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Gulf Stream: Town, O'Hare end war over public-records requests

By Steve Plunkett

A four-year saga over public records that included demands for hundreds of documents and caused Gulf Stream to raise property taxes 40 percent is half-over.

Resident Chris O'Hare and the town agreed June 9 to settle all legal differences.

"This was a total attack…

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Boca Raton: Boca's hospital turns 50

How a tragedy sparked the move to build

what is now Boca Raton Regional Hospital…

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Boca Raton: Wildflower on official path to becoming a park

By Steve Plunkett

    

    Following the sweeping November victory of a citizen initiative to reserve all city-owned land on the Intracoastal Waterway for public uses, the City Council has introduced an ordinance to change the Wildflower parcel’s land use and zoning.

    The referendum, which voters approved by a 2-1 margin, limits use of such land to “public recreation, public boating access, public streets, and city storm water uses only.” City staff initiated…

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Boca Raton: Surprise change order pushes playground 50% over budget

Families enjoy the Children’s Science Playground at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton on May 26.

The playground had more than 54,000 visitors in April.

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Boca Raton: City favors on-demand rides over trolleys for downtown transit

By Mary Hladky



    City Council members are leaning toward an on-demand ride service as an alternative transportation option that would lessen downtown traffic congestion by getting people out of their cars.

    At a meeting May 8, they backed away from creating fixed-route trolleys, instead preferring something like the Downtowner, which ceased operating in Boca Raton at the end of December. Under that system, people wanting a free ride would summon an electric…

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Highland Beach: Crosswalk to be enhanced on trial basis for FDOT study

By Rich Pollack



    After months of lobbying by town officials and at least one persistent resident, Highland Beach’s efforts to improve pedestrian safety at crosswalks have prompted a Florida Department of Transportation decision to implement enhanced signals at one location along State Road A1A on a trial basis.

    After studying several potential options for improvements to mid-block crosswalks, FDOT officials agreed to install pedestrian crossing signs…

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Boca Raton: Two boards' approvals send Mizner 200 on to City Council

The plans for the 384-unit Mizner 200 condo complex have been through a few revisions.

Rendering provided

By Mary Hladky



    Nearly…

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Highland Beach: Beach group hoping for independent option

By Rich Pollack



    Hampered by the need for Town Commission approval for many actions and by Florida’s Sunshine Law, members of Highland Beach’s Beaches and Shores Committee are asking that the group be dissolved as an official town board in order to reorganize it as an independent body.

    At a meeting last month, members agreed that the current structure limits the group’s ability to to have a substantial impact on beautification in the town and, in…

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Boca Raton: Sighting of nesting least terns prompts glimmer of optimism

A least tern sits on eggs on the beach in Boca Raton.…

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Delray Beach: Life lessons from city’s most senior citizen

A photograph shows 107-year-old Eula Mae Johnson of Delray Beach as a young woman.…

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Boca Raton: New hospital garage promises to ease parking woes

By Sallie James



    A 900-car garage will eventually ease the parking crunch at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, despite nearby homeowners’ concerns about noise, pollution and crime.

    City Council members last month unanimously voted to move the project forward after agreeing to require that the structure be situated 40 feet farther from the homes, with additional landscaping and façade improvements to limit light “spillage.”

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Editor's Note: Extra drive time a necessary nuisance this time of year

    May and early June have been a busy time for driving obstacles.

    In Ocean Ridge there have been lane restrictions because of painting and repairs on both the Woolbright and Ocean Avenue bridges, combined with stop-and-start traffic caused by Florida Power & Light’s electrical pole work along A1A.

    In Gulf Stream, traffic stops caused by the town’s ongoing power-line burial project seem to have become a way of life. And Delray Beach’s oceanfront traffic has been barely…

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Memorial Day: Town Hall, South Palm Beach – May 29

South Palm Beach honored those who served with a Memorial Day program also dedicated

to two former Town Council members: Woody Gorbach, a World War II veteran who died

in October, and Vice…

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Coastal Stars: Boca philanthropists provide ‘beginnings’ for new moms in need

Neil and Doris Gillman are sponsoring a program that provides cribs, bedding and other supplies

for newborns of mothers in need at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.…

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Along the Coast: Property values rise to pre-crash levels

By Mary Hladky



    Ten years after housing prices began cratering in the Great Recession, taxable property values in Palm Beach County have zoomed past their previous record high set in 2007.…

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Along the Coast: Cocoanut dreams

Exhibit sprouts from fortunate photo find…

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South Palm Beach: Police finally get new contract, pay raise

By Dan Moffett



    South Palm Beach Police Chief Carl Webb says morale among officers is better now than at any other time during his 28 years with the department.

    “It’s a pleasure now instead of a war,” Webb told the Town Council on May 16. “Historically, through past administrations, it’s been us against them and these officers paid the price for that. We’re beginning the healing process and returning some dignity to these officers.”

    The chief said…

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South Palm Beach: Consulting firm replaces ‘turtle man’ to mark nests on South Palm Beach

By Willie Howard



    A Boca Raton-based environmental consulting firm has taken over monitoring sea turtle nests on South Palm Beach, ending decades of monitoring by Robert Schonfeld, also known as the “turtle man.”

    Schonfeld started monitoring sea turtles along…

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Gulf Stream: Town Hall addition plan gets good reviews

By Steve Plunkett

    

    Gulf Stream Town Hall version 2.0 is on its way.

    A 24-foot-wide by 29-foot-deep addition on the west side of the building will provide new offices for the town manager and Gulf Stream’s staff attorney as well as additional space for storage.

    Architect Mark Marsh gave town commissioners a courtesy preview of the plan at their May 12 meeting. The Architectural Review and Planning Board, which had the final say, approved it…

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Along the Coast: As overdose numbers soar, cities seek sober home regulation

    Two south county coastal cities continue to see rising numbers of drug overdoses along with increasing fatalities.

In Boynton Beach, police responded to 398 overdoses in 2016 resulting in 35 deaths.

    As of May 22, Boynton Beach police responded to 240 drug overdoses with 25 fatalities this year. If the overdose pace continues, the city will see 2017 overdoses eclipse last year’s number in late August.

    Delray Beach also has an escalating problem with overdoses. Many…

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