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Mary Kate Leming's Blog – August 2017 Archive (74)

Delray Beach: Police add counselor for addicts, others in need

Ariana Ciancio, the Delray Beach Police Department’s service population advocate, talks with homeless people at Libby Wesley Park. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack



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Delray Beach: Delray native gives back as Atlantic coach

Atlantic High coach T.J. Jackson grew up in Delray Beach amid hardship some of his players face. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Janis Fontaine



    From Delray to Dallas and back,…

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Along the Coast… A line in the sand

At issue is whether building should continue east of Coastal Construction Line…

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Highland Beach: Boca official’s merger idea gets cool reception

By Rich Pollack



Should the oceanfront town of Highland Beach become part of the larger Boca Raton?     

At least one of the larger city’s council members thinks it might be a good idea. Highland Beach officials and other residents whom The Coastal Star asked disagreed.

In a Facebook post in late August in which he complained that Highland Beach’s website was down, Boca Raton Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers floated the idea and asked residents of both…

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Boca Raton: City to consider giving up Mizner land, getting performing arts center in return

The Related Group would demolish Mizner Park Amphitheater and replace it with 400 residential units. Photo provided

By Mary Hladky



    A major developer has approached city officials about creating a…

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Boca Raton: Controversial Mizner 200 project OK’d after 3 years of delays

By Mary Hladky



    Three days after the Boca Raton City Council pressed both sides to reach a compromise in the contentious battle over the proposed Mizner 200 luxury condo, the combatants met at architect Derek Vander Ploeg’s office in late July to strike a deal.

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Boca Raton: Penn-Florida wins approval to build assisted living facility

By Mary Hladky



    The first assisted living facility to be built in eastern Boca Raton has won the City Council’s unanimous approval.

    But before construction can begin, the developer, Boca Raton-based Penn-Florida Cos., must make design changes requested by the city’s Community Appearance Board.

    Projects typically must be approved by the CAB and Planning and Zoning Board before the Boca Raton City Council considers them. The planning board…

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Boca Raton: City won’t try to regulate winter holiday displays

By Sallie James



    Will residents see another pentagram display, or something equally jarring, in Sanborn Square this year during the winter holiday season?

    Boca Raton City Council members on Aug. 22 scrapped a plan to ban “unattended, expressive installations, displays, exhibits and similar objects” in the park after nearly two dozen residents begged them not to take away their First Amendment rights. The ban also would have prohibited residents from…

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Highland Beach: Company to step up code compliance role after town renews contract

By Rich Pollack



    It has taken more than a year, but Highland Beach finally ended its search for a full-time code compliance officer.

    Not everyone on the Town Commission, however, agrees with how the decision to end the search was made.

    In a 3-2 vote last month, the commission approved renewing its contract with SAFEbuilt, a Colorado-based company providing building-inspection services to the town for almost a decade.

    Under the new…

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Boca Raton: Work on Spanish River interchange almost 2 months behind

A worker cuts grooves into the surface of one of the Spanish River…

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Boca Raton: Revised condo plan adds more luxury at A1A and Palmetto

By Sallie James



    An upscale 70-unit condo complex proposed for the southwest corner of South Ocean Boulevard and East Palmetto Park Road will be even more luxurious than originally planned.

    Developers tweaked a proposal originally approved in March, adding four, 6,000-square-foot penthouse units to the Ocean Palm project and expanding the size of lower units by revising the internal configuration and enclosing roof areas. Boca Raton’s Planning and…

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Boca Raton: Luxury condo project likely at base of inlet bridge

By Mary Hladky



    Miami developers Key International and Integra Investments have purchased a 3-acre waterfront site on Lake Boca Raton for $17.3 million.

    The seller is an affiliate of the Blackstone Group, a New York-based private equity firm that owns the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The site, 725 S. Ocean Blvd., is across the lake from the resort at the base of the Boca Inlet bridge.

    Key and Integra did not announce plans for the vacant…

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Boca Raton: Beach & Park District and city get closer on budget

By Steve Plunkett

    

Commissioners of the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District and the city’s parks director used unanticipated savings on health care costs and some financial sleight of hand to come up with a fiscal 2018 budget proposal with which both sides could live.

    District commissioners balked in July at city Recreational Services Director Mickey Gomez’s $16.9 million request for his staff to operate and maintain district…

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Highland Beach: Commission at odds over walking path project

By Rich Pollack



Highland Beach’s efforts to enhance safety and aesthetics by replacing a 3-mile long walking path and improving the surrounding areas finally gained traction this year with the formation of an Ad Hoc Citizens Streetscape Committee, but now it seems the town’s long-discussed streetscape project may have hit a temporary road block.

At a Town Council workshop meeting late last month, Mayor Carl Feldman received a lukewarm reception from two…

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23nd annual Mark Gerretson Memorial Fishing Tournament: Boynton Beach — Aug. 12

Team Tuppens members Christopher Sprague, 12, Steve Sprague and Mike Folsom show off some of their catch. Christopher’s 6.2-pound dolphin netted him the prize for top junior angler. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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The Buzz about bees: Amateur hive keepers give life to a struggling species and receive insights into nature

Aaron Budney checks one of the hives he keeps at his mother’s home west of Lake Worth. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes



Catnip bores them.They don’t chirp. Wouldn’t…

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On the Water: Proposed goliath grouper harvest gets giant push-back from divers

Underwater photographer Sandra Edwards shows a photo of a goliath grouper nicknamed Wilbur that stays around the M/V Castor wreck off Boynton Beach. She was one of many divers who came to a July 31 Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting at the…

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Paws Up for Pets: Vets teach K-9 officers how to protect dogs from dangers of drugs

K-9 officer Duke of the Boynton Beach Police Department with Dr. Melanie Thomas at Coral Springs Animal Hospital. Photo provided

By Arden Moore

Sometimes, the dangers facing K-9 police dogs can be…

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Religion Notes: Longtime Unity minister has retired

After 25 years of service as the senior minister and CEO for Unity of Delray Beach, the Rev. Nancy Norman, the face of Unity and a resident of Boynton Beach, retired on Aug. 20.

Norman came from California to serve the spiritual community in Delray Beach as an associate minister at Unity in 1992.…

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Health Notes: Boca Regional Hospital rakes in awards

Boca Raton Regional Hospital chalked up several honors recently. First, it was named a top-ranked regional hospital in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017–2018 annual review of best hospitals. It’s ranked 16th out of approximately 300 hospitals in Florida and sixth in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area.

    The report also rated Boca Regional a high-performing hospital in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colon cancer surgery, heart…

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