Florida headlines

Dramatic Miami-Dade police video shows shootout at Trump Doral resort

Dramatic Miami-Dade police video shows shootout at Trump Doral resort

The Miami-Dade Police Department has released dramatic body-cam video from an officer who rushed into the lobby of the Trump Doral resort during a shootout with an armed man at 1:39 a.m. on May 18. Police identified the shooter as Jonathan Oddi, 42. Four days later, a motive for the bizarre incident has not been revealed. The video begins with the officer raising his gun and pointing it towards...
Miami mom jailed after 18-month-old son tests positive for meth, police say 

Miami mom jailed after 18-month-old son tests positive for meth, police say 

A Miami woman has been arrested after her toddler was taken to a hospital where he tested positive for methadone, according to news reports.  Sheila Pomares Caballero, 25, refused to speak to authorities after staff at Holtz Children Hospital on Sunday detected drugs in the 18-month-old’s urine, according to WPLG.   Police spoke with the father who told them that he was unaware...
Dave Aronberg, courted by Dems for U.S. House seat, weighs in on Dem primary

Dave Aronberg, courted by Dems for U.S. House seat, weighs in on Dem primary

  Democratic congressional candidate Lauren Baer picks up an endorsement from Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg. Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, who has been courted in the past by national Democrats to run for Congress, is endorsing Lauren Baer in the Democratic primary for a Palm Beach-Treasure Coast U.S. House seat. Baer,...
NEW: ‘Tis the season: Gators become more visible as they nest, seek mates

NEW: ‘Tis the season: Gators become more visible as they nest, seek mates

Clara Cunha’s first glimpse of an alligator prowling a neighborhood during mating season grabbed her — and the world of Facebook — by the eyeballs. <div></div><br><div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s)...
Democrat Chris King seeks the ‘bold and progressive’ lane in governor’s race

Democrat Chris King seeks the ‘bold and progressive’ lane in governor’s race

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King campaigning west of Delray Beach on Monday. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) WEST DELRAY — As he tries to break out of a crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary field, Winter Park businessman Chris King — the only candidate who has never run for elected office — told a liberal group here Monday that he’s the...

POINT OF VIEW: Science teachers sacrifice to provide lab materials

Whatever salary the science teacher at your local public school makes per year, subtract $450. That’s how much money the typical middle and high school science teacher spends out of pocket each year on science lab materials. The $450 figure is based on a study we recently conducted to determine whether science teachers have adequate funding to teach laboratories and science investigations. In...
Dems join Florida Senate TV war with $2.2 million pro-Bill Nelson ad

Dems join Florida Senate TV war with $2.2 million pro-Bill Nelson ad

Scene from a new Democratic ad for Sen. Bill Nelson. The Democratic Senate Majority PAC is spending $2.2 million on a statewide TV ad supporting three-term incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, who has faced more than $8 million in ads by Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Scott allies. The biographical spot, called “Served,” highlights Nelson’s Army service and...
Memorial Day 2018: Best beaches in Palm Beach County

Memorial Day 2018: Best beaches in Palm Beach County

We love our Florida beaches. And with Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, 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...
Rubio supports Trump, ‘all policy options’ for dealing with Venezuela

Rubio supports Trump, ‘all policy options’ for dealing with Venezuela

President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, at the White House in 2017. After leftist strongman Nicolas Maduro declared victory in a Venezuelan election on Sunday, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio called Maduro’s regime a national...
Trump says he's coming to Florida 'very soon'

Trump says he's coming to Florida 'very soon'

In a phone call to Hillsborough County Republicans attending a fundraising event Saturday night, President Trump told Attorney General Pam Bondi that he'll be coming to Tampa for a special event "very soon."  Bondi held her cellphone up to the mic at the podium during the Lincoln Day Dinner, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The crowd of hundreds listened for several minutes as...
Home of Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special officially history

Home of Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special officially history

Todd Smith’s Toyota Prius pulled onto the front yard of the modest house on the Westside, back hatch slightly ajar to make room for the big piece of Jacksonville history inside. Smith and Charles Harding lifted it out and propped it against the car: a cast aluminum historical marker noting that this is the location of the “Van Zant House,” an otherwise rather ordinary-looking home...
Editorial: Wake up, South Florida! Speak up on sea-level rise

Editorial: Wake up, South Florida! Speak up on sea-level rise

You know the boiling frog story. A frog is put in a pot of water that is slowly brought to a boil. By the time the frog senses danger, it’s too late. Froggie’s a goner. Well, wake up, folks. South Florida is Ground Zero for sea-level rise and unless we address the insidious rise of water around us, much of our region, our culture and our legacy is going to disappear. RELATED: Editorial...
Editorial: Publix polarizes with political contributions to Putnam

Editorial: Publix polarizes with political contributions to Putnam

Publix, the supermarket giant that ranks high among things that residents love most about Florida, is learning the perils of political participation in our polarizing age. Last week, it was reported that the beloved grocery chain has given more money to Adam Putnam’s gubernatorial campaign than to any candidate since 1995, and probably in its entire history. Publix, the heirs to the company&rsquo...
Brightline’s inaugural West Palm-to-Miami trip draws crowd, celebration

