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July 2013 Blog Posts (128)

Around Town: Boca singer finds her ‘Way’ on charts

Greg Rice and his wife, Lori Miller, take a break during activities at Lake Worth’s July Fourth celebration.

Photo by Annamarie Hunt

    Nice early…


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Delray Beach: As theaters go dark, local options dwindle for moviegoers

By Dan Moffett 

    A night at the movies is getting to be a tough ticket in Delray Beach as the local movie houses go through some major changes.

    Last spring, the operators of the Plaza at Delray mall on the corner of Federal Highway and Linton Boulevard received approval from the city for a plan to demolish the Regal Delray Beach 18 Theater. They told the Planning and Zoning Department they intend to replace it with an LA Fitness.

    Then in June, Delray…


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Delray Beach: Lawsuit dropped as Atlantic Crossing goes forward

By Dan Moffett 

    Outgunned and outspent in the courts, six Delray Beach residents dropped their lawsuit against the developer of the Atlantic Crossing project, saying the fight had become too much. 

    “This was a monetary Goliath,” said Benita Goldstein, who gave up on the legal case and left the original group of opponents months ago. “We really couldn’t go up against them. I saw this coming and that’s why I pulled out.” 

    The suit had claimed that city…


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Delray Beach: City mulls ways to deal with exploding pension debt

By Tim Pallesen 

    Delray Beach taxpayers are facing a $93 million debt to pay the pension benefits of the city’s police officers and firefighters. 

    The debt has grown 276 percent since it was $33.6 million in 2007, forcing city commissioners to either cut pension benefits or raise taxes. 

    “A $33 million hole has blown up into a $93 million crater that will continue to get worse if we don’t change how we do business,” Mayor Cary Glickstein told…


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Lantana won’t raise taxes but will tackle beach drainage project

By Mary Thurwachter 

    With property values beginning to rebound — up 1.6 percent over last year — Lantana will have a little more money to work with next year. Taxable property has increased from $678 million to $689 million. 

    In July after its second budget workshop meeting, the Town Council voted to set the tax rate at $3.23 per $1,000 of taxable property value, the same rate it has had for the past five years. Public hearings have been set for 6 p.m. on Sept.…


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Lantana: Town advances modest plans for waterfront park

By Mary Thurwachter 

    A plan to convert two town-owned lots into a waterfront park and parking lot got the green light from the Lantana Town Council in June. 

    But several neighbors to the side-by-side lots, at 106 and 122 N. Lake Drive on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway, made it clear during a public hearing on July 8 that they only approved of half of the plan — the parking lot. 

    Lantana used money from its reserves to buy the lots for $1.2…


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Briny Breezes: Town will ask corporation to fill budget gap

By Tim O’Meilia 

    Police, fire and emergency services will cost more. But taxable property in Briny Breezes is worth less. And the town’s tax rate is already maxed out. So the Briny Breezes Town Council will ask the corporation that owns the town to increase its support so the town can balance its 2013-’14 budget. 

    After struggling to reduce legal fees and voting to increase permit fees by $25 to $85 and inspection fees to $50 per inspection, aldermen still faced…


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Former Galaxy student excited to teach at new school

By Paula Detwiller

When LaDeshia Brooks attended fifth grade at Galaxy Elementary School in 1989, the school didn’t seem old to her.

“I just remember my classroom was in a portable,” she says.

But by the time Brooks grew up, earned an elementary education degree from the University of South Florida and began her teaching career at her old…


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Manalapan: Town drops seawall rules effort

By Tim O’Meilia 

    After months of discussing setting standards for seawalls, Manalapan town commissioners abruptly decided July 23 to scrap the idea. 

    “I’ve been getting a lot of pushback from residents on the seawall situation,” said Mayor David Cheifetz. “Enforcing the code would be expensive for the residents.”

    Other commissioners agreed and voted 5-0 to drop plans for seawall regulations. 

    The new regulations would have required that…


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Manalapan: Civility policy approved despite opposition

By Tim O’Meilia 

    “David’s Rules of Order” — Manalapan Mayor David Cheifetz’s five informal suggestions for civility and decorum during town commission meetings — lasted four months. 

    Now commissioners and residents have three pages of “public participation guidelines” to follow during public meetings, including the centerpiece of Cheifetz’s original rules — a five-minute limit for speakers, unless the mayor grants an exemption. 

