Palm Beach County

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It was a beautiful Tuesday morning at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. The sun was sparkling off the clear blue water, a light breeze was stirring through the native trees and plants, and – notably – children in matching polos were bouncing up and down with excitement about climbing the historic red tower.

“Look at all of them in their little red shirts,” said Jamie Stuve, who oversees the lighthouse area’s historical functions as the president and CEO of the Loxahatchee River Historical Society. “They love it, that makes me so happy.”

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A celebration of veterans’ contributions and sacrifices outside Greenacres City Hall for Veterans Day hit repeatedly on the psychological, as well as the physical, wounds that soldiers bring home.

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The city of Delray Beach wants to make sure its elementary school students read at grade level.

It kicked off its eighth annual “Delray Reads” event at Plumosa School of the Arts on Thursday morning with the school choir singing to volunteers about how important it is to "Read, Read, Read."

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Palm Beach County has a bustling craft beer scene – more than a dozen breweries span the area between Tequesta and Boca Raton.

Now it’s adding a new self-serve taproom featuring beers from across the county, state and country. 

John Macatangay, the founder of Delray Beach-based Hopportunities, envisioned it as a German-style beer hall – part community gathering place, part watering hole, part event area and part art gallery.

Courtesy of Monroe County Fl

Monroe County led the state last year in the rate of deaths by motor vehicle accidents and suicides.

That's according to the annual report from the Medical Examiners Commission. It tracks autopsies and causes of death throughout Florida.

Source: Palm Beach County website

Planned burning for Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach started Monday.

The prescribed burning season will run through the end of May for the Okeeheelee Park Natural Area and through the end of October for Okeeheelee Park South – seven months and nearly a full year, respectively.

Greg Atkinson, Palm Beach County’s parks operations superintendent, said that long period is normal, and doesn’t mean residents should expect nonstop flames and smoke – park officials typically conduct fewer than 10 burns, lasting six to eight hours each, per year.

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President Donald Trump has done what so many New Yorkers have done before him — and upped sticks for the Sunshine State.

Courtesy of Clifford Ross

In South Florida, hurricanes are a force of destruction, a driver of change and a fact of life.

All those qualities also make hurricanes a good catalyst for art. The power of hurricanes on the surf inspired the work of artist Clifford Ross, whose exhibit “Waves” will open at the Boca Raton Museum of Art on November 5th.

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Palm Beach County staffers who didn’t show up for Hurricane Dorian duty could have put the public at risk. Now they’ll have to pay for it.

More than two dozen employees didn’t report to man the county’s shelters when evacuation orders were issued in anticipation of Dorian. They all have been suspended for one week without pay and could be fired if they do it again, said Human Resources Director Wayne Condry.

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A public meeting Monday night in Jupiter about the Brightline/Virgin Trains’s northward expansion turned tense as residents voiced concerns about noise, construction closures and unforeseen costs.

Palm Beach County’s Newest City Gets Police Force

Oct 8, 2019
Austen Erblat / South Florida Community News

The city of Westlake, which incorporated on a piece of farmland in central Palm Beach County in 2016 following a five-person vote, will be contracting with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services, according to an agreement.

The sheriff’s office announced the deal on its Twitter and Facebook pages and sent a copy of the agreement to the Sun Sentinel Monday. PBSO has created a new district to cover the city, which sits on Seminole Pratt Whitney Boulevard about three miles north of Okeechobee Boulevard and about five miles south of Northlake Boulevard.

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The Palm Beach County Library System will stop charging overdue fines October 1st.

Now, instead of being dimed each day you fail to return your latest page-turner (no, really – the fee per item per day is $0.10), fees will be assessed only when the book is out seven days past its due date – when  the library marks it lost and charges you to replace it.

If the book is returned after the one-week mark, the library will waive that replacement charge. If it really is lost or damaged, though, the patron is responsible for paying the replacement cost.

Meghan McCarthy / Palm Beach Post

The Sackler family, owner of OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma, is behind the recent $6.8 million purchase of a rehabbed downtown West Palm Beach office building, the Palm Beach Post has learned.

The July 31 purchase of the Glidden Spina + Partners building for a Sackler family office took place less than two months before Purdue Pharma filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, in a bid to resolve 2,600 opioid lawsuits pending against the company.

School Board Members Face Over $3,500 In Salary Cuts

Sep 18, 2019
Carline Jean / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The job of School Board member has now become less lucrative in some South Florida counties.

Broward School Board members will have their salaries reduced by $3,500; in Palm Beach County it’ll be $3,700, due to a change in state law, which says School Board members can’t be paid more than first-year teachers.

That means School Board members are now being paid $41,233 in Broward and $41,000 in Palm Beach, down from $44,749 in both counties. Miami-Dade salaries for this year are $44,892, which are lower than beginning teacher salaries of $46,125, a spokeswoman said.

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TALLAHASSEE --- Senate President Bill Galvano on Wednesday threw his support behind revising a state law that governs training for school guardians, after a dispute between Palm Beach County schools and a private security firm ended up in court.

Galvano said he wants the Senate to work on “clarifying” a school safety law, which outlines the training requirements for armed school personnel, including classroom teachers, under the guardian program.

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