14 Not-to-Miss Yachts at the Palm Beach International Boat Show

The Palm Beach International Boat Show—which runs Thursday through Sunday, March 28 to 31, at the West Palm Beach Waterfront along Flagler Drive—continues to expand each year, with $1.2 billion worth of yachts, boats and accessories. The hundreds of boats at the waterfront marina range from 8-foot inflatables to 300-foot superyachts, with just about every size and type of vessel in between. It’s a special show, enjoyed by exhibitors and attendees alike because the docks are less crowded than shows in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, so there is time and space to see the yachts in a leisurely way.

The Windward VIP experience, located inside the (air-conditioned!) Lakeside Pavilion on Flagler Drive, adds an extra element, thanks to its on-water lounge with bar, concierge service, indoor/outdoor seating overlooking the show and complimentary food and drink.

We perused the list of participating vessels, and here we present the 12 best yachts at this year’s show.

Trinity Skyfall
Trinity Skyfall is being shown by IYC.

Built in 2010, the 190-foot Trinity superyacht Skyfall underwent an extensive refit in 2018 to maximize its entertaining and social areas. The yacht was designed with forward-thinking features like a split-level master apartment (that includes his-and-her bathrooms, private office and forward bedroom with a 280-degree view), elevator between its decks and a tender garage that turns into a beach club. The designers also gave Skyfall a minimal 8-foot-6-inch-draft so the yacht could move among the islands of the Bahamas freely.

Skyfall’s main saloon.

The interior has a classic look bordering on opulent, with dark woods, light marble floors and plenty of carpeting. Even the teak flooring on the expansive outer decks is bleached to a lighter color for a distinctive look. The refit also added a seventh stateroom so the yacht can hold up to 17 guests. Skyfall has a top speed of 21 knots, with a range of 4,600 nautical miles at 13.5 knots.

Lürssen Coral Ocean
Lürssen Coral Ocean.

Considered the maestro of superyacht designers, Jon Bannenberg’s Coral Island was originally built in 1994, with breakthrough components like a gym and spa that would become standard issue in the superyacht world. Lürssen gave the yacht a serious systems and interior update several years ago for a new owner and it was renamed Coral Ocean. The fact that the yacht seems contemporary shows that it was more than 25 years ahead of its time. The yacht’s Polynesian beach-house interior blends dozens of natural woods, rough marbles and even seashell handles along with luxurious creams, beiges and browns. Bannenberg also included a collection of African and Asian tribal artifacts that turns the interior from a Pier 1 Imports showroom into a serious collector’s beach house. With six large staterooms for the owner and guests, the 238-foot yacht is also capable of carrying up to 19 crew. Coral Ocean‘s twin Caterpillar 3516 engines gives it a top end of 17 knots, with a maximum range of 6,000 nautical miles at a friendly cruise. After the Palm Beach show, the yacht will return to its charter circuit.

Amels Elixir
Amels Elixir, shown by Y.CO.

The Tim Heywood exterior and Laura Sessa interior pack a one-two creative punch for this one-of-a-kind 180 Amels built on a proven platform. Launched in 2016, Elixir is noteworthy for its open exterior, which devotes as much space as possible to social areas on all levels, including an unusually large foredeck patio on the upper deck. There is a beautiful view from every angle, thanks to the glass enclosures and open railings along the sides rather than solid bulkheads, and the winter garden on the stern section. Sessa used light colors across the interior for a relaxed look but she kept the sense of formality with high-end woods, stones and loose decor. The main saloon is open-plan, with sofas in the center, and the upper saloon features a grand piano. The yacht has five staterooms that can accommodate 12 guests. A foldout balcony in the master suite adds to the yacht’s expansive feel, with a steam shower for a spa sensibility. Elixir can accommodate up to 13 crew. Y.CO will display the yacht.

Baglietto Silver Fox
Baglietto Silver Fox.

Delivered last year, the 157-foot Silver Fox is a prime example of the new Baglietto. Francesco Paszkowski’s exterior is long and svelte, but the new 48 T Line design employs every inch of available space for social areas on the exterior to make it the great entertainer.

Baglietto Silver Fox offers up more deck space than Baglietto designs of the past.

In profile, the design is almost misleading because the sense of openness is undercut by the ragged lines and high bulwarks, but a closer look at the aft area of the upper deck or the 1,500-square-foot enclave on the top deck gives a sense of how serious the Italian builder is about retaining its historic slender profile while pushing into the future of large social spaces.

Baglietto Silver Fox’s formal dining for 10.

The Baglietto team designed the interior, combining Italian walnut joinery with Canaletto nut pattern on the floors and accents of gold and bronze. It’s an elegant look that shifts between starched elegance and elegantly relaxed. The dining room, for instance, has a table for 10 in its own dedicated formal space, but the main saloon just behind has loose white furniture and exceptionally large windows that provide a more laid-back feel. Baglietto did a wonderful job balancing contemporary and formal, without compromising a sense of relaxation.

Abeking & Rasmussen Excellence V
Abeking & Rasmussen Excellence V.

