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Trump in Palm Beach: PBSO’s overtime bill to feds is $3.3M and growing

Trump in Palm Beach: PBSO’s overtime bill to feds is $3.3M and growing

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies who help protect President Donald Trump when he visits Mar-a-Lago racked up nearly $3.3 million in overtime during presidential trips between November and early February – money that county officials expect to get back from the federal government. The sheriff’s office has not yet calculated overtime incurred by deputies during Trump’s five...
Trump in Palm Beach: Sheriff’s OT bill for feds $3.3 million and growing

Trump in Palm Beach: Sheriff’s OT bill for feds $3.3 million and growing

President Donald Trump greets motorcycle cops from the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach and Palm Beach Gardens at Palm Beach International Airport on Sunday. (Melanie Bell/The Palm Beach Post) Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies who help protect President Donald Trump when he visits Mar-a-Lago racked up...
Commentary: Let pre-18 teens register to vote

Commentary: Let pre-18 teens register to vote

Along with turning up the heat in the national debate over gun laws, the horrific attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Feb. 14 has introduced the nation to a new generation of articulate, passionate teenagers. Days after watching classmates get gunned down in their school, the Parkland massacre’s young survivors confronted the president at the White House and successfully...
Jeff Greene for governor?: If I ran, I’d ‘spend whatever it would take’

Jeff Greene for governor?: If I ran, I’d ‘spend whatever it would take’

Two Palm Beach County Democrats – former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy and billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene – are not ruling out making late entrances into a Florida governor’s race that so far hasn’t produced a clear favorite for either party’s nomination. Murphy, a two-term House member from Jupiter who lost a 2016 challenge to Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio...
Cerabino: Chance of UFO sightings in Florida is a $10 million question

Cerabino: Chance of UFO sightings in Florida is a $10 million question

It doesn’t seem right that Florida is dead last among states when it comes to UFO sightings. I would think that this metric, as opposed to, say, teacher pay, would be an area where we would excel. But that’s the finding of a study by Casino.org, an internet gambling site that looked at the past 78 years of reported sightings of unidentified flying objects in America, and calculated...
Adam Putnam coming to Forum Club next week

Adam Putnam coming to Forum Club next week

Adam Putnam at the Riviera Beach Marina last year. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a 2018 candidate for Florida governor, will appear next Monday at a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch that organizers originally hoped would pair him with GOP rival Ron DeSantis. DeSantis, however, had a scheduling conflict...
FPL bills under spotlight for tax savings as NextEra profits jump

FPL bills under spotlight for tax savings as NextEra profits jump

Results announced Tuesday beat analysts’ expectations and left no question that federal tax cuts sweetened the bottom line at Palm Beach County’s largest company, Juno Beach-based NextEra Energy Inc. Yet to be fully resolved: Whether 4.9 million Florida Power & Light customers are getting their fair share of relief. NextEra earnings in the first quarter of the year nearly tripled to $4...
Patrick Murphy, Jeff Greene not ruling out late Democratic bids for Florida governor

Patrick Murphy, Jeff Greene not ruling out late Democratic bids for Florida governor

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (left) gave his OK to a poll testing his name as a candidate for governor, with former Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Jolly (center) as running mate; Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene (right) isn’t ruling out a Democratic run for governor, either. Two Palm Beach County Democratic figures – former U.S. Rep. ...
NEW: 13 tons of cocaine, marijuana sailing into Fort Lauderdale today

NEW: 13 tons of cocaine, marijuana sailing into Fort Lauderdale today

Crews from the Coast Guard will unload 12 tons of cocaine and 1 ton of marijuana today at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.  The drugs, worth an estimated $390 million, were seized during drug smuggling interdictions off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America.  Multiple U.S. coast Guard cutters and Canadian Naval vessels, along with numerous other law enforcement agencies worked...
NEW: ‘Teddy’ found, woman arrested in Palm Beach Gardens dog theft

NEW: ‘Teddy’ found, woman arrested in Palm Beach Gardens dog theft

A 48-year-old Palm Beach Gardens woman has been arrested in the theft of a dog Saturday from a pet store, and the dog has been returned to its owner.  Police late Monday were seeking to speak with Heather Ryan, who has since been arrested. The 11-year-old Maltese mix named “Teddy” was stolen from the Petco store on Legacy Avenue.  According to city police, Teddy&rsquo...
Longtime Boynton city critic wins $2 million in Powerball game

Longtime Boynton city critic wins $2 million in Powerball game

For years, David Floering fought with the city of Boynton Beach over a lost towing contract and sparred with then-Mayor Jose Rodriguez so vociferously that the mayor sued him for libel. That might have been the last thing on his mind last week when he won $2 million in a Florida Lottery game.  Floering, 57, bought the ticket for the April 18 Powerball drawing from the Publix Super...
WATCH: Man shot with Taser, arrested after fight on plane at Miami airport

WATCH: Man shot with Taser, arrested after fight on plane at Miami airport

A man was stunned with a Taser and arrested on an American Airlines flight after police say he got into a fight with another passenger. The Sunday evening flight from Miami for Chicago was delayed when Jacob Garcia and the other passenger started arguing, NBC Miami reports. Garcia, 28, was asked to leave, but refused. He then became physical with Miami-Dade Police officers shortly after flight...
Trump still trails John F. Kennedy for Palm Beach visits, Truman for Florida stays

