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NEW: Man arrested in armed robbery that killed father of Parkland shooting survivors

NEW: Man arrested in armed robbery that killed father of Parkland shooting survivors

Broward County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a teen who they say fatally shot the father of Parkland school shooting survivors in an armed robbery in North Lauderdale.  Tyrone Fields, 19, faces charges of first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm in the Tuesday incident, according to the arrest report. He is being held at the Broward County Jail on no bond.  At about...
Cerabino: Florida’s NRA mouthpiece reaches for a silencer

Cerabino: Florida’s NRA mouthpiece reaches for a silencer

Florida’s chief NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer is standing her ground in a whole new way. This month, the 79-year-old grandmother and the guiding hand of permissive gun legislation in Florida for decades, filed a 129-page federal lawsuit that is mostly a compilation of the bitter, profane and sometimes threatening emails she received after the February massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas...
Gwen and the men: Will year of women candidates boost Graham?

Gwen and the men: Will year of women candidates boost Graham?

The four men seeking the Democratic nomination for Florida governor wore dark suits to a Wednesday night debate in Fort Myers. READ MORE: Rare Democratic campaign photo op from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Gwen Graham wore a pink jacket. “You may notice I look a little different than my other friends up here on stage,” Graham said in her opening statement. “I’m a mom, a...
Irma jobless aid eluded most local applicants; critics blast ‘botch’

Irma jobless aid eluded most local applicants; critics blast ‘botch’

It was billed as prompt unemployment relief after Hurricane Irma, but a state-run system delivered payments on fewer than 30 percent of applications from eligible Palm Beach County workers after nearly half a year, records requested by The Palm Beach Post show. With the business end of another storm season approaching, officials in Gov. Rick Scott’s administration defended “above and beyond&rdquo...
UPDATE: Lantana instructor one of 4 dead in Everglades plane crash, police say

UPDATE: Lantana instructor one of 4 dead in Everglades plane crash, police say

Veteran flight instructor Ralph William Knight of suburban Lantana was one of four people killed Tuesday when two planes collided over the Everglades west of Miami, authorities confirmed Wednesday. “He wouldn't have wanted to be doing it any other way," his son Andy Knight said Wednesday. "He was doing what he loved." His family said Wednesday...
Jeff Greene joins Democratic governor debate - did he stand out?

Jeff Greene joins Democratic governor debate - did he stand out?

Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene joined the stage for the fourth debate between the Democratic candidates for governor Wednesday night. “I will fight for Florida families if you let me,” said Greene. The debate was particularly important for Greene, who was going head-to-head with his opponents for the first time since shaking up the race when he declared his candidacy shortly before...
Donald Trump Jr. joins Fox News team campaigning for DeSantis

Donald Trump Jr. joins Fox News team campaigning for DeSantis

Donald Trump Jr. hailed U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis as a fighter for President Donald Trump’s agenda at a Wednesday rally that showcased the Trump and Fox News connections that have lifted DeSantis among Republican primary voters in his bid for Florida governor. The younger Trump, accompanied by girlfriend and Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, appeared with DeSantis at an afternoon event....
Post investigative reporter to discuss opioid issues on PBS

Post investigative reporter to discuss opioid issues on PBS

The Palm Beach Post’s Pat Beall will appear at 7:30 p.m. Friday on “Your South Florida,” a PBS show on WPBT Channel 2.  The show, hosted by Pam Giganti, will focus on the state’s new opioid prescription law.  Beall’s three-part series, “How Florida ignited the heroin epidemic,” traces the origins of today’s heroin epidemic to the...
Editorial: Court should strike misleading Amendment 8 from the ballot

Editorial: Court should strike misleading Amendment 8 from the ballot

Supporters of charter schools have pulled a fast one in getting a ballot question before voters in November that’s meant to ease the creation of charter schools without mentioning the words “charter schools.” Now comes the Florida League of Women Voters to perform the public service of asking a court to kill it. The proposed Amendment 8 was concocted by Florida’s Constitution...
Florida woman who hanged herself in jail seemed fine hours before

Florida woman who hanged herself in jail seemed fine hours before

TAVARES – The woman who hanged herself in her jail cell Saturday after being arrested two days earlier on drug and child neglect charges was “very out of it” when she first came to the jail, according to a report on her death. However, Tiffany Michelle Allen was acting normal just a few hours before a trusty discovered her body, the report said.  Allen, 35, was arrested with...
Customary use battle reaches boiling point on one Florida beach

Customary use battle reaches boiling point on one Florida beach

The Turgeon family from New Orleans was sitting on the beach on a hot Tuesday morning watching their young children play in the sand, when they were approached by a Walton County sheriff's deputy.  The deputy had been called by homeowners in Vizcaya, a multimillion dollar gated beachfront community, who wanted to enforce trespassing laws on the beach in front of their homes.   "...
State to withhold payments to SunPass vendor until upgrade complete

