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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

Along the Coast: Staying safe to stay open

Seaside Deli cashier Audrey Bazil rings up a purchase by Andrew Estevez as others wait at an appropriate distance. The deli refuses to admit people without masks and limits the number of customers in the store, near Briny Breezes. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…

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Added by The Coastal Star on July 1, 2020 at 12:07pm — 1 Comment

Along the Coast: Sea turtle nesting season off to robust start

Turtle nest monitor Jim Jolley passes four marked nests on the beach in Ocean Ridge north of Beachway Drive. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Larry Keller



South Florida beach closures because of the coronavirus pandemic may have annoyed some…

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Added by The Coastal Star on July 1, 2020 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Seat 5

The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, governed by a board of five nonpartisan commissioners, will hold an election on Aug. 18 for Seat 3, open to candidates living within Boca Raton, and Seat 5, open to candidates living inside the district but outside city limits. Newly elected commissioners will each serve a four-year term commencing Jan. 5, 2021, and receive $80 for each meeting they attend.…

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Seat 3

The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, governed by a board of five nonpartisan commissioners, will hold an election on Aug. 18 for Seat 3, open to candidates living within Boca Raton, and Seat 5, open to candidates living inside the district but outside city limits. Newly elected commissioners will each serve a four-year term commencing Jan. 5, 2021, and receive $80 for each meeting they attend.…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2020 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Ehrnst retains beach-park commission seat; two spots up for grabs

Election: Seat 3 | Seat 5

By Steve Plunkett

Craig Ehrnst will serve a second term as a Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District commissioner, but two colleagues and their challengers…

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Delray Beach: Cost to fix reclaimed water system almost $1M and counting

Editor's Note: Delray commission owes taxpayers the truth

By Jane Smith

After five months of emergency repairs to the city’s botched reclaimed water system, 90% of the customers should have been back on line by June 30, the city…

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Added by The Coastal Star on July 1, 2020 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Editor's Note: Delray commission owes taxpayers the truth

On Feb. 4, the city of Delray Beach was told by the Florida Health Department that it must implement a citywide boil water order after receiving complaints that the city’s drinking water had become contaminated with reclaimed water.

The order was avoided only by an agreement to shut down the reclaimed water system while the problems were identified and repaired.

Move forward to late June. About 90% of customers are back on line, and the cost for fixing the system is nearing $1…

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Added by The Coastal Star on July 1, 2020 at 11:56am — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: Underperforming Boca Resort & Club aims to reclaim former glory

The proposed Mizner Ballroom will occupy 10,000 square feet and house conference and meeting facilities now in the resort’s Great Hall. Rendering provided

By Mary Hladky

The new owner of the Boca Raton Resort & Club is planning a massive makeover…

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Added by The Coastal Star on July 1, 2020 at 11:48am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Virus forces another delay for Haynie’s trial

By Mary Hladky

Former Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s trial on public corruption charges has been postponed until Sept. 21 due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

Prosecutor Brian Fernandes and Bruce Zimet, Haynie’s criminal defense lawyer, agreed to cancel a scheduled July 20 trial and to set the new trial date because the pandemic…

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Added by The Coastal Star on July 1, 2020 at 11:45am — No Comments

Beaches closed for holiday weekend

By Charles Elmore 

An emergency order puts beaches out of bounds for the Fourth of July weekend across Palm Beach County.

The county’s order to temporarily close beaches joined similar decrees in Miami-Dade and Broward counties aimed at avoiding large gatherings during the three-day weekend to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner told media outlets it would be “highly irresponsible” to keep beaches open and said the county’s…

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Added by The Coastal Star on July 1, 2020 at 11:37am — No Comments

Highland Beach: Commission balks at Delray plan to add four paramedics

By Rich Pollack

Highland Beach commissioners, faced with a 10.3% increase in how much they’re charged for fire service from Delray Beach, are questioning why they are being asked to pay for four additional firefighter/paramedics to be assigned to the station in town.

Under a 20-year agreement signed in 2016, Highland Beach pays for the salaries of 22.5 firefighter/paramedics assigned to the station next to Town Hall — a staffing level that includes two personnel…

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Added by The Coastal Star on July 1, 2020 at 11:36am — No Comments

Along the Coast: Municipal grants help small businesses smacked by virus

By Mary Hladky and Jane Smith

As small-business owners reeled from shutdowns mandated to stop the spread of COVID-19, South County cities pitched in to help them offset calamitous revenue losses.

Responding to Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce pleas, the City Council on May 27 authorized spending $500,000 in city money on a Small Business Recovery Relief Grant program that would provide $5,000 grants to small businesses with at least three employees and no…

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