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Manalapan: Town to allow dividing of Ziff estate

A tunnel of trees surrounds State Road A1A as it winds through the Ziff estate in Manalapan. File photo/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

For close to three decades Manalapan and the Ziff family have worked together to preserve a largely pristine, 15.6-acre parcel that…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 1, 2020 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Highland Beach: Yamato Rock plan rouses memories of aquatic treasure

Joan Weir and her daughter, Louise Glover, stroll Highland Beach near Yamato Rock, a limestone outcropping slated to become part of Milani Park. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

Louise Glover remembers when she and her friends would gather on what is now…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 1, 2020 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Highland Beach: No election needed for two newcomers; vice mayor to finish term

By Rich Pollack

Highland Beach will get a new mayor and a new commissioner come March along with a returning vice mayor, after three candidates for commission seats ran unopposed.

In what appears to be a calm in Highland Beach elections not seen for several years, political newcomer Doug Hillman was unopposed in his bid for mayor, as was newcomer John Shoemaker, who will fill an open commission seat.

Vice Mayor Greg Babij, who was appointed to the position…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 1, 2020 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: City will get $2.6 million for Irma cleanup

Boca Raton will receive $2.6 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to defray the costs of cleaning up after Hurricane Irma.

The money will reimburse the city for collection and disposal of debris, FEMA said in a Dec. 23 release.

The city collected more than 350,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris from roads and public and private property, FEMA said.

The money is from FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program, which helps communities recover from a federally declared…

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Boca Raton: Beach-goers encouraged to use city’s buckets to gather debris

By Mary Hladky

Many Boca Raton beach-goers make it a point to help keep the beaches clean by picking up trash and plastics on the sand and disposing of them.

But now the city has made it easier to do so. They no longer need to bring trash bags with them when visiting the beaches for a stroll or swim.

The new Community Coastal Clean Up program provides metal buckets next to signs explaining the program at Red Reef, Spanish River and South Beach…

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Boca Raton: District asks out of Mizner payments to city to free money for parks

By Mary Hladky

The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District wants to stop making payments to the city to pay off a Mizner Park bond debt, and instead wants to redirect the money to park improvement projects.

The district asked the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency to relieve it of its payment obligations in a Sept. 20 letter, but did not receive a response, district attorney Jacob Horowitz said at a Dec. 16 meeting.

While district commissioners voted…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 1, 2020 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Highland Beach: Crosswalks likely to get brick color, white stripes to improve visibility

By Rich Pollack

In its efforts to improve visibility of crosswalks along State Road A1A, Highland Beach is going red.

Taking a page out of Delray Beach’s playbook, Highland Beach officials hope to repave the eight crosswalks within town limits with textured asphalt that would then be painted brick red.

If all goes well, the inside of the crosswalks will include white Thermoseal striping, with white Thermoseal borders on the north and south sides of the…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 1, 2020 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Virgin Trains station hailed as victory for city

Patrick Goddard, president of Virgin Trains, speaks during a news conference after the City Council’s 5-0 vote to OK a station in Boca Raton. From left are Andrea O’Rourke, Mayor Scott Singer, Jeremy Rodgers and Monica Mayotte. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Mary Hladky

Even…

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Added by The Coastal Star on December 31, 2019 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: Meet Team Turtle

Inside the work of Gumbo Limbo crew

that strives to be biggest ally of these at-risk sea creatures

ABOVE: Gumbo Limbo workers roll a 350-pound…

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Added by The Coastal Star on December 31, 2019 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Letter to the Editor: Need to plan for rising seas gains more urgency

Thank you for your excellent coverage of the septic-to-sewer issue in Ocean Ridge and surrounding coastal communities. We must, however, face the reality that during the estimated 10 years such a conversion would take, residents’ lives will be significantly disrupted while we are paying millions of dollars, our roadways are constantly torn up and additional hookup costs and user fees lurk.

Further, transferring from septic to centralized sewer will not stop sea level rise now occurring…

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Letter to the Editor: Walkers, be safe: Face oncoming traffic

Welcome back to all snowbirds. Greetings to all permanent parties, too. I’m a very frequent walker and driver on Old Ocean Boulevard in Ocean Ridge. My request to everyone is not difficult: Please, when walking, walk facing oncoming traffic.