State to withhold payments to SunPass vendor until upgrade complete

The vendor responsible for the messy rollout of the state’s new SunPass customer service system won’t get paid until the system is fully operational, the Florida Department of Transportation said in a release issued Monday. Conduent State & Local Solutions, which has an electronic tolling contract with the state worth $287 million, began what was supposed to be a weeklong upgrade of the...
Nelson, Frankel urge FEMA to reimburse county for Trump security costs

Nelson, Frankel urge FEMA to reimburse county for Trump security costs

Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, urged the federal government Monday to speed up its expected reimbursement of $5.6 million to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for protecting President Donald Trump during his visits to Mar-a-Lago. The sheriff’s office wants the Federal Emergency Management Agency to send the money before Sept...
Fla. Democrats rip, Republicans disagree with Trump defense of Putin

Fla. Democrats rip, Republicans disagree with Trump defense of Putin

President Donald Trump’s equivocating response to his own administration’s conclusions that Russia interfered in the 2016 election drew outraged responses from Florida Democrats on Monday while Republican Sen. Marco Rubio faulted the president for ignoring “probably an unparalleled amount of evidence” of Russian meddling. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Trump ally who&rsquo...
DeSantis calls Trump-Putin appearance a missed opportunity — to blame Obama

DeSantis calls Trump-Putin appearance a missed opportunity — to blame Obama

President Donald Trump’s choice for Florida governor, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, weighs in on the Trump-Vladimir Putin meeting in Helsinki. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, whose Republican campaign for governor is built largely on President Donald Trump‘s endorsement , weighed in on Fox News about today’s Trump&rsquo...
The claim only Gwen Graham can make, featured in new TV ad

The claim only Gwen Graham can make, featured in new TV ad

New Gwen Graham ad begins by highlighting her status as “proud mom” and “PTA president.” “Everything I do is through the prism of being a mom,” says Florida Democratic governor candidate Gwen Graham in a new 30-second TV ad running this week in West Palm Beach and other markets. In the five-candidate primary, Graham is the only mom &mdash...
State issues new medical pot license, gets ready for four more

State issues new medical pot license, gets ready for four more

Florida Department of Health officials took two major actions in the medical-marijuana sphere Friday, issuing a highly sought-after license to a Miami nursery that successfully challenged the state and laying out the process for four more licenses as the cannabis industry continues to blossom. In a blistering opinion last month, Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham recommended that health officials...

State NRA lobbyist files lawsuits over ‘hate and vitriol’

Marion Hammer, the National Rifle Association’s influential Tallahassee lobbyist, filed federal and state lawsuits Friday seeking more than $2 million in damages from five men she says have targeted her over her Second Amendment advocacy following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Describing Hammer as “a 79-year-old grandmother and nationally renowned civil...
UPDATE: Reward raised for missing 200-pound Saint Bernard

UPDATE: Reward raised for missing 200-pound Saint Bernard

10:15 a.m., UPDATE: The reward for anyone who finds Logan has been raised to $2,500. Original story, July 12: What happened to Logan? That’s the question after the 200-pound Saint Bernard went missing from his Southwest Florida home. Will and Jamie O'Shea said they left their Treasure Island house, west of St. Petersburg, for just under an hour on Monday and came back to...
Christie commentary: Think about this ‘Abolish ICE!’ idea for a minute

Christie commentary: Think about this ‘Abolish ICE!’ idea for a minute

In an election year, one side is always looking for that pivotal issue that will pump up passion among voters and give their side an advantage over the other. For the left, that has been immigration. President Donald J. Trump all but handed his haters the equivalent of a gimme when he instituted a “zero-tolerance policy” for those crossing illegally into the U.S., a policy that resulted...
Editorial: Don’t like raising school taxes? Blame Florida Legislature

Editorial: Don’t like raising school taxes? Blame Florida Legislature

Any citizen unhappy that the Palm Beach County School District might ask voters to approve a boost in property taxes should take their complaint to the Florida Legislature. That’s because lawmakers — in particular, House Republicans — have taken their anti-tax ideology to an extreme. Not only have they refused to raise any taxes on what we’ll generously call principle, they...
National politics play well with DeSantis supporters at Trump’s course

National politics play well with DeSantis supporters at Trump’s course

Hundreds of voters, many wearing “Make America Great Again” hats decorated with “Trump 2020” pins and Ron DeSantis stickers, rallied at the Trump National Golf Club on Saturday in support of the congressman’s 2018 Florida gubernatorial run. For DeSantis, it was his first campaign appearance at a Trump-owned property since the Freedom Caucus member got the president&rsquo...
Florida Gov. Scott orders softer approach on restricting beach access

Florida Gov. Scott orders softer approach on restricting beach access

After a Facebook posting of Panhandle sheriff’s deputies confronting beachgoers, Gov. Rick Scott is urging law enforcement to go easy on enforcing a controversial, new private property law he signed. Scott late Thursday signed an executive order that he said underscores that Florida’s beaches remain open to the public. “Florida beaches belong to all of us, and people from across...
Florida link: Mueller Russian indictment’s cryptic Sunshine States ties

