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LRP Publications buys producer of education conferences and content
 LRP Publications said Monday it bought a 40-employee company that publishes education magazines and hosts events for educators. Palm Beach Gardens-based LRP now owns Connecticut-based Professional Media Group. The company’s offerings include District Administration magazine, District Administration Leadership Institute...

Posted: 22 days ago

LRP Publications said Monday it bought a 40-employee company that publishes education magazines and hosts events for educators. Palm Beach Gardens-based LRP now owns Connecticut-based Professional Media Group. The company’s offerings include District Administration magazine, District Administration Leadership Institute...
UPDATE: 205-acre wildfire in western St. Lucie County contained
 10:15 a.m. Sunday UPDATE: A wildfire in St. Lucie County traveled over 205 acres before county and state firefighters were able to get it under control late Saturday night.   Dry conditions and shifting winds allowed the fire in Bluefield Preserve to strengthen and grow. Officials are expected to be back out again today to make...

Posted: 24 days ago

10:15 a.m. Sunday UPDATE: A wildfire in St. Lucie County traveled over 205 acres before county and state firefighters were able to get it under control late Saturday night.   Dry conditions and shifting winds allowed the fire in Bluefield Preserve to strengthen and grow. Officials are expected to be back out again today to make...
Two West Palm Beach residents nabbed in fentanyl crackdown
 Two West Palm Beach residents were part of an international ring that distributed deadly fentanyl throughout the country, the U.S. Justice Department said Friday. Louis Felix Bell, 30, and Amanda Renee Schneider, 27, both of West Palm Beach, face federal charges of drug trafficking conspiracy. They were indicted as part of a federal probe...

Posted: 24 days ago

Two West Palm Beach residents were part of an international ring that distributed deadly fentanyl throughout the country, the U.S. Justice Department said Friday. Louis Felix Bell, 30, and Amanda Renee Schneider, 27, both of West Palm Beach, face federal charges of drug trafficking conspiracy. They were indicted as part of a federal probe...
Bass Pro Shops pulls plug on Palm Beach County location
 That spot on US 1 that was slated for a Bass Pro Shops location? Never mind. The Missouri-based retailer this week sold the 75,000-square-foot center at 11940 U.S. 1 for $7 million, according to property records. Bass Pro Shops bought the site in 2014 for $5.5 million. The property is the former Carl’s Furniture Plaza, located...

Posted: 25 days ago

That spot on US 1 that was slated for a Bass Pro Shops location? Never mind. The Missouri-based retailer this week sold the 75,000-square-foot center at 11940 U.S. 1 for $7 million, according to property records. Bass Pro Shops bought the site in 2014 for $5.5 million. The property is the former Carl’s Furniture Plaza, located...
Home security company ADT faces new competition from Amazon
 From bookstores to shopping malls to supermarkets, Amazon has roiled many a long-established business model. Now, the Amazon effect is shaking up an unlikely industry: home security systems. Shares in Boca Raton-based ADT, the security provider that went public in January, took a fall after Amazon in February announced its $1 billion acquisition...

Posted: 25 days ago

From bookstores to shopping malls to supermarkets, Amazon has roiled many a long-established business model. Now, the Amazon effect is shaking up an unlikely industry: home security systems. Shares in Boca Raton-based ADT, the security provider that went public in January, took a fall after Amazon in February announced its $1 billion acquisition...
Forte Interactive hit with another suit for unpaid race fees
 Another race organizer says it’s owed a six-figure sum by Forte Interactive, the West Palm Beach Company forced into bankruptcy by its creditors. Cumulus Media, the Atlanta-based radio station owner, filed a suit in Palm Beach County this week saying it’s owed $247,946 in fees that Forte Interactive collected for the Bridge to...

Posted: 26 days ago

Another race organizer says it’s owed a six-figure sum by Forte Interactive, the West Palm Beach Company forced into bankruptcy by its creditors. Cumulus Media, the Atlanta-based radio station owner, filed a suit in Palm Beach County this week saying it’s owed $247,946 in fees that Forte Interactive collected for the Bridge to...
Real estate brokerage plans West Palm-to-Fort Lauderdale open house via Brightline
 A South Florida real estate brokerage thinks the Brightline train can open new markets to its agents. ONE Sotheby’s International Realty of Miami says it will host a Brightline-assisted open house on Friday. Agents from the company’s Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens offices will board a train for Fort Lauderdale in the morning....

