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Highland Beach: Unsolved mystery surrounding widow’s slaying deepens

Crime-scene tape still seals the door to Betty Cabral’s condominium (middle right) at the Penthouse Highlands, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., where the 85-year-old woman was found slain in April. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Boca Raton: A beauty of a story to tell

Miss Boca 1953 recalls town in its infancy,

world at her fingertips as longtime travel agent

ABOVE: Alberta Schultz’s half…

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Gulf Stream: Report criticizes no-bid auditor contracts

By Steve Plunkett

The Palm Beach County Office of the Inspector General has scolded Gulf Stream town officials for using the same outside auditor since 2000, renewing the contract four times when the town’s original request for proposals did not mention any renewal options.

Additionally, the inspector general said, contract extensions with auditor Nowlen, Holt & Miner PA in 2005, 2010 and 2014 should have instead been put out to bid again and ranked by an…

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Along the Coast: Red tide makes rare appearance on county’s beaches

A no-swimming flag flies at the public beach in Lantana on Sept. 30 to warn people of an irritant blowing in on the wind and waves that caused respiratory issues and eye irritation. As a precaution, officials closed Palm Beach County beaches from the Martin County line to Lake…

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Gulf Stream: Town poised to switch garbage haulers

By Steve Plunkett



Waste Management’s familiar green trucks will disappear from town streets in six months unless the garbage-hauling giant and Gulf Stream officials can renew a contract at a “comfortable” rate.

Town Manager Greg Dunham, who in July planned to sign a five-year extension of the contract with the price adjusted for inflation, negotiated an extension through March 2019.

“We’ve talked with them on a number of occasions. They’ve really not…

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Manalapan: Mayor unhappy with cabana approval

By Dan Moffett

The Manalapan Town Commission’s unanimous approval of a request to build a new cabana on property east of State Road A1A near the town’s southern end drew a pointed warning from Mayor Keith Waters.

“We’re opening ourselves to things unseen — opening a door that we didn’t intend to open,” Waters said. “This was not the intent of our law and not the intent of our zoning. Never.”

Waters opposed allowing the cabana to homeowner Jeffrey Lee, 3070…

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Ocean Ridge: Developer again seeks to build on lagoon land

By Dan Moffett

Despite opposition from Ocean Ridge residents and commissioners, developer William Swaim is making another attempt to secure the permits needed to build a residential development in the mangrove lagoon behind the Town Hall.

In September, Swaim’s Waterfront ICW Properties LLC of Delray Beach applied for a permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, seeking permission to fill in part of the 3.34-acre site in the lagoon and build three houses.…

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Ocean Ridge: New building rules get preliminary OK

By Dan Moffett

Ocean Ridge commissioners moved an important step closer toward lifting the town’s construction moratorium when they gave preliminary approval to a bundle of new building rules on Oct. 1.

Mayor James Bonfiglio said the overhaul is needed to close loopholes in the town’s code — some of them gaping enough to allow the construction of oversized residences that might be used as group sober homes.

Commissioners approved the moratorium on new…

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Ocean Ridge: Lucibella felony trial reset for Jan. 28

By Steve Plunkett



Former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella has rebuffed “multiple offers” to settle felony charges against him without going to trial, his prosecutor said.

“Just so the record’s clear, what was the offer? Was it rejected? I mean, just trying to understand,” Circuit Judge Daliah Weiss asked at a status hearing Sept. 5.

“There were multiple conditions that were bounced around back and forth,” Assistant State Attorney Danielle Grundt…

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Manalapan: Eau Palm Beach issues apology to black billionaire

By Mary Thurwachter



Officials at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Manalapan’s five-star destination, say Robert Johnson’s experience there — the one where he said he was humiliated when he tried to check in — was “just a misunderstanding.”

But when it happened, Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, didn’t see it like that.

