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POINT OF VIEW: SunPass-Florida relationship should be explored

While I agree with at least one argument that Post Editorial Page Editor Rick Christie made in his July 29 column, “Give Florida drivers a pass from SunPass mess,” I disagree with another. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Christie writes that the Florida Department of Transportation should forgive “say, 50 percent of your tolls...
U.S. productivity grew at strong 2.9% rate in Q2

U.S. productivity grew at strong 2.9% rate in Q2

U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the second quarter, the fastest pace in more than three years, while labor costs actually fell. The April-June increase in productivity followed a much weaker 0.3 percent rate of gain in the first quarter, the Labor Department reported. It was the strongest advance since a 3.1 percent gain in the first quarter of 2015. Labor costs actually...
Editorial: In defense of democracy’s defenders

Editorial: In defense of democracy’s defenders

We aren’t the enemy. It doesn’t matter how many times the president of the United States calls the news media “the enemy of the American people,” or attaches the word “fake” to “stories,” “media” or “polls.” All the repetitions in the world can’t make the slander true — though, in some minds, the repetition can make...
New Democratic poll shows tight race in primary for governor

New Democratic poll shows tight race in primary for governor

Five Democrats running for governor, from left: Andrew Gillum, Jeff Greene, Chris King, Philip Levine, Gwen Graham. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is clinging to a within-the-margin-of-error polling lead over former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham in the five-candidate race for Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial...
Son of Dan Marino arrested, charged with DUI in Broward County

Son of Dan Marino arrested, charged with DUI in Broward County

Michael Marino, the son of Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, was arrested at 1:30 a.m. Friday in Fort Lauderdale and charged with DUI.  Marino, 30, was stopped less than a half mile from his home while driving a 2016 Ford SUV. He had a blood alcohol level of .208 and .210, well past the legal limit of .08, according to the arrest report obtained by the Miami Herald.  He posted...
Feel the Bern: Sanders to campaign with Andrew Gillum in Tampa, Orlando

Feel the Bern: Sanders to campaign with Andrew Gillum in Tampa, Orlando

Andrew Gillum hopes to tap into some of the Berniemania that was on display in Miami last year when Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made an appearance. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders got shellacked by Hillary Clinton in Florida’s 2016 presidential primary. But the 33.3 percent of the vote Sanders got in that...
The ‘toxic’ algae issue: Social media ire has law enforcement on alert

The ‘toxic’ algae issue: Social media ire has law enforcement on alert

A stream of online vitriol about Florida’s toxic algae disaster has piqued the interest of law enforcement, which is monitoring posts following comments about blowing up the Herbert Hoover Dike, vandalizing cars and “hanging state politicians.” Whether the internet provocations are just disgruntled grousing or credible threats will be considered by the Palm Beach County...
POINT OF VIEW: Keep Martin County school taxes in Martin County

POINT OF VIEW: Keep Martin County school taxes in Martin County

Martin County is our personal paradise with idyllic vistas, soft sand beaches, distinct residential neighborhoods and bustling business centers. However, paradise comes at a price. As home values rise, so too do our property tax bills. Unfortunately, not all of that increase in tax revenue is staying here in Martin County. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion...
Cerabino: Florida candidate blunders into major issue with diploma

Cerabino: Florida candidate blunders into major issue with diploma

Melissa Howard decided to end her campaign for the Florida House on Tuesday due to her amazing knack for incompetent dishonesty. It’s too bad. While dishonesty is widely viewed as an unattractive trait for someone seeking elected office, incompetent dishonesty could actually be an asset. If you’re too careless to be a credible liar, you’re, in a sense, an oracle of the...
JUST IN: 2 men arrested in murder of 7-year-old Florida girl are 17, 19

JUST IN: 2 men arrested in murder of 7-year-old Florida girl are 17, 19

A 17-year-old man is behind bars charged as an adult with murder after two people were arrested in connection with Saturday night’s shooting death of a 7-year-old girl in Jacksonville, Sheriff Mike Williams announced today. A third suspect is being sought. Standing next to a photo of the victim, Heidy Rivas Villanueva, Williams announced that Trevonte Montie Phoenix, 17, was officially charged...
FDOT fines SunPass vendor $800K for botched upgrade; clears backlog

FDOT fines SunPass vendor $800K for botched upgrade; clears backlog

The Florida Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it had cleared the entire backlog of SunPass toll transactions resulting from the messy upgrade of its customer service system, and had fined the vendor in charge of overseeing it. At the direction of Governor Rick Scott, the FDOT assessed Conduent State & Local Solutions nearly $800,000 in damages as a result of the botched rollout of...
UPDATE: Florida State House candidate drops out of race after degree scandal

UPDATE: Florida State House candidate drops out of race after degree scandal

UPDATE 1 p.m.: A day after saying she planned to continue running for a state House seat despite revelations that she lied about having a degree from Miami University and went to great lengths to deceive people, Melissa Howard reversed course Tuesday and dropped out of a contest that has received national attention. Howard said in a text message to the Herald-Tribune that “I have come to...
Florida law requires 'In God We Trust' to be displayed in all schools

Florida law requires 'In God We Trust' to be displayed in all schools

A bill signed into law by Florida Gov. Rick Scott in March now means students will see “In God We Trust” displayed at all schools in the state. WPTV reported that the law requires the state motto to be shown in a “conspicuous place.” >> Read more trending news  According to state statute 1003.44, “Each district school board shall adopt rules...
Elections 2018: Who added more voters — Republicans, Democrats or NPAs?