Brightline’s inaugural West Palm-to-Miami trip draws crowd, celebration

Brightline trains transported riders from West Palm Beach to Miami on Saturday, marking the first time in 50 years that the Florida East Coast Railway has been used to bring passengers to the Magic City. The historic trip, capped off by a celebratory grand opening of the MiamiCentral station, signaled a milestone achievement for the Florida company, which has endured a turbulent first four months...
BREAKING: West Palm Beach owner of Mugshots.com faces California charges

BREAKING: West Palm Beach owner of Mugshots.com faces California charges

Two South Florida men — one of them a West Palm Beach resident — who own the website Mugshots.com have been arrested and are awaiting extradition to California. Thomas Keesee, 60, of West Palm Beach was arrested by Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents and is being held without bond at the Palm Beach County Jail. Sahar Sarid, 43, is being held on $1.86 million bail...
Texas school shooting: Alcee Hastings blasts Republicans, other pols weigh in

Texas school shooting: Alcee Hastings blasts Republicans, other pols weigh in

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach. U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach, quickly pointed to Republican opposition to gun control after this morning’s shooting at a high school near Houston, Texas. Preliminary reports say at least eight people were killed in the shooting. “Watching yet another school shooting unfold, knowing that Republicans in Congress have...
Clearing the clutter key for pleasing residents post-hurricane

Clearing the clutter key for pleasing residents post-hurricane

After the storm moved through, after life and limb had been accounted for, debris removal topped the list of priorities for residents, said officials from counties hit hard last year by Hurricane Irma. In a lessons learned session Thursday at the 32nd annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, officials from Lee, Clay, Collier and St. John’s counties...
GL Homes revives plans for large housing project near The Acreage

GL Homes revives plans for large housing project near The Acreage

GL Homes has dusted off plans for a large-scale housing project west of The Acreage, reviving concerns about snarled traffic and over-development in the semi-rural area northwest of Royal Palm Beach. The developer initially won county approval for its plan to build 3,900 homes on the 4,900-acre Indian Trails Grove tract it owns west of 180th Avenue North and south of Hamlin Boulevard. But GL ...
Tilt toward male athletes at big Florida schools violates federal law

Tilt toward male athletes at big Florida schools violates federal law

Florida Atlantic University is not the only Florida school that falls short of meeting participation and scholarship requirements for women athletes under Title IX, which prohibits sex-based discrimination in schools. Four of Florida’s seven major sports schools disproportionately award athletic scholarship money to male athletes: University of Miami, University of Central Florida, University...
Gender equality? FAU gave feds false numbers, ranked near bottom

Gender equality? FAU gave feds false numbers, ranked near bottom

Florida Atlantic University reported false numbers to the government, exaggerating how many women played for its sports teams, just a year after it ranked among the worst in the country for female representation in sports. In 2016, women represented more than half of the Boca Raton school’s enrollment but only 31 percent of its athletes. The percentage was the lowest of all 127 schools participating...
Bill in Congress raises hope of financial relief for Lantana airport

Bill in Congress raises hope of financial relief for Lantana airport

Palm Beach County’s Lantana airport — forced to effectively shut down whenever President Donald Trump visits Mar-a-Lago — is inching a little closer to getting some relief from the federal government. A spending bill approved by a House Appropriations subcommittee this week includes $3.5 million to reimburse airports and related businesses that are affected by the temporary flight...

POINT OF VIEW: FDOC cuts to substance abuse treatment programs unwise

The Florida Department of Corrections is dismantling successful substance abuse and re-entry treatment programs to fix a $28 million shortfall. The shortsighted action will adversely affect communities, offenders and businesses: an action that is totally unacceptable. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup DOC Secretary Julie Jones announced last week that...
Patrick Murphy says bipartisan governor ticket legal, decision soon

Patrick Murphy says bipartisan governor ticket legal, decision soon

Democrat Patrick Murphy says he expects to decide in early June whether to run for governor with a Republican running mate. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter says he expects to decide in early June whether to launch a campaign for governor with former Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly as...
Trump in Palm Beach: Potential relief for Lantana airport for lost business

Trump in Palm Beach: Potential relief for Lantana airport for lost business

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, with Stellar Aviation President Jonathan Miller and County Commissioner Dave Kerner at Lantana airport in 2017. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Palm Beach County’s Lantana airport — forced to effectively shut down whenever President Donald Trump visits Mar-a-Lago — is inching a little closer...
‘They got away with murder:’ Why hit-and-run crashes often go unsolved

‘They got away with murder:’ Why hit-and-run crashes often go unsolved

It’s been more than a year since the driver of a Honda Civic slammed into Scott Matesky as he was crossing Atlantic Avenue, tossing him into the air like a rag doll and then racing away from the scene, leaving the 39-year-old man on the roadway with critical injuries. Two weeks after the April 15, 2017, crash, Matesky died. Despite the release of surveillance-camera video that shows the...
Parkland shooting: Zachary Cruz says he’s not like his brother 

Parkland shooting: Zachary Cruz says he’s not like his brother 

Zachary Cruz, the brother of confessed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter, Nikolas Cruz, said he wasn’t like his brother, as some painted him to be.  “I’m just a kid who likes to skate and have fun with my friends,” he said in an interview with Inside Edition.  The nationally broadcast interview on Wednesday was his first since moving to Virginia...
Lake Worth woman killed by lightning strike in Parkland, 2 injured  

Lake Worth woman killed by lightning strike in Parkland, 2 injured  

A Lake Worth woman was killed and two others inured by a lightning strike Wednesday afternoon as storms supercharged by a ribbon of tropical moisture exploded across South Florida. The woman, 53-year-old Maria Francisco Pascual, died at the scene of the strike, which occurred at about 2 p.m. at C.W. Hendrix Farms in Parkland, just south of the Palm Beach County line.  A man and woman...

