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Gas prices hit three-year high
 Brace your wallets. Prices have popped to three-year highs at the gas pump. Florida’s statewide average of $2.74 per gallon marked the highest since December 2014, according to 
            motorist organization AAA The Auto  Club Group. It costs $5 more to fill the average Florida tank than it did a year ago. Palm Beach County...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Brace your wallets. Prices have popped to three-year highs at the gas pump. Florida’s statewide average of $2.74 per gallon marked the highest since December 2014, according to motorist organization AAA The Auto  Club Group. It costs $5 more to fill the average Florida tank than it did a year ago. Palm Beach County...
Gas prices hit three-year high
 Brace your wallets. Prices have popped to three-year highs at the gas pump. Florida’s statewide average of $2.74 per gallon marked the highest since December 2014, according to 
            motorist organization AAA The Auto  Club Group. It costs $5 more to fill the average Florida tank than it did a year ago. Palm Beach County...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Brace your wallets. Prices have popped to three-year highs at the gas pump. Florida’s statewide average of $2.74 per gallon marked the highest since December 2014, according to motorist organization AAA The Auto  Club Group. It costs $5 more to fill the average Florida tank than it did a year ago. Palm Beach County...
Starbucks’ plan to close for day of training draws mixed reactions
 Reaction is pouring in like Pumpkin Spice Latte in a 31-ounce Trenta cup over Starbucks’ decision to kick customers out of its 8,000 corporate stores the afternoon of May 29 for racial-bias training. A key focus of the training: When not to kick customers out of its stores. “For us to give up one day here is nothing if it helps...

Posted: 4 days ago

Reaction is pouring in like Pumpkin Spice Latte in a 31-ounce Trenta cup over Starbucks’ decision to kick customers out of its 8,000 corporate stores the afternoon of May 29 for racial-bias training. A key focus of the training: When not to kick customers out of its stores. “For us to give up one day here is nothing if it helps...
JUST IN: Jupiter council hits brakes on Fisherman’s Wharf
 JUPITER — This came down to a fight over height. After hours of debate, Jupiter council members found a 64-foot Fisherman’s Wharf waterfront development too tall an order in a place where a 40-foot limit normally applies. “Height is what punches people in the face,” said mayor Todd Woodraska, who said he struggled...

Posted: 5 days ago

JUPITER — This came down to a fight over height. After hours of debate, Jupiter council members found a 64-foot Fisherman’s Wharf waterfront development too tall an order in a place where a 40-foot limit normally applies. “Height is what punches people in the face,” said mayor Todd Woodraska, who said he struggled...
Abacoa’s latest addition in Jupiter heralded by quill and scroll Sunday
 For close to two decades, early residents like Susan and Edmund Benson watched Jupiter’s Abacoa community sprout around them in its New Urbanism style, blending homes with shops, spring-training ball fields and bio tech labs. On Sunday, they will attend a public ceremony featuring some very old technology — a feather quill pen...

Posted: 9 days ago

For close to two decades, early residents like Susan and Edmund Benson watched Jupiter’s Abacoa community sprout around them in its New Urbanism style, blending homes with shops, spring-training ball fields and bio tech labs. On Sunday, they will attend a public ceremony featuring some very old technology — a feather quill pen...
Many Hurricane Irma insurance claims remain unsettled
 A month and a half from the next hurricane season, fewer than 57 percent of more than 942,000 Hurricane Irma insurance claims worth $8.6 billion have been closed with insurance payments, state records show — leaving folks like condo owner Martha Zuniga in Palm Beach Gardens with a roof she says needs fixing and a “horrible&rdquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

A month and a half from the next hurricane season, fewer than 57 percent of more than 942,000 Hurricane Irma insurance claims worth $8.6 billion have been closed with insurance payments, state records show — leaving folks like condo owner Martha Zuniga in Palm Beach Gardens with a roof she says needs fixing and a “horrible&rdquo...
Why ‘unintended consequences’ spur today’s Citizens insurance change
 When it comes to the costliest claims not caused by hurricanes, Florida’s second largest home insurer acknowledged “unintended
            consequences” behind a change approved by the board of state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Wednesday. Chris Gardner (left), chairman of the Citizens board, and president Barry...

