Food grease spill outside Lake Worth Mulligan’s in attorneys’ hands

A food grease spill overflowed outside Mulligan's Beach House Sunday afternoon, causing a sizable amount of grease to spill onto A1A, (Contributed)
A food grease spill overflowed outside Mulligan’s Beach House Feb. 19, causing a sizable amount of grease to spill onto A1A, (Contributed)

LAKE WORTH —  The food grease spill that happened outside Mulligan’s Beach House Feb. 19 may be over, but the legal issues aren’t.

The city hasn’t issued any new updates since Ben Kerr, a city spokesman, said in a statement Feb. 21 that an investigation was ongoing and that the city hadn’t determined who will pay for the clean-up.

At the city’s solar energy project ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon, Kerr told The Palm Beach Post the matter is in the hands of the attorneys — the city’s and Mulligan’s.

A sizable amount of food grease spilled onto A1A from an outlet pipe that was connected to a grease tank trap at Mulligan’s on 10 S. Ocean Boulevard, the city said.

The sewer outflow pipe was clogged with grease due to improper maintenance, the city said in last week’s statement.

City Manager Michael Bornstein has said the city has the ability to charge Mulligan’s for clean-up costs.

George Hart, Mulligan’s owner, told The Palm Beach Post the city is partially to blame, noting the city shares a grease trap with Mulligan’s.

Hart said he would be wiling to share costs with the city.

In an email to The Palm Beach Post last week, Mary Hoertz, Mulligan’s vice president, said the restaurant would no lnoger discuss the matter.

While Mulligan’s has said its lease stipulates the city is for responsible for installing, repairing and maintaining grease traps, the city countered by saying it’s Mulligan’s responsibility.

The city cited chapter 14 of the city’s Utilities and Policies and Procedures manual, which it said states that commercial and industrial facilities must demonstrate monthly maintenance on grease traps to remove fats, oils and greases as a condition of their annual Fat, Oil and Grease permit.

 

 

PBSC expecting more than 2,000 people for Clinton rally

Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak on Wednesday at a Palm Beach State College rallly, (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak on Wednesday at a Palm Beach State College rally. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

LAKE WORTH — Palm Beach State College is expecting more than 2,000 people to attend the rally Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is scheduled to have at the college Wednesday morning.

Doors open at 9 a.m. and the rally will be held at the Elisabeth W. Erling Gymnasium on the suburban Lake Worth campus, 4200 S. Congress Ave.

Clinton’s speech is expected to start at 11 a.m.

The event is first come, first served.

There will be an overflow area outside the gym where the speech will be live streamed, Grace Truman, PBSC’s director of college relations and marketing, said.

The Secret Service will handle all security, with Clinton’s campaign paying $1,500 to rent the space, Truman said.

Total cost for the event will be about $7,000, which is also being paid by Clinton’s campaign, Truman said.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will assist with traffic.

Clinton’s campaign contacted the college on Sunday about hosting the rally. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has also reached out PBSC, Truman said.

“They were fixed on a certain date we couldn’t accommodate,” Truman said. “The college is available to both parties.”

It will be Clinton’s first time speaking at the college. Her husband spoke at PBSC four years ago while campaigning for President Obama.

The president held a rally at the college eight years ago when he was running for his first term, Truman said.

 

Hurricane Matthew: Strong feeder band arriving

A powerful band of wind and rain is sweeping in from Jupiter to West Palm Beach, carrying sustained winds of 45 to 50 mph, according to Palm Beach Post radar.

hurricanematthewfeederThe feeder band is a sign more dramatic impact from Hurricane Matthew is just hours away. The storm cell is making its way to south county.

 

 

West Palm Beach urges residents to stay off roads as storm approaches

As the impacts of Hurricane Matthew begin to bear down on West Palm Beach, city officials are advising local residents not to drive and to shelter in place immediately, until further notice.

With some in the city already experiencing power outages, West Palm Beach is asking residents not to contact the city about power outages but to instead them and downed power lines to FPL at 1-800-4OUTAGE.

Finally, city officials are also urging residents to check with local news outlets for information. They say they are being “inundated with calls about wind speed and evacuations.”

Call 911 only in case of emergency.

Winds whipped hard Thursday evening at Costello Road and S. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach as Hurricane Matthew approached. (Wayne Washington/The Palm Beach Post)
Winds whipped hard Thursday evening at Costello Road and S. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach as Hurricane Matthew approached. (Wayne Washington/The Palm Beach Post)

 

Hurricane Matthew: How windy will it get in central county?

Central Palm Beach County is seemingly removed from Hurricane Matthew‘s more severe winds. But it can still expect some Category 1-force gusts in areas, according to the National Weather Service.

Visitors to Lake Worth beach line a railing to take selfies and watch the surf as the winds from Hurricane Matthew begin to pick up Thursday afternoon, October 6, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Visitors to Lake Worth beach line a railing to take selfies and watch the surf as the winds from Hurricane Matthew begin to pick up Thursday afternoon. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

In Lake Worth, 47 mph winds (gusts up to 66 mph) are expected at 9 p.m. The winds intensify to 54 mph by 1 a.m., sporting gusts of up to 74 mph. They’ll decrease to 37 mph with 52-mph gusts by 5 a.m.

In West Palm Beach, winds are expected to kick up to 49 mph (with gusts up to 69 mph) at 9 p.m. They increase to 60 mph, with gusts of up to 78 mph, at 1 a.m. By 5 a.m., they’re expected to slow to 41 mph with 57-mph gusts.

 

Lake Worth has lots to discuss about code enforcement

Lake Worth City HallLAKE WORTH — City Commissioners on Tuesday are schedule to hold a special work session to discuss how to improve the city’s Code Enforcement Department.

The city said it will examine the department’s rules, shortcomings and obstacles.

The meeting, open to the public, starts at 6 p.m. at City Commission Chambers.