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Delray Beach: A community’s memory bank

Longtime residents fill in gaps, share stories of Delray Beach history

Wise Elder Circle members Wanda Machek, 79, and Roy Simon, 87, pore over vintage photos in an effort to identify people in the…

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Ocean Ridge: Town OKs moratorium on new construction

Commission wants to close

loopholes in building code…

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Delray Beach: Installation under way on Atlantic Avenue metered parking

By Jane Smith

Free parking in downtown Delray Beach is coming to an end.

In late May, the city started installing 32 smart parking kiosks on Atlantic Avenue from Fifth Avenue west to Swinton Avenue. One block north and south of Atlantic also will have metered parking.

The changes were in anticipation of the City Commission’s second vote set for June 5 on paid parking along Atlantic Avenue. The times and rates were still to be determined.

Paid parking…

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Editor’s Note: We make the best of a summer slim-down

Slimming down for summer. Those of us who grew up in northern climates are quite familiar with the annual spring diet to prepare for swimsuit season. Of course, in Florida every season is swimsuit season. So here there’s no escaping the inevitable squeeze into an elasticized sausage casing if you’re a woman who wants to get into the ocean. It’s just a fact of modern life.

So is the drop in revenue your community newspaper faces, in common with other local businesses in the summer…

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Coastal Star: Immersed in history, ‘A-team’ couple help keep Boca museum fresh

Mary and Bob Isenbek spend Tuesdays at the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum, cataloging its holdings and learning more about their new home. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

When most…

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Ocean Ridge: Water main break

Boynton Beach city employees work May 24 to repair a water main break that disrupted traffic at Ocean Avenue and A1A and forced the city to stop water service to about a dozen Ocean Ridge homes. They patched the pavement and put up a barricade until the road could be repaired.…

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Letter to the Editor: New beach law is just a land grab by the 1 percent

Let’s not get caught up in the minute differences of HB631.

Let’s simply look at its intent and why Karl Rove and Mike Huckabee want to control the land in front of their million-dollar mansions. They want to own the sand and not allow other people to use the beaches in front of them. They want to privatize the beaches for their own personal use. They feel entitled since they paid so much money for their homes.

I will gladly serve as the plaintiff against Palm Beach County for a…

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Manalapan: Wet weather pushes back Publix grand opening

By Dan Moffett

Weeks of lingering rain in May have delayed construction and pushed back the opening of the new Publix store at Manalapan’s Plaza del Mar from early June to late July.

But the good news is all that rain will help a revised landscaping plan to take root and grow dozens more palm trees and even beds of graceful, flowing breeze grass and some lovely potted Crinum lilies.

The influx of areca palms behind the stores — 77 of them from Pahokee —…

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Ocean Ridge: Lucibella trial rescheduled to August

Former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella confers with his lawyer Marc Shiner before his trial date was set for the week of Aug. 20. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett and Steve Plunkett

It could…

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Along the Coast: Judge: ‘Harmless error’ did not change outcome for Owen

By Noreen Marcus

The court-appointed lawyer for double-murderer Duane Owen has promised to appeal a judge’s order that imperils Owen’s attempt to get off Florida’s Death Row.

Palm Beach Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley’s May 9 ruling does not move Owen any closer to turning his death sentence for the murder of 14-year-old Karen Slattery into a life sentence.

Kelley decided that no reasonable jury would have shown leniency toward Owen if the panel had been…

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Delray Beach: Food court proposed for downtown area

The food court proposed a block from the nearly complete iPic in downtown Delray would have 30-some vendors on the ground floor and event space and parking above. Rendering provided

By Jan Norris and Jane Smith

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Ocean Ridge: Rainy May

The rainy season along Coconut Lane began with weather more fit for ducks than humans. Exacerbated by Subtropical Storm Alberto, rain totals the last weekend of May ranged from 2.19 inches in parts of Delray Beach to 8.80 inches in parts of Boynton Beach, according to the National…

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Briny Breezes: Briny to evaluate town attorney finalists

By Dan Moffett

The Briny Breezes Town Council has narrowed the field of applicants for town attorney to four law firms and will hear presentations from the finalists during a special meeting on June 14.

Among the contenders is John Skrandel, who has held the position for the last five years, succeeding his father, Jerome F. Skrandel, who served Briny for 38 years after becoming its first town attorney in 1975. He died at 84 in 2013.

Despite the long…

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Highland Beach: Thrasher returns to public service as interim town manager

By Rich Pollack

Retirement has been a lot harder than Bill Thrasher thought.

The town manager in Gulf Stream for 16 years retired in April 2017 after 21 years of working for the town. But last month he rejoined the workforce to serve as Highland Beach’s interim town manager. …

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Gulf Stream: Town employees enjoy new digs

By Steve Plunkett



Gulf Stream’s town manager, staff attorney and executive assistant have settled into new offices in the just-completed Town Hall addition.

“We are all occupying our new spaces. I won’t say we’re completely moved in — we still have boxes to unpack,” Town Manager Greg Dunham said the Friday before Memorial Day.

Dunham, staff attorney Trey Nazzaro and assistant Renee Rowan Basel won spots in the remodeled Town Hall. Town Clerk Rita Taylor…

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Lantana: Little pigs can stay in Lantana — until they are no longer little

By Mary Thurwachter

An amendment to an ordinance that would allow miniature pigs to live in Lantana squeaked by the Town Council on May 14 — but not without trepidation.

While council members were sympathetic to the call from resident John Park to keep his pet mini pig when the topic first came up in April, further study of mini pigs, or teacup pigs, had the council concerned about how portly the little piggies could become.

Council member Malcolm Balfour…

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Lantana: Concrete trail considered for preserve

By Mary Thurwachter

A proposal to construct a concrete trail at the Lantana Nature Preserve got mixed reviews from the Town Council on May 14. The discussion prompted the town to look at other ways to rebuild the pathway, including a boardwalk.

Last year’s Hurricane Irma left the preserve and the trail in shambles. Only the front portion is currently accessible.

Town Manager Deborah Manzo proposed a 5-foot-wide concrete trail at a cost of $33,000 for the…

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South Palm Beach: Town approves stiff fines for dogs on beach

By Dan Moffett

Dog owners who take their pets to South Palm Beach for a stroll in the surf should be prepared to pay up to $250 for repeat violations of a town ordinance.

The town doesn’t allow dogs on its public beach and last month approved levying some hefty fines on offenders.

For a first violation, police will issue a written warning. The second offense within a calendar year will cost $100. The third and all subsequent violations will draw $250…

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South Palm Beach: Police chief retires

By Dan Moffett

 South Palm Beach Police Chief Carl Webb decided to retire from his position in early May, ending a 30-year career with the town.

Webb, 64, went on a medical leave of absence in January, and officials said he chose to take the retirement he was planning instead of returning to…

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