Trump still trails John F. Kennedy for Palm Beach visits, Truman for Florida stays

Before boarding Air Force One on Sunday, President Donald Trump stopped for a picture with motorcycle cops from the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. (Melanie Bell/The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump wrapped up a six-day Florida trip on Sunday — pausing before he boarded...
Trump closes latest Palm Beach visit by posing with police on tarmac

Trump closes latest Palm Beach visit by posing with police on tarmac

President Donald Trump normally makes it out the door of his limousine and up the steps into Air Force One in a few uneventful seconds when he concludes a visit to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach. But the president took his time Sunday afternoon at Palm Beach International Airport as he wrapped up a six-day Florida trip. Trump walked over to a group of 33 motorcycle officers from the Palm Beach...

POINT OF VIEW: Scott should partner with Parkland teens

What is the purpose of the Florida governorship if not to uplift Florida’s youth? That’s a question that should vex Gov. Rick Scott even after signing major gun legislation, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, to address the worst high school shooting in U.S. history. A wise governor would recognize the political and moral value inherent in inviting the Parkland...
Editorial: Every city should join fight against harmful state gun law

Editorial: Every city should join fight against harmful state gun law

The Boca Raton City Council wants to consider some reasonable regulations on firearms, like restricting guns in city facilities or parks, a recent resolution states. But the council hasn’t done so — and for a troubling reason. The members are afraid of running afoul of an extreme state law that has worked like a National Rifle Association hammerlock on local governments across Florida...
Boca Raton’s Telsey: “The only disability is a bad attitude”

Boca Raton’s Telsey: “The only disability is a bad attitude”

Debbie Telsey is a former special education teacher and executive recruiter who blended both careers into a business. Two years ago, Telsey co-founded I Can Living and Learning Center, a Boca Raton-based company that helps find jobs for adults with disabilities. “It’s the perfect job for me,” Telsey said. “I love being a recruiter of people with special needs.” Telsey...

POINT OF VIEW: Recognizing apprenticeships in HS grad requirements

In the fall of 1999, when I was a junior at the University of Florida, my professor, Julian Pleasants, inspired me to dedicate my life to public service. It wasn’t until several years later that I realized our education system was the primary issue I wanted to tackle when I jumped into the political arena. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup In 2006...
Trump says Cohen won’t ‘flip’ on him, rips media before hitting the links

Trump says Cohen won’t ‘flip’ on him, rips media before hitting the links

On his way to a golf outing Saturday morning, President Donald Trump predicted his longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, will not “flip” against him as federal authorities investigate Cohen’s business dealings. Trump made a shorter-than-normal trip to his Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach on Saturday, returning to his Mar-a-Lago estate shortly...
Trump, en route to golf club, predicts Michael Cohen won’t ‘flip’

Trump, en route to golf club, predicts Michael Cohen won’t ‘flip’

President Donald Trump’s motorcade arrives at Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach this morning. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post) Moments after he arrived at Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach this morning, President Donald Trump blasted a New York Times article that said his personal attorney,...
Florida’s medical marijuana registry hits 100,000

Florida’s medical marijuana registry hits 100,000

In a sign that Floridians are embracing the state’s freshly minted medical marijuana program, the state’s official cannabis registry has topped 100,000 patients. The Florida Department of Health counted 100,576 patients as of Friday, and about 2,500 people join the list each week. “Hitting 100,000 patients in Florida really shows us that people are being helped by medical marijuana...
Always a Palm Beach connection: Mar-a-Lago gets passing mention in Comey memos

Always a Palm Beach connection: Mar-a-Lago gets passing mention in Comey memos

View from the west of Mar-a-Lago during last month’s Palm Beach County GOP fundraiser there. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump was tweeting from Mar-a-Lago late Thursday night and early this morning about fired FBI Director James Comey, his book tour and the release of 15 pages of redacted memos Comey wrote after meetings...
Judge OKs accord between Trump, Jupiter club members, but tab may rise

Judge OKs accord between Trump, Jupiter club members, but tab may rise

Long-running litigation between President Donald Trump and members of his golf club in Jupiter came to an anti-climatic end on Friday with both sides declaring victory when a federal judge tentatively signed off on a $5.4 million settlement agreement. “The trial was a complete victory. The settlement was a complete victory,” said attorney Seth Lehrman, who represented 65 members...
Pilots find small monkey at shopping center in Hallandale Beach 

Pilots find small monkey at shopping center in Hallandale Beach 

A monkey was seen by a group of pilots getting coffee today at the Diplomat Shopping Center in Hallandale Beach. Several monkeys have been spotted in South Florida recently, WPLG reports. Monkeys were also seen in North Miami Beach and Cooper City. The Aventura Police Department received calls Tuesday about a similar monkey that may be in the area. It is unknown how many monkeys are in the South Florida...
Trump in Palm Beach: Takes ‘incredible education’ trip to Key West

Trump in Palm Beach: Takes ‘incredible education’ trip to Key West

President Donald Trump took a side trip from Mar-a-Lago on Thursday to get “an incredible education” at a military facility that combats drug trafficking and criminal networks in Key West. Trump, who is spending the week at his Palm Beach estate and hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe there on Tuesday and Wednesday, left Mar-a-Lago about 10:50 a.m. Thursday. He made the 5-mile trip...
EXCLUSIVE: Miami man guilty of stalking ex-ballerina for 31 years

EXCLUSIVE: Miami man guilty of stalking ex-ballerina for 31 years

It was the night after Christmas in 2011, just before 9 p.m. on Seabreeze Avenue in Palm Beach, and Elizabeth and Mark Schulhof had just returned to their vacation home from a dinner out with their two young sons. Elizabeth Schulhof remembered that she was with her 7-year-old boy and was headed to check on the 12-month old baby she’d left behind with a nanny when she heard a knock on the door...

