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Briny hires Boynton PD, drops Ocean Ridge

   

By Dan Moffett

Briny Breezes council members say choosing the right police department to serve their town didn’t come down to questions about performance. The deciding factor was cost.

   “It was a tough decision. Either Boynton Beach or Ocean Ridge would do a good job for us,” said Council President Sue Thaler. “It was dollars and sense that made the difference between them.”

   With a 3-2 vote on Sept. 8, the council approved a…

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The Highwaymen (and their teacher)

ABOVE: Turbulent Backcountry, an oil on Upson board by Willie Daniels, one of the Highwaymen.  The artists often sold their work  along roadsides.



BELOW: Boca Bridge, an oil on canvas by A.E. ‘Beanie’ Backus…

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Railroads: County has most deaths

County has most deaths

• Palm Beach County, nearly 45 miles long, ranks highest in the state for pedestrian deaths between railroad crossings. Of the 33 people killed statewide in 2015, seven died in Palm Beach County, ranking it first for what’s called “trespasser deaths.”

• On the FEC tracks, Palm Beach County ranked first in 2015 with five of 12 pedestrian deaths statewide. The previous year, the county and Miami-Dade County each had four deaths among a total…

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Delray pushes county, railroads to keep people off tracks

Pedestrians illegally cross the FEC tracks in downtown Delray Beach near the site of a recent fatality.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Zika answers: County’s cases don’t constitute outbreak



Q. Where has locally acquired Zika been found so far?

    A. The Florida Department of Health says the two nontravel cases of Zika in Palm Beach County don’t constitute an active outbreak here, though officials aren’t providing specifics.

    Palm Beach County’s Mosquito Control division has stepped up its mosquito control campaign. Its latest aerial spraying efforts were focused on 162,000 acres west of State Road 7, including Jupiter Farms, Caloosa,…

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Zika worries grow: County hesitant to begin spraying coastal area

Zika answers: County’s cases don’t constitute outbreak

By Stacey Singer



    Mosquito bites have gone from nuisance to real worry after the city of Lake Worth reported on Aug. 25 that a resident had tested positive for…

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Labor Day: Lifeguards’ long weekends are working holidays

Lifeguard Brian McManus warns Manny Castelli about the hazards of snorkeling without a dive flag at Ocean Inlet Park.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes



    Why do they call it…

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Editor's Note: The biggest local news is the topic we avoid

Politics, Zika, pythons, hurricanes. Welcome to Florida.

    You know what I mean. You watch TV news and read the headlines. It’s all people want to talk about.

    Maybe we should be talking instead about an average of 13 overdose calls each day. Yes, 13. Each day.

    That’s the number the Delray Beach police officer shared with us as we watched a young man carried out of a building in the 700 block of Atlantic Avenue on a recent evening. It was the third drug overdose call the…

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Coastal Star: Volunteer’s heart and time help victims of domestic abuse

Gail Veros was inspired to get involved with helping victims of domestic abuse when she was 20, after a roommate was battered by a boyfriend. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Amy Woods



    Five days away…

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Delray Beach: City begins negotiations for new beach parking system

Delray Beach’s City Commission approved negotiating with two vendors to provide a smart parking system for the barrier island and the city’s two garages. The vendors are Parkeon and T2 Systems. The commission will approve the contract after reviewing their proposals.

    The initial order will be 50 units, said Jorge Alarcon, new chief parking facilities administrator. The units can be solar-powered, able to take a variety of payments, programmed to allow for residents’ discount by…

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Gulf Stream: Lyons to replace Ganger on town commission

By Dan Moffett



     Gulf Stream town commissioners turned to their Architectural Review and Planning Board to find a…

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Delray Beach: Commission agrees Greenway path fits city image

By Jane Smith



    The East Coast Greenway path along the ocean was reconsidered recently by the full City Commission and deemed fitting with the image Delray Beach wants to convey.

    “It’s not a design effort but a recognition of Delray for what it is,” said Jim Chard, chairman of Human Powered Delray, a group that promotes walking and cycling in the city. “It’s very similar to the Tree City USA designation, the All America City … calling attention to [us]…

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Along the Coast: Modest raises for employees in most towns’ budgets

By Rich Pollack



    The good news is that most local government employees throughout the coastal communities of south Palm Beach County may be seeing raises in the upcoming fiscal year.

    The not-so-great news is that for many of them, these raises will probably do little more than help them keep up with the increased cost of living in South Florida.

    On average, most of the communities along the coast are proposing employee pay increases of about 3…

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Boynton Beach: CRA allows 10-story building despite resident opposition

Dozens protest before the Boynton CRA meeting in opposition to the height…

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Boynton Beach: CRA steps back from spending on high school

By Jane Smith



    The fate of the historic Boynton Beach High School, which seemed certain to be saved earlier this year, is unsettled again.

    At the Aug. 17 budget meeting of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, city commissioners sitting as the CRA board did not want to commit to spending money on the high school now. A majority wanted to wait to see how development teams would use it in their Town Square plans.

    They will review the request…

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Boynton Beach: City OKs addition to historic house turned eatery

By Jane Smith



    The Oscar Magnuson House is working its way through the Boynton Beach approval process to become a restaurant that specializes in light bites and craft beers.

    The proposed owner of the 1,500-square-foot house received City Commission approval Aug. 16 to add 1,266 square feet to the rear of the house for a kitchen, restrooms and a portion of the bar. A rear porch, added in the 1950s, will be demolished. The tapas eatery will seat 183…

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South Palm Beach: Council members clash over town attorney

By Dan Moffett



    Despite agreeing on terms for a new working relationship with Town Attorney Brad Biggs three months ago, South Palm Beach council members remain divided over whether he should keep his job.

    Councilwoman Stella Gaddy Jordan sharply criticized Biggs’ performance during a stormy Aug. 23 town meeting and said the council should open his position and interview applicants.

    Jordan said that, during the town’s recent negotiations with…

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Hypoluxo: Boynton offers lower water rate

By Willie Howard



    Boynton Beach Utilities could provide water to Hypoluxo residents at lower rates than town residents and business owners currently pay to Manalapan.

    That’s according to a rate comparison presented to Hypoluxo council members at their Aug. 17 meeting by Boynton Beach Utilities Director Colin Groff.

    According to Groff’s chart, a Hypoluxo homeowner with a 5/8-inch water meter pays a monthly base charge of $42.85 to Manalapan plus…

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Along the Coast: Delray OKs funding for license-plate cameras; others cite progress

By Rich Pollack



    Efforts to install license-plate recognition cameras in several communities along State Road A1A in south Palm Beach County are continuing to move forward, with Delray Beach commissioners giving a green light last month for the installation of systems at five locations east of the Intracoastal Waterway.

    Delray Beach commissioners approved spending $166,000 for the systems, clearing the way for project leaders to begin planning for…

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Delray Beach: New special events policy aims to recover city’s costs

By Jane Smith

    

Under a new special events policy, city taxpayers will soon stop subsidizing private special events in Delray Beach.

    Mayor Cary Glickstein praised the special events task force that developed the policy for staying focused on establishing a level playing field and recovering the city’s true cost of events.

    “The reason we have so many events is that we have a cool town with a walkable main street, and many [promoters] were getting a…

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