Elections 2018: Who added more voters — Republicans, Democrats or NPAs?

Florida’s electorate has grown more Hispanic and less partisan since the 2016 presidential election, new voter registration statistics from the Florida Division of Elections show. The number of Florida voters who register with minor parties or with no party affiliation has increased 4.2 percent since 2016 while Democratic registrations have dipped 0.8 percent and Republican registrations have...
Editorial: In primary, Bonfiglio (D), Spritz (R) for House District 89

Editorial: In primary, Bonfiglio (D), Spritz (R) for House District 89

With state Rep. Bill Hager reaching his term-limit allotment of eight years as state representative for coastal District 89, four candidates are vying to claim the Republican’s seat in the Aug. 28 primary. In the Democratic primary, Ocean Ridge Mayor James Bonfiglio, 64, is competing against Ryan Rossi, 33, a teacher turned real estate agent from Boca Raton who says he can capitalize on a surge...
In West Delray, Philip Levine rips Donald Trump and ‘his little Mini-Me, Ron DeSantis’

In West Delray, Philip Levine rips Donald Trump and ‘his little Mini-Me, Ron DeSantis’

Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, one of five Democrats running for governor, visits an early voting site in West Delray today. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Democratic gubernatorial hopeful  Philip Levine stopped by an early voting site west of Delray Beach this morning and told supporters that Florida is “the last line of defense for...
Increasing share of Florida voters bypassing Democrats, Republicans

Increasing share of Florida voters bypassing Democrats, Republicans

An increasing share of Florida voters are registering with neither major party. (File photo by Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post) The number of voters registered with minor parties or with no party affiliation in Florida has increased 4.2 percent since the 2016 presidential election while Democratic registrations are down slightly and Republican registrations have increased...
The Post’s August 2018 primary, municipal election endorsements

The Post’s August 2018 primary, municipal election endorsements

This year’s primary and municipal elections will be here before you know it -- Aug. 28 to be exact. We’ll be posting The Palm Beach Post opinion board’s endorsements as we publish them. Keep coming back or bookmark this article to see the latest endorsement, and then once more before you vote for the full list. Also, please check out our Know Your Candidates app, where local...
Editorial: Hastings’ seniority, voice a plus if Dems take back House

Editorial: Hastings’ seniority, voice a plus if Dems take back House

After 26 years representing Florida’s 20th Congressional District, some believe that U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings should be tired of fighting — on issues both local and national. They would be wrong. With a sharpness and vigor that belie his 81 years, Hastings remains one of the key voices for Democrats in Congress on issues ranging from immigration to foreign affairs to health care. The Post...
Editorial: In Dem primary, Graham best shot to win in November

Editorial: In Dem primary, Graham best shot to win in November

A lot has changed in Florida over the past 20 years. The state has 5.8 million more residents. There are dozens of new municipalities. And our state budget has ballooned from $42.3 billion in 1998 to $89.3 billion this year. What hasn’t changed is Republican Party occupation of the Governor’s Mansion, where Democrats have been locked out for two decades. The low point coming with two consecutive...
POINT OF VIEW: Replacements for plastic straws have their own problems

POINT OF VIEW: Replacements for plastic straws have their own problems

Under a new law passed in Santa Barbara, California, in July, restaurant employees can face misdemeanor charges for handing out plastic straws to customers. The first offense is a written warning, but if workers are caught violating the law a second time, they can face up to six months in jail or up to a $1,000 fine. This law is the latest development in a month that has seen a political war waged...
Two Democrats vie to succeed Abruzzo in Boca’s District 81

Two Democrats vie to succeed Abruzzo in Boca’s District 81

Two Democrats from suburban Boca Raton are running to replace State Rep. Joe Abruzzo as Florida’s District 81 representative. Both Tina Polsky and Mindy Koch are first-time candidates who have never held elected public office. Polsky, who has been endorsed by the seat’s incumbent, is a New York native who has lived in the district for 13 years. For the past 10 years, she said...
Florida election 2018: Attorney general candidates square off

Florida election 2018: Attorney general candidates square off

An open seat for Florida attorney general has triggered open warfare among candidates in both the Democratic and Republican primaries for the Cabinet post. Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi, term-limited after eight years, has endorsed fellow Tampa resident, former Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Ashley Moody. But Moody’s opponent, state Rep. Frank White, a Pensacola Republican, has poured...
66 tons of red tide fish removed from Sarasota beaches in 10 days

66 tons of red tide fish removed from Sarasota beaches in 10 days

The current red tide outbreak is so bad that more than 66 tons of dead fish have been removed from Sarasota County beaches in 10 days.  According to Sarasota County, its teams have cleaned up more than 66 tons of fish since Aug. 1 from the beaches, all of which remain open.  Fish have been removed from the following beaches and boat ramps:  Lido Beach Read more at the Herald-Tribune...
Sean Spicer in West Palm Beach: Wish I had a do-over on crowd comment

Sean Spicer in West Palm Beach: Wish I had a do-over on crowd comment

Returning to a region that gave him valuable schooling in politics and public relations, former White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday he wishes he had another chance to handle the inauguration crowd-size controversy that helped define his rocky six months as spokesman for President Donald Trump. Spicer fielded questions from Tim Burke, publisher of The Palm Beach Post and the Palm Beach...
Waitress alleged Jeff Greene smacked her arm; Greene said it was a tap

