By Robert W. Ganger
Readers of The Coastal Star
may be unaware that a bill is percolating through the Florida Legislature that would “streamline” the state’s Growth Management Act — the rulebook by which the Department of Community Affairs has guided growth and development in our state since 1985.
Who is backing the bill?
The bill’s major legislative sponsor is a developer/contractor. In fairness, he and his professional colleagues may view the Growth Management Act… Continue
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She thawed and saw a pussy cat. Now pet expert is taking your questions.
By Arden Moore
Once people find out what I do for a living, they unleash their questions. Why does my dog…? How can I get my cat to stop…? No place is off limits when it comes to fielding pet queries — weddings, supermarket lines and even public bathrooms.
A friend jokingly called me Dr. Doo — short for Doctor Doolittle — due to the number of times she has… Continue
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By Christine Davis
You’ve driven up the Seaside Paspalum grass driveway. Along the way there was a water grotto and bamboo-clad guesthouse, swimmable water gardens and a palapa.
In the front courtyard, there’s a floating deck, infinity pool (with windows), 16-person spa with a fire pit, and a Tahitian cocktails balé supported by moose-pole pine columns.
Now, you are about to enter Frank McKinney’s brand-new, LEED-certified, South-Pacific-resort-style mansion, “Acqua… Continue
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By Hector Florin
Coastal cities are jockeying for a piece of the $787 billion stimulus package, with a focus on water utility projects, but many are not convinced their area will benefit much in the short term. Aside from Delray Beach, coastal cities from Gulf Stream north to Manalapan are collectively eyeing a dozen or so improvements that city leaders believe could qualify for about $4 billion in state and federal funds — an estimate provided by U.S. Rep. Ron Klein’s office. The… Continue
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By Ron Hayes
DELRAY BEACH — A resident of the coastal communities since 1964, Elizabeth “Betty” Adams Sligh died peacefully Jan. 30 at Hospice By The Sea in Boca Raton. She was 88.
Born May 3, 1920, in Latrobe, Penn., Elizabeth Adams was an identical twin, born minutes before her sister, Barbara.
“They were called the terrible twins because as children they were always in trouble,” recalled her daughter, Elizabeth Wiggins Oestreich of Delray Beach. “They were so glamorous,… Continue
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By Mary Thurwachter
Classically elegant and newly renovated — to the tune of $100 million — the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach has an extra reason to celebrate this month. Its $30 million addition, Eau Spa, opens at last. The hammering has stopped, the paint has dried, the furniture has been thoughtfully arranged and now it’s time for guests to “pause, play and perfect.” That “three-P” philosophy is evident throughout the 42,000-square-foot spa with an emphasis on sensory experiences with… Continue
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By Hector Florin
OCEAN RIDGE — Should dogs be prohibited from roaming private beaches? A kink in the town’s code forbids animals on public town beaches, but doesn’t specify all beaches, Commissioner Terry Brown said at the Mar. 2 meeting.
“Virtually all of the beaches in Ocean Ridge are privately owned,” Brown said, but residents have approached him saying they’ve seen dogs, leading to various interpretations of the law. Town Attorney Ken Spillias said there would be… Continue
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By Lucy Whitmarsh
Some 3,807 manatees were counted in January by the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, a record high number since it began the annual surveys in 1991.
The survey found 589 manatees in Palm Beach County. Buddy Powell, a biologist at the Sea to Shore Alliance, an environmental organization based in St. Petersburg, said that an aerial survey in February spotted about 400 manatees tightly collected in the output of the Florida Power and Light plant in Riviera… Continue
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By Hector Florin
Bob Montgomery wants to take a break from two decades as a Florida real estate broker. So the 69-year-old is reaching into his grab bag of real estate tricks to lure a buyer for his Hypoluxo Island home. Montgomery is dropping the price of his waterfront property by $5,000 a day. While no faux-Lotto billboards update the latest asking price (now at about $1.55 million), signs planted on swales along Ocean Avenue announce his stunt. It kicked off Feb. 1, with the… Continue
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By Florence Kizza
DELRAY BEACH — Several city residents living on the Intracoastal Waterway were lit up last month, thanks to an illuminating move by a local business. Old Calypso restaurant installed new lights on its building that ended up causing a stir among nearby residents.
