PALM BEACH COUNTY
Mystery solved: Beachgoers see odd giant structure float by Palm Beach County's coast
The VB 10,000, the largest lift vessel built in the U.S., is a catamaran-style heavy-lifting barge with four cranes that had been working for a year to remove the Golden Ray cargo ship that capsized in September 2019.news.yahoo.com
Deputies: Florida toddlers drown in neighbor’s swimming pool after grandmother reports them missing
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Two toddlers drowned in a neighbor’s swimming pool after they were reported missing by their grandmother, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said a 2-year-old boy and a 3-year-old boy were found floating in a nearby pool in the 600 block of Northeast Second Street in Belle Glade. READ: Police: Father beat 12-year-old, left him in laundry room to dieAfter searching for about 30 minutes, the grandmother told deputies that the boys were missing. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office aviation located the children in a neighbor’s pool, investigators said. READ: Police deny claims that DNA didn’t match Brian Laundrie’s remainsThe children were removed from the pool and deputies performed CPR on them.wftv.com
Florida judge cancels Rod Stewart’s trial, schedules plea hearing
>> Read more trending newsAccording to court records, Palm Beach County Judge August Bonivita canceled Tuesday’s hearing and set an Oct 22 appearance in absentia, according to The Associated Press. The ruling means Stewart, 76, and his son, Sean Stewart, 41, will not have to appear in person. According to prosecutors, Rod Stewart punched a security guard who was working a private event at The Breakers in Palm Beach on Dec. 31, 2019, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Rod Stewart, whose raspy voice has produced 16 Top-10 hits in the U.S. and four No. >> Rod Stewart reaches plea deal stemming from incident at Palm Beach resortRod Stewart was charged with simple battery, along with his son, Sean Stewart, WPEC reported.wftv.com
Cross-county police chase, with a body in the bed of a Ford F-150, is ‘just like a movie’
Possible plot synopsis: A man and a woman shoot a man and are seen trying to drag his body into a canal. The couple don’t count on someone seeing it all go down. After the witness contacts sheriffs to tell them the pair are now loading the body into the bed of a pickup truck the suspects speed off. Minutes later, sheriffs spot the truck — and a body part of the dead man in the rear bed of the pickup — as the chase crosses counties and comes to an end under a major interstate.news.yahoo.com
Two Florida business people accused of selling fake nursing degrees to hundreds of students
Instead of offering a 22-month nursing track, filled with clinical work, national exams and a certification to practice, a South Florida educational racket provided bogus diplomas to hundreds of students in a matter of weeks for about $17,000 each, according to federal authorities.news.yahoo.com
3 dead, including suspect, in shooting at Publix supermarket in Florida
Police Car Emergency Services Authorities in Palm Beach County, Florida, are investigating a shooting that left three people dead, including a child and the suspected gunman, at the Royal Palm Beach Publix supermarket on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (JasonDoiy/Getty Images/iStockphoto, File)ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. — Three people died Thursday in a shooting reported at a Publix supermarket in Royal Palm Beach, including a child and the suspected shooter, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. >> Read more trending newsDeputies confirmed the shooting happened inside the grocery store on Royal Palm Beach Boulevard. @Publix statement on shooting inside Royal Palm Beach store. “Detectives are in the beginning stages of determining what led up to the shooting,” deputies said in a social media post.wftv.com
Florida COVID update for Monday: 1,606 cases added, lowest recorded since October
Florida’s Department of Health on Monday announced 1,606 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 — the lowest single-day case count recorded since October. The state also announced 28 new deaths. Of those who died, 27 were residents.news.yahoo.com
Florida COVID update for Tuesday: 94 more resident deaths, highest in over a month
Florida’s Department of Health on Tuesday announced 2,805 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The state also announced 97 new deaths. Of those who died, 94 were residents, the highest death increase since March.news.yahoo.com
Florida COVID update for Monday: 1,976 cases added, lowest in more than a month
Florida’s Department of Health on Monday announced 1,976 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 — the lowest count recorded since last month. The state also announced 59 new deaths. Of those who died, 58 were residents.news.yahoo.com
Florida Man Sentenced for Evading Taxes on Millions in Secret Offshore Bank Accounts
