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Editor's Note: Contest recognizes excellence of Coastal Star contributors

We enter journalism contests with mixed emotions. There’s something about journalists judging journalists that feels somewhat self-serving, and writing about these winnings feels unnecessarily boastful. Still, the staff at The Coastal Star are almost all freelancers and they work long and hard for modest financial compensation, so entering the fruits of their labor for professional recognition seems like the least we, the paper’s owners, can do.

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Coastal Star: Visionary environmentalist might be called a force of nature

Gordon Gilbert stands between the trunks of a gumbo limbo tree at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, which he helped found in 1984 in Boca Raton. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Obituary — Jeffrey Cail Ireland

OCEAN RIDGE — Jeffrey Cail Ireland, 32, died unexpectedly on Aug. 21.

He was born March 26, 1986, in Merrillville, Ind., to Jeffrey L. and Sandra (Rolfs) Ireland. 

Mr. Ireland’s family was proud that he graduated with a 4.2 GPA from high school.

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Gulf Stream: Gulf Stream School students to see safer classrooms, campus

By Rich Pollack

When students return to Gulf Stream School on Sept. 4, they’ll discover a campus more secure than ever before in the school’s 80-year history, and a staff more focused on safety.

Soon after the February shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the school’s leadership made procedural changes to enhance student safety. Then this summer, several additional physical security…

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Gulf Stream: Residents getting restless over lack of progress on new house

After nearly three years of construction, there has been a recent increase in the number of workers parking their vehicles outside this home on Polo Drive. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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Ocean Ridge: Lucibella defense drops speedy trial request

Richard Lucibella gestures to supporters after receiving a postponement in his trial. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…

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Ocean Ridge: System to capture runoff is among ideas to control Inlet Cay flooding

By Dan Moffett

The much anticipated engineering report on Ocean Ridge’s Inlet Cay neighborhood is giving residents a clearer picture about why their streets routinely flood after heavy rainfalls.

Consultant Robert Higgins told town commissioners on Aug. 6 that the 60-year-old, 16-acre manmade island has more than its share of drainage issues to resolve.

Higgins said that the drainpipes are too…

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New sailfish sculpture: Auditorium, Briny Breezes — Aug. 21

Briny Breezes residents Bill Birch and Susan Jaworski Gross,  along with recently hired Park Manager Donna Coates,  admire a new bronze statue of a…

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Briny Breezes: After concessions, town rehires building inspection company

By Dan Moffett

How to simplify Briny Breezes’ often complicated building permit procedures perplexed Town Council members as they considered a contract renewal for the town’s building services provider during their Aug. 23 meeting.

Three council members — Christina Adams, Bill Birch and Kathy Gross — balked at rehiring C.A.P. Government Inc. to handle building inspections and plan reviews.

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Along the Coast: More I-95 work on tap for Delray, Boynton

By Steve Plunkett

Late-night motorists on Interstate 95 from north of Atlantic Avenue to north of Gateway Boulevard should be prepared for lane closures for the next 14 or so months.

Work to resurface the 7.7-mile section in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach is scheduled to begin Sept. 9. The $15 million project includes drainage improvements, guardrail, rumble strips, signing and pavement markings, and traffic…

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Along the Coast: Caruso, Bonfiglio ready to face off in November election

By Steve Plunkett

Experience beat youth in the primary contests for District 89, with Mike Caruso and Jim Bonfiglio a big step closer to taking a seat in the Florida Legislature.

Caruso, 59, a barrier island resident and Delray Beach…

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Waterspout: On the beach, Delray Beach — Aug. 22

Shortly after sunrise on Aug. 22 a waterspout appeared over the ocean off the beach in Delray Beach. Delray resident Robert Schwartz was out for his morning walk between Casuarina Road and Bay Street when he captured this image with his iPhone. Photo provided by Robert…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Dave Magrogan

Dave Magrogan, owner of Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar in Delray Beach, lives in coastal Delray. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

As Dave Magrogan has learned, spending the first eight years of his…

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Boynton Beach: Moving of city services expected to finish this month

By Jane Smith

Boynton Beach plans to finish moving city services in September to make way for the 16-acre Town Square project.

City Hall staff moved in the last two weeks of August to a temporary site at 3301 Quantum Blvd., Suite 100. Phone numbers and office hours will be the same for all departments, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, said Eleanor Krusell, city spokeswoman.

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Boynton Beach/Ocean Ridge: Oceanfront Park to test waters with dog beach event

By Jane Smith

Boynton Beach is moving closer to allowing dogs on the beach at Oceanfront Park.

A majority of city commissioners agreed Aug. 21 to a trial event proposed by Wally Majors, recreation and parks director.

The event will be free and open to all dog owners, from 9 a.m. to noon on a Saturday in late October or November. “We want everyone to have fun,” Majors said.

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Lantana: Aquatic mural plan floats with mixed reviews

An aquatic- themed mural may soon cover this building on Ocean Avenue. Rendering provided

By Mary Thurwachter

Not everyone saw…

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Delray Beach: Police chief moves to role of acting assistant city manager

By Jane Smith

Jeff Goldman has traded his badge and Delray Beach police chief uniform for a suit-and-tie job as acting assistant city manager.

He was tapped by City Manager Mark Lauzier to spend the remaining months of his…

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Along the Coast: Cost leads Highland Beach to mull dropping Delray fire protection

Price, logistics of starting own department might prove too much, expert says

By Rich Pollack

Surprised by an increase in the cost of fire service for the next fiscal year, Highland Beach commissioners are again wondering whether it would make sense for the small community to have its own fire department.…

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South Palm Beach: Town agrees on tax rollback with big decisions ahead

By Dan Moffett

Despite having a hefty list of unresolved issues, the South Palm Beach Town Council has signed off on a rollback of the property tax rate for the 2019 budget year.

Council members have agreed to drop the current millage from $4 per $1,000 of taxable value to the full rollback rate of $3.79, which keeps tax revenues flat year-over-year.

Because taxable values are up about 5 percent…

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Lantana/Hypoluxo Island: Delayed water main project set to end Sept. 30

By Mary Thurwachter

Although it’s making  progress, Intercounty Engineering Inc., the firm hired to install water main pipes on Hypoluxo Island’s South Atlantic Drive, remains behind schedule and now has a projected Sept. 30 completion date. The contractor is being fined $500 a day by Mathews Consulting Inc., Lantana’s engineering firm.

“The contractor completed the…

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