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Antonio Fins

Antonio Fins is the Business Editor for The Palm Beach Post.

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Trump caving on family separation ends win streak on major feuds
 Wednesday’s retreat from the policy of separating families seeking entry to the United States at the border marks the first time President Trump has backed down in the face of vocal opposition. Here are previous controversies in which the White House pushed through in the face of staunch opposition. The travel ban: Trump&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

Wednesday’s retreat from the policy of separating families seeking entry to the United States at the border marks the first time President Trump has backed down in the face of vocal opposition. Here are previous controversies in which the White House pushed through in the face of staunch opposition. The travel ban: Trump&rsquo...
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...

Posted: 5 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 9 days ago

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...
With fewer summer jobs, teens must compete on skills, not availability
 Chris Rocha is one in a million. This summer, just over 1 million teens like Rocha are expected to work a job. As of Tuesday, Rocha’s earning $10 an hour as an IT pro managing the website for Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast. It’s a project he actually started during spring break when he completely refurbished...

Posted: 11 days ago

Chris Rocha is one in a million. This summer, just over 1 million teens like Rocha are expected to work a job. As of Tuesday, Rocha’s earning $10 an hour as an IT pro managing the website for Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast. It’s a project he actually started during spring break when he completely refurbished...
Bill Clinton lauds Parkland students’ activism in book tour stop
 Former President Bill Clinton lauded the political activism of Parkland students during a book tour stop in South Florida on Tuesday night. “Politics is so polarized,” Clinton said. “And that’s why the Marjory Stoneman Douglas kids are so important.” Clinton and co-author James Patterson were in South Florida...

Posted: 11 days ago

Former President Bill Clinton lauded the political activism of Parkland students during a book tour stop in South Florida on Tuesday night. “Politics is so polarized,” Clinton said. “And that’s why the Marjory Stoneman Douglas kids are so important.” Clinton and co-author James Patterson were in South Florida...
Not business as usual with corporate-funded political contributions

Posted: 16 days ago

The “silly” season, what a lawyer I know calls the months leading up to election day, just got even more serious for Florida businesses. Last month, political contributions to a gubernatorial candidate by one of Florida’s most popular and powerful brands, Publix, elicited outcries, a social media boycott and a “die-in&rdquo...
Stock up on tax-free storm supplies, yes, but what about gasoline?
 Florida’s hurricane tax-free week starts Friday. But this year there is a new item on the state’s to-get checklist — gasoline. Except this one is for Gov. Rick Scott and state officials to handle more so than the average Floridian. Scott was in West Palm Beach Tuesday as part of a statewide tour to raise awareness of sales...

Posted: 25 days ago

Florida’s hurricane tax-free week starts Friday. But this year there is a new item on the state’s to-get checklist — gasoline. Except this one is for Gov. Rick Scott and state officials to handle more so than the average Floridian. Scott was in West Palm Beach Tuesday as part of a statewide tour to raise awareness of sales...
Trump in Palm Beach: Sessions clash spiraled toward Mueller probe
 President Donald Trump ramped up the pressure on Attorney Jeff General Sessions via Twitter Wednesday, saying he regrets choosing the former U.S. senator from Alabama for the post. The statement was issued in a trio of morning missives by Trump. The tweets quoted comments from U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R- S.C., who said on a CBS morning show...

Posted: 25 days ago

President Donald Trump ramped up the pressure on Attorney Jeff General Sessions via Twitter Wednesday, saying he regrets choosing the former U.S. senator from Alabama for the post. The statement was issued in a trio of morning missives by Trump. The tweets quoted comments from U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R- S.C., who said on a CBS morning show...
Climbing Mount Everest: Local boat captain home after perilous trek
 A dozen South Florida explorers and adventurers gathered Sunday night to welcome home one of their own, Grant Maughan, on his return from a two-month climb to the top of the world. Maughan was on a team of climbers that reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 19. “We lived vicariously through Grant,” said Scott Richards...

Posted: 27 days ago

A dozen South Florida explorers and adventurers gathered Sunday night to welcome home one of their own, Grant Maughan, on his return from a two-month climb to the top of the world. Maughan was on a team of climbers that reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 19. “We lived vicariously through Grant,” said Scott Richards...
Supermarket ‘renewal’: Winn-Dixie remake adapts to Lantana changes
 Winn-Dixie unveiled its remodeled Lantana store on May 17 with fanfare — a high school marching band, gift cards, specials and a cake. The 59-year-old Winn-Dixie location now boasts, among other features, a smokehouse serving slow-cooked chicken, ribs and brisket as well as a broader selection of wines, sustainably-sourced seafood and...

10:05 AM Wednesday, May. 23, 2018

Winn-Dixie unveiled its remodeled Lantana store on May 17 with fanfare — a high school marching band, gift cards, specials and a cake. The 59-year-old Winn-Dixie location now boasts, among other features, a smokehouse serving slow-cooked chicken, ribs and brisket as well as a broader selection of wines, sustainably-sourced seafood and...
Publix responds to criticism, boycott over political donations
 Responding to criticism for its political donations to a GOP gubernatorial candidate, Publix Supermarkets Inc. released a statement Thursday staking out politically neutral ground. Publix’s statement said the company supports “bi-partisan, business-friendly candidates, regardless of political affiliation and we remain neutral...

4:11 PM Thursday, May. 17, 2018

Responding to criticism for its political donations to a GOP gubernatorial candidate, Publix Supermarkets Inc. released a statement Thursday staking out politically neutral ground. Publix’s statement said the company supports “bi-partisan, business-friendly candidates, regardless of political affiliation and we remain neutral...