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June 2017 Blog Posts (62)

Delray Beach: Historic Preservation Board says ‘No’ to Midtown project

By Jane Smith



The city’s Historic Preservation Board in late June turned down Midtown Delray Beach, a mixed-use project proposed by Hudson Holdings, in two 6-0 votes.

The board met for nearly eight hours over two days.

Midtown, at the southwest corner of Swinton and Atlantic avenues, is planned to include 35,049 square feet of retail, 22,525 square feet of restaurants, 21,872 square feet of office, 50 residential inn rooms and two hotels with 109…

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Manalapan: Demolition begins for Publix at Plaza del Mar

Construction crew members plan for the demolition of several buildings in the Plaza del Mar shopping center

to make room for construction of a Publix grocery. Businesses in the mall will remain open…

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Gulf Stream: O’Hare settles with town; could O’Boyle be next?

By Steve Plunkett

    

    Is the town’s barrel of litigation half-empty or half-full?

    Resident Chris O’Hare, who inundated Gulf Stream with expansive requests for public records, then sued the town when it did not quickly respond, in mid-June notified judges he was withdrawing the…

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Coastal Star: Boca philanthropist has a passion for helping people who are sick, poor

Isabelle Paul, the Florida Commander of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller Commandery,

has been a dutiful dame in the organization since she was knighted in 2005. She’s wearing the red and white…

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Manalapan: Town plans to keep taxes at current rate

    During a budget workshop on June 12, Manalapan commissioners tentatively agreed to maintain the current tax rate of $2.79 per $1,000 of taxable value for the 2017-18 fiscal year.  That’s roughly 5 percent above the projected rollback that would keep total tax revenues flat year-over-year.

    Mayor Keith Waters said the extra revenues are needed to make improvements to the Town Hall chambers and possibly to cover the legal expenses the town might have if it takes on the county and…

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Along the Coast: Towns urged to budget funds to revive fire study

By Steve Plunkett



    The barrier island-based Florida Coalition for Preservation wants Gulf Stream and its neighbors to budget money this summer to determine where to locate a new fire-rescue station and how much it would cost.

    “It’s important for you to understand that when you see your first budget … that we at least identify a possibility that we’ll be asking for some money from each of the towns on the barrier island,” said former Gulf Stream Vice Mayor…

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Letter to the Editor: Delray’s beach contractor keeps A1A traffic moving

    I am addressing the Editor’s Note, “Extra drive time a necessary nuisance this time of year,” that appeared in the June 2017 issue of The Coastal Star.

    Upfront, I totally agree with the opinion that most construction projects on the barrier island reflect necessary improvements to our transportation infrastructure. However, I am reacting to the comments concerning A1A in Delray Beach that seem to me to unfairly blame the MBR construction company, contractor on the beach…

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Delray Beach: Beach work will be delayed for Fourth of July festivities

By Jane Smith

    

    The rainy weather in the first half of June did not delay the contractor working on the promenade along Delray Beach’s municipal beach, a city staffer said.

    But the contractor has asked for a three-day extension because of the work shutdown over the Fourth of July weekend, said Missie Barletto, deputy program director in the Environmental Services Department.

    The city and the contractor plan to allow pedestrians full access for…

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Delray Beach: Veterans Park sea wall will be raised to deal with rising sea

By Jane Smith

    

    The height of the sea wall in Veterans Park will soon be raised to a uniform level and the two docks there rebuilt, after the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency agreed in late June to pay for the work.

    The agency could pay the estimated $643,700 cost during the current budget year from the savings of three items, said Thuy Shutt, assistant director.

    She told the board members that a less costly HVAC system was installed at…

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Delray Beach: City moves closer to metered parking on Atlantic Avenue

By Jane Smith

    

    Free parking along Atlantic Avenue west of the Intracoastal Waterway is about to become a thing of the past.

    Delray Beach city commissioners directed staff to look into installing meters along the avenue to increase turnover for retailers and restaurateurs, especially between Swinton Avenue and the Intracoastal bridge.

