Thousands of dresses from Alfred Angelo’s inventory to be auctioned next month

Looking for a deal on a wedding gown? Thousands of dresses from the inventory of failed bridal chain Alfred Angelo could be auctioned next month.

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.

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Crooks said Alfred Angelo’s inventory includes 5,000 to 10,000 wedding party gowns, plus supplies such as warehouse racks, commercial sewing machines and a pallet jack.

Crooks said he plans to bring a mirror, just in case any brides-to-be want to try on dresses.

The auctioneer will add a 10 percent buyer’s premium to each final bid price, according to court documents. Auction America also will get “reasonable and documented expenses” up to $18,000.

Delray Beach-based Alfred Angelo, a bridal chain with stores throughout the nation, abruptly ceased operations in July.

Jeb Bush on Donald Trump’s tweets: “Someone oughta grab the damn phone”

Jeb Bush says he approves of many of President Donald Trump’s political appointments, but he’s not keen on the president’s approach to negotiating peace in Korea. The two-term Florida governor says Trump’s rash approach is creating uncertainty — and he wishes the president would stop tweeting.

“Someone oughta grab the damn phone and stop allowing him to create this uncertainty,” Bush said Tuesday at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference in Los Angeles.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush signs off on $310 million in state money for Scripps Florida. Photo by Chris Matula/The Palm Beach Post

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Bush went into the 2016 election as the Republican favorite but was vanquished by Trump, who famously mocked Jeb’s “low energy.” Bush said he tries to look beyond Trump’s harsh words.

“There are some good deeds,” Bush said. “He has made some good appointments.”

Bush also expressed skepticism about the border wall that is the centerpiece of Trump’s immigration policy.

“We have one in many places — I don’t know if you’ve been there,” Bush said. “There is a wall.”

Meanwhile, Bush said that if his bid for the Miami Marlins is approved, he won’t embark on a spending spree on free agents and instead aims to “build the team patiently.”

“Baseball doesn’t have a salary cap, which is what you have to self-impose as an owner,” Bush said. “You have to have the discipline to identify players the right way … There’s no correlation between high salaries and winning.”

Bush and former New York Yankee Derek Jeter are leading a group bidding to buy the Marlins from oft-maligned owner Jeffrey Loria.

Bush seemed unconcerned about baseball’s dwindling popularity.

“Every sport has to focus on the fact that millennials are very different,” Bush said.

 

 

Ben Carson puts West Palm Beach house on market, could reap tidy profit

Ben Carson and Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in March. Photo by Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Daily News
Ben Carson and Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in March. Photo by Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Daily News

Critics say Ben Carson isn’t familiar enough with housing and urban development to serve as President-elect Donald Trump’s HUD secretary. But the neurosurgeon-turned-politician apparently knows enough to turn a tidy profit on a house flip.

Carson on Friday listed his home at 10942 Egret Pointe in West Palm Beach for $1.2 million. He paid $775,000 in January 2013.

Carson seems likely to get his price. Zillow estimates the house is worth $1.23 million, Redfin says it’s worth $1.15 million and the Palm Beach County property appraiser says it was worth $1.08 million as of Jan. 1.

Carson isn’t moving too far. In January, he paid $4.4 million for a mansion in Palm Beach Gardens, a 13,000-square-foot home on more than an acre.

Floridians lodge more than 1,000 price-gouging complaints, mostly about gas, many seemingly baseless

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As Hurricane Matthew blows past, Floridians have lodged more than 1,200 complaints to the state’s price-gouging hotline. Most of the gripes are about gas prices — and, at first glance, many seem baseless.

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Many of the Palm Beach County complaints came from callers or Internet tipsters who cited pump prices less than the county’s average, according to a list of complaints provided by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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The average price of a gallon of regular gas in Palm Beach County has hovered near $2.35 over the past few days, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. One caller griped about $2.11 gas at a Shell in Delray Beach. Another reported $2.14 gas at a Cumberland Farms in Palm Springs.

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A few complaints cited prices of more than $3, although it was unclear if that tab was for regular, premium or diesel.

Florida’s anti-gouging law, passed after Hurricane Andrew in 1992, bans businesses from boosting prices for gas, ice, hotel rooms, plywood and other items in high demand when a storm threatens.

A breakdown of the complaints by county:

  1. Miami-Dade: 230
  2. Broward: 188
  3. Palm Beach: 174
  4. Orange: 63
  5. Volusia: 59

And a breakdown by type of product:

  1. Gas: 891
  2. Food/water/ice: 239
  3. Hotel/motel: 30

State law considers price gougers to be opportunistic jackals. But economic purists worry that anti-gouging laws impose artificial price controls that can hamper hurricane preparation and recovery efforts.

If gas stations were allowed to jack up prices before the storm, the thinking goes, panicked motorists might not fill up on gas they don’t necessarily need.