Waitress alleged Jeff Greene smacked her arm; Greene said it was a tap

A cocktail waitress who worked at Jeff Greene’s Palm Beach hotel in 2012 told police she was “smacked on the arm” by Greene when he wanted her to turn down the music in a hotel restaurant, according to a report that surfaced Thursday and was disputed by Greene, the billionaire investor who’s now a Democratic candidate for governor. Greene merely “tapped” the woman...
Early voting, which starts Monday, often means earlier campaigning

Early voting, which starts Monday, often means earlier campaigning

With more than half a million mail-in ballots already cast for Florida’s Aug. 28 primaries and in-person early voting beginning Monday, the notion of a single “Election Day” is becoming obsolete in the Sunshine State. “I no longer refer to ‘Election Day,’” said longtime Democratic consultant Eric Johnson. “Florida has election month.&rdquo...
SPECIAL REPORT: A foul task - cleaning up Florida’s red tide corpses 

SPECIAL REPORT: A foul task - cleaning up Florida’s red tide corpses 

On the fine, shell-dappled beaches of Sanibel Island, the putrid corpses of all manner of sea life are scraped into piles by a rag-tag crew with metal-tined rakes. Matilda Meritt, a cigarette between her lips, rhinestone sunglasses, and a shirt that reads “wake me when the boring is over,” is on the early shift, dropped off in one of two Greyhound buses every morning for a week...
Editorial:In AG primary, pick Shaw, Moody for their experience

Editorial:In AG primary, pick Shaw, Moody for their experience

Over the past 12 years, the Attorney General’s Office has been politicized more than any other in the state — outside of the governor, of course. The office went from one that was a national leader on consumer issues such as elder abuse to one overly focused on law enforcement, but following other states’ lead on issues ranging from opioids to human trafficking. The state can and...
Ron DeSantis, Ben Carson and a Roger Stone sighting at Palm Beach County GOP Lobsterfest

Ron DeSantis, Ben Carson and a Roger Stone sighting at Palm Beach County GOP Lobsterfest

U.S. Reps. Ron DeSantis and Brian mast and HUD Secretary Ben Carson pose for photos with attendees at the Palm Beach County GOP’s Lobsterfest dinner in Boca Raton. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) BOCA RATON — Housing and Urban Development Secretary and Palm Beach Gardens resident Ben Carson got the top billing at the Palm Beach County GOP’s annual...

GOP governor hopefuls slug it out in debate; Putnam knocks Trump

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam dubbed U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis the “Seinfeld candidate,” but the punchline might have inadvertently summed up the Wednesday debate between the two Republican gubernatorial candidates: “It all adds up to nothing.” The two men, who agree on most major issues, slugged it out with one-liners for much of their hour-long debate. In the end, it...
Editorial: For Ag Commissioner: Republican Grimsley, Democrat Fried

Editorial: For Ag Commissioner: Republican Grimsley, Democrat Fried

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services involves a lot more than crops and cattle. The agriculture commissioner also oversees gun permits, consumer complaints, gas pumps — and sits on the powerful Florida Cabinet, whose duties include restoring felons’ rights. RELATED: Listen to the Agriculture Commissioner candidates interviews. Four candidates are in the Republican...
Agriculture and Consumer Services: These 7 candidates seek state post

Agriculture and Consumer Services: These 7 candidates seek state post

The upcoming vacancy in the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services position has drawn a field of seven candidates. The incumbent, Republican Adam Putnam, is finishing his second four-year term and is prevented from running for a third. The post is an elected Florida Cabinet seat. Putnam is running for the GOP nomination for governor against U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis. The...
Calls for repealing ‘stand your ground’ hit Florida Capitol

Calls for repealing ‘stand your ground’ hit Florida Capitol

Joined by the longtime girlfriend of a black man who was shot dead in a dispute over a parking spot at a Clearwater convenience store, black pastors, civil rights leaders and politicians marched to Gov. Rick Scott’s office Wednesday to demand a repeal of the state’s controversial “stand your ground” law. Tensions over the July 19 shooting of Markeis McGlockton, with his three...
Lessons from Columbine offered in wake of Parkland

Lessons from Columbine offered in wake of Parkland

Guy Grace, a school security official whose Colorado community was rocked by the 1999 murders at Columbine High School, shared school-hardening solutions Wednesday with a commission formed after this year’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. “There is never a day, never a day of school safety or never a day in our community where you’re not reminded...
Blue wave? As Florida primary ballots are mailed in, Republicans more engaged

Blue wave? As Florida primary ballots are mailed in, Republicans more engaged

Despite five Democratic gubernatorial campaigns working to turn out voters for the Aug. 28 primary, early statistics have not shown heightened Democratic voter interest. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Democrats have a competitive five-candidate primary for governor and a widespread loathing of President Donald Trump to motivate them this year — the perfect...
Jeff Greene says he sold $16.5 million worth of oil and energy stock; rips Gwen Graham

Jeff Greene says he sold $16.5 million worth of oil and energy stock; rips Gwen Graham

Billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor and Democratic governor hopeful Jeff Greene. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene says he unloaded $16.5 million worth of oil and energy stock today — a sell-off his campaign says was already in the works when Democratic gubernatorial primary rival Gwen Graham...
NEW: Final suspect in XXXTentacion’s shooting death arrested, deputies say

NEW: Final suspect in XXXTentacion’s shooting death arrested, deputies say

Broward County Sheriff’s Office deputies said they arrested a fourth and final man wanted in connection with the June slaying of Florida-based rapper XXXTentacion.  Trayvon Newsome, 20, surrendered at his lawyer’s office in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday, deputies said.  Newsome faces charges of first-degree murder with a firearm and armed robbery of a firearm, along with ...