Florida link: Mueller Russian indictment’s cryptic Sunshine States ties

Russian hackers tried to breach elections systems in “numerous Florida counties” in the final weeks before the 2016 presidential election, according to Friday’s bombshell indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officials by special counsel Robert Mueller. The attempt “was not in any way successful,” a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of State said Friday...
DeSantis turns to Fox News, Trump world for campaign events

DeSantis turns to Fox News, Trump world for campaign events

Fox News host Sean Hannity campaigned with Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis this month; Fox personalities Michael Levin and Jeanine Pirro have upcoming events with DeSantis. President Donald Trump and Fox News continue to be big factors in U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis‘s Republican campaign for Florida governor as his Aug. 28 primary...
Rare Democratic campaign photo op from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Rare Democratic campaign photo op from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

A new mailer by Democratic governor candidate Jeff Greene features a photo taken while he was on the grounds of Mar-a-Lago Club. Jeff Greene, the billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, took advantage of his status as a member of President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago Club to do a photo shoot for a campaign...
Ron DeSantis to campaign with Mark Levin in Jupiter at Trump National Golf Club

Ron DeSantis to campaign with Mark Levin in Jupiter at Trump National Golf Club

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, at the kickoff of his campaign for governor in Boca Raton in January. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Republican Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis will appear with conservative radio host and Fox News personality  Mark Levin at one of President Donald Trump&lsquo...
White House approves massive reservoir to hold Lake O overflow

White House approves massive reservoir to hold Lake O overflow

A massive reservoir to hold Lake Okeechobee overflow got White House approval this week, a key step for the fast-tracked plan to spare northern estuaries from extended assaults of harmful lake water. The $1.4 billion project slated for state-owned land in western Palm Beach County is a partial answer to activists’ calls to “send the water south” and could alleviate the blue-green...
XXXTentacion: Alleged gunman arrested in rapper’s murder

XXXTentacion: Alleged gunman arrested in rapper’s murder

One of two men who investigators say is responsible for the death of rapper XXXTentacion has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.  Michael Boatwright, 22, of Fort Lauderdale, was already in jail on unrelated drug charges when Broward Sheriff’s detectives served him with an arrest warrant for first-degree murder. The South Florida rapper, whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy,...
Editorial: Fighting, fingerpointing no way to fix toxic algae issue

Editorial: Fighting, fingerpointing no way to fix toxic algae issue

Another rainy summer season. Another massive toxic algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee. Another round of nutrient-rich water discharges threatening Florida’s coasts and fanning outrage. And, most frustrating, another triage approach to fixing a festering decades-old wound. On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott issued an emergency order to help mitigate the impact of toxic algae outbreaks on both coasts. Scott...
Commentary: The sea-level threat is worse than you think

Commentary: The sea-level threat is worse than you think

Look what we have done. Let’s put this global warming and climate change thing in perspective. For the past million years, atmospheric carbon dioxide fluctuated between 180 parts per million (ppm) and 280 ppm about every 100,000 years, and, in concert, temperature cooled and warmed and sea level went down and up 330 feet or more. These natural changes in carbon dioxide, temperature and sea level...
Commentary: The dirty word in South Florida’s watery future: retreat

Commentary: The dirty word in South Florida’s watery future: retreat

When it comes to discussing sea-level rise in South Florida, the word “resilience” gets tossed around a lot by enlightened politicians and urban planners. It’s almost as if the word itself were a mantra that, with enough repetition, will stop the rising seas from swamping South Florida. But here’s a word that is almost never spoken in public discussions of South Florida&rsquo...
POINT OF VIEW: Coastal residents need to set aside money for flooding

POINT OF VIEW: Coastal residents need to set aside money for flooding

Through myopic indifference, society is making adaptation to sea-level rise exponentially riskier than it needs to be. There is a noticeable absence of meaningful federal and state legislation to create practical and innovative financial tools necessary to help ordinary people and small businesses cope with the projected harm of rising waters. Each day that passes, reluctant lawmakers are unnecessarily...
PBC property tax rate unchanged as county forecasts $52M windfall

PBC property tax rate unchanged as county forecasts $52M windfall

Palm Beach County commissioners voted Tuesday to keep the county’s property tax rate the same for the eighth straight year, locking in a $52 million windfall because of rising property values. Excluding taxes collected for debt, fire rescue and library services, county residents will pay $4.78 for every $1,000 in taxable property value. Over the past year, that tax rate generated $845.6...
Cerabino: Legal abortion in Florida? Ask the women.

Cerabino: Legal abortion in Florida? Ask the women.

We should all agree right now — before we get too deep into the political morass — that Florida’s women ought to decide this one. No men, just women. It’s the right thing to do. I’m talking about abortion. The retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has been the swing vote keeping the landmark Roe v. Wade decision intact for the past 45 years...
Nearly 30 states see jump in gas prices, is Florida one of them?

Nearly 30 states see jump in gas prices, is Florida one of them?

