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South Palm Beach: New inn owner wants ‘neighborly’ update to hotel

By Tim O’Meilia

    

The beleaguered Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn, which has stirred South Palm Beach politics for five years, has been sold to a Delray Beach financier and investor in distressed properties.

    The 58-unit, two-story motel on the ocean — the only business in a town laden with condominiums — has been in foreclosure since February 2011 and its owners in Chapter 11 bankruptcy since March.

    Gary Cohen, CEO of Paragon Acquisition Group LLC of…

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Delray Beach: Harden hears plaudits for steady hand at helm

After 22 years, David Harden is stepping down as  Delray Beach city manager. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Margie Plunkett

    

Twenty-two years ago, before Delray Beach’s vibrant downtown…

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Delray Beach: Candidates for city manager set for interviews this month

Five candidates have been selected to interview for the position of city manager, which will become vacant in January when David Harden retires after 22 years.

     The City Commission plans to bring the candidates in Dec. 6 and 7. Two alternates have also been selected.

    The candidates are Douglas Smith, who is an assistant city manager in Delray Beach; Steven Alexander, former town manager of Cutler Bay; Louie Chapman Jr., town manager of Bloomfield, Conn.; Paul White, interim…

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Gulf Stream: Neighbors complain about buffering of development

By Tim O’Meilia

    

Two more homes to be sliced from the old Spence estate — a Bermuda home with black shutters and a Colonial West Indies house with a charcoal tile roof — were approved unanimously by the Gulf Stream Town Commission Nov. 9, not that anyone cared much about the architectural style.

Instead, the focus was on podocarpus hedges, buttonwood trees and buffer zones between established Hidden Harbour homeowners and the new Harbour View Estates…

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Along the Coast: See seaside plants as habitat, not landscaping

Robb Barron in a healthy dune, standing in the midst of cocoplum, sea oats and sea lavender. Photos by Cheryl Blackerby/The Coastal Star

By Cheryl Blackerby

    

Robb Barron carefully tucked a sea oat…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Matt Gracey

Ocean Ridge resident Matt Gracey shows a rendering of his latest transformational idea, Art House of Delray. The community art center, which opened in September, benefits artists and art enthusiasts. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

Delray Beach has a new arts…

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Obituary — Elaine Prentice Hapgood

By Cheryl Blackerby



    DELRAY BEACH — Elaine Prentice Hapgood found her mission in life more than a half-century ago when she attended an International Planned Parenthood conference in Pakistan. She witnessed firsthand the consequences of unbridled population growth and how important…

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Obituary — John E. Searle Jr.

By Ron Hayes



GULF STREAM — John E. Searle Jr., a president of The St. Andrew’s Club from 1991 to ’93, died Oct. 30. He was 88 and had owned a villa at the club since 1973.

    “He was very active until six months before his death,” said his daughter, Kip Abbott. “He was…

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Obituary — David Forrest

By Ron Hayes



BRINY BREEZES —  On a Monday morning more than a decade ago, David Blonda was sharing a golf cart with a new resident, collecting aluminum cans for the town’s recycling club.

    “I asked him where he was from,” Blonda recalled, “and he said, ‘A little town you never…

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Manalapan: Process of public information requests stands unchanged

By Tim O’Meilia

    

Manalapan town commissioners verbally skirmished over police criminal statistics, police dispatch services and whether residents and commissioners were burdening the town staff with too many requests.

    In the end — nearly four hours later — nothing changed.

    Commissioners did not follow up on Mayor Basil Diamond’s proposal that commission approval be required for requests by residents and commissioners to the town…

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Lantana: Activities, amenities animate Carlisle residents

Richard and Lillian Goldman relax in the…

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Along the Coast: Real-estate firms positioning for new season, better market

By Christine Davis



In real estate it’s always been about location, but it’s also about positioning — as can be seen by the number of firms opening or consolidating offices in Palm Beach County’s coastal areas. Agents, too, who have changed offices, are settling in before the bustle of Florida’s winter season moves into full swing.

    A flurry of activity centers around Delray Beach. Lang Realty has opened a new office; Fite Shavell & Associates and The…

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Manalapan: Three towns express interest in dispatch proposal

By Tim O’Meilia

    

The Manalapan Town Commission’s thoughts of farming out its police dispatch services has drawn interest from three local police departments.

    Representatives of neighboring towns Lantana and Ocean Ridge and nearby Delray Beach all attended a Nov. 15 meeting to hear details about a request for proposal issued by the town.

    The proposal seeks bids on two levels of service: to exclusively handle 911 police dispatch calls and related…

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Business Spotlight: In lieu of an unlovely loo, would you like a ... ski lodge?

Lourie Albanese’s Shack-Up portable toilet covers resemble a variety of buildings that range from ski lodges and mountain inns to Anglo-Caribbean homes and Southwest-style houses.  Libby Volgyes/The Coastal Star

By Libby…

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Contractor beats the traffic blues with a boat

Contractor Steve Varga is cutting hours of commuting each week by boating to work. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes



After the Lantana bridge closed for 22 months last March 18, residents…

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‘The Front Row Seat to Presidential History’: Lynn University, Boca Raton – Runs until Jan. 21

Lynn University President Kevin Ross and NCCI CEO Steve Klingel unveil ‘The Front Row Seat to Presidential History’ exhibit of the 2012 campaign at the university’s Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Library. The exhibit features highlights, slogans and…

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Iron Chef Competition: Boca Raton Resort & Club

Jan. 18, 2013: Viewers of this heated event will see teams of volunteers in the kitchen with pots, pans, forks and knives competing in cooking contests and table-setting designs to benefit Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum. A four-course dinner will be served with…

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Pay it Forward: It takes a village of helpers to put on a trunk show of this size

10th Annual Trunk Show Committee

Front row:  Melissa deBaptiste, Dolly Steinman, Susan Mullin, Marg Williams

Middle row:  Bettina Young, Pat O’Grady, Doli Rodriguez, Lynn Wilkins, Kathie Walker, Sandra Powell, Jane Gleason, Muriel Losee. Back row: Jenny Mullin, Deb…

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Around Town: Henhouses, heels and holidays along the coast

Courtney del Filen (No. 120) loses the first of both shoes during the Delray Beach Stiletto Race, held Nov. 16 on Southeast Fourth Avenue.  The race, presented by Vince Canning Shoes and Achievement Centers for Children & Families, raised more than $5,000 to…

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Philanthropy Calendar: Pay It Forward

Pay it Forward is a calendar designed to celebrate the many philanthropic events in the community from October through April each year. Events in this listing are current as of 11/25. Please check with organizers for any changes.

DECEMBER 1

Saturday - 12/1 - Hair Saving Event in Support of Cancer Patients at Lifestyles of Lynne in Royal Palm Place, 284 Esplanade, #52B, Boca…

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