Eliot Kleinberg

Eliot Kleinberg, born in South Florida, has spent nearly four decades as a reporter, including 30 years at The Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach. In addition to covering local news, he also writes extensively about Florida and Florida history.   He has written nine books, all focusing on Florida. They include "Black Cloud", on the great 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane; two "Weird Florida" books, and "Palm Beach Past" and "Wicked Palm Beach", both of them collections of items from "Post Time," his weekly local history column that has run in the Post for more than 17 years.   He’s currently completing his tenth book, Peace River, a historical novel based at the end of the Civil War.   The son of longtime prominent South Florida journalist Howard Kleinberg, he graduated from Miami-area public schools and the University of Florida. He is a member of the Florida, South Florida and Palm Beach County historical societies. He and his wife are the parents of two adult sons and live in suburban Boca Raton. You can reach Eliot by email at Eliot_Kleinberg@pbpost.com. www.eliotkleinberg.com

Latest from Eliot Kleinberg

LATEST: Delray man gets probation, fines in patient-brokering scheme
 A judge this week ordered three years of probation and hefty fines for one of two men connected to a Delray Beach-area lab linked to kickbacks for urine tests for people in treatment and recovery for substance abuse. Christopher Kristiansen, 27, pleaded guilty Monday morning in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, according...

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A judge this week ordered three years of probation and hefty fines for one of two men connected to a Delray Beach-area lab linked to kickbacks for urine tests for people in treatment and recovery for substance abuse. Christopher Kristiansen, 27, pleaded guilty Monday morning in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, according...
LATEST: West Palm police to give out bottles of crime-fighting ‘SmartWater’
 Amid the stark white walls, hard benches and unidentified, unsettling aromas that define the holding cells at the West Palm Beach police headquarters, a wall lamp seems out of place. It looks more like one of those blueish outdoor lights that zap mosquitoes into oblivion.  Every person who comes in for the usual pat-down also will come...

Posted: 21 hours ago

Amid the stark white walls, hard benches and unidentified, unsettling aromas that define the holding cells at the West Palm Beach police headquarters, a wall lamp seems out of place. It looks more like one of those blueish outdoor lights that zap mosquitoes into oblivion.  Every person who comes in for the usual pat-down also will come...
NEW: Slain woman’s ‘financial adviser’ bilked her, dead husband of nearly $1 million, authorities say
 The financial adviser to an 85-year-old Highland Beach widow found stabbed to death in her apartment on April 30 has been arrested on charges that he stole nearly $1 million from her and her husband, authorities said.  David Del Rio, 35, of Lehigh Acres, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Monday, charged with swindling...

Posted: 23 hours ago

The financial adviser to an 85-year-old Highland Beach widow found stabbed to death in her apartment on April 30 has been arrested on charges that he stole nearly $1 million from her and her husband, authorities said.  David Del Rio, 35, of Lehigh Acres, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Monday, charged with swindling...
NEW: PBSO captain, detective suspended, lose driving privileges in DUI cases
 A captain and a detective in the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office were suspended without pay and lost driving privileges after each was arrested and jailed for drunken driving in separate incidents, internal-affairs records show.  In the first case, Capt. David M. Smith II, one of two security commanders at the West Detention Center...

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A captain and a detective in the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office were suspended without pay and lost driving privileges after each was arrested and jailed for drunken driving in separate incidents, internal-affairs records show.  In the first case, Capt. David M. Smith II, one of two security commanders at the West Detention Center...
NEW: Albin Irzyk, leader in WWII and Vietnam, dies at 101 in West Palm Beach
 When Gen. George Patton raced his 3rd Army across Europe in World War II, a 27-year-old commanding a tank battalion for him was Albin F. Irzyk.  The distinguished war veteran, author, educator and lecturer died Sept. 10 at age 101 at his home in West Palm Beach, where he had lived since the 1970s.  "I always say there...

