The Coastal Star

June 2011 Blog Posts (107)

In Gulf Stream it's official: Electric, phone and cable TV are going underground

By Steve Plunkett

       It’s official now—property owners in town will pay non-ad valorem special assessments to put electric, phone and cable TV lines underground, out of the view and away from wind and salty air.

Sitting June 30 as the Board of Equalization, town commissioners voted unanimously that the assessment plan developed by consultant Willdan Financial Services was fair.

‘’I think the proposal is reasonable and we should make the decision,’’ Mayor William Koch…


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South Palm Beach: Town rejects offer of police coverage by Manalapan

By Tim O’Meilia

                  The South Palm Beach Town Council rejected June 21 an offer from Manalapan Mayor Basil Diamond to supply police and dispatch services to the town.

                  In a June 6 letter to the Town Council, Diamond outlined two options that he said would save the town $401,000 to $730,000, or 43 percent to 78 percent of its police and dispatching budget.

                  Mayor Donald Clayman disputed the estimated…


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A caption beneath a photograph of a yoga class at the Highland Beach Library in the May edition of The Coastal Star incorrectly identified the yoga instructor. Her name is Dee Greenberg.

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Hypoluxo Island: Couple hopes to highlight charm of '50s cottage

Left: Candy Heydt opens the front door of the quintessential 1950s Florida cottage.


By Christine Davis

You could go north or south on Hypoluxo Island and still end up at Mason and Candy Heydts’ home.

That’s because they live at 705 N. Atlantic Drive, and they just…


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Towns rejoice: Ocean Ave. bridge to remain open much of next winter

By Tim O’Meilia

    The closing of the East Ocean Avenue Bridge to begin construction of its replacement has been pushed back to March, giving oceanside residents and avenue merchants an extra winter without detours.

    “That will be wonderful. At least we can get through the season,” said South Palm Beach Mayor Donald Clayman. “It will be a two-year disaster as it is.” Palm Beach County engineers said they didn’t want the start of demolition on the deteriorating 61-year-old… Continue

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Lake Worth: Changes on the menu for city restaurant scene

By Jan Norris

    Though John G’s move from the Lake Worth Casino to Manalapan’s Plaza del Mar is a fait accompli, several other Lake Worth restaurants have changes in the works.

    Brogue’s, the Irish pub that opened in 2002 at the corner of Lake Avenue and K Street, has been sold.

    Emily Regan, owner of the Bees Knees in Lake Worth, bought it, and with her husband, Rob, and daughter, Tania, will convert it to Brogue’s Down Under.

    “We’re going to… Continue

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Lantana/South Palm Beach: Breakwaters look dead in the water

Plans for breakwaters designed to halt erosion on the sand-starved beaches of South Palm Beach and Lantana were cancelled, in effect, by Palm Beach County commissioners at a June 28 workshop.

Faced with the inability to get a federal permit for above-water structures off the Singer Island beach after three decades of discussion, commissioners were not willing to pursue a project of submerged breakwaters, which county officials said would be far less effective and more expensive.

The… Continue

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Boca Raton: Veteran crossing guard lauded for years of excellent service

By Paula Detwiller


It might have been a broad-daylight traffic tragedy. 

The light turned red, but the car didn’t stop. The driver, focusing on his cell phone, swung into the intersection to make his left turn — straight into the path of a young boy.

“That’s when I grabbed him and snatched him back,” said crossing guard Daisy Marshall, who was…


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Boca Raton: House party parents escape conviction

By Steve Plunkett

                  The parents charged with hosting an “open house party” crashed by hundreds of beer-toting high school students in the gated Sanctuary enclave ended their day in court with adjudication withheld.

                  Shlomo and Jeannie Rasabi, who pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge, will not have a conviction on their records. Judge Barry M. Cohen assessed court costs of $253 each but no jail time or fine.



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Boynton Inlet spruced up and spritzing sand

By Tim O’Meilia

Thirty-odd years ago, a barely teen-aged Geoff Pugh and his brother would climb down to the rocks at the bottom of the north jetty of the Boynton Inlet and spear fish until a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy shooed them away.

