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April 2018 Blog Posts (81)

Manalapan: Town Commission rejects liquor store in Plaza del Mar

By Dan Moffett

Manalapan town commissioners say they’re looking forward to Publix’s opening a supermarket at Plaza del Mar this summer.

But they’re not so excited about that long-awaiting arrival that they’re willing to allow Publix to open a wine and liquor store next door.

On March 27 the commission denied a request by the supermarket chain and Plaza del Mar landlord Kitson & Partners to sell liquor and wine in a 1,500-square-foot unit roughly…

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Boca Raton: Consultant sees Gumbo Limbo doubling in size, visits

By Steve Plunkett

The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center would be replaced by a twice-as-big facility with sweeping cantilever roofs built over a ground-level parking garage in a proposal by waterfront parks consultant EDSA Inc.

The parking garage…

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Delray Beach: FPL puts four poles in historic neighborhood without city permit

Concrete power poles have been installed along Southeast Seventh Avenue in the Marina Historic District. Photo provided

By Jane Smith



Florida Power & Light will move four recently installed concrete power poles on Southeast…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Candace Friis

Candace Friis, at home in Gulf Stream, says her real estate career feeds her love of people and spaces. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Brian Biggane

Degrees in sculpture and economics don’t typically point…

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Briny Breezes: A sweet 60th anniversary

Briny celebrates 60 years: Parade honors longtime residents and social clubs that help to define the community…

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Delray Beach: Delray Beach celebrates its 50th St. Patrick’s Day parade

Beads, bands and beer

just part of the fabric

of annual event

More than 100,000 Floridians and snowbirds gathered March 17 along Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach to celebrate the city’s 50th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The current parade organizer has announced that he intends to…

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Boynton Beach: Prime Catch owner says mangrove property swapped for parking

By Jane Smith



The Riverwalk Plaza renovation continues to inch forward.

In late March, the Prime Catch restaurant owner traded a small mangrove strip along the Intracoastal Waterway for 50 guaranteed parking spaces for his patrons in the renovated Riverwalk Plaza.

“The deal is done,” said Luke Therien, whose family owns Prime Catch. “We were sure it would happen. It was just a question of when.”

As of April 3, the exchange was not recorded in the…

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Obituary: Alma Coir

By Emily J. Minor

BRINY BREEZES ­— Alma Coir, who began coming to Briny Breezes in the 1940s when the view out the car window was citrus and cattle, died March 10 after a brief illness. Many town residents grew to know her for her love of reading and, near the end, she spent many hours on the porch, a book in hand, a dog on her lap. Mrs. Coir was 93.…

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Boynton Beach/Ocean Ridge: Boynton parks board rejects dog beach

By Jane Smith

Dogs won’t frolic at Oceanfront Park anytime soon.

That’s the recommendation the Boynton Beach Recreation & Parks Board made in late March.

Members voted 5-1 after reviewing a residents’ survey where nearly 70 percent were for allowing dogs on the beach during select days and hours. About 56 percent of the survey takers wanted the dogs to be leashed. Slightly more than 1,100 people responded to the unscientific survey posted on the city’s…

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Briny Breezes: Town closes in on FEMA grant money

By Dan Moffett

When Briny Breezes Town Council members started considering the idea of creating a manager’s position two years ago, they thought that the right person for the job might be able to increase the amount of state and federal grant money the town receives.

Some council members even suggested that a savvy town manager might be able to generate enough in grants and savings from improved efficiency to offset the part-time job’s $40,000 allotted…

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Delray Beach: New City Commission votes to take over CRA

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach City Commissioners voted to install themselves as their Community Redevelopment Agency board members.

The members of the CRA board were replaced immediately with the vote.

Citing displeasure with the pace of West Atlantic redevelopment and the $19.5 million of taxpayer dollars at stake, the city commissioners voted 4-1 on April 3 for the takeover.

In May, it will be five years that the CRA has been trying to redevelop three…

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Briny Breezes: Birch, Gross join Town Council

By Dan Moffett

New Town Council members Bill Birch and Kathy Gross took the oath of office on March 20, completing a governmental overhaul in Briny Breezes that has been many months in the making.…

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Briny Breezes: Shareholders reject new sale attempt

Most shareholders of the Briny Breezes mobile home park are not interested in marketing their community for sale. At least that’s how they voted Feb. 28.

After a petition drive led by a resident — who is also a Realtor — to list Briny for $1 billion, the park’s corporate entity held a vote as part of its annual shareholders meeting to see if residents were interested in pursuing a sale.

More than 66 percent of the votes cast said no to listing Briny Breezes and its assets for…

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Lantana: Bus stops to get fresh coats of paint

By Mary Thurwachter

Lantana will spruce up the town’s 17 bus passenger shelters and benches in April.

Each will be sandblasted, primed and get a fresh coat of regal blue paint.

The shelters are 17 years old and haven’t been repainted before, says Linda Brien, the town’s director of operations.

“We are projecting the work will take about two weeks,” Brien said. Albright Construction LLC will do the job, which will cost the town $7,650.

Brien said…

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Boca Raton: Residents’ message clear: Keep post office downtown

Signs ask residents to fight to keep the post office downtown, and the Postal Service says it’s trying to cooperate as it plans to relocate the facility. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Steve Plunkett

Residents who packed a…

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Business Spotlight: Visitors get warm welcome at new Delray Beach center

The revamped visitors center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It contains brochures about local merchants, a Delray Beach map and a historic-photo display. Jerry Lower/ The Coastal Star

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Along the Coast: Schools act to make kids safer, plan to do even more

Related story: Boynton Beach, Delray Beach ask for ban on assault rifles

By Rich Pollack  

The rush of calls came soon after word spread about the mass shooting in Parkland. Parents of children attending public and private schools…

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Boca Raton: New chapter in quirky history - 80-year-old Camino Real bridge set to close for year of repairs

The bridge crossing the Intracoastal at Camino Real will receive $8.9 million in repairs. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes

The bridge goes up. The bridge goes down.

The bridge goes up and the bridge…

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Along the Coast: Work begins for toll lanes on I-95 in South County

By Steve Plunkett

If you thought construction crews would vanish from Interstate 95 as work on the Spanish River Boulevard interchange wound down, guess again.

In a combined open house/public meeting March 14, state transportation officials reviewed plans to convert high…

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Boca Raton: Lawyer’s golf course fee takes city by surprise

By Steve Plunkett

The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District will pay Arthur Koski, its lawyer and executive director, $120,000 for extra work he performed negotiating and finalizing the $24 million purchase of the Ocean Breeze golf course.

Koski’s fee arrangement, spelled out in a contract with the district for 27 years, surprised city officials, who issued $19 million in municipal bonds for the purchase and only learned about the lawyer’s bill in the…

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