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October 2013 Blog Posts (133)

Celebrating 75 Years of Gulf Stream School

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on October 31, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Coastal Star: Impact is felt when women unite for cause

Tandy Robinson hopes to make

a big impact on local charities

through her organization.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Added by Chris Felker on October 30, 2013 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: New design rules sought for beach homes

The Beach Property Owners Association says the design approved on this 18,612-square-foot home is imposing.…

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Added by Chris Felker on October 30, 2013 at 3:33pm — 2 Comments

Lantana: Festivities cap long wait for new bridge

By Mary Thurwachter

    For both residents and merchants, it has been a long 18 months with the East Ocean Avenue Bridge closed. But since construction is nearly complete, and a date has been firmed up for the new $32 million bridge to open, it’s time to celebrate.

    Lantana’s shindig, with ribbon-cutting, food, music and fireworks, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 16, at Bicentennial Park. A “First ___ Over the Bridge Parade” is being planned, similar to…

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Editor's Note: Five years later, Coastal Star, commitment continue to grow

Mary Kate Leming, executive editor, and Jerry Lower, publisher

 

    When The Coastal Star began, we calculated that print newspapers had about a five-year lifespan before all advertising became digital. Happily, we were wrong. 

    This edition…

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Fall mullet run, near shore in Ocean Ridge

Oct. 13: A tarpon feeds on schooling mullet offshore of the beach in Ocean Ridge.

Earlier in the day, dolphin were observed leaping out of the ocean about 300 yards out,…

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Ocean Ridge: Renourishment project coming to Ocean Ridge in November

By Steve Plunkett

    A federal contractor could have its dredge off Ocean Ridge’s beach before Thanksgiving.

    The shore protection project, another in Delray Beach and a third in Boca Raton make up a $10.8 million contract the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded in September. Boca Raton is paying for a fourth segment at its southern end. Work was to begin Nov. 1 in south Boca Raton, then move to Ocean Ridge around Nov. 20.

    Part of the Ocean…

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Ocean Ridge: 'Private' signs confuse beach-access issue

This sign was placed near the Beachway Drive dune cross-over for a few days.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

 

By Tim O’Meilia

    Two…

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Delray Beach: Closing of Regal Delray will leave movie-going gap

By Dan Moffett

    Moviegoers will say goodbye to an old friend this month when the Regal Delray Beach 18 Theater goes dark to make way for an LA Fitness center after a long run spanning three decades at the corner of Linton Boulevard and Federal Highway.

    “Yes, we will be closing in November,” said a theater employee, “but we don’t have an exact date yet.”

    Regal Entertainment Group corporate officers in Nashville, Tenn., and the operators of…

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Delray Beach: Cabana contract stays with current vendor

By Tim Pallesen   

    Remember that fuss about the cabana contract on Delray’s municipal beach? Forget about it.

    City commissioners voted 3-2 on Oct. 15 to keep their current vendor and stop debating about competitive bids to rent chairs and cabanas on the beach.

    “This whole process has embarrassed the city with the amount of time that’s been wasted,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said before the vote. “It makes us look like we’re Amateur Hour up…

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Rising Water: A Coastal Star Special Report

A Coastal Star Special Report:

Rising Water: New signs of rising sea levels cause concern

Adapting to change: First the probable, then the practical when it comes to…

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Briny Breezes: Mayor named to complete Bennett's term

By Tim O’Meilia

    The youngest person to be named mayor of Briny Breezes since Hugh David 50 years ago was unanimously appointed Oct. 24 by the Town Council. Gerry Devine, 38, a corporate attorney for Cisco Systems with offices in Fort Lauderdale, will complete the five months remaining on retiring Mayor Roger Bennett’s one-year term.

    Devine, his wife and two young children bought a lot in District 4 earlier this year and are…

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Boynton Beach/Ocean Ridge: Boynton park has new name

    Oceanfront Park has a new name: Boynton Beach Oceanfront Park.

    Boynton Beach City Commissioner David Merker urged changing the park’s name to “Boynton Beach” in August and renewed his call Oct. 15 after the recreation and parks advisory board recommended calling it “Boynton Oceanfront Park.”

    Vice Mayor Woodrow Hay suggested adding “Beach” to the name. “Calling it Boynton Ocean Park is to me like a little slang,” Hay said.

    City Recreation and Parks…

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Ocean Ridge: Strip owners come to terms with town

By Tim O’Meilia

    The owners of Ocean Ridge’s five-store business district agreed to pay for a planning study that may forestall its demise, but not before clashing with town commissioners.

    After requiring an engineering study of the property at 5011 N. Ocean Blvd. four months ago, commissioners were reluctant Oct. 7 to reconsider a 44-year-old decision to change the shops to residential use.

    “I question why we want to change our…

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South Palm Beach: Cordial comments exchanged as chief talks retirement

South Palm Beach Police Chief Roger Crane plans to retire after 28 years on the job.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Added by Chris Felker on October 30, 2013 at 2:40pm — No Comments

Manalapan: Seaside residents reject regional beach planning

By Tim O’Meilia

    Oceanfront Manalapan residents made crystal clear they want no part of the regional beach management program designed to make approval of new renourishment projects smoother and quicker.

    In an email and snail mail survey of the town’s seaside homeowners, residents voted 16-0 against the plan. All but one vote came from oceanfront estate owners, the other from the La Coquille Villas. One hundred forty-seven barrier island landowners…

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Manalapan: Commission supports end to traffic-stop policy

By Tim O’Meilia

    Pressed to reject a traffic-stop policy that has been linked to racial profiling in major cities, Manalapan town commissioners unanimously ratified withdrawal of the program that had been discontinued 21 months ago.

    The commission in 2010 had backed the program designed to focus on hotspots of traffic stops, pointing to statistics in larger cities such as Baltimore, Oakland and Nashville that revealed that more stops led to more crime…

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Gulf Stream: Town rejects link to mocking website

By Tim O’Meilia

    The logo on the main page of “The Un-Official Guide to the Town of Gulf Stream” website includes an upside-down town seal. Take that as a hint to the content within. 

    Gulf Stream resident Christopher O’Hare’s site skewers town management, challenges town commissioners’…

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Added by Chris Felker on October 30, 2013 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Ocean Ridge/Boynton Beach: Spillias tapped for Boynton CRA work

By Steve Plunkett

    Ocean Ridge Town Attorney Ken Spillias has extended his resume with a job he’s held before: lawyer for the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.

    Spillias, who represented the CRA from 2004 to early 2007, was chosen over three other firms that sought the work. The CRA put $85,000 in its 2014 budget for legal services.

    “We are one of the premier environmental and land-use law firms in the state,” Spillias told the…

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South Palm Beach: Some workers get raise in current budget

By Tim O’Meilia

    South Palm Beach’s nine non-police-union workers will get a 2 percent pay increase and a $1,500 bonus to help them keep pace with their collective bargaining brethren, the Town Council decided by a 4-1 vote Aug. 22.

    The money was included in the $2.1 million 2013-’14 budget approved by the council in September, but the council did not specify the amount then. The hike is the first in five years for the employees. 

    The four…

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