POINT OF VIEW: Rely on own understanding of amendments before voting

The May 6 Point of View op-ed written by Brecht Heuchan, chairman of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission’s Style and Drafting Committee, is a disingenuous crock of spin. Heuchan states that “omitting facts that are contrary to the desired effect is disingenuous” as he omits salient facts. He then goes on to list ideas that he describes as “wildly popular.” The...
Brian Mast, up for VA post, seeks more congressional offices in VAs

Brian Mast, up for VA post, seeks more congressional offices in VAs

While his name is mentioned as a potential nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, announced Wednesday that he has been named to the House Veterans Affairs Committee, a perch that he said will “give us an even better platform to advocate for veterans” in his district and nationally. Earlier Wednesday, Mast appeared before the committee to...
Gillum poll says Gillum can win Democratic nomination for Florida governor

Gillum poll says Gillum can win Democratic nomination for Florida governor

Democratic candidates for governor, alphabetically from left: Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Chris King, Philip Levine. Is a picture worth 22 polling points? Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum‘s campaign is touting an internal poll that shows Gillum vaulting from 13 percent support to 35 percent and taking the lead in Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial primary field...
Trump fan club adds disclaimer after cease-and-desist letter from Trump lawyer

Trump fan club adds disclaimer after cease-and-desist letter from Trump lawyer

Old logo (top) for the Trump Team 2020 Florida Republican Club has been modified to include disclaimer (highlighted below) as well as a picture of Trump with the club’s president, Annie Marie Delgado. After being accused by one of President Donald Trump‘s campaign lawyers of falsely representing itself as an affiliate of Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign...
Jogger finds package of cocaine washed up on Daytona Beach

Jogger finds package of cocaine washed up on Daytona Beach

Chris Criche’s morning run on Daytona Beach took a strange turn Tuesday when he stumbled upon a kilo of cocaine in the wet sand. The 31-year-old Army veteran runs on the beach every day, but he said he’d never seen anything like the package he found in the surf at 6:45 a.m. “The package appeared to be covered with barnacles, but what caught my attention was the word ‘Porsche&rsquo...
Can Democrat Chris King ‘turn the tide’ with pot legalization stance, TV ad blitz?

Can Democrat Chris King ‘turn the tide’ with pot legalization stance, TV ad blitz?

Democratic candidate for governor Chris King makes his TV advertising debut today. This is a key week for Winter Park businessman Chris King as he tries to make a move in the four-candidate Democratic race for Florida governor. First-time candidate King embarked Tuesday on a “Turning the Tide” tour in which he became the second Democratic gubernatorial candidate...
Jupiter area pro golfer’s wife arrested after he played a ‘bad round of golf’

Jupiter area pro golfer’s wife arrested after he played a ‘bad round of golf’

The 36-year-old spouse of golf’s 2009 U.S. Open champion was arrested Saturday night after an angry assault in Ponte Vedra Beach that began with yelling and taunts and ended with curses and threats to deputies, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. Krista Conley Glover, wife of PGA pro golfer Lucas Glover, was charged with misdemeanor battery and resisting arrest, according...
UPDATE: New monorail fleet in the works? Disney World denies rumors

UPDATE: New monorail fleet in the works? Disney World denies rumors

Walt Disney World should soon be getting replacements for its aging fleet of monorails, according to the retired imagineer who designed the original iconic trains for Disneyland as well as the Orlando resort. But officially, theme park officials say there presently are no such plans. Bob Gurr, an 86-year-old Disney legend who was hired by Walt Disney in the 1950s, appeared to confirm recent rumors...
Editorial: Weigh property tax hike for teacher salaries carefully

Editorial: Weigh property tax hike for teacher salaries carefully

We suppose it was inevitable. The Palm Beach County School Board is considering whether to ask voters this fall to raise their property taxes as much as $153 million a year to pay for, among other things, better salaries for teachers. RELATED: PBC public schools test the waters for another tax hike campaign To be sure, if voters approved a ballot initiative, some of the extra money would be used for...
Commentary: Urge graduates to create a culture of kindness and respect

Commentary: Urge graduates to create a culture of kindness and respect

Graduates will enter a country offering boundless opportunity. More than ever before, they will have the ability to define and pursue their own versions of happiness. But they know that already. They’ve been hearing calls to lean in and dream big throughout their lives. American society today does not lack for people eager to make a difference. What we lack today is a culture of kindness. We&rsquo...
Commentary: Twenty-somethings enter the workforce