POINT OF VIEW: Building a talent pipeline to meet STEM demands

Florida’s economy is booming, yet, as other states also are experiencing, the talent gap persists in many of our targeted industries, particularly in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations. The CareerSource Florida network and our strategic partners are working hard to address this challenge. As workforce developers, we know talent is key in continuing economic growth....
Editorial: Baer, Mast best choices in their respective party primaries

Editorial: Baer, Mast best choices in their respective party primaries

The race for Florida’s District 18 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is one of the most closely watched in the country. It could be said that all of this national attention is because the district — which encompasses northern Palm Beach County and Martin and St. Lucie counties — is considered one of the most important “swing” seats in arguably the most important...
Florida Supreme Court to decide whether dog racing ban will be on November ballot

Florida Supreme Court to decide whether dog racing ban will be on November ballot

Just a day after receiving the case, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously agreed to take up a battle about whether a proposed ban on greyhound racing should go on the November ballot. Justices scheduled arguments in the case on Aug. 29 and set a rapid-fire series of deadlines for the parties to file briefs, according to an order issued by the court. The court is moving quickly, at least...
Manafort lawyer: ‘So many lies’ Gates can’t keep up

Manafort lawyer: ‘So many lies’ Gates can’t keep up

Paul Manafort’s lawyer suggested Tuesday that the star witness in the former Trump campaign chairman’s financial fraud trial has told “so many lies” he can’t remember all of them. Defense lawyer Kevin Downing began his cross-examination of longtime Manafort deputy Rick Gates by pressing him on his own lies to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators, an extramarital...
Miami Dolphins to build ‘best-in-class’ training facility for $75M in Miami Gardens

Miami Dolphins to build ‘best-in-class’ training facility for $75M in Miami Gardens

The “Davie” datelines attached to stories about the Miami Dolphins soon will disappear. The Dolphins confirmed Tuesday that they’re moving their training facility from Nova Southeastern University to the grounds of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, possibly as soon as the 2020 season. Tom Garfinkel, vice chairman and CEO of the Dolphins, confirmed the project, which has long been...
World’s most endangered sea turtle found dead, trapped in a barstool

World’s most endangered sea turtle found dead, trapped in a barstool

A Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, the most endangered sea turtle in the world, was found dead in Walton County late Monday night, trapped in a barstool floating in the Gulf of Mexico.  Sharon Maxwell, head of the South Walton Turtle Watch, said the turtle was found floating close to shore in the area of the Vizcaya neighborhood in Dune Allen Beach. Good Samaritans retrieved the turtle and the...
BREAKING: Miami Dolphins moving training facility to Miami Gardens

BREAKING: Miami Dolphins moving training facility to Miami Gardens

The Miami Dolphins will move their training facility to Miami Gardens as early as 2020, Hal Habib reports from the scene on Tuesday. Dolphins chief executive officer Tom Garfinkel said the training facility will be on the northwest side of Hard Rock Stadium. He added the facility will cost about $75 to $80 million. The Dolphins now train at Nova Southeastern University in Davie. But despite improvements...
Ex-Trump press secretary Sean Spicer to speak in West Palm on Friday

Ex-Trump press secretary Sean Spicer to speak in West Palm on Friday

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer will kick off the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches’ 2018-19 season on Friday with a lunch appearance to promote his new book on his turbulent tenure as President Donald Trump’s spokesman. Spicer will participate in a moderated discussion at the Kravis Center with Tim Burke, the publisher of The Palm Beach Post and the Palm Beach Daily News....
SeaWorld sees jump in attendance, cuts 125 jobs day later

SeaWorld sees jump in attendance, cuts 125 jobs day later

Just one day after releasing their second-quarter results, which showed increased attendance at the parks, SeaWorld is cutting 125 jobs.  According to the Orlando Sentinel, a SeaWorld spokesman said the cuts were meant for the company’s “continued growth and financial success.”  In October, the Sentinel reported, SeaWorld cut 350 positions in order to save $40 million...
Dolphins head into preseason opener with no national anthem policy

Dolphins head into preseason opener with no national anthem policy

The Miami Dolphins have been among the most prominent teams in the NFL’s controversy over players protesting racial inequality by demonstrating during the national anthem, and that story will continue in Thursday’s preseason opener against Tampa Bay. The league laid down a policy in the spring that requires players to stand for the anthem or remain in off the field, but those rules are...
Rival Dems Jeff Greene, Gwen Graham escalate fight over mall project

Rival Dems Jeff Greene, Gwen Graham escalate fight over mall project

Democratic gubernatorial rivals Jeff Greene and Gwen Graham have released dueling ads over the Graham family’s ties to a massive mall project in Miami-Dade. Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham — rivals in Florida’s Aug. 28 Democratic gubernatorial primary — have released dueling TV ads and campaign...
Scam calls about pain medicine target Florida Blue customers, seniors

Scam calls about pain medicine target Florida Blue customers, seniors

Look out for calls about new pain-relieving medicine, especially if you are a customer of the state’s largest health insurer, Florida Blue, warns an advisory that calls the effort “shameful” and a “scam.” Such calls can deliver a dose of financial hurt including identity theft or bogus charges, according to the state’s top financial officer. READ MORE: How does...
US House 20: Veteran Hastings faces newcomer Cherfilus-McCormick

