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Election 2018: Candidate forums

Towns and cities holding elections March 13 will have the following forums for voters to meet the candidates:

Boca Raton

When: Feb. 8

Where: 6500 Building, 6500 Congress Ave.

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations

Delray Beach

Feb.…

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Manalapan: Town to hire four more cops, add surveillance

By Dan Moffett

Manalapan town commissioners are countering a spate of stolen cars with an aggressive plan to enhance security that includes hiring four police officers and expanding the town’s already extensive use of cameras and technology.

“We live here because it’s a unique community,” Mayor Keith Waters said. “It’s unlike any other community in America. I don’t want this to be a police state, but at the same time, I want there to be absolute certainty that…

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Along the Coast: Turning out, tuning in for jams at the VFW

Barbara Mulvey and Andy Neureuther play at the monthly jam at the Boynton Beach VFW. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes

On the second Friday of most months, Barbara Mulvey takes…

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Coastal Star: Retiree goes above and beyond to reward Delray grade-school teachers

Part of Ted Hoskinson’s Roots and Wings nonprofit raises funds to help Delray Beach third-graders prepare after school for the state’s standardized test. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

There was a…

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Editor’s Note: Why another grab for the brass ring in Briny?

Every season in Briny Breezes there is rumbling from a handful of residents who still believe they were somehow cheated out of their “million” dollars because of the failed Ocean Land sales deal in 2007-2008. Ten years later there are still residents who think they are entitled to make it rich since they are convinced they almost did once before.

This year a group of malcontents has grown exceptionally aggressive and loud. So much so, they’ve intimidated the corporate board of…

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Delray Beach: Surveyors’ activity is preliminary to sea wall ordinance

By Jane Smith



City residents who live along the Intracoastal Waterway are seeing surveyors from Aptim Environmental & Infrastructure in their backyards.

In October, Delray Beach city commissioners awarded the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, firm a $198,473 contract to analyze the sea walls along the Intracoastal. The city owns less than one mile of the estimated 21.4 miles of sea walls, including finger canals.

The workers are surveying the condition of all…

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Along the Coast: 9 months away, race to replace Abrams on County Commission heats up

By Steve Plunkett



The election to replace term-limited County Commissioner Steven Abrams isn’t until November, but…

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Letter to the Editor: Hoping this ‘great paper’ will endure

This email has been long overdue coming from my desk to yours.

Being a resident and a business in Palm Beach County since 1973, we have seen many local newspapers come and go in our communities — from Palm Beach to Boca Raton, from east to west.

Our thanks go out to the founding partners of The Coastal Star for the team that they put together to provide a great paper for all of us to enjoy.

The image and content that you provide each issue is very contemporary and…

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Along the Coast: A1A inconvenience now will be repaid with better power service later

By Rich Pollack

If you’ve traveled along State Road A1A in the last several months you’ve probably seen a crew or two working on the power lines.

FPL understands that the work might slightly inconvenience residents, but the company says in the long run customers will benefit by having more reliable service and quicker restoration of power after outages.

“We’re installing poles and equipment that will help us restore power faster and improve everyday…

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Along the Coast: Lucibella eager to proceed with rare felony trial this month

By Noreen Marcus and Michelle Quigley

Serious crime is uncommon in Palm Beach County’s coastal towns, and cases of resisting arrest with violence are about as rare a sight as white whales.

So the upcoming trial of former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella on felony counts of…

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South Palm Beach: Mayor expresses optimism as administrative reboot begins

By Dan Moffett

Mayor Bonnie Fischer swore in new Town Manager Majella “Mo” Thornton at the beginning of January’s council meeting and declared a fresh start for South Palm Beach as it enters the new year.

“We have now made significant changes to the administration of South Palm Beach,” Fischer said. “We have brought in seasoned local professionals that have proven their integrity over a period of years in Palm Beach County. I think that’s important.”…

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Lantana: Gas station gets OK for car wash

By Mary Thurwachter

Goodway Oil 902 Gas Station on South Dixie Highway in Lantana will soon add a car wash to its menu of services. And that’s not all the station will do to attract customers. It will sell fried chicken, too.

“We need something to give us a competitive edge over Wawa and RaceTrac,” said Jon Levinson, representing filling station owner Eli Buzaglo at the Jan. 8 Town Council meeting.

Buzaglo asked for — and received — a special exception…

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Along the Coast: Safety issues at the fore as Brightline service begins

A Brightline train zips through Delray Beach at Atlantic Avenue. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

Pressure is mounting on the express passenger railroad Brightline to improve its safety efforts.

The rail…

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Delray Beach: Sober Homes Task Force trumpets drop in drug statistics

By Jane Smith



Delray Beach appears to be shedding its image as a city full of rogue sober homes.

The city had “an explosion of flophouses” a few years ago, Chief Assistant State Attorney Al Johnson said at his office’s Sober Homes Task Force meeting in January.

Marc Woods, a code enforcement officer who inspects sober homes in Delray Beach, echoed his statement.

“While the stats on sober homes are hard to come by because of federal disability laws,”…

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Gulf Stream: Town authorizes lawyers to defend ex-vice mayor

By Steve Plunkett

Outside lawyers for the town are representing Robert Ganger in a public records lawsuit seeking private emails and text messages he sent and received while he was vice mayor.

Resident Martin O’Boyle and his StopDirtyGovernment LLC want Gulf Stream to turn over all communications and public records Ganger had from Nov. 1, 2012, through Feb. 7, 2014.

Trey Nazzaro, the town’s staff attorney, told commissioners Jan. 12 that O’Boyle’s lawyers…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Stephen Schilling

Stephen Schilling of Briny Breezes is a concert pianist who earned a degree in chemistry at age 30. ‘I realized, OK, I know a lot about music, but nothing about math or science,’ he says. Schilling says he’s ‘very proud of creating my own music.’ Tim…

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Delray Beach: ‘Labor of love’ beachfront project shows off new amenities

The wider, curving promenade in Delray Beach allows more room for bicyclists and pedestrians to share space. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

A small crowd gathered on a windy day in late January to…

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Ocean Ridge/Manalapan: Sand transfer plant down but not out

Sand builds up on both sides of the north jetty of the Boynton Inlet after the sand pumping station was temporarily shut down. Seawater usually reaches the wall of the building and boulders are visible under the sign. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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Obituary: John Francis Cox

OCEAN RIDGE — John Francis Cox, 90, died Jan. 1 at the Veterans Affairs hospice unit, West Palm Beach.

Born June 2, 1927, in Denver, he was the son of the late Earle E. Cox and Louise A. (Lallement) Cox. Mr. Cox attended his early school years in Wakefield, N.H., finished high school in Chicago, then served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. …

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Boynton Beach: Old-house restaurants’ work delayed

By Jane Smith

The Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency’s effort to convert old homes into restaurants has hit some more snags.

For the historic Magnuson House at 211 E. Ocean Ave., the CRA will let the owner proceed at his own pace after a motion to take the property back failed at the agency’s January meeting.

“We’ve been more than generous as to the time,” said Joe Casello, a board member and Boynton Beach city commissioner. He along with Mayor…

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