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Ocean Ridge: Chief, manager win praise for Irma performance

By Dan Moffett

 

 Ocean Ridge Police Chief Hal Hutchins estimates that somewhere between 10 to 20 percent of the town’s permanent residents ignored calls to evacuate the island during Hurricane Irma and rode out the storm in their homes.

 That was more than enough people to keep Hutchins’ department busy. The chief said his dispatchers were answering about 400 calls during their 10-hour shifts as Irma…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 20, 2017 at 11:20am — No Comments

Hurricane Irma: Post-storm landscaping tips

 Chances are that you’ve been busy cleaning up your yard since Hurricane Irma left town. And you have a large pile of palm fronds, tree branches, coconuts and other brown matter at your curb.

But if you want the trees that are left to flourish in the days and years to come, your work doesn’t end with debris removal. How you manage the trees remaining in your yard during the next few days will have long-lasting consequences for their futures.

In case you need guidance on what to…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 18, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: City on road to recovery, beaches take a hit from Irma

 By Sallie James

 

Boca Raton is on the road to recovery with many city services returning Sept. 13 as City Hall opened again for business. The city’s mandatory curfew has also been lifted.

Although much of the city remains without power, cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Irma is well underway. Trash and recycling pick up are back to their regular schedules and debris removal will begin Friday, Sept.…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 15, 2017 at 11:24am — No Comments

Hurricane Irma: Pictures from the storm (Sept. 12)

Tall coconut palms at the Gulf Stream Golf Club were shredded during winds from Hurricane Irma. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 14, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Hurricane Irma: Photos from our readers

Collapsed foliage in a Highland Beach yard. Photo provided…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 14, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Hurricane Irma: Pictures from the storm (Sept. 13 & 14)

A hand-made sign marks the location of a down power line in the County Pocket on Sept. 13. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 14, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Highland Beach: Residents without power welcome at library

In Highland Beach, Mayor Carl Feldman estimated that 70 percent of residents had power by noon on Thursday, Sept. 14 with outages still reported in the south end of town. Power was also reportedly out at the town's only commercial property, the Delray Sands Resort. The town's water treatment facility operated without interruption according to Feldman, who said that some residents who did not have power have been welcomed at the town's library where…
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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 14, 2017 at 11:39am — No Comments

Carlisle allows some residents to return on Friday

The Carlisle retirement community on Ocean Avenue in Lantana had power Wednesday, Sept. 13 following Hurricane Irma and had staffers working to dry out apartments on the east side of the building that had water damage from the hurricane. A few trees limbs littered the east parking area.The Carlisle will allow residents of the first second and third floors to return at 9 AM Friday. Other residents might be able to return this weekend,…
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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 14, 2017 at 11:23am — No Comments

Hurricane Irma: Pictures from the storm (Day 2) afternoon

Tall coconut palms at the Gulf Stream Golf Club were shredded during winds from Hurricane Irma. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 12, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Hurricane Irma (Sept. 12): Lantana

By Mary Thurwachter

After the hurricane, Lantana Mayor Dave Stewart drove through the town, street by street, and gave this assessment: "I saw no damage to buildings, a lot of landscaping in disarray, and at the beach we lost part of the road."
Stewart said that by 8 a.m. on Wednesday (Sept. 13) all roads would be passable.
"We…
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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 12, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Hurricane Irma: Pictures from the storm (Day 2)

Omar Gonzalez clears a limb from the parking lot at the Mayfair House in South Palm Beach. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 12, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Hurrican Irma (Sept. 12): Delray Beach

Rob Barron, the dune management consultant for Delray Beach, said he was pleased with how the dune plants weathered Hurricane Irma's winds.
Category 1 storms with winds around 80 mile per hour are beneficial to the dune system, Barron said.
"The plants don't look good right now because they are covered with seaweed and sand," he said, "but in another…
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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 12, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Hurricane Irma (Sept. 11): Boca Raton

By Rich Pollack
Boca Raton Airport was operational Monday at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 11…
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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 11, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Hurricane Irma (Sept. 11): Highland Beach

By Rich Pollack
In Highland Beach a day after Hurricane Irma struck, police officers were stationed at either end of town, allowing only residents to come…
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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 11, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Briny Breezes Aerial, Sept. 11

Aerial photograph of Briny Breezes taken Sept. 11 following Hurricane Irma. Photo courtesy of James M.…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 11, 2017 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Hurricane Irma (Sept.11): Delray Beach

By Jane Smith

In Delray Beach, Andy Katz just returned to his barrier island home this morning. He does not have power, but he has food, water and a small generator that powers a limited number of items. His refrigerator is plugged into it to keep the items cold.

His home lost some gutters on the…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 11, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Hurricane Irma: Pictures from the storm

Briny Breezes residents returned home Sept. 11 to mostly minor damage in Palm Beach County's only oceanfront mobile home park. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 11, 2017 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Hurricane Irma (Sept.11): Boynton Beach

By Jane Smith

Linda Cross, who lives in the Marina Villages condo complex in Boynton Beach, said her family lost power the morning of Sept. 11for about 90 minutes.

"We had power the entire time of the storm ," she said. "The water flowed over the sea wall only half of what was expected." Her condo complex sits near the Intracoastal Waterway overlooking the Ocean Avenue Bridge.

She…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 11, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Hurricane Irma: Curfew

Ocean Ridge police officers block traffic into town at the Ocean Ave. Bridge on Sept. 9 in response to a county-wide curfew implemented in advance of Hurricane Irma. Delray Beach and South Palm Beach have implemented similar roadblocks. All municipalities along the barrier…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 9, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Stay Safe

Workers put up shutters in Briny Breezes in advance of Hurricane Irma's arrival. The seaside mobile home park is traditionally one of the first places in the County to face a mandatory evacuation order. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 6, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

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