The Coastal Star

August 2020 Blog Posts (8)

Boca Raton: Beach and Park district results

Unofficial results. For official count, visit:

Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 19, 2020 at 8:30am — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Town approves charter amendment on local policing

Unofficial results. For official count, visit:

Ocean Ridge voters made a strong statement in the Florida Primary Election on Aug. 18 that they like their town’s…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 19, 2020 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Delray Beach: Reclaimed water repairs $1 million and still counting

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach has now spent more than $1 million to fix its botched reclaimed water system, the city’s new utilities director said.

Hassan Hadjimiry, who gave a presentation at the Aug. 11 City Commission meeting, broke down the expense into three categories: $254,876.13 for materials, including backflow preventers; $558,647.14 for contractors; and $228,845.83 for staff overtime.

Hadjimiry emphasized that the current $1,042,369 cost would…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 13, 2020 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Along the Coast: South County coronavirus cases up fivefold in 2 months

By Steve Plunkett

The number of COVID-19 cases in South County cities and towns is up by more than five times the total reported two months ago, state health figures show.

On June 4, when Boynton Beach (669 cases) overtook Boca Raton (660 cases) as the most infected South County municipality, they and other coastal towns posted 1,922 coronavirus reports.

On Aug. 5 Boca Raton had easily retaken the lead with 4,807 cases, a 628% increase, while Boynton…


Added by The Coastal Star on August 7, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Bridge over Boca Inlet to close for 60 days

The bridge and bridge tender's house on A1A over the inlet will change from light blue to a darker blue. Photo provided

By Steve Plunkett

The bridge over the Boca Raton Inlet, which connects the south barrier island to all points north, will close to…


Added by The Coastal Star on August 3, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Judges give 16 awards to ‘Coastal Star’ contributors

The Coastal Star brought home top honors in breaking news, local government reporting, sports photography and sports coverage in this year’s Weekly Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Florida Press Association.

The newspaper also collected five second-place awards and seven third-place awards.

First-place trophies went to the staff and…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 3, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

Isaias: Photos from the storm

Tropical Storm Isaias passed coastal Palm Beach County Aug. 1-2 with little more than high surf and washed out sea turtle nests.  Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…


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

Delray Beach: Mayor told me to lie about water woes, suspended city manager says

By Jane Smith

Suspended Delray Beach City Manager George Gretsas fought back on July 31 against his City Commission bosses.

He sent them a 12-page letter with four explosive allegations accusing commissioners of using a bullying complaint as a smokescreen to cover up problems with the city’s drinking water.

“Rather than support me in my attempts to fix this serious problem that potentially jeopardizes the health of every resident of Delray Beach, I was…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 2, 2020 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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