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September 2009 Blog Posts (30)

Blessing of the Pets Planned at First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach

Get ready to commemorate our furry, feathered and finned friends! The First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach Board of Deacons is planning an exciting benefit for its scholarship fund that will be fun for the whole family including our four-legged family members!



Join us October 25th at 4:00pm in the church courtyard located at 33 Gleason Street, Delray Beach 33483 for a Blessing of the Pets worship service. Bring your pets for this… Continue

Added by Kim Winker on September 30, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Movin' on up!

The support of our readers and advertisers over the past 10 months has been truly inspiring.

Thank you.

As a result, The Coastal Star is taking a leap of faith and cracking open the piggy bank for some real office space — finally.

It's not very big, but the office is located in the geographic heart of our community. You'll find us nestled between Colby's Barbershop and Transition-Area Triathlon shop in that tiny commercial space that still exists on A1A in Ocean Ridge.

All… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 4, 2009 at 12:12pm — 2 Comments

Parish celebrates ‘new beginning’ after renovations, scandal

See more photos from the blessing



By Tim O’Meilia



When Roman Catholic Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito flicked a holy water sprinkler to bless the new chapel at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach, he had some divine assistance.

The skies opened and heaven’s own rain christened the Perpetual Adoration… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Towns wrestle with tough budget choices

By Margie Plunkett



Briny Breezes was the poster child of budget uncertainty this season. The only town in the county with increasing property values, Briny Breezes at the last minute more than tripled its proposed tax rate to cover its bases on rising expenses that were still unknown variables in its budget equation.

While Mayor Roger Bennett expects the town will adopt something much lower than its proposed 10.0 millage rate, it had to play it safe: There is little leeway in… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Embracing commercial, Lantana bucks U.S. 1 trend

By Thomas R. Collins



Mention the condition of U.S. 1 in Boynton Beach and Delray Beach to Lantana Town Manager Michael Bornstein, and it’s all he can do not to roll his eyes.

Such tall buildings. So many condos. Not enough tenants. Not enough good jobs created. In that respect, Lantana is preparing to be the anti-Boynton.

With so much residential space already crammed into the coastal areas, especially along U.S. 1, Lantana is turning in the opposite direction: Its idea for… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

A Coastal Star : Steven Leveen

By Ron Hayes



Steven Leveen always assumed he’d volunteer at some point with the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition.

As the co-founder and CEO of Levenger, the Delray Beach-based purveyors of “tools for serious readers,” words are both his livelihood and his passion.

Of course, he’d become a literacy volunteer.

Once the kids were out of the house.

“Then my two sons had to fulfill a community service requirement in high… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 8:46pm — No Comments

Officer’s firing upheld by Ocean Ridge commission

Ocean Ridge commissioners upheld the termination of former Police Officer David Cazzolli, which the officer appealed during a special commission meeting Aug. 27.

Cazzolli was terminated in July after a citizen’s complaint prompted an internal investigation by the Ocean Ridge Police Department, Town Manager Kenneth Schenck wrote in a letter to Cazzolli that noted the file included violations of Police Department policy.

Cazzolli can further appeal the case to circuit court, according… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 8:43pm — No Comments

Boynton water rates to rise, but less than expected

Boynton Beach city commissioners voted to roll back a recent water rate increase by 7 percent, effective in September. The reduction is across the board — applying to water, wastewater and the base rate and commodity charges, according to Public Affairs Director Wayne Segal.

The resolution on the rate reduction noted that the rate hike approved in April had a significant negative effect on ratepayers. That rate change boosted the base rate from $4.84 to $10.77 for residential users in the… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 8:42pm — No Comments

League of Cities pushes state action on beach erosion

A Palm Beach League of Cities resolution wended its way through coastal cities in August requesting Gov. Charlie Crist to address beach erosion with appropriate funding and legislation. It also encourages the state to fund research and infrastructure to solve the problem.

Lantana and Gulf Stream were among cities supporting the resolution.

A 2008 study by the Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems for the state of Florida said five coastal counties have 96.8 miles of critically eroded… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 8:40pm — No Comments

Briny Breezes tax rate in limbo because of Boynton fees

In Briny Breezes, if the proposed tax rate of $10.00 per $1,000 of assessed home value was adopted, a resident with a home valued at $170,000 would pay municipal taxes of $1,700 compared with $510 under a $3.00 rate. The town initially proposed the lower rate, but boosted it at an impromptu special meeting late in the month.

Property tax rolls rose 2.3 percent in Briny Breezes – not spectacular unless compared with neighbors like Boynton Beach, where property values sank more than 18… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 8:38pm — No Comments

Residents, neighbors fighting to keep Lantana post office

By Mary Thurwachter



In a small town rich with community spirit, talk of closing the lone post office really rankles residents. That’s what’s happening in Lantana, where the downtown office faces extinction.

