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

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

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

Editorial: Courts must protect Florida’s environment from lawmakers

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

POINT OF VIEW: No comparison between Materio, Lambert campaigns

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

State and local candidates on 2018 ballot

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

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

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

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

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

DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but lands Trump endorsement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer: Best beaches in Palm Beach County

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

Man struck, killed by Brightline train in Boynton Beach

A man was struck and killed by a Brightline train in Boynton Beach Wednesday night, the sixth death involving the express rail service in Palm Beach County since January and the fourth such death to occur this year in Boynton Beach.  City police said that a northbound train struck an unidentified man shortly before 6:30 p.m. on the train tracks between East Gateway Boulevard and Miner Road. ...
Family separations still flashpoint in Nelson-Scott Senate race

Family separations still flashpoint in Nelson-Scott Senate race

President Donald Trump reversed course Wednesday on separating children from parents who try to enter the U.S. illegally — but the issue remains a lightning rod in Florida’s nationally watched U.S. Senate race between Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Scott had criticized the policy Monday and did so in stronger terms Tuesday before Trump signed an order suspending...
Bill Nelson says Florida is housing 174 minors separated from families

Bill Nelson says Florida is housing 174 minors separated from families

Sen. Bill Nelson speaking on the Senate floor this morning. A day after being denied access to a facility in Homestead that houses some children who were separated from their families by immigration enforcement officials, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson said in a Senate floor speech that a total of 174 such minors are being housed across Florida. Nelson said the Department...
Rick Scott links child separations to Trump policy, says: ‘This practice needs to stop now’

Rick Scott links child separations to Trump policy, says: ‘This practice needs to stop now’

President Donald Trump and Gov. Rick Scott at the Broward Sheriff’s Office in February. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Gov. Rick Scott has sharpened his opposition to the federal government’s separation of children from adults who attempt to illegally enter the U.S., specifically linking the policy to President Donald Trump and declaring...
COMMENTARY: XXXTentacion, his victims and the politics of grieving a celebrity’s death

COMMENTARY: XXXTentacion, his victims and the politics of grieving a celebrity’s death

The scenes are set. A mother will bury her murdered 20-year-old celebrity son while the recurring victims of his abuse will be forced to wade through a sympathy-filled newsfeed. That is one of many conundrums the public is facing, with a tone-deaf Twitter debate on whether he deserved to die or had time for atonement.  There are various types of public responses to a celebrity’s death,...
Editorial: Erecting early cyber-defenses key to protecting the vote

Editorial: Erecting early cyber-defenses key to protecting the vote

Thank goodness Palm Beach County elections officials haven’t waited for the state of Florida for help in hardening our voting system from cyberattacks. First, the Legislature failed to approve money for a cyber-security unit in the state elections office, so Gov. Rick Scott is resorting to a federal grant to contract for five consultants to assist elections officials. Then the Scott administration...
Opinion: Low-income residents face most risk from rising sea

Opinion: Low-income residents face most risk from rising sea

Sea-level rise is making Miami’s “high ground” mighty interesting to investors. Two recent studies found that property sales in Miami have begun to factor in elevation as savvy investors heed the new mantra “sell low, buy high.” As low-income neighborhoods at higher elevations evolve into hot properties, “climate equity” and “climate gentrification&rdquo...
Cerabino: Gov. Rick Scott crosses rhetorical border on caged children

Cerabino: Gov. Rick Scott crosses rhetorical border on caged children

Every once in a while, it’s worth translating Gov. Rick Scott into English. Scott has a tendency to string words together in ways that defy meaning, mask intent or signify nothing. For example, here is Scott’s take on President Donald Trump’s recent zero-tolerance policy that is separating children from their undocumented parents at the Mexican border. These isolated children are...
What your member of Congress says about immigrant family separations

What your member of Congress says about immigrant family separations

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, at a news conference today denouncing the government’s separation of minors from adults accused of trying to enter the U.S. illegally. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) The decision by President Donald Trump‘s administration to separate minors from adults accused of trying to enter the U.S. illegally...
VIDEO: Alligator swims at Florida beach 

VIDEO: Alligator swims at Florida beach 

Perhaps he was seeking a mate or in need of a cleansing saltwater scrub. Regardless of his mission, an alligator made his way into the bright blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico on Monday.  Captain Jessica DeGraw of Island Time Dolphin & Shelling Cruises shot video of the 4- to 5-footer near Bonita Springs in Lee County.  “It’s not that uncommon to spot one on the beach. It&rsquo...
Why you can’t find a plumber, electrician or AC repairman?

Why you can’t find a plumber, electrician or AC repairman?

