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Editor's Note: King tides remind us we need to plan and adapt

    There is water in the streets. It’s there when it rains hard, when tropical weather blows through, when the highest tides of the year align with phases of the moon and when Lake Okeechobee water is diverted into canals and drained into the ocean.

    Sometimes, all of these things happen at the same time and public safety is at risk.

    Yet, as I attend the public meetings of our coastal municipalities, inevitably some member of the public — or an elected representative of the…

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Coastal Stars: Women and children have special spot in couple’s hearts

Anne and Peter Vegso own Health Communications Inc., a book publisher in Deerfield Beach. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack



If Anne and Peter Vegso’s last name sounds vaguely familiar, it…

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Briny Breezes: Council endorses plan for handling code disputes

By Dan Moffett



    Briny Breezes moved closer to finding a way to resolve nagging disputes over code violations when the Town Council voted Oct. 26 to use either a special magistrate or a citizens enforcement board to hear residents’ cases.

    The decision, which came on a 3-2 vote, authorizes Town Attorney John Skrandel to write a proposed ordinance that allows the council to choose either method to enforce building rules. Voting for the measure were council…

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Delray Beach: Commissioners opt for Florida experience with new city manager

By Jane Smith



    Delray Beach’s City Commission picked the candidate with Florida experience as the next city manager.

    Mark Lauzier will start Nov. 6 with an annual salary of $235,000 under a contract approved Oct. 17 by the City Commission.

    “It’s a rich contract,” Commissioner Shelly Petrolia said. “Our expectations are high.”…

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Along the Coast: Municipal election cycle gears up for March 13 vote

By Henry Fitzgerald



    Municipal elections will take place March 13. Here are the cities and towns in The Coastal Star’s coverage area with seats up for grabs and their respective qualifying periods.  



Boca Raton

    The city’s qualifying period, when candidates can officially be put on the ballot after they meet certain requirements, will take place Jan. 2-10.

    City voters will get the…

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Lake Worth: Partners in renovation vie for ownership of historic Gulfstream Hotel

The Gulfstream Hotel in Lake Worth has been closed for more than 10 years. Photo provided

By Jane Smith

    

    Two partners are vying for control of the historic Gulfstream Hotel in Lake Worth…

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Boynton Beach: Riverwalk Plaza will renovate drugstore first

By Jane Smith



    The Riverwalk Plaza owner now wants to reverse the order of how the 9.8-acre complex will be developed at Woolbright Road and Federal Highway.

    In late August, Isram Realty representatives met with Boynton Beach planning staff to outline how the complex would be developed: First, renovate the building containing the Walgreen’s drugstore and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft store; next, build a 4,500-square-foot building along Federal Highway and then…

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Manalapan: Town considers controls on video, film production

By Dan Moffett



    Nobody will confuse Manalapan with Hollywood when it comes to movie and video production.

    The town’s last brush with show biz came in 2014 when the reluctantly remembered rapper Vanilla Ice, aka Robert Van Winkle, announced plans to shoot a home renovation project for the DIY Network at a South Ocean Boulevard mansion.

    The plans fell through, and most Manalapanians didn’t lament the loss.

    Mayor Keith Waters is…

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Gulf Stream: Town’s underground project back on track after Irma hiatus

By Steve Plunkett



    Gulf Stream is holding weekly meetings with Florida Power & Light and the phone and cable companies to regain momentum on its project to bury the utility lines.

    Contractor Wilco Electric, which has been placing conduit underground for the utilities in phase 2 of the project, was pulled off the job after Hurricane Irma struck to help FPL restore power across the state.

    All of the underground conduit is now in place, and Town…

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Ocean Ridge: Beach cleanup

The Ocean Ridge Police Department hosted a ‘Beach Sweep’ to help clean the town’s beaches of debris left behind following Hurricane Irma. Volunteers enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs and refreshments following the cleanup. ABOVE: (l-r) Officer Bob Massimino, John…

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Lantana: Read for the Record

Lantana Town Manager Debbie Manzo gets a group hug Oct. 19 after reading the book Quackers by Liz Wong to kindergartners at Lantana Elementary School during the annual Read for the Record competition coordinated by The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County. Manzo read to…

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South Palm Beach: Council fires town manager without cause or notice

By Dan Moffett



    South Palm Beach Town Manager Bob Vitas returned from a vacation in Europe thinking he would resolve the last details of his new contract at the Oct. 24 council meeting.

Instead it turned out to be his last council meeting.

In a swift and surprising move, the Town…

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Ocean Ridge: Protect yourself, ‘pension detective’ warns

Edward Siedle has made a career investigating flawed and mismanaged retirement assets. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Mary Hladky



    He’s been called the “Sam Spade of money management”…

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Ocean Ridge: Lucibella trial postponed a third time

By Steve Plunkett



    Former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella’s trial will start no sooner than February.

    His defense attorney, Marc Shiner, and Assistant State Attorney Danielle Grundt both agreed last month to the postponement — the trial’s third delay. Circuit Judge Charles Burton rescheduled the case for Feb. 19.…

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Ocean Ridge: Body found on beach

Ocean Ridge police secure an area in the 6000 block of Old Ocean Boulevard on Oct. 20 after the body of Amantay Brown, 21, was found on the beach. The Coast Guard, sheriff’s office and other agencies had searched for Brown, who was reported missing shortly after 3 a.m. Oct. 19 after he…

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Delray Beach: Improving more lives is ambition of new library director

Karen Ronald says the library is ‘not just books and materials.’ Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack



    Karen Ronald brings everything you would expect to her new job as director of the Delray…

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Delray Beach: Major construction work complete on beach promenade project

By Jane Smith



Major construction work at the municipal beach promenade was finished in late October. Smaller items, such as landscaping, remain to be finished by Thanksgiving.

The $3.1 million Delray Beach project includes solar-powered smart meters, a tricolor sidewalk, new beach furniture — benches, showers, water fountains, bike and surfboard racks — and trash containers.

In late October, the contractor replaced concrete sections that were too rough…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Digby Bridges

Ocean Ridge resident Digby Bridges will become the newest member of the United States Croquet Hall of Fame this month. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

Digby Bridges has been playing croquet since he was…

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Lantana: New greenmarket debuts in Bicentennial Park

By Mary Thurwachter



    Local greenmarket aficionados won’t have to wait for the weekend to shop for homegrown veggies, fruits and flowers. Beginning in November, Lantana’s Bicentennial Park will be home to the newest greenmarket in the county.

    The Lantana Town Council gave two big green thumbs up to the plan, bringing the event to the park each Wednesday from 2 p.m. to sunset. The market will have about 20 booths.

    “People will come shop and stroll…

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King Tides: Our soggy fall ritual

It’s that time of year again, when full and new moon phases combine with the moon’s position to give us higher than usual tides and flooding.

Oct. 6: Driving down…

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