    “Because the spaces are free, employees park there all day,” said Dale Sugerman, assistant city manager, when…

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Manalapan: Commission to listen further about development idea for Ziff property

Mayor Keith Waters says a proposal to add a 60-room hotel and 70 condos to the 15-acre Ziff estate

would represent a seismic shift in the land use, planning and zoning of Manalapan. The lush vegetation…

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South Palm Beach/Manalapan: Manalapan to fight South Palm’s beach groin project

By Dan Moffett



    South Palm Beach thought its long-awaited beach stabilization project was finally about to get started when Palm Beach County commissioners voted early last month to accept the town’s easements and begin permitting.

    Then came some sobering news from a neighbor to the south.

    Manalapan Mayor Keith Waters said his town is committed to doing whatever it takes to see that the project never gets off the ground.

    “We’re going…

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County Pocket: County: No nude beach at Gulfstream Park

By Dan Moffett



    The running joke in Briny Breezes during the last month has been that the town might soon be able to score a huge windfall by investing in telescopes.

    A nudist group was pushing Palm Beach County to allow a clothing-optional beach at Gulfstream Park, just south of Briny Breezes. What an opportunity for Brinyites to cater to the needs of the throngs of curious onlookers that surely would be coming.

    But dreams of imminent…

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Editor's Note: How many warnings will nature give us?

    Along Florida’s east coast, sand drifts from north to south. Where it comes from and where it goes is ruled by wind and water.

    Sometimes our beaches feel wide and serene. At other times, finding a dry place to walk below a seawall is impossible.

    The ocean has a way of reminding us of nature’s power. Yet, for years we have built homes and condos on the dunes. Now, we search for ways to save them. We are caught in an intractable cycle of putting more sand down and…

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Briny Breezes: Town to shop around for less costly legal services

By Dan Moffett



    After hearing concerns about rising legal bills, the Briny Breezes Town Council has decided to seek “comparative proposals” for services from outside attorneys.

    The move comes in response to a growing number of complaints from residents about the size of recent payments to John Skrandel, who has served as town attorney since 2013.

    Ted Gross, the treasurer of the corporate board, and Mayor Jack Lee have been the loudest critics,…

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Delray Beach: City could seek CEO type as manager

    City commissioners will select a firm this month to search for a permanent city manager.

    Interim City Manager Neal de Jesus told Delray Beach commissioners in early June that he would serve through the upcoming budget cycle. That should give the commission enough time to find a new city manager, de Jesus said.

    City commissioners have talked about hiring a business executive, a chief executive officer, as the next city manager.

    “It’s not an easy town to run,”…

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Delray Beach: Commissioners select members for CRA board

    Architect Reggie Cox will serve another four years on the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency board.

    Three new members will join him: Morris Carstarphen, Annette Gray and Allen “Sandy” Zeller.

    It took two meetings to fill the four open seats because Commissioner Mitch Katz missed the first meeting due to a travel delay.

    Cox was Mayor Cary Glickstein’s CRA pick at the City Commission’s first June meeting.

    Vice Mayor Jim Chard and Deputy Vice Mayor…

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Lantana/Lake Worth: MPO workshop July 22 to study Federal Highway

    A public outreach campaign for the Palm Beach County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s multimodal study of the U.S.-1 corridor from Boca Raton to Jupiter continues with a workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 22 at the Lake Worth Art Center. The study focuses on potential improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and transit along the 42-mile stretch of U.S. 1, including Hypoluxo, Lantana and Lake Worth.

    The Saturday workshop, one of several held throughout the county, includes…

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Lantana: Police pension, sports complex expenses gobble up extra tax revenues

By Mary Thurwachter



    With an anticipated property tax revenue increase of $182,866 this year, Lantana Town Council members may have thought they’d be able to spend money on “want and wish list” items, including building a 6-foot wall to surround the town’s operation center, replacing a police motorcycle and adding a police officer, dispatcher and part-time assistant at the library.

    But the prospect of any of those things happening looks bleak, council…

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Swim safety: Boynton Beach Public Beach, Ocean Ridge – June 22

When rough seas kicked up by Tropical Storm Cindy made it impossible to offer entry-level instruction

as part of the ‘World’s Largest Swimming Lesson,’ Boynton Beach lifeguards decided to give young swimmers…

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