Tried to hire a plumber lately? An electrician? A roofer? Chances are getting one was a challenge, especially if you are a contractor working on a job site. And the labor crunch is unlikely to ease any time soon. Post reporter Jeff Ostrowski reported on June 15 that Palm Beach County’s jobless rate, a 12-year low of 3.3 percent in May, has predictably resulted in a shortage of “middle-skilled&rdquo...
In new ad, Dem Jeff Greene says he’s got video to prove he’ll ‘stand up to Trump’

In new ad, Dem Jeff Greene says he’s got video to prove he’ll ‘stand up to Trump’

President-elect Donald Trump and billionaire Jeff Greene from a video clip that Greene says was a heated December 2016 conversation about Greene’s support for Hillary Clinton. After making a late entrance into the Democratic race for Florida governor, billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene is putting $2.9 million into a week of statewide TV and online...
Net worth gap: Gillum roughly 1/400th of Levine, 1/11,000th of Greene in Dem governor’s race

Net worth gap: Gillum roughly 1/400th of Levine, 1/11,000th of Greene in Dem governor’s race

Florida Democratic candidates for governor, alphabetically from left: Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Jeff Greene, Chris King, Philip Levine. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum often describes himself as the only non-millionaire in the crowded Democratic primary for Florida governor. Financial disclosure reports released Monday underscore his point. As Florida&rsquo...
Trump defends family separations; Frankel hits ‘racist’ policies

Trump defends family separations; Frankel hits ‘racist’ policies

As President Donald Trump and top administration officials steadfastly defended the practice of separating children from adults who try to enter the U.S. illegally, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, on Monday accused the president of “racist” immigration policies and announced plans to visit the border this week. The liberal Frankel, a frequent critic of the president whose district...

Editorial: Fake op-ed was our mistake; don’t let it cloud the issue

A “Point of View” op-ed titled, “I am a county teacher who’s not complaining about pay and benefits,” ran Saturday on The Palm Beach Post Opinion-Editorial page, written by “John Montezuma,” of West Palm Beach. We have subsequently been unable to confirm that such a person works as a Palm Beach County School District teacher, is licensed to teach in the state...
Buying a home in Palm Beach County? Sea level rise better be on radar

Buying a home in Palm Beach County? Sea level rise better be on radar

In the span of a 30-year mortgage signed today, 2,400 Palm Beach County homes could face a month’s worth of flooding each year as sea levels rise and tides creep farther inland, according to a study released Monday by the Union for Concerned Scientists. By the year 2100, the number of homes from Boca Raton to Jupiter that are vulnerable to the slow-motion threat of tidal inundation...
Cerabino: Florida’s oil exploration plans are all wet — and that’s good

Cerabino: Florida’s oil exploration plans are all wet — and that’s good

It appears that Mother Nature has taken matters into its own hands in Florida. For the second year in a row, the summer rains have put a temporary halt to man’s plan to explore for oil in the Big Cypress National Preserve, which borders on Everglades National Park. Burnett Oil, a Texas company looking for oil in Southwest Florida, has fought off a lawsuit by a slew of environmental organizations...

POINT OF VIEW: Cartoonist fired for skewering Trump won’t be the last

“Oh, good lord.” That was my reaction the day after the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, when it dawned on me that I would be serving my year as president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists during the same time as the guy who wanted to “open up” libel laws and weaken the First Amendment so he could sue journalists more easily. Instead of the usual...
Frankel, heading for Mexico border, calls Trump immigration policies ‘racist’

Frankel, heading for Mexico border, calls Trump immigration policies ‘racist’

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, at City Hall today. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) WEST PALM BEACH — U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, will travel to Texas this week to visit detention centers near the U.S.-Mexico border where nearly 2,000 children have reportedly been separated from their families as part of a crackdown on illegal entries...
NEW: Stolen Parkland shooting mementos found, will be kept at FAU

NEW: Stolen Parkland shooting mementos found, will be kept at FAU

Stolen Parkland shooting keepsakes — signed photographs, colorful pinwheels, a teddy bear and more — made their long journey to a secure vault at Florida Atlantic University, where items that memorialize the massacre are stored. The items allegedly were swiped from makeshift memorials surrounding Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in March, weeks after 17 people were killed on campus...
FBI issues $10,000 reward for armed, dangerous Miami man 

FBI issues $10,000 reward for armed, dangerous Miami man 

The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of an “armed and dangerous” man from North Miami Beach. On April 5, 2015, Jonathan David Cifuentes, 26, shot two men in the parking lot of a nightclub in Doral, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Four days later, a state arrest warrant was issued charging him with two counts of attempted murder...
State, local political candidates must file this week

