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Five candidates compete for two commission seats: Seat 3

The mayor, elected every three years, presides over a board of four commission members who are elected to three-year alternating terms. This year, Seat 2 became open when Jim Chard resigned to run for the No. 5 mayoral seat. William Bathurst is running unopposed for the remaining two years on Seat 2. Seats 1 and 3 and the mayor’s Seat 5 are up for grabs March 13.  — Steven J. Smith…

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Delray Beach: Two commissioners square off to be mayor

Mayor Cary Glickstein, the incumbent, is not running. Vice Mayor Jim Chard, the incumbent in Seat 2, has resigned that seat to run for the No. 5 mayoral seat against contender Shelly Embler Petrolia, whose term on Seat 1 has expired.  — Steven J. Smith

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Five candidates compete for two commission seats: Seat 1

The mayor, elected every three years, presides over a board of four commission members who are elected to three-year alternating terms. This year, Seat 2 became open when Jim Chard resigned to run for the No. 5 mayoral seat. William Bathurst is running unopposed for the remaining two years on Seat 2. Seats 1 and 3 and the mayor’s Seat 5 are up for grabs March 13.  — Steven J. Smith…

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South Palm Beach: Six candidates running to fill three council seats (Jordan, LeRoy and McMillan)

In South Palm Beach, six candidates have qualified for the March ballot for three open seats on the Town Council — including two incumbents. Two of the open seats are for full two-year terms and the other — held by Lucille Flagello, who was appointed last fall — is for one year. Town Clerk Maylee De Jesús said the two highest vote-getters will win the two full-term seats and the candidate who finishes third will claim the one-year seat. — Steven J.…

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Ocean Ridge: Three candidates vie for two commission seats

Ocean Ridge has three candidates running for two open seats on the Town Commission, both with three-year terms. Following the election, commissioners will determine among themselves who will replace Geoff Pugh as mayor and James Bonfiglio as vice mayor. — Steven J. Smith…

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South Palm Beach: Six candidates running to fill three council seats (Gottlieb, Hall and Hall)



In South Palm Beach, six candidates have qualified for the March ballot for three open seats on the Town Council — including two incumbents. Two of the open seats are for full two-year terms and the other — held by Lucille Flagello, who was appointed last fall — is for one year. Town Clerk Maylee De Jesús said the two highest vote-getters will win the two full-term seats and the candidate who finishes third will claim the one-year seat. — Steven J.…

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Boca Raton: Keep working on Wildflower, council tells consultant

By Steve Plunkett

Improvements to Wildflower, South Beach, Spanish River, Palmetto Dune and Red Reef parks will cost $9.6 million to $13.3 million, the city’s waterfront parks consultant says.

The estimates do not include possibly buying another 0.7 acre at the Wildflower site, Kona Gray, with consultant EDSA Inc., said. They also omit the costs of refurbishing Rutherford and Lake Wyman parks, which are a separate project, and developing Ocean Strand, which…

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Highland Beach: Four candidates running for one commission seat

Highland Beach voters will elect a town commissioner from among four candidates and a vice mayor from two running. Both seats are three-year terms. Voters also will decide on whether to fund the construction of a streetscape improvement project at a maximum cost of $2.1 million.  — Steven J. Smith…

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Highland Beach: Civility on Town Commission a major issue in election

Four candidates running for one commission seat | RESULTS

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Highland Beach: Two vie to be vice mayor

An incumbent is running against a political newcomer to be the town’s second-in-command. — Steven J. Smith…

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Boca Raton: Three candidates compete for Seat D

Boca Raton is governed by a five-member City Council elected at large to designated seats on a nonpartisan basis. The mayor and council members are elected for three-year terms. Members who have served two consecutive terms are not eligible to be elected to that office for the succeeding term. The mayor’s and council members’ seats designated A and B are elected in one year; the council members in the seats designated C and D are elected in the following year.…

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Boca Raton: Two vie for Seat C

An incumbent is running against a political newcomer for the second council seat in Boca Raton.  — Steven J. Smith…

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Boca Raton: Council candidates quizzed at forum

Three candidates compete for Seat D | RESULTS

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Boca Raton: Downtown construction planning shifts to action

By Mary Hladky

A new downtown construction spurt will be starting soon.

Demolition work started in January to make way for the Mandarin Oriental Boca Raton hotel and Monarch Boca Raton, the new name of the Mizner 200 luxury condominium.

Coming down are buildings along Federal Highway north of Camino Real. The 164-room Mandarin Oriental will go up next to 101 Via Mizner, a 366-unit apartment building that marked the first phase of the luxury Via Mizner…

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Boca Raton: Opponents’ case against Chabad heard by appeals court

By Sallie James

The legal wrangling surrounding a fiercely contested proposal to build an orthodox synagogue and Israel museum near Boca Raton’s beach continues to rage nearly three years after the project was proposed.

A panel of three judges in Miami heard yet another round of legal arguments in late January at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Miami. The case stems from a 2015 proposal by Chabad of East Boca to construct a sprawling 18,000-square-foot,…

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Boca Raton: City ownership and plans for golf course amble forward

By Steve Plunkett

The city and the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District were poised to take ownership of the Boca Teeca golf course as soon as $19 million from the sale of municipal bonds came through. The deal was expected to close March 1.

Beach and park commissioners also hired Pro Links Sports, the company that managed the Boca Raton Championship in February, to help them rank the 15 firms that want to design the new course.

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Boca Raton: City funds will help animal shelter repair Irma damage

The Tri-County Humane Society will receive a $104,000 city grant to help with repairs and reconstruction to buildings damaged by Hurricane Irma.

The City Council in February unanimously agreed to provide the no-kill animal shelter with the funds. The shelter sustained significant damage Sept. 10 when a large tree fell on the facility’s isolation building during the storm. The building housed about 40 dogs and cats with contagious diseases.

The 2,400-square-foot building was too…

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Boca Raton: Public input scuttles talk of boat launches at Rutherford Park

By Steve Plunkett

Boaters and landlubbers alike appear to have put the kibosh on a proposal to add boat launches at Rutherford Park.

Only one person held up his hand signaling a desire to proceed at the end of a crowded outreach session Feb. 26 at the Downtown Library. 

“Who will be accountable for the opinions that you’ve heard here today, which is 99 to 1?” asked the boater who sought the show of hands.

Dan Grippo, the city’s municipal…

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Boca Raton: Council tasks city staff with devising rules for Midtown development

By Mary Hladky

Key decisions on how to proceed with the proposed Midtown development have been pushed well into the future.

City Council members on Jan. 23 postponed a vote on ordinances that set a framework for how Midtown could be built.

Instead, they voted 4-1, with Mayor Susan Haynie dissenting, to have staff develop a “small area plan” for the Midtown area between Interstate 95 and the Town Center at Boca Raton, where the developer proposes a…

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Highland Beach: Tough new rules in place for filmmakers in town

By Rich Pollack

Moviemakers and others who want to film in Highland Beach be warned: Town officials and the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission will work together to welcome you — but there are a lot of rules you’re going to have to follow. 

The Town Commission partnered with the county’s film commission last month in an amendment to a 2013 interlocal agreement that provides filmmakers with a “one-stop-shop process” should they consider taking…

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