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Lantana: Judge recommends dismissal of ethics complaint against Mayor Stewart

By Mary Thurwachter

A judge has recommended that the Florida Commission on Ethics dismiss allegations of sexual harassment against Lantana Mayor David Stewart.

Administrative Law Judge Cathy M. Sellers, in her official Recommended Order to the Commission on Ethics filed on Dec. 16, wrote that Stewart did not violate…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 18, 2019 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Goat Yoga proves to be a hit at Shoreline Green Market

Sarah Byerly, of Boynton Beach, has her photo taken while surrounded by three of the six goats from Downward Goat that took part in the Goat Yoga event on Sunday, December 15 at the Shoreline Green Market in Lantana. Photos by Rachel S.…


Added by Rachel O'Hara on December 16, 2019 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: Council unanimously approves agreement for Virgin Trains station

By Mary Hladky

Boca Raton soon will be home to a Virgin Trains station.

The City Council unanimously voted in favor of an agreement on Dec. 10 that allows construction of a one-story station and 455-space parking garage on city-owned land east of the Downtown Library that the for-profit rail company will lease for $1 per year.

“Tonight was a great win for Boca Raton,” Mayor Scott Singer said after the vote.

“I think it is phenomenal,” said Virgin…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 11, 2019 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Along the Coast: Brightline tries to deal with nation’s worst death rate on tracks

By Sallie James

When it comes to fast and furious, Brightline — Florida’s neon-yellow passenger express train service — has proved to be the deadliest train system per mile in America.

According to an Associated Press analysis of Federal Railroad Administration records for the nation’s 821 railroads, 41 people have been killed by Brightline trains since July 2017, when someone died during a railroad test run.

Brightline’s death rate — of more than one person…


Added by The Coastal Star on December 4, 2019 at 2:46pm — 2 Comments

Boca Raton: Virgin moves full steam ahead to get Boca station

This south-facing image shows Dixie Highway on the left and a vegetative buffer between the proposed parking garage and the Library Commons neighborhood on the right. Rendering provided

Related Story: Brightline tries to deal…


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Boynton Beach: Josie’s will need new site when lease ends in 2026

By Jane Smith

Josie’s Ristorante will have to leave its Riverwalk Plaza location by Nov. 30, 2026, when its lease ends, according to documents filed with the Palm Beach County clerk’s office.

The Boynton Beach restaurant, which opened in 1992, has a strong following on the barrier island for its traditional Italian cuisine.

Until the lease ends, Josie’s will share a valet operation with the nearby Prime Catch restaurant. That eatery owns the land and building…


Added by The Coastal Star on December 4, 2019 at 2:27pm — 1 Comment

Delray Beach: A place to thrive for kids: As it turns 50, Achievement Centers ‘at top of its game’

Nancy Hurd was a teacher at the start and then the CEO. She retired in 2013. Photo provided

Related Story: ‘Havana Nights’ raises…


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Boca Raton: A charitable windfall: ‘Havana Nights’ raises $1.6 million for nonprofits

Bobby Julien, CEO of the Kolter Group, and Sala Brown, his executive assistant, enjoy a comedy skit that was part of the poker extravaganza. Julien came up with the idea when he served on the Achievement Centers board. At left is Tarun Bhalla, Kolter’s IT chief. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…


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Coastal Star: Boca Soroptimist, 90, honored for a lifetime of helping others

Helen Babione has lived in Boca for almost 60 years and says she enjoys working with people who need help, especially children and older adults. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Margie Plunkett

Helen Babione has spent nearly 60 years in Boca Raton, reaching out to help…


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Editor’s Note: Sparkling wishes for a light-filled holiday season

A family trip to Spain took me out of the Florida heat and into the chill of a more northern November. Luckily there were paellas and tapas, plus plenty of churros and chocolate and vino tinto to keep us warm. As we soaked in the art and history of the major cities, we watched as holiday lights were being strung across streets and throughout urban parks.

We departed just a few days before they were to be lit and surely now fill the…


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Boca Raton: Dead end on downtown shuttle turns focus to ride-hailing services

By Mary Hladky

After seven years of discussion, the City Council has dropped plans to create a Business Improvement District to pay for a shuttle system that would transport people around the downtown.