Debbie Fetterly, spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service for the South Florida District, said that of the 13 locations in South Florida being considered for closure, there is more local interest in the Lantana office than any other.… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 8:35pm — No Comments

Design ideas sought for beach area: Delray Beach

In response to a request by the Beach Property Owners Association for creation of a master plan for the appearance of the beach area, the city of Delray Beach and the Community Redevelopment Agency have agreed to fund a collaborative effort to draft design solutions for the oceanfront and surrounding areas.

The CRA and the city have both agreed to spend $1,500 on a planning charrette to be held Nov.7 at the Delray Beach Marriott.

The charrette will focus on sidewalks, lighting,… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Beach project planning moves ahead : Delray Beach

Delray Beach authorized Coastal Planning & Engineering Inc. to proceed with preliminary engineering for the 2012 beach renourishment project for up to $428,412.

The funds are 100 percent reimbursable from federal, state and county governments, according to a memo from Paul Dorling, director of planning and zoning, delivered at commissioners’ Aug. 4 meeting.

The work will include analysis to determine the project size, scope and initial beach fill design, as well as preparation of… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Along the Avenues: Tastemasters draws more than 2,000 on soggy Delray evening



By Thom Smith



A few umbrellas popped up as an early evening shower gave the street a steamy luster, but boulevardiers along Atlantic Avenue were oblivious as they sought out queues and listened for that familiar invitation: “Passport, please!”

More than 2,000 hardy souls took part in the first “Tastemakers of Delray,” handing over $20 for a “passport” that entitled them to food- and wine-tastings at 18 of the city’s top… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 5:51pm — No Comments

City boosts fees, takes on permit services to raise revenue: Delray Beach, Gulf Stream

By Margie Plunkett



Delray Beach commissioners signed on to an agreement to provide building permit and inspection services to Gulf Stream, a deal that could bring in $100,000 in permit fees at a time when municipalities are scouring every nook and cranny for new revenues.

The pact still must be reviewed and approved by Gulf Stream, which since 1985 has relied on Palm Beach County for the services. Gulf Stream wouldn’t pay for the services, but Delray Beach would keep all money… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Town addressing several water issues: Manalapan

By Margie Plunkett



Water was a standout issue at Manalapan’s budget workshop in August, with the $5.4 million utility budget rising $1.3 million over 2008 as a result of recommended improvements to meet fire safety standards.

The bulk of the increase was due to capital improvements, including $2.6 million in water main upgrades. In light of the expense, Mayor Tom Gerrard told administrators, water rates should be reviewed quickly for a possible rate increase. But even if the… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 5:41pm — No Comments

High-volume water users could pay more: Delray Beach, Gulf Stream

By Margie Plunkett



A proposed water rate restructuring intended to encourage conservation would shift more of the cost onto larger water users, Delray Beach commissioners learned during a workshop presentation in August.

If people use more water, they should pay for it, Commissioner Adam Frankel said.

Barrier island properties in Delray Beach and Gulf Stream — where lots tend to be bigger, have more landscaping and are more heavily irrigated — could be among those who feel… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 5:40pm — No Comments

Great view, great exercise on a stand-up paddleboard



By Mary Katherine Stump



Don’t let the barefoot, strapping 20-somethings with the sideways caps at Nomad Surf and Sport fool you — they’ve got a sport for the non-risk takers on the beach: stand-up paddleboarding.

“The great thing about stand-up paddling is that you don’t have to be pro to do it,” says Ryan Heavyside, manager of Nomad Surf Shop. “You can be a young kid all the way to a grandfather and it’s something you can pick… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Traffic study shows pedestrians and drivers both careless at crosswalks: Delray Beach

By Ron Hayes



For two days in May, the Florida Department of Transportation monitored both pedestrians and drivers at six crosswalks along State Road A1A here.

And they found accidents waiting to happen.

Apparently, pedestrians have forgotten their parents’ warnings, and drivers have forgotten just who has the right of way.

According to the weekend study, which was conducted on May 9 and 10, at the three crosswalks immediately north and three south of Atlantic… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Clean out freezer, stock pantry for heart of hurricane season

By Jan Norris



The dog days of summer inevitably signal hurricane season in earnest. We’ve been lucky so far, but it’s definitely time to get your house ready for a storm, and that includes your kitchen.

Now’s the time to clean out the freezer and whittle down the big meats and quantities of fish that you really hate to lose. Cook them up, and then start buying only what you need for a few weeks at a time. Resist “bargain buys” that could leave you out money if the power goes out… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 5:12pm — No Comments

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