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Delray Beach: Developers’ donations favor incumbents in election

By Jane Smith

Developers continue to dominate Delray Beach election coffers with contributions to sitting city commissioners.

Voters will decide March 17 who sits in two City Commission seats. Two incumbents, running for re-election, have raised the most contributions for their respective seats.

Seat 2 incumbent Bill Bathurst raised $77,040 as of Feb. 14, the latest reporting date before press time. That amount is about 73% higher than the combined total…

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Boca Raton: Two candidates face off again to be mayor

The mayor is elected for a three-year term. A mayor who has served two full consecutive terms is not eligible to run for that office for the succeeding term. — Steven J. Smith…

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Gulf Stream: Police agencies team up, detain 8 Haitian migrants

The boat used to transport the four men and four women caught in Gulf Stream. Photo provided by Gulf Stream Police

By Steve Plunkett

Gulf Stream police called in help from Ocean Ridge, Delray Beach, the U.S. Border Patrol and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office after…

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Lantana: Four candidates compete for two council seats

Voters will choose who sits in two council seats. Lantana has no term limits, and each term is three years.

Group 3…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Mark Reingold

Executive Director Charlene Farrington and the museum honored longtime board member Mark Reingold after he retired. The museum sits in the former home of the late Solomon D. Spady. Farrington is founder Vera Farrington’s daughter. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Briny Breezes: Four candidates compete for three seats

Three incumbents and a political newcomer are running for three at-large Town Council seats March 17. The top three vote-getters win. A term lasts two years. — Steven J. Smith…

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South Palm Beach: Two seats, three candidates

Three candidates are on the March 17 ballot for two seats on the Town Council. The top two vote-getters will claim them. Town Clerk Yude Alvarez said the ballot also will ask voters whether council terms should be lengthened to four years instead of two. If that is approved, the winners this time will serve four years. Other ballot questions include granting the mayor the power to declare an emergency and amending the charter to reduce the required number of voter…

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Briny Breezes: Absence of formal charter prompts Briny to form review committee

By Dan Moffett

Briny Breezes council members asked their attorney, Keith Davis, to research election rules in the town charter, and he reported back with some intriguing news.

Briny doesn’t really have a charter.

“The town’s charter is basically the meeting minutes from when the town was incorporated,” Davis told the council during its meeting on Feb. 27.

For some 57 years, since March 1963, Briny has been running on an informal document, the rules and…

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South Palm Beach: Council takes another look at fixing aging Town Hall

By Dan Moffett

For the third time in the last five years, South Palm Beach council members are taking a hard look at what can be done to repair, renovate or replace their aging Town Hall.

The council’s first attempt at dealing with the building’s problems came in 2016 with the hiring of Alexis Knight Architects of West Palm Beach. The firm spent months studying the building, and interviewing administrative staff and residents, leaving the town with a bill for…

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Lantana: Town OKs some vendor parking and beer and wine sales at green market

By Mary Thurwachter

Lantana’s Shoreline Green Market at Bicentennial Park opened to acclaim from vendors and residents but is struggling to find its footing, according to Hector Herrera, the event’s founder and manager.

During a town meeting on Feb. 10, Herrera said the market, in existence since November, was just starting to find its customer base. Customers want lots of vendors, he explained, and the market’s original 30 vendors have dwindled to 15.

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Lantana: Commission mulling over crushed concrete for rebuilding nature trail

By Mary Thurwachter

The hunt for the best material to repave the walking trail at the Lantana Nature Preserve isn’t over yet.

Since September 2017 when Hurricane Irma left the 6.5-acre park in shambles, the town has been wrestling with how best to restore the pathway. Concrete, pressure-treated wood, pavers, asphalt and gunite sand — similar to the material originally used at the preserve — have all been considered.

Last year, the Town Council settled on…

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Ocean Ridge: Judges in Lucibella appeal quiz attorneys

By Steve Plunkett

A panel of three judges at the 4th District Court of Appeal peppered the lawyers on both sides of Richard Lucibella’s simple battery case with questions during oral arguments.

Neither Leonard Feuer, representing the Ocean Ridge resident and onetime town vice mayor, nor Senior Assistant Attorney General Melynda Melear, representing the state, escaped scrutiny.

Lucibella, 66, wants the appeals judges to vacate his February 2019 conviction of…

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Boynton Beach: Mangrove area shut to visitors; city restates objection to diocese lease terms

The entrance to the public parking lot that services the walkway has been locked after the city and Catholic Diocese could not agree on lease details for the parcel behind St. Mark’s Catholic Church. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith



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Boynton Beach: Town Square coming in under budget; fire station set to open in mid-April

By Jane Smith

The Town Square project is about $2.5 million under budget, Boynton Beach city commissioners learned at their Feb. 18 meeting.

Colin Groff, assistant city manager in charge of the public-private partnership, said the city’s private partner, E2L Real Estate Solutions, invested the bond money and returned about $1.6 million of interest to the project.

In addition, Groff said the partnership was able to avoid paying sales taxes on large equipment…

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Delray Beach: City resolves to lower boat speeds on Intracoastal

By Jane Smith

Residents on Palm Trail were successful in getting Delray Beach City Commission support to help them reduce boat speeds on a nearly 1-mile section of the Intracoastal Waterway.

The commission unanimously passed a resolution Feb. 11 that calls for idle speeds with no wakes between the George Bush Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue bridges. It was modified at the meeting to include manatee protection.

“We should throw everything into this resolution…

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Obituary: Robert 'Bobby' Campbell

By Sallie James

BOCA RATON — Boca Raton philanthropist and shoe industry legend Robert “Bobby” Campbell, who pioneered the design for kids’ shoes embedded with little lights, died on Feb. 17 after a lengthy illness. The founder, chairman and CEO of BBC International was 82.

Raised in Pittsburgh by a single mother, Mr. Campbell grew…

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Obituary: Gary Gabso

BOCA RATON — With his wife, children and other family by his side, Gary Gabso of Boca Raton died on Feb. 1. He was 70.

Mr. Gabso was born on July 7, 1949, in Burlington, Vermont. After graduating from the University of Vermont, he lived in New York, Austin and Colorado Springs before settling in Boca Raton in 1983.

Mr. Gabso was passionate about his…

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Obituary: Elizabeth Cowles Armour

By Sallie James

DELRAY BEACH — Longtime Delray Beach resident Elizabeth Cowles Armour, a devoted philanthropist whose selfless goodwill touched the lives of thousands, died on Feb. 7 at home, three days shy of her 97th birthday.

She’d spent decades collecting clothing and medical supplies for migrants, raising money for children…

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Obituary: Jeanne Evert Dubin

By Brian Biggane

DELRAY BEACH — Jeanne Evert Dubin of coastal Delray Beach, who enjoyed a stellar tennis career early in life and later became a driving force in the growth of the sport in Delray, died of ovarian cancer Feb. 20. She was 62.

The younger sister of 18-time major singles champion Chris Evert, Dubin was predeceased by…

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Obituary: Julia Okum Snyder

BRINY BREEZES — Julia “Judy” Okum Snyder of Briny Breezes died Feb. 4, at the Montage in Yardville, New Jersey. She was 92.

She was born on March 1, 1927, in Yardley, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Catherine and Morris Okum. As Julia Okum, she graduated from Cathedral High School in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1945 and went to work at Bell Telephone, where…

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