The Coastal Star

May 2011 Blog Posts (58)

Interview: Mary McCarty reflects on life after prison

By Emily J. Minor

The best part about being home is just that, being home. The family room with the soft couch and comforting backyard view.

The sound of car tires on the front driveway.

Her own bed, finally.

And while most things are rather the same — Her beloved dog, Max, is right there under the coffee table. Husband, Kevin, is padding around,… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 5, 2011 at 4:41pm — 5 Comments

Mayors of coastal communities to discuss common concerns

By Steve Plunkett

Coastal mayors will meet for lunch this month to see how they might help one another, share or contract out police and other municipal services and perhaps trim town budgets in the process.

Basil Diamond of Manalapan began contacting his counterparts to the north, south and west right after he was sworn in in March. Meanwhile, Ken Kaleel of Ocean Ridge invited Diamond and the mayors of Gulf Stream, Briny Breezes, Lantana and South Palm Beach to a get-together with… Continue

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Highland Beach: Judge: Manager was too harsh with clerk

By Steve Plunkett

The Case of the Controversial Emails is over.

A hearing officer reviewed racist jokes Highland Beach Town Clerk Beverly Brown forwarded on her official email at work and sided with her lawyer and Town Attorney Tom Sliney, saying a proposed one-month suspension without pay was “draconian.”

“I am absolutely reversing the punishment and… Continue

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A fairy garden: Cultivating a tiny land of enchantment

Nancy Cudahy Touhey sits with her granddaughters Helen (left) and Mia and her dog, Niña, in her fairy garden.

By Mary Jane…


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Editorial: Tidying up, a few tidbits to share

It’s spring-cleaning time and I’m emptying out my mailbox to share a few things I don’t want to sweep under the rug (my usual cleaning ploy):

On April 6, a 38-year-old Boca Raton man was killed in a collision with a truck along A1A in Delray Beach south of Linton Boulevard.  I wish I could tell you more about this unfortunate accident, but Florida statutes don’t allow The Coastal Star to obtain the accident report for 60 days.  Delray Beach enforces a law prohibiting access to accident… Continue

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A Coastal Star: Dispatcher sends herself off in a new direction

LEFT: Jeanne Zuidema relaxes with her rottweiler,

Alicia, at their home in Lantana. Photo by Jerry Lower


By Jan Norris

When she retires May 31 after nearly 28 years as a Police Department dispatcher for Ocean Ridge, Jeanne Zuidema’s career is going to the dogs. Literally.

“I have a full…


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Local Voices: Planting project goes native

Julia Walker (l-r), Dr. John Wootton and Rita Ginsky of the Ocean Ridge Garden Club with the native planting at Ocean Ridge Town Hall. Photo provided

The Ocean Ridge Garden Club has installed a native garden at the entrance to the Town Hall.

Why native? Native plant landscaping contributes to the preservation…


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Along the Avenues: The NFL in Delray Beach!

The recently revived and moved Elwood’s in Delray (301 NE Third Ave.) seems to be hitting its stride — barbecue with a Virginia accent and a strong weekend lineup up of regional bands and the occasional national act, including The Dillengers and the HepCat Boodaddies and Johnny Ray’s ‘Elvis Thursdays.’ The locals get their shot on Open Mic…


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Local Voices: 'Lake O' views worth the effort to walk or ride on the dike

By Steve Leveen

Palm Beach County has a coast no one has seen. Well, almost no one, compared with the millions who have seen our Atlantic coast.

The coast I’m talking about is on Lake Okeechobee and, in truth, it’s not that easy to see.

Twenty years ago, when we were new to Florida and had to drive over to the west coast, I decided to skip Alligator…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 4, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Briny Breezes: Board and council at loggerheads over town expenses

By Emily J. Minor

In a display of further disintegrating cooperation, the Town Council in April reiterated its exasperation with its corporate counterparts, pleading for either money or a decent explanation as to why the corporation has voted, twice, to withhold $30,000 from this year’s payments.

For years, since Briny’s inception, officials on the government side have always relied on the corporate side to each year pay what they could not. Town income is mostly real estate taxes,… Continue

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Watering restrictions in place for most coastal towns

Due to the drought-like conditions, regional and local authorities have instituted lawn watering restrictions, effective March 26.  There are no restrictions on watering with reclaimed water.

