January 2019 Blog Posts (131)

Briny Breezes/County Pocket: County orders engineering review of townhouse project

By Dan Moffett

It could be weeks until Palm Beach County building officials determine the fate of the Gulf Stream Views project between Briny Breezes and the County Pocket.

In November, inspectors shut down work on developer NL Living’s plan to build 14 luxury townhouses after expressing concerns about stormwater runoff.

Briny Breezes Town Manager Dale Sugerman says now the county has taken the…

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Along the Coast: Boca and Boynton chambers of commerce merge

By Mary Hladky

The Boca Raton and Boynton Beach chambers of commerce have merged, with Boca’s chamber taking over economic development efforts in Boynton.

The two chambers announced the merger on Jan. 24, and the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce has retained former Greater Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jonathan Porges during an indefinite transition period.

“We are…

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Boynton Beach: Magnuson house can stay put for now

The historic Magnuson house has been vacant for decades. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

The historic Oscar Magnuson house at 211 E. Ocean Ave. can stay at its current location while Boynton Beach builds its…

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Business Spotlight: Delray Beach entrepreneur lost his heart to chocolate

Some of Tyler Levitetz’s creations border on crazy (above), but traditional chocolate hearts will be available for Valentine’s Day…

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Business Spotlight: Hillsboro Beach estate is most expensive home sale in Broward history

The Playa Vista Isle estate on the Hillsboro Mile sold for $42.5 million at auction, $15 million more than the previous high for a home in Broward County. Photo provided

By Christine Davis

Developer Robert Pereira’s Playa Vista…

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Boca Raton: Emerging warehouse district gives artists a place to prosper

ROC Urban, on Northwest First Avenue off Spanish River, holds monthly Art Walks to lure buyers. Jim Rassol/The Coastal Star

By Mary Hladky

Miami has Wynwood. Fort Lauderdale boasts FAT Village.

While…

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Boca Raton: Beach duplex plan endures setback after heated debate

ABOVE: The beachside (left) and west facades of the proposed duplex. The developer says the glass is a turtle-friendly design. 

By Steve Plunkett

After hearing more than four hours of competing testimony about a…

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Highland Beach: Battle for votes on A1A heats up

Highland Beach is asking voters to OK up to $45 million in work apart from a state project. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

Related story: Local, state…

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Boca Raton: City approves phased Alina project after sides come together

By Mary Hladky

The nearly five-year battle over a downtown luxury condominium is finally over.

The last hurdle was cleared Jan. 14 when Boca Raton City Council members voted 4-1 to approve the construction of 384-unit Alina Residences Boca Raton in two phases — a decision that clears the way for developer El-Ad National Properties to break ground.

Alina Residences, formerly known as Mizner 200, is…

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Boca Raton: More rotted wood delays completion of Gumbo Limbo boardwalk

By Steve Plunkett

The discovery of rotten wood supports for the boardwalk at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center will add 46 days to the work schedule.

The boardwalk and the center’s rebuilt observation tower are now expected to be finished June 2 instead of April 17. Removing and replacing 400 feet of deteriorated stringers and installing stainless steel mounting hardware will add $8,400 to the $1.1 million project.…

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Highland Beach: Friends, relatives help Del Rio post bond, move to house arrest

By Rich Pollack

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

Palm Beach County Circuit…

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Along the Coast: Local, state partnerships to guide A1A in years to come

The state has no plans for major work on A1A in South County beyond Highland Beach, but says bike lanes and improved crosswalks are possible in spots. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Along the Coast: World War II planes bring back memories for navigator

(l-r) World War II veterans John Bury, Frank Bonfiglio, Richard Stransky, Bill Schwartz and Arthur Pion gather at Boca Raton Airport for the Collings Foundation’s annual Wings of Freedom tour. The airport hosted several restored planes, including a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress (background) on which Bury flew as…

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Delray Beach: Ban on plastic straws set to take effect in 2020

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach could become the first Palm Beach County city to ban single-use plastic straws.

City commissioners unanimously approved a plastic straw ban at their mid-January meeting, effective Jan. 1, 2020. The second reading of the ordinance was set for Feb. 5, when it is likely to pass.

The ban will apply to plastic straws given to consumers at 190 restaurants and other businesses…

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Boca Raton: Wildflower-Silver Palm consultant gets more marching orders

By Steve Plunkett

Consultant EDSA Inc. will be given $483,700 to continue designing the combined Wildflower-Silver Palm Park at the Palmetto Park Road bridge over the Intracoastal.

The money will cover schematic design, detailed design documents, site plans, permitting and construction documents. The Fort Lauderdale-based landscape architecture firm will also provide bidding assistance.

The Boca…

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Boca Raton: Boca Bash drowning prompts lawsuit against city, FWC

By Mary Hladky

The failure of city and state officials to regulate or control the “wild and overcrowded” Boca Bash boating party last year caused the drowning of Francis Roselin, according to a lawsuit filed Jan. 25 against the city and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Roselin, 32, of West Palm Beach, was last seen swimming in Lake Boca during the April 29 Boca Bash before he was reported…

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Boca Raton: Neighbors object to size of proposed West Camino Real project

By Mary Hladky

Residents who live near a proposed 350-unit luxury apartment project and retail buildings turned out in force on Jan. 14 to tell city leaders they should not greenlight it.

“This particular project is very dangerous,” said J. Albert Johnson, president of the 2,000-member Camino Gardens Association in Boca Raton. “It is an invitation to a disaster.”

“I hope you on the City Council…

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South Palm Beach: Pedestrian on A1A roadside hit, killed

By Dan Moffett

A 91-year-old Palm Beach woman drove her Lexus off State Road A1A in South Palm Beach and struck two pedestrians, police say, killing Rinaldo Morelli and sending his wife, Lena, to the hospital on Jan. 24.

Police say Janet J. Reynolds, 3170 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, was driving north on A1A minutes before 4 p.m. when she swerved off the east side of the road.

Her car struck…

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Highland Beach: Commissioners name Zelniker mayor, appoint architect to fill vacancy

New Commissioner Barry Donaldson is sworn in by Town Clerk Lanelda Gaskins after his appointment to serve for the next year. Rich Pollack/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

Highland Beach has a new mayor and a new town…

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Along the Coast: Weinroth tells municipalities he won’t interfere

By Steve Plunkett

County Commissioner Robert Weinroth continued making the rounds of his newly expanded constituency in January.

Weinroth, who took his seat from term-limited Steven Abrams in late November, wants to make sure municipal leaders know he is one of them, having spent…

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