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Delray Commission raises tax rate; hopes to reduce it later

By Margie Plunkett



Delray Beach commissioners approved a tax rate slightly higher than last year’s, but hope to lower it a little by making more budget cuts.

Commisioners can still reduce the preliminary rate of $7.41 per $1,000 of assessed property value before adopting their budget. But they can’t increase it.

Town Manager David Harden recomended a rate of at least $7.59, but commissioners went with the lower limit after a great deal of deliberation at their Aug. 3 meeting.… Continue

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Born beautiful, Gulf Stream's grand old lady gets a face-lift





By Mary Thurwachter

As manager of the Gulf Stream Golf Club, Kevin M. Bauer has become adept at politely saying no to brides-to-be who dream of holding their wedding receptions at the clubhouse. Those kinds of requests come often and anyone who drives by the gorgeous seaside property at 2401 N. Ocean… Continue

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Delray Beach: Idyll of boat life a real life for fortunate few





By Dianna Smith



As the sun rises each morning, when the water is calm and other people are still sound asleep, Jim and Sande Strong peer across their deck and are reminded why they are some of the luckiest people in Delray Beach.…



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Editorial: Scary times mean hard decisions; perhaps you can help

I’ve worked under university grants that were discontinued for lack of funding, for Internet start-ups that failed when the hi-tech bubble burst and for an

industry that needed to purge itself of well-paid middle management when the

real estate bubble burst.



You could say I’ve been “busted” a few times.…



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A Coastal Star: Young minister succeeding on his mission





By C.B. Hanif



Rev. Aaron Janklow arrived at the First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach doing what any congregation wants of a new clergyman. The result is TnT — or Twenties

’n’ Thirties — the popular young professionals group he leads.…



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BRINY BREEZES: Mayor tells board to look for replacement

By Emily J. Minor



Briny Breezes Mayor Roger Bennett told town officials recently they need to plan for his retirement. He wants to give up the mayor’s seat so he and his wife,

Barbara, can do some more traveling.


“I

would like…

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Delray Beach: Paid-parking proposal for downtown meets resistance



By Margie Plunkett



A recent study of parking in downtown Delray Beach would remove a feature that some merchants believe keeps the shopping area bustling — free parking.



The study by Kimley-Horn Associates Inc., which was presented at…

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Along the Avenues: Celebrity chefs find recipes for success in hotel restaurants

By Thom Smith

Let’s face it, chefs are sexy, the new rock stars. And for those who love TV dinners,

Top Chef is the ultimate. Culinary

gladiators square off with saucepans and skewers in a wild and tasty quest for

fortune and fame. The latest series is even more inviting to the local crowd

because one of the competitors has a local hook. Actually, several.…




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Lantana: LAA teams with town to keep up sports fields; tax rate holds steady



By Margie Plunkett



Lantana has approved a lease deal with the Lantana Athletic Association that gives it use of a portion of the Sports Complex for free in exchange for maintaining the

quadruplex for the next baseball and softball season.…



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Lantana: Town lets fans keep music playing until 11 p.m.

By Tim O’Meilia



Let the music play on, play on, play on.



That’s the Lionel Ritchie All Night Long message most of the nearly 200 people who attended the Lantana Town Council

meeting July 12 delivered.…



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South Palm Beach: Lively meeting generates shout-fest, ballot items and a tentative tax rate

By Tim O’Meilia



A heated argument between the South Palm Beach mayor and a council member ignited an extended round of shouting and catcalling from residents who attended the

July 27 Town Council meeting.



At the center of it all: the Palm Beach Oceanfront…

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Beach tar’s trail can be determined with tests



By Antigone Barton



While authorities still can’t say when, where and how much oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon drill site might show up on local beaches, they can say where the first

tar balls spotted here will go next.



Packaged as a…

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Delray Beach: Waste-contract inquiry concludes with aim to fix flaws in process



By Margie Plunkett



Delray Beach finished sifting through its trash in July, ending an investigation of refuse hauler Waste Management’s billing that turned up about $76,000 due the

city and several dysfunctional business practices. No impropriety on the part

of either party was discerned.…



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Medfly eradication efforts seem to be working

By Jan Norris





The Mediterranean fruit fly invasion is likely on its last wings, according to Mark Fagan, spokesman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services — the agency responsible for containing the pest.…



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Trees, leafless and forlorn, a sad sight for all



By Tim Norris



Among the dozens of the dead and dying and the iffy west of the bridge along George Bush Boulevard in Delray Beach, one Calophyllum inophyllum is emphatically alive.



Even the experts can’t say why. Within a single variety, trees show quirks and personality, tree service owner and Mounts Botanical Garden Board President Michael…

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Mad about (tropical, timeless) Lilly

By Mary Jane Fine

They’re cool. They’re cotton. They’re colorful.

They’re addictive.

And in coastal South Florida, they’ve long been summer’s uniform: the Lilly Pulitzer classic shift.

“My… Continue

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Meet Your Neighbor — Robert Schonfeld: South Palm Beach



Robert Schonfeld of South Palm Beach may be retired, but from March 1 through Oct.31,

he gets up at the crack of dawn and works every day — come rain, shine or hurricane.




His neighbors call him the Turtle Man, because he walks the five-eighths-mile South Palm Beach shoreline, counting and marking…

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What you need to know about sea turtle nesting season

Here’s some turtle low-down, according to Robert Schonfeld:

Endangered species

There are only seven species of sea turtles — all endangered — and under the Endangered Species Act, the government keeps a record on them, so from year to year, we can see whether we are making progress protecting them. Sea turtlesare… Continue

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One play date and she fell hard for ice skating

By Angie Francalancia

The sun rising over the Atlantic warms the sand and sparkles off the ocean, making a beautiful image framed by the sliders in Jackie Balestrieri’s bedroom window.



The 8-year-old is oblivious to the perfect beach day developing outside the Mayfair…

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Obituary — Scott Ellington: Delray Beach



By Emily J. Minor

DELRAY BEACH — Scott

Ellington, a Florida native who grew up in Panama City and always loved the

water, died in July after a battle with a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

He was 66.…

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