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Highland Beach: Walkway makeover recommended

The path runs the length of Highland Beach on the west side of A1A and needs repairs. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack



    Highland Beach’s aging 3-mile walking path could become safer, more attractive and even more durable…

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Boca Raton: Major overhaul coming to Royal Palm Place

ABOVE: The initial mixed-use building is proposed to front on Federal Highway. BELOW: A later phase of the project is planned for the northeast section of the property. Renderings provided…

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Highland Beach: License tag scanners installed

Universal Electric of Florida employee Barry Bowman installs a permanent license plate recognition camera along A1A in Highland Beach on July 13. The scanners are an important way for the police to find stolen cars and catch up with people who have expired licenses or active…

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Highland Beach: Town starting with same tax rate, but could still lower it

By Rich Pollack



    As town property values rise to a record high, Highland Beach residents are likely to see their tax rate drop for the third consecutive year.

    Town commissioners late last month set a maximum operating tax rate for the 2017-2018 fiscal year of $3.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value, the same rate as the current fiscal year.

    Commissioners, however, gave every indication they would lower the rate before determining a final…

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Boca Raton: Study confirms need for more downtown parking

By Mary Hladky



    Efforts to build a downtown parking garage are bolstered by a new study that finds Boca Raton needs more public parking.

    The peak demand area around Mizner Park needs 108 more parking spaces now, and that number will grow to as many as 150 by 2020, according to the study by Kimley-Horn and Associates. By 2040, as many as 350 more will be needed.

    Kimley-Horn collected parking data March 30-April 1 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Demand…

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Boca Raton: Boca Airport Customs office opening delayed until October

Workers tend to the outside and driveway of the new Customs Office in late July. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack



    A new U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility will soon be opening its…

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Boca Raton: Council requests more changes for Mizner 200

Critics have complained that Mizner 200 is too large and would obstruct sunlight and views for adjacent buildings. Rendering provided

By Mary Hladky



    Boca Raton City Council members have demanded yet another…

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Boca Raton: Neighbors shoot down consultant’s initial ideas for Ocean Strand

Proponents of a park for the beachfront parcel are happy to see plans being offered, but some critics think this plan proposes too many options. Rendering provided by the City of Boca Raton

By Steve Plunkett



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Boca Raton: City adding, promoting electric car charging stations

By Sallie James



    Driving an electric car makes sense in so many ways: no gasoline costs, no toxic emissions, and one of the quietest rides around. But access to a charging station is essential if the battery runs low.

    For Boca Raton residents, that worry may soon be a thing of the past.

    In the spirit of “going green,” council members recently proposed that new multifamily dwellings such as apartments and condominiums put chargers in their parking…

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Boca Raton: Group fighting second proposed residence on undeveloped stretch of beach

ABOVE: The ultra-modern four-story duplex could feature wide open glass exposure on the beach side. BELOW: The side facing A1A would have access to the four-car garage. Renderings provided…

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Boca Raton: Proposed budget lowers tax rate while increasing fire fee

By Sallie James



  Property taxes will hold the line if city officials approve the proposed tax rate for 2017-2018.

  However, residents could be asked to pay $125 for the city’s fire services fee, up from the current $105.

  City Manager Leif Ahnell proposed a tax rate of $3.6788 per $1,000 of assessed property value at the July 25 council meeting. The rate is slightly lower than last year’s rate of $3.6789.

  Under the proposed tax rate, the owner of a…

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Boca Raton: Holiday displays could be banned in Sanborn Square

By Sallie James



    The Boca Raton City Council July 25 introduced an ordinance that would ban the practice of allowing private individuals or entities to place “unattended, expressive installations, displays, exhibits and similar objects” in Sanborn Square during the winter holiday season.

    Chalk up the proposal as a win for at least one Palm Beach County resident.

    “I think religion poisons everything,” said Preston Smith, a middle school teacher…

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Boca Raton: Park district commissioners assail city’s funding request, set preliminary tax rate

By Steve Plunkett

    

    The short era of the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District’s rubber-stamping the city’s proposed parks budget appears to be over.

    Craig Ehrnst, one of the district’s new commissioners, led the first assault. The city wants $16.9 million in the coming year to operate and maintain district parks and Boca Raton’s Red Reef Park and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, up from $15.6 million it expects to spend this year.

    “We…

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Obituary: Dr. Samuel S. Stephenson III

By Emily J. Minor



    BOCA RATON — Dr. Samuel S. Stephenson III, who picked up his wife and two small children in 1968 to move to Florida and help lead a fairly new college called Florida Atlantic University, died June 21 in hospice care. He was 93.

Born in Manhattan in New York on…

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Manalapan: Demolition begins for Publix at Plaza del Mar

Construction crew members plan for the demolition of several buildings in the Plaza del Mar shopping center

to make room for construction of a Publix grocery. Businesses in the mall will remain open…

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Gulf Stream: O’Hare settles with town; could O’Boyle be next?

By Steve Plunkett

    

    Is the town’s barrel of litigation half-empty or half-full?

    Resident Chris O’Hare, who inundated Gulf Stream with expansive requests for public records, then sued the town when it did not quickly respond, in mid-June notified judges he was withdrawing the…

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Coastal Star: Boca philanthropist has a passion for helping people who are sick, poor

Isabelle Paul, the Florida Commander of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller Commandery,

has been a dutiful dame in the organization since she was knighted in 2005. She’s wearing the red and white…

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Manalapan: Town plans to keep taxes at current rate

    During a budget workshop on June 12, Manalapan commissioners tentatively agreed to maintain the current tax rate of $2.79 per $1,000 of taxable value for the 2017-18 fiscal year.  That’s roughly 5 percent above the projected rollback that would keep total tax revenues flat year-over-year.

    Mayor Keith Waters said the extra revenues are needed to make improvements to the Town Hall chambers and possibly to cover the legal expenses the town might have if it takes on the county and…

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Along the Coast: Towns urged to budget funds to revive fire study

By Steve Plunkett



    The barrier island-based Florida Coalition for Preservation wants Gulf Stream and its neighbors to budget money this summer to determine where to locate a new fire-rescue station and how much it would cost.

    “It’s important for you to understand that when you see your first budget … that we at least identify a possibility that we’ll be asking for some money from each of the towns on the barrier island,” said former Gulf Stream Vice Mayor…

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Letter to the Editor: Delray’s beach contractor keeps A1A traffic moving

    I am addressing the Editor’s Note, “Extra drive time a necessary nuisance this time of year,” that appeared in the June 2017 issue of The Coastal Star.

    Upfront, I totally agree with the opinion that most construction projects on the barrier island reflect necessary improvements to our transportation infrastructure. However, I am reacting to the comments concerning A1A in Delray Beach that seem to me to unfairly blame the MBR construction company, contractor on the beach…

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