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Ocean Ridge: Prosecutor wants to limit what Lucibella's experts can tell jury

By Steve Plunkett
The prosecutor and defense attorney in onetime Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella's felony trial are feuding over what evidence the jury will hear.
Assistant State Attorney Danielle Grundt…
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Highland Beach: Still no town manager as meeting turns angry

Candidate, headhunter withdraw from search; job interviews delayed

By Rich Pollack

It’s back to the drawing board for Highland Beach commissioners in their quest to find a new town manager following a raucous meeting that included the abrupt resignation of a consultant, a shouting match between a former…

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Along the Coast: Boca Regional Hospital aims to merge with Baptist Health

By Sallie James

A little more than a year after Boca Raton Regional Hospital celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017, the medical facility once known as the “Miracle on Meadows Road” has announced it will enter discussions to merge with health care giant Baptist Health South Florida.

The hospital said in a statement that the decision culminates an initiative that began more than a year ago to elevate the hospital’s position as an academic referral center in South…

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Along the Coast: Who should control iguana infestation?

Iguanas are a common sight along the Intracoastal seawalls from Manalapan to Boca Raton. ABOVE: One suns itself on River Drive in Ocean Ridge. BELOW: A pack of eight on Sabal Island Drive in Ocean Ridge. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star and…

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CORRECTION

A story in the July edition about small business owners in downtown Boca Raton said Glenn Gromann’s recommendations for streamlining the city’s project review process included allowing site plans to be reviewed and approved by city staff and the city manager. That recommendation was to allow city staff and the city manager to approve amendments to site plans.

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Coastal Star: Board member’s dedication to YMCA helps kids in need attend summer camp

Rich Mascolo watches activities at the YMCA in Boynton Beach. He raised money so children from the Caridad Center could continue to attend a Y camp free. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

Lifting children who…

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Boca Raton: City rejects assisted living facility, cites parking, EMS concerns

By Mary Hladky

In a surprising defeat for a well-regarded Boca Raton-based developer, City Council members on July 23 rejected its plan to build a luxury adult living facility in the downtown.

Council members, sitting as Community Redevelopment Agency commissioners, rejected the Concierge by a 3-1 vote, with only Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers in support of the nine-story project that would have included 53…

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Editor’s Note: Pay now for protection against rising seas

I’ve watched one tide turn since we started this newspaper almost 10 years ago: Where there once was a reluctance to utter the words “sea level rise” from the dais, the phrase now is part of the municipal vernacular during discussions on building regulations and comprehensive planning.

It’s about time.

Our larger cities have begun to hire sustainability officers, and most of our barrier island municipalities have identified at least one official to participate in regional groups…

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Correction

An article on the Streetwaves surfing program incorrectly stated that Streetwaves received support from the city of Deerfield Beach. Streetwaves is not affiliated with Deerfield Beach.

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Letter to the Editor: Free press more vital than ever

We read your column in the July issue of The Coastal Star (“With anger everywhere, violence not a surprise”) and were saddened, but not surprised, to learn of the challenges you and your staff face in the execution of your duties at the paper.

We are from the Annapolis area and we mourn the senseless loss of the five dedicated staff members at the Capital Gazette.

In the unfortunate era in which we now live, a free press is more vital than ever.

We wanted to…

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Boca Raton: Judge sets hearing Sept. 11 to review Haynie dismissal motion

By Mary Hladky and Emily J. Minor

The state’s case against suspended Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie took a small step forward July 26 when the judge set an Oct. 26 hearing to again review pretrial progress.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley also set aside 30 minutes on Sept. 11 to consider a request from Haynie’s attorney, Bruce Zimet, to dismiss all seven charges against…

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Boca Raton: District adds three months for canal-side planning

By Steve Plunkett

The Lake Worth Drainage District has given homeowners along three canals in southwest Boca Raton a three-month reprieve from clearing canal banks while district and city officials search for a way to leave some vegetation alone.

“This postponement will allow the district and city the opportunity to work together and consider options for necessary canal rehabilitation on these canals prior to final action by the…

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Along the Coast: Cities see ebb in overdose deaths

By Jane Smith

The Delray Beach mayor measures the drop in overdoses by the sound of silence.

“We no longer hear the sirens blaring from rescue vehicles racing to the next overdose,” said Mayor Shelly Petrolia. “It used to happen several times a day. … I always worried whether that person would make it.”

She also sees fewer addicts wandering on city streets wheeling suitcases behind them, indicating they were kicked out of sober homes.

At the peak of the…

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Lantana: Water work dragging on Hypoluxo Island

Slow progress on main angers residents

Work on South Atlantic Drive on Hypoluxo Island continued on July 24, past the Lantana Town Council’s July 23 deadline for the project’s completion.…

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Manalapan: New Publix grocery to celebrate grand opening on Aug. 16

By Dan Moffett

When a Publix Super Market held its grand opening in Spotsylvania County, Va., last month, shoppers started lining up before 2:30 a.m. to be there when the electric doors parted at 7.

It’s unlikely Manalapan will match that level of consumer fervor. But make no mistake, in their own way, Manalapan residents are about as excited as those in Spotsylvania to get their new Publix.

After three years of polite yet persistent wrangling between town…

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Along the Coast: Work on new I-95 interchange at Atlantic set to begin in September

By Jane Smith

To meet growing traffic demands, the state will do a $5.2 million construction project at the Atlantic Avenue Interstate 95 interchange in Delray Beach.

The project will begin in September and is expected to last slightly longer than one year, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. …

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Gulf Stream: Proposed property tax almost a penny below the rollback rate

By Steve Plunkett

Gulf Stream will lower its property tax rate to just below the rollback rate for the second time in two years.

At their July 13 meeting, town commissioners set the tentative tax rate for the 2018-19 budget year at $4.05 per $1,000 of taxable value, down from $4.36 in the current year and 0.99 cents under the rollback rate — the rate that would produce the same revenue as the previous year, using current assessments.

The first public…

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Delray Beach: Commission agrees to lower tax rate slightly

By Jane Smith



Delray Beach commissioners agreed to lower the tax rate slightly, keeping a promise to their residents to reduce the tax rate each year for 10 years.

The commission action July 10 capped the total tax rate at $6.97 per $1,000 of property value for the next financial year, which starts Oct. 1. It would be the sixth consecutive year that Delray Beach is lowering its tax rate.

“I want to keep the promise to our taxpayers,” said Mayor Shelly…

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Along the Coast: Aug. 28 primaries will set party choices for District 89 race

By Steve Plunkett

Four of the five candidates hoping to become the next District 89 state representative in November will first duke it out in the Aug. 28 Democratic and Republican primaries.

On the GOP side, barrier island resident and Delray Beach accountant Mike Caruso faces Boca Raton…

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Tennis: Anderson aims for U.S. Open title after run to Wimbledon final

Gulf Stream resident Kevin Anderson acknowledges the crowd after he outlasted John Isner 26-24 in the fifth set of a Wimbledon semifinal that was the second-longest match in tournament history. Anderson went on to his second runner-up finish in the past four Grand Slam…

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