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

Hurricane Michael’s estimated losses range up to $8 billion
 The full extent of Hurricane Michael’s destruction will not become apparent for some time, but early industry estimates put insured damage as high as $8 billion — below the $10.5 billion in Florida losses incurred from last year’s Hurricane Irma, though no less harmful and devastating to those in its path. Insured losses...

Posted: 4 days ago

The full extent of Hurricane Michael’s destruction will not become apparent for some time, but early industry estimates put insured damage as high as $8 billion — below the $10.5 billion in Florida losses incurred from last year’s Hurricane Irma, though no less harmful and devastating to those in its path. Insured losses...
Wellington’s top cop and firefighter blend speed with long game
 The man recognized as the village’s top cop brandishes skills seasoned in New York. He has solved crimes such as a jewelry heist at the mall and an occupied-dwelling burglary in as few as 48 hours. Sometimes fewer than 24. Top firefighter? He is a captain and 22-year veteran praised for mentoring young recruits, including members of...

Posted: 5 days ago

The man recognized as the village’s top cop brandishes skills seasoned in New York. He has solved crimes such as a jewelry heist at the mall and an occupied-dwelling burglary in as few as 48 hours. Sometimes fewer than 24. Top firefighter? He is a captain and 22-year veteran praised for mentoring young recruits, including members of...
Hurricane Michael cancels FPL hearings, PSC reschedules
 The approach of Hurricane Michael has prompted the cancellation of state regulatory meetings this week including those related to Florida Power & Light Co. and customers in Vero Beach, officials said Monday. These have been rescheduled for later in the month, the Florida Public Service Commission said. PSC officials made the decision based...

Posted: 7 days ago

The approach of Hurricane Michael has prompted the cancellation of state regulatory meetings this week including those related to Florida Power & Light Co. and customers in Vero Beach, officials said Monday. These have been rescheduled for later in the month, the Florida Public Service Commission said. PSC officials made the decision based...
Royal Palm Beach revamps rules on restaurants’ late revelry
 Council members took a big step toward what they hope will be clearer and stricter regulations aimed at restaurants suspected of  evading a ban on nightclubs with live entertainment and other late-night events. The rewrite, which received an initial OK on Sept. 20, passed 5-to-0 with little debate Thursday evening. The measure creates more...

Posted: 10 days ago

Council members took a big step toward what they hope will be clearer and stricter regulations aimed at restaurants suspected of evading a ban on nightclubs with live entertainment and other late-night events. The rewrite, which received an initial OK on Sept. 20, passed 5-to-0 with little debate Thursday evening. The measure creates more...
Wellington: Water-main break at Fairlane Farms Road prompts boil order
 A water-main break triggered a boil-water order Thursday for residents along Fairlane Farms Road. Residents should use bottled water instead or boil tap water for at least a minute before household use, village officials said. Wellington’s Utilities Department issued a precautionary boil water notice for residents on 3060, 3080, 3100...

Posted: 11 days ago

A water-main break triggered a boil-water order Thursday for residents along Fairlane Farms Road. Residents should use bottled water instead or boil tap water for at least a minute before household use, village officials said. Wellington’s Utilities Department issued a precautionary boil water notice for residents on 3060, 3080, 3100...
Restaurants moonlight as banned clubs? Royal Palm Beach weighs action
 At least one restaurant disputes the idea it has tried to dance around a village ban on nightclubs, but council members are poised for a final vote Thursday on a plan to beef up rules addressing live music and events that last into the wee hours. Live entertainment events at establishments have resulted in “significant use&rdquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

At least one restaurant disputes the idea it has tried to dance around a village ban on nightclubs, but council members are poised for a final vote Thursday on a plan to beef up rules addressing live music and events that last into the wee hours. Live entertainment events at establishments have resulted in “significant use&rdquo...
Bill Peterson’s odyssey: From Ken Starr subpoena to aiding the homeless
 Bill Peterson once received a subpoena in an investigation led by prosecutor Ken Starr, who happens to be scheduled to speak at the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches  Oct. 15. Special investigations seem to be back in the news a lot lately. “He actually subpoenaed me by name,” Peterson recalled. “An FBI agent delivered it.&rdquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

Bill Peterson once received a subpoena in an investigation led by prosecutor Ken Starr, who happens to be scheduled to speak at the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches Oct. 15. Special investigations seem to be back in the news a lot lately. “He actually subpoenaed me by name,” Peterson recalled. “An FBI agent delivered it.&rdquo...
FPL stunned by $2.3M tax bill from Puerto Rico city after Maria aid
 After helping restore power in blacked-out Puerto Rico, Florida Power & Light Co. officials bristled at receiving a tax bill of more than $2.3 million from the city of Bayamón on the storm-battered island, records show. The tax bill required payment related to hurricane restoration work separate from other utility expenditures that...

Posted: 17 days ago

After helping restore power in blacked-out Puerto Rico, Florida Power & Light Co. officials bristled at receiving a tax bill of more than $2.3 million from the city of Bayamón on the storm-battered island, records show. The tax bill required payment related to hurricane restoration work separate from other utility expenditures that...
Battle of Lake Wellington blocks consensus on village budget
 Village council members passed a final annual budget that slightly increases what the average homeowner pays, but it came without the blessing of Mayor Anne Gerwig. Gerwig voted no and repeated her concerns about budget items including $1.2 million set aside for planning a makeover of the Lake Wellington area that many current business tenants...

Posted: 19 days ago

Village council members passed a final annual budget that slightly increases what the average homeowner pays, but it came without the blessing of Mayor Anne Gerwig. Gerwig voted no and repeated her concerns about budget items including $1.2 million set aside for planning a makeover of the Lake Wellington area that many current business tenants...
Florida Crystals unit buys 30 acres for housing west of Lake Worth
 The housing arm of sugar stalwart Florida Crystals has purchased 30 acres of land near Lake Worth Road and Florida’s Turnpike for its latest project, company officials said. The plan: To build 370 proposed “high-end” apartments, including 70 “workforce housing” units and a pre-school, officials said. “We...

Posted: 24 days ago

The housing arm of sugar stalwart Florida Crystals has purchased 30 acres of land near Lake Worth Road and Florida’s Turnpike for its latest project, company officials said. The plan: To build 370 proposed “high-end” apartments, including 70 “workforce housing” units and a pre-school, officials said. “We...
Hello epidemic: Robocalls in 561 area code blast to record levels
 No, it’s not your imagination. An epidemic of robocalls — automated calls dominated by scams and spam — is blazing into record territory in the 561 area code. With more than a quarter of the year left, robocalls in Palm Beach County’s area code this year have already blown past totals for all of 2017, an analysis shows...

Posted: 24 days ago

No, it’s not your imagination. An epidemic of robocalls — automated calls dominated by scams and spam — is blazing into record territory in the 561 area code. With more than a quarter of the year left, robocalls in Palm Beach County’s area code this year have already blown past totals for all of 2017, an analysis shows...