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September 2014 Blog Posts (68)

Business Spotlight: Trader Joe's opens in Delray

The new Trader Joe’s at the corner of Linton Boulevard and Federal Highway in Delray Beach opens on Sept. 5.

ABOVE: Barbara Arnold and Sandra Shinn stock shelves under the watchful eye of a surfing cow. Other store walls are covered with  similar murals celebrating South Florida.…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 4, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

30-story 'ultra-luxury' condos proposed near Boca Raton Resort & Club

    In what is certain to stir controversy in Boca Raton for years to come, a developer has submitted plans for an “ultra-luxury” downtown condominium project that would include four towers rising as high as 30 stories.

   ELAD National Properties of Plantation proposes 500 units on nearly nine acres on Southeast Mizner Boulevard near the Boca Raton Resort &…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Elections: Primary election results

                          Percent    Votes

Circuit Judge, 15th Circuit, Group 14

Diana Lewis    45.56%    45,175

*Jessica Ticktin    54.44%    55,181


Circuit Judge, 5th Circuit, Group 30

Maxine Cheesman    16.76%    16,661

*Jaimie Goodman    54.94%    54,602

Peggy Rowe-Linn    28.30%    28,128


Member, School Board, District 4

Justin Katz        24.62%    …


Added by Chris Felker on September 3, 2014 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Plans for other sites as well

    In Boynton Beach, Steven Michael’s Hudson Holdings bought a 1.35-acre parcel along Northeast Sixth Avenue, just south of the city Community Redevelopment Area called Ocean Breeze East. It paid $1.1 million for the land in April 2013.

    Then it teamed with Neighborhood Renaissance of West Palm Beach this year for a proposal to develop a market-rate apartment complex on its land and the CRA land, a total of 6.3 acres. The CRA board recently chose the team as the winning bidder,…


Added by Chris Felker on September 3, 2014 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Atlantic Crossing construction to begin despite pending lawsuit

Building Boom: Investments in change

Related stories: Developer assembles properties in Delray, Lake Worth | Plans for other sites…


Added by Chris Felker on September 3, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Along the Coast: Building boom — investments in change


Added by Chris Felker on September 3, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Clock runs out on last remaining commerce in town

By Dan Moffett

    After more than a decade on life support, the end appears near for the last commercial district in Ocean Ridge.

    The Town Commission has rejected an amendment that essentially would have grandfathered the five-store strip at 5011 N. Ocean Blvd. into compliance with the town’s code and allowed it to stay in business.

    Town Manager Ken Schenck said the reprieves appear to have run out for the Sivitilli family, owners of the 55-year-old…


Added by Chris Felker on September 3, 2014 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Editor's Note: Ocean Ridge ‘main street’ should include commerce

    For two years after we moved into our office at 5011 N. Ocean Blvd., people would stop in asking where the dry cleaner was. They looked crestfallen when I explained the locations of two businesses across the bridge.

    At least once a week throughout our four-year tenure in the small commercial strip, someone would come in looking for a bicycle repair shop. Once the triathlon shop became online only, we would direct them to Federal Highway in Delray Beach.

    Every day outside…


Added by Chris Felker on September 3, 2014 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Safe roads promotion set for four days in September

By Rich Pollack

    Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians along A1A beware: Law enforcement officers from several departments will once again be out in force this month in a concentrated effort to promote the need for bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians to safely share the road.

    In an effort coordinated by the South Florida Safe Roads Task Force, police officers from several departments along the coast — as well as Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office…


Added by Chris Felker on September 3, 2014 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Planners look to update downtown development rules

By Tim Pallesen

    The furor over Atlantic Crossing now has Delray Beach ready to tighten and improve its downtown development regulations.

    “We started on the heels of Atlantic Crossing, and we heard about height and density concerns,” Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council urban design director Anthea Gianniotes reported to city officials Aug. 18.

    Proposed changes will be discussed by city commissioners and residents in public hearings to be…


Added by Chris Felker on September 3, 2014 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Historical Society holds keys to city’s past, dreams for its future

Delray Beach Historical Society President Leslie Callaway addresses the crowd

during the the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Delray Beach Historical Society charter signing.

