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group that wants to invalidate an ordinance reserving city-owned land on the Intracoastal Waterway for public uses has withdrawn its lawsuit but has not dropped its complaint.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


Added by The Coastal Star on March 29, 2017 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: City seeks dismissal of Wildflower suit

By Steve Plunkett


    Boca Raton wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by a group seeking to invalidate an ordinance that reserves city-owned land along the Intracoastal Waterway for public uses only.

    The suit by Inc., whose leader is former Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce chief Mike Arts, “is filled with conclusory and inconsistent allegations,” the city says in a motion filed Jan. 30. calls the initiative ordinance…


Added by The Coastal Star on March 1, 2017 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Commission postpones vote on Atlantic Crossing settlement

The view of the proposed Atlantic Crossing looking southeast from the corner

of Northeast First Street and Northeast Sixth Avenue shows residential and related amenities.



Added by The Coastal Star on February 1, 2017 at 2:21pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Lawsuit alleges waterfront vote was improper

By Steve Plunkett


    A group led by a former Chamber of Commerce president wants a judge to overturn Boca Raton’s new ordinance reserving city-owned land along the Intracoastal Waterway for public uses only. Inc., which in a lawsuit said it is committed “to social welfare and protecting private property rights,” claims the ordinance limits the use of such city land — and the Wildflower property in particular — in a way that is “wholly and…


Added by The Coastal Star on February 1, 2017 at 12:29pm — 1 Comment

Manalapan/Lantana: Nearby residents sue town to block new Publix

By Dan Moffett

    A Lantana resident and a Manalapan homeowners group have joined forces and filed suit in Palm Beach County Circuit Court to block construction of a Publix at Plaza del Mar.

    The suit claims the town acted illegally in July when commissioners approved a site plan for the plaza’s renovation and new supermarket. A specific complaint is that the town did not require an adequate traffic study before advancing the plan.

    The owners of the…


Added by The Coastal Star on September 29, 2016 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: City seeks dismissal of federal suit opposing synagogue project

By Sallie James

    The city has asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit that claims Boca Raton officials improperly created a special zoning classification to allow construction of a synagogue on the barrier island.

    The court action is the latest development in an ongoing controversy surrounding plans by Chabad of East Boca to build an 18,000-square-foot synagogue and Israel museum at 770 E. Palmetto Park Road. In May 2015, the city voted to allow Chabad…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 30, 2016 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Suit filed in federal court to stop synagogue on barrier island

By Sallie James

    Two activists have sued Boca Raton in federal court, claiming their rights to equal protection and due process were violated when the city created a zoning classification that paved the way for a controversial synagogue.

    The four-count lawsuit filed Feb. 4 by Gerald Gagliardi and Kathleen MacDougall accuses the city of wrongly approving a zoning classification specifically tailored to allow construction of Chabad of East Boca on .81…


Added by Chris Felker on March 2, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: City seeks dismissal of Crossing developers’ lawsuit

By Jane Smith

    Attorneys for Delray Beach responded to an Atlantic Crossing lawsuit with a motion to dismiss on Aug. 18.

    The developers sued the city in June claiming the city has not issued a site-plan certification that was approved in November 2013 and affirmed by a previous City Commission in January 2014.

    In the city’s August motion, Delray Beach contends that the developers’ claims “are an untimely and improper collateral attack on a City…


Added by Chris Felker on September 2, 2015 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Delray drops out of Inspector General lawsuit

By Tim Pallesen

Delray Beach has dropped out of a lawsuit to determine how cities pay for the county Inspector General’s Office.

“The Inspector General has been instrumental in helping us focus on best practices,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said in explaining the City Commission’s unanimous April 6 vote. “This sends a signal that we appreciate what they have done for us.”

The Inspector General has acted like an external auditor for the city since Glickstein and…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 29, 2015 at 4:08pm — 1 Comment

Manalapan: Seawall damage has neighbors vying with lawsuits

Waves from Hurricane Sandy damaged many seawalls in Manalapan. This photo taken Oct. 30, 2012,

shows the Arcaini estate (left) and its adjoining lot. The musician Yanni’s estate, right,

lost its…


Added by Chris Felker on October 30, 2014 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: No money forthcoming until lawsuit is resolved

By Steve Plunkett 

    Boca Raton will not send money to pay for the inspector general until a lawsuit by it and 13 other municipalities is resolved challenging how the office is funded. 

