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Meet Your Neighbor: Paul Resnick

Paul Resnick, 83, of Highland Beach, says he is at least 15 years older than anyone else in the group he joins for 30-mile bike rides at 6:30 a.m. several days a week. ‘If I don’t exercise, I feel sluggish,’ says Resnick, a retired Coast Guard captain. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Delray Beach: Moving of palms, water creates din at Atlantic Crossing

By Jane Smith

When Delray Beach residents saw royal palms lying on the side of East Atlantic Avenue, they took to social media to bemoan the loss of the majestic palms.

“Just terrible,” said a Facebook poster on Aug. 22. Several others thought the palms died from lethal bronzing. Others said the removal was “horrible.”

But most of the palms still had their root balls.

Turns out the royal palms were moved to new locations in the city. Ten were…

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Delray Beach: School makeover

St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic School in Delray Beach just finished a $6.5 million renovation and addition to accommodate its ever-growing 360-student body. ABOVE: On the first day of the 2019-2020 school year Principal Vikki Delgado talks to students in the new science classroom. BELOW: Sixth-graders play football during a PE…

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Delray Beach: Two options noted for addressing pension fund gap

By Jane Smith



In mid-August, Delray Beach commissioners learned the city has a 19.8 percent shortfall in funding the city’s general employee pension fund.

Jim Smith, chairman of the General Employees Retirement Fund Committee, said the rate of return on investments will be reduced from 7.25 percent to 6.75 percent for the budget year that starts Oct. 1, and about $570,000 extra will be needed above the $2.3 million that was planned.

That’s because…

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Delray Beach: New city manager hails from Tamarac

By Jane Smith

The Delray Beach City Commission chose Michael Cernech on Aug. 20 as the next city manager.

Cernech, 51, is the city manager of Tamarac, whose population is similar to Delray Beach’s.

“I liked the steady demeanor of Cernech,” Bill Bathurst, deputy vice mayor, said a few days after the selection. “He’s the right…

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Lantana: Council settles on asphalt for Nature Preserve, will revisit streetlights vote

By Mary Thurwachter

After a June 12 decision to use asphalt for the pathway at the Lantana Nature Preserve didn’t sit well with several residents who voiced their concerns at subsequent meetings, the Town Council agreed to revisit the issue. But the outcome of a second vote in August had the same conclusion — asphalt.

The discussion over what material to use for the pathway has stretched almost two years — after Hurricane Irma severely damaged the shell rock…

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Delray Beach: Second phase of work underway at beach

By Jane Smith



The second phase of the beach master plan is underway in Delray Beach.

The $3.7 million project includes the design work; nautical fencing to protect the dunes; promenade lighting; roadway improvements at Gleason Street, Venetian Drive and A1A intersections with Atlantic Avenue; six renovated pedestrian crosswalks along A1A; and construction monitoring.

“We visited every business from the FEC railroad tracks to the beach to tell them about…

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Delray Beach: Free rides in electric cars return to downtown

By Jane Smith

Free rides in electric cars are returning to downtown Delray Beach.

Freebee vehicles are set to take to the streets in September, offering point-to-point service that starts or ends in the city’s downtown core. BeeFree Holdings, based in Miami, operates under the Freebee name.

Because the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency board members did not want advertising on the vehicles in the first six months, the CRA will have to pay $90,000 extra…

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Delray Beach: Boca firm set to complete bid to buy Midtown Delray project

By Jane Smith

The controversial Midtown Delray project in Delray Beach may soon have a new owner.

The original investors, MGM Delray and Hudson Holdings, settled dueling lawsuits in July, allowing Pebb Capital of Boca Raton to resurrect its $40 million bid for the 7-acre project.

Pebb Capital could take control of the project in October. Its principals have asked to meet with the city’s Development Services staff, Delray Beach spokeswoman Gina Carter…

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Obituary: Betty Brown Van der Wolk

GULF STREAM — Betty Brown Van der Wolk, 89, of Gulf Stream and Osterville, Massachusetts, died Aug. 23 in Boynton Beach.