Days after the encounter, Eau’s brass and Johnson worked out their differences over a cordial lunch at the resort.…

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Delray Beach: Budget passes with slight tax rate drop

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach city commissioners approved a $134.5 million budget for the 2019 financial year in late September.

The approved tax rate is $6.97 per $1,000 of taxable value, a decrease of 1.6 percent from the budget year that just ended. But property owners likely will see increased tax bills because property values rose. An owner of a $300,000 home with a $50,000 homestead exemption will pay about $7 more for city taxes.

The budget includes…

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Delray Beach: Librarian plans to deliver more books to Kenya

Delray Beach librarian Isabella Rowan (pink shirt) is surrounded by children holding books they received in the Kenya Library Project. Rowan already has books for next year’s trip. Photo provided

By Lucy Lazarony

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Delray Beach: Beach area residents object to FPL lights-off option

By Jane Smith



The city’s Beach Property Owners Association board does not like the prospect of a 1.2-mile stretch of A1A in Delray Beach going dark for eight months starting in March.

Bob Victorin, association president, sent an email to city leaders opposing the recent change proposed by Florida Power & Light.

“We feel that no street lights during the eight months of turtle season is not a viable alternative,” he wrote on Sept. 21. “We are concerned…

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Delray Beach: Crosswalk work begins on Atlantic Avenue intersections

By Jane Smith



Work is underway at two Delray Beach barrier island intersections to replace the crosswalk pavers.

The replacement work at the Atlantic Avenue intersections at Gleason Street and at Venetian Drive will be finished Dec. 3, said Isaac Kovner, city engineer and project manager.

The Florida Department of Transportation owns Atlantic Avenue on the barrier island, Kovner said. The pavers are worn and need to be replaced, but FDOT no longer allows…

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Boca Raton: City retains Roundup while looking at alternative herbicides

Commonly used weed killer

suspected in cancer cases

By Mary Hladky

Citing the absence of proof that Roundup weed killer causes cancer and the high cost of using organic herbicides in city parks instead, Boca Raton City Council members are hesitant to stop using the world’s biggest selling weed killer.

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Delray Beach: Ownership questions stall Marine Way flood projects

It’s unclear if Clair Johnson’s dock would have to be removed to allow work on the sea wall. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith



For decades, a few Delray Beach residents have lived on the first block of…

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Boca Raton: Suits to challenge several city development decisions

By Mary Hladky

Close on the heels of landowner Robert Buehl’s announcement that he planned to sue the city over rejection of his proposed luxury adult living facility, developer Crocker Partners said it would go forward with a similar lawsuit over the city’s decision not to adopt regulations that would allow its Midtown project.

That decision increases the financial risk the city faces if the landowner and developer prevail in court. Buehl will be seeking as much…

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Boca Raton: Plan to build Mizner condo in phases reawakens opposition

By Mary Hladky

Just over one year ago, antagonists in the battle over the proposed luxury condo on Southeast Mizner Boulevard struck a deal.

Developer El-Ad National Properties made concessions on building design, landscaping and setbacks that won over project opponents. After the Boca Raton City Council gave its unanimous approval, Amnon Safran, then El-Ad’s chief executive, fist bumped the five council members.

Fourteen months later, that kumbaya moment…

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Boca Raton: Prospect of parking garage west of FEC gets new boost

By Mary Hladky

Mayor Scott Singer may finally have enough support on the Boca Raton City Council to build a public parking garage near City Hall.

Singer has long called for a parking garage to alleviate the shortage of public parking downtown. But City Manager Leif Ahnell has said repeatedly that no property owners in the heart of downtown are willing to sell land to the city.

So Singer, while conceding the location is not ideal, has suggested building on…

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Boca Raton: Silver Palm plan adds 3rd boat ramp, more trailer parking

By Steve Plunkett



A consultant’s plan for Silver Palm Park would add a third boat ramp and 16 more spaces to park boat trailers to the city’s only launch site.

It also would put “shade sails” along the seawall to give boat watchers by the…

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