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April 2019 Blog Posts (108)

Letter to the Editor: Church festival wrong place for alcohol sales

As a business owner on George Bush Boulevard in Delray Beach, I would like to share my concerns about St. Vincent’s Church festival that takes place each spring.

To the best of my knowledge this event is a family outing. I don’t feel that the serving of alcoholic beverages (not just beer) is appropriate at an event such as this.

I’m sure you are aware of all the drug and alcoholic treatment centers here in Delray. This event made it very easy…

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Letter to the Editor: Voters made choices for towns’ futures

During the March municipal elections, our coastal residents’ voices were heard, not only in candidate selection, but on significant issues that affected their town. Sometimes, we need to allow our residents to directly express their opinions on specific impactful issues and not just rely on commissions that are narrowly split over divisive issues.

Both Ocean Ridge and Highland Beach had referendums on their ballots allowing the residents to have that voice, and…

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Pups on the Plaza Plaza del Mar, Manalapan — March 9

About 100 dog fans attended a fundraising event that included vendors, animal rescue organizations, a live DJ and an auction with prizes valued at more than $3,000. Costumed dogs competed in multiple categories on the red-carpet runway. Pups on the Plaza was conceived and coordinated by Sally Ott and Stacy Beck of…

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South Palm Beach: Town looks for lobbyist despite demise of beach project

By Dan Moffett

South Palm Beach council members are looking for a lobbyist to get behind their beach project. Never mind that they don’t have a beach project to get behind.

The plan to stabilize the town’s shoreline with concrete groins fell apart in February when county officials pulled out their support because of soaring costs and opposition from neighbors to the south.

That left South Palm Beach scrambling to find an alternative project that would do…

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South Palm Beach: Pelican rescue

Retired avian veterinarian Greg Harrison holds a pelican found March 2 in front of the Dune Deck Condominium. A South Palm Beach resident, Harrison observed the bird for some time and intervened when it became obvious the bird was ill. After he called several rescue organizations, which were unable to provide pickup service, a…

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Gulf Stream: Town officials negotiate lower rise in trash bills

By Steve Plunkett

Savvy negotiating by town officials will save each Gulf Stream household about $60 on trash pickup this year.

Waste Management, which has collected the town’s garbage since 1993, first demanded $38 a month, up 25 percent, to extend the contract five years. Town Manager Greg Dunham and Staff Attorney Trey Nazzaro talked the company down to $33 a month, about a 6 percent increase.…

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Delray Beach: Consultant told to stop work on fire assessment fee

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach property owners will not have to pay a separate fire assessment fee in the next financial year.

City commissioners on March 12 unanimously approved stopping the consultant from doing any more work on the fee.

The item appeared on the consent agenda, meaning it was not discussed.

The amount assessed depended on the type of property held.…

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Manalapan: Manager gets OK to pursue purchase of possible police station

By Dan Moffett

Manalapan commissioners are more than a little interested in moving the town’s Police Department into the vacant bank building in the northeast corner of Plaza del Mar.

Commissioners are so interested, in fact, that they unanimously approved authorizing Town Manager Linda Stumpf to negotiate a deal to buy the property, which was formerly occupied by BB&T and is now listed for $1.6 million.…

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Ocean Ridge: Cyclist pedaling across country to raise money for injured troops

Ray Charley says his wife, Kate, a former triathlete, trained with him and supports him. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Boynton Beach: Genealogy search reveals unexpected surprise: Three sisters

Susan Simpson, Beverlee Schnellenberger and Kathy Jeffers (l-r) were the talk of Howard Schnellenberger’s 85th birthday celebration at the Schnellenberger home in Boynton Beach. When Tim Schnellenberger and his wife, Anyssa, started a genealogy project last year, they discovered his mother, Beverlee, had three half-sisters she…

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Delray Beach: Occupancy limits in restaurants will get more enforcement at night

By Jane Smith

Starting April 1, the Delray Beach Fire Department began sending letters to East Atlantic Avenue restaurants reminding them of city rules.

The owners will be required to comply with set occupancy limits and follow a city code provision that does not allow a restaurant to become a nightclub after food service ends. The city approves only restaurants or stand-alone bars, not hybrid operations.

Repeat offenders will have to pick up the cost for…

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Along the Coast: Test project buries lines in area of Boca, is coming to Delray, Boynton

ABOVE: Paul Redclift and John Girard gave good reviews to the FPL crew that installed a transformer on Redclift’s property on Las Casas Road in Boca Raton. FPL thinks underground lines will ease power outages, but everyone in each selected small area must agree to have the work done. BELOW LEFT: Lines no longer run through the…

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Ocean Ridge: Coz, Hurlburt win commission seats

By Dan Moffett

Ocean Ridge voters elected Steve Coz to another term on the Town Commission during the March 12 municipal election, and they chose Susan Hurlburt over John Lipscomb to fill an open seat with a partial one-year term.

Coz, who was appointed mayor late last year, won 320…

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Lantana: Council to consider closing gates to beach parking lot at night

By Mary Thurwachter

Like all parks in Lantana, the beach is officially shut from sundown to sunrise. But the gates are not closed and cars can drive into the parking lot and people still have access to the shoreline.

Council member Ed Shropshire wonders whether that shouldn’t change and proposes that the gates close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

During a discussion at the March 25 council meeting, Shropshire said he had gone to the beach several times before it…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Janet Schijns

Janet Schijns of Ocean Ridge holds Cassie Jo, her 5-year-old Labradoodle, and shows her collection of Star Wars and Wonder Woman figurines. Schijns runs her own company, the JS Group, a technology consultancy, and was recently recognized by the IT industry as Channel Partners magazine’s 2019 Channel Influencer of the Year.…

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Highland Beach: Town takes big step toward lighted crossings for walkers

By Rich Pollack

After years of discussions, studies and lobbying of state officials, Highland Beach is taking a first step toward getting lighted crosswalks on State Road A1A. And it’s being done with the apparent blessing of the Florida Department of Transportation.

During a meeting April 2, commissioners gave Town Manager Marshall Labadie the green light to have a contracted engineering firm begin designing a crosswalk lighting project in collaboration with…

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Highland Beach: One year later, murdered woman still missed by her neighbors

By Rich Pollack

The absence of Betty Cabral — her warmth and her kindness — is still being felt at the Penthouse Highlands condominium a year after her death.

Cabral, a 22-year resident of a community with just 82 units, was found murdered in her apartment one year ago this month. She was 85.

Although detectives and…

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Obituary: Patrice B. Mahon

OCEAN RIDGE — Patrice B. Mahon, 84, died March 15 at her home in Ocean Ridge surrounded by her loving family.

She is survived by her husband, Neil, her sister Helen, her four children (Mary Pat, Steve, Cathie and Neil Jr.) and nine grandchildren.

The youngest of seven children, Mrs. Mahon was born on Jan. 22, 1935, in Pittsburgh to Peter and Anne…

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Delray Beach: Downtowner rides to return May 1 with two new services

By Jane Smith



The Downtowner open-air vehicles will return to Delray Beach streets in May.

The same company received a fixed-route contract to replace the downtown trolley at the March 28 Community Redevelopment Agency meeting. The two contracts carry a total value of slightly more…

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Obituary: Ruth Richards McGoldrick

BOCA RATON — Ruth Richards McGoldrick died March 13 at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, the fitting place for her last breath. She was 100.

Her daughter Pamela Smith and trusted companion, Eva Dias, were at her side when she died in the hospital at which she volunteered for over 40 years.

She was born Ruth Eleanor Richards on July 20, 1918, to Sarah…

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