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Robert Hudson Neff’s first ocean/coastal experience was a car trip to Florida in 1920 when he was a small boy. That trip to Miami from Ohio with his parents and two older brothers took nine days. The family camped along the way. Upon their arrival his mother recorded their experiences in a journal — and sought medical treatment for a bad case of mosquito bites!

The family spent about a year in Miami. Neff never… Continue

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From crinoline to denim, Gulfstream Polo crowd stays true

By Angie Francalancia

They dressed in their best in those earliest days, wearing furs and other finery to watch the game’s greatest players in what they called the gentlemen’s sport.

The origins of Gulfstream Polo are inextricably woven within the lives of the socialites and capitalists who made the southern Palm Beach County barrier island their home in the 1920s.

Originally, the polo ground was known only as Phipps Fields, and that in itself set the scene for… Continue

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Rituals of Spring

Spring brings back memories of childhood, many of them cloudy now, but beautiful — like beach glass. One in particular returns this time of year: May Day, or as I think of it, Aunt Mae Day.

Under giant Midwest trees, I can still visualize a white house, low to the ground, with a wraparound porch and an aluminum glider. I recall the paint was pealing a bit and curtains on the window were almost always drawn. I don’t think I ever knew much about the small, white-haired woman who lived… Continue

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Coastal communities should find better alternatives to dredging

By Brett Fitzgerald

On March 2, Judge Robert E. Meale ruled against the town of Palm Beach and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, recommending denial of a permit for a large dredge-and-fill project at the south end of Palm Beach (Reach 8). If the ruling stands, it will undoubtedly affect other such projects on Florida’s coastal islands, and represent the first time any such project will have been stopped.

I applaud the judge’s ruling. It is a wake-up call… Continue

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County to begin work on sand transfer plant: Boynton Inlet

By Margie Plunkett

Construction on a new sand transfer plant at South Lake Worth Inlet — also known as the Boynton Inlet — will begin in April. Work won’t interfere with boaters or beachgoers, but could at times displace people fishing on the jetties and limit parking in the north lot.

The sand transfer plant, jetties and the seawall around Bird Island are being reconstructed in a $7 million project that’s expected to last through November and beyond. The plan to renovate… Continue

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Bad dog? More likely, that Marley of yours is just poorly trained

Paws Up for Pets!

by Arden Moore

Marley…and me. Yes, I had the joy – and frustration – of knowing the real Marley. That goofy, rambunctious Labrador retriever made famous in the bestseller penned by his owner, John Grogan and on the big screen in a movie headlined by Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson and a pack of Marley lookalikes.

For nine years, John and I worked in the Delray Beach newsroom of The Sun-Sentinel. He amused and… Continue

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10 Ways to Entertain Spring Breakers

By Mary Thurwachter

The grandkids are visiting and how you love them. But they can only hang out at the beach or in the pool so long before becoming restless and sunburned. Send them off on their own, if they’re old enough, or tag along and have some fun yourself. Here are 10 ways to entertain your Spring Breakers.

1. Pedal around Palm Beach: Oil baron Henry Flagler built the Lake Trail so his hotel guests would have a place for strolling. It’s still a fine place for… Continue

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Change could remove ‘management’ from growth management

By Robert W. Ganger

Readers of The Coastal Star may be unaware that a bill is percolating through the Florida Legislature that would “streamline” the state’s Growth Management Act — the rulebook by which the Department of Community Affairs has guided growth and development in our state since 1985.

Who is backing the bill?

The bill’s major legislative sponsor is a developer/contractor. In fairness, he and his professional colleagues may view the Growth Management Act… Continue

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Paws Up for Pets!

She thawed and saw a pussy cat. Now pet expert is taking your questions.

By Arden Moore

Once people find out what I do for a living, they unleash their questions. Why does my dog…? How can I get my cat to stop…? No place is off limits when it comes to fielding pet queries — weddings, supermarket lines and even public bathrooms.

A friend jokingly called me Dr. Doo — short for Doctor Doolittle — due to the number of times she has… Continue

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Manalapan estate proves eco-friendly is chic, so go green

By Christine Davis

You’ve driven up the Seaside Paspalum grass driveway. Along the way there was a water grotto and bamboo-clad guesthouse, swimmable water gardens and a palapa.

In the front courtyard, there’s a floating deck, infinity pool (with windows), 16-person spa with a fire pit, and a Tahitian cocktails balé supported by moose-pole pine columns.