Posted: 28 days ago

A South Florida real estate brokerage thinks the Brightline train can open new markets to its agents. ONE Sotheby’s International Realty of Miami says it will host a Brightline-assisted open house on Friday. Agents from the company’s Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens offices will board a train for Fort Lauderdale in the morning....
For top office broker, 2018 unlikely to pass big year in 2017
 Veteran commercial real estate broker Neil Merin posted a huge year in 2017. He handled three of the eight largest office deals brokered nationwide last year by members of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. Alas, Merin isn’t expecting a repeat this year, largely because many of Palm Beach County’s trophy properties...

Posted: 28 days ago

Veteran commercial real estate broker Neil Merin posted a huge year in 2017. He handled three of the eight largest office deals brokered nationwide last year by members of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. Alas, Merin isn’t expecting a repeat this year, largely because many of Palm Beach County’s trophy properties...
Monroe’s of Palm Beach temporarily closed for rodent droppings, other health violations
 Monroe’s of Palm Beach temporarily closed April 17 after a state inspector spotted dozens of rodent droppings in the kitchen. The inspector counted 37 droppings in and around a box of pasta, according a report by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The inspector also reported droppings that numbered ...

Posted: 29 days ago

Monroe’s of Palm Beach temporarily closed April 17 after a state inspector spotted dozens of rodent droppings in the kitchen. The inspector counted 37 droppings in and around a box of pasta, according a report by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The inspector also reported droppings that numbered ...
Palm Beach County home prices hit post-crash high
 Palm Beach County home prices hit a post-crash high in March. The median price of a single-family house sold last month was $348,000, the Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale said Monday. That’s up slightly from February’s median of $345,000, and a 7 percent increase from March 2017. Sales were down slightly...

3:44 PM Monday, Apr. 23, 2018

Palm Beach County home prices hit a post-crash high in March. The median price of a single-family house sold last month was $348,000, the Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale said Monday. That’s up slightly from February’s median of $345,000, and a 7 percent increase from March 2017. Sales were down slightly...
Florida’s medical marijuana registry hits 100,000
 In a sign that Floridians are embracing the state’s freshly minted medical marijuana program, the state’s official cannabis registry has topped 100,000 patients. The Florida Department of Health counted 100,576 patients as of Friday, and about 2,500 people join the list each week. “Hitting 100,000 patients in Florida really...

6:52 PM Friday, Apr. 20, 2018

In a sign that Floridians are embracing the state’s freshly minted medical marijuana program, the state’s official cannabis registry has topped 100,000 patients. The Florida Department of Health counted 100,576 patients as of Friday, and about 2,500 people join the list each week. “Hitting 100,000 patients in Florida really...
Palm Beach County unemployment falls, but job creation slow
 Workers are in short supply in Palm Beach County, but so are new jobs. In another month of mixed signals from Palm Beach County’s job market, the region’s unemployment rate fell in March even as job growth remained weak. Palm Beach County unemployment dipped to 3.6 percent in March, down from 3.7 percent in February, the state...

3:02 PM Friday, Apr. 20, 2018

Workers are in short supply in Palm Beach County, but so are new jobs. In another month of mixed signals from Palm Beach County’s job market, the region’s unemployment rate fell in March even as job growth remained weak. Palm Beach County unemployment dipped to 3.6 percent in March, down from 3.7 percent in February, the state...
Hurricane Irma’s unlikely victim: Florida’s supply of CBD
 Hurricane Irma terrified Floridians and spurred a mass evacuation. It also exacted a toll on the state’s supply of cannabidiol, or CBD, the non-euphoric pot product that patients use to control seizures, migraines and inflammation. Curaleaf, one of seven pot producers in the state, grows cannabis in southwestern Miami-Dade County...

3:42 PM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

Hurricane Irma terrified Floridians and spurred a mass evacuation. It also exacted a toll on the state’s supply of cannabidiol, or CBD, the non-euphoric pot product that patients use to control seizures, migraines and inflammation. Curaleaf, one of seven pot producers in the state, grows cannabis in southwestern Miami-Dade County...
Ocwen CEO to retire, get $2.8 million
 The CEO of embattled mortgage firm Ocwen Financial will retire June 30, the company said Thursday. Ronald Faris’ departure package includes lump sums totaling $2.8 million. Faris will be succeeded by Glen Messina, 56. The management shakeup is part of West Palm Beach-based Ocwen’s merger with PHH Mortgage of Mount Laurel, New...

