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Delray Beach: New rules for pickup and drop-off send drivers off Atlantic

By Jane Smith



Delray Beach is tackling gridlock downtown by forcing delivery truck drivers and ride-share vehicles off bustling East Atlantic Avenue and onto the side streets.

The city now has seven designated side street stops that are marked with signs that read: Ride-share only.

Although the stops are designated for…

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Delray Beach: iPic changes hands in bankruptcy court; local execs resign

By Jane Smith



Hamid Hashemi and three other men resigned from their executive positions with iPic Entertainment on Nov. 15.

It was the same day that its lender gained control of the iPic luxury theater chain through an affiliate, iPic Theaters.

The new company operates iPic theaters in 15 cities and remains based in Boca Raton. The lender, Retirement Systems of Alabama, canceled the lease Oct. 31 for headquarters office space in its new theater building…

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Gulf Stream: Neighbors not happy to hear about Little Club’s plan to add pickleball courts

The Patriot Pickleball website shows players using the sound-dampening Sniper paddle. Photo provided

By Steve Plunkett



Pickleball may be coming to the Little Club but — shhh! — play will have to be very, very quiet.

Town commissioners asked that an independent…

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Delray Beach: Moving a historic house

The 1937 Wellbrock House, designed by Samuel Ogren Sr., was gingerly relocated Nov. 17 by the Community Redevelopment Agency to CRA property on North Swinton Avenue, where it will become CRA offices. It took house mover Pat Burdette nearly 11 hours to navigate the nine-block route. Delray Beach architect Roger Cope led the move…

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Along the Coast: Coastal Star wins 10 state journalism awards

By Steve Plunkett



Florida Press Club judges honored The Coastal Star with three first-place awards, five seconds and two thirds in the annual Excellence in Journalism Competition last month.

Top awards in their categories were to Editor Mary Kate Leming (commentary) for her columns on the murderous attack at a newspaper office in Maryland, guns and suicide, and local environmental awareness; to Ron Hayes (arts news) for a feature on murals being painted in a…

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Boynton Beach: Petty takes over as interim fire chief after Joseph retires from public service

By Jane Smith



Boynton Beach Fire Rescue has a new leader.

Matthew Petty, previously deputy chief, is the interim chief after Glenn Joseph resigned on Nov. 29. Joseph’s salary was $145,376.

Boynton Beach hired Petty as a firefighter in February 2008. He received promotions over the years and most recently was named the deputy…

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Gulf Stream: Town owes O’Boyle attorneys $122,687

By Steve Plunkett



A Palm Beach County circuit judge has awarded Martin O’Boyle’s attorneys $122,687 in fees for a lawsuit that sought 15 months’ worth of a town commissioner’s emails and text messages.

The total was slashed after an expert witness for O’Boyle’s side testified that the fees the O’Boyle Law Firm wanted should be cut from $87,007 to $53,599, Circuit Judge Janis Brustares Keyser wrote in her Nov. 22 order.

Nine lawyers and paralegals at the…

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Boca's cultural ambassador turns 70: Art museum showcases growth, diversity during anniversary

‘Marty’s Cube’ by sculptor Tony Rosenthal is in the entrance courtyard of Boca Raton Museum of Art at Mizner Park.



By Gretel Sarmiento

Dressed up in two trendy exhibitions, Boca Raton Museum of Art kicked off its 70th birthday party last month with the…

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Gulf Stream: Appeals court upholds dismissal of ex-O’Boyle employee’s lawsuit

By Steve Plunkett

Gulf Stream had every reason to think it would win its ultimately unsuccessful RICO claim against resident Martin O’Boyle and others and so was not wrong to pursue the case, federal appellate judges say.

“Simply put, the town did not need to be certain of success on its civil RICO claim in order to have probable cause to assert it,” wrote the trio of judges from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the same court that upheld the dismissal of…

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Gulf Stream: Judge orders halt to construction in canal

A circuit judge issued an emergency order on Thanksgiving Day stopping work in the canal behind Martin O’Boyle’s home.

