Palm Beach County Commission Strikes Down New Baseball Stadium

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Correction: an earlier version of this story mixed up details of competing proposals before Palm Beach County and the city of West Palm Beach. Corrections are in strikethroughs and editor's notes below.

On Tuesday, the Palm Beach County Commission voted down a proposition to build a $140.1 million spring training stadium for major league ball clubs Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.

The vote was a close 4-3, with commissioners Mary Lou Berger and Steven Abrams saying they'd voted yes if awarding hotel bed taxes for the stadium remained constant.

[[Editor's note: The teams have hoped that the City of West Palm Beach would donate a 160-acre parcel of property for the site, and that the county would provide funds over 30 years to pay for the development of the site. But the city has been adamant that it be be compensated for the property, and was recently approached by a private company that is willing to pay $14 million for the land, in hopes of building homes and park on the site. This proposed project has been dubbed "Project Cayman."]]

The initial proposal, which came from a private company, included apartments, townhouses, and single-family homes as well as industrial and commercial that would have covered a 160-acre site in Lake Worth.


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Rod Stewart, Palm Beach Resident, Sued for Soccer Ball Stunt

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Rod Stewart at the BankAtlantic (now BB&T) Center in 2012.
Rod Stewart had only two ambitions growing up: to be a footballer or a musician. As a North London boy, he performed poorly in school and turned his attention to sport. An Arsenal fanatic, he tried out for a third-division team in 1960 only to be rejected. Not skipping a beat, the lad turned his attention toward singing, ultimately ending up as the voice -- if not the name -- of the Jeff Beck Group. Not bad for a second choice.

But as a recent lawsuit in Las Vegas claims, the aging rocker's past meant he had a pretty swift kick. Even if he wasn't good enough for a third-division team 50 years ago, he should have known his own strength. According to a recent court filing, combining his two lifelong passions has now gotten Rod the Mod in trouble.

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Vanilla Ice and Rick Scott Are Selling Palm Beach Tourism Together

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Stop.

Collaborate.

LISTEN.

Word to everybody's mother in Palm Beach County.

That's right. Vanilla Ice teamed up with Gov. Rick Scott to form a dynamic duo of selling tourism at a gala held at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Palm Beach on Monday night.

Ice -- whose real name is Rob Van Winkle -- surprised the more than 1,000 state tourism leaders attending the function when he jumped up onstage and took the mic like a vandal to perform his hit "Ice Ice Baby" with the Palm Beach Symphony. As Vanilla Ice rapped, several ballerinas from Ballet Palm Beach glided around him onstage.

The performance and collaboration with Scott was part of the annual Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism and something Van Winkle said was not about politics.

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Wellington Ranked Among Most Boring Places in Florida

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Back in March, the real estate blog Motovo used its calculations and numbers to proclaim Fort Lauderdale among the most exciting cities in all the land.

However, it had quite the opposite to say about the tiny Palm Beach County village affectionately known as Wellington.

In a ranking of all the boring places in Florida, Wellington and its horse-loving community comes out as the sixth-most-boring.

See also: Fort Lauderdale Named Seventh "Most Exciting" Midsized City

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Five Reasons Howard Stern Will Fit in Perfectly in Palm Beach

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Last year, the King of All Media bought a house for $52 million on Palm Beach. Howard Stern, as he's also known, lived in the five-bedroom custom mansion only part time. But now, according to Gossip Extra, he's planning to become a permanent Florida resident. The site claims that the shock jock is one of many wealthy New Yorkers making the move down South and that the exodus has to do with Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to impose additional taxes on high-income residents.

Whatever the reason, we want to welcome Stern. And we think he'll fit right in. It might not seem like it, given that the Private Parts author is known for a character named Fartman and that his neighbors are three times more likely to be conservative than liberal (and that Stern, who once ran as the Libertarian candidate for New York governor, is moving to a place with five registered Libertarians.) Still, we're confident it will be a smooth transition. Here's why:

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John Goodman Wants His Entire DUI Manslaughter Retrial Moved Out of Palm Beach

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Last week, news broke that the jury selection for the DUI manslaughter retrial of Wellington polo magnate John Goodman would not be happening in Palm Beach but, rather, in Tampa.

Chief Judge Manuel Menendez told the Tampa Tribune that jury selection, which is slated to begin October 6, would be happening on the other side of the state to meet a request by the defense to have prospective jurors chosen outside of Palm Beach in order to better get a more partial jury. The decision for this was made by Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath.

Now the defense is asking Colbath to have not just the jury but the entire trial set outside of Palm Beach.

See also: John Goodman Jury Selection Happening in Tampa; Lawyers on Both Sides Surprised by This News

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Lake Worth Rapper Sparks Debate About Crime on Facebook

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It's hard to be black in Lake Worth. At least that's how the rapper 28 Gramz tells it. The 27-year-old self-described "King of Palm Beach County" wants people who live east of Dixie Highway to understand his struggle.

This past June, he released "Living in Lake Worth" through Smokeface Entertainment. In the video, Gramz raps in front of Lake Worth Community Gymnasium about poverty, imprisoned family members, and being raised by the streets. A sample lyric: "Money is everything when you living in the hood/Tell that to the rich folks, because they be burning it like wood."

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Jordan Garnett, Rising 22-Year-Old Boynton Beach Comedian, to Open for Jen Kirkman This Weekend

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Six comedians took the stage this past Tuesday at Aroma's Hookah Lounge in Wellington. Some were young -- one, actually, was on the stage for his time ever -- while others were 40, 50 years old like Perry Sak and Terry Wayne. South Florida comedy veterans. They were all, however, booked by one man: 22-year-old Jordan Garnett, a rising South Florida comedian who has hosted and booked Tuesday comedy nights at the hookah joint since April of this year, booking a fresh six each week.

This weekend, he's opening for the New Times approved Jen Kirkman on Friday and for Mark Viera on Saturday and Sunday at the Palm Beach Improv.

Over the last six months, Garnett, a short, spiky haired blonde with frenzied energy, has gone from an aspiring stand-up artist (he even mimicked Chris Rock's Never Scared comedy special for a 7th grade book report) to a full-time host and comedian, responsible for booking two comedy shows every week at two different clubs (Papa's Raw Bar on Monday's is all his, too) and performing stand-up most other nights, often times at places like the Funky Buddha Lounge in Boca Raton.

"I don't have a lot of bills, and my grandma still pays my cell phone bill," he says. "But I am seeing it progressing. Me two years ago? Completely different story. We wouldn't be here right now."

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Boca Families Move to West Bank Despite Violence

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Uri Pilichowski's new view is breathtaking. Last Monday, the Boca Raton rabbi packed up his wife and five kids, boarded a chartered flight, and relocated to Mitzpe Yercho, a suburb of Jericho. When he looks out his window, all he sees is Jordan.

Jericho -- one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world -- has had a posse of Americans moving in over the course of the past few weeks. And the place that's known in the Pentateuch as the "city of palm trees" is seeing this influx of people moving from what's known in the states as "Palm Beach County."

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Palm Beach County Drinking Water Being Flushed With Chlorine Until August

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Hey there, Palm Beach County. Notice how when you turn on the tap, your kitchen suddenly smells like a swimming pool?

That's because, as of Monday, county officials are having chlorine flushed through the pipes in a disinfection process that'll last until August.

Palm Beach County Water Utilities will be using the chlorine to flush out the pipes of about 500,000 residents.

See also: Palm Beach County Agrees to Import Trash for Money

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