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NEW: Esperante owners sue to stop West Palm tower blocking waterfront
 The city effort to spark office development on Okeechobee Boulevard has sparked three new legal actions by the owners of the Esperante office tower. Esperante owners 222 Lakeview LLC say the city’s creation of the Okeechobee Business District violated West Palm Beach and state rules and would decrease the value of their building by...

Posted: 2 days ago

The city effort to spark office development on Okeechobee Boulevard has sparked three new legal actions by the owners of the Esperante office tower. Esperante owners 222 Lakeview LLC say the city’s creation of the Okeechobee Business District violated West Palm Beach and state rules and would decrease the value of their building by...
Company West Palm picks for golf course makeover is sued by own lawyer
 The company negotiating with West Palm Beach to undertake an $86 million redevelopment of the municipal golf course is being sued by its law firm for alleged failure to pay more than $185,000 in legal bills. Perry & Taylor, P.A. filed suit this month in Palm Beach County Circuit Court against WPB Golf Links, LLC. The city selected...

Posted: 2 days ago

The company negotiating with West Palm Beach to undertake an $86 million redevelopment of the municipal golf course is being sued by its law firm for alleged failure to pay more than $185,000 in legal bills. Perry & Taylor, P.A. filed suit this month in Palm Beach County Circuit Court against WPB Golf Links, LLC. The city selected...
NEW: Cityplace is about to get a major makeover
 Worn out on faux-Mediterranean buildings in West Palm Beach? Relief is on the way and it won’t be Pepto Bismol-colored. The city commission this week eased its requirement that CityPlace facades must mimic Mediterranean styles, colors and materials. There’s no immediate plan to undo the city’s signature shopping and...

Posted: 11 days ago

Worn out on faux-Mediterranean buildings in West Palm Beach? Relief is on the way and it won’t be Pepto Bismol-colored. The city commission this week eased its requirement that CityPlace facades must mimic Mediterranean styles, colors and materials. There’s no immediate plan to undo the city’s signature shopping and...
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Posted: 12 days ago

Wellness Wednesday, on Sept. 12, is led at CityPlace by CrossFit Squad owner and head coach, Derek Bishop. Each class, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., begins with a warm-up focusing on an increased heart rate and targeting muscles that will be used in the workout. Movements in the class include squats, lunges, burpees and pushups. Careful instruction...
State probes youth program pushed by Riviera Councilwoman Hubbard
 A summer program to help teens gain job skills has come under state investigation, amid allegations City Councilwoman Lynne Hubbard played a heavy-handed role in its operations. The city clerk’s office declined to provide copies of information the State Attorney’s Office requested or subpoenaed concerning the Summer Youth Employment...

Posted: 12 days ago

A summer program to help teens gain job skills has come under state investigation, amid allegations City Councilwoman Lynne Hubbard played a heavy-handed role in its operations. The city clerk’s office declined to provide copies of information the State Attorney’s Office requested or subpoenaed concerning the Summer Youth Employment...
Riviera officials who helped fire manager accept award he helped land
 George H.W. Bush was president. John Gotti was off to prison. South Florida was recovering from Hurricane Andrew. And Riviera Beach won a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. It was 1992 and that was the last time Riviera Beach won that award from the national Government Finance Officers’ Association, in an annual contest to encourage...

Posted: 13 days ago

George H.W. Bush was president. John Gotti was off to prison. South Florida was recovering from Hurricane Andrew. And Riviera Beach won a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. It was 1992 and that was the last time Riviera Beach won that award from the national Government Finance Officers’ Association, in an annual contest to encourage...
West Palm Beach to close municipal golf course at end of the month
 The city commissioners, acting as the Golf Commission, reached consensus Tuesday to close West Palm Beach’s municipal golf course Sept. 30, to save on maintenance costs while completing a deal with a developer to rejuvenate the course, add condos, a hotel and a Topgolf entertainment complex. “The irrigation’s not in good...

