Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Page Two: Barrys Buzz August 2, 2013

   South Florida Realtors are scrambling to find listings in a heated Real Estate market as prices continue to rise. Nearly 6,000 homes were on the sales block in Palm Beach County which is about a four months supply. Median price hit $260,000, up a hefty 30% in the past year. Cause for the shrinking inventory are investors snapping up properties for cash to use as rentals. For more information, call 561.945.0000 or visit
    The Boca Raton Bridge Hotel currently under renovation will be renamed Waterstone Resort & Marina – a Double Tree by Hilton and is scheduled to reopen in late 2013 featuring 128 guest rooms and eleven suites with private balconies and waterfront views. Call 866.909.2622 or visit
    The Bealls Department store in West Boca Square at 441 and Palmetto Park Road is closing forever at 9 p.m. Saturday.
   Red Hawk Fire & Security will expand its headquarters at 5100 Town Center Circle in Boca Raton by 8,000 square feet and add 25 employees with average wages of $110,000, receiving $245,000 in incentives from the City of Boca Raton, Palm Beach County and the state of Florida.
  The Federal government has given $2 million to the city of Boca Raton for North Beach sand restoration.
   Lyons Road is now open between Atlantic Ave and Boynton Beach Boulevard.
   The TD Bank debacle is finally over after paying out $500 million in judgements and settlements in a Ponzi scheme related to the bank.
   Forbes values the Miami Dolphins at over $1 billion, the Miami Heat at $625 million, the Miami Marlins at $520 million and the Panthers at $170 million.
   Palm Beach County hotel bed tax receipts increased 10% in June, compared to 2012 with a $2 million dollar unexpected windfall, putting them on track to get a record $30 million in tourism tax revenue this year barring any hurricanes, to be used for increased marketing and promotion for the county .
    Palm Beach County approved throwing good money after bad, adding 10 more red light traffic cameras for more revenue, despite losing money on the existing cameras. The violations cost motorists $158 and the taxpayers payover $500,000 for the cameras, which critics call a blatant money grab.
    South Florida’s population is 5.6 million and a workforce of 2.9 million, with an estimated 350,000 illegal aliens.
    Florida's insurance officials said that health insurance rates will rise 5 to 20% for small businesses and 30 to 40% in the individual market through the state's new exchange under the federal health law.
   Autonation, with 266 dealerships in 32 brands and 31 stores in South Florida employing over 4,000 people which recently rebranded its name from Maroone, posted record profits of $89 million for the second quarter, up 11% over the same period in 2012.
    Year after year, the Palm Beach Pops celebrates the Great American Songbook. Next season the Pops will continue the tradition featuring music from
Whitney Houston & Friends; Broadway, Marvin Hamlisch; Nat King Cole; Smoky Standards from The Mad Men Era and A major television star! Go to for ticket packages to save up to $64 now or call 561-832-7677 for Immediate Seat Selection or fax order to 561.832.9686. You can also e-mail your request to
      The Boca Palm Beach Business Connection meets every Wednesday 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Butts Road TooJays, south of Glades Rd and west of I-95 in the Boca Glades Shopping Center. No dues, no fees, no mandatory meetings. Bring business cards.
  Cirque Du Soleil presents Quidam, now through August 4 at the BB&T Center. Contact 800.745.3000 or for tickets.
   Beyond the Rainbow: Garland at Carnegie Hall, now through Aug. 18 at The Theatre at Arts Garage, 180 NE First St. Delray Beach. Call 561.450.6357. or visit for tickets.
   2 Guns and Smurfs 2 in 3D opens at the Boca Cinemark Palace & Premiere and Regal Entertainment Shadowwood theatres.  The Way Way Back and Before Midnight opens at the Movies of Delray and Lake Worth. Don’t miss Love is All you Need with Pierce Brosnan still at the Movies of Delray.    
     Barry Epstein Live airs Thursday 10 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. on, with WoofDogs trainer Shai Maimoni, thewebsitegedi internet developer Rick Figley, Stacy Sossner Organics Stacy Sossner and Sun-Sentinel Editorial columnist Kingsley Guy on,, and Watch to win free tickets to the Cinemark theatres.
