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August 2017 Blog Posts (116)

State press group gives ‘Coastal Star’ 10 awards

    The Coastal Star earned five first-place awards, three seconds and two thirds in the Florida Press Association’s Better Weekly Newspapers competition.

    First place-honors went to Scott Simmons, Jerry Lower, Tracy Allerton and Steve Plunkett for overall graphic design; to Hiram Henriquez for a two-page informational graphic on lionfish; and to Steve Plunkett in the local government reporting category for a story about the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District’s…

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Delray Beach: Updated development rules emphasize preserving shade trees

By Jane Smith



    Delray Beach is on its way to living up to its brand of being a safe haven for trees.

    In early August, the Delray Beach City Commission unanimously approved an updated tree ordinance making preservation the No. 1 priority.

    “If there is a specimen tree on site, we want developers to plan around that tree rather than disregard that tree in their plans,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said Aug. 2. “It comes back to: Are we penalizing enough…

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Along the Coast: Eau threatens to sue over South Palm groin plan

By Dan Moffett



    In a sharply worded letter, an attorney for the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa has warned South Palm Beach Mayor Bonnie Fischer that the town can expect a lawsuit if it goes forward with plans to install groins on its beach.

    West Palm Beach attorney Gregory Coleman said that the resort shares the concerns of Manalapan officials that using groins in the South Palm shoreline stabilization project will disrupt the natural flow of sand and…

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Editor’s Note: Grateful for vacation

    We went on vacation.

    That may not sound like much to you, but for the “family” behind a family newspaper it’s a big, big deal. It’s not often we have the chance to take a break from our monthly production schedule.

    We couldn’t have done it without the able assistance of our key editorial and production assistants. They worked hard while we were traversing the Pacific Northwest in search of the totality of the solar eclipse, and their competence made returning to the…

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Coastal Star: Boca construction mogul has built a reputation as a philanthropist

Mike Kaufman at last year’s Mayor’s Ball. Photo by Gina Fontana

By Rich Pollack

    

    Were it not for his inability to grasp college chemistry, Mike Kaufman might have become an athletic trainer for a…

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Letter to the Editor: Visions of snorkeling over South Palm Beach

    Once again we are talking about beach sand and how what one town does affects others. There is no doubt at all that the groins South Palm wants to build will prevent some sand from reaching points south. Not being a lawyer, I have no clue whether other towns have a right to that sand, which may or may not actually wind up on their shores.

    We better get used to this. I have seen severe erosion along our coast since the ’60s when A1A was washed out in north Delray Beach. For the…

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South Palm Beach: Five-story Town Hall proposed

By Dan Moffett



    Architect Steven Knight gave the South Palm Beach Town Council a conceptual drawing of what a new Town Hall might look like.

    Now it’s up to the council and their constituents to decide whether to go forward and spend up to $6 million to replace their aging building.

    Knight, of Alexis Knight Architects in West Palm Beach, presented council members a larger, taller and thoroughly more modern alternative to their current building…

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Gulf Stream: Town to county: Pay for IG yourself

By Steve Plunkett



    The town is on record that it still wants no part of paying for the county’s Inspector General Office.

    In a resolution passed Aug. 11, Gulf Stream commissioners said they do not support contributing town tax dollars to pay for the countywide IG program “since Gulf Stream residents already pay for and support the program through payment of their county taxes.”

    County voters in November 2010 approved a referendum creating the…

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Ocean Ridge: P&Z board approves plan to improve inlet park

By Dan Moffett

     County parks and recreation officials have been trying for years to put together enough money to give a much-needed overhaul to Ocean Inlet Park Marina at the Boynton Inlet.

     With a boost from the penny sales tax increase voters approved in November and some government grant money, a $6 million renovation plan is finally moving forward.

     The bad news is that it’s moving very slowly.

Eric Call, the Palm Beach County director of…

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Briny Breezes: Big changes afoot in Briny

By Dan Moffett



    The Briny Breezes Town Council is moving forward with two changes that will significantly restructure the way the town has conducted business throughout its 54-year history.

