Will construction break up Gardens’ hotspot for Trump rallies?
It’s “blessed” ground.
Trump Corner, the space outside the Publix shopping center in Palm Beach Gardens where local resident
Willy Guardiola draws hundreds of Trump supporters for weekly rallies, has been sprinkled with holy water and suffused in prayer.
It’s blessed in practical ways as well, with abundant parking, helpful police and a supportive landlord.
“It’s the best location in the entire county,” Guardiola says.
But this fall the corner of Military Trail and PGA Boulevard is going to be ripped up in a $1.3 million county construction project to add a right-turn lane.
Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: ‘Blessed’ ground of Trump Corner to undergo conversion”
Lawsuit could be averted as Palm Beach County agrees to accept Bay Hill Estates stoplight, with conditions.
Palm Beach County
relented Wednesday in its opposition to a stoplight on Northlake Boulevard outside Bay Hill Estates.
A week after Palm Beach Gardens threatened to sue, the county said it still didn’t believe the light is warranted but it acknowledged a 2016 agreement “inadvertently” gave Gardens the power to decide, as Gardens City Attorney Max Lohman had insisted. Continue reading “County stops stopping Gardens’ stoplight”
Residents says they take their lives in their hands at Northlake Boulevard west of Ibis but Palm Beach County says intersection is not dangerous enough for a stoplight.
The hostility building in recent months between Palm Beach Gardens and Palm Beach County officials has reached a boiling point.
The two governments have feuded in the past, from the spat over a regional park to
the ongoing showdown over the city’s mobility fee.
long-simmering dispute over a stoplight on Northlake Boulevard seven miles west of Interstate 95 may blow the lid off the kettle.
On Thursday, the Palm Beach Gardens City Council gave their attorney the authority to take the county to court — not over the county’s refusal to allow the stoplight, although that remains likely, but over the county’s failure to promptly fulfill a city public records request.
Continue reading “‘Abuse of power:’ Gardens ready to sue county over Bay Hill stoplight”
It’ll be up to voters to extend an existing sales tax charge in Palm Beach County for transportation but the conversation broke out in public for the first time Thursday.
powerful countywide planning body gave notice Thursday that it may push for a voter referendum to extend a 1-cent sales tax for transportation projects.
approved the extra sales tax on top of the county’s 6-cent per $1 charge in November 2016 to pay for construction projects at schools and municipalities. It is on pace to sunset in 2025 or 2026 at the latest.
Keeping that penny in place could provide $270 million or more a year for transportation projects, enough to pay for a broad wish-list topped by
adding a coastal commuter rail line. The money also could help pay for road projects hit by dwindling gas tax revenues.
County Commissioner Robert Weinroth raised the prospect Thursday
during a discussion of creating bus lanes on major roads at the monthly meeting of the Palm Beach County Transportation Planning Agency board, which is made up of 21 elected officials, including five county commissioners. continue reading
Catalfumo proposes $200 million project in former design center south of PGA Boulevard.
Palm Beach Gardens developer Dan Catalfumo is back.
When last we saw him 10 years ago, the city’s most influential builder since John D. MacArthur
had been stripped of his real estate empire under a mountain of debt.
He invested in a chicken deboning business and manufactured a seatless bicycle. He was spending time away from Palm Beach Gardens at second homes in South Carolina and Costa Rica.
Palm Beach Gardens developer Dan Catalfumo. (Provided by Dan Catalfumo)
he’s pitching a $200 million legacy project in Palm Beach Gardens. continue reading