Jennifer Sorentrue

Jennifer Sorentrue covers Palm Beach County government.

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NEW: Congress committee questions Brightline financing strategy
 Members of a congressional oversight committee Thursday took aim at Brightline’s plan to use tax-exempt bonds to pay for its West Palm Beach-to-Orlando extension, questioning whether the project qualifies for the tax-free financing. Brightline in December won federal approval to sell $1.15 billion in private activity bonds to help pay...

Posted: 19 hours ago

Members of a congressional oversight committee Thursday took aim at Brightline’s plan to use tax-exempt bonds to pay for its West Palm Beach-to-Orlando extension, questioning whether the project qualifies for the tax-free financing. Brightline in December won federal approval to sell $1.15 billion in private activity bonds to help pay...
Three people killed by Brightline trains had drugs in system
 All three of the pedestrians who were accidentally struck and killed by Brightline trains in Palm Beach County had drugs in their system at the time they were hit, toxicology reports filed with the medical examiner’s office show. Since Brightline began testing along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks last year, five people...

Posted: a day ago

All three of the pedestrians who were accidentally struck and killed by Brightline trains in Palm Beach County had drugs in their system at the time they were hit, toxicology reports filed with the medical examiner’s office show. Since Brightline began testing along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks last year, five people...
Discount program launched for Palm Beach County attractions, museums
 As Florida’s tourism season enters its slower months, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County has launched a new discount program designed to persuade both residents and tourists to visit the county’s museums and attractions. The campaign, dubbed MOSAIC, an acronym for “month of shows, art, ideas and culture,” offers...

Posted: a day ago

As Florida’s tourism season enters its slower months, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County has launched a new discount program designed to persuade both residents and tourists to visit the county’s museums and attractions. The campaign, dubbed MOSAIC, an acronym for “month of shows, art, ideas and culture,” offers...
Fun and free things to do with kids in Palm Beach County this weekend
 There are so many amazing and COMPLETELY FREE things to do with your kids in Palm Beach County this weekend.  Here are our picks for the best events. We’ve also included a few for next weekend so you can get a head start on planning. To get this weekly listing delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our Palm Beach...

Posted: 3 days ago

There are so many amazing and COMPLETELY FREE things to do with your kids in Palm Beach County this weekend.  Here are our picks for the best events. We’ve also included a few for next weekend so you can get a head start on planning. To get this weekly listing delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our Palm Beach...
New cruise ship sets sail to Bahamas out of Port of Palm Beach
 Palm Beach County leaders on Friday heralded the arrival of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s newest ship at the Port of Palm Beach, saying that the addition would be a boon for both businesses in Riviera Beach and the local tourism industry. The Grand Classica, a 1,680-passenger ship, docked at the port in Riviera Beach...

Posted: 6 days ago

Palm Beach County leaders on Friday heralded the arrival of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s newest ship at the Port of Palm Beach, saying that the addition would be a boon for both businesses in Riviera Beach and the local tourism industry. The Grand Classica, a 1,680-passenger ship, docked at the port in Riviera Beach...
New Bahamas cruise ship sets sail today from Port of Palm Beach
 A second cruise ship will begin sailing from the Port of Palm Beach today, an addition Palm Beach County tourism officials estimate could bring more than 250,000 passengers a year to the area. The 1,680-passenger Grand Classica joins its sister ship Grand Celebration at the port in Riviera Beach, with the pair offering daily cruises to Freeport...

Posted: 7 days ago

A second cruise ship will begin sailing from the Port of Palm Beach today, an addition Palm Beach County tourism officials estimate could bring more than 250,000 passengers a year to the area. The 1,680-passenger Grand Classica joins its sister ship Grand Celebration at the port in Riviera Beach, with the pair offering daily cruises to Freeport...
Quiet zone to stop Brightline horns delayed in 5 PBC cities
 Residents of five Palm Beach County cities along Brightline’s route will continue hearing horn blasts from the passenger trains until at least June, after work to complete a railroad quiet zone was put on hold while the company focuses on the launch of its Miami service. In a letter sent to county transportation planners Tuesday, Brightline...

Posted: 9 days ago

Residents of five Palm Beach County cities along Brightline’s route will continue hearing horn blasts from the passenger trains until at least June, after work to complete a railroad quiet zone was put on hold while the company focuses on the launch of its Miami service. In a letter sent to county transportation planners Tuesday, Brightline...
Attorney who opposes Brightline also represents Trump’s attorney
 The Washington, D.C.-based attorney fighting to block Brightline’s expansion north through the Treasure Coast is also representing Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer whose office was raided  by the FBI on Monday. Attorney Stephen Ryan, of the law firm McDermott, Will & Emery, issued a statement following Monday&rsquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Washington, D.C.-based attorney fighting to block Brightline’s expansion north through the Treasure Coast is also representing Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer whose office was raided by the FBI on Monday. Attorney Stephen Ryan, of the law firm McDermott, Will & Emery, issued a statement following Monday&rsquo...
Three compete for county tourism award … and you make the call
 Three local organizations are competing for Palm Beach County’s top tourism prize, and the public will decide which one ultimately receives the coveted award. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, The Brazilian Court hotel and the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society are all in the running for the county’s annual Providencia Award given...

Posted: 9 days ago

Three local organizations are competing for Palm Beach County’s top tourism prize, and the public will decide which one ultimately receives the coveted award. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, The Brazilian Court hotel and the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society are all in the running for the county’s annual Providencia Award given...
Palm Beach Zoo names new president
 The Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society announced on Tuesday that it has hired a new president and chief executive following a national search to replace  former leader Andrew Aiken, who stepped down from the post in November. Margo McKnight, the former senior vice president of conservation, science and research at the ...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society announced on Tuesday that it has hired a new president and chief executive following a national search to replace  former leader Andrew Aiken, who stepped down from the post in November. Margo McKnight, the former senior vice president of conservation, science and research at the ...
UPDATE: Man struck, killed by Brightline train ruled a suicide
 The death of a 33-year-old man struck and killed by a Brightline train on Sunday has been ruled a suicide, city police officials said. “DBPD detectives and the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office have ruled Sunday’s train-versus-pedestrian death a suicide,” police said in a tweet on Tuesday morning. &ldquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

The death of a 33-year-old man struck and killed by a Brightline train on Sunday has been ruled a suicide, city police officials said. “DBPD detectives and the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office have ruled Sunday’s train-versus-pedestrian death a suicide,” police said in a tweet on Tuesday morning. &ldquo...