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May 2017 Blog Posts (73)

Gulf Stream: O’Hare may face sanctions over public records requests

By Steve Plunkett



Gulf Stream resident Chris O’Hare’s “bad faith conduct” in seeking hundreds of public records may leave him liable for the town’s hefty legal bill and even sanctions, a circuit judge decided.

In a case O’Hare filed against the town, Judge Thomas Barkdull III  said Gulf Stream did not unjustifiably delay its response to a public records request from O’Hare and his conduct bars the relief he sought, namely his own attorney’s fees and…

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Along the Coast: Sober homes regulation heads to governor's desk

By Jane Smith

Sober homes will finally be regulated under a House bill that is on its way to the governor.

The bill, passed unanimously by state representatives and senators, allows the Department of Children and Families to write the rules regulating sober homes.

“The legislation represents meaningful progress towards real regulation of an industry that has no real regulation, oversight or accountability, much to the detriment of vulnerable people it…

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Governor declares opioids a public health emergency

By Jane Smith

      Gov. Rick Scott declared a public health emergency May 3 over the opioid epidemic running rampant throughout the state.

      The declaration came after the fourth listening tour held in Duval County on May 3. The state workshops started May 1 in West Palm Beach, where many public speakers asked Scott to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency.

      By signing the emergency order, Scott is allowing communities to draw…

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Boca Raton: Planners OK hospital garage despite neighbors’ objections

By Sallie James



    Malka Cabral begged Boca Raton’s Planning and Zoning Board to reject plans to construct a 50-foot-high parking garage at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

    The proposed garage would overlook her home 100 feet from her property line. Lights and noise from the towering structure would keep her young son up at night and ruin area property values, she said.

    “There are other options to … grow this hospital that don’t have to impact our…

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Boca Raton: Little Free Libraries spread the love of reading

Isis and William O’Brien celebrate the grand opening of the Little Free Library outside their home.

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By Sallie James



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Highland Beach: Town agrees to hire magistrate to handle code enforcement

By Rich Pollack



    Should Highland Beach disband its Code Enforcement Board and use a special magistrate to hear cases?

    Would the town’s Beaches and Shores Committee become a club rather than an official board appointed by the Town Commission?

    Could the Financial Advisory Board benefit from having its objectives better defined?

    These are questions the Highland Beach Town Commission grappled with recently as it set out to determine if the…

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Highland Beach: Committee to recommend walking path changes

By Rich Pollack



    Town commissioners are hoping a few qualified residents can help them determine the look and scope of a long-discussed enhancement to Highland Beach’s walking path, which is more than 3 miles long.

    For years, town leaders have talked about enhancing the walking path, which runs along the west side of State Road A1A for the town’s entire length, with a streetscape plan. But no clear idea of what the revisions should look like has ever…

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Boca Raton: City consultant gathers input on plan for waterfront parks

Boca Raton residents brainstorm and write down ideas for the city’s waterfront properties

that they shared with the rest of the forum.…

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Obituary: John Sorrelli

By Rich Pollack



    HIGHLAND BEACH — Even after his second tenure as a Highland Beach commissioner came to an end in 2011, John Sorrelli always made it a point to stop by Town Hall as part of his morning routine.

    “It was his ritual,” said Beverly Brown, a former town clerk and town manager who worked closely with Mr. Sorrelli when he served on several boards as well as on the commission. “He would stop in the library, stop in Town Hall and stop in St. Lucy…

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Boca Raton: Council votes to shorten hours at 5 a.m. bars

    Too much noise and too many complaints are some of the reasons Boca Raton City Council members last month decided the city’s only 5 a.m. bars would have to close at 2 a.m. like all others.

    Nippers, at 1751 N. Military Trail, and the Blue Martini, at 6000 Glades Road, are in an area annexed in 2003. City officials at the time agreed to grandfather in existing businesses that served alcohol until 5 a.m.

    But residents in the nearby Via Verde neighborhood say music from the…

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Boca Raton: Boca Bash: Large police presence, short incident list

Boats jam Lake Boca Raton on April 30 during the sixth annual Boca Bash.

Police patrolled access points to limit non-boating traffic.…

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Along the Coast: On Camera

Delray brings new license plate

scanners to barrier island…

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Editor's Note: Safe walking seems little more than a pipe dream

    As I sit through city commission meetings, I keep hearing development proposals pitched citing a trend of buildings for millennials that won’t require the usual city-required parking allocations.

    City planners seem to love this concept. The younger generation doesn’t drive, they say. They’ll take Uber, Zipcars, bicycles, mass transit and other alternatives to get around. I hope they do. And I hope they don’t plan on walking.

    It’s not safe.

    Florida leads the…

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Coastal Stars: Dogs find forever love through temporary home

Ben and Mayra Stern of Highland Beach have fostered more than two dozen dogs of a variety of breeds

and sizes until the dogs are ready for their forever homes. The Sterns kept Cubby, whom they call their…

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Delray Beach: City grapples with costs, regulation of recovery industry

By Jane Smith



    Nearly 10 years after Delray Beach was dubbed “the recovery capital of America” by The New York Times, that branding still irritates some elected officials.

    “This leadership is not sitting idly by. We want to see that reputation diminish very quickly,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said at the April 18 City Commission meeting. …

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Delray Beach: City discusses taking over CRA board

By Jane Smith

                  Fed up with sloppy contracts and having to beg for taxpayer dollars, the Delray Beach City Commission will soon consider taking over its Community Redevelopment Agency board.

                  The final straw was the building naming policy the CRA board approved in late April.

                  On May 2, interim City Manager Neal deJesus asked city commissioners whether they wanted two naming policies in the…

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Along the Coast: Ideas emerge to reform $1B addiction industry

Related Stories: Governor declares opioids a public health emergencyDelray Beach grapples with costs, regulation of recovery industry | Sober homes …

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Manalapan: When 'Hurricane Xi' blew into town

Alternating Chinese and American flags acknowledge Chinese President Xi’s impending visit and help secure

the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa entrance. Workers later put fencing atop the concrete barriers.…

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Ocean Ridge: Town moves toward architectural style reviews

By Dan Moffett



    Ocean Ridge commissioners have given preliminary approval to an ordinance that authorizes the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission to review developments and consider architectural design and compatibility with neighborhoods.

    The proposed law allows the planning and zoning board to take on some functions similar to those of architectural committees in neighboring municipalities such as Gulf Stream and Manalapan.

    During site plan…

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Briny Breezes: Town delays decision on magistrate after residents’ outcry

More than 60 Briny Breezes residents, including speaker Joe Coyner, showed up at the April 27

council meeting to complain about a proposed ordinance that would create

a magistrate position to resolve…

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