Posted: 15 days ago

The city commissioners, acting as the Golf Commission, reached consensus Tuesday to close West Palm Beach’s municipal golf course Sept. 30, to save on maintenance costs while completing a deal with a developer to rejuvenate the course, add condos, a hotel and a Topgolf entertainment complex. “The irrigation’s not in good...
BREAKING: Downton Abbey exhibition coming to downtown West Palm Beach
 Downton Abbey fans, if you’ve wanted to transport yourself back in time and sip tea with the snooty Lady Mary, now’s your chance: “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” is coming to CityPlace in November. The popular exhibit recreates the world of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants — from the elaborate...

Posted: 16 days ago

Downton Abbey fans, if you’ve wanted to transport yourself back in time and sip tea with the snooty Lady Mary, now’s your chance: “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” is coming to CityPlace in November. The popular exhibit recreates the world of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants — from the elaborate...
Last chance to take advantage of Brightline’s Kids Ride Free deal
 This Labor Day weekend is the last chance for families to take advantage of Brightline’s Kids Ride Free promotion. Up to two children 12 years of age or younger will receive complimentary tickets on Brightline with the purchase of one adult Smart service ticket for a trip between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Riders...

Posted: 17 days ago

This Labor Day weekend is the last chance for families to take advantage of Brightline’s Kids Ride Free promotion. Up to two children 12 years of age or younger will receive complimentary tickets on Brightline with the purchase of one adult Smart service ticket for a trip between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Riders...
ANALYSIS: What’s pushing West Palm’s downtown building boom?
 Cities grow in spurts, their futures shaped by chance, vision and real estate markets that defy the best laid plans. West Palm Beach is no different, a 100-year-old hub in the shadow of a predicted downturn, with millions of dollars worth of projects approved but stalled by developers unwilling or unable to move forward. Despite those omens...

Posted: 19 days ago

Cities grow in spurts, their futures shaped by chance, vision and real estate markets that defy the best laid plans. West Palm Beach is no different, a 100-year-old hub in the shadow of a predicted downturn, with millions of dollars worth of projects approved but stalled by developers unwilling or unable to move forward. Despite those omens...
NEW: Why West Palm is putting the brakes on downtown scooter rentals
 To keep scooter concessionaires from riding roughshod over downtown West Palm, the city commission this week imposed a 180-day moratorium on their services in hopes of finding ways to regulate them. West Palm Beach is big on encouraging walking, biking, trolleys and other alternatives to cars. But with scooter sharing spreading quickly...

Posted: 19 days ago

To keep scooter concessionaires from riding roughshod over downtown West Palm, the city commission this week imposed a 180-day moratorium on their services in hopes of finding ways to regulate them. West Palm Beach is big on encouraging walking, biking, trolleys and other alternatives to cars. But with scooter sharing spreading quickly...
NEW: Some minor glitches, complaints at Palm Beach County voting sites
 Early voting generated hundreds of thousands of ballots across Palm Beach County but when it came to election day, it seemed more candidate signs dotted the drizzly landscape than voters. There were few lines at polling places and few reports of trouble. The question: Would the popularity of two weeks of early voting generate greater...

Posted: 22 days ago

Early voting generated hundreds of thousands of ballots across Palm Beach County but when it came to election day, it seemed more candidate signs dotted the drizzly landscape than voters. There were few lines at polling places and few reports of trouble. The question: Would the popularity of two weeks of early voting generate greater...
Carefree Theatre site gets initial rezoning nod, but what will it be?
 The owner of the former Carefree Theatre property on South Dixie Highway gained initial clearance Monday to rezone the site to make way for a new development. The four parcels within the 2-acre site were zoned differently, as a result of the progression of West Palm Beach development over the past century, making a new mixed-use...

Posted: 22 days ago

The owner of the former Carefree Theatre property on South Dixie Highway gained initial clearance Monday to rezone the site to make way for a new development. The four parcels within the 2-acre site were zoned differently, as a result of the progression of West Palm Beach development over the past century, making a new mixed-use...
NEW: Why West Palm is doubling its annual fire fee Oct. 1
 West Palm Beach homeowners will see their annual fee for fire service double to $50, starting Oct. 1. The city commission voted unanimously Monday to raise the fee from $25 for homes and to double the fee commercial property owners pay based on the size of their buildings. The city estimates the increases will raise $2.1 million to offset...

