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Gulf Stream: Five incumbents, two challengers vie for five commission seats

By Steve Plunkett

    

    Martin O’Boyle, who has plastered Gulf Stream with public-records requests and lawsuits over the past four years, is running a second time for a seat on the Town Commission.

    O’Boyle, whose entry in 2014 made that election the town’s first contested one in 21 years, will be joined on the March 14 ballot by Julio Martinez, former president of the Place Au Soleil Homeowners Association. Martinez’s candidacy, along with incumbent Donna…

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Gulf Stream: Town, neighbors unite to block plan for 3-story garage

By Steve Plunkett

    

    Town commissioners promised their Place Au Soleil constituents they would throw their weight behind an effort to block Gunther Volvo from building a three-story garage next to them in neighboring Delray Beach.

    “We are extremely concerned about the effect on our community of a vertical, heavy-commercial, vehicular traffic garage,” Chet Snavely, president of the neighborhood’s homeowner association, told commissioners at their Feb. 10…

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Art unveiling: Mayfair House, South Palm Beach – Feb. 24

Penny Davidson, known around South Palm Beach as the town’s unofficial artist-in-residence,

unveiled her latest mosaic on Feb. 24. Davidson has created dozens of public art pieces

installed…

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Delray Beach: City attorney impresses commission with latest report

By Jane Smith



    Max Lohman continues to impress the Delray Beach city commissioners with his legal knowledge,  leadership skills and willingness to answer their questions. At the Feb. 21 City Commission meeting, he gave the update he promised when he was hired on Nov. 1. He began by praising…

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Delray Beach: First Presbyterian Church renovations aim to serve growing congregation

Additional parking will ease a space crunch.

Rendering by Currie Sowards Aguila Architects

By Jane Smith

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South Palm Beach: Town Council increases its pay

By Dan Moffett



    A divided South Palm Beach Town Council grudgingly voted to give itself a modest pay raise on Feb. 28, ending months of vacillation and often spirited debate.

    With final approval of the new ordinance, council members will see their pay rise from $250 to $300 a month and the mayor’s position from $250 to $500.

    The vote was 3-2, with Vice Mayor Joe Flagello and Robert Gottlieb opposing the measure, largely on procedural grounds.…

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Manalapan: No election required, but much change in commission

 By Dan Moffett



    There will be no March election in Manalapan because all Town Commission candidates went unopposed.

    But residents will see a sweeping overhaul of government leadership just the same.

    Three new commissioners, a new mayor and a new mayor pro tem are expected to be seated before the end of the month.

    Stepping down as mayor is David Cheifetz, who announced in December he wouldn’t be seeking a third term. …

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Manalapan: Town plans to restart Hypoluxo water talks

By Dan Moffett



    Manalapan town commissioners will be watching election results in Hypoluxo on March 14 with unusual interest — and unusual impatience.

    The resolution of the Hypoluxo mayor’s race will enable the towns to resume talks over a new water contract. Manalapan is hoping to lock its neighbor into a renegotiated long-term deal for services that will solidify the future of the town’s utility system.

    Negotiations came to a standstill in…

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Delray Beach: Election will reshape Delray Beach commission

By Jane Smith



    Delray Beach, which had three lawyers on its five-member City Commission, will lose that majority with the March 14 election.

    No lawyers are running for two open seats.

    Vice Mayor Jordana Jarjura, general counsel at Gulf Building in Fort Lauderdale, changed her mind about running for re-election.

    “As a newlywed, having married during my time in office and with starting my position as a general counsel, I need to balance my…

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Ocean Ridge: Four candidates contend for two commission seats

    Ocean Ridge’s elections will fill the Town Commission seat held by James Bonfiglio and an open seat formerly held by Richard Lucibella, who resigned in December. The term length is three years.

Profiles compiled by Steven J. Smith

Richard Bajakian…

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Lantana: Council rejects All Aboard Florida crossing agreement by 3-2 vote

By Mary Thurwachter



    Lantana said no to a crossing agreement with Florida East Coast Railway and All Aboard Florida.

    “This has to do with a second line for All Aboard Florida that they are going to be running through our town,” Mayor Dave Stewart explained during the Town Council’s Feb. 13 meeting, at which the council voted 3-2 against the agreement.

    Tequesta and Lantana are the only two municipalities involved in Palm Beach County that have…

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Lantana: Four candidates contend for two commission seats

    Lantana voters will choose from two candidates for each of two council seats. The town has no term limits. Term is three years.



Council Group 3

Tom Deringer

(incumbent)…

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Delray Beach: Six candidates contend for two commission seats

    The city of Delray Beach’s municipal election will take place March 14, as six candidates will compete for two seats on the City Commission. The winners will serve three-year terms.  Despite many phone calls and emails, seat 2 candidate Richard Alteus did not respond to our requests for information.

Profiles compiled by Steven J. Smith

Commission Seat…

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Ocean Ridge: Three newcomers join field after vice mayor’s resignation

By Dan Moffett



    Ocean Ridge voters will select two town commissioners from a field of four candidates running in the March 14 municipal election.

    All are familiar faces in the community.

    Incumbent Vice Mayor James Bonfiglio is seeking a second three-year term and faces challenges from Richard Bajakian, a Planning and Zoning Commission member, Don MaGruder, a frequent contributor to town meetings, and Nan Yablong, who played a leading role in…

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Briny Breezes: Mayor Hill stepping down

By Dan Moffett



    Briny Breezes Mayor Mike Hill says the Town Council doesn’t need him anymore and his grandchildren in the Midwest do. So it’s time to go.

    Hill announced his resignation Feb. 23, and with a wave and a smile, told council members he’d “had enough fun” working with …

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Lantana: Incumbents face challenges

    Two Lantana Council members will face opposition from political newcomers in the March 14 election.

    Vice Mayor Philip Aridas, who has served on the council since 2011, is being challenged by Suzanne Gordon, 38. She is a stay-at-home mom and Realtor.

    Aridas, 62, is a park ranger.

    Vice Mayor Pro Tem Tom Deringer, who has been on the council since 2002, is being opposed by Edward Shropshire, 64. He is a council watcher, works for a building materials company, is a…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Dorinda Burroughs

Dorinda Burroughs and her therapy dog, Ginny, work with children

in the after-school program at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach.

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Delray Beach: Tax-dollar incentives an issue in iPic discussions

By Jane Smith



    The iPic development team is asking Delray Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency for more money, even though it has not closed on its contract to buy the 1.6 acres for $3.6 million from the agency.

    The seventh amended contract had a Jan. 31 deadline, but the agency’s attorney said the contract was still valid. The closing date will be 30 days after iPic secures all of its permits, according to the CRA attorney.

    For the proposed…

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Obituary: Gayl Laymon Brown

    DELRAY BEACH — Gayl Laymon Brown passed away peacefully on Feb. 5. Gayl was a fixture in the Delray Beach community for over 60 years, having moved there with her family at the age of 12.  She was born Jan. 21, 1937, in St. Joseph, Ill., to Dr. Gayle and Margaret Laymon, and spent her early childhood in…

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Obituary: Krishna Gibson Espanet

    COUNTY POCKET — Krishna Gibson Espanet, a shining light of a million stars, passed away on Feb. 23 after a short but intense battle with cancer. Krishna was born in Boynton Beach Nov. 25, 1971, to Wendy Baldridge Christie and the late Danny Gibson.

    Krishna’s radiant personality and infectious smile gained…

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