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Along the Coast: Red tide health reactions minor for most

By Sallie James

Burning eyes. Tingling throats. Coughing and wheezing.

As a spreading toxic red tide algae bloom makes its way down Florida’s east coast, beachgoers and those who live near waterways are complaining of irritating respiratory issues.…

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Along the Coast: Beaches open as officials continue to monitor water, weather conditions

By Jane Smith

City and county beaches were open Oct. 5 in the southern half of Palm Beach County, but signs are posted and flags are flying to warn of red tide conditions.

Water samples tested Oct. 3 came back showing low to medium levels of red tide at south county beaches, said Michael Stahl, deputy director of the county’s Environmental Resources Management department.

The next water sampling dates are Oct. 9 and Oct. 11, Stahl said.

“It’s an…

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Oct. 4: Red Tide Photos

Hundreds of dead reef fish were found along the beach south of the Boca Raton Inlet Oct. 4 according to Palm Beach County lifeguards.  Boca Raton city lifeguards said they only picked up about six dead fish on the north…
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Oct. 4: Red Tide Updates

Date:                                                                           October 4, 2018 …

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Along the Coast: As red tide concerns continue, dead reef fish found washed ashore

Dozens of reef fish washed up dead on the beach Oct. 3 just south of the Boynton Inlet as the red tide effects continue to be felt along the coast of Palm…

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Highland Beach: Unsolved mystery surrounding widow’s slaying deepens

Crime-scene tape still seals the door to Betty Cabral’s condominium (middle right) at the Penthouse Highlands, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., where the 85-year-old woman was found slain in April. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich…

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Boca Raton: A beauty of a story to tell

Miss Boca 1953 recalls town in its infancy,

world at her fingertips as longtime travel agent

ABOVE: Alberta Schultz’s half…

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Gulf Stream: Report criticizes no-bid auditor contracts

By Steve Plunkett

The Palm Beach County Office of the Inspector General has scolded Gulf Stream town officials for using the same outside auditor since 2000, renewing the contract four times when the town’s original request for proposals did not mention any renewal options.

Additionally, the inspector general said, contract extensions with auditor Nowlen, Holt & Miner PA in 2005, 2010 and 2014 should have instead been put out to bid again and ranked by an…

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Along the Coast: Red tide makes rare appearance on county’s beaches

A no-swimming flag flies at the public beach in Lantana on Sept. 30 to warn people of an irritant blowing in on the wind and waves that caused respiratory issues and eye irritation. As a precaution, officials closed Palm Beach County beaches from the Martin County line to Lake…

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Gulf Stream: Town poised to switch garbage haulers

By Steve Plunkett



Waste Management’s familiar green trucks will disappear from town streets in six months unless the garbage-hauling giant and Gulf Stream officials can renew a contract at a “comfortable” rate.

Town Manager Greg Dunham, who in July planned to sign a five-year extension of the contract with the price adjusted for inflation, negotiated an extension through March 2019.

“We’ve talked with them on a number of occasions. They’ve really not…

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Manalapan: Mayor unhappy with cabana approval

By Dan Moffett

The Manalapan Town Commission’s unanimous approval of a request to build a new cabana on property east of State Road A1A near the town’s southern end drew a pointed warning from Mayor Keith Waters.

“We’re opening ourselves to things unseen — opening a door that we didn’t intend to open,” Waters said. “This was not the intent of our law and not the intent of our zoning. Never.”

Waters opposed allowing the cabana to homeowner Jeffrey Lee, 3070…

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Ocean Ridge: Developer again seeks to build on lagoon land

By Dan Moffett

Despite opposition from Ocean Ridge residents and commissioners, developer William Swaim is making another attempt to secure the permits needed to build a residential development in the mangrove lagoon behind the Town Hall.

In September, Swaim’s Waterfront ICW Properties LLC of Delray Beach applied for a permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, seeking permission to fill in part of the 3.34-acre site in the lagoon and build three houses.…

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Ocean Ridge: New building rules get preliminary OK

By Dan Moffett

Ocean Ridge commissioners moved an important step closer toward lifting the town’s construction moratorium when they gave preliminary approval to a bundle of new building rules on Oct. 1.

Mayor James Bonfiglio said the overhaul is needed to close loopholes in the town’s code — some of them gaping enough to allow the construction of oversized residences that might be used as group sober homes.

Commissioners approved the moratorium on new…

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Ocean Ridge: Lucibella felony trial reset for Jan. 28

By Steve Plunkett



Former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella has rebuffed “multiple offers” to settle felony charges against him without going to trial, his prosecutor said.

“Just so the record’s clear, what was the offer? Was it rejected? I mean, just trying to understand,” Circuit Judge Daliah Weiss asked at a status hearing Sept. 5.

“There were multiple conditions that were bounced around back and forth,” Assistant State Attorney Danielle Grundt…

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Manalapan: Eau Palm Beach issues apology to black billionaire

By Mary Thurwachter



Officials at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Manalapan’s five-star destination, say Robert Johnson’s experience there — the one where he said he was humiliated when he tried to check in — was “just a misunderstanding.”

But when it happened, Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, didn’t see it like that.

Days after the encounter, Eau’s brass and Johnson worked out their differences over a cordial lunch at the resort.…

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Delray Beach: Budget passes with slight tax rate drop

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach city commissioners approved a $134.5 million budget for the 2019 financial year in late September.

The approved tax rate is $6.97 per $1,000 of taxable value, a decrease of 1.6 percent from the budget year that just ended. But property owners likely will see increased tax bills because property values rose. An owner of a $300,000 home with a $50,000 homestead exemption will pay about $7 more for city taxes.

The budget includes…

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Editor's Note: Problems we’ve created in nature won’t solve themselves

If you are just returning from your summer in cooler climes, welcome back.

There are a few things you should know as you return:

We’ve had massive amounts of seaweed wash up on our beaches most of the summer. No one is sure where it’s coming from, but some scientists suspect a changed ocean current is moving it into the Gulf Stream from Brazil.

Because of high water levels in Lake Okeechobee, the Army Corps of Engineers has…

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Coastal Star: A brush with drunken-driving death uncorks a life of helping millions

Tony Allerton of Delray Beach directs the Crossroads Club, which helps people beat addictions. A coin reminds him of the day he stopped drinking (below). Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Delray Beach: City improves insurance-rating class

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach has another bragging right.

Its Fire-Rescue Department worked to improve the Insurance Service Office rating from a 2 to a 1 in areas it serves.

Fire Chief Neal de Jesus told the City Commission on Oct. 2 that the Fire Department was evaluated on nine criteria, including personnel training and age of the equipment.

“Property owners will have to request…

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Delray Beach: Watch out for witches riding around downtown Delray

Last year, the Witches of Delray ride had one group with a Lily Pulitzer theme. This year, participants will ride through the city on Oct. 27 wearing black and purple. Photo provided

By Rich…

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