Here is a list of when, and what, you can water.

Existing landscaping

Odd-numbered addresses may water lawns and landscapes on Wednesdays and Saturdays from midnight to 10 a.m. and/or 4 p.m. to midnight.

Even-numbered addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays from midnight to 10 a.m.… Continue

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Gulf Stream: Condo residents seek cut in utility-burying costs

By Tim O’Meilia

Gulf Stream’s plan to put all its utility lines — electric, telephone and cable — under ground has aroused the concerns of condominium residents worried about how much they will be assessed for the estimated $5.5 million project.

More than 20 condominium residents packed the Town Commission chambers April 28 to protest the method that will be used to assess town residents to pay for the project.

The typical condo owner would pay $6,128 for the work, while… Continue

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Delray Beach: Boston’s second-story plan gets commission’s OK

By Margie Plunkett

Boston’s on the Beach got approval in late April from Delray Beach commissioners for its proposed enclosed second story, withstanding an appeal initiated by Commissioner Tom Carney after a resident objected to the change.

A rendering of the re-designed landmark restaurant, at 40 S. Ocean Blvd., included a second-story awning and fence in front of the bank of windows. The Site Plan Review and Appearance Board had already approved the plan.

The man behind…


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Delray Beach: New rules govern Segway use

Delray Beach commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance that allows Segway tours in designated areas.
The new law, approved at the April 5 meeting, requires escorted tour participants to undergo a minimum of instruction time before riding, to wear a safety vest when riding and to travel in a single file.
The Segways are not allowed on the east side of A1A at the public beach.
— Margie Plunkett

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A popular place: Politicians tour Lantana and South Palm Beach

Florida Governor Rick Scott talked with Michael Bornstein, Lantana’s Town Manager, and dozens of other local officials during a whirlwind tour April 6 of three eroded Palm Beach County beaches.  The Governor made no promises of any efforts the state could make to control erosion. Photo by Jerry…


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Manalapan: Town drops light monitoring effort

Sea turtles that visit town beaches during nesting season will remain under the protective eyes of Palm Beach County environmental officials.

Town commissioners decided at their April meeting not to pass an ordinance proposed by then-Mayor Tom Gerrard early last year that would have shifted monitoring of lights on the beach from the county to Manalapan.

Mayor Pro Tem Donald Brennan said he saw no benefit to the town assuming the responsibility.

“This is a service for which we… Continue

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Lantana: Fishing Pier added to bridge plan

By Tim O’Meilia

Hoping to shoo fishermen off the soon-to-be-rebuilt East Ocean Avenue bridge in Lantana, the Town Council approved construction of a $500,000 concrete fishing pier on the west end of the span.

Palm Beach County will build the 8-foot-wide pier in conjunction with the construction of the new bridge, which is expected to begin in November and last two years.

The 400-foot pier will jut into the Intracoastal Waterway from Bicentennial Park on the north side of the… Continue

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Delray Beach: Coaches get ball rolling for Seacrest sports reunion

 (l-r) John Shipley, Seacrest High Class of 1964, Norman Price, Head Basketball Coach, Randy Cooper (with cap) Head Football Coach, and Tom Smith, Seacrest High Class of ‘67 pose at Seacrest stadium in front of a Don Seiler statue of Hall of Fame professional quarterback Y.A. Tittle. Seiler sent the statue to Atlantic High School when he was living in Miami in…


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Boca Raton: Friends’ hefty donation contingent on a bigger library

By Margie Plunkett


The Friends of the Library in Boca Raton want a bigger footprint for the new public library than initially proposed and are willing to give the city a $250,000 gift to do it.

The gift will support 1,250 more gross square feet — 800 net after space for walls, mechanical and restrooms are factored in — and the Friends want it to be used to increase the used-book store in the planned facility to 1,600 square feet from 1,200. The…


Added by Deborah Hartz-Seeley on May 4, 2011 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Sea grape trimming won’t start until after turtle nesting season

The city has received a draft permit from the Department of Environmental Protection to trim sea grapes in four locations on the north part of A1A, City Manager Leif Ahnell told the council on April 26.   

The project drew concern of the DEP, which feared that cutting back the sea grape would allow light that could affect turtle nesting.

The process is not yet complete, however. The city still needs to get some comments back to the DEP, Ahnell said, and a final permit must be…


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