Gavin Lumb's Blog Posts

What Now For Once Secret JFK Bunker Built In Cold War Climate

A once-secret fortress, just off Palm Beach’s North End, has been several things over the years: a relic, a beer-party hangout, a museum.It has even been an erstwhile tryst rendezvous, if

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5 Reasons Palm Beach Is A Cultural Destination

As America’s first resort destination, Palm Beach historically drew travelers with its soft, sandy beaches and glamorous vibe. But there’s a new reason to visit this area: its

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5 Hot 2018 Home Design Decor Trends You Need To Watch

Keeping on top of the newest home décor and design trends can be difficult. That’s why we’ve started a list of the five hottest interior design trends so you can stay ahead of the curve without

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Pair Of Palm Beach County Office Towers Sell For 23M

The two Forum office towers in West Palm Beach have sold for $22.5 million.CP Forum, an affiliate of Miami-based Crimson Peak led by Mark A. Paresky, sold the pair of 10-story buildings at 1655

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Bucket List Of Things To Do In Palm Beach County In 2018

Palm Beach County certainly has a busy season, from fall through spring, when thousands of snowbirds migrate here and events seem to pop up daily.But if you’re a local, you also know that there

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Event Guide For The Festive Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Places like CityPlacehave already lit up the streets with holiday lights and gigantic snowflakes. And the decorations and festivities are spreading

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How To Make The Perfect Turkey

It's the centerpiece of the dining-room table and, well, let’s face it:Thanksgiving simply wouldn’t be the same without turkey. Americans gobble up more than 45 million birds every

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Billionaire Jeff Greene Pulls Plug On Plan For Micro Units In West Palm Beach

Billionaire Jeff Greene, the dominant real estate investor in West Palm Beach, has pulled back from what was to be the city’s first foray into micro apartments, after concluding that the numbers

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History Of Daylight Saving Time DST

What Is Daylight Saving Time?DST is a seasonal time change measure where clocks are set ahead of standard time during part of the year, usually by 1 hour. As DST starts, the Sun rises

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The Renovations That Will Pay Off The Most For Your Home In 2018

New year, new home improvement projects? Whether you're dying to update your kitchen, add a half-bath, or kick back on a brand-new deck, it pays off big-time knowing just what kind of return on

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The Start To Finish Guide To Buying A Home

Purchasing a home is a major milestone that tops many people's lifetime to-do lists—and maybe their list of financial fears too. But it certainly doesn't have to be a scary or stressful.

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10 Best Kept Secrets For Buying A Home

Buying Secret #10: Keep Your Money Where It IsIt’s not wise to make any huge purchases or move your money around three to six months before buying a new home. You don’t want to take any big

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Home Seller Closing Checklist

Over the years many owners have asked me “what do I need to do before closing on my home?”You don’t have to make a checklist to follow before you close on the home – but you should.;

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West Palm Tells Developers To Add Benefits For Public

West Palm Beach drafting incentive plan to let developers build bigger if their projects have public benefitsWEST PALM BEACH —An incentives plan would let developers on parts of South Dixie

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Palm Beach Weeklong Shutdown Challenged And Defended

Looking to restock his refrigerator three days after Hurricane Irma tore through Palm Beach County, attorney Richard Ryles headed to the Publix in Palm Beach.But, like scores of mainland residents

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Take Steps To Reduce Risk Of Injury During Poststorm Cleanup

Hopefully you’re reading this in air-conditioned comfort, power fully restored.As if we South Floridians needed any reminding, the stifling post-Irma heat is not only unbearable, but can be

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What Palm Beachers Are Saying About A Proposed Private Club

Town officials want more information on parking and traffic before they approve a new private club in Palm Beach.Palm Beacher Michael Bickford, CEO of real estate investment firm Round

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Trumps Favorite Vacation Spot Sees Real Estate Surge Despite Earlier Speculation

Photos of black car motorcades driving among the breezy palm trees and blue waters of Palm Beach, Fla., dominated news cycles in President Donald Trump’s first weeks in office when he took his

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Palm Beach County Home Prices Hit 345000 Highest Level In A Decade

