January 2020 Blog Posts (73)

Delray Beach: Timeshare owners fight sale of complex

Four owners are fighting the sale of the Delray South Shore Club, a timeshare that closed in January. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Steve Plunkett

The cozy 15-unit timeshare closed its doors the Saturday after New Year’s, employees were terminated, and security guards…

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Along the Coast: Fewer residents carrying flood insurance even as threats grow

By Charles Elmore



For all the headlines about rising seas, king tides and other climate threats, homeowners in most cities and towns across southeastern Palm Beach County stand less prepared than they were eight years earlier when it comes to flood coverage from the National Flood Insurance Program, records from the program show.

Fewer folks have NFIP policies in nine municipalities in the region, compared to three cities with more.

In Delray Beach,…

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Delray Beach: A wake-up call in Delray

Waves from boats’ wakes wash over a sea wall and stir up the Intracoastal Waterway in Delray Beach. The city said it would ask the state to consider rising sea levels in setting lower speeds. Some residents have built higher walls but are still concerned about potential property damage and want a no-wake zone. Photos by…

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Coastal Stars: Cowboy Ball’s honorary chairs bring bits of Boca, Texas to fundraiser

Paige Kornblue Hunter and her husband, Andrew Hunter, will chair the Rhinestone Cowboy Ball, a Feb. 29 event for the George Snow Scholarship Fund. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Margie Plunkett

She brings a lot of Boca Raton.

He brings a lot of Texas.

Together…

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Editor's Note: Publix partnership to help us reduce plastic use

I’m happy to report that we’re making progress with reducing the use of plastics in the distribution of The Coastal Star.

Beginning next month, we are partnering with Publix Super Markets to improve the delivery of newspapers in the northern third of our circulation area.

If you live in a single-family home in Manalapan or on Hypoluxo Island, you’ll begin receiving your paper in the mail in March. Same goes for…

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Gulf Stream: Quick fixes on the table for flood-prone roads

By Steve Plunkett

Town officials are considering some quick short-term fixes to prevent ruts from forming along and water from ponding on roadways in the core area.

Gulf Stream is in its second year of a 10-year capital improvement plan to replace water mains and rebuild streets. This year’s work focuses on the water main along the northern section of State Road A1A.

But Town Manager Greg Dunham alerted town commissioners at their Jan. 10 meeting that Gulf…

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Ocean Ridge: Town aims to trim use of artificial grass

The ordinance, which is up for a final vote Feb. 3, would limit artificial turf to back and side yards and ban it in front yards such as here on A1A. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

The long-running sports dispute over whether natural grass or artificial turf is…

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Letter to the Editor: Ocean Ridge overreaching in limiting artificial turf

As a resident of Ocean Ridge for the past five years, I have attended five Town Commission meetings, four regarding my building a home and the fifth to defend what I have built.

And while my purpose for attending the Jan. 6 meeting was to provide my perspective on the environmental benefits of artificial turf near the ocean, what I experienced was more abhorrent than the uninformed review of my building project. Perhaps the parallel of the town overreach of “permitting” my project…

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Letter to the Editor: Discuss turf before vote

At 6 p.m. on Feb. 3, the Ocean Ridge Town Commission will vote on final adoption of an ordinance severely limiting waterless lawns, an ordinance that will significantly impact the private property rights of every Ocean Ridge landowner. Please come and participate in the discussion: It affects you. 
If Ocean Ridge property owners want to preserve their property rights, Feb. 3 will be the time to come and speak!
— Peter Hoe Burling,
Ocean Ridge

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Letter to the Editor: 2019 a great year for Lantana

Lantana has had many projects and enhancements completed in 2019. Several water mains have been replaced throughout the town to increase water flow and pressure in many neighborhoods. Numerous streets have been repaved.

On our great beach, the bathrooms have been renovated and a deck has been added to the oceanfront pavilion.

