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Delray, Boynton join Boca with over 100 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Delray Beach and Boynton Beach both have joined Boca Raton in the growing club of municipalities with 100 or more reported cases of coronavirus.
Boynton had 117 cases by afternoon April 2 and Delray had 100. Boca posted 135 cases.
The three cities' combined total was nearly half of Palm Beach County's 737 cases.
West Palm Beach was the only other city in the county to pass the three-digit threshold, with 109 cases.

— Steve Plunkett

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Along the Coast: COVID-19 test site coming to South County

A testing site for coronavirus will open April 7 at the South County Civic Center west of Delray Beach.

"More info to follow," County Commissioner Robert Weinroth said April 2 in a COVID-19 email announcing the opening.

The South County center is at 16700 Jog Road. The testing site will be the county's second: its first opened at the FITTEAM Ballpark of Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach on March 31.

The combined cases for Boca Raton (135 as of April 2),…

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Boca Raton: Municipal services worker saves woman in canal

By Mary Hladky

Shawn Turner was driving on Military Trail near Camino Real on Feb. 23 when he saw a white Kia Soul partly submerged in a canal.

The city municipal services employee didn’t hesitate, stripping off his sweatpants and jumping into the water.

Turner quickly saw that Molly Pedrone, 34, was incapacitated behind the wheel. He pushed down the window, squeezed into the car and released her…

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Ocean Ridge: Developer claims ownership of Ocean Ridge canal

By Dan Moffett

Developer William Swaim has opened a new front in his quest to conquer the submerged lands of Ocean Ridge.

After battling in court for six years with the town and Wellington Arms condo owners over property rights in the lagoon behind Town Hall, Swaim is focusing on the Sabal Island neighborhoods farther north now.

In January, some two dozen homeowners on North Ocean Boulevard, Sabal…

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Delray Beach: Newcomer ousts one incumbent as another retains commission seat

By Jane Smith

Newcomer Juli Casale edged incumbent Bill Bathurst in the Delray Beach City Commission elections for Seat 2.

Casale, who ran a grass-roots campaign that raised $34,963, won by 106 votes on March 17.

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Along the Coast: Design for Glades interchange alarms Boca Raton staff, council

The city of Boca Raton is raising concerns about the safety of the proposed ‘diverging diamond interchange’ at Glades Road and Interstate 95. Rendering provided

By Steve…

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Gulf Stream: Duck’s demise prompts plea from second-graders

Second-graders Emma Imperatore and Valentina Autiero presented their request for duck crossing signs to the Town Commission after a duck was killed near Gulf Stream School. “We don’t want that to happen again,” Valentina said. Rachel S. O’Hara/The Coastal Star

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South Palm Beach: Voters add McMillan to council, OK 3 of 5 charter changes

By Dan Moffett

Ray McMillan eked out a 17-vote victory over Elvadianne Culbertson in the March 17 municipal election to claim a seat on the South Palm Beach Town Council.



McMillan, a New Yorker who has been a part-time resident of the town for 32 years, was buoyed by the endorsement of two council members, Bill LeRoy and…

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South Palm Beach: Stalking charge against ex-cop leads to lawsuit against town

By Dan Moffett

The town of South Palm Beach is facing a lawsuit stemming from the forced resignation of a police officer in August.



Alicia and Michael Baum have filed a suit in Palm Beach County Circuit Court naming the town and former Officer Jose M. Fernandez as defendants and claiming damages in excess of $30,000 because of what the suit calls his harassment activities last summer.



The town declined to comment on the suit.



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Along the Coast: Federal dollars replacing sand taken by 2017 hurricane

OCEAN RIDGE: Bulldozers work in the surf at the north end of Palm Beach County’s Hammock Park as sand is pumped from the dredge through the floating pipe and then to shore, where a sand and water slurry is spread to widen the beach. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal…

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Lantana: Political novices unseat incumbents in Lantana

New Commissioner Karen Lythgoe brought her granddaughter Sadie Smith to the ceremony. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Mary Thurwachter

A couple of political newcomers looking to turn the tide in Lantana will have a chance to do so after handily beating two…

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Lantana: Library to be renovated — or perhaps rebuilt in new location

By Mary Thurwachter



One way or another, substantial changes are coming for the Lantana Public Library. The town has earmarked $400,000 for upgrades to the building, and architectural plans for those renovations are to be viewed by the Town Council on April 13.



But at the March 9 town meeting, a few other proposals were pitched by a developer hoping to build a hotel on or beside the town-owned library at 205 W. Ocean Ave.



Tony Mauro and his…

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Lantana: Town commits to contract for Fourth of July fireworks display

By Mary Thurwachter



Despite the uncertainty connected to the coronavirus, Town Manager Deborah Manzo didn’t have to wait long for an answer when she asked whether or not to commit to a fireworks contract for the Fourth of July.



The $30,000 contract with Zambelli Fireworks would need to be signed soon to reserve the date, Manzo said. But if the town decided at some point to cancel, Lantana would lose between $6,500 to $17,000, depending on how close to…

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Briny Breezes: Incumbents overwhelmingly retain their council seats

By Dan Moffett

Three incumbents easily won reelection in the March 17 municipal election to keep their at-large seats on the Briny Breezes Town Council.



Christina Adams led all candidates with 103 votes, or 31.2% of the ballots cast. Bill Birch got 102 votes (30.9%) and Kathy Gross received 101 votes (30.6%).



Political newcomer Charles Swift had 15 votes and Lynne Weiner nine.



A month before the election, Weiner withdrew from the…

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Highland Beach: Forgotten safety deposit box holds decades-old surprise

Commissioners Evalyn David and Peggy Gossett-Seidman with the documents. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

It was a Highland Beach happening that had all the earmarks of a made-for-TV special.



A safety deposit box is discovered that…

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Ocean Ridge: Crown Colony’s music man keeps jive alive for residents

Layton had three more ‘Jive At Five’ sessions planned this season when the president of the homeowners association called him March 16 to say all events had been canceled in light of the coronavirus threat. ‘They’ve locked both clubhouses,’ Layton says. ‘The only good news in this is, I won’t have to work as hard getting ready…

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Along the Coast: Governments get creative on how to meet and make decisions

Briny Breezes Town Manager Bill Thrasher runs the council meeting last month with appropriate social distancing and phone technology allowing aldermen to attend from home. Photos by Jerry Lower and Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star



By Rich Pollack

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MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Barbara Flores

Barbara Flores, a designer and author, stands in front of two of her poster creations and holds copies of her four books, including a memoir about her marriage breakup. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star



By Brian Biggane

It was about the time Barbara Flores had her third book…

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Along the Coast: Closed beaches, empty shelves reflect our new normal

On March 27, a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy explains to South Palm Beach resident Kumar Kalola that public beaches and other gathering venues are closed because of the emergency situation.…

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Along the Coast: Hospitals gear up amid moves to protect seniors, others at risk

Even health aides allowed to enter the Carlisle are screened for signs of illness such as a fever by staff members wearing masks and gloves. ‘We don’t want anything to happen to our residents,’ Carlisle executive director Richard Tournesy says. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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