Commentary: Twenty-somethings enter the workforce

We are at that time of year when we salute our newly minted college graduates and breathe a sigh of relief for having crossed the finish line. This is, after all, the culmination of hard work and big dreams. Yet after the dust has settled — after the commencement speakers have packed up and the bubbly toasts have been drunk — what can we expect of our newbie grads? If they enter the workforce...
Report: Florida man dies after vape pen explodes

Report: Florida man dies after vape pen explodes

Investigators have unraveled the mystery behind the death of a man whose body was found in a house fire earlier this month, the Tampa Bay Times reports.  A medical examiner confirmed Tuesday that he died from a fire caused by an exploding vape pen. Tallmadge Wakeman D’Elia, 38, who was known as “Wake,” died in the St. Petersburg house fire early Saturday, WFTS...
Rick Scott plays Nancy Pelosi card on Bill Nelson as TV ad avalanche continues

Rick Scott plays Nancy Pelosi card on Bill Nelson as TV ad avalanche continues

A new TV ad by Republican Gov. Rick Scott says liberal House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is a “big influence” on Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. As NBC News reports that Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his allies are outspending Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and his allies by nearly a 50-to-1 margin  in Florida&rsquo...
Florida Republicans jubilant, Democrats restrained on Jerusalem

Florida Republicans jubilant, Democrats restrained on Jerusalem

As the U.S. on Monday fulfilled President Donald Trump’s pledge to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the U.S. Senate campaigns of Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson exchanged fire over Scott’s attendance at the event. Scott was in Jerusalem on Monday for the ceremony opening the U.S. Embassy and tweeted a picture of himself...
POINT OF VIEW: Florida needs action on flood insurance reforms

POINT OF VIEW: Florida needs action on flood insurance reforms

The looming Atlantic hurricane season should serve as a strong warning that unless Congress reforms and renews the nation’s debt-ridden flood insurance program, more than 1.7 million Floridians may be unable to rebuild after storms strike. RELATED: Editorial: National disaster fund benefits Florida by spreading risk The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which provides coverage to more...
U.S. fulfills Trump Jerusalem embassy pledge; Florida Republicans jubilant, Dems restrained

U.S. fulfills Trump Jerusalem embassy pledge; Florida Republicans jubilant, Dems restrained

Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted this picture of himself with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and called the opening of a U.S. embassy in Jerusalem “a great day for Florida, Israel and the United States.” The U.S. recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and formally opened its embassy there today — fulfilling a campaign pledge of President...
Painting Michelle Obama brought Amy Sherald fame. Here is what’s next for the Georgia-born artist

Painting Michelle Obama brought Amy Sherald fame. Here is what’s next for the Georgia-born artist

ST. LOUIS — On Thursday evening, the crowd at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis overflowed the room in which Amy Sherald was speaking, so late arrivals watched the artist talk on monitors in the atrium. It's been a little over three months since Sherald, the artist who painted Michelle Obama's official portrait for the National Portrait Gallery, became a public figure, admired and reviled...
Florida governor’s money race: Donors bailed before Corcoran did; Soros weighs in again

Florida governor’s money race: Donors bailed before Corcoran did; Soros weighs in again

  House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam at Mar-a-Lago in March for the Palm Beach County GOP’s Lincoln Day dinner. Corcoran last week abandoned his quest for governor and endorsed Putnam. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, didn’t formally...

POINT OF VIEW: Student safety on campus remains a top priority

As our hearts still ache for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community, the Palm Beach County School District continues to study the details from the Parkland tragedy to identify opportunities to improve the safety of our campuses. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup As educators, we know the importance of safety and security in our schools. Students...
Editorial: The missing threat on the gov’s hurricane conference agenda

Editorial: The missing threat on the gov’s hurricane conference agenda

Here’s one sure bet about the hundreds gathering for the annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference, which runs this week in West Palm Beach: They’ll all want to hear forecasters’ predictions on how active the 2018 hurricane season is going to be. And whenever a tropical storm forms in the Atlantic Ocean, they’ll keep a nervous eye on the computers’ predicted hurricane...
Mast for VA secretary? House seat would become prime Dem pickup opportunity

Mast for VA secretary? House seat would become prime Dem pickup opportunity

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, at a town hall meeting in Stuart last year. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) If President Donald Trump taps freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, to be secretary of Veterans Affairs, Mast’s already contested Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional seat would become a top pickup opportunity for Democrats. If decorated...
Commentary: Sea-level rise presents opportunities for South Florida

Commentary: Sea-level rise presents opportunities for South Florida

As an expert on sea-level rise, I am very aware of the growing concern about increased flooding in South Florida. First, it’s important to establish some facts and dispel some myths: Sea level has been relatively stable for about 5,000 years, leading us to believe that the coastline would never change. But the geologic record shows that sea level moves up and down hundreds of...

