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March 2015 Blog Posts (86)

Delray Beach: Foot, bike and vehicle rules getting stepped-up enforcement

By Rich Pollack

    You’re driving north on State Road A1A, approaching Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, when from between two parked cars you see someone start walking out into your lane of traffic. 

    You stop to avoid hitting the pedestrian but as you approach the intersection ahead, you wonder what would have happened had you taken your eyes off the road for even a few seconds. The pedestrian made the assumption you would stop, but you shudder to think…

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Delray Beach: City opts for SWS as new waste hauler

By Tim Pallesen

    The saga deciding the city’s waste hauler that resulted in an $8.4 million savings is being called “a public policy triumph” by city officials.

    Delray Beach residents will see their average monthly garbage fee drop from $9.49 to $7.24 when Southern Waste Systems replaces Waste Management in May.

    But the 24 percent savings is also the result of behind-the-scenes drama in the high-stakes competition between waste…

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South Palm Beach: Town Council approves giving itself final say over projects

By Dan Moffett

    Just about everyone in South Palm Beach was caught off guard last August when Paragon Acquisition Group got the town’s blessing for a plan to develop the Oceanfront Inn site.

    The revised design sailed through the approval process virtually overnight. There was little debate, next to no public comment and only one public hearing — even though the fate of the property had been a source of heated disagreement for years.

    How…

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Delray Beach: Candidates take shots while highlighting varied viewpoints

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By Tim Pallesen

    The mayoral race rematch between Cary Glickstein and Tom Carney…

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Boynton Beach: CRA enlists new legal firm

By Jane Smith



The Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency did not skip a beat when Ken Spillias stepped aside as its attorney.

At its February meeting, Spillias sat in the audience and another law firm colleague, Tara Duhy, took his place on the dais next to the agency’s executive director.

“We knew that he (Spillias) was going to retire, it just came more quickly than we thought,” said Duhy, a partner with the Lewis, Longman & Walker law firm…

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Lantana: A downtown parking plan could be in Lantana’s future

By Mary Thurwachter

    The time has come for Lantana to formulate a plan for downtown parking. At least that’s what Town Council member Phil Aridas said during the Feb. 23 town meeting after residents complained about the shortage of parking spaces on Ocean Avenue.

    Parking has been problem there for a long time and now, with the bridge rebuilt and reopened and new restaurants opening on the road, it is even more of a headache for customers and business…

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Lantana: TV renovation show star charged in household theft

By Mary Thurwachter

    Lantana police arrested Vanilla Ice for burglary and grand theft on Feb. 18 after furniture, bicycles, a pool heater and other household items were taken from a residence next to one the former rapper is renovating. 

    According to the police report, the burglary occurred at a house in the process of foreclosure in the 100 block of North Atlantic Drive on Hypoluxo Island.

    During the investigation, police determined that…

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Lantana:Yearlong events to ‘Enjoy Lantana’

    Last month, Lantana rolled out a slate of community events to take place throughout the year.

    “We developed the  ‘Enjoy Lantana’ program in hopes to encourage our residents and tourists to enjoy our great town parks and our beautiful beach area,” said Nicole Dritz, the town’s community planner.

    Here’s a list of what’s coming:

    • Movie at the Beach, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 13

    • Bark in the Park, 9 a.m. to noon, May 9

    • World Oceans Day…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Cynthia Brown

Cynthia Brown has been instrumental

in lining up the authors for the Festival

of the Arts Boca since it began in 2007.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

    At this…

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Boynton Beach: Woolbright/I-95 interchange faces two-year upgrade

By Jane Smith

    The state plans a massive upgrade to the Woolbright Road interchange during a two-year process.

    The $8.98 million design-build project is expected to start in August, according to Barbara Kelleher, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation in Southeast Florida.