2:20 PM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

The CEO of embattled mortgage firm Ocwen Financial will retire June 30, the company said Thursday. Ronald Faris’ departure package includes lump sums totaling $2.8 million. Faris will be succeeded by Glen Messina, 56. The management shakeup is part of West Palm Beach-based Ocwen’s merger with PHH Mortgage of Mount Laurel, New...
South Florida home values still below peak prices
 South Florida’s economy seems to be firing on all cylinders. Unemployment is back below 4 percent, construction activity has rebounded and home values have bounced back.  And yet: Median home prices in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties remain nearly 14 percent below their boomtime highs. That’s according to ...

1:46 PM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

South Florida’s economy seems to be firing on all cylinders. Unemployment is back below 4 percent, construction activity has rebounded and home values have bounced back.  And yet: Median home prices in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties remain nearly 14 percent below their boomtime highs. That’s according to ...
La Brasa offers casual dining, Latin fare
 MENU La Brasa serves Latin staples, including skirt steak churrasco, seafood fried rice and ceviche. Sides include white and yellow rice, plantains and yuca. Entrée prices range from $5.99 for a quarter chicken to $15.99 for the skirt steak. La Brasa doesn’t serve alcohol, but it does sell Inca Kola, the Peruvian favorite. ATMOSPHERE...

4:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018

MENU La Brasa serves Latin staples, including skirt steak churrasco, seafood fried rice and ceviche. Sides include white and yellow rice, plantains and yuca. Entrée prices range from $5.99 for a quarter chicken to $15.99 for the skirt steak. La Brasa doesn’t serve alcohol, but it does sell Inca Kola, the Peruvian favorite. ATMOSPHERE...
Boston Red Sox rare team to avoid losing race fees to Forte Interactive of West Palm Beach
 The Boston Red Sox have escaped the fate shared by the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers and other organizations that say Forte Interactive of West Palm Beach owes them $2.5 million in missing race fees. The Red Sox Foundation says all of the money from its Run to Home Base race is present and accounted...

5:58 PM Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018

The Boston Red Sox have escaped the fate shared by the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers and other organizations that say Forte Interactive of West Palm Beach owes them $2.5 million in missing race fees. The Red Sox Foundation says all of the money from its Run to Home Base race is present and accounted...
Downtown developers: Brightline fares could hamper ridership numbers
 Bob Vail, president of developer Kolter Urban, counts himself as a regular user of the Brightline train. But he wonders if South Floridians without an expense account can afford to join him.  “It’s $20 round-trip,” Vail said. “That’s going to add up if you’re doing it every day.” Vail’s...

2:00 PM Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018

Bob Vail, president of developer Kolter Urban, counts himself as a regular user of the Brightline train. But he wonders if South Floridians without an expense account can afford to join him.  “It’s $20 round-trip,” Vail said. “That’s going to add up if you’re doing it every day.” Vail’s...
Boca Raton Regional Hospital lands $25 million gift
 Continuing its record of landing big gifts from philanthropists, Boca Raton Regional Hospital said Wednesday that it received a $25 million donation. The gift comes from Johnson & Johnson heir Elaine J. Wold of Boca Raton and a nonprofit affiliated with her, the Bay Branch Foundation. The donation is among the largest in the hospital&rsquo...

8:13 PM Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018

Continuing its record of landing big gifts from philanthropists, Boca Raton Regional Hospital said Wednesday that it received a $25 million donation. The gift comes from Johnson & Johnson heir Elaine J. Wold of Boca Raton and a nonprofit affiliated with her, the Bay Branch Foundation. The donation is among the largest in the hospital&rsquo...
Green Bay Packers, others seek bankruptcy for West Palm firm that collected race fees
 Saying they’re owed nearly $1.4 million by Forte Interactive of West Palm Beach, six race organizers in Maryland and Wisconsin on Tuesday filed a petition to push the company into involuntary bankruptcy. That’s in addition to three Major League Baseball teams and a California chamber of commerce that have sued the West Palm internet...

7:55 PM Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018

Saying they’re owed nearly $1.4 million by Forte Interactive of West Palm Beach, six race organizers in Maryland and Wisconsin on Tuesday filed a petition to push the company into involuntary bankruptcy. That’s in addition to three Major League Baseball teams and a California chamber of commerce that have sued the West Palm internet...
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