    For one, the council voted 4-1 during its Aug. 24 meeting to create the position of part-time town manager, a move that would end Briny’s status as the only municipality in Palm Beach County — and probably the state — without some type of executive…

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Ocean Ridge: Ocean Ridge plans to beef up Police Department

Plans for license tag cameras still on hold

By Dan Moffett



    Ocean Ridge town commissioners have decided to add two patrol officers and a dispatcher to their Police Department to deal with the growing stream of beach visitors from across the bridge.

    A 6 percent increase in the town’s taxable property values from 2016 makes the police expansion possible, though commissioners and…

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Delray Beach: Hudson Holdings project on hold

By Jane Smith

    

    The developer of Midtown Delray Beach was able to put its appeals on hold while it creates a new site plan for the proposed project.

    The Delray Beach City Commission granted the stay in early August.

    Under city rules, the developer had to ask for the stay within 10 days of the appeal hearing.

    Because of the way the City Commission arranged its meetings, the stay was heard on Aug. 2. The appeals of the Historic…

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Delray Beach: Ideas take shape for development around proposed Tri-Rail Coastal Link

By Jane Smith

    

    Want to see the roof of the Old School Square garage turn into a disco at night?

    That activity was proposed after a weeklong charrette on transit-oriented development, made possible by a $141,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The…

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Aug. 21, 2017: Total eclipse was a sight for the nation

For those lucky enough to travel to the totality and to get clear skies, the eclipse was a stunning event. While in Salem, Ore., Coastal Star Publisher Jerry Lower photographed an every 10-minute exposure to create this time-lapse image.…

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Delray Beach: City moving forward on Atlantic Avenue parking meters

By Jane Smith

    

    After more than 10 years of discussion, city leaders are inching their way toward paid street parking in downtown Delray Beach.

    In mid-August, the five city commissioners each presented their wishes for downtown parking on Atlantic Avenue between Swinton Avenue and the Intracoastal Waterway. After more than an hour of discussion, here’s what they decided:

    • Parking will be free but limited to two hours on Atlantic Avenue,…

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Along the Coast: County bans balloons from its beach parks

    Planning an event at a county beach?

    Leave the balloons behind; as of Sept. 1, they’re banned at 11 Palm Beach County-operated beachfront parks.

    “I think anytime we can limit the amount of plastics, including balloons, is a good thing,” said Leanne Welch, manager of the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, which takes in and rehabilitates injured and sick sea turtles. “I applaud the county for taking this step.”

    The county implemented the ban in an effort to…

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Delray Beach: Donation to pay for new beach gazebos

By Jane Smith



    New gazebos on the north and south ends of Delray Beach’s municipal beach will soon be constructed with a $40,000 donation from the Lattner Family Foundation.

    The promenade contractor will build them for the city, Project Manager Missie Barletto said. The gazebos will use the same footprint as the current structures, she said.

    The beach promenade work is progressing, Barletto said, moving north of Thomas Street to Beach Road. The…

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Lantana: The Bard of The Carlisle

Gerson Fabe shows some of his works at The Carlisle Palm Beach. He shares a new poem daily with his fellow residents. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

Poet sets reality and romance to…

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Lantana: New beach parking kiosks promise to be more precise

By Mary Thurwachter



    Relief is coming for those frustrated with getting the parking kiosks to work efficiently at the Lantana Municipal Beach. The Town Council at its Aug. 14 meeting agreed to spend $18,871 for three new kiosks.

    “The ones we have aren’t working to our liking,” Mayor Dave Stewart said. “We’ve been testing new ones and there have not been any issues.”

    Town Manager Deborah Manzo said the two parking kiosks at the beach were becoming…

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Lantana: Town says no to paying for Chamber’s awning

By Mary Thurwachter



    The Lantana Town Council turned down Chamber of Commerce President Dave Arm’s request to split the cost of a new awning for the Chamber’s home, a town-owned building at 212 Iris Ave.

    Council members, at the Aug. 28 meeting, said the town should not pay anything for the awning, a $1,500 project, since maintenance of the building, according to the 2013 contract, is the responsibility of the Chamber of Commerce.

    The Chamber…

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