    And no giving your…


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Manalapan: Raises, rides and reserves packed in budget proposal

By Tim O’Meilia 

    Manalapan town commissioners upheld Town Manager Linda Stumpf’s recommendation of a 3 percent salary increase for general employees, two part-time weekend police officers to patrol the beach and a six-car police fleet. 

    By a 4-1 vote, the commission set a tentative tax rate of $3 for every $1,000 of taxable property value beginning Oct. 1, but indicated that would likely be reduced before the final 2013-14 budget is approved in…


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Ocean Ridge: Commissioners seek details on ambitious budget

By Tim O’Meilia

    Ocean Ridge town commissioners will consider giving town employees a 3 percent raise, buying two police cars, a tree-trimming bucket truck and an all-terrain beach vehicle, and replacing the town’s outdated computer system — all in next year’s budget.

    Also on the agenda for a July 31 budget workshop meeting were raises for the police chief — the lowest-paid in Palm Beach County, according to a salary survey — the lieutenant and two dispatchers and…


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Editor's Note: Staff brings home (more!) professional recognition

Congratulations are in order. The Florida Press Association has awarded Coastal Star staffers with eight awards in its 2012 Weekly Newspaper Contest. We consider this quite an honor since we are the only monthly newspaper in the competition.

    The honors are awarded by journalism professionals outside of Florida and came in Division A — which is for newspapers with a circulation of over 15,000.

    First place awards went to the staff (special kudos to Scott Simmons and Jerry…


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South Palm Beach: Towns look for ways to speed up joint beach plan

By Tim O’Meilia 

    Local officials are hoping to shave months off a two-year environmental impact study that could lead to beach restoration in South Palm Beach, Lantana, Lake Worth and southern Palm Beach. 

    The $560,000 study is required to get federal approval of the latest version of a beach plan — an estimated $5 million project that would place seven short groins along the South Palm Beach-Lantana shoreline and dump about 75,000 cubic yards of sand on severely…


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Publisher's Note

This month, we are happy to expand the range of coverage in The Coastal Star with a new feature, Business Spotlight, which highlights the news and announcements of local businesses.
Christine Davis, a veteran real estate and business writer,  will anchor this column for us.  Reach her at
We look forward to reading about you.
— Jerry Lower,

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South Palm Beach: Proposed tax rate same as last year

    South Palm Beach nonunion employees would get a $1,500 bonus and perhaps a cost-of-living increase under a $1.7 million budget proposed by Town Manager Rex Taylor. 

    In a budget message, Taylor asked council members to consider cost-of-living raises for all employees during budget discussions. A workshop is planned for August but no date has been set. 

    Under their union contract, police will receive a $1,000 bonus in the new budget beginning Oct. 1. They received…


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Coastal Star: Speed hones her quick-step for dance fundraiser

Marie Speed takes a moment from an hourlong practice session to pose with her dance coach and partner James Brann.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes

    Oh, the things a good woman will do for a good cause.

    For five years, Marie Speed maintained,…


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The new Galaxy Elementary: Florida's greenest school

The new Galaxy Elementary School in Boynton Beach will be the greenest school campus in the state when it opens this month. At its heart is a two-story Wonderment Center, a gathering and learning spot.

Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal…


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Along the Coast: Delray to get Trader Joe’s of its own

By Tim Pallesen and Steve Plunkett


    Don’t fret, Delray Beach. You are going to get your very own Trader Joe’s after all.

    City officials began to worry after the California-based specialty grocer announced early last month that it will open a store on South Federal Highway in Boca Raton next year.

    Boca Raton officials and residents greeted the food store — known for a $2.99 bottle of wine dubbed “Two Buck Chuck” and employees wearing…


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Lantana: Agency examines 4 bids from airport operators

By Jane Smith

    Four companies submitted proposals last month in a bid to become the operator of the Lantana airport. 

    They are: Galaxy Aviation, Pahokee Airport, Saker Aviation and Sheltair Aviation. 

    The county’s Department of Airports is in a quiet period for 30 days while it reviews the proposals for the general aviation airport, officially known as Palm Beach County Park Airport. It sits at the northeast corner of Congress Avenue and…


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