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January 2014 Blog Posts (137)

This count’s for the birds: Audubon Society performs its annual tally of area’s feathered friends

Rich Schofield, Kristen Murtaugh and Beth Ensor take part in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count on the beach in Ocean Ridge. Their tools include binoculars, a spotting scope on a tripod, bird guides and digital camera. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Georganne Goldblum

Delray Beach resident Georganne Goldblum is a coach

who helps executives grow their businesses.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

    Georganne Goldblum of coastal Delray…

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Delray Beach: Seven vying for two commission seats

    Seven candidates have filed to run for two commission seats on the March 11 city election ballot in Delray Beach.

    Incumbent Al Jacquet faces challenges from Rick Burgess and Chris Davey for Seat 2 on the commission.

    Incumbent Angeleta Gray has opposition for Seat 4 from Pamela Brinson, Jordana Jarjura and Victor Kirson.

    Candidates must each collect 250 signatures and pay fees by noon on Feb. 11 to officially qualify for the election.

    A…

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Delray Beach: To pay or not to pay, that is the parking question

By Tim Pallesen

    Delray Beach city commissioners and downtown merchants both appear to be split over whether the city should charge for downtown parking at night.

    The city’s Parking Management Advisory Board wants parking meters that charge $2 an hour starting at 5 p.m. on the streets closest to the city’s Atlantic Avenue shopping and entertainment district.

    The same parking fee would be charged at city parking garages. Rates would be $1.50…

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Along the Shore: Rescued olive ridley sea turtle improving with care

Meghan the olive ridley turtle has shown continued improvement at Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

Photo provided

By Cheryl Blackerby 

    The olive ridley sea turtle that washed up Christmas Day on Lantana Beach in critical condition is…

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Ocean Ridge: Water at beach dredge project tested for silt

Freshly pumped sand appears dark when first spread on the original beach,

but is expected to lighten over time.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal…

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South Palm Beach: Town forges police partnership with Lantana

By Dan Moffett

    The close relationship between South Palm Beach and Lantana has gotten a little closer with the approval of a new working relationship between the two towns’ police departments.

    South Palm Beach Town Council members unanimously approved an interlocal agreement on Jan. 28 that allows the town to hire Lantana police officers to step in and provide support during manpower shortages.

    With only eight uniformed officers, South…

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Lantana: Vote deadline extended on natural gas line

By Mary Thurwachter

    While support to bring a natural gas line to Hypoluxo Island has gained momentum, the men spearheading the effort are concerned that getting the required 60 percent of the voters to agree may fall short by a few votes.

    Rod Tennyson and Robert Barfknecht said they have taken the campaign door-to-door to educate voters and have turned “no” votes into “yes” votes.

    The deadline to collect votes was the end of January, but…

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Lantana: Residents prompt new traffic study

By Mary Thurwachter

    Another traffic study is due for South Lake Drive, south of Ocean Avenue and around the corner from the Old Key Lime House.

    The Lantana Town Council authorized the count at its Jan. 27 meeting in response to complaints from nearby residents about high traffic and sometime excessive speeds.

    The town previously authorized traffic counts from March 27 to April 3 last year, but residents said that wasn’t the best gauge of…

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Briny Breezes: New mayor in, one council member out

By Dan Moffett

    In 1996, Mike Hill lost a hotly contested election for the Highland Beach vice-mayor seat by a mere 12 votes out of nearly 1,200 cast.

    On Jan. 23, becoming the new mayor of Briny Breezes was a lot easier.

    Hill was the only qualified candidate to seek the office, and the Town Council…

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Boynton Beach: Builder proposes new Ocean Avenue residential project

SOURCE: Town of Boynton Beach & Morgan Boynton Beach LLC

Map by Bonnie Lallky Seibert/The Coastal Star

By Steve Plunkett

    Less than a month after one downtown Boynton Beach development project…

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Boynton Inlet: Body of missing 15-year-old swimmer found at inlet

    Ocean Ridge public safety officers assisted the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies in a search last month for a 15-year-old boy who was later found to have drowned north of the Boynton Inlet.

    The body of Sebastian Francois was found on Jan. 14, in the pilings and rocks at the inlet, two days after he disappeared while swimming about 15 yards north of the inlet’s sand transfer station.

    According to reports, Francois was wading in chest-high water…

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Highland Beach: Revamped hotel’s name adds ‘Delray’ to add cachet

By Rich Pollack

    The landmark Holiday Inn Highland Beach is getting a facelift and a new name that will link the hotel to neighboring Delray Beach. 

    Town officials said they have been told the hotel, the only commercial property in the coastal town, will be renamed the Delray Sands Resort on Highland Beach as early as this month.

    The change comes amid a multimillion-dollar renovation of the facility, built in 1971 and purchased in 1980 by…

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Boca Raton: Term limits end Susan Whelchel's run as mayor

Mayor Susan Whelchel 

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Steve Plunkett

    If you want to schedule time with Mayor Susan Whelchel, call quick. 

    This month she will…

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Business Spotlight: Garlic Fest sniffs out its next installment; dental group gets new digs

Spodak Dental Group celebrated the grand opening of new facility.

From left: Sage Spodak, Arlene Spodak, Dr. Craig Spodak, Gavin Spodak,

Dr. Myles Spodak, Zaicha Martell-Spodak and Chamber President Karen…

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Boca Raton: Fate of early bungalow rests with developer

Some want to save The Luff House, one of Boca Raton’s earlier bungalow-style homes.

File photo  

By Jane Smith

    Talk about the Luff House and the battle to save the old bungalow resurfaced recently.

    Boca Raton…

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Delray Beach: Ukulele’s got a new buzz and folks are swarming to it

Roz and Bob Papell share a moment during the Delray Beach Public Library ‘Ukulele Get-Together.’

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star  

By Paula Detwiller

    “Don’t do anything the hard way,” instructs Tavit Smith, demonstrating the easy,…

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Highland Beach: Three compete for two commission seats

    In Highland Beach, three residents have expressed interest in running for two open seats. 

    Incumbent Mayor Bernard Featherman has taken out papers necessary to qualify for re-election as has incumbent Town Commissioner Dennis Sheridan. 

    Also taking out papers needed to get on the ballot is Rhoda Zelniker, who serves on the board of directors for the Regency Highland Condo Association and also is a member of the town’s Beaches & Shores Advisory Board. 

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Boca Raton: Comfort-food favorite Fran's returns

Jacob Stuart, 20, tosses a bowl of fries at Fran’s.

The ‘Frantastic 4-piece’ meal for $10.25 at…

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Boca Raton: I-95 improvements to be undertaken include new exit near FAU

By Steve Plunkett

    Motorists heading south to a Florida Atlantic University football game or other campus event in 2017 will exit Interstate 95 on a ramp that crosses Yamato Road and the interstate itself before depositing them on FAU Boulevard.

    And drivers leaving FAU for points south will use an equally intricate ramp that takes them north almost to Yamato before U-turning back to merge with I-95.…

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