is safe to use, Wellington said Tuesday, as reports surfaced of similar breaches in two other cities in the U.S. The Palm Beach Post reported last week that at least nine other local governments have experienced breaches of billing vendor Superion’s Click2Gov systems. Wellington reported its breach on June 7 after being notified the previous day of vulnerabilities...
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