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October 2012 Blog Posts (126)

A Coastal Star: Daughter’s illness inspires mom to get involved

Wendy Greenhut with a photo of her daughter, Jamie. When not busy with her foundation work, Greenhut is an actress with a part in the independent film Callous, which premiered last month at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. She also…

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Clarification

To clarify the October Coastal Star article on the Atlantic Plaza II project:
Edwards Companies and local private equity firm CDS International Holdings, owned by Carl DeSantis, are joint venture partners on the Atlantic Plaza II project. Mike Covelli of Covelli Design Associates and local developer Bill Morris are consultants on the development team.

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Along the Coast: Local governments predict higher tax rates under Amendment 4

By Tim Pallesen

    

County and municipal officials are warning voters to brace for higher property taxes if they approve tax breaks for homes that don’t have tax exemptions now.

    Amendment Four on the Nov. 6 ballot would give property tax exemptions to snowbirds, first-time home buyers and owners of rental property.

    Coastal communities are most concerned about the reduction in tax revenue from their many winter homes.

    County government would…

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Gulf Stream: Town aims to be perfectly clear: Businesses need not apply

What do the town of Gulf Stream and cities such as Wellington, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton have in common?

    Location. Location. Location.

    They’re all part of PBC Interactive, Palm Beach County’s newest website to connect business people and developers hungry for new sites with just the right location in just the right town.

    Jupiter, Royal Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Boynton Beach and Juno Beach are also among those hungry to find business matches…

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Delray Beach: Charter changes will be on March ballot

    Voters will decide whether to amend Delray Beach’s Charter in the March 12 election after the City Commission approved four of five changes recommended by the Charter Review Committee.

    The proposed amendments: clarify language to make the charter easier to read; change the length of term for mayor and commissioners from two to three years with a six-year  limit; allow a commissioner who assumes the post of mayor to serve six years in the latter capacity, even if he or she has…

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Gulf Stream: First home site plan on Spence property approved

By Tim O’Meilia

    

The first of six homes to be carved from the old Spence estate was approved unanimously by Gulf Stream town commissioners Oct. 12 without a whisper of complaint from nearby neighbors.

    The site plan for Lot 3 along North Ocean Boulevard includes a 9,200-square-foot, partial two-story, Bermuda-style home with a three-car garage and a swimming pool. A carriage house will sit atop the garage and will be connected with the main house by a…

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Delray Beach Marriott Construction

Construction has been under way at the Marriott Delray Beach to add eight new two-story cabana suites built around a pool near the resort’s spa. In later phases of the expansion, approved in 2008, the Marriott’s restaurant will be brought out to Atlantic Avenue and retail will be…

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Delray Beach: Residents voice reactions, seek to delay two development plans

Please Note: According to Delray Beach City Clerk, Chevelle Nubin, there is a 1:00 p.m. Special City Commission Meeting scheduled for November 2, 2012, at City Hall, in the First Floor Conference Room to consider the deferral of the Atlantic Plaza II Conditional Use Item to November 13, 2012.

To clarify the October Coastal Star article on the Atlantic Plaza II project:

Edwards Companies and local private…

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Delray Beach: CRA helps Chamber to move so property can be sold

The Chamber of Commerce will relocate from the old library site on Southeast Fourth Avenue so that the Community Redevelopment Agency can sell the property, appraised at $2.6 million, for development. Commission consensus supports the move.
    The CRA board voted earlier to give the city $315,450 to help move the chamber to a new location, possibly in the commercial spaces of Old School Square Garage, according to documents filed with the city.
— Margie Plunkett

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Briny Breezes: Town looks for federal funds following seawall damage

Palm Beach County towns and other agencies tallied $7.5 million in damage and cleanup costs when Tropical Storm Isaac’s feeder bands tarried too long in August.

    Last month, federal disaster officials agreed to reimburse local governments for 75 percent of their disaster costs.

    Former Briny Breezes Mayor Jack Lee says Briny ought to get in line for a slice of the aid.

    The seawall along Mallard Drive pulled away from the land behind it, allowing water to flow on both…

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Along the Coast: Sculptor’s artificial reefs ready for divers

Christopher O’Hare in his Pineapple Grove Designs factory. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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Along the Coast: Goliath groupers making comeback

Local dive-boat operators have been busy booking trips to dive sites where large schools of goliath groupers can be found. © 2012, John J. Lopinot, www.johnjlopinot.com

By Cheryl…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Marsha Love

Marsha Love is a descendant of Delray Beach pioneers. She will participate in the Delray Beach Historical Society’s ‘Christmas at Cason Cottage: A Designer Showcase House.’

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star 

When it comes to local…

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South Palm Beach: Town and union agree on police contract

By Tim O’Meilia



    After two years of negotiating, the town of South Palm Beach and its new five-member police union agreed on their first three-year contract, which gives officers a $1,500 bonus in the first year.

    On the cusp of imposing a one-year contract because of lack of an agreement, Town Council members and the police worked out the longer-term deal during a five-hour session Oct. 22.

    The union had sought a 1 percent increase to…

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Along the Coast: Towns, activists raise concerns about regional beach plan

By Tim O’Meilia



    Officials of south county coastal towns fear that signing on to a regional beach management plan now in the works would cost their taxpayers money without guaranteeing any new sand on eroding beaches.

    Several environmental groups think that the plan — designed to streamline obtaining permits and treat regions as a whole instead of individually — will short-circuit their attempts to challenge projects.

    The inlet-to-inlet plan…

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Boynton Inlet park safety discussed among departments

By Tim O’Meilia



Spurred by the fears of oceanfront residents, Manalapan Police Chief Carmen Mattox has asked Palm Beach County recreation officials to close all of Ocean Inlet Park at sunset, including the south section in neighboring Ocean Ridge.

    County Parks Director Eric Call said in a reply letter that closing the entire park “seems to be an extreme measure,” especially because the south jetty historically has been a popular spot for night fishermen.…

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Ocean Ridge: Public safety savings would come with loss of services

By Tim Pallesen

    

Ocean Ridge residents would lose quick response to burglar alarms and 24-hour access to Town Hall if the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office takes over town policing, a new analysis shows.

    A code enforcement officer also would need to be hired, and the town would turn over $300,000 worth of cars, guns and radios to the sheriff.

    The cost comparison analysis prepared by Town Manager Ken Schenck will be presented to the Town Council on Nov. 5.

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Obituary — John 'Jack' Hake

By Emily J. Minor

    

DELRAY BEACH — Jack Hake didn’t have any family. No sisters, no brothers. No aunts and uncles.

    His parents, Paul and Louise, had been dead for years.

    And so, when Mr. Hake died on Oct. 9 — taken to the hospital for the recurring cancer that would eventually…

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Boynton Beach/Ocean Ridge: Free beach parking for disabled coming to end

By Angie Francalancia



    People displaying a disabled parking tag no longer automatically get free parking at Boynton Beach’s Oceanfront Park, located within Ocean Ridge.

Boynton Beach city officials made the decision during their budget workshops earlier this year, and began the change in October at the start of the new budget year.

    The exception is for people whose vehicles have been modified with special equipment such as a lift, a ramp or hand…

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Manalapan: Commission representation discussed, not acted upon

By Tim O’Meilia

    

Ten years ago, a gang of four Point Manalapan residents made a federal case out of voting districts in Manalapan, where oceanside residents had half the U.S. census-tallied residents but twice the number of seats on the Town Commission as those on the point.

    Now, Town Commissioner Donald Brennan says that the resulting court-approved redistricting and reapportioning of the Town Commission has flip-flopped the power structure and left…

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