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October 2017 Blog Posts (54)

Ocean Ridge: Lucibella trial postponed a 3rd time

By Steve Plunkett

 

Former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella’s felony trial will not start before next year.

His defense attorney, Marc Shiner, and Assistant State Attorney Danielle Grundt both agreed this month to the postponement — the trial’s third delay. Circuit Judge Charles Burton rescheduled the case for February 2018.

Shiner also complained that Police Officer Nubia Plesnik’s lawyer, Richard Slinkman, has made it impossible for him…

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October King Tides — Photos

The Coastal Star will be photographing the King Tides in October/November and sharing photographs from our coastal communities.

As you see flooding in your neighborhood, we hope you'll share your photos as well.…

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ArtsPaper: Season Preview

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Coastal Star: Parent uses family experiences to shed light on mental illness

Rita Thrasher is president and CEO of the nonprofit Boca Raton’s Promise. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Amy Woods



    Rita Thrasher dedicates her work to her daughters. Her youngest died at age 43. Her…

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Along the Coast: 2017-18 Property Taxes

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Editor's Note: Irma, lawsuit affirm we’ll fight to keep publishing

    In between the National Hurricane Center’s every-three-hour updates, I grew anxious thinking what it would mean for our area to have the eye wall of a Category 4 or 5 Hurricane Irma blow directly up the I-95 corridor.

    “If the eye passes east of the lake, we leave. If it goes west, we stay.”

    That was the thin piece of logic I held to as we rushed through storm preparations. My husband was determined to stay regardless of the path. He’d laid the groundwork for survival —…

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Along the Coast: Majority of turtle nests had hatched before Hurricane Irma arrived

By Ron Hayes



    Hurricane Irma spared Palm Beach County the worst it could do, and the county’s sea turtle nests seem to have been spared its worst as well.

    “In general, the beach was in better shape than we expected,” said Kirt Rusenko, the marine conservationist at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center who monitors nesting turtles along Boca Raton’s coast.

    “We lost about 80 nests and 96 nests survived the storm and are still on the beach,” he said. “Pretty…

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Hurricane Irma: Delray ponders changes after residents don’t get message to save water

By Jane Smith

    

    If you aren’t drinking the water, don’t use it.

    Delray Beach utilities officials sent that command via email, social media and its CodeRed app about 10:20 p.m. on Sept. 10. Banned uses included bathing, toilet flushing and dish washing.

    Hurricane Irma’s winds were still lashing Delray Beach, toppling trees that brought down 140 power lines. The city lost power at 70 percent of its 129 sewage pumping stations. It had portable…

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Along the Coast: Boca Raton may use eminent domain to preserve beach

Related story: A Line in the Sand: At issue is whether building should continue east of the Coastal Construction Control Line

By Steve Plunkett



    The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District is considering dusting off its power of eminent domain to…

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Delray Beach: Irma blows beach project off projected timeline

By Jane Smith

    

    Hurricane Irma’s winds delayed the beach promenade construction in Delray Beach by at least two weeks, according to the project manager. The new expected completion is by Thanksgiving.

    The contractor removed construction equipment from the promenade just after Labor Day to prepare for Irma. Work resumed Sept. 18, said Missie Barletto, project manager.

    About half of the newly planted shade trees and coconut palms toppled, she…

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Along the Coast: Libraries provide refuge after storm

Eugene and Maureen Garrett found refuge and a card game at the Highland Beach Library. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes



    In the days after Hurricane Irma left air conditioners silent, reading…

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Along the Coast: Developer files, drops $60 million libel suit against 'The Coastal Star'

By Noreen Marcus



    A developer sued The Coastal Star alleging libel and then abruptly dropped the lawsuit a month later.

    The suit filed Aug. 30 in Palm Beach Circuit Court by Hudson Holdings and its principal Steven Michael claimed the newspaper defamed both of them through a false connection to criminal activity. Editor Mary Kate Leming and reporter Jane Smith were named as individual defendants.

    The suit seeking $40 million in actual…

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Boynton Beach: CRA agrees to buy Mizner-designed Woman’s Club

By Jane Smith



    The Community Redevelopment Agency board members agreed in late September to purchase the 91-year-old Boynton Woman’s Club building even after hearing the inspection results: The building has termites and needs a new roof.

    The $110,000 sales price is a good deal for the agency, whose board members also sit as Boynton Beach city commissioners. The agency staff had the historic building appraised in May, when it was valued at $2.4…

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Along the Coast: Delray, Boca ban medical marijuana sales; Boynton, Lake Worth don’t

By Jane Smith

    

    Medical marijuana dispensaries are banned from opening in the city limits, Delray Beach city commissioners decided at the end of September.

    Acknowledging Florida voters who overwhelmingly approved the state ballot question on medical marijuana last November, Commissioner Mitch Katz persuaded his fellow commissioners to revisit the decision in one year. They unanimously agreed.

    A majority of Delray Beach voters also voted in favor of medical…

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Delray Beach: King tides expected to bring street flooding

By Jane Smith



    Marine Way residents in Delray Beach are bracing for more seasonal flooding from the autumn king tides. Water can be knee-deep in some areas.

    The Delray Beach streets prone to flooding sit next to the Intracoastal Waterway. The king tides are predicted for 10 a.m. Oct. 7 and 10:50 a.m. Oct. 8, according to the Tides & Currents section of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website.

    King tides is the nonscientific…

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Hurricane Season: Compared to others, we got off easy — Remnants of damage from Irma remain, but life gets back to normal

Working day and night Sept. 11-17

ABOVE: Linemen work to restore power at the intersection of A1A and Ridge Boulevard in Ocean Ridge.  Many crews worked 12 to 16 hours a day to restore…

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Along the Coast: First ramp opens at Spanish River interchange

By Steve Plunkett



    Interstate 95’s new northbound exit ramp to Spanish River Boulevard is open.

    The ramp, which begins after vehicles have passed under Spanish River Boulevard and then loops south, brings drivers to new signals at the entrance of Florida Atlantic University.

    Motorists began using the ramp Sept. 26, said Andi Pacini, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation’s $69 million interchange project, and more ramps will open…

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Manalapan: Commissioners to square off with beach groin project managers

By Dan Moffett



    Manalapan commissioners hope to voice their objections to the South Palm Beach groin project during a scheduled meeting with county officials on Oct. 24.

    The commissioners expect the project’s managers to attend the town’s regularly scheduled 9:30 a.m. meeting and participate in a question-and-answer session about the $5 million plan to install a network of seven concrete groins north of the town to stabilize South Palm’s beaches.

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Meet Your Neighbor: Charles F. Carlino

Gulf Stream resident Charles Carlino…

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Lantana: Police department moves next to sports complex

By Mary Thurwachter



    The Lantana Police Department has moved to new headquarters at 901 N. Eighth St., off Lantana Road next to the new sports complex.

    The new digs are in a state-owned building once home to the Department of Juvenile Justice and used for training police officers and sheriff’s deputies for the past several years. The town has a lease on the 10,000-square-foot building through 2048, and put aside $95,000 last April for repairs to the DJJ…

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