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Delray Beach: City moves to join coastal urban greenway

By Jane Smith

    

Delray Beach will join cities from Maine to Key West to create an “Urban Appalachian Trail.”

    At their Dec. 8 meeting, city commissioners unanimously approved the designation of the route along Federal Highway to George Bush Boulevard and…

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Delray Beach: Tree canopy to get better protection

By Jane Smith

    

The city strengthened the future of its tree canopy in December by toughening an ordinance protecting shade trees.

    The first change was renaming the ordinance, last revised in 2008 and formerly called the Tree Ordinance. It is now known as Tree Preservation, Protection, Enforcement and Maintenance.

    The next change will bring the job of protecting specimen trees under the planning and zoning director, instead of the chief…

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Boca Raton: Council postpones pay raise discussion, may put on August ballot

By Sallie James



    The Boca Raton City Council postponed discussion of an ordinance that would give city lawmakers a raise, planning to address in January the possibility of setting the wage level at a percentage of Palm Beach County Commission salaries and putting the question to voters in August.        The city’s elected officials say they’re underpaid and need a raise, but how and if they will ever get one is a complicated process that depends on voters.

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Boca Raton: Negotiations are back on for restaurant at Wildflower site

By Steve Plunkett

    

Boca Raton City Council members are shrewd negotiators, it turns out.

    Barely a month after the Hillstone Restaurant Group withdrew its proposal to build an eatery on the city-owned Wildflower site, it’s back at the negotiating table.

    “Hillstone continues to believe the property is ideally suited for one of its signature restaurants,” Glenn Viers, the group’s vice president, said in a Nov. 24 email to the city. “We also feel one…

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Boca Raton: Weinroth resigns from airport board, says work is done

By Rich Pollack



    Saying he’s achieved what he was selected to do when he was appointed to serve on the Boca Raton Airport Authority, Boca Raton Deputy Mayor Robert Weinroth resigned last month from the independent board that oversees airport operations.

“I went on the Airport Authority with the charge by the City Council to improve communication and create a partnership with the board,” Weinroth said. “I believe I have accomplished what I had hoped to achieve…

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Boca Raton: Revival plans for Lake Wyman won’t be tied to Wildflower property

By Steve Plunkett

    

Boca Raton is reviving a 4-year-old plan to rejuvenate Lake Wyman Park, but will not install temporary park facilities at its Wildflower property.

    The City Council in a Dec. 7 workshop made a commitment to pursue a multimillion-dollar grant to refurbish the park. Boca Raton and the county together would pay 30 percent of the cost.

    The rest of the money would come from the Florida Inland Navigation District, which mostly…

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Boca Raton: Luff House to become a restaurant

By Steven J. Smith



    Restaurateur Arturo Gismondi confirmed he intends to convert the historic Luff House into a restaurant by this time next year.

    The two-story, 2,492-square-foot Luff House — named for pioneer residents Theodore and Harriet Luff — was…

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Highland Beach: Home bulldozed as part of $11 million sale

By Christine Davis



A Highland Beach pre-real-estate-crash spec house at 3621 S. Ocean Blvd. with 200 feet on the ocean, was recently torn down as part of an $11 million deal to develop six upscale townhouses on the site.

Boca Raton agents Frank Jichetti of United Realty Group and Scott Pressman of The Keyes Company Realtors represented the seller, Riverside Realty Trust (formerly 3621 S. Ocean Blvd. LLC), a company managed by Joseph Lucania of New York. The…

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Boca Raton: Planned seaside mansion leads city to explore beach property acquisitions

By Sallie James



    A city decision to allow construction of a four-story beachside mega-mansion on an undersized oceanfront parcel is having a ripple effect.

    In the wake of the controversial Dec. 8 City Council decision, the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District has agreed to identify all privately owned, buildable beachfront properties, obtain available market values for the parcels and find out if council members would support an acquisition if it…

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Books: Locals shine in new history

By Steve Pike



    It’s surprising whom you’ll find in a cemetery. Janet DeVries and Ginger Pedersen, for example, found such well-known West Palm Beachers as Burt Reynolds, Larry the Cable Guy, Ottis Anderson and Lois Frankel. OK, so none of these four has yet gone to the other side, but each is featured in DeVries’ and Pedersen’s new book Legendary Locals of West Palm Beach.

     The authors — DeVries lives in Lantana and Pedersen in Boynton Beach — created the…

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Books: Delray native shares ‘Village by the Sea’

By Steve Pike



New directions and construction mask some of it now, but there was a time — not that long ago — when Delray Beach truly was a Village by the Sea.  Sandy Simon knows all about that.      Simon, whose grandfather immigrated to Delray Beach from Lebanon in 1912, probably knows more about Delray Beach past (and present) than any  other living resident — and it shows in his new book, Delray Beach: The Renaissance of a Village by the Sea.…

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Heifer International can arrange animals as gifts

Heifer International’s holiday gift catalog.

By Ron Hayes



    You’ve probably found the catalog in your mailbox around this time of year.

    Amid the booklets for gourmet cheese baskets, fruitcakes and holiday…

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Delray Beach: Delray seeks grants, partner for plan to revive arts district

The fate of what has been dubbed the Arts Warehouse, a 15,000-square-foot building in Artists Alley purchased by Delray Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency in 2010, remains as uncertain as that of the surrounding area.

Little has been done to the warehouse,…

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Editor's Note: Happy Holidays! Let’s make an effort to be nice

The media often catch a bad rap for giving excess attention to all things outrageous. How else do you explain the Kardashians and the current fascination with every utterance of the 2016 presidential candidates?

Blame it on the 24/7 news cycle. Blame it on society’s need to be constantly connected. Blame it on most media companies’ business model to deliver eyeballs to advertisers.

Social media have only accelerated the mass media mentality. As we shake our fists at the television…

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Coastal Star: The Kitchen Elf brings food to Christmas tree volunteers in Delray

Al Hincken (center) walks west on Atlantic Avenue with two of his…

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Along the Coast: Towns agree to split cost of fire district study

Related story: Highland Beach negotiations underway for fire truck, rescue vehicle and staffing

By Dan Moffett



Five coastal municipalities have joined to pay for a study to explore the feasibility of forming a barrier island fire district.

    The first formal…

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Delray Beach: Is a renaissance in the making for Artists Alley?

Brenda Gordon works on a commissioned painting at Artists Alley in Delray Beach. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

Related story: Delray seeks grants, partner for plan to…

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Delray Beach: Improvements to beach promenade questioned, delayed

One proposal aims to widen sidewalks and preserve ocean vistas along A1A. Rendering provided by Bob Currie

By Jane Smith



Delray Beach residents will have to wait at least a year to see…

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Delray Beach: Atlantic Crossing suing current town officials

By Jane Smith



The Atlantic Crossing developers amended their lawsuit against Delray Beach to focus more on the current commission members and their actions, according to the updated complaint filed Nov. 20 in federal court for the Southern District of Florida.

The complaint alleges that the mayor, vice mayor and a new commission member elected in March had all campaigned on promises to oppose the Atlantic Crossing project.

“This new legislative majority…

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Along the Coast: The war against saltwater intrusion is being won — for now

By Ann Henson Feltgen

    

Saltwater intrusion leading to contaminated drinking water wells has long been feared in South Florida.

    Billions of dollars have been spent on measures to protect our water supply — mostly paid for by utilities and their customers — and have…

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