Nearly 30 states are seeing a jump in gas prices, but Florida isn’t one of them. Despite the highest Fourth of July gas prices since 2014, it looks like the Sunshine State is actually one of the dozen states that saw a slight drop in prices. And, some gas stations in Palm Beach County actually have prices below the national average of $2.86, according to the motorist group AAA. AAA: Gas prices...
Cold case murder: Who killed rich Palm Beacher 75 years ago?

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

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

POINT OF VIEW: Save lives; put the phone down

Losing a family member in a senseless car crash is unspeakably painful. My family and I, like many others across the state, experienced this when we lost my twin sister in a crash that could have been prevented. I made a promise to myself that if I was lucky enough to represent my fellow Floridians in the statehouse, I would make traffic safety a priority. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly...
Cerabino: Florida must switch to other side of breast-feeding issue

Cerabino: Florida must switch to other side of breast-feeding issue

Florida’s going to have to crack down on breast-feeding. We’ve been way too progressive in lactation matters, and now find ourselves glaringly out of step with the country’s new efforts to elevate industry-produced baby formula over mothers milk. Over the weekend, U.S. officials reversed 40 years of scientific consensus by trying to get the World Health Assembly in Geneva to...
Tropical updates: Beryl remnants aim for Caribbean, Chris nearly a hurricane off U.S. coast

Tropical updates: Beryl remnants aim for Caribbean, Chris nearly a hurricane off U.S. coast

UPDATE, 11 p.m.: The remnants of Beryl are expected to move across the northeastern Caribbean south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tonight and Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.  Interests in the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti are urged to monitor the system's progress. At 11 p.m., it was about 305 miles southeast...
USF police searching for man who exposed himself near dorm

USF police searching for man who exposed himself near dorm

The University of South Florida Police Department is looking for a  man accused of exposing himself on campus Sunday evening. Police said they were notified of the alleged incident that occurred at the northeast side of Juniper-Poplar Hall, which serves as housing for students. The man is described as being 30 to 40 years old, with a beard and brown, balding hair. He was last seen wearing ...
UPDATE: Missing 13-year-old found safe in Coconut Creek 

UPDATE: Missing 13-year-old found safe in Coconut Creek 

9:30 p.m. UPDATE: The Coconut Creek Police Department announced this evening that 13-year-old Giselle Calderon was found safe in Coconut Creek. Police in South Florida are asking for the public’s help in finding a 13-year-old girl who has been missing since July 6. Giselle Calderon was last seen around 11:45 p.m. after being dropped off at the entrance to the St. Andrews apartments in the...
Rick Scott’s Senate financing still mostly a mystery

Rick Scott’s Senate financing still mostly a mystery

Three months since he announced for U.S. Senate, and $10 million in TV advertising later, Floridians still don’t know much about who is funding Gov. Rick Scott’s free-swinging campaign. Scott’s first campaign finance report won’t be made public until July 15 — deep into his bid to unseat three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, whom the governor in a flood of TV ads...
NEW: 24-hour standoff in Lakeland ends with man shot to death

NEW: 24-hour standoff in Lakeland ends with man shot to death

2:20 P.M. UPDATE: A more than 24-hour standoff with law enforcement ended in the shooting death of 39-year-old Gary Cauley at approximately 2:10 p.m. Sunday afternoon.  Whether that death was by suicide or by gunfire from a law enforcement officer has yet to be announced by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. A nearby neighbor of the home told The Ledger that a law enforcement officer...
Florida boy, 8, survives venomous snake bite

Florida boy, 8, survives venomous snake bite

Casson Thomas, 8, never knew what bit him. He felt a sting and a burning sensation. He ran from the front yard to the side door screaming for his dad.  Jonathan Thomas, 30, knew exactly what happened. He recognized the puncture wound on his son’s left ankle. He loaded him and his wife in the pickup and headed to the hospital.  It could’ve been a water moccasin. It could&rsquo...
POINT OF VIEW: The Everglades’ coastline is falling apart

POINT OF VIEW: The Everglades’ coastline is falling apart

For those of us living along the lower east coast of Florida, the Everglades is a backyard wilderness, the source of our drinking water and an important hurricane buffer. It is also a flat, low-lying wetland with an imperceptible slope, making it quite vulnerable to sea-level rise. Once a 50-mile-wide “River of Grass” extending from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay, the Everglades is now...
Editorial: Schools face obstacles in staffing for mental health

Editorial: Schools face obstacles in staffing for mental health

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the difficulties of staffing public schools with armed security. But staffing schools with mental health professionals will be just as tough. According to Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy, there’s a significant shortage of talent to draw from in the field of mental health. “Trying to find people to do that is a major challenge...
Tropical updates: Beryl weakening in Atlantic, depression churns off Carolina coast

Tropical updates: Beryl weakening in Atlantic, depression churns off Carolina coast

UPDATE, 11 PM: Beryl continues to weaken as it moves west-northwest. Maximum sustained winds are 45 mph with the storm 495 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles. Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 3 is meandering off the Carolina coastline about 160 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C. It has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. UPDATE, 8 PM: Tropical Storm Beryl remains disorganized as it...
Hurricane Beryl: Caribbean on watch

Hurricane Beryl: Caribbean on watch

UPDATE, 8 PM:  Hurricane watches and tropical storm watches remained in effect Friday night for several islands in the eastern Caribbean.  As of 8 p.m. Friday, little had changed from the 5 p.m. advisory as  Beryl remained about 925 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles. It was moving west at 15 mph  and its top sustained winds were still at 80 mph.  A faster westward...

