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Boca Raton: Door opens for marijuana dispensary near beach

Palmetto Park Road between A1A and Intracoastal Waterway

is possible location

By Mary Hladky

The City Council has cleared the way for medical…

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Highland Beach: Commission approves parking ordinance

By Rich Pollack

They were almost two years in the making, but Highland Beach finally has clear rules for parking on its six side streets.

For decades the rules for parking on residential streets — lined with single-family homes and multifamily townhomes — were confusing and difficult to sort out. That is changing with a new street parking ordinance that received final approval this month.

“We had 52 parking codes and some of them contradicted one another,”…

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Boca Raton: Homeless man charged with killing father in parking garage off A1A

Boca Raton police investigate the beginnings of a hole that the suspect intended to use as a grave for his father’s body, according to the police report. Photo provided

By Mary Hladky

A 26-year-old man is being held without bond in the Palm Beach County Jail after his Feb. 4…

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Highland Beach: Illumination Awards

Place of Hope’s second recognition ceremony on Jan. 28 at St. Lucy Catholic Church honored local leaders in law enforcement as well as elected officials. Keynote speaker Liza Smoker discussed human trafficking, one of the nonprofit’s focus areas. Smoker said 48 human traffickers have been arrested in Palm Beach County, much due…

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Boca Raton: Haynie trial on corruption charges postponed until July

By Mary Hladky

Any hopes that suspended Mayor Susan Haynie might have had of reclaiming her elected office ended Feb. 27 when both her defense lawyer and the prosecutor asked that her trial on public corruption charges be delayed.

In a four-minute hearing Circuit Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen canceled Haynie’s March 23 trial date and…

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Boca Raton: Community Garden begins move to make way for train station

By Margie Plunkett

The Junior League’s Community Garden, located along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks east of the Downtown Library, closed its eastern half in late February to make room for construction of the new Virgin Trains station.

The garden, which has been at its current site by 400 NW Second Ave. for a…

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Boca Raton: City ‘working hard’ to avoid costly sewer disaster, mayor says

Deal with Virgin Trains, ‘innovative’ policing highlight past year

By Mary Hladky

“We have got great news to share,” said Mayor Scott Singer. “The state of our city is strong.”

Singer’s assessment of how the city is doing was delivered in a Feb. 18 State of the City speech at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center that drew a crowd of about 200, including many of the city’s leading citizens and volunteers.…

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Highland Beach: Crosswalk improvements for A1A still lack funds

By Rich Pollack

After months of negotiating with state officials, Highland Beach finally has the green light to go ahead with long-awaited safety improvements to eight crosswalks on State Road A1A.

The town already has engineering reports and even has bids from two companies willing to do the job.

There’s only one holdup.

“We have everything we need to go forward,” Town Manager Marshall Labadie told commissioners during a meeting this month. “We just…

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Along the Coast: Municipalities act to ensure 2020 Census count is accurate

By Charles Elmore

The 2020 Census arrives a decade after 1.4 million folks in Florida were left out of the nation’s last official head count, according to a federal review.

Up and down the coast, communities are scrambling to avoid undercounts as census forms begin landing in mailboxes around March 12. Each missed person represents about $1,600 per year in lost funding for things like roads, schools and environmental and social programs, local officials…

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Highland Beach: Spring Fling to highlight protecting the environment

Update: Town cancels Spring Fling event

By Rich Pollack

The environment will be in the spotlight during the town’s annual Spring Fling community event, which will also feature food, a fire department demonstration and live music.

Set for…

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Delray Beach: Lessons from ‘Happy’ and ‘Kind’

Two nuns named Elizabeth spark joy at St. Vincent Ferrer

Sister Elizabeth Halaj and Sister Elizabeth Kulesa attend St. Vincent Ferrer Church and School’s Parish Festival in Delray Beach. Halaj, nicknamed ‘Sister Happy,’ and Kulesa, known as…

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Editor's Note: Big-money issues make voting vital this month

March 17 is an election day. Are you excited? OK, maybe not. I realize only some will be able to vote in the presidential preference primary (it is a closed primary, open to only registered Democrats or Republicans), but everyone who is registered to vote in Palm Beach County can vote in the uniform municipal elections.

So, if you’re registered to vote in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Briny Breezes, South Palm Beach or Lantana, you need to get yourself to your polling place on election…

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Letter to the Editor: Resident says commissioners not responsive to crowd

My previous letter on the topic of artificial turf provoked a vocal awakening of the taxpayers of Ocean Ridge — which in most instances should have been an awakening for the Town Commission.

In the case of Steve Coz and Phil Besler, they listened to the concerns of nearly 100 vocal citizens and tried to understand the rationale for banning turf.

In the case of Susan Hurlburt, Don MaGruder and Kristine de Haseth, it provoked defiance of the will of those who elected them in favor…

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Manalapan: Town proposal would allow docks before home construction

By Dan Moffett

Manalapan commissioners are moving forward with a new ordinance that would allow docks to be built on vacant properties before home construction begins.

Mayor Keith Waters said during the commission’s Feb. 25 meeting that the ordinance likely would apply to five existing empty lots in the town with docks and to new construction.

The new rule would eliminate a stipulation in the town’s code that treats docks solely as accessories to existing…

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Ocean Ridge: Vacuum system the choice of septic-to-sewer panel

By Rich Pollack

If and when Ocean Ridge’s Septic to Sewer Citizens Advisory Committee recommends the town convert to a centralize sewage treatment system, it is likely to suggest using vacuum technology rather than a traditional gravity and force-main system.

During a meeting last month, members of the committee agreed to recommend in concept using a vacuum system, which pulls sewage to a central collection station before sending it to a regional plant, rather…

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Coastal Star: Real estate career — and game — are monopolizing broker’s time

Rochelle LeCavalier of Boca Raton is executive director of luxury sales, sports and entertainment for Douglas Elliman Florida. Now she’s chairing the Monopoly fundraiser for Boca Helping Hands. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Delray Beach: Four teens on house arrest after fire destroys historic train station

Thirty firefighter units responded to the blaze at the vacant station near Atlantic Avenue and I-95. The force of the blaze knocked over and burned one firefighter. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith



The four Atlantic High School teens who confessed to starting the…

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Along the Coast: You don’t need stamps to vote by mail this year

By Steve Plunkett

March 7 is when early voting begins and is also the deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot online for the presidential primary and local contests in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Briny Breezes, South Palm Beach and Lantana.

This year vote-by-mail, the fastest-growing way to cast a ballot in Palm Beach County, features prepaid postage, Supervisor of Elections Wendy Link said.

“We’re hoping that helps everybody, not just because of the money…

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Delray Beach: Two incumbents, five challengers vie for two seats

Each City Commission term is three years and commissioners may retain their seats for no longer than two full consecutive terms. Additionally, voters will be asked whether to eliminate a six-month waiting period before any ordinance proposing salary increases for the mayor and commissioners could be adopted. If the measure passes, increases would become effective “at the next organizational meeting held on or after the last Thursday in March.” — Steven J.…

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Ocean Ridge: Artificial turf restrictions approved

By Dan Moffett

Don MaGruder’s last night as an Ocean Ridge commissioner appears likely to have a lasting impact on the town’s future. Or anyway, an impact on its lawns.

MaGruder cast the final and deciding vote that approved by a 3-2 margin an ordinance restricting the use of artificial turf — ending, at least for the moment, months of divisive debate that often pitted neighbor against neighbor.

“It’s not perfect, but it can be modified later on,” MaGruder…

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