Beaches reopen, but red tide remains
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
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.
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.