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October 2019 Blog Posts (142)

Delray Beach: Atlantic Crossing milestone: Concrete pours into future garage as massive project starts building up

Crews pumped 4,583 cubic yards of concrete from about 500 trucks in one day last month for part of the underground garage floor at Atlantic Crossing. Noise from trucks awakened neighbors as early as 2 a.m. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

The first…

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Manalapan: State OKs signs to show A1A speeds

The curve’s posted 25-mph speed is advisory; the enforceable limit is 35. But the town hopes monitors that show each vehicle’s speed will slow down traffic. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

Accident-prone curve lies south of Town…

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Editor’s Note: Thanks for the input on plastic sleeves for papers

Thank you, loyal readers.

Once again your passion for our newspaper is inspirational. We always learn a lot from your feedback and this month exceeded expectations.

One thing many of you wanted to stress is that the plastic sleeve on our driveway-delivered newspaper is not wasted. It’s used for storing household items and for picking up dog poo. It’s good to know the plastic wrapper isn’t really single-use!

Some of you…

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Coastal Star: Sandoway board chief a force behind ambitious moves

Alex Ridley’s skills in fundraising and grant writing have helped bring in thousands of dollars to the center each year. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Stephen Moore

Five years ago, Alex Ridley, board president at Sandoway Discovery Center, moved his family from the Boston…

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Delray Beach: Alabama pension funds buy iPic’s assets, plan to keep headquarters in Boca

By Mary Hladky and Jane Smith

Less than three months after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, iPic Entertainment has emerged from the legal process in the arms of its largest creditor.

Delaware U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Laurie Selber Silverstein on Oct. 28 approved the sale of iPic’s assets for $51.8 million to an affiliate of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, which has loaned iPic about $220 million, Law360 reported. The sale is to close this month.…

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Ocean Ridge: State says Lucibella’s misdemeanor conviction was proper

By Steve Plunkett



If Ocean Ridge resident Richard Lucibella believed police were in his backyard illegally when he was arrested in 2016, he should have argued that before his trial began this year and he was convicted of misdemeanor battery, the state Attorney General’s Office says.

But Lucibella, at the time Ocean Ridge’s vice mayor, “did not move to suppress the evidence based on a warrantless entry and search. He did not move pretrial to dismiss the charges…

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Along the Coast: Beach sand to get refreshed during season

By Jane Smith and Dan Moffett

Three South County beaches will be restored this season with nearly 800,000 cubic yards of sand, costing $13.66 million.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Illinois, will dredge the sand offshore and then coat the southern coast of Delray Beach, from Casuarina Road to the city line with Highland Beach.

Boynton Beach’s Oceanfront Park beach, about 1,000 feet long, will receive extra sand.

The contractor also…

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Delray Beach: Restoring the Gold Coast

More than 25 volunteers worked under the direction of the Institute for Regional Conservation to improve the native plant biodiversity of the dune at one of the IRC’s regular events Oct. 19. ABOVE: IRC chief George Gann worked with Keith Buttry, owner of Neglected Plants nursery, to carry sea lavenders that they mixed into…

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Ocean Ridge: Commission again rejects supermajority referendum

By Dan Moffett

For the second time, Ocean Ridge commissioners considered a ballot referendum to the town charter that would require a four-vote supermajority for approving increases to height and density development rules.

And for a second time, the commission rejected the idea, again on a 3-2 vote at the Oct. 7 town meeting.

Mayor Steve Coz and Commissioner Phil Besler voted against the proposed referendum, as they did last November. They were joined by…

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Delray Beach: Witches of Delray

ABOVE: The eighth annual Witches of Delray Ride along Atlantic Avenue on Oct. 26 consisted of about 300 witches and raised $15,908 for Achievement Centers for Children & Families in Delray Beach.  BELOW: The ‘Sea Turtle Rescue Witches of Highland Beach’ won first place in the category of best group theme.…

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Ocean Ridge: Advisers want town to give ownership of water pipes to Boynton Beach

By Rich Pollack

Ocean Ridge town leaders will soon receive a recommendation from one of their advisory committees to turn over control of miles of water pipes to Boynton Beach Utilities — but they will have to wait for a suggestion from the team on whether to convert to a centralized sewer system.

