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Boca Raton: Haynie files not guilty plea, asks for dismissal of charges

By Mary Hladky

Suspended Mayor Susan Haynie has pleaded not guilty to state corruption charges and asked that they be tossed out.

Bruce Zimet, Haynie’s new criminal defense attorney, filed the not guilty plea and demand for trial on May 20, two days after he asked that the criminal charges be dismissed. Haynie has denied the allegations.…


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South Palm Beach: Police Chief Carl Webb retires

By Dan Moffett

 South Palm Beach Police Chief Carl Webb has decided to retire from his position effective immediately, ending a 30-year career with the town.

 Webb, 64, went on a medical leave of absence in January, and officials said he chose to take the retirement he was planning instead of returning to the job.



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Along the Coast: Public or private? Line in sand unclear

The law may affect local beaches in decades to come, if rising sea levels change the line between wet sand, which is public access, and dry sand. The latter is not open to the public along areas of private property. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…


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Along the Coast: Boxing class helps patients fight Parkinson’s disease

Carol Myer takes classes at Beyond Fitness in an effort to slow the progression of Parkinson’s.Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Sallie James

Carol Myer was never much for exercise, but now the petite blonde boxes…


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Boca Raton: Haynie’s arrest scrambles council

Uncertain months ahead as deposed mayor faces corruption charges

By Mary Hladky

Over a dizzying two weeks in April, Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie was reprimanded and fined for ethics violations, arrested on state corruption charges, withdrew from the District 4 Palm Beach County Commission race and was suspended from office by Gov. Rick Scott.…


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Coastal Star: Through yoga, Boca woman found path to health and helping others

Lisa Rome Steiner practices yoga to help with her back pain. Here, she does the dancer’s pose under the eye of a Hindu deity. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

Were it not for severe back pain, Lisa Rome…


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Editor’s Note: A mom and a cat for life’s incredible journey

Mom loved animals. The first time I ever saw her cry was when the kitten she’d saved with every-three-hour eyedropper feedings was hit by a car as he strutted home from a week of tomcatting around the neighborhood.

I was a teenager.

One of the last times was when I stopped in Briny Breezes to pick her up for…


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Highland Beach: In surprise vote, town manager fired

By Rich Pollack

Just weeks after praising Town Manager Valerie Oakes’ performance and giving her a raise, Highland Beach town commissioners voted at their meeting May 1 to fire her, effective immediately.

In a 3-2 vote, with Mayor Carl Feldman and Commissioner Peggy Gossett-Seidman dissenting, commissioners agreed to terminate Oakes’ contract, which paid her a base of $139,000 a year plus benefits. …


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Manalapan: Plaza water tank surprises residents at La Coquille; town moves to hide it

The day after the Manalapan commission meeting on April 24, much of the south and east sides of the water tank had been concealed by a planting of areca palms. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

For two years,…


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Gulf Stream: Town learns it can finance water main project in-house

By Steve Plunkett

The town has enough money to replace its worst water mains and rebuild frequently flooded streets without raising taxes or borrowing money.

With help from Town Commissioner Paul Lyons, Gulf Stream finance administrator Rebecca Tew developed a 10-year budget for the capital improvement project that will leave residents with $4.9 million in reserves after the work is completed, down only about $580,000 from an expected $5.5 million cushion this…


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Along the Coast: Diversion of workers delays quiet zones for trains

By Jane Smith

Coastal residents who live near the FEC tracks will have until at least late June to continue listening to loud train horns from Brightline passenger trains and FEC freight trains.

In mid-April, Brightline said its subcontractor was diverted to Miami to complete safety upgrades before its train station would open there. That news meant the quiet zone work was delayed in five South County cities: Lantana, Hypoluxo, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and…


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Along the Coast: County planners devise U.S. 1 fixes

As part of its research of U.S. 1, the Transportation Planning Agency held walking workshops in Boca Raton and other cities. File photo by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

After more than a year of…


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Ocean Ridge: Busy year in Ocean Ridge for Boynton firefighters, EMS

By Dan Moffett

It seems certain that 2017 was a record-breaking year for calls from Ocean Ridge to the Boynton Beach Fire Rescue Department.

Just how big a record is not quite so certain.

Boynton Beach Fire Chief Glenn Joseph says his department responded to 292 calls for service from Ocean Ridge last year, a whopping 88 percent increase over the 155 calls in 2016.

Police Chief Hal Hutchins, Ocean Ridge’s top public safety official, thinks that number…


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Boynton Beach/Ocean Ridge: Boynton wants trial proposal to allow dogs on Oceanfront Park beach

By Dan Moffett and Jane Smith

With a 3-2 vote, Boynton Beach city commissioners approved exploring the possibility of opening Oceanfront Park to some level of dog use.

“I’d like to see some middle ground,” said Mayor Steven Grant, who cast a deciding vote at the city’s May 1 meeting. “Saying dogs get zero days a year doesn’t make sense to me.”

Grant says he wants staff to draft a proposal for limited use of the beach by dogs on a trial basis and to bring it…


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Along the Coast: Officials assess pedestrian, bike safety on bridges

Workers with Caltran Engineering Group finish mounting a pair of cameras on light poles just east of the Ocean Avenue Bridge in Ocean Ridge. The cameras will be used in a study of vehicle, bicycle and foot traffic. Jerry Lower/ The Coastal…


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Delray Beach: Commission formalizes takeover of CRA

By Jane Smith

City commissioners unanimously agreed to install themselves as their Community Redevelopment Agency board members.

The May 1 vote was a formality. The real work will begin May 7 when the commission meets as the CRA board. That’s when they will vote on the CRA agenda that includes a proposal by Redevelopment Management Associates.

The Pompano Beach-based firm is the CRA’s development consultant for three West Atlantic Avenue blocks. RMA was…


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Ocean Ridge: Lawyer’s injury stalls Lucibella trial date

By Emily J. Minor and Steve Plunkett

The trial of former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella will be scheduled a fifth time because Lucibella’s defense attorney, Marc Shiner, has a torn calf muscle.

Lucibella, who appeared in court April 25 but stayed seated and silent during a brief hearing before Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser, will come back May 24 to see if a new trial date can be set. It depends, Shiner law partner Heidi Perlet said, on Shiner’s…


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Delray Beach: City to return to use of barge for July 4th fireworks, says it’s safer than beach

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach’s fireworks will be set off from a barge offshore from the municipal beach this Fourth of July, City Manager Mark Lauzier said last month. The pyrotechnic show will no longer take place on the beach, as was done in recent years.

Lauzier planned to take the $30,000 barge rental cost from his contingency fund to safeguard Fourth of July attendees and the dunes on the beach from raining fireworks debris.

“It’s about risk to life,…


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Meet Your Neighbor: Jessie O’Neill

Jessie O’Neill, author of The Golden Ghetto, grew up in Gulf Stream and lives in coastal Delray Beach. Her grandfather served as U.S. defense secretary. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

Jessie O’Neill gained some…


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Gulf Stream: Town’s population hits 1,001 and counting

By Steve Plunkett

Without any fanfare, Gulf Stream has leapt from being a three-digit hamlet, population-wise, to a robust four-digit seaside burb.

The latest figures from the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research, for 2017, show the town has 1,001 residents. A year earlier it said Gulf Stream residents numbered 998.

“We’re just taking off,” Town Manager Greg Dunham joked.

The town’s official website still broadcasts the 2013…


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