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September 2016 Blog Posts (75)

Along the Coast: Shine on, Harvest Moon

Jackie, Tommy and Eva Tyghem, 5, watch Biscuit, a yellow Labrador retriever,

fetch her ball under the light of the full moon in the ocean near the Colony Cabana Club in Delray Beach.…

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On the Ballot: Plans mixed for sales tax money

Towns could improve drainage, roads, parks

By Stacey Singer,

Dan Moffett and Jane Smith



    When Palm Beach County voters go to the polls Nov. 8, they will be asked to consider something beyond the…

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Along the Coast: Briny Breezes hires Boynton Beach police, drops Ocean Ridge

Related story: Boynton chief says Yannuzzi’s Briny role to differ from past

By Dan Moffett



    Briny Breezes council members say choosing the right police department to serve their town didn’t come down to questions about performance. The deciding factor was…

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Editor's Note: Let the sun shine, even on the awkward moments

    Something is in the air. There is a cloud of consternation lingering over our coastal towns. This past month our reporters found themselves uncomfortable as they endured berating from the dais and strained encounters with and between government officials.         In most of these situations it was because someone either didn’t like how we said something, or were concerned about how we might say something.

    Here’s a tip: If you don’t want people to know you’ve said or done…

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Coastal Stars: Two ‘Angel Moms’ have multiple roles in helping foster children

Jeannine Morris, left, and Bonnie Boroian are co-chairs of the fourth annual Hope Bash Boca on Oct. 28.

Photo provided

By Maria Puleo



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Along the Coast: Boynton chief says Yannuzzi’s Briny role to differ from past

By Dan Moffett



    Briny Breezes’ decision to end a longstanding relationship with Ocean Ridge and approve a contract with Boynton Beach for police services brings Chris Yannuzzi back to the town as a deputy marshal.

    But Boynton Beach Police Chief Jeffrey Katz says residents should…

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Letter to the Editor: Keep bringing your children to the library

Lynda Hunter, then the Children’s Services librarian, plays guitar and performs singalong tunes

at the Delray Beach Public Library in June 2015. Hunter is moving from the city.…

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Awards: ‘Stunning’ Coastal Star wins 17 awards in Florida Press competition

By Henry Fitzgerald

    

    The Coastal Star took home 17 individual awards in the Florida Press Association’s 2015 Better Weekly Newspaper Contest. The monthly newspaper, based in Ocean Ridge, competed in Division A: Over 15,000 circulation.

    The awards were announced on Sept. 16 during the FPA/FSNE Annual Convention at The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota.

    The Coastal Star’s haul includes five first-place awards, including one for General…

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Gulf Stream: Town could face big bill after losing O’Boyle records suit

By Dan Moffett



    A Palm Beach County circuit judge will decide whether Gulf Stream owes resident Martin O’Boyle as much as $500,000 in legal fees after finding against the town in a 2-year-old public records lawsuit.

    Judge Donald Hafele ruled on Sept. 6 that the town failed to satisfy the state statute in responding to O’Boyle’s requests for records concerning the town’s removal of his campaign signs during the 2014 municipal election.

    The case is…

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Ocean Ridge: Town struggles to get budget accounting right

By Dan Moffett



    Ocean Ridge commissioners are waiting until the eleventh hour to approve a final budget for the new fiscal year while Town Manager Jamie Titcomb recalculates the numbers to try to correct a series of accounting errors.

    This is the first budget Titcomb has produced for the town — taking over the work that former Town Clerk Karen Hancsak handled for some three decades before retiring early this year.

    The commission hired Titcomb last…

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Ocean Ridge: Fearful of Zika, town will spray before dawn for mosquitoes

    Ocean Ridge is hardening its defenses against Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, the two mosquito species known to transmit the Zika virus.

    During the Sept. 12 town meeting, commissioners unanimously approved a new $62,890 contract with Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management Inc. to provide no-see-um and mosquito control services with emphasis on the Zika breeds.

