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Why parking at West Palm meters with time left on them won’t work anymore
 Don’t hunt for a parking meter that has time left. It doesn’t work that way anymore. West Palm’s 200 smart meters have sensors that identify the arrival and departure of each car. When a car pulls out, the meter resets to zero. That’s now good news for the city’s homeless population, though. By vote of the city...

6:17 PM Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

Don’t hunt for a parking meter that has time left. It doesn’t work that way anymore. West Palm’s 200 smart meters have sensors that identify the arrival and departure of each car. When a car pulls out, the meter resets to zero. That’s now good news for the city’s homeless population, though. By vote of the city...
Unwanted: The sad journey of West Palm’s big, colorful popular spinning tops 
 More than 180,000 people rode the colorful carousels, the interactive artwork known as Los Trompos that graced West Palm’s waterfront lawn and later, Gaines and Howard parks. They were among the most popular works commissioned for the Art in Public Places collection. But after a year of use and hot sun, the spinning tops&rsquo...

6:02 PM Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

More than 180,000 people rode the colorful carousels, the interactive artwork known as Los Trompos that graced West Palm’s waterfront lawn and later, Gaines and Howard parks. They were among the most popular works commissioned for the Art in Public Places collection. But after a year of use and hot sun, the spinning tops&rsquo...
NEW: Okeechobee Business District approved — what it means for West Palm
 After 18 months of study, public hearings, debate and a September vote supposedly killing the proposal, the city commission Monday night gave its final approval to create the Okeechobee Business District after all, overriding concerns the plan to incentivize office construction would paralyze downtown traffic and allow a 25-story luxury tower...

1:06 AM Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

After 18 months of study, public hearings, debate and a September vote supposedly killing the proposal, the city commission Monday night gave its final approval to create the Okeechobee Business District after all, overriding concerns the plan to incentivize office construction would paralyze downtown traffic and allow a 25-story luxury tower...
West Palm Beach votes tonight on creating Okeechobee Business District
 The city commission takes its final vote tonight (Monday, Aug. 13) to create an Okeechobee Business District, a zoning change meant to encourage Class A office construction on the busy downtown corridor. The city has proposed the to alter the land use rules for Okeechobee Boulevard, from CityPlace to the waterfront, to attract high-end...

8:25 PM Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

The city commission takes its final vote tonight (Monday, Aug. 13) to create an Okeechobee Business District, a zoning change meant to encourage Class A office construction on the busy downtown corridor. The city has proposed the to alter the land use rules for Okeechobee Boulevard, from CityPlace to the waterfront, to attract high-end...
West Palm firefighters save 10-week-old pug in 6-foot-deep pipe
 We’ve heard about firefighters rescuing kittens from trees. But on Sunday six West Palm firefighters saved a puppy in a pipe. West Palm Beach residents Lisa Gerard, her daughters Hannah and Lila and their 10-week-old pug, Hank, were visiting Lisa’s sister Marisa Marulli in the Grandview Heights neighborhood Sunday afternoon, when...

1:42 AM Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

We’ve heard about firefighters rescuing kittens from trees. But on Sunday six West Palm firefighters saved a puppy in a pipe. West Palm Beach residents Lisa Gerard, her daughters Hannah and Lila and their 10-week-old pug, Hank, were visiting Lisa’s sister Marisa Marulli in the Grandview Heights neighborhood Sunday afternoon, when...
Beechcraft blows tire at PBI, blocking runways for more than an hour
 A private plane blew a tire on landing at Palm Beach International Airport Sunday afternoon, blocking two runways and tying up airport operations for more than an hour. The Beechcraft E55P was landing on Runway 28 Right at about 12:10 p.m. and came to a stop at the intersection of the airport’s two main runways. It returned to the airport...

10:55 PM Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018

A private plane blew a tire on landing at Palm Beach International Airport Sunday afternoon, blocking two runways and tying up airport operations for more than an hour. The Beechcraft E55P was landing on Runway 28 Right at about 12:10 p.m. and came to a stop at the intersection of the airport’s two main runways. It returned to the airport...
N. Flagler flooding: City has plan, but buried 1800s relic in the way
 After seven floods in 15 years and countless months spent with contractors on repairs, you don’t want to know what Sumner Kaye pays for flood insurance. Kaye, who bought the West Palm Beach house at 208 34th St. in 2003 for $300,000, recently had a contract to sell it for $500,000 — until he disclosed the problem. The buyer said...

