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May 2013 Blog Posts (125)

Delray Beach: St. Paddy’s parade may end

Revelers enjoy their beer during this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Delray Beach. The city wants to ban alcohol from next year’s parade. Local businesses want to limit events such as the parade that closes Atlantic Avenue to traffic.…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 30, 2013 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Walk of Recognition: Royal Palm Place, Boca Raton – May 9

The annual Walk of Recognition, presented by the Boca Raton Historical Society, added new stars at a ceremony on May 9 under the Mizner statue at Royal Palm Place.  The new stars are for Mike Arts and Barbara and…

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Highland Beach: Neighbors hope latest condo plan succeeds

Tentative plans for the condo at 3200 S. Ocean Blvd. would call for 22 units.

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By Rich Pollack

    Highland Beach’s first new high-rise…

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Boca Raton: A new chapter for Boca library — New $9.5 million space is not just about books

Tarps cover benches to keep them dust-free in the new Boca Raton Library.…

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Gulf Stream: Dye hard at work on golf course overhaul

Pete Dye walks across a green at Gulf Stream Golf Club, where he is overseeing renovations. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Steve Pike



    Pete Dye took one hand off the steering wheel of…

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Along the Coast: Old school, cutting edge — Barbers happy to keep traditional shops

Vito Damiani, of Mr. Vito Men’s Hair Designers, gives a massage to Boca resident Jerry Martin.

Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Highland Beach looks ahead to beach restoration options

By Rich Pollack

    Although the signs of Hurricane Sandy are all but gone and overall the beach in Highland Beach is in good shape, town officials still might want to take steps now to offset potential weather damage in the future, a recent study concluded.

    The study, by Coastal Planning and Engineering at a cost of $15,158, found that the northern section of beach along the town’s 2.85 miles of coastline is doing well, thanks in large part to sand from Delray…

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Boca Raton: Memorial Day service

Members of the Boca Raton Community High School unit of the Navy Junior ROTC

stand at attention during a Memorial Day Observance at the Boca Raton City Cemetery.…

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Editor's Note: Summer offers opportunity for staff to take a breather, readers to meet neighbors

To everything there is a season.

Tourist season is over, sea turtle season has already started and hurricane season officially begins on June 1.  Must be summer.  

    This time of year our Coastal Star staff takes a bit of a breather and we scale back our production load. As a result, you’ll notice some changes in this month’s edition:  

Our Secret Gardens column takes a summer break.

    Our Pay It Forward philanthropy calendar merges into the Community Calendar.

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Boca Raton: Departing board member criticizes airport salaries

By Rich Pollack

    Minutes after being censured for violating bylaws, a member of the Boca Raton Airport Authority abruptly resigned, but not before raising questions about the salaries of airport staff, specifically the airport director.

    Dave Freudenberg, a former Boca Raton City Council member wrapping up his two-year term on the authority, told other members he began looking closely at the authority’s budget when the federal government announced it might stop…

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Coastal Star: Teen girls in forefront of businesswoman’s philanthropy

Jaana Moisio with (l-r) Caroline, 7, Lauren, 11, and Moisio’s husband, Tom Bennett. The girls have three piggy banks marked ‘save,’ ‘spend’ and ‘share.’ The ‘save’ money goes to the bank to pay for college and the ‘share’ goes to the Children’s Home…

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Boca Raton: Committee honors landscape excellence

Sea Ranch Club’s entrance is dominated by native sabal palms.

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By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley…

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Delray Beach: Local architect helps move Atlantic Crossing toward acceptance

By Tim Pallesen



The developer of Atlantic Crossing has hired veteran local architect Bob Currie to redesign the controversial project to win City Commission approval.

Commissioners approved 356 rental apartments on the East Atlantic Avenue property after heated debate last year.

The developer returns before the city this month to get approval for the project site plan and design.

“The difficult challenge with a project this scale is to find an approach…

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Along the Coast: Cities glad to make Corps list for beach restoration

By Cheryl Blackerby



    Officials in Boca Raton and Delray Beach were surprised and elated when they were notified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in early May that they will receive long-awaited restoration money for beaches damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

    Boca Raton will get $4.5 million, which will be used to restore 1.45 miles of the north beach.

    And Delray Beach will receive slightly less than that — $4.46 million — to renourish beaches north…

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Gulf Stream: Suit argues ‘unauthorized signs’ are protected speech

By Thomas R. Collins

    

That Tweedle Dee, that Tweedle Dum, that Ku Klux Klan-esque hood labeled “satire,” and a mule labeled “Mayor” on the side of Martin O’Boyle’s house?

    They’re “not just paint.”

    They’re constitutionally protected free speech, O’Boyle says. And he’s filed a federal lawsuit to keep town officials from making him paint over the cartoons.…

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Wayside House names executive director

After a nationwide search, the Wayside House board of directors has named Boca Raton resident Cathy Cohn as the agency’s new executive director. Cohn comes to Wayside House with nearly 30 years of experience in providing fiscal, strategic and…

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Boca Raton: Council, auditors take opposite sides on lunch meetings

By Steve Plunkett

    The City Council quickly disposed of $5,600 in questions the county Office of the Inspector General raised in an audit of city expenses.

    Council members voted unanimously that buying food for its three-day goal-setting sessions in May and its budget presentation to the Chamber of Commerce in August serves the public good.

    “As you know, the inspector general is going around the county inspecting things, and they have expressed a…

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Around Town: Doc’s pet project delivers food, cigars and a culture of jazz

By Thom Smith

     Boca entertainment has never been like this. Bob James and Fourplay one week, followed by Molly Ringwald, then Larry Carlton, with James returning with David Sanborn on June 20 and Steely Dan at the Mizner Park Amphitheater on Sept. 12. Just what the doctor ordered. …

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Boca Raton Women’s Club Installation of Officers: Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Boca Raton – May 6

Members of the Greater Federated Women’s Club, Boca Raton Chapter,

celebrated the installation of new officers and a unique designer fashion showing

at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Joining in the…

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Alzheimer’s Association Fundraiser: Boca Country Club, Boca Raton – March 14

Julia Vassalluzzo served as hostess for an event featuring shopping, hors d’oeuvres,

wine, entertainment and door prizes, all for the benefit of the organization’s

Southeast Florida…

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