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Boca Raton: Navy calls up deputy mayor for overseas mission

By Mary Hladky

Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve, will deploy in August to Qatar in support of NATO operations in Afghanistan.

Rodgers, who announced his deployment at the June 23 City Council meeting, said he wants to complete his term of office by attending city meetings remotely.

If that…

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Boynton Beach: Riverwalk has finished parking lot, most landscaping

By Jane Smith

Within a week of receiving Boynton Beach City Commission approval in mid-June, Riverwalk Plaza had finished landscaping the parking lot and entrances off Woolbright Road.

“The easternmost entrance had a weird S-curve shape,” said Luke Therien, who reopened his family’s Prime Catch restaurant on June 24. “Now you can drive south to Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts store or turn left to Prime Catch.”

Therien closed his restaurant in mid-March when all…

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Coastal Star: Special-needs clients find friend in Best Buddies chairman

Bobby Kane of Ocean Ridge with his wife, Lynsey; son, Bobby, 3; and daughter, Ellie, 20 months. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Charles Elmore

Isolation. Loneliness. Underemployment or no job at all.

Millions are grappling with that reality in…

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Delray Beach: City manager’s sudden suspension stirs controversy

By Jane Smith

During an often contentious meeting, a divided Delray Beach City Commission voted 3-2 on June 24 to oust City Manager George Gretsas from his $265,000 position without seeing a final report of the bullying accusations made against him.

Gretsas had been less than six months on the job and was the fifth full-time city…

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Ocean Ridge: Aug. 18 ballot issue to affect decision on future of police

By Dan Moffett



Ocean Ridge commissioners want to make it a lot more difficult for the town to merge its Police Department with another law enforcement agency.

With a unanimous vote on June 12, the commission gave final approval to a charter amendment proposal that requires voters to pass a ballot referendum before any police merger can move forward. Beyond the consent of voters, the proposal would mandate a four-vote supermajority from the Town Commission just…

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Ocean Ridge: Septic-to-sewer study funds take backseat to budget woes

By Rich Pollack

With the town’s budget still in flux, Ocean Ridge’s septic-to-sewer citizens advisory committee has agreed to hold off on requesting funds for a cost analysis from an outside firm.

Voting unanimously, the five-member committee, charged with studying the feasibility of replacing septic systems with a sewer system, agreed that it would be premature to request funding for a study to be conducted by Raftelis Financial Consultants.

The committee…

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Gulf Stream: Town agrees to sue AT&T to finish underground work

Plastic netting surrounds the historic Australian pine trees that line A1A in Gulf Stream to ensure that workers installing a water main do not damage the roots. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Steve Plunkett



The town will ask a federal judge to…

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Along the Coast: Peaceful rallies show support for justice, police

DELRAY BEACH: A group of about 100 gathered May 31 at Veterans Park to peacefully protest the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, while he was in the custody of a white Minneapolis police officer. By the end of June the protests had largely stopped in South County. They were peaceful, according to police.…

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Along the Coast: Agents say residential market shows recovery in sales, rentals

By Rich Pollack

June is normally when real estate professionals — who help connect sellers and buyers of luxury homes along South Florida’s coast — can relax a little and catch their breath.

This was not a normal June, however, and instead of kicking back, many real estate professionals went into July working overtime as the residential home market kicked back up.

“This has been the busiest June we’ve had in my 17-year real estate career,” said Nick…

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South Palm Beach: Surge in property values paints rosy budget picture for town

By Dan Moffett

Town Manager Robert Kellogg had plenty of good news to report about the financial health of South Palm Beach during the Town Council’s meeting on June 9.

Kellogg told council members that the town’s taxable value has skyrocketed 21.7% this year over last, far more than any other municipality in Palm Beach County.

Two reasons for the surge: the $70 million luxury condominium building, 3550 South Ocean, has finally come onto the tax rolls. And so…

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Manalapan: Vote fast-tracks dock, allows town to start work on water line

By Dan Moffett

Manalapan can move forward with a plan to improve water delivery to its oceanfront homes after the Town Commission approved two ordinances that will allow an easement for pipeline construction across property owned by Commissioner Hank Siemon.

One ordinance removes the requirement that homes be built before docks are added as accessories. The change means that Siemon can get his dock construction underway before completing his new residence at 1660…

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Along the Coast: Property Values Rise

Appraiser likes 5.9% growth as county awaits impact of pandemic

By Mary Hladky

The taxable value of Palm Beach County properties has increased for the ninth year in a row, although the rate of growth continued a multiyear trend of slowing down.

The numbers, however, do not reflect any impact from the coronavirus pandemic since they are based on market conditions as of Jan.…

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What freedom means to me

By Janis Fontaine

July 4 is Independence Day.

America’s most significant holiday.

But what is independence? And what is freedom?

As Americans, we talk about freedom as a “right,” something we are entitled to like the…

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Lantana: Less money from sales tax, gas tax to pinch town’s budget

By Mary Thurwachter

During Lantana’s first budget workshop on June 8, Mayor Dave Stewart warned residents that the upcoming budget years would be very challenging.

“Property taxes will bring in about $4 million,” he said. “What it costs to run the town from A to Z for everything we do is about $19-$20 million. Your property taxes are very necessary, but they are only about 20% of what it costs to do all the services.”

Other money comes from gas tax…

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Along the Coast: Brinyites, neighbors line up for COVID-19 testing

Briny Breezes resident Ann Carmody receives a COVID-19 nasal swab test from Palm Beach County Health Department nurse practitioner Guerlyne Estime during the one-day testing June 16. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

It lasts about 10 seconds, demands some…

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Along the Coast: Lantana votes to postpone fireworks, joining other