May 2019 Blog Posts (97)

Tops in toe shoes: Boca Raton’s Harid Conservatory trains ballet stars of the future

ABOVE: Students of The Harid Conservatory perform a scene from the classical ballet, Raymonda, during a dress rehearsal at Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River High School. BELOW: Alexis Valdés and Lauren Leb practice the grand pas de deux from…

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Along the Coast: Preliminary property values

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Briny Breezes: Council aims to simplify building permit process

By Dan Moffett

Problems with building permit processing continue to beleaguer Briny Breezes officials.

Town Manager Dale Sugerman told council members that recent permitting errors by C.A.P. Government Inc., the outside contractor that handles building inspections and plan reviews in Briny, prompted him to meet with the company’s president last month to discuss corrective action.

Sugerman said he gave Carlos Penin at least 11 examples of instances in which…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Hal Stern

Hal Stern at the Seagate Beach Club, part of the resort his family visited as snowbirds before buying a house in coastal Delray Beach. In retirement Stern is chairman of the city’s Green Implementation Advancement Board. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

Hal…

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Boca Raton: Use of airport’s year-old customs office far exceeds forecast

By Rich Pollack

Since it opened just about a year ago, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Boca Raton has had close to 7,000 aircraft passengers come through its doors.

They have come on almost 1,500 planes and arrived after departing from 40 countries, including Italy, Germany and England.

They have brought with them warm-weather clothing and sometimes pets. They’ve also brought trash — lots of it.

Between May 31, 2018, and May 20…

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Obituary: Marjorie Scott Ott

By Sallie James

DELRAY BEACH — Delray Beach fashion designer Marjorie Scott Ott, a devoted mother and entrepreneur whose stylish line of resort wear garnered national attention, died on May 3 at home. She was 97.

Mrs. Ott created the Toby of Palm Beach line of clothing in the 1960s that was carried by upscale stores such as…

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Obituary: Jon Randal ‘Randy’ McDonald

By Sallie James

BOCA RATON — Jon Randal “Randy” McDonald loved to go barefoot, throw parties, chat up his neighbors and spend time with his beloved sheepdogs. He was also a talented investment professional, recently named one of the top brokers in Florida.

When he died on April 17 after a brief illness, leaving behind his wife,…

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Delray Beach: Turtle-safe lighting in beach project’s next phase

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach Public Works staff unveiled the second phase of the beach master plan on May 28.

The work will start July 8 and is scheduled to be finished mostly by Nov. 19, said Aaron Cutler of Mathews Consulting who was hired to monitor the project.

When finished, the beach promenade will have amber lighting on the beach side of State Road A1A that is friendly to sea turtles and pedestrians. The $3.3 million project also includes enhanced…

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Boca Raton: City pleased with update on Intracoastal park combo

By Steve Plunkett

The combined Wildflower-Silver Palm park won’t have access stairs on the north side of the Palmetto Park Road bridge after all.

A team from consultant EDSA Inc., which is designing the combined park, toured Deerfield Beach’s new Sullivan Park “and they have stairs. It seemed to make sense to us,” EDSA principal Kona Gray said.

“But Palm Beach County requested that we make it…

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Manalapan: New owner of bank building wants construction moratorium lifted

By Dan Moffett

Sandra Foschi owns and operates nine health and wellness centers in the New York City area and wants to expand the company to Manalapan.

When the old BB&T bank building on the northeast corner of Plaza del Mar went on the market earlier this year, Foschi thought it was the ideal place for another of her Health SOS businesses. The center could offer residents physical therapy, sports medicine, nutritional support, massages and acupuncture,…

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Manalapan: Eau no longer on the market, but slated for renovations

By Mary Thurwachter

Although Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa was placed on the market earlier this year, owners have since decided not to sell. The five-star hotel is destined for renovations, however, according to Eau spokesman Nick Gold.

The owners, a family based in London, met with the hotel’s 400 employees on Feb. 21 to announce they had decided that after 16 years they felt “the timing was right to actively market and sell the hotel to a new owner,” Gold…

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Highland Beach: No agreement yet on regional planning council’s bill

By Rich Pollack

Weeks after Highland Beach officially canceled its consulting contract with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council following the defeat of a multimillion dollar bond referendum, the two organizations are still at odds over who owes money to whom and how much.

In an April letter to the planning council’s chair and executive director, Highland Beach officials said they were disappointed and not…

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Highland Beach: Vice mayor: Get public input before decision-making

By Rich Pollack

Highland Beach Vice Mayor Greg Babij knows that some residents have good ideas, and he hopes a new process he is proposing will make it easier for those ideas to surface before town commissioners make important decisions.

Babij late last month asked his fellow commissioners to consider changing procedures at commission meetings to allow residents a chance to comment on each agenda item shortly after…

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Boca Raton: Museum renovation to provide livelier reckoning of city’s past

In the proposed ‘Boca Raton in World War II’ room, a one-fifth scale…

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Boca Raton: Generous gift will allow new, improved Gumbo Limbo tower to rise

By Steve Plunkett

An unnamed benefactor will pay a substantial part of the $450,000 cost to make Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s three-story observation tower ADA-compliant.

Michele Peel, president of the Friends of Gumbo Limbo,…

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Business Spotlight: McKinney’s South Palm project reflects demand for smaller estates

Sales pave way for new in Highland Beach,

preservation of old in Gulf Stream

Frank McKinney’s $17.5 million project in South Palm. Photo provided

By Christine Davis

Delray Beach…

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Boca Raton: Council demands more financial details on golf course project

By Steve Plunkett

City Council members came expecting to be told how much it will cost to build the planned Boca National Golf Course.

Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District commissioners came hoping to secure council members’ blessing of the conceptual design.

Both sides left the May 28 joint meeting unfulfilled.

Beach and Park Commissioner Robert Rollins told council…

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Made for Shade: Sunglasses are vital when it comes to eye protection

Scott Koedel of Ocean Ridge models Electric Swingarm glasses with matte black frames and bronze green mirror lenses. $200.99.

By Brian Biggane 

Did you know that one sunglass lens is better for fishing…

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Philanthropy Notes: Dancers named for Boca’s Ballroom Battle scholarship fundraiser

The Boca’s Ballroom Battle contestants will include (l-r) Jody Saffert, Fran Nachlas, Dr. Minelle Tendler, Jason Hagensick, Diana Riser and Margaret Blume. Photo provided

By Amy Woods

The competition has begun for Boca’s Ballroom…

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Italian Festival: Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort — April 6

Il Circolo participated in its first such festival, which featured a spaghetti-eating contest without forks. Guests came to enjoy food, laughter and all things Italian. The organization is already gearing up for the next one. RIGHT: Marco Capoccia and Paul Finizio call to the crowd. Photo provided by Joan…

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