State, local political candidates must file this week

Whether they’re running for governor of Florida or a seat on the Loxahatchee River Environmental Control District, this is the week for candidates to submit paperwork, disclose their finances and pay filing fees to secure a spot on the 2018 ballot. The candidate qualifying period for state and county offices begins at noon today and ends at noon Friday. Federal and judicial candidates had their...
UPDATE: Missing child alert canceled for 14-year-old girl 

UPDATE: Missing child alert canceled for 14-year-old girl 

Original story: A missing child alert has been issued for a 14-year-old girl from Central Florida. Iyana Dawson was last seen Saturday in Ocala wearing ripped blue jeans, red shoes and a navy blue-and-white-striped top.  She is 5-foot-5 and weighs 120 pounds. She has braids in her hair. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office...
WATCH: 464-foot cooling towers crumble during implosion in N. Florida

WATCH: 464-foot cooling towers crumble during implosion in N. Florida

For a split-second after the demolition plunger went down, the mighty cooling towers at St. Johns River Power Park stood as if they would remain for another 30 years as Jacksonville landmarks. Then the burst of 1,500 pounds of dynamite ripped through them, and they came down in a collapse of concrete and an upheaval of dust that wiped them from the Northside skyline.  From the crowd a child called...
POINT OF VIEW: Army Corps should swim in our increasingly toxic water

POINT OF VIEW: Army Corps should swim in our increasingly toxic water

The summer of 2018 is already looking a lot like the summer of 2016. I don’t need to remind anyone of the shuttered businesses, the “No Swimming” signs that littered our community or the regular occurrence of fish kills. It’s only June and already we’re experiencing the putrid stench of another lost summer. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently discharging nearly...
Editorial: Growing opioid crisis straining Florida foster care system

Editorial: Growing opioid crisis straining Florida foster care system

Florida’s foster care system is under siege from an unexpected, unrelenting enemy: the opioid crisis. As a result, child welfare agencies statewide are grappling with a looming crisis of their own. Palm Beach County alone has seen a 115 percent increase in the number of children removed from homes in the last three months. “The amount of kids coming into the (foster care) system as a result...
State budget glitch may slash homeless funds

State budget glitch may slash homeless funds

Already reeling from a drop in affordable housing money, community activists across Florida now fear losing key funding for homeless programs — apparently because of a misstep by the Legislature. The state budget set to take effect July 1 includes $4.1 million in grants for homeless organizations helping needy families. But lawmakers this year left something out of the budget: language directing...
BREAKING: Zachary Cruz files lawsuit against ankle-monitoring company

BREAKING: Zachary Cruz files lawsuit against ankle-monitoring company

Zachary Cruz, the brother of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz, has filed a lawsuit in Broward County against an ankle monitoring company and two employees. The suit states the company improperly set up an ankle bracelet worn by Cruz, causing it to go off when he entered Broward County and alerting law enforcement of a possible probation violation. Cruz was sentenced to six...
Bill Nelson flips, says he’ll oppose Trump nominee for federal bench

Bill Nelson flips, says he’ll oppose Trump nominee for federal bench

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson announced this afternoon he will oppose President Donald Trump‘s nomination of Florida Judge Allen Winsor for the federal bench — months after Nelson joined Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in supporting Winsor to the administration. Winsor has come under attack from liberal groups...
Trump and Cuba: A year after big speech, what’s changed?

Trump and Cuba: A year after big speech, what’s changed?

A year after President Donald Trump came to South Florida to announce he was “canceling” his predecessor’s “one-sided deal with Cuba,” not much seems to have changed. “What it did was make people think, ‘I can’t go to Cuba,’” said Renee Radabaugh, CEO of Paragon Events, a Delray Beach agency that offers Cuba tours. “But it really didn&rsquo...
NEW: South Florida woman dies after falling from swing at trade show

NEW: South Florida woman dies after falling from swing at trade show

A woman from Miami Beach died Tuesday after falling off a swing that was on display at a trade show in Chicago.  Jacqueline Albertine, 57, was attending NeoCon, a show that brings professionals in the commercial design industry together, when she fell, the Miami Herald reported.  Albertine died of blunt force head trauma, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office told ...

