January 2020 Blog Posts (73)

Meet Your Neighbor: Janie Swanko Souaid

Janie Swanko Souaid is surrounded by Atlantic High seniors during a college football signing day event at the Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa in December. Souaid started a program that provided them with blazers for the occasion. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Ocean Ridge: Final deal with condo in works over lagoon, but developer, town still at odds

By Dan Moffett

After nearly six years of legal conflict over the fate of an Ocean Ridge lagoon, residents of the Wellington Arms Condominium and developer William Swaim might be close to ending hostilities.

Both sides agreed to a settlement last year during court-ordered mediation, and their lawyers are trying to work out the complicated details of an easement agreement that would allow the residents to use their docks and access the waterway behind their…

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Lantana: Kmart plaza rezoning lays groundwork for apartment complex

By Mary Thurwachter

Measures paving the way for an apartment complex at the Kmart Shopping Center narrowly won approval at the Jan. 13 Town Council meeting.

Another close vote came last September, when the owners of the 18.6-acre site at the northwest corner of Hypoluxo Road and South Dixie Highway received initial approval to change the town’s future land use map from commercial to mixed-use development. That day, the ordinance passed after its first reading by…

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Delray Beach: New lighting in place

The second phase of the beach master plan was finished in early January, including this amber-colored lighting along the promenade sidewalk. The lights, which are shielded from the beach side to protect sea turtles, are on timers and most go off at 10 p.m. But the lights near the Atlantic Avenue pavilion are on until 2 a.m.…

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Lantana: Read for the Record

Mayor David Stewart presented a basket of children’s books to library director Kristine Kreidler in January after the town won first place in the Read for the Record event on Oct. 27 for municipalities under 20,000. Lantana has been part of the event for 12 years and been best in the county 10 times. Stewart…

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Delray Beach: City expands service area for free rides to downtown

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach residents who live in the Lake Ida district or north and south of Atlantic Avenue along the beach will be able to enjoy free rides to the downtown by March.

The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency approved the expanded service area by a unanimous vote on Jan. 28. Board member Adam Frankel was absent.

“I’m absolutely in support of this change,” said Mayor Shelly…

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Boynton Beach: Elevator delivery delay a downer for Town Square fire station

By Jane Smith



Boynton Beach Fire Station 1 won’t be finished until March 31, city commissioners heard at their Jan. 21 meeting.

The reason for the setback of about five weeks is delayed delivery of an elevator and impact windows.

Only three companies nationally build elevators, said Colin Groff, assistant city manager in charge of Town Square. Every project that is more than one story needs an elevator, and with the national building boom there is a…

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Obituary: Armand Burton Mouw

By Sallie James



DELRAY BEACH — Longtime Delray Beach resident and construction executive Armand Burton Mouw, a former city commissioner and community activist known for his upstanding character, died Jan. 11 not long after a cancer diagnosis. He was 92.

The Delray Beach pioneer founded the premier home-building construction…

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Obituary: Paul ‘Pete’ Dye Jr.

By Brian Biggane

GULF STREAM — Pete Dye, a longtime Gulf Stream resident who along with his wife, Alice, designed some of the world’s most iconic golf courses, died Jan. 9 in the Dominican Republic, where he had a home. He was 94.

Mr. Dye and Alice, who died last February at age 91, split time for many years between their modest…

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South Palm Beach: Vehicle sticker ID plan ridiculed and rejected

By Dan Moffett

A proposal to begin a “sticker identification” program for vehicles in South Palm Beach got a stormy reception during the Town Council’s meeting on Jan. 14.

Councilman Mark Weissman said he brought the idea forward as a way to get more residents involved in the town’s activities, not to invade their privacy.

“It is a voluntary sticker program,” he said, “and a way to show hometown pride by putting a sticker on your car.”

Weissman hoped…

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Business Spotlight: Iconic Boca Raton shop is about meating — and meeting

The Meating Place owner Del Valeriay with some of his team (l-r): Brett Fournier, manager Jack Baitz, Erick Andersen and Joey Baitz, Jack’s son. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes

Sometimes there were moments when he wondered how much longer he’d keep the…

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Business Spotlight: Major revamp proposed for Boynton Beach Mall

By Christine Davis

The Boynton Beach Mall may halve its retail space and add apartments, hotels and offices. Under a proposal filed for the 108.3-acre site by landowners, the redeveloped mall would include 1,420 multifamily units, 400 hotel rooms, 629,000 square feet of retail, 65,000 square feet of general offices, 65,000 square feet of medical offices, a 20,000-square-foot fitness center and 10,000 square feet of fast-food restaurants.

The…

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Highland Beach: Condo leaders push to trim parking as a way to compromise on Milani Park

Parking for the county’s proposed Milani Park would be in the grassy area west of A1A (upper left). Photo provided

By Rich Pollack

For more than 30 years, Highland Beach and residents of the Boca Highland Beach Club and…

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Boca Raton: Singer, Korn to face off again in mayor’s race

By Steve Plunkett

Along with naming their preference for U.S. president next month, city voters will choose either incumbent Mayor Scott Singer or one of the men he defeated by a more than 20-to-1 margin just 17 months ago.

Qualifying for the March 17 ballot ended Jan. 10. Andrea O’Rourke and Andy Thomson will keep their seats on the Boca Raton City Council after no one filed to challenge them.…

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Boca Raton: Safety issues spur move to replace ‘free flow’ lane to Mizner Blvd.

The heavily traveled  ‘free flow’ lane at the southeast corner of Federal Highway and Southeast Mizner Boulevard will be replaced this summer with a squared-off right-turn lane. Pedestrian crosswalks at the intersection will be improved. Photo provided/Google…

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Boca Raton: Out with the new park names, in with the old

By Steve Plunkett

The names are in — 294 suggestions for what to call Boca Raton’s soon-to-be integrated Wildflower property and Silver Palm Park on the Intracoastal Waterway.

And the winner is: Wildflower Park and Silver Palm Park.

“I had a feeling that’s the way it would end up,” council member Andrea O’Rourke said. “I think the public has spoken.”

Mayor Scott Singer reviewed…

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Boca Raton: State touts Glades interchange redesign in I-95 project

The new interchange will eliminate left-hand turns in front of oncoming traffic, the key safety feature. Drivers on Glades Road will switch sides of the road as they cross I-95 and then switch back. Traffic signals will control the crossovers. Rendering provided…

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Boca Raton: Parking logjams during Trump visits strain airport past capacity



Dozens of private jets are parked at the north end of Boca Raton Airport on Jan. 18 during President Donald Trump’s visit. With Trump likely to visit for Super Bowl and Presidents Day weekends, the airport expects more overflow this month. Jerry Lower/The Coastal…

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Boca Raton: Park District votes to take back control of golf course project

By Mary Hladky

Seven weeks after Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District commissioners reluctantly gave in to City Council pressure to allow the city to build the Boca National golf course, they have decided to take back control.

Commissioners remained firm on this decision during a Jan. 27 joint meeting between the two bodies, saying they could build the course and pay for it without city help or a tax rate…

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Boca Raton: Speakers mostly support marijuana dispensaries

By Mary Hladky

After more than two years of debate, the City Council is poised to decide whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to open in Boca Raton.

A majority of those speaking on Jan. 28 at the first public hearing on a proposed ordinance, including two representatives of medical marijuana dispensary companies, urged the council to allow them.

Eric Sevell noted that 76 percent of Boca…

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