This 197-foot custom yacht was the fourth that Abeking & Rasmussen built for US auto baron Herb Chambers. Launched in 2012, the Reymond Langton design has a fairly traditional-looking exterior, with a navy hull and white superstructure, but the interior has a contemporary opulence that is defined by circular saloons, custom furniture and a beautiful master apartment on the owner’s deck.

Abeking & Rasmussen Excellence V beach club.

That yacht boasts a dedicated cinema, gym overlooking the water and an enormous beach club. Excellence V has seven staterooms for 14 guests and accommodations for 18 crew. The displacement superyacht can reach a top-end speed of 14 knots.

Mangusta Oceano Namaste
Mangusta Oceano 43 Namaste.

This first of the Mangusta’s Oceano 43 series by designer Alberto Mancini was delivered in 2017, but first hit US shores last fall. The 141-foot yacht was a sea change for the Italian builder, which made its reputation on performance superyachts. Its ABS Class and MCA designation has given the Oceano 43 instant pedigree in the superyacht world.

Namaste’s foredeck pool.

Mancini’s trideck design has made exceptional use of the exterior space, including a pool with a glass face on the foredeck and an open top deck that extends across a third of the yacht.

Mangusta Oceano 43 Namaste.

Namaste‘s interior is white, airy and contemporary, with white furniture offset by dark floors. The Oceano 43 reaches a top end of 15 knots, with a cruise of 11 knots, with a range of 4,500 nautical miles.

Christensen Chausseur
Christensen Chasseur.

Christensen’s Chasseur, which launched in 2017, features one of the most interesting recent interior designs in the 50-meter class. Working closely with the owner, Varo Interior Design of Vancouver took a highly minimalist approach by using straight lines, contrasting woods, neutral and bright wall colors and circular windows to create an eclectic-looking interior.

Chasseur features an eclectic interior.

It’s the opposite of a show-offy interior with a lot of high-gloss details, and the abundant senses of light, space and simplicity give it an elegant, unique look. Much of the decor is made from natural materials, including woven leather, shell or shagreen, while the designer incorporated signature pieces from Hermès. The yacht’s silver hull may be the most flamboyant part of this landmark yacht for Christensen.

Oceanco Lazy Z
Oceanco Lazy Z

Designed by the A Group, the 166-foot Lazy Z by Oceanco was delivered in 1997 and has since gone through several refits, including a $4 million refit in 2012 that gave the yacht not only a significant makeover, but added Quantum zero-speed stabilizers to upgrade the quality of life on board. A second refit followed in 2017. With accommodations for 12 guests in six staterooms, the yacht features a full-beam, split-level master apartment that occupies about a third of the main deck’s square footage.

Lazy Z’s master-suite observation lounge.

As a feature, the observation lounge in the owner’s suite was well ahead of its time, giving the owner the ability to turn the area into a private study or, alternatively, enjoy meals with the ultimate views. Lazy Z also has a fully equipped gym and a cascading stairway that connects the four decks. This Oceanco yacht has a top speed of 17 knots, with a cruising range of 3,600 nautical miles at 15 knots. It is powered by twin 1,920 hp MTU diesels.

Sanlorenzo SL102
Sanlorenzo SL102 Asymmetric Yacht.

Creating an asymmetrical yacht might sound like bad design but stepping aboard Sanlorenzo’s new SL102 shows that it pays to think outside the boat. Understanding that most yachts these days are more like luxury apartments, where space is a premium, Sanlorenzo’s designers saw that eliminating a side passage and stairway to the top deck would not impact the functionality of the yacht. It would, however, add 110 precious square feet to the interior.

Main saloon. Photo: Fernando Lombardi

The result is a very open, chic motor yacht that has a decisive edge over competitors of the same length. Speaking of edges, its twin MTU 16V 2000 M96 diesels give it a top end of 28 knots.

Pershing 8X
Pershing 8X. Photo: Courtesy of Pershing

While Pershing’s stunning new carbon-fiber 8X made its January debut in Europe, its appearance in Palm Beach will be the first time it is seen where it belongs, in the water. The Fulvio de Simoni design retains the brand’s historical look, but Pershing’s longtime designer also added unique cues, including a circular stairway that looks like a winged arch, a saloon that opens fully into the aft cockpit for true indoor-outdoor connectivity and an ultra-sleek bridge that maintains the 84-footer’s coupe heritage from the distance. Having a superstructure entirely built from carbon fiber is also a first for this size motor yacht. The significantly lighter weight allows the 8X to reach speeds of 45 knots with its standard 16V MTU 2000 M96L diesel engines, and 48 knots with the upgraded versions.

Pershing 8X. Photo: Courtesy of Pershing

The yacht can also be configured with staterooms for eight guests, and accommodations for two crew, or with three staterooms for six guests and crew quarters for two. The 8X should be well received in South Florida, where performance and good looks are equally cherished.

Numarine 78HTS Adonis
Numarine 78HTS Adonis.

