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Along the Coast: Summer memberships give clubs chance to attract new people

LEFT: Professional…

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Briny Breezes: Huge changes coming for golf cart users in Briny

By Dan Moffett

For many years, police in Briny Breezes diplomatically looked the other way when a golf cart zipped down the sidewalk on A1A or drove the wrong way down a one-way street.

Those days are ending — and soon.

The Boynton Beach Police Department has told the town it has no choice but to start enforcing state statutes, and that means some serious changes for the roughly 130 golf cart owners in the town.

Soon, if you are operating a golf cart…

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South Palm Beach: Town to crack down on dogs-on-beach violations

By Dan Moffett



South Palm Beach Town Council members have given unanimous preliminary approval to an ordinance that will allow police to cite and fine dog owners who take their pets on the beach.

The town already has on its books an ordinance that prohibits dogs on the beach, but it empowers police only to issue warnings. The new ordinance paves the way for developing a schedule of fines and procedures for dealing with violators.

Town Attorney Carolyn…

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County Pocket: Townhomes proposed for oceanfront land

By Jane Smith and Dan Moffett

The almost 2-acre oceanfront parcel that once housed the Pelican Apartments along the former Dog Beach in the County Pocket will soon be home to Gulf Stream Views.

The property sale for the luxury townhome project is expected to close in…

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Lantana: Resident gets town to consider ordinance to allow pet pig

By Mary Thurwachter

John Park didn’t appear before the Lantana Town Council on April 9 to squeal about tax increases or garbage pickup. He just wants to keep his mini pig.

Park, who has a home on South 11th Street, said he received a code violation after his pet mini pig escaped his backyard and was found snoozing in the front yard with the family dog.

“Our back gate blew open and the pig got outside, and it just so happened that at the time code…

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Lantana: Garbage collection contract approved, but costs soar

By Mary Thurwachter



The annual cost of garbage collection in Lantana is jumping from $700,000 to almost a million dollars.

The Town Council last month approved a contract with Republic Services Inc., the same company that has handled the town’s garbage pickup for five years.

“The total annual increased cost is $270,700,” said Town Manager Deborah Manzo. “Monthly rate for curbside would increase from $20.01 to $26.60 and containerized service would…

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Boynton Beach: Permit filed with federal agency as mangrove donation proceeds

By Jane Smith



The Riverwalk Plaza owner is going through the approval process to donate 5.7 acres of mangroves, promised in March 2017, to Boynton Beach.

To make the donation, Isram Realty of Hallandale submitted a permit application in December to the U.S. Army Corps of…

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Boynton Beach: Old high school restoration

Key part of Town Square project on track for January opening

A group of journalists and city employees toured the historic building, which opened in 1927 but has been vacant for a quarter…

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Boynton Beach: City functions get temporary sites to make way for Town Square

By Jane Smith



To make way for the ambitious Town Square project, Boynton Beach will operate its library, City Hall, Fire Station 1 and police headquarters out of temporary buildings mostly in Quantum Park, off Gateway Boulevard and west of Interstate 95.

City commissioners approved the leases in mid-April by a 3-1 vote. Mayor Steven Grant was absent. Commissioner Joe Casello cast the dissenting vote.

“Everything was fast-tracked, rushed,” he said after…

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Obituary: Sandra Featherman

By Rich Pollack

HIGHLAND BEACH — Sandra Featherman, a leader in the world of higher education and a tireless advocate for the rights of women and children, died April 26. She was 84.

The wife of former Highland Beach Mayor Bernard Featherman, Mrs. Featherman spent 11 years as president…

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Obituary: Kirk Coakley

By Ron Hayes

BOCA RATON — Kirk Coakley was only 13, a seventh-grader at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in Boca Raton, when a van struck him as he waited to cross the street on his bike.

At the hospital, a somber doctor told Ruth Coakley that her son would not live through the night.…

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Obituary: Hundreds take part in Ron Heavyside’s memorial

Ryan Heavyside (center) raises his hands amid hundred of surfers who joined together in a paddle-out April 29 to celebrate the life of Ron Heavyside, his father. Mr. Heavyside died April 14 in the 50th anniversary year of his Nomad Surf Shop. Photo provided by James…

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Obituary: Rayden Jacob Cody

By Emily J. Minor

OCEAN RIDGE — Rayden Jacob Cody, a man of faith and family who in his retirement years picked up the grandkids every day at school in his Cadillac, died April 5 at age 90.

Mr. Cody went into the hospital for appendicitis surgery, which was successful, but his lungs never…

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Boca Raton: Search for downtown parking extends to private lots

By Mary Hladky

City officials are asking owners of downtown private parking garages and surface parking lots if they are willing to allow the public to use their surplus spaces.

This effort is a step toward alleviating the downtown parking crunch, which has prompted fears that people are avoiding the downtown because parking is such a hassle.

But it is not clear whether owners are willing to help out.

City Manager Leif Ahnell said city staffers already…

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Boca Raton: City debates size, location for performance space

By Mary Hladky

A majority of Boca Raton council members agrees a performing arts center would be a welcome addition to the city, but they continue to debate whether a center should be part of a new downtown government campus.

More than 700 city residents asked about a performing arts center in a June public workshop, and a subsequent online survey found that 53 percent favor a center in the downtown campus, consultant Song + Associates told council members at…

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Boca Raton: City joins lawsuit against state over gun statute

By Henry Fitzgerald



Boca Raton has joined several other cities in a lawsuit filed against the state, fighting “super penalties” against municipalities and elected officials who push for local gun laws.

Council members at their April 10 meeting voted 4-1 to join the suit, which names Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and other state officials.

The lawsuit, filed April 2 by the city of Weston in Broward County and nine others, challenges a 2011…

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Boca Raton: City officials not willing to buy oceanfront sites

By Steve Plunkett



The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District has abandoned plans to seize four oceanfront parcels by eminent domain after being told the City Council will not pay for the properties.

Arthur Koski, the district’s executive director, said City Manager Leif Ahnell told him April 30 that council members do not want to spend city tax dollars to acquire the properties.

“The city has advised me today that they are not of the appetite to…

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Boca Raton: Rutherford boat ramps out, canoe trails in

By Steve Plunkett



The city and its consultant will work up a plan to restore the canoe trails and rebuild the boardwalk at Rutherford Park, but will drop an idea to add boat ramps for now.

“There’s universal demand for opening up these canoe trails there, for opening up,…

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Boca Raton/Highland Beach: Beach Condo Association has first woman president

By Rich Pollack

During most of its 32-year history, the Beach Condo Association of Boca Raton and Highland Beach has had just three leaders, with its founder and first president, Sylvan Jubelirer, serving 16 years and its third leader, Jack Fox, serving 14 years.

Now, with Fox’s decision…

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ATV donation: St. Andrews Club, Delray Beach — April 12

Club members, sea turtle volunteers and their families toast the St. Andrews Club’s donation toward the purchase of an all-terrain vehicle for Sea Turtle Adventures. The local nonprofit monitors turtle nests and organizes beach cleanups. Major sponsors of the ATV purchase, in…

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