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

Floridians charge to N0. 2 in credit use as area counselors gear up
 Despite cutting the cord on some traditional expenses — such as dropping telephone land lines by 17 percent in a year — Floridians are replacing them with other spending and ringing up credit card debt at the nation’s second-fastest pace. “August has been our busiest month this year,” said Michael Rossi, supervisor...

Posted: a day ago

Despite cutting the cord on some traditional expenses — such as dropping telephone land lines by 17 percent in a year — Floridians are replacing them with other spending and ringing up credit card debt at the nation’s second-fastest pace. “August has been our busiest month this year,” said Michael Rossi, supervisor...
Royal Palm Beach weighs ban on retail puppy sales
 After years of controversy, a proposed ban on the sale of dogs and cats at retail stores lands before the Village Council Thursday evening. Florida has the highest number of complaints to the Humane Society about animals who suffer from health problems critics attribute to breeding at “puppy mills” or “kitten factories&rdquo...

Posted: a day ago

After years of controversy, a proposed ban on the sale of dogs and cats at retail stores lands before the Village Council Thursday evening. Florida has the highest number of complaints to the Humane Society about animals who suffer from health problems critics attribute to breeding at “puppy mills” or “kitten factories&rdquo...
Wait, Florida gas prices rise, other states drop? Guess priciest area
 Gas prices climbed five cents in Florida in a week despite dropping in Georgia and Tennessee, and Palm Beach County pumps dispensed the state’s priciest fuel at $2.89 per gallon. Motorist group AAA chalked it up to high demand on Monday. “Strong demand pushed gas prices higher in some states last week, as families squeeze in one...

Posted: 3 days ago

Gas prices climbed five cents in Florida in a week despite dropping in Georgia and Tennessee, and Palm Beach County pumps dispensed the state’s priciest fuel at $2.89 per gallon. Motorist group AAA chalked it up to high demand on Monday. “Strong demand pushed gas prices higher in some states last week, as families squeeze in one...
CityPlace of the west? Master plan map filed in Royal Palm Beach
 A master plan filed in the village, and scheduled to come before officials next week, marks a milestone for a project years in the making and a topic of curiosity for thousands of daily commuters on Southern Boulevard. “It’s going to be the CityPlace of the western communities,” said Michael Tuttle, manager of Tuttle Land...

Posted: 7 days ago

A master plan filed in the village, and scheduled to come before officials next week, marks a milestone for a project years in the making and a topic of curiosity for thousands of daily commuters on Southern Boulevard. “It’s going to be the CityPlace of the western communities,” said Michael Tuttle, manager of Tuttle Land...
Scam calls about pain medicine target Florida Blue customers, seniors
 Look out for calls about new pain-relieving medicine, especially if you are a customer of the state’s largest health insurer, Florida Blue, warns an advisory that calls the effort “shameful” and a “scam.” Such calls can deliver a dose of financial hurt including identity theft or bogus charges, according to the...

Posted: 9 days ago

Look out for calls about new pain-relieving medicine, especially if you are a customer of the state’s largest health insurer, Florida Blue, warns an advisory that calls the effort “shameful” and a “scam.” Such calls can deliver a dose of financial hurt including identity theft or bogus charges, according to the...
Palm Beach County regains Florida’s priciest gas with 7-cent jump
 Gas prices revved up 7 cents per gallon in Palm Beach County coming off the state’s most expensive July since 2014, motorist group AAA said Monday. That drove Palm Beach County back into Florida’s top spot for the highest average cost at $2.91 per gallon, after a brief lapse to third place a week earlier at $2.84 behind Crestview-Fort...

Posted: 9 days ago

Gas prices revved up 7 cents per gallon in Palm Beach County coming off the state’s most expensive July since 2014, motorist group AAA said Monday. That drove Palm Beach County back into Florida’s top spot for the highest average cost at $2.91 per gallon, after a brief lapse to third place a week earlier at $2.84 behind Crestview-Fort...
Legal challenge contests FPL plan to run Turkey Point plant 80 years
 Eighty years would be unprecedented to run a U.S. nuclear plant and Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point license should not be extended to 2053 without major changes to protect drinking water and the environment, according to a legal challenge to the Juno Beach-based utility’s plans. An FPL official dismissed it Thursday as a...

Posted: 13 days ago

Eighty years would be unprecedented to run a U.S. nuclear plant and Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point license should not be extended to 2053 without major changes to protect drinking water and the environment, according to a legal challenge to the Juno Beach-based utility’s plans. An FPL official dismissed it Thursday as a...
Senators call for federal probe of SunPass toll company
 A company under fire for problems handling Florida SunPass tolls defended its performance Tuesday after members of Congress called for a federal investigation. Two senators asked the Federal Trade Commission to probe whether Conduent State & Local Solutions engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices in several states. Democrats Bill...

Posted: 15 days ago

A company under fire for problems handling Florida SunPass tolls defended its performance Tuesday after members of Congress called for a federal investigation. Two senators asked the Federal Trade Commission to probe whether Conduent State & Local Solutions engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices in several states. Democrats Bill...
Roxanne Stein takes reins at Wellington chamber after TV career
 Longtime viewers know Roxanne Stein as the morning TV news anchor at WPTV-5 who retired last spring. She talked about looking forward to savoring a relaxed meal or two with her husband after getting up in the wee hours and chasing stories for 41 years on the air. But so much for riding off into the sunset on her horse, Bamboo. The Penn State...

Posted: 15 days ago

Longtime viewers know Roxanne Stein as the morning TV news anchor at WPTV-5 who retired last spring. She talked about looking forward to savoring a relaxed meal or two with her husband after getting up in the wee hours and chasing stories for 41 years on the air. But so much for riding off into the sunset on her horse, Bamboo. The Penn State...
Ride’s over, Rex: No service animals in Publix shopping carts

Posted: 16 days ago

Out of the shopping cart with your paws up. Signs at Publix supermarkets forbid pets to enter the store except as trained service animals, and make it clear that they may not ride or sit in shopping carts. “For food safety reasons, only service animals that are specifically trained to aid a person with disabilities are permitted within...
BREAKING: Senate averts flood insurance shutdown, but fix is brief
 The U.S. Senate voted to avert a shutdown of the National Flood Insurance Program on the last possible day Tuesday, but the fix is only for four months. Congress once again took it to the brink to renew the flood program, this time in the middle of hurricane season. Both Florida’s senators, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco...

Posted: 17 days ago

The U.S. Senate voted to avert a shutdown of the National Flood Insurance Program on the last possible day Tuesday, but the fix is only for four months. Congress once again took it to the brink to renew the flood program, this time in the middle of hurricane season. Both Florida’s senators, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco...