Charles Elmore

Charles Elmore has written investigative, business, sports and government stories and columns with The Palm Beach Post and The Atlanta Constitution. National Headliner, Florida Press Club, Best of Cox and APSE awards have honored work ranging from covering the Olympics, French Open and Wimbledon to serving as state bureau chief in Tallahassee. He won the 2014 and 2015 Sunshine State Award for consumer reporting and 2016 Florida Press Club awards for the state’s best blog and business reporting. He and wife Jenifer have three children, Holly, Shelby and Andrew.

Latest from Charles Elmore

Lytal, other Palm Beach County lawyers take lead at state legal group
 Lake H. “Trey” Lytal III and other Palm Beach County attorneys have taken leadership roles in a state legal association that has lobbied the legislature heavily on issues including proposed repeal of Florida’s no-fault car insurance system. Lytal, 47, was sworn in as president of the Florida Justice Association in its annual...

Posted: 43 minutes ago

Lake H. “Trey” Lytal III and other Palm Beach County attorneys have taken leadership roles in a state legal association that has lobbied the legislature heavily on issues including proposed repeal of Florida’s no-fault car insurance system. Lytal, 47, was sworn in as president of the Florida Justice Association in its annual...
How safe is your home insurer in 2018? What you need to know
 Hurricane Irma’s claims in Florida are still climbing to nearly $10 billion and nearly 10 percent are not closed, but the 2018 hurricane season barged right in anyway. It could not even wait until its official start date of June 1 to generate a named storm, Alberto. While the season’s ultimate severity remains to be seen...

Posted: 3 days ago

Hurricane Irma’s claims in Florida are still climbing to nearly $10 billion and nearly 10 percent are not closed, but the 2018 hurricane season barged right in anyway. It could not even wait until its official start date of June 1 to generate a named storm, Alberto. While the season’s ultimate severity remains to be seen...
Insurer Citizens delays local premium hike above $3,000 on average
 The board of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. voted Wednesday to slow down another rate hike landing on a storm-battered state, moving to defer action until December on a proposed statewide premium increase of about 8 percent that would have taken effect Feb. 1. Citizens board chairman Chris Gardner called it a “consumer-friendly action&rdquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

The board of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. voted Wednesday to slow down another rate hike landing on a storm-battered state, moving to defer action until December on a proposed statewide premium increase of about 8 percent that would have taken effect Feb. 1. Citizens board chairman Chris Gardner called it a “consumer-friendly action&rdquo...
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center CEO: Why hospitals need hospitality
 Of course the quality of the medical care matters. That hasn’t changed. But in today’s hospital industry, Trey Abshier finds a patient’s positive review can turn sour surprisingly fast based on the quality of the mashed potatoes. Or because an employee simply pointed to where a patient needed to go instead of walking her...

Posted: 5 days ago

Of course the quality of the medical care matters. That hasn’t changed. But in today’s hospital industry, Trey Abshier finds a patient’s positive review can turn sour surprisingly fast based on the quality of the mashed potatoes. Or because an employee simply pointed to where a patient needed to go instead of walking her...
Hospice pays $1M to settle overbilling cases as exec pay stirs ‘fury’
 A nonprofit company in West Palm Beach set up to comfort terminally ill people agreed to hand over more than $1 million in repayments and fines to resolve government allegations of excessive billing in settlements reached last October and in 2014, records examined by The Palm Beach Post show. Meanwhile, other documents reveal a 37 percent...

Posted: 10 days ago

A nonprofit company in West Palm Beach set up to comfort terminally ill people agreed to hand over more than $1 million in repayments and fines to resolve government allegations of excessive billing in settlements reached last October and in 2014, records examined by The Palm Beach Post show. Meanwhile, other documents reveal a 37 percent...
FPL bills get slight shave heading into summer heat
 Florida Power & Light’ s 4.9 million customers will see a slight reduction in bills because of a “mid course correction” related to federal tax cuts, though regulators put off until August consideration of a proposed refund related to Hurricane Matthew costs. Effective July 1, FPL’s monthly bills will decrease from...

Posted: 18 days ago

Florida Power & Light’ s 4.9 million customers will see a slight reduction in bills because of a “mid course correction” related to federal tax cuts, though regulators put off until August consideration of a proposed refund related to Hurricane Matthew costs. Effective July 1, FPL’s monthly bills will decrease from...
Stacked! Jupiter OKs 3-D parking plan at Admiral’s Cove
 In what is being called a town first, parked cars will be stacked as many as three high at Admiral’s Cove under a plan that received an initial nod of approval from the Jupiter council Tuesday. Such a thing is made possible by motorized lifts designed to hold multiple cars suspended vertically where one might usually be. The idea is...

Posted: 18 days ago

In what is being called a town first, parked cars will be stacked as many as three high at Admiral’s Cove under a plan that received an initial nod of approval from the Jupiter council Tuesday. Such a thing is made possible by motorized lifts designed to hold multiple cars suspended vertically where one might usually be. The idea is...
Phone ID fraud explodes: Here is the safeguard almost no one knows
 Even people who think they have frozen their credit risk getting burned by a hot crime rising 18 percent in a year — bad guys stealing your ID and opening a mobile phone account. For land lines, it’s even worse: reported cases rose a whopping 150 percent in 2017, according to the Federal Trade Commission. What’s going on?...

Posted: 20 days ago

Even people who think they have frozen their credit risk getting burned by a hot crime rising 18 percent in a year — bad guys stealing your ID and opening a mobile phone account. For land lines, it’s even worse: reported cases rose a whopping 150 percent in 2017, according to the Federal Trade Commission. What’s going on?...
FPL, speakers clash on plan to run Turkey Point nuclear plant to 2053
 Opinions are splitting faster than atoms when it comes to Florida’s oldest nuclear power plant, Turkey Point. To hear officials working for Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light tell it, the plant hums along as a money-saving, greenhouse gas-trimming success story that deserves federal regulatory blessing to have its oldest reactor...

Posted: 23 days ago

Opinions are splitting faster than atoms when it comes to Florida’s oldest nuclear power plant, Turkey Point. To hear officials working for Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light tell it, the plant hums along as a money-saving, greenhouse gas-trimming success story that deserves federal regulatory blessing to have its oldest reactor...
Noel Martinez: Why work, mental health issues drive Leadership summit
 Leadership Palm Beach County celebrates its 35th year with 1,700 alumni from elected leaders to CEOs, but a June 15 summit led by executive director Noel Martinez isn’t so much about looking back. It aims at new starts, a kind of civic crowdsourcing to solve knotty problems dominating too many headlines. Mental health in the workplace...

9:46 PM Tuesday, May. 22, 2018

Leadership Palm Beach County celebrates its 35th year with 1,700 alumni from elected leaders to CEOs, but a June 15 summit led by executive director Noel Martinez isn’t so much about looking back. It aims at new starts, a kind of civic crowdsourcing to solve knotty problems dominating too many headlines. Mental health in the workplace...
Jupiter wants ‘pound of flesh’ in rent case, landlord attorney says
 Owners of the Barcelona Jupiter apartment complex, accused of overcharging “workforce” tenants up to $421 a month, argued at a hearing Tuesday they should owe no penalty at all — but if any fine is coming, it should be about a third of the $150,000 the town wants, or $55,000. The town’s interpretation of the rules...

7:33 PM Tuesday, May. 22, 2018

Owners of the Barcelona Jupiter apartment complex, accused of overcharging “workforce” tenants up to $421 a month, argued at a hearing Tuesday they should owe no penalty at all — but if any fine is coming, it should be about a third of the $150,000 the town wants, or $55,000. The town’s interpretation of the rules...