Numarine‘s 78HT Adonis is making as big a splash at this week’s Palm Beach International Boat Show, in part because of the advanced electronics and entertainment package by Furrion. The innovative Furrion package will differentiate the motor yacht from other vessels of similar size.

Adonis distinguishes itself via features such as the redesigned superyacht sundeck, with four reclining sunbeds and a central helm, a four-person sunbed down on the cockpit, and large sofas on the foredeck. The coupe-like design is buttoned down for running in big seas or rough weather, but the yacht’s large skyroof and sizable cockpit windows bathe the main deck with natural light. The yacht houses four staterooms: a master, two guests and one VIP.

The 78HTS sports two 1,550 hp MAN diesel engines, delivering a top speed of 38 knots. At 28 knots, the boat has a range of 400 nautical miles.

CL Yachts CLB72
CL Yachts CLB72. Photos: Courtesy of CL Yachts

Hong Kong–based yacht builder Cheoy Lee—rebranded CL Yachts—brought its new CLA76f and CLB72 models, designed by product designer Jozeph Forakis. The 76-foot, 9-inch CLB72 features a resin-infused, composite hull and foam-cored monocoque structure. This model was designed by naval architect Howard Apollonio structural engineering by Gurit. The CLB72 is efficient and sports a maximum speed of 30 knots. Offering up outdoor gathering zones at the shaded aft deck, sun-soaked foredeck and beach platform, as well as the flydeck with helm station, barbecue and refrigerator, and sofa.

Main saloon. Photos: Courtesy of CL Yachts

The main deck houses the saloon, dining area, and galley, and the lower deck is home to the master stateroom, VIP, and a guest cabin, as well as crew quarters.

Jarrett Bay 67 Sport Yacht Privateer
Jarrett Bay 67 Sport Yacht Privateer.

Jarrett Bay Boatworks is launching its new custom 67 Sport Yacht Privateer at the Palm Beach show. The yacht has a retro look, particularly through the Carolina flare of its bow, but the design and technology are contemporary. It also has some unusual design cues for an offshore fishing battlewagon, like hardtop racks for two paddleboards. The yacht’s owner, who is tall, requested and received unusual headroom. There is 7 feet, 4 inches of clearance in the lower galley and even 6 feet, 9 inches at the helm.

Jarrett Bay 67 Sport Yacht Privateer’s interior.

The interior also differs from most sportfishing convertibles with the open space and natural light. The North Carolina shipyard used a contrast of woods, including light maple flooring and dark mahogany in the cabinetry. Jarrett Bay yachts are designed for offshore running, so what is beneath the hull is just as important as the layout. Jarrett Bay built the 67 with high-tech, lightweight core materials that are sandwiched with E-glass and vacuum-infused for a high strength-to-weight ratio. That makes the hull strong, light and tough, capable of reaching a top end of 32 knots but also battling the rough seas off the Atlantic coast of North Carolina.

Azimut Magellano 53
Azimut Magellano 53.

The Magellano 53 remains the classic rendition of an elegant, long-range yacht, with Azimut’s flare for interior design and Dutch superyacht designer’s Cor D. Rover signature hull. The 53-footer was designed for long-distance cruisers who could spend weeks aboard the yacht as it moves along pristine coasts or across the Gulf Stream into the Bahamas. The yacht has a sense of informal elegance that shows across the interior. The Dual-Mode hull also lets it run at speed or in a much more efficient long-distance mode. The designers made sure to maximize space on the outside of the yacht, with a sun bed on the foredeck, spacious flybridge and 130-square-foot cockpit.

Azimut Magellano 53’s spacious main deck.

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Disrupt Festival bringing Thrice, the Used, Circa Survive, Sum 41 to West Palm Beach

Sum 41 will be among the bands injecting energy into the Rock Star Energy Drink Disrupt Festival at Coral Sky Amphitheatre on June 25. (Getty Images)

Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach will be a destination for the Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival, a touring summer music event that includes performances by Thrice, Circa Survive, Sum 41, the Used, the Story So Far, Atreyu and others.

Taking place in South Florida on June 25, Disrupt Festival tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, March 29. Presale tickets will be available noon Tuesday-10 p.m. Thursday. A variety of VIP passes, upgrades and meet-and-greet sessions also can be purchased. For information, visit at RockStarDisrupt.com.

The tour, which is scheduled to hit 25 cities, will feature music on two stages, with other performers including Sleeping with Sirens, Andy Black, Four Year Strong, Memphis May Fire, Trophy Eyes, Meg & Dia, Juliet Simms and Hyro the Hero.

Fans who bring any empty 16-ounce can of Rockstar Energy Drink to recycle at the main gate will have the opportunity to skip the line and be entered to win a signed festival guitar and an exclusive meetup with festival headliners.

The tour kicks off June 21 in Dallas and includes a stop June 26 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. For more information, visit RockStarDisrupt.com.

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2019 Legislative Session Preview: Focus on Broward, Palm Beach

Water quality issues appear to be at the forefront for members of the Broward and Palm Beach delegations this Legislative Session.

Transitioning from septic tanks to sewer systems was a bipartisan desire voiced by members of both counties’ delegations.