Palm Beach County home prices reached their highest level in nearly a decade in June, when the median price of houses sold by Realtors rose to $345,000.The typical sale price jumped nearly 8

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14 Things People From Florida Always Have To Explain To Out Of Towners

1. Not everyone here is retired.I wish it were true that we could all spend our days enjoying Florida's natural beauty and never working again, but sadly, it's just not the case.2. We're not all

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Lack Of Affordable Homes In Palm Beach County At Crisis Level

More than 500 government officials, lenders and builders packed a ballroom at the Palm Beach County Convention Center Wednesday to come up with ideas on how to address a lack of affordable

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How To Buy In Sellers Real Estate Market In Palm Beach County

The real estate market in northern Palm Beach County is hot right nowAfter two years renting, Mike Misenar and his girlfriend were ready to buy a home in the Jupiter-Palm Beach Gardens area where

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West Palm Beach Working To Be Resilient City

The city of West Palm Beach is working to be the most resilient in the state of Florida.It means all future decisions will take climate change into consideration.According to the Southeast Florida

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Deal For 139 Units In Downtown West Palm Beach Condo

In the latest of many headlines generated by the Whitney condo in downtown West Palm Beach, 139 units just sold for $24.75 million, according to a deed.The seller was USO Norge Whitney of New York.

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How A New Kind Of Fraud Puts South Florida Real Estate Owners And Lenders At Risk

A con man is exploiting a loophole in public records access to target South Florida real estate lenders and landowners.Based on little more than his charm, a fake driver's license and forged

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South Florida Mega Job Fair Coming To Town

Over 30 companies will be at the West Palm Beach Marriott Hotel to fill 1,500 or more jobs, with most conducting on the spot interviews.The job fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1001

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Your Chance For A Rare Look At Luxurious S Florida Barn Mansions Of Elite Horses

The barns, big enough to house hundreds of horses, were built to do more than stable horses and store hay. In addition to some of them having horse spas and treadmills, there are medical wings for

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Mar 28 2017 West Palm Beach Becomes A Welcoming City For Immigrants

The City of West Palm Beach is now a "Welcoming city." The City Commission passed the resolution Monday evening. Several citizens came out to see the resolution pass and voice their opinion. “I am

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Consider trading your car keys for a bicycle and helmet this week in West Palm Beach. Today kicks off the city’s 4th annual Bike-to-Work Week.The city has planned events all week to encourage

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A Boatload Of Fun As Visitors Soak Up Sunshine At The Palm Beach Boat Show

Despite wet weather Thursday to kick off the Palm Beach International Boat Show, Saturday was a perfect day out on the docks.Visitors to the 32nd edition of the show could see and tour more

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50K Raised To Honor Policemans Teen Daughter Killed In Car Accident

Kaitlin Kazanjian was only 16 years old when she was killed in a horrific car accident on a rain-slicked road in PGA National in 2003.Since then, her family has been working to make sure the

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Golub Flagler Investors Nab 206M Construction Loan For The Bristol

The developers of the Bristol in West Palm Beach have closed a $206 million construction loan.Records show Flagler Investors LLC secured the financing from the Blackstone Group’s BREDS III Loan

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Trump To Visit Palm Beach This Weekend

It’s looking more and more likely that President Donald Trump will spend the coming weekend at his part-time home in Palm Beach.The Federal Aviation Administration this morning 

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West Palm Takes Preliminary Vote To Make Curfew Permanent Downtown

West Palm Beach commissioners moved Monday to make permanent the city’s tightened downtown curfew for anyone under 18, to keep a lid on crime in the commercial district.If Monday’s initial vote

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West Palm Wants To Use Copenhagen Model To Enliven Its Public Areas

It started with a trip to Copenhagen, widely hailed as one of the world’s most livable cities.A year-and-a-half later, West Palm Beach is moving ahead with efforts to conjure the magic that

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City Of West Palm Beach Delays Making Medical Marijuana Available

The moratorium, given preliminary approval Feb. 13 by the city commission, will be in effect until Oct. 1, unless commissioners decide otherwise.The city is waiting for state lawmakers to decide on

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Several West Palm Beach Neighborhoods Upset Over Flight Path Changes When President Trump Is In Town