A resident of Palm Beach County, Florida, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for not reporting his foreign financial accounts from 2006 through 2015 and for willfully evading the assessment of millions in taxes from 2007 through 2014. Bruer’s company had numerous employees and reaped millions of dollars in annual gross receipts. Despite its success, Bruer’s company did not file employment or corporate tax returns, nor did the company pay employment or income taxes. Between 2007 to 2011 alone, Bruer transferred $5.8 million from domestic accounts to these foreign financial accounts. In total, between 2007 and 2014, Bruer did not report receiving $7,726,213 in income, nor did he pay $2,789,538 in taxes.justice.gov
Florida COVID update for Monday: 2,296 cases added, lowest recorded in nearly a month
Florida’s Department of Health on Monday announced 2,296 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the lowest recorded in nearly a month. The state also announced 53 new deaths. Of those who died, 52 were residents.news.yahoo.com
COVID-19 outbreak partially shuts down Trump's Mar-a-Lago
Former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago club has been partially shut down because of a COVID-19 outbreak, a receptionist confirmed to CBS News. The extent of the outbreak at the club, where Mr. Trump has resided since leaving office, is not clear. Trump’s Mar-A-Lago club is partially shut down due to a COVID-19 outbreak. It’s not clear how many cases have been reported or how the outbreak is affecting Mr. Trump, who now lives at the club. Palm Beach County, Florida, where Mr. Trump's club is located, has the third-highest number of coronavirus cases in the state, according to Johns Hopkins University.cbsnews.com
Video shows women attacking worker at Florida Popeye’s drive-thru window
LANTANA, Fla. – A dramatic attack and robbery was captured on camera at a Popeyes restaurant in Palm Beach County, News 6 partner Local 10 reports. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office released the video as they try to track down the suspects. Two of the women in the car are accused of spitting on the worker and attacking her. Two other women got out of the car and began attacking other employees inside the restaurant. Deputies said one woman reached through the drive-thru window, grabbing cash from the register before the car took off.
Controversy swirls in Florida over lowering of flags for Rush Limbaugh
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Palm Beach County defied Gov. Ron DeSantis' Tuesday afternoon order directing its U.S. and Florida flags to be flown at half-staff. He also ordered the Town of Palm Beach and the State Capitol in Tallahassee to fly their flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday. Trump also lives in Palm Beach at his Mar-a-Lago club and he and Limbaugh were close friends. DeSantis called Limbaugh a legend during a news conference two days later and indicated he would direct flags to be flown at half-staff to honor him.
As Pandemic Begins to Wane, Florida Supreme Court May Take Up Mask Mandates
After months of legal wrangling across Florida about mask requirements during the Covid-19 pandemic, a challenge to a Palm Beach County mask mandate has gone to the state Supreme Court. Opponents of the mandate have filed a notice that is a first step in asking the Supreme Court to consider arguments that the Palm Beach County mandate is unconstitutional, according to documents posted Thursday on the Supreme Court website. The move came after a panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal on Jan. 27 upheld a circuit judge’s refusal to block the mask requirement. For example, the 1st District Court of Appeal heard arguments in November in a challenge to an Alachua County mask requirement, though it has not issued a ruling. Ron DeSantis has declined to issue a statewide mask mandate amid the coronavirus pandemic, but numerous local governments have approved such requirements.flaglerlive.com
Black and poor left behind in Florida's vaccine rollout
CBS MoneyWatch took a deep dive into Florida's vaccine rollout, comparing vaccinations rates with demographics on income and race across the state's 67 counties. Residents of Florida's 10 counties with the highest incomes had a vaccination rate of 9% — that's nearly double the 5% vaccination rate of people living in the state's 10 poorest counties. Statewide, the first-dose vaccination rate for Floridians is 6%. Palm Beach County, which is home to former President Donald Trump, illustrates the problems with Florida's vaccine rollout. Florida was among the four states STAT found that had the highest gap in vaccination rates between rich and poor.cbsnews.com
Publix expands COVID-19 vaccine appointments to all Central Florida counties
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Publix supermarkets have again expanded the counties where the grocer is offering coronavirus vaccine appointments and with the latest addition now all of Central Florida’s 10 counties have Publix pharmacies with shots. Publix updated its vaccine registration website Tuesday with an update saying beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, eligible residents would be able to make vaccine appointments. By 10 a.m. Wednesday all new appointments were filled at the new Central Florida locations. With the latest expansion, the supermarket based out of Lakeland is now vaccinating people in 41 out of Florida’s 67 counties at 593 Publix pharmacies throughout the state. In addition to Publix pharmacies, Winn-Dixie, Walmart and Sam’s Club stores will also begin offering vaccine appointments in Central Florida soon.
