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Gulf Stream: Future underground wire costs outlined



By Steve Plunkett



Homeowners would pay $800 to $1,100 a year for 20 years to put overhead electric, telephone and cable TV wires underground, the town’s consulting engineer says.



The cost will depend on how much each household benefits from…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 2, 2010 at 11:27am — No Comments

Gulf Stream budget update

Proposed tax rate: $2.87 per $1,000 of taxable value*

2009-10 tax rate: $2.87 per $1,000 of taxable value

Change in property value: 5.8 percent decrease

Total Budget (Operating and Capital): $2.6 million

Total proposed cuts/savings: More revenue sharing dollars, received early… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 2, 2010 at 11:26am — No Comments

Delray Beach: City won’t seek PBSO bid for police services



By Margie Plunkett



The Delray Beach City Commission’s decision to explore turning to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for police protection was dropped as quickly as it was

launched early last month, deflated after the panel learned that seeking a

quote would be a one-shot opportunity, among other…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 2, 2010 at 11:22am — No Comments

Delray Beach: Beach boat storage rate likely to increase



Delray Beach has set a course to boost the price of storing a sailboat on the beach.



Commissioners passed an ordinance on first reading Aug. 17 to increase the annual fee for storing a sailboat on the municipal beach to $250 plus sales tax, up from $200.

The rate hasn’t been changed since…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 2, 2010 at 11:21am — No Comments

Delray Beach budget update

Tentative tax rate: $7.41 per $1,000 of taxable value*

2009-10 tax rate: $7.19 per $1,000 taxable value

Change in property value: 12.7 percent decrease

Initial Budget Target (Operating and Capital): $100.1 million, as per Aug. 3.

Total proposed cuts/savings: $3.9 million…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 2, 2010 at 11:19am — No Comments

Along the Avenues: Omphoy still seeks recipe for success









By Thom Smith



Colonel Sanders was the chicken king, but Michelle Bernstein may be the new queen, and if enough of her subjects seek an audience, it could be good news for…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 2, 2010 at 11:13am — No Comments

Along the Coast: Growth opponents delighted by courts rejection of SB 360



By Angie Francalancia



Leaders in the coastal communities were rejoicing over the recent news that controversial Senate Bill 360 had been declared unconstitutional — a bill they

believed would have opened the door to rampant coastal development and

thousands of additional drivers on A1A.…



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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 1, 2010 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Manalapan: Diamond returns to commission

By Tim O’Meilia



Basil Diamond, the man who led the battle to revamp Manalapan’s voting system eight years ago, is back on the Town Commission. But he isn’t the mayor, as many had

hoped.



Instead, commissioners chose Vice Mayor Kelly Gottlieb, who was Diamond’s cohort in the…

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Along the Coast: Branch closing could cost Wachovia some island customers

By Dianna Smith



The Wachovia Bank near Briny Breezes is closing and consolidating with a nearby branch, leaving longtime customers with one less bank on the island.



The bank is scheduled to close on Sept. 21.…



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SOUTH PALM BEACH: Council votes to keep same bar hours at inn

By Tim O’Meilia



For the second month in a row, the South Palm Beach Town Council rejected a request by the Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn by the same 3-2 vote.



In July, the request was to operate watercraft. On Aug. 25, it was to extend bar hours on Friday and Saturday nights from…

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Briny Breezes/Ocean Ridge: Traffic-light cameras being researched

By Emily J. Minor



Ocean Ridge Police Chief Chris Yannuzzi is looking into red-light and surveillance cameras for the two major intersections in the town of Ocean Ridge, and he’s including Briny

Breezes in that research.


If it…

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Lantana: Retiring chief set a professional tone for Lantana Police Department

Name: Richard Lincoln

Age: 60

Years in Lantana: 10

Past Life: Began his police career in the city of Delray… Continue

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South Palm Beach budget update

Proposed tax rate: $4.50 per $1,000 of taxable property value* (does not include proposed $3.46 per $1,000 Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue tax now billed directly to homeowners)

2009-10 tax rate: $7.65 per $1,000 of taxable property value.

Change in property value: 14.6 percent decrease

Total Budget (Operating and Capital): $1.9… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 1, 2010 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Manalapan budget update

Tentative tax rate: $3.10 per $1,000 taxable property value*

2009-10 tax rate: $2.80 per $1,000 taxable property value

Change in property value: 5.5 percent decrease

Total Budget (Operating and Capital): $3.5 million general fund budget; $20,765 library fund budget; $4.6 million utility fund budget; $1.7 million estimated… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 1, 2010 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge budget update

Tentative tax rate: $5.40 per $1,000 of taxable value*

2009-10 tax rate: $5.40 per $1,000 of taxable value

Change in property value: 7.2 percent decrease

Total Budget (Operating and Capital): $5.3 million

Total proposed cuts/savings: Proposes using $73,569 from reserves…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 1, 2010 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Briny Breezes budget update

Tentative tax rate: $10 per $1,000 taxable property value*

2009-10 tax rate: $10 per $1,000 taxable property value

Change in property value: 6.3 percent decrease

Total Budget (Operating and Capital): $740,000

Total proposed cuts/savings: Would stay the same. Income to the town is… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 1, 2010 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Lantana budget update

Tentative tax rate: $3.24 per $1,000 assessed property value*

2009-10 tax rate: $3.24 per $1,000 assessed property value

Change in property value: 17 percent decrease

Total Budget (Operating and Capital): $7.8 million general fund expenditures…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 1, 2010 at 4:22pm — No Comments

Lantana/Hypoluxo Island: Town wants rent from County Fire

Lantana Town Council threatened to evict the county from Fire Station 37 if it didn’t agree to pay at least $55,000 plus utilities for its tenancy at the building.



Town Manager Mike Bornstein said early in August that he and the town attorney had met with County Administrator Robert Weisman and Fire Chief Steve Jerauld to

negotiate the lease at the…

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BOYNTON BEACH: Hope lingers for the restoration of the old Boynton High School



By Antigone Barton



A casual passerby might have trouble imagining the battered old building in downtown Boynton Beach as the vibrant gathering place city commissioners hoped

for at their August meeting.



But coastal residents who went to…

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Lantana Police Chief History



1921 — Town of Lantana is incorporated with a population of 100 residents.



Jan. 12, 1925 — Daniel McCarly becomes the town’s first police chief. In January 1927, McCarly and the town’s past treasurer…

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