People living in several historic neighborhoods in West Palm Beach say President Donald Trump's weekend visits are ruining their quality of life. Flight restrictions over Mar-a-Lago re-direct all

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West Palm Beach Police Chief Sarah Mooney Plans To Expand Programs For Youth In North End Of City

West Palm Beach police's top cop walked the streets in the Tamarind corridor for the first time as chief.   Chief Sarah Mooney is no stranger to the peace in the streets walk, but now as

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Something For The Weekend West Palm Beach

TOGA Run to kick off the Greek Food and Wine FestSaturday at 10 a.m.-11 a.m.Come see how fun getting healthy and staying fit with your friends, family, sports team, school or co-workers can be while

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5 Next Big Things For Wellington

1. Development in the equestrian preserve — The most contentious subject in Wellington for the last decade has been whether to allow more development in the village’s equestrian preserve.

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Why Royal Palm Could Be Palm Beach Countys New Craft Beer Hot Spot

Craft beer and microbreweries have been exploding in popularity the past few years, and Royal Palm Beach could become the next hot spot for enjoying a cold one.The village’s council

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Newness In The Air At Astros West Palm Beach Complex

A free golf-cart ride. Swaying palm trees and a constant ocean breeze. Singing birds, perfect mid-February sunshine, and a huge Astros "H" that lights up at night.This isn't the old Kissimmee, Fla.,

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Proposed Flood Insurance Changes

A U.S. flood insurance program that is drowning in billions of dollars in debt can be modernized to bolster its finances while curbing the public’s exposure to flood risks, a national coalition

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PBC Board Balks At Renting Without Owning New High School

The Palm Beach County school board isn’t interested in renting its next high school from a private developer if the deal doesn’t eventually end with the district owning the campus, but

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Palm Beach Shore Board Wants To Hear Breakers Erosion Plan

The Shore Protection Board has waited months for The Breakers to appear before it to discuss a plan to combat erosion at the nearby Clarke Avenue and Midtown public beaches.But the resort

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The Latest On Trump Protests Planned For The Weekend

The route of a planned protest march Saturday from West Palm Beach to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago might be changed to accommodate a growing number of participants.“I would

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The Smarter Sex

Women may on average earn less than their male counterparts, but single females are buying up homes at more than twice the rate of their male counterparts.Single women accounted for 17 percent of

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West Palm Beach Mayor Delivers State Of The City Address

West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio delivered the State of the City address Friday morning at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.Muoio reviewed last year's success and her plans for the

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Developer Plans Spec Homes On The Water Near Downtown West Palm Beach

A residential developer plans to build spec homes on waterfront lots near downtown West Palm Beach and sell them for $10 million to $15 million.Later this year, Aquantis Group plans to finish

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The Warehouse District Aims To Bring New Life To Aging Industrial Complex In WPB

West Palm Beach will soon welcome a new commercial retail project called the Warehouse District, with a chef-driven food market, distillery, craft brewery, boutique fitness studios and more

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Tenant Sues Association Over High Fees In Miami

A tenant is suing a Miami condo association over its excessive application and move-in fees, saying they violate state law.The lawsuit is the first of several class-actions that attorneys say they

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Median Florida Home Prices Continue To Rise

Florida's housing marketreported higher median prices and fewer all-cash sales in October, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Shortfalls in inventory continued to

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What The Election Could Mean For Home Prices

President-elect Donald Trump started his career in real estate. His father was a real estate tycoon, and he has made a fortune building or licensing his name to luxury condominiums, hotels and

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Rising Prices Entice Likely Sellers To Wait

While a majority of prospective home sellers think prices will rise in the next year, a common concern is that they won't be able to sell before prices fall – an indication of the general sense of

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Tech Drives Design In Todays Modern Living Room

The evolution of American families and their changing lifestyles is a popular topic these days. As family dynamics and lifestyles morph, they drive a change in home design. Aside from the enduring

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Americas Most Stressed And Most Chill Cities

You know the feeling: You’re totally wiped out from the week … but it’s only Tuesday. You can’t sleep. Your palms sweat, and your heart races. You ‘re concerned about everything.

