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Ocean Ridge: Judge sets Lucibella trial for April 10

By Steve Plunkett
A jury will decide whether former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella is guilty of felony battery on a police officer and resisting an officer with violence.
Circuit Judge Charles Burton scheduled the trial…
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Ocean Ridge: Town fires police lieutenant over Lucibella incident

By Dan Moffett

 

 Accepting the recommendation of the police chief and the conclusions of an internal investigation, Ocean Ridge Town Manager Jamie Titcomb fired Lt. Steven Wohlfiel Jan. 4 over his involvement in an alleged shooting incident at the home of former Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella in October.

 Police Chief Hal Hutchins, who oversaw the two-month probe, wrote a letter recommending Wohlfiel’s…

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Coastal Star: OPAL Award winners are tireless volunteers

Peter and Carmel Baronoff believe in giving back to the community.

Photo provided

By Amy Woods

    

    He serves on the board of trustees for Boca Raton Regional…

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Ocean Ridge: Chief nearing report to town on Lucibella incident

By Dan Moffett

 

    Ocean Ridge Police Chief Hal Hutchins says he’s finishing up the last details of his investigation into the Richard Lucibella incident and expects to have a report ready soon.

    “I anticipate making a recommendation to the town manager upon finalization of my review of the report, and in accordance with the town’s ordinances, in the very near future,” Hutchins said.

    Hutchins’ task got easier when Lucibella resigned as vice mayor …

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Ocean Ridge: Vice mayor resigns, faces second felony charge

Related Story: Town fires police lieutenant over Lucibella incident

By Steve Plunkett

    

    Richard Lucibella, Ocean Ridge vice mayor, resigned from office Dec. 7, the same day he was charged with a second felony connected to an Oct. 22 gathering in his…

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Along the Coast: Court rules towns don’t have to pay county for inspector general

By Dan Moffett



    The 4th District Court of Appeal has ruled that Palm Beach County cities and towns don’t have to pay the county’s bill for running an inspector general’s office — even though their voters approved it.

    The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel in December overturns a lower court decision and is a victory for home rule and municipal autonomy, say attorneys for a coalition of 14 municipalities that sued the county.

    “This case has…

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Delray Beach: After debate, city OKs plan to trim sea grapes

Delray Beach plans to trim its sea grape trees down to 2 feet and then maintain them at 4 feet high,

except for three canopies within a 1,385-foot stretch of public beach.

Jerry Lower/The…

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Boynton Beach: Riverwalk moving forward with city approvals

By Jane Smith

    

    The proposed Riverwalk project is sailing through the approval process in Boynton Beach, despite residents’ objections to its height and traffic.

    The 10-story, U-shaped apartment complex will replace the vacant Winn-Dixie shopping center at the southeast corner of Federal Highway and Woolbright Road.

    Residents on its upper floors will have views of the Atlantic Ocean along with the adjacent Intracoastal Waterway. That will…

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Boynton Beach: A look at four firms trying to redevelop Town Square

Commission likely  to vote this month on city

review team’s recommendations for downtown



By Jane Smith



    The four candidates Boynton Beach is…

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Delray Beach: Commission vacancy sparks divisive actions, contentious meetings

Dozens of residents wore yellow in support of Yvonne Odom’s selection for interim commissioner

at the contentious Dec. 13 Delray Beach commission meeting.

Tim Stepien/The…

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Gulf Stream: Town's new police chief praised for his loyalty to community

Chief Edward Allen at the Gulf Stream police station, where he has been an officer for more than 28 years.

Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…

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Delray Beach: New parking chief says technology will lead to improvements

By Jane Smith

    

    He started as a valet attendant decades ago when he was in college. He liked meeting people and especially driving their cars. Soon he was “hooked” on the industry.

    “Everybody needs parking,” said Jorge Alarcon, the new parking facilities manager for Delray Beach.…

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Manalapan: Cheifetz won’t seek reelection as Manalapan mayor

By Dan Moffett



    Saying it’s time to step aside, Manalapan’s David Cheifetz has decided not to run for mayor again when his term expires in March.

    “I’ve been a resident of Manalapan for 12 years now,” Cheifetz said during the Dec. 13 town meeting, “and during that 12 years I’ve…

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Delray Beach: Fire chief takes over for city manager temporarily

By Jane Smith



    Faced with a list of more than 150 applicants for acting city manager, Delray Beach City Commissioner Mitch Katz reviewed their occupations.

    He saw a sous chef, a store manager, a teacher, a personal trainer, a mechanic and a caregiver from those who applied using a job search website, along with applicants with government experience provided by the Colin Baenziger search firm.

    Then, he thought of Delray Beach department heads…

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Holiday Mini-Boat Parade: Briny Breezes -- Dec. 9

Briny Breezes resident Ira Friedman hosted the first Briny Boat Parade in the mobile home park’s

central fountain. Roger Bennett and visiting children join Friedman (blue jacket) to watch the parade.…

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Lantana: Kayak park quiet spot amid bustle of town

Keith Lee of Delray Beach pulls his kayak up the launching pad

at Lyman Kayak Park after an afternoon of fishing.

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Lantana: Public invited to discuss parking on Hypoluxo Island

By Willie Howard



    The Lantana Town Council will listen to residents Jan. 9 on the long-standing problem of service trucks parking on Hypoluxo Island, in some cases narrowing roads to one lane.

    The council discussed the island’s traffic woes at its Dec. 12 meeting following several emails to Town Manager Deborah Manzo about vehicles blocking travel lanes.

    Construction and landscaping trucks often park on both sides of Atlantic Drive, creating…

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Delray Beach: Pedestrian- and bicyclist-safety effort kicking in

By Rich Pollack



    Thinking of crossing Atlantic Avenue or State Road A1A in the middle of the block or of riding your bicycle in traffic with earphones on?

    If so, you may want to think again, because police officers in Delray Beach will be out in force hoping to educate pedestrians and bicyclists on the importance of following laws and staying safe.

    Funded by a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, the pedestrian- and bicycle-safety…

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Delray Beach: Proposed tree ordinance puts incentive into maintaining canopy

Mature canopy trees, like these live oaks at the Delray Beach Historical Society complex,

are being targeted for preservation with the legacy tree program.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal…

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Along the Coast: Legality of Boynton moratorium on group homes questioned

Related Story: Task Force offers recommendations

By Jane Smith

    

    The three largest cities in southern Palm Beach County are taking different paths to regulate sober homes, following the November release of a revised statement by two federal departments offering legal guidance for cities to…

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