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January 2018 Blog Posts (66)

Gulf Stream: O’Boyle withdraws proposed settlement

By Steve Plunkett

The public records war between the town and Martin O’Boyle rages on; Gulf Stream’s litigious resident withdrew a proposed settlement before town commissioners could consider it.

The proposal, which O’Boyle had signed, would have dismissed nine of 11 court cases between him and Gulf Stream. A lawsuit over police radio transmissions that an appellate court recently upheld in O’Boyle’s favor was excluded, as was an O’Boyle lawsuit seeking “all…

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Boynton Beach: Boynton reaches for the heights

Village atmosphere giving way to high-rise future

Related stories: Boca Raton's …

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Coastal Star: Mom teaches daughter joy of helping others as they volunteer for AVDA together

Barbara Rodriguez works at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa (above) and lives in Highland Beach. With AVDA, she helps to throw parties for children at shelters. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Gulf Stream: Cost of town’s lawsuit loss is next phase of dispute

By Steve Plunkett



Town resident Martin O’Boyle appears to have won his first public records lawsuit against Gulf Stream, but whether it will cost the town $650,000 or only $10,000 is yet another dispute.…

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Delray Beach: Old School Square nominated for national historic designation/registration

By Jane Smith



Delray Beach will soon be able to boast that it has two historic districts on the National Register.

The Old School Square Historic District, with 119 contributing structures, received unanimous approval Nov. 30 from the Florida National Register Review Board. The application was sent in mid-December to the Keeper of the National Register in the National Park Service in Washington, D.C.

It will take about 60 days for the keeper and the…

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Editor’s Note: Embarking on 2018 with lyrical hopes

It’s a new dawn

It’s a new day

It’s a new life

For me

And I’m feeling good

I’m feeling good





The often-recorded song Feeling Good is in my iTunes mix as 2018 begins.

Nina Simone’s 1965 version charted decades later when heard in a Volvo commercial, and Michael Bublé’s 2005 cover has been used…

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Briny Breezes: Big changes ahead for town administration

By Dan Moffett

After months of often contentious debate, Briny Breezes is entering the new year with major changes to the town’s leadership and government structure.

For the first time in its 55-year history, Briny will have a town manager. Council members unanimously approved a contract…

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Along the Coast: Boca wins sand dispute with down-drift town

By Steve Plunkett

The next time Boca Raton dredges the hazardous ebb shoal in the Boca Raton Inlet, it will be allowed to deposit the sand north of the inlet instead of south.

Hillsboro Beach, the town just south of Deerfield Beach in Broward County, blocked such a transfer in March, complaining to the state that the proposed placement ran counter to the natural flow of sand, robbing it of needed material for its eroded beaches and endangering sea turtle…

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South Palm Beach: New manager familiar with town

By Dan Moffett

After two failed attempts at hiring a town manager they could work with, South Palm Beach council members decided to bring onboard a known quantity from right next door.

With a unanimous vote of approval Dec. 19, the council forged a five-year contract with longtime Atlantis…

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Along the Coast: Home rule: Locals fret about state bills’ reach

By Rich Pollack  

When the state Legislature begins its 60-day regular session this month, lawmakers will consider a wide range of proposed bills, many of which have already drawn the attention of concerned local government leaders.  

Among the bills proposed so far is one that would prevent a local government from prohibiting back-in parking in parking garages.  

Another bill would require local governments to respond to public questions at…

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Ocean Ridge/Boynton Beach: Boynton explores oceanfront dog park

By Jane Smith



Should dogs be allowed on the beach at Oceanfront Park?

In early December, Boynton Beach Mayor Steven Grant suggested residents answer that question in an online survey. Then, city leaders would learn whether their residents want to push forward with creating a stretch of beach for dogs.

