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Changing tides: Authorities grapple with seasonal flooding

FAU urban planning student Adam Chapman measures 8 to 10…

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Along the Coast: Bethesda merging with Baptist Health system

By Mary Hladky



    After about two years of exploratory talks, Boynton Beach-based Bethesda Health and Coral Gables-based Baptist Health South Florida have agreed to merge.

    The agreement, announced on Oct. 2, calls for a two-year transition period. But even before the merger is completed on Sept. 30, 2017, Palm Beach County residents could see changes, including new outpatient and urgent care facilities.

    Both hospital systems stand to benefit by…

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Handmade thanks: Blankets add warm touch to military Honor Flight

Cynthia Smilovsky gives a blanket to World War II veteran John Mazzucco of Boca Raton before he left on an Honor Flight to Washington. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes



At 3:45 a.m. on…

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FWS may tighten ivory trade rules

Bob Weisblut argues that the proposed U.S. restrictions

on the import and sale of ivory items are too onerous

and will make buying and selling antique pieces, such as…

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Boca Raton: Is Hillstone’s ending of Wildflower negotiations a strategy?

If not, what next?

Related story: Workshop set to evaluate Palmetto Park, Northeast Fifth intersection…

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Boca Raton: Commissioners air pros and cons of opening Ocean Strand

By Steve Plunkett



    Don’t be surprised to get a ticket if you park at Ocean Strand.

    The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District is asking the city to help it keep people off the almost 15-acre parcel that stretches from the Atlantic to the Intracoastal Waterway.

    “We will get with the city to see about access that is being made to the land on the west side of A1A and try to get more control on individuals who go down into the western part of…

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Boca Raton: City installs first electric car charging station

By Rich Pollack



    There’s good news for electric car owners who like to zip around downtown Boca Raton in a Toyota Prius, Tesla or Nissan Leaf.

    The city installed its first public electric car charging station in late September in an effort to provide convenience to those who already own battery-powered vehicles and to encourage others to be more energy efficient.

    “We have to support people who have cars to charge,” says Deputy Mayor Robert…

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Boca Raton: Workshop set to evaluate Palmetto Park, Northeast Fifth intersection

By Steve Plunkett

    

Boca Raton will have a “public outreach” workshop to evaluate and analyze the intersection of Palmetto Park Road and Northeast Fifth Avenue, long a sore spot in discussions on what to do with the city-owned Wildflower site.

    People who attend will have the opportunity to offer input on the needs and wants of adjacent residents and property owners, city consultant Calvin, Giordano & Associates said.

    Although it is not a City…

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Boca Raton: MyBocaLink.com helps guide city’s website users

By Steve Plunkett

    

Boca Raton has a new Web page to guide residents to its host of social media sites.

    Chrissy Biagiotti, the city’s new communications and marketing manager, said she created MyBocaLink.com after meeting with the 30 municipal workers who communicate with residents “on a regular basis, either managing social media pages or sending out newsletters.”

    “It was news to me that we have 15 different Facebook pages in the city,” Biagiotti…

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Boca Raton: OPAL honorees named

The Rotary Club of Boca Raton revealed its list of 2016 OPAL (Outstanding People And Leaders) honorees during a reception at The Little Chalet on Nov. 3.

Honorees include: Dr. Kathy Schilling for medicine and healthcare leadership; Dr. John Kelly for educational leadership; Howard Schnellenberger for community leadership;  Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie for Civic Leadership; and Rabbi Jessica Brockman for spiritual leadership.

The Rotarian Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Bill…

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Boca Raton: Airport Authority studies options for legal work

By Rich Pollack

 

    The Boca Raton Airport Authority is considering asking for proposals from law firms interested in representing the agency, but that step could end up costing the authority more money than it is paying its current firm.  

    During its October meeting, the authority agreed to table a vote on whether to seek requests for qualifications from outside firms until additional information is gathered.

    In a presentation to…

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Boca Raton: Condo can prune sea grapes — but must protect turtles

By Sallie James



    A beachside condominium can prune native sea grape trees that are obstructing ocean views if special measures are taken to protect nesting sea turtles, the city’s Environmental Advisory Board has decided.

    The Sea Ranch Club of Boca, at 4301 N. Ocean Blvd., must shield or screen lights that are exposed when the vegetation is trimmed, and require condo owners to tint or cover windows that might expose turtle hatchlings to additional…

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Boca Raton: Hillsboro El Rio Park could cost $3 million to develop

By Sallie James

    

A plan to develop the south end of Hillsboro El Rio Park — an area once used as a city dump — would cost about $3 million, according to Boca Raton City Manager Leif Ahnell.

    The north end of the park at 499 SW 18th St. was…

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Boca Raton: Online option for renewing beach parking permits

By Sallie James

    

Residents who need to renew their annual beach parking permits can now do it by mail or email.

    “It seems so archaic to make everyone stand in line at our community centers. How wonderful that we are doing it through the mail and Internet,” Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie said at a recent City Council meeting.

    City officials also renamed the $57 annual permit to “vehicle entry permit.”

    The permits are issued for Spanish…

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Obituary — Alan Alford

By Ron Hayes



    BOCA RATON — After he retired from his financial consulting firm a couple of years ago, Alan Alford became a city employee once again.

    “He went to work as a ranger at Sugar Sands and Patch Reef parks three days a week,” recalled Lenore Alford, his wife of 59 years. “He said to me, ‘Where else can you be in a beautiful park, riding around in a golf cart?’ ”

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Obituary — Daniel Featherman

HIGHLAND BEACH — Daniel Featherman, a resident of Highland Beach and formerly of Philadelphia, died Oct. 2 in hospice care at Delray Medical Center. He died from complications resulting from surgery.

     Mr. Featherman, 83, was secretary and treasurer of Pennsylvania Steel Co., a chain of…

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Obituary — Dave Ash

By Ron Hayes



    BOCA RATON — When staff members at the Boca Raton Historical Society wanted reliable information about the city’s early days, they called Dave Ashe.

He had lived those early days as a boy, and then, as a man, founded the society to help preserve them.

Mr. Ashe died Oct. 5 at Hospice by the Sea Care Center, leaving behind a city marked by his involvement in countless civic improvements. He was 90.

    “I came to work here in 2002,…

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Artistic legacy: Boca exhibit helps guild mark 65th year of creating art

Mrs. Arnold MacSpadden (left) with Mrs. Horatio Ebert and Mrs. J. Myer Schine at a 1956 Artists’ Guild fundraiser.…

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Pay it Forward: 007 to headline Black & White Gala

By Amy Woods

    

“Well, hardest substance found in nature, they cut glass, suggest marriage, I suppose it replaced the dog as the girl’s best friend.”

     So said Sean Connery’s James Bond in the movie Diamonds Are Forever, the theme of the Community Caring…

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YMCA Annual Campaign: Delray Dunes Golf and Country Club, Delray Beach – Oct. 8

The YMCA of Palm Beach County welcomed more than 125 guests to the launch of the 2015 Annual Campaign. The kickoff…

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