POINT OF VIEW: Love in classroom essential to transformational growth

When I taught in public schools, I was once asked why my students tended to perform so well on standardized tests. The answer was obvious to me — with the help of love in the classroom. I showed my students love every day, and I used that love to motivate and relate to them. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup Unfortunately, due to horrific events...
Boca Raton’s Bluegreen pitches timeshares to next generation

Boca Raton’s Bluegreen pitches timeshares to next generation

It’s not your parent’s timeshare anymore. That’s the message of Bluegreen Vacations Corp., a Boca Raton-based company seeking to tap the next generation of travelers. Bluegreen on Wednesday announced it had purchased a new vacation destination, The Éilan Hotel and Spa in the San Antonio Hill Country. The $34 million purchase is part of an initiative to expand the company&rsquo...
Democratic candidates for Florida governor square off at debate

Democratic candidates for Florida governor square off at debate

Three of the four Democrats vying to replace Rick Scott as governor of the third-largest state in the nation get their news first from The New York Times, and only one, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, relies on his hometown paper to find out what’s going on in the world. The insight into who’s reading what was among the lighter moments of an hour-long debate Wednesday in Tampa, the first...
Donald Trump makes a rare concession of defeat in eulogizing Barbara Bush

Donald Trump makes a rare concession of defeat in eulogizing Barbara Bush

President Donald Trump speaking at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump often compares himself to other presidents — and often finds his predecessors lacking. At a joint press conference Wednesday with Japanese Prime Minister...
Florida Gov. Scott, Seminoles reach deal on gambling money

Florida Gov. Scott, Seminoles reach deal on gambling money

As legislative leaders hold behind-the-scenes talks about revamping the gambling industry, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday announced a deal that will lead to the Seminole Tribe continuing to pay more than $300 million a year in casino money to the state. The tribe would continue making the payments, which are rooted in a 2010 gambling agreement, through the 2019 legislative session. In exchange...
Trump, Abe end Mar-a-Lago summit stressing future trade, Korea talks

Trump, Abe end Mar-a-Lago summit stressing future trade, Korea talks

Standing in a grand ballroom that bears his name at his Mar-a-Lago estate, President Donald Trump on Wednesday seemed mindful of the legacy-defining potential of his planned denuclearization talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his side after two days of meetings, Trump said his tough stance on Kim’s regime had helped create the potential for...
Melania Trump hosts Japan’s first lady on tour of Flagler Museum

Melania Trump hosts Japan’s first lady on tour of Flagler Museum

First ladies Melania Trump of the United State and Akie Abe of Japan toured Flagler Museum on Wednesday — another gilded, Palm Beach mansion coincidentally completed a few decades before Mar-a-Lago opened for the 1927 winter season. The first ladies arrived at the museum, the former winter residence of industrialist Henry Flagler, about 11:20 a.m., while President Donald Trump and Japanese...
PEACE calls for community IDs, slams commissioners who skipped meeting

PEACE calls for community IDs, slams commissioners who skipped meeting

More than 2,000 people attended a community meeting at the Palm Beach County Convention Center Monday evening, but organizers were miffed that figure wasn’t a little larger. Officials from the social activism group People Engaged in Active Community Efforts called out six of the county’s seven commissioners for skipping the gathering, saying the commissioners’ absences underscored...
Busy Twitter morning at Mar-a-Lago as Trump-Abe summit continues

Busy Twitter morning at Mar-a-Lago as Trump-Abe summit continues

President Donald Trump arriving at Palm Beach International Airport on Monday. (Melanie Bell/The Palm Beach Post) Before he begins the second day of an international summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump has confirmed a top-secret meeting between CIA Director Mike Pompeo and North Korean leader...
Will Donald Trump and Rick Scott meet in Florida this week?

Will Donald Trump and Rick Scott meet in Florida this week?

President Donald Trump and Gov. Rick Scott at the Broward Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 16 — two days after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Gov. Rick Scott was in Palm Beach Gardens for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday about 17½ miles from his friend and political...

