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Highland Beach: Commission wants return to civility

By Rich Pollack



    “We will be respectful of one another, even when we disagree. We will direct all comments to the issues. We will avoid personal attacks. Politeness costs so little.”



    For years, Highland Beach Town Commission meetings have started with that civility pledge read by the town clerk.

    In recent months, however, civility among commissioners has been overshadowed…

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Boca Boom: Downtown nears limits of city’s redevelopment plan

327 Royal Palm, a 100-foot-tall, 24-unit condo just south of East Palmetto Park Road, is among the smallest of the new buildings. Only about 17 percent of space available for downtown development remains. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Boca Raton: Downtown development map

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Boca Raton: Council seeks clearer ethics procedures

By Mary Hladky



    Boca Raton City Council members asked the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics to clarify if Mayor Susan Haynie can vote on matters coming before the council that involve James Batmasian, the city’s largest commercial landowner.

    They also want more transparency about how to handle potential conflicts of interest involving council members.

    These issues arose after a Nov. 5 Palm Beach Post report found that a property…

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Editor's Note: We begin to examine decade of downtowns’ change

When The Coastal Star started publishing back in 2008, the downtowns of Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach were hopping on the weekends and holidays, but pretty quiet the rest of the time. Atlantic Crossing in Delray Beach was still being proposed as Atlantic Plaza II, construction had just begun on Las Ventanas (now called One Boynton) in Boynton Beach, and a downtown advisory committee had recently been established as a “means to obtain input and…

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Coastal Stars: Caring — and helping — form second career for Boynton Beach couple

Joe and Toni Mastrullo have become active at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in its Care Ministry, as well as in the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Ocean Ridge: Ocean Ridge approves money for flooding study

Ocean Ridge Commissioners unanimously approved hiring Higgins Engineering Inc. to study the chronic drainage problems in parts of the Inlet Cay island neighborhood.

    Robert Higgins, president of the West Palm Beach company, has 30 years’ experience dealing with drainage issues in South Florida and was the only qualified applicant to bid on the study. He told commissioners he would charge an hourly rate and provide as much analysis as they requested.

    Residents in the Spanish…

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Delray Beach: City sticks with volunteer code board

By Jane Smith



    Delray Beach commissioners voted 3-2 on Nov. 20 to keep the city’s all-volunteer code enforcement board, but they will hire an outside attorney to advise board members during their hearings.

    Commissioners were surprised to learn that code enforcement cases routinely are presented to the board with a 90 percent reduction of the fines proposed by staff. In most cases, the board approves what the city staff requests.

    Because fines can…

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Lantana: Nature Preserve still hurting from Hurricane Irma

By Mary Thurwachter



    Although town staffers were able to clear enough of the mess Hurricane Irma made at the Nature Preserve to hold an annual Halloween party, the park remains closed. Only the front portion of the park was opened to the public for that Oct. 20 event.

    “The back path is still in pretty bad shape,” said Linda Brien, Lantana’s operations director. “There are a lot of trees down. They got a good pruning.”

    Council member Malcolm…

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Along the Coast: A raft of press awards for The Coastal Star

The Coastal Star collected six first-, three second- and six third-place awards in the 66th annual Excellence in Journalism Competition sponsored by the Florida Press Club.

    The awards were handed out at the Press Club’s banquet Nov. 4 in Sarasota.

    The Coastal Star took home honors in the Class D division, which encompasses non-daily newspapers, community, tribal and college newspapers. Florida magazines and newspaper supplements are included in the…

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Lantana: Basketball coming to complex

Construction will begin soon on two basketball courts for Lantana’s sports complex on North Eighth Street. On Nov. 27, the town awarded a contract to ARZ Builders of Boca Raton to do the work for $323,255.

    The town will use Community Block Grant money for the project.

    Council member Phil Aridas said that the town should plan to put a playground at the complex too, and asked that Town Manager Deborah Manzo look into that project in the year ahead.

    “This is something…

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The Art of Giving: Our annual holiday gift guide

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Ocean Ridge: Town, county agree on Inlet Park security plan

A sign mounted on the inlet bridge announces that jumping and diving are prohibited. …

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Manalapan: Expired sand transfer contract could give town a lever against beach project

By Dan Moffett



    Manalapan may have found a new bargaining chip to persuade Palm Beach County officials to forget about installing groins on beaches north of the town.

    It’s the sand transfer plant at the Boynton Beach Inlet.

    Town Attorney Keith Davis told Manalapan commissioners on Nov. 28 that the long-running contract between the town and the county to operate the plant expired earlier this year.

    “There are no agreements that bind…

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The Art of Giving: Our annual holiday gift guide

December is here, and with it comes holiday gift shopping.

Yes, it’s easy to head to a mall, hand over your credit card and buy what everyone else is buying.

But you’re not that type of shopper.

After all, you live in a unique area…

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Secret Garden: Project aims to restore endangered orchids to native habitats

ABOVE: GPS coordinates are recorded so that the orchids can be monitored. BELOW: Carmen…

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Finding Faith: Church’s multiplicity of services meant to reach all

Chloe Pugh takes the lead in a choral performance last season at Advent Lutheran Church in Boca. Photo provided

By Janis Fontaine

You’ve heard the saying: You can’t please all the people …

    But at Advent…

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Tots & Teens: Boca boy has out-of-this-world interaction with astronaut

St. Andrews School second-grader Christopher Andersson was invited to ask a question of Paolo Nespoli while Nespoli was aboard the International Space Station. Photo provided

By Janis Fontaine



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Paws Up for Pets: Prevent holidays from becoming howl-i-days for pets

Dogs relax at Barkingham Palace in Delray Beach while their owners are…

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