INSET BELOW: A portrait of Ethel Sterling…


Added by Chris Felker on September 3, 2014 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Manalapan: New rules in the works for ‘residential’ events

By Dan Moffett

    After the furor over the Red Cross plan for a Designers’ Show House on Point Manalapan, town commissioners are working to draft a new ordinance that would prohibit large, multiday special events.

    “This is the result of the recent effort to have a monthlong event in our community,” Mayor David Cheifetz said of the Red Cross debacle. “To prevent this problem in the future, we thought we’d have a simple section added to the code.”



Added by Chris Felker on September 3, 2014 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Manalapan: Costly police grievances irk town commissioners

By Dan Moffett

    Manalapan commissioners are grumbling about the high cost of litigating grievances with the Police Benevolent Association, and that could mean tougher contract negotiations between the town and union next year.

    Since the current three-year contract went into effect in September 2012, Manalapan officers have filed about 10 grievances through the union, according to Town Manager Linda Stumpf. None of them has been upheld.

    Though the…


Added by Chris Felker on September 3, 2014 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Lantana: Town seeks solutions to balky beach parking kiosks

By Mary Thurwachter


    Shortly after returning from his Hawaiian vacation, Vice Mayor Lynn Moorhouse went to the beach for brunch at the Dune Deck. The local dentist had no complaints about food, but what he saw in the parking lot had him clenching his teeth.

    “We have a major problem with the kiosks,” Moorhouse said at the Aug. 25 Lantana Town Council meeting. “People couldn’t make them work and some were just leaving to go somewhere else. That’s gonna…


Added by Chris Felker on September 3, 2014 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Gulf Stream: Town working overtime on public records requests

By Dan Moffett

    In waging their legal wars against the town of Gulf Stream, residents Chris O’Hare and Martin O’Boyle have used Florida’s public records laws hundreds of times in the last 18 months to challenge how their community is governed.

    As of mid-August, the town had responded to 1,252 public record requests filed in roughly equal numbers by O’Hare and O’Boyle, according to Town Clerk Rita Taylor.

    The requests touch most every imaginable…


Added by Chris Felker on September 3, 2014 at 12:35pm — 2 Comments

County Pocket: Resident posts video on development proposal

Watch video

By Jane Smith


    Boynton Beach real estate broker James Arena wants to preserve the funky Florida lifestyle where beach access is everything.

    In mid-August, he starred in a 3-minute video to make surfers and other beachgoers aware of how a nearby proposed development might lower their quality…


Added by Chris Felker on September 3, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: iPic project draws fire from nearby businesses

The new iPic and its related parking may create traffic issues.

Rendering provided

By Betty Wells


    The design proposal for a luxury theater, retail and office complex in downtown Delray Beach has rankled neighboring…


Added by Chris Felker on September 3, 2014 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: City delays puppy-sale law to study issue

By Tim Pallesen


    The question whether a nationwide furor over puppy-mill sales requires a Delray Beach law has been delayed.

    City commissioners have imposed a six-month moratorium on allowing new puppy stores into Delray so city officials have time to study the controversy.

    The furor struck locally last December with a protest march outside Waggs to Riches, the only pet store selling puppies in Delray.

Six months later, commissioners…


Added by Chris Felker on September 3, 2014 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Boynton Beach: Ambulance rates rising, in line with area market

By Jane Smith


    Starting Oct. 1, residents in Ocean Ridge and Briny Breezes will pay more for an ambulance ride provided by Boynton Beach Fire Rescue.

    For a basic ambulance ride, the transport fee will increase by nearly 75 percent to $610, and the mileage rate will increase by 50 percent to $12 a mile.

    Intermediate life support rides also will rise to $610, up 43.5 percent, and the most advanced support will increase to $770, or 33.9…


Added by Chris Felker on September 3, 2014 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Boynton Beach: Residents seek vital, visible city center, consultant says

By Jane Smith

    The municipal core of Boynton Beach needs a distinct identity with a signature entrance, a Treasure Coast Planning Council consultant told city commissioners.

    “Columns like they have in Rollins College,” said Marcela Camblor, an architect, at her presentation in early August.

    Camblor presented an amalgamation of what city residents had suggested at a May workshop.

    She took suggestions and will come back in October with a…


Added by Chris Felker on September 3, 2014 at 12:12pm — No Comments

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