POINT OF VIEW: Impact of 1980 Mariel Boatlift evident then and now

“Picture a 20-foot Feathercraft aluminum boat powered with a 35-horsepower Evinrude motor bouncing in 8-foot seas with a dozen members of a family hanging on to the boat for dear life. That is what I saw 38 years ago on CBS live television in Florida Gov. Bob Graham’s office. I still remember it vividly today.” The Mariel Boatlift started with a surprise announcement by Cuban President...
Editorial: Scott veto of local bill stifles more effective oversight

Editorial: Scott veto of local bill stifles more effective oversight

A long-overdue cleanup and overhaul of the Palm Beach County Housing Authority is well underway. But common sense tells us that’s not enough. There must be policies, procedures and people to deter it from happening again. This is what Palm Beach County and its state representatives sought from the Legislature this year. Lawmakers proposed a “local bill” (HB 1113) allowing county...
Constitution revision panel adds 8 questions to five on Florida ballot

Constitution revision panel adds 8 questions to five on Florida ballot

Florida voters will get a chance to decide in November whether 13 is a lucky or unlucky number. The state Constitution Revision Commission, which meets every 20 years, finished its work Monday night after approving eight proposed constitutional amendments for the Nov. 6 general-election ballot. Those eight proposals will join five other measures already on the ballot, including three approved...
Trump’s likely agenda with Japan’s Abe: Trade, North Korea, golf

Trump’s likely agenda with Japan’s Abe: Trade, North Korea, golf

The U.S. and Japan “are locked and we are very unified on the subject of North Korea,” President Donald Trump declared Tuesday at Mar-a-Lago, as he began two days of meetings — and possibly some golf — with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe and his wife, Akie Abe, landed at Palm Beach International Airport at about 1:20 p.m. amid some questions about whether the U.S....
Greyhound racing ban approved for Florida ballot; court fight likely 

Greyhound racing ban approved for Florida ballot; court fight likely 

Florida voters will be asked this fall to ban greyhound racing, a staple for decades of the state’s gambling industry. After repeated and heavily lobbied legislative debates in recent years about the future of the greyhound industry, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission on Monday voted 27-10 to put the proposed ban on the Nov. 6 ballot. However, before the measure appears on the...
Cerabino: Seeing through mist of oil derricks will be a vapid exercise

Cerabino: Seeing through mist of oil derricks will be a vapid exercise

It’s not crazy to ask voters whether to ban offshore oil drilling in Florida’s waters. And it’s not crazy to ask voters whether to expand the ban on indoor smoking to include vaping. But it is crazy to ask both those questions in one take-it-or-leave it ballot measure. Welcome to Crazyville. This week, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, which meets every 20 years to update...
U.S. Supreme Court rejects Boca lawyer’s motion to declare Trump unfit

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Boca lawyer’s motion to declare Trump unfit

A Boca Raton attorney’s more than two-year legal quest to have President Donald Trump declared incompetent has ended. The U.S. Supreme Court this week refused to hear attorney James Herb’s claims that neither presidential immunity from lawsuits nor the First Amendment shields Trump from a state probate court petition that would determine whether the real estate mogul is competent to serve...
Broadcast giant, Sinclair, sues two former WPEC-Channel 12 reporters

Broadcast giant, Sinclair, sues two former WPEC-Channel 12 reporters

Tired of what he described as “consistent right-wing bias” and bumbling management, Jonathan Beaton in 2015 quit his job as a reporter at WPEC-Channel 12 in West Palm Beach to launch a public relations company. Moving back to Orlando, where he had gone to college, Beaton was busy building his firm when he was hit with a lawsuit from Sinclair Communications, the owner of CBS affiliate...
NEW: Casey Anthony spotted at happy hour downtown West Palm  

NEW: Casey Anthony spotted at happy hour downtown West Palm  

Casey Anthony, who was acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter in 2011, was seen at an Irish bar in downtown West Palm Beach this weekend. According to TMZ, Casey, who lives in Palm Beach County, was at O’Shea’s Pub on Clematis Street during happy hour Sunday. Wearing a tank-top and baseball cap, she was drinking alone at the bar for about an hour while chatting with some...
No-title Rick Scott pushes term limits in first TV ad of Senate campaign

No-title Rick Scott pushes term limits in first TV ad of Senate campaign

Florida Gov. Rick Scott in the first TV ad of his Senate campaign against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who emphasized an outsider theme when he launched his U.S. Senate bid against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson last week, continues to do so with a debut TV ad advocating term limits for members of Congress to rid Washington of “career...
Trump in Palm Beach: Top aides join Trump before Japan summit

Trump in Palm Beach: Top aides join Trump before Japan summit

President Donald Trump touted his signature tax cut law and took a break from trashing former FBI Director James Comey in Hialeah on Monday before arriving at Mar-a-Lago with a slew of top advisers to prepare for this week’s “working visit” with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Air Force One landed at Palm Beach International Airport around 2:45 p.m. A crowd of...
Cerabino: Is Florida about to break a 31-year lock on local gun laws?

Cerabino: Is Florida about to break a 31-year lock on local gun laws?

It started with Joe Carlucci. The New York transplant spent a decade in Jacksonville city politics before becoming a state legislator. Carlucci was an avid hunter who became the National Rifle Association’s Legislator of the Year in 1984. Two years later, at the age of 57, he died of a heart attack while hunting in Georgia. His colleagues in the Florida Senate marked his passing by naming a...
Gasoline prices rising in wake of Middle East tensions

Gasoline prices rising in wake of Middle East tensions

Get ready for gasoline prices to go up this week. The conflict in Syria sent crude oil prices to their highest point in more than three years, and as a result, motorists are about to feel the pain at the pump, AAA said Monday. “Motorists should expect a 15-cent increase at the pump in the short term,” said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins. “However, prices could rise even more, depending...
In Hialeah, Trump touts tax cuts, jabs Bill Nelson before Palm Beach visit

