West Palm Beach

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Invasive iguanas burrowing into the soft dirt around an aging dam cost a Florida city $1.8 million in emergency repairs.

Employees noticed last year that water was seeping round the edges of a decades-old weir that controls water delivery in West Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Post reported.

homeless
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Fort Lauderdale and Broward County were named in the top 'largely suburban' communities in the country last year for the number of people experiencing homelessness, the chronically homless, and homeless veterans. 

That's according to the newly released report from the U.S. Department of Housing And Urban Development. 

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Teresa Gonzalez never imagined living on Gabriel Lane.

The West Palm Beach street is famous for its Christmas light displays. It’s even listed on Foursquare as “the Christmas Street.” For the entire month of December, cars parked along Florida Mango Street, inching along Gabriel Lane, throughout the evening hours.

Gonzalez, who grew up in the area, was 17 when she first joined the throngs of people admiring Gabriel Lane’s lights.

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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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Describing the law as an “unnecessary and unconstitutional overreach,” cities and counties argue that an appeals court should reject a 2011 state law that threatens tough penalties if local elected officials approve gun regulations.

Boca Gives New Brightline Station The Green Light

Dec 11, 2019
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If you live between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, soon you’ll have a link in the middle to board a high-speed train down to Miami and eventually up to Orlando.

Boca Raton City Council members gave the green light for a new Brightline train station Tuesday night. The station will be built next door to the city’s downtown library, a few blocks west of Mizner Park.

Boca Expected To OK New Brightline Station Today

Dec 10, 2019
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Today’s the day Boca Raton leaders vote on the new Brightline station.

City Council members will likely approve the lease for the 1.8 acre of land next door to the city’s downtown library. They’ll also likely approve an ordinance allowing for the construction that will foster the train company’s goals of having the shiny new train station up and running by the end of next year.

Florida Lawmakers Seek Money For Local Projects

Sep 30, 2019

Lawmakers are already seeking about $120 million for projects and programs in their local communities, while the latest state revenue estimates have spurred the House budget leader to urge “restraint” as the 2020 legislative session nears.

And based on past sessions, the number of local funding proposals — sometimes derided by critics as “pork” or “turkeys”— will soon explode.

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FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA - After days of living on a devastated island with no electricity or running water, thousands gathered at Freeport Harbour in Grand Bahama this weekend trying to get tickets to the first passenger boat leaving from Freeport to the Port of Palm Beach since Hurricane Dorian struck.

Updated at 9:18 a.m. ET Wednesday

Hurricane Dorian is crawling along as a Category 2 storm after spending more than a day thrashing Grand Bahama Island, where at least seven people are reported dead.

The core of the storm will "move dangerously close" to the coasts of Florida and Georgia throughout the night and into Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Brightline
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Many South Florida commuters want the convenience of a Brightline train station near them — and now we know the next locations on track to get them.

The high-speed train service’s next priority station stops are Boca Raton, Aventura and PortMiami, the company says.

National Hurricane Center

The clouds and storms located between South Florida and the northwest Bahamas that have become Tropical Depression Three will likely mean rain and thunderstorms for the region, but forecasters have dialed back the potential for heavy flooding.

The weather system is staying at sea and its heaviest rains are on its east side.

At 5 a.m. Tuesday, Tropical Depression Three was located about 40 miles northeast of West Palm Beach with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm isn’t expected to move over South Florida.

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Dozens of people packed Cafe Centro in West Palm Beach on Monday night to celebrate the birthday of “The King of Palm Beach County Entertainment,” Rob Russell.

“I don’t feel like I’m getting older, I feel like I’m getting better,” Russell told the crowd.

Russell helped launch the Royal Room at Palm Beach’s storied Colony Hotel. He was the supper club’s entertainment director for more than a decade, booking world-class singers and acting as master of ceremonies.

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Ruth Funes tried for a year to open her own bank account but kept getting denied. The bank rejected the photo ID she brought with her from Honduras when she moved to the United States in 2004, she said, “My husband opened a (joint) account with me.”

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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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