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Highland Beach: Still no town manager as meeting turns angry

Candidate, headhunter withdraw from search; job interviews delayed

By Rich Pollack

It’s back to the drawing board for Highland Beach commissioners in their quest to find a new town manager following a raucous meeting that included the abrupt resignation of a consultant, a shouting match between a former…

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CORRECTION

A story in the July edition about small business owners in downtown Boca Raton said Glenn Gromann’s recommendations for streamlining the city’s project review process included allowing site plans to be reviewed and approved by city staff and the city manager. That recommendation was to allow city staff and the city manager to approve amendments to site plans.

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Boca Raton: City rejects assisted living facility, cites parking, EMS concerns

By Mary Hladky

In a surprising defeat for a well-regarded Boca Raton-based developer, City Council members on July 23 rejected its plan to build a luxury adult living facility in the downtown.

Council members, sitting as Community Redevelopment Agency commissioners, rejected the Concierge by a 3-1 vote, with only Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers in support of the nine-story project that would have included 53…

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Boca Raton: Judge sets hearing Sept. 11 to review Haynie dismissal motion

By Mary Hladky and Emily J. Minor

The state’s case against suspended Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie took a small step forward July 26 when the judge set an Oct. 26 hearing to again review pretrial progress.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley also set aside 30 minutes on Sept. 11 to consider a request from Haynie’s attorney, Bruce Zimet, to dismiss all seven charges against…

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Boca Raton: District adds three months for canal-side planning

By Steve Plunkett

The Lake Worth Drainage District has given homeowners along three canals in southwest Boca Raton a three-month reprieve from clearing canal banks while district and city officials search for a way to leave some vegetation alone.

“This postponement will allow the district and city the opportunity to work together and consider options for necessary canal rehabilitation on these canals prior to final action by the…

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Boca Raton: Three candidates compete to be mayor

A special election for mayor of Boca Raton will be held Aug. 28. The qualifying candidates are Scott Singer, Al Zucaro and Bernard Korn, who will vie to complete Susan Haynie’s term, which ends in March 2020. Haynie was suspended from office in late April by Gov. Rick Scott and faces criminal charges of official misconduct and corrupt misuse of her office. Singer, at the time deputy mayor, took over as mayor when Haynie was suspended. Singer was…

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Boca Raton: Three vie for Council Seat A

A special election for Seat A on the Boca Raton City Council will take place Aug. 28. The qualifying candidates are Kathy Cottrell, Tamara McKee and Andy Thomson. Scott Singer was forced to resign the seat in mid-May to run for mayor. According to City Clerk Susan Saxton, because this is a special election to fill a vacant seat, the initial term for Seat A is through only March 2020. The winner can then run for two more consecutive terms. The salary…

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Boca Raton: It takes lots of money to run for office

Related stories: Three candidates compete to be mayor | Three vie for Council Seat A…

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Boca Raton: Downtown post office will stay where it is

By Steve Plunkett

The city’s downtown post office is staying put, postal officials announced July 5.

The U.S. Postal Service told Boca Raton in February that it had been unable to get a new long-term lease on the facility at 170 NE Second St.

James and Marta Batmasian bought the site, which has housed the post office for decades, in 2013.

“The Postal Service and the landlord have…

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Boca Raton: Council, Beach & Parks plan tax rates close to those of past year

By Steve Plunkett

City residents will see fractional decreases in property tax rates but will pay slightly higher tax bills if tentative rates win final approval.

City Manager Leif Ahnell advised City Council members to set the tentative property tax rate for both the operating budget and debt service at $3.6787 per $1,000 of taxable value, down from the current $3.6788 per $1,000.

“Taking direction from our…

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Highland Beach: Town sets new rules to avert construction-activity disruptions

By Rich Pollack

For years, residents living on several of Highland Beach’s side streets have been complaining about noise, debris and traffic problems — all the result of new construction in their communities.

Efforts to resolve some of the issues are underway following the adoption by the Town Commission of a tough new construction ordinance and a “construction site management” handbook.…

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Highland Beach: Slight tax rate boost considered; options being explored

By Rich Pollack

Faced with a probable 8.6 percent increase in fees for fire service provided by a neighboring community, Highland Beach commissioners set a tentative maximum operating tax rate of $3.12 per $1,000 of assessed value, slightly higher than the current tax rate of $3.07.

Still, commissioners are optimistic they can hold the tax rate steady, using additional cuts to the $12.18 million…

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Delray's Downtowners

Ryan Spaargaren, co-founder and chief financial officer of the Downtowner, cruises past the Silverball Museum as he demonstrates one of the six-seat electric vehicles the company uses to transport riders in Delray Beach. Photos by Tim Stepien/The…

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Philanthropy Notes: Junior League of Boca Raton names coordinators for volunteer luncheon

(l-r) Pat Thomas, Nikki Stelzer and Junior League President Renata Sans de Negri are planning the Nov. 16 event. Photo provided…

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Women Build: Delray Beach — May 10-12

More than 125 women teamed up to raise $208,000 for the Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County’s initiative. Many of the volunteers went above and beyond their personal fundraising goals of $1,000 to underwrite the cost of construction materials…

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Literacy Coalition reception: Blume Literacy Center for Education, Training and Outreach, Boynton Beach — June 20

The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, celebrating the fifth anniversary of its Blume Literacy Center for Education, Training and Outreach on the Brenda and C.P. Medore Campus in Boynton Beach, welcomed donors to the 12,000-square-foot building. The…

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Make-A-Wish: Boca Beach Club, Boca Raton — July 21

Naomi Hied, 8, of Homestead, was granted her wish at the Boca Beach Club by Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to meet and swim with mermaids. Naomi has been in and out of hospitals because of a blood disorder. Friends and family joined in the festivities. ABOVE: Mermaids…

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Community Theater: Boynton Beach community playhouse in search of new home

A scene from the Boynton Beach Playhouse's production of Cliffhanger. The theater needs new headquarters after the Madsen Center closed to make way for Town Square. Photo provided…

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Religion Notes: St. Joseph’s Episcopal plans session on centering prayer

By Janis Fontaine

The Rev. Wendy Tobias, associate priest at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Boynton Beach, will present an Introduction to Centering Prayer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 18.

“We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words, but this…

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Dining: M.E.A.T. founder works to open Union 27 in downtown Boca

By Jan Norris

George Patti is on the move — literally. Bouncing between M.E.A.T. in Boca Raton and the one in the Keys, he now has a third spot in Boca Raton he’s working on feverishly to pull together before September. 

“Rent,” he explained of the rush, “there’s a monthly rent.”

The new Union 27 — representing a union of cultures, and 27 for Florida’s spot on the statehood…

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