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Delray Beach: City bent its bidding rules, county says

    Delray Beach has clarified its competitive bidding rules after the county Inspector General said the city bent its rules when it awarded its beach-cleaning contract last January.

    Universal Beach Services, the city beach cleaner for 30 years, got the contract for $94,896 after arguing that low bidder Beach Raker couldn’t provide the service for $57,000.

    JoAnn Peart, owner of Universal Beach, also accused the city of giving Beach Raker an unfair advantage in the bidding…

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Delray Beach: Commission asks judge to undo garbage contract

By Tim Pallesen



    Delray Beach commis-sioners will ask a judge to undo the city’s $65 million contract with garbage hauler Waste Management, arguing that it violates a city competitive bidding law.

    A previous commission approved the no-bid contract last August.

    “Public trust in city hall was fractured by this decision,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said before a 4-1 vote on June 18 to seek a declaratory judgment in circuit court to void the…

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Delray Beach: Parking problems forecast for proposed Trader Joe’s location

By Tim Pallesen



    The long-awaited Trader Joe’s shopping center goes before city commissioners July 9, but still with concerns that shoppers might not have enough parking.

    The city’s Site Plan Review and Appearance Board on June 12 finally recommended approval for the Delray Place shopping center, on the southeast corner of Linton Boulevard and Federal Highway, after 18 months of controversy and delays.

    Trader Joe’s is eager to compete with a new…

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Delray Beach: Atlantic Crossing project developer moves truck traffic off Atlantic Ave.

One of the six buildings proposed as part of the Atlantic Crossing project. This one is seen looking northeast at the corner of Federal Highway and Atlantic Avenue. Rendering provided

By Tim Pallesen

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Ocean Ridge: House rental rules lack teeth, some say

By Tim O’Meilia

    

Owners who rent out their single-family homes in Ocean Ridge will now have to register each rental property at Town Hall for $50 annually.

    But some residents say the rental registration will do little to discourage short-term rentals in single-family neighborhoods.

    “It’s not going to do anything to the bad guys,” resident Bernd Schulte told the Town Commission at the June 3 meeting after members voted 4-0 to institute the…

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Briny Breezes: Town renews police contract with Ocean Ridge department

By Tim O’Meilia

    

Ocean Ridge police will be patrolling the narrow streets of Briny Breezes, checking for unlocked doors and writing tickets for illegal parking at the beach for another three years.

    The Briny Breezes Town Council unanimously approved a new three-year contract June 27 for police services with its northerly neighbor. Ocean Ridge was the only agency to bid on the contract, although the town invited bids from Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Gulf…

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On a mission to save: Lifeguards cooperate in attempting rescue

Delray Beach Ocean Rescue personnel searched for the 17-year-old who drowned recently at Gulfstream Park. From left: Ocean Rescue Officers Raphael Costa and Kyle Stewart, Superintendent James Scala, Ocean Rescue Officers Justin Walton and Justin…

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Along the Coast: Literacy Coalition's new space opens debt-free

Margaret Blume is awarded a gift during the opening of the Blume Literacy Center on the Brenda and C.P. Medore Campus. Brenda and C.P. Medore are at left. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes

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Along the Coast: Property values — mostly — inching upwards

By Tim O’Meilia



    Budget managers in eight of nine South County coastal communities can exhale.

    Taxable real estate values — the stuff property taxes are made of — continues to creep back toward pre-recession levels.

    Taxable property values in…

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Coastal Star: After a life of writing, author recommends perseverance

Ayşe Papatya Bucak, 41, author of The History of Girls, will see her work published in the 2013 PEN/O’Henry Prize Stories and the 2014 Pushcart Prizes: Best of the Small Presses XXXVIII. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Lantana: Companies bid to take over county air park

Designed to feel like an old farmhouse, the breezeway of Lantana airport has Old Florida charm.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

    

Former Manalapan Mayor Kelly…

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The Plate: Marinated seafood at Ceviche in Delray Beach

The Plate: Ceviche de la Casa

The Place: Ceviche, 116 N.E. Sixth Ave., Delray Beach; 894-8599 or ceviche.com

The Price: $10

The Skinny: It’s amazing how something so good can be good for you.

We’re talking about ceviche,…

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Summer Dining Deals: Bring your appetite for good food, cool savings

Summer delights at the Sundy House prepared by Executive Chef Lindsay Autry and Pastry Chef Sarah Sipe.

Libby Volgyes/The Coastal Star

By Mary Thurwachter



Sure,…

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Finding Faith: Church makes steady journey to new space in Boynton Beach

Journey Church is raising the roof on the former Grace Community Church. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Tim Pallesen

    The arrival of the Journey Church in East Boynton is raising the…

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Health & Harmony: Yoga plus strength training make for a SloBody

Janine Tiede instructs students in the SloBody method, which she pioneered with partner Kirk Slobody and recently brought to Delray Beach. Photos by Paula Detwiller/The Coastal Star

By Paula…

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Boynton Beach: Abrupt school closing leaves parishioners sad and confused

Ann Marie Chiste gives one of the teachers a goodbye hug. Not only did she attend St. Mark, so did her three children. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Tim Pallesen

    

Word that St. Mark Catholic…

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Garden party marks club’s 60th anniversary

Landscape chairwoman Carol Rice leads a tour through the Boca Raton Garden Club during the club’s 60th anniversary celebration, which included an open house and garden tour. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Butterfly bursts onto scene in great numbers

The male great Southern white butterfly is easy to identify because of his aquamarine-blue tipped antennae.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Cheryl Blackerby



    The great…

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Summer Arts: A tragic rarity from the Bard plus rarely heard works of chamber music

Kevin Crawford as Coriolanus and Zach Myers as Aufidius in Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival’s production of Coriolanus. Daniel Gordon/Photo provided

By Greg Stepanich

The Roman soldier Caius Martius,…

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Paws Up for Pets: Tri-County rescues animals from Oklahoma shelters

Tammy Ross of west Boca Raton couldn't contain her excitement as she greeted her new love, Sampson, a 3-month-old white lab mix she renamed Stormy. 'He was so sweet and calm and so good with the kids. I just knew it (he was the one) Ross said.…

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