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Delray Beach: Public can meet two candidates for city manager

By Jane Smith

    

    Commissioners in late September selected three candidates to interview to become their next city manager. One dropped out the next day.

    A public reception will be held on Oct. 9 where community members can meet the two candidates in an informal setting, said W.D. Higginbotham Jr., senior vice president of The Mercer Group, hired to do the candidate search.

    Meeting the community is important for any city manager, Higginbotham…

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Delray Beach: iPic announces development partner, plans public offering

By Jane Smith



    The iPic luxury theater owner took on a joint venture developer partner back in May but never announced it. Some city leaders say the partnership makes sense because iPic is a theater owner and not a mixed-use developer. Others see it as part of the secrecy that has dogged the project since December 2013.

    “As this project will be logistically difficult for an experienced developer, I was pleased to learn iPic had partnered with an…

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Briny Breezes: Council to create manager’s position

By Dan Moffett



    Briny Breezes moved a step closer to hiring the first town manager in its history when the Town Council on Sept. 28 gave preliminary approval to an ordinance creating the position.

    “We’re in desperate need of administrative help,” said Alderman Bobby Jurovaty. “We can’t keep putting this off.”

    The ordinance provides a broad description of an employee who would assist council members in handling administrative duties and…

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Ocean Ridge: Ocean Ridge approves solar canopies for Oceanfront Park

By Dan Moffett

    Those rusted and ragged shade sails lining the parking lot at Boynton Beach Oceanfront Park are soon to give way to aluminum solar canopies as part of Florida Power & Light’s growing campaign to promote clean energy across the state.

    “The sails have been a nightmare problem for us,” Jeff Livergood, Boynton’s director of public works and engineering, told the Ocean Ridge Town Commission on Oct. 2. “The canopies will help educate people…

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Boynton Beach: Villages at East Ocean approval paves way for hundreds of residences

Apartments and town homes would be part of a development that extends between Third Street and the railroad tracks.

SOURCE: City of Boynton Beach 

By Jane Smith

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Along the Coast: Rescue, rehab and release — The saga of George Bush the turtle and those who nursed him back to health

SEPT. 15: On the morning of his release, a loggerhead turtle, named George Bush by his rescuers, swims in a holding tank at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…

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South Palm Beach: Town attorney resigns, citing conflict with council

By Dan Moffett



    Brad Biggs’ 11-year relationship with South Palm Beach ended abruptly Sept. 25 when the town attorney submitted his resignation, saying he had lost the support of some council members.

    “Some council persons now do not believe that I am the person they would desire to provide legal services for the town and they are unwilling or unable to accept such counsel from me,” Biggs wrote in a resignation letter. “I believe that ultimately, the only…

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Ocean Ridge: Lucibella lawyer hints at plans to sue town

By Steve Plunkett



    Former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella will sue the town and at least one of the officers who arrested him in an October 2016 shooting incident at his home, one of his lawyers told a Palm Beach County circuit judge.

    Lucibella believes, “among other claims,” that Officer Nubia Plesnik “used unnecessary force, that he was wrongfully arrested, that he was injured, and that as a result of his wrongful arrest he was divested of his…

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Delray Beach: Railroad fence being installed to prevent trespassing

By Jane Smith

    

    The contractor has begun installing a fence to block people from taking a short cut across the FEC Railway tracks in downtown Delray Beach.

    The work started on Oct. 3. It will take about two weeks for the aluminum rail fence to be finished along both sides of the tracks between Atlantic Avenue and Northeast First Street, said Joe Frantz, deputy director of public works. The fence will have pink bougainvillea planted at both ends and…

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Business Spotlight: Carlisle senior living community sold

The swimming pool at the Carlisle. Photo provided

By Christine Davis

    There’s been an ownership change at Carlisle Palm Beach in Lantana. The senior living community, at 450 E. Ocean Ave.,…

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Along the Coast: Bracelet sales power waterway cleanup company

Alex Schulze captains the boat as Andrew Cooper scoops trash from Lake Boca. Schulze and Cooper are owners of 4Ocean, a company that removes trash from area waterways. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Sallie…

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Health & Harmony: Teaming up to take on eating disorders

Marti LaTour and Michelle Klinedinst launched Viamar Health, which provides specialty services for the treatment of eating disorders, represented here by the elephant in the room. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Lona…

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Health Notes: Bethesda and Baptist Health South Florida merger finalized

Delray Medical Center honors hospital volunteers with Quilts of Valor for their military service. (l-r) Ron Price, Julio Mastrovito, Russell Sultenfuss, Mel Fishman and Charles Carroll. Photo provided

By Christine Davis

    Bethesda Health, headquartered in Boynton Beach, and…

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On the Water: Citing boat-wake damage, waterfront resident seeks slow-speed zone in ICW

Rene Gross says wakes from boats have pushed up planks and yanked mooring cleats from the wooden dock where he keeps his boats. His dock is on one of the spur canals perpendicular to the Intracoastal Waterway south of Woolbright Road. Willie Howard/The Coastal…

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Paws Up for Pets: Robotic pets offer comfort for residents at Delray senior center

Patricia Mendell comforts her mother, Margaret Mendell, who lies with robo-cat Butterscotch at Abbey Delray. Margaret Mendell turned 100 in June. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Arden Moore

    Every day and in many…

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Secret Garden: Lantana Nature Preserve will be a showcase in native plant recovery

Although the parking lot and paths of the Lantana Nature Preserve are covered in palm fronds and leaf litter, the trees and shrubs appear to have taken Hurricane Irma’s abuse in stride. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…

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Highland Beach: March referendum will determine funding for walkway

By Rich Pollack



It’s official — Highland Beach residents will have a chance in March to give town leaders the green light to spend as much as $2.1 million to replace a 3-mile-long walking path and improve surrounding areas.

Details of what that $2.1 million would pay for, however, are still not final since the scope of the plan needs to be fine-tuned and the overall project would require Florida Department of Transportation approval.

“The referendum in…

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Finding Faith: New assistant rector at St. Gregory’s wants to mend relationships

Deacon Ben Thomas

By Janis Fontaine

     Deacon and soon-to-be priest Ben Thomas is the new assistant rector at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Boca Raton. He sees himself as a reconciler in…

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Boca Raton: Potential for 2nd Tri-Rail station topic of new study

By Mary Hladky



    Tri-Rail officials are launching a new study to evaluate a proposed second Tri-Rail station in Boca Raton, a step forward in station planning that started in 2007 when the commuter rail identified a possible location near Glades Road and…

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Boca Raton: City Council, Beach & Park District agree on golf course purchase

By Steve Plunkett



City Council members agreed to lend the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District $24 million for its planned purchase of the private Ocean Breeze golf course in the north end of the city.

At a Sept. 26 joint meeting, Arthur Koski, the district’s executive director, promised the acquisition would transform the property into “a public golf course with a private course atmosphere.”

The district will rename the course Boca Raton National,…

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