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Settlement reached on project: Delray Beach

The developer of a downtown Delray Beach boutique hotel and a neighboring property have reached a settlement to allow the project to move forward, City Manager David Harden confirmed early February.

Legal battles mired Vista Del Mar's plan to build a 70-room hotel and 50-space parking garage at 64 S. Ocean Boulevard just south of Atlantic Avenue, with Ocean Properties, the owner of Boston's On The Beach next door, appealing a city advisory board's decision.

Representatives for Ocean… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 7, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Hoping to skirt legal risk, Lantana skews seawall

By Hector Florin

LANTANA — Upset over the possibility that a state agency could force the halt of the beach seawall’s construction, Lantana Town Council members rushed a vote last month to build an unbuilt portion of the wall 13 feet farther away from the water than previously planned.

During the town’s Jan. 26 meeting, Town Manager Mike Bornstein told the council that comments made by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation… Continue

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Native alternatives to ficus hedges

By Joanne Davis

With the advent of the fig whitefly outbreak, we now have a great excuse to stop being so boring in our landscapes, and to offer something we knew all along and somehow forgot: Plant the natives. These plants will take what nature dishes out and reward us with delight every time we see a painted bunting, a cardinal or a warbler working the trees and shrubs to find food for its journeys. Suddenly, our backyards can become, well, comfortable and fascinating.

Here… Continue

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Perfect pairings by the bottle

By Bob Leone

Now that we've got ’08 behind us — all of it — the joyful holidays and the depressing bank statements and jobs reports, we can look forward to a (hopefully) better ’09.

A good way to start the New Year is by planning for the most romantic holiday of all — Valentine’s Day.

Anyone can make reservations at fancy hi-end restaurants, but to really impress your significant other take the time to find a secluded piece of beach or make the arrangements for the baby… Continue

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Four settings, from ocean to Eden, for Valentine’s Day

French and Italian — the languages of romance — are also the languages of romantic food. All the restaurants are tweaking their menus on Feb.14 to include a few tricks from these cuisines, so expect French Champagne, oysters, pastas, fancy pastries and plenty of chocolates.

Locally, we picked four romantic dinners to choose from — all offering some woo-worthy feature.

First is a newcomer to the scene, the Culinary Café in Delray Beach. Chef/owner Dominick Laudia brings… Continue

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Romantic Weekend: Where will you get away?

Here’s a thought: Get away from it all for a romantic weekend – right here, where others pay major money to come in the wintertime. You’ll save on travel costs and can use the extra cash for a dinner or shopping splurge instead.

Our suggestions include the historic and recently renovated Colony Hotel and Cabana Club in Delray Beach, the stately Breakers in Palm Beach, with concierge treatment that will make you want to move in permanently, and the Old Florida oceanside charmer,… Continue

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Chocolate for your sweetie can’t be ‘beet’

Chocolate for Valentine’s Day is almost too cliché.

We said almost. It remains the perennial favorite no matter who is buying and who is receiving. A few facts: More than $1 billion is spent in the weeks before Valentine’s Day for chocolate candy — most of it bought by men as gifts for women. But annually, women buy and eat more chocolate than men.

Chocolates as a love-gift is relatively new. It’s been popular only since around 1913, when a Swiss confectioner figured out how to fill… Continue

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Sunrise - A New Day, A New Beginning

The universe is so good, it is always giving us symbols of wonder and delight that we incorporate into our lives. For instance, sunrise — a perfect example of beauty, new beginnings, and the constancy of a power and presence greater than ourselves. Every morning we are assured that all is well in the world, no matter what latest drama or trauma has been broadcast. All is well in the world; the sun has risen in a most magnificent way.

The sunrise speaks to us daily and says, “Dare to… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 14, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Open letter from former Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty

Who hasn't longed to attend their own funeral? To hear the eulogies, to see who says what, to learn what people really think about, and are willing to say in public about your life's legacy. For the past week or two, it's as if I have been at my own funeral, and I have to say, it's not exactly the stuff of dreams. To be honest, my legacy isn't either.

When I resigned from public office I apologized to my fellow commissioners and the other public employees with whom I've worked for 18… Continue

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Four years later, WXEL deal still undone

By Thomas R. Collins

Barry University took over the license of the WXEL radio and TV stations 11 years ago — and seven years later, put up a for-sale sign.

The sign is still up. The four-year effort at a sale has left the future of Palm Beach County public broadcasting up in the air.

Now, there might be an end in sight.

The Palm Beach County School District is making a bid to buy the station. And Miami-based WPBT, which runs the public station Channel… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 4, 2009 at 7:28pm — No Comments

Readings can prompt new view of poetry—and maybe of life: Delray Beach

By Greg Stepanich

DELRAY BEACH — Four hours after the oath of office is administered to Barack Obama, a group of professional writers and everyday folks will gather around a microphone at the Crest Theatre in Delray Beach to read eight-line poems inspired by the event they have just witnessed, the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States.