US House 20: Veteran Hastings faces newcomer Cherfilus-McCormick

The Democratic primary for U.S. House District 20 pits an octogenarian, veteran politician with a controversial past against a working mother with a law degree, a lot of ideas but no political experience. U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, 81, has represented the district, which covers both rural and urban areas in Palm Beach and Broward counties, since 1992. The many causes Hastings says he has championed...
Police: Man driving stolen car 100 mph arrested after crash in Palm Beach

Police: Man driving stolen car 100 mph arrested after crash in Palm Beach

A Margate man was arrested in Palm Beach last week after police said he crashed a stolen car into a concrete wall after driving more than 100 mph. Ocean Ridge police first saw the man, 37-year-old Michael Alan Stenquist, driving a white Honda Accord and speeding in Ocean Ridge at 1:42 a.m. July 30, according to a police report. Police said Stenquist was driving with his headlights off and with &ldquo...
More than 250,000 Florida voters have already cast ballots for Aug. 28 primary

More than 250,000 Florida voters have already cast ballots for Aug. 28 primary

Nearly 100,000 Democratic voters have already made their choice in the five-candidate race for the party’s nomination for governor. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida’s Aug. 28 primaries have already happened for more than 250,000 voters. As of this morning, 259,289 voters had returned ballots by mail, according to the Florida Division of Elections...
For DeSantis, Trump’s nod also means cash from big GOP donors

For DeSantis, Trump’s nod also means cash from big GOP donors

President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Republican Ron DeSantis for Florida governor included not only a massive rally in Tampa last week - it also brought a fresh torrent of cash to the campaign from top GOP donors nationwide. Trump’s early morning tweet June 22 – saying that DeSantis “will be a Great Governor & has my full Endorsement” – swiftly lead to $500,000...
POINT OF VIEW: Dr. Beach’s prescription for what ails our beaches

POINT OF VIEW: Dr. Beach’s prescription for what ails our beaches

Our beaches are in trouble. As sea levels continue to rise, our old solutions won’t cut it much longer. Here’s the prescription from Dr. Beach: A robust network of sensors along our coast that can help us better understand how erosion is chipping away at our shores. South Florida is one of the areas in the United States most susceptible to hurricanes and sea-level rise – things that...
Editorial: Johnson, Cheesman, St. Juste: experience with integrity

Editorial: Johnson, Cheesman, St. Juste: experience with integrity

The impending retirement of three judges from the Palm Beach County Circuit Court bench will give voters an opportunity to leave a significant mark on our judiciary on Aug. 28. Yes, there are three attorneys vying to become the first black judge elected to the 15th Judicial Circuit (Palm Beach County) without first being appointed. But more importantly, the Florida Supreme Court, in a recent decision...
Editorial: Silvers’ freshman record merits another term in state House

Editorial: Silvers’ freshman record merits another term in state House

It’s not easy for a freshman legislator from the minority party to get a bill passed. But in his first stint in the Florida House of Representatives, David Silvers did just that. More than once. He sponsored a bill to cut down on the inhumane practice of sending children to psychiatric facilities via the Baker Act; incorporated into another bill, it was signed by Gov. Rick Scott into law...
Five seek Democrats’ gubernatorial nomination: But which can win?

Five seek Democrats’ gubernatorial nomination: But which can win?

President Bill Clinton was heralding the possibilities of the “information superhighway,” O.J. Simpson was readying his murder defense and Donald Trump was married to Marla Maples and preparing to unveil his new Mar-a-Lago Club the last time a Democrat won an election for governor in Florida. KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES: Complete guide to the Aug. 28 election Now five candidates are trying to...
Cerabino: Florida Dems running for governor running after Graham

Cerabino: Florida Dems running for governor running after Graham

If you were lucky enough to miss the fifth and final debate among the five Democrats running for Florida governor, fear not. I have a condensed recap of this hour-long event featuring Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine, Palm Beach businessman Jeff Greene, former North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham, and some guy named Chris King. The debate, held in Palm...
NEW: Should beach-based shark fishing be banned in Florida?

NEW: Should beach-based shark fishing be banned in Florida?

For generations, average Joe anglers cast their lines from Florida’s sandy shores hoping to land one of the ocean’s most ancient creatures, furtive shadows thrumming with power and intrigue. But the state is taking a closer look at the loosely regulated sport of beach-based shark fishing as concerns mount about hooked sharks being dragged onto the sand, their snouts lifted...
Raise taxes? What five Democrats running for Florida governor said in debate

Raise taxes? What five Democrats running for Florida governor said in debate

Five Democrats running for Florida governor prepare for a Thursday night debate at WPBF Channel 25 in Palm Beach Gardens. From left: Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene, Winter Park businessman Chris King, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) The five Democrats...
Editorial: Polsky blends progressive goals, small-business background

Editorial: Polsky blends progressive goals, small-business background

The two candidates squaring off in the Democratic primary for to fill the Florida House District 81 seat say much the same things about what the state and its people need. Both Mindy Koch and Tina Polsky want better funding for public schools. Both talk about improving health care; the importance of gun safety, higher-paying jobs and workforce housing, and preparing for sea-level rise. Their differences...
Democratic governor candidates clash over opposition to Trump

