March 2016 Blog Posts (192)

Trio of Delray Beach Senior Living Communities Compete in Weight Loss Challenge

Three Delray Beach senior living communities joined forces to shed the pounds this year in a friendly biggest loser competition. Sixty-five residents, from Abbey Delray…

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South Palm Beach: Council incumbents win re-election

By Dan Moffett



    By comfortable margins, South Palm Beach voters rejected a call for change from political newcomer Robert Gargano on March 15 and returned incumbents Robert Gottlieb and Stella Gaddy Jordan to the Town Council.

    Gottlieb received 337 votes, roughly 43 percent of those cast, Jordan followed with 285 (37 percent) and Gargano got 156 (20 percent). The top two finishers were elected to two-year terms.

    Gottlieb, 75, first joined the Town Council in 2005…

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Briny Breezes: Council takes a second look at restricting trucks on Briny’s roads

By Dan Moffett



    Briny Breezes Town Council members have put the brakes on passing an ordinance to restrict truck traffic after hearing concerns about safety from their police chief.

    Hal Hutchins, Ocean Ridge police chief and the town marshal, told the council that too many restricted streets can have the unintended consequence of forcing trucks into risky situations.

    “I am concerned with the enforceability of this ordinance,” Hutchins said,…

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Boynton Beach: Air-quality issues cleaned up at two fire stations

By Jane Smith



    The city recently agreed to pay more than $221,000 for work done to clean and sanitize two fire stations, including one that serves Ocean Ridge and Briny Breezes.

    At station No. 1, which serves the coastal communities, the mold-removal work cost Boynton Beach $69,673. The station, on Boynton Beach Boulevard near City Hall, closed in early December after mold was found. It reopened Jan. 18. Crews worked out of station No. 4 on South Federal…

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Boynton Beach: CRA approves city half-acre for Ocean One

The eight-story Ocean One proposal might be joined later by a hotel and a larger, 15-story condo to the south.

Rendering courtesy of Cohen, Freedman, Encinosa & Associates

By Jane Smith



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St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach – March 12

Members of the New Hampshire Police Association pipe and drum corps provided some of the entertainment.

Britt Usher of Boca Raton was decked out in her finest…

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Delray Beach: Analysis shows CRA’s impact over 30 years to be ‘substantial’

By Jane Smith

    

    Over the past 30 years, the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency has spent the most in the West Atlantic neighborhood, according to an analysis released in late March.

    In that area, its biggest expense, $24.1 million, went to buy land, according to the CRA draft expense list pulled from the Munilytics Inc. report. The firm was hired last fall to analyze the taxable values in the CRA’s eight subareas. The agency contains about 20…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Annie Davis

Annie Davis, owner of Palm Beach Travel.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

    Some people count sheep at night, but Annie Davis, owner of Palm Beach Travel in Manalapan, goes to bed thinking about the logistics and routing…

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Obituary: Flip Traylor

By Willie Howard



    OCEAN RIDGE — Flip Traylor made a living on the water around Boynton Beach most of his life. The Ocean Ridge resident loved fishing, music and his two West Highland white terriers, Dobbie and Duff.

    The former pilot, boat captain, real estate broker and commercial fisherman died March 1 at the VA Medical Center in West…

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Obituary: Dr. Herbert Leonard Wachtel

By Emily J. Minor



    BOCA RATON — Dr. Herbert Leonard Wachtel, a military cardiologist who left the service in 1969 to join Bethesda Memorial Hospital’s burgeoning heart ward, died Feb. 12 in his sleep at home. He was 81.

    After joining Bethesda, Dr. Wachtel would eventually serve as both the hospital’s chief of cardiology and chief of staff. He was also instrumental in helping start Delray Medical Center, said his wife, Lenore.…

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Along the Coast: Tickets down during bike law enforcement push

By Rich Pollack



    Efforts to educate motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians in parts of coastal Palm Beach County about the importance of sharing the road appear to be paying off.

    During a weeklong, stepped-up enforcement effort along State Road A1A in southern Palm Beach County last month, law enforcement officers from six agencies wrote only one moving-violation citation to a bicyclist and did not issue any warnings or citations to pedestrians.

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Along the Coast: Silent ride commemorates bicyclists killed or injured

    More than 200 bicyclists are expected in Delray Beach’s Ride of Silence, part of an annual event to honor cyclists killed or injured while riding.

    The worldwide event, scheduled for May 18 this year, will begin at 6 p.m. It will include a 10-mile ride starting and ending at Old School Square in Delray Beach.

    “This is a slow, casual ride not to exceed 9 miles per hour,” said Patrick Halliday, president of the Delray Beach Bicycle Club.

    There is no charge to…

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Lantana: Balfour keeps council seat

    Lantana Vice Mayor Malcolm Balfour won 69 percent of the votes on March 15 to defeat newcomer Anthony Arsali, with 31 percent. Balfour, who has served on the Town Council since 2013, received 1,116 votes to his opponent’s 512.
    Lynn Moorhouse, who has been a council member since 2004, retained his seat with no opposition.
    Balfour, 78, has been a Lantana resident for 44 years. Arsali, 29, an attorney, lives on Hypoluxo Island.
— Mary Thurwachter

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Lantana: Former Carlisle sales director sentenced for fraud

By Mary Thurwachter



    Natasha Deonath, a former sales director at the Carlisle senior living community in Lantana, was sentenced on March 7 to 18 months in prison for charging the business more than $100,000 for phony resident referrals and taking kickbacks.

    The sentence was handed down by Circuit Judge Dina Keever after Deonath, 39, pleaded guilty to one count each of organized scheme to defraud and money laundering.

    According to an October 2014…

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Lantana: Vote delayed on fate of Nature Preserve Commission

By Mary Thurwachter



    The final vote on whether to dissolve the Lantana Nature Preserve Commission, which had been scheduled for the March 14 Town Council meeting, has been postponed until April 25.

    The town made its first vote to disband the commission at its Feb. 22 meeting.

    Town Attorney R. Max Lohman recommended the move, saying the commission, to which the town appoints members, and the Friends of the Lantana Nature Preserve, a nonprofit…

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Along the Coast: Volunteers, clients love what Habitat does

Helen Bass puts the hammer into the project as soon-to-be-homeowner Gethro Phaitus

keeps watch during a roof-raising at 421 SW Fifth Ave. in Delray Beach.

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Ocean Ridge: Town attorney signs off with fond words

By Dan Moffett



    Town Attorney Ken Spillias retired in March after 17 years on the job in Ocean Ridge and 41 years practicing law.

    “I’ve seen good government and I’ve seen very bad government,” Spillias told the commission. “I want you to know that from my perspective, working here has been an absolute pleasure.”

    Spillias’ last couple of years were stormy ones for the town, with the forced resignation of Police Chief Chris Yannuzzi, a failed…

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Business Spotlight: Richwagen’s cycles through scooters and surf to concentrate on bikes

Albert Richwagen III and his mother, Bertha, in their shop in Delray Beach.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

55 years…

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Ocean Ridge: Coz ousts Vice Mayor Allison

Correction

    A story in the April Coastal Star misstated the reason the town of Ocean Ridge paid $50,000 in legal fees to Commissioner Richard Lucibella’s attorney. The payment was reimbursement for Lucibella’s legal defense of a failed recall effort against him last year. The fees were not due to his lawsuit against the recall’s organizers, which also named the town clerk as a defendant because of her ministerial role in certifying…

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Business Spotlight: Record-setting prices continue for oceanfront properties

$39.95 million for this Delray Beach house.

Rendering of the $13.635 million house being built in Ocean Ridge.

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