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November 2017 Blog Posts (113)

Highland Beach: Commission wants return to civility

By Rich Pollack



    “We will be respectful of one another, even when we disagree. We will direct all comments to the issues. We will avoid personal attacks. Politeness costs so little.”



    For years, Highland Beach Town Commission meetings have started with that civility pledge read by the town clerk.

    In recent months, however, civility among commissioners has been overshadowed…

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Boca Boom: Downtown nears limits of city’s redevelopment plan

327 Royal Palm, a 100-foot-tall, 24-unit condo just south of East Palmetto Park Road, is among the smallest of the new buildings. Only about 17 percent of space available for downtown development remains. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Boca Raton: Downtown development map

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Boca Raton: Council seeks clearer ethics procedures

By Mary Hladky



    Boca Raton City Council members asked the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics to clarify if Mayor Susan Haynie can vote on matters coming before the council that involve James Batmasian, the city’s largest commercial landowner.

    They also want more transparency about how to handle potential conflicts of interest involving council members.

    These issues arose after a Nov. 5 Palm Beach Post report found that a property…

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Editor's Note: We begin to examine decade of downtowns’ change

When The Coastal Star started publishing back in 2008, the downtowns of Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach were hopping on the weekends and holidays, but pretty quiet the rest of the time. Atlantic Crossing in Delray Beach was still being proposed as Atlantic Plaza II, construction had just begun on Las Ventanas (now called One Boynton) in Boynton Beach, and a downtown advisory committee had recently been established as a “means to obtain input and…

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Coastal Stars: Caring — and helping — form second career for Boynton Beach couple

Joe and Toni Mastrullo have become active at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in its Care Ministry, as well as in the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Janis…

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Ocean Ridge: Ocean Ridge approves money for flooding study

Ocean Ridge Commissioners unanimously approved hiring Higgins Engineering Inc. to study the chronic drainage problems in parts of the Inlet Cay island neighborhood.

    Robert Higgins, president of the West Palm Beach company, has 30 years’ experience dealing with drainage issues in South Florida and was the only qualified applicant to bid on the study. He told commissioners he would charge an hourly rate and provide as much analysis as they requested.

    Residents in the Spanish…

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Delray Beach: City sticks with volunteer code board

By Jane Smith



    Delray Beach commissioners voted 3-2 on Nov. 20 to keep the city’s all-volunteer code enforcement board, but they will hire an outside attorney to advise board members during their hearings.

    Commissioners were surprised to learn that code enforcement cases routinely are presented to the board with a 90 percent reduction of the fines proposed by staff. In most cases, the board approves what the city staff requests.

    Because fines can…

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Lantana: Nature Preserve still hurting from Hurricane Irma

By Mary Thurwachter



    Although town staffers were able to clear enough of the mess Hurricane Irma made at the Nature Preserve to hold an annual Halloween party, the park remains closed. Only the front portion of the park was opened to the public for that Oct. 20 event.

    “The back path is still in pretty bad shape,” said Linda Brien, Lantana’s operations director. “There are a lot of trees down. They got a good pruning.”

    Council member Malcolm…

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Along the Coast: A raft of press awards for The Coastal Star

The Coastal Star collected six first-, three second- and six third-place awards in the 66th annual Excellence in Journalism Competition sponsored by the Florida Press Club.

    The awards were handed out at the Press Club’s banquet Nov. 4 in Sarasota.

    The Coastal Star took home honors in the Class D division, which encompasses non-daily newspapers, community, tribal and college newspapers. Florida magazines and newspaper supplements are included in the…

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Lantana: Basketball coming to complex

Construction will begin soon on two basketball courts for Lantana’s sports complex on North Eighth Street. On Nov. 27, the town awarded a contract to ARZ Builders of Boca Raton to do the work for $323,255.

    The town will use Community Block Grant money for the project.

    Council member Phil Aridas said that the town should plan to put a playground at the complex too, and asked that Town Manager Deborah Manzo look into that project in the year ahead.

    “This is something…

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Gulf Stream: Estimate error delays repaving of streets

By Steve Plunkett



    Gulf Stream will wait at least 18 months to repave six streets in its core area after the paving contractor realized there was almost twice as much work to do.

    In February, paving firm Anzco Inc. of Boca Raton estimated the needed repairs — on Banyan and Old School roads; Polo and Lakeview drives; and Wright and Oleander ways — would cost $170,550. But company representatives returned in October to remeasure the job site and discovered…

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Boynton Beach: Police Chief Katz leaving for job in Virginia

By Jane Smith

    

    The Boynton Beach police chief used a modern method to announce his new position.

    Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Chief Jeffrey Katz turned to social media to say he will retire from Boynton Beach at the end of December to lead the police department in Chesterfield County, Virginia.…

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Delray Beach: Marina design work to include public input

By Jane Smith



    The city will begin design work at its marina for a new sea wall, drainage system, docks and wheelchair-accessible sidewalks.

    In early November, the Delray Beach City Commission awarded a $99,494 design- and construction-administration contract to the Wantman Group of West Palm Beach.

    “It’s absolutely necessary,” said Commissioner Shelly Petrolia. Marine Way, between Southeast First and Second streets, floods during high tide…

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Delray Beach: Beach project near finish line

By Jane Smith



    The beach master plan work is almost finished, according to Delray Beach staff. The project should be completed before Christmas, said Missie Barletto, deputy director of program and project management.

    The $3.1 million upgrade is taking place at the 1.25-mile municipal beach promenade.

    The enhancements are nearly 10 years in the making.

    The work, west of the dunes, will feature wider sidewalks and coordinated shower poles,…

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Obituary: John ‘Jack’ Lee

By Dan Moffett



    BRINY BREEZES — John “Jack” Lee arrived in Briny Breezes back in 1958 as an 8-year-old from Central Illinois and instantly forged what would be an enduring relationship with the mobile home park on the ocean.

    Mr. Lee would visit Briny dozens of times over the three…

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The Art of Giving: Our annual holiday gift guide

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Obituary: Joseph Boulay

By Rich Pollack



    HIGHLAND BEACH — As mayor of Highland Beach from 1989 to 1993, Joseph Boulay made it a point to have an open-door policy and to try his best to solve any problem residents brought to him.

    “You could go to him with anything,” his wife, Dottie, said. “He was a go-to…

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Obituary: Bev Williams

By Ron Hayes



    BRINY BREEZES —  Bev Williams was partial to bright red colors, sweet desserts and simple acts of kindness.

She was made for Christmas, and for 15 years residents of Briny Breezes seldom thought of one without the other.

    “I started out just baking cookies for…

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Obituary: Louis DeStefano

By Dan Moffett



    MANALAPAN — Louis DeStefano served two terms as an elected official on the Manalapan Town Commission, but perhaps his greatest public service was as the community’s unofficial spiritual counselor.

    When illness struck friends and town employees, they could expect…

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