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February 2018 Blog Posts (83)

Delray Beach: St. Pat’s parade celebrates 50 years



ABOVE: Parade founder Maury Power and Dennis Gallagher with Porkchop the…

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Along the Coast: Buzz grows as Publix, new residences near finish

By Dan Moffett and Mary Thurwachter

Up and down the coastal communities, from the condo walls of South Palm Beach, to the mobile homes of Briny Breezes, to the old polo homes of Gulf Stream, a common question resonates from neighbor to neighbor.

“When is that Publix going to open in Manalapan?”

No one has heard it more than Stephanie Young, the marketing director for Manalapan’s Plaza del Mar, where a $10 million renovation is nearing completion, anchored by…

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Coastal Star: Kitchen heat doesn’t disturb history-minded baker

John Miller prepares a Key lime pie with his sons Luke, 13, and Jack, 15, at their Delray Beach home. The boys’ brownies won first place at last year’s Real Men Bake. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Along the Coast: Cities at odds with state on controlling vacation rentals’ growth

By Mary Hladky

Steve Homrich watched with growing unease over three nights as young people arriving for parties at his neighbor’s home left rubber on the road while doing doughnuts on his street.

Then Friday night rolled around.

“My wife said, ‘Oh my God, look out the window,’ ” he said. “Groups of 10 and 20 kids were walking down the street to the house. They kept coming. My wife stopped counting at 300.”

That night’s party in June was big — with…

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Five candidates compete for two commission seats: Seat 3

The mayor, elected every three years, presides over a board of four commission members who are elected to three-year alternating terms. This year, Seat 2 became open when Jim Chard resigned to run for the No. 5 mayoral seat. William Bathurst is running unopposed for the remaining two years on Seat 2. Seats 1 and 3 and the mayor’s Seat 5 are up for grabs March 13.  — Steven J. Smith…

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Boynton Beach: Town Square figures on near horizon

By Jane Smith



The big reveal for Town Square will come March 13.

That’s when Boynton Beach staff will unveil the final cost to residents and the prices the city-owned parcels will fetch from developers to build apartments, a hotel and a public parking garage, City Manager Lori LaVerriere told city commissioners on Feb. 20.

At the same meeting, commissioners approved changing the land use and rezoning of seven city-owned parcels in the 16-acre Town Square…

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Boynton Beach: Josie’s gets reprieve to remain when Riverwalk is redeveloped

By Jane Smith



The Riverwalk Plaza redevelopment is on hold at the southeast corner of Federal Highway and Woolbright Road in Boynton Beach.

The owner of Josie’s Ristorante in the plaza is jubilant that the owner, Isram Realty, will let the restaurant stay in its place at the northern edge of the 9.8-acre complex. Riverwalk sits south and west of the Woolbright Road Bridge.

“I met with him last week,” owner Stephanie Setticasi said in mid-February. “He…

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Delray Beach: Two commissioners square off to be mayor

Mayor Cary Glickstein, the incumbent, is not running. Vice Mayor Jim Chard, the incumbent in Seat 2, has resigned that seat to run for the No. 5 mayoral seat against contender Shelly Embler Petrolia, whose term on Seat 1 has expired.  — Steven J. Smith

Seat 5…

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Editor’s Note: How we approach election coverage

It’s election season. Learn about your candidates and be sure to vote.

I wish it were that simple. It never is. This year the battles are already heating up and the mud of misinformation is getting thick. As a result, I’d like to clarify a few things about The Coastal Star:

• We don’t do candidate endorsements. Never have. Never will.

• This month there are campaign signs in front of our office. We didn’t put them there. Our landlord has allowed them and we made it…

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Five candidates compete for two commission seats: Seat 1

The mayor, elected every three years, presides over a board of four commission members who are elected to three-year alternating terms. This year, Seat 2 became open when Jim Chard resigned to run for the No. 5 mayoral seat. William Bathurst is running unopposed for the remaining two years on Seat 2. Seats 1 and 3 and the mayor’s Seat 5 are up for grabs March 13.  — Steven J. Smith…

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South Palm Beach: Council members reconsidering participation in groin project

By Dan Moffett

After 12 years of planning, lobbying and debate, South Palm Beach Town Council members say they’re now having second thoughts about staying in a county project to install concrete groins in the hope of stabilizing the town’s eroding beaches.