Democratic governor candidates clash over opposition to Trump

The five Democrats in the race for governor had no problem agreeing to de-fund charter schools and repeal the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law. But the harmonious debate Thursday turned flinty on another issue they all seemed to agree on: opposing President Donald Trump. Democrats gubernatorial debate: 5 takeaways Halfway through the hourlong statewide debate, Palm Beach...
Editorial: Keiser short on politics, but not conservative chops

Editorial: Keiser short on politics, but not conservative chops

In the Aug. 28 primary, Republican voters in the sprawling Florida Senate District 25 will choose between a relative newcomer and a Tallahassee veteran. State Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, has been in the Florida House a total of 18 years — taking a two-year break beginning in 2009. Belinda Keiser, vice chancellor of the private Keiser University, ran unsuccessfully for the Florida House in...
Mentally ill man allowed to starve to death in prison, lawsuit says

Mentally ill man allowed to starve to death in prison, lawsuit says

When Vincent Gaines started serving his five-year prison sentence for burglary, the West Palm Beach resident weighed 190 pounds. He was also known to be bipolar and psychotic with borderline intellectual functioning. In fact, his prison intake information described him as stocky. When he died, the 5-foot-9 Gaines weighed 115 pounds and was found naked with what appeared to be feces caked to the bottoms...
School sales tax holiday starts Friday

School sales tax holiday starts Friday

Whether you are buying school supplies or dorm essentials, they can get fairly expensive, and who doesn’t like a good deal? School is around the corner and Florida’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday is here — it kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday. Shoppers won’t be charged the state’s 6 percent sales tax or Palm Beach County’s 1 percent sales surtax...
Baer unveils her first campaign ad of pivotal congressional race

Baer unveils her first campaign ad of pivotal congressional race

Democratic congressional candidate Lauren Baer released her first television ad of the campaign Thursday, touting her experience in the Obama administration and underscoring her upbringing in the state’s 18th Congressional District, which stretches from northern Palm Beach County through the Treasure Coast. The ad was released one day before Baer and other candidates in the closely watched...
Editorial: Powell shows knowledge, focus on district needs

Editorial: Powell shows knowledge, focus on district needs

There are roughly 16 municipalities in Florida Senate District 30 — stretching from Tequesta south to Palm Beach and west to Loxahatchee Groves and Royal Palm Beach. As diverse as this largely urban-suburban district is, its communities share concerns such as furthering economic development, providing affordable workforce housing for residents and fighting for public school dollars. They also...
Cerabino: Finding a companion program to doggie crackdown at Publix

Cerabino: Finding a companion program to doggie crackdown at Publix

The CAVE Society applauds Publix for its new signs aimed at keeping most dogs out of the supermarkets. We Citizens Against Virtually Everything have been annoyed by the gradual inclusion of canines into the shopping experience, especially those transported in baby strollers or infant harnesses. These dogs are almost never service animals, which are highly trained and disciplined dogs that perform...
Privatizing prison health care leaves inmates in pain, sometimes dying

Privatizing prison health care leaves inmates in pain, sometimes dying

Inmates called her Red, for the thick auburn hair her beloved older sister once painstakingly curled. Smart as a whip at 9, Donna Pickelsimer was troubled in her teens, struggling with alcohol in her 20s and, at 52 a convict, sentenced to 15 years behind bars. Under the care of Florida’s newly privatized prison health system, she didn’t last four. Handing off prison inmate medical care...
POST INVESTIGATION: Inmate was getting only Tylenol for cancer

POST INVESTIGATION: Inmate was getting only Tylenol for cancer

Inmates called her Red, for the thick auburn hair her beloved older sister once painstakingly curled.  Smart as a whip at 9, Donna Pickelsimer was troubled in her teens, struggling with alcohol in her 20s and at 52, a convict, sentenced to 15 years behind bars.  Under the care of Florida's newly privatized prison health system, she didn't last four.  Handing off prison inmate medical...
Trump, Greene hold dueling Tampa rallies in primary homestretch

Trump, Greene hold dueling Tampa rallies in primary homestretch

President Donald Trump touted Ron DeSantis’ bid for governor and Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson during an hourlong appearance Tuesday night before a raucous, overflow crowd, bringing some of the energy of 2016 to the 2018 midterm election. Speaking at the Florida State Fairgrounds to a crowd of around 10,000, Trump fired up his supports by going after...
Trump loyalists eye defying history — again — by rallying for midterms

Trump loyalists eye defying history — again — by rallying for midterms

The chance to see President Donald Trump motivated Sylvia Hart to spend her 66th birthday waiting for hours in occasional rain outside the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall for Trump’s rally here Tuesday. And Hart, a registered Democrat in Sarasota County, said Trump has motivated her to do something she’s been indifferent to in the past — vote in a midterm election, even without...
For needed perspective on county court, Fung and Llerena

For needed perspective on county court, Fung and Llerena

County court is, for many people, their first exposure to the court system. It’s where judges hear civil cases in which the amount in dispute is $15,000 or less, and criminal misdemeanors, which are crimes that have a possible sentence of less than a year in jail. It’s a world of packed dockets, heavy workloads and litigants who show up without a lawyer. The issues at stake aren&rsquo...

