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Along the Coast: Sober home crisis forces state lawmakers into action

Related Story: As overdose numbers soar, cities seek sober home regulation

By Mary Hladky



    Previous efforts to crack down on unscrupulous drug treatment centers and sober homes have largely languished in the Florida Legislature.

    But that changed in the…

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Gulf Stream: 11th-hour talks bring peace between Gunther Volvo and neighbors

By Steve Plunkett

    

    A proposed three-story garage that Place Au Soleil feared would bring unwelcome noise and light will instead be a concrete reminder of good-neighborliness.

    Eleventh-hour negotiations between Gulf Stream and Gunther Volvo resulted in a series of concessions just before Delray Beach’s Site Plan Review and Appearance Board gave the project its final OK.

    Four members of the public commented at the May 10 SPRAB meeting — Gulf…

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Manalapan: Impasse over sign design delaying Publix project

By Dan Moffett



    The landlords of Manalapan’s Plaza del Mar hoped to be knocking down buildings to make way for a new Publix by now.

    They’re not, for two reasons: The supermarket chain’s architects haven’t been able to design a sign…

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Manalapan: Hypoluxo chooses Boynton over Manalapan for water supply

By Dan Moffett



    The prospect of lower rates and improved customer relations was enough to persuade Hypoluxo council members to end a decades-old relationship with Manalapan and switch to Boynton Beach for water services.

    On May 17, the Town Council unanimously approved a plan to negotiate an early end to the current contract with Manalapan and work out the final details of a deal to join Boynton’s fast-growing utility system.

    “We heard proposals…

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Along the Coast: Mainland building boom prompts renewed call for unified fire-rescue

By Steve Plunkett

    

    A new potential for heavy growth on Federal Highway at the Woolbright Road and Ocean Avenue intersections has the barrier island-based Florida Coalition for Preservation sounding the alarms.

    Boynton Beach has changed its comprehensive plan, future land use map, zoning and all its land development regulations to permit much denser growth than before at the bases of the bridges to the island, said Kristine de Haseth, the coalition’s…

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Ocean Ridge: Town facing budget decisions to deal with growth

By Dan Moffett



    Ocean Ridge is 86 years old, essentially built-out and with a population that has stayed largely stable through the past two decades.

    But this doesn’t mean the town can avoid growing pains.

    Town commissioners are finding that out as they begin to put together the budget for fiscal 2018.

    Increased traffic to the beach from across the bridge has brought calls for more police presence and road improvements. A surge in home…

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Ocean Ridge: Town braces for possible police brutality lawsuit

By Steve Plunkett



    Ocean Ridge officials have an outside attorney standing by to defend them in case former Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella makes good on his threat to sue the town for alleged police brutality.

    Lucibella’s lawyer, Marc Shiner, said fellow West Palm Beach attorney Andrea Amigo represents the town “in anticipation of litigation that has not been filed.”…

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Boynton Beach: Voluntary smoke-free areas established at beach park

Smoke-free zone signs are in place at Oceanfront Park.

Tom Warnke/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith



    Boynton Beach has…

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Lantana: Town not planning to remove seaweed from the beach

By Mary Thurwachter



    Cynthia Cain goes to the beach every day.

    “I’m not much of a sunbather type of girl, but I like to walk along the shore and swim,” the Lantana resident said. “I have six grandchildren 10 and under and I like to take them, too.”

    But by the third weekend in May, Cain wasn’t loving the beach so much. She said she was “totally disgusted with all the seaweed” that was covering the beach. It has been bad for a while, she said, but…

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Briny Breezes: Town looking to hire part-time manager

By Dan Moffett



    The Briny Breezes Town Council is moving forward with plans to create an administrative position and to hire a part-time manager to fill it before the end of the summer.

    Council President Sue Thaler said she hopes to assemble a volunteer committee of several residents during the June 22 town meeting to help define the job description for the new manager’s position.…

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Along the Coast: County’s study of U.S. 1 aims for unified vision

Workshop members in Boca Raton take a walking tour of U.S. 1, also known as Federal Highway.

Workshops are set this month for Delray Beach and Boynton Beach.

Tim Stepien/The…

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Delray Beach: iPic deal closes

By Jane Smith



    The long-awaited iPic deal closed on May 16.

    The developer paid $3.6 million to the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency for 1.6 acres between Southeast Fourth and Fifth avenues, just south of Atlantic Avenue.

    When complete in 2020, the iPic complex will boast 497 luxury seats in eight screening rooms with a total of 44,979 square feet and a 42,446-square-foot office building where iPic has agreed to move its corporate…

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Meet Your Neighor: James Blumenfeld

James Blumenfeld, co-owner of Meridian Art Experience in Delray Beach’s Pineapple Grove,

displays works mainly from local artists and offers services for collectors.

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Delray Beach: City Commission keeps CRA board independent

By Jane Smith

    

    With a 15-minute soliloquy, Delray Beach’s mayor cast the deciding vote to keep the Community Redevelopment Agency board independent from the City Commission.

    “The hasty manner in which we got here does not produce an environment in which cooler heads prevail,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said.

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Gulf Stream: O’Hare may face sanctions over public records requests

By Steve Plunkett



    Town resident Chris O’Hare’s “bad faith conduct” in seeking hundreds of public records may leave him liable for Gulf Stream’s hefty legal bill and even sanctions, a circuit judge has ruled.

    In a case O’Hare filed against the town, Judge Thomas Barkdull III said Gulf Stream did not unjustifiably delay its response to a public records request from O’Hare and his conduct bars the relief he sought, namely the records plus his own…

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Obituary: Mark Harris

By Dan Moffett



    SOUTH PALM BEACH — Mark Harris worked for 27 years as a paramedic with the Fire Department of New York, and on 9/11 arrived at Ground Zero just as the second airplane hit the tower.

    Years later, after retiring to South Palm Beach, Mr. Harris became a popular lecturer on emergency response and told his audiences how that tragic day taught him about the random nature of life and death.

    He recalled standing in a group of first…

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Obituary: John R. Pisapia

By Emily J. Minor



    BOCA RATON — John R. Pisapia, a lifelong student of education who loved traveling and learning from leaders in other parts of the world, died May 2 after becoming ill last summer. He was 79.

    Although unable to speak in the last months of his life, Dr. Pisapia — on staff as a professor and department head at Florida…

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Obituary: Ray Flow

By Emily J. Minor



    LANTANA — Ray Flow, the son of North Carolina tobacco sharecroppers who left his small hometown to join the service and then moved to Florida to marry, start a family and surround himself in community, died May 19.

    Mr. Flow was 76.

    Widowed in 1997 when…

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County Pocket: Hydrants now mapped after threat of insurance rate rise

By Jane Smith

    

    Fourteen years after Boynton Beach installed fire hydrants in the County Pocket, its seven hydrants were finally mapped in May.

    “We rely on water departments to send the information,” David Sauls, a fire safety specialist with…

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County Pocket: Citizens group proposes nude beach at Gulfstream Park

By Thom Smith



    Humans have swum naked in Florida waters for millennia, but as the state’s 1,350 miles of coastline have become more congested, pressure has grown to “suit up.” Only one beach — Haulover in Miami — is officially “clothing optional.”

    That could change if a Palm Beach County citizens group persuades the County Commission that such a beach would be good for business.

    In a May 16 letter to the commission, the Palm Beach County Freedom…

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