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July 2010 Blog Posts (27)

Manalapan Mayor Gerrard resigns

By Tim O’Meilia



Manalapan Mayor Tom Gerrard resigned abruptly Wednesday, delivering a five-sentence resignation letter to town hall just before 5 p.m.



“Pressing family issues require that I spend extended amounts of time away from the town and the state,” he wrote in the letter.



Gerrard left Thursday for Big Sky, Montana where other members of his family live and where he has a…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 29, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

The Countdown to Lobster Mini-Season Begins!

It's here folks... in less than twelve hours, after the stroke of midnight, it's time to go a- hunting! With the crowd of divers, boats and measuring tape things can get crazy quick. Since there were four deaths last year, it's always a good idea to stay calm and review some safety tips. Boynton Beach dive boat Capt. John Allen warns the Palm Beach Post that it's just that panic that is deadly.

According to John Corbett with the Us Coast Guard, a…

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Added by Erika Kraft on July 27, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Manalapan: Memories crowd space Florida Stage leaves behind

See more photos from the final days at Plaza del Mar



By Hap Erstein


Ask Nancy Barnett, managing director…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Volunteers a crucial factor in safe boating

By Emily J. Minor



On a hot summer morning, the temperatures already topping the 80-degree mark at a little after 9 o’clock, key members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 54 have reported for duty.



Happily.…



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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

County begins training for oil spill clean up



By Antigone Barton



A break in the current that could carry oil from BP’s exploded Deepwater Horizon site from the Gulf of Mexico to these shores has added uncertainty to local response preparations.



But a plan for training that will enable…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Editorial: Bravo to Briny for police protection vote

“On this side of the bridge, people wave with all five fingers.”



I laughed out loud when Ocean Ridge Police Chief Chris Yannuzzi said this to help explain why his department was better suited to provide protection to Briny

Breezes at its June 24 town meeting.

After 25 years with the Boynton Beach police, he knew what he…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2010 at 12:36pm — No Comments

A Coastal Star: Helping Manalapan Library turn a new page





Maybe it’s because she was a reading teacher and librarian “in another life.”

Perhaps it’s because she wanted to give back to her small hometown of five

years.

Whatever the reasons, when Joan Bernstein was asked to lead a fundraising drive

to update and refurbish the Manalapan town library, she quickly agreed.

When she started in February, the goal was $75,000 to replace the…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2010 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Fuel shortage, pilot error cited in crash report

A twin-engine Cessna plane that hit the new Ocean Ridge Town Hall in July 2008 crashed because of a partial loss of engine power due to fuel starvation,

according to a National Transportation Safety Board report in June.



Contributing to the crash, the NTSB report said, was the pilot’s decision to add only a limited amount of fuel before the flight. The…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2010 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Along the Avenues: Weatherman Weagle tests pedals' mettle for American Red Cross

By Thom Smith

Heads turned. Hands waved. Horns honked.



Motorists and pedestrians from Sebastian to Boca Raton had no trouble recognizing the familiar cyclist during the first week of June.…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2010 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Gulf Stream: County pocket annexation issues plunge ahead





By Margie Plunkett



Residents of this usually quiet coastal area have lately raised an assertive voice on two separate issues, urging northern neighbor Gulf Stream to annex them and objecting to the latest development of the Sea Horse condominiums that includes a height much…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Briny Breezes: Ocean Ridge gets nod for police coverage



By Margie Plunkett



The Ocean Ridge Police Department will begin patrolling Briny Breezes in October after winning council’s unanimous support with last-minute contract concessions in its competition with current provider Boynton Beach Police Department.…



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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Lantana: Town seeks alternatives to closing sports complex

By Margie Plunkett



A dozen kids in sports uniforms fidgeted outside Lantana Town Hall on a night late in June, while many of the 118 residents crammed inside to voice fears that the town’s youth will likewise be left out because the town can’t afford to keep the Lantana Sports Complex open.…



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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: With money tighter, turtle nests go unmarked



By Thomas R. Collins



Faced with less federal money, and slashes to its own department budget, Palm Beach County has cut back on its surveying of sea turtle nests on a beach that had

been one of the most closely watched.



The stretch of…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Bird sanctuary vote coming

Ocean Ridge came a step closer to becoming a bird sanctuary with an ordinance Commissioners passed on first reading at the June 7 meeting.…



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Supreme Court ruling may have impact on beachfront owners' rights

By Kelly Wolfe



The U.S. Supreme Court in June affirmed a ruling that said when public money is used for beach re-nourishment, the beach then becomes publicly owned, despite

deeds indicating buyers owned the beach down to the high water mark.



The ruling is confusing to…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2010 at 11:52am — No Comments

South Palm Beach: New vote for charter change riles hotel proponents





By Tim O’Meilia



South Palm Beach voters may be asked to make a nearly irreversible decision on the future of the Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn this fall.



The Town Council voted 3-2 to consider placing a…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2010 at 11:50am — No Comments

Manalapan: Town commission delays vote on turtle lighting ordinance



By Margie Plunkett



Sea turtles will continue to nest in peace under county regulation after Manalapan commissioners put off voting until year’s end on a turtle lighting ordinance

that moves control to the town. The proposed ordinance is expected to be

resurrected after seasonal residents begin to…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2010 at 11:47am — No Comments

Delray Beach: Downtown parking study gets early approval









By Margie Plunkett



A recently released study of Delray Beach parking got a stamp of approval — in concept — by the city’s Parking Management Advisory Board, but the panel still

wants to discuss major areas of the proposal before it’s put into…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2010 at 11:45am — No Comments

Competitors vie for WXEL while listeners complain about sale

By Kelly Wolfe

Two competing nonprofits showed how they would revamp and re-energize WXEL public television and radio at a public forum June 29.



The Delray Beach-based Strategic Broadcast Media Group and the Community Broadcast Foundation are both interested in buying WXEL, despite…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2010 at 11:43am — No Comments

Know your water-sports safety vests



By Mike Readling



The summer has barely gotten under way and already there have been a couple of tragic deaths along the Intracoastal Waterway. Deaths that, with the most basic

of precautions, likely could have been avoided.



The United…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2010 at 11:39am — No Comments

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