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February 2019 Blog Posts (78)

South Palm Beach: Beach project appears dead after county backs out

Traditional beach renourishment techniques do not work well with the rocky hard bottom partially visible in this 2017 image of South Palm Beach. The neighboring towns of Lantana and Manalapan to the south are concerned that groins would prevent sand from making its natural migration to their beaches. The Coastal…

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Ocean Ridge: Current and former mayors, neighbors urged judicial leniency for Lucibella

By Steve Plunkett



Letters of support from Ocean Ridge mayors, neighbors and business acquaintances seeking leniency for Richard Lucibella also exposed a lack of support for the police officers who went to his home and for the subsequent media coverage.

The onetime vice mayor, 65, will spend no time behind bars or under probation for a 2016 backyard altercation with Ocean Ridge police. Instead he paid $675 in court costs.

“Simply put, Rich is a wonderful,…

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Ocean Ridge: $675 payment ends Lucibella felony saga

Former Police Lt. Steven Wohlfiel (l-r), Richard Lucibella and his girlfriend, Barbara Ceuleers, and his attorneys, Heidi Perlet and Marc Shiner, leave the courthouse after Lucibella’s sentencing hearing. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Along the Coast: You’re as young as you dance, Follies members say

The New Florida Follies performs last month at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, which will be the site of two more shows, on March 24 and 31. Some women in the troupe dance into their 80s and beyond. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes

Just think of all…

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Coastal Star: Co-chairwoman is a great sport at making literacy luncheon a success

Debra Ghostine of Hypoluxo Island takes on volunteer opportunities like athletic events. She pitched softball in her youth and plays tennis and golf. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Stephen Moore

Volunteering and athletics are big parts of Debra Ghostine’s life. In…

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Editor’s Note: Are we willing to pay now to save paradise for future?

$378 million to keep a city above water. $45 million for renovations along A1A. $25 million to keep sand on the beach. These are a few of the dramatic numbers we’ve seen discussed in our coastal area recently.

The cost of updating our aging infrastructure is not going to be cheap. Retaining paradise is about to get expensive.

Thankfully, taxpayers in Palm Beach County voted in 2017 for an extra 1-cent sales tax. A portion of that revenue will be returned to municipalities over a…

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Lantana: Veterinarian had passion for life and work, friends recall

By Arden Moore, Mary Thurwachter and Rich Pollack

Neighbors, family members, longtime clients and anyone else who knew veterinarian Ken Simmons rarely were at a loss for words to describe him. He stood 6-foot-8, but his attitude and actions stood out even more.

They talked about his unyielding compassion for…

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Ocean Ridge/Boynton Beach: Woolbright bridge span to reopen to all boats after defective bolts are replaced

By Jane Smith

The Woolbright Road Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway should be open to all marine traffic sometime before March 4, according to Barry Meve, Palm Beach County bridge superintendent.

The bridge spans were locked down on Feb. 18 after defects were found in some bolts. The eastern half of the double-span bridge reopened Feb. 21, Meve said. That allows 90 percent of the marine traffic to get through, he said.

“The Woolbright Bridge has a…

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Local Voices: Staying true to Delray’s vibe

By Shelly Petrolia

“Florida’s New Sweet Spot” is how the Wall Street Journal described Delray Beach in a headline. The article went on to describe three perfect days in our city, noting it had been transformed and “now has a distinctly different vibe.”

That vibe can be observed in the mix of creative people in Pineapple…

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Letter to the Editor: Ocean Ridge transition needs wise leaders

As a longtime Fortune 500 senior executive and business owner, I knew the right location was critical when we moved here from New Jersey as full-time residents. My husband, Roy, and I selected Ocean Ridge after looking carefully at several small coastal towns, finding the town well-run and the engagement of the citizenry and sense of community very apparent.