In Hialeah, Trump touts tax cuts, jabs Bill Nelson before Palm Beach visit

Before heading to Palm Beach to host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump told a Hialeah crowd Monday that the U.S. economy is “starting to rock” because of tax cuts he signed into law in December. Trump was joined by Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta and...
POINT OF VIEW: Board members should do what’s right or resign

POINT OF VIEW: Board members should do what’s right or resign

More than 20,000 students attend 48 charter schools in Palm Beach County. The majority of those schools and their nonprofit board members do an excellent job of providing parents with a public school choice. Charter schools exist because parents choose to send their children there — if parents withdrew their children the schools would close down. Recently, I have been reading The Palm Beach...
Editorial: Fla. constitution doesn’t need these proposed amendments

Editorial: Fla. constitution doesn’t need these proposed amendments

It’s already a very long ballot in a supercharged election year. This November, Floridians will vote for governor, attorney general and other Cabinet posts. We’ll have a marquee Senate race in Bill Nelson vs. Rick Scott. We’ll be voting for members of Congress and state Legislature and for three Palm Beach County commissioners. The ballot also includes five proposed amendments, any...

POINT OF VIEW: Prevention is better than ‘cleaning up the mess’

Imagine standing on the bank of a lovely river, just watching the water flow by, when suddenly you hear someone screaming. You look out into the river and see a boat burning, the person on board screaming for help. You jump into the water, swim out to the boat and bring the person to shore. Just as you get them comfortable, you hear another scream, and another burning boat is coming down the river...
Study gives two local state legislators A’s, two others F’s on public records votes

Study gives two local state legislators A’s, two others F’s on public records votes

Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R-Palm City, and State Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach, are two of 24 state legislators who each earned a grade of F for how they voted on transparency in government, according to this year’s statewide “Sunshine Scorecard,” a joint project of Florida newspapers and Florida’s First Amendment Foundation. State Sen...
NEW: Jupiter woman missing since 2016; PBSO seeks public’s help

NEW: Jupiter woman missing since 2016; PBSO seeks public’s help

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in finding a 31-year-old woman missing since the end of 2016. Rosselys Felix lived both in Broward County and in Jupiter with her family after she arrived in the U.S. from her native Dominican Republic. She was last seen in Jupiter late in 2016. <iframe width="480" height="270" src="https://www...
Trump will visit Miami Monday and Palm Beach Monday-Thursday

Trump will visit Miami Monday and Palm Beach Monday-Thursday

As U.S. warships were headed toward Syria and the president’s personal lawyer went to court Friday to try to stop federal prosecutors from using materials seized from his law office by the FBI, Donald Trump’s administration cut his planned visit to Palm Beach next week by half. A Federal Aviation Administration advisory issued Friday afternoon puts the president in Palm Beach on Monday...
Onetime Greenacres cop convicted in HIV exposure case

Onetime Greenacres cop convicted in HIV exposure case

Nearly five months after one jury could not decide whether Ervans Saintclair was guilty of exposing a sex partner to HIV without her knowledge, it took another jury less than an hour Wednesday to reject the former Greenacres police officer’s claims that he didn’t know he was infected when he repeatedly had unprotected sex with the former neighbor. Jurors convicted Saintclair of a single...
FAU student’s family not satisfied as last of his murderers sentenced

FAU student’s family not satisfied as last of his murderers sentenced

On Wednesday, Adonis’ mother told Colbath she taught her son to respect all people but her influence waned when he began hanging out with his older cousin. After blaming Alexander Gillis for her son’s downfall, Kavell Scott turned to the Acosta family and tearfully apologized.
Editorial: For students’ sake, district must close struggling charter

Editorial: For students’ sake, district must close struggling charter

The Palm Beach County School Board gave Eagle Arts Academy 90 days to clean up its act or the financially struggling Wellington charter school would be shut down at the end of the school year. The School Board should shut it down now. Don’t allow Gregory Blount, Eagle Arts’ founder and executive director, access to one more tax dollar. Put an end to the nightmarish atmosphere the students...
Evidence collected since 1990 murder by killer clown finally unveiled

Evidence collected since 1990 murder by killer clown finally unveiled

It was April 10, 1989, and as attorney Christopher DeSantis walked out of the Palm Beach County courthouse, the husband of a woman whose son DeSantis represented in an aggravated battery case approached him with what he thought was an odd question. If a husband were to kill his wife, the man asked, what would happen to her estate? Read full coverage of the Wellington “clown” murder case...
EXCLUSIVE: Crocker threatens Boca Raton with $138 million lawsuit

EXCLUSIVE: Crocker threatens Boca Raton with $138 million lawsuit

Crocker Partners built many of Boca Raton’s most important commercial buildings. Now the company is threatening to sue its hometown community for $138 million. “This is the worst experience I’ve ever had working with a municipality. It’s shocking. They pushed us to sue them,” said Angelo Bianco, Crocker Partners’ managing partner. »RELATED: The latest in Florida...
Sober home operator sentenced for burglarizing sober homes

Sober home operator sentenced for burglarizing sober homes

A former sober home owner, who pleaded guilty last week to federal charges in connection with health care fraud that has gripped some of Palm Beach County’s drug treatment industry, admitted Tuesday he also was responsible for a string of burglaries at homes where people struggle to beat their addictions. Albert Jones Saye, 29, was sentenced to 5½ years in prison after pleading guilty...
PBSC ordered to pay $2.7 million to woman injured in “horrific” fall

