Palm Beach County

Alejandra Martinez / WLRN

On this Monday, April 6, episode of Sundial:

Navigating South Florida’s unemployment crisis

The number of Floridians applying for unemployment benefits continues to rise as thousands of people are being laid off in masses due to this coronavirus. 

Court Backs Vacation-Rental Platforms In Tax Dispute

Mar 25, 2020

TALLAHASSEE — Calling the companies “simply conduits,” a divided appeals court Wednesday said Airbnb and similar vacation-rental platforms are not required to collect and send in county tourist-development taxes.

A panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal, in a 2-1 decision, upheld a circuit judge’s ruling in favor of Airbnb, Tripadvisor and HomeAway in a battle with Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon over collection of the so-called “bed taxes.”

Broward And Palm Beach To Close All Non-Essential Businesses To Contain Coronavirus, Governor Says

Mar 20, 2020
Amy Beth Bennett / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Broward and Palm Beach counties soon will shut down all “non-essential” businesses as part of containing the new coronavirus, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday afternoon.


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Evan Vucci / AP

Florida voters went to the polls Tuesday despite escalating impacts from coronavirus, while across the country in Ohio, the primary election was postponed at the direction of the state's top health officer.

MATIAS J. OCNER / Miami Herald

Two days after announcing that it was conducting free drive-thru testing for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, a nonprofit in West Palm Beach had to halt new visits after it was overrun by demand and quickly ran out of testing supplies.

Ted S. Warren / AP

UPDATE: FoundCare announced Tuesday that it is no longer taking appointments for its COVID-19 drive-through testing site. The CEO Yolette Bonnet said in a statement that the nonprofit received Monday more than 6,000 calls for appointments. FoundCare says it is booked until April 10, and more testing appointments cannot be scheduled until it receives additional testing kits.

FoundCare, a nonprofit federally qualified health center, is setting up a drive-through testing site for COVID-19 in Palm Beach County, starting Monday, March 16 at 10 a.m.

What are the symptoms?

How should you prepare?

How does it spread?

These are some of the questions you’ve asked us about the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re here to answer them for you. 

Showering Love

It looks like a tour bus in the middle of a gated parking lot in downtown Miami. 

It’s Sunday morning and a line is starting to form. Seven people so far. 

The bus was converted to house two two-shower stalls inside — one is accessible for people in wheelchairs.


Early Friday the Florida Department of Health confirmed another case of COVID-19 in Miami-Dade County.

The announcement came just hours after health officials confirmed 15 additional cases. It brings to 51 the total number of COVID 19 cases in Florida.

While young people haven’t been significantly known to have symptoms of the disease, up to five people in their 20s in the state have contracted it — including two people ages 25 and 29 in Broward. Another person in Broward is a 20-year-old from out of state.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

This post covered South Florida coronavirus news updates from March 10 through March 15. Because of the swift and frequent changes in this ongoing story, WLRN has--for the moment--decided to start a fresh roundup each day. To find today's Coronavirus Live Update, click here

Madeline Fox / WLRN

Walking the trails around the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse area, it’s easy to see why the site’s manager describes the role as his dream job.

He's been working there for six years, and remembers its individual plants in precise detail. 

"I remember when this mangrove used to sit on the fringe, and now it's 10, 11 feet out there on its own little clump," he says, gesturing. Further down the trail, he points out sand pine scrub and hardwood hammock ecosystems that he's seen flourish over the years. 


On this Wednesday, March 4, episode of Sundial:

A recap of Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday proved to be a critical turning point in the race for the Democratic presidential nominee. Last night, former Vice President Joe Biden had big wins across the South and in Texas, while U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont took California and Colorado. 

This morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially ended his campaign and endorsed Biden for the nomination. Bloomberg held a rally in West Palm Beach last night.

Maria Esquinca

South Florida experts on Tuesday discussed the region's affordable housing problem during a conference held by the Urban Land Institute. 

The panel was one of many during the three-day Housing Opportunity 2020 conference in Miami.

Historic South Florida Train Station Goes Up In Smoke

Feb 25, 2020
Delray Beach Fire-Rescue

One firefighter required hospital treatment while colleagues battled a stubborn blaze in Delray Beach’s abandoned but historic train station near Interstate 95 and Atlantic Avenue.

The injuries were not life-threatening, officials said. Several fire engines were at the scene when the fire broke out about 10 a.m. Tuesday.