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July 2014 Blog Posts (122)

Delray Beach: Man dies in boating mishap

    A man died after being trapped under a boat that capsized July 27 in a calm ocean off Delray Beach.

    City lifeguards and firefighters responded to a distress call from the boat at 3:56 p.m., Delray Beach Fire-Rescue reported.

    Lifeguards used personal watercraft to reach the overturned boat and removed three men from the water. One man, pulled from under the boat, was in critical condition. He died after being taken to the hospital.

    Officials had not released the…

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Boynton Beach: Fire-rescue budget increases to keep up with services

By Jane Smith

    

    Ocean Ridge and Briny Breezes residents will not have to worry about fire-rescue response times next summer, thanks to a directive given to Boynton Beach’s city manager at the city’s annual budget workshops, held July 21-22.

    City commissioners directed Lori LaVerriere to find $44,000 to pay for three firefighter salaries July-September 2015.

    A grant the city was using to pay those salaries runs out on June 30, 2015. Without…

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Briny Breezes: Town’s proposed budget shows minimal change

By Dan Moffett



    Briny Breezes is looking at a budget for the new fiscal year that is largely a mirror image of last year’s numbers.

    During July budget workshops, Town Council members gave preliminary approval to keeping the current tax rate of $10 per $1,000 of assessed value and holding the line on expenditures with a general fund budget of $662,330 that shows about a 3.8 percent increase in expenses, compared with the 2013-14 fiscal year.

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Lantana: Mayor to go bald to raise money for forgotten soldiers

By Mary Thurwachter



    Forgotten Soldiers Outreach has been forgotten too many times, says Lantana Mayor Dave Stewart, and he is ready to do something about it.

    The Hypoluxo Island resident has agreed to have his hair and beard shaved off if the Chamber of Commerce can raise $20,000 for Forgotten Soldiers Outreach by Veterans Day.…

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Lantana: Town Council keeps tax rate the same

By Mary Thurwachter



    The tax rate in Lantana hasn't changed for six years and there will be no change in the rate next year. At its July 28 meeting, the Town Council again set the rate at $3.24 per $1,000 of taxable property.

    The town will have more money to work with, thanks to the rebounding economy and the $39 million increase in taxable property values.  But expenses are up as well, and the proposed budget does have a $93,426 deficit. To counter…

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Manalapan: Town Commission raising taxes to pay for bridge

By Dan Moffett

    

    Unable to find help from larger governments or a financing plan that suits them, Manalapan commissioners have decided to pay for their Audubon Causeway Bridge project the old-fashioned way.

    They will raise taxes.

    The Town Commission gave unanimous approval to a $0.25 increase in Manalapan property owners’ tax rate on July 22, raising the town’s operating rate to $3.15, meaning for every $100,000 in assessed value, a homeowner will pay about…

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Obituary: Arthur Algonas

    DELRAY BEACH — It is with a heavy heart that the family of Arthur Algonas of Delray Beach announces his passing on July 20. He fought a courageous fight against melanoma for three years.

    Arthur was born July 25, 1941, in Neptune, N.J., and lived at the Jersey Shore until 1977 when he and his young family moved to Delray Beach.  He was the founder and CEO of…

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Obituary: Mary Stockstill Willman

By Steven J. Smith



    HIGHLAND BEACH — Mary Stockstill Willman, or “the original Banshee Girl” as her family lovingly called her, died peacefully in her sleep on July 6 in her Highland Beach home. Born in Dayton, Ohio, on Nov. 10, 1923, she was married for nearly 50 years to World War II veteran Edward M. Willman, who died in 1994. She was matriarch…

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Business Spotlight: Prime Catch marks 10th year of reeling in diners

John (left) and Luke Therien photographed at Prime Catch.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Scott Simmons



    For years, it was the great South County lament.

    Why isn’t there a place for…

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Boca Raton: Pioneers of professional fire-rescue recall their start

By Ron Hayes

 

  

In the beginning, there was only “Sigafoo”— an orange and white ambulance with No. 41 on the side, nicknamed after the manufacturer.

At 2:23 p.m. on July 19, 1974, Sigafoo answered its first call, a fire alarm at the Boca Raton Hotel.

