April 2020 Blog Posts (80)

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 30, 2020 at 9:33am — 2 Comments

Ocean Ridge: Inlet Park still closed for fishing

The fishing piers at the Boynton Inlet remain empty even as other Palm Beach County parks and recreation areas open on April 29. The fishing areas may be accessible before beaches in the county open. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

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Added by The Coastal Star on April 28, 2020 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Along the Coast: County opens recreational areas — with restrictions

COVID-19 Press Briefing Summary #12, April 27, 2020

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 28, 2020 at 7:44am — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: Boaters are no-shows at this year's Boca Bash

Officers from Boca Raton police and fire departments and the state's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission gathered at Silver Palm Park on April 26 to monitor boaters who never showed up to party in Lake Boca. Photo by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Added by The Coastal Star on April 27, 2020 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: Boaters ordered not to anchor in Lake Boca this weekend

Only a few vessels were in Lake Boca on April 26, the final day of an emergency ban on anchoring there. Normally the lake is jammed with boats on the weekend, especially for Boca Bash on the last Sunday in April. Photo provided by lakebocacam.com

By Steve…

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Added by The Coastal Star on April 25, 2020 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Along the Coast: Passenger-less cruise ships still sailing to stay in working order

A screenshot from www.cruisemapper.com shows cruise ships off the South Florida coast on the afternoon of April 23. Map provided

By Mary Thurwachter

Coastal observers who gaze out into the ocean after dark have seen large…

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Added by The Coastal Star on April 23, 2020 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Commercial fishermen get boat ramp privileges

The boat ramp at Boca Raton's Silver Palm Park had been closed to commercial and recreational boaters alike since March 22. It is still off-limits to non-commercial fishermen. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Mary Hladky

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Added by The Coastal Star on April 22, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Mayor urges 4-county approach to business reopening, asks boaters not to attend Boca Bash

By Mary Hladky

While protests against stay-at-home COVID-19 restrictions have taken place across the country and in Palm Beach County, Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer is urging a coordinated approach by four South Florida counties to determine when beaches, parks and businesses can begin opening up.

Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County leaders have been working together to decide how and when to loosen restrictions on people and…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 21, 2020 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Along the Coast: Hospital workers getting rounds of thankful applause

Sandi Savia, the EMS liaison at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health South Florida, blows a kiss through her mask to a Boca Raton Fire…

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Added by The Coastal Star on April 20, 2020 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: State IDs nursing homes, other facilities with COVID-19

By Charles Elmore 
Florida officials have identified COVID-19 cases among residents or staff at 37 long-term care facilities in Palm Beach County, with more than half of the sites located in or near Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Lantana.
One person exposed to the coronavirus has recovered at Abbey Delray Health Center, that facility reported, but the list released by the Florida Department of Health on April 18 apparently does not…
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Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 20, 2020 at 7:00am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Landlocked commercial fishermen plead to reopen boat ramp

By Mary Hladky

Nearly one month after the closure of beaches, parks, natural areas and golf courses, some stir-crazy Palm Beach County residents are pushing back against COVID-19 emergency orders that keep them from enjoying the outdoors.

The unrest flared in Boca Raton on April 13 and 14, when residents asked the City Council to open the Silver Palm Park public boat ramp so they can get out on the water.…

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Added by The Coastal Star on April 15, 2020 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Use caution and courtesy when walking along A1A

Walkers along State Road A1A keep 6 feet away in front of Highland Beach Town Hall on April 10. Law enforcement advises against stepping into the roadway to provide appropriate social distancing. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 10, 2020 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Town confirms two COVID-19 cases, asks residents to wear face coverings

The Town of Ocean Ridge Officials have been made aware of two confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the south section of town.  We are unable to share exact locations or specifics due to health privacy laws. 

As such, we are urging all persons who are walking, biking, or exercising and away from their primary residence to immediately begin…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 9, 2020 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Boca encourages cloth masks; Delray demands face coverings

By Steve Plunkett

Boca Raton City Manager Leif Ahnell issued an emergency order Thursday, April 9, asking everyone to wear a cloth mask when they're not at home to fight COVID-19. 
Shortly afterward, Delray Beach City Manager George Gretsas signed an emergency measure ordering residents and visitors starting Saturday to cover their nose and mouth when shopping or doing construction work.
Also on Saturday, Boynton Beach and Palm Beach County…
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Added by The Coastal Star on April 9, 2020 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: South County test site open for business

A National Guardsman provides instructions as cars pull into the drive-thru testing site at the South County Civic Center on April 7. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Steve Plunkett

A total of 250 patients are scheduled to be tested for COVID-19 today,…

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Added by The Coastal Star on April 8, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

Along the Coast: South County test site to take reservations starting April 6

By Steve Plunkett

Telephone reservations for drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the South County Civic Center will begin at 10 a.m. April 6 with the earliest appointment available at 8 a.m. the following day.

The reservation phone number is 561-804-0250.

After the first day the phone line will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Pre-approval and appointments are required, County Commissioner Mack Bernard said while announcing the…

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Added by The Coastal Star on April 5, 2020 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Delray, Boynton join Boca with over 100 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Delray Beach and Boynton Beach both have joined Boca Raton in the growing club of municipalities with 100 or more reported cases of coronavirus.
Boynton had 117 cases by afternoon April 2 and Delray had 100. Boca posted 135 cases.
The three cities' combined total was nearly half of Palm Beach County's 737 cases.
West Palm Beach was the only other city in the county to pass the three-digit threshold, with 109 cases.

— Steve Plunkett

Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 3, 2020 at 10:56am — No Comments

Along the Coast: COVID-19 test site coming to South County

A testing site for coronavirus will open April 7 at the South County Civic Center west of Delray Beach.

"More info to follow," County Commissioner Robert Weinroth said April 2 in a COVID-19 email announcing the opening.

The South County center is at 16700 Jog Road. The testing site will be the county's second: its first opened at the FITTEAM Ballpark of Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach on March 31.

The combined cases for Boca Raton (135 as of April 2),…

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Added by The Coastal Star on April 2, 2020 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Municipal services worker saves woman in canal

By Mary Hladky

Shawn Turner was driving on Military Trail near Camino Real on Feb. 23 when he saw a white Kia Soul partly submerged in a canal.

The city municipal services employee didn’t hesitate, stripping off his sweatpants and jumping into the water.

Turner quickly saw that Molly Pedrone, 34, was incapacitated behind the wheel. He pushed down the window, squeezed into the car and released her…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 1, 2020 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Developer claims ownership of Ocean Ridge canal

By Dan Moffett

Developer William Swaim has opened a new front in his quest to conquer the submerged lands of Ocean Ridge.

After battling in court for six years with the town and Wellington Arms condo owners over property rights in the lagoon behind Town Hall, Swaim is focusing on the Sabal Island neighborhoods farther north now.

In January, some two dozen homeowners on North Ocean Boulevard, Sabal…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 1, 2020 at 3:54pm — No Comments

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