POINT OF VIEW: The Democrats are in dire straits

Twenty months ago, Democrats were poised to reclaim the presidency and maybe the Senate. Donald Trump was supposedly going to damage the GOP brand for years to come. It threatened to be a bloodbath. Today, the bloodbath is squarely on the Democratic side of the aisle. And it’s getting worse before it may get better — if it gets better any time soon. A party already decimated at the state...
Opioid deaths declining? New numbers offer hope, says state attorney

Opioid deaths declining? New numbers offer hope, says state attorney

As the opioid epidemic continues to rage across the United States, the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office is embracing two new local statistics as evidence that their efforts to curb the county’s crisis are working. Delray Beach, considered the epicenter of the county’s epidemic, went through the month of June without recording a single opioid-related overdose...
House District 18 candidates dig in as big congressional race heats up

House District 18 candidates dig in as big congressional race heats up

The campaign to win Florida’s District 18 congressional seat — one of the most closely watched in the nation — has heated up with incumbent Brian Mast producing a documentary, his GOP rivals attacking his support for an assault weapons ban and two Democratic hopefuls lining up endorsements. Each of the five candidates in the race are working to raise money and their profile as the...
Five Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls to face off Aug. 2 in West Palm

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

All five Democratic candidates for governor will face off Aug. 2 in a debate at the studios of WPBF-Channel 25. The hour-long debate, presented by the West Palm Beach ABC affiliate and the Florida Press Association, will be broadcast statewide, giving voters throughout Florida the chance to hear from one of the largest field of candidates in recent memory weeks before the Aug. 28 primary. The Republican...
UPDATE: Tropical Storm Beryl could become a hurricane, NHC says

UPDATE: Tropical Storm Beryl could become a hurricane, NHC says

5 p.m. UPDATE: The tropical storm forming in the central Atlantic Ocean has potential to become a hurricane by the weekend, the National Hurricane Center said on Thursday. Forecasters said the “tiny” storm is expected to strengthen and could be upgraded by Friday or Saturday. The storm is still expected to degenerate east of the Lesser Antilles islands this weekend. 3 p.m. UPDATE...
Florida man loses part of hand in fireworks accident

Florida man loses part of hand in fireworks accident

A Florida man lost part of his hand while setting off fireworks on the Fourth of July. Lauderdale Fire Assistant Chief Jeff Levy said the man’s hand was “partially amputated” when they arrived just before midnight. He also lost a couple fingers and had chest injuries. When they arrived at the home, west of the Turnpike and south of Oakland Park Boulevard, Levy said people were...
Woman, 29, found dead floating in C. Florida golf course pond

Woman, 29, found dead floating in C. Florida golf course pond

The body of a woman found floating in a pond at a Central Florida golf course on Wednesday morning has been identified.  Marion County sheriff’s officials said the deceased is 29-year-old Kayla Marie Miller, who lived in Silver Springs Shores near Ocala. Deputies said Miller’s residence is not far from where her body was discovered. No foul play was suspected, authorities said. ...
EDITORIAL: Santino’s removal a (belated) win for judicial integrity

EDITORIAL: Santino’s removal a (belated) win for judicial integrity

The Florida Supreme Court has removed Palm Beach County Judge Dana M. Santino from the bench for her misconduct during the 2016 election campaign. It’s a clear victory for judicial ethics and integrity. Monday’s narrow 4-3 decision, all of one paragraph, was also clear affirmation that judges should be held to the highest standards and be above reproach. Yet while the process...
NEW: Hurricane forecasters change projections for 2018 season

NEW: Hurricane forecasters change projections for 2018 season

Hurricane forecasters have lowered their projections for the 2018 season, saying they expect fewer hurricanes to form, and dropping the probability that a major hurricane will make landfall along the U.S. coastline or in the Caribbean.  The Colorado State University team said Tuesday it is predicting 11 named storms, of at least tropical storm strength, with four becoming hurricanes...
Billionaire Jeff Greene discloses finances in governor’s race.

Billionaire Jeff Greene discloses finances in governor’s race.

