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

JUST IN: Park Vista football player faces another gun-theft charge
 Park Vista High School football standout Jake Collins has been charged a second time this week with burglarizing guns and other items from homes in suburban Lake Worth, according to jail and court records.  Collins, a senior who had signed to play at Duquesne University, now is charged with stealing from a home near his own that&rsquo...

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Park Vista High School football standout Jake Collins has been charged a second time this week with burglarizing guns and other items from homes in suburban Lake Worth, according to jail and court records.  Collins, a senior who had signed to play at Duquesne University, now is charged with stealing from a home near his own that&rsquo...
Man likely injured back hanging TV bought with stolen credit card, Delray police say
 Delray Beach police, a report says, found Steven Shapiro in a Fort Lauderdale rehab center. He said he was recovering from back surgery. When detectives played surveillance-camera video showing the Illinois native walking through area stores clad in a Chicago Cubs T-shirt, he admitted he’d bought $1,823 worth of items using credit...

Posted: 2 days ago

Delray Beach police, a report says, found Steven Shapiro in a Fort Lauderdale rehab center. He said he was recovering from back surgery. When detectives played surveillance-camera video showing the Illinois native walking through area stores clad in a Chicago Cubs T-shirt, he admitted he’d bought $1,823 worth of items using credit...
BREAKING: Park Vista student found with unloaded handgun on campus
 An unloaded handgun was found in a student's backpack as he or she arrived at Park Vista High School in suburban Boynton Beach on Tuesday, according to a robocall sent  to parents. It was the latest incident this school year in which a Palm Beach County School District student was caught with a firearm. There were already 10 confirmed...

Posted: 3 days ago

An unloaded handgun was found in a student's backpack as he or she arrived at Park Vista High School in suburban Boynton Beach on Tuesday, according to a robocall sent  to parents. It was the latest incident this school year in which a Palm Beach County School District student was caught with a firearm. There were already 10 confirmed...
NEW: PBSO honors deputy Richard Landes, killed in 1981
 The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday honored deputy Richard J. Landes, killed April 18, 1981, when he was struck by a passing motorist while he helped direct a wrecker that was pulling a vehicle from a canal. Landes was at the canal at Summit Boulevard and Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach when he was struck...

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The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday honored deputy Richard J. Landes, killed April 18, 1981, when he was struck by a passing motorist while he helped direct a wrecker that was pulling a vehicle from a canal. Landes was at the canal at Summit Boulevard and Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach when he was struck...
NEW: Former judge’s son arrested after head-butting father, Gardens police say
 Former Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Richard I. Wennet was head-butted in the eye by his son at the Palm Beach Gardens home they share, according to jail and police reports. Daniel Charles Wennet, 32, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Tuesday afternoon, charged with battery on a person age 65 or older and obstructing justice...

Posted: 3 days ago

Former Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Richard I. Wennet was head-butted in the eye by his son at the Palm Beach Gardens home they share, according to jail and police reports. Daniel Charles Wennet, 32, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Tuesday afternoon, charged with battery on a person age 65 or older and obstructing justice...
“POST TIME:” The time commentator Paul Harvey came to West Palm Beach
 Readers: Recently this column heard from a longtime local construction industry leader, Barkley Henderson, now 79 and retired in Palm Beach Gardens, about the night Paul Harvey came to town. Harvey, who died at 90 in 2009, was a popular Chicago-based radio newsman and commentator who, for decades, did a daily show — “Stand by...

Posted: 3 days ago

Readers: Recently this column heard from a longtime local construction industry leader, Barkley Henderson, now 79 and retired in Palm Beach Gardens, about the night Paul Harvey came to town. Harvey, who died at 90 in 2009, was a popular Chicago-based radio newsman and commentator who, for decades, did a daily show — “Stand by...
NEW: PBSO arrests 12 during Greenacres-area prostitution sting
 The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says it arrested 12 people in four hours Friday night during a prostitution operation in the Greenacres-Palm Springs area. The 12 people were booked into the county jail between 7:15 p.m. and 11:23 p.m. Friday, jail records show.  Ten were charged with a first offense of soliciting prostitution...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says it arrested 12 people in four hours Friday night during a prostitution operation in the Greenacres-Palm Springs area. The 12 people were booked into the county jail between 7:15 p.m. and 11:23 p.m. Friday, jail records show.  Ten were charged with a first offense of soliciting prostitution...
UPDATE: Royal Palm woman, 18, killed in wreck was high school student
 Editor’s note: Because of an editing error, a previous version of this story incorrectly reported that Jacqueline Torres was a student at Wellington High School. Torres attended a charter school, the Palm Beach County School District said. - An 18-year-old Royal Palm Beach woman was killed early Sunday when a car in which...

Posted: 5 days ago

Editor’s note: Because of an editing error, a previous version of this story incorrectly reported that Jacqueline Torres was a student at Wellington High School. Torres attended a charter school, the Palm Beach County School District said. - An 18-year-old Royal Palm Beach woman was killed early Sunday when a car in which...
JUST IN: Semi-trailer crash closes Turnpike off-ramp near Jupiter
 Parts of Florida's Turnpike were blocked during Monday’s morning rush hour after a 18-wheeler crashed and rolled over into a ditch near the Indiantown Road, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue said. The wreck took place at about 6 a.m. No one was injured. Fuel leaked briefly from the overturned truck but was stopped, said Capt. Albert Borroto...

Posted: 5 days ago

Parts of Florida's Turnpike were blocked during Monday’s morning rush hour after a 18-wheeler crashed and rolled over into a ditch near the Indiantown Road, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue said. The wreck took place at about 6 a.m. No one was injured. Fuel leaked briefly from the overturned truck but was stopped, said Capt. Albert Borroto...
Study gives two local state legislators A’s, two others F’s on public records votes
 Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R-Palm City, and State Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach, are two of 24 state legislators who each earned a grade of F for how they voted on transparency in government, according to this year’s statewide “Sunshine Scorecard,” a joint project of Florida newspapers and ...

Posted: 8 days ago

Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R-Palm City, and State Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach, are two of 24 state legislators who each earned a grade of F for how they voted on transparency in government, according to this year’s statewide “Sunshine Scorecard,” a joint project of Florida newspapers and ...
UPDATE: Son planned effort to hide father’s murder, dump body, Boca police say 
 James Scandirito Jr., loaded up at a grocery store and a home-improvement center: duct tape, garbage bags, a mop and cleaning supplies, according to a report released Wednesday. Boca Raton police allege it was part of a ghoulish do-it-yourself project: the murder of his father, retired Michigan judge James Scandirito Sr. Police found the...

Posted: 10 days ago

James Scandirito Jr., loaded up at a grocery store and a home-improvement center: duct tape, garbage bags, a mop and cleaning supplies, according to a report released Wednesday. Boca Raton police allege it was part of a ghoulish do-it-yourself project: the murder of his father, retired Michigan judge James Scandirito Sr. Police found the...