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Few beach goers see public/private line in the sand

By Kelly Wolfe



It’s a typical summer afternoon in paradise.

A large, black cloud hangs low over the Ocean Ridge beach and the air is so muggy, a short walk results in impressive sweat stains.

No wonder the only figure on the sand is Jim McCracken, 61, of Michigan, who’s “just passing through.” “Nope,” he answers, when asked if he knew there was a line on Florida’s beaches delineating the public from the private.

Did he know he might be standing on private… Continue

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Regional board advises against 10-story hotel

By Tim O’Meilia

A controversial proposal that would allow a 99-unit, 10-story hotel will go to the South Palm Beach Town Council without the endorsement of the South Florida Regional Planning Council.

The planning council labeled the change to the town’s comprehensive plan inconsistent with regional planning policy after hearing the objections of three town residents at the Sept. 18 meeting in Stuart. The members of non-profit South Palm Beach Preservation Inc. complained that the… Continue

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Mayor Millar comes in for another round of criticism

In other business, Mayor Martin Millar’s well-publicized trip to Rachel’s, his request for a police ride home and his conduct during a rowdy budget hearing last month have galvanized the opinions of townspeople, based on comments at the Sept. 22 meeting.

“Your leadership is causing irreparable harm to the town,” said resident Stella Jordan. “We are now the laughingstock of our entire Treasure Coast area. Make your last official act one you can be proud of. Resign. Here. Now.… Continue

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Direct fire-service billing will save town money, not taxpayers

By Tim O’Meilia

Even though the 2010 budget year is just beginning (Oct. 1), town councilmen agreed to chop more than $1 million out of the 2011 budget. Yet it won’t save South Palm Beach residents any money. The council agreed unanimously Sept. 22 to revise its 10-year agreement with Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue to allow property owners to be billed directly for fire service as part of their annual property tax bill. Currently, the town pays the annual cost from its operating budget.… Continue

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Teacher has a song in her heart

A Coastal Star



Brinyite Terry Kline fondly recalls the “summer of giving,” with her neighbor, Celene “Candy” Alexandra. “I gave her some tomatoes one day, and the next day she shows up at my door with peaches and pears. As soon as you give her one thing, you get back 900 things. We spent the summer trying to one-up each other with giving.”

Giving is something that Alexandra has done for many years with many, many children. Nearly three… Continue

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Past resident facing federal Ponzi-scheme prosecution

By Thomas R. Collins



Mayor Tom Gerrard lives just seven houses down from where Tom Petters used to live. And as mayor, he probably comes into contact with more people than just about anyone else in town.

But Gerrard said he never heard of, let alone met, the former Minneapolis businessman and part-time Manalapaner. It’s probably just as well.

Petters, in a federal prosecution with echoes of the Bernie Madoff scandal, is accused of masterminding a $3.5 billion Ponzi scheme.… Continue

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Thieves use distraction to spirit away wallets

By Stephanie Slater

Seconds.

That’s how long it takes for someone to steal your purse or wallet.

Days, months, years.

That’s how long you’ll be dealing with creditors and banks when the thieves use your credit cards or steal your identity.

It all begins when you become distracted.

They might ask you for directions while you’re loading items into your car.

Or stop you in the grocery store and ask you about an item on a shelf. Others have even… Continue

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Along the Avenues: The ebb and flow of businesses in downtown Delray

By Thom Smith



Signs of the times. Signs because of the times. Signs in spite of the times.

Despite all the economic doom speak, Delray maintains its All-American City attitude.

Oh sure, shops, restaurants and businesses are closing, but it seems that no sooner does one owner lock up for the final time than another is waiting with a new key.

“We can’t just sit back and wait,” said Francis Taboul, as he surveyed the renovations at La Cigale on South… Continue

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1920s school preservation faces uphill battle

By Nirvi Shah

The future of the old Boynton Beach high school could be in city residents’ hands next March, when voters will decide whether to spend money on its restoration.

Boynton Mayor Jerry Taylor said the vote will finally settle the issue of saving or demolishing the 30,000-square-foot building, which opened in 1926. Taylor has repeatedly balked at the idea of preserving the structure.

But in the middle of a recession,… Continue

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Municipalities finalizing budgets for a very tough year

By Margie Plunkett

Local lawmakers may wish they could forget this 2009/10 budget-crunching season, but in September they put their stamps of approval on financial plans that will be a constant reminder for the next year.

