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Shifting Sands: Manalapan seeks standards while property owners build new walls

Manalapan property owners are working together to fix their failing seawalls. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Tim O’Meilia



    While oceanfront residents scramble for permits to rebuild their collapsed seawalls, the…

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Shifting Sands: Regional beach planning proving a hard sell

By Tim O’Meilia

    

A proposed inlet-to-inlet approach to beach restoration and management will cost small coastal towns $4,000 to $19,000 a year with no promise that a beach protection project would be approved.

    The pilot project proposed by state environmental officials is the first of its kind in the state to take a regional approach to beach management rather than evaluate each individual project. It’s also designed to streamline the state and…

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Delray Beach: Atlantic Plaza II density set; one resident group plans lawsuit

Update: Citizens group sues city over density approval for Atlantic Plaza II

By Tim Pallesen



    Coastal residents near the proposed Atlantic Plaza II project remain concerned after Delray Beach commissioners narrowly gave developers the OK to build 40 units per acre last…

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Manalapan: Police dispatching to remain in-house

By Tim O’Meilia

    

For the second time in two years, the Manalapan Town Commission rejected bids from outside agencies to handle the town’s police dispatch services.

Both neighboring Ocean Ridge and Lantana submitted proposals well under the town’s $241,600 annual dispatch costs, but Point Manalapan residents called for the dispatch center/gatehouse at the entrance to the point to continue to be manned 24 hours a day.

Hiring guards to man the center would…

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Manalapan: Lone critic receives criticism in Stumpf retention vote

By Tim O’Meilia



    Before Manalapan Commissioner Howard Roder could make a motion to fire Town Manager Linda Stumpf, the other commissioners quickly gave her a 5-1 vote of confidence Dec. 18.

    “I want to consider other candidates for the position of town manager,” Roder said, less than 24 hours after emailing his complaints about Stumpf to other commissioners.

Roder had little chance to enumerate his complaints about Stumpf before Commissioner Louis…

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Manalapan: Dispatcher retires from ‘temporary’ town job

By Tim O’Meilia

    

Kathy Clark had been a police dispatcher for the Boca Raton Police Department for 18 years and was taking college courses to become a paralegal when her dad asked her for help.

Could she fill in as a dispatcher in Manalapan? Her father was Manalapan…

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Delray Beach: Time capsule buried with old and new technology inside

The Delray Beach Preservation Trust dedicated its message to the future in December, a time capsule that won’t be opened for a century.

The capsule, which is housed in the lobby of City Hall and celebrates the city’s centennial, contains photos of Delray Beach and more.

Dan Sloan, who spoke on behalf of the Preservation Trust before the commission at its Dec. 4 meeting, said the capsule included his organization’s newsletter, newspapers, photographs and information about the Franklin…

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Obituary — Gertrude Dromboski

By Ron Hayes

    BRINY BREEZES — Gertrude Dombroski started spending her winters here in 1953 and became a permanent resident in the early 1980s.

She left, from her own bed, at 6:35 p.m. on Nov. 28, holding her daughter’s hand as I’ll Be Home For Christmas played on the stereo.

She…

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Obituary — Henry "Hank" Gribensk

By Emily J. Minor

    

OCEAN RIDGE — Henry “Hank” Gribensk, 60, a veteran of the U.S. Army who many years ago used his opportunities in the military to get off drugs and turn his life around, died Dec. 5.

Mr. Gribensk was a well-known and well-loved property manager at two island…

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Boynton Inlet: Inlet parking lot closed overnight

Park Ranger Gery Moran puts out barricades after sunset to close off a portion of the parking lot at the Boynton Inlet. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Margie Plunkett



    Ocean Inlet Park has…

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South Palm Beach: Police contract brings focus to other employees’ pay

By Tim O’Meilia

    

If the South Palm Beach police bargaining unit signs a three-year contract in the next month or so, the five members will each get a $1,500 lump-sum bonus.

The town’s other six full-time employees will get zip.

At its Dec. 18 meeting, the Town Council decided not to give the other town workers a one-time pay boost to match the police officers’.

“We made a conscious decision not to do it (during budget hearings last summer),” said Vice…

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Briny Breezes: Plan would allow houses, more commerce in town

NOTE: The January 17 public hearing on the Briny Breezes Comprehensive Plan has been postponed until early March based on revisions requested by the town attorney.

By Tim O’Meilia



    More than six years ago, Briny Breezes residents voted to remake the town into a resort including 20-story towers, a 350-room beachfront hotel and rows of three-story condos.

    That half-billion-dollar dream would have created dozens of instant…

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Obituary — Carl Smith

By Cheryl Blackerby

DELRAY BEACH — Carl Smith spent most of his life putting smiles on the faces of those around him.

At Miramar Gardens in Delray Beach, he was known as the easygoing golfer and tennis player whom everyone called “Doc” — the guy with the one-liners about Notre…

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Delray Beach: City to negotiate with Connecticut man for manager’s job

By Margie Plunkett

    

The first choice for the Delray Beach city manager position was picked for the “fresh eyes” he’d bring to the community — and chosen over the inside candidate.

City Commission voted Dec. 11 to enter contract negotiations with Louie Chapman Jr., who has…

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Delray Beach: Businesses want change in new noise ordinance

By Margie Plunkett

    

A group of downtown restaurant and bar owners wants to revise the city’s noise ordinance after it became apparent several are in violation of newly adopted requirements.  

Members had asked City Commission for 60 days to come up with more fitting noise regulations.

    The group met with a consultant, the Downtown Development Authority, attorneys who drafted the city’s ordinance and code enforcement officers in an attempt to come up…

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Gulf Stream School: Chess classes capture youngsters’ interest

Trevor Zankl, 7 (left), makes a move during chess at Gulf Stream School in his first-grade class as Hunter Presson, 6 (center), peers over to watch his move. Libby Volgyes/The Coastal Star

By Libby Volgyes



    Juliana Papera eyes…

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Unity School: Poetry Contest

Eighth Grade Poetry Contest winners (from left) Gus O’Hare (Gulf Stream), Luke O’Carroll (Ocean Ridge), Morley Wyler (Ocean Ridge) and Remy O’Hare (Gulf Stream) display the pictures that served as the inspiration for their poems. Unity Middle School language arts…

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St. Joseph's Episcopal School: Students get down and dirty in 'green living' program

Ryan Graham, 6, of Delray Beach is a study in concentration as he fills his K-Cup with potting soil and seeds. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes



Erin Donahue’s dog ate her homework.

Before she could eat it herself.

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Meet Your Neighbor: Daniel Herrick

Daniel Herrick, who lives at St. Andrews Club, got his MBA while serving in the Navy for 20 years. His long civilian career in finance included stints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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The Coastal Star is pleased to announce the availability of our new Beach Bag!

These large, cotton beach bags are available ONLY in our offices at 5011 N. Ocean Blvd. in Ocean Ridge (next to Colby's Barbershop.)

Our hours are hit-and-miss, but your best bet to catch us is from 10 am-6 pm, Monday-Friday.

Below is our…

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