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

JUST IN: Dad asks public to help ‘my sweet little girl’ recover from Delray crash
 Farrah Fox, the suburban Boca Raton teen hurt Sunday in a Delray Beach car crash, remains in a coma and "needs all the love and support she can get," her father says in an online update on "my sweet little girl."  Off-duty Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy Michael D’Avanzo ran a stop sign at about 5 p...

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Farrah Fox, the suburban Boca Raton teen hurt Sunday in a Delray Beach car crash, remains in a coma and "needs all the love and support she can get," her father says in an online update on "my sweet little girl."  Off-duty Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy Michael D’Avanzo ran a stop sign at about 5 p...
NEW: Are you driving stoned? Marijuana DUI tests a challenge for police
 One seasonably cool day, Boca Raton stockbroker Irvin Rosenfeld sat at a red light in Broward County, his window down, and smoked a joint. In the next lane: an undercover cop. “I said, ‘Officer, I’m using cannabis sativa provided to me by prescription,’ ” Rosenfeld recalled. “He said, &lsquo...

Posted: a day ago

One seasonably cool day, Boca Raton stockbroker Irvin Rosenfeld sat at a red light in Broward County, his window down, and smoked a joint. In the next lane: an undercover cop. “I said, ‘Officer, I’m using cannabis sativa provided to me by prescription,’ ” Rosenfeld recalled. “He said, &lsquo...
NEW: Two hurt in crash after off-duty PBSO deputy runs stop sign, Delray police say
 An 18-year-old college student is in a coma after an off-duty Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy ran a stop sign Sunday and struck the car in which she was riding, her family and Delray Beach police confirmed Thursday.  Farrah Fox and Dylan De Giuseppe, 20, who both live west of Boca Raton, were injured at about 5 p.m. when a 2018 Chevrolet...

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An 18-year-old college student is in a coma after an off-duty Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy ran a stop sign Sunday and struck the car in which she was riding, her family and Delray Beach police confirmed Thursday.  Farrah Fox and Dylan De Giuseppe, 20, who both live west of Boca Raton, were injured at about 5 p.m. when a 2018 Chevrolet...
UPDATE: Lantana instructor one of 4 dead in Everglades plane crash, police say
 Veteran flight instructor Ralph William Knight of suburban Lantana was one of four people killed Tuesday when two planes collided over the Everglades west of Miami, authorities confirmed Wednesday. “He wouldn't have wanted to be doing it any other way," his son Andy Knight said Wednesday. "...

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Veteran flight instructor Ralph William Knight of suburban Lantana was one of four people killed Tuesday when two planes collided over the Everglades west of Miami, authorities confirmed Wednesday. “He wouldn't have wanted to be doing it any other way," his son Andy Knight said Wednesday. "...
NEW: Not enough proof deputy knew he gave felon assault-rifle bullets, PBSO says
 When Willie McCray told Dayne Christian he could get him some bullets for his assault rifle, Christian said, he was surprised.  After all, he figured McCray must have known he had a federal felony conviction, which meant he couldn't have firearms. And he knew McCray was a Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy.  An internal-affairs...

Posted: 2 days ago

When Willie McCray told Dayne Christian he could get him some bullets for his assault rifle, Christian said, he was surprised.  After all, he figured McCray must have known he had a federal felony conviction, which meant he couldn't have firearms. And he knew McCray was a Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy.  An internal-affairs...
‘POST TIME’: ‘Lost town of Mangonia Park’ stood in present-day Northwood
 Readers:
            Last week, we began telling you of the formation of the “lost town of Mangonia,” in what’s now West Palm Beach’s Northwood neighborhood. The Rev. Elbridge Gale had come in November 1884 to establish a mango plantation. Northwood Shores Neighborhood Association President Carl Flick, an urban planner...

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Readers: Last week, we began telling you of the formation of the “lost town of Mangonia,” in what’s now West Palm Beach’s Northwood neighborhood. The Rev. Elbridge Gale had come in November 1884 to establish a mango plantation. Northwood Shores Neighborhood Association President Carl Flick, an urban planner...
Cartier says Boca jeweler selling fake ‘Love’ bracelets
 Cartier calls its bracelet collection "Love." But the 170-year-old jeweler is showing anything but love to a suburban Boca Raton retailer it says is selling counterfeit bracelets. Cartier this month filed a federal lawsuit against Iris & Eileen's Fine Jewelry, which operates at the International Jewelers Exchange...

Posted: 3 days ago

Cartier calls its bracelet collection "Love." But the 170-year-old jeweler is showing anything but love to a suburban Boca Raton retailer it says is selling counterfeit bracelets. Cartier this month filed a federal lawsuit against Iris & Eileen's Fine Jewelry, which operates at the International Jewelers Exchange...
UPDATE: Fisherman who died near Lantana bridge ID’d by police
 A 41-year-old fisherman died Monday afternoon after being pulled under water near the Ocean Avenue Bridge in Lananta, police said.  Police identified the man as Jin Bo Qiu. His hometown was not disclosed. According to a police statement, Qiu was throwing a casting net from the fishing pier at the bridge when the net either got snagged...

Posted: 4 days ago

A 41-year-old fisherman died Monday afternoon after being pulled under water near the Ocean Avenue Bridge in Lananta, police said.  Police identified the man as Jin Bo Qiu. His hometown was not disclosed. According to a police statement, Qiu was throwing a casting net from the fishing pier at the bridge when the net either got snagged...
A gun, string and a weather balloon: How cops believe Florida man staged his suicide to look like murder
 When detectives in Palm Beach County, Fla., got their first glimpse of the body of Alan Jay Abrahamson, his royal blue sweatshirt had a circle of blood where a single copper hollow-point bullet ripped into his heart. But detectives noticed something odd: a thin line of blood running to the collar.  As if something had been dragged...

Posted: 7 days ago

When detectives in Palm Beach County, Fla., got their first glimpse of the body of Alan Jay Abrahamson, his royal blue sweatshirt had a circle of blood where a single copper hollow-point bullet ripped into his heart. But detectives noticed something odd: a thin line of blood running to the collar.  As if something had been dragged...
LATEST: Gardens man staged his suicide to look like murder, police say
 Alan Jay Abrahamson's royal blue sweatshirt had a circle of blood where a single copper hollow-point bullet ripped into his heart. But Palm Beach Gardens detectives noticed something odd: a thin line of blood running to the shoulder.  As if something had been dragged across the shirt. Like maybe string.  Then  police learned...

Posted: 7 days ago

Alan Jay Abrahamson's royal blue sweatshirt had a circle of blood where a single copper hollow-point bullet ripped into his heart. But Palm Beach Gardens detectives noticed something odd: a thin line of blood running to the shoulder.  As if something had been dragged across the shirt. Like maybe string.  Then police learned...
LATEST: Missing children advocate Nancy McBride no longer at national center
 A Palm Beach County woman who for years has been a leading figure in the nation’s search for finding missing and exploited children is out of the job she held for four decades. Nancy McBride left office within the last several weeks after  decades with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and its forerunner...

Posted: 8 days ago

A Palm Beach County woman who for years has been a leading figure in the nation’s search for finding missing and exploited children is out of the job she held for four decades. Nancy McBride left office within the last several weeks after decades with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and its forerunner...