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Boca Raton: Latest campaign reports filed in Beach and Parks District race

By Steve Plunkett

Candidate Craig Ehrnst has taken a commanding lead in raising cash for his campaign to become a Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District commissioner.

Campaign finance reports filed for the period ending Aug. 26, the last deadline before the Aug. 30 vote, showed Ehrnst with $10,300 in contributions, compared with incumbent Dennis Frisch at $5,055 and challenger Shayla Enright with $450 in the Seat 1 race.

For Seat 3, candidate Erin…

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Briny Breezes: Boynton and Ocean Ridge compete to police Briny Breezes

By Dan Moffett

            Neighborly relations between Ocean Ridge and Boynton Beach have frayed in recent months, mostly because of the city’s support for high-density residential projects on Federal Highway.

            Now the two municipalities have found something else to dispute: Who will protect and serve the good citizens of Briny Breezes?

            Ocean Ridge thought it had a three-year contract to provide police services to Briny…

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Houston’s closes its Pompano Beach dock to boaters

Houston's in Pompano Beach will no longer provide dockage for dining boaters. Photo provided.

By Steve Plunkett

South Florida boaters have lost a restaurant destination…

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Along the Coast: A six-pack solution to plastic pollution

Delray brewers rush to meet demand

for ocean-friendly packaging…

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Manalapan: Town OKs plan for Publix at Plaza del Mar

Grocer to create ‘unique to market’

store in Manalapan…

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Delray Beach: Popular restaurants priced out of longtime locales

Paul Katcher and Tom Roma have a last breakfast at the Green Owl.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Along the Coast: Paper honored with Sunshine State Awards

    The Coastal Star has been honored by the Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists with three awards for feature and editorial writing.

    The Coastal Star competed against daily newspapers.

    Executive Editor Mary Kate Leming won second place in editorial writing for her columns advocating open government and easier access to public records.

    Randy Schultz and Leming won a third-place award in feature writing for a look at the 1984 Delray Beach murder…

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Editor's Note: Local actions can have global impact

    We are a local newspaper. Our focus is on a 20-mile stretch of coastal southern Palm Beach County. Our mission is local. We don’t write about presidential elections, state or county elections.

    Outside of the office you might hear us voice opinions on broader topics, but you won’t see us write about issues that don’t directly impact our geographic area.

    Plastics in the ocean may seem like a global issue, but if you walk the beach like I do, you have seen the local effect…

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Lantana: Town beach hit with 4th no-swimming advisory this year

Lantana’s public beach is a popular destination for families.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Cheryl Blackerby



    Lantana…

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Ocean Ridge: Ocean Ridge considers traffic calming devices

By Dan Moffett



    Ocean Ridge commissioners are exploring ways to use traffic calming devices to promote safety and help provide the town with its own identity.

    Newly elected Commissioner Steve Coz said he heard a lot from residents about the need for traffic calming while campaigning for his seat in March.

    “There were three issues that continually came up,” Coz said. “People were complaining about speeding. They were complaining that the town…

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Manalapan: Pressure drop prompts boil-water notice

    Manalapan issued a boil-water notice to customers along State Road A1A and the south end of Hypoluxo Island after a drop in water pressure in late July.

    Plant operator Valerie May said a pump malfunction on the morning of July 24 caused water pressure to drop, prompting the town to issue a boil-water notice to about 300 customers, including businesses in Plaza del Mar and the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa.

    The drop in pressure did not affect water users in the town of…

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Along the Coast: Support evaporates for barrier island fire district plan

By Dan Moffett



    Concerns about cost have stopped six coastal communities from moving forward with a plan to create a barrier island fire district.

    Robert Finn of Texas-based Matrix Consulting Group, which completed a feasibility study on the idea last spring, said he has no meetings planned with representatives of Gulf Stream, Highland Beach, Briny Breezes, Manalapan, Ocean Ridge and South Palm Beach.

    Gulf Stream Town Manager William Thrasher, who…

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Delray Beach/Highland Beach: City and town reach new fire rescue agreement

By Rich Pollack



    After months of back-and-forth — and sometimes contentious — discussions, Highland Beach and Delray Beach have finally reached agreement on a nearly $3.8 million annual contract that will allow the larger community to continue providing fire protection to its smaller neighboring town.

    “I think this agreement is definitely good for Highland Beach residents and it’s even better for Delray residents,” Highland Beach Commissioner Carl…

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Delray Beach: Granger’s looks to relocate; Doc’s parcel on the market

Owners Timothy and Adriana McLarney (center) stand with their staff in front of Granger’s Grille

in Delray Beach. They hope to remain month-to-month after their lease ends Oct. 31.…

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Coastal Star: Former Marine on mission to dance, raise scholarship money in Boca

Peter Gary hopes that he and his dance partner, Pam Casanave, will be able to raise

more than $200,000 for the George Snow Scholarship Fund.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Delray Beach: City expanding cameras’ use in law enforcement

Officer Gerry Ricco demonstrates

the body cameras that Delray Beach Police will be using.

Photo provided…

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Boynton Beach: City to use reserve funds to add two firefighters at Station 1

By Jane Smith



    Boynton Beach will dip into its reserves to bring Fire Station No. 1 up to staffing level standards set by South Florida fire-rescue agencies.

    For the past two years, Boynton Beach has had enough money to post only four workers at the station with a fire truck and a rescue vehicle. Standards call for six employees per shift. To meet the requirement of dispatching three-person teams on medical calls, the station has been deploying two,…

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Briny Breezes: Town sets terms for police, fire-rescue contracts

By Dan Moffett



    Briny Breezes moved closer in July to locking in long-term contracts for police and fire-rescue services.

    Briny and Boynton Beach have agreed to a 12-year fire-rescue pact that will cost the town $356,725 for the first year and includes an adjustment formula for annual cost increases of at least 4 percent.

    Boynton Beach city commissioners unanimously approved the terms in July after Briny Town Council members signed off in…

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Along the Coast: Property values end higher than appraiser estimated

By Mary Hladky

    The taxable values of Palm Beach County properties have jumped higher than Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits forecast in late May.

     Countywide, the amount grew by about 8.4 percent from 2015 to 2016, above the earlier estimate of 7.8 percent, according to the updated tax roll numbers Nikolits released in late June and sent to the state Department of Revenue.

     The county’s total taxable value is now $165.1 billion, very close to the…

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Gulf Stream: Body found in surf thought to be refugee

    Officials are still hoping to confirm that the body of a man pulled from the ocean last month in Gulf Stream was one of several Cuban refugees.

    Two men were reported missing by a group of six Cuban refugees who were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard ship Gannett off Boca Raton. The two were last seen at sunset on July 19.  

    The Coast Guard began a search for the missing men using crews from stations in Lake Worth and Fort Lauderdale but suspended the search the next day…

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