“The quicker we get to sewer, the better it will be for the environment,” said Rep. David Silvers, a West Palm Beach Democrat.

“Septic to sewer is extremely important for environmental purposes. And I think it would be beneficial for the district.”

Those sentiments were echoed by GOP Rep. Chip LaMarca of Lighthouse Point.

“One of the things that’s really important to me is there’s a very well-funded local match in Lauderdale-by-the Sea for a septic-to-sewer project,” LaMarca said.

“We want to get them off of septic tanks that are failing on the Intracoastal and across in the ocean, which would affect our waterways.”

LaMarca’s legislation (HB 4741) calls for $1.35 million to help with the project. And Silvers has offered up two appropriations bills. One would put $11 million toward a project in Palm Springs (HB 2157). Another calls for $600,000 to help Lake Clarke Shores in their transition off of septic (HB 2931).

Septic tanks have been pegged as a culprit in the recent algae outbreaks, according to January testimony in front of the state Senate. The system’s inability to clean waste is reportedly contributing to the growth of toxic algae. The issue was also raised at a Wednesday meeting of the Florida Congressional delegation.

“We’ll be fighting for some of that money to make sure those things happen here in Palm Beach County,” added Sen. Bobby Powell, a Palm Beach Democrat.

But Powell made clear there’s another top priority when it comes to Palm Beach.

“The big thing that the county kept talking about this past year was affordable housing.”

LaMarca echoed those concerns, saying the situation also needs to be addressed in Broward County.

“Affordable housing and the Sadowski trust fund is probably the top issue, in trying to make sure that is left intact as much as possible.”

The Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund is supposed to set aside tax money to be used to help individuals find affordable housing. But lawmakers have routinely diverted money from that fund.

Sen. Debbie Mayfield has filed a measure in the Senate (SB 70) to stop that practice. Reps. Silvers and Rene Plasencia have filed a bipartisan companion bill in the House (HB 1103).

LaMarca also discussed a bill to extend the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority (DDA) by 20 years. The DDA aims to upgrade the city’s downtown by collecting property tax revenue.

LaMarca says the DDA is working on a project to rebuild City Hall and another on the federal courthouse. Given the lengthy time frames of those projects, LaMarca didn’t want to let the DDA expire in 2030 before the buildings are completed.

“It wouldn’t increase any tax dollars going into [the DDA],” LaMarca said of his bill (HB 1185), which would keep the DDA running until 2050.

“It would just keep it in place for the additional time.”

Representatives from Palm Beach County also spoke about a pair of local bills. A measure from Rep. Silvers (HB 819) would revise the boundaries of West Palm Beach’s downtown development district.

And Rep. Matt Willhite, a Royal Palm Beach Democrat, introduced a measure (HB 901) to sign off on a new agreement between West Palm Beach and its firefighters.

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POST TIME: Palm Beach County’s oldest commercial structure turns 125

Dade County State Bank, the first savings institution in Palm Beach County, was once a part of Dade County in 1893, which at the time stretched to Stuart. Contributed

Readers: 125 years ago this week, on May 11, 1893, the Dade County State Bank opened.

The place where it sat isn’t in Dade County anymore. More importantly, in a region where historical preservation often isn’t a priority and a 30-year-old building is downright ancient, the tiny octagonal cone-roofed structure that housed the bank still stands. And in a prominent spot on the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront. It’s Palm Beach County’s oldest commercial structure. Here’s more from a feature story from last year.

The 584-square-foot building opened for business as the Dade County State Bank, the first savings institution in the region. At that time, Dade County — now Miami-Dade — extended to Stuart.

One article said the building’s first locale was Jupiter Island, and it later was floated down to Palm Beach. In 1897, it was floated to the mainland and to 223 Clematis Street, at the corner of Olive Avenue.

The Dade bank later would become Pioneer Bank, then First National Bank of West Palm Beach, according to the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.

The Dade bank built a new home, and by 1903, the little building was a barber shop. By July 1908, it was a dentist’s office. At one point, it was Sheen’s Real Estate office. By 1915, it had been moved to 112 Myrtle St., next to City Park. In 1920, it was a beauty shop.

Then it became Johnny’s Playland.

John R. “Johnny” Eggert, was born in 1899 in Denmark. The Playland, a “novelty and trick shop,” opened in 1935. By 1940, the building had moved to Clematis Street, opposite Flagler Park, now the site of the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront.

Johnny died at 71 on March 18, 1971. In 1975, widow Crystal Welch Eggert donated the iconic building to the city. Soon after, it moved to its current site on the waterfront at Fourth Street and North Flagler Drive, just south of the Flagler Bridge.

Since 1987, it’s housed the Palm Beach High Alumni Association’s museum, housing more than 1,000 items related to the venerable Palm Beach High School, which after integration became Twin Lakes High and which became the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts in 1997.

But because of its tough-to-reach location, and because someone would have to come down and unlock it if anyone wanted to view any of the yearbooks, trophies or photos, weeks or months might go by with no one visiting.