POINT OF VIEW: Let’s send Facebook some election observers

Facebook insists that people can trust it to manage its giant social network in a way that doesn’t undermine democracy. I say verify: Let’s send in an army of scientists to study its role in the upcoming 2018 elections. There’s been too little research into how Facebook influenced the last election, even though there’s plenty of reason to think it did. The “I voted&rdquo...
Greene to “spend whatever it takes” to tell his story in governor race

Greene to “spend whatever it takes” to tell his story in governor race

Billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene says he’s willing to spend $100 million or more of his personal fortune on his late-starting Democratic campaign for Florida governor. “I’m prepared to spend whatever it takes. I’m not going to take my foot off the accelerator this time. I’m going to get my message out there,” Greene told The Palm Beach Post...
As county works on current budget, they’re already worried about 2020’s

As county works on current budget, they’re already worried about 2020’s

Property tax rates would remain flat for an eighth straight year, employees would get a 3 percent raise and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office would get an additional $26 million if Palm Beach County commissioners approve the proposed 2019 budget they discussed in a workshop Tuesday night. But even as commissioners move through what is expected to be a smooth process this...
Commentary: Industry should pay its share for climate change damage

Commentary: Industry should pay its share for climate change damage

In his op-ed, Dan Peterson of the James Madison Institute (JMI) warns Florida city leaders to beware of climate change lawsuits and writes that climate advocates’ “claim that companies somehow hid scientific facts about climate change is a laughable idea.” He did not, however, share that his organization is directly backed by the Koch brothers and the Florida utilities industry....
Commentary: Florida city leaders should beware climate change lawsuits

Commentary: Florida city leaders should beware climate change lawsuits

Climate change activists are calling for Florida municipalities to join a wave of lawsuits against the oil and gas industry. This legal movement, which began in San Francisco, Oakland and other California cities and counties, seeks to hold oil and gas companies responsible for what activists say is their role in hiding “secret science” about climate change. Their claim that companies somehow...
POINT OF VIEW: Achieving student safety requires working together

POINT OF VIEW: Achieving student safety requires working together

Several initiatives are currently underway in the School District of Palm Beach County to address the issue of safety. First, a team of experts from the Council of Great City Schools has visited campuses, interviewed staff and district police, and inspected our safety mechanisms and protocols against best practices of large urban districts. Hundreds of security enhancements are in process and scheduled...
Letters: Kudos for ‘Explainer’ to crystallize and provide facts

Letters: Kudos for ‘Explainer’ to crystallize and provide facts

Kudos for ‘Explainer’ to provide facts How wonderful to see your new feature, “The Explainer,” in the front section of the Post. I applaud this effort to crystallize world events into absorbable facts — especially now when straight reporting on certain subjects is needed most. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Also...
Editorial: To change America for better, more young people must vote

Editorial: To change America for better, more young people must vote

It’s good to see the students from Parkland embarking this week on a bus tour to register young people to vote. Activist teens from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will be making 75 stops in 20 states over the summer, starting with a peace march on Chicago’s violence-plagued South Side and ending up in every Florida congressional district. “We’re going to places where...
Democrats running for governor compete for most progressive label

Democrats running for governor compete for most progressive label

Four Democrats running for Florida governor took shots at one another’s backgrounds and liberal credentials during the weekend, but they sang in unison from the same progressive songbook throughout most of a Monday night debate. Gwen Graham, Philip Levine, Andrew Gillum and Chris King voiced support for gun control, higher teacher pay, raising the minimum wage, abortion rights and boosting affordable...
South Florida woman hides premature baby under plant pot after giving birth, police say

South Florida woman hides premature baby under plant pot after giving birth, police say

A woman in Homestead faces child neglect and abuse charges after police said she gave birth to a premature baby girl and tried to hide the infant underneath an empty plant pot.  Officers responded to the home of Martha Godinezdiaz, 20, on June 6 after relatives of the baby’s alleged father found the infant near a backyard shed. Godinezdiaz found out she was pregnant in April, and...
Student, parent protestors gather across from Mar-a-Lago for die-in

Student, parent protestors gather across from Mar-a-Lago for die-in

She had laid out her signs the night before, made sure her rainbow American flag was ready to go. The next morning, her grandfather drove her 45 minutes from her home in Jensen Beach to here, a couple miles from Mar-a-Lago. Carrying her flag, Samantha Miller met with three other girls. Together they walked to the edge of the seawall along Flagler Drive, the top tower of Donald Trump’s Palm Beach...
Mystery solved? Why First Green Bank backed away from weed business

Mystery solved? Why First Green Bank backed away from weed business

Last summer, First Green Bank of Orlando made a splash when it announced it was collecting cash on behalf of most of Florida’s medical marijuana dispensaries. Then, a few months later, First Green quietly stopped handling pot shops’ cash. The reason for the about-face was a mystery -- until Seacoast Banking Corp. of Stuart announced late Monday that it would pay $133 million for First...

