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.
A group of citizens and local officials has compiled a list of the most dangerous places in Palm Beach County for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Team commissioned a study with planning consulting firm Kimley-Horn and Associates to compile data and construct a heat map that details specific spots and corridors where incidents have occurred.
The team used that analysis to help craft ideas to help improve safety in those key areas.
The group, which began meeting in April, had its final meeting Monday before it moves forward with presenting its ideas and a plan to improve safety to the MPO’s board.
Members of the team include officials from West Palm Beach and Delray Beach, members of the county’s parks and traffic engineering departments, and residents.
Kimley-Horn’s Stuart Robertson said the study looked at crash data involving pedestrians and bicyclists in Palm Beach County from 2010 to 2014.
He said one of the most striking things to him is a dense corridor of crashes in central Palm Beach County, traveling from about Okeechobee Boulevard down Military Trail to Lake Worth Road, and from Jog Road east into downtown Lake Worth along Lake Worth Road.
Most notable there, he added, is that there has been a large number of nighttime crashes.
He also said Okeechobee Boulevard poses a unique challenge because “we basically have an eight-lane highway right through our downtown.”
Use the interactive map below to explore the areas in Palm Beach County that the group identified as among the most dangerous. The circles represent the hot spots, and the lines represent corridors of concern.
Some of the safety measures the group could propose: crossing islands, to provide pedestrians with a “refuge” to wait for cars to pass while navigating an intersection; more “no right turn on red” intersections; lanes reductions; and more street lighting.
Check back with The Palm Beach Post later for more details on suggestions the team thinks could help certain areas of Palm Beach County be more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly.
About 68 percent of people who voted in our poll said they do not turn their hazard lights on in the rain, while about 22 percent said they do.
On Facebook, the topic generated dozens of comments.
Those who commented made arguments both for and against turning on your hazard lights in a downpour.
“It’s about time! People just ignore the road laws,” wrote Theresa Gause. “It is plain and simple driving with hazards light on in a rain storm is only for emergency. If you can’t see in front of you in the rain you can just pull over?”
Layne Vorthmann Lovett commented that she’s against turning the flashing lights on in the rain, because it can make it more difficult for her to see.
“It seems like people literally see things differently in this situation,” she wrote. “I have 20/20 vision but am rather light sensitive, so if you have your hazards on in front of me in the rain, you are lighting up every single rain drop between us and I cannot tell if you are ten feet in front of me or 100 feet. I guess some people can see through the blinding combination of your hazards and the rain.”
Melissa Gardner said she’s been on Interstate 95 in downpours where visibility drops and she has difficulty seeing.
“The hazard lights have been extremely helpful in those cases!” Gardner wrote.
The cars, which are being built in Sacramento, California, feature electrical outlets and roomy seating, along with bathrooms that will offer a “shockingly different experience” than those on airplanes said Brightline President Michael Reininger.
We’ve all been there: The rain is pouring down in sheets, you’re white-knuckle holding the steering wheel of your car and the person in front of you suddenly turns on their yellow, blinking hazard lights, as if to say, “Here I am!”
“They may think they’re doing everybody a favor, but in reality they’re creating confusion,” Wysocky said, explaining that in some cars, the bulbs for hazard lights may be the same as the one for your brake lights or turn signals.
“People may think you’re stopped in the roadway,” Wysocky said.
So what should you do when the rain starts pouring down? Wysocky said to turn on your headlights and windshield wipers — as required by law — and pay close attention to your surroundings. But don’t stop on the side of the road. Rather, exit the roadway and get to a safe place.
Florida law enforcement agencies and officials in the past have used social media to remind residents to stop turning those hazard lights on in the rain.
Did you know in FL it's illegal to drive with hazard lights in rain? They should only be used when a veh. is stopped pic.twitter.com/9vIVDd8U2Z
In Florida, budding “ganjapreneurs” are preparing for a potential legalization of medical marijuana, and hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue hinge on just how many Floridians would use pot to control pain, nausea and other symptoms.
Orlando attorney John Morgan, the main benefactor of Florida’s legalization push, says the customer base consists of 400,000 to 500,000 Floridians with such diseases as cancer, epilepsy, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease and muscular dystrophy. If Floridians prove that they’re as keen on cannabis as Coloradans, more than 440,000 patients would sign up to buy legalized pot.
In California and Washington, just 1.5 percent of residents use medical pot. Apply that rate to Florida, and 300,000 patients would buy medical marijuana.
The Office of Economic and Demographic Research issued a wide range of estimates for potential sales of legalized pot, from as little as $197 million a year to as much as $3.3 billion.
The low estimate is based on 250,000 Floridians signing up for the state’s medical marijuana program, then using 3.5 ounces a year at a price of $225 per ounce. That works out to an annual weed budget of $788 per person.
The high estimate assumes the same number of patients consume 30 ounces a year at a price of $450 an ounce — a pace that seems unlikely, considering that users would have to come up with $13,500 a year.
Assuming medical marijuana is subjected to a 6 percent sales tax, state revenue would range from $12 million to $357 million a year, the Office of Economic and Demographic Research said.
Colorado, which has a broad legalization policy that allows anyone over 21 to buy marijuana, collected $111.9 million in marijuana taxes and fees in the first nine months of the 2015-16 fiscal year, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue.
376. Boca Executive Realty (Boca Raton): $580 million
475. RE/MAX Advantage Plus (Boca Raton): $475 million
One caveat: Firms must fill out a survey to appear on the list, and there’s at least one obvious omission: Lang Realty of Boca Raton, which topped the $1 billion mark but isn’t on Real TRENDS’ ranking.
In its 10th year, One Day University offers a single-day series of lectures on topics of interest, but done in engaging and entertaining ways. Think of it as a humanaities education in seven hours.
One Day U’s president and founder, Steven Schragis said previous presenters include professors from Yale, Stanford, Brown, Harvard, Columbia, Duke, Dartmouth, Chicago, Michigan, and dozens of others. He said the goal is to bring in presenters whose lectures are draw standing-room-only crowds and then task them with presenting a one-session, highlight-reel version of their most oversubscribed courses.
The speakers and topics slated for the event here are:
The Civil War and Abraham Lincoln: What’s Fact and What’s Fiction? by Louis Masur of Rutgers University
Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness by Catherine Sanderson of Amherst College
The Genius of Michelangelo by Rivers Ryan of Columbia University
Presidential Politics 2016: What To Expect Next by Robert Watson of Lynn University
For more information or to register please visit www.onedayu.com or call 800-300-3438. Full price is $179 for the entire day, discounted by $119 for Palm Beach Post readers using code “PALM”.
The Florida Department of Transportation said earlier this year that about 100,000 Floridians still had the old, suction-cupped devices, which are being phased out in favor of battery-free devices — part of a nationwide effort to link toll systems.
SunPass will replace your old transponder for free. For information on swapping your SunPass, visit www.sunpasstagswap.com or call 855-824-7927.
After the old SunPass transponders expire, travelers who choose not to upgrade will still be able to travel on Florida’s toll roads after Jan. 1 by paying cash (where still available) or via the Toll by Plate program.