Florida health officials to conduct audit after doses of coronavirus vaccine spoiled
Florida health officials announced on Wednesday that they are conducting an audit of the state's handling of the coronavirus vaccine. It was unclear how long the Florida doses were stored improperly. State health data shows that more than 2.2 million doses have been administered in Florida. More than 421,000 people have received both of the required vaccine doses to be considered fully immunized, per health officials. The CDC said nearly 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been distributed nationwide and more than 27 million people have received at least one shot, as of February 3.cbsnews.com
1,000 COVID vaccine doses damaged in Florida county
MIAMI – More than 1,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were reported damaged last week in Palm Beach County, prompting Florida health officials on Wednesday to call for an audit into how the life-saving vaccines are being handled. Ron DeSantis said health officials wanted to inquire after receiving reports of doses that were spoiled because they were improperly stored. The Florida Department of Health has asked the Palm Beach County Health Care District to conduct a full accounting of all vaccine-related equipment and procedures to store and handle the vaccine. The audit must be completed by Feb. 12, and findings and actions must be reported to the health department. “Get it in someone’s arm, don’t let any of it go to waste, especially given how much demand there is for it.”
Governor announces new vaccine pod in South Florida Community
PAHOKEE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a new vaccine pod in Palm Beach County Wednesday afternoon. [TRENDING: How to get a vaccine in Fla. | Wanted: Man accused of shooting at detective | Cops: Fla. man decapitated hamster]The need for a vaccine pod in this community was brought to the governor’s attention by Boldin himself, according to the governor. Boldin, a Pahokee native, reached out to the Secretary of the Florida Lottery, John Davis, to discuss the need in the community. Eligible activities include acquisition of public property for public works facilities and sites; public improvements; business and microenterprise assistance; public services; project planning; and, broadband planning and public infrastructure.
Publix reopens portal for vaccine appointments in Florida
Publix reopened its online portal Wednesday morning for eligible people to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. The available appointments, which will take place later this week, were all booked in Brevard, Volusia, Flagler and Marion counties in less than 90 minutes. [TRENDING: How to get a vaccine in Fla. | Wanted: Man accused of shooting at detective | Cops: Fla. man decapitated hamster]The Publix portal next reopens at 7 a.m. Friday. “We’re happy to announce we’re expanding the program to include eight Publix pharmacies in Indian River County and 11 Publix pharmacies in St. Lucie County,” DeSantis said. To make an appointment when the portal reopens, click here.
Upholding Requirement, Court Compares Mask Mandate to Smoking Bans in Public Places
A state appeals court Wednesday rejected a challenge to a Palm Beach County requirement that people wear face masks in businesses and other public places to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The 10-page ruling by a panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal upheld a circuit judge’s refusal to issue a temporary injunction to block the mask mandate. The order, which has been extended several times, includes exceptions to the mask requirement for such things as eating, according to the appeals court. Ron DeSantis has declined to issue a statewide mask mandate amid the coronavirus pandemic, but numerous local governments have approved such requirements. The 1st District Court of Appeal, for example, heard arguments in November in a challenge to an Alachua County mask requirement, though it has not issued a ruling.flaglerlive.com
Kenny Chesney group helps install artificial reef in Florida
Chesneys No Shoes Reefs organization is helping to have an artificial reef installed off of Floridas Atlantic Coast. The organization and other marine groups donated and installed 13 reef balls on the ocean floor off of Delray Beach in Palm Beach County. (Photo by Rick Scuteri/Invision/AP, File)DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Country music superstar Kenny Chesney's No Shoes Reefs organization is helping to install an artificial reef off of Florida's Atlantic coast. It will make up a 32-acre (13-hectare) underwater reef park known as No Shoes Reef 4. Delray Beach is located south of West Palm Beach.
Some Black communities in Florida have no vaccine access
Ron DeSantis has given the chain sole distribution rights for the coronavirus vaccine in Palm Beach County. “I don't understand.”Publix declined comment Wednesday on vaccine distribution in the Belle Glade area, referring questions to the governor’s office. There are 67 Palm Beach County Publix stores distributing the vaccine — but it does not have any stores in the county's northwest corner. But vaccine access has been a concern among advocates for the poor and communities of color statewide. Some say the Belle Glade issue should cause state officials to re-examine whether all Florida residents 65 and older have easy access to the vaccine.