The B.I.D. would have been financed by downtown businesses, offices, hotels and apartment buildings that would be assessed a fee based on the taxable value of their properties and their proximity to shuttle stops.

But when surveyed in October, those who would…


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Along the Coast: A perfect storm

Moon phases and weather patterns combined to create high tides and wild waves in November. ABOVE: A surfer catches a ride off the beach at the north end of Spanish River Park in Boca Raton on Nov. 18. A winter-like storm off the Carolinas brought rolling surf to South Florida. Jerry Lower/The Coastal…


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Boca Raton: Bristly meeting ends with city taking over golf course project

By Mary Hladky

Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District commissioners have reluctantly given in to City Council pressure to allow the city to take over the Boca National golf course project and to request proposals from golf course architects with the aim of seeing if the city can get a better price or design.

While district commissioners were willing to let the city construct and fund Boca National, they told City Council members at a Nov. 12 joint…


Added by The Coastal Star on December 4, 2019 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Koski’s indecision on exit confuses beach/park leaders

By Mary Hladky

When Art Koski asked that an agreement to keep him working as a consultant for the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District be pulled from the Nov. 18 commission agenda, it appeared he had severed ties with the district for good.

District chair Susan Vogelgesang and Commissoner Robert Rollins praised Koski for his 40 years of service when interviewed after the meeting.

Vogelgesang said she “cried my eyes out” over his departure. “I rely on…


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Highland Beach: Looking for ways to control on-street parking

By Rich Pollack

For months Highland Beach commissioners have been trying to come up with rules for parking on the town’s side streets, only to discover roadblocks standing in the way of workable solutions.

The challenge is how to make it possible for guests of residents and for service providers such as plumbers and landscapers to park on the narrow streets without creating problems for residents.

There also is the question of what to do with cars parked by…


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Boca Raton: Landscape excellence recognized by city committee

Presented during a ceremony at City Hall on Nov. 20, Boca Raton’s annual Landscape Excellence Awards recognized seven properties. The award criteria included tree canopy, proper pruning, variety, color and texture, as well as how the property is fertilized, irrigated and maintained.

The winners were selected by the Boca Raton Beautification Committee, whose goal is to make Boca Raton the “most beautiful city in America.” Recipients were Por La Mar Park, 789 Palm Ave., in the city-park…


Added by The Coastal Star on December 4, 2019 at 1:13pm — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: Deputy chief promoted to interim police chief

By Mary Hladky

Veteran officer Michele Miuccio has been named interim police chief, taking over for Dan Alexander, who retired Nov. 30.

Miuccio, who joined the Boca Raton department in 1989, has served as deputy chief of police for the past four years.

Since her hiring as a patrol officer, Miuccio has risen through the ranks,…


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Boca Raton: Lakefront condo expected to break ground next summer

By Mary Hladky

Groundbreaking is expected next summer for Boca Beach House, a 32-unit luxury condominium on Lake Boca Raton across the water from the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

Units in the four-story condo will start at $3 million and have two to five bedrooms, ranging in size up to 7,500 square feet. The project includes a 14-slip marina.

Miami developers Key International and Integra Investments purchased the 3-acre site, formerly owned by the resort,…


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Lantana: Police officers commended for saving two

By Mary Thurwachter

Three Lantana police officers were given lifesaving awards — and a standing ovation — for having prevented two suicide attempts on I-95 overpasses in September.

Police Chief Sean Scheller, who made the presentations during the Nov. 25 Town Council meeting, shared the details, and in one case video from the police car, of the rescues.

On Sept. 24, Officer Ngin Tuang responded to I-95 and West Lantana Road regarding a suicidal woman atop…


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Highland Beach: Town Hall celebrates holidays with oversize decorations gone

Decorations at Highland Beach Town Hall are a little more modest this year. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

The holidays are bright at Town Hall again this year but not quite as eye-catching since two oversize decorations have been mothballed following…


Added by The Coastal Star on December 4, 2019 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

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