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When Gen. George Patton raced his 3rd Army across Europe in World War II, a 27-year-old commanding a tank battalion for him was Albin F. Irzyk.  The distinguished war veteran, author, educator and lecturer died Sept. 10 at age 101 at his home in West Palm Beach, where he had lived since the 1970s.  "I always say there...
BREAKING: New documents detail man’s alleged motives for murdering wife at sea
 Federal prosecutors this week released a trove of documents bolstering their argument that a crumbling marriage and secrecy about finances led Lewis Bennett to murder his wife, Isabella Hellmann, at sea and stage the suburban Delray Beach woman’s death to look like an accident.  At Bennett’s trial this fall on a...

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Federal prosecutors this week released a trove of documents bolstering their argument that a crumbling marriage and secrecy about finances led Lewis Bennett to murder his wife, Isabella Hellmann, at sea and stage the suburban Delray Beach woman’s death to look like an accident.  At Bennett’s trial this fall on a...
LATEST: Woman says PBSO deputy shooting her ‘never crossed my mind’
 Yuly Solano was getting more and more nervous about her ex-boyfriend. She claimed that in the month since she'd broken up with him, he'd aggressively texted and emailed her, had vandalized the front of her apartment and had pressed a legal dispute over a mattress.  But, she said, "never did the thought of him killing me cross...

Posted: 4 days ago

Yuly Solano was getting more and more nervous about her ex-boyfriend. She claimed that in the month since she'd broken up with him, he'd aggressively texted and emailed her, had vandalized the front of her apartment and had pressed a legal dispute over a mattress.  But, she said, "never did the thought of him killing me cross...
LATEST: PBIA Honor Flight to feature Vietnam War veterans for first time
 For the first time, a contingent of Vietnam War veterans next month will be among those taking an Honor Flight to Washington. They will board police-escorted motor coaches and visit war memorials in the nation’s capital. They’ll see the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Then they’ll return home to...

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For the first time, a contingent of Vietnam War veterans next month will be among those taking an Honor Flight to Washington. They will board police-escorted motor coaches and visit war memorials in the nation’s capital. They’ll see the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Then they’ll return home to...
JUST IN: Teen driver in fatal 2017 crash busted for marijuana, PBSO reports
 The teen driver at the center of a 2017 crash that killed a 13-year-old girl and sparked a legal fight over who is responsible and when has been arrested on unrelated drug-possession charges, documents show.   Jimmy Aguirre, 19, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail early Thursday, then released after posting a $3,000...

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The teen driver at the center of a 2017 crash that killed a 13-year-old girl and sparked a legal fight over who is responsible and when has been arrested on unrelated drug-possession charges, documents show.   Jimmy Aguirre, 19, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail early Thursday, then released after posting a $3,000...
NEW: Longtime West Palm Beach police sergeant dies of cancer at age 44
 Longtime West Palm Beach police Sgt. William Nealy died Wednesday at age 44 after a lengthy struggle with cancer, the police department said. “Our beloved Sgt. William Nealy will be greatly missed by all who knew him. God bless your family and friends; Rest In Peace Sarge,” said the note, posted on the department’s Facebook...

Posted: 5 days ago

Longtime West Palm Beach police Sgt. William Nealy died Wednesday at age 44 after a lengthy struggle with cancer, the police department said. “Our beloved Sgt. William Nealy will be greatly missed by all who knew him. God bless your family and friends; Rest In Peace Sarge,” said the note, posted on the department’s Facebook...
BET founder, Manalapan resort resolve spat over prescription sunglasses
 Wellington-based entrepreneur Bob Johnson and the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa have made up after a confrontation last month at the Manalapan oceanfront hotel. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television and whose RLJ Companies own more than 150 hotels, walked out of the resort Aug. 24 after a supervisor refused to check him...

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Wellington-based entrepreneur Bob Johnson and the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa have made up after a confrontation last month at the Manalapan oceanfront hotel. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television and whose RLJ Companies own more than 150 hotels, walked out of the resort Aug. 24 after a supervisor refused to check him...