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Along the Coast: Councils seat new members after decisions too close to call

Briny draws name

from bag to pick alderman…

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Along the Coast: Councils seat new members after decisions too close to call

Lantana recount upholds 2-vote victory

Newly…

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Local Airports: President’s visits disrupt busy airports

Boca Raton Airport has seen an increase in traffic because of temporary flight restrictions

impacting the area’s heavily traveled airspace.

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Editor's Note: Enjoy the charms of a subtropical spring

    I’ve begun to notice the subtle signs of spring. Along the roadways are the blooming frangipanis. At the beach is the calm, aquamarine ocean. All around is the impossibly blue midday sky.

    For a place that Northerners complain doesn’t have seasons, there’s plenty going on to prove it’s spring in South Florida.

    Consider the longer evenings cool enough for bike rides to the beach. And how the hum of air-conditioners hasn’t yet become so overwhelming that we have to close the…

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Coastal Star: Spirit of Giving’s new president driven by desire to have impact on community

Jackie  Reeves and the Spirit of Giving are involved in the Boca Raton Bowl at FAU.

The organization helps distribute thousands of free game tickets to youths.

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Letter to the Editor: Ocean Ridge candidate grateful for polite campaign

    I want to thank the residents of Ocean Ridge for all the kindnesses shared with me during my campaign as your town commissioner. I learned so much from the experience.

    The campaign was a positive, constructive event and I appreciated all of the votes I received.

    I also want to thank the other candidates, Jim Bonfiglio, Don MaGruder and Richard Bajakian, for a friendly, professional campaign.  

    It was appreciated that we candidates could converse and campaign side…

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Letter to the Editor: Delray donors’ wishes disregarded

    For many years, until approximately two years ago, the city had encouraged donations to establish benches with commemorative plaques that would help upgrade the appearance of the beach walk. Frankly, with more encouragement from the city, all of the remaining original ugly wooden style benches could have been replaced.

    Fast forward to the current implementation of the beach master plan and a current city directive to replace all of the existing benches but not to include the…

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Delray Beach: New cameras let police monitor tags on vehicles

By Rich Pollack



    Bad guys, beware.

    If you’re thinking about crossing into any part of Delray Beach east of the Intracoastal Waterway, you might want to think twice now that the Police Department has a new tool that makes it harder for you to come and go without being noticed.

    Since early last month, police have been using a permanent license-plate recognition system that scans the tags of cars passing by and compares them with what’s in several…

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Delray Beach: CRA ignores its own policy, OKs subsidy for iPic

By Jane Smith

    

    A city agency ceded to the demands of the proposed iPic theater and agreed to reimburse its owner $400,000, contradicting its 15-month-old policy of not subsidizing downtown projects east of Swinton Avenue.

    The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency members also agreed to provide at least $75,000 annually to cover the costs of maintaining 90 public parking spaces in the iPic garage. The early March vote was 6-1, with CRA member…

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Delray Beach: iPic closing date at issue

    When does a real estate contract not contain a meaningful closing date?

    The issue was raised March 9 at the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency meeting.

    Two people asked the CRA board to end negotiations because the iPic theater owner was on its seventh amended contract with a Jan. 31 closing date. In December 2013, the theater owner agreed to pay $3.6 million for 1.6 acres that once housed the library and the Chamber of Commerce.

    The CRA attorney…

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Manalapan: Architectural Commission rejects Publix sign again

Rendering provided

By Dan Moffett



    One of the last impediments to bringing a Publix supermarket to Manalapan’s Plaza del Mar seems to be one of the hardest to resolve.

    The town’s Architectural Commission tried…

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Along the Coast: County returns disputed IG money to towns

By Dan Moffett

    

    The six-year legal dispute between Palm Beach County and its municipalities over paying for an inspector general’s office appears to be officially over. In March, the county agreed to return $223,558 to 23 towns and cities that had contributed to the creation of the watchdog agency in 2011.

    Rather than risk another defeat in the courts, the county decided to surrender and write the checks. Commissioners unanimously approved the refunds…

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Ocean Ridge: Off-duty police monitor busy dune crossover

By Dan Moffett



    The arrival of sunny spring beach days means there’s trouble brewin’ at the Beachway Drive crossover in Ocean Ridge.

    The town’s public access walkway over the dune to the beach draws tourists, snowbirds, mainland visitors and residents to a tight intersection where vehicles and pedestrians often compete for the same slice of precious real estate.

    For the last four years, Ocean Ridge has grappled with ideas to deal with the growing…

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Swearing In: Town Hall, Ocean Ridge – March 17

Longtime Ocean Ridge resident Don MaGruder takes the oath of office as commissioner

following the Ocean Ridge municipal election. MaGruder and incumbent

Vice Mayor James Bonfiglio were the top two…

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Ocean Ridge: Lucibella’s trial moved from spring to summer

By Steve Plunkett



    The felony trial of former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella will take place no sooner than midsummer.

    Assistant State Attorney Danielle Grundt and Lucibella’s defense attorney, Marc Shiner, both told Circuit Judge Charles Burton they could not be ready for a jury this month. Burton scheduled a calendar call in the case at 9:30 a.m. July 21. …

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Delray Beach: Closed-door meeting will address Atlantic Crossing settlement

By Jane Smith

    

    The city and the Atlantic Crossing developer have spent the past month trading settlement offers. Before the April 4 Delray Beach City Commission meeting, commissioners will meet in a closed-door session with their attorneys and administrators to discuss the latest offer from the Ohio-based Edwards Cos.

    In June 2015, Edwards and its partner sued the city, charging it stalled the 9.2-acre, mixed-use project in downtown Delray Beach. The…

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Delray Beach: New aluminum tree to sprout up in time for holiday festivities

One of the options for the new location of the Christmas tree is on the lawn east of the pavilion grounds.

Rendering provided

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Boynton Beach: Beach amenities to be ready by summer

By Jane Smith

    

    Beach lovers will soon have renovated restrooms to use at Boynton Beach’s Oceanfront Park in Ocean Ridge, along with freshly baked pastries at the snack bar.

    The restroom renovations will be finished by the end of May, said Jeff Livergood, public works director. The total cost will be $24,950 for renovations.

    Lower counters and a tilted mirror are among the disabled-accessible items that will be added for $3,820, Livergood…

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Manalapan: Overhauled town commission sworn in

By Dan Moffett



    Manalapan completed a sweeping overhaul of its Town Commission on March 28 with the swearing in of three new officials and the reassignment of two others.

    None of the changes required input from voters in the March election, because none of the candidates for four open seats was opposed.

    Gone are Mayor David Cheifetz, Mayor Pro Tem Chauncey Johnstone and Commissioner Basil Diamond. All declined to run for another term.…

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Gulf Stream: Commissioners choose familiar face for town manager

Greg Dunham (second from left) chats with Gulf Stream Mayor Scott Morgan, resident Patsy Randolph

and Commissioner Joan Orthwein after being selected as town manager.

He previously held that…

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