PBSC ordered to pay $2.7 million to woman injured in “horrific” fall

One minute, Dwella Nelson was dropping her 5-year-old daughter off in a dressing room outside a theater at the Palm Beach Gardens campus of Palm Beach State College, assuring the excited pre-schooler she would wow the crowd of parents gathered for the ballet recital there. The next minute, the aspiring cancer researcher and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University was lying on the ground outside...
POINT OF VIEW: Rubio must school Pompeo about sea-level rise threat

POINT OF VIEW: Rubio must school Pompeo about sea-level rise threat

The confirmation hearing for CIA Director Mike Pompeo to become the next U.S. secretary of state provides an important opportunity to highlight the threat sea-level rise poses to Florida. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has a key role to play, as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Florida knows the costly impacts of tidal floodwater in our streets. Tidal flooding is projected to grow and...
NEW: Parkland shooter says any inheritance should go to victims’ fund

NEW: Parkland shooter says any inheritance should go to victims’ fund

Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old accused of killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day, offered to donate any money he might be entitled to from his late mother’s estate to a victims’ fund, during an appearance in Broward Circuit Court on Wednesday. Cruz appeared at a hearing before Judge Elizabeth Scherer to determine whether he qualifies for...
Money race: Republican Putnam laps the field of Florida governor candidates

Money race: Republican Putnam laps the field of Florida governor candidates

Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam rolling out his 2018 campaign for governor in Bartow last year. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Agriculture Commissioner and Republican gubernatorial candidate  Adam Putnam had another boffo fundraising month in March, snagging more than $2.2 million between his main campaign and his Florida Grown ...
Stormy Daniels strip tour comes to West Palm, yards from Trump club

Stormy Daniels strip tour comes to West Palm, yards from Trump club

Stormy Daniels is filling strip clubs nearly every weekend on a national tour, but the porn star who says she had a 2006 affair with President Donald Trump is getting only a “negligible” income boost from the nude shows, her attorney says. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, will be performing around the corner from the entrance to Trump International Golf Club and...
County board wants ordinance declaring opioid crisis a public nuisance

County board wants ordinance declaring opioid crisis a public nuisance

Palm Beach County commissioners have directed County Attorney Denise Nieman to draft an ordinance declaring the opioids epidemic a public nuisance and making clear the county’s ability to recover money it is spending combating the crisis. The county filed suit last week against 29 drug manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies, alleging that their negligence, fraud and deceptive marketing...
Gold Star mom Vaughn nixes GOP primary challenge to Rep. Brian Mast

Gold Star mom Vaughn nixes GOP primary challenge to Rep. Brian Mast

Gold Star mom Karen Vaughn has decided not to challenge U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, in a Republican primary. Vaughn, a Stuart resident who spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention about the death of her Navy SEAL son in Afghanistan, said she was encouraged to run in Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 after Mast called for a ban on AR-15 rifles and other “assault” weapons...
Boca to join multi-city lawsuit over Florida’s local gun-control ban

Boca to join multi-city lawsuit over Florida’s local gun-control ban

BOCA RATON — Boca Raton leaders want the power to regulate guns on the local level without the threat of removal from office. The city council voted, 4-1, Tuesday to join several cities in a lawsuit filed against Gov. Rick Scott and other state officials over a law that bans local gun-control measures. Municipal leaders, like the Boca Raton City Council, are discouraged from enacting...
Democrat Berman wins Florida Senate special election in landslide

Democrat Berman wins Florida Senate special election in landslide

Democrat Lori Berman scored a knockout victory over Republican Tami Donnally in Tuesday’s special election to fill the Florida Senate District 31 seat vacated by Democrat Jeff Clemens last fall. According to the final results posted by the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections at 9:44 p.m., Berman won handily, taking 75 percent of the vote to Donnally’s 25 percent, with all...
Cerabino: Gov. Scott’s NAVY ball cap? It makes this Navy vet want to barf

Cerabino: Gov. Scott’s NAVY ball cap? It makes this Navy vet want to barf

Does it bother me that Gov. Rick Scott is a mumbling autocrat who constantly undermines Florida’s public institutions to better serve deep-pocket private interests? Sure. But not as much as his Navy ball cap. Scott has already dusted off his cap, the blue one with the letters N-A-V-Y spelled out in yellow, big enough to be seen and read by TV cameras. It’s his defining campaign-costume...
Crocker Partners pays $170 million for former IBM campus in Boca Raton

Crocker Partners pays $170 million for former IBM campus in Boca Raton

Crocker Partners is the buyer of the iconic former IBM campus in Boca Raton, which went up for sale last year not only as an office site but as a possible future home for apartments and shops. Boca Raton-based Crocker, together with New York-based Rialto Capital and Siguler Guff, this month paid about $170 million for the campus, now known as the Boca Raton Innovation Center, a Crocker official said...
Editorial: Amid scramble to secure schools, money short for teachers

Editorial: Amid scramble to secure schools, money short for teachers

With teachers walking off the job in West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma, demanding higher pay and more money for education, it should surprise no one if this prairie fire were to spread to another Republican-led state, our very own Florida. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup Just like the states where we’re seeing teachers taking drastic action...
POINT OF VIEW: Don’t be fooled by proposed education amendment

