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Finding Faith: Chabad of East Delray’s new co-director wants to build a community

Rabbi Shmuel Biston leans heavily on his wife, Sarah, in his new role as the chabad’s co-director. Photo provided

By Janis Fontaine

    For Shmuel Biston, being a rabbi is the family business. His…

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Christmas tree at Halloween

Isabella Ghislandi of Boynton Beach does her best Supergirl pose for her mother, Laura, as they join ‘Trick-or-Treat Along the Avenue’ on Oct. 29 near Old School Square in Delray Beach. The lighting of the city’s new 100-foot Christmas tree will be held 5-9 p.m. on Nov. 30.…

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Added by The Coastal Star on November 1, 2017 at 11:20am — No Comments

Tots & Teens: Delray teen to turn her love of reading into holiday gifts for kids

Volunteer Hope Sargeant and librarian Ilene Glickman hold some of Hope’s favorite reads. They want people to donate new books to give to at-risk young readers. Photo provided

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Added by The Coastal Star on November 1, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Along the Coast: 2017-18 Property Taxes

Added by The Coastal Star on October 4, 2017 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Hurricane Irma: Delray ponders changes after residents don’t get message to save water

By Jane Smith

    

    If you aren’t drinking the water, don’t use it.

    Delray Beach utilities officials sent that command via email, social media and its CodeRed app about 10:20 p.m. on Sept. 10. Banned uses included bathing, toilet flushing and dish washing.

    Hurricane Irma’s winds were still lashing Delray Beach, toppling trees that brought down 140 power lines. The city lost power at 70 percent of its 129 sewage pumping stations. It had portable…

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Added by The Coastal Star on October 4, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Irma blows beach project off projected timeline

By Jane Smith

    

    Hurricane Irma’s winds delayed the beach promenade construction in Delray Beach by at least two weeks, according to the project manager. The new expected completion is by Thanksgiving.

    The contractor removed construction equipment from the promenade just after Labor Day to prepare for Irma. Work resumed Sept. 18, said Missie Barletto, project manager.

    About half of the newly planted shade trees and coconut palms toppled, she…

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Along the Coast: Libraries provide refuge after storm

Eugene and Maureen Garrett found refuge and a card game at the Highland Beach Library. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes



    In the days after Hurricane Irma left air conditioners silent, reading…

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Added by The Coastal Star on October 4, 2017 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Delray, Boca ban medical marijuana sales; Boynton, Lake Worth don’t

By Jane Smith

    

    Medical marijuana dispensaries are banned from opening in the city limits, Delray Beach city commissioners decided at the end of September.

    Acknowledging Florida voters who overwhelmingly approved the state ballot question on medical marijuana last November, Commissioner Mitch Katz persuaded his fellow commissioners to revisit the decision in one year. They unanimously agreed.

    A majority of Delray Beach voters also voted in favor of medical…

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Added by The Coastal Star on October 4, 2017 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: King tides expected to bring street flooding

By Jane Smith



    Marine Way residents in Delray Beach are bracing for more seasonal flooding from the autumn king tides. Water can be knee-deep in some areas.

    The Delray Beach streets prone to flooding sit next to the Intracoastal Waterway. The king tides are predicted for 10 a.m. Oct. 7 and 10:50 a.m. Oct. 8, according to the Tides & Currents section of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website.

    King tides is the nonscientific…

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Delray Beach: Public can meet two candidates for city manager

By Jane Smith

    

    Commissioners in late September selected three candidates to interview to become their next city manager. One dropped out the next day.

    A public reception will be held on Oct. 9 where community members can meet the two candidates in an informal setting, said W.D. Higginbotham Jr., senior vice president of The Mercer Group, hired to do the candidate search.

    Meeting the community is important for any city manager, Higginbotham…

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Added by The Coastal Star on October 4, 2017 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: iPic announces development partner, plans public offering

By Jane Smith



    The iPic luxury theater owner took on a joint venture developer partner back in May but never announced it. Some city leaders say the partnership makes sense because iPic is a theater owner and not a mixed-use developer. Others see it as part of the secrecy that has dogged the project since December 2013.