Last month members of the Septic to Sewer Citizens Advisory Committee voted 4-1 to recommend that Ocean Ridge turn over responsibility for the town’s more than 85,000…

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Along the Coast: Better communication of ‘boil water’ events sought from Boynton

By Jane Smith

When Boynton Beach issued a systemwide precautionary boil water advisory in early October, not all its customers knew about the notice until hours later. In a few cases, it took days.

“I found out about 9 p.m.,” said Marie Chapman, a County Pocket resident. She made a pot of chicken soup for dinner, bathed her kids, made sure they brushed their teeth, put them to bed and then checked Facebook — about five hours after the notice was issued.…

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Briny Breezes: Council lacks quorum to meet after town manager resigns

By Charles Elmore

The latest episode in the managerial saga of Briny Breezes ended faster than a typical pop song.

The seaside mobile home community that not so long ago stood as Palm Beach County’s only municipality without a town manager found itself with no manager in sight again at an Oct. 24 meeting — and missing half the…

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Lantana: Dealing with king tides

Patrick Wollmering walks his dog, Jack, through ankle-deep water in the typically dry parking lot of Sportsman’s Park on the west side of Lantana’s Ocean Avenue Bridge on Oct. 12. Seasonal high tides, also known as king tides, increasingly flood our communities in the fall. Jerry Lower/The Coastal…

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South Palm Beach: Former town officers finish training as deputies

By Dan Moffett

South Palm Beach residents can expect to see some of their former police officers patrolling the town again as deputies by mid-November after they completed five weeks of training with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Maj. Chris Keane, supervisor of the sheriff’s South Regional Bureau, said the town’s seven officers went through two weeks of classroom work and three weeks of field training to make the transition into the ranks of sheriff’s…

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Delray Beach/Boynton Beach: Major Federal Highway work underway

By Jane Smith

A 4.3-mile stretch of Federal Highway from George Bush Boulevard in Delray Beach to Murano Bay Drive in Boynton Beach will be redone in the next 18 months.

Murano Bay Drive sits just north of the Boynton Canal.

Work started Oct. 17 just north of George Bush Boulevard, according to Meredith Cruz, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation project. “For now, we anticipate work to take place on the east side of the project first,…

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Boynton Beach: Move into new fire station anticipated for February

By Jane Smith

The Boynton Beach fire station that serves much of Ocean Ridge will be finished in February, said Fire Chief Glenn Joseph.

Firefighters/paramedics will be able to move in the week of Feb. 22, Joseph said.

The new station will sit one block off Northeast First Street in the Town Square, and will respond to…

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Gulf Stream: Place Au Soleil neighbor makes bid for foreclosure target

By Steve Plunkett

The neighbor of the Place Au Soleil eyesore that racked up $1.89 million in code enforcement fines is buying the property with plans to tear down the house and build a larger home on adjoining lots.

Gulf Stream commissioners in August told Assistant Town Attorney Trey Nazzaro to begin foreclosure proceedings on the house at 2775 Avenue Au Soleil, dismissing a request by heirs of recently deceased homeowner Richard Lavoie to slash the lien to…

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Meet Your Neighbor: John Allen

The name is Allen, John Allen. But when the Ocean Ridge man answers his phone, he uses the name of the famous man he impersonates — Bond, James Bond. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Brian Biggane

John Allen was having dinner at a local restaurant one evening in 1996 when a…

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Along the Coast: Rising amount of plastic in dead baby turtles alarms experts

This dead loggerhead ingested more than 100 pieces of plastic it mistook for food. Photo provided by Gumbo Limbo

By Margie Plunkett

The tiny sea turtle, the size of the palm of your hand, had died after being washed back to shore this nesting season. A necropsy at Gumbo Limbo…

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