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Delray Beach: Detective honored for work on Sober Homes Task Force

By Jane Smith

Detective Nicole Lucas, who works for Delray Beach police and is a member of the State Attorney’s Sober Homes Task Force, was honored recently for her investigative work.

In collaboration with 13 other agencies, her work led to the arrest of substance abuse treatment center owner Kenneth Chatman and his federal prison sentence of 27.5 years for health care fraud.

Chatman was convicted of skirting state law by having his wife sign the…

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Business Spotlight: Plaza del Mar merchants getting back in swing

Longtime employee Emi Ebben (left) talks with customers Lawrence Katzen and Ann Frumpkin during Jewelry Artisans’ reopening party Dec. 15 in Plaza del Mar. Photo provided

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Boca Raton: Primer for Boca Pink

No, the Boca Raton Resort and Club is not changing its colors. The peach color many residents noticed in mid-December is a primer coat. A second coat of paint will restore the historic club’s tower to its iconic ‘Boca Pink’ hue.  ‘Oh, no, we would never…

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Boca Raton: Haynie clear to vote, now that husband drops Batmasian contract

By Mary Hladky

Mayor Susan Haynie will now be able to vote on matters involving James and Marta Batmasian, the city’s largest commercial landowners, without being dogged by questions about whether such votes violate state and county ethics rules.

Haynie announced at the Dec. 12 Boca…

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Highland Beach: Surprised by movie, town proposes rules to control filming

By Rich Pollack

When residents in the quiet Bel Lido section of Highland Beach discovered that a locally produced television movie about the mob was being filmed in a neighborhood home several months ago, they were anything but star-struck.

Instead, many were concerned about the possible erosion of their privacy and the commotion caused in the neighborhood by the filming — which has since wrapped — and subsequent parties.

Their concerns could be…

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Boca Raton: Midtown project mired in three-way differences

By Mary Hladky

The proposed Midtown project is beset by complications as city staff and a city board are at odds about what rules the developer will have to follow.

The intracity disagreements surfaced at a Dec. 11 Boca Raton City Council workshop when city staff presented its analysis of conditions the Planning and Zoning Board recommended the City Council adopt before giving the developer the go-ahead to build.

The debate will continue during two…

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Highland Beach: Group steps up to educate public about healthy beach dunes

By Rich Pollack

Saving the sensitive and environmentally important sand dunes along Highland Beach’s 3-mile stretch of oceanfront is becoming a priority for the town’s fledgling Beaches and Shores Club.

Formed after the Town Commission dissolved its Beaches and Shores Advisory Board, the new club is putting a focus on educating residents about the need to preserve the marine dune ecosystem through the eradication of invasive species, which can push out…

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Highland Beach: Town incumbents will face challengers

By Rich Pollack

Two incumbent officials in Highland Beach will face opposition in the March 13 municipal election.  

In addition, voters will be asked to fund up to $2.1 million for a streetscape plan that includes replacement of the 3-mile existing walking path with decorative concrete.

In the race for vice mayor, two candidates qualified to be on the ballot. Incumbent Bill Weitz, who is completing his first three-year term, will face opposition from…

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Holiday Boat Parade: Intracoastal Waterway, Boca Raton – Dec. 16

The former site of the Wildflower restaurant was a popular viewing location for the 41st annual Holiday Boat Parade.  With the park recently open to the public, hundreds of residents jammed the area, which provided some of the most intimate views. Tim…

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Boca Raton: Related’s plan calls for 300 deluxe apartments next to City Hall

By Mary Hladky

The Related Group is making a new pitch to the city to build an indoor performing arts center downtown while also buying city-owned land to build about 300 luxury apartments.

In another sign of its interest in doing projects in the city, Related also has proposed a public-private partnership with Florida Atlantic University that would include a convention center, hotel, apartments and retail on 30 acres on the southeast portion of its Boca…

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Boca Raton: Eminent domain may not be needed with owners of 2 properties ‘willing to sell’

By Steve Plunkett

The Beach & Park District may not have to use eminent domain to seize two controversial properties on the oceanfront.

Arthur Koski, the district’s executive director and legal counsel, has been negotiating a way to take possession of undeveloped 2500 N. Ocean Blvd. and 2600 N. Ocean Blvd. since September.

“The owners of 2500 and 2600 are both willing to sell,” Assistant Director Briann Harms told district commissioners at their…

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Boca Raton: Consultant’s vision for Ocean Strand, Gumbo Limbo startles beach-park officials

By Steve Plunkett

A city consultant’s recommendations on undeveloped Ocean Strand and the popular Gumbo Limbo Nature Center caught Beach & Park District officials by surprise.

Kona Gray, of EDSA Inc., which is creating a comprehensive master plan for Boca Raton’s waterfront parks, said the city should make Ocean Strand its No. 5 priority for improvements, after the Wildflower parcel and South Beach, Spanish River and Palmetto Dune parks.

But the…

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Boca Raton: Parks consultant puts top priority on Wildflower site

The Wildflower parcel would be transformed into an urban oasis with flowering trees if Boca Raton adopts the master plan. EDSA Inc. via City of Boca Raton

By Steve Plunkett

If the city does nothing else with its parks, it…

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Boca Raton: City gets pushback on generator proposal for care facilities

By Sallie James

The Boca Raton City Council this month is expected to consider an ordinance to require permanent emergency generators in nursing homes, able to power the facilities for up to 96 hours.

But the executive director from one elder-care facility says it goes too far.

Kevin Wrenne, executive director of the 125-bed Banyan Place, at 2950 NW Fifth Ave., said the proposed ordinance has two major flaws: It requires the installation of…

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Obituary: Francis ‘Frank’ Peter Cardinale

BOCA RATON — Francis “Frank” Peter Cardinale, age 63, passed away peacefully Dec. 25 at Trustbridge Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton.  He was born Dec. 4, 1954, in Jersey City, N.J.  

He was preceded in death by his father, Peter, mother, Livia, and sister Phyllis. He…

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FINNISH CENTENNIAL: Independence celebration puts nation’s long heritage in county on spirited display

Arlene Tervakoski (in apron), Jean Lindblad, Anja Laurik and Anja Vikkila attend ceremonies at Finland House to mark the centennial of Finland’s independence from Russia. Finland House’s location in Lantana merits a special street sign. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Pay it Forward: Racers will strut their stilettos at charity event

The annual race features crazy costumes and even crazier high heels. Photo provided

By Amy Woods

Supporters of a local charity will stomp down the sidewalk in stilettos ranging from stylish to silly during the Vince Canning…

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Natale in Famiglia: Boca West Country Club – Dec. 10

Il Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society, had more than 120 guests for its annual Christmas party. Music by Gino De Marco with a special appearance by tenor Carlos De Antonis accompanied the feast. Among the guests were Rock & Roll Hall of Famer…

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Flower arrangement workshop: Pelican Cove Clubhouse, Ocean Ridge – Dec. 8

The Ocean Ridge Garden Club gathered to create flower arrangements for the community. Eighteen members made 50 creative arrangements that were distributed to local senior centers, the Community Caring Center of Greater Boynton Beach and Town Hall.  ABOVE: (l-r) Club members…

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Philanthropy Notes: Junior League of Boca Raton recognized for diaper donations

Jennifer Rosemurgy and Linsey Desich with a truckload of diapers ready for delivery. Photo provided

Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams and Boca Raton City Councilman Robert…

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