POINT OF VIEW: Feds deliver ‘Trojan horse’ to EAA storage reservoir

The federal government recently endorsed the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) plan to build the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir, a project promised to Floridians by state law. While the assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works (ASA) determined that the project was feasible, contained within the almost 90-page assessment is contradictory language that...
Cerabino: Gunshine State special: Permits before background checks

Cerabino: Gunshine State special: Permits before background checks

Late last year, an item was inserted into the bowels of mind-numbing 98-page piece of legislation about agricultural practices in Florida. The item from Florida’s Secretary of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam was included near the end of Senate Bill 740. The item followed changes on how germination tests for seeds in hermetically sealed containers are conducted and the reimbursement...
Nine Democrats among 55 sheriffs endorsing Republican Rick Scott’s Senate bid.

Nine Democrats among 55 sheriffs endorsing Republican Rick Scott’s Senate bid.

Republican Martin County Sheriff William Snyder is among 55 Florida sheriffs endorsing Republican Gov. Rick Scott for U.S. Senate. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Gov. Rick Scott this morning rolled out the endorsements of 55 of Florida’s 66 elected sheriffs for his Republican U.S. Senate bid against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson...
Editorial: Ways to protect our drinking water from rising seas

Editorial: Ways to protect our drinking water from rising seas

Over sea walls. Up through storm drains. And even into wells needed to keep your faucets flowing. Sea-level rise isn’t just a flooding threat to South Florida. The invading sea is also seeping in underground and coming for your drinking water. Decades of too much pumping and draining to provide both drinking water and flood control leave South Florida susceptible to “saltwater intrusion&rdquo...
Southern Living names this resort best in the South

Southern Living names this resort best in the South

Southern Living recently polled its readers to discover their picks for the top places to visit in the South. Blackberry Farm, in Walland, Tennessee, south of Knoxville, took home the top prize. Southern Living noted, "Blackberry Farm emanates hospitality, from its farm-to-table offerings to the porches on guest cottages." Blackberry Farm is a luxury hotel and resort...

Letters Legislature ties county’s hands on school funding

Legislature ties county’s hands on school funding A May 21 letter to the editor discussing the School District’s request for a budget increase blamed elected officials for not having the courage to “rein in or question” the Sheriff’s Office budget. The state Legislature does not give the County Commission authority to determine how the sheriff spends money; we can only...

POINT OF VIEW: Too many questions for northern Brightline expansion

Brightline has won an extension to issue tax-exempt “private activity bonds” bonds to finance its rail expansion to Orlando. There is a lot more to this high-speed rail proposal than what has been reported. (One thing that is very rarely reported is that a second set of tracks has to be added). The Brightline plan is to run 16 trains a day (about one every half-hour). This is going to...
Cerabino: Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the Trumpiest of them all?

Cerabino: Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the Trumpiest of them all?

If you’re a Republican looking to be Florida’s next governor, you’ve got to get Trumpy. But good luck finding a way to wrestle that title from the other contenders. Things tightened up recently when candidate Bruce Nathan, a Palm City physical therapist, branded himself “Florida’s Donald Trump.” “That’s what people tell me,” Nathan said. &ldquo...
Parkland shooting got young voters motivated here, official says

Parkland shooting got young voters motivated here, official says

As Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students get ready to embark next week on a national get-out-the-vote bus tour, enthusiasm among young people to sign up to vote is already bursting in Palm Beach County, the county’s election supervisor said. In the 10 weeks after the school massacre in Parkland, nearly 4,000 youth under 21 registered to vote in Palm Beach and Broward Counties...

Lucrative Florida prison health care contract under increasing scrutiny

Deep cuts to drug treatment, mental health and community re-entry programs across Florida are heightening scrutiny of a lucrative, prison health care contract poised to be finalized this month. The $375 million deal now on the table with Centurion of Florida allows it to take an 11.5 percent “administrative fee” that can not only cover a variety of costs, but also be pocketed by the company...
Ted Deutch, other Dems call on Putnam to resign over gun check failure

Ted Deutch, other Dems call on Putnam to resign over gun check failure

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam campaigning for governor in Riviera Beach last year. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, called on Florida Agriculture Commissioner and Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam to resign after The Tampa Bay Times reported that Putnam’s office failed...
Will Bill Clinton be welcome to campaign in Florida in #MeToo era?

Will Bill Clinton be welcome to campaign in Florida in #MeToo era?

