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January 2019 Blog Posts (67)

Boca Raton: Judge agrees to October trial date for Haynie

By Mary Hladky

Suspended Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie likely will go to trial in October on seven public corruption charges.

At a brief Jan. 15 court hearing, Circuit Court Judge Glenn Kelley agreed to an October trial and said an exact date could be set at the next hearing on her case on April 15.

“We are progressing fairly well in the case,” Assistant State Attorney Brian Fernandes said.

Speaking after the…

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Highland Beach: Murdered widow's financial adviser released on bond, on house arrest

By Rich Pollack

David Del Rio, the west coast Florida financial advisor charged with siphoning close to $3 million from the life savings of a murdered Highland Beach widow has been released on bail after being locked up since mid-September. 

Judge Glenn Kelley had originally set bond of $463,000 in November for Del Rio but a hold was put on his release, until defense attorneys could prove that money used to post bond wasn’t obtained through unauthorized…

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Gulf Stream: O’Boyle, town settle final 9 lawsuits

Mayor: $15,000 payment saves untold legal fees

By Steve Plunkett

Gulf Stream and Martin O’Boyle have resolved the nine remaining lawsuits between them, with the town admitting that it violated the state’s Public Records Act in four cases and paying its litigious resident $15,000 to drop five others.

Both sides will go to mediation in hopes of deciding how much Gulf Stream will pay…

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Delray Beach: A single visit led to birth of boulevard; group paid $25,000 to honor 41st president

Kristin Finn and daughter Ava give away cookies frosted with ‘41’ to honor the 41st President George H.W. Bush after he died. They live on George Bush Boulevard, the former Northeast Eighth Street renamed in 1989. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes…

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For the love of trees: Planned removal of kapok stirs emotions in Boynton

This kapok tree in Boynton Beach is slated to be removed. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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Lantana: Islanders lobby for canopy preservation

The landowner plans to build a home where his contractor knocked down trees, including a beloved old live oak, on heavily wooded parcels. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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Coastal Star: Ocean Ridge woman pours heart and soul into Caridad

Nancy Zarcadoolas and her husband, Paul, will receive the Connie Berry Award this month, recognizing their support of the Caridad Center. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

Nancy Zarcadoolas was driving along State Road A1A a short distance from her Ocean…

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Editor’s Note: A fresh calendar inspires with its potential

Sure, I use a digital calendar to track meetings and schedules and deadlines.

Call me old-fashioned, but I also hang a paper calendar on the wall in my kitchen. It has pretty photographs, and I can write notes in the empty squares, clip appointment cards to the edges and see at a glance when the moon will be full each month. I’d be lost without it.

With the start of the new year, I’ll take down the months of 2018 and put them aside. In the past I’ve kept these old calendars so I…

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Added by The Coastal Star on January 2, 2019 at 1:56pm — 2 Comments

Corrections

The Meet Your Neighbor profile in the December edition gave the incorrect age for Bob Ganger. He is 82 years old.

An incorrect monthly rental fee being asked for the former Little House restaurant space in Boynton Beach was published in the December edition. The correct rental fee is $7,500 per month.

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Boca Raton: City considers two plans for campus; complex would replace aging city hall, police building

By Mary Hladky

More than two years after Boca Raton City Council members started mulling a new downtown government campus that would replace the old and outdated City Hall, Police Department and community center, a consultant has created two renderings of what that campus could look like.

They are based on what residents,…

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Ocean Ridge: Town commissioners appoint Sloat to fill vacant seat until election

Robert Sloat, a 20-year resident of Ocean Ridge, reacts after his appointment to the commission. He said he would not run in the March 12 election. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

Seven candidates came forward…

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Delray Beach: Drainage work pushes water project against mid-month deadline

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach residents who live in the southern section of the barrier island will have to wait until at least mid-January for an extensive water project to be finished.

“The water mains are installed and reclaimed water lines are finishing up,” the Public Works staff responded via email through Jeff Goldman, acting assistant city manager. “Road work is well in progress.”

The $4…

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Manalapan: Town OKs pension plan in boost for police

Manalapan has begun staffing the redesigned guard gate to the Point section of town with a private security firm after moving police dispatch to Town Hall. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

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Delray Beach: City makes early moves toward fire assessment

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach property owners may have to pay a fire assessment fee in the next budget year under a proposal the City Commission approved by a 3-2 vote on Dec. 11.

The assessment amount depends on the type of property.

Single-family home and condo owners would have to pay $80.88 in the first year. Commercial, industrial and warehouse owners would be assessed a fee per square foot,…

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Highland Beach: Town rushes to get A1A work on ballot, seeks voters’ input

Highland Beach residents meet at a workshop to see proposed improvements along State Road A1A and to provide input. The ambitious plan would cost the town as much as $45 million. Voters must approve the expenditure. Photo provided

By Rich Pollack

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Added by The Coastal Star on January 2, 2019 at 1:23pm — 4 Comments

Gulf Stream: To save iconic tree canopy, water main might be moved

By Steve Plunkett

The town may reroute its main water line from alongside State Road A1A to Gulfstream Road or Polo Drive to make sure its treasured Australian pines do not run afoul of state restrictions.

The pipe will be enlarged to 12 inches in diameter from 6 inches to improve water flow to fire hydrants.

Under a plan town commis-sioners discussed Dec. 14, the main would jog west, perhaps at…

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Boynton Beach/Ocean Ridge: Dogs’ morning at the beach gets good reviews

For one Saturday morning, dogs were allowed to play off leash on the beach at Oceanfront Park. ABOVE: Buddy, 4 months, runs from the incoming tide. BELOW: 3-year-old Duke (front) and Moose, 2, greet each other before running off. Photos by Rachel O’Hara/The Coastal Star…

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Boca Raton: Vote delayed for city approval of two-phase development of Alina

By Mary Hladky

After the developer of the luxury Alina Residences Boca Raton condo and nearby residents reached a compromise in November, it appeared as if the developer’s request to build the project in two phases was on a glide path to approval.

But another snag developed on Dec. 10, when Boca Raton City Council members, sitting as Community Redevelopment Agency commissioners, were set to vote on developer El-Ad National Properties’ phasing plan.

CRA chair…

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Boca Raton: Baptist Health, Boca Regional fulfill key first step in merger talk

By Sallie James

The beloved community hospital once known as “The Miracle on Meadows Road” is another step closer to a merger with Baptist Health South Florida.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Baptist Health South Florida agreed in December on a letter of intent regarding a strategic partnership between the two health care organizations.

“This is an important first step. There is lot to be done yet,” said Thomas Chakurda, vice president of marketing for…

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Memorial Fountain taking shape: Briny Breezes — Dec. 17

ABOVE: Briny Breezes residents watch as contractors lay a perimeter of decorative memorial bricks around the renovated fountain at the main entrance to the community. 

The fountain features a bronze leaping sailfish statue by artist John W.…

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