Joe Capozzi

Prior to moving to Local news to cover growth management and transportation in 2013, Joe covered the Marlins beginning in 1999. After graduating from Ohio University, he worked for The Stuart News before joining the The Palm Beach Post in 1989 as a metro reporter until 1997 when he moved to sports.

Latest from Joe Capozzi

Did gunman open fire on Lake Worth transformer, blacking out city?
 It was disturbing enough that a transformer in the city’s main electrical substation exploded in a fireball on a calm April night, knocking out power for seven hours to all of Lake Worth. But after the fire was out, crews inspecting the damaged device saw something sinister — a jagged hole that looked like it was intentionally...

Posted: 5 days ago

It was disturbing enough that a transformer in the city’s main electrical substation exploded in a fireball on a calm April night, knocking out power for seven hours to all of Lake Worth. But after the fire was out, crews inspecting the damaged device saw something sinister — a jagged hole that looked like it was intentionally...
Flagler Bridge: Sunday’s breakdown caused by loose bolt
 The latest malfunction on the new Flagler Memorial Bridge, which has broken down 26 times since it opened to the public last summer, is sparking new concerns by residents and commuters about the reliablity of the $131.8 million drawbridge. “It’s very concerning because of the sheer number of malfunctions they’ve had. They...

5:51 PM Monday, Aug. 06, 2018

The latest malfunction on the new Flagler Memorial Bridge, which has broken down 26 times since it opened to the public last summer, is sparking new concerns by residents and commuters about the reliablity of the $131.8 million drawbridge. “It’s very concerning because of the sheer number of malfunctions they’ve had. They...
25 breakdowns in its first 11 months: What happened to the new Flagler Bridge?
 UPDATE 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 5: Around 10 a.m. Sunday, the Flagler Memorial Bridge had malfunctioned, according to the traffic alerts from the Town of Palm Beach.  As of 12:30 p.m., the bridge had reopened to traffic. ORIGINAL STORY: The chronic malfunctions of the new Flagler Memorial Bridge — more than 20 within...

9:00 AM Friday, Aug. 03, 2018

UPDATE 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 5: Around 10 a.m. Sunday, the Flagler Memorial Bridge had malfunctioned, according to the traffic alerts from the Town of Palm Beach.  As of 12:30 p.m., the bridge had reopened to traffic. ORIGINAL STORY: The chronic malfunctions of the new Flagler Memorial Bridge — more than 20 within...
Why local leaders aren’t celebrating a projected drop in opioid deaths
 The Palm Beach County medical examiner is projecting a 38 percent drop in the number of opioid-related overdose deaths countywide this year, a trend that would represent the first decrease since the local epidemic exploded more than three years ago. While community leaders acknowledged the projections as a rare positive development in...

3:15 PM Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018

The Palm Beach County medical examiner is projecting a 38 percent drop in the number of opioid-related overdose deaths countywide this year, a trend that would represent the first decrease since the local epidemic exploded more than three years ago. While community leaders acknowledged the projections as a rare positive development in...
Opioid deaths declining? New numbers offer hope, says state attorney
 As the opioid epidemic continues to rage across the United States, the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office is embracing two new local statistics as evidence that their efforts to curb the county’s crisis are working. Delray Beach, considered the epicenter of the county’s epidemic, went through the month...

7:39 PM Friday, Jul. 06, 2018

As the opioid epidemic continues to rage across the United States, the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office is embracing two new local statistics as evidence that their efforts to curb the county’s crisis are working. Delray Beach, considered the epicenter of the county’s epidemic, went through the month...
‘Largest health-care fraud’ takedown ever nets 124 in South Florida
 U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions announced today what he called “the largest health-care fraud takedown in history,” with more than 1,000 law enforcement officers charging 601 people — including 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, 19 nurses — with more than $2 billion in fraud. The takedown included 124 defendants in South...

2:39 PM Thursday, Jun. 28, 2018

U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions announced today what he called “the largest health-care fraud takedown in history,” with more than 1,000 law enforcement officers charging 601 people — including 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, 19 nurses — with more than $2 billion in fraud. The takedown included 124 defendants in South...
‘American Greed’ focuses on convicted sober home operator Kenny Chatman
 The saga of Kenny Chatman, a symbol of South Florida’s largely corrupt drug treatment industry, will be featured Monday on the CNBC true-crime series American Greed. As detailed in stories first reported by The Palm Beach Post, Chatman trafficked women through his chain of corrupt South Florida sober homes and drug treatment centers...

2:36 PM Thursday, Jun. 28, 2018

The saga of Kenny Chatman, a symbol of South Florida’s largely corrupt drug treatment industry, will be featured Monday on the CNBC true-crime series American Greed. As detailed in stories first reported by The Palm Beach Post, Chatman trafficked women through his chain of corrupt South Florida sober homes and drug treatment centers...
Yoga class Sunday in West Palm will raise money for Venezuela
 As part of a worldwide event, local Venezuelans are hosting an outdoor yoga class Sunday in West Palm Beach to raise money and awareness of the humanitarian crisis in their home country. The one-hour class, scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Meyer Amphitheater, is free, but organizers are asking participants to donate $20 online at the Venezuelan...

6:06 PM Tuesday, May. 22, 2018

As part of a worldwide event, local Venezuelans are hosting an outdoor yoga class Sunday in West Palm Beach to raise money and awareness of the humanitarian crisis in their home country. The one-hour class, scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Meyer Amphitheater, is free, but organizers are asking participants to donate $20 online at the Venezuelan...
Venezuelans fleeing to Palm Beach County: ‘It’s like starting from zero’
 Four years ago, Arnaldo Martinez was an electrical engineer living with his family in a nice high-rise apartment in his hometown of Maracay, Venezuela. Today, he delivers pizzas for Papa John’s and lives with his wife in a modest apartment behind the Palm Beach Outlets center. “It’s a big change,” Martinez, 62...

10:00 AM Thursday, May. 10, 2018

Four years ago, Arnaldo Martinez was an electrical engineer living with his family in a nice high-rise apartment in his hometown of Maracay, Venezuela. Today, he delivers pizzas for Papa John’s and lives with his wife in a modest apartment behind the Palm Beach Outlets center. “It’s a big change,” Martinez, 62...
How a Venezuelan crisis plays out in Wellington horse country
 In a large house on Sunnyland Lane, deep in Wellington’s exclusive horse country, Alejandro Andrade and his family enjoy a life far from the hardships faced today by people in their home country of Venezuela. Andrade, a former bodyguard to late president Hugo Chavez before rising to the rank of Venezuela’s national treasurer,...

3:45 PM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

In a large house on Sunnyland Lane, deep in Wellington’s exclusive horse country, Alejandro Andrade and his family enjoy a life far from the hardships faced today by people in their home country of Venezuela. Andrade, a former bodyguard to late president Hugo Chavez before rising to the rank of Venezuela’s national treasurer,...
Honestly, this local is not Owen Wilson — but few people believe him
 Honestly, he really is just some guy from South Florida named Daniel Hartwell. But perhaps you’ve seen him around town and insisted he had to be none other than Hollywood actor Owen Wilson. “Everywhere I go, people walk up to me and say, ‘Hey, Owen! Can I get a picture with ya?’’ said Hartwell, a Manalapan resident...

10:45 PM Wednesday, Apr. 04, 2018

Honestly, he really is just some guy from South Florida named Daniel Hartwell. But perhaps you’ve seen him around town and insisted he had to be none other than Hollywood actor Owen Wilson. “Everywhere I go, people walk up to me and say, ‘Hey, Owen! Can I get a picture with ya?’’ said Hartwell, a Manalapan resident...