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September 2019 Blog Posts (56)

Boca Raton: Hotel-condo developer offers to buy Ocean Strand for $67.5 million

By Steve Plunkett

Developer Robert Comparato is offering $67.5 million to buy Ocean Strand, 15 undeveloped acres straddling State Road A1A from the ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway.

In an unsolicited proposal to the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, which owns the property, Comparato says he “holds or will hold” contracts to purchase 2500 and 2600 N. Ocean Blvd., two beachfront parcels that were denied variances this year to build four-story…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 12, 2019 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: Haynie trial scheduled for March

By Mary Hladky

Suspended Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s trial on public corruption charges will start on March 23.

Bruce Zimet, Haynie’s criminal defense attorney, and Assistant State Attorney Brian Fernandes requested the trial date at a Sept. 10 hearing before Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen. Both anticipated a five-day trial.

Over the past year, Zimet has repeatedly said Haynie would not…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 10, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments

Delray Beach: Negotiations fail with new city manager

Delray Beach ended contract negotiations on Sept. 6 with Michael Cernech as the new city manager. 

“From the start, it was important that we come to terms that were acceptable to both parties. Unfortunately, in this case we simply could not get there,” Mayor Shelly Petrolia said in a prepared statement. “We were excited at the possibility of having Mr. Cernech lead our team and regret that it is no longer possible.” 

Cernech will remain city manager of Tamarac in Broward…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 9, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

Along the Coast: Swimming advisory

The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County has issued a countywide precautionary swim advisory for all public beaches. At this time, swimming is not recommended.

Tests will be conducted, when possible, to determine the water quality at public beach locations. Until test results are available, beach-goers should assume that ocean water contact may pose an increased risk of disease or illness, particularly for susceptible individuals.

Additionally, residents should…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 5, 2019 at 11:26am — No Comments

Hurricane Dorian: Dorian delivers a glancing blow

Coastal communities breathe collective sigh of relief

Debris washed up onto A1A in Manalapan as wind and rain from Hurricane Dorian exacerbated king tide effects. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…

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Delray Beach: In midst of bankruptcy, iPic wins OK for restaurant

Hamid Hashemi called delays in Delray Beach an important factor in iPic’s financial trouble. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 5, 2019 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Editor’s Note: Near-neighbor Bahamas needs all we can give, do

Oh, Abaco. Beautiful, friendly, carefree Abaco. I’m sure there will still be sunrises and sunsets, but now there will be very little in between. Even the sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are holding horrors — the remnants of homes and dreams and loved ones whose bodies will never be found.

Jerry and I own a vacation cottage on Abaco. By the whims of wind and powers beyond comprehension, our tiny settlement saw little physical…

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Delray Beach: Delray Beach iPic incentives

Compiled by Jane Smith

The iPic movie theater sits just south of Atlantic Avenue, between Southeast Fourth and Fifth avenues. The downtown Delray Beach movie theater has received incentives from the city and its Community Redevelopment Agency.

December 2013

IPic Entertainment wins the bid for 1.6 acres of public land for $3.6 million. The property is part of the city’s Community Redevelopment Area. The vacant land…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 5, 2019 at 10:29am — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Panel explores options for town-wide conversion to sewer system

By Rich Pollack

Along the barrier island, leaders in Ocean Ridge are trying to determine if it’s time to seriously consider hooking up to the regional wastewater treatment facility, through neighboring Boynton Beach.

Most of the homes in town are either on septic systems or are served by package plants, which are small facilities that treat sewage from multifamily communities.