Grant, a dog owner, is in favor of creating a dog beach with limited hours and that uses a permit system to ensure the dogs are current on their shots. He…

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To Korea, with love: South County residents send care packages to one of their own near DMZ

Capt. Christopher Colletta of Delray Beach takes a selfie as members of his Army tank unit open some of the Project Holiday boxes sent from Delray Beach to Camp Casey in South Korea. Photo provided

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Delray Beach: New lifeguard towers coming to Delray’s beach

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach will soon have eight new lifeguard towers to match the recently finished $3.1 million promenade upgrade at the Municipal Beach.

City commissioners approved spending about $126,000 per tower by a 4-1 vote Dec. 11. The total cost of $1.2…

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Manalapan: Proposed beach project won’t hurt town, county managers tell commissioners

By Dan Moffett

Manalapan town commissioners and Palm Beach County environmental managers got to meet face-to-face and discuss the controversial beach groin project that threatens to provoke border wars with neighboring communities.

Manalapan Mayor Keith Waters told the environmental officials he wants assurances that the seven groins the county wants to install in South Palm Beach won’t end up stealing sand that belongs in Manalapan.

“What I’m looking for in…

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Gulf Stream: Mayor seeks new look at ‘discouraged’ design elements

By Steve Plunkett

A request to paint garage doors black has Gulf Stream trying to discover the best way to keep design elements on its “discouraged” list from showing up in town.

The town’s architectural guidelines allow certain features, prohibit some and discourage others. A project can have as many as three discouraged items and still win approval.

Mayor Scott Morgan said the distinction has bothered him ever since his days on Gulf Stream’s Architectural…

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Lantana: Water main replacement to begin on S. Atlantic Drive

By Mary Thurwachter

Hypoluxo Island residents can expect to see workers on South Atlantic Drive during the next few months as a water main replacement project for fire protection takes place.

At the Dec. 11 Lantana Town Council meeting, council members approved a $958,842 contract with Intercounty Engineering Inc., the lowest of three bidders for the work. The project is expected to begin in January and be completed in four months.

Mayor Dave Stewart said,…

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Gulf Stream: Town moves quickly to improve Polo Drive drainage

By Steve Plunkett

Often-flooded Polo Drive will get a new catch basin to drain the low-lying roadway to the Intracoastal Waterway in the coming months.

Town Manager Greg Dunham urged town commissioners Dec. 8 to seize the opportunity to install a storm sewer pipe at the southern border of 3140 Polo Drive while a house is being built to minimize disruption to the future homeowners.

The first step was to hire engineers to design and get permits for a 139-foot…

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Delray Beach: Contract OK’d for water/sewer/irrigation project

By Jane Smith



The Delray Beach City Commission unanimously awarded a $4.1 million contract to Lanzo Construction of Deerfield Beach to cover a new water and sewer system, some drainage improvements and reclaimed-water hookups on the barrier island.

The streets receiving the upgrade are Lewis Cove Road, Brooks Lane, White Drive, Rhodes Villa Avenue and Del Haven Drive. The contract was approved at the Dec. 11 meeting.

The city will hold a public outreach…

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Ocean Ridge: Town takes on Inlet Cay flooding problems

By Dan Moffett

Residents of Inlet Cay in Ocean Ridge may soon have some clear answers about the chronic drainage problems that have plagued their island community for decades.

In December, town commissioners gave their blessing to a two-part plan to diagnose and treat the worsening issues with floods. They turn driveways into wading pools during king tides and heavy rainfalls.

First, the commission approved a contract with Higgins Engineering Inc. to study…

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Delray Beach: City is first in Florida to challenge drugmakers

By Jane Smith

On Dec. 21, Delray Beach became the first Florida government entity to sue major drugmakers and wholesalers for their roles in causing the opioid epidemic playing out on its streets, officials said.

Its federal lawsuit joins others filed by nearly 200 cities, counties and states nationwide. Palm Beach County and scores of Florida cities and counties are expected to file similar lawsuits.

“The city has done as much as possible, without further…

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