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Mary Kate Leming's Blog – September 2013 Archive (48)

Along the Coast: South Inlet Park draws complaints about debris

Beachgoers at South Inlet Park in Boca Raton must navigate trash in addition to seaweed. Photo provided by Bill Miller

By Cheryl Blackerby

For four years, Bill Miller has walked across A1A from his condo in Boca Raton to the county…

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Highland Beach: Artificial tree gets budget nod

By Rich Pollack

Highland Beach is planning to have a Christmas tree in front of town hall this year that won’t rapidly deteriorate and become a fire hazard.

Commissioners last month approved a plan to spend up to $5,500 for a commercial-grade, 14-foot artificial fir tree that comes complete with multicolored LED lights as well as decorations.

The tree, built for commercial outdoor use and thus more expensive than indoor residential Christmas trees, is needed,…

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A flight back in time: Wartime challenge begets lifelong dedication to WASP legacy

Florence Mascott flew WASP missions. Photo provided

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A flight back in time: Local pilot helps re-create women’s WWII air journey

Pilot Elizabeth Ackerly joined Alan Anders, Jeff Geer and Mark Kandianis on a flight in a T-6 warplane from Bellingham, Wash., to Great Falls, Mont., then to Fairbanks, Alaska. Photo provided

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Delray Beach: Revised plan for Atlantic Crossing still raises concerns over traffic flow

By Tim Pallesen



    East Atlantic Avenue traffic congestion remains a concern as the proposed Atlantic Crossing development goes before Delray Beach officials for site plan and design approval.

In response to residents’ concerns, the developer drew a site…

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Clarification


A business spotlight in August about Colonial Animal Hospital may have given the wrong impression about the type of veterinary care practiced by Colonial’s vets. They strive to give the highest level of care possible by a group of general practitioners. Dr. Robert Martin said it was important to him personally that this clarification be made.

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Correction

A story in the August issue on the town of Gulf Stream budget incorrectly stated the status of proposed police salary increases. The police have no contract, and all town employees are being considered for 2.5 percent raises.

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Editor's Note: Memories linger from a summer of S’Mores

When we can, my husband and I try to escape the seemingly endless Florida summer.  This year in July and August we headed to Connecticut and Oregon. Both trips took us to beautiful locations for family gatherings.

With the passing of our parents, both of our families have made a commitment to gather every two years.  Sometimes it’s for a wedding or an anniversary. But more often, it’s simply a reunion of siblings and their children — and their children! These gatherings are a chance to…

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Along the Coast: County and town of Palm Beach paying for inlet-to-inlet sand plan

By Tim O’Meilia



Best case scenario: seven submerged groins and a beach 50 feet wider in South Palm Beach and Lantana by February 2016.

That’s not as much as everyone wants, but it’s likely the most anyone’s likely to get.

South Palm Beach Mayor Donald Clayman wants offshore breakwaters. Surfrider Foundation wants the sea turtles to be able to nest. Manalapan wants to make sure the sand still drifts south. Reef Rescue wants the hardbottom uncovered for marine…

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Coastal Star: Sea turtle nesting monitor is a ‘Keeper of the Nest’

Joan Lorne checks a loggerhead nest the morning after the eggs hatched and finds a couple of stragglers, who are set free.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Delray Beach: iPic theater coming to Delray Beach

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By Betty Wells



The luxury theater complex and office space planned for Delray Beach should produce more than 400 jobs and bring more than 400,000 visitors a year to the downtown,…

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Around Town: FAU looks beyond scandals

By Thom Smith

    So much for the bad news at FAU. Since Dennis Crudele took over as interim president after Mary Jane Saunders’ embarrassing debacle that peaked with the plan to name the stadium for the prisons-for-profit company GEO International, all the vibes from campus have been positive.…

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Delray Beach: Cabana contract clash continues

By Dan Moffett

    

Delray Beach commissioners’ campaign to tighten up their business dealings has grown so heated that even a contract for beach chairs can raise emotional warnings about extortion, loss of integrity and “whoring the city.”

    The commission voted 3-2 on Aug. 6 to seek bids from companies for leasing chairs and cabanas on the city’s beach — despite the fact that Oceanside Beach Service already has a contract to do it and came to the meeting…

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Boca’s Ballroom Battle: Boca Raton Resort & Club – Aug. 16

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Robyn Nassetta performs to Ease on Down the Road from The Wiz…

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Delray Beach: Steep fines accompany new noise ordinance

By Tim Pallesen  

    

Nights will be quieter in east Delray than in the downtown under the city’s new noise ordinance approved by commissioners on Aug. 20.

    The new law allows outdoor music until midnight on weeknights and until 1 a.m. on weekends along Atlantic Avenue from Federal Highway west to Swinton Avenue.

    But nightclubs and restaurants east of Federal must turn down the music after 11 p.m. seven nights a week.

    Tough new penalties will…

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South Palm Beach: Tax rate stays same with small pay raises

By Tim O’Meilia



South Palm Beach Town Council members will hold the tax rate to the current level and give non-union employees their first pay increase in years if they approve a $1.7 million budget proposed by Town Manager Rex Taylor.

The council will dip into the town’s $2…

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South Palm Beach/Manalapan: Police officers receive recognition

 South Palm Beach and Manalapan police officers were awarded commendations in  August from their town lawmakers.

Lt. Nick Alvaro of South Palm Beach was honored for guiding the police force to third place in a statewide Law Enforcement Challenge, earning $10,000 in police equipment for the department.…

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Briny Breezes: Mayor Bennett stepping down

By Tim O’Meilia



Twice before, Briny Breezes Mayor Roger Bennett has threatened to quit because of ill health, but he always returned. Now he really means it.

Bennett, who has guided the town of mobile homes with a quick quip and a gentle hand for seven years, announced at the Aug. 22…

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Ocean Ridge/Manalapan: Cost of participation in lawsuit rankles

By Tim O’Meilia



Elected officials in Ocean Ridge and Manalapan questioned the legal fees they are paying in a dispute over who pays for the Palm Beach County Inspector General’s Office.

While Ocean Ridge is considering reducing the fees or bailing out of the lawsuit, Manalapan took no action to leave the suit.

Ocean Ridge is spending more than three times the legal fees that other coastal communities — including Delray Beach — are paying in the 2-year-old…

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Delray Beach: Parade goes on, but without alcohol

By Tim Pallesen



    Get out the green confetti but not the green beer — the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a go for next year without alcohol.

    Delray Beach commissioners have approved the March 15 event with a $31,273 cost for the promoter.

    The fate of the 46th annual parade became uncertain last May when commissioners said they were being asked by downtown merchants to reduce the number of special events that close Atlantic Avenue.

An…

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