     If you like the music of Paul Simon, you will enjoy The Sounds of Simon, extended through Aug. 4 at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center Studio Theatre, 201 Plaza Real. Call 561.600.0495 or visit  for showtimes and ticket information.
    Character Man is at the Stage Door Theatre through August 11. Go to or call 954.344.7765 for tickets and more information.
     Boca’s Free Summer Sunset Music Series featuring Carlos Oliva will be held about 8:16 p.m. Aug. 2 at the amphitheater on the north end of Mizner Park, 590 Plaza Real, in downtown Boca Raton. Oliva and his band are known for Cuban music, salsa, Afro beats, samba, jazz and rock. The melting pot became known as “The Miami Sound”.
    Palm Beach Dramaworks presents Company at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis St. West Palm Beach Aug. 7-Aug. 18. Go to or call 561.514.4042 for further information and tickets.   
    On Thursday, August 8, at 7 pm, in the new Boca Raton Downtown Library Community Room, the Friends of the Library will present award-winning Astrophysicist Dr. Kevin Manning, known for his work at NASA, Stony Brook, Brookhaven, and others.  With the audience, he will explore the night sky, during his seminar, and through his telescope, weather permitting.
   The fifth annual George Snow Scholarship Fund Boca’s Ballroom Battle is 6 p.m. August 16 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Tickets are $150 to $225 with tables starting at $1500. Contact 561.347.6799 or visit for further information.
    Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation president Jan Savarick will be honored at the American Association Caregiving Youth (AACY) 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. breakfast Aug. 21 at Lakeside Terrace, 7880 Glades Rd. Cost is $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Call 561.391.7401 for further information.
   Slighly Stoopid is at the Sunset Cove Amphitheatre Aug. 24. Go to for information and tickets.
   Nat King Cole Generation Hope and national singing sensation Ms. Avery Sommers, along with the Cole twins, and other greats such as Tony Siders and Tony Lebron, 1 to 4 pm August 25th, at Jazziz Nightlife in Mizner Park to support Nat King Cole Generation Hope, making a difference in the lives of children. 561.213.8209 or visit www.
    The Sound of Music will be the first production at the new Wick Theatre, formerly the Caldwell on Sept. 18. Call 561.995.2333.
    Rob Lowe, star of TV and film and a cancer awareness advocate, will be the keynote speaker at Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Go Pink Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 25.
     The Junior League of Boca Raton presents the 26th Annual Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon, Nov. 8 at Boca West Country Club. Contact 561.620.2553 or visit for further information.
     If you would like to learn how you can make money and save money by NOT using a 401 k or IRA that will protect your money and generate tax free income, or are unhappy in your job, or want to change jobs, or need extra income, then visit and call 561.852.0000 for further information. Everyone should see it.
     Banks are now encouraging Short Sales, rather than the lengthy and costly foreclosures. FORECLOSURE IS NOT AN OPTION! Contact Keyes Company/Delray office Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) Realtor JOANNE EPSTEIN at 561.945.0000 and visit  to find out how she can save you from foreclosure, with no cost for attorneys, fees or commissions.
        Birch Communications is a multi-million dollar company with an exclusive wholesale agreement with AT and T. If you would like to save money on your AT&T land phones without changing your numbers or your service, call 561.852.0000. is the best networking group in the area and meets at the West Boca Library on 441, just north of Yamato Road on alternate Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. Check out the website for openings in some categories. Call 561.852.0000 for further information.

       Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, president of the, the networking group and the founder and former president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce; with a weekly internet television show on (click on columnists) and His motto is: Public Relations is the enemy of anonymity. email:, or fax column items to 561.451.0000.  His blog is in the Boca Raton Tribune and on the (and click on columnists) website, on as well as on the Sun-Sentinel/Jewish Journal website at - as well as on his website:

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