POINT OF VIEW: Don’t be fooled by proposed education amendment

Tallahassee politicians keep trying to hide their real education agenda. They fooled us with the lottery amendment. They fooled us with measures to water down our class size limits. Now they are trying to fool us again with the following amendment: School board term limits and duties; public schools. Creates a term limit of eight consecutive years for school board members and requires the Legislature...
Green Bay Packers, others seek bankruptcy for West Palm firm that collected race fees

Green Bay Packers, others seek bankruptcy for West Palm firm that collected race fees

Saying they’re owed nearly $1.4 million by Forte Interactive of West Palm Beach, six race organizers in Maryland and Wisconsin on Tuesday filed a petition to push the company into involuntary bankruptcy. That’s in addition to three Major League Baseball teams and a California chamber of commerce that have sued the West Palm internet marketing firm. In all, the 10 organizers of 5Ks, bike...
Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative joins industry group as farm bill looms

Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative joins industry group as farm bill looms

The Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, based in Belle Glade, is once again represented by the Florida Sugar Cane League, the industry trade association. This move ensures that the three major sugar cane companies in Florida — along with their independent growers — are fully united under the banner of the Florida Sugar Cane League as debate over no-cost American sugar policy takes...
Florida ACLU director Howard Simon retiring after decades of battles

Florida ACLU director Howard Simon retiring after decades of battles

Howard Simon began his career fighting for voting rights, and he’ll end more than four decades of civil-rights advocacy championing the same issue. Along the way, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has plagued the Republican-dominated Legislature and more than one GOP governor, emerging victorious in court battles involving abortion, gay adoption and drug...
Riviera Beach seeks proposals for Marina Village project’s second phase

Riviera Beach seeks proposals for Marina Village project’s second phase

This city is starting up the next phase of its waterfront Marina Village as it seeks a master developer. The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency announced Monday that it has issued a request for proposals for Phase II of the project, which are due by noon May 31. A pre-submittal conference, which is mandatory for anyone submitting a proposal, is set for 3 p.m. May 14 at the Marina Event Center...

Spokeswoman for Florida Gov. Scott dies in boating accident

Jereima “Jeri” Bustamante, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Scott who was going to work on his U.S. Senate campaign, died Sunday in a boat crash in the Florida Keys. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the crash. »RELATED: The latest in Florida political news Scott, who announced he was running for Senate on Monday, and First Lady Ann Scott released...
National gas price average peaks, as Palm Beach County average falls

National gas price average peaks, as Palm Beach County average falls

The national gas price average is the highest it has been this year, at $2.66 a gallon for regular, but Palm Beach County and Florida’s averages were down a few cents Monday. Palm Beach County’s average fell to $2.73 for a gallon of regular from $2.76 a week ago, while Florida’s average was $2.61, down from $2.63 a week ago, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. “Gas...
Gov. Scott running for U.S. Senate: ‘Washington is a disaster’

Gov. Scott running for U.S. Senate: ‘Washington is a disaster’

Florida Gov. Rick Scott may be the twice-elected chief executive of a megastate who has chaired a super PAC and counts President Donald Trump among his friends, but he cast himself as a political outsider Monday as he launched a Republican campaign for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson for nearly 18 years. At the formal beginning of what will be one of the nation&rsquo...
Rick Scott vs. Bill Nelson — online negativity already surrounds Senate race

Rick Scott vs. Bill Nelson — online negativity already surrounds Senate race

A digital ad attacking Gov. Rick Scott by Senate Majority PAC (left) and a digital ad attacking Sen. Bill Nelson by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (right). ORLANDO — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected to make it official this morning and launch a Republican bid for the U.S. Senate seat of Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson &mdash...
BREAKING: Gov. Rick Scott to launch Senate bid vs. Bill Nelson

BREAKING: Gov. Rick Scott to launch Senate bid vs. Bill Nelson

After two years of speculation and some public arm-twisting from President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Rick Scott will announce this morning that he’s running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. The two-term Republican governor, barred by law from seeking a third term, will formally declare his candidacy at a morning event at a construction company headquarters...
Local Trump club hosts DeSantis; not interested in Putnam, Corcoran

Local Trump club hosts DeSantis; not interested in Putnam, Corcoran

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) U.S. Rep. and 2018 Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, will get an exclusive chance to tap into President Donald Trump‘s base of supporters on Monday night when he speaks at a Palm Beach...
POINT OF VIEW: Marsy’s Law crucial for Florida crime victims

POINT OF VIEW: Marsy’s Law crucial for Florida crime victims

Through my experience as an attorney, it’s evident that the way a state treats its most vulnerable citizens speaks volume about its values. While our justice system in the Sunshine State endeavors to protect the rights of all citizens, there is an opportunity to improve how crime victims are protected in the Florida Constitution. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo...
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer no stranger to Palm Beach County or Trump

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

The last time California attorney Michael Avenatti took on a sometime Palm Beacher, there were allegations of backroom deals, exploitation and furtive payments of tens of thousands of dollars. The long and winding lawsuit involving the 2003 sale of a Boca Raton cemetery sullied the reputation of a successful developer, cost a prominent attorney his license to practice law and found a Palm Beach County...
Drug firms react to Palm Beach County suit, deny causing opioid crisis

