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South Palm Beach: Manager gets good marks in evaluation

 By Tim O’Meilia

    

For the first time since he was hired in 2005, South Palm Beach Town Manager Rex Taylor underwent an evaluation by the Town Council at a Feb. 26 council workshop.   

Taylor got good marks in sum from the individual council members, especially in dealing with employees, responding to council members’ requests and solving problems.

    “I back him 100 percent. We are lucky to have him,” said Mayor Donald Clayman, who was the most…

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Ocean Ridge: Triathlete’s trials not all on the race course

Lee DiPietro has been running since she was a child. She competes in about 25 races per year.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Mary Jane Fine

    

Lee DiPietro knows how it must look to the uninitiated.…

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Gulf Stream: New street light style under consideration

By Tim O’Meilia



Gulf Stream town commissioners gave a tentative green light to new street lights — provided town residents give a thumbs up to a demonstration model to be erected, perhaps near Town Hall soon.

    “Let people see what they are going to get,” said Commissioner…

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Gulf Stream: Resident rejects town’s rejection of his idea

By Tim O’Meilia

    

Gulf Stream resident Martin O’Boyle’s request to remodel the entry way on his 1983 Hidden Harbour Drive home was denied twice by town commissioners at their March 15 meeting.

    During a four-hour hearing, the commission unanimously upheld Town Manager William Thrasher’s interpretation of the town code disallowing a 25-foot-high entry feature above the front door, then rejected three of four variances O’Boyle sought to override the code.…

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Manalapan: Federal inquiry begun into profiling allegations

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami has begun an investigation of allegations by a Manalapan resident that the town’s Police Department engages in racial profiling.

Resident Kersen De Jong first filed a formal complaint with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in December. The FDLE said it lacked jurisdiction and referred the complaint to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tallahassee.

The case has since been transferred to the U.S. Attorney’s Miami office.

Manalapan Police…

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Manalapan: Term limits approved by overwhelming majority

Town voters, the few who did vote, overwhelmingly approved a charter change imposing term limits on the mayor and commissioners by a 52-14 margin.

    Elected officials can serve a maximum of three consecutive two-year terms as either mayor or commissioner, or four consecutive two-year terms in a combination of commission and mayoral posts. The change affects those currently in office.

    Only 18.4 percent of the town’s voters cast ballots, including five by absentee ballot. The…

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Manalapan: New commission starts with ambitious agenda

Manalapan Town Clerk Lisa Petersen administers the oath of office to Commissioner-Elect Chauncey Johnstone (left), Mayor-Elect David Cheifetz, Commisioner Tom Thornton and Commissioner-Elect Peter Isaac in the Commission Chambers.…

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Along the Coast: Commercial rents reflect a steadying market

By Jane Smith



The coastal South County retail market is stabilizing, say brokers who are breathing more easily after the past few years of real estate upheaval.

    Its brightest spots are Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, which has only a few empty stores, and Mizner Park in Boca Raton, which is nearly fully leased.

    Lord & Taylor, a department store that left the nearby Town Center mall nearly a decade ago, is expected to open this fall in the…

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Ocean Ridge: Book recounts murders that shook town

Gail Adams Aaskov, author of two books, also is a Realtor, property manager  and a town commissioner.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

    

Gail Adams Aaskov remembers getting…

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Ocean Ridge: Town to finance, build A1A crosswalk

By Margie Plunkett

    

Like a dutiful Boy Scout, Ocean Ridge plans to help residents cross the street — at A1A and Town Hall.

    The town is spending $13,500 on design and construction of a crosswalk on A1A between Town Hall and the beach, after receiving the go-ahead from the Florida Department of Transportation.

    “After much consternation with FDOT, they’re letting us install a pedestrian crossing,” Town Manager Ken Schenck told commissioners at their…

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Ocean Ridge: Short-term home rentals becoming an issue

By Tim O’Meilia

    

The owners of single family homes for rent in Ocean Ridge may soon have to register with Town Hall, perhaps triggering annual fire and housing inspections.

    Town commissioners said they want to discourage the use of homes as short-term hotels in single family neighborhoods, a practice that annoys neighbors.

    Current town ordinances allow homes to be rented for a minimum of 30 days and forbid homes from being occupied by more than…

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Obituary: Dr. Theodore ‘Ted’ Bush, pastor for 27 years in Delray

Mary Bush addresses the 350 who attended the March 6 memorial service held for her husband and their pastor Ted Bush. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Tim Pallesen

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Sand dredging and sea turtles in Ocean Ridge



LEFT: Jose Arimatcia, an employee of Pugh’s Pools and Spas, installed a pair of tile mosaic sea turtles at the Ocean Ridge Town Hall. The installation is a joint project between the Ocean Ridge Garden Club and Mayor Pugh.…

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Along the Coast: County clips Sea Angels’ wings, but group still afloat

Michael and Robyn Hallasz show off items collected on March 17. The couple vow to continue their mission at Ocean Inlet Park. Photo provided.

By Cheryl Blackerby



    The Sea Angels’…

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Ocean Ridge: Story evolved into two-part novel for Spillias

Ocean Ridge town attorney Kenneth Spillias has departed from his daily genre of resolutions and ordinances to pen a newly published novel, Widow’s Walk, Part I: The Precipice.

The self-published book is set in South Florida and tells the tale of character Jim Donovan in his lifelong struggle between…

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Briny Breezes: Park sales contract expires

Briny Breezes is officially off the market.

    The 43-acre mobile home park’s contract with New York law firm Duane Morris to sell the park expired March 1 and, with it, the park’s obligation to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees that have accumulated over the years, park board President Joe Coyner confirmed.

    Briny Breezes Inc. hired the firm nearly a decade ago to sell the park for at least $500 million. When a $510 million sale to Boca Raton developer Ocean…

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Meet Your Neighbors: Christian Riera and Marcela Viglianchino

  

Christian Riera and Marcela Viglianchino pose with a few of her candelabra.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

    A couple that does everything together, stays together. That’s what…

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Briny Breezes: Town Council approves new land use plan

By Tim O’Meilia



    For the first time since the $510 million Ocean Land sale collapsed in 2007, the town of Briny Breezes took a careful first step toward allowing the town to be more than a mobile-home park.

    After four public hearings and questioning by residents, the Town Council unanimously approved, in a series of votes, a new comprehensive land use plan that would allow traditional one- and two-story single family homes, a commercial corridor of…

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Along the Coast: Boat sales motoring out of recession

This year’s Palm Beach International Boat Show brought 600 vessels worth more than $1.2 billion. Cheryl Blackerby/The Coastal Star

By Cheryl Blackerby



    More than 44,000 boat lovers attended the Palm…

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Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, built in 1860, is Palm Beach County’s oldest existing structure. Scott Simmons/The Coastal Star

Drive 50 miles north of Hillsboro Inlet and you’ll find the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum.

Which is…

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