Marvelous Night for a Sun Dance

By Tim Frater / April 30, 2014

Anyone who knows anything about downtown West Palm Beach knows that SunFest is our signature annual event.  Headliner bands on massive stages, floating barges, and even a fancy new app for your phone.  But SunFest started with much humbler beginnings… The origins of SunFest in West Palm Beach date way back to the end of…

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Fisticuffs in Downtown WPB

By Tim Frater / April 16, 2014

It was a fine day in sport on September 2, 1929. The Chicago Cubs were closing in on a pennant, Bobby Jones set out to defend his title at Pebble Beach, and the American Legion Arena was opening on Clematis Street. That’s right. A brand new boxing arena in the 400 block of Clematis, right…

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Short Sales – How they Really Work

By Tim Frater / April 15, 2014

Just about everyone has heard of Short Sales, but few people really have a handle on what they are and how they work. Let’s therefore take a minute to run through the details, using a fictional family, the Andersons, as an example. The Basics In 2006, Bob and Jenny Anderson bought a 2-bedroom condo in…

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If I had a dollar . . .

By Tim Frater / April 9, 2014

Clematis Street today, the main artery of Downtown West Palm Beach, is thriving. But between bottle service at Monarchy and $32 margarita pitchers at Rocco’s Tacos, it’s an easy place to drop some cash. It wasn’t, however, always that way… Once upon a time, much could be had on Clematis Street for no more than…

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Foreclosure Listings Downtown a Rare Find

By Tim Frater / March 10, 2014

Some very positive news on the housing market in our area . . .  The number of foreclosure cases filed in Palm Beach County fell 9% from January to February of this year. More impressively, the number of cases filed in February 2014 was down 49% compared to the same month last year. Granted, there…

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When Lake Worth was a Lake

By Tim Frater / January 2, 2014

It’s not uncommon to hear folks around here refer to the intracoastal off West Palm as “the lake,” especially if they’re up in years.  That expression never made much sense to me, but those old folks actually know their stuff… Up until around the time of the Civil War, the Lake Worth Lagoon was a…

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