“This is turning out to be a long project to the answer ‘no,’ ” Mayor Bonnie Fischer said. “We’re just being realistic here. I think it’s about time we looked into something else.”

Until expressing her…

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Manalapan: Town to crack down on water utility violations

By Dan Moffett

After receiving the results of an inspector general’s audit in February, Manalapan is moving forward with 21 recommended changes to tighten billing procedures and improve the internal controls of the town’s water utility department.

Palm Beach County’s Inspector General Office examined the utility’s operation during the 2016 fiscal year and cited seven findings that could use corrective action from the town.

The draft audit found no serious…

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Along the Coast: Cities continue push for rail line safety

By Jane Smith

As Brightline runs its express passenger rail service between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, safety problems recur at grade crossings.

To improve safety, coastal South County cities continue to add quad-crossing gates that meet in the middle to most of the train crossings along the FEC tracks. Once that work is complete, elected bodies could petition the Federal Railroad Administration to have FEC and Brightline trains not blow horns in their…

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Delray Beach: Consultant depicts vision of world-class downtown

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach has a thriving downtown that is the envy of cities nationwide. With some changes, the city could create “a world-class shopping district” that is sustainable through recessions, said Robert Gibbs, an urban design consultant.

Hired by the city’s Downtown Development Authority, Gibbs gave city commissioners the draft results of what he called a “Shopability Analysis” on Feb. 20.

He focused on Atlantic Avenue between the interstate…

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South Palm Beach: Six candidates running to fill three council seats (Jordan, LeRoy and McMillan)

In South Palm Beach, six candidates have qualified for the March ballot for three open seats on the Town Council — including two incumbents. Two of the open seats are for full two-year terms and the other — held by Lucille Flagello, who was appointed last fall — is for one year. Town Clerk Maylee De Jesús said the two highest vote-getters will win the two full-term seats and the candidate who finishes third will claim the one-year seat. — Steven J.…

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Ocean Ridge: Three candidates vie for two commission seats

Ocean Ridge has three candidates running for two open seats on the Town Commission, both with three-year terms. Following the election, commissioners will determine among themselves who will replace Geoff Pugh as mayor and James Bonfiglio as vice mayor. — Steven J. Smith…

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Delray Beach: Seven candidates vie for three seats on commission

Two commissioners square off to be mayor | RESULTS

Five candidates compete for two commission seats:…

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South Palm Beach: Six candidates running to fill three council seats (Gottlieb, Hall and Hall)



In South Palm Beach, six candidates have qualified for the March ballot for three open seats on the Town Council — including two incumbents. Two of the open seats are for full two-year terms and the other — held by Lucille Flagello, who was appointed last fall — is for one year. Town Clerk Maylee De Jesús said the two highest vote-getters will win the two full-term seats and the candidate who finishes third will claim the one-year seat. — Steven J.…

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South Palm Beach: 3 open seats, 6 candidates, 2 stalled projects

Six candidate running to fill three council seats: Gottlieb, Hall and Hall | Jordan, LeRoy and McMillan |…

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Boca Raton: Keep working on Wildflower, council tells consultant

By Steve Plunkett

Improvements to Wildflower, South Beach, Spanish River, Palmetto Dune and Red Reef parks will cost $9.6 million to $13.3 million, the city’s waterfront parks consultant says.

The estimates do not include possibly buying another 0.7 acre at the Wildflower site, Kona Gray, with consultant EDSA Inc., said. They also omit the costs of refurbishing Rutherford and Lake Wyman parks, which are a separate project, and developing Ocean Strand, which…

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