Betty Brown was born on July 18, 1930, in Fort Worth, Texas, where she spent her early life and later graduated from Texas Christian University. She was married in 1958 and had her first child a year later. A product of the Depression…

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Obituary: Frances Evelyn Nolte

OCEAN RIDGE — Frances Evelyn Nolte died in her home in New Branford, Conn., on Aug. 4 at the age of 93.

She was born in New York City on April 14, 1926, to Evelyn and Manfred Messner. She graduated with a bachelor’s in literature from Duke University, after which she worked at B. Altman & Co. and Condé Nast in New York City.

In 1951, she married…

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Along the Coast: Average premium for Citizens windstorm up 9.1 percent, now exceeds $3,000

By Charles Elmore



A new state law billed as holding down home insurance rates won’t stop average premiums from breaking through the $3,000 mark for the first time in Palm Beach County at a company important for coastal residents.

Increases approved by state regulators become effective Dec. 1 for state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the second- largest insurer in the state and county. One area public insurance adjuster’s take in written comments to…

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Boynton Beach: Restoration of historic high school expected by November

These five are among 180 new impact glass windows at the restored Boynton Beach high school. Photos by Rachel O’Hara/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

The renovation of the historic Boynton Beach high school is nearly finished.

The restoration work will end in…

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Highland Beach: Town balances budget without dipping into reserves

By Rich Pollack

Highland Beach property owners are likely to see a very slight increase in their municipal taxes as town commissioners move closer to finalizing their fiscal 2020 budget.

During an Aug. 29 meeting, commissioners agreed to tentatively set the final rate for the year beginning Oct. 1 at $3.79 per $1,000 of taxable property value, up 8 cents or about 2.2 percent from this year’s $3.71 per $1,000 and 21…

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Business Spotlight: Longtime Sail Inn owner sells iconic pub to a former employee

Rick Jankee plants a kiss on Bastiaan Raams to celebrate the Sail Inn’s transfer of ownership. Photo provided by Paul Collison

By Christine Davis

Rick Jankee, who owned the Sail Inn in Delray Beach until Aug. 15, has sailed out, so to speak.

He talked…

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Boca Raton: Arts groups want complex sited next to Mizner Park

By Mary Hladky

A cultural group has scaled back its ambitious proposal to build a performing arts complex on city-owned land east of the Spanish River Library and instead wants to locate it on two city-owned parcels next to the Mizner Park amphitheater.

The idea quickly garnered “conceptual support” from City Council members on Aug. 26, although the resolution they unanimously approved makes clear the city is not…

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Crossing flags at work: State Road A1A, Highland Beach — Aug. 18

Beach-goers use the town’s new crosswalk flags to safely cross State Road A1A. Signs posted by the flags tell walkers to ‘Be cautious. Be seen. Be safe’ and to ‘Look left and right before crossing’ and ‘Be sure all vehicles have stopped.’ ABOVE: (l-r) Steve, who chose not to give…

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Boca Raton: City Council offers to take over golf course project

By Steve Plunkett

The City Council is poised to take over building the 18-hole golf course at the proposed Boca National site if the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District agrees and promises not to raise taxes.

“Details would need to be worked out in a new interlocal agreement after joint deliberations,” City Manager Leif Ahnell said in a follow-up letter to the district Aug. 28.

The…

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Boca Raton: County christens refurbished Camino Real bridge

Grace Gensheimer and Brandon Martindale walk Bella, a 6-month-old mini golden, as the first group of pedestrians crosses the Camino Real bridge when it reopened to land traffic Aug. 6 after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Motor vehicles were allowed to cross soon after. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Dorian: Readers' Photos

Send your Dorian photos to: news@thecoastalstar or click Photos in toolbar above.…
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