Commissioners approve warehouse complex at Palm Beach International Raceway, then endorse search for new racetrack site.
With their attorneys waving the white flag, county commissioners Thursday reversed a January decision and approved zoning to allow a massive warehouse complex at the shuttered Palm Beach International Raceway.
But they rolled out a potential final lap for racing fans who have been fighting the warehouses for more than a year: At least three commissioners said they would seek a way to build a new raceway in Palm Beach County.
Continue reading “‘Not a stop sign:’ Raceway fight hits brick wall but new path opens”
Work ramps up again on Palm Beach County project seven months after initial completion date; stalled supplies to blame.
Seven months after its scheduled completion date, workers are back on the job at the so-called Trump Corner in Palm Beach Gardens. But completion is more than two months away.
When the county scheduled a 10-month construction project to add a right turn lane at Military Trail and PGA Boulevard, supporters of Donald Trump (and Gov. Ron DeSantis) complained construction was a convenient way to silence their weekly Friday rallies, particularly in the run-up to the governor’s reelection.
Continue reading “Trump Corner: Delayed turn-lane project may be done by August”
Special magistrate recommends Palm Beach County Commission reverse decision on warehouses at former Moroso raceway on Beeline Highway.
“Warehouses vs. Racetrack 2” is coming to a County Commission near you.
A special magistrate is backing the warehouses.
Continue reading “Magistrate backs warehouses, can’t tell landowner to keep racetrack”
County defends decision to deny warehouses at shuttered Palm Beach International Raceway, says owner failed to show that circumstances have changed.
It took five minutes for retired Administrative Law Judge Bram Canter to announce that mediation had failed between Palm Beach County and the landowner seeking to build warehouses at the former Moroso racetrack.
Then the real hearing began.
Continue reading “Why warehouses? Racetrack owners press case before judge”
Palm Beach County drops road widening options for western section of Northlake Boulevard despite anticipated rise in traffic from large new communities.
CORRECTION: Due to a reporting error, the original story published Feb. 3, 2023, incorrectly attributed to Palm Beach Gardens City Attorney Max Lohman comments from the audience at the Jan. 13, 2023, Planning Commission meeting. The comments were made by Avenir attorney Brian Seymour, not Mr. Lohman. The story has been updated as of Feb. 5, 2023, to remove the incorrect information.
Palm Beach County planners and engineers, girding for construction of thousands of homes, are certain that sometime in the next 10 years traffic will dictate the eight-laning of parts of Northlake Boulevard.
Residents of the western gated communities in Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach are equally certain an eight-lane road outside their neighborhoods would be a disaster, eliminating slow-down lanes, decorative entryways and lush landscaping to make way for a dangerous speedway.
On Wednesday, the residents won.
Continue reading “No speedway here: Residents win fight to block eight-laning of Northlake”
After a motion to approve warehouse zoning at the former Palm Beach International Raceway died for lack of a second, Palm Beach County commissioners tossed aside concerns over being sued and voted to deny the plan.
History repeats itself.
Faced with a room full of avid racing fans fighting for their way of life, a county board once again rejected plans for warehouses on the site of the former Palm Beach International Raceway.
Palm Beach County commissioners voted 4-2 Thursday to deny the application from property owner IRG Sports & Entertainment to convert the shuttered racetrack on the Beeline Highway west of Jupiter into a 2.2-million-square-foot warehouse complex.
Continue reading “Denied 4-2: County Commission sides with racing fans over warehouses”
At stake: Who controls money developers pay for road improvements, Palm Beach Gardens or Palm Beach County?
An appellate court has rejected Palm Beach Gardens’ arguments in its fight with Palm Beach County over how to pay for growth from new development.
The ruling forces the city to resume collecting impact fees from developers for the county, which decides how to spend the money.
It imperils the city’s new mobility fee program, which was designed to collect money from developers for projects determined by the city.
Continue reading “Appellate ruling favors county over Gardens on road-building“
Palm Beach Gardens residents with homestead protection will pay less, those without will pay more.
For city property owners with a homestead exemption, this year’s Palm Beach Gardens tax rate amounts to a tax cut.
For the rest, about 40 percent of city taxpayers, the rate set in September by the City Council means paying more in taxes to the city.
Continue reading “Tax relief for some: Gardens council trims tax rate“
Are residents willing to put up $200 million to correct the housing imbalance? Would they support $150 million for water resources? County commissioners to discuss Tuesday.
Palm Beach County has never been reluctant to spend large sums of taxpayer money to tackle huge issues.
Voters approved $100 million bonds twice in the 1990s, once to buy environmentally sensitive land and a second time to buy south county farmland.
Without voter approval, county commissioners shelled out $269 million in 2006 to land The Scripps Research Institute and $87 million more to bring Germany’s Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience to Jupiter.
But borrowing $350 million in one fell swoop? That’s what commissioners will contemplate at a 9:30 a.m. March 29 workshop.
Continue reading “$350 million at stake: County to consider borrowing for affordable housing, the environment”
Palm Beach County donated the land to Scripps Florida in 2006 to cement deal to bring Scripps to Abacoa.
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It started as a deal-sweetener to ensure that Scripps Florida would be built at Abacoa.
Now the vacant 70 acres at Alton in Palm Beach Gardens could become a key piece of a deal worth hundreds of millions to convert Scripps Florida into a branch of the University of Florida.
Continue reading “North county growth: UF now holds key to 70 acres at Alton”