Democrats must get out of their own way in party primaries

With so many political advantages now favoring Democrats, there are still disturbing signs that the party might somehow blow it in 2018. The Democratic Party has yet to fully appreciate the new wave of black candidates seeking office, particularly in congressional races. Instead of fostering a sense of openness, the party’s “win-at-all costs” approach to party primaries is undermining...
WATCH: Dashcam shows Florida deputy saving baby’s life

WATCH: Dashcam shows Florida deputy saving baby’s life

Baby Kingston probably wouldn’t be alive today, if it weren’t Jeremie Nix.  On 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Marion County Sheriff’s K-9 deputy was on his way home from work when he was flagged down by a motorist. Nix pulled over, and before he could even get out of his cruiser, the woman ran outside with a 3-month-old boy in her arms. Nix took the boy, placed him on the ground and...
Palm City GOP congressman, Afghan veteran Brian Mast vying for VA post

Palm City GOP congressman, Afghan veteran Brian Mast vying for VA post

President Donald Trump is considering Palm City Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast for the position of Veterans Affairs secretary, a position still vacant after White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson withdrew his controversial nomination for the post last month. In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Mast said, “It is an honor to be considered to serve my fellow veterans and their families...
Largest mall in America moving closer to reality in Miami-Dade 

Largest mall in America moving closer to reality in Miami-Dade 

The largest mall in America is one step closer to being built in Southwest Florida, after a Miami-Dade planning board gave it the thumbs up this week, according to the Miami Herald. But calling the $4 billion project a mall would be a major understatement.  Titled the American Dream Miami, the 5-million-square-foot undertaking includes much more than stores and restaurants. The development...
Trump campaign attorney sends cease-and-desist letter to local Trump booster club

Trump campaign attorney sends cease-and-desist letter to local Trump booster club

Screenshot from a Facebook video of the Trump Team 2020 Florida Republican Club’s meeting last week at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter. The head of a Palm Beach County-based “Trump Team 2020 Florida Republican Club” says she’ll add disclaimers to the group’s materials specifying that it is not affiliated with President Donald...
UPDATE: Missing child alert canceled for 11-month-old boy near Tampa

UPDATE: Missing child alert canceled for 11-month-old boy near Tampa

2:25 p.m. UPDATE: The missing child alert for Fabian Hernandez-Morales has been canceled. He’s in good condition and in custody of relatives. A dispatcher with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office did not have any information on Martha Santizo-Morales, who authorities said the boy may have been with when he disappeared. Original: Law enforcement officials are asking...
After $7 million trial balloon, Corcoran won’t run for governor, backs Putnam

After $7 million trial balloon, Corcoran won’t run for governor, backs Putnam

House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, and Gov. Rick Scott in West Palm Beach last year. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) After raising nearly $7  million for a widely anticipated campaign for Florida governor, state House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, announced in Tallahassee today he will not be a candidate and is backing Agriculture...
Deputies arrest 6 ‘tomb raiders’ accused of stealing homes in South Florida

Deputies arrest 6 ‘tomb raiders’ accused of stealing homes in South Florida

Broward County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested six people they are calling “tomb raiders,” saying they fraudulently took ownership of 44 homes in Weston, Lauderhill, Tamarac and other places in the county. Catherine Lichtman, Mircho Murdjeff, Gillian Solomon, Illya Tinker, Patricia Tinker and Darren Tinker face more than 600 felony charges that include grand theft, identity...
These Democrats opposed the Iran nuclear deal, but now they’re for it

These Democrats opposed the Iran nuclear deal, but now they’re for it

Democratic U.S. Reps. (from left) Ted Deutch of Boca Raton, Lois Frankel of West Palm Beach and Alcee Hastings of Delray Beach opposed the Iran nuclear deal in 2015 but criticized President Donald Trump for pulling out of it Tuesday. Three Democrats in Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation broke with former President Barack Obama and their party leadership...
Editorial: Florida should restore arts funding for local groups

Editorial: Florida should restore arts funding for local groups

We’ve known for several years now that Florida state government’s relationship with its arts community has been a bit complicated. The two don’t talk much. And when they do, it’s usually about money. Still, they have tolerated one another because they seemed to need one another. That relationship dynamic seems to have changed. And not for the better. Sign up for The Palm Beach...

POINT OF VIEW: Ban drug companies’ ‘kickback’ activities with physicians

The Palm Beach Post recent series, “Pay to Prescribe? The Fentanyl Scandal,” (April 4) sheds a welcome light on one of the major contributing factors to the opioid crisis, pharmaceutical company manipulation of physicians. The heinous activities of the Insys Corp. were made public in the national media last year. The Post has now revealed the significant role of major players with local...
Bill Nelson rips Trump on Iran; so do Democrats who opposed 2015 deal

Bill Nelson rips Trump on Iran; so do Democrats who opposed 2015 deal

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday drew instant criticism from Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and other Democrats — including three Palm Beach County members of Congress who opposed the agreement in 2015. Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who’s challenging Nelson for Senate, applauded Trump’s decision. So did Republican U...
FAU poll: Scott edging Nelson in Senate race, Trump approval up

FAU poll: Scott edging Nelson in Senate race, Trump approval up

Helped by more than $7 million in TV ads in the last month, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has moved to a slight lead in his campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, according to a new Florida Atlantic University poll that finds approval of President Donald Trump’s job performance ticking upward in the state to 43 percent. The FAU Business and Economics Polling Initiative survey to be released...
Editorial: National disaster fund benefits Florida by spreading risk

