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Gulf Stream: Estimate error delays repaving of streets

By Steve Plunkett



    Gulf Stream will wait at least 18 months to repave six streets in its core area after the paving contractor realized there was almost twice as much work to do.

    In February, paving firm Anzco Inc. of Boca Raton estimated the needed repairs — on Banyan and Old School roads; Polo and Lakeview drives; and Wright and Oleander ways — would cost $170,550. But company representatives returned in October to remeasure the job site and discovered…

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Boynton Beach: Police Chief Katz leaving for job in Virginia

By Jane Smith

    

    The Boynton Beach police chief used a modern method to announce his new position.

    Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Chief Jeffrey Katz turned to social media to say he will retire from Boynton Beach at the end of December to lead the police department in Chesterfield County, Virginia.…

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Delray Beach: Marina design work to include public input

By Jane Smith



    The city will begin design work at its marina for a new sea wall, drainage system, docks and wheelchair-accessible sidewalks.

    In early November, the Delray Beach City Commission awarded a $99,494 design- and construction-administration contract to the Wantman Group of West Palm Beach.

    “It’s absolutely necessary,” said Commissioner Shelly Petrolia. Marine Way, between Southeast First and Second streets, floods during high tide…

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Delray Beach: Beach project near finish line

By Jane Smith



    The beach master plan work is almost finished, according to Delray Beach staff. The project should be completed before Christmas, said Missie Barletto, deputy director of program and project management.

    The $3.1 million upgrade is taking place at the 1.25-mile municipal beach promenade.

    The enhancements are nearly 10 years in the making.

    The work, west of the dunes, will feature wider sidewalks and coordinated shower poles,…

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Obituary: John ‘Jack’ Lee

By Dan Moffett



    BRINY BREEZES — John “Jack” Lee arrived in Briny Breezes back in 1958 as an 8-year-old from Central Illinois and instantly forged what would be an enduring relationship with the mobile home park on the ocean.

    Mr. Lee would visit Briny dozens of times over the three…

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Obituary: Joseph Boulay

By Rich Pollack



    HIGHLAND BEACH — As mayor of Highland Beach from 1989 to 1993, Joseph Boulay made it a point to have an open-door policy and to try his best to solve any problem residents brought to him.

    “You could go to him with anything,” his wife, Dottie, said. “He was a go-to…

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Obituary: Bev Williams

By Ron Hayes



    BRINY BREEZES —  Bev Williams was partial to bright red colors, sweet desserts and simple acts of kindness.

She was made for Christmas, and for 15 years residents of Briny Breezes seldom thought of one without the other.

    “I started out just baking cookies for…

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Obituary: Louis DeStefano

By Dan Moffett



    MANALAPAN — Louis DeStefano served two terms as an elected official on the Manalapan Town Commission, but perhaps his greatest public service was as the community’s unofficial spiritual counselor.

    When illness struck friends and town employees, they could expect…

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Obituary: Robert ‘Smitty’ Smith

By Willie Howard



    COUNTY POCKET — Robert “Smitty” Smith, an accomplished craftsman and a member of a pioneering wave of surfers who helped popularize the sport in Palm Beach County during the 1960s, died Oct. 31 of heart failure at his apartment in the County Pocket.

    He was…

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Boynton Beach: Commission set to review Town Square project as costs rise

Workers have been removing the windows and doors from the old high school as they prepare to renovate the historic building.  Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

    

    Boynton Beach wants to zip…

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Boynton Beach: Woman’s Club may house library during construction

By Jane Smith



    Boynton Beach administrators want to combine the library with a new city hall in the ambitious Town Square development.

    To do so, they are determining whether the Boynton Woman’s Club, recently purchased by the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, will work as a temporary location for the library from around April to the project’s scheduled completion in late 2019, said Colin Groff, assistant city manager.

    “It will be smaller,”…

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Lantana: Water Tower Commons ‘an eyesore’ after Irma

By Mary Thurwachter



    The Lantana Town Council approved the final plat for Water Tower Commons, the 72-acre retail and residential project on the site of the former A.G. Holley tuberculosis hospital east of Interstate 95. But some council members expressed their dismay about the property’s appearance, particularly after Hurricane Irma, during a Nov. 13 meeting.

    “It should be called Water Tower Dump by the way it looks right now,” said council member Phil…

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Lantana: Poker Night not in the cards for Chamber

By Mary Thurwachter

    

    Poker Night, a benefit card-playing event planned by the Lantana Chamber of Commerce and scheduled for Nov. 10, didn’t have a chance to unfold.

    Chamber members received word via email from Chamber Executive Director Lynn Smith that the event had to be canceled because state law considered the fundraiser — for a new awning for Chamber headquarters — gambling and therefore illegal.

    State law enforcement officers did not…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Sandra Featherman

Sandra Featherman of Highland Beach has spent much of her life as an educator, including 11 years as president of the University of New England in southern Maine.  She recently wrote a book about solving problems in higher education in this country.  “I care about…

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Delray Beach: Founder’s retirement means end to Sanctuary recovery homes

Nancy Steiner sits at one of the Sanctuary recovery homes. The Crossroads at Antigua Foundation board plans to close the Delray Beach operation as Steiner retires. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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South Palm Beach: Three in the running for South Palm manager’s job

By Dan Moffett



     South Palm Beach council members have cut their list of candidates for the vacant town manager position down to three, and Mayor Bonnie Fischer hopes to offer one of them a contract before the end of the year.

    “We want to get this filled as quickly as possible,” she said.

     Vice Mayor Robert Gottlieb said: “These are outstanding candidates. It’s an honor for this town to have that kind of response.”

     The council picked the…

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Along the Coast: Area crime numbers low for first half of year

By Rich Pollack



    Crime in South Palm Beach County’s five coastal communities remained low during the first half of 2017, dropping more than 20 percent from the same time last year, according to statistics released late last month from the Florida Department of Law…

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Briny Breezes: Briny interviews three for new manager’s job

By Dan Moffett



    Briny Breezes Town Council members have interviewed three finalists for the newly created town manager position and hope to have it filled by the end of the year.

     In all, seven candidates applied for the part-time job with an annual salary of about $50,000. After two hours of interviews on Nov. 17, council members said they were pleasantly surprised with the qualifications of the finalists.

    “People said we’d have a hard time…

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Business Spotlight: DAR salutes female veterans with a day of beauty

The veterans enjoy lunch at 50 Ocean following a day at nSpa in Delray Beach. The 10 women were honored for their service by the Henry Morrison Flagler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. They also were recognized during the city’s Veterans Day ceremony and attended…

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Along the Coast: After big year for nests, initiative to protect turtles expands to Boynton Inlet

Volunteers with Sea Turtle Adventures install collection canisters for used fishing line at the Boynton Inlet. Photo provided

By Steve Plunkett

    

    Sea turtles nested on South County beaches in mostly record…

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