    And before the hour was out, the fire department’s first Mobile Intensive Care…

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Grand Reopening Ceremony: FAU Dept. of Biological Sciences at Gumbo Limbo – July 29

ABOVE: (l-r) Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie, FAU President John Kelly, National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation Director Frank Wojick, FAU Provost Gary Perry and Professor Jeanette Wyneken, Ph.D., of the the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science’s Department of Biological Sciences celebrate a ribbon-cutting to rededicate the research facility.…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Robert Sweetapple

Robert Sweetapple surprises Fred Astaire Dance instructor Ashley Jones with a lift

during rehearsal for this year’s Boca Ballroom Battle to benefit the George Snow Scholarship Fund.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…

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Business Spotlight: Sundy House, properties sell for $21 million

The Sundy House originally was home to Delray Beach’s first mayor.

The house and surrounding properties sold for $21 million. 

Photo provided

By Christine Davis…

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Manalapan: Red Cross retreats from Point Manalapan

By Dan Moffett



    Decades of dealing with the world’s worst calamities could not have prepared the Red Cross for the unnatural disaster that was waiting on Point Manalapan.

    In June, representatives of Palm Beach County’s chapter won the Town Commission’s approval to stage a Red Cross Designers’ Show House fundraising event on Audubon Causeway.

    By July, a firestorm of protest had consumed the Point.

    Dozens of angry residents called Town…

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Boca Raton: Park District gets bad news on planned athletic fields

By Cheryl Blackerby



    Boca Raton Beach and Park District commissioners were blindsided by news that their plans for building Phase 2 of the district’s biggest and newest project, Spanish River Athletic Facilities at DeHoernle Park, may not get the green light from the city.

    Art Koski, the commission’s acting director, said City Manager Leif Ahnell told him that the Phase 2 land might not be available because it has been used as a disposal area for…

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Boca Raton: Gumbo Limbo pumps in need of repairs

By Cheryl Blackerby



    Wildlife at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is in peril because of long-standing problems with pipes and tanks, Boca Raton Beach and Park District commissioners were told at a commission meeting July 21.

    “Several weeks ago, there were catastrophic failures of all the pump systems that were Band-Aid systems put on in the last few years,” said Michele Peel, spokesperson for Friends of Gumbo Limbo.

    Peel said more animals may die if…

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Boca Raton: Power-line work won’t delay Trader Joe’s store opening

By Christine Davis



    Fans of Trader Joe’s are ready, waiting and hungry for the Boca Raton store to open at 855 S. Federal Highway. And, while they thought they might be waiting even longer when an onsite problem with power lines cropped up, the Sept. 26 opening date still stands.

    The city requires that power lines be buried at new development sites because its safer in severe weather — and it looks better. That’s the bottom-line story, and the city is…

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Boca Raton: No change in Park District’s tax rate

By Cheryl Blackerby



    The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District adopted a proposed tax rate of .97 for every $1,000 of assessed value for 2014-15, the same rate as last year, at the district’s meeting July 21. Only property owners with a keen eye will notice the increase in taxes. Property values are expected to rise about 5 percent, lower than many adjacent beach communities, but enough to increase the district’s overall tax revenue.

    The taxable…

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Boca Raton: City holds line on tax rate, boasts about survey results

By Sallie James



    The municipal property tax rate in Boca Raton won’t be going up this year.

    And the way Boca officials see it, low taxes are just one more reason to brag about how great their city is. A recent survey by CreditDonkey.com named Boca Raton the No. 1 city in Florida to live and work, based on the odds of being a victim of violent crime, commute time, income, college and restaurants per capita.

    Add to that the lowest municipal tax rate…

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Highland Beach: Inspector General questions spending cap procedure

By Mary Thurwachter



A report from the Palm Beach County Inspector General’s office calls into question the procedure Highland Beach used to raise its spending cap in 2012.

The cap had been $350,000, but commissioners raised it to $1 million through an ordinance rather than a referendum. Then, the town approved an $850,000 project to renovate town hall and the police department.

Raising the spending cap was proposed by the town’s Charter Review Committee in…

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