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Delray Beach: Room for remembrance

End arrives after 68 years for seaside vacation haven

Wright by the Sea has been sold for $25 million and will be leveled in January to make room for condos.

Photos by Rachel O’Hara/The Coastal…

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Highland Beach: More charges filed against man accused of stealing from slain widow

David Del Rio sits in court during a bail hearing related to charges he stole nearly $3 million from Betty Cabral of Highland Beach. The judge set bail at $463,000. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

As Palm Beach County sheriff’s detectives…

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Along the Coast: Caruso didn’t expect to sweat out win

State Rep. Mike Caruso won the District 89 seat by a mere 32 votes. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

Bonfiglio has no regrets about narrow defeat

By Steve Plunkett

Lawsuits. Machine recounts.…

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Coastal Star: Gulf Stream School parent casts wide net as community volunteer

Chiara Clark, president of the Parents Auxiliary at Gulf Stream School, has three children at the school: Finley, 10, Fletcher, 5, and Francesca, 8. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rick Pollack



Chiara Clark had just moved to Florida from Manhattan after she and her…

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Editor’s Note: Act of giving can be a gift to ourselves

The coming holidays have me contemplating the meaning of a gift.

In searching for a definition, I turned to Merriam-Webster (of course).

The dictionary’s first description calls a gift “a notable capacity, talent, or endowment.”

I take this to mean something that is often already given; a type of privilege granted by birth, position or nurture.

For example, although my family didn’t have a lot when I was young, I consider my parents’ push for education to be a gift…

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Along the Coast: State press club honors The Coastal Star

The Coastal Star racked up 10 awards — one first-place, four second-place and five third-place— at the 68th annual Excellence in Journalism Competition sponsored by the Florida Press Club.

The awards were handed out at the Press Club’s annual banquet Nov. 3 in Mount Dora.

The Coastal Star took home honors in the Class C and Class D divisions, which encompass daily, nondaily, community, tribal and college newspapers. Florida magazines and newspaper supplements are…

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Highland Beach: Public can weigh in on A1A improvements study

By Rich Pollack

Could Highland Beach have designated bike lanes and lighted crosswalks along State Road A1A in the not-too-distant future?

Would it be possible and financially feasible to have underground utility lines instead of unsightly power poles and wires along the roadway, as well as improved drainage facilities to minimize street flooding?

These questions and many more related to improvements along A1A are expected to be addressed in a $147,000…

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Gulf Stream: Judge to examine mayor’s texts as result of O’Boyle appeal

By Steve Plunkett



Gulf Stream resident Martin O’Boyle might get to inspect more text messages from Mayor Scott Morgan’s personal cellphone after winning part of an appeal of a state Sunshine Law and public records case against the town.

In a written opinion, the 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach sided with O’Boyle’s argument that the town may not have turned over all Morgan texts that relate to his work as mayor and ordered the trial judge, David…

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Letter to the Editor: Dave Stewart has served Lantana well

Regarding the Florida Ethics Commission investigation of Lantana Mayor David Stewart:  

He has represented Lantana fairly and honestly for about 20 years.  

Under his tutelage as mayor, the town has grown and prospered without any hint of scandal or ethics violations.

Mayor Dave occasionally says earthy, witty or old-fashioned comments but he would absolutely never suggest sexual favors in exchange for a vote. 

He has been known to turn down offers for lunch or…

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Manalapan and Eau to hire lawyers to fight sand-accumulating groin plan

By Dan Moffett

The Manalapan Town Commission and the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa are teaming to lawyer up against a planned beach stabilization project that would install seven concrete groins along the oceanfront in South Palm Beach.

