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Rules on international driving permits cause unintended consequences for Florida tourism

Source: Sentinel
Feb 15, 2013 5:37 pm

Florida's tourism industry is doing damage control after discovering a new state law that requires international visitors to have an International Driving Permit to drive lawfully in Orlando and the rest of the Sunshine State.

American-US Airways merger gives OIA new No. 2

Source: Sentinel
Feb 14, 2013 10:28 pm

The merger of American Airlines and US Airways announced Thursday will alter the pecking order at Orlando International Airport but may not have a huge effect on those flying into and out of Central Florida.

American-US Airways merger creates OIA's second-busiest carrier

Source: Sentinel
Feb 14, 2013 6:50 pm

The newly announced merger of American Airlines and US Airways will shake up the pecking order at Orlando International Airport but may not have a huge impact on passengers at flying into and out of Central Florida.

Labels, skylights and stuff that matters on insurance inspections

Source: Post
Feb 14, 2013 5:26 pm

Seemingly little things like labels on shutters and skylights can make a huge difference in the insurance premiums you pay when inspectors visit, a Tequesta-based inspector says in a guide for homeowners. Says Joseph Aufenanger: ”The cons…

Florida Chamber wants to make state hub for “advanced manufacturing”

Source: Post
Feb 13, 2013 9:50 pm

At Sikorsky's helicopter-assembly plant west of Jupiter, $80,000 is a typical wage. Florida business leaders are keen to lure more factory jobs to the state, but Florida Chamber of Commerce President Mark Wilson stresses that he doesn’t en…

West Palm Beach “We Buy Ugly Houses” franchise wins national award and more

Source: Post
Feb 13, 2013 5:51 pm

Hi-Land Properties, a West Palm Beach-based franchise of HomeVestors, won the company’s franchise of the year award for the second consecutive year and took home the 2012 Rising Star Award during an annual convention in January. Dallas-based HomeVe…

University boss tells digital arts students investing more in West Palm Beach program a mistake

Source: Post
Feb 13, 2013 1:26 pm

State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan responded to a scolding letter from Florida State University students enrolled in the West Palm Beach digital arts program, saying it’s unfortunate the school got tangled in Digital Domain’s bankrup…

FSU accepts decision to move West Palm Beach program to Tallahassee

Source: Post
Feb 11, 2013 5:01 pm

Following Friday’s decision by a Board of Governors committee to recommend Florida State University’s digital arts program relocate to Tallahassee, school officials said they accept the ruling. The recommendation will face a full vote of the Boar…

Homeowners lose in landmark foreclosure decision, attorneys say

Source: Post
Feb 7, 2013 5:50 pm

A Florida Supreme Court ruling involving a Greenacres foreclosure allows banks to get away with fraud, as long as they voluntarily dismiss the case, attorneys said today. The case, Roman Pino v. the Bank of New York, was the first significant foreclo…

Speaking of Boca squattersâ¦this one brought horses

Source: Post
Feb 7, 2013 12:51 pm

Horseshoe Acres home once occupied by squatter and her horses Boca Raton squatter Andre De Paula Barbosa isn’t the first to move into a posh mansion that he doesn’t own, and the ejection lawsuit filed to remove him may not be the fastest exit. Ba…

Boca squatter’s maid avoids media, gets ticket

Source: Post
Feb 6, 2013 1:26 pm

Boca Raton police stopped a car leaving the infamous mansion squatter Andre De Paula Barbosa’s house at about 9:30 Monday night because its license plate was covered. The driver of the car, Zilma Barbosa, said she covered up the license plate becau…

Boca squatter visitor avoids media, gets ticket

Source: Post
Feb 5, 2013 10:26 pm

Boca Raton police stopped a car leaving the infamous mansion squatter Andre De Paula Barbosa’s house at about 9:30 Monday night because its license plate was covered. The driver of the car, Zilma Barbosa, said she covered up the license plate becau…

County home prices up nearly 9 percent in December, national increase highest since 2006