Posted: 11 days ago

When it comes to the costliest claims not caused by hurricanes, Florida’s second largest home insurer acknowledged “unintended consequences” behind a change approved by the board of state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Wednesday. Chris Gardner (left), chairman of the Citizens board, and president Barry...
Why ‘unintended consequences’ spur today’s Citizens insurance change
 When it comes to the costliest claims not caused by hurricanes, Florida’s second largest home insurer acknowledged “unintended
            consequences” behind a change approved by the board of state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Wednesday. Chris Gardner (left), chairman of the Citizens board, and president Barry...

Posted: 11 days ago

When it comes to the costliest claims not caused by hurricanes, Florida’s second largest home insurer acknowledged “unintended consequences” behind a change approved by the board of state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Wednesday. Chris Gardner (left), chairman of the Citizens board, and president Barry...
Man who stabbed woman under West Palm bridge still on the loose 
 A bizarre and unexplained stabbing shattered the calm of a sunny Sunday morning in a downtown setting many residents and visitors favor for a waterfront stroll or bike ride. A woman riding her bike at 11 a.m. was stabbed under the Royal Park bridge at Flagler Drive and Okeechobee Boulevard, police say. A man pushed her off her bicycle and...

Posted: 14 days ago

A bizarre and unexplained stabbing shattered the calm of a sunny Sunday morning in a downtown setting many residents and visitors favor for a waterfront stroll or bike ride. A woman riding her bike at 11 a.m. was stabbed under the Royal Park bridge at Flagler Drive and Okeechobee Boulevard, police say. A man pushed her off her bicycle and...
Pedestrian killed by Brightline train might be suicide, company says
 A pedestrian died after being struck by a Brightline train in Delray Beach Sunday afternoon, police said, in what company officials said appeared to be a suicide. “From initial information gathered it appears today’s incident was a suicide,” a Brightline spokesperson said. “Brightline continues working with the local...

Posted: 14 days ago

A pedestrian died after being struck by a Brightline train in Delray Beach Sunday afternoon, police said, in what company officials said appeared to be a suicide. “From initial information gathered it appears today’s incident was a suicide,” a Brightline spokesperson said. “Brightline continues working with the local...
Title insurance: Shocking numbers should kill merger, group tells DOJ
 Industry executives in Florida sing the merits, but the Consumer Federation of America says a proposed merger of two of the
            top four U.S. title insurance giants represents bad news for home buyers from West Palm Beach to Walla Walla, Wash. CFA wrote letters to the U.S. Department of Justice and state regulators urging them...

Posted: 17 days ago

Industry executives in Florida sing the merits, but the Consumer Federation of America says a proposed merger of two of the top four U.S. title insurance giants represents bad news for home buyers from West Palm Beach to Walla Walla, Wash. CFA wrote letters to the U.S. Department of Justice and state regulators urging them...
Title insurance: Shocking numbers should kill merger, group tells DOJ
 Industry executives in Florida sing the merits, but the Consumer Federation of America says a proposed merger of two of the
            top four U.S. title insurance giants represents bad news for home buyers from West Palm Beach to Walla Walla, Wash. CFA wrote letters to the U.S. Department of Justice and state regulators urging them...

Posted: 17 days ago

Industry executives in Florida sing the merits, but the Consumer Federation of America says a proposed merger of two of the top four U.S. title insurance giants represents bad news for home buyers from West Palm Beach to Walla Walla, Wash. CFA wrote letters to the U.S. Department of Justice and state regulators urging them...
Palm Beach Post, Daily News to be sold to fast-growing GateHouse
 One of the nation’s busiest acquirers of newspapers and online media has agreed to buy The Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News in a deal announced Wednesday at $49.25 million. Executives at New York-based New Media Investment Group Inc. said the sister papers will join a growing GateHouse Media stable of more than 140 daily newspapers...

Posted: 25 days ago

One of the nation’s busiest acquirers of newspapers and online media has agreed to buy The Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News in a deal announced Wednesday at $49.25 million. Executives at New York-based New Media Investment Group Inc. said the sister papers will join a growing GateHouse Media stable of more than 140 daily newspapers...
County jobless rate slips to 3.7 percent, continuing ‘healthy’ trend
 Stock market gyrations and the threat of trade wars may rumble in the distance, but job numbers maintain a healthy glow. Palm Beach County’s jobless rate fell to 3.7 percent in February, down from 4 percent the month before, beating state and U.S. numbers in a trend that has faced little disruption outside of Hurricane Irma last fall...