    The contract calls for 36 backpack spraying treatments over the next year, and Clarke also will begin…

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Briny Breezes: Town to add new administrative position

By Dan Moffett

    For the first time in its 53-year history, Briny Breezes is looking to hire a paid administrator to manage the town’s government business.

    Until now, Briny Breezes has relied on the unpaid volunteer service of elected officials to do its administrative work. But over the years, the demands have grown more time consuming and more complicated.

    Town Council President Sue Thaler estimates she puts in between 20 and 25 hours weekly,…

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Manalapan/Lantana: Nearby residents sue town to block new Publix

By Dan Moffett



    A Lantana resident and a Manalapan homeowners group have joined forces and filed suit in Palm Beach County Circuit Court to block construction of a Publix at Plaza del Mar.

    The suit claims the town acted illegally in July when commissioners approved a site plan for the plaza’s renovation and new supermarket. A specific complaint is that the town did not require an adequate traffic study before advancing the plan.

    The owners of the…

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Boynton Beach: Tax rate stays level next year

By Jane Smith

    

    City commissioners kept the property tax rate the same, but most property owners will likely pay more in taxes because taxable values increased by 7.9 percent in Boynton Beach, according to Assistant City Manager Tim Howard. Homeowners with a homestead exemption will see their property values increase by .7 percent for tax purposes.

    The tax rate of $7.9 per $1,000 of taxable property value is 7.02 percent higher than the rollback rate…

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Delray Beach: Old School Square chief pleased with pace of improvements

Rob Steele, who is one year into his job as president and chief executive officer of Old School Square

in Delray Beach, stands with ‘Field of Blue’ at the square. The sculpture, unveiled in 1996,…

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Delray Beach: Delray tax rate for 2016-17 taking a slight dip

By Jane Smith



    City homeowners will enjoy a slight reduction in next year’s property tax rate under a $110 million budget passed on Sept. 20.

    A Delray Beach owner of a home valued at $550,000 with a $50,000 homestead exemption will pay $50 less in property taxes next year under the plan.

    The current property tax rate is $7.06 per $1,000 in property value, and for the next budget year the rate will slide to $6.96 per $1,000. The tax rate needed…

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Delray Beach: Delray passes policy to limit special events

By Jane Smith



    When Delray Beach passed the final version of its special events policy, no residents tried to sway the City Commission to vote for or against it.

    “You won’t get a lot of people coming out to speak about it,” said Commissioner Shelly Petrolia. “But if you don’t do what they want, they will vote against you.”

    The commission chamber was calm on Sept. 20 compared with the raucous scene in June when teens wearing dance or band uniforms…

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Delray Beach: City seeks pedestrian barriers near downtown rail tracks

By Jane Smith



    City leaders and railroad officials want to prevent another pedestrian from dying while illegally cutting across the tracks in downtown Delray Beach.

    In early August, a woman left Johnny Brown’s on Atlantic and took a well-used shortcut across the FEC tracks. She was killed by a southbound freight train.

    The group met in early September to discuss the situation and the need for pedestrian barriers in the four blocks north and four…

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County Pocket: Landowner seeks to revive townhouse plans

A complex of 14 three-story townhomes is being proposed for the vacant 1.5-acre parcel

on the south side of Briny Breezes Boulevard.

Photo from Google Maps…

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Manalapan: Basil Bar and Grill, Jewelry Artisans to relocate in plaza

By Dan Moffett



    Two coastally iconic Manalapan businesses that were headed for the wrecking ball to make way for a new Publix at Plaza del Mar are planning to relocate soon in larger spaces at the center.

    Manalapan Italian Cuisine, with its Basil Bar and Grill, is moving to the west end of the plaza, near Thaikyo Asian restaurant in a storefront formerly occupied by Guido the Tailor.

    Owner Earl Bass says the new pizza eatery will be called…

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