Editorial: National disaster fund benefits Florida by spreading risk

If Congress doesn’t step up with comprehensive and effective legislation to confront sea-level rise and its already evident effects, then we’re sunk, South Florida. Sunk, literally, as the ocean encroaches upon our shores in the decades ahead. And the financial toll is going to be staggering. RELATED: Editorial: Sea-level rise is real and needs attention now At the moment, the federal...
Trump Iran deal announcement looms; how Nelson, Rubio, Palm Beach County reps voted in 2015

Trump Iran deal announcement looms; how Nelson, Rubio, Palm Beach County reps voted in 2015

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (left) and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson disagreed on the Iran nuclear deal in 2015. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump announced Monday on Twitter that he’ll reveal his decision on whether the U.S. should remain in the Iran nuclear deal this afternoon at 2 p.m. I will be announcing my decision on the...
VIDEO: Florida firefighters revive kitten after house fire

VIDEO: Florida firefighters revive kitten after house fire

This smoky feline has surely seen better days.  It had a rough Sunday, but can thank two Florida firefighters for making it through another one of its nine lives. Palm Bay Fire Rescue firefighters were responding to a house fire on Sunday when they discovered that the homeowner was still inside trying to save her cats.  After getting the woman out, firefighter Jacob “Jake&rdquo...
WATCH: UF students ‘manhandled’ during graduation

WATCH: UF students ‘manhandled’ during graduation

Graduation is considered a student’s greatest milestone. For many University of Florida students, their hard work was overshadowed by an usher’s aggressive behavior that some are considering “racially motivated.” University of Florida President, Kent Fuchs, tweeted an apology in response to an usher who “manhandled” students, particularly African-American graduates...
NEW: Man charged with murdering woman at sea: ‘I think about her every waking moment’

NEW: Man charged with murdering woman at sea: ‘I think about her every waking moment’

“I think about my wife and daughter every waking moment and wish we could be together again soon.” So wrote Lewis Bennett, charged with murdering his wife, Isabella Hellmann of suburban Delray Beach, at sea last year, to a pal back in his native England, according to a weekend story in England’s Sunday Mirror. In a handwritten note from his cell at a federal detention...
Shocker: Republican candidate says ‘I was just wrong’ — and Obama was right

Shocker: Republican candidate says ‘I was just wrong’ — and Obama was right

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, at Saturday night’s Florida Family Policy Council dinner in Orlando. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) ORLANDO — Candidates rarely admit being wrong about anything. It’s even more rare for a candidate in a Republican primary to say he was wrong and former President Barack Obama was right. But it happened ...
Putnam, DeSantis weigh in guns, transgender bathrooms, each other at Orlando dinner

Putnam, DeSantis weigh in guns, transgender bathrooms, each other at Orlando dinner

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam (top) and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis — rival Republican candidates for governor — campaigning at Saturday’s Florida Family Policy Council dinner in Orlando. (Photos by George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) ORLANDO — After taking some long-distance shots at each other over the past week, Republican Florida gubernatorial...

POINT OF VIEW: Offshore energy key for Florida’s future

Floridians will vote on a number of constitutional amendments in November. While some of these ballot amendments are warranted and much-needed changes, one measure, in particular, has the potential to endanger our state’s future. Amendment 9, which would permanently ban offshore drilling and seismic testing off Florida’s coastal waters, could cause irreparable damage to our energy future...

Probe finds ‘substantial’ damage to plane that hit taxiway in April

A small airplane on a personal flight from Lakeland sustained “substantial damage” April 20 after a pilot skidded off the runway while attempting a takeoff from Airglades Airport in Clewiston, according to a preliminary National Transportation Safety Board Aviation accident report. The pilot told officials that he was in the plane with three passengers when, at about 5 p.m., he lost control...
Editorial: Don’t risk Florida coast by changing offshore drilling rules

Editorial: Don’t risk Florida coast by changing offshore drilling rules

The U.S. Interior Department seems to be confused when it comes to the question of allowing more oil drilling anywhere near Florida’s coast. The latest comes via a bipartisan tirade over plans by Interior officials to ease regulations and oversight of the 2016 Well Control Rule put in place by the Obama administration in the wake of the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill. Interior officials want...

POINT OF VIEW: Grouped amendments benefit voters

Florida’s 2018 Constitution Revision Commission, also known simply as the “CRC,” recently completed the once-in-every-20-years task of reviewing our state constitution. The purpose of the review is to ensure that our governing document reflects the values of our modern society and meets the needs of our growing state. The CRC finalized eight proposed amendments, some of which are...
FPL ‘underestimated frankly’ online demands after Irma

FPL ‘underestimated frankly’ online demands after Irma

Website crash. App with information not so apt. Trees that local governments don’t agree to cut back. Lines on 200,000 poles controlled by other companies with “not a big appetite” to strengthen them. For all the successes Florida Power & Light cites in restoring power after the worst hurricane in more than a decade last year, executives acknowledge there are things the Juno Beach-based...
Lois Frankel re-elected unopposed as Florida sets congressional ballot