Even while the Monica Lewinsky scandal was raging in 1998, Florida Democrats considered Bill Clinton a political asset and deployed him to campaign and raise money for gubernatorial nominee Buddy MacKay. And in every election since, Clinton has visited the Sunshine State to rally support and generate campaign contributions for key Democratic candidates, including every Democratic nominee for governor...
Poll: Levine, undecideds top Democratic governor race

Poll: Levine, undecideds top Democratic governor race

How Democratic candidates for governor rank in a new poll by Democratic firm SEA Polling and Strategic Design. Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who has spent about $10 million on a TV advertising campaign since November, has opened up a big lead in the race for Florida’s Democratic nomination for governor, a new poll says. But Levine is in a virtual tie with &ldquo...
JUST IN: FWC considers charges after pet monkey bites woman at Home Depot

JUST IN: FWC considers charges after pet monkey bites woman at Home Depot

A woman reported being bitten and scratched by a loose pet monkey while working at The Home Depot in Okeechobee on Monday. According to a report by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office, Tina Ballard left her pet spider monkey in her truck while she went into the store. Though the monkey was on a leash, it got out of the car and made its way down the parking lot. In the break area outside...
Former U.S. Rep. from Jupiter has decided not to run for governor

Former U.S. Rep. from Jupiter has decided not to run for governor

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter abandoned his notion of running for Florida governor with a Republican running mate and instead endorsed Democrat Gwen Graham for governor on Thursday. Murphy and Graham appeared together in Broward County at a sweltering afternoon meeting of the Century Village of Pembroke Pines Democratic Club as her father, former Florida Gov. and Sen. Bob Graham...
Florida governor’s race: Dem Patrick Murphy backing Gwen Graham?

Florida governor’s race: Dem Patrick Murphy backing Gwen Graham?

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter abandoned his notion of running for Florida governor with a Republican running mate and instead endorsed Democrat Gwen Graham for governor on Thursday.  Murphy and Graham appeared together in Broward County at a sweltering afternoon meeting of the Century Village of Pembroke Pines Democratic Club as her father, former Florida Gov. and Sen...
Two Democratic gubernatorial debates coming; will Jeff Greene participate?

Two Democratic gubernatorial debates coming; will Jeff Greene participate?

Florida Democratic candidates for governor, alphabetically from left: Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Jeff Greene, Chris King, Philip Levine. Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene filed papers last Friday to run for Florida governor, but he hasn’t made any public statements since and it’s not clear whether he’ll participate a pair of upcoming Democratic...
Fruit flies dangerous to farming discovered in South Florida

Fruit flies dangerous to farming discovered in South Florida

State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Tuesday that eradication efforts have started after three Oriental fruit flies were discovered in South Florida. The fruit flies, which were last found in Florida in 2015, are dangerous to the farming industry because they attack 400 different fruits, vegetables and nuts, Putnam’s department said in a news release. The three fruit flies were found...
Gwen Graham joins the Democratic gubernatorial air war with new TV ad

Gwen Graham joins the Democratic gubernatorial air war with new TV ad

Former Democratic Florida Gov. Bob Graham makes an appearance in daughter Gwen Graham’s new TV ad as she seeks the governorship. The first TV ad for former Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham‘s gubernatorial bid debuts today with a $1 million buy in the Orlando and Tampa TV markets. The 30-second spot highlights her status as a mom who was active in the PTA and as...
Editorial: Excuses, extensions no replacement for backup power

Editorial: Excuses, extensions no replacement for backup power

A mere six days before the start of the 2018 storm season, according to the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), only 48 nursing homes and 91 assisted living facilities (ALFs) reported having the equipment or passing site inspections showing they have the necessary backup power for cooling in case of a blackout. Another 348 nursing homes and 343 ALFs requested extensions to...
Florida judge lifts stay on smokeable marijuana

Florida judge lifts stay on smokeable marijuana

TALLAHASSEE – Medical marijuana in smokeable form may become available to Florida patients in coming months after a judge Tuesday defied Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-led Legislature and ordered state regulators to get ready for the change. Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers lifted a legal stay prompted by the Scott administration’s appeal of her ruling last month that the state&rsquo...
POINT OF VIEW: Trump administration plans endanger Florida waters

POINT OF VIEW: Trump administration plans endanger Florida waters

In Florida, we may have oranges on our license plates, but it’s the waters around us that shape how we live. From our world-famous beaches to the local seafood on our plates, Florida’s ocean is the foundation of our economy and a major part of our identity. That’s why every Floridian should be aware of how the Trump administration is planning to abandon our coasts and the agencies...
Hurricane season 2018: Storm preparation guide - what you need to know

Hurricane season 2018: Storm preparation guide - what you need to know

Buy hurricane supplies early. Don’t wait until a storm threatens. Lines will be long and supplies short.  Assemble this now. Put aside in a special box. Keep heat-sensitive items inside home and rotate stock throughout season:  Flashlights and extra bulbs Clock (wind-up or battery-operated) Battery-operated radio NOAA emergency weather radio Extra batteries Toilet paper Matches (camping...
Jeff Greene and Donald Trump: Billionaires and … politicians?

