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Boca Raton: Judge sides with city, throws out $137 million Midtown suit

By Mary Hladky

A Palm Beach County circuit judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by developer and landowner Crocker Partners that sought $137 million in damages from Boca Raton for actions Crocker claims left it unable to redevelop its Midtown property.

In his July 19 ruling, Judge Howard Coates Jr. sided with Boca Raton across the board, granting the city’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit and ruling against all of…

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Obituary: Clyde E. DeShields

By Sallie James

BOCA RATON — He was a savvy Boca Raton entrepreneur whose 62-year-old business is still open today, but those closest to Clyde E. DeShields say his greatest legacy was his devotion to family and dedication to helping single mothers. Mr. DeShields died at home on July 18 after a lengthy history of cancer. He was 89.…

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Highland Beach: Commissioners work to cut tentative tax increase

By Rich Pollack

Highland Beach town commissioners will spend the next few weeks looking for ways to trim about $450,000 out of a proposed 2019-2020 budget in hopes of avoiding either slightly raising the tax rate, borrowing from reserves or a little of both.

In July, commissioners approved a maximum tax of $4.05 for every $1,000 of taxable property value, up 9 percent from the current rate and 13.2 percent from the…

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Along the Coast: WINDING UP ON TOP

Jake Eder (No. 39, right) and his teammates at Vanderbilt University celebrate their NCAA championship. Photo provided

‘It was unbelievable’: Ocean Ridge pitcher…

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Philanthropy Notes: Cotillion Academy teens to learn leadership skills

By Amy Woods

The Junior League of the Palm Beaches is recruiting middle school students from South County to sign up for the 2019-2020 Cotillion Academy.

The academy — one of the league’s oldest legacy programs as it enters its 62nd year— teaches dance, etiquette and leadership skills through monthly classes that run from October to April.

“What these students are gaining is not only just dance and etiquette and leadership skills but…

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Celebrations: Founder’s Luncheon - Kravis Center, West Palm Beach — May 7

Jeff Stoops, Marti LaTour and Frank Compiani. Photo provided by Tracey Benson Photography

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties welcomed nearly 500 guests to the annual event that highlights key findings from the On the Table initiative. ‘This year, we were honored to celebrate…

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Celebrations: Taste of Recovery - Old School Square, Delray Beach — June 1

Jennifer Smith and Hillary Moore.

David Duran, Ira Fox and Madison Fox. Photos provided by Russell…

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Dining: New Italian eatery, Elisabetta’s Ristorante, opens on Atlantic

An artist’s rendering of…

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Health Notes: Baptist Health merger with Boca Regional is complete

By Christine Davis

Boca Raton Regional Hospital has officially merged with Baptist Health South Florida.

The final merger was announced on July 1, more than a year after Boca Regional began discussions with Baptist in hopes of elevating the hospital’s position as an academic referral center in South Florida.

It was the final step in growing up for a beloved community hospital born out of tragedy in 1967. The…

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Paws Up for Pets: Pets need hurricane season prep along with owners

Make sure your cat is comfortable with being around its carrier before a storm arrives. Photo provided

By Arden Moore

When hurricanes head for South Florida, Dianne Sauve stays put. She does so to supervise the safety of many pets living in Palm Beach County.…

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The Plate: A hearty salad at Deck 84

By Scott Simmons

The Plate: Balsamic Chicken Salad

The Place: Deck 84, 840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 665-8484 or www.deck84.com.

The Price: $17

The Skinny: One of the nicest things about Deck 84…

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Along the Coast: Delray athletes winning international acclaim

Delray Beach’s Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff, 15, reacts to one of her Wimbledon match victories. She reached the round of 16. Photo provided AELTC/Florian Eisele

By Brian Biggane

Fifteen-year-old Cori “Coco” Gauff of Delray Beach made international headlines when she became the youngest…

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Health & Harmony: Outbreaks of measles, hepatitis have travelers asking about vaccinations

By Joyce Reingold

A good first stop for travelers planning overseas trips is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, a repository of updated vaccine and medication recommendations. The CDC’s Travelers’ Health website spans the globe, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.



The next stop? It may be your doctor’s office, with a rolled-up shirt-sleeve. And this summer, local doctors say even staycationers are asking about vaccinations.…

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Finding Faith: Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County celebrates 40 years

Some founders of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County gather at an early event (l-r): Norman and Betty Stone, Abner and Mildred Levine, and James and Marjorie Baer. Photo provided

By Janis Fontaine

Forty years ago, a few Jewish leaders from southern Palm Beach County realized that…

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On the Water: Gerretson Memorial set for Aug. 10

The Whoa Nellie team (from left, Kate Spinweber, Barry Spinweber, Rhonda Throop and Todd Spinweber) shows the 49.5-pound wahoo that won largest fish in the Lake Worth tournament. The team caught the fish north of Boynton Inlet on a surface-trolled ballyhoo in 425 feet. The tournament attracted 44 teams. Photo provided…

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Boca Raton: Prosecutor shines light on 5th Haynie vote; trial date anticipated before year's end

By Mary Hladky



Attorneys are still aiming for suspended Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie to go to trial in October or November on public corruption charges, but no date was set at a July 15 court hearing.

The next hearing on the status of the case will be on Sept. 10.

After the brief hearing, Bruce Zimet, Haynie’s criminal defense attorney, said she is ready for trial.

“She is engaged and anxious to be vindicated,” he said.

Zimet declined to…

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Frankie returns to namesake restaurant

Anthony Calicchio, owner of Cafe Frankie's, and the Boynton Beach restaurant's namesake parrot were re-united July 10 after a five-day ordeal. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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County Pocket: Zoning board unanimously OKs swimming pools for townhouse project

By Dan Moffett

The Palm Beach County Zoning Commission unanimously approved a variance request for the developer of the Gulf Stream Views townhouse project on July 3, allowing the construction of 14 small swimming pools on the property.

The approval came over the objections of two dozen residents of Briny Breezes and the County Pocket who attended the hearing — and also the objections of the commission’s own staff.

County planners and plan reviewers had…

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Along the Coast: Sargassum more friend than foe

Influx may be ‘new normal,’ force beachgoers to adapt

Clayton Peart of Universal Beach Services rakes sargassum into the sand on Delray Beach’s beach. The sargassum, which began to arrive in February, helps preserve the beach and protect and…

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Added by The Coastal Star on July 3, 2019 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Hypoluxo Island: Architect outlasts landmark designs

Don Edge at his Hypoluxo Island home, which he designed and built 60 years ago. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes

On a cold January afternoon in 1952, a young man named Donald Edge stepped off a curb in downtown Detroit and landed in West Palm Beach.

“I…

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