Other days they would cast nets for sheepshead or whatever was running that time of year, always keeping an eye out for…


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Mayors seek ways to work together: Study proposed for coastal area

By Steve Plunkett,

Tim O’Meilia

and Margie Plunkett

Cooperation was at the top of the menu for the first luncheon of mayors from South Palm Beach to Gulf Stream.

Mayor Ken Kaleel of Ocean Ridge organized the meeting at Callaro’s Prime Steak and Seafood  shortly before the restaurant left Manalapan, mostly so coastal leaders could get to know each other better. By the end of the meal they decided hiring a consultant might be the best way to consolidate services and save tax… Continue

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A Coastal Star: Officer honored for impact in SPB community

By Tim O’Meilia

The first driving-under-the-influence arrest South Palm Beach Police Officer Jason LaForte ever made was almost his last.

The suspect was a Palm Beach resident — but let’s not stereotype here — weaving through the town’s five-eighths of a mile of two-lane A1A. After the driver failed the roadside sobriety test and was handcuffed “he went… Continue

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Along the Avenues: Marking the life of Elwood's founder

By Thom Smith  

    Just like old times … with one big exception. No Elwood.

    Michael Elwood Gochenour had left this world a couple of weeks earlier, but on the night of June 15, which would have been his 60th birthday, his spirit was alive and, as friends who gathered in tribute noted, he no doubt was enjoying the moment.

    “Tonight and…


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Editorial: Plastic litter a lethal ingredient in ocean life

When the tide is low and the sand is damp and made for walking, there’s nothing I love more than taking a long, long stroll along the shore.

    I’ve lived near the beach for more than 25 years so my house is a testament to my love of the shore: seashells and beach glass fill jars and windowsills.

    I’ve found curious items during my walks — some printed with foreign… Continue

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Lantana: Town afloat in history as it reaches 90th




Left: Ye Tower Restaurant was a landmark along Dixie Highway in southern Lantana. Paul Dunbar operated the restaurant from 1925 until it was torn down in 1987. Photos courtesy of the Lantana Historical Society






By Liz Best

When the red carpet rolls out July 2 at the town…


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Meet Your Neighbor: Walter A. Clarke Jr. — Lantana

Walter Clarke of Lantana hadn’t planned to be a career military man. He hadn’t planned to receive medical training, and he never dreamed he’d become an Army surgeon’s assistant, performing amputations and “playing God” in a Mobile Army Surgical Unit during some of the bloodiest battles of World War II. But that’s the life he fell into. And he accepted it all, good and… Continue

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Gulf Stream: Late annexation objection voted down in Boynton

By Steve Plunkett


    A Boynton Beach city commissioner’s saber-rattling over the March annexation caught town officials by surprise and caused weeks of uneasiness in Town Hall and the former county pocket.

    Boynton Beach Commis-sioner Steve Holzman started the dust-up June 7, saying a 2004 interlocal agreement between the municipalities should have blocked the annexation. Further, he said, if Boynton Beach had annexed the property instead of Gulf Stream, it would have taken… Continue

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Delray Beach: Downtown parking is focus of city efforts

Delray Beach commissioners this month will review parking changes as part of a study implementation intended to address Downtown Development Authority concerns about the growing number of restaurants along Atlantic Avenue.

    The DDA called for a moratorium on new restaurants in March in an attempt to keep the mix of businesses in balance, but City Manager David Harden said staff was working on a different approach.            

    The staff’s parking plan discourages restaurants by… Continue

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South Palm Beach: Drought prompts tight water-use restrictions

By Tim O’Meilia

    South Palm Beach now has two water problems: too much salty ocean water from the east and not enough treated water from the west.

    While erosion from the ocean has been an ongoing concern, a dwindling supply of water for drinking and lawn sprinkling has cropped up with the continuing drought that began in October.

    As a result, the town’s 28 condominiums and four single-family homes and the Town Hall have been placed on severe water-use…


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Manalapan: Tough trade-offs needed to trim police budget

By Steve Plunkett


Town commissioners struggled with reshaping the Police Department — or at least budgeting less money for it — in their latest strategy workshop.

    “We have a force and policies which would support a community two to five times the size of ours,’’ Vice Mayor Robert Evans said in a report to his colleagues after he studied the department.

    Evans noted Manalapan’s force is almost the same size as Gulf Stream’s, 10 vs. 11, but because Gulf Stream has… Continue

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