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Business Spotlight: Ocean-friendly surfwear shop dives into South County market

Greenlines, new to Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, specializes in board shorts made with organic and recycled fabrics. The company gives part of its profits to nonprofits such as the Surfrider Foundation and Clean Ocean Action. Photo provided

By Christine Davis

Greenlines opened up at 439 E. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach in late November, making its way here from Montauk, N.Y., and Fair Haven, N.J. It’s a family business started in 2009 by brothers Jerry and Sam Delaney along with Sam’s wife, Colleen, all of them surfers. The stores specialize in board shorts made of recycled and organic fabrics, for men, women and children. 

The stores give a portion of profits to nonprofit organizations such as the Surfrider Foundation and Clean Ocean Action.  

“Our first store is in Montauk and our customers told us we had to check out Delray,” says Sam Delaney. “We looked for a location here for three years. We are really excited. Delray Beach is a great downtown and we love the community.” 

He says the store plans to host events with local photographers, filmmakers, artists and surfboard shapers who share their feelings about the ocean and surfing. For more information, visit 


A lot is going on at The Elephant’s Foot Antiques. It’s Marvin Ray’s 55th anniversary as co-owner of the store, Ronald French’s 40th anniversary as co-owner, and they just sold one of their three warehouses. “We got an offer for the building that we couldn’t refuse,” French says. 

And because the 5,000-square-foot warehouse was chock full, a sale is underway that will continue through March, at 1813 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

All those years in the business add up to a labor of love, French says, and mean keeping up with trends. “With all the changes that have occurred, especially in the antique and decorating fields because tastes constantly evolve over time, it’s a little hard to forecast the next hot items.

“We used to sell pine, then the Pierre Deux look, and then the English country house look, but quality rules, and people come back to quality and that’s why our business has worked out for us. We have quality merchandise and select things to choose from.” 

Right now, he says, what’s hot with the sale is a nice selection of English and Scottish chests of drawers. And if you can’t find what you want at the warehouse, stop by the 6,500-square-foot store at 3800 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach.


The 256-room Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center, at 5150 Town Center Circle, was recently sold by CWI Boca Center Hotel, managed by Carey Watermark Investors, to an affiliate of New York-based AVR Realty for almost $69.3 million, according to public records. The buyer obtained a seven-year, $60 million mortgage, with $35.8 million from Manufacturers & Traders Trust Co. and $24.2 million from Synovus bank. 

The Marriott last traded for $57.7 million in 2014, and underwent a $7 million renovation. The hotel was built in 1987. Dimension Development was named the new management firm for the hotel. AVR Realty is an investment and development company led by Allan V. Rose.


Lang Realty recognized its top agents and teams of 2017 at a special awards breakfast on Feb. 6 at the Waterstone Resort & Marina. Many were agents who cover the coastal South County area. They include: Diamond Award winner Barbara Hill; Diamond Team winners the Pearl Antonacci Group, founded by Brian Pearl and Vini Antonacci, and Tom and Beth Walsh; Ruby Award recipients Aristi Constantin, and Allyson Sullivan; Ruby Team winners Scott and Julie Warner; and Emerald Award recipients Olive Belcher, Julie Giachetti and Warren Heeg.


Oprock Boynton Fee LLC, a company tied to Rockwood Capital, just sold a Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Boynton Beach at a loss, property records show. Boulder Hotel Boynton Beach LLC, a company tied to Delray Beach investor Malcolm Berman, paid $19.6 million for the 170-room hotel at 1401 and 1601 N. Congress Ave. The deal includes space leased to KLA Schools of Boynton Beach, a preschool, and a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. 

The site last traded hands for $27.8 million in 2007, according to property records. The hotel was built in 1988. Berman is a former chairman of Fairfax Savings in Baltimore, according to published reports. 


