Sun Sentinel: Port Everglades to get $1.2 million for next phase of dredging project

There’s more progress on long-touted plans to deepen the channel at Broward County’s seaport to host larger ships, boost business and create jobs.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has set aside $1.2 million this budget year to help fund the next phase of the dredging project, Port Everglades chief Steve Cernak announced Tuesday.

Nearly 20 years in the works, Port Everglades just earned approval from the Army Corps to dredge its channel to 48 feet deep to better compete for cargo. The authorization dragged out, largely …

Read More » Summer travel consumer alert: Bogus hotel booking sites

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Florida lawmakers have requested the Federal Trade Commission launch an immediate investigation into fraudulent online hotel booking sites.

A recent and Omnibus survey found that due to the convenience of around-the-clock booking and the ability to easily shop for travel deals, close to 3 in 5 Americans use travel websites to book their travel.

While consumers are trying to score a deal, travel experts tell Local 10 News that scammers are piggy-backing off the popularity of online booking sites by setting up …

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Local leaders warn against fake hotel websites

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, teamed up with local tourism officials on Tuesday to warn travelers against scammers running fake hotel websites.

The group gathered at Grandview Gardens Bed and Breakfast in West Palm Beach to raise awareness about consumer warnings issued by the Federal Trade Commission last week.

The Federal Trade Commission warns consumers to be careful when booking directly with a hotel’s website, because some consumers have unknowingly done business with a scammer or rogue vendor instead.

The warning came after members of Congress, …

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Post on Politics: Rep. Lois Frankel says Gov. Rick Scott, Republicans ‘illogical’ on Medicaid money

Rep. Lois Frankel says Gov. Rick Scott, Republicans ‘illogical’ on Medicaid money

WEST PALM BEACH — U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, joined two Democratic Florida legislators in blasting Gov. Rick Scott and state House Republican leaders for refusing to accept $2.8 billion in federal Medicaid money.

“There are 800,000 Floridians who are not being included in our health care system. It is unfair and it’s inhumane. And it’s illogical…we’re refusing free money,” said Frankel, who was joined by state Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, and …

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Palm Beach Post: Federal abortion bill would trump Florida 24-hour wait period law

On Tuesday — 11 days after Florida lawmakers passed a bill that requires a 24-hour waiting period for abortions — U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel urged support for a federal bill that would nullify the bill and other abortion regulations imposed by states.

While Florida lawmakers await Gov. Rick Scott’s signature on the state’s most recent abortion regulation, Frankel acknowledged that the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2015 has little chance of passing since support is split along party lines in the Republican led Congress. Efforts by …

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Palm Beach Post: PBSC’s Palm Beach Gardens campus unveils Veterans Resource Center

About a year and a half ago Bruce Gamradt walked into the student lounge at Palm Beach State College’s Palm Beach Gardens campus and immediately knew veterans wouldn’t feel comfortable there.

It was too noisy and crowded. The resident of Ibis Golf & Country Club in suburban West Palm Beach would know, he’s a veteran, too.

It took some time to find the appropriate space but now there’s a place on the second floor of the library that’s more quiet and peaceful, an area veterans would feel …

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Rep. Lois Frankel: From “Majoring in Protest” to the US House

Bostonia – Boston University

In West Palm Beach, they still call her the mayor.

But the earthy, plainspoken Lois Frankel, a familiar face on the art deco boulevards of the city she governed for eight years, is in the big leagues now. She is serving her second term as the US representative from Florida’s 22nd congressional district. It is the most visible—and arguably the most influential—position Frankel (CAS’70) has held in a distinguished public service career spanning more than three decades.

In 1986, she won the first of …

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Sun Sentinel: Re-elect U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, District 22

October 13th, 2014
Sun Sentinel Editorial Board

US. Rep. Lois Frankel understands the maxim made famous by the late House speaker Tip O’Neill: “All politics is local.” Since her election in 2012, she has used her position in Washington to focus attention on issues that directly affect her South Florida constituents.

Frankel, 66, has been an effective representative for Florida’s 22nd congressional district, and the Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board recommends that on Nov. 4 voters return her to office.

Frankel has been a tireless proponent of the expansion and deepening …

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Palm Beach Post: Editorial: Frankel deserves another term

October 11th, 2014
Palm Beach Post Editorial Board

The Post recommends returning Congresswoman Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, to the U.S. House representing District 22.

Despite earlier misgivings about her willingness to reach across the aisle to get things done in Washington, Frankel worked as a member of the powerful House Transportation Committee to push through a bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act. Not surprisingly, the law was derided as much for what it does contain as what it doesn’t. But it encompasses long-awaited funding for 34 …

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Palm Beach Daily News: Frankel urges Congress to act quickly on water bill

Congresswoman Lois Frankel is urging swift passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, despite the fact that it contains the Lake Worth Inlet expansion.
The bipartisan bill includes plans for the hotly contentious project to deepen and widen the inlet, but it also allows Port Everglades expansion and Everglades restoration.
“I’m excited to see this bill finally come to the floor next week,” Frankel said Thursday in a news release. “It means improved water quality and more jobs for South Florida.”

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