Jeff Greene, a Palm Beach real estate investor who has promised to spend “whatever it takes” to become Florida’s next governor is worth about $3.3 billion, according to his financial disclosure form filed on June 20. Greene has already loaned his campaign $3.6 million and has received no donations since he filed to run as a Democrat on June 1. Greene’s fortune is about...
PBC Judge Dana Santino removed from office by Florida Supreme Court

PBC Judge Dana Santino removed from office by Florida Supreme Court

In a one-paragraph ruling the Florida Supreme Court has removed Palm Beach County Judge Dana Santino from office effective at 5 p.m. today. The high court offered no explanation for its split decision, saying a full opinion would follow. The court voted 4-3 for removal with Justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis, Peggy Quince and Jorge Labarga voting in favor of her removal. Justices Charles Canady...
March For Our Lives event sparks gun debate in Palm Beach County

March For Our Lives event sparks gun debate in Palm Beach County

All Tom Bergan could do as a woman shouted at him during the March for Our Lives Florida road tour Sunday was hold out a clipboard and ask, “Are you registered to vote at your current address?” The woman, carrying a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag and Trump 2020 poster, made it clear that she did not agree with the event’s cause. She told the dozens of people in Dreher...
Editorial: Region must prepare now for higher flood-insurance rates

Editorial: Region must prepare now for higher flood-insurance rates

Long before the invading sea reaches our homes, it could upend our region’s economy. And soon. In just two or three years, Congress may change the way it sets rates in FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to reflect more realistic assessments of risk, including the expected impacts of sea-level rise. According to the Wayne Pathman, chairman of Miami’s Sea Level Rise Committee...
Disney World’s new Toy Story Land is like ‘playing in Andy’s back yard’

Disney World’s new Toy Story Land is like ‘playing in Andy’s back yard’

The green Army men who run a tight ship inside Andy's Toy Box in the Toy Story movies got a power boost today for the dedication of Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios -- Tim Allen, the voice of Buzz Lightyear. ''This is just amazing,'' Allen said as the new land was dedicated. ''Never in all my years with Toy Story did I think I'd actually be able to play in Andy's back yard.” Toy...
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...
Florida man arrested after not paying cab fare for ride from jail

Florida man arrested after not paying cab fare for ride from jail

Less than a day after being released from jail, a Florida man was arrested again after failing to pay for his cab fare home. Charles Folk, of Melbourne, hailed a taxi early Thursday morning after he was released from the Brevard County Jail Complex, reported Florida Today. He had previously been convicted of “criminal mischief for ransacking his own home and destroying his roommate's...
Limit consumer charges for air ambulances, state report urges

Limit consumer charges for air ambulances, state report urges

Florida’s insurance consumer advocate has recommended a ban on “balance billing” for air ambulance services that can leave consumers with surprise bills of $25,000 or more, along with an overhaul of ground charges, but ambulance providers say some proposals go too far. Balance billing means consumers get handed a sometimes devastating financial burden when insurers and ambulance...

POINT OF VIEW: We’re in a fight to protect our ocean treasures

Our nation’s beaches draw millions of tourists that keep coastal economies surging. Recreation and tourism account for 2.2 million jobs and more than $100 billion in GDP every year. With those numbers, you’d think their protection would be a given. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Unfortunately for our ocean and coasts, nothing about...
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...
Local Toys R Us workers fume about no severance pay as stores close

Local Toys R Us workers fume about no severance pay as stores close

Bright yellow signs on Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach blare the message to drivers that ‘Everything Must Go.’ Inside Toys R Us, bare shelves are all that’s left in the back half of a store that used to be the premier stop for children’s toys. Shoppers looking for deals are getting them — 70 to 90 percent off before the store closes its doors Thursday. The deals...
With Supreme Court vacancy, Trump’s 2016 Mar-a-Lago pledge again looms large

With Supreme Court vacancy, Trump’s 2016 Mar-a-Lago pledge again looms large

Then-candidate Donald Trump pledging to list potential Supreme Court nominees to assuage conservatives at the 2016 Palm Beach County GOP Lincoln Day dinner at Mar-a-Lago. (Daniel Owen / The Palm Beach Post) Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy‘s retirement gives President Donald Trump another high-court nomination and underscores...
Putnam-DeSantis debate: Expect contrasts in messaging, not policy

Putnam-DeSantis debate: Expect contrasts in messaging, not policy

Look for Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam to emphasize his deep Florida roots and knowledge of state issues while U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis highlights his support from President Donald Trump and Tallahassee outsider status when the two Republican rivals for governor debate for the first time Thursday in Orlando. Putnam and DeSantis will face off in a one-hour, nationally televised debate on Fox News...
UPDATE: Woman arrested after driving on I-95 with ex-boyfriend clinging to hood of car 

UPDATE: Woman arrested after driving on I-95 with ex-boyfriend clinging to hood of car 

UPDATE: A woman from Lauderhill was arrested on Sunday after driving on Interstate 95 in Miami while her ex-boyfriend was clinging to the hood of the car, police said.  Patresha Isidore, 24, has since been released from the Broward County Jail, WPLG reports.  Isidore’s ex-boyfriend, Junior Francis, told WPLG that he has a “complicated relationship” with Isidore...
POINT OF VIEW: Coping with rising seas will require money, cooperation

POINT OF VIEW: Coping with rising seas will require money, cooperation

Sea-level rise is an enormously complex problem. It’s only getting worse. To date, efforts to combat rising seas have been managed largely by local governments with some coordination at the regional level. To succeed, it must become a broader shared enterprise with the region’s academic institutions and local, state and federal governments. We are already seeing how sea-level rise is accelerating...
Editorial: District should continue to take the lead on school safety

Editorial: District should continue to take the lead on school safety

These days, Florida public school officials tend to define school safety in one of two ways: Before Parkland and After Parkland. RELATED: Video of Palm Beach County School District meeting with Post Editorial Board Palm Beach County Schools are no exception. Before the deadly Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people — 14 of them students — an adequately...
Cerabino: Will you be my neighbor, Pam Bondi?