Jeff Greene and Donald Trump: Billionaires and … politicians?

Another Palm Beach billionaire businessman with ties to Mar-a-Lago but virtually no political experience has decided to go big and run for an office traditionally held by veteran politicians. Jeff Greene, a member of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, has filed paperwork to enter the Democratic primary for governor. Greene, 63, has said he considers Trump a friend. They...

POINT OF VIEW: Prepare for storm damage, loss of electricity

Following an 11-season lull without a hurricane hitting the Sunshine State, the past two very active Atlantic hurricane seasons have appropriately caused Floridians to be much more vigilant with preparations. Last year’s hurricane season was among the strongest on record, and forecasts are predicting another active year with the potential for 14 to 18 named storms, including seven hurricanes...
Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene enters governor’s race

Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene enters governor’s race

Billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene has filed paperwork to enter the crowded Democratic primary for Florida governor, throwing a potentially expensive wild card into a contest that has no clear favorite. Four Democrats are already running for governor and another Palm Beach County Democrat — former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter — is expected to decide as...
Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene enters Democratic race for governor

Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene enters Democratic race for governor

Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene has filed paperwork to enter the crowded Democratic primary for Florida governor. Four Democrats are already in the race and former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter is mulling a Democratic candidacy as well. Greene, who could not immediately be reached this morning, filed papers to run sometime Friday, according to the Florida Division of Elections website. Greene...
Stoneman Douglas graduation: ‘The world has heard your voice’

Stoneman Douglas graduation: ‘The world has heard your voice’

Patricia and Manuel Oliver, parents of Joaquin Oliver, were ascending the steps of the stage inside the BB&T Center on Sunday afternoon. They were seconds away from receiving a framed diploma for their late son, Joaquin, during Marjory Stoneman Douglas High’s graduation ceremony. Silence had fallen over the arena, but the loudest message was about to be delivered. Without a word being spoken...

POINT OF VIEW: Make Florida’s property insurance more affordable

Like thousands of other Floridians, I recently received my homeowner’s insurance renewal statement only to learn that my premium was increasing by a double-digit percentage — nearly $600 annually. But like most homeowners who have a mortgage and who pay insurance and property taxes through an escrow account, I won’t have to pay anything out-of-pocket yet. It will be a year from now...
Editorial: Maria’s deadly impact on Puerto Rico deserves more attention

Editorial: Maria’s deadly impact on Puerto Rico deserves more attention

Here it is, the beginning of the 2018 hurricane season, and we still haven’t made a reckoning of the real damage that last year’s Hurricane Maria inflicted on Puerto Rico. Thanks, however, to a Harvard University study published Tuesday, we’re getting closer to one. Researchers determined that in the three months after Maria hit on Sept. 20, there were 4,645 “excess deaths...
Commentary: Why Florida Dems can’t count on the so-called ‘black vote’

Commentary: Why Florida Dems can’t count on the so-called ‘black vote’

Florida’s midterm Senate election is a race to watch this November – and not just because it will be a tight match pitting a sitting governor, Republican Rick Scott, against a sitting senator, Democrat Bill Nelson. Black voters, who make up 16 percent of Florida’s population, will likely help tip the race in one candidate’s favor. Black Floridians have long been a swing constituency...
Firms that got $31.7M to clear Hurricane Irma debris ready for 2018

Firms that got $31.7M to clear Hurricane Irma debris ready for 2018

A trio of disaster relief firms responded to Palm Beach County’s call to clear away debris left last year in Hurricane Irma’s wake. The firms cleaned up — and then they really cleaned up. They were paid a combined $31.7 million for their work collecting debris, hauling it away and mulching it, according to figures from the Solid Waste Authority, which oversees garbage and recycling...
Marco Rubio to King’s Academy grads: ‘Rebel against our modern culture’

Marco Rubio to King’s Academy grads: ‘Rebel against our modern culture’

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio speaking at graduation ceremonies for The King’s Academy, from a video posted by the school. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio urged graduates of The King’s Academy to rebel against a culture he described as overly concerned with wealth, fame, approval and bitter political fighting. Rubio spoke Thursday night at the private Christian school&rsquo...

