The High Cost of Living in Paradise

An interesting mix of stories that I produced for the Roby Files this morning. I showed proof that there is truly a high cost to living in paradise. West Palm Beach south to Miami is now considered the 2nd highest cost area to live in comparison t

o income and rents or mortgages. 45% of us spend 30% or more on just putting a roof over our heads. That’s a higher percentage than New York or San Francisco. Our area was near the top of the list because of our high property values but low paying jobs. The only area that is worst off is Los Angeles!

The other two stories

 were more fun. I featured a Miami man that decided to use his $1.5 million sports car as a wall inside his condo because he didn’t like the open concept plan. The owner wants to be anonymous. He had to hire a crane to install the world’s most expensive condo wall!

The last story is a little more affordable. The new Samsung TVs now come with ambient mode. It allows the tv screen to mimic the color and texture of the wall it’s hanging on. That makes it look like it disappears. I guess now you can lose your remote and your tv!

High Cost of Living in Paradise

Today in the Roby Files: the high cost of living in paradise, the most extra wall ornament ever and a dissapearing TV! CBS 12 News Teri Hornstein

Posted by Eric Roby on Thursday, August 2, 2018

Celebrate National Avocado Day

Today we celebrated National Avocado Day on CBS12 News at 9am by going directly to the experts: Avocado Grill! Chef Brad Phillips showed us new ways to use the increasingly popular fruit. He made a rock shrimp with avocado and even an avocado margarita! Avocado Grill first became popular several years ago in downtown West Palm Beach, but the owners recently opened their second location in Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens. For the summer they are offering a $5 menu on Tuesdays and bottomless Sunday brunch at the Gardens location. So celebrate and try an avocado today in a new and unique way.

National Avocado Day

We celebrated #NationalAvocadoDay by having Avocado Grill come onto CBS 12 News at 9AM. I learned how to use avocados when making rock shrimp and margaritas. Teri Hornstein learned how to use a whisk!!

Posted by Eric Roby on Tuesday, July 31, 2018

 

The Difference Between a Good or Bad Kitchen Appliance are the Gimmicks

Picking your next big kitchen appliance should come down to the small details. Consumer Reports says the gimmicks are what can make or break a bad refrigerator, stove top or dishwasher. For a fridge a good crisper is key.  For a stove electric can be just as good as natural gas. To save money, forget about installed wall units and pick out a range instead. According to Consumer Reports the most important option on a dishwasher is a soil sensor. This means you don’t have to wash your dishes before your dishwasher does it for you!

One last piece of advice: makes sure your appliance is the right size before it is delivered. It’s good idea to make sure it not only fits in the slot in the kitchen, but also the front door of your home.

 

 

The Appliance Gimmicks that Are Really Worth the Money

Picking your next big kitchen appliance should come down to the small details. Consumer Reports says the gimmicks are what can make or break a bad refridgerator, stovetop or dishwasher. Consumer Reports for a fridge a good crisper is key. What are your favorite gadgets on your big appliances that you can't live without?

Posted by Eric Roby on Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Are You Ready for National Ice Cream Day?

National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, July 15th and local ice cream maker Sloan’s Ice Cream is celebrating in style. The ice cream brand recently started to sell franchises. Sloan’s first opened in 1999 in West Palm Beach, and now has 11 locations worldwide including Saudi Arabia. On July 15th all Sloan’s will give away a free one scoop ice cream cone between 12pm-1pm.

To get out the word, Sloan’s joined us for CBS12 News at 9am where Suzanne Boyd and I raced to see who could build a deluxe ice cream cone fastest. Suzanne won but she had the unfair advantage of being a soda jerk when she was a teen.

National Ice Cream Month

July is National Ice Cream Month! To celebrate Sloan's Ice Cream visited CBS 12 News at 9AM and Suzanne Boyd and I had a contest to see who could make the fastest delux ice cream cone. On Sunday, July 15th all Sloan's will give away a free scoope of ice cream between 12-1pm! CBS 12 News

Posted by Eric Roby on Thursday, July 12, 2018

Do Not Wait in Line for an Hour

Most people hate to renew their driver’s licence or pay their property taxes. To make it worse, usually there is a double insult. Not only do you have to part with your hard earned money, but you also lose an hour of your life waiting in a long line. The average wait time at the Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office is 52 minutes!

Tax Collector Anne Gannon says there are ways to reduce your wait time and she has kicked off the “Take Back Your Hour” campaign. The easiest way to save time is to sign up online for certain appointments. Almost all in-office visits for your driver’s licence can be scheduled online. Those that take the time to make an appointment only have to wait on average 5 minutes! Gannon says you may not even have to go into the office. Many bills can be paid online from the comfort of your home.

If you do have to go to the Tax Collector’s Office, the best bet is to do your homework and make sure you have all of your paperwork. Take care of any problem with your driver’s license before go to the office. The local office will not be able to help you if there is a stop on your license from another state. All of this will not only help speed up your visit, but it will also make sure everyone else behind you in line can be seen faster. If all else fails, Gannon says the quietest time to visit her office is on a Tuesday or a Thursday between 10AM-12PM.

Don't Stand in Line for an Hour at the Tax Collector's Office

The average time you have to stand in line at the Palm Beach County Tax Collector's Office is 52 minutes! That includes everything from paying your property taxes to renewing your driver's lisence. Tax Collector Anne Gannon has kicked off the "Take Back Your Hour" campaign to try and reduce wait times. Gannon says if you can't make an appointment online, the quiestest time to go is on a Tuesday or Thursday between 10AM and 12PM!