POINT OF VIEW: Congress must do more to combat toxic algal outbreaks

Marked by family outings and gatherings, the summer season is prime time for people to come together and enjoy the rivers, beaches and lakes in their local communities. However, due to the massive algal outbreak covering 90 percent of Lake Okeechobee, Florida’s largest freshwater lake, we again need to marshal the resources to combat this dangerous public health threat. RELATED: Editorial: Fighting...
Commentary: Are we prepared for election hacking in 2018?

Commentary: Are we prepared for election hacking in 2018?

On the agenda this summer at one of the largest annual conventions for hackers: a session for kids in attendance on how to break into America’s voting machines. If a preteen computer whiz can crack a voting machine from a hotel in Las Vegas, what might someone more experienced — and less scrupulous — be able to do if they set their sights on the November general election? As we all...
Commentary: Courts hurt fair and accessible voting

Commentary: Courts hurt fair and accessible voting

The Supreme Court recently handed down what many considered a harsh defeat. The ruling in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, which upheld a ruling allowing Ohio to purge voters that it deems to have changed addresses from the rolls, makes it easier for other states to enact draconian Voter ID laws that will make it harder, not easier, to vote all around the country. The response to this devastating...
Senators call for federal probe of SunPass toll company

Senators call for federal probe of SunPass toll company

A company under fire for problems handling Florida SunPass tolls defended its performance Tuesday after members of Congress called for a federal investigation. Two senators asked the Federal Trade Commission to probe whether Conduent State & Local Solutions engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices in several states. Democrats Bill Nelson of Florida and Gary Peters of Michigan wrote a letter...
Police: Florida man slashes son with knife, son hits back with ax

Police: Florida man slashes son with knife, son hits back with ax

A Daytona Beach man was arrested for attacking his son with a knife, and the son retaliated with an ax, police said. Allen Williams, 60, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and was being held without bail on Tuesday. According to Daytona Beach police, Williams and his son Allen Williams Jr. had been fighting on Sunday and the argument continued on Monday. The son did not give...
Why is ugly, thick brownish seaweed cursing South Florida beaches?

Why is ugly, thick brownish seaweed cursing South Florida beaches?

South Florida’s beaches faced a sargassum assault this summer that some scientists believe is part of the largest spread of the nomadic marine weed on record, and one that could continue through September. From the Keys through the Treasure Coast, islands of the brown algae floating on berry-like bladders have stained beaches and sailed through inlets thick enough that one Palm Beach...
UF police release video of Gators football players with fake guns

UF police release video of Gators football players with fake guns

The University of Florida Police Department has released cellphone video following the alleged confrontation involving University of Florida football players and 21-year old Devante Zachery. The video shows a group of players walking across the street from the dorms at Keys Residential Complex toward Flavet Field. Two of them pull out and point simulated weapons while arguing. <iframe width="...
Political differences bring a pair of billionaire Palm Beach neighbors to Tampa

Political differences bring a pair of billionaire Palm Beach neighbors to Tampa

President-elect Donald Trump and billionaire Jeff Greene from a video clip that Greene says was a heated December 2016 conversation about Greene’s support for Hillary Clinton. President Donald Trump will be in Tampa later today to visit a technical high school and then hold a political rally with his chosen candidate for governor, Ron DeSantis...
Trump to speak at Tampa campaign rally amid mixed Florida poll results

Trump to speak at Tampa campaign rally amid mixed Florida poll results

Floridians remain divided on President Donald Trump as he prepares to visit Tampa this evening for his 36th political rally in the state. ALSO: Putnam, DeSantis race showcases appeal of anti-establishment politics The event will feature Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, who has surged in Republican primary polls in the wake of Trump’s endorsement last month. DeSantis’ gains...
Editorial: Holtz will bring a broader view to the port commission

Editorial: Holtz will bring a broader view to the port commission

Increasingly, the Port of Palm Beach is being recognized as an economic engine in the county. But one that can also be revved up a lot more. Indeed, both candidates in the Aug. 28 race to fill the Group 5 seat on the port commission — Joseph Anderson, operations manager for the city of Palm Beach Gardens; and Scott Holtz, a West Palm Beach attorney — believe the state’s fourth-biggest...
Guns emerge as looming issue in Florida governor race

Guns emerge as looming issue in Florida governor race

In a state home to two of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history, Florida’s Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primaries enter their last month with guns emerging as a central issue on both sides. Well-financed Republican Adam Putnam has seen his lead slip away in most polls to President Donald Trump-backed rival Ron DeSantis, amid a cascade of criticism over how as agriculture...
Cerabino: Blue-green algae bloom creates a fishing hole in Stuart

Cerabino: Blue-green algae bloom creates a fishing hole in Stuart

Irony alert: This summer’s algae bloom shut down the Stuart office of Florida Sportsman magazine, a publication that celebrates fishing in the state’s waters. “The algae started coming in late June, and then it just grew in the water,” said David Conway, the magazine’s managing editor. The magazine’s office is on one of the many canals off the St. Lucie River. The...
Lois Frankel defends Gwen Graham, hits Andrew Gillum on super PAC ads

Lois Frankel defends Gwen Graham, hits Andrew Gillum on super PAC ads

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, has not made a formal endorsement in Florida’s five-Democrat primary for governor. But Frankel has issued a statement through former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham‘s campaign defending Graham against attacks by a super PAC that supports Tallahassee...
Daytona hotel, biker bar gutted by fire are torn down