The group would like to move it to Yesteryear Village, a collection of historic homes at the South Florida Fairgrounds, where people could have access to it. Talks have gone on for years, but there’s been no movement for a while. The city, which owns the building and leases it to the school group, has refused to comment on its preference. But the building hasn’t moved.

Submit your questions to Post Time, The Palm Beach Post, 2751 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL 33405. Include your full name and hometown. Call 561-820-4418. EK@pbpost.com. Sorry; no personal replies.

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Batmasian real estate empire in unwanted glare of Boca mayor probe

Marta and Jim Batmasian the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Ball at the Boca Raton Resort and Club on Feb. 3. (Jeffrey A. Graves / Courtesy)

When state prosecutors brought corruption charges this week against Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie, they asserted that the beneficiaries of her alleged wrongdoing were among the most prolific owners of commercial real estate in Palm Beach County.

Through the years, James and Marta Batmasian have become the landlords of many of the popular places where local residents eat, shop and play. They are benefactors for numerous nonprofits and charities, giving generously of their time and money. Yet they have been embroiled in years of litigation with former employees, and now find themselves in the glare of a high-profile public corruption probe.

Several businesses belonging to the Batmasians benefited from favorable City Commission votes cast by the mayor, state authorities allege. According to a detective’s affidavit filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court by the Office of Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, the mayor voted four times in favor of resolutions supporting requests involving signage, the use of city owned parking spaces, and the rezoning of a property owned by a Batmasian-controlled company.

Authorities alleged, “Susan Haynie failed to disclose income she received from the developer, James Batmasian, while conducting business with him and his companies through a company she owned with her husband,” Neil Haynie.

Neither of the Batmasians has been charged with a crime, and neither could be reached for comment. The State Attorney’s Office declined to elaborate on the charges made public in court.

Published reports have placed the value of the Batmasians’ holdings above $100 million. Dozens of their properties are listed as limited liability corporations in Florida state corporate records. Most of them are listed as having the same address as the couple’s principal company, Investments Limited, at 215 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. The company, according to a Bloomberg profile, “operates as a real estate investment, ownership, development, operations, management, and leasing organization in South Florida and Massachusetts.”

According to a “Message From The Founders” on the Investments Limited website, the Batmasians have worked together in real estate investing since 1970, when they were graduate students in Cambridge, Mass. Principally, they invested in small residential buildings.

The message notes that James Batmasian is a 1965 graduate of Coral Gables Senior High School who earned an undergraduate degree in economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA and a law degree from Harvard University. A native of Turkey, Marta Batmasian graduated cum laude from Emerson College in Boston with a bachelor’s degree in English. She studied comparative and English literature at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and has a doctor of philosophy in Near Eastern studies from Brandeis University, as well as an MBA.

The couple moved to Boca Raton in 1983 with the intention of “enjoying an early retirement,” the company website says. “After two days, they changed their plans and began pursuing a future based on investing in the South Florida lifestyle.

“At a time when many of our coastal communities were being overlooked by serious investors — seen as nothing more than spring break retreats and retirement havens — the Batmasians had the foresight to begin investing in local shopping centers (amassing more than 36 properties within their first 33 months). And today they are among the largest landowners in the city.”

The founders’ narrative makes no mention of whether banks, private investors or a combination of the two helped finance their acquisitions. But they say they’ve focused on leasing to increase revenues, expanded by “re-tenanting existing locations at competitive market rates,” and added mixed-use elements to their portfolio. They say a number of tenants bear prominent national and regional names such as Publix, CVS, McDonald’s, GNC, Pet Supermarket, Allstate, H&R Block and Sally Beauty Supply.

One of their most prominent holdings: The Royal Palm Place shopping center in downtown Boca Raton.

While building their business portfolio, the Batmasians enhanced their public profile by becoming heavily involved in South Florida charitable causes. In 2004, they were the principal founders of PROPEL (People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leadership), said Gregg Francis, CEO of the organization.

For the Batmasians, “it’s a labor of love,” he said. “It’s not a rubber stamp. They truly devote time and resources.”

Francis said the organization was formed to provide an after-school “safe haven” for underprivileged children who live on the fringes of the justice system. But since 2014, it has become more “educationally centric,” providing rides to and from schools, meals and pathways to literacy and proficiency in mathematics. Recently, he said, five teenagers in the program won scholarships to attend Florida Atlantic University.

The couple have been involved in other nonprofit endeavors. According to her LinkedIn account, Marta Batmasian has served on the boards of the Boca Raton Symphonic Pops, Caldwell Theatre and Tri-County Humane Society. She works with the National Association of Armenian Studies and Research in Massachusetts and the Fund for Armenia’s Relief in New York.

She and her husband have sponsored events by the Junior League of Boca Raton.

Once, Boca Raton Magazine included both of them on a list of “100 People You Should Know.”

Despite the successful build-out of their business and involvement in the community, the couple had rocky times, including a major encounter with the law by James Batmasian.

