Eliot Kleinberg

Eliot Kleinberg, born in South Florida, has spent nearly four decades as a reporter, including 30 years at The Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach. In addition to covering local news, he also writes extensively about Florida and Florida history.   He has written nine books, all focusing on Florida. They include "Black Cloud", on the great 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane; two "Weird Florida" books, and "Palm Beach Past" and "Wicked Palm Beach", both of them collections of items from "Post Time," his weekly local history column that has run in the Post for more than 17 years.   He’s currently completing his tenth book, Peace River, a historical novel based at the end of the Civil War.   The son of longtime prominent South Florida journalist Howard Kleinberg, he graduated from Miami-area public schools and the University of Florida. He is a member of the Florida, South Florida and Palm Beach County historical societies. He and his wife are the parents of two adult sons and live in suburban Boca Raton. You can reach Eliot by email at Eliot_Kleinberg@pbpost.com. www.eliotkleinberg.com

Latest from Eliot Kleinberg

NEW: Man who lost family in Delray crash brought them in spirit to World Cup
 Gilberto Martinez traveled to Russia to watch Argentina and Mexico, two nations to which he has ties, play in the World Cup.  His wife and young children were supposed to be with him. But he lost them in April when a pickup slammed into their minivan in Delray Beach. He went to Russia anyway. And, at least symbolically, he brought...

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Gilberto Martinez traveled to Russia to watch Argentina and Mexico, two nations to which he has ties, play in the World Cup.  His wife and young children were supposed to be with him. But he lost them in April when a pickup slammed into their minivan in Delray Beach. He went to Russia anyway. And, at least symbolically, he brought...
JUST IN: Trio bilked elderly investors with phony fish farm scheme, FDLE says
 Like a fisherman who feels a tug but comes up empty, several people invested a combined $500,000 or more in an ocean fish farm that didn’t exist, state investigators allege. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has charged Matthew Alec Braun, 36, of Boca Raton, and Rebeca Gonzalez, 43, who lives west of Boca Raton; and...

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Like a fisherman who feels a tug but comes up empty, several people invested a combined $500,000 or more in an ocean fish farm that didn’t exist, state investigators allege. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has charged Matthew Alec Braun, 36, of Boca Raton, and Rebeca Gonzalez, 43, who lives west of Boca Raton; and...
UPDATE: 1 dead, three injured in Riviera Beach shooting
 One man has died from his injuries in a shooting Sunday night in Riviera Beach, city police said Monday. The name of the victim was not immediately available. Three other men were injured in the incident, which took place just before 8 p.m. on the 1200 block of West 35th Street, just west of President Barack Obama Highway near the Lake...

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One man has died from his injuries in a shooting Sunday night in Riviera Beach, city police said Monday. The name of the victim was not immediately available. Three other men were injured in the incident, which took place just before 8 p.m. on the 1200 block of West 35th Street, just west of President Barack Obama Highway near the Lake...
UPDATE: Swedish TV star’s Palm Beach shoplifting charge reduced to misdemeanor
 "Swedish Hollywood Wives" star Gunilla Persson has had her felony shoplifting charge knocked down to a misdemeanor, court records show. Palm Beach police arrested Persson, 59, who lives in California and has for eight years starred in the popular Scandinavian reality TV show — “Svenska Hollywoodfruar&rdquo...

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"Swedish Hollywood Wives" star Gunilla Persson has had her felony shoplifting charge knocked down to a misdemeanor, court records show. Palm Beach police arrested Persson, 59, who lives in California and has for eight years starred in the popular Scandinavian reality TV show — “Svenska Hollywoodfruar&rdquo...
I-95 road rage: One year later, mother waits to hear how son died
 The last time Jacqueline McNealy talked to a reporter, exactly one year ago today, she was dopey and exhausted. She was in the middle of medical issues, was heavily medicated and had had little sleep. And she still was dealing with the news that her son had been stabbed to death on the side of Interstate 95. Authorities still haven&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

