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Boca Raton: Reopening of Camino Real bridge delayed

The Camino Real bridge, scheduled as recently as May 22 to reopen June 20, will stay closed to vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians while construction teams conduct a functional inspection.
The reopening has not been scheduled yet.
"At this time we cannot confirm a bridge opening date," said Kristine Frazell-Smith, who manages Palm Beach County's local roads section, which is in charge of the $8.9 million project.
Lucia Bonavita, senior aide to County…
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Added by The Coastal Star on June 20, 2019 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

South Palm Beach: South Palm approves merger deal with sheriff

By Dan Moffett 

 After running its own police department for more than a half-century, the Town of South Palm Beach has decided to join forces with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

 The Town Council voted 4-1 on June 18 to approve a draft contract for services with the sheriff that would begin on Oct. 1 and run for 10 years. Councilwoman Stella Gaddy Jordan voted against the merger agreement, saying she wanted to see the final version of the contract…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 19, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Coyotes get closer to barrier island, but pose little danger

Coyotes have long slender legs. Photo provided by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

By Cheryl Blackerby

Sharp-eyed and quick, coyotes are turning up in Palm Beach County as far east as the Intracoastal Waterway, running across…

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Added by The Coastal Star on May 29, 2019 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: In tribute to our armed forces

Garden Club unveils Blue Star Memorial Marker at Town Hall

A crowd gathers on Memorial Day for the unveiling of a Blue Star Memorial at Ocean Ridge Town Hall. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Ron…

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Coastal Star: Sweet Dream Makers on a mission to provide beds for kids in need

Sweet Dream Makers founder Suzy Broad gets financial support from Neil Gillman and logistical help and donations from Marc Schiller of City Mattress. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Janis Fontaine

There is no substitute for a good night’s sleep. You can’t buy one. You can’t…

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Added by The Coastal Star on May 29, 2019 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Editor’s Note: Summer might be slower — but it’s not unimportant

Sea turtle tracks are on the beach and TV weather maps already show suspicious-looking bright blobs in the Atlantic. The steady hum of air conditioners is all around and even the finest restaurants are offering enticing dining deals. It must be summer.

Less traffic, more parking, cheaper admission. What’s not to love? Soon the ocean will be warm enough for natives to swim in and the predictable afternoon thunderstorms will pass, casting rainbows on balmy evenings.

Now is the time…

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Added by The Coastal Star on May 29, 2019 at 1:12pm — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: Hospital’s new CEO comes from partner in planned merger

By Sallie James

Nearly a year after Boca Raton Regional Hospital said it would merge with Baptist Health South Florida, the hospital has named its new chief executive officer: Lincoln S. Mendez, the former CEO of South Miami Hospital, a Baptist property.

Mendez will replace Jerry Fedele, president and CEO of Boca Regional Hospital,…

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Added by The Coastal Star on May 29, 2019 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Gulf Stream: So long, Mr. Z

Head of school says goodbye to Gulf Stream School,

where he took pride in caring, listening

ABOVE: Joe Zaluski, in a hat borrowed from a kindergarten student, congratulates Amelia Grandic and her…

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Gulf Stream: Commission tells residents to remove roadside obstructions

Stakes just off Gulf Stream’s narrow roadways are popular, especially across the street from a construction site. A 1999 policy allows PVC pipe 3 feet high. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Steve Plunkett

Mayor Scott Morgan wants homeowners, especially those in the…

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Added by The Coastal Star on May 29, 2019 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Accident uncovers hydrant neglect; town races to catch up

Trash bags taped over hydrants alert firefighters that the hydrants are not in top form and still need repair. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

Ocean Ridge caught a lucky break in April when a motorist swerved off A1A and slammed into a fire hydrant near the corner…

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Added by The Coastal Star on May 29, 2019 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Update: PlasTrek team making progress around Florida

Featured in the May edition of The Coastal Star, Heather Bolint and Bryan Galvin have been walking the coast of Florida to document and pick up waste plastic. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes

When last we heard from Bryan Galvin and Heather Bolint,…

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Added by The Coastal Star on May 29, 2019 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Lantana: Bird-watchers drawn to Nature Preserve after rare sighting

This red-legged thrush, spotted April 25, was only the second on record in the U.S. Photo provided by Paul Waller

By Mary Thurwachter

If you noticed an onslaught of visitors to the Lantana Nature Preserve in late April, there was good reason. A rare bird was spotted…

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Added by The Coastal Star on May 29, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Update: Fundraising ride rolls home after 48 days

Featured in the April edition of The Coastal Star, Ray Charley (right) celebrates the end of his cross-country ride with biking partner Roberto Cintron. Photo provided

By Stephen Moore

Part-time Ocean Ridge resident Ray Charley completed the 3,050-mile Ride Across America in Support of…

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Added by The Coastal Star on May 29, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

South Palm Beach: Sheriff’s unscheduled presentation to council brings objections

Related Story: Lantana declines invitation to bid on policing South Palm

By Dan Moffett

South Palm Beach council members say they’re determined to get their debate over police services back on track after a raucous council…

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Added by The Coastal Star on May 29, 2019 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Lantana: Lantana declines invitation to bid on policing South Palm

Related Story: South Palm Beach: Sheriff’s unscheduled presentation to council brings objections

By Dan Moffett

Lantana Town Council members are very pleased with the state of their Police Department.

So pleased, in…

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Added by The Coastal Star on May 29, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Dirty discharge deepens scrutiny of Atlantic Crossing project

Multiple pumps remove water from the site of digging for an underground garage. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

Concerned Delray Beach residents are monitoring the massive Atlantic Crossing development underway at the northeast corner of Northeast Sixth and…

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Added by The Coastal Star on May 29, 2019 at 11:51am — 1 Comment

Delray Beach: FDOT reveals $3.7 million upgrade for George Bush Boulevard, including bike lanes and sidewalks

By Jane Smith



Some barrier island residents said they’ve been waiting 15 years to see sidewalks along George Bush Boulevard in Delray Beach.

Their wait is scheduled to end in spring 2021.

That’s when the Florida Department of Transportation will use $3.7 million in federal gas tax funds to…

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Added by The Coastal Star on May 29, 2019 at 11:42am — No Comments

Delray Beach: Property owner wants lawsuit reopened

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach bakery owner Billy Himmelrich is asking a Palm Beach County Circuit Court judge to reopen his lawsuit against the city.

Himmelrich and business partner David Hosokawa want the judge to reconsider their claim under the Bert Harris Act, which protects property rights.

The partners say when the city created a three-story height cap for downtown properties in early 2015, Delray Beach limited what they could build on their four…

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Added by The Coastal Star on May 29, 2019 at 11:38am — No Comments

Delray Beach: City seeks dismissal of Lauzier’s whistleblower lawsuit

By Jane Smith



Delray Beach is asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuit that fired City Manager Mark Lauzier filed in Palm Beach Circuit Court claiming the city violated the state’s Whistleblower Act.

Lauzier sued Delray Beach on April 29, claiming his March 1 firing was in retaliation for not allowing the mayor to fly her…

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Added by The Coastal Star on May 29, 2019 at 11:36am — No Comments

Delray Beach: Downtowner drops bid to return to Delray, citing liability costs

By Jane Smith



The Downtowner open-air vehicle company has officially parted ways with the City of Delray Beach.

The transportation company rankled the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency when it reduced the number of vehicles it would provide for its point-to-point service from nine to seven and pulled its bid for the fixed operator contract that would replace the current trolley system.

The reason? The $5 million liability insurance policy that the CRA…

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Added by The Coastal Star on May 29, 2019 at 11:33am — No Comments

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