O’Boyle is “enjoined from any further construction activity on the proposed water structure without approval by the [town] or further order from this court,” Judge James Nutt said.

Town officials sought the injunction after workers drove 20 concrete piles into the canal. O’Boyle has been seeking a building permit from Gulf Stream since April 2017 for a 12-foot-wide…

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Delray Beach: Lauzier down one count in fight over dismissal

By Jane Smith



Delray Beach won the first round of the wrongful-dismissal lawsuit filed by former City Manager Mark Lauzier.

On Nov. 18, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Lisa Small ruled that Lauzier’s complaint did not meet the requirements of the state’s Whistleblower Act. She dismissed that count with prejudice, meaning Lauzier cannot refile it.…

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Along the Coast: Train quiet zones have exceptions to rule

By Jane Smith

Some South County coastal residents reported hearing an unusual number of train horns recently even though quiet zones had been established nearly 18 months ago.

Engineers of Brightline, soon to be Virgin Trains, can blow the horns when there is construction work within the railroad right of way, according to a company spokesperson.

“The federal quiet zone regulation states that if work is occurring, the locomotive engineer must blow the horn…

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Boynton Beach: Sister Cities Visit

Six people from Farindola, Italy, spent Thanksgiving week touring greater Boynton Beach. They traveled here to join the Greater Boynton Beach Sister Cities program. Their first adventure was a Nov. 26 trip to the beach and snorkeling. That day ended with a walk around the Wakodahatchee Wetlands, where Monica Damiani exclaimed…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Jeffrey Stoops

Jeffrey Stoops, new chairman of the board of directors of the Kravis Center, is excited about the renovations completed on the main hall. Photo by Capehart

By Brian Biggane

Jeffrey Stoops, who has taken Boca Raton-based SBA Communications from the brink of bankruptcy to a…

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Briny Breezes: Town manager, clerk quitting over pay, workload

By Dan Moffett

The town manager and deputy clerk of Briny Breezes are resigning their part-time positions, effective the end of the year, saying their workloads are too great and their pay too small.…

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Obituary: Thomas Byrne

By Sallie James

BRINY BREEZES — He was the voice of the resistance in 2005 when a developer offered residents of the beachside mobile home town known as Briny Breezes $500 million to buy their homes.

Thomas Byrne’s “Save Briny. Vote No” buttons garnered national attention, as did his unwillingness to trade a disappearing lifestyle…

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Obituary: Jerome ‘Jerry’ Goldmacher

By Rich Pollack

HIGHLAND BEACH — The phone call came in the middle of that April 1970 night letting Jerry Goldmacher know that Apollo 13 was in trouble.

Mr. Goldmacher, the spacecraft manager at Grumman Aerospace for the lunar excursion module that would serve as a four-day lifeboat for three astronauts, and his team helped NASA…

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Obituary: Harry F. Sica Jr.

By Sallie James

OCEAN RIDGE — Harry F. Sica Jr., a longtime Ocean Ridge resident who loved helping others almost as much as he loved spending time with his family, died on Nov. 16. He was 65 and had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

“He was a really generous guy. He loved helping people — anybody. If you made a connection with him —…

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Obituary: Marie J. Horenburger

BOYNTON BEACH — Marie J. Horenburger died Nov. 12, surrounded by family. She was 78.

Born in 1941 in New York City, Marie Kedzierski was the first of six children born of the late Marie Kedzierski (Riso) and Edward Z. Kedzierski. She was raised in Massapequa Park, New York, and eventually moved to South Florida.

Mrs. Horenburger was wonderfully…

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Obituary: Swan A. Brown Jr.

GULF STREAM — Swan A. Brown Jr., who designed and maintained landscape from Pompano Beach to Gulf Stream, died June 10 in San Francisco.

He was 96.

Mr. Brown established his own landscape architecture business in 1956. Over several decades, he completed 90% of the landscaping projects in Gulf Stream.

After a life spent professionally designing…

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