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Delray Beach: Petrolia takes over as mayor in Delray Beach

Bathurst, Boylston, Frankel also take seats on council

New Mayor Shelly Petrolia brought an…

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Boynton Beach: Commissioners approve ambitious reshaping of downtown

By Jane Smith

Boynton Beach will finally get a real downtown.

City commissioners in mid-March unanimously approved spending $118.3 million to redevelop 16.5 acres to create a walkable Town Square where people can live, work and play.

The new…

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Gulf Stream: Consultants detail $10M in water pipe, road fixes

By Steve Plunkett

Gulf Stream needs $10 million over the next 10 years — roughly double what it usually budgets — to replace aging water pipes and repair streets, consultants say.

Joe Kenney, an engineer with Mathews Consulting, told town commissioners March 9 that overall the town’s water pipes provide good flow for daily conditions. But as another consulting firm warned Gulf Stream in 2012, the water mains are old and getting older.

“A lot of it is…

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Gulf Stream: Town Hall expansion

Builders with Republic Construction work on the roof of the addition to the Gulf Stream Town Hall on March 15. They were expected to punch through the existing building’s wall sometime in April. ‘You may see some temporary placement of individuals here in the commission chambers for…

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Gulf Stream: Town trying again to slow boaters on Intracoastal

By Steve Plunkett



The town has joined a growing effort to save sea walls, docks and moored vessels from boats speeding up and down the Intracoastal Waterway.

Gulf Stream resident Robert Souaid asked Town Manager Greg Dunham to write various agencies seeking a slow-speed zone for the town’s portion of the waterway, which Dunham said the town had previously done.

“A number of times,” Town Commissioner Joan Orthwein interjected as Dunham briefed her and her…

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Delray Beach: Unity and improvement of style needed downtown, consultant says

Shops in California’s Carmel-by-the-Sea have distinctive style with paneled windows and carved doors. Photo provided

By Jane Smith



Downtown Delray Beach has a certain indefinable something, called an…

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Ocean Ridge: Departing mayor celebrated

Outgoing Ocean Ridge Mayor Geoff Pugh is flanked by his daughter, Alexis, wife, Lisa, and son, Jonathan, at a special reception in Town Hall on March 5 to recognize his 15 years of service to the town. Jerry Lower/ The Coastal…

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Ocean Ridge: Town names Bonfiglio mayor

By Dan Moffett

Ocean Ridge commissioners unanimously chose James Bonfiglio to be the town’s next mayor, believing his experience as a lawyer could be useful in resolving some contentious legal matters on the horizon.

Bonfiglio, who was elected to the commission in 2014 after a long run…

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Ocean Ridge: Commission seats go to Besler, de Haseth

Phil Besler and Kristine de Haseth won in their first attempts at running for public office. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

Coastal advocate Kristine de Haseth said she “did a lot of door-to-door…

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Delray Beach: Old School Square Historic District gets national listing

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach can now boast it has two historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places.

The newest register listing came in mid-March when the National Park Service, which keeps the Historic Places list, decided that the Old School Square Historic District could join the Marina Historic District.

“We are delighted that this honor has at last been bestowed on one of our most cherished historic districts,” said JoAnn Peart,…

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South Palm Beach: Mayor Fischer: County moving forward with beach stabilization project

By Dan Moffett

South Palm Beach Mayor Bonnie Fischer says she met with county environmental officials in March and left convinced they are committed to going ahead with the town’s controversial beach stabilization project.

“The county is definitely moving forward,” Fischer said. “There’s been too much money spent by the county not to take it to fruition.”

Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management officials are working to secure the…

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Along the Coast: Winter waves pound coast

Winter storms in the Northeast that produced lots of snow and intense wind meant high surf for Palm Beach County in early March.

ABOVE: John Shipley of Delray Beach surfs down the line after being pulled into the wave by a jet ski at the Boynton…

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South Palm Beach: Gottlieb, Jordan, LeRoy win council seats

C. W. ‘Bill’ LeRoy, who moved to South Palm 2 ½ years ago, won election with the third-most votes. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

Vice Mayor Robert Gottlieb went into the March election with a…

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Delray Beach: FPL puts four poles in historic neighborhood without city permit

Concrete power poles have been installed along Southeast Seventh Avenue in the Marina Historic District. Photo provided

By Jane Smith



Florida Power & Light will move four recently installed concrete power poles on Southeast…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Candace Friis

Candace Friis, at home in Gulf Stream, says her real estate career feeds her love of people and spaces. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Brian Biggane

Degrees in sculpture and economics don’t typically point…

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Delray Beach: Delray Beach celebrates its 50th St. Patrick’s Day parade

Beads, bands and beer

just part of the fabric

of annual event

More than 100,000 Floridians and snowbirds gathered March 17 along Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach to celebrate the city’s 50th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The current parade organizer has announced that he intends to…

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Boynton Beach: Prime Catch owner says mangrove property swapped for parking

By Jane Smith



The Riverwalk Plaza renovation continues to inch forward.

In late March, the Prime Catch restaurant owner traded a small mangrove strip along the Intracoastal Waterway for 50 guaranteed parking spaces for his patrons in the renovated Riverwalk Plaza.

“The deal is done,” said Luke Therien, whose family owns Prime Catch. “We were sure it would happen. It was just a question of when.”

As of April 3, the exchange was not recorded in the…

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Obituary: Alma Coir

By Emily J. Minor

BRINY BREEZES ­— Alma Coir, who began coming to Briny Breezes in the 1940s when the view out the car window was citrus and cattle, died March 10 after a brief illness. Many town residents grew to know her for her love of reading and, near the end, she spent many hours on the porch, a book in hand, a dog on her lap. Mrs. Coir was 93.…

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Boynton Beach/Ocean Ridge: Boynton parks board rejects dog beach

By Jane Smith

Dogs won’t frolic at Oceanfront Park anytime soon.

That’s the recommendation the Boynton Beach Recreation & Parks Board made in late March.

Members voted 5-1 after reviewing a residents’ survey where nearly 70 percent were for allowing dogs on the beach during select days and hours. About 56 percent of the survey takers wanted the dogs to be leashed. Slightly more than 1,100 people responded to the unscientific survey posted on the city’s…

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Briny Breezes: Town closes in on FEMA grant money

By Dan Moffett

When Briny Breezes Town Council members started considering the idea of creating a manager’s position two years ago, they thought that the right person for the job might be able to increase the amount of state and federal grant money the town receives.

Some council members even suggested that a savvy town manager might be able to generate enough in grants and savings from improved efficiency to offset the part-time job’s $40,000 allotted…

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