June 2020 Blog Posts (14)

Along the Coast: Barrier island, mainland Boca are magnets for Tesla cars

ABOVE: Michele Peel of Boca Raton says her Tesla is the most fun car she has ever owned. ‘It drives like a dream,’ she says.

BELOW: Peel plugs in her Tesla at work, where she gets free charging.…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 30, 2020 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Health & Harmony: Therapist offers tips on coping with depression during pandemic

By Linda Haase

The CDC’s prediction of 130,000 deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19 by July 4 is downright depressing. After all, we expected to be celebrating the nation’s independence, not lamenting a historic loss.

The pandemic’s physical toll is well known, but the emotional impact is less publicized.

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll revealed that nearly half of Americans feel the COVID-19 threat is harming their mental health. That number skyrockets to 65%…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 30, 2020 at 2:30pm — No Comments

On the Water: Out of the pool business and into the challenges of the deep

Engineer Jonathan Pugh, of Ocean Ridge, worked with Triton Submarines on the dive team that sent Sullivan more than 35,000 feet below the surface. Photos provided by Enrique Alvarez/Caladan Oceanic

By Willie Howard



Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 30, 2020 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Health Notes: New visitor guidelines announced at Boca, Bethesda hospitals

Want to visit a friend or family member in the hospital during the COVID-19 outbreak? Check the new rules first, like these for Baptist Health South Florida, which operates Boca Raton Regional Hospital and the Bethesda hospitals in Boynton Beach.

As of June 15, for inpatient units, one adult visitor at a time is allowed from 3–9 p.m. Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 will not be allowed visitors except under exceptional circumstances.

For labor and…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 30, 2020 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Paws Up for Pets: Surge in adoptions helps old or injured animals find homes

Carl Case, of Boca Raton, adopted Cici, a three-legged corgi mix, from Tri-County Animal Rescue. Photo provided

By Arden Moore

There is a silver lining to this coronavirus that has limited us for months. Cici, Cooper and Daisy know firsthand.

All three — two…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 30, 2020 at 2:00pm — No Comments

On the Water: Summer Sargassum mats lead South Florida anglers to mahi mahi

ABOVE: Doug O’Neal and Chris Deen hold a 30-pound bull dolphinfish, or mahi mahi, that Deen caught using a live goggle-eye near a large sargassum mat off Palm Beach in July 2019. Mahi mahi fishing tends to be good during July and August in the waters off Palm Beach County.…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 30, 2020 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: PBC beaches to close over July 4 weekend

By Charles Elmore 

 An emergency order puts beaches out of bounds for the Fourth of July weekend across Palm Beach County.

  The county's order to close beaches temporarily joins similar decrees in Miami-Dade and Broward counties aimed at avoiding large gatherings during the three-day weekend to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  Palm Beach County mayor Dave Kerner told media outlets it would be "highly irresponsible" to keep beaches open and said the…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 30, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

Delray Beach: In 3-2 vote commission moves to terminate contract with city manager

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach City Manager George Gretsas received notice of the intent to fire him on June 24 by a 3-2 vote of the city commission. He is suspended with pay.

Commissioners were asked to vote without seeing the outside counsel’s report on allegations levied against Gretsas.

They relied on City Attorney Lynn Gelin, who hired the outside firm. Gelin said Gretsas violated city policy.

“I can’t go forward with that motion without knowing…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 24, 2020 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Lantana: No fireworks in Lantana this year after all

By Mary Thurwachter

Lantana reversed course during the June 22 Town Council meeting, postponing its Fourth of July fireworks show. Until then, the town had planned to have the pyrotechnics display from a barge in the Intracoastal Waterway next to Bicentennial Park but without the traditional celebration in the park.

With the coronavirus pandemic lurking, one by one towns and cities up and down the coastline have been putting the kibosh on fireworks.



Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 23, 2020 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Boynton Beach: Mural alterations lead to dismissal of public art manager, departure of fire chief

Photographs of firefighters were used as the base for a mural named 'Community Heartbeat' by Boca Raton artist Lynn Doyal. In the mural sample above it can be seen how the face of Deputy Fire Chief Latosha Clemons was obscured. In a different panel (below), images of both Clemons and former Fire Chief Glenn…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 6, 2020 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Along the Coast: County takes 'modest' steps toward allowing more business openings

By Mary Hladky

Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner on Friday asked Gov. Ron DeSantis to allow more business openings in the county.

Kerner, who announced he had sent a letter to DeSantis during a Friday news conference, said bars located within restaurants should be opened with a 50 percent capacity limit. Stand-alone bars, however, would remain closed.

In addition, massage, tattoo and tanning businesses should open, he said.

Kerner also opened…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 5, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments

City by City COVID-19 Cases


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 4, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Boynton takes over as South County's COVID-19 epicenter

By Steve Plunkett

Boynton Beach has wrested the lead from Boca Raton as South County's coronavirus hotspot, with 669 cases reported as of June 4.

Boca Raton has 660 cases, while Delray Beach has 518 reports.

Two weeks earlier, Boca Raton led with 586 with Boynton Beach at 537 and Delray Beach at 447. 
In the latest report West Palm Beach leads Palm Beach County with 1,330…

Added by The Coastal Star on June 4, 2020 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Coronavirus forces another delay for Haynie's trial

By Mary Hladky

Former Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s trial on public corruption charges has been postponed until Sept. 21 due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

Prosecutor Brian Fernandes and Bruce Zimet, Haynie’s criminal defense lawyer, agreed to cancel a scheduled July 20 trial and to set the new trial date because the pandemic has made it difficult to complete pretrial discovery. They also were concerned that not enough potential jurors would be available…


Added by The Coastal Star on June 3, 2020 at 5:34pm — 2 Comments

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