10:00 AM Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018

After seven floods in 15 years and countless months spent with contractors on repairs, you don’t want to know what Sumner Kaye pays for flood insurance. Kaye, who bought the West Palm Beach house at 208 34th St. in 2003 for $300,000, recently had a contract to sell it for $500,000 — until he disclosed the problem. The buyer said...
What’s a triambic icosahedron? West Palm’s latest piece blends art, math
 If it’s the first triambic icosahedron you’ve seen, don’t be embarrassed. They don’t come along every day. One has come along to West Palm’s Sullivan Park, where West Palm recently installed “Deep Thought,” the latest addition to the city’s Art in Public Places collection. The golden, 60-sided...

8:18 PM Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

If it’s the first triambic icosahedron you’ve seen, don’t be embarrassed. They don’t come along every day. One has come along to West Palm’s Sullivan Park, where West Palm recently installed “Deep Thought,” the latest addition to the city’s Art in Public Places collection. The golden, 60-sided...
NEW: Despite traffic concerns, West Palm set to OK Okeechobee district
 The city commission will move ahead with its final vote Monday to create an Okeechobee Business District, despite strong criticism from the state transportation agency, Palm Beach County and the Town of Palm Beach. “We didn’t receive any objections from any state agencies,” Mayor Jeri Muoio said. The plan drew “comments...

9:35 PM Thursday, Aug. 09, 2018

The city commission will move ahead with its final vote Monday to create an Okeechobee Business District, despite strong criticism from the state transportation agency, Palm Beach County and the Town of Palm Beach. “We didn’t receive any objections from any state agencies,” Mayor Jeri Muoio said. The plan drew “comments...
Court gives West Palm another shot at opposing State Road 7 work
 An appeals court has buttressed West Palm Beach’s fight against the proposed extension of State Road 7 next to the Grassy Waters Preserve. A three-judge panel of the Fourth District Court of Appeal on Aug. 8 rescinded the South Florida Water Management District permit that approved the extension. The judges found that an administrative...

7:01 PM Thursday, Aug. 09, 2018

An appeals court has buttressed West Palm Beach’s fight against the proposed extension of State Road 7 next to the Grassy Waters Preserve. A three-judge panel of the Fourth District Court of Appeal on Aug. 8 rescinded the South Florida Water Management District permit that approved the extension. The judges found that an administrative...
NEW: West Palm scans all streets, signs, curbs to prioritize repairs
 The city is taking a hard look at its pavement. All 259.4 miles of it. Mayor Jeri Muoio announced Thursday an Orlando company named Digital Transfer Solutions has embarked on a three-week project to digitally scan the surface of all city roads, as well as signs and curb ramps, to help West Palm prioritize maintenance and repaving projects...

3:57 PM Thursday, Aug. 09, 2018

The city is taking a hard look at its pavement. All 259.4 miles of it. Mayor Jeri Muoio announced Thursday an Orlando company named Digital Transfer Solutions has embarked on a three-week project to digitally scan the surface of all city roads, as well as signs and curb ramps, to help West Palm prioritize maintenance and repaving projects...
Busy boat ramps set to reopen at Currie Park next month with upgrades
 The city has “beach” in its name but has no beach. It’s a boater’s paradise, on the Intracoastal with easy access to the Atlantic, but has no open ramps to slide your boat into the water. But here’s the good news: One of those problems is about to be fixed. West Palm’s director of Parks and Recreation,...

8:48 PM Tuesday, Aug. 07, 2018

The city has “beach” in its name but has no beach. It’s a boater’s paradise, on the Intracoastal with easy access to the Atlantic, but has no open ramps to slide your boat into the water. But here’s the good news: One of those problems is about to be fixed. West Palm’s director of Parks and Recreation,...
NEW: State ethics panel clears West Palm planning board member
 The Florida Commission on Ethics has cleared West Palm Beach Planning Board member Gregg Weiss of wrongdoing, ruling a complaint that he shouldn’t have recused himself from voting on the proposed Okeechobee Business District didn’t merit investigation. The board voted May 15 to recommend creating the zoning district, which would...

9:16 PM Monday, Aug. 06, 2018

The Florida Commission on Ethics has cleared West Palm Beach Planning Board member Gregg Weiss of wrongdoing, ruling a complaint that he shouldn’t have recused himself from voting on the proposed Okeechobee Business District didn’t merit investigation. The board voted May 15 to recommend creating the zoning district, which would...
VIDEO: Legally blind at 96, West Palm great-great grandmother still bowls 200+ scores
 She’s legally blind and almost 100 but you’ll be hard-pressed to beat West Palm Beach’s Kathryn Robinson at bowling. Robinson, who turns 97 next Friday, has been bowling since she was 37. Her first husband died in a car crash a year earlier and her kids were looking for something to do. “We had so much fun, we...