Lois Frankel re-elected unopposed as Florida sets congressional ballot

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, automatically won a fourth term in Congress without opposition while the three other members of Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation drew a variety of challengers as Florida’s filing period for federal candidates ended Friday. Florida’s biggest congressional prize, the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, will be contested...
In NRA speech, Trump blames Parkland massacre on unheeded ‘red flags’

In NRA speech, Trump blames Parkland massacre on unheeded ‘red flags’

Two days after the Parkland shooting, President Donald Trump visited the Broward Sheriff’s Office with Sen. Marco Rubio (near American flag at left), first lady Melania Trump, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi with first responders in Fort Lauderdale. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) The Marjory...
Poll: If Patrick Murphy chooses GOP mate, he could rise in gov race

Poll: If Patrick Murphy chooses GOP mate, he could rise in gov race

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter could jump into the race for Florida governor and become the Democratic front runner if he taps former Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly as his running mate and pledges to forsake partisanship and “get things done,” Murphy’s pollster says. The poll, first reported by Politico, shows a wide-open race for the Democratic nomination and challenges...
Editorial: Aging flood-control systems can’t protect South Florida

Editorial: Aging flood-control systems can’t protect South Florida

The way most Floridians will first feel the effects of sea-level rise probably won’t be from some catastrophic wave crashing over a sea wall. More likely, it will be flooding, the water covering your shoes, your street, your doorstep. Flooding is already heavier in South Florida. And it will get heavier still as the sea continues its inexorable rise — gaining at least 2 feet by 2060 and...
Editorial: Sea-level rise is real and needs attention now

Editorial: Sea-level rise is real and needs attention now

No graver threat faces the future of South Florida than the accelerating pace of sea-level rise. In the past century, the sea has risen 9 inches in Key West. In the past 23 years, it’s risen 3 inches. By 2060, it’s predicted to rise another 2 feet, with no sign of slowing down. Think about that. Water levels could easily be 2 feet higher in 40 years. And scientists say that’s a conservative...
Patrick Murphy pollster says he can win Dem governor nomination with Jolly as running mate

Patrick Murphy pollster says he can win Dem governor nomination with Jolly as running mate

Former Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, left, and former Republican Rep. David Jolly. Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter would become the front runner for the Democratic nomination for governor if he gets in the race with former Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly as his running mate to “get things done” in Florida, Murphy’s pollster...
Who will get a free ride to re-election at noon today?

Who will get a free ride to re-election at noon today?

U.S. Reps. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, and Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach, (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) As Florida’s candidate qualifying period for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and judicial offices nears today’s noon deadline, several sitting judges — and perhaps a member of Congress or two — are hoping to win re-election without opposition...

POINT OF VIEW: There’s no silver bullet for severe weather

The benefits of solar and battery storage are numerous, but no Floridian should be fooled into believing these technologies can replace essential hurricane preparations, as Lynn Jurich suggests in her blatant sales pitch, “Turn to Solar Power to Keep Lights on in Hurricane Season.” Jurich, the CEO of Sunrun – a California corporation – is dangerously dismissive of what people...
How it works: Will July 1 Florida law restrict your beach access?

How it works: Will July 1 Florida law restrict your beach access?

A new law governing who can use private beaches triggered a tidal wave of ire this year from groups fearful it will limit one of Florida’s most dearly held rights — public beach access. Beginning July 1, local governments won’t be able to force private beach owners to allow surfers, sunbathers and shell seekers on their parcel of sand with just a vote. Instead, a municipality...
Most aggressive drivers: Where does Florida rank? 

Most aggressive drivers: Where does Florida rank? 

If driving to work gets your blood boiling, a new study may help explain why. In a review of the states with the most aggressive drivers, Florida came in eighth place, according to GasBuddy. California got the top spot followed by Connecticut and Georgia.  GasBuddy came up with its ranking after reviewing driving data from its app, which has a feature that helps drivers identify bad driving...
JUST IN: Lantana 7-Eleven store sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

JUST IN: Lantana 7-Eleven store sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

A 7-Eleven store in Lantana sold one of three winning tickets in Thursday’s Fantasy 5 drawing, the Florida Lottery said. The winning ticket bears the numbers 7-8-11-13-14 and pays $70,701.59, the lottery said. It was a Quick Pick, meaning the lottery’s computers chose the number combination for the player. The 7-Eleven store is at Lantana Road and North 13th Street, just east of Interstate...
Key West welcomes back iconic sign lost during Hurricane Irma

Key West welcomes back iconic sign lost during Hurricane Irma

Nearly eight months after it went missing during Hurricane Irma, the famous welcome sign greeting visitors to Key West is back on its U.S. 1 perch proclaiming the Conch Republic "Paradise USA."  The sign was damged during Irma and disappeared around Sept. 10, when the Category 4 storm made landfall at 9 a.m. at Cudjoe Key. But it turned up in October under mysterious circumstances,...
Florida man injures people with ninja sword for ‘stealing his socks,’ deputies say

Florida man injures people with ninja sword for ‘stealing his socks,’ deputies say