For many residents, the result is rising taxes and sometimes, declining services. Plummeting property tax revenues and rising costs forced government leaders to look at options, including seeking other revenue, cutting services and salaries, dipping into reserves,… Continue

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Zoning change for Cenacle approved

By Margie Plunkett

Lantana Town Council gave its final nod to a zoning change for the Cenacle property on the Intracoastal — to commercial from residential —though it won’t become effective until after site plan approval.

The Cenacle sought land-use and zoning changes as part of a proposal to sell the 1400 Dixie Highway retreat, operated by the Catholic Cenacle sisters, to Palm Beach Resort Partners LLC. The buyer wants to develop a $100 million luxury resort and spa.

A residents… Continue

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Moon’s proximity brought higher tides in September

By Margie Plunkett

The moon flexed its strength in September, pulling tides a half foot to a foot-and-a-half higher as it swung through its perigee.

The lunar perigee, when the moon’s orbit takes it closest to the Earth, occurred near the time of the Sept. 18 new moon, causing the higher than normal seas, according to Robert Molleda, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami.

The moon’s power over the tides is usually strongest during the new and full phases, when… Continue

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Group pushing to enlarge protected coral habitat

By Nirvi Shah

It was a huge victory last year for coral reef preservationists when the National Marine Fisheries Service designated a swath of the Florida coast as a protected area for two species of coral.

But discovery of one species of threatened coral north of that protected region has reef advocates asking for the boundary to be pushed north — to the vocal objection of the coastal powerhouse of Palm Beach County: Palm Beach. The town objected in writing, concerned that the extra… Continue

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Vacant slips a concern to city and marina residents

By Margie Plunkett

Boaters once clamored for a spot in Delray Beach’s marina, but the ebbing economy has left nearly half its slips vacant and forced the city to drop rates to entice new business.

Acknowledging increasing competition among area marinas, Delray Beach commissioners cut annual rates to $16 per foot per month from $21 in September, even as live-aboard residents of the marina argued that more drastic action was necessary to revitalize their waterfront… Continue

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With school district money problems, WXEL sale again up in the air

By Thomas R. Collins



Another deal might have turned to static for perennially for-sale WXEL.

Nine months after the Palm Beach County School District expressed an interest in buying the public radio and TV stations from Barry University, the School Board voted to pull half the money it had set aside for the deal to balance its economy-rocked budget.

The pullback might clear the way for other groups to again begin making a bid for the stations.

The School Board never… Continue

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Obituary - Pauline Deibert Marquis

Obituary



PAULINE DEIBERT MARQUIS



Pauline 'Polly' Deibert Marquis, originally from Palmerton, PA and Greenwich, CT, died on her 104th birthday. She was the daughter of Franklin W. and Lydia Gregory Deibert, and the sister of Jonathan Deibert. Polly graduated from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. She was married to Byron St. Croix Marquis for 55 years becoming a widow in 1988. A son, Gregory Ewing Marquis, died in 1988.

Initially a French teacher, later in life Polly… Continue

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Obituary - Matthew Duncan: Briny Breezes

Obituary



MATTHEW DUNCAN



By Ron Hayes



BRINY BREEZES — When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Matthew Duncan immediately quit his job at the Buick plant in Flint, Mich., and joined the Marines.

He was 20 then, and embarking on a lifetime of service to his country, community and friends, including 16 years on the Briny Breezes Town Council.

Mr. Duncan died Sept. 9, eight months after being diagnosed with cancer, and two days before his… Continue

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Former CRA member appointed to City Commission



By C. B. Hanif

Angeleta Gray says she will “continue to meet with people, listen to their views and bring all the players to the table. I think that will be instrumental in helping us to continue to move forward.”

There’s agreement that her fellow Delray Beach commissioners helped advance the city by appointing her to Seat 4 that was vacated by Mack Bernard.

Citing the former Community Redevelopment Agency board member’s longtime… Continue

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Diverse fish should find reef ‘pods’ attractive

By Margie Plunkett



The county started reef construction off the Ocean Ridge coast this summer, required to restore the natural reef covered by beach renourishment.

The mitigation reef, within an area of about 16 acres, will “get covered in critters” — attract fish — and should make great snorkeling, according to environmental analyst Janet Phipps of Palm Beach County Environmental Resource Management.

“It provides a lot of nursery… Continue

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InterFaith21: Muslim, Jewish communities unite to find common ground

By C.B. Hanif



Sundown on Friday, Sept.18 marked the beginning of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.

The next day, others began observing Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the completion of Ramadan, the Muslim month of rededication.

Still others, including Christian friends (some of whom The Washington Post noted had joined in Ramadan fasting) were honoring both holidays with wishes of “L’shana tova” (for a good year)’ and “eid mubarak” (a blessed Eid).

Among them all are those… Continue

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