UPDATE: PBSO let Boynton cop go at scene of prostitution sting

UPDATE: After offering an undercover sheriff’s deputy $20 for oral sex in in the October prostitution sting, Vintyre Finney was placed in cuffs. He then said he was a Boynton Beach police officer, that it was a “mistake” and that he was “joking.” Deputies called sheriff’s Sgt. Oscar Cardenas and told him Finney was an officer. Cardenas told them to release Finney, according to documents.

Cardenas admitted to investigators that he told deputies to release Finney. He said he made his decision based on Finney’s service to the community, and the unfair media portrayal he and his family would receive, the documents say.

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ORIGINAL POST: An eight-year Boynton Beach Police Officer has been fired after he was caught in a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s undercover prostitution sting in October.

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Vintyre Finney violated two departmental policies – conduct unbecoming a police officer and conformance to law, according to a news release from the police department.

He was fired April 11.

Finney offered an undercover deputy $20 in exchange for oral sex, according to police documents.

 

Missing teen’s family to pay for boating classes in Boynton Beach

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 54 has a new sign outside their building.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 54 has a new sign outside their building.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 54 is working with the Perry J. Cohen Foundation to make sure boaters are educated before they go out in the water. The foundation- named after one of the two boys who were lost at sea last year– is paying for safe-boating classes and a seminar in April and May.

An evening seminar will be held Wednesday, April 27, and May 4 at Boynton Beach High at 4975 Park Ridge Blvd. The classes are 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. And on the final session, May 4, there will be a review and quiz which is required to obtain a Florida-issued safe-boating card.

Registration is required in person at the high school, and is now open. For information, call the coast guard at 561-704-7440 or email flotilla54.uscgaux@gmail.com.

Also, the foundation is paying for safe-boating classes Saturday, May 28 and June 25 at Harvey Oyer Park at 2010 N. Federal Highway. The PowerPoint class runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each student will be given a certificate of completion and the information will be forwarded to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for a safe boating card. To enroll, call Sandy Meridy at 561-704-7440. 

Want to help a local pet rescue? Here’s how

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Need to shred your documents?

The Lantana Chamber of Commerce is hosting a shredding event Saturday at the Lantana Recreation Center at 418 S. Dixie Highway.

The event is from 9 a.m. to noon. Each box is $5.  All proceeds will benefit local pet rescue With Love For The Animals, according to a news release.

Also, there will be $5 dog washes and pet adoptions available.

For information, call the chamber of commerce at 561-585-8664.

 

 

 

 

It’s true, Jupiter Donuts is coming to Boynton. Find out when

Jessica Schmidt, of West Palm Beach, sits outside of the brand new Jupiter Donut Factory location in Royal Palm beach March 9, 2015. (Brianna Soukup / Palm Beach Post)
Jessica Schmidt, of West Palm Beach, sits outside of the brand new Jupiter Donut Factory location in Royal Palm beach March 9, 2015. (Brianna Soukup / Palm Beach Post)

Jupiter Donuts is coming to Boynton Beach!

So far the business has locations in Jupiter (obviously), Royal Palm Beach, Stuart, and North Palm Beach. The Boynton location is Jupiter Donuts’ first in the south county area.

It’ll be at 2260 Woolbright Rd. at Congress Avenue.

The Boynton location already has its own Facebook page: Facebook. And according to the page, the store will open in mid-May.

The original Jupiter location opened about three years ago. The company makes about 3,000 donuts a day.

To read the latest headlines from Boynton Beach, go to palmbeachpost.com/boynton

Fire pits, local brews and ‘Guanabanas’ feel coming to Boynton

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Ruth Jones Cottage. 041612 (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) Boynton Beac

Two Boynton Beach historic properties are getting closer to being turned into new restaurants. Updates were given Tuesday night at the Boynton Community Redevelopment Agency on both Ocean Avenue sites.

CRA Director Vivian Brooks said the two sites, plus the 500 Ocean retail and residential development will be “game changers” for the city.

The site known as the Ruth Jones Cottage and previously The Little House at 480 E. Ocean Ave. is now owned by Richard Lucibella of Ocean Ridge and will be run by Lisa Mercado, the owner of The Living Room on Congress Avenue. There will be an enclosed porch with a moving glass wall and they are putting a hood in to be able to cook on site. There will be 47 seats outside and 24 inside, Architect Jim Williams said.

There will be an addition of about 520 square feet, and the restaurant will offer sidewalk dining. There will also be a fireplace. The food will be similar to The Living Room, Williams said, and will include small plates. Mercado will be emphasizing the local “brew-pub” idea, he said.

The Magnuson House, 211 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. Photo shot on 9/1/10.
The Magnuson House, 211 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. Photo shot on 9/1/10.

The site at 211 E. Ocean Ave. known as the Oscar Magnuson home will be bought by the Local Development Company and will be expanded by about 2,000 square feet, said Williams. They’re adding a porch, a cooking area and public restrooms. Also, there will be a bocci court and a beer garden.

The restaurant will offer small plates, and will have a “comfortable, neighborhood environment,” Williams said.

As far as the landscape design, the group is taking some tips from Jupiter’s Guanabanas.

“He wants that kind of a jungle feel,” Williams said.

The CRA board approved both site plans. Names for the restaurants have not been released.

To read the latest headlines from Boynton Beach, go to palmbeachpost.com/boynton

Construction at Hypoluxo Road, FEC crossing delayed

All Aboard Florida is expected to release its new brand (which should include a new name). It will also release the first images of the trains. Need photos of the trains and Mike Reininger, President, All Aboard Florida, who is expected to address the media. Here are the logistical details: Complimentary self-parking across the street from the event at the Courthouse Center Garage Parking validation available at the media check in desk Media Check-in 10:00 a.m. Press conference begins at 10:30 a.m.
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UPDATE on Monday afternoon: The construction at the crossing has been cancelled.

ORIGINAL POST on Saturday: The crossing at Hypoluxo Road and the Florida East Coast Railway tracks will be closed starting Monday at 7 p.m. and will reopen Thursday at 6 p.m.

Crews working for All Aboard Florida will close the intersection to perform “construction improvements” for the rail service.

Read our latest story on All Aboard Florida here: All Aboard Florida’s Brightline trains will be pet friendly

Boynton Beach-area group to host classic car show

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The Valencia Reserve Veteran’s and Car Clubs will host a Classic Car Show on Sunday at Canyon Town Center at 8780 Boynton Beach Blvd.

Car registration is $25 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Judging is from noon to 1:30 p.m. and trophies will be awarded at 2 p.m.

All proceeds will go to the Wounded Warriors of South Florida.

For information, call Roger at 561-509-7758.