Larry Aydlette

Larry Aydlette is the Cultural Editor for The Palm Beach Post. He oversees all Features, Accent and TGIF stories, reporters.        

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The Wellington connection to new Jason Statham shark movie “The Meg”
 Sharks, aliens, the emergency surgery that saved his life. Wellington-area author Steve Alten has never lacked for story ideas. But for years, he must have wondered if the long-promised movie based on his first novel about an ancient historic shark, “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror,” would ever be made. Finally, on August 10...

Posted: 8 days ago

Sharks, aliens, the emergency surgery that saved his life. Wellington-area author Steve Alten has never lacked for story ideas. But for years, he must have wondered if the long-promised movie based on his first novel about an ancient historic shark, “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror,” would ever be made. Finally, on August 10...
Best public beach access spots in Palm Beach County [360-degree photos]
 Public beach access? Let the arguments begin. Just consider the sign on a public walkway along an upscale beachside street in Ocean Ridge: NO Parking. Trespassing on Dunes or Private Property. Vehicles on Beach. Dogs on Beach. Glass on Beach. Littering.  And then there’s this new beach access law, which makes the breakdown...

Posted: 11 days ago

Public beach access? Let the arguments begin. Just consider the sign on a public walkway along an upscale beachside street in Ocean Ridge: NO Parking. Trespassing on Dunes or Private Property. Vehicles on Beach. Dogs on Beach. Glass on Beach. Littering.  And then there’s this new beach access law, which makes the breakdown...
Best public beach access: Ocean Ridge Hammock Park [360 photos]
 From Jupiter to Boca Raton, there are plenty of public paths to the beach. The county boasts at least 60 official access points. But which ones should you use?  Ocean Ridge Hammock Park may be the best beach access in Palm Beach County. Entering the 8-acre park is like encountering a mini-forest. Under a cooling hammock of...

Posted: 12 days ago

From Jupiter to Boca Raton, there are plenty of public paths to the beach. The county boasts at least 60 official access points. But which ones should you use?  Ocean Ridge Hammock Park may be the best beach access in Palm Beach County. Entering the 8-acre park is like encountering a mini-forest. Under a cooling hammock of...
Best public beach access: No. 51 in Jupiter [360 photos]
 Probably the largest cluster of beach access points in Palm Beach County is along A1A between Jupiter’s Carlin Park and the Juno Beach Pier. The paths swoop to the shore through hedges of sea grapes and gnarly trees.  One of our favorites is access point No. 51, which is located  just south of the Jupiter Reef Club. It...

Posted: 12 days ago

Probably the largest cluster of beach access points in Palm Beach County is along A1A between Jupiter’s Carlin Park and the Juno Beach Pier. The paths swoop to the shore through hedges of sea grapes and gnarly trees.  One of our favorites is access point No. 51, which is located just south of the Jupiter Reef Club. It...
Best public beach access: No. 48 in Jupiter [360 photos]
 Palm Beach County boasts at least 60 official beach access points. Many of them are located along A1A between Jupiter’s Carlin Park and the Juno Beach Pier.   One of our favorites is access point No. 48, which is located  just south of the Jupiter Reef Club. It features a long, cool switchback boardwalk to the beach....

Posted: 12 days ago

Palm Beach County boasts at least 60 official beach access points. Many of them are located along A1A between Jupiter’s Carlin Park and the Juno Beach Pier.   One of our favorites is access point No. 48, which is located just south of the Jupiter Reef Club. It features a long, cool switchback boardwalk to the beach....
Best public beach access: North Palm Beach [360 photos]
 And as beach entrances go, the one at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is a grand one. Past the parking lot, you encounter a fine, weathered sculpture of John D. himself, as well as a small, but interesting, nature center and gift shop.  But the fun begins with a nearly mile-long boardwalk that crosses shallow Lake Worth Cove...

Posted: 12 days ago

And as beach entrances go, the one at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is a grand one. Past the parking lot, you encounter a fine, weathered sculpture of John D. himself, as well as a small, but interesting, nature center and gift shop.  But the fun begins with a nearly mile-long boardwalk that crosses shallow Lake Worth Cove...
Drive-in movie memories: 71 years of double features and even death
 — The Beach Boys When it opened 71 years ago this month — on July 11, 1947 — the first drive-in theater in Palm Beach County didn’t have a name. Just called “Drive In Theatre” or “The Family Theatre,” the one-screen operation was in an empty lot west of Morrison Field, now PBIA, on...

Posted: 22 days ago

— The Beach Boys When it opened 71 years ago this month — on July 11, 1947 — the first drive-in theater in Palm Beach County didn’t have a name. Just called “Drive In Theatre” or “The Family Theatre,” the one-screen operation was in an empty lot west of Morrison Field, now PBIA, on...
Lantana photos: What beach, buildings, roads used to look like
 Here’s a Lantana you’ll never see again. In the above, undated aerial photo at Ocean Avenue and A1A, you’ll see the beach area before development creeped in. The gas station in the top left corner is where the Plaza del Mar shopping plaza is today, home of the popular John G’s restaurant. Just below it on the...

Posted: 29 days ago

Here’s a Lantana you’ll never see again. In the above, undated aerial photo at Ocean Avenue and A1A, you’ll see the beach area before development creeped in. The gas station in the top left corner is where the Plaza del Mar shopping plaza is today, home of the popular John G’s restaurant. Just below it on the...
National French Fry Day: Best local fast food fries, ranked
 “Do you want fries with that?” “Actually, I’ll just take the fries.” It’s National French Fry Day, which means today you should skip the burgers, hot dogs and chicken sandwiches and just go straight for the greasy carb-loading. There are plenty of restaurants that have great fries — even a fancy French...

11:15 AM Friday, Jul. 13, 2018

“Do you want fries with that?” “Actually, I’ll just take the fries.” It’s National French Fry Day, which means today you should skip the burgers, hot dogs and chicken sandwiches and just go straight for the greasy carb-loading. There are plenty of restaurants that have great fries — even a fancy French...
Photos: Exclusive peek inside Norton Museum’s $100 million expansion
 Sometimes a game-changing transformation is best seen in the specifics. Take the Norton Museum of Art’s $100 million expansion project, still seven months from opening. Inside the massive construction zone at the West Palm Beach museum, gallery walls are going up, a new stairwell is rising, large garden, theater and cafeteria space...

11:15 AM Thursday, Jun. 28, 2018

Sometimes a game-changing transformation is best seen in the specifics. Take the Norton Museum of Art’s $100 million expansion project, still seven months from opening. Inside the massive construction zone at the West Palm Beach museum, gallery walls are going up, a new stairwell is rising, large garden, theater and cafeteria space...
Toys R Us closing: Palm Beach Gardens store looks like ghost town
 It used to be teeming with toys, a wonderland of games and bikes and dolls and video games for kids of all ages, from babies to adults. Now, the Toys R Us store on PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens looks like a ghost town. The signs say it all: Final 8 days. 70 percent off. No cash. Everything must go. Yellow caution tapes rope...

11:30 AM Monday, Jun. 25, 2018

It used to be teeming with toys, a wonderland of games and bikes and dolls and video games for kids of all ages, from babies to adults. Now, the Toys R Us store on PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens looks like a ghost town. The signs say it all: Final 8 days. 70 percent off. No cash. Everything must go. Yellow caution tapes rope...