Now, you are about to enter Frank McKinney’s brand-new, LEED-certified, South-Pacific-resort-style mansion, “Acqua… Continue

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Coastal communities investigate stimulus funds: Gulf Stream, Manalapan, Delray Beach, Ocean Ridge, Briny Breezes, Lantana

By Hector Florin

Coastal cities are jockeying for a piece of the $787 billion stimulus package, with a focus on water utility projects, but many are not convinced their area will benefit much in the short term. Aside from Delray Beach, coastal cities from Gulf Stream north to Manalapan are collectively eyeing a dozen or so improvements that city leaders believe could qualify for about $4 billion in state and federal funds — an estimate provided by U.S. Rep. Ron Klein’s office. The… Continue

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Elizabeth Adams Sligh: Delray Beach

By Ron Hayes

DELRAY BEACH — A resident of the coastal communities since 1964, Elizabeth “Betty” Adams Sligh died peacefully Jan. 30 at Hospice By The Sea in Boca Raton. She was 88.

Born May 3, 1920, in Latrobe, Penn., Elizabeth Adams was an identical twin, born minutes before her sister, Barbara.

“They were called the terrible twins because as children they were always in trouble,” recalled her daughter, Elizabeth Wiggins Oestreich of Delray Beach. “They were so glamorous,… Continue

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A peek inside: Eau Spa - Need Ritzy pampering without a long drive? Just say spa: Manalapan

By Mary Thurwachter

Classically elegant and newly renovated — to the tune of $100 million — the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach has an extra reason to celebrate this month. Its $30 million addition, Eau Spa, opens at last. The hammering has stopped, the paint has dried, the furniture has been thoughtfully arranged and now it’s time for guests to “pause, play and perfect.” That “three-P” philosophy is evident throughout the 42,000-square-foot spa with an emphasis on sensory experiences with… Continue

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Ocean Ridge considers banning dogs from beach; performance-based bonuses

By Hector Florin

OCEAN RIDGE — Should dogs be prohibited from roaming private beaches? A kink in the town’s code forbids animals on public town beaches, but doesn’t specify all beaches, Commissioner Terry Brown said at the Mar. 2 meeting.

“Virtually all of the beaches in Ocean Ridge are privately owned,” Brown said, but residents have approached him saying they’ve seen dogs, leading to various interpretations of the law. Town Attorney Ken Spillias said there would be… Continue

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Cold weather increases manatee sighting

By Lucy Whitmarsh

Some 3,807 manatees were counted in January by the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, a record high number since it began the annual surveys in 1991.

The survey found 589 manatees in Palm Beach County. Buddy Powell, a biologist at the Sea to Shore Alliance, an environmental organization based in St. Petersburg, said that an aerial survey in February spotted about 400 manatees tightly collected in the output of the Florida Power and Light plant in Riviera… Continue

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Sell, Baby, Sell: Hypoluxo Island

By Hector Florin

Bob Montgomery wants to take a break from two decades as a Florida real estate broker. So the 69-year-old is reaching into his grab bag of real estate tricks to lure a buyer for his Hypoluxo Island home. Montgomery is dropping the price of his waterfront property by $5,000 a day. While no faux-Lotto billboards update the latest asking price (now at about $1.55 million), signs planted on swales along Ocean Avenue announce his stunt. It kicked off Feb. 1, with the… Continue

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Spotlight on Delray Beach's Old Calypso Restaurant

By Florence Kizza

DELRAY BEACH — Several city residents living on the Intracoastal Waterway were lit up last month, thanks to an illuminating move by a local business. Old Calypso restaurant installed new lights on its building that ended up causing a stir among nearby residents.

“The lights were strobing like something out of the Las Vegas strip and shining in my window,” explains Delray Beach resident Jenie DePonte. “I found it very disturbing.”

Old Calypso is… Continue

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Briny Breezes parking tickets rile residents

By Hector Florin

BRINY BREEZES — Parking tickets are causing a fuss in Briny Breezes. Corporation director Robert Purcell described the volunteer Boynton Beach group’s parking enforcement “an embarrassment — it’s harassment” at the Feb. 26 Town Council meeting. He and Town Mayor Roger Bennett also engaged in a brief verbal tiff during the discussion. Purcell said he once inadvertently forgot to give a guest — parked in Purcell’s driveway — a visitor’s parking pass. A volunteer… Continue

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Boynton seeking new City Hall proposals

By Margie Plunkett

BOYNTON BEACH — The City Commission called for developer proposals to fashion a new police station and City Hall at its Feb. 17 meeting, after contemplating a $30 million pitch to move the city complex to Renaissance Commons.

Earlier at the meeting, developer Compson Associates withdrew the Renaissance Commons proposal, which included refurbishing the nearby 1927 high school. President Jim Comparato said it had become “politically charged” and that Compson… Continue

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Sea turtle season begins

March 1 marks the official beginning of sea turtle season in Palm Beach County. Please be aware of your beach activities and night lighting during the coming months. These special visitors to our shores are threatened and endangered species. They were here long before we were. Please show them respect.
-- Mary Kate Leming, Editor

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