    Woolbright Road…

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Anything but a drag

Meet Jacqie, whose karaoke night brings crowds to Manalapan

John Justice Parker, 28, of Royal Palm…

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Business Spotlight: Bankruptcy auction may freeze Vanilla Ice plan

INSET BELOW: Rob Van Winkle

By Christine Davis

    Remember last fall when this column covered an item about Rob Van Winkle, aka “Vanilla, Ice,” who was looking for an investor for 4020 S. Ocean, Manalapan? The idea, marketed via a YouTube video produced by Realtor James Arena, was that the investor would…

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Business Spotlight: Bankruptcy auction may freeze Vanilla Ice plan

INSET BELOW: Rob Van Winkle

By Christine Davis

    Remember last fall when this column covered an item about Rob Van Winkle, aka “Vanilla, Ice,” who was looking for an investor for 4020 S. Ocean, Manalapan? The idea, marketed via a YouTube video produced by Realtor James Arena, was that the investor would…

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Obituary: Jane Gunther

By Steven J. Smith

    GULF STREAM — A homemaker, volunteer, loving wife and mother with a passion for life, Jane Gunther embodied the ideal to which every parent should aspire, according to her daughter, Debbie Gunther.

    “She was a Donna Reed mom,” Gunther said. “She was always there for us. Very active, loved to play…

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Girl Scouts Emerald Awards Celebration: The Beach Club, Palm Beach

March 14:  Six women from Palm Beach County who exemplify the national initiatives of the female scouting program and serve as role models for today’s girls will be honored at the evening affair. Time is 6 to 10 pm. Cost is $225. Call 427-0190 or visit gssef.org. Photo: (in front) Melissa Patrick, troop leader; Heidi Ledbetter,…

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Pay it Forward: Like fine wine, Boca Bacchanal gets better with age

  Bachannal backers: (in front)John Frezza, Joanne Mancari, Lisa Vander Ploeg, Mike and Amy Kazma, Al and Joni Goldberg, Robin and Charles Deyo, Joyce and Thom DeVita, Susan Whelchel, Mary Csar (in back), Mark Nichols, Kelly Loudermilk, Cynthia McDonough, Timothy Loudermilk, Ed McDonough, Guy LaFerrera, Suzanne Spinner and Mindy Nichols.…

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Letter to the Editor: More to manager’s resignation than story reported

    While I have always found Rich Pollack to be a very competent reporter, I take issue with his article, “Manager steps down after negative IG report.” It is misleading and doesn’t address reasons for Kathleen Weiser’s departure. Many Highland Beach residents have been long-standing critics of Weiser’s management style and performance.

    Pollack’s excellent article in the February 2013 issue, “Residents critical of Weiser’s management of library director,” described a series of…

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Boca Raton: Interior rep to speak on Everglades restoration

    St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church will host a free lecture on “Everglades Restoration: The Big Picture” at 7 p.m. March 16.

    Shannon Estenoz, the director of Everglades restoration initiatives for the U.S. Department of the Interior, will give insights into why Everglades restoration is important, discuss how the program is progressing and what South Floridians can expect moving ahead.  

    Estenoz coordinates the Department of the Interior’s restoration efforts and is…

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Boca Raton: Boca race focuses on development and campaign styles

By Tao Woolfe

    The height and density of downtown buildings, traffic congestion, annexation and the expansion of Florida Atlantic University are among the top issues in the Boca Raton City Council race.

    Questions about those issues were fielded by the three candidates running for Seat C, the only open seat on the council, at a recent debate sponsored by the Federation of Boca Raton Homeowners Associations.  

    All three candidates — retired…

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Highland Beach: Conflict sinks latest choice for library project; will fourth time be charmed?

By Rich Pollack

    Highland Beach town officials are once again going back to the drawing board as they continue searching for professionals to design and enclose two terraces at the public library. 

    After discovering last month that a company recommended by a selection panel to design and build the structures was owned in large part by the daughter of Library Director Mari Suarez, Highland Beach commissioners agreed not to award the contract. 

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