The Coastal Star

February 2015 Blog Posts (80)

Palm Beach Film Festival gets permanent venue

By Hap Erstein

ArtsPaper Film Writer

Remember when the Palm Beach International Film Festival was born? Believe it or not, that was 20 years ago, and the eight-day celebration of movies from around the world that begins on March 26 will “dazzle and surprise our audiences like they’ve never seen before,” according to the festival’s president and CEO, Randi Emerman.

Some 130 films — features, shorts and documentaries — will unspool at…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 26, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Calling all nonprofits!

The registration deadline to participate in the Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties is March 30 at 5:00 p.m. This year’s exciting, 24-hour online fundraiser will start on May 5 at 5:00 p.m. and end on May 6 at 5:00 p.m. Hosted by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, United Way of Palm Beach County and United Way of Martin County, the nationwide event is designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in a single…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 25, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Gulf Stream files RICO suit against O'Boyle, O'Hare

Read the RICO case

By Dan Moffett

     The Town of Gulf Stream has rolled out the heavy artillery in its legal war against residents Martin O’Boyle and Christopher O’Hare, filing a class-action RICO lawsuit Feb. 12 in U.S. District Court.

     The 48-page federal complaint alleges that the two men engaged in a…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 13, 2015 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

In memoriam: Adam Sahlin Van Arnem

Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 4, 2015 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Plastics to avoid

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Along the Coast: The problem with plastics

Part I: Florida's environmental disaster hits the beaches

By Willie Howard

Environmental groups are ramping up the fight against plastic pollution in the ocean with…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 4, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Dispute with commissioner results in chief’s departure

Ocean Ridge resident Joelen Merkel hugs Chief Yannuzzi following the Jan. 15 special meeting. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

Hear contested …


Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 4, 2015 at 5:49pm — 2 Comments

Along the Coast: Learning Ally volunteers bring speech to the printed word

Hear a recording of this story 

By Ron Hayes


    How would you describe a map of Africa to a blind person?

    How would you explain a chart of the fluctuating U.S. economy to someone who cannot see that chart?

    How would you talk like a pirate?

The Gladys Davis Pavilion at Florida Atlantic…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 4, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Editor's Note: Issues must be discussed and voted in Florida Sunshine

     "I understand it’s already been decided.”

     I hear these words far more frequently than any taxpayer or reporter covering town hall should.

    Florida law requires elected officials and government employees to operate in a way that is transparent and accountable to their constituents.

    Yet, I frequently overhear pre- and post-meeting discussions on topics scheduled for public meetings. I hear (and hear about) discussions in parking lots, at fundraising events, at…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 4, 2015 at 5:29pm — 1 Comment

Coastal Star: For successful real estate executive, achievement lies in helping kids

Bobby Julien, CEO of the Kolter Group, is a driving force behind fundraising efforts

for the Achievement Centers in Delray Beach.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich…


Added by Chris Felker on February 4, 2015 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Letter to the Editor: Plastics are not all alike

    Your editorial and article on waste plastics in the ocean and on the beaches were very interesting and do not reflect well on our stewardship of the beaches and the oceans.

    Many people would argue that these materials will last “forever,” however long that might be. But before condemning all plastics, remember that there are human hands responsible for each piece of plastic in the ocean.

    Also note there is another side to the picture, and that is the engineered version…


Added by Chris Felker on February 4, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Letter to the Editor: Wrong to link beach talks, segregation

    The December issue of The Coastal Star told a terrible tale about the acrid racial segregation that ruled in Florida throughout the 1950s. A lot of us are old enough to remember how vicious the hold of bigotry was in those years. We certainly do.

    So it is with profound disappointment that we read Terry Brown’s letter asserting that current discussions about the Ocean Ridge beaches are equivalent to the segregationist madness that gripped our country in the 1950s. There…


Added by Chris Felker on February 4, 2015 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Letter to the Editor: Reject iPic theater at Atlantic and Federal

    iPic’s present plan for an eight-screen cinema and a 279-space parking garage with 43,000 feet of office and 8,000 feet of retail is too much building, squeezed into too small a space, near the busy intersection of Federal Highway and Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach.