Posted by Eric Roby on Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Local 8 Year Old’s Idea Could Become the Next Big Thing

It’s a great idea and an 8 year old from Delray Beach is behind what could be the next big kid’s item. Harper Miller and her mom Jenna Miller came up with the Dream Pillow. It’s a small pillow where you can write down a positive dream idea on a piece of paper and then place it inside the Dream Pillow to keep away bad dreams. Along with the pillow you also get a children’s book that explains how Harper came up with the idea. My co-anchor Suzanne Boyd co-wrote it! The Dream Pillow goes for $29 and is available at select local stores and online at www.dreampillow.com.

Jenna Miller says the goal is to start selling the Dream Pillow on Amazon. They just got their trade mark and sales are good at local stores. As a father of two young boys, I think this is a great idea and could become a smash hit!

"Dream Pillow" Created by Local 8 Year Old

It's a great idea and an 8 year old from Delray Beach is behind what could be the next big kid's item. Harper Miller and her mom Jenna Miller came up with the Dream Pillow. It's a small pillow where you can write down a positive dream idea on a piece of paper and then place it inside the Dream Pillow to keep away bad dreams. Along with the pillow you also get a children's book that explains how Harper came up with the idea. My co-anchor @Suzanne Boyd co-wrote it! The Dream Pillow goes for $29 and is available at select local stores and online.

Posted by Eric Roby on Thursday, June 28, 2018

 

 

The Home of the Future is Here and You Can Tour It

Home of the Future Built in South Florida

South Florida home builder Lennar partnered with Amazon to build the home of the future. 15 have been built around the country for home buyers to see what's possible with existing technology. The closest to us is in Miami Lakes and more are being built. Check out the video to see what could be standard options for new homes in the very near future!

Posted by Eric Roby on Thursday, June 21, 2018

South Florida home builder Lennar partnered with Amazon to build the home of the future. 15 have been built around the country for home buyers to see what’s possible with existing technology. The closest to us is in Miami Lakes and more are being built.  The exact location is inside the Satori development at 16201 N.W. 87th Court in Miami Lakes. The homes in the development range in price from $572,990 to $797,990. Town-homes are priced from $387,990 to $432,990. Check out the video to see what could be standard options for new homes in the very near future!

4Ocean Tackles Lake Worth Beach to Save Sea Turtles and Get Rid of Plastic!

What a great way to start my Father’sDay weekend! I volunteered at 4Ocean’s #LakeWorthBeach cleanup to help get rid of all of the plastics in our ocean. Island Bum of #NorthPalmBeach was the sponsor and is another great local company. If you can’t make it to a cleanup you can always purchase a 4Ocean bracelet to help fund their efforts! CBS 12 News

Posted by Eric Roby on Saturday, June 16, 2018

4Ocean has it’s target on one main goal: rid the ocean of life smothering plastic. This international company based out of Boca Raton is rapidly expanding and held it’s first beach cleanup at Lake Worth Beach over the Father’s Day weekend. This is a great cause that is quickly spreading internationally. It was started by two local surfers. When Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulz went to Bali for a surfing trip they realized something needed to be done to rid our oceans of plastic. To raise money you can buy bracelets made from 100% recycled materials. By buying a $20 bracelet you help remove 1 pound of plastic from the ocean.

For the month of June 4Ocean is focusing their efforts on helping sea turtles.  They even have a special green bracelet that is being sold. They also partnered with FAU’s Marine Research Lab. Plastics are exceptionally dangerous to sea turtles since more than half will ingest it during their lifetimes.

A lot of work needs to be done because 16 billion pounds of plastic flows into the ocean every year. So far 4Ocean has been able to remove nearly 820,000 pounds! If you would like to help you can go to 4Ocean’s website by clicking here.

Surprise Father’s Day Greeting

Surprise Father's Day Message

My produce Steph surprised me on the air today by getting my boys to wish me a happy Father;s Day on air. Sunday will be extra speical since it is my oldest son's 11th birthday as well! Happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there! #FathersDay

Posted by Eric Roby on Friday, June 15, 2018

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there! I was surprised on CBS12 News at 9 this morning by a special message from my boys. This Father’s Day will be extra special because it’s also my oldest son’s 11th birthday. Vejas was born on Father’s Day and this is the first time his birthday has fallen on this special day since his birth! Apparently it took 8 attempts for the boys to get the video done. I hope I get to see the outtakes on this one!

Great Father’s Day Gifts from $5-$5000

Ideas for Father's Day from $5 to $5000

I am taking away all of your excuses for not giving dad a great gift this Father's Day! Jeannie Rubio Roberts from Town Center at Boca Raton visited us during CBS 12 News at 9. Jeannie showed us original gifts from $5-$5000. All of these are great gifts!! So what are you planning on giving dad this year?

Posted by Eric Roby on Thursday, June 14, 2018

I am taking away all of your excuses for not giving dad a great gift this Father’s Day! Jeannie Roberts from Town Center at Boca Raton visited us during CBS 12 News at 9. Jeannie showed us original gifts from $5-$5000. The gifts ranged from simple but luxurious bars of soaps ($5) to a smart looking smartphone designed by Porsche ($1,250).