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Delray Beach: City prepares for beach sidewalk and furnishings project

By Jane Smith



    A Fort Lauderdale engineering firm will translate conceptual drawings into biddable documents and oversee construction for Delray Beach’s redo of sidewalks and furnishings along its public beach.

    EDSA Inc. initially had a not-to-exceed contract of $600,000 to do the work, which Mayor Cary Glickstein called “essentially a sidewalk project” in early May. The city is paying a premium price because it wants the work finished by the end of the…

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Delray Beach: Critics get commission to reconsider Greenway OK

By Jane Smith



    A small but vocal group of beach property owners persuaded the City Commission to revisit a December resolution supporting the East Coast Greenway.

    They reached out to state Rep. Bill Hager, who sent a letter to the Delray Beach mayor in early May.

    “While the expansion of sidewalks and bike lanes may work in other areas, the corridors through Delray may not have much area to work with,” Hager wrote. “A number of constituents have…

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Delray Beach: iPic gets five more months to work out parking

By Jane Smith



    The owner of the proposed iPic luxury movie theater in downtown Delray Beach received a sixth extension to its contract to allow the firm time to work out a parking agreement with the city.

    The deadline is now Oct. 31, instead of May 31, required by the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency. The CRA owns the 1.59-acre site, which once housed the city library and chamber of commerce. The developer proposes to build a multilevel garage with…

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Highland Beach/Delray Beach: Deadline for fire talks extended for 90 days

Related story: Higher cost estimates could scuttle fire district plan

By Rich Pollack



    Another deadline for when Highland Beach has to let Delray Beach know if it plans to continue contracting with the city for fire and rescue…

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Along the Coast: Tide of taxable property values continues to rise along the coast

Related story: Atlantic Avenue business sales drive Delray’s value increase

By Mary…

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Finding Faith: Comic performers teach God’s word through laughter

Eddie James and Tommy Woodard, known as The Skit Guys, will perform June 10 in Delray Beach.

Photo provided

By Janis Fontaine…

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Health and Harmony: Spreading the word about skin cancer

Dr. John Strasswimmer is helping bring skin cancer screenings and treatments

to the local migrant community. Behind Dr. Strasswimmer at Caridad Center

are Dr. Sherry McQuown and…

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Along the Coast: Barrier islands’ fire study points to potential savings

By Dan Moffett

 

    Preliminary results of a barrier island fire district study suggest that six coastal communities could benefit from joining forces to provide their own services, Gulf Stream Town Manager William Thrasher said.

    “There seems to be an opportunity for more efficient service at a reduced combined cost,” Thrasher said. “But there’ll need to be a redistribution of the costs.”

    The study, released in April by Texas-based Matrix Consulting…

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Added by The Coastal Star on May 4, 2016 at 2:52pm — 1 Comment

Along the Coast: Feds take sober look at 'bad operators'

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel addresses the media, flanked by HUD’s Gustavo Velasquez and Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein.

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Along the Coast: Delray Commission alarmed at drug-related public safety figures

By Jane Smith

    

    Heroin overdoses and use of other illegal drugs have prompted Delray Beach fire-rescue and police leaders to ask for more officers and firefighter/paramedics.

    The city’s more than 200 rehabilitation facilities account for 6 percent of the 20,000-plus incident reports police officers make annually, Police Chief Jeff Goldman told city commissioners on April 12. “This does not take into account the several hundred calls for service we…

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Delray Beach: Police will test body cameras

By Jane Smith

    

    Twenty city police officers will soon sport body cameras in a pilot program.

    The Delray Beach City Commission approved spending $34,260 for 20 Tasers, 20 body cameras and cloud storage of the cameras’ audio/video.

    The Tasers will be upgraded every five years and the cameras will be upgraded every 30 months, Andrew Mellen, the company rep, told commissioners on April 19. He called it a “worry-free contract.”

    The goal is…

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Delray Beach: Fate of Atlantic Crossing project back in court

By Jane Smith

    

    The fate of the stalled Atlantic Crossing project is back in federal court.

    In early April, the Delray Beach City Commission rejected the project’s modified site plan that added a driveway and redesigned the valet area into a circular path from a horseshoe-shaped version. The plan also called for improved contrast for the two loading docks and a pedestrian crosswalk moved north in the project to increase its safety.

    The…

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Delray Beach: CRA votes Arts Garage some help, with strings attached

Related story: ArtsPaper Q&A with Alyona Ushe

By Jane Smith



    The popular Arts Garage will soon be able to book bands for the summer, after its chief public provider decided to step outside its guidelines and aid the struggling arts venue.

    Dan Schwartz, Arts…

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Delray Beach: Ride to remember cyclists killed, hurt

    More than 200 bicyclists are expected in Delray Beach’s Ride of Silence, part of an annual event to honor cyclists killed or injured while riding.

    The worldwide event will begin at 6 p.m. May 18. It will be a 10-mile ride starting and ending at Old School Square.

    “This is a slow, casual ride not to exceed 9 mph,” said Patrick Halliday, president of the Delray Beach Bicycle Club.

    There is no charge to participate, but riders must be at least 16 years old. Riders…

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Delray Beach: Dog beach ‘back to square one’ with risk assessment

By Rich Pollack



    A group of dog owners buoyed by a Delray Beach Parks and Recreation Department plan to create a dog beach during a six-month trial suffered a setback when the department’s director reversed course, saying dogs romping through the sand could pose a health risk to beachgoers.

    “Recent information regarding specific parasitic conditions which could be acerbated by the presence of dogs, has caused me to change my recommendation,” said Delray…

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Added by The Coastal Star on May 4, 2016 at 1:50pm — 1 Comment

Delray Beach: New signal poles create tight spaces

The Florida Department of Transportation is finishing work at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Venetian Drive.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

    

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Delray Beach: New fire chief eager to get started

By Ron Hayes



    City Manager Don Cooper has named Neal de Jesus, a veteran fire chief of two South Florida departments, to replace Chief Danielle Connor, who retires May 31 after a 23-year career with Delray Beach.

    De Jesus, 54, retired from Coral Gables Fire-Rescue in 2002 after…

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Along the Coast: Delray's sailing beach

The north end of Delray’s municipal beach

 has been a hangout for catamaran sailors

and their friends for more than 35 years.

Delray Beach resident Bob Kubin sails his catamaran, North East,…

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Secret Gardens: Japanese gardens a delight to the senses — and the sense of wonder

Informal Japanese gardens from the 9th to 12th centuries featured lakes and islands

and were intended to be viewed from a boat. At the Morikami, lush trees and shrubs

have been selectively…

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Delray Beach: Delray to discuss plan for dog beach

By Rich Pollack



    After months of study and research, the Delray Beach Parks and Recreation Department has submitted a draft report to City Manager Don Cooper, recommending a six-month pilot program for a dog beach at the city’s Atlantic Dunes Park.

    While the proposal is good news for proponents of a dog beach, it has not received the approval of the city manager, who is recommending city commissioners reject the plan — in large part because it would be…

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