Just 56.9 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of April and end of June were affordable to families earning Palm Beach County’s median income of $67,900. That’s down from the 60.4 percent of homes sold that were affordable to median-income earners in the first quarter.
Rising prices were the biggest driver of falling affordability. Palm Beach County’s median home price was $250,000 in the second quarter, up from $222,000 in the first quarter.
Palm Beach County’s affordability index hasn’t been below 57 percent since 2008.
Alfred Angelo “violated the WARN Act by failing to give the plaintiff and other similarly
situated employees of the Defendant at least 60 days’ advance written notice of termination, as required by the WARN Act,” Hightower’s suit said. “As a consequence, the plaintiff and other similarly situated employees of the defendant are entitled under the WARN Act to recover from the defendant their wages and [Employee Retirement Income Security Act] benefits for 60 days, none of which has been paid.”
Hightower worked at Alfred Angelo’s facility at 1625 S. Congress Ave. in Delray Beach until July 13, the suit said. Alfred Angelo filed for Chapter 7 on July 14.
The suit, filed as part of the bankruptcy proceeding, seeks class action status. Hightower alleges that he and other employees are owed pay and benefits for 60 days.
The bankruptcy trustee assigned to the case has proposed an auction for Sept. 2 in Deerfield Beach. If the judge approves, the sale would be run by auctioneer Stan Crooks, president of Auction America in West Palm Beach.
UPDATE: One day after The Palm Beach Post reported that a fax number listed in a classified ad to apply for a job at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club was not working, the number now is operational. A reporter who dialed the number on Tuesday was greeted by the familiar whistles of a fax machine.
Mar-a-Lago published three help-wanted ads in the Palm Beach Post on July 27. They detailed qualifications for cooks, servers and housekeepers and instructed applicants to “Apply by fax to 561-832-2194.” No phone number or email address is listed, although job seekers can visit the CareerSource office on Belvedere Road.
Alas, the fax number listed in Trump’s recent help-wanted ads doesn’t ring to a fax line. Three times on Monday, the line answered with a recorded voice saying, “I’m sorry, no one is available to take your call. Thank you for calling. Goodbye.”
Trump has raised eyebrows with the apparent disconnect between his anti-immigration rhetoric and his routine hiring of foreign workers at his club. Trump has told his Labor Department that he hopes to hire 76 foreign workers for at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter for the 2017-18 tourist season.
“With our new same-day delivery and our omnichannel approach, we are utilizing our retail stores as assets and part of our supply chain to give our customers the best possible experience,” Office Depot Chief Executive Gerry Smith said in a statement.
Customers who shop on officedepot.com can choose scheduled same-day delivery. The service is available in South Florida, Los Angeles and Atlanta. Office Depot says it will waive delivery fees as it tests the service.
Staples, Office Depot’s larger rival, began same-day delivery more than a year ago. Both retailers have been hurt by the rise of Amazon and by declining demand for pens, papers and printer cartridges.
Office Depot’s sales fell from $12.7 billion on 2014 to $11 billion in 2016, and the Boca Raton-based retailer has been closing stores and distribution centers.
Palm Beach County residents of a certain age recall when going to the grocery store meant choosing between Publix and Winn-Dixie.
These days, there’s not much of a choice. Publix has so thoroughly vanquished Winn-Dixie that the Lakeland-based grocer has seven times as many locations as Winn-Dixie. And Publix has more Palm Beach County locations than all other grocers combined.
That’s according to research by Josh Ladle, a broker at commercial real estate firm Avison Young. He says he visited every one of the 130 grocery-anchored shopping centers in Palm Beach County to compile a comprehensive list of supemarkets in the county. The results:
Publix leads the way with 75 stores in Palm Beach County.
Winn-Dixie has just 11 stores.
Walmart Neighborhood Market has 8 supermarkets (more, of course, if you include the grocery sections in Walmart’s full-size stores).
No other grocery chain has more than six locations. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have four each, while Aldi has six.
Winn-Dixie rode a string of lackluster customer service and financial woes into near-oblivion.
“The quality was just so much better at Publix that they took all the market,” Ladle said.
Now, Publix is pinching out rivals by opening new stores wherever it can. The result, Ladle said, is that the prime locations for supermarkets are taken.
Ladle also tracked vacancies at grocery-anchored centers and found 8.4 percent vacancies at Publix plazas, compared to 16.8 percent at Winn-Dixie properties. However, he said, the numbers were skewed because a number of the Winn-Dixie centers are being redeveloped.
Publix operated 1,136 stores as of the end of 2016.
A dispute between neighbors who own oceanfront palaces in Palm Beach has spilled into court again.
In the latest round, former oil trader Lamia Jacobs says former Goldman Sachs partner John Thornton has engaged in a “campaign of harassment and bullying” that includes barking dogs and calls to police and code enforcement.
Jacobs’ suit was filed this month in Palm Beach County court. The plaintiff, 100 Emerald Beach Way LC, details a list of laments against defendants John and Margaret Thornton.
“Even while attacking 100 Emerald with a series of invented claims and demands, the Thorntons have allowed dogs to run wild on their property, barking at great volume and length,” Jacobs’ suit says.
“In one particular instance,” the suit continues, “plaintiff’s landscaper had a bucket truck on Emerald Beach Way for the purpose of trimming plaintiff’s trees. Rather than raise any concerns directly with plaintiff’s staff, the Thorntons called police even though the landscapers were on the street only for the amount of time necessary to properly trim the trees which could only be reached from the street and were not interfering in any way with defendants’ use of the easement.”
The backstory includes a 2014 suit filed by the Thorntons against Jacobs. In that suit, the Thorntons demanded that Jacobs tear down a concrete seawall that blocked their beach access. That suit also said Emerald Beach Way is “a private road on private property” and that parking isn’t allowed there.
The dispute often devolves into the Thorntons’ employees yelling at Jacobs’ staff, the suit says.
The Shiny Sheet reports that Jacobs is appealing a recent decision from the town’s Architectural Commission to approve two new tennis courts on the Thorntons’ six-acre property. An attorney for Jacobs said the courts are too close to her client’s home and will create noise and parking problems. The Town Council will hear the case next month.