Source: Post
Feb 5, 2013 2:51 pm

Palm Beach County home prices increased 8.7 percent in December compared to the previous year, trailing a statewide increase of 9.2 percent that landed Florida in the eighth spot nationally for price jumps. According to a home price index report rele…

Statewide lobbying effort underway to keep FSU in West Palm

Source: Post
Feb 1, 2013 6:26 pm

West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio is lobbying the panel that will decide the fate of FSU’s digital arts school in person as the committee prepares to meet for the first time Feb. 8. Muoio drove to Naples on Tuesday to speak with Ed Morton, one of th…

Mansion squatter served in the “wee” hours of the morning

Source: Post
Jan 31, 2013 2:01 pm

The now infamous Boca Raton mansion squatter was served a summons in the early morning hours yesterday for an ejectment lawsuit filed by Bank of America last week. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies served Andre De Paula Barbosa, 23, before 6 a.m…

Court can’t find mansion squatter

Source: Post
Jan 29, 2013 12:01 pm

Andre De Paula Barbosa, the 23-year-old man trying to stake claim to a Boca Raton mansion, couldn’t be located by process servers to notify him of an eviction complaint filed by Bank of America. Summonses served Wednesday to Barbosa and eight other…

New home for Tiger’s ex-wife looks posh even under construction

Source: Post
Jan 25, 2013 1:26 pm

Elin Nordegren, former wife of Tiger Woods, could be moving in soon to her new North Palm Beach mansion, which recently had its roof put on and appears to be three-stories. As pictures from Illustrated Properties Realtor Jeff Lichtenstein show, it’…

County home sales surpass peak market year of 2005

Source: Post
Jan 22, 2013 4:50 pm

Sales of single-family homes in Palm Beach County were robust in 2012, ending the year with 13,688 closed deals, which is nine more than during the peak market year of 2005 and a 13 percent increase from 2011. According to a report released today by …

FSU’s future in WPB still unclear, four companies discussing partnerships

Source: Post
Jan 17, 2013 5:01 pm

Florida’s Board of Governors will form a committee to decide Florida State University’s future in West Palm Beach, leaving the digital arts program still waiting to hear its fate. FSU President Eric Barron said the school is in discussions with f…

Committee to decide FSU’s future in WPB, four companies discussing partnerships

Source: Post
Jan 17, 2013 4:50 pm

Florida’s Board of Governors will form a committee to decide Florida State University’s future in West Palm Beach, leaving the digital arts program still waiting to hear its fate. FSU President Eric Barron said the school is in discussions with f…

Fate of FSU’s West Palm Beach campus discussed today

Source: Post
Jan 17, 2013 1:25 pm

Whether Florida State University will keep its digital and media arts program in West Palm Beach is under scrutiny by the Board of Governors today, whose chairman has already said he wants the program back in Tallahassee. Last week, FSU’s own board…

County foreclosures show first annual increase since 2009

Source: Post
Jan 16, 2013 3:26 pm

Palm Beach County’s new foreclosure cases increased nearly 27 percent in 2012 from the previous year, marking the first year-over-year increase in new filings since 2009. A report released this morning by the county Clerk & Comptroller found 15…

Former Trump home sells for $3.6 million

Source: Post
Jan 16, 2013 2:26 pm

A Palm Beach estate once owned by Ivana Trump sold late last month for $3.6 million after sitting on the market for more than 500 days. The 4,700-square-foot home in the 100 block of Via Palma was relisted in November by the firm Douglas Elliman Palm…

Sinkholes: As if you don’t have enough to worry about

Source: Post
Jan 14, 2013 9:51 pm

Sinkholes grab more attention on Florida’s west coast, but they are not totally unknown on this side of the state, according to folks ready  to sell you insurance and related services. Here’s a map provided with permission from floodins…

Palm Beach County home price increase tops in nation

Source: Post
Jan 14, 2013 5:01 pm

A new study released by California company ZipRealty shows Palm Beach County home price increase in December as the highest in the nation. With a 35 percent jump in median price to $169,000 from December 2011, Palm Beach County beat out San Francisco…

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