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Manalapan: New commissioner shakes up meeting with charges against mayor

By Margie Plunkett



A newly elected commissioner claims Manalapan’s mayor was personally motivated to generate a turtle lighting ordinance and has called for a vote to charge the mayor with misconduct.

During the April 27 meeting, Commissioner Howard Roder voiced his concerns about the town’s process for initiating ordinances, noting Mayor Tom Gerrard instructed the town attorney, without the commission’s consent, to draft the turtle lighting ordinance, which would have placed the… Continue

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Another store proposed on Federal in Delray Beach

Wal-mart hopes to build another store in Delray Beach.

Wal-Mart wants to build on the former Ralph Buick site, at 2501 S. Federal Highway. Store officials are requesting a zoning change from the city to allow the opening of a 79,000-square-foot Walmart with 316 parking spots at the sound end of the city.

If approved, the store would be about three miles from the coming Walmart in Boynton Beach.

The request will be considered on May 17 and the city commission is expected to vote on… Continue

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Briny Breezes: Council seeks nominees for two-year appointment



By Margie Plunkett



Alderman Karen Wiggins stepped down from Briny Breezes Town Council to accept a seat on the corporate board last month, leaving vacant a two-year term that will be

filled by appointment.



“We’ll be looking for a…

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Merchants: Some wary, some welcome Walmart

Local merchants talk about Walmart





By Dianna Smith



Small business owners are wondering if their…

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Local merchants talk about Walmart



Cathy Patterson



Co-owner of Natural Forest Patio

1815 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach

In business 33 years and family-owned…



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Fish tale: Former water baby loves her dream job



By Emily J. Minor

Sarah Onnen knew what she wanted to be since she was little, except she never thought it was possible.

Get paid to swim with animals?…

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Briny Breezes: Poll numbers favor Boynton for police protection



By Margie Plunkett



A majority of residents favor rehiring the Boynton Beach Police Department to patrol and protect Briny Breezes, according to a survey conducted by the town

as aldermen prepare to choose between Boynton Beach and the Ocean Ridge Police

Department in May.…



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Along the Avenues: Atlantic rapidly becoming place to be for cultural events



By Thom Smith



Once known as sleepy Delray, it now seems like the town that never sleeps. A couple of months ago we had Savor The Avenue, with diners at “long tables” down the

middle of Atlantic Avenue. Then the Delray Beach Film…

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Editorial: Obituaries convey spirit of life

“Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”

— Mark Twain

Freelance writer and frequent Coastal Star contributor Ron Hayes posted the above quote on his Facebook page to recognize…

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A Coastal Star: Injured seabirds have a friend in ‘pelican man’



By Tim O’Meilia



His business is called “Kenny Brown’s Trapping and Wildlife Rescue.” His truck says, “Pelican and Wildlife Rescue and Release.”



The kids call him “Noah.” Or “Dr. Doolittle.” Some…

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Manalapan: Ponzi schemer gets 50-year sentence



By Mary Kate Leming



Former part-time Manalapan resident Tom Petters was sentenced to 50 years in prison by a federal court in Minneapolis in early April. The sentence mandates that the least time he could spend

behind bars, with credit for good behavior, would be 41 years.…



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Ocean Ridge/Delray Beach: Feds seize homes owned by man charged with fraud



By Angie Francalancia



Federal authorities have seized the Ocean Ridge home and another home owned by Joseph Romano, who has been accused of resurrecting a $40 million boiler room scam he

originated on Long Island with his Delray Beach-based Collectible Coins Inc.

while free on bail.…



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Ocean Ridge: Spearfishing near the shore south of inlet alarms residents

By Mike Readling



When Palm Beach County installed 62, 1- to 2-ton pods just offshore from Ocean Ridge last year, the idea was to provide a breakwater for the beach renourishment project it had in the works.

One of the byproducts of that venture was the variety of sea life the

artificial reef was going to attract in an…

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Ocean Ridge: The 'arts connection' of Ocean Ridge

By Margie Plunkett





Ocean Ridge’s first art exhibit was so successful that even the painting Commissioners voted to buy at half price was…

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GULF STREAM: Town heeds campaign and looks into annexation of county pocket



By Antigone Barton



“A stack of letters,” as Mayor William Koch put it — 17 then, with three more on the way —addressed to Town Hall in April may be the most correspondence in recent

times to demand Gulf Stream commissioners’ attention, and was all the more

unusual because not one of the letters came from a…

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South Palm Beach: Police look to union for representation; budget still an issue



By Tim O’Meilia



The South Palm Beach Town Council may soon be negotiating with its small police force over pay and benefits.



The Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association has filed with the state’s Public Employee Relations Commission…

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South Palm Beach: Mayfair helps Imperial to get seawall done



By Tim O’Meilia



The Imperial House might not wash into the sea this hurricane season after all.



Construction of most of a new $500,000 seawall to protect the 58-unit cooperative from unrelenting erosion was completed just as turtle-nesting…

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Sale of WXEL radio faces bureaucratic hurdles















By Kelly Wolfe



Barry University’s board of trustees unanimously agreed to sell its public broadcasting radio station WXEL to Classical South Florida for $3.85 million in

April.…



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Boynton Beach: School roof repair vote marks change in city’s view



By Antigone Barton



The hour was late and the Boynton Beach commissioners bleary-eyed enough to decide postponing a discussion on budget matters was a good idea.



Still, the decision to give a symbolic nod to historical preservation by OK’ing…

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Lantana/Hypoluxo Island: Seawall delayed, but play equipment going up soon

By Margie Plunkett





Seawall construction won’t threaten the sea turtles this year: The state turned down Lantana’s request to build after the…

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