    “As this project will be logistically difficult for an experienced developer, I was pleased to learn iPic had partnered with an…

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Added by The Coastal Star on October 4, 2017 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Health Notes: Bethesda and Baptist Health South Florida merger finalized

Delray Medical Center honors hospital volunteers with Quilts of Valor for their military service. (l-r) Ron Price, Julio Mastrovito, Russell Sultenfuss, Mel Fishman and Charles Carroll. Photo provided

By Christine Davis

    Bethesda Health, headquartered in Boynton Beach, and…

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Added by The Coastal Star on October 4, 2017 at 11:39am — No Comments

Delray Beach: Updated development rules emphasize preserving shade trees

By Jane Smith



    Delray Beach is on its way to living up to its brand of being a safe haven for trees.

    In early August, the Delray Beach City Commission unanimously approved an updated tree ordinance making preservation the No. 1 priority.

    “If there is a specimen tree on site, we want developers to plan around that tree rather than disregard that tree in their plans,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said Aug. 2. “It comes back to: Are we penalizing enough…

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Added by The Coastal Star on August 30, 2017 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Hudson Holdings project on hold

By Jane Smith

    

    The developer of Midtown Delray Beach was able to put its appeals on hold while it creates a new site plan for the proposed project.

    The Delray Beach City Commission granted the stay in early August.

    Under city rules, the developer had to ask for the stay within 10 days of the appeal hearing.

    Because of the way the City Commission arranged its meetings, the stay was heard on Aug. 2. The appeals of the Historic…

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Added by The Coastal Star on August 30, 2017 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Ideas take shape for development around proposed Tri-Rail Coastal Link

By Jane Smith

    

    Want to see the roof of the Old School Square garage turn into a disco at night?

    That activity was proposed after a weeklong charrette on transit-oriented development, made possible by a $141,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The…

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Added by The Coastal Star on August 30, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: City moving forward on Atlantic Avenue parking meters

By Jane Smith

    

    After more than 10 years of discussion, city leaders are inching their way toward paid street parking in downtown Delray Beach.

    In mid-August, the five city commissioners each presented their wishes for downtown parking on Atlantic Avenue between Swinton Avenue and the Intracoastal Waterway. After more than an hour of discussion, here’s what they decided:

    • Parking will be free but limited to two hours on Atlantic Avenue,…

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Added by The Coastal Star on August 30, 2017 at 11:51am — No Comments

Delray Beach: Donation to pay for new beach gazebos

By Jane Smith



    New gazebos on the north and south ends of Delray Beach’s municipal beach will soon be constructed with a $40,000 donation from the Lattner Family Foundation.

    The promenade contractor will build them for the city, Project Manager Missie Barletto said. The gazebos will use the same footprint as the current structures, she said.

    The beach promenade work is progressing, Barletto said, moving north of Thomas Street to Beach Road. The…

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Added by The Coastal Star on August 30, 2017 at 11:44am — No Comments

Along the Coast: Pennies aplenty: How municipalities plan to use sales-tax revenue

By Jane Smith, Dan Moffett and Rich Pollack

    

    Coastal towns in south Palm Beach County are flush with cash thanks to their shares of the voter-approved penny sales tax increase that started in January.

    The money began flowing into municipal coffers in March and will continue for 10 years. Population determines how the cash is doled out, giving the three largest South County cities the most money in the area. The county receives…

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Added by The Coastal Star on August 30, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Letter to the Editor: Delray’s beach contractor keeps A1A traffic moving

    I am addressing the Editor’s Note, “Extra drive time a necessary nuisance this time of year,” that appeared in the June 2017 issue of The Coastal Star.

    Upfront, I totally agree with the opinion that most construction projects on the barrier island reflect necessary improvements to our transportation infrastructure. However, I am reacting to the comments concerning A1A in Delray Beach that seem to me to unfairly blame the MBR construction company, contractor on the beach…

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Added by The Coastal Star on June 28, 2017 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Beach work will be delayed for Fourth of July festivities

By Jane Smith

    

    The rainy weather in the first half of June did not delay the contractor working on the promenade along Delray Beach’s municipal beach, a city staffer said.

    But the contractor has asked for a three-day extension because of the work shutdown over the Fourth of July weekend, said Missie Barletto, deputy program director in the Environmental Services Department.

    The city and the contractor plan to allow pedestrians full access for…

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