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Delray Beach: $378 million price to fix flood-prone areas stuns commission

By Jane Smith

When local TV stations look for scenes of tidal flooding, Delray Beach is the poster child, city commissioners heard on Feb. 12.

That set the stage for a stormwater consultant’s report stating the city will need to spend $378.2 million to keep homes, offices and restaurants safe from flooding caused by higher tides, storm surge, heavy rains and sea-level rise.

That multimillion-dollar price tag astonished the commissioners. “How are we going…

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Along the Coast: Green turtles’ pattern accounts for sharp drop in nesting numbers

A hatchling green turtle makes its way into the surf. Green turtles typically nest every other year. Photo provided

By Rich Pollack

At first glance, the dramatic drop in the number of sea turtle nests along the Palm Beach County coastline during the 2018 nesting…

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Gulf Stream: New construction may face time limits

By Steve Plunkett



Town officials are poised to create time limits between 16 and 30 months on future new construction in Gulf Stream.

The new rules, which town commissioners will consider on final reading in March, come after unhappiness at the slow progress at 3140 Polo Drive, an 8,560-square-foot house that passed the three-year mark of building activity in February.

The pending ordinance notes that “lingering construction projects have a negative…

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Manalapan: Town studies purchase of bank site to house Police Department

Richard Granara takes the oath of office after his appointment to the Manalapan Town Commission. He will serve the year remaining on the term of Monica Oberting, who moved away from town. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett



Manalapan commissioners are…

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Along the Coast: Cities act to improve websites after ADA challenge

By Steve Plunkett



A federal lawsuit filed against Boca Raton has coastal communities scurrying to update their websites before they too wind up in court.

Juan Carlos Gil, a legally blind resident of Miami who has sued roughly 200 governments, stores and restaurants over access to information on the internet, added Boca Raton to his list of defendants Jan. 7.

Gil went to myboca.us in September to educate himself “on the quality of life and governmental…

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Delray Beach: Veteran Delray officer named to succeed chief

By Jane Smith



When Javaro Sims becomes Delray Beach police chief in May, he will be the city’s first black police chief.

City Manager Mark Lauzier announced his decision at the Feb. 12 City Commission workshop where fellow officers packed the first three rows of the chambers.

“After an in-depth process in which Sims and…

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Ocean Ridge: Commissioners approve crosswalk study

By Dan Moffett

Several dozen condo residents from southern Ocean Ridge jammed Town Hall on Feb. 4 to make their case to the Town Commission for an A1A crosswalk.

They pretty much had the commissioners at hello.

Town Manager Jamie Titcomb told the group that the commission has intended to appeal to the state Department of Transportation for a crosswalk since debating the matter during last summer’s budget workshops.

Titcomb said commissioners decided to…

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Ocean Ridge: Commission candidates talk sea rise strategy at forum

By Dan Moffett

Three commission candidates in Ocean Ridge found a lot of common ground when they squared off against each other during an hourlong election forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County on Feb. 7.

They all opposed sober homes, supermajority approval requirements and raising taxes. They all supported term limits, a proactive approach to sea rise and maintaining Ocean Ridge’s special quality of life.

An area of potential…

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Ocean Ridge: Four charter changes to be on ballot

By Dan Moffett

Besides filling two commission seats in the March 12 municipal election, Ocean Ridge voters will have to decide the fate of four proposed amendments to the town’s charter, the document that dictates government rules and procedures.

Probably the most contentious proposal contains a provision that imposes term limits on commissioners. If it’s approved, a commissioner would be restricted to three consecutive three-year terms, and then be required to…

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South Palm Beach: Four candidates contend for two council seats

Candidate profiles compiled by Steven J. Smith

Four candidates vie for two open at-large seats, each with a two-year term. The top two vote getters will each win a seat.

Elvadianne Culbertson

(Incumbent)

Personal: Declined to give her age; B.S. in business administration from Pacific…

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Ocean Ridge: Ocean Ridge offers different terms for winner, runner-up

Candidate profiles compiled by Steven J. Smith

Related Story: Commission candidates talk sea rise strategy at forum

One three-year term and a partial one-year term are contested this time around for the Ocean Ridge Town…

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South Palm Beach: Town approves extending hours of construction at 3550 building site

By Mary Thurwachter

As work at the luxury condo project at 3550 S. Ocean Blvd. reaches its finishing stages, construction hours have been extended. The South Palm Beach Town Council agreed to the added hours during a special town meeting on Feb. 14 and a workshop meeting.

“Kast Construction is requesting to extend hours of operation to help achieve the projected schedule — Sundays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday through Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.,” Hector…

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Lantana: Hypoluxo Island property owners picnic

Three-year-old Luke Howard gets a push from his father, Jake, during the Hypoluxo Island property owners annual picnic at McKinley Park on Feb. 24. They were in town visiting grandparents Diz and Sally Howard of Hypoluxo Island. Jerry Lower/The Coastal…

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Lantana: Town retools its traffic-calming policy

By Mary Thurwachter



The Town Council made some revisions to its 12-year-old polices and guidelines, even though the old policy had generally provided good guidance, according to Dave Thatcher, Lantana’s development services director.

“It was incredibly wordy and confusing,” he said at the Feb. 25 meeting. “The new one is a more user-friendly document and should be easier to understand by the public and easier to use by staff.”

Town staff worked with…

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Obituary: Alice Dye

By Brian Biggane

GULF STREAM — Alice Dye, a golfing icon who built a strong reputation for her charity work in South Palm Beach County, died Feb. 1. She was 91.

Dye, who with her husband, Pete, formed a legendary golf course architecture team that designed 145 courses around the world, was named First Lady of Golf by the PGA of…

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Obituary: Linda Bailey Searle

DELRAY BEACH — Linda Bailey Searle died at her home in Delray Beach on Jan. 16. She was 93.

Born March 14, 1925, in East Orange, N.J., to Clifford Sherwood Bailey and Ellen Laird Bailey, she grew up in Darien and New Canaan, Conn., and graduated from Ethel Walker School and Finch College.

In June 1945, she married John “Jack” Endicott Searle Jr.,…

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Obituary: William Andrew Benton

OCEAN RIDGE — William Andrew Benton of Ocean Ridge and Morristown, N.J., died on Feb. 14 in Boynton Beach. He was 86. Mr. Benton was born Jan. 21, 1933, in South Orange, N.J. He attended high school at Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1958 following two years of Army service during which he was stationed in California in a bomb disposal unit. …

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Meet Your Neighbor: Patricia Maguire

Patricia Maguire, a painter from Ocean Ridge, sits at home in front of a few of her works with her dog Shiloh, a 9-year-old golden retriever. Maguire also has a studio in downtown Delray Beach. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Brian Biggane

Patricia Maguire has…

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Delray Beach: FPL working ‘quickly’ to bring new light to A1A at Atlantic during nesting

These new white LED lights at A1A and Atlantic generate significantly less glow than the old lights, but they’ll be replaced with red LED lights for turtles. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

The busy beachside intersection of State Road A1A and Atlantic…

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Delray Beach: City examines its response to failures of reclaimed water system

Ned Wehler had to resort to hand watering when the recycled water system went down. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

Ned Wehler had to use a hose in early February to water his flowers and plants. The reclaimed water system was down again in Delray Beach.…

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