    Their image shows no drop-off/pickup space for iPic’s pedestrian entrance on Federal. Instead, drivers will be stopping in the travel lane.

    The Florida Department of Transportation has told Safety…


Added by Chris Felker on February 4, 2015 at 4:57pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Two of three seats contested in March 10 election

    Delray Beach has competition for two of three City Commission seats in the March 10  election. Candidates are able to file until Feb. 10.

    Mayor Cary Glickstein will be re-elected to a three-year term without an election unless a challenger files to oppose him before the deadline.

    But incumbent Commissioner Shelly Petrolia will face Ryan Boylston, a marketing consultant who serves on the Downtown Development Authority, for Seat 1.

    The contest to replace…


Added by Chris Felker on February 4, 2015 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Gulf Stream: Town revises sign law amid claims it quashes civil liberties

By Dan Moffett

    Town commissioners gave unanimous final approval to a revised signage law at a Jan. 26 special meeting and — with only Chris O’Hare and Marty O’Boyle, the town’s litigious critics, on hand to offer opinions — immediately faced authoritarian comparisons.

    O’Hare likened the law to suppression of free speech worthy of the world’s worst totalitarian states. “In North Korea, anyone speaking ill of Kim Jong Un will be arrested and never heard…


Added by Chris Felker on February 4, 2015 at 4:47pm — 2 Comments

South Palm Beach: WWII plane wing noses its way around nation for autographs

On Jan. 31, Alfred Benjamin of South Palm Beach became the 109th veteran

to sign the 384th Bomb Group Association’s commemorative wing panel. The panel

eventually will be housed at the Hill Aerospace Museum at Hill Air Force Base in Utah.…


Added by Chris Felker on February 4, 2015 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Lantana: As deadline nears, Stewart faces no opposition

    Looks like Lantana Mayor David Stewart will have no opposition as he runs for a sixth term March 10.

    The town’s qualifying period ends on Feb. 10 and as of press time, no one else had qualified.

     “I want to continue doing the good work we’re doing, with reasonable and controlled growth and fiscal responsibility,” the Hypoluxo Island resident said.

     Stewart, 61, a Lake Worth High School graduate and Lantana resident since 1977, has worked in the air conditioning…


Added by Chris Felker on February 4, 2015 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Commissioners vote to limit building heights downtown

By Tim Pallesen

    City commissioners want to limit the height of new Atlantic Avenue buildings to three floors in new downtown development rules set for final approval on Feb. 24.

    Other new buildings in the central business district would be limited to four floors.

    Housing density would be restricted to a maximum of 30 units per acre, with a shift away from studio and one-bedroom units.

    Other major changes in the first update of the…


Added by Chris Felker on February 4, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Manalapan: Town Hall ADA fixes nearly finished in time for March election

By Dan Moffett

    Town Manager Linda Stumpf says construction work to make the Manalapan Town Hall compliant with federal accessibility standards will be completed in time to accommodate voters in the March 10 election.

    Stumpf said only a few details — handrails on an entrance ramp and some parking lot signs — need to be done to bring the building in line with Americans with Disabilities Act standards and satisfy Palm Beach County elections officials,…


Added by Chris Felker on February 4, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: CRA sets top salary, schedules goal-setting session


By Jane Smith

    The new head of Delray Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency will receive a slightly more than 18 percent salary increase over his previous salary as the agency’s assistant director.

    The CRA board approved that salary of $132,893 for Jeff Costello at its Jan. 8 meeting by a 4-2 vote. Board Chairman Herman Stevens and board member Cathy Balestriere voted no. Board member Angela…


Added by Chris Felker on February 4, 2015 at 4:19pm — No Comments

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