A man in the Tampa-area was arrested after attacking and injuring several people with a sword who he accused of stealing his socks, deputies said.  Brandon McCray,47, allegedly threatened guests at a residence on Tuesday afternoon “saying he would be back and they would be sorry,” WFTS reports.  McCray then returned with a ninja sword, swinging it first at a woman...
Retiring Sen. Joe Negron backing Gayle Harrell for Senate seat

Retiring Sen. Joe Negron backing Gayle Harrell for Senate seat

Retiring Florida Senate President Joe Negron weighed in Thursday on a potential GOP primary to fill the last two years of his term, telling The Palm Beach Post he supports state Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, to replace him in a Palm Beach-Treasure Coast district. Negron, R-Stuart, announced Wednesday that he’ll leave office in November when his presidency ends rather than remain in his District...
POINT OF VIEW: Ending the need for foster care as we know it

POINT OF VIEW: Ending the need for foster care as we know it

Often, numbers tell a story stronger than words. When it comes to child abuse and neglect, the numbers reveal a story that may be quite surprising to some. Consider this: According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, 74.8 percent of children brought to the attention of the child welfare system arrive with allegations of neglect — not, as often assumed — abuse. The numbers...
Editorial: New generator rules address equipment, not system

Editorial: New generator rules address equipment, not system

Twelve elderly people. That’s how many died either in, or as a result of sweltering heat at a Hollywood nursing home last year after Hurricane Irma knocked out the building’s air-conditioning system. There was no functioning backup generator. One could barely imagine a more grotesque death for someone so old and frail. To die so tragically in a place they were supposed to be cared for...
Ex-Dem, ex-Reform Party candidate joins Rick Scott in GOP Senate primary

Ex-Dem, ex-Reform Party candidate joins Rick Scott in GOP Senate primary

Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente lost two elections in two different parties in 2016. Now he’s made it onto Florida’s 2018 Republican ballot for U.S. Senate. Florida Gov. Rick Scott will have to get past at least one Republican primary foe before he can take on Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in one of this year&rsquo...
‘POST TIME:’ Updates on fate of Miller Radio, naming of Military Trail

‘POST TIME:’ Updates on fate of Miller Radio, naming of Military Trail

Readers: Today we do some updates. Military Trail: We’ve written often about how it got its name. It really was a military trail. During the Second Seminole War, the longest and costliest of the Indian wars and one of the most unpopular in U.S. history, Maj. William Lauderdale was leading troops of Tennessee Volunteers. Lauderdale, a longtime colleague of Andrew Jackson and a fellow Tennessean...
UPDATE: Missing child alert for Jacksonville girl, 12, canceled

UPDATE: Missing child alert for Jacksonville girl, 12, canceled

12:40 p.m. UPDATE: The missing child alert for Magali Ordonez-Lucas has been canceled.  Original story: A Florida missing child alert has been issued for a 12-year-old girl from Jacksonville who may be in the company of an older man. Magali Ordonez-Lucas is 5-foot-6 and weighs 113 pounds. Authorities think she may be with Omar Castillo-Lopez, 24, also of Jacksonville.  According to ...
Governor’s race: Putnam jabs GOP primary rival for skipping West Palm

Governor’s race: Putnam jabs GOP primary rival for skipping West Palm

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam repeatedly jabbed his Republican primary rival in the Florida governor’s race, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, for not attending a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch on Monday and accused the frequent Fox News guest of trying to “run for governor from a D.C.-based studio.” The Forum Club billed Monday’s event as a “Republican Gubernatorial...
Murphy backs Baer in important U.S. House race

Murphy backs Baer in important U.S. House race

Congressional candidate Lauren Baer received an endorsement Monday from the man who once held the seat she hopes to win, former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy. “I am excited to stand here today and endorse my friend Lauren,” Murphy said after meeting with Baer in Jupiter. “Lauren has the drive and passion to want to get into public service because she cares about solving problems. She...
Rick Scott camp says it matched 3 months of Bill Nelson fundraising in 3 weeks

Rick Scott camp says it matched 3 months of Bill Nelson fundraising in 3 weeks

Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. (Photos by George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Gov. Rick Scott‘s U.S. Senate campaign says it has raised $3.2 million in the three weeks since Scott launched his campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson . That’s the same amount Nelson’s campaign recently...
This week: Charlie Crist poised to do something he hasn’t done in 24 years

This week: Charlie Crist poised to do something he hasn’t done in 24 years

Charlie Crist campaigning in West Palm Beach during his 2014 Democratic bid for governor. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post) Florida this year will witness something it hasn’t seen for nearly a quarter-century: a Charlie Crist re-election campaign. U.S. Rep. Crist, D-St. Petersburg, has already raised more than $2.6 million in pursuit of a second term in Congress  —...
Will anyone challenge Scott, Nelson in powerful Senate race?

Will anyone challenge Scott, Nelson in powerful Senate race?

Florida’s period for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and judicial candidates to submit paperwork and pay filing fees to secure spots on the 2018 ballot begins at noon Monday, April 30 and ends at noon Friday, May 4. Candidates for other state and local offices — including governor, state legislature, county commission and school board — have a separate June 18-22 qualifying period. In Florida...
More Stories