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Along the Coast: Red tide health reactions minor for most

By Sallie James

Burning eyes. Tingling throats. Coughing and wheezing.

As a spreading toxic red tide algae bloom makes its way down Florida’s east coast, beachgoers and those who live near waterways are complaining of irritating respiratory issues.…

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Along the Coast: Beaches open as officials continue to monitor water, weather conditions

By Jane Smith

City and county beaches were open Oct. 5 in the southern half of Palm Beach County, but signs are posted and flags are flying to warn of red tide conditions.

Water samples tested Oct. 3 came back showing low to medium levels of red tide at south county beaches, said Michael Stahl, deputy director of the county’s Environmental Resources Management department.

The next water sampling dates are Oct. 9 and Oct. 11, Stahl said.

“It’s an…

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Oct. 4: Red Tide Photos

Hundreds of dead reef fish were found along the beach south of the Boca Raton Inlet Oct. 4 according to Palm Beach County lifeguards.  Boca Raton city lifeguards said they only picked up about six dead fish on the north…
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Oct. 4: Red Tide Updates

Date:                                                                           October 4, 2018 …

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Along the Coast: As red tide concerns continue, dead reef fish found washed ashore

Dozens of reef fish washed up dead on the beach Oct. 3 just south of the Boynton Inlet as the red tide effects continue to be felt along the coast of Palm…

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Editor's Note: Problems we’ve created in nature won’t solve themselves

If you are just returning from your summer in cooler climes, welcome back.

There are a few things you should know as you return:

We’ve had massive amounts of seaweed wash up on our beaches most of the summer. No one is sure where it’s coming from, but some scientists suspect a changed ocean current is moving it into the Gulf Stream from Brazil.

Because of high water levels in Lake Okeechobee, the Army Corps of Engineers has…

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Coastal Star: A brush with drunken-driving death uncorks a life of helping millions

Tony Allerton of Delray Beach directs the Crossroads Club, which helps people beat addictions. A coin reminds him of the day he stopped drinking (below). Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Delray Beach: City improves insurance-rating class

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach has another bragging right.

Its Fire-Rescue Department worked to improve the Insurance Service Office rating from a 2 to a 1 in areas it serves.

Fire Chief Neal de Jesus told the City Commission on Oct. 2 that the Fire Department was evaluated on nine criteria, including personnel training and age of the equipment.

“Property owners will have to request…

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Delray Beach: Watch out for witches riding around downtown Delray

Last year, the Witches of Delray ride had one group with a Lily Pulitzer theme. This year, participants will ride through the city on Oct. 27 wearing black and purple. Photo provided

By Rich…

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Delray Beach: City back to zero on downtown shuttle services

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach leaders are trying to put together a pilot people-mover program after two free shuttles stopped operating on Oct. 1.

The Delray Roundabout Trolley died because it didn’t get a city subsidy.

The popular Downtowner also stopped operating. It used open-air electric vehicles to shuttle residents and hotel guests for free. The founders, Stephen Murray and Travis Gleason,…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Michael Neal

Michael and Deidre Neal with their teacup chihuahua, Tinkerbell, and their Cockapoo, Finlay, at their Ocean Ridge home. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

For Michael Neal, a happy workplace is a…

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South Palm Beach: Architect says Town Hall can be renovated

By Dan Moffett

An architect’s review of the South Palm Beach Town Hall building has determined that the structure meets standards for renovation and doesn’t have to be completely reconstructed to be upgraded.

John Bellamy, of Island Designs Inc. in North Palm Beach, said an elevation survey of the building found it sits high enough to satisfy flood plain code requirements. Town officials worried that the…

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Briny Breezes: Town may seek full control of Briny Breezes Blvd.

By Dan Moffett

Briny Breezes Town Council members are exploring the possibility of expanding their control over a roadway that could be critical to a proposed residential development nearby.

Town Manager Dale Sugerman told the council during its meeting on Sept. 27 that, based on his conversations with the Florida Department of Transportation and the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office, the town actually…

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Lantana: Second housing phase of Water Tower Commons approved, but retail segment lags

The residences will be coastal postmodern in style, according to the architects,  Urban Design Kilday Studios. Rendering provided

By Mary Thurwachter…

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Lantana: Tax rate the same as revenues reach pre-recession levels

By Mary Thurwachter

Town Council members adopted a $20,372,098 budget for fiscal year 2019 and kept the current tax rate — $3.50 per $1,000 of taxable value. 

During Lantana’s final budget hearing on Sept. 26, Mayor David Stewart said the $3.50 rate represents a 6.31 percent increase over the rollback rate of $3.30. The town is expecting property tax revenues of $3,416,290, an increase of $238,457 compared to this…

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Delray Beach: Vote on amended Atlantic Avenue height district postponed

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach Oct. 2 delayed its controversial vote to settle a lawsuit by carving the contested properties from its reduced height district on East Atlantic Avenue.

City commissioners voted 3-1 to push the vote to Oct. 16 when all five could be present. Vice Mayor Adam Frankel did not attend the Oct. 2 meeting.

Mayor Shelly Petrolia voted against the postponement. She prefers getting…

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Along the Coast: Shades making power while the sun shines

In addition to generating 200 kilowatts of power per hour for FPL, two large solar arrays provide shaded parking at Boynton Beach’s Oceanfront Park. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Lona…

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Boynton Beach: City services settle into temporary homes

By Jane Smith

Boynton Beach city employees are working in temporary spaces for the next 18 to 24 months while new buildings are constructed in Town Square. City meetings have moved to the Intracoastal Park clubhouse on their regularly scheduled days and hours.

City Hall staffers are working out of a temporary site at 3301 Quantum Blvd., Suite 100. Phone numbers and office hours will be the same for all departments,…

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Business Spotlight: Two Boca companies among the country’s fastest-growing

Boynton Beach officials and others gathered for the tearing-down of the old Civic Center, at 128 E. Ocean Ave. City employees moved in August to temporary space. After the city hall at 100 E. Boynton Beach Blvd. is…

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Delray Beach: New south beach pavilion ready for bookings

The repaired Atlantic Dunes pavilion is now in use, providing beachgoers a shady place to take a break. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

More than two years…

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