Lantana’s town events were a great success, including Movie Nights at the Beach, an Easter Egg Hunt, Fourth of July Celebration, Haunted Nature Preserve and…

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Manalapan: Smoke alert

A1A in Manalapan was closed from the Boynton Inlet to Plaza del Mar for more than a hour on Jan. 2 as the Palm Beach County Fire Department responded with 12 units, 24 firefighters and command staff to a report of smoke at a home in the 1100 block of South Ocean Boulevard. The source of the smoke was an unknown electrical…

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Manalapan: Colleagues grant Commissioner Siemon code variance for 85-foot-long dock

By Dan Moffett

Manalapan resident Hank Siemon came to the Town Commission and asked for an exception to building codes so that he can put an unusually long dock behind the home he intends to build on the vacant Intracoastal lot he owns.

Because Siemon is also a sitting town commissioner, and because some of his neighbors objected, the request came with its share of complications before the commission approved it.

Siemon recused himself and left the dais…

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Ocean Ridge: Appellate judges set date to hear Lucibella case

By Steve Plunkett

Attorneys for Richard Lucibella and the state of Florida will square off for oral arguments before the 4th District Court of Appeal on Feb. 25.

Lucibella, now 66, is appealing his conviction of misdemeanor battery on Ocean Ridge police Officer Richard Ermeri during an October 2016 altercation in his oceanfront backyard. Ermeri and other town police went to the then-vice mayor’s house after residents reported hearing gunfire in the…

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Along the Coast: Three beach renourishment projects gear up before turtle season’s peak

By Jane Smith



Sand lost to 2017’s Hurricane Irma on the beaches of Ocean Ridge/Boynton Beach, south Delray Beach and north Boca Raton will be restored starting about Feb. 5.

The projects will be paid for using federal tax dollars authorized by Congress in June under the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies Act. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will oversee the work.

The approximate cost for restoring the Ocean Ridge/Boynton Beach and Delray Beach sand…

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Boynton Beach: Incentives extended for Ocean One project

By Jane Smith



Ocean One, a development that Boynton Beach approved nearly three years ago, has received a one-year extension of taxpayer incentives from a reluctant Community Redevelopment Agency board.

Without the extension, the approximately $4.1 million of taxpayer money would…

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Lantana: Town won’t appeal court’s decision to keep Shropshire on the ballot

Councilman Edward Shropshire awaits a decision from the Lantana Town Council on Jan. 22 on whether it would appeal a judge’s ruling that kept him on the ballot. Beside him is a Lantana resident, Catherine Phillips Padilla. Tim Stepien /The Coastal Star

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Along the Coast: Efforts to regulate plastics galvanize fight for home rule against state

By Mary Hladky

Frustrated municipal officials are pressing state legislators to give them the power to regulate the use of plastic bags and Styrofoam containers.

They want to take action to protect the environment, but a 2008 state law prevents them from enacting local laws that would discourage or stop residents from using products that do not fully biodegrade and kill sea animals that ingest them.

The effort was launched in October by the Town of Palm Beach,…

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Highland Beach: Nativity kidnapping tarnishes New Year’s



Baby Jesus lay in his manger at St. Lucy Catholic Church before he was stolen Jan. 1 and taken to Broward County. He was returned several days later. Photo provided

By Rich Pollack

It was a whodunit with biblical…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 29, 2020 at 1:10pm — 1 Comment

Briny Breezes: Town welcomes new manager, clerk

By Dan Moffett

A month into the new year and a new decade, Briny Breezes has a new administrative staff in place at Town Hall.

Council members approved resolutions appointing William Thrasher as town manager and Sandi DuBose as deputy clerk during the Jan. 23 town meeting.

Thrasher is no stranger to Brinyites, having worked for 21 years as manager of neighboring Gulf Stream. He retired three years ago, but was lured back by Briny’s part-time position that…

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Lantana: Dune Deck secures more employee parking

Dune Deck Café owner John Caruso persuaded the Lantana Town Council to give him five additional decal-parking spaces for his employees. Appearing at the town’s Jan. 27 meeting, Caruso said the outdoor café at Lantana beach currently has 15 parking spaces for employees, but that’s not enough.

“My employees are getting $50 tickets and they can’t afford that,” he said, adding that code enforcement was stricter than ever. Often, others are taking the spots allotted…

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