Drug firms react to Palm Beach County suit, deny causing opioid crisis

Some of the companies being sued by Palm Beach County have acknowledged the devastation of the opioids epidemic, but they stopped short of admitting any role in creating or worsening it. “We are deeply troubled by the prescription and illicit opioid abuse crisis, and we are dedicated to being part of the solution,” Bob Josephson, executive director of communications for Purdue...
Cubs, Giants, Brewers say West Palm firm owes them for charity fees

Cubs, Giants, Brewers say West Palm firm owes them for charity fees

Marking the collapse of a once-thriving company, three Major League Baseball teams have sued Forte Interactive of West Palm Beach, saying the company had stiffed them for nearly $1 million that runners and bikers paid to participate in charity races. The San Francisco Giants won a judgment for $621,836 against Forte Interactive in March. The team said Forte Interactive never turned over fees paid...
Trump in Palm Beach: FAA notice hints at April 15-22 Mar-a-Lago visit

Trump in Palm Beach: FAA notice hints at April 15-22 Mar-a-Lago visit

President Donald Trump might go straight from a South American summit to a week at his Mar-a-Lago estate later this month, according to a Federal Aviation Administration advisory released Friday. The FAA notice says there will be “VIP Temporary Flight Restrictions” in the Palm Beach area from April 15 to April 22. Such notices, while subject to change, are usually the first indicator of...
Editorial: Experience makes Berman best state Senate choice

Editorial: Experience makes Berman best state Senate choice

After a six-month lack of state Senate representation, punctuated during the legislative session, voters in Palm Beach County’s District 31 will finally pick a successor to Jeff Clemens on Tuesday. The Post Editorial Board recommends state Rep. Lori Berman. The Boynton Beach Democrat and four-term House member is a known quantity not just in the Capitol but in much of the district — which...

POINT OF VIEW: Stoneman Douglas alumnus learns strength of community

“Nobody should have to live like this. Nobody should have to die like this.” These words rang in my ears as I stood in a crowd of grieving families, angry students and concerned students in Parkland the day after an awful school shooting. As a lifetime resident of nearby Coral Springs, I’m a former student of Marjory Stoneman Stoneman Douglas High School and worked there during my...
Frank Luntz to moderate May 5 forum with Florida GOP candidates for governor

Frank Luntz to moderate May 5 forum with Florida GOP candidates for governor

Frank Luntz holds up a Hillary Clinton doll as he speaks to Florida GOP delegates at a breakfast during the 2016 Republican National Convention. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post A conservative Christian group announced Thursday that Republican messaging guru and Fox News analyst Frank Luntz will moderate  a forum with Florida Republican gubernatorial...
Whether to ban greyhound racing in Florida may soon be up to voters

Whether to ban greyhound racing in Florida may soon be up to voters

Greyhound racing, that throwback to Florida’s days of early-bird dinners, cocaine cowboys and Coppertone tans, has been in decline for decades. Opponents of the sport hope to hasten its demise. Animal welfare advocates and state Sen. Tom Lee, a Republican from Thonotosassa and the chamber’s former president, are pushing for a 2018 ballot question that would ask Florida voters to ban...
POINT OF VIEW: Harrowing experience means more needed for train safety

POINT OF VIEW: Harrowing experience means more needed for train safety

Several years ago, I experienced a harrowing experience when I encountered a near accident with a train on 45th Street in Vero Beach. In light of the state and corporate response to recent rail fatalities and injury, I decided to write and tell my story. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup As I drove through the rail crossing, I heard the “ding, ding...
Palm Beach County sues Wal-Mart, CVS, drug firms over opioid crisis

Palm Beach County sues Wal-Mart, CVS, drug firms over opioid crisis

Palm Beach County has filed suit against more than two dozen individuals and firms — including mega-companies like CVS, Wal-Mart and Johnson & Johnson — alleging that their negligence and deceptive trade practices have contributed to the ongoing opioid crisis. The 266-page complaint, filed Thursday in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, is massive not only in size but in scope. It represents...
Update: Proposal that would’ve tumbled state graduation rates tweaked; higher bar delayed  

Update: Proposal that would’ve tumbled state graduation rates tweaked; higher bar delayed  

Update April 25, 2018: A week after this story published, Florida Department of Education staff altered its recommendation. The proposed higher bar still looms in the future, but not for anyone in school right now. If approved by the State Board of Education in May, next year’s freshmen will be the first held to this higher standard.  Original story:  The state is poised to make it...
Restaurateur Dennis Max out at Max’s Grille

Restaurateur Dennis Max out at Max’s Grille

Dennis Max has maxed out at Max’s Grille, quietly withdrawing as an owner of the venerable Boca Raton restaurant, 27 years after he opened it. It’s the end of an era for Max, whose creative, California-driven menu shaped the dining scene in South Florida. Max also launched the careers of dozens of chefs who have gone on to work at or own restaurants throughout the country. Max’s...
Mast addresses veterans during town hall meeting in Palm Beach Gardens

Mast addresses veterans during town hall meeting in Palm Beach Gardens

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast reaffirmed his commitment to veterans during a town hall meeting with them in Palm Beach Gardens Wednesday night. The meeting, hosted by Concerned Veterans for America, served as an opportunity for Mast, a U.S. Army veteran who lost his lower legs and part of a finger during an explosion in Afghanistan, to meet with a core constituency in the months before his push for re-election...
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