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Briny Breezes: Mayor Bennett stepping down

By Tim O’Meilia



Twice before, Briny Breezes Mayor Roger Bennett has threatened to quit because of ill health, but he always returned. Now he really means it.

Bennett, who has guided the town of mobile homes with a quick quip and a gentle hand for seven years, announced at the Aug. 22…

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Ocean Ridge/Manalapan: Cost of participation in lawsuit rankles

By Tim O’Meilia



Elected officials in Ocean Ridge and Manalapan questioned the legal fees they are paying in a dispute over who pays for the Palm Beach County Inspector General’s Office.

While Ocean Ridge is considering reducing the fees or bailing out of the lawsuit, Manalapan took no action to leave the suit.

Ocean Ridge is spending more than three times the legal fees that other coastal communities — including Delray Beach — are paying in the 2-year-old…

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Delray Beach: Parade goes on, but without alcohol

By Tim Pallesen



    Get out the green confetti but not the green beer — the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a go for next year without alcohol.

    Delray Beach commissioners have approved the March 15 event with a $31,273 cost for the promoter.

    The fate of the 46th annual parade became uncertain last May when commissioners said they were being asked by downtown merchants to reduce the number of special events that close Atlantic Avenue.

An…

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Celebrating Our History: Before Lake Worth, there was Jewell

Fannie James served as post mistress of the first post office in Lake Worth. Courtesy of Historical Society of Palm Beach County

By Ron Hayes



On June 15, 1889, a former slave named Fannie James…

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Gulf Stream: Expediency wins out in utilities vote

By Tim O’Meilia

    

The choice for the Gulf Stream Town Commission was time or money.

    Award the long-awaited contract to put overhead utilities underground now or wait two months to make the award and perhaps save $165,000.

    They chose time.  

    By a 4-0 vote at their Aug. 13 meeting, commissioners awarded a $1.75 million contract to Hypower Inc. of Fort Lauderdale to begin work in September on the first phase of the $5.4 million project.…

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Whale Stranding

Alessandra Medri, the marine animal stranding coordinator for Palm Beach County’s Environmental Resources Management Department, checks on a pygmy sperm whale found near shore in Delray Beach on Aug. 28. Passersby and Delray Beach lifeguards stayed with and comforted the whale. After being…

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Ocean Ridge: Wish list items would mean further dipping into reserves

By Tim O’Meilia

    

Ocean Ridge town commissioners continued to wrestle with how to pay for six “wish list” items that would cost $167,000 in next year’s budget.

    Making all the wishes come true would mean dipping further into town reserves — up to $337,000 — or increasing property taxes above the current tax rate of $5.35 per $1,000 of taxable property value, or something in between.

    “We’re looking at taking in excess of 10 percent of our reserves…

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Lantana: New operator chosen for county air park

Rendering provided by Singer Architects of Fort Lauderdale

By Jane Smith

    

The Palm Beach County Park Airport (Lantana airport) will get a new operator in April, the first change in…

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Manalapan: Woman dies in Manalapan boat crash

A Lantana woman died Sept. 1 after being ejected from a boat in the Intracoastal Waterway off Point Manalapan.

Karen Roberts, 42, was a passenger with two other people on a 19-foot Dusky center console when the boat took a sudden right-hand turn in rough water and crashed into a dock in the 1700 block of Lands End Road.

The boat was headed north around 4 p.m. when the accident occurred, according the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, which is investigating the…

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Along the Coast: Cleanup collects piles of trash from fragile reefs

Dozens of SCUBA divers took part in the Third Annual Southeast Florida Reef Cleanup, in search of trash that has collected on the natural reefs off the Palm Beach County coast. This group of divers, representing Dolphin Sun Dive Charters, displays the…

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Mark Gerretson Memorial Fishing Tournament Veteran’s Park, Delray Beach – Aug. 10

Members of the Three Buoys Fishing Team, out of Palm Beach, hold the head of a 36-pound wahoo that they caught during the Delray Beach Jaycees’ 2013 Mark Garretson Memorial Fishing Tournament. The head was all that was left after a hungry shark ate the other half…

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Delray Beach: Linton bridge to be closed for six days

The Linton Boulevard Bridge will be closed from 6 a.m. Sept. 12, to 6 p.m. Sept. 18, for repairs and maintenance.

The bridge division of the Palm Beach County Engineering and Public Works Department already has put out message-board signs to notify residents of the closure.

Those who use the bridge should head north to the Atlantic Avenue Bridge, or south to the Spanish River Boulevard Bridge.

For more information, call Bridge Superintendent Barry Meve at…

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Boynton Beach: Oceanfront Park may get a new name

By Steve Plunkett



A new name is coming to Oceanfront Park, but whether it will be called Boynton Beach or Boynton Beach Oceanfront Beach Park or something else altogether remains to be seen.

Boynton Beach city commissioners wrestled Aug. 20 with what to rechristen the park after Commissioner David Merker asked that it be included in the city’s branding efforts, which invite people to “Breeze into Boynton Beach.”

“It’s an asset — it’s our beach,” Merker said.…

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Manalapan: Commissioners spar over approval of town manager’s contract

Correction: A story in the September edition incorrectly attributed a statement to Manalapan Town Commissioner Howard Roder. Town Manager Linda Stumpf stated that she did not take both a car allowance and the use of a town-owned car.

By Tim O’Meilia



Manalapan town commissioners approved a new two-year contract for Town Manager Linda Stumpf by a 3-2 vote during their Aug. 27 meeting, which highlighted the…

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Lionfish Derby: Sailfish Marina, Singer Island – Aug. 17

Cookie Donaldson presents Eric Finn (center) and Bryan Kennedy of Delray Beach with the first-place prize for catching the biggest lionfish in the annual derby. Their winning fish weighed 2 pounds. They also won second place for spearing the most lionfish — 173. The…

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Lantana: Town OKs Sunday work on bridge

By Mary Thurwachter

In an effort to smooth the way for construction workers to complete the new Ocean Avenue Bridge by the target date at the end of November, the Lantana Town Council last month gave the green light to Sunday work.

In July, the council authorized night work (until 11 p.m. through Oct. 31). But Andres Sosa, GLF Construction project manager for the bridge, said workers would need to work on Sundays, as well. He asked for a variance to the town’s…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Cary Caster

Cary and Rick Caster stand by a planting of lemongrass outside of 21 Drops. The company sells essential-oil blends online and in select retailers. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

     When Cary Caster was raising her three children, she…

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Business Spotlight: Ferber unfurls his faith in his Realtor friend Ligouri

Each month The Coastal Star features news from the businesses in our community. Business Spotlight is presented as a service to our advertisers and the local business community.

John Ferber poses with his custom-made flag of his friend and…

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Caring for Alzheimer’s patients at Advent Lutheran

Mary M. Barnes, president and CEO of Alzheimer’s Community Care, speaks during the dedication service for the new Alzheimer’s day center at Advent Lutheran in Boca Raton.



By Lucy…

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Dinner and... A movie... a concert... or a few frames

A Parma Tasting Platter from Tanzy at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. Photo provided

By Jan Norris



            A Parma Bar with a list of specialty cured meats, duck breast…

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