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August 2017 Blog Posts (54)

Highland Beach: Walkway makeover recommended

The path runs the length of Highland Beach on the west side of A1A and needs repairs. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack



    Highland Beach’s aging 3-mile walking path could become safer, more attractive and even more durable…

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Boca Raton: Major overhaul coming to Royal Palm Place

ABOVE: The initial mixed-use building is proposed to front on Federal Highway. BELOW: A later phase of the project is planned for the northeast section of the property. Renderings provided…

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Highland Beach: License tag scanners installed

Universal Electric of Florida employee Barry Bowman installs a permanent license plate recognition camera along A1A in Highland Beach on July 13. The scanners are an important way for the police to find stolen cars and catch up with people who have expired licenses or active…

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Highland Beach: Town starting with same tax rate, but could still lower it

By Rich Pollack



    As town property values rise to a record high, Highland Beach residents are likely to see their tax rate drop for the third consecutive year.

    Town commissioners late last month set a maximum operating tax rate for the 2017-2018 fiscal year of $3.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value, the same rate as the current fiscal year.

    Commissioners, however, gave every indication they would lower the rate before determining a final…

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Boca Raton: Study confirms need for more downtown parking

By Mary Hladky



    Efforts to build a downtown parking garage are bolstered by a new study that finds Boca Raton needs more public parking.

    The peak demand area around Mizner Park needs 108 more parking spaces now, and that number will grow to as many as 150 by 2020, according to the study by Kimley-Horn and Associates. By 2040, as many as 350 more will be needed.

    Kimley-Horn collected parking data March 30-April 1 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Demand…

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Boca Raton: Boca Airport Customs office opening delayed until October

Workers tend to the outside and driveway of the new Customs Office in late July. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack



    A new U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility will soon be opening its…

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Boca Raton: Council requests more changes for Mizner 200

Critics have complained that Mizner 200 is too large and would obstruct sunlight and views for adjacent buildings. Rendering provided

By Mary Hladky



    Boca Raton City Council members have demanded yet another…

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Boca Raton: Neighbors shoot down consultant’s initial ideas for Ocean Strand

Proponents of a park for the beachfront parcel are happy to see plans being offered, but some critics think this plan proposes too many options. Rendering provided by the City of Boca Raton

By Steve Plunkett



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Boca Raton: City adding, promoting electric car charging stations

By Sallie James



    Driving an electric car makes sense in so many ways: no gasoline costs, no toxic emissions, and one of the quietest rides around. But access to a charging station is essential if the battery runs low.

    For Boca Raton residents, that worry may soon be a thing of the past.

    In the spirit of “going green,” council members recently proposed that new multifamily dwellings such as apartments and condominiums put chargers in their parking…

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Boca Raton: Group fighting second proposed residence on undeveloped stretch of beach

ABOVE: The ultra-modern four-story duplex could feature wide open glass exposure on the beach side. BELOW: The side facing A1A would have access to the four-car garage. Renderings provided…

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Boca Raton: Proposed budget lowers tax rate while increasing fire fee

By Sallie James



  Property taxes will hold the line if city officials approve the proposed tax rate for 2017-2018.

  However, residents could be asked to pay $125 for the city’s fire services fee, up from the current $105.

  City Manager Leif Ahnell proposed a tax rate of $3.6788 per $1,000 of assessed property value at the July 25 council meeting. The rate is slightly lower than last year’s rate of $3.6789.

  Under the proposed tax rate, the owner of a…

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Boca Raton: Holiday displays could be banned in Sanborn Square

By Sallie James



    The Boca Raton City Council July 25 introduced an ordinance that would ban the practice of allowing private individuals or entities to place “unattended, expressive installations, displays, exhibits and similar objects” in Sanborn Square during the winter holiday season.

    Chalk up the proposal as a win for at least one Palm Beach County resident.

    “I think religion poisons everything,” said Preston Smith, a middle school teacher…

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Boca Raton: Park district commissioners assail city’s funding request, set preliminary tax rate

By Steve Plunkett

    

    The short era of the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District’s rubber-stamping the city’s proposed parks budget appears to be over.

    Craig Ehrnst, one of the district’s new commissioners, led the first assault. The city wants $16.9 million in the coming year to operate and maintain district parks and Boca Raton’s Red Reef Park and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, up from $15.6 million it expects to spend this year.

    “We…

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Along the Coast: Will our next beach renourishment use Bahamian sand?

Florida (left) may import sand from the Bahamas for use in beach renourishment. The light blue areas of this satellite image show the shallow bottom around the Bahamas. Photo by NASA…

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Obituary: Dr. Samuel S. Stephenson III

By Emily J. Minor



    BOCA RATON — Dr. Samuel S. Stephenson III, who picked up his wife and two small children in 1968 to move to Florida and help lead a fairly new college called Florida Atlantic University, died June 21 in hospice care. He was 93.

Born in Manhattan in New York on…

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Along the Coast: Manalapan vows to fight South Palm Beach sand retention plan

Related Story: Will our next…

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Delray Beach: Hudson Holdings Properties

Hudson Holdings

The Delray Beach developer specializes in “bringing history back to life,” according to its website. Here’s a look at its properties outside Florida:



Louisville, Kentucky: Republic Building (built in 1912)  — Hudson paid slightly more than $3 million for it in summer of 2015; it has 11 stories and 62,370 square feet. Plans call for a boutique hotel with 110 rooms. JRA Architects filed a $143,470 lien in February. Status:…

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Gulf Stream: O’Boyle, town hit dead end on settlement talks

By Steve Plunkett

    

The legal battle between Gulf Stream and town resident Martin O’Boyle dragged on in July as O’Boyle conducted a 90-minute deposition in his home and his son filed a motion seeking a “6-foot pile” of documents in a New Jersey lawyer’s office.

    Jonathan O’Boyle filed a notice July 19 of his intention to subpoena Camden, N.J., lawyer David Sufrin to get copies of “any and all” documents between Sufrin and Robert Sweetapple, Gulf Stream’s…

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Delray Beach: Builder seeks to block historic designation for district

By Jane Smith

    

Hudson Holdings had its attorney write a warning letter to a state board, threatening to file an injunction unless it delayed the National Register review of the Old School Square Historic Arts District, said a principal of the Delray Beach developer.

    The Aug. 10 hearing will now be held Nov. 8, after the letter reached the Florida Historic Preservation Office in late July.

    “The application is flawed,” said Steven Michael, the…

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Delray Beach: Promenade progress shows in beach walkway

By Jane Smith

    

The beach promenade work is progressing, evidenced in the tricolor “waves” in the sidewalk on the southern half of the municipal beach.

    The street-side wave is tan concrete; the middle wave sports a chocolate brown color. The wave near the beach and under the shower fixtures has shells embedded in the tan concrete to prevent slipping.

    The contractor is about halfway finished with the $3.1 million promenade project in Delray Beach,…

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