Top 9 local news stories for the week of 7/7 – 7/14

1. The Best of the Palm Beaches: The Winners You Selected

Jupiter Mag We’ve been polling Jupiter Magazine and The Palm Beacher readers since fall on everything from their favorite beaches to the best brunch spots. The tallies are in! Everyone knows Palm Beach County has a lot to offer. But now, we present the definitive guide to the best of the best.

2. Wacky Wednesday Trivia starting at the Waterfront

aGuyonClematis Calling all trivia champs… the City of West Palm Beach is inviting the public to test their knowledge and enjoy a fun-filled evening of trivia at Aesop’s Tables. Every Wednesday evening during Summer in Paradise, beginning July 12 through August 30, 2017, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., the City will reward those who know the most about random facts related to history, pop culture, science and more. In addition to trivia host Duane Hamilton, table hosts will also be on hand to help facilitate lively discussions, encourage participation and unite the community.

“This year’s Summer in Paradise is all about community, and we think adding Wacky Wednesday Trivia Nights will certainly bring people together,” said Mary Pinak, Community Events Manager for the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation. “Residents and visitors can enjoy the artwork on Aesop’s Tables while testing their range of knowledge on a variety of topics.”

3. Testa’s restaurant in Palm Beach to close after July 15

Palm Beach Daily News Testa’s Restaurant says it’s closing its doors after the evening of July 15 to make way for demolition and redevelopment of the 1.3-acre site on Royal Poinciana Way.

“We knew this day would come and it is with great sadness that we must say goodbye for now,” Tom Testa said in an email Thursday.

4. Palm Beach approves marathon running onto the island

Palm Beach Daily News Runners will be allowed to cross onto the island this winter as part of the Palm Beaches Marathon. But, they’ll get a lake view instead of an ocean view.

The Palm Beach Town Council broke from tradition Wednesday in voting 3-2 to grant a permit that allows half marathon and full marathon runners to enter the island over the Flagler Memorial Bridge, run south down the Lake Trail and leave over the Royal Park Bridge. The races are scheduled for Dec. 3.

5. Palm Beach Tech strives to connect tech entrepreneurs, start-ups

Palm Beach Post In a 1920s West Palm Beach building that boasts an adjacent carriage house with a crank elevator, Joe Russo envisions a hub for technology entrepreneurship.

Russo is the executive director of Palm Beach Tech, a non-profit that is part co-location workspace, part trade association. It was founded two years ago with the goal of bringing together tech entrepreneurs and start-ups.

6. Why is West Palm considering paying $100K to lure two new companies?

Palm Beach Post The city is considering dishing out about $100,000 to entice two unidentified firms to move in, one in aerospace/aviation, the other in life sciences.

City commission votes are scheduled for July 17 for “Project Falcon” and “Project Cell,” respectively.

7. Escape South Florida Traffic: Take the Train

Wall Street Journal features the Brightline connection between West Palm Beach and Miami.

8. Just In: Brightline hopes to woo commuters with Park-Line apartments

Palm Beach Post The residential tower rising next to Brightline’s station in downtown West Palm Beach will be part of a new real estate brand run by the private rail venture’s parent company, Florida East Coast Industries.

The Park-Line brand will offer 290 rental units at the 24-story building currently under construction just west of Brightline’s train station in West Palm Beach, officials announced Wednesday.

9. Immobility study? West Palm explores how to ease parking crunch

West Palm Beatt As a next step in West Palm Beach’s mobility study, city planners are reaching out to merchants and other downtown groups for their ideas on easing downtown parking problems.

According to the Mayor’s Office, city planners recently met to discuss availability and affordability of parking downtown. They are evaluating policy changes to manage demand, especially during events and tourist season.

7 top stories from West Palm Beach for the week of 7/3 – 7/7

1.  The 20 best restaurants in Palm Beach County right now

Palm Beach Post: Here’s a current snapshot of Palm Beach County restaurants we’re loving best at the moment. Next month, the snapshot might be different. This list, which is organized by city, includes only restaurants we have visited.


2. Dining out? Restaurants in Palm Beach offer sweet summer deals

Palm Beach Daily News: Dining out on the town is a bargain these days — at least relative to high season — so if you hunger for sales, now is the time for a feast.

As restaurants seek to lure diners during the off-season and thank year-round patrons after winter residents’ exit, deals abound. They range from lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus to meal discounts, bring-your-own-wine nights, $1 oysters and more.


3. New West Palm brewery to include 12,000-bottle wine vault, Tuscan food

Palm Beach Post: You could argue that if every Crossfit gym converted into a craft beer brewery, there’d be a lot less pain and a lot more gain in the city, and less weight to lift, if maybe more around the hips.

We’ll get to see if that proves true, as West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault, under construction downtown at 332 Evernia St., is scheduled to open Oct. 1.


4. Why is it so hard to develop West Palm Beach’s most visible site?

Palm Beach Post: From the world’s tallest building to a high-end medical campus, a digital animation studio and a financial tower of undulating glass topped with a spire, the site at the confluence of Okeechobee Boulevard and Dixie Highway has stirred developers’ imaginations with concepts ambitious and unusual.


5. What’s in PBC’s $4.5B budget?
Eye on PBC blog: Palm Beach County staff members have put their final touches on a $4.5 billion budget, which commissioners are now mulling in advance of Tuesday’s meeting, when they will set property tax rates.


6. See which new store just opened at CityPlace
Malled blog: Natuzzi Italia has opened a 9,000-square-foot store at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, a move that signals the shopping, dining and entertainment center continues to boost its home furnishings offerings.


7. West Palm Beach Bike Revolution Takes Off
City of West Palm Beach: The City of West Palm Beach will soon release a Bike Master Plan designed to make it easier for cyclists to ride from one end of town to the other, and all points in between. Many residents are already riding their bikes to work, especially those who live and work in downtown West Palm Beach.