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Obituary: Robert ‘Smitty’ Smith

By Willie Howard



    COUNTY POCKET — Robert “Smitty” Smith, an accomplished craftsman and a member of a pioneering wave of surfers who helped popularize the sport in Palm Beach County during the 1960s, died Oct. 31 of heart failure at his apartment in the County Pocket.

    He was…

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Boynton Beach: Commission set to review Town Square project as costs rise

Workers have been removing the windows and doors from the old high school as they prepare to renovate the historic building.  Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

    

    Boynton Beach wants to zip…

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Boynton Beach: Woman’s Club may house library during construction

By Jane Smith



    Boynton Beach administrators want to combine the library with a new city hall in the ambitious Town Square development.

    To do so, they are determining whether the Boynton Woman’s Club, recently purchased by the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, will work as a temporary location for the library from around April to the project’s scheduled completion in late 2019, said Colin Groff, assistant city manager.

    “It will be smaller,”…

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Lantana: Water Tower Commons ‘an eyesore’ after Irma

By Mary Thurwachter



    The Lantana Town Council approved the final plat for Water Tower Commons, the 72-acre retail and residential project on the site of the former A.G. Holley tuberculosis hospital east of Interstate 95. But some council members expressed their dismay about the property’s appearance, particularly after Hurricane Irma, during a Nov. 13 meeting.

    “It should be called Water Tower Dump by the way it looks right now,” said council member Phil…

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Lantana: Poker Night not in the cards for Chamber

By Mary Thurwachter

    

    Poker Night, a benefit card-playing event planned by the Lantana Chamber of Commerce and scheduled for Nov. 10, didn’t have a chance to unfold.

    Chamber members received word via email from Chamber Executive Director Lynn Smith that the event had to be canceled because state law considered the fundraiser — for a new awning for Chamber headquarters — gambling and therefore illegal.

    State law enforcement officers did not…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Sandra Featherman

Sandra Featherman of Highland Beach has spent much of her life as an educator, including 11 years as president of the University of New England in southern Maine.  She recently wrote a book about solving problems in higher education in this country.  “I care about…

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Delray Beach: Founder’s retirement means end to Sanctuary recovery homes

Nancy Steiner sits at one of the Sanctuary recovery homes. The Crossroads at Antigua Foundation board plans to close the Delray Beach operation as Steiner retires. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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South Palm Beach: Three in the running for South Palm manager’s job

By Dan Moffett



     South Palm Beach council members have cut their list of candidates for the vacant town manager position down to three, and Mayor Bonnie Fischer hopes to offer one of them a contract before the end of the year.

    “We want to get this filled as quickly as possible,” she said.

     Vice Mayor Robert Gottlieb said: “These are outstanding candidates. It’s an honor for this town to have that kind of response.”

     The council picked the…

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Along the Coast: Area crime numbers low for first half of year

By Rich Pollack



    Crime in South Palm Beach County’s five coastal communities remained low during the first half of 2017, dropping more than 20 percent from the same time last year, according to statistics released late last month from the Florida Department of Law…

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Briny Breezes: Briny interviews three for new manager’s job

By Dan Moffett



    Briny Breezes Town Council members have interviewed three finalists for the newly created town manager position and hope to have it filled by the end of the year.

     In all, seven candidates applied for the part-time job with an annual salary of about $50,000. After two hours of interviews on Nov. 17, council members said they were pleasantly surprised with the qualifications of the finalists.

    “People said we’d have a hard time…

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Business Spotlight: DAR salutes female veterans with a day of beauty

The veterans enjoy lunch at 50 Ocean following a day at nSpa in Delray Beach. The 10 women were honored for their service by the Henry Morrison Flagler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. They also were recognized during the city’s Veterans Day ceremony and attended…

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Along the Coast: After big year for nests, initiative to protect turtles expands to Boynton Inlet

Volunteers with Sea Turtle Adventures install collection canisters for used fishing line at the Boynton Inlet. Photo provided

By Steve Plunkett

    

    Sea turtles nested on South County beaches in mostly record…

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Ocean Ridge: Town, county agree on Inlet Park security plan

A sign mounted on the inlet bridge announces that jumping and diving are prohibited. …

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Boca Raton: City opens park at Wildflower site

By Steve Plunkett



    The public has a new spot downtown to watch boat traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway.

    City officials opened the Wildflower site, at the northwest corner of the Palmetto Park Road bridge over the waterway, to pedestrians and vehicles on Nov. 27.

    The 2.3-acre parcel is mostly parking lot, and Boca Raton is letting motorists park there free. Foot traffic can enter through a gate at the base of the bridge; vehicles get in via…

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Highland Beach: Holiday celebration moving inside St. Lucy Church

By Rich Pollack



    Highland Beach’s annual Light Up the Holidays celebration is on the move.

    Traditionally held in the Town Hall parking lot, Light Up the Holidays 2017 will be held in the parish hall at St. Lucy Catholic Church beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 4.

    As in years past, the event will feature the lighting of a Christmas tree and a menorah, refreshments and a performance by the Dimensional Harmony Choir from Boynton Beach High School.

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Boca Raton: New requirements snag progress on Midtown project

By Mary Hladky

    The proposed Midtown development faces significant new obstacles as a result of conditions imposed by both city staff and a city board that would delay the start of construction, reduce the size of the project and possibly torpedo it.

     Developer Crocker Partners drafted proposed ordinances that set a framework for how Midtown can be built. But that prompted complaints that the developer had assumed control of a city process, and the City…

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Manalapan: Expired sand transfer contract could give town a lever against beach project

By Dan Moffett



    Manalapan may have found a new bargaining chip to persuade Palm Beach County officials to forget about installing groins on beaches north of the town.

    It’s the sand transfer plant at the Boynton Beach Inlet.

    Town Attorney Keith Davis told Manalapan commissioners on Nov. 28 that the long-running contract between the town and the county to operate the plant expired earlier this year.

    “There are no agreements that bind…

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Boca Raton: Museum gets money for repairs

By Sallie James

    The Boca Raton Children’s Museum will receive a $100,000 city grant for repairs to a building known as the “cottage” at the popular museum, at 498 Crawford Blvd. City Council members approved the grant during the Nov. 14 council meeting.

     Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, a Boca Raton-based nonprofit organization, took over the struggling entity in September 2014.

     An estimated 20,000 people annually visit the museum,…

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Boca Raton: City firefighter wins three national titles

Boca Raton’s Irena Elmstrom, left, placed first in the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge U.S. Nationals with teammates Jacqueline Palmer, of Las Vegas, right, and Cheri Ardoin, of Lake Charles, La. in the Female Relay event. Photo provided by…

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Boca Raton: City code violators could be ticketed on the spot

By Sallie James



    Noisy renters beware: Boca Raton is considering a new code enforcement tactic that would allow violators to be fined on the spot.

    “Direct ticketing” is an alternative city officials say would produce instant results. The current system relies on a time-consuming process that sends a suspect to a special magistrate who must then determine if a violation occurred.

    The subject came up at a Nov. 13 workshop during a discussion about…

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