Convention center hotel receives award from Hilton

Hilton West Palm Beach — the long-awaited hotel that opened earlier this year next to Palm Beach County’s convention center — has received an award from the national hotel brand for its marketing campaign.

A view of the Palm Deck at the grand opening of the Hilton hotel that is connected to the Palm Beach County Convention Center was held in West Palm Beach, Florida on January 29, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
A view of the Palm Deck at the grand opening of the Hilton hotel that is connected to the Palm Beach County Convention Center was held in West Palm Beach, Florida on January 29, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

The 400-room hotel received a 2015 Hilton Hotels & Resorts Brand Award for the Best Launch Marketing Campaign.

This annual recognition celebrates the accomplishments by Hilton hotels and individuals around the world.

“We are extremely honored to receive this award,” said John Parkinson, general manager, Hilton West Palm Beach. “It’s a true testament to the team and culture that we have built in a short amount of time and this award truly embodies the spirit of our property. This is just a preview for what is to come.”

The convention center may also play host to a Hillary Clinton primary party Tuesday night, with the Democratic candidate’s team saying she’ll be watching the vote at the venue.

Hilton West Palm Beach welcomed its first guests in January, marking the end of a decade long effort to build a hotel within walking distance of the convention center’s banquet halls and meeting rooms.

This store is opening today at Palm Beach Outlets

Soma, a woman’s lingerie, loungewear and beauty products retailer, is opening a new store today at Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach.Soma_Intimates_Medium

The boutique will offer free, expert bra fittings, the company said in a news release announcing the store’s opening.

“The right bra can change your world in an instant,” says Laurie Van Brunt, Soma’s Brand President. “About 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra, affecting their comfort and confidence.” The new Palm Beach Outlets Soma boutique offers
free, expert bra fittings anytime in an intimate environment with the warmest personal service.

he Palm Beach Outlets glows at night,l , February 11, 2014, in West Palm Beach, as the opening nears. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)
he Palm Beach Outlets glows at night,l , February 11, 2014, in West Palm Beach, as the opening nears. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)

The company will hold a “grand opening event” at the Palm Beach Outlets store on March 4.  According to the news release, there will be ” giveaways throughout the day plus special discounts at the boutique.”

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“Soma carries 43 bra sizes from 32A-44G, with full coverage, demi, push up, strapless, wireless, unlined, nursing, post-surgical, and more for a complete intimate wardrobe,” the news release said. “Innovations include bras with side slimming and 3-zone support; everyday shaping panties that make panty lines vanish, swimwear with bra cup slimming support, and soft, cooling sleepwear.”

Checkers to celebrate new West Palm Beach location with $1 burgers

A new Checkers restaurant has opened in West Palm Beach, and to celebrate its arrival  franchise owner Angelo Freites plans to offer a special $1 burger promotion at an event on March 5. checkers

The fast-food restaurant, located at 1209 N. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach will celebrate its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 5.  During that time every burger on the menu will be $1.

Local radio station WMBX 102.3 will be broadcasting live from the Checkers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Freites opened in the franchise in December.

 

All Aboard rail delivery could temporarily block area streets

Crews working to unload a delivery of rail beams for the All Aboard Florida’s Brightline project could temporarily block railroad crossings along the Florida East Coast Railway line beginning Wednesday.

A Florida East Coast train pulls new tracks for the All Aboard Florida project south of Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach, February 5, 2016. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post)
A Florida East Coast train pulls new tracks for the All Aboard Florida project south of Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach, February 5, 2016. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post)

Crews will be unloading rail beams along the FEC corridor in Palm Beach County, potentially closing rail crossings on roadways in Lake Worth, Lantana, Boynton Beach and Boca Raton.

The train delivering the rail beams is expected to be in the area through Saturday.

“Crossings could be temporarily blocked due to the offloading activities,” the company said in a news release announcing the delivery. “Crews in the field will work to avoid blocking two crossings at once and minimize the time the crossings are blocked.”

This is All Aboard’s fifth delivery of rail in the South Florida area. In total, the beams span about 7.5 miles.

The material will be used to add a second track to the FEC line as part of the company’s Brightline passenger rail service linking South Florida to Orlando.

Job fair planned next week at Marriott in West Palm Beach

Job seekers will get a chance to meet with over 30 employers at a career fair planned Feb. 16 at the Marriott in West Palm Beach.

 application from Roxanna Rosales, right, of the Check Cashing Store, at a job fair sponsored by JOB News at the Marriott in West Palm Beach in 2012. The event was attended by around 2,500 people looking for employment. (File photo/The Palm Beach Post)
application from Roxanna Rosales, right, of the Check Cashing Store, at a job fair sponsored by JOB News at the Marriott in West Palm Beach in 2012. The event was attended by around 2,500 people looking for employment. (File photo/The Palm Beach Post)

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marriott at 1001 Okeechobee Boulevard, located just east of Interstate 95. According to organizer jobnewsusa.com, more than 1,200 positions will be available.