To figure out if it makes sense to connect to a regional system, Ocean Ridge has…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 5, 2019 at 10:11am — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: State requires small treatment plants to get regular oversight

Tana Callahan, who works with Howe Inc., the property manager at the Crown Colony Club in Ocean Ridge, checks on the package plant on the west side of the community. The treatment plant also serves Colonial Ridge and Ocean Manor. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Rich…

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Coastal Star: For Ocean Ridge officer, ‘community’ is first in her job title — and focus

Debra Boyle, Ocean Ridge’s first dedicated community policing officer, talks with Susan Ezekiel while on patrol. Ezekiel’s dogs are Cody and Jessie. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Margie Plunkett

The Ocean Ridge Police Department sent an SUV full of school supplies…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 5, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

Gulf Stream: Town acts to foreclose on house with $1.89 million in code violations

Officials hope to raze this Place Au Soleil house and sell the land. Photo by Town of Gulf Stream

By Steve Plunkett

A Place Au Soleil house that rang up $1.89 million in code enforcement violations over the past 10 years is now the target of a foreclosure action by…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 5, 2019 at 9:57am — 1 Comment

Gulf Stream: Australian pines safe from water main work

By Steve Plunkett



The water main along State Road A1A north of Golfview Drive can be replaced close to its current route without endangering Gulf Stream’s signature Australian pines, engineers have decided.

Sira Prinyavivatkul, the project manager at Baxter and Woodman Consulting Engineers, told town commissioners Aug. 9 that the new pipe would not have to detour west to Gulfstream Road or Polo Drive to protect the tree canopy. “We understand that that’s a…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 5, 2019 at 9:52am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Train station talks sprout worries for gardeners, library patrons

By Mary Hladky

City officials need more detailed information from Virgin Trains USA before negotiations can begin on building a new station in Boca Raton.

City staff and Virgin Trains officials have held two meetings since the company notified the city in July that it wants a station in the city.

But while Virgin Trains has released a broad framework of what it will do and what it expects of the city, Boca Raton officials say they need more…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 5, 2019 at 9:49am — No Comments

South Palm Beach: Long-awaited beach renourishment could take place in April

By Dan Moffett

With the help of next-door neighbor Palm Beach, the town of South Palm Beach has a chance to begin a beach renourishment project by early next year.

“I would imagine we’d probably plan on the month of April,” Robert Weber, Palm Beach’s coastal protection coordinator, told the South Palm Town Council on Aug. 13. “That’s the furthest we could work before the beginning of the turtle season.”

Palm Beach is scheduled to begin dredging sand in…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 5, 2019 at 9:44am — No Comments

Briny Breezes: Ocean Ridge officers getting reacquainted with Briny

By Dan Moffett

Ocean Ridge officially doesn’t take over policing in Briny Breezes until Oct. 1, but already there are signs of change.

Chief Hal Hutchins told the Briny Breezes Town Council on Aug. 22 that residents would see his officers and Ocean Ridge patrol cars on their streets well before the takeover date.

Hutchins said the early presence isn’t about trying to push out the Boynton Beach Police Department, which has served the town for the last three…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 5, 2019 at 9:38am — No Comments

Along the Coast: Blistered but fulfilled, friends finish PlasTrek 2019 in Tallahassee

ABOVE: Heather Bolint of Lake Worth and Bryan Galvin of Delray Beach stand on the steps of the state Capitol in Tallahassee, where they obtained a permit to display the burlap bags holding some of the trash they found. The placard reads: This is Ocean Plastic. BELOW: The two friends walked 1,200 miles around Florida’s perimeter…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 5, 2019 at 9:36am — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Commissioners approve buying body cameras for police

By Dan Moffett

Despite budget constraints because of long overdue infrastructure repairs, Ocean Ridge commissioners have decided to go forward with a plan to equip the town’s police officers with body cameras at a cost of at least $20,000.

“I think it’s kind of like an insurance policy,” said Commissioner Phil Besler. “In the long run, we’re going to save it all on one case. Because if you’ve got the proof, then that person can’t sue you.”

The vote was 4-1…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 5, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Boynton Beach: Rain, construction bring parking woes to Riverwalk

Prime Catch plans to close and renovate for all of September as the ground level of the parking lot at River Walk is brought up by 18 to 24 inches to meet current code. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith



The Prime Catch restaurant in Boynton Beach will close in…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 4, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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