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November 2012 Blog Posts (82)

Manalapan: Oceanfront residents assess storm damage

 

Related photos/story: Aging seawalls no match for Sandy’s overtopping waters | Graphic: How the seawalls…

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How the seawalls failed

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Manalapan: Aging seawalls no match for Sandy’s overtopping waters

LEFT: Homeowners, property managers and state coastal officials toured a few properties, including the home of New Age musician Yanni, that had extensive damage.   …



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LOVING CARE: Injured turtle returns to the sea

A crowd of well-wishers gathers to watch Ryan Butts release Cindy in the Atlantic Ocean. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes



Giving the turtle a name was easy. Giving her…

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Delray Beach: Packed meeting sends plaza planners back to density drawing board

Before the meeting, more than 80 people gathered in front of City Hall to protest the proposed density of Atlantic Plaza II. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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Delray Beach: Dec. 4 decision might, or might not, be last word

At press time, Atlantic Plaza II was scheduled to come back to City Commission on Dec. 4.

    The commission can either approve or deny the developer’s conditional use request to allow for building heights approaching 60 feet and a density of about 51 residential units per acre.

    If the request is denied, “the matter is settled and the file is closed,” according to Delray Beach senior planner Scott Pape.

    The developer does, however, have options, including to scale back…

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Coastal Star: Necklace fundraiser a gem from the heart

Marg Williams plans to donate part of the proceeds from her handmade necklaces (worn above) to benefit women’s heart health organizations. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes

    

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Boynton Beach: Planners seek walkable downtown, but not all agree

By Thomas R. Collins

    

Plans to make Boynton Beach Boulevard a prettier — and, very possibly, narrower —  street have entered the design phase, city redevelopment officials say.

    Part of the beautification effort is to make the main thoroughfare, with two lanes in each direction, into more of a main-street-type roadway, possibly with one lane in each direction between Seacrest Boulevard and Federal Highway. That, officials hope, will make it an inviting…

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Delray Beach/Boca Raton: State intervention sought in regulation of sober houses

By Tim Pallesen



    Delray Beach is asking the state to regulate sober houses after the city failed in its own effort to prevent the Caron Foundation from opening two coastal houses for recovering addicts.

    Delray Beach and Boca Raton will share the cost for a Tallahassee lobbyist to persuade legislators that the state Department of Families and Children should license and regulate sober houses.

    “Let’s start this from another angle,” Delray Beach…

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Delray Beach: Beach restoration on track despite storm’s effects

By Cheryl Blackerby

    

Despite extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy, Delray Beach’s beach restoration project, part of a routine 10-year renourishment plan, is still on track for February.

    The cost will be only a little more than the projected $9.2 million because of Sandy’s damage to the 1.9-mile stretch along the Municipal Beach, says Dan Bates, deputy director of Palm Beach County Environmental Resource Management.

    The city has received…

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Delray Beach: Center zoning gets first approval, despite reservations

By Margie Plunkett



    Delray Beach commissioners gave first approval of a rezoning that would allow a shopping center on the southeast corner of Linton Boulevard and South Federal Highway, despite an outcry from the waterfront neighborhood behind it.

    The approval, however, was intended to move the proposal to a second public hearing, commissioners said, even though the panel noted reservations about the site plan of the Delray Place development planned for…

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Delray Beach: Parking policy dust-up settled with meeting cancellation

By Margie Plunkett

    

A Parking Management Advisory Board meeting to collect public comment on extending metered-parking hours at the beach was cancelled after Delray Beach city commissioners noted it wasn’t the board’s position to make policy.

    “Why the Parking Management Board is being involved with policy, I do not know. That’s our job,” said Vice Mayor Tom Carney. “I want to stop it now. If there’s going to be issues about what time we think should be on…

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Ocean Ridge: Town commission settles on keeping own Police Department

By Margie Plunkett



    The Ocean Ridge Police Department will continue on the beat, after commissioners defeated a proposal to provide law enforcement services through the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

    The decision — made in a 4-1 vote — met with applause from residents at the Nov. 5 meeting, who have followed the issue for months since it was proposed after police officers moved to unionize. Commission opted to investigate whether Sheriff’s Office…

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Lantana Bridge Construction

80 concrete trucks arrived, mixed and poured on Nov. 3-4, as part of the construction project for the new Ocean Avenue Bridge in Lantana. The bridge is scheduled for completion March 2014, but may be ready as soon as November 2013.  Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Lantana: Savings wrought by new manager result in raises

By Mary Thurwachter

    

Taxpayers in Lantana will save about $1 million over the next nine years because the town is refinancing its water and sewer bonds.

    At its Nov. 26 meeting, the Town Council agreed to refinance the bonds with TD Bank for a principal amount not to exceed $4.5 million.

    In 1998, a $9.215 million bond was issued with a 3.6 percent interest rate and had risen to 4.65 percent. The refinanced rate will charge an annual interest of…

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South Palm Beach: New inn owner wants ‘neighborly’ update to hotel

By Tim O’Meilia

    

The beleaguered Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn, which has stirred South Palm Beach politics for five years, has been sold to a Delray Beach financier and investor in distressed properties.

    The 58-unit, two-story motel on the ocean — the only business in a town laden with condominiums — has been in foreclosure since February 2011 and its owners in Chapter 11 bankruptcy since March.

    Gary Cohen, CEO of Paragon Acquisition Group LLC of…

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Delray Beach: Harden hears plaudits for steady hand at helm

After 22 years, David Harden is stepping down as  Delray Beach city manager. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Margie Plunkett

    

Twenty-two years ago, before Delray Beach’s vibrant downtown…

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Delray Beach: Candidates for city manager set for interviews this month

Five candidates have been selected to interview for the position of city manager, which will become vacant in January when David Harden retires after 22 years.

     The City Commission plans to bring the candidates in Dec. 6 and 7. Two alternates have also been selected.

    The candidates are Douglas Smith, who is an assistant city manager in Delray Beach; Steven Alexander, former town manager of Cutler Bay; Louie Chapman Jr., town manager of Bloomfield, Conn.; Paul White, interim…

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Gulf Stream: Neighbors complain about buffering of development

By Tim O’Meilia

    

Two more homes to be sliced from the old Spence estate — a Bermuda home with black shutters and a Colonial West Indies house with a charcoal tile roof — were approved unanimously by the Gulf Stream Town Commission Nov. 9, not that anyone cared much about the architectural style.

Instead, the focus was on podocarpus hedges, buttonwood trees and buffer zones between established Hidden Harbour homeowners and the new Harbour View Estates…

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Along the Coast: See seaside plants as habitat, not landscaping

Robb Barron in a healthy dune, standing in the midst of cocoplum, sea oats and sea lavender. Photos by Cheryl Blackerby/The Coastal Star

By Cheryl Blackerby

    

Robb Barron carefully tucked a sea oat…

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