Every county in Florida has access to a COVID-19 vaccine, governor says
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – All of Florida’s 67 counties now have at least one site offering a coronavirus vaccine. This will be the first large county where Publix pharmacies will be rolling out its vaccination program since partnering with the state. The governor spoke again in Brevard County on Tuesday afternoon, announcing that 22 Publix pharmacies there would also be administering shots starting on Thursday. With the inclusion of Brevard County, the governor said 242 Publix pharmacies statewide would now be providing the vaccine to people 65 and older. With plans to gain access to the next vaccine approved for use, DeSantis said, for now, Florida will stay the course and increase access to the vaccine as best as possible.
700,000 seniors in Florida have received vaccine, Gov. DeSantis says
Florida is now approaching 1.6 million confirmed cases, with nearly 10,000 new cases and about 160 additional deaths reported Tuesday. Ron DeSantis said he wanted more Floridians vaccinated but the state was constrained by limited vaccine supplies of the federal government. So far, some 700,000 senior citizens have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, he said. In all, nearly 1.1 million shots have been administered in Florida, state officials said. DeSantis said 67 of the grocer's stores in Palm Beach County — the largest Florida county to take part in the program — would begin offering vaccinations by appointment.
Palm Beach County looks to end Trump golf course lease after U.S. Capitol riot
The Palm Beach Post, which first reported that the county was examining the lease, added that the Trump business pays $88,338 per month in rent for the property. Howard Falcon, an assistant county attorney, said on Friday that a county commissioner asked him to examine whether the locality could cancel its lease with the president's beloved West Palm Beach course. Trump frequents his titular International Golf Club, located in unincorporated West Palm Beach and owned by the county, during his visits to Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach estate. He added that the county's lease agreement is with a Trump organization, not the president himself. A lawyer for Trump's golf course added to the Post that he had spoken with Falcon and concluded that there is "no basis for canceling the lease."cnbc.com
Coronavirus: Florida reports 31,000 cases, 220 deaths
Frustration grows for people in South Florida trying to get COVID-19 vaccineORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health released new coronavirus data following the holiday Saturday. Martin County is north of Palm Beach County, which along with Miami-Dade and Broward counties have been the state’s hardest hit region in dealing with coronavirus cases. The Florida health statement said the agency is working with the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on investigating the case. [READ PREVIOUS REPORT: Florida reports 16,000 new COVID-19 cases on New Year’s Eve]Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on Jan. 2:CasesThe Florida Department of Health reported 31,518 new cases on Saturday, bringing the state’s overall total to 1,354,833 cases since March. This means at least 22,210 people have died in relation to the coronavirus across the state, including 320 non-residents who died in Florida.
Local Governments Seek Re-Hearing in Federal Case That Allowed ‘Conversion Therapy’ Targeting LGBTQ Youths
Circuit Court of Appeals last month ruled that ordinances banning conversion therapy violated the First Amendment. The Palm Beach County and Boca Raton ordinances barred therapists from providing treatment or counseling that is designed to change minors’ sexual orientation or gender identity. Among the Florida local governments signing on were Alachua County, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville, Tallahassee and West Palm Beach. Local governments from other parts of the country include St. Louis, St. Paul, Minn., and Pima County, Ariz. The panel’s decision overturned a lower-court ruling and ordered that preliminary injunctions be entered against the Palm Beach County and Boca Raton ordinances.flaglerlive.com
Palm Beach County asks federal appeals court to reverse ban on LGBT conversion therapy
click to enlarge Photo by Monivette CordeiroBoca Raton and Palm Beach County asked a federal appeals court Friday to reconsider a potentially far-reaching ruling that blocked bans on the controversial practice known as “conversion therapy.”Attorneys for the city and county filed a petition seeking a rehearing by the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals or by a panel that last month ruled local ordinances banning conversion therapy violated the First Amendment. The ordinances barred therapists from providing treatment or counseling that is designed to change minors’ sexual orientation or gender identity.Critics of such therapy say it harms minors who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The majority opinion overturned a lower-court decision and ordered that preliminary injunctions be entered against the ordinances. The petition filed Friday raised a series of arguments, including contending that the “majority overlooks precedent requiring, in this context, that the (appeals) court defer to factual findings of the district court unless clearly erroneous.”orlandoweekly.com
Women plead guilty in sex sting involving Patriots owner
Lei Wang, 41, and Shen Mingbi, 60, each pleaded guilty in Palm Beach County circuit court to one count of soliciting another to commit prostitution, records show. Kraft had pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology for his actions. Hua Zhang, 59, pleaded guilty last month to two misdemeanors. Lei Chen, 45, pleaded guilty to eight counts of offering to commit prostitution in February. Police say the recordings show Kraft and other men engaging in sex acts with women and paying them.
