Jim Hayward

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Monday is deadline to register to vote in Florida primary
 A “Vote Here” sign stands outside the Ezell Hester Jr. Community Center in Boynton Beach Tuesday, January 30, 2018. (Bruce
               R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post) Monday is the last day to register to vote before Florida’s Aug. 28 primary election. Floridians who want to switch their party affiliation for the primary...

Posted: 16 days ago

A “Vote Here” sign stands outside the Ezell Hester Jr. Community Center in Boynton Beach Tuesday, January 30, 2018. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post) Monday is the last day to register to vote before Florida’s Aug. 28 primary election. Floridians who want to switch their party affiliation for the primary...
VIDEO: Protesters interrupt Got. Scott, Republican forum in Sarasota
 Florida Gov. Rick Scott (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Protesters were escorted by police from a Republican forum on Florida’s Gulf Coast several times during speeches by candidates,
            including Gov. Rick Scott. Spectrum Bay News 9 reported that the protesters interrupted speeches several times Friday at the Robarts...

Posted: 16 days ago

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Protesters were escorted by police from a Republican forum on Florida’s Gulf Coast several times during speeches by candidates, including Gov. Rick Scott. Spectrum Bay News 9 reported that the protesters interrupted speeches several times Friday at the Robarts...
UPDATE: Thunderstorms drenched PB County, knocked out power
 Only a handful of people are still without power early this morning after heavy thunderstorms moved through Palm Beach County Sunday night. At one point, about 5,000 customers had no service, according to Florida Power & Light’s power tracking map. By 6:45 this morning, that number has shrunk to 50. No outages were reported in...

Posted: 22 days ago

Only a handful of people are still without power early this morning after heavy thunderstorms moved through Palm Beach County Sunday night. At one point, about 5,000 customers had no service, according to Florida Power & Light’s power tracking map. By 6:45 this morning, that number has shrunk to 50. No outages were reported in...
NEW: Firefighters douse Lake Worth fire, rescue 2 cats
 Firefighters responded to an apartment fire in Lake Worth today, quickly extinguishing the blaze and rescuing two cats. The fire was reported around 3 p.m. at the Casa Brera Apartments near Hypoluxo Road and Military Trail, according to a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue spokesman. Smoke was visible several blocks away. The smoke and flames...

Posted: 23 days ago

Firefighters responded to an apartment fire in Lake Worth today, quickly extinguishing the blaze and rescuing two cats. The fire was reported around 3 p.m. at the Casa Brera Apartments near Hypoluxo Road and Military Trail, according to a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue spokesman. Smoke was visible several blocks away. The smoke and flames...
Tropical updates: Beryl remnants aim for Caribbean, Chris nearly a hurricane off U.S. coast
 UPDATE, 11 p.m.: The remnants of Beryl are expected to move across the northeastern Caribbean south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tonight and Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.  Interests in the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti are urged to monitor the system's...

6:08 PM Monday, Jul. 09, 2018

UPDATE, 11 p.m.: The remnants of Beryl are expected to move across the northeastern Caribbean south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tonight and Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.  Interests in the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti are urged to monitor the system's...
Tropical updates: Beryl weakening in Atlantic, depression churns off Carolina coast
 UPDATE, 11 PM: Beryl continues to weaken as it moves west-northwest. Maximum sustained winds are 45 mph with the storm 495 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles. Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 3 is meandering off the Carolina coastline about 160 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C. It has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. UPDATE...

11:46 PM Saturday, Jul. 07, 2018

UPDATE, 11 PM: Beryl continues to weaken as it moves west-northwest. Maximum sustained winds are 45 mph with the storm 495 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles. Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 3 is meandering off the Carolina coastline about 160 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C. It has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. UPDATE...
Suspect in rapper's slaying in Broward court, 2 other men sought
 A suspect in the shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion last week in Deerfield Beach appeared in court today as police continue to search for two suspected gunmen Dedrick Devonshay Williams, 22, was in a Broward County courtroom this morning, charged with murder, WSVN reported. Investigators say he was identified using surveillance video...

10:47 PM Monday, Jun. 25, 2018

A suspect in the shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion last week in Deerfield Beach appeared in court today as police continue to search for two suspected gunmen Dedrick Devonshay Williams, 22, was in a Broward County courtroom this morning, charged with murder, WSVN reported. Investigators say he was identified using surveillance video...
Star Wars themed land set for late fall 2019 at Disney World, months after Disneyland
 The much-anticipated expansion of Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World for the themed land based on the Star Wars films will open in the late fall of 2019, according an executive involved with the project. That will be months after the debut of California's version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland next summer. Scott...

3:13 AM Wednesday, May. 23, 2018

The much-anticipated expansion of Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World for the themed land based on the Star Wars films will open in the late fall of 2019, according an executive involved with the project. That will be months after the debut of California's version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland next summer. Scott...
Trump says he's coming to Florida 'very soon'
 In a phone call to Hillsborough County Republicans attending a fundraising event Saturday night, President Trump told Attorney General Pam Bondi that he'll be coming to Tampa for a special event "very soon."  Bondi held her cellphone up to the mic at the podium during the Lincoln Day Dinner, the Tampa Bay Times reported...

11:37 AM Monday, May. 21, 2018

In a phone call to Hillsborough County Republicans attending a fundraising event Saturday night, President Trump told Attorney General Pam Bondi that he'll be coming to Tampa for a special event "very soon."  Bondi held her cellphone up to the mic at the podium during the Lincoln Day Dinner, the Tampa Bay Times reported...
UPDATE: New monorail fleet in the works? Disney World denies rumors
 Walt Disney World should soon be getting replacements for its aging fleet of monorails, according to the retired imagineer who designed the original iconic trains for Disneyland as well as the Orlando resort. But officially, theme park officials say there presently are no such plans. Bob Gurr, an 86-year-old Disney legend who was hired...

9:32 PM Tuesday, May. 15, 2018

Walt Disney World should soon be getting replacements for its aging fleet of monorails, according to the retired imagineer who designed the original iconic trains for Disneyland as well as the Orlando resort. But officially, theme park officials say there presently are no such plans. Bob Gurr, an 86-year-old Disney legend who was hired...
Key West welcomes back iconic sign lost during Hurricane Irma
 Nearly eight months after it went missing during Hurricane Irma, the famous welcome sign greeting visitors to Key West is back on its U.S. 1 perch proclaiming the Conch Republic "Paradise USA."  The sign was damged during Irma and disappeared around Sept. 10, when the Category 4 storm made landfall at 9 a.m. at Cudjoe Key....

2:15 AM Thursday, May. 03, 2018

Nearly eight months after it went missing during Hurricane Irma, the famous welcome sign greeting visitors to Key West is back on its U.S. 1 perch proclaiming the Conch Republic "Paradise USA."  The sign was damged during Irma and disappeared around Sept. 10, when the Category 4 storm made landfall at 9 a.m. at Cudjoe Key....