Palm Beach County

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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On this Thursday, July 9, episode of Sundial:


Palm Beach County Schools Fully Remote Learning


After a six hour meeting on Wednesday, the Palm Beach County School Board unanimously agreed that classes would resume fully online in August. 

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At the start of the Lake Worth Beach city commission meeting Tuesday night, Commissioner Herman Robinson asked to add an item to the agenda, asking for “a brief clarification” about systemic racism. He was forced to withdraw due to time constraints — that set the stage for a long, tense virtual meeting.

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The Lake Worth Beach city commission will consider a resolution Tuesday “urging” the Palm Beach County commission to rename Dixie Highway from the south county line in Boca Raton to Jupiter in the north.

The one exception would be Riviera Beach, which changed the roadway’s name to President Barack Obama Highway in 2015.

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Beaches will be closed in South Florida for the Fourth of July weekend but people are still going to be on the water — on boats. From Palm Beach County to the Keys, law enforcement is gearing up to handle  crowds and to try enforcing social distancing, and other rules, on the water.

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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
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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.”

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June 19 commemorates the day the last enslaved African Americans learned of their freedom in Galveston, Texas — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

This year, Juneteenth was observed amid continuing demonstrations and other events addressing systemic racism, injustice and police violence. In South Florida, people danced, remembered and looked ahead.

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

People in Palm Beach County are walking and cycling their way through the pandemic; they’re spending less time driving their cars, a pattern that may persist even as coronavirus-related restrictions are lifted.

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As cooks, waiters, and hair stylists, come back to work after two months, Palm Beach County is setting aside part of the $261 million it received through the CARES Act to help businesses re-open.

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Palm Beach County's Homeless and Housing Alliance and several non-profit organizations say they counted 1,510 homeless individuals and families during the annual homeless point-in-time count.

Seniors, who make up 12 percent of the total homeless population, are experiencing a 43 percent increase in homelessness — according to a statement following the count.


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?