Beaches re­open, but red tide re­mains

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE -

Pub­lic beaches were back in busi­ness Sat­ur­day on the is­land, as well as through­out Palm Beach County.

One week af­ter red tide be­gan sick­en­ing some beach­go­ers in Jupiter, forc­ing clo­sures there and ul­ti­mately through­out the county, beaches were re­opened.

Red and pur­ple flags were fly­ing at Mid­town Beach, in­di­cat­ing dan­ger­ous ma­rine life (pur­ple) and high haz­ard (red). But the dou­ble red flags were down.

Signs at Mid­town warned of pos­si­ble red tide ir­ri­tants; how­ever, some peo­ple were on the beach and swim­ming.

Life­guards con­tin­ued to wear masks as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure. Red tide can pro­duce symp­toms in­clud­ing eye ir­ri­ta­tion, itchy throat and cough­ing.

On Fri­day, Fire-Res­cue Chief Dar­rel Donatto was hope­ful the town’s

The Palm Beach Po­lice Depart­ment hired an of­fi­cer who fal­si­fied mil­i­tary doc­u­ments, was in­ves­ti­gated by the Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­ily Ser­vices, and had been ar­rested at least seven times, ac­cord­ing to an in­ter­nal af­fairs in­ves­ti­ga­tion ob­tained by the Palm Beach Daily

News.

The of­fi­cer, Jose Ro­driguez, who served on the force for more than three years, was fired in March 2017 af­ter the in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion. A num­ber of red flags, in­clud­ing

Ro­driguez’s crim­i­nal his­tory and lies on his psy­cho­log­i­cal exam, ei­ther were ig­nored or not dis­cov­ered, a Daily News ex­am­i­na­tion of the po­lice probe found.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Ro­driguez, who started in 2014, was sparked by a com­plaint from his ex-girl­friend, who told the depart­ment she had been “liv­ing in fear” of Ro­driguez for seven years.

Reached on his cell phone, Ro­driguez, 40, re­quested writ­ten ques­tions but did not an­swer them.

De­tec­tive Lawrence

Men­niti, who

Pho­tos by Meghan Mc­Carthy / Daily News

A few beach­go­ers brave po­ten­tial red tide ir­ri­tants at Mid­town Beach on Sat­ur­day. The beach re­opened Sat­ur­day, fol­low­ing the re­open­ing of county-ad­min­is­tered beaches, af­ter be­ing closed for days due to red tide fears, but warn­ing no­tices re­main posted.

A dead par­rot­fish washes up on Mid­town Beach Thurs­day. Town life­guards spot­ted sev­eral species of dead fish at Mid­town Beach, in­clud­ing needle­fish, grouper and mul­let.

BlouinSays depart­ment has changed its hir­ing poli­cies.

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