Bed-sharing is a risky behavior for sleeping infants

Recently, National Public Radio’s (NPR) Morning Edition aired a story titled “Is Sleeping With Your Baby as Dangerous as Doctors Say?” The reporter argued that American pediatricians should abandon their current safe-sleep recommendations for all babies and instead give different bed-sharing recommendations to parents based on their individual risk factors. This is a perilous approach...

POINT OF VIEW: Reauthorize the conservation fund for Florida’s sake

The great outdoors is a way of life and a vital part of our economy in St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties. For more than 50 years, the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has protected our unique outdoor heritage and granted us access to national parks and open spaces in every corner of the United States. This vital conservation and recreation program will expire at the end of September...
Cerabino: Getting the hang of Florida’s politics is rough business

Cerabino: Getting the hang of Florida’s politics is rough business

The regressive ignorance of political discourse in Florida can be breathtaking. That was the case over the weekend when a Ron DeSantis campaign speech in Citrus County turned toward a return to lynching. DeSantis, a North Florida congressman who is running for governor, was in the middle of painting “the four liberals” on the Florida Supreme Court as political bogeymen with a truncated...
The shocking truth about gerrymandering from Jon Meacham in West Palm Beach

The shocking truth about gerrymandering from Jon Meacham in West Palm Beach

Presidential historian Jon Meacham at a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch on Tuesday. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) WEST PALM BEACH — In addition to  weighing in on the meaning of the American revolution and the perils of political tribalism during a Tuesday Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch, Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Jon Meacham...
Today: Rick Scott makes 6th post-Hurricane Maria trip to Puerto Rico

Today: Rick Scott makes 6th post-Hurricane Maria trip to Puerto Rico

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will travel to Puerto Rico today — his sixth visit since Hurricane Maria ripped through the island in September and killed an estimated 4,645 people. The governor’s office said late Wednesday that Scott was invited by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló “to continue to offer guidance, advice and assistance regarding ongoing Hurricane Maria recovery...
UPDATE: New details about lightning strike that killed Lake Worth woman

UPDATE: New details about lightning strike that killed Lake Worth woman

As workers bent down to pull cucumbers at a farm southwest of Boca Raton, foreman Jim Gamble scanned the skies. He heard thunder and saw cracks of lightning in the distance. Nearby, supervisor Maria Francisco Pascual stood with a hand-held device, adding up cucumbers picked. Gamble turned to crew leader Pascual Francisco. “Should we stop?” the foreman asked. As soon as Gamble said it,...
POINT OF VIEW: Leaders need better science to cope with sea-level rise

POINT OF VIEW: Leaders need better science to cope with sea-level rise

As a climate scientist, I’ve been asked one question over and over: “What keeps you up at night?” What kept me up 20 years ago isn’t the same as what did 10 or even five years ago. Now when asked, I share my concern that while we have a very good handle on “global” climate science, the science we are conducting should be done in a way that’s more helpful to...
Editorial: Allow Brightline to issue tax-free bonds for next expansion

Editorial: Allow Brightline to issue tax-free bonds for next expansion

In 2000, Florida voters approved a high-speed rail project connecting Miami to Tampa with a 53-percent majority, only to see then-Gov. Jeb Bush embark on a four-year campaign to kill it. He succeeded in 2004 by frightening voters into thinking it would be too costly. In 2011, Gov. Rick Scott followed suit by turning down $2.4 billion in funding from the Obama administration to build an 85-mile, Tampa-to-Orlando...
Officer suspended for comment about protest organized by Parkland survivor

Officer suspended for comment about protest organized by Parkland survivor

A veteran police officer in Florida has been suspended for five days after a comment he made on social media about the recent Publix protest organized by Parkland survivor David Hogg. Officer Brian Valenti, who has been with the Coconut Creek Police Department for 23 years, made the comment Saturday on the police department’s breaking news Facebook page. "Hope some old lady loses control...
Dem Chris King rips Rick Scott, NRA; touts gun control in new TV ad

Dem Chris King rips Rick Scott, NRA; touts gun control in new TV ad

Chris King in his new TV ad. Winter Park businessman Chris King, the only Democratic candidate for governor aside from Philip Levine to advertise on TV so far, is airing a second ad in Palm Beach County and other Florida markets that invokes the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre and this year’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting...
POST TIME: Treasure Coast airports were military bases in World War II

POST TIME: Treasure Coast airports were military bases in World War II

Readers: From 2016 to 2020, we are marking the 75th-anniversary “window” of World War II, 1941-45, and Florida’s key role in that conflict. In addition, this week marks Memorial Day, a time to honor those who gave their all. Today we visit two Treasure Coast locales. When Florida, then a quiet state of not some 2 million people, was thrown into the great war, the feds were quick...
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