Bigoted 'Conversion Therapy' Is OK, Court's Trump Judges Rules
The ordinances barred therapists from providing treatment or counseling that is designed to change minors’ sexual orientation or gender identity. Critics of such therapy say it harms minors who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. While acknowledging the controversy of the issue, the majority opinion said the ordinances violated the First Amendment rights of therapists who want to provide such treatment or counseling. “This decision allows speech that many find concerning — even dangerous,” said the 27-page majority opinion, written by Judge Britt Grant and joined by Judge Barbara Lagoa. In the majority opinion, Grant wrote that the ordinances included an exception that permitted therapists to assist people undergoing gender transition.flaglerlive.com
Justice Department Settles with School Board to Resolve Immigration-Related Discrimination Claims
The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement with the School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida (the District). The Civil Rights Division’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) is responsible for enforcing the anti-discrimination provision of the INA. The statute prohibits citizenship status and national origin discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee; unfair documentary practices; and retaliation and intimidation. The Civil Rights Division wants to hear about civil rights violations. Members of the public can report possible civil rights violations through the Civil Rights Division’s reporting portal.justice.gov
Florida votes to raise state's minimum wage to $15 an hour
Vote signs outside Palm Beach County Public Library polling station during the 2020 presidential election in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., November 3, 2020. Florida voted Tuesday to gradually hike the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour, joining a growing list of states and municipalities in taking the step. The 2020 election ballot initiative garnered the 60% support needed to pass, according to The Associated Press. Florida becomes the eighth state to approve a $15-an-hour minimum wage, and the second-most populous to do so. For every year after that, the minimum wage would rise by $1 an hour until it hits $15 in 2026.cnbc.com
Salt Life founder facing manslaughter charge in Florida teen’s death
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A founder of the Salt Life clothing brand is facing a manslaughter charge in the death of an 18-year-old woman at a Florida hotel. Investigators have not said how they believe Hutto is connected to Duncan’s death or if they had a relationship. Duncan was from Lake City, a town 60 miles west of Jacksonville. Hutto and some friends started Salt Life in 2003, its brand aimed at boaters, surfers and fishermen who spend time on the ocean. He will be transferred to Palm Beach County, where he will face an initial court hearing and more details will be released.
Suspected carjacker shot, killed after lunging at Florida deputies, sheriff says
LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. – Sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a suspected carjacker who came at deputies with a filet knife during a traffic stop Tuesday night in Palm Beach County, the sheriff said in a late night news conference. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said the white man in his 20s had carjacked and stabbed an Uber driver earlier Tuesday evening in neighboring Broward County. Deputies stopped the vehicle around 8 p.m. and the man got out holding the knife, Bradshaw said. The sheriff did not identify or say how many deputies fired at the man. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office will investigate.
COVID deaths in Florida pass 16,000
click to enlarge AdobeWith dozens of additional deaths reported each day, more than 16,000 Florida residents have died of COVID-19, according to numbers released Monday by the state Department of Health.Florida reported 54 resident deaths Monday, bringing the total to 16,021. The state also reported 1,707 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 756,727.The largest numbers of resident deaths have occurred in Southeast Florida, where Miami-Dade County has had 3,547, Broward County has had 1,515, and Palm Beach County has had 1,497, the Department of Health numbers show. The next-highest numbers are in Pinellas County, with 801 resident deaths, and Hillsborough County, with 751.Also hard-hit have been nursing homes and assisted living facilities. As of Monday, the state reported 6,496 deaths involving long-term care residents and staff members.orlandoweekly.com
Florida worker suspended for flying Trump flag from government truck
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A Florida municipal worker was suspended without pay for flying a flag supporting President Donald Trump’s re-election from his government truck. Palm Beach County suspended construction project specialist Randall Williams for five days for violating its rules against engaging in political activity during work hours. Trump's official residence, Mar-a-Lago, is in Palm Beach County. The resident who spotted the truck told the Post in an email that Williams can support the president or any other candidate, but not by using a taxpayer-funded truck. “But on a county vehicle, I think it’s trying to do some provocation.”Want more news like this?