Boynton Beach-based Source1 Purchasing, a procurement services organization, was featured in a recent issue of Hotel Management magazine as one of the 2017 Top Purchasing Companies. “We are proud to be listed on Hotel Management’s list,” said Scott Hoffmire, the company’s CEO and president. “Our purchasing power, as evidenced by our No. 2 ranking in the category, is strong, which means our clients benefit from the best pricing and benefits available.” This is the company’s eighth year on the list. 


In February, the former CEO of Vacation Break U.S.A., Kevin Sheehan, and his wife, Tracy Crane, sold their oceanfront home at 1003 Hillsboro Mile, Hillsboro Beach, for $13 million to Al Hendrickson, president of Al Hendrickson Toyota, a car dealership in Broward County. 

The home was listed by Coldwell Banker agent Sheryl Hodor with an asking price of $18.5 million. She also arranged the deal with the buyer. Sheehan and Crane bought their 11,700-square-foot mansion in 1997 for $4 million and paid $1.3 million for an additional 50 feet of oceanfront in 2001, records show.


A contemporary-style home at 901 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, was recently listed by Christian Angle Real Estate for $28.9 million. With 100 feet on the ocean, the 12,000-square-foot home comprises five bedrooms, five bathrooms and two half-baths; features include a boardwalk to its own beach. According to public records, William Powers bought the home in February 2015 for $19 million. At that time, the home had just been completed: built by Mark Timothy Homes, designed by Affinity Architects and interiors by Marc Michaels Interiors.


This estate on South Ocean in Manalapan recently sold for $24 million. Photo provided

An ocean-to-lake estate at 900 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, sold for $24 million, recorded in mid-February. The buyer was Goldstar 2018 LLC at 1185 Sixth Ave., New York, a limited liability company associated in public records with Solil Management. The seller was 900 South Ocean Blvd. LLC, a Delaware-based company managed by Charles Davidson, co-founder of Wexford Capital. Broker Christian Angle of Christian Angle Real Estate represented the seller. Agent Betsy Green of Douglas Elliman Real Estate acted for the buyer. Davidson’s LLC bought the property for $7.02 million in 2011 from the estate of the late Henrietta King, wife of boxing promoter Don King. After tearing down the original home, he hired Farrell Building Co. to construct the mansion. 


  The Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce’s 56th anniversary Delray Affair on April 13-15 will feature historical and contemporary activities this year, produced by Old School Square, the Downtown Development Authority and the Historical Society. 

Sponsored by Delray Honda, the Old School Square Beer & Wine Garden will return. Featured partners are Islamorada Beer Co., Rock N Roll Tequila, Monster Energy, Republic National Wines and PRP Wine International. The event spans 10 blocks in downtown Delray Beach on Atlantic Avenue, and admission is free. For more information, visit


The Greater Boynton Beach Chamber’s 5K Small Business Bow Tie Run will take place April 14 at the Boynton Beach Mall, 801 Congress Ave. Registration will start at 6:30 a.m., and the run and walk will start at 7:30. The price to participate is $30, plus a $2.50 sign-up fee. The family-friendly 5K Run is competitive and timed. For sponsorship information, call the Chamber at 927-7331 or email


Trish Duebber has assumed the Boca Raton Museum Art School’s new position as coordinator of youth programs, which are designed to provide studio art experiences to  after-school and summer programs for children and teenagers.

 “Businesses are seeking to hire people who have arts backgrounds  — creative thinkers,” Duebber says. “As more tasks become computerized, trends are shifting toward hiring more people who can bring new perspectives to solving problems. And that’s exactly what students gain by having the freedom to create art.”


The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County will host a luncheon and talk, “Reality of Sea Level Rise,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  March 21 at the Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Blvd., Lake Worth. The guest speaker will be John Englander, an oceanographer, consultant and expert on sea-level rise. 

He has served as chief executive officer for the International SeaKeepers Society and the Cousteau Society. He has authored a bestselling book, High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis, which Politico listed as one of the top 50 books to read. 

Tickets are $25 until March 14, and $35 after that date. RSVPs are requested at or by calling 968-4123.

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