In 2008, he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach to a single count of failing to pay $253,513 in federal withholding tax for employees at Investments Limited. He served eight months in a South Carolina federal prison. Later, the Florida Supreme Court ordered the suspension of his Florida law license. He remains ineligible to practice law in the state, according to The Florida Bar.

The tax charge aside, there were other problems at Investments Limited. In 2014, Karla Sotomayor, a former leasing agent, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against James Batmasian. The same year, James Baker, a former chief financial officer who had been fired in 2013, filed a whistleblower suit against the company alleging various acts of fraud. The suit was filed after the Batmasians sued him for allegedly stealing company information.

However, a short time before Haynie was charged by state authorities, all of the litigation as swept away this week as judges dismissed the cases under joint agreements by the parties. Attorneys in the cases did not respond to requests for comment.

It remains unclear what awaits the Batmasians as the state’s criminal prosecution unfolds against Haynie.

In November, in the wake of a detailed investigative report by the Palm Beach Post into alleged financial ties between the Batmasians and a business operated by the mayor’s husband, Marta Batmasian denied she and James Batmasian received favors from the city.

“We didn’t know it was going to develop to this level,” she told television station WPTV-Ch. 5 in an interview. “And we didn’t really see any conflict because we appear in front [of] the council the last 35 years and it’s never been an issue. This is a small town, where everyone knows everyone.”

Staff writer Marci Shatzman contributed to this report.

David Lyons can be reached at 954-356-4340, dvlyons@sun-sentinel.com twitter: @davidvlyons

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West Palm Brewery Crafts Dreamers Lager for Cinco de Mayo – South Florida Business Journal

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault is jumping into the DACA political arena with the May 2nd release of its Dreamers Lager, a Mexican lager made for Cinco de Mayo.

"I know that politics can be risky business," says owner John Pankauski. "But I felt this was too important in issue to remain silent on."

Pankauski should know. His grandparents immigrated from Poland and Lithuania at the turn of the last century with no money, no skills and unable to speak English. They suffered discrimination from those who saw European immigrants as a threat.

"Sound familiar?" Pankauski sarcastically asks.

Pankauski originally wanted to craft a simple Mexican lager. And then it hit him: he would craft a beer that was bigger than just a tap pull. He would create a beer with a message.

"People risk their lives in boats, hiking over fields and desserts, to make a better life for themselves and their families– who can fault them for that," asks Pankauski. "In South Florida, we have many people from the Caribbean, and Central and South America who, like my grandparents, arrived by ships or rafts dreaming of a better life. Ponce de Leon was one of our first immigrants in the 1500s. Whether you’re from Spain, Poland, Syria or Haiti, we are all immigrants."

Pankauski created a special image, which will be on a limited edition, Dreamers T-shirt available for free to the first 50 people who purchase a glass of Dreamers Lager and use the special code "I am a Dreamer, too."

This Lager’s image has Lady Liberty at the center, surrounded by barley, hops, Monarch butterflies, and a raft full of people. Pankauski chose a raft as an image rather than an immigrant ship which his grandparents arrived on. The message is obvious: "Regardless of how you got here, we are all in the same boat today."

"A Monarch butterfly migrates from Mexico to the USA. Some believe that the Monarch has a spiritual connection to Cinco de Mayo. It will serve as an important symbol," says Pankauski. "After all, coming here, working hard, and making it is who we are. That’s our spirit. It’s not an immigration issue. It’s a Patriotic issue. We should support those who make the journey that our ancestors made before."

Mexican Lager has a unique style and flavor characteristics, influenced by a Vienna lager, most probably by German and Austrian immigrants who arrived in Texas and Mexico in the 1800’s. Craft brewers put their own touch on the Mexican Lager.

"Our Dreamers Lager is brewed with Pilsner and Vienna malt, flaked maize, and organic blue agave nectar to add a touch of honey-like sweetness to a light, crisp, refreshing brew which we have laagered for weeks. You will taste freedom. I guarantee," boasts Pankauski.

You can try a Dreamers Lager beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. It’s only offered at the brewery.

On Saturday, May 5, Cinco de Mayo, Pankauski will donate 100% of all gross sale proceeds of the first 100 Dreamers Lager he sells that day to a charity which helps Dreamers.

The West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault is located at 332 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

The West Palm Brewery has a production facility and tap room on site, indoor and outdoor (shaded) seating, and offers craft beer made right here©, limited production, premium and super-premium wine in The Vault, its Napa Valley tasting room and wine shop, as well as made-2-order food in its Intracoastal Kitchen.

For more information on West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault, or Dreamers Lager, please contact John Pankauski at 561-655-1556 or john@phFlorida.com.

Contact: John Pankauski, Owner of West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault
Phone: 561-655-1556
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Chef Noel Cunningham cooking up the Vybez at Palm Beach Jerk Festival

West Palm Beach – The diverse and authentic Caribbean Jerk traditions are the key ingredients that event producer, Full-A-Vybez, Inc. has prepared for the 15th annual 1-800-411-PAIN Palm Beach Jerk and Caribbean Culture Festival, which will be held on Monday, May 28th, 2018 at the South Florida Fairgrounds (9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33411) from 2pm-10pm.

