From Congress, Little League World Series vet has tips for West Boynton team

West Boynton Little League All-Stars listen to their coaches Chuck Shiflet and
Omar Tirado last week. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

An all-star team from the West Boynton Little League will play in the Southeast regional tournament this weekend in Georgia in hopes of attaining a coveted Little League World Series berth in South Williamsport, Pa.

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, played in the 1991 Little League World Series with a team from Dunedin.

A team from East Boynton — including future Major Leaguer Devon Travis — reached the World Series final in 2003 before losing to a team from Japan.

Another Florida team, from Dunedin, made it to Williamsport back in 1991. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, played on that team, which won the South region before being knocked out by a California team in the quarterfinals.

DeSantis, a potential 2018 candidate for governor or attorney general, was asked today if he had any advice for the West Boynton players.

“I would just say you’re having the time of your life, enjoy it. Those are friends that you’re going to have forever. Play hard, work hard…just feel lucky that you’re doing it. And thank your parents,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis went on to play baseball at Yale. He has also played at Nationals Park in Washington as part of the Republican congressional team. But he said the most awestruck he’s been by his baseball surroundings was when he stepped onto the field at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport 26 years ago.

“I remember the grandeur,” DeSantis said. “It’s one of the most fantastic facilities that I’ve ever been to.”


Haven’t registered to vote? Today really is it

votingYou got an extra week to register to vote for the Nov. 8 election, but now your time really is up.

The Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections closes its books at the end of business today.

A federal judge last week extended the registration period by six days due to the disruption and damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Many people already have not only registered to vote, but have submitted mail-in ballots. Here’s the Florida Division of Elections box score through midday today:


Republican Democrat Other “No Party” Total
Vote-by-Mail Outstanding 940,566 919,720 56,494 442,736 2,359,516
Vote-by-Mail Submitted 265,683 259,883 17,457 96,880 639,903
Vote-by-Mail Outstanding 41,346 72,210 4,279 26,934 144,769
Vote-by-Mail Submitted 6,732 11,807 740 3,371 22,650


To see a sample ballot for your races, or for more information, contact the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections at 561-656-6200 or visit

Trump Miami Hispanic event off again; fundraiser still set for Tuesday night

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally at the Sharonville Convention Center July 6, 2016, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
(John Sommers II/Getty Images)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s roundtable with Hispanic leaders, set for July 8 at Miami’s legendary Versailles restaurant and then rescheduled for Tuesday, is off again, a campaign spokeswoman said.

The businessman and part-time Palm Beacher had canceled at the last minute July 8 because of the previous evening’s assassination of five police officers in Dallas.

This time around, campaign spokeswoman Karen Giorno said late Monday, the campaign had tried to make the event happen but wasn’t able to synchronize with all the leaders on short notice. She said Trump will try again at another date.

Trump still is set to appear Tuesday, along with Gov. Rick Scott, at a private, no press, fundraising reception and dinner at Trump National Doral golf resort, west of Miami.

There’s a chance protestors will show.

“I wouldn’t be surprised,” Giorno said. “Anywhere he goes there’s protestors. They’re not going to get on property if they do.”



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