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Editor’s Note: With anger everywhere, violence not a surprise

We lock our doors when there’s only one person in the office. We lock them when we’re working at night.

There’ve been times when we’ve asked local law enforcement to keep an eye on our office and our employees. We’ve been screamed at on the telephone and had hateful postings on the online and social media versions of our stories. And, of course, we’ve been threatened with lawsuits and sued over our reporting.

Let that all sink in.

We’re a 17,000-circulation, monthly…

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Letter to the Editor: Press is best defense of liberty

This congregation was devastated to learn of the shooting in Annapolis June 28 and we are praying for the victims and their families.

While our heart is with the Capital Gazette we can’t imagine what each of you may be experiencing with your colleagues’ suffering. The work each of you produces shines light on the communities where we live and work and provides greater clarity and understanding of those forces that impact our daily lives.

Journalists shouldn’t have to…

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Delray Beach: City adds two from public to CRA board after outcry over commission’s takeover

By Jane Smith



Unfair. Disrespectful. Insulting. Deceptive. Racial undertones.

Several black community members have spoken those words at Delray Beach City Commission meetings since the beginning of April when commissioners voted to take over the city’s redevelopment board.

A few hours before the June 5 meeting, where Community Redevelopment Agency board expansion was on the commission agenda, the politics ramped up a notch.

Reggie Cox, a former…

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Delray Beach: Changes add to costs of new lifeguard towers

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach city commissioners approved changes to the city’s eight lifeguard towers that will add more than $21,000 to what some have called “mini condos” that now sit on the beach.

One change order on June 19 included seven items: extra 30 days to pressure-treat the lumber in a more environmentally friendly manner; extra seven days to pick the correct color schemes; extra 14 days to comply with state regulations to protect nesting sea turtles;…

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Boynton Beach: City hires new police chief from Fort Lauderdale PD

By Jane Smith



The new Boynton Beach police chief, Michael G. Gregory, will start July 9.

Gregory, assistant police chief in Fort Lauderdale, was selected by the Boynton Beach city manager in mid-June from 83 applicants.

He is negotiating the contract details with the city. …

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Ocean Ridge: Drainage issues straining town budget

By Dan Moffett



Problems caused by rising seas are forcing rising expenditures to seep into the Ocean Ridge budget.

During the next fiscal year, town commissioners are considering spending roughly $125,000 on new stormwater infrastructure for the flood-prone Inlet Cay neighborhood, $47,000 to maintain and repair existing drain pipes, another $33,000 to install new drains, and $20,000 for swale construction.

There’s also $12,000 set aside in the proposed…

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Along the Coast: Plans for luxury condos near Briny put busy developer in spotlight

The eastern facade of Gulf Stream Views as seen from Old Ocean Boulevard. Rendering provided

By Jane Smith



Briny Breezes residents will soon be neighbors with luxury townhome owners living on the south side of…

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Manalapan: Greene property hit with code violations as Manalapan cites ‘dreadful’ conditions

By Dan Moffett

Billionaire Palm Beach real estate entrepreneur Jeff Greene is busy campaigning around the state for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Officials in Manalapan would rather see him repairing the house he owns at 4020 S. Ocean Blvd.

Three years ago, Greene and his…

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Manalapan: Publix pushes toward finish

A construction crew works on the parking lot in Plaza del Mar while another works on the roof of the new Publix under construction. Publix officials hope for an early August opening but say the date will not be confirmed until Manalapan issues a certificate of occupancy for…

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Manalapan: Town ponders how to attract police as hiring plan stalls

By Dan Moffett

Manalapan began the year with ambitious plans to expand its Police Department by 50 percent. Those plans have stalled lately over problems recruiting and keeping qualified officers, despite a hefty across-the-board increase in pay.

Police Chief Carmen Mattox says he has eight full-time uniformed officers now and has made no progress expanding the department to 12 as the Town Commission unanimously approved earlier this year.

“We’re just…

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Ocean Ridge: Town wrestles with ways to hasten revisions to building code

By Dan Moffett

Ocean Ridge officials are quickly learning that it’s much easier to put on a construction moratorium than to take it off.

The Town Commission took the unprecedented step of halting new projects in May after concerns arose over loopholes in building rules that could allow the construction of oversized houses or, worse, sober homes. Mayor James Bonfiglio said the town needed time to work on code and zoning revisions that had needed attention for…

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Delray Beach: City moving toward ban on plastic straws

By Jane Smith



The Delray Beach City Commission likely will vote to phase in a ban on plastic straws at its July 10 meeting, when it considers an ordinance requiring restaurants, bars and other beverage purveyors to supply plastic straws only upon customer request.

In May, the city’s Green Implementation Advisory Board passed a resolution asking for the ban, said Ana Puszkin-Chevlin, sustainability officer and liaison with the board.

“It came from the…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Betty Bingham

Betty Bingham, a former Ocean Ridge town commissioner, has been active in many community initiatives, from protecting sea turtles to saving sand dunes. She enjoys time with her fox terrier, Mindy. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Along the Coast: Cities, towns prepare for hurricane season

Related story: Irma: What we learned

By Jane Smith

When Hurricane Irma swept through southern Palm Beach County last September, power poles snapped like twigs, wind-driven debris blocked streets and residents sat powerless for days amid temperatures in the 90s.

Irma’s damage cost area…

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Along the Coast: Irma: What we learned

Debris removal was a huge headache along the coast. 2017 Coastal Star file photo

By Jane Smith

Nearly a year after Hurricane Irma, South County coastal cities are honing lessons into actions to prepare…

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Delray Beach: Downtown landowner sues over building height limit

By Jane Smith

Billy Himmelrich and his business partner are suing Delray Beach for $6.9 million over a 2015 decision that limited the height they can build on properties they own on Atlantic Avenue.

In February 2015, the City Commission placed a three-story height limit downtown after 18 months of meetings. Residents wanted to preserve the small-town look of East Atlantic Avenue between Swinton Avenue and the Intracoastal Waterway.

“This is a taking under…

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Delray Beach: Paid parking downtown starts with grace period

By Jane Smith

Free parking in downtown Delray Beach ended in late June.

The city has installed 32 smart parking kiosks on Atlantic Avenue between Swinton Avenue and the Intracoastal Waterway and one block north and south of Atlantic.

Meters are enforced from noon to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and noon to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Drivers will each need to note their license plate number and go to the nearest kiosk to pay by credit card, cash or…

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Gulf Stream: Commissioners say construction workers can’t arrive before 8 a.m.

By Steve Plunkett

Plumbers, carpenters and other construction crews may no longer show up early or stay late. Town commissioners in June tightened long-standing rules that limit work to between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

“Construction activity and work in the town shall not be permitted until after 8 o’clock, because the arrival of contractors and subcontractors is not permitted until 8 o’clock. So that’s the distinction. It’s not just work beginning at 8…

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South Palm Beach: South Palm reconsiders Town Hall renovation

By Dan Moffett



South Palm Beach council members are going to take a second look at plans to renovate their aging Town Hall.

They unanimously agreed June 12 to hire North Palm Beach architect John Bellamy to review the structure and the renovation proposals the town received from another architect last year. The review will cost the town $5,000. Town Manager Mo Thornton recommended Bellamy to the council. He worked with Thornton to renovate the Atlantis Town…

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Lantana: Ethics complaint against mayor dismissed

By Mary Thurwachter

The Florida Commission on Ethics in June dismissed one of two complaints filed by Lantana resident Catherine Padilla against Mayor David Stewart.

The complaint, filed on March 27, accused Stewart of using sexual innuendo during a Kiwanis Club dinner at the Whistle Stop…

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