Mayor Keith Waters and the commissioners have repeatedly expressed their opposition to the project, saying it would disrupt the natural flow of sand southward and damage Manalapan’s beaches. Now they’re preparing to make their…

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Obituary: Joyce K. Slominski

By Sallie James

GULF STREAM — Joyce K. Slominski, a retired educator and philanthropist whose influence helped get mammography screenings covered by health insurance, died on Nov. 14 after a long battle with Benson’s syndrome. She was 73.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., on Aug. 20, 1945, she married Edward Slominski on July 2, 1978. The two…

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Away it goes City Hall, Boynton Beach — Nov. 26

Piles of scrap steel and aluminum lie in the parking lot that used to serve the Boynton Beach City Hall and police station. Open since 1958, the City Hall was the last public building to be razed to make way for the Town Square redevelopment project. On the first day of its demolition, the city held a watch party Nov. 15 at the…

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South Palm Beach gains chief but loses manager

By Dan Moffett

For the fourth time in as many years, South Palm Beach is beginning a search to find a town manager.

But another search just ended before it started. The Town Council thinks it has found the police chief it’s been looking for. And it turns out he’s been wearing a uniform in the town for the last 17 years.…

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Lantana: Mayor challenging sexual harassment ethics complaint

By Mary Thurwachter

Mayor David Stewart says he will continue to fight the ethics complaint filed against him in January by Lantana resident Catherine Padilla.

In October, the Florida Commission on Ethics found probable cause that Stewart misused his position to attempt to obtain a sexual benefit for himself. Probable cause also…

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County Pocket: New rules aim to cut emergency response times

By Jane Smith

A July medical emergency in the County Pocket has led to an updated mutual aid agreement and could lead to faster response times for life-threatening emergencies in that 16.5-acre enclave just south of Briny Breezes.

Boynton Beach and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue chiefs updated their mutual aid agreements, according to a letter signed Aug. 10. The agreements say Boynton Beach Fire Rescue — because of its proximity — should be the first responder…

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Ocean Ridge: Town replaces mayor, tightens building rules, lifts moratorium

By Dan Moffett

In a busy night of changes and decision-making, Ocean Ridge commissioners saw a mayor step down, elected his replacement, removed a construction moratorium, enacted a bundle of new building rules and advanced four proposed charter amendments to the March 12 municipal election.

The three-hour meeting on Nov. 5 began with Mayor James Bonfiglio resigning to run for the state House District 89 seat in compliance with Florida’s resign-to-run…

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Lantana: Related Group buys 16 acres to build apartments at Water Tower Commons

By Mary Thurwachter

A portion of the development site for Water Tower Commons has been sold to the Related Group for $14.76 million from Lantana Development, a partnership of Kenco Communities’ Ken Endelson and Wexford Capital.

The sale, registered early in November, came after Lantana Development and the Related Group won approval from the Lantana Town Council to build 360 apartments on 16 acres at the north end of Water Tower Commons, the mixed-used development…

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Lantana: Town manager earns 7 percent pay increase

By Mary Thurwachter



After perusing Town Manager Deborah Manzo’s list of accomplishments from the past year, the Lantana Town Council was all set to award her a 5 percent raise, the top end of merit raises available to town employees this year. But before a vote was taken Nov. 26, Police Chief Sean Scheller stepped behind the podium to encourage the town to do better, or risk losing its prized manager to another municipality sure to come after her, he said. …

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Delray Beach: Atlantic Avenue paver project put on hold until May

By Jane Smith



Construction work to replace the pavers in four barrier island crosswalks on East Atlantic Avenue has stopped for the season and will resume in May, according to a Delray Beach department head.

The four crosswalks at the intersections of Gleason Street and Venetian Drive with East Atlantic have reopened, Susan Goebel-Canning, Delray Beach public works director, wrote in mid-November.

“During the project, we identified a water main leak,”…

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Along the Coast: Work on Woolbright at I-95 will continue into new year

By Jane Smith



Construction work at the Woolbright Road interchange in Boynton Beach has yet another completion date.

The contractor is now saying end of December for most of the work to be finished, said Andi Pacini, Corradino Group community outreach spokeswoman for Interstate 95 projects. “Punch list items will most likely push final acceptance into 2019,” she said.

Corradino Group contracts with the Florida Department of Transportation.

The…

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