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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.

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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.

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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.) 

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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.

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The architecturally curious have just a few more weeks to see an exhibit chronicling the life and legacy of the man credited with creating the “Palm Beach style” – the stucco, red-roofed Spanish Colonial Revival architecture now prominent along the Florida coast.

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Palm Beach County is betting on buses – and WLRN decided to try out some of the upgrades. 

We rode county buses from Lake Worth to Delray Beach, where county dignitaries and PalmTran employees stuck their gold shovels in dirt Tuesday to mark the start of a year-plus project to build an expanded headquarters from which the county hopes to launch a next-generation fleet of buses.

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Two Boca Raton area men, who have long histories of run-ins with federal regulators, have been accused of defrauding Medicare as part of what prosecutors said is one of the biggest health care fraud schemes in the nation’s history.

High-ranking Democrats on Capitol Hill are calling for a counterintelligence investigation into a woman who has peddled access to President Trump and who founded the massage parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is accused of soliciting sex.

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President Donald Trump left South Florida after reaping millions of dollars from one of his first major fundraising efforts this year for his 2020 re-election bid.

Trump netted $7 million from GOP donors in two events at Mar-a-Lago, the Republican National Committee said Sunday.

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A Florida police chief has announced that Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, will face charges of soliciting prostitution after he was caught on surveillance video allegedly in the midst of a sexual act.

Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr announced the charges on Friday as part of a sting on a local spa suspected of human trafficking and potential money laundering.

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For the first time in 26 years, a Florida police officer is standing trial for an on-duty killing — and one of his defenses will be the state's controversial "stand your ground" law.

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Palm Beach County is eliminating solitary confinement for juveniles in adult jails.

The change comes after Palm Beach County's Sheriff's Office reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit that alleged the practice violated the civil rights of it’s youngest inmates. 

The School District of Palm Beach was also mentioned in the lawsuit. 

The county’s sheriff office did not respond to WLRN’s requests for comment.

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The Palm Beach County school district is planning changes for upcoming football games after two people were shot during a pre-season match late Friday night.

Some football games will be played on Saturday mornings, and remaining Friday games will start an hour earlier, at 6 p.m., as a result of the shooting during the Palm Beach Central High School game against William T. Dwyer High School. Also, from now on, only clear bags will be allowed at games, and there will be no re-entry allowed if people leave the stadium during a game.

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