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The Trouble With Positive Thiking

About fifteen years ago, when entrepreneur Michael Stausholm started a business with a friend, his partner painted a rosy picture of the future of the business and promised him a lot of success

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Stay With Dracula For Halloween

Dracula's castle will have overnight guests on Halloween, marking the first time since 1948 that anyone has slept in the Transylvanian fortress.The site's actual name is Bran Castle, and two people

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Dying To Get Paid

David Bowie and Prince are new entries in the latest list of top-earning dead celebrities to be compiled by Forbes.Prince's pre-tax income from 1 October 2015 to 1 October 2016 is estimated at (

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3 Of The Nations Best Places To Live Are In Florida

Good jobs and beautiful locations are among the shared attributes that make Florida’s Weston, Wellington and Central Pasco three of the best places to live in the entire country.So says Money

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Get A Little Taste Of The Latin Culture And Wine In Gardens

As part of heritage month, two dozen of Palm Beach County’s best Latin restaurants gather up for ‘Sabor y Vino’, a new Latin-themed food and wine tasting event Thursday, Oct. 13 from 5:30

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Renting Vs Buying

When you first hear the phrase “the American dream,” in the past, most people pictured a large house with a white picket fence. Well, that dream for many has most likely surpassed the

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Wellington Looking For Volunteers For Trash Pickup Effort

A Wellington-organized community service project isn’t until next month, but village officials are already looking for volunteers.People will be picking up trash along Greenbriar Boulevard, 

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West Palms Next Big Thing Is A Big Thing Be Art Sculpture

You can be art.The city commission is scheduled to vote Aug. 1 on buying a 61-foot-long, 12-foot-high metal sculpture that forms the words, “BE ART,” as West Palm Beach’s contribution to this

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West Palm Experimenting With Bike Lanes On Flagler Drive

Bicycle riders in West Palm Beach are urged to take advantage of the pop-up bike on lanes Flagler Drive before they are gone Thursday.The two lanes on Flagler Drive are serving as components of a

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Publix Bags West Palm Shopping Plaza It Anchors

Why rent when you can own?This week, Publix Supermarkets continued its South Florida real estate shopping spree with the $14.7 million purchase of a West Palm Beach retail strip anchored by the

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Industrial Real Estate Market Sizzles In Palm Beach County

The industrial real estate market in Palm Beach County is red hot, powered by the booming residential market, experts say.“We’re seeing tenants like air conditioning, tile, marble, plumbing and

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Off The Block Kluge Estate Auction Brings Nearly 350k

Although he died in 2010, the late billionaire John S. Kluge and his former Palm Beach estate — plus its furnishings — got plenty of attention last week.On Monday, the Town Council 

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City Life Or Suburban Traveller

The U.S. is undergoing rapid urbanization, with those migrating to city centers largely rich, college-educated and childless. But the uptick of urban wealth and decline in rural populations isn't

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Record Lows For Long Term Mortgage Rates

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week to the lowest level since May 2013, driven down by financial tumult in Europe.Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage

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Something For The Weekend Palm Beach County June 3rd Through 5th

Yesteryear Village, A Living History ParkFriday 3rd & Saturday 4th JuneFlorida’s rich history in your own backyard! When you walk into Yesteryear Village, you are transported to a different

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Be Prepared For Hurricane Season

For the last few years, we residents of South Florida have waved goodbye to Hurricane season after season with little more than a few thunderstorms as evidence of Mother Nature's violent temper.

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Top 5 Bars On The Water In Palm Beach County

It's Memorial Day weekend and you live in South Florida, so what do you do? Find a bar by the water, order an ice cold beer and watch the world go by of course! To help you on your way, here are;

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Something For The Weekend Palm Beach County

Friday, May 27th 2016Guided Paddling Tour - 9.45amGuided paddling tour at John Dickinson State Park.For more info visit http://www.jdstatepark.com/Marina Sunset Celebration  - 6pmThe

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Getting Your Home Ready To Sell

As a Realtor, I undertake the responsibility of marketing your property to a host of potential buyers, online and in real life, on the phone, via email and face to face. I will be

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