My mother many years ago taught me that was proper. Of course I always followed her advice.

But seriously, it is so much more comfortable when walking or driving to be facing whatever is approaching. Safer, too. Say hello: I’ll be the one with…

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Added by The Coastal Star on December 31, 2019 at 7:12pm — No Comments

Letter to the Editor: Realtor not authorized to promote Briny sale

The week preceding the holidays, there was a bit of sensationalism going on concerning the community of Briny Breezes — none of it prompted by the board of directors of the corporation, members of the Town Council or the mayor or even a shareholder vote.

Another proposed “billion-dollar sale,” but this time to buyer President Trump to house his presidential library, build a hotel and rename our small community “Trump Town USA.”

Promulgated by real estate agent and shareholder…

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Added by The Coastal Star on December 31, 2019 at 7:10pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Crime rate remains low in coastal communities

By Rich Pollack

Crime remained low in South County’s small coastal towns with just 65 incidents reported during the first six months of 2019.

The number of crimes reported in both Ocean Ridge and Manalapan remained flat year over year, according to statistics released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement last month, while…

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Added by The Coastal Star on December 31, 2019 at 7:07pm — No Comments

South Palm Beach: PBSO Meet and Greet

Hundreds of South Palm Beach residents and Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies gathered to get acquainted at a Dec. 12 picnic event on the pool deck of the Barclay condominium. A downpour and blustery winds canceled a planned boat and helicopter demonstration by the town’s new police presence. ABOVE: Deputy Michael Canavan…

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Coastal Star: Boynton salutes World War II veteran by renaming park in his honor

In a tribute to the time, effort and money that Tom Kaiser has invested in the park, it is now the Tom Kaiser, USN, Boynton Beach Veterans Memorial Park. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Stephen Moore

Tom Kaiser’s handprints are all over the Boynton Beach Veterans…

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Added by The Coastal Star on December 31, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Editor’s Note: Our residents offer inspiration to start 2020

In writing about the turn of the new year the standard is to look back at the events of the past or to look forward, anticipating what the turn of the calendar page might bring. At the end of this year, I’m finding both options to be difficult.

I’m even hung up on the simple act of typing the numbers 2020!

So, as I’m editing this edition of The Coastal Star, I’m searching out bits of wisdom shared by those in our…

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South Palm Beach: Town manager, mayor find errors in census to blame for population drop

By Dan Moffett

Dozens of South Palm Beach residents seem to have disappeared over the past decade — gone missing with scarcely a trace or a clue.

Whole buildings appear to have been wiped off the town’s map, erased as if by some cosmic delete key.

What sounds like the script for a low-budget science fiction movie has been reality for Robert Kellogg, the town manager, who has spent much of the past year trying to unravel the enigma.…

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Added by The Coastal Star on December 31, 2019 at 6:56pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Hurlburt, Wiescholek take seats on commission uncontested

By Dan Moffett



Vice Mayor Don MaGruder’s decision not to run for a second term in the March 17 election left two seats open on the Ocean Ridge Town Commission with two candidates qualified and ready to claim them.

Incumbent Commissioner Susan Hurlburt returns for a full three-year term on the commission after serving out a partial one-year term that began last year. …

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Added by The Coastal Star on December 31, 2019 at 6:44pm — No Comments

Meet Your Neighbor: Pamela Goffman

Psychodrama therapist Pamela Goffman adorns her office in Delray Beach with colors and heart figures that help her bring comfort to clients. Goffman is a lover of the arts and an ardent supporter and former board member of the Arts Garage. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Brian…

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Added by The Coastal Star on December 31, 2019 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Gulf Stream: Residents reminded not to overwater yards

By Steve Plunkett



Residents got a “friendly reminder” in their mail last month to check how often their sprinklers turn on.

Town Manager Greg Dunham said a combination of tides, rain and the core area’s low geography was causing a slippery situation.

“There’s water standing, you know, on the streets all the time,” Dunham told town commissioners at their Dec. 13 meeting.

He planned to send a mass mailing with a copy of Gulf Stream’s rules on…

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