Cerabino: Will you be my neighbor, Pam Bondi?

Leave Pam Bondi alone. Florida’s attorney general should be able to roam public places without a small group of people clustering around her to shout at her. I know. I know. She’s no saint. And there’s so much to say. She’s been unreasonable on gay marriage, wasting nearly $500,000 in taxpayer money to launch appeals far beyond the point of reason. And, yes, she took $25...
Five Dem governor candidates heading to Broward County this weekend

Five Dem governor candidates heading to Broward County this weekend

Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo, who’s also chair of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party, outside state party headquarters in Tallahassee in January. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) All five Florida Democratic candidates for governor — Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Jeff Greene, Chris King and Philip Levine — are scheduled...
UPDATE: Man struck, killed by train in Pompano Beach ID’d by sheriff

UPDATE: Man struck, killed by train in Pompano Beach ID’d by sheriff

5:30 p.m. Wednesday UPDATE: The Broward County Sheriff’s Office identified the man who died as William Chase, 23. Chase had no known address, the sheriff’s office said. Original post: A pedestrian in Broward County was struck and killed by a train Tuesday morning, authorities said, making him the third confirmed death on South Florida railroad tracks in the past week.  Tuesday&rsquo...
Boynton Beach company targeted teachers in student loan scam, Pam Bondi says

Boynton Beach company targeted teachers in student loan scam, Pam Bondi says

A Boynton Beach debt relief company scammed public-sector workers in Palm Beach County by falsely promising to help borrowers qualify for student-loan forgiveness, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a suit filed Monday. In the suit, Bondi names as defendants Integrity Group US Inc., OnlineStudentLoan.org Inc., StudentsLoanServices.org Inc. and Thomas H. Rohan. The companies used breathless...
VIDEO: Crew rescues stranded manatee in New Smyrna Beach

VIDEO: Crew rescues stranded manatee in New Smyrna Beach

A crew returned a stranded manatee to the water Monday afternoon in New Smyrna Beach. WFTV cameras captured the scene at about 3:30 p.m. at Smyrna Dunes Park as people treated the large manatee on the beach. Volusia County Beach Patrol Capt. Tamra Malphurs said the agency received several calls today about stranded manatees. Manatee strandings aren't uncommon during mating season, but the animals...
Suspect in rapper's slaying in Broward court, 2 other men sought

Suspect in rapper's slaying in Broward court, 2 other men sought

A suspect in the shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion last week in Deerfield Beach appeared in court today as police continue to search for two suspected gunmen Dedrick Devonshay Williams, 22, was in a Broward County courtroom this morning, charged with murder, WSVN reported. Investigators say he was identified using surveillance video from the Deerfield Beach motorcycle shop where the rapper...
Separated immigrant kids could — eventually — get help from local groups

Separated immigrant kids could — eventually — get help from local groups

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson blasted the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy Monday, and a Palm Beach County commissioner said the county will lend a hand if children recently separated from their parents end up here. The policy of separating families has drawn an intense political and social backlash even as the president doubled down on it verbally and confusion reigned...
NEW: Tests show norovirus was cause of illnesses at 4-H camp in Lake Placid

NEW: Tests show norovirus was cause of illnesses at 4-H camp in Lake Placid

Norovirus caused an outbreak of illness that sent several children at a 4-H camp in Lake Placid to hospitals last week, state health officials in Highlands County said Monday. The outbreak required 33 students and three adults to seek treatment Thursday. Children from Palm Beach County were among those attending Camp Cloverleaf, although it was not clear if any were among those needing medical...
Poll: Florida voters oppose family separations, approve of Trump

Poll: Florida voters oppose family separations, approve of Trump

A majority of likely Florida voters disapprove of separating children from parents who try to enter the U.S. illegally — but a new CBS poll suggests the issue isn’t the election-changer Democrats are hoping for. The online CBS/YouGov poll, conducted last Tuesday through Friday during a growing uproar over family separations, finds 53 percent of the state’s likely voters approve of...
Florida poll: Scott leads Nelson; Trump approval 53%; most oppose family separations

Florida poll: Scott leads Nelson; Trump approval 53%; most oppose family separations

Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. (Photos by George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Likely Florida voters favor Gov. Rick Scott over Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson by a 46-to-41 percent margin in their nationally watched U.S. Senate contest, according to a new online poll for CBS by YouGov. The poll also finds 53 percent of likely...
Lytal, other Palm Beach County lawyers take lead at state legal group

