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Along the Coast: Boca Regional Hospital aims to merge with Baptist Health

By Sallie James

A little more than a year after Boca Raton Regional Hospital celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017, the medical facility once known as the “Miracle on Meadows Road” has announced it will enter discussions to merge with health care giant Baptist Health South Florida.

The hospital said in a statement that the decision culminates an initiative that began more than a year ago to elevate the hospital’s position as an academic referral center in South…

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Along the Coast: Who should control iguana infestation?

Iguanas are a common sight along the Intracoastal seawalls from Manalapan to Boca Raton. ABOVE: One suns itself on River Drive in Ocean Ridge. BELOW: A pack of eight on Sabal Island Drive in Ocean Ridge. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star and…

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Coastal Star: Board member’s dedication to YMCA helps kids in need attend summer camp

Rich Mascolo watches activities at the YMCA in Boynton Beach. He raised money so children from the Caridad Center could continue to attend a Y camp free. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

Lifting children who…

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Editor’s Note: Pay now for protection against rising seas

I’ve watched one tide turn since we started this newspaper almost 10 years ago: Where there once was a reluctance to utter the words “sea level rise” from the dais, the phrase now is part of the municipal vernacular during discussions on building regulations and comprehensive planning.

It’s about time.

Our larger cities have begun to hire sustainability officers, and most of our barrier island municipalities have identified at least one official to participate in regional groups…

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Correction

An article on the Streetwaves surfing program incorrectly stated that Streetwaves received support from the city of Deerfield Beach. Streetwaves is not affiliated with Deerfield Beach.

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Letter to the Editor: Free press more vital than ever

We read your column in the July issue of The Coastal Star (“With anger everywhere, violence not a surprise”) and were saddened, but not surprised, to learn of the challenges you and your staff face in the execution of your duties at the paper.

We are from the Annapolis area and we mourn the senseless loss of the five dedicated staff members at the Capital Gazette.

In the unfortunate era in which we now live, a free press is more vital than ever.

We wanted to…

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Along the Coast: Cities see ebb in overdose deaths

By Jane Smith

The Delray Beach mayor measures the drop in overdoses by the sound of silence.

“We no longer hear the sirens blaring from rescue vehicles racing to the next overdose,” said Mayor Shelly Petrolia. “It used to happen several times a day. … I always worried whether that person would make it.”

She also sees fewer addicts wandering on city streets wheeling suitcases behind them, indicating they were kicked out of sober homes.

At the peak of the…

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Lantana: Water work dragging on Hypoluxo Island

Slow progress on main angers residents

Work on South Atlantic Drive on Hypoluxo Island continued on July 24, past the Lantana Town Council’s July 23 deadline for the project’s completion.…

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Manalapan: New Publix grocery to celebrate grand opening on Aug. 16

By Dan Moffett

When a Publix Super Market held its grand opening in Spotsylvania County, Va., last month, shoppers started lining up before 2:30 a.m. to be there when the electric doors parted at 7.

It’s unlikely Manalapan will match that level of consumer fervor. But make no mistake, in their own way, Manalapan residents are about as excited as those in Spotsylvania to get their new Publix.

After three years of polite yet persistent wrangling between town…

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Along the Coast: Work on new I-95 interchange at Atlantic set to begin in September

By Jane Smith

To meet growing traffic demands, the state will do a $5.2 million construction project at the Atlantic Avenue Interstate 95 interchange in Delray Beach.

The project will begin in September and is expected to last slightly longer than one year, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. …

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Gulf Stream: Proposed property tax almost a penny below the rollback rate

By Steve Plunkett

Gulf Stream will lower its property tax rate to just below the rollback rate for the second time in two years.

At their July 13 meeting, town commissioners set the tentative tax rate for the 2018-19 budget year at $4.05 per $1,000 of taxable value, down from $4.36 in the current year and 0.99 cents under the rollback rate — the rate that would produce the same revenue as the previous year, using current assessments.

The first public…

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Delray Beach: Commission agrees to lower tax rate slightly

By Jane Smith



Delray Beach commissioners agreed to lower the tax rate slightly, keeping a promise to their residents to reduce the tax rate each year for 10 years.

The commission action July 10 capped the total tax rate at $6.97 per $1,000 of property value for the next financial year, which starts Oct. 1. It would be the sixth consecutive year that Delray Beach is lowering its tax rate.

“I want to keep the promise to our taxpayers,” said Mayor Shelly…

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Along the Coast: Aug. 28 primaries will set party choices for District 89 race

By Steve Plunkett

Four of the five candidates hoping to become the next District 89 state representative in November will first duke it out in the Aug. 28 Democratic and Republican primaries.

On the GOP side, barrier island resident and Delray Beach accountant Mike Caruso faces Boca Raton…

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Tennis: Anderson aims for U.S. Open title after run to Wimbledon final

Gulf Stream resident Kevin Anderson acknowledges the crowd after he outlasted John Isner 26-24 in the fifth set of a Wimbledon semifinal that was the second-longest match in tournament history. Anderson went on to his second runner-up finish in the past four Grand Slam…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Chris Warren

Chris Warren practices with dance partner Loreta Kriksciukaityte, owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Boca Raton. Warren will be one of eight contestants in the annual fundraising event benefiting the George Snow Scholarship Fund. Photo…

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South Palm Beach: Town budgeting money for beach groin project despite opposition

By Dan Moffett

Despite opposition from southern neighbors and second thoughts among some residents, South Palm Beach is setting aside more money to pay for a controversial groin project that would stabilize the town’s eroding beaches.

In fact, South Palm Beach recently sent a check for $66,500 to Palm Beach County, its partner in the project, to cover some of the administrative costs of obtaining permits.

Town Manager Mo Thornton estimates the town will need…

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Delray Beach: Grant fuels talk of limits in CRA program

By Jane Smith

Illustrated Properties recently received a $37,122 grant from the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency to help build out its office space at 700 E. Atlantic Ave.

The money — payable after the work is done — represents 40 percent of the allowable costs because of the office’s location, said Elizabeth Burrows, CRA economic development manager.

“The real estate office sits across from the now underway Atlantic Crossing project,” she said at…

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Delray Beach: Residents may apply for special annual parking passes

By Jane Smith



Two weeks after the parking meters were activated in downtown Delray Beach, the City Commission agreed on July 10 to issue two types of parking passes for residents. One pass is available to any resident who can show a utility bill or a Florida driver’s license with a Delray Beach address. Those residents pay $12 for the annual parking pass that allows three free hours daily between noon and 6 p.m. on the side streets that are metered, west of the…

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South Palm Beach: Elevation issues may limit Town Hall renovation

By Dan Moffett

South Palm Beach council members considered some ambitious plans to renovate or replace Town Hall during the last year — but it may be that their options are more limited than first thought.

Town Manager Mo Thornton says an architect hired to review the condition of the aging building is concerned that it may not have sufficient elevation to comply with today’s flood plain standards. If the structure is sitting too low, in other words, renovation…

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Along the Coast: Sargassum surge viewed as disaster in Caribbean

Sargassum clogs a harbor along the shore of Guadeloupe. The windward sides of the islands are much harder hit than the leeward sides. French America Climate Talks

By Cheryl Blackerby

A natural…

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