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Delray Beach: Reclaimed water repairs top $1 million

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach has spent more than $1 million to fix its botched reclaimed water system, the city’s new Utilities director said on Aug. 11.

Hassan Hadjimiry, who gave the presentation at a commission meeting, broke down the expense into three categories: $254,876.13 for materials, including backflow preventers; $558,647.14 for contractors; and $228,845.83 for staff overtime.

Hadjimiry emphasized that the current cost would likely rise in the…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 13, 2020 at 9:46am — No Comments

Along the Coast: South County coronavirus cases up fivefold in 2 months

By Steve Plunkett

The number of COVID-19 cases in South County cities and towns is up by more than five times the total reported two months ago, state health figures show.

On June 4, when Boynton Beach (669 cases) overtook Boca Raton (660 cases) as the most infected South County municipality, they and other coastal towns posted 1,922 coronavirus reports.

On Aug. 5 Boca Raton had easily retaken the lead with 4,807 cases, a 628% increase, while Boynton…


Added by The Coastal Star on August 7, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Bridge over Boca Inlet to close for 60 days

The bridge and bridge tender's house on A1A over the inlet will change from light blue to a darker blue. Photo provided

By Steve Plunkett

The bridge over the Boca Raton Inlet, which connects the south barrier island to all points north, will close to…


Added by The Coastal Star on August 3, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Judges give 16 awards to ‘Coastal Star’ contributors

The Coastal Star brought home top honors in breaking news, local government reporting, sports photography and sports coverage in this year’s Weekly Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Florida Press Association.

The newspaper also collected five second-place awards and seven third-place awards.

First-place trophies went to the staff and…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 3, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

Isaias: Photos from the storm

Tropical Storm Isaias passed coastal Palm Beach County Aug. 1-2 with little more than high surf and washed out sea turtle nests.  Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 2, 2020 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Mayor told me to lie about water woes, suspended city manager says

By Jane Smith

Suspended Delray Beach City Manager George Gretsas fought back on July 31 against his City Commission bosses.

He sent them a 12-page letter with four explosive allegations accusing commissioners of using a bullying complaint as a smokescreen to cover up problems with the city’s drinking water.

“Rather than support me in my attempts to fix this serious problem that potentially jeopardizes the health of every resident of Delray Beach, I was…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 2, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

Lantana Lifesaving Award

Lifeguard Tanner Thielemann (right) received the Lantana Police Department’s Lifesaving Award during the July 27thTown Council meeting. Police Chief Sean Scheller, who made the presentation, said Thielemann, a 34-year-old South Palm Beach resident, noticed a distressed swimmer yelling for help about 60 yards…


Added by Mary Thurwachter on July 31, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Delray Beach: Community Center to host early voting

By Jane Smith

Voters once again will have an early voting location in east Delray Beach for the Aug. 18 county and state elections.

The early voting site, at the Delray Beach Community Center, will be open Aug. 3 through Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The center’s address is: 50 Northwest First Ave.

This site also will be used prior to the November general election, including the presidential race.

“Residents had asked why was it not…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 30, 2020 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Boynton Beach: Town Square partner can't make timeline for garages, asks city for help

By Jane Smith

On the same day that Boynton Beach celebrated its centennial with a balloon-filled soft opening of its new City Hall, city commissioners heard troubling news about desperately needed parking garages for the Town Square project.

The six-story south garage will not be finished in June 2021 as promised. In fact, the city will be lucky to get it financed early next year, according to John Markey, managing principal of JKM Developers.



Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 24, 2020 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Boca Raton: Haynie trial to start no sooner than late October

By Mary Hladky

Former Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s trial on public corruption charges has been pushed back for the third time.

The new trial start date is Oct. 26, but there is no certainty it will begin then.

Palm Beach County Chief Judge Krista Marx in early July extended her suspension of all trials until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Circuit Judge Jeffrey…


Added by The Coastal Star on July 22, 2020 at 9:16pm — 1 Comment

Lantana: Town cracking down on illegal short-term rentals

By Mary Thurwachter

After hearing residents’ concerns about house parties at suspected short-term rental properties, the Lantana Town Council at its July 13 meeting said it was addressing the problem but warned that a resolution won’t be easy.

