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November 2015 Blog Posts (90)

Changing tides: Authorities grapple with seasonal flooding

FAU urban planning student Adam Chapman measures 8 to 10…

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Along the Coast: Bethesda merging with Baptist Health system

By Mary Hladky



    After about two years of exploratory talks, Boynton Beach-based Bethesda Health and Coral Gables-based Baptist Health South Florida have agreed to merge.

    The agreement, announced on Oct. 2, calls for a two-year transition period. But even before the merger is completed on Sept. 30, 2017, Palm Beach County residents could see changes, including new outpatient and urgent care facilities.

    Both hospital systems stand to benefit by…

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Handmade thanks: Blankets add warm touch to military Honor Flight

Cynthia Smilovsky gives a blanket to World War II veteran John Mazzucco of Boca Raton before he left on an Honor Flight to Washington. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes



At 3:45 a.m. on…

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Editor's Note: Old Ocean a holdout among vanishing ocean views

    There are few places left in southern Palm Beach County where you can see the Atlantic Ocean. Private homes and condos block most of the views. Only along the public beach in Delray Beach, in spots where sea grapes have been trimmed along Boca Raton’s public beach and at the inlet bridges are glimpses of the ocean still visible.

    Manalapan provides some stunning views along A1A, but the increasing number and size of scattered beach cabanas may soon leave that stretch with views…

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Coastal Star: Hotel magnate helps wounded troops get treatment and support

Lance Shaner, owner of Shaner Hotel Group, and Mike Sformo, Operation Backbone’s founder.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

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Along the Coast: Towns rank consultant bids for fire district study

If the fire district were to be approved, a new station might be built along A1A somewhere between the town of Gulf Stream and Woolbright Road in Ocean Ridge. One proposed location is in Briny Breezes between Gulfstream Texaco and Hampton Real Estate.

Renderings…

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Delray Beach: City opts to improve fire service rather than contract with county

By Jane Smith



    Delray Beach will focus on raising the level of service of its own fire-rescue department instead of consolidating with the county, city commissioners agreed Nov. 3.

    Just four residents spoke against the consolidation.

    “We are a smallish town,” said Susan Ruby, who lives in the Del Ida neighborhood. “Fire-rescue is an essential, vital service. I wouldn’t even know who to call in the county.”

    City Manager Don Cooper…

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Delray Beach: City inches through parking problems to metered solution

By Jane Smith

    

    Parking meters are coming to downtown Delray Beach, a majority of city commissioners agreed in mid-October. The question remains when.

    A majority of commissioners reached that decision in May, too, and were waiting to review proposals for a parking-management plan for the beach area and downtown.

    But that May workshop lasted nearly five hours and city staff possibly left confused. The staff put out a request for proposals that…

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Delray Beach: DDA approves new package for Simon

By Jane Smith



    The Downtown Development Authority board will give new Executive Director Laura Simon a salary increase to coincide with her promotion.

    At the Delray Beach authority’s Oct. 12 meeting, the board agreed to increase Simon’s base salary to $75,000 from $61,800 she…

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Delray Beach: New play equipment approved for Veterans Park

New playground equipment might have a nautical theme.

Rendering provided

By Jane Smith

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Delray Beach: CRA to negotiate iPic contract requests

By Jane Smith



    The owner of the proposed iPic movie theater property in Delray Beach asked to amend for the fourth time the contract to buy the 1.59-acre site.

    But the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, which owns the parcel that sits between Southeast Fourth and Southeast Fifth avenues, took it as an opportunity on Oct. 15 to put some teeth into the contract.

    The board agreed 6-0, with Herman Stevens absent, to extend the government approvals date to…

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Along the Coast: Lois Pope behind film depicting ‘human cost of war’

Lois Pope walks along the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Photo provided

    A new documentary film, Debt Of…

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Highland Beach: City OK with library changes under interim director

By Rich Pollack



    Saying they are pleased with the positive changes they’re seeing, Highland Beach commissioners have abandoned efforts to bring in a private firm to manage library operations.

    Commissioners in August had agreed to invite representatives of Library Systems and Services Inc. to town so they could learn more about what the company offers and whether it would make sense for the town to contract with the firm.

    At the time, commissioners felt the…

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Highland Beach: Wine and cheese put ‘fun’ in library fundraiser

    The Friends of the Highland Beach Library will be welcoming back many of the town’s returning residents during the third annual Wine and Cheese Fundraiser, set for 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the library.

    Last year’s fundraiser drew about 150 people and organizers of this year’s event are hoping to attract an even larger gathering.

    “Our wine and cheese fundraiser is a fun night out,” said co-president Dorothy Kellington. “It’s close to home and you can meet your friends…

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Briny Breezes: Town moves to claim ownership of Old Ocean Blvd.

By Dan Moffett

    Briny Breezes Town Attorney John Skrandel was researching records for writing a new golf cart ordinance earlier this year when he stumbled onto a historical oversight.

    There was nothing in the town’s archives to document exactly who owned Old Ocean Boulevard, Briny’s oceanfront roadway that residents had just naturally assumed belonged to them.

    “Back in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, the record-keeping wasn’t that good,” Skrandel said.…

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Ocean Ridge: Mayor’s Old Ocean plan draws parade of critics

By Dan Moffett



    Ocean Ridge Mayor Geoff Pugh may want to make a promenade out of Old Ocean Boulevard but so far he’s only created a promenade for skeptics leading to the microphone in Town Hall chambers.

    A dozen residents took turns expressing their worries and complaints about Pugh’s proposal during the Town Commission meeting Oct. 5, saying it’s a bad idea to turn Old Ocean into a southbound one-way street and block off several entrances.

    The…

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Delray Beach: City sets review of downtown tax sharing

By Jane Smith



    At their March meeting, Delray Beach commissioners will review an agreement that would give them more of the property taxes collected in the downtown.

    “It’s not going to continue as is,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said Oct. 29 at the city’s goal-setting session.

    The current structure calls for the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency to receive the bulk of the property taxes in that 1,961-acre district. A base property value was set in…

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Delray Beach: Sidewalk requirements to change

    The City Commission amended its sidewalk ordinance on Oct. 20.

    The 11 historic-home owners who had paid into the sidewalk fund will get their money back, the Delray Beach city manager said after the meeting. Those homeowners had paid a total of $44,994 instead of building a sidewalk.

    The language in the old ordinance referred to “said sidewalk,” but in some historic districts no sidewalk will be built because sidewalks were never part of the neighborhood. The idea was to…

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Delray Beach: City seeks dismissal of Atlantic Crossing suit

By Jane Smith



    The attorneys for Delray Beach responded to Atlantic Crossing’s $25 million lawsuit, now in federal court, with a motion to dismiss on Oct. 26.

    The motion delves into the legal complexity of the $200 million, 9.2-acre proposed mixed-use project at the northeast corner of Federal Highway and Atlantic Avenue and why it has not gone forward.

    The lawsuit has a May 2016 trial date in federal court in West Palm Beach with U.S. District…

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Delray Beach: Store loses business tax appeal

    The Sequin Delray Beach store will have to pay its business tax this financial year, four city commissioners agreed Oct. 20.

    Manager Jodi Stein had requested a reprieve from paying the $172.56 business license fee because of the road construction on Federal Highway. Sequin, which sells fashion-oriented jewelry, sits at the northwest corner of Atlantic and Southeast Fifth avenues. She also wanted a retroactive credit for the tax paid in the last financial year credited to the…

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