The Coastal Star

July 2019 Blog Posts (111)

Along the Coast: Cities rush to fix aging sewer systems

Health, environmental and cost concerns loom

Doug Levine, manager of the South Central Regional Wastewater Treatment plant, checks on one of the trio of million-gallon secondary clarifier tanks where solids are removed from sewage. About 17…

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Editor’s Note: Sewage disposal issues leave no time to waste

A perfect day in paradise can be spoiled by a backed-up toilet. An out-of-order sign on a bathroom door can turn a pleasant outing into an anxious search for functioning facilities. And after a storm, I can’t imagine anything more discombobulating than being told not to flush.

It’s indisputable: We all depend on smooth-functioning wastewater disposal to keep life clean and simple.

Over the next few months, our newspaper plans to explore what happens after we flush the toilet. …

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Along the Coast: How Sewage Flows

The South Central Regional Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Plant treats about 17 million gallons of sewage a day. Here’s how wastewater from houses in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Highland Beach gets there.

A similar process is used in Boca Raton and at the East Central Regional Wastewater Treatment Facilities in West Palm Beach, which serves South…

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Along the Coast: Boca Raton’s multiyear project targets older underground pipes

By Mary Hladky

Determined to avoid mistakes Fort Lauderdale has made, Boca Raton is launching a multiyear effort to repair or replace its underground water and sewer pipes.

The work will start in September in the Chatham Hills and Country Club Village neighborhoods, respectively located between Federal and Dixie highways north of Northeast 28th Street, and east of Interstate 95 and north of Palmetto Park Road.

Over the next five years, work will be done in…

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Gulf Stream: Bone found in sand confirms teen’s 2013 drowning

By Ron Hayes

Time may never bring true closure to parents who have lost a child, but sometimes it can bring confirmation.

For the Boynton Beach family of Rodelson Normil, confirmation came on July 23, more than six years after their son disappeared beneath the waves a half-mile south of Gulfstream Park, and it came through the help of a 6-year-old boy and a hurricane.

“We have some news on your son,” Sgt. John Passeggiata of the Gulf Stream Police Department…

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Coastal Star: Delray lawyer the face of sister cities program

David Schmidt plays an especially important role in the relationship with Miyazu, Japan, the sister city connected with the Morikami in Delray Beach. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

David Schmidt has worn many hats.

He served on the Delray Beach…

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Along the Coast: Coastal Star wins eight statewide awards

By Stephen Moore



The Coastal Star won eight awards at the 2018-19 Florida Press Association’s competition for weekly newspapers. The awards ceremony was held in St. Petersburg on July 12. The Coastal Star competed in the largest category against newspapers with circulations of more than 13,000.

“Contests are a way for us to showcase the professionalism of our writers, editors and photographers,” said Executive Editor Mary Kate Leming. “We are proud their work…

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Delray Beach: House prepared for move

This classic Samuel Ogren Sr.-designed house on Northeast Seventh Avenue was destined for demolition to make room for three townhouses when architect and preservationist Roger Cope stepped in. The owner, Azure Development, told Cope, of Delray Beach, that if he could move the house off the property, he could have it. Cope…

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Boynton Beach: Restaurant namesake, missing for a week, reunited with owner

Frankie the yellow-winged Amazon parrot is back with Anthony Calicchio and will get a microchip implant to locate him in case he strays again. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes

How much would you be willing to pay for a newborn yellow-winged Amazon…

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Along the Coast: Lethal bronzing a growing threat to palms

Lethal bronzing is an incurable infection that causes palm fronds to turn brown and die. New growth also dies as a result. Photo provided

By Cheryl Blackerby

It’s the worse-case scenario for homeowners who have invested in palm trees costing $5,000 to $10,000 each.…

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Delray Beach: Delray continues push to lower city tax rate

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach commissioners have unanimously approved a slight cut in the tax rate, keeping a promise to city property owners to reduce the tax rate for 10 consecutive years.

The July 9 vote capped the total tax rate at $6.86 per $1,000 of taxable value for the financial year that starts Oct. 1. This marks the seventh consecutive year that Delray Beach is lowering its tax rate.

“I know we are trying to get things done, but I think we can drop…

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Delray Beach: Marine Way repairs delayed by street ownership dispute

ABOVE: Resident Clair Johnson had 1,200 sandbags placed along the east side of Marine Way in anticipation of floods from king tides and storms. BELOW: City workers removed the bags, much to Johnson’s dismay. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Suzanne Boyd

Suzanne Boyd and her dog Sophia, a Chihuahua whippet mix, sit in the Gulf…

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Gulf Stream: Judge tells town to pay O’Boyle’s lawyers $65,000

By Steve Plunkett

The town owes 11 lawyers who represented resident Martin O’Boyle in a public records case more than $65,000 for their legal work, a Palm Beach County circuit judge ruled July 30.

Gulf Stream and a 12th O’Boyle lawyer, Elaine Johnson James, were also given 10 days to agree on her legal fees or seek a hearing to determine them. James had submitted a bill for $6,897 not including time spent arguing about the fees.

The case “is but one — of…

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County Pocket/Briny Breezes: County zoning board unanimously OKs splash pools for townhouse project

By Dan Moffett

The Palm Beach County Zoning Commission unanimously approved a variance request for the developer of the Gulf Stream Views townhouse project on July 3, allowing the construction of 14 small swimming pools on the property.

The approval came over the objections of two dozen residents of Briny Breezes and the County Pocket who attended the hearing — and the objections of the commission’s own staff.

County planners and plan reviewers had recommended…

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South Palm Beach: An upbeat financial report for the town

By Dan Moffett

South Palm Beach is closing out the 2018-2019 fiscal year in a stronger financial position than it has been at any other time during the past decade. And the town’s future appears to be even brighter — at least for the short term.

Property values are up 5.57 percent over last year, extending an upward trend from the past decade. The Palm Beach County property appraiser puts the town’s assessed value at about $362 million, approaching the all-time…

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South Palm Beach: South Palm could join Palm Beach for beach restoration project

By Dan Moffett

After Palm Beach County abruptly pulled out of a plan to stabilize her town’s eroding shoreline in February, South Palm Beach Mayor Bonnie Fischer said she was determined to find another option.

Now Fischer says she’s working on the details of a Plan B that she says would bolster the town’s dune line and replenish the lost sand on its beaches.

The partner this time isn’t the county but the town of Palm Beach. Fischer is negotiating an…

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Delray Beach: Demolishing memories

Wright by the Sea, for 68 years a family-owned hotel at 1901 S. Ocean Blvd., is being razed July 26 to make way for 19 luxury residences on the almost 2-acre beachfront parcel. The new enclave is named Ocean Delray. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Ocean Ridge: Commissioners want budget help from public at special meeting

By Dan Moffett

Conflicted over whether to close a sizable budget deficit with reserve funds or a tax increase, Ocean Ridge commissioners are asking for advice from the people who elected them to make decisions.

The commission has scheduled a special budget meeting beginning at 2 p.m. on Aug. 5 at Town Hall. The public is invited to attend and weigh in on which option the town should choose.

“Let’s…

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Briny Breezes: Town Hall to test longer business hours

By Dan Moffett

In an effort to improve accessibility for contractors, Briny Breezes council members agreed to expand the hours Town Hall is open for public business.

Beginning in August, the office will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The office used to close at noon on those days.

Donna Coates, Briny Breezes’ corporate park manager, told the council she has…

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