    The cities filed suit two years ago saying the county’s proposed method of funding the Inspector General’s Office — billing each municipality based on the dollar amount of contracts awarded — amounts to double taxation of their residents. They want the county to impose an “oversight…


Added by Chris Felker on October 30, 2013 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge/Manalapan: Cost of participation in lawsuit rankles

By Tim O’Meilia

Elected officials in Ocean Ridge and Manalapan questioned the legal fees they are paying in a dispute over who pays for the Palm Beach County Inspector General’s Office.

While Ocean Ridge is considering reducing the fees or bailing out of the lawsuit, Manalapan took no action to leave the suit.

Ocean Ridge is spending more than three times the legal fees that other coastal communities — including Delray Beach — are paying in the 2-year-old…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 4, 2013 at 11:32am — No Comments

Gulf Stream: Remodeling approved in O’Boyle lawsuit settlement

Just before the settlement, nearly 20 signs had been painted on the walls and shutters of Martin O’Boyle’s home. Most had been removed by July 30. Jerry Lower/ The Coastal Star

By Tim O’Meilia




Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2013 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Gulf Stream: Lawsuits and lamplights put stress on budget

By Tim O’Meilia

If Gulf Stream residents want new street lights and street signs, they’ll pay for them with a 24 percent increase in town property tax that will stretch over the next two years.

    That tax hike was also slated to pay for the town to defend 21 lawsuits filed by resident Martin O’Boyle, who sued over the denial of his home renovation, public records requests and the town’s sign code. But O’Boyle and the town settled their dispute July…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Gulf Stream: Judge rules town can proceed in efforts to wipe out protest paintings

By Thomas R. Collins


The town of Gulf Stream can move forward with its efforts to get resident Martin O’Boyle’s murals of protest off his waterfront home, a federal judge has ruled.

O’Boyle filed an emergency request to stop the proceedings, saying his free-speech…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 3, 2013 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Gulf Stream: Suit argues ‘unauthorized signs’ are protected speech

By Thomas R. Collins


That Tweedle Dee, that Tweedle Dum, that Ku Klux Klan-esque hood labeled “satire,” and a mule labeled “Mayor” on the side of Martin O’Boyle’s house?

    They’re “not just paint.”

    They’re constitutionally protected free speech, O’Boyle says. And he’s filed a federal lawsuit to keep town officials from making him paint over the cartoons.…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 29, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Gulf Stream: Town sets up finances for legal wrangle

By Tim O’Meilia

    Gulf Stream town officials are girding themselves for a long battle with unhappy resident Martin O’Boyle by dipping into town reserves for an extra $100,000.

    Eight O’Boyle-related suits have been filed against the town since April 15, including a federal suit in late May over his paintings of town officials as cartoon characters, monsters and KKK-like members on the sides of his house.

 Although they didn’t announce it publicly,…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 29, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Manalapan: Commission seek solution to fee-refund lawsuit

By Tim O’Meilia


The Manalapan Town Commission will try to settle a lawsuit over $158,000 in building permit fees for an oceanfront mansion that was never built.

    Commissioners indicated they would likely return the bulk of the fees paid by the owners of 1020 S. Ocean Blvd, listed as Cielo Madera Land Trust, after Town Manager Linda Stumpf calculates the town’s building and legal expenses on the project.

    The trust is seeking a $120,000 refund…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 29, 2013 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Gulf Stream: Resident wages public battle for renovation variance

The ‘Commissioner Thug’ artwork was replaced in late April with a painting of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum (below) at Martin O’Boyle’s home in Gulf Stream’s Hidden Harbour neighborhood.…


Added by Scott Simmons on May 2, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Along the Coast: Residents use legal help to have objections heard

Ralf Brookes

By  Tim Pallesen

Residents alarmed by massive new rental housing projects in Boca Raton and Delray Beach turned to a Cape Coral attorney to be heard.

Ralf Brookes has filed lawsuits…


Added by Deborah Hartz-Seeley on January 30, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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