The last time Jacqueline McNealy talked to a reporter, exactly one year ago today, she was dopey and exhausted. She was in the middle of medical issues, was heavily medicated and had had little sleep. And she still was dealing with the news that her son had been stabbed to death on the side of Interstate 95. Authorities still haven&rsquo...
POST TIME: Farm near Lantana dealt in ostriches, gators, chimps
 Readers: If you’ve lived in Florida for any length of time, you will in no way be surprised by this: Palm Beach County once hosted an ostrich farm. Sure. Why not. Palm Beach Post staff researcher Melanie spotted clips about the farm, which operated around the Lake Worth-Lantana line and stretched from Dixie Highway to the Intracoastal...

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Readers: If you’ve lived in Florida for any length of time, you will in no way be surprised by this: Palm Beach County once hosted an ostrich farm. Sure. Why not. Palm Beach Post staff researcher Melanie spotted clips about the farm, which operated around the Lake Worth-Lantana line and stretched from Dixie Highway to the Intracoastal...
POST TIME: ‘Twin City’ saga turns up more detail and a cool sign
 Readers: Recently our readers surprised us with numerous responses to our call for help identifying the car dealership  that operated in the early 1960s around the 2100 block of South Dixie Highway, across from the Carefree Theater, in West Palm Beach. In an April 5 column, the consensus was that it was Twin City Chevrolet...

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Readers: Recently our readers surprised us with numerous responses to our call for help identifying the car dealership  that operated in the early 1960s around the 2100 block of South Dixie Highway, across from the Carefree Theater, in West Palm Beach. In an April 5 column, the consensus was that it was Twin City Chevrolet...
PBSO sheriff offers $10,000 reward to solve Baby June mystery
 Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said he’ll put up a $10,000 reward for the arrest of those responsible for dumping into the Atlantic Ocean the infant now being dubbed “Baby June.” “Someone has to know something. It's time to come forward,” Bradshaw said in a tweet posted at midday Friday that included...

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Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said he’ll put up a $10,000 reward for the arrest of those responsible for dumping into the Atlantic Ocean the infant now being dubbed “Baby June.” “Someone has to know something. It's time to come forward,” Bradshaw said in a tweet posted at midday Friday that included...
PBSO says Boynton Inlet baby likely drifted north from Broward
 It’s “very likely” the infant authorities now are calling “Baby June” floated up from Broward County before she was found dead near the Boynton Inlet on the first day of June, investigators said Thursday. “We now believe it’s possible the child might have drifted up from as far as Broward County...

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It’s “very likely” the infant authorities now are calling “Baby June” floated up from Broward County before she was found dead near the Boynton Inlet on the first day of June, investigators said Thursday. “We now believe it’s possible the child might have drifted up from as far as Broward County...
Just in: If first officer at mass shooting hears active gunfire, don’t wait; go in
 A law-enforcement officer who’s the first to arrive at a mass shooting, and who hears gunfire, should not wait for backup before rushing in, a consultant has recommended in a study made public Wednesday. “The first priority when there is active gunfire is to prevent additional people from being killed,” said the report,...

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A law-enforcement officer who’s the first to arrive at a mass shooting, and who hears gunfire, should not wait for backup before rushing in, a consultant has recommended in a study made public Wednesday. “The first priority when there is active gunfire is to prevent additional people from being killed,” said the report,...
Rogue wave drowned fisherman on Lake O, state concludes
 Nik Kayler, the fishing tournament competitor tossed into Lake Okeechobee in January, drowned when a rogue wave swamped his boat and threw him overboard, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a final report obtained Wednesday by The Palm Beach Post Partner Bill Kisiah himself was thrown into the frigid waters and tried...

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Nik Kayler, the fishing tournament competitor tossed into Lake Okeechobee in January, drowned when a rogue wave swamped his boat and threw him overboard, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a final report obtained Wednesday by The Palm Beach Post Partner Bill Kisiah himself was thrown into the frigid waters and tried...