Posted: 30 days ago

Stock market gyrations and the threat of trade wars may rumble in the distance, but job numbers maintain a healthy glow. Palm Beach County’s jobless rate fell to 3.7 percent in February, down from 4 percent the month before, beating state and U.S. numbers in a trend that has faced little disruption outside of Hurricane Irma last fall...
Palm Beach International Boat Show opens with new things under the sun
 Weather that organizers welcomed as “magnificent” kicked off the 33rd annual Palm Beach International Boat Show Thursday with more than 1,100 boats and products on display and some 40,000 people expected to attend over four days. But the sun, in a crisp blue sky on a 69-degree day, provided more than a pleasant backdrop for Michael...

10:09 PM Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

Weather that organizers welcomed as “magnificent” kicked off the 33rd annual Palm Beach International Boat Show Thursday with more than 1,100 boats and products on display and some 40,000 people expected to attend over four days. But the sun, in a crisp blue sky on a 69-degree day, provided more than a pleasant backdrop for Michael...
FTC: $10 million in refunds on the way in Boca tech support case

8:46 PM Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

Federal officials said this week they are ready to mail more than 36,000 checks totaling more than $10 million in a case involving a Boca Raton tech support company. The money comes from a settlement with Inbound Call Experts LLC, doing business as Advanced Tech Support, and other defendants. The Federal Trade Commission called it a scam...
Wellington’s Lisa Bair aims for sleeker path in pharma deals
 Long before she founded and led companies, Lisa Bair sold fried chicken in brown polyester bell-bottom pants one summer after high school. She took the initiative to sew her way into an updated straight-leg look. “I almost got fired for defacing the corporate uniform,” she said. Conformity was “not my strong suit,&rdquo...

4:54 PM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

Long before she founded and led companies, Lisa Bair sold fried chicken in brown polyester bell-bottom pants one summer after high school. She took the initiative to sew her way into an updated straight-leg look. “I almost got fired for defacing the corporate uniform,” she said. Conformity was “not my strong suit,&rdquo...
Ringless voicemail: Florida breaks ground with new law
 The phone never rings. But somehow you have a voicemail. It’s a business selling something, even though you’re on the Do Not
            Call list. Is that legal? Not in Florida as of July 1. This week Gov. Rick Scott signed 
            SB 568, which expands the Do Not Call list to include direct-to-voicemail sales calls...

6:03 AM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

The phone never rings. But somehow you have a voicemail. It’s a business selling something, even though you’re on the Do Not Call list. Is that legal? Not in Florida as of July 1. This week Gov. Rick Scott signed SB 568, which expands the Do Not Call list to include direct-to-voicemail sales calls...
Ringless voicemail: Florida breaks ground with new law
 The phone never rings. But somehow you have a voicemail. It’s a business selling something, even though you’re on the Do Not
            Call list. Is that legal? Not in Florida as of July 1. This week Gov. Rick Scott signed 
            SB 568, which expands the Do Not Call list to include direct-to-voicemail sales calls...

6:03 AM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

The phone never rings. But somehow you have a voicemail. It’s a business selling something, even though you’re on the Do Not Call list. Is that legal? Not in Florida as of July 1. This week Gov. Rick Scott signed SB 568, which expands the Do Not Call list to include direct-to-voicemail sales calls...
Boca case leads to $10 million in FTC refunds. Are you due a check?
 Federal officials said this week they are ready to mail more than 
            36,000 checks totaling more than $10 million in a case involving a Boca Raton tech support company. The money comes from a settlement with Inbound Call Experts LLC, doing business as Advanced Tech Support, and other defendants.
            The Federal Trade Commission...

6:03 AM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

Federal officials said this week they are ready to mail more than 36,000 checks totaling more than $10 million in a case involving a Boca Raton tech support company. The money comes from a settlement with Inbound Call Experts LLC, doing business as Advanced Tech Support, and other defendants. The Federal Trade Commission...
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