I have a decent mix of stories for this morning culled from South Florida's mainstream media sites. Here's your Cooler.
A- Herald: There goes Bimini.
Genting has signed a deal to open Resorts World Bimini Bay, a luxury boutique casino at Bimini Bay Resort & Marina in North Bimini Island. The 10,000-square-foot multimillion-dollar casino is scheduled to open in December featuring full-scale table games, slots and sports betting, in a venue similar to casinos Genting operates in London. Sources familiar with the deal estimate the cost of the casino at more than $20 million.B- Herald: Poe's goes.
After Friday, Lipson and the other customers who have visited the store for 64 years will need to shop elsewhere. Owners and sisters Wendy Poe Whitmire and Roxanne Poe will close the neighborhood landmark on Le Jeune Road and U.S. 1. Two other locations will remain open.C- Herald: Morin.
“We’ve been talking about it for the last six months,” Whitmire said. “It’s primarily because of the recession. It’s been difficult for the past four years.”
Competition from big-box chains didn’t help. “Sometimes we can’t compete with the prices,” Whitmire said. “Home Depot buys in large quantities. And during a recession, people are more [price] conscious.”
D- Herald: They write letters.
Scotty’s is just fineE- Palm Beach Post: Just another Republican lie smashed.
Here’s the setting: a sunny day in mid-April, blue cloudless skies, a slight breeze is blowing and I’m sitting on the patio at Scotty’s Landing enjoying a cold beer with friends. People at tables next to us have brought their pups, who are enjoying a bowl of water and the scenery as well. We sit around shooting the breeze and are enjoying our afternoon out.
This leads me to ask, why is anyone trying to replace this?
While the Grove Key Marina may need some renovations, Scotty’s does not. It’s a place to enjoy the view, weather and the company of friends all while wearing a pair of flip-flops and your favorite pair of shorts. There are other establishments nearby that have tiki huts and offer more refined dining. So I dislike the fact that many see older places as something to knock down and replace.
Carol Cecil, Miami
West Palm Beach — Despite predictions of $5 a gallon gasoline earlier this year, prices continue to head downward. Now, $3 a gallon gasoline is a possibility by the end of July.F- TC Palm: Bravo!
“At this point it does look like prices are going to continue to fall. If they continue to fall at the rates they have been, which is about 5 cents week after week, then it is likely that we could see prices at $3 or below $3 by mid to late July,” said AAA Auto Club South spokesman Jessica Brady.
In fact, one analyst says the era of high gas prices may have ended, and that prices this summer could be the highest motorists will ever pay.
STUART — Running with Max Quackenbos comes in bursts.G- WSVN: Life in South Florida.
These days the lean, muscled 95-year-old Stuart resident follows a strict regimen where he alternates 30 seconds walking and 30 seconds running.
And throughout a run — or really just any time someone wants to listen — Quackenbos digs into his mental shoe box and pulls out stories from his 60 years as a runner.
Almost as amazing as the fact that Quackenbos still laces up his shoes and tries to put in four miles per week running in his quiet North River Shores neighborhood is that once a week for 30 years he has gone for a run with Stuart residents Jim and Laurie Copeland.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are looking for three subjects who attacked a 77-year-old man at his home.
Miami-Dade Police said the attack happened Sunday afternoon at Leland Stansell's home located at 8155 SW 52nd Ave.
Authorities said a woman came to Stansell's front door to let him know she would be coming back later in the day to collect some mangos. Stansell frequently sells and gives away mangos from his yard. Around 2 p.m., the woman returned with two men. Stansell started collecting the mangos and that's when police said, the men started punching and kicking him.
Officials said the subjects took Stansell's cellphone and money. The attackers tried to drag him back to his home but Stansell fought back and did not let them inside his home.