Lytal, other Palm Beach County lawyers take lead at state legal group

Lake H. “Trey” Lytal III and other Palm Beach County attorneys have taken leadership roles in a state legal association that has lobbied the legislature heavily on issues including proposed repeal of Florida’s no-fault car insurance system. Lytal, 47, was sworn in as president of the Florida Justice Association in its annual meeting last week in Palm Beach. He serves as managing...
Ron DeSantis opens $12 million TV ad campaign, highlights Trump support

Ron DeSantis opens $12 million TV ad campaign, highlights Trump support

New TV ad for Republican Ron DeSantis’ gubernatorial campaign highlights his support from President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis has launched the TV phase of his Republican campaign for Florida governor with a 30-second spot that touts his biography and conservative credentials and, in a mild surprise, waits a full 20 seconds before mentioning his...
Editorial: Courts must protect Florida’s environment from lawmakers

Editorial: Courts must protect Florida’s environment from lawmakers

A Tallahassee judge has affirmed what most of us already knew: Florida lawmakers have flouted the will of voters by failing to comply with a constitutional amendment meant to buy and preserve fragile lands. Score one each for state’s environment and voters. It shouldn’t be this way, of course — our courts having to so publicly spank the hands of our lawmakers. But our Republican-dominated...
POINT OF VIEW: No comparison between Materio, Lambert campaigns

POINT OF VIEW: No comparison between Materio, Lambert campaigns

I strongly disagree with the two implied conclusions in Editorial Page Editor Rick Christie’s recent “Opinion Zone” blog post and column, “Christie: Follow the money in heated West Palm Beach commission race.” First, I completely disagree that there is a comparison to be made between the alleged illegal activity of political consultant Rick Asnani and his Cornerstone...

State and local candidates on 2018 ballot

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, three county school board incumbents and two local state House members automatically won re-election on Friday when no one filed to run against them before Florida’s candidate qualifying deadline. Boynton Beach City Commissioner Joseph Casello, a Democrat, also walked into a state House seat without opposition — a rare occurrence for a non-incumbent...
Democrats could grab 6-1 advantage on Palm Beach County commission

Democrats could grab 6-1 advantage on Palm Beach County commission

Boca Raton City Councilman Bob Weinroth (left) chats with Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner in Tallahassee in January. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Democrats are well-positioned to claim a 6-1 advantage on the Palm Beach County commission after Republicans failed to field candidates for two seats and were left with only a political unknown to run in a seat...

POINT OF VIEW: Bring county teacher pay into the 21st century

Conditions have changed rapidly in the teaching profession over the past two decades. Once a desirable profession that came with a healthy dose of autonomy and creativity, some financial stability, and basic safety is now a radically different occupation. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Florida’s legislative mandates, drafted oftentimes...
DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but lands Trump endorsement

DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but lands Trump endorsement

President Donald Trump gave his “full endorsement” on Friday to U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in Florida’s Republican primary for governor — embracing a candidate who, according to Trump’s preferred news network, faces a double-digit deficit against Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. A Fox News poll released late Thursday shows Putnam with a 32-to-17 percent lead over DeSantis...
DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but gets full Trump endorsement this morning

DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but gets full Trump endorsement this morning

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, at the kickoff of his campaign for governor in Boca Raton in January. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump this morning gave his “full endorsement” to U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in Florida’s Republican primary for governor after a Fox News poll showed DeSantis trailing Agriculture...
Levine stumps on Greene’s turf; talks about drugs, high-tech incentives

Levine stumps on Greene’s turf; talks about drugs, high-tech incentives

On a day in which he literally campaigned on the turf of Democratic primary rival Jeff Greene, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine listened to local clergy and others discuss the opioid crisis Thursday in a conversation that also touched on marijuana legalization and racial disparities in drug enforcement. Levine, the front-runner for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in several polls, spent...
Philip Levine talks opioid crisis, marijuana legalization, race in Boynton Beach

Philip Levine talks opioid crisis, marijuana legalization, race in Boynton Beach

Democratic candidate for governor Philip Levine joins others in a prayer led by Pastor Tommy Brown of New Disciples Worship Center before a discussion on opioids in Boynton Beach. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) BOYNTON BEACH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Miami Beach Mayor  Philip Levine listened to local clergy and others talk about the...
Florida man admits to smoking pot while 1-year-old drowns, cops say

Florida man admits to smoking pot while 1-year-old drowns, cops say

A Florida man was charged with manslaughter after investigators said he admitted to leaving a 1-year-old alone while he was smoking pot in the front yard. A family member found the boy unresponsive in the pool on May 31 and called for help, according to Lt. J. Mathis of Bay County Sheriff’s Office.  When emergency crews arrived at the Panama City Beach home, they performed CPR on the...
Summer: Best beaches in Palm Beach County

Summer: Best beaches in Palm Beach County

We love our Florida beaches. And with summer here, it’s time to soak up some sun. With the county’s 45-mile long Atlantic shoreline, there are lots of beautiful beaches to choose. And if you like uncrowded beaches, or want to enjoy the perfect spot to grab breakfast at the beach, we found those too!  Here we break down the main attractions and facts on each beach from Tequesta...
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