1-800-411 PAIN is once again the proud title sponsor.

This year’s festival includes talented culinary personalities who will take center stage to compete for the Caribbean’s top culinary honors.

There will also be an opportunity for patrons to partake in live cooking demos conducted by internationally renowned chef Noel Cunningham alongside specially invited guests.

Chef Noel Cunningham

Attendees will have an opportunity to indulge in succulent dishes and tasty libations, music, and more. To bring the diversity of the islands to West Palm Beach.

The festival honors the cultural richness, heritage and flavor that the Caribbean Jerk Seasoning lends to food and traditions. The dizzying variety of Caribbean Jerk can be found in the many food offerings that include succulent Jerk Lobster, Juicy Jerk Chicken, the Spicy Jerk Shrimp, the Sensational Smoked Jerk Pork and the popular Jerk Ice Cream.

Truly a family inspired festival, the Kids Zone is guaranteed to attract youngsters with fun, interactive programming through the day.

For the young and young at heart, the day party within the Jerk FDgw-1n+qP!5(*&IUJHest dubbed the Jerk Explosion Party Pavilion, is sure to entertain. Featuring popular DJs and a dance contest, the festivities are sure to be the perfect end to the Memorial Weekend.

To complete the taste of the islands, Fulla -Vybez Inc has created a fantastic lineup for the mainstage performance. Performers will be announced shortly.

Tickets can be purchased at Palm Beach Jerk Festival or popular local Caribbean community locations. Children 12 and under are admitted FREE of charge.

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Wire Taps: Adam Eaton returns to Nationals’ lineup; Jeremy Hellickson arrives in West Palm Beach…

Adam Eaton returned to the Nationals’ lineup (and hit a home run) and Jeremy Hellickson flew to West Palm Beach, FL a day after his minor league deal with Washington was made official. It was a big day in the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Catch up on all the latest Nats news before this afternoon’s Grapefruit League game…


An emotional blur of a day for Adam Eaton
“Suffice it to say, there was a lot for Adam Eaton to process at the end of his first big league game since he tore the ACL in his left knee nearly 11 months ago.”

Adam Eaton makes emotional return to Washington Nationals’ outfield
“The last time he played on a major league field with his teammates was April 28. The last time he played on a major league field, he didn’t walk off it.”

Nationals’ Adam Eaton homers in 2018 debut
“After Nationals manager Dave Martinez wrote Adam Eaton’s name in the lineup for the first time this spring, he gave Eaton a hug.”

Jeremy Hellickson waited for a phone call all winter. Now he’s in Nationals camp
“Like so many other free agents, Jeremy Hellickson sat in quiet agony this winter, waiting for a phone call that never came.”

Nats sign Jeremy Hellickson to Minors contract
“The days until Opening Day are quickly dwindling, so new Nationals right-hander Jeremy Hellickson wasted no time getting started at camp.”

Hellickson reports to camp, joins “perfect situation” with Nats
“They were actually the first team that called,” Hellickson said. “When Scott told me the Nationals, I thought: ‘That’s a perfect situation.’”


UVA grad and Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle: ‘This is a team that can win the World Series’
“It’s kind of scary to get traded. I’d been with Oakland my entire career and been with the organization for 10 years. It was all I knew.”

How does new #Nationals manager Dave Martinez handle the expectations for the reigning NL East champs in 2018?Martinez, with @StevePhillipsGM and @PerezEd at #Nationals camp, part of MLB Network Radio’s Tour of Spring Training: pic.twitter.com/eU5iDlHTnH

— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) March 17, 2018

Braves’ Ronald Acuna hits fourth spring homer
“Braves top prospect Ronald Acuna Jr., has been the Grapefruit League’s biggest star thus far.”

Yoenis Cespedes talks about his health
“Yoenis Cespedes addresses his health on Saturday, March 17, 2018.”

Jake Arrieta delights crowd, breaks bats
“Five days after signing a three-year, $75 million contract with the Phillies, Jake Arrieta climbed atop a mound and threw a 31-pitch (two-inning) simulated game.”

Miami Marlins’ shortstop nearing return from shoulder surgery
“Marlins’ shortstop JT Riddle’s chances of being available by Opening Day are starting to look a little more realistic.”

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Real Estate Notebook: Luxury condos coming to West Palm Beach

Bristol Palm Beach, an ultra-luxury 25-story condominium, is expected to break ground this summer along Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.

The 69 units in the building at 1100 S. Flagler Drive target well-heeled buyers: Prices range from $5 million to $25 million. The units are from 3,700 to 14,000 square feet.

The developer is Flagler Investors, a partnership of Golub & Co., Commercial Financial Management and Elion Partners.

A sales center is at 440 Royal Palm Way in Palm Beach. The project is due to open in early 2018.

Jupiter apartments fetch $42 million

The Dakota at Abacoa apartment complex in Jupiter has sold for $42 million.

