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December 2015 Blog Posts (171)

Delray Beach: City moves to join coastal urban greenway

By Jane Smith

    

Delray Beach will join cities from Maine to Key West to create an “Urban Appalachian Trail.”

    At their Dec. 8 meeting, city commissioners unanimously approved the designation of the route along Federal Highway to George Bush Boulevard and…

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Delray Beach: Tree canopy to get better protection

By Jane Smith

    

The city strengthened the future of its tree canopy in December by toughening an ordinance protecting shade trees.

    The first change was renaming the ordinance, last revised in 2008 and formerly called the Tree Ordinance. It is now known as Tree Preservation, Protection, Enforcement and Maintenance.

    The next change will bring the job of protecting specimen trees under the planning and zoning director, instead of the chief…

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Boca Raton: Council postpones pay raise discussion, may put on August ballot

By Sallie James



    The Boca Raton City Council postponed discussion of an ordinance that would give city lawmakers a raise, planning to address in January the possibility of setting the wage level at a percentage of Palm Beach County Commission salaries and putting the question to voters in August.        The city’s elected officials say they’re underpaid and need a raise, but how and if they will ever get one is a complicated process that depends on voters.

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Boca Raton: Negotiations are back on for restaurant at Wildflower site

By Steve Plunkett

    

Boca Raton City Council members are shrewd negotiators, it turns out.

    Barely a month after the Hillstone Restaurant Group withdrew its proposal to build an eatery on the city-owned Wildflower site, it’s back at the negotiating table.

    “Hillstone continues to believe the property is ideally suited for one of its signature restaurants,” Glenn Viers, the group’s vice president, said in a Nov. 24 email to the city. “We also feel one…

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Boca Raton: Weinroth resigns from airport board, says work is done

By Rich Pollack



    Saying he’s achieved what he was selected to do when he was appointed to serve on the Boca Raton Airport Authority, Boca Raton Deputy Mayor Robert Weinroth resigned last month from the independent board that oversees airport operations.

“I went on the Airport Authority with the charge by the City Council to improve communication and create a partnership with the board,” Weinroth said. “I believe I have accomplished what I had hoped to achieve…

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Boca Raton: Revival plans for Lake Wyman won’t be tied to Wildflower property

By Steve Plunkett

    

Boca Raton is reviving a 4-year-old plan to rejuvenate Lake Wyman Park, but will not install temporary park facilities at its Wildflower property.

    The City Council in a Dec. 7 workshop made a commitment to pursue a multimillion-dollar grant to refurbish the park. Boca Raton and the county together would pay 30 percent of the cost.

    The rest of the money would come from the Florida Inland Navigation District, which mostly…

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Boca Raton: Luff House to become a restaurant

By Steven J. Smith



    Restaurateur Arturo Gismondi confirmed he intends to convert the historic Luff House into a restaurant by this time next year.

    The two-story, 2,492-square-foot Luff House — named for pioneer residents Theodore and Harriet Luff — was…

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Highland Beach: Home bulldozed as part of $11 million sale

By Christine Davis



A Highland Beach pre-real-estate-crash spec house at 3621 S. Ocean Blvd. with 200 feet on the ocean, was recently torn down as part of an $11 million deal to develop six upscale townhouses on the site.

Boca Raton agents Frank Jichetti of United Realty Group and Scott Pressman of The Keyes Company Realtors represented the seller, Riverside Realty Trust (formerly 3621 S. Ocean Blvd. LLC), a company managed by Joseph Lucania of New York. The…

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Boca Raton: Planned seaside mansion leads city to explore beach property acquisitions

By Sallie James



    A city decision to allow construction of a four-story beachside mega-mansion on an undersized oceanfront parcel is having a ripple effect.

    In the wake of the controversial Dec. 8 City Council decision, the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District has agreed to identify all privately owned, buildable beachfront properties, obtain available market values for the parcels and find out if council members would support an acquisition if it…

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Our History: Recalling Boca during World War II

For a child living on beachfront,

intrigue of wartime was exciting…

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Highland Beach: Agreement close for new fire-rescue equipment, services

By Rich Pollack



    After months of negotiation, the town of Highland Beach is close to signing a fire and rescue service agreement with Delray Beach that would make it possible to have a new fire truck and a new rescue truck in its station.

    Last month, Highland Beach town officials voted to sign an agreement with the city of Delray Beach — pending approval of final cost numbers — that would enable the city’s fire-rescue department to continue to staff the…

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Highland Beach: Former volunteer takes helm at library

New Highland Beach Library Director Lois Albertson (left) with Suzi Hayes,

who is stepping down as the director of the library but will stay part time, working 20 hours a week.…

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Delray Beach: Sober home ‘bad actors’ blamed in push for change

'There is no one here who can guarantee how this is going to unfold,’ state Rep. Bill Hager said

about a new bill targeting dubious practices associated with the drug-rehab industry. He spoke during…

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Ocean Ridge: Retiring clerk, praised as historian, sage, says 35 years went by in flash

Ocean Ridge Town Clerk Karen Hancsak sits at her post on the Town Hall dais. She retires Jan. 29.

Photo by Tim Stepien

By Dan…

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Editor's Note: A wish for residents in 2016: Be informed, get involved

    As I sit at my desk the day after Christmas — with several extra pounds on my waist and a purring office cat on my lap — I think about how much there is to be thankful for as we slip into the New Year.  

    Because I’m in the business of publishing a community newspaper, I also think about all that we need to keep an eye on in 2016. No matter how sated we may be with the sugar and tryptophan of the holidays, it’s important to remember that we can’t protect democracy by building…

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Coastal Star: Survivor of abuse co-chairs event to help others like her

A domestic abuse survivor, Jeannette DeOrchis will co-chair AVDA’s Heart of a  Woman Luncheon on Jan. 20.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Ocean Ridge: New town clerk earned honors in Maine

By Dan Moffett



    During Jamie Titcomb’s interviews for the Ocean Ridge town manager’s job last summer, he told commissioners that one of his strongest attributes was an ability to assemble talented teams of employees.

    Titcomb didn’t have to look far to choose…

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Delray Beach: City responds to amended Atlantic Crossing complaint

By Jane Smith

    

    Delray Beach officials took the high road when responding to the second amended complaint filed by the Atlantic Crossing developers in federal court for the Southern District of Florida.

    The response, filed Dec. 14, kept to the legal issues of the complaint and why it should be dismissed. Many, the response said, were not ready to be heard, failed to state a cause of action or follow proper procedures when suing a municipality.

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Letter to the Editor: Ban would hurt collectors, not help animals

    In your last issue, I read a letter submitted by Ed Harris of the National Humane Society. In it he suggests that the collection of ivory is a barbaric, horrendous and shameful hobby that should be ended.

    It is well-known that his group is attempting to ban all sales of any object made wholly or in part from animal ivory. This would include antiquities purchased legally by passionate and responsible collectors. Such a ban would render their collections worthless.

    This…

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Along the Coast: Many warned, several cited during road safety week

Florida Highway Patrol Officer Paul Croy speaks to a group of cyclists he pulled over in Highland Beach

after observing them violating a law regarding road-sharing. None of the cyclists received a ticket.…

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Added by Chris Felker on December 30, 2015 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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