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Boca Raton: Board OKs 6-story condo proposed for A1A at Palmetto Park Road

Condo balconies are cantilevered.

Rendering by GS4 Studios

By Sallie James



    A proposed six-story, 70-unit condo complex slated for the southwest corner of South Ocean…

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Boca Raton: Opponents want hearing officer to review Wildflower ordinance

By Steve Plunkett

    The group that wants to invalidate an ordinance reserving city-owned land on the Intracoastal Waterway for public uses has withdrawn its lawsuit but has not dropped its complaint.

     ForBoca.org Inc., which is led by former Chamber of Commerce chief Mike Arts, will seek a decision from an administrative law judge, or hearing officer, instead of a circuit judge.

     “We definitely are pursuing the case, but we’re pursuing it…

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Boca Raton: Public asked to offer more ideas for waterfront parks

By Steve Plunkett



    The city will have a “public outreach meeting” April 3 to discuss its waterfront parks and gather ideas from Boca Raton residents.

    The session, hosted by Fort Lauderdale-based consultant EDSA Inc., is designed to give the public a chance to “ask questions, express opinions and make suggestions and comments” on current and future uses of the city’s waterfront properties, which include Spanish River, Red Reef and South Beach parks and the…

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Boca Raton: Boca logs 1st turtle nest of 2017

By Steve Plunkett



    Just like last year, a mommy leatherback turtle has kicked off nesting season in Boca Raton.

    Gumbo Limbo Nature Center spotters found 2017’s first sea turtle nest March 25 in Spanish River Park. The location was well north of a city project placing sand on the beach south of the Boca Raton Inlet.

    Nesting season in South Florida is March 1 to Oct. 31. Boca Raton’s daily numbers are posted at…

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Highland Beach: Voting at Town Hall declared problem-free

New Commissioner Elyse Riesa takes her oath of office at Town Hall on March 23,

assisted by Deputy Town Clerk Lanelda Gaskins.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Boca Raton: City exploring ride alternatives to fill Downtowner role

By Mary Hladky

    

    New downtown transportation alternatives are edging closer to reality — if the city can find business partners willing to help.

    City Council members, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency board, agreed at their Feb. 27 meeting to request proposals from private companies on how much they will charge the city to help it launch downtown transportation options.

    The goal is to decrease downtown traffic congestion by getting…

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Boca Raton: Owners of after-hours bars say Boca’s 2 a.m. alcohol cutoff will hurt business

By Sallie James



    When most city bars and restaurants are shutting down for the night, the after-hours crowd at Nippers and the Blue Martini is just starting to drift in.

    But the last call for alcohol may get moved up, and the owners of these bars say the change would put them out of business.

City Council members at their March 28 meeting introduced an ordinance prohibiting businesses from serving alcohol after 2 a.m. The change only affects bars in…

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Boca Raton: FIND money sought for parks

    Boca Raton hopes the Florida Inland Navigation District will help pay to revitalize canoe trails and boardwalks within Rutherford and Lake Wyman parks.

    City Council members March 28 agreed to apply for a cost-sharing FIND grant to cover approximately half the $320,000 cost of engineering, permitting and design of the project.

    The grant would come from the district’s 2017 Waterways Assistance Program, which has provided more than $205 million to local governments over the…

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Delray Beach: City says vandalized lifeguard towers likely to be replaced — eventually

Jason Richter, Delray Beach Ocean Rescue, climbs a temporary lifeguard tower recently. The tower is a replacement

for N-1, the defunct tower pictured at rear. The city wants to replace all of the lifeguard…

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Boca Raton: O’Rourke wins council seat; incumbents re-elected

By Steve Plunkett



    Andrea O’Rourke, who as president of the Golden Triangle Homeowners Association often criticized downtown development and traffic congestion as enemies to quality of life, plans to be “a voice of the residents” in her new seat on the City Council.

    “I’m super excited, very hopeful, [and] looking into the future,” said O’Rourke, who replaced Deputy Mayor Michael Mullaugh on the dais.

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Boca Raton: City digs channel through inlet shoal after finishing central beach project

Contractor Weeks Marine pumps sand from the shoal just outside the Boca Raton Inlet on March 28. The…

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Boca Raton: Paralyzed college student to participate in Wings for Life Run fundraiser

Brooke Thabit, who was born in Boca Raton, became an ambassador for Wings of Life

after a diving accident left her paralyzed. Thabit has regained some movement in her arms.

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Boca Raton: I-95 interchange at Spanish River about 90 percent done

By Steve Plunkett



    The last week of March was scheduled to be a busy one for construction teams at the new Spanish River interchange on Interstate 95.

    Workers closed Spanish River Boulevard overnight March 28 to pour a bridge deck. They also planned to close Airport Road overnight March 30 for a bridge deck pour.

    Also on March 30, they expected to permanently close the old northbound exit ramp to westbound Yamato Road. The exit ramp — with traffic…

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Spring has Sprung

Children look at an inflatable shark as kites fill the sky during the Air Waves kite-flying event March 18 at Boynton Beach’s Oceanfront Park. The kites were mostly designs of aquatic creatures.

Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Boca Raton: Rehabbed turtle heads north, but not too far

Five-oh splashes in the surf at Red Reef Park before Caitlin Bovery (left in blue shirt) repositioned

the recovered sea turtle deeper in the water so it could swim away. Bovery said juvenile turtles are not used…

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Along the Coast: Homelessness taxing efforts of providers

Volunteers serve homeless and low-income people at the Caring Kitchen in Delray Beach,

which CROS Ministries runs. The kitchen has about 150 volunteers.

Tim Stepien/The…

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Grandkids visiting? Here's where to take them

Charlie Merk, 10, plays pinball at Silverball Museum in Delray Beach, which has arcade games from three generations. Dana (left), Charlie and Amy Merk were visiting Charlie’s grandfather Justin Kelleher (rear).  The Merks are from Hingham, Mass.,…

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Along the Coast: What's blooming at the beach?

 Native plants keep the dunes healthy

Bay bean (Canavalia rosea), a vine that trails along beach…

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Cruiser Palooza: Delray Beach Playhouse

April 22: The ninth-annual fundraiser to benefit the Southeast Spinal Cord Injury Fund will support Cruise Bogle, who was paralyzed in a skimboarding accident eight years ago. The event will have a live band. Support comes from the Delray Beach Playhouse and Ellie’s…

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Pay it Forward: Conference aims to spotlight, support young caregivers

Connie Siskowski (right), founder and president of the American Association of Caregiving Youth, and Jan Savarick, an ongoing supporter of the organization. Photo provided

By Amy Woods

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