“The lights were strobing like something out of the Las Vegas strip and shining in my window,” explains Delray Beach resident Jenie DePonte. “I found it very disturbing.”
Old Calypso is… Continue
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By Hector Florin
BRINY BREEZES — Parking tickets are causing a fuss in Briny Breezes. Corporation director Robert Purcell described the volunteer Boynton Beach group’s parking enforcement “an embarrassment — it’s harassment” at the Feb. 26 Town Council meeting. He and Town Mayor Roger Bennett also engaged in a brief verbal tiff during the discussion. Purcell said he once inadvertently forgot to give a guest — parked in Purcell’s driveway — a visitor’s parking pass. A volunteer… Continue
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By Margie Plunkett
BOYNTON BEACH — The City Commission called for developer proposals to fashion a new police station and City Hall at its Feb. 17 meeting, after contemplating a $30 million pitch to move the city complex to Renaissance Commons.
Earlier at the meeting, developer Compson Associates withdrew the Renaissance Commons proposal, which included refurbishing the nearby 1927 high school. President Jim Comparato said it had become “politically charged” and that Compson… Continue
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March 1 marks the official beginning of sea turtle season in Palm Beach County. Please be aware of your beach activities and night lighting during the coming months. These special visitors to our shores are threatened and endangered species. They were here long before we were. Please show them respect.
-- Mary Kate Leming, Editor
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By Ron Hayes
BRINY BREEZES — “When I was young, I wanted to be an artist,” Marion Roddin recalls. “I could have gone to the Fashion Institute of New York, but my mother didn’t want me to become a hippie.”
After her husband’s early retirement and their move to Florida, Roddin joined the Briny Breezes Art League and started taking watercolor classes. That was 15 years ago, and come the weekend of March 21, you’ll see proof that youthful dreams can blossom with age at the league’s… Continue
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By Rochelle E.B. Gilken
I swam in alligator-infested lakes. I went rock climbing without a harness. I fought until I was bloody in a boxing ring.
But I was never more nervous about my mortality than I was while preparing to embark on this journey: a death-defying bike ride from Linton Boulevard and A1A to the Ritz Carlton in Manalapan.
It may not sound frightening, but I calculated the odds.
Even a Smart Car, hitting the scales at 1,600 pounds,… Continue
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By Ron Hayes
Talk to the mayors, managers and civic activists who run the coastal communities once represented by Mary McCarty and you'll hear a common theme. Gratitude.
Whatever her failings or felonies, they say, the former District 4 commissioner was a loyal supporter of local government, and a generous friend to the cities in her district.
“I think District 4 cities to a one will tell you she was always the commissioner who stood up and was a strong advocate… Continue
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By Thomas R. Collins
After years of taking on her fellow county commissioners, calling her own shots, blazing her own trail, Mary McCarty was the picture of obedience.
More than punctual to her first court appearance on federal corruption charges — she got there two hours and 10 minutes early, perhaps to avoid clicking cameras and microphone-thrusting reporters — McCarty sat in the front row of the courtroom. Then she was… Continue
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By Ron Hayes
MANALAPAN — Maureen and Peter Blum were baptized in the same church as children, met in high school, wed young and remained devoted to each other through 60 years of married life. “She was the love of my life,” said her husband, a town commissioner since 1973. “We married young, but we both had good families who loved us both, so that was part of our success.”
Mrs. Blum passed away Jan. 30 at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, seven months after suffering a stroke.… Continue
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In working to encourage violence-free relationships and promote social change that can help end domestic abuse, Barbara Murphy and Ann Bennett have given extraordinary amounts of their time and talent to Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse Inc.
Most recently, the Gulf Stream residents have worked together to create AVDA's newest event — the Heart of A Woman Luncheon. This event celebrates the strength and courage of women, with proceeds going to support victims of domestic abuse and their… Continue
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By Hector Florin
A busted sewer pipe that led Briny Breezes officials to warn residents to limit their water usage is still being closely monitored, though the pipe is believed to be in good shape and won’t need to be replaced.
The 6-inch force main, operated by Boynton Beach and hooked up to Briny’s wastewater system, was clamped and repaired hours after the leak was called in Jan. 22 around 1:45 p.m. Someone near the sewage lift station at St. Andrews Country Club noticed a leak and… Continue
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