That level of management takes work, and I have recently learned that the town manager, Jamie Titcomb, who is responsible for many…

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Letter to the Editor: Exercise your voting rights fully

In a few days it will once again be election day here in Ocean Ridge. As I hope we all recognize, there are three candidates running for two seats on the Town Commission. Qualified voters will have two votes to cast, two chances to shape the future for our town.

During the last town campaign, some people in Ocean Ridge advocated for “bullet voting,” the tactic of casting a ballot for only one person even when two positions are open. The purpose of “bullet voting” is to give one’s…

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Delray Beach: $378 million price to fix flood-prone areas stuns commission

By Jane Smith

When local TV stations look for scenes of tidal flooding, Delray Beach is the poster child, city commissioners heard on Feb. 12.

That set the stage for a stormwater consultant’s report stating the city will need to spend $378.2 million to keep homes, offices and restaurants safe from flooding caused by higher tides, storm surge, heavy rains and sea-level rise.

That multimillion-dollar price tag astonished the commissioners. “How are we going…

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Along the Coast: Green turtles’ pattern accounts for sharp drop in nesting numbers

A hatchling green turtle makes its way into the surf. Green turtles typically nest every other year. Photo provided

By Rich Pollack

At first glance, the dramatic drop in the number of sea turtle nests along the Palm Beach County coastline during the 2018 nesting…

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Gulf Stream: New construction may face time limits

By Steve Plunkett



Town officials are poised to create time limits between 16 and 30 months on future new construction in Gulf Stream.

The new rules, which town commissioners will consider on final reading in March, come after unhappiness at the slow progress at 3140 Polo Drive, an 8,560-square-foot house that passed the three-year mark of building activity in February.

The pending ordinance notes that “lingering construction projects have a negative…

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Manalapan: Town studies purchase of bank site to house Police Department

Richard Granara takes the oath of office after his appointment to the Manalapan Town Commission. He will serve the year remaining on the term of Monica Oberting, who moved away from town. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett



Manalapan commissioners are…

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Along the Coast: Cities act to improve websites after ADA challenge

By Steve Plunkett



A federal lawsuit filed against Boca Raton has coastal communities scurrying to update their websites before they too wind up in court.

Juan Carlos Gil, a legally blind resident of Miami who has sued roughly 200 governments, stores and restaurants over access to information on the internet, added Boca Raton to his list of defendants Jan. 7.

Gil went to myboca.us in September to educate himself “on the quality of life and governmental…

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Delray Beach: Veteran Delray officer named to succeed chief

By Jane Smith



When Javaro Sims becomes Delray Beach police chief in May, he will be the city’s first black police chief.

City Manager Mark Lauzier announced his decision at the Feb. 12 City Commission workshop where fellow officers packed the first three rows of the chambers.

“After an in-depth process in which Sims and…

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Ocean Ridge: Commissioners approve crosswalk study

By Dan Moffett

Several dozen condo residents from southern Ocean Ridge jammed Town Hall on Feb. 4 to make their case to the Town Commission for an A1A crosswalk.

They pretty much had the commissioners at hello.

Town Manager Jamie Titcomb told the group that the commission has intended to appeal to the state Department of Transportation for a crosswalk since debating the matter during last summer’s budget workshops.

Titcomb said commissioners decided to…

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Ocean Ridge: Commission candidates talk sea rise strategy at forum

By Dan Moffett

Three commission candidates in Ocean Ridge found a lot of common ground when they squared off against each other during an hourlong election forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County on Feb. 7.

They all opposed sober homes, supermajority approval requirements and raising taxes. They all supported term limits, a proactive approach to sea rise and maintaining Ocean Ridge’s special quality of life.

An area of potential…

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Ocean Ridge: Four charter changes to be on ballot

By Dan Moffett

Besides filling two commission seats in the March 12 municipal election, Ocean Ridge voters will have to decide the fate of four proposed amendments to the town’s charter, the document that dictates government rules and procedures.

Probably the most contentious proposal contains a provision that imposes term limits on commissioners. If it’s approved, a commissioner would be restricted to three consecutive three-year terms, and then be required to…

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