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Ocean Ridge: Lucibella trial delayed, again

By Emily J. Minor
  The trial of former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella has been delayed, again, because Lucibella’s attorney, Marc Shiner, has a torn calf muscle, attorney Heidi Perlet told a judge Wednesday morning. …
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Boca Raton: Mayor Haynie charged with public corruption

By Mary Hladky

Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie was booked into the Palm Beach County jail April 24 on seven charges related to her city votes on matters that financially benefitted the city’s largest downtown commercial landowner.

Haynie, who on April 16 settled a case against her by the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics on similar allegations, was charged with three counts of official misconduct, a third degree felony;…

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County Pocket: Through time and tide, Nomad Surf Shop rolls on

Ron Heavyside’s sons, Ronnie (left) and Ryan, run the Nomad Surf Shop he started in 1968. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes

On a breezy Friday evening not long ago, Ron Heavyside sat in an old wooden porch chair in front of…

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Editor's Note: Give our summer visitors a warm welcome, too

Now that Easter has passed, winter visitors are beginning their journeys back to northern homes. As they prepare to leave, other visitors are getting ready to come. These visitors are just off shore and in an amorous mood. Soon, sea turtles will be crawling up our beaches to lay their eggs. Some have already arrived. They’ve been coming to our beaches each year from March to November for as long as anyone can recall. They are our seasonal summer residents, and we welcome the return of these…

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Coastal Star: Quest to help those with Parkinson’s stems from her own mother’s battle

Gail Milhous, at her home in Boca Raton’s Sanctuary, will be honored along with her husband, Robert, for her advocacy on behalf of Parkinson’s patients. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

Gail…

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Along the Coast: Boynton Beach, Delray Beach ask for ban on assault rifles

More than 1,000 participants marched from Old School Square to the ocean in Delray Beach on March 24 to call for an end to gun violence. Michele Quigley/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

Three Village Academy students came to the…

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Manalapan: Town Commission rejects liquor store in Plaza del Mar

By Dan Moffett

Manalapan town commissioners say they’re looking forward to Publix’s opening a supermarket at Plaza del Mar this summer.

But they’re not so excited about that long-awaiting arrival that they’re willing to allow Publix to open a wine and liquor store next door.

On March 27 the commission denied a request by the supermarket chain and Plaza del Mar landlord Kitson & Partners to sell liquor and wine in a 1,500-square-foot unit roughly…

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Boca Raton: Consultant sees Gumbo Limbo doubling in size, visits

By Steve Plunkett

The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center would be replaced by a twice-as-big facility with sweeping cantilever roofs built over a ground-level parking garage in a proposal by waterfront parks consultant EDSA Inc.

The parking garage…

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Briny Breezes: A sweet 60th anniversary

Briny celebrates 60 years: Parade honors longtime residents and social clubs that help to define the community…

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Boca Raton: Residents’ message clear: Keep post office downtown

Signs ask residents to fight to keep the post office downtown, and the Postal Service says it’s trying to cooperate as it plans to relocate the facility. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Steve Plunkett

Residents who packed a…

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Along the Coast: Schools act to make kids safer, plan to do even more

Related story: Boynton Beach, Delray Beach ask for ban on assault rifles

By Rich Pollack  

The rush of calls came soon after word spread about the mass shooting in Parkland. Parents of children attending public and private schools…

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Boca Raton: New chapter in quirky history - 80-year-old Camino Real bridge set to close for year of repairs

The bridge crossing the Intracoastal at Camino Real will receive $8.9 million in repairs. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes

The bridge goes up. The bridge goes down.

The bridge goes up and the bridge…

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Boca Raton: Lawyer’s golf course fee takes city by surprise

By Steve Plunkett

The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District will pay Arthur Koski, its lawyer and executive director, $120,000 for extra work he performed negotiating and finalizing the $24 million purchase of the Ocean Breeze golf course.

Koski’s fee arrangement, spelled out in a contract with the district for 27 years, surprised city officials, who issued $19 million in municipal bonds for the purchase and only learned about the lawyer’s bill in the…

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Highland Beach: Women win two seats to become 4-1 majority on commission

Vice Mayor Alysen Africano-Nila (above)…

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Highland Beach: Walkway to get quick fix after voters reject funding

By Rich Pollack

With Highland Beach voters rejecting a proposal to allocate $2.1 million for a streetscape plan, town commissioners are going back to the drawing board to ensure a 3-mile stretch of asphalt on the west side of State Road A1A is not a safety hazard. 

For years, officials have discussed making long-term fixes to the path and improving landscaping and signage. 

After months of discussion and creation of an ad hoc committee to develop a…

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Annual meeting: Delray Sands Resort, Highland Beach — Feb. 22

The Bel Lido Property Association, which represents a neighborhood of 112 oceanfront residences, featured two guest speakers: Highland Beach Town Manager Valerie Oakes and Police Chief Craig Hartmann. Board President Ron Brown introduced them to the 120 in attendance.…

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Boca Raton: City to aid shared-ride firms to help downtown transit

By Mary Hladky

Shared-ride businesses operating downtown soon will have six locations where they can park until passengers contact them to be picked up.

The waiting areas also will give the shared-ride vehicles greater visibility. 

Three of the waiting areas will be located at the main destinations of people using the services — Mizner Park, Royal Palm Place and the beach.

Waiting areas also will be at City Hall and at a nearby building that…

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Making way Mandarin Oriental, Boca Raton — March 23

The face of downtown Boca Raton continues to change. The former Citibank and SunTrust buildings are being demolished to make room for the project that will include the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Boca Raton. The 164-room Mandarin…

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Boca Raton: Split votes may be wave of future at council meetings

Monica Mayotte takes the oath of office. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Boca Raton: Police sergeant fired after ‘conduct unbecoming’

By Sallie James

A Boca Raton police sergeant accused of using the N-word, making racially insensitive jokes and lying under oath has been fired.

Jeremy Codling, 40, who was hired in May 2005, was let go in early March for conduct unbecoming a police officer, unlawful harassment, hostile and demeaning jokes and being untruthful under oath, according to internal affairs documents.

The discipline stems from a complaint filed by Officer Carl…

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