In a letter to the Town Council, resident Lyn Tate said that on the weekend of July 11 a house on South Atlantic Drive appeared to be rented out for Saturday night only. “When it got dark, seven cars arrived and parked…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 20, 2020 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Along the Coast: County restricts operating hours of businesses serving food and alcohol

PBC Emergency Order 2020-14 Issued Restricting Operating Hours of Restaurants,

Food Establishments and other…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 14, 2020 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Hospitals react to surge in coronavirus cases

Following a spike in COVID-19 cases in Florida reaching 100,217 cases reported as of June 21 and then doubling in two weeks to 203,376, local hospitals are adapting

Since the beginning of July, Bethesda Hospital-East, Bethesda Hospital-West and Boca Raton Regional Hospital are temporarily rescheduling elective procedures that require an overnight stay to ensure they have sufficient capacity to handle coronavirus patients. Hospital staff will communicate directly…


Added by The Coastal Star on July 9, 2020 at 9:30am — No Comments

Boynton Beach: JFK Medical Center repositions Boynton staff

JFK Medical Center temporarily suspended services at its Freestanding Emergency Room in Boynton Beach as of July 7. Temporarily closing the facility at 10921 S. Jog Road will allow JFK Medical Center to move key clinical staff and physicians to its other facilities across Palm Beach County that are experiencing a greater volume of COVID-19 and suspected COVID-19 patients.

“As a leading health care…


Added by The Coastal Star on July 7, 2020 at 11:43am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Virus and grant application slowing down Virgin Trains station

By Mary Hladky

Virgin Trains USA has pushed out the expected completion of its Boca Raton station to early 2022, about a year later than company officials anticipated when the City Council approved a station construction deal in December.

Among the reasons for the delay are the impact of COVID-19 and Virgin Trains’ request that the city file an application for a federal grant to offset some of the costs of building the station and a parking garage, Virgin Trains…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2020 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Highland Beach: Condo hostage situation resolved with no injuries

Delray Beach paramedics remove the grandmother of the suspect from the condo about four hours after the standoff with police started. Since she has mobility issues, she was transported to…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2020 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Highland Beach: Told that beach is ‘stable,’ town aims to keep it so

By Rich Pollack

After shaking a finger at Boca Raton for removing offshore sand as part of a beach restoration project, Highland Beach commissioners are now discussing working with that city to solve short-term sand issues and possibly long-term environmental concerns.

Following calls from residents complaining that sand from off Highland Beach’s coast was being used to enhance Boca Raton’s north beach, town commissioners in June invited coastal engineer Gordon…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2020 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: Mayotte criticizes Rodgers’ coronavirus activism

By Mary Hladky

City Council members often disagree on issues, but the debate is usually confined to what policy is in the best interests of Boca Raton and its residents.

So council member Monica Mayotte’s June 9 rebuke of Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers’ advocacy for lifting COVID-19 restrictions in Palm Beach County was a notable departure from the long-standing practice of not criticizing colleagues.

At issue was Rodgers’ activism on social media and in…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: New rules for signs meant to streamline approvals

By Mary Hladky

After at least five years of on-again, off-again effort, the City Council has repealed the city’s ordinance regulating signs and replaced it with a new one.

The new sign code, approved unanimously on May 27, is intended to streamline byzantine rules that made getting sign approval difficult and time-consuming.

“What a remarkable improvement to our code,” said architect Doug Mummaw, who often works with downtown commercial landowner Investments…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2020 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Council agrees Wildflower plan is ready to bid

By Steve Plunkett

City Council members gave the go-ahead June 23 to seek bids to build a connected Wildflower/Silver Palm park after staff and their outside consultant trimmed $2.75 million from the plan.

Gone are a small stage and “some other tweaks” at the Wildflower site, at the northwest corner of the Palmetto Park Road bridge over the Intracoastal, city senior planner John Lindgren said.

Removed on the Silver Palm portion of the park just south of…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2020 at 12:14pm — No Comments

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