Poems written to mark a society's public events are a tradition old as humanity itself, but they're something new for… Continue

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10 Questions: Michiko Kurisu (Delray Beach)

Meet Your Neighbor

Michiko Kurisu is committed to the idea of substantial, provocative art in public spaces. A 10-year resident of coastal Delray Beach, she has built a career in art, photography and design. Most recently she unveiled a permanent light-based art installation at the southeast corner of Veterans Park in Delray Beach — under the Atlantic Avenue Bridge. Michiko is a graduate of Brown University with coursework at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has lived and… Continue

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Golf cart ban debated: Gulf Stream

By Antigone Barton

GULF STREAM — The troubles that follow youth and wheels know no borders, and so, in December, Gulf Stream town commissioners discussed the need to crack down on those who would turn town streets into a playground.

The issue, here, however, was not drag-racing muscle cars or cruising Camaros, but golf carts. Or, as Mayor William Koch put it, citing a spate of recent complaints: “The problem of these kids driving golf carts down the streets, over lawns,… Continue

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Atlantic Plaza II gains first approvals: Delray Beach

By Hector Florin

Calling CDS International Holdings’ redevelopment plan crucial to downtown’s makeup, city commissioners on Dec. 9 supported the first of several approvals to remake a two-block area on Atlantic Avenue west of Veterans Park.

Three of six proposed buildings in the office-condo-retail complex can go up to 60 feet high, or five stories, which is 12 feet above city guidelines. Other approvals are pending over at least the next three months, including a shift of… Continue

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Thanks! Holiday bonus traditions vary: Gulf Stream, Ocean Ridge, Manalapan, Briny Breezes, Lantana, Delray Beach

By Antigone Barton

The grinch who stole the economy left the holidays untouched in the season just passed, as towns took second looks at pay raises, but followed their standing traditions of glad tidings to staff members. In some towns that meant hefty stocking stuffers, but in some it meant that December was just another month. Falling into the first category was Gulf Stream, where the 17 staff members got — a lot. How much is as elusive as a Santa Claus spotting, as the gift comes… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 4, 2009 at 7:03pm — No Comments

More of same: Committee says best option for Boynton inlet is leaving it alone: Boynton Beach, Lantana, Hypoluxo Island, Ocean Ridge, Briny Breezes, Manalapan

By Thomas R. Collins

BOYNTON BEACH — Drumroll, please.

After two years of meetings over how to change the Boynton Inlet in response to safety and environmental concerns, the answer is … keeping it the same?

Possibly. The Boynton Inlet Committee in December ranked a series of options — including either widening or deepening the inlet, or both — but the option that racked up the most points was that old standby choice: “Status quo.” Too many members of the… Continue

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League of Women Voters: Gulf Stream

Supervisor of Elections-Elect, Susan Bucher speaks at the annual League of Women Voter’s holiday event at the Gulf Stream home of League president Pamela S. Goodman on Dec. 22. Bucher spoke about the challenges of her up-coming position including the storage and handling of 1.7 tons of paper from the two-page ballots used in the last general election.

The invited League members, guests and some recently elected officials contributed money and food for the Homeless Coalition of Palm… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 4, 2009 at 6:56pm — No Comments

YMCA: Manalapan, Ocean Ridge, Boynton Beach

Manalapan Commissioner Peter Blum joins Ocean Ridge Mayor Ken Kaleel at the DeVos-Blum YMCA annual breakfast. This year’s Partner With Youth Campaign received donations totaling $433,000 — exceeding by almost 25 percent the 2007 campaign results. Both Blum and Kaleel are on the board of trustees and volunteers in the campaign.

More than 75 donations of $1,200 and greater were received, including support from the YMCA’s longtime benefactor, Peter Blum. Blum’s gifts over the years have… Continue

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Allison – Sovelove: Ocean Ridge

Dr. Lynn Allison and Harvey Sovelove were married Nov. 23 at the bride’s home in Ocean Ridge, surrounded by family and friends from all stages of their lives.

The groom’s grandson’s Tyler and Jack Sovelove of Lopez, Washington served as ring bearers. The bride’s goddaughter Karlee served as flower girl.

The bride has resided in Ocean Ridge for 11 years after living previously in Barbados. The groom is from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Boca Raton.

The bride is an Ocean… Continue

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Briny Breezes Briefs

Proposed Briny stock sale status report : In a letter dated Dec. 8, 2008, attorneys for Duane Morris prepared a statement for Briny Breezes stockholders regarding their efforts to finalize a stock sale proposal. According to the letter, after the original stock purchaser, Ocean Land Investments, pulled out, the second highest bidder wrote a letter expressing interest in acquiring Briny Breezes. That party submitted a detailed term sheet outlining the basic business terms under which they… Continue

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