Posted: 22 days ago

West Palm Beach homeowners will see their annual fee for fire service double to $50, starting Oct. 1. The city commission voted unanimously Monday to raise the fee from $25 for homes and to double the fee commercial property owners pay based on the size of their buildings. The city estimates the increases will raise $2.1 million to offset...
Will third try be charm for art movies, apartments at Carefree site?
 Nearly three years since prominent New York developer and part-time Palm Beach resident Charles Cohen bought the West Palm Beach property where the Carefree Theater once stood on South Dixie Highway, the land sits bare. Two go-rounds with city officials and citizen opponents lie in the dust, including one effort by Cohen to build...

Posted: 25 days ago

Nearly three years since prominent New York developer and part-time Palm Beach resident Charles Cohen bought the West Palm Beach property where the Carefree Theater once stood on South Dixie Highway, the land sits bare. Two go-rounds with city officials and citizen opponents lie in the dust, including one effort by Cohen to build...
West Palm’s first and only adventure-style scavenger hunt is Saturday
 1. Scavenger hunt: Bamboozle, West Palm Beach’s first and only adventure-style scavenger hunt, takes place Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Teams of four will compete. This year’s theme is “Heroes and Villains.” Teams are encouraged to dress the part to receive extra points and opportunities. All proceeds benefit Little...

Posted: 26 days ago

1. Scavenger hunt: Bamboozle, West Palm Beach’s first and only adventure-style scavenger hunt, takes place Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Teams of four will compete. This year’s theme is “Heroes and Villains.” Teams are encouraged to dress the part to receive extra points and opportunities. All proceeds benefit Little...
NEW: Del Taco wants to join Wawa near Palm Beach International Airport
 The Wawa Market that opened to much fanfare near Palm Beach International Airport in 2017 will be joined by a Del Taco drive-thru, pending city approval of plans for the fast-growing fast-food chain. The West Palm Beach City Commission is scheduled to vote Monday on a development master plan modification for the site, at the southeast corner...

Posted: 27 days ago

The Wawa Market that opened to much fanfare near Palm Beach International Airport in 2017 will be joined by a Del Taco drive-thru, pending city approval of plans for the fast-growing fast-food chain. The West Palm Beach City Commission is scheduled to vote Monday on a development master plan modification for the site, at the southeast corner...
This four-lane road north of downtown has become a dangerous speedway
 Beatrice Marcelle, 87, was asleep shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 when a Toyota Camry fleeing police careened off North Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach and into her bedroom. The crash left her bruised, swollen and in pain, and her home uninhabitable, a gaping hole in its brick facade.  It left neighbors shaken, as well, at...

4:15 PM Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018

Beatrice Marcelle, 87, was asleep shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 when a Toyota Camry fleeing police careened off North Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach and into her bedroom. The crash left her bruised, swollen and in pain, and her home uninhabitable, a gaping hole in its brick facade.  It left neighbors shaken, as well, at...
This four-lane road north of downtown has become a dangerous speedway
 Beatrice Marcelle, 87, was asleep shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 when a Toyota Camry fleeing police careened off North Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach and into her bedroom. The crash left her bruised, swollen and in pain, and her home uninhabitable, a gaping hole in its brick facade. It left neighbors shaken, as well, at...

11:00 AM Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018

Beatrice Marcelle, 87, was asleep shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 when a Toyota Camry fleeing police careened off North Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach and into her bedroom. The crash left her bruised, swollen and in pain, and her home uninhabitable, a gaping hole in its brick facade. It left neighbors shaken, as well, at...
Kravis needs volunteers for ushers, tour guides, hospitality workers
 Happening around West Palm Beach: 1. Kravis volunteers. In preparation for its 2018-2019 season, the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is seeking volunteers. New Volunteer Orientations will be held on Friday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. Both events will be held in the Kravis Center’s Persson Hall...

3:43 PM Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

Happening around West Palm Beach: 1. Kravis volunteers. In preparation for its 2018-2019 season, the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is seeking volunteers. New Volunteer Orientations will be held on Friday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. Both events will be held in the Kravis Center’s Persson Hall...
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