The event is Sponsored by Simple Health, El Dorado Furniture, HCR Manor Care, The Check Cashing Store, FirstService Residential and Colonial Life.

For more information call 954-252-6640

Provision exempting All Aboard from regulation on liquor sales dropped from bill

A provision that would have exempted All Aboard Florida from state rules regulating the hours of sale of beer, wine and liquor at its Brightline train stations was removed Thursday from a sweeping bill that would overhaul the state’s alcoholic beverage laws. 2_rails__de__chemin_de__fer1_

Before sending the bill (SB 698) to the senate floor, The Senate’s Fiscal Policy Committee on Thursday removed a provision that would have exempted railroad transit stations from state rules that prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages between midnight and 7 a.m.

Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, who proposed the legislation, told the committee that the provision would have given operators of railroad transit stations an unfair advantage.

“As the bill has gone through the process it has come to our attention…that the bill without this amendment would give a competitive advantage to those licenses or those activities allowed at the railroad transit stations which certainly is not the intent,” Bradley told the committee Thursday. “We would intend those railroad transit stations to comply with all local ordinances and other restrictions that anyone else would be required to do.”

The bill creates a special alcoholic beverage license for railroad transit systems. The special category would not be subject to quota restrictions that limit the number of alcoholic beverage licenses in each county.

Among its other changes, the bill would streamline how theme parks and their resorts account for the large quantity of beer sold at their properties. Instead of tallying new deposits and credits every time a distributor drops off a load of kegs, theme parks would be allowed to reconcile payments on an annual basis.

The bill also would change the way cruise lines pay beverage and tobacco taxes. Under the proposal, taxes would be calculated based on a ship’s capacity rather than the volume of alcohol or tobacco sold at port.

The legislation would also allow the state’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco to issue temporary alcoholic beverage permits to cities, towns and counties.

See where Harbor Freight opened its new Palm Beach County store

Harbor Freight, a national discount tool and equipment retailer,  has opened a new store along Okeechobee Boulevard just west of Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach.

(Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)
(Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)

The store, at 2497 Okeechobee Boulevard, is located in the Westward Shopping Center.

The Westward Shopping Center lost three large tenants — Old Navy, Sports Authority and PetSmart — when the Marketplace area at Palm Beach Outlets opened in late 2014. The 300,000-square-foot Marketplace at the Outlets houses roughly 20 stores, most of which will are national chains and big box retailers, including the recently opened Whole Foods.

Harbor Freight is located in space once occupied by Old Navy.

Last year, Burlington, a national off-price retailer, opened a 55,000-square-foot store at the Westward Shopping Center, filing space vacated by other retailers.

PBC commissioners approve incentive package to boost convention center business

Palm Beach County commissioners on Tuesday approved a $300,000 incentive package designed to help boost business at the convention center in downtown West Palm Beach and the hotels that surround it.

Construction continues on the Hilton West Palm Beach next to the Palm Beach County Convention Center on September 14, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
(Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

The package appeared on the commission’s consent agenda, where it was bunched with other items that can be approved together without discussion.

The incentive money will be used to reimburse convention, tradeshow and meeting planners for certain expenses, if they agree to hold their event at the county’s convention center in downtown West Palm Beach.

The move comes as the Hilton prepares to open its long-awaited hotel next to Palm Beach County’s convention center.

The 12-story, 400-room Hilton West Palm Beach, which has a walkway linking it to the convention center on Okeechobee Boulevard, is set to welcome its first guests on Friday.

The convention center opened in 2003 but has struggled without a connected hotel to house conference attendees.

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Construction on Brightline’s trains advances

The shell of the first passenger train coach car that will carry passengers on All Aboard Florida’s Brightline rail service has been completed at Siemens’ manufacturing facility in Sacramento, Calif., the company announced Tuesday.

Shell of the first Brightline train. Photo provided by Brigtline
Shell of the first Brightline train.
Photo provided by Brightline

More than 70 employees at the facility have worked on the 85-foot-long coach car, using more than 50,000 welds to fuse it together, according to a news release issued by Brightline. The shell will now go through a finishing process, preparing it for final assembly, the company said.

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“With the completion of the first coach car shell, we are bringing our vision for a truly unique train service that will transform travel in Florida one step closer to fruition,” said Mike Reininger, Brightline’s president. “The Siemens team has been working diligently and we are thrilled to mark this milestone as the finishing of this car progresses and the manufacture of additional cars continues.”

Initially, the company will have five four-car trains, each capable of carrying 240 passengers. By June 2018, Brightline will have 10 trains with seven cars each. Those trains will be able to carry 356 passengers.

Last week, All Aboard Florida began vertical construction on a rail repair facility in West Palm Beach that will service its Brightline trains when they begin shuttling passengers between South Florida and Orlando next year.

The facility, just north of downtown West Palm Beach, will be used to repair, maintain, clean and store Brightline’s trains, company officials have said. About 50 people will work at the 12-acre site at 601 15th St., which is also expected to serve as an office for the company’s conductors, engineers, and onboard service staff.