Daytona hotel, biker bar gutted by fire are torn down

Gary Theel snapped photos of the Crooks Den bar, its bright red sign blackened by smoke. A patron for nearly three decades, Theel said he wanted to take away one last memory of the downtown drinking hole before it was razed. Nearby, the long arm of an excavator tore down the adjacent three-story Bayview Hotel. “It was one of the biggest biker bar attractions that there was in Daytona,&rdquo...
Dunes destruction threatens rare North Fla. beach mouse

Dunes destruction threatens rare North Fla. beach mouse

The survival of a rare mouse considered crucial to the ecosystem of Anastasia Island rests on the restoration of coastal dune habitat destroyed by recent hurricanes, according to wildlife biologists working to protect the endangered species. The Anastasia Island beach mouse is vulnerable to potential extinction, the biologists say. The mice once lived on almost all the St. Johns County coastline but...
Parkland students’ event brings outpouring of emotion, more than 400

Parkland students’ event brings outpouring of emotion, more than 400

The crowd erupted in a standing ovation after one 11-year-old announced he was going to take Gov. Rick Scott’s job one day. In a speech shaming local and regional politicians for accepting donations from the National Rifle Association, Aagneya Singh Banerjee was one of six speakers to take the stage at the Gainesville rally of the March For Our Lives — Road To Change event Thursday. &ldquo...
Snooty the manatee remembered through museum rehab program

Snooty the manatee remembered through museum rehab program

Snooty the manatee’s birthday will be forever coupled with his tragic death — July 23, 2017, a day after fans of the beloved sea cow celebrated his record-setting 69th birthday. Many grieved like it was the death of their best friend — with sadness, confusion and anger over the accidental drowning. South Florida Museum officials later acknowledged after the conclusion of an incident...
Christie commentary: Give Florida drivers a pass from SunPass debacle

Christie commentary: Give Florida drivers a pass from SunPass debacle

I had a boss once, who, whenever our Washington bureau would experience some kind of software glitch, was fond of saying: “You know technology is working the way it should when you don’t have to think about it.” This frequent saw comes to mind because, like tens of thousands of Florida drivers over the past month or so, I’ve been wondering what the heck is going on with SunPass...
Cerabino: Judge spoils Florida’s plan to ban early voting on campuses

Cerabino: Judge spoils Florida’s plan to ban early voting on campuses

Bad news, folks. Your Florida government’s ingenious plan to keep young people from voting hit a snag last week. It came in a ruling from one of those activist federal judges doing a lot of yammering about “the Constitution” or whatever. Sheesh, and it was such a clever plan. As your state leaders know, young people frequently don’t vote for the right people, so it’s...
Monday is deadline to register to vote in Florida primary

Monday is deadline to register to vote in Florida primary

A “Vote Here” sign stands outside the Ezell Hester Jr. Community Center in Boynton Beach Tuesday, January 30, 2018. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post) Monday is the last day to register to vote before Florida’s Aug. 28 primary election. Floridians who want to switch their party affiliation for the primary also must act by the deadline. VIDEO: ...
VIDEO: Protesters interrupt Gov. Scott, Republican forum in Sarasota

VIDEO: Protesters interrupt Gov. Scott, Republican forum in Sarasota

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Protesters were escorted by police from a Republican forum on Florida’s Gulf Coast several times during speeches by candidates, including Gov. Rick Scott. Spectrum Bay News 9 reported that the protesters interrupted speeches several times Friday at the Robarts Arena in Sarasota. Video tweeted by the television station shows...
Wife’s holdings included in Gov. Scott’s latest financial report

Wife’s holdings included in Gov. Scott’s latest financial report

Gov. Rick Scott released details Friday of his family’s vast financial holdings – including for the first time those owned outright by his wife – to comply with disclosure requirements in his U.S. Senate bid. The Senate requires only that assets be reported in a range, so the bottom line on the Scott family’s wealth is impossible to measure. In his state disclosure, filed in...
Trump becomes major factor in Florida gubernatorial campaigns

Trump becomes major factor in Florida gubernatorial campaigns

President Donald Trump, who will appear with Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ron DeSantis at a Tuesday rally in Tampa, is having a major impact on Florida’s GOP primary for governor. Trump’s Palm Beach neighbor and fellow billionaire, Jeff Greene, is spending millions to try to make Trump a factor in the Democratic primary for governor as well. DeSantis, Graham lead primaries for Florida...
Blacktip sharks are vanishing from PB County waters — why that’s not good

Blacktip sharks are vanishing from PB County waters — why that’s not good

For eight years Stephen Kajiura has flown a stretch of shoreline from Boca Raton to Jupiter during blacktip shark season, meticulously counting each shadow in the blue shallows of the Atlantic. Squeezed between the narrow continental shelf and swift Gulf Stream current, a unique shark bottleneck parallels Palm Beach County during the annual migration. Tens of thousands of blacktips swim a languid...
DeSantis, Graham lead primaries for Florida governor in new poll

DeSantis, Graham lead primaries for Florida governor in new poll

Another Florida poll shows Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Gwen Graham leading their parties’ respective primaries for governor. The Mason-Dixon Florida Poll, set for release today, shows DeSantis, a congressman from the Jacksonville area, getting 41 percent of the Republican vote to 29 percent for Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam. Twenty-eight percent of GOP voters are undecided with...

POINT OF VIEW: Protect Florida’s springs from further degradation

Summer in North Florida can be brutal. Working outside during 90-plus degree days is utterly draining. But why do those who have a choice continue to live here and why do more people move to Florida each day? Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Visit the new Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park and you will see what people do to tolerate the summer heat:...
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