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Palm Beach County’s mask rules are constitutional, a judge said Monday in the first ruling in South Florida over COVID-19 controls at the center of the debate over public safety and personal freedom.

As the Palm Beach County school district decides how to open schools this year, the county’s health director is raising concerns about child safety amid the pandemic. She says the positivity rate for kids under 18 has gone up slightly. 

Kayla Mendez

Jenn Accius doesn’t like opening up about her past encounter with a violent police officer. That trauma is normally hidden away but occasionally spills out on poetry pages — one of the only spaces where she’s felt comfortable.

This moment feels different.


When the U.S. got its first cases of COVID-19, there was hope that hot summer weather would eventually help suppress the virus. It hasn’t worked out that way. And Palm Beach County’s top health official says the virus could still get worse in the fall.

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In response to the economic downturn due to COVID-19, the state budget for this fiscal year included over $1 billion in cuts. That's including nearly 30 projects and programs in Palm Beach County. 


Palm Beach County Residents To Receive Reusable Masks In The Mail

Jun 27, 2020
Amy Beth Bennett / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Palm Beach County will mail every household two reusable masks to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, Mayor Dave Kerner announced Friday afternoon.

The county has a high concentration of seniors who need to be protected, he said.

“There are people on the streets who are dying.”

John Brewer

John Brewer never expected this restaurant support community to take off.

14,000 members later, Delray Beach's largest “flash mob” had expanded beyond the city, opening chapters in four cities within Palm Beach County.

Palm Beach County Looking At Mandatory Masks

Jun 16, 2020
Carl Juste / Miami Herald

With coronavirus cases spiking in Palm Beach County, commissioners are considering making mask-wearing mandatory in public buildings.

Allen Eyestone / Palm Beach Post

With coronavirus hotspots cropping up in the region’s farming communities, youngsters being hospitalized with COVID-19 and some restaurants flagrantly violating social distancing rules, Palm Beach County’s top health official warned Tuesday that the deadly pandemic is far from over.

Speaking to the county commission, Dr. Alina Alonso noted that the number of COVID-19 cases had been averaging 68 a day but in the last seven days jumped to an average of about 115 a day.


As Florida’s phase one takes further shape, Palm Beach County commissioners voted 5-2 to reopen public beaches Monday, May 18. Commissioners Gregg Weiss and Mack Bernard opposed the vote during the 3-hour special meeting.

Last week, the commission voted 4-3 to reopen beaches but needed time to hash out legal and social distancing logistics.

Any restrictions?

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Local governments are in the early phases of reopening parks, marinas, golf courses and other recreational facilities. Many of them started that process on Wednesday, April 29, but some cities and towns have kept parks closed or are gradually reopening those facilities. 

Here, we’re compiling information on how South Florida recreational facilities are reopening. This post will be updated.

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When Paul Abbott first moved to South Florida, he, like many transplants, had to learn how to fight the heat.

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Prince Andrew suffered fresh scrutiny Monday night when the woman who says she was a trafficking victim made to have sex with him when she was 17 asked the British public to support her quest for justice.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre told BBC Panorama that people "should not accept this as being OK."

Giuffre's first UK television interview on the topic describes how she says she was trafficked by notorious sex offender Jeffrey Epstein beginning in 2001 and ordered to have sex with Andrew three times, including once in London.

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN

South Florida headcounts during the 2020 U.S. Census will determine how much federal funding out of $675 billion will be invested in local communities over the next decade. It’s also critical in deciding Congressional seats and political power. 

To encourage more participation so South Florida sees its fair share of distributed federal tax dollars, the City of Miami announced its awareness campaign - Make Miami Count (#MakeMiamiCount.) 

Walter Michot / Miami Herald

Pollution from auto emissions has gone up 55 percent in the Tampa Bay area since 1990, according to a nationwide analysis the New York Times published last week.

The numbers are nearly the same or worse for other parts of the state during that time period: a 53 percent increase in the Jacksonville area; 58 percent in the Dade-Broward region; 61 percent in the Sarasota-Bradenton area; 98 percent in the Orlando region; and a whopping 126 percent in Naples.