An affiliate of West Palm Beach-based Priderock Capital Partners bought the 190-unit property from a company tied to Index Investment Group and Eastwind Development.

Jupiter-based Index has built eight rentals from Central Florida to the Keys in partnership with Eastwind. They built Dakota in 2014. One-, two- and three-bedroom units start at $1,370 a month.

Stiles executive wins award

Doug Eagon, longtime president of the Stiles real estate firm, was awarded the NAIOP South Florida 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.

The local chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties honored Eagon for his contributions to the trade group and the South Florida real estate community. Previous recipients include developers Armando Codina and Terry Stiles. Stiles presented the award to Eagon on Feb. 25 during a ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six hotel in Fort Lauderdale.

Eagon has worked for Stiles for 35 years, the past 20 as president. In March, he will become vice chair of the board of the Fort Lauderdale firm.

Former BankAtlantic building sells

A Pennsylvania company has paid $21.5 million for the former BankAtlantic headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, public records show.

The two-story 185,000-square-foot building is at 2100 W. Cypress Creek Road. The buyer was Rosemont, Pa.-based 2100 West Cypress Creek Road Associates. The seller, 2100 West Cypress Creek Holdings, paid $21 million for the site in April 2015, records show.

Landscape architect to work on Fort Lauderdale project

Witkin Hults Design Group, an international landscape architecture firm in Hollywood, says it has been hired to design outdoor amenities for Quantum Flagler Village in Fort Lauderdale.

The firm will design pools, deck, outdoor areas and an urban plaza. Quantum Flagler Village is a new mixed-use development at Sunrise Boulevard and Federal Highway. It will have 338 apartments, a 138-room Courtyard by Marriott and 25,000 square feet of ground floor retail. The developer is the Prime Group of Fort Lauderdale.

Community association courses offered

The Katzman Garfinkel law firm will hold three free seminars for South Florida community associations in March.

The first course, to be held March 2, will allow board members to discuss issues with each other and a panel of experts in the accounting, management, insurance and legal fields.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pat Larkins Center, 520 NW 3rd St. in Pompano Beach.

Other courses are scheduled for March 16 in Delray Beach and March 25 in Tamarac. For more information or to register, call 954-486-7774.

Staff researcher Barbara Hijek contributed to this report.

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Letters Clear thinking about West Palm golf course long overdue


Clear thinking on

course long overdue

Finally some clear thinking on the West Palm Beach public golf course. (“Developer to pour $86 million into reviving West Palm golf course,” Tuesday)

I was a member for more than 20 years and enjoyed the golden era when Dub Pagan and the old guard ran the show. Nothing good has happened since the dity took over and abandoned the golf commission.

I know I speak for many who hated the redesign, deforestation, and demolition of the clubhouse. When the crazy stories about residential development started to be kicked around, it seemed like a lost cause.

At last, City Commissioner Shanon Materio to the rescue. Finally, someone is listening to what a treasure the golf course is to a community. Aside from the tourist dollars, it is a fabulous amenity to the local housing market.

A lot of great memories at the old club. Maybe a new generation will have the same chance.


Who’s accountable

when a teen kills?

Another school shooting involving a student or former student.

Where do these kids get those guns? How do these kids get these guns?

Has anyone seen a single parent or guardian arrested or indicted when a minor commits these atrocities? I didn’t think so.


A fairly simple fix

for rural internet

Listening to the president talk about the internet needed in rural and places where they have no access, I have for years expected FPL, with the largest LAN (large area network) in South Florida, to make a deal with either Comcast or AT&T to deliver high-speed internet over their lines.

Since electrical wiring reaches almost every structure and building in Florida, plugging in high-speed data into their lines on a side channel would solve a myriad of problems. Comcast has spent millions on the copper cable they have strung throughout Florida, along with unknown costs for telephone lines by AT&T — all these lines could be eliminated.

FPL lines can carry all the data information needed over the power lines we all have installed in our homes. I have used the wiring in my home as a LAN for many years, using a product from Netgear.

This technology is not new. It has been used for more than 10 years. It could be a new revenue source for FPL and save the internet provider the capital it cost in cabling and maintaining wiring in every home. This would then provide internet to anyone with an electrical wall outlet anywhere.

Revenue-sharing is all it would take. The user would need to purchase a small 3-inch box to plug in where he needed internet. Sure, there are technical problems to be solved, but the consumer would benefit. Can someone make this happen?


Gun control now

before one more death

How many more lives will be lost before we enact stronger gun-control legislation? How many more innocent children and adults will be murdered before we say: “Stop! We won’t take this anymore!”

When are we going to get the automatic weapons out of circulation? When are we going to have universal background checks that include mental health status of the purchaser of every gun sold or traded?

While the progress we’ve achieved over the past five years gives me hope, I also recognize we need to move faster. Every day, over 100 Americans — toddlers, kids and adults — die from a gunshot. In no other developed country do leaders allow so many people to die from this preventable epidemic.

We must never accept this level of gun violence in America as normal. We must keep building momentum to save more lives in the years to come.

Please contact your legislators today and let them know you want action on gun legislation.


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