How the pandemic changed the way South Florida does business
Pawn shops, for example, saw business increase in Broward and Miami-Dade but drop in Palm Beach County, according to the data. Sales increased at Delaware Chicken & Seafood as “people went crazy stocking up on meat and eggs and all that,” manager Linda Cenko said. - Skilled crafts flourished in Palm Beach County as sales increased in numerous categories of home and business services. - Paint, wallpaper and hardware dealers in Palm Beach County were also hard at work. Pawn, which has nine stores in Broward County, said families came in to the company’s nine Broward County stores looking for anything that would keep the kids occupied.
Florida deputy on leave after video shows him shoving Black man
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. A white Florida sheriff's deputy has been placed on administrative leave after he was caught on camera shoving a handcuffed 19-year-old Black man against a wall outside a fast food restaurant. In the cellphone video, which was tweeted by Florida-based civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, Kevin Wygant asserts his First Amendment right to the Palm Beach County deputy, asking, I don't have the freedom of speech to you?" The deputy, identified by news outlets as Deputy Charles Rhoads, responds, not to us you don't," and pushes him face first against a wall and uses an expletive. The deputy turns and tells them to leave before the video stops. Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradhaw said on Twitter than he's ordered an internal affairs investigation.
Police: Florida man arrested for making 26 bombs
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. Florida police arrested a man after finding more than two dozen pipe bombs, including some that contained nails, screws and metal pellets. Gregory Haasze, 34, is facing 26 felony counts of making, possessing and placing a destructive device after his arrest Wednesday night in Palm Beach County. They sealed off the area and the Palm Beach County sheriff's bomb squad disabled the devices. He was being held Thursday at the Palm Beach County jail on $26,000 bond. The Palm Beach County Public Defenders Office had no immediate comment.
Distance learning leads to furloughs for some Florida school nurses
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. School nurses are being furloughed in Palm Beach County as the district prepares to open the school year with remote learning for all students. The Palm Beach Health Care District informed the 223 school heath employees on Monday of the difficult decision" to furlough them, the Palm Beach Post reported. The reason cited was the school district's decision to go with distance learning when school resumes next month. Last week, the health care district told employees that 60 of the most senior nurses and supervisors will be offered buyouts. Once the school district releases its plan to return to school, the Health Care District will respond accordingly, including plans to staff the same number of public schools, nearly 170, with a full-time registered nurse, the Health Care District said in a statement.
Vice President Pence, Gov. DeSantis meet as Florida hits 10,000 daily virus cases
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Florida reported more than 10,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases for the first time Thursday, an unwanted milestone eclipsed hours before Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. The Health Department also tallied 325 new coronavirus hospitalizations Thursday, one of the biggest 24-hour jumps since the pandemic began. Before June 11, the states worst day for reported cases had been 1,601, set in mid-May. The outbreak also forced Pence and DeSantis to curtail their visit, which was supposed to be part of the vice president's now-canceled Faith In America campaign tour. Pence and DeSantis encouraged everyone, especially young adults, to wear masks in public spaces and avoid large gatherings.
Trump golf course seeks lower rent because of virus shutdown
Trump International Golf Club asked Palm Beach County to defer an unspecified amount of its $88,338 monthly rent, something the county has done for other tenants at properties it owns. Palm Beach County ordered the closure of golf courses in March as part of its pandemic response. The request was first reported by the Palm Beach Post. Officials at the golf club and Trump International headquarters in New York did not return calls Wednesday seeking comment. Trump usually spends about five hours at the course most days he is at Mar-a-Lago, which is about five miles (eight kilometers) from the course.
LIST: Damaged COVID-19 tests came from these testing sites in Florida
Published: May 21, 2020, 5:56 pm Updated: May 22, 2020, 10:11 amORANGE COUNTY, Fla. The Florida Department of Health has released a list of coronavirus testing sites where tests were damaged. The Department of Health said 1,702 tests were damaged in transit. Anyone who used a damaged test will have to be retested. Someone who used a damaged test will be contacted as soon as possible, according to the Department of Health. More than 90,000 tests were administered at these sites above in May.