1:39 PM Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018

She’s legally blind and almost 100 but you’ll be hard-pressed to beat West Palm Beach’s Kathryn Robinson at bowling. Robinson, who turns 97 next Friday, has been bowling since she was 37. Her first husband died in a car crash a year earlier and her kids were looking for something to do. “We had so much fun, we...
EXCLUSIVE: How a Singer Island mansion escaped water bills for 6 years
 The waterfront house at 2765 Lake Drive is the ninth most valuable in Riviera Beach, its worth estimated by the county at nearly $2.2 million. Yet, despite its lush lawn, dock and swimming pool on Singer Island alongside the Intracoastal Waterway, five bedrooms and four full baths, utility bills obtained by The Palm Beach Post indicate no...

12:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018

The waterfront house at 2765 Lake Drive is the ninth most valuable in Riviera Beach, its worth estimated by the county at nearly $2.2 million. Yet, despite its lush lawn, dock and swimming pool on Singer Island alongside the Intracoastal Waterway, five bedrooms and four full baths, utility bills obtained by The Palm Beach Post indicate no...
West Palm’s Clematis by Night offering extended hours in August
 1. Clematis by Night. Through August, Clematis by Night has extended hours — offering free entertainment, food and drink specials, and seating under the stars — from 6-10 p.m. on Thursdays. The lineup on Aug. 9 will be B-Side Jones, a funk/rock) band, with headliner Andrew Luv & The Franchise Players Band (R&B/Pop/Top 40). On...

8:49 PM Friday, Aug. 03, 2018

1. Clematis by Night. Through August, Clematis by Night has extended hours — offering free entertainment, food and drink specials, and seating under the stars — from 6-10 p.m. on Thursdays. The lineup on Aug. 9 will be B-Side Jones, a funk/rock) band, with headliner Andrew Luv & The Franchise Players Band (R&B/Pop/Top 40). On...
Fired city manager, Riviera agree on $190,000 settlement — with a twist
 The city council settled with fired City Manager Jonathan Evans on Wednesday night for $190,000 and a statement “there was no evidence of malfeasance or misfeasance,” capping months of turmoil by reversing, on paper, his surprise September firing and instead painting the departure as a matter of “mutual consent.” But...

8:55 PM Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018

The city council settled with fired City Manager Jonathan Evans on Wednesday night for $190,000 and a statement “there was no evidence of malfeasance or misfeasance,” capping months of turmoil by reversing, on paper, his surprise September firing and instead painting the departure as a matter of “mutual consent.” But...
Florida Senate 30: Incumbent Powell faces challenge from Anderson
 For Florida Sen. Bobby Powell, seeking a return trip to Tallahassee, the priorities for Senate District 30 are economic development, affordable housing and “making sure we’re able to fund our public schools and teachers correctly.” Powell, the incumbent, faces a challenge in the Aug. 28 primary from Rubin Anderson, a substitute...

12:16 AM Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018

For Florida Sen. Bobby Powell, seeking a return trip to Tallahassee, the priorities for Senate District 30 are economic development, affordable housing and “making sure we’re able to fund our public schools and teachers correctly.” Powell, the incumbent, faces a challenge in the Aug. 28 primary from Rubin Anderson, a substitute...
West Palm’s latest art: Illuminating colors for dealership garage
 The dealership-heavy stretch of Okeechobee Boulevard just west of downtown will get its first taste of aesthetic relief, as Braman Motorcars on Monday won approval for an artist’s LED “light sculpture” to bring changing colors to the face of its new garage. City commissioners unanimously approved the installation by...

7:08 PM Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2018

The dealership-heavy stretch of Okeechobee Boulevard just west of downtown will get its first taste of aesthetic relief, as Braman Motorcars on Monday won approval for an artist’s LED “light sculpture” to bring changing colors to the face of its new garage. City commissioners unanimously approved the installation by...
NEW: Church responds to local rebels with 5 excommunications, police
 Five West Palm Beach parishioners have been excommunicated from a Pentecostal congregation their forefathers founded a century ago, for resisting their state bishop’s effort to control the local affiliate’s real estate. After the parishioners changed the church locks and posted an eviction notice on the door in June, Bishop Anthony...

12:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 28, 2018

Five West Palm Beach parishioners have been excommunicated from a Pentecostal congregation their forefathers founded a century ago, for resisting their state bishop’s effort to control the local affiliate’s real estate. After the parishioners changed the church locks and posted an eviction notice on the door in June, Bishop Anthony...
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