Floridas Hair and Nail Salons and Barber Shops Reopen Monday, But Guidelines Are Scant
Today, he announced the reopening of hair salons, nail salons and barber shops starting Monday across 65 of Floridas 67 counties. But bars, barber shops and hair salons had to stay closed. There was a major hysteria, he said today, speaking in Palm Beach County and again the hype of media reports. We enjoy a smaller population here in Palm Beach County than our neighbors to the south. This growing increase shows that Palm Beach County has not yet succeeded in flattening the curve.flaglerlive.com
Coronavirus: Florida Gov. DeSantis to allow barbershops, salons to reopen
The first phase took effect Monday for all but Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner, a former state legislator, called phase one a large step for this community. We enjoy a smaller population here in Palm Beach County than our neighbors to the south. Deutch wrote a letter to physician Alina Alonso, director of the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County, and asked for her position on the countys readiness to reopen. This growing increase shows that Palm Beach County has not yet succeeded in flattening the curve.news-journalonline.com
DeSantis opens hair and nail salons starting Monday
The video was posted shortly after DeSantis said Palm Beach County will be included Monday in the first phase of the states economic reopening. The first phase took effect Monday for all but Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward counties. We enjoy a smaller population here in Palm Beach County than our neighbors to the south. But U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., expressed concerns about the plan to reopen Palm Beach County, which has had 3,615 coronavirus cases. "This growing increase shows that Palm Beach County has not yet succeeded in flattening the curve.ocala.com
DeSantis opens hair and nail salons starting Monday
The video was posted shortly after DeSantis said Palm Beach County will be included Monday in the first phase of the states economic reopening. The first phase took effect Monday for all but Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward counties. We enjoy a smaller population here in Palm Beach County than our neighbors to the south. But U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., expressed concerns about the plan to reopen Palm Beach County, which has had 3,615 coronavirus cases. "This growing increase shows that Palm Beach County has not yet succeeded in flattening the curve.dailycommercial.com
Vast majority of Floridians with felony convictions can't afford court-ordered fees, say public defenders
In Miami-Dade County, approximately 75 percent of felony defendants are deemed indigent by the court, according to the countys public defender, Carlos Martinez.State and local laws include dozens of fees that can be charged to defendants and included in their sentencing orders, along with restitution and applicable fines, Haughwout said. The charges vary from one county to another throughout the state.In Palm Beach County, the minimum amount assessed to people who are represented by public defenders and are convicted of felonies is $668, according to Haughwout. Paying the financial obligations is an insurmountable obstacle for many returning citizens, she said.The majority are people who are simply struggling to make ends meet, she said. The additional costs are simply more than they can bear. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the injunction, which applied only to the 17 named plaintiffs in the case.orlandoweekly.com
Coronavirus Florida: State prepares for surge in cases with makeshift hospitals
The corps has established field hospitals elsewhere to treat coronavirus patients, notably at New York Citys Javits Center. There were 184 coronavirus cases in Sarasota County as of Wednesday evening and 172 in Manatee County, with eight deaths in each county. The corporate tax refund stems from the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The law gave companies major federal tax savings, but also increased for some their state tax liabilities. The Florida Legislature subsequently approved a measure requiring the state to refund corporate income tax collections above a certain level.news-journalonline.com
Coronavirus Florida: UNF poll logs disapproval of Trump on crisis, distrust of his information
The University of North Florida poll indicates Floridians disapprove of President Trumps handling of the coronavirus outbreak. A larger share of Floridians, 55% to 41%, said they trusted DeSantis to provide reliable information about the disease. Coronavirus Florida: Gov. And it was one hell of a ride>>The virus and now this: New forecast says brace for major hurricane to strike the U.S.>>I was tested in Palm Beach County. >>Coronavirus cases worldwide: An interactive look>>HOW TO PROPERLY WASH YOUR HANDS: To fight off the virus, read thisVIDEO: Coronavirus vs the fluocala.com
Two Central Florida Zika cases reported
Two Central Florida Zika virus cases were reported by the Florida Department of Health on Tuesday. Two cases were reported in Orange County and three involving pregnant women. In addition, cases were reported in Polk County, Broward, Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade counties also had cases reported. This brings the total non-travel related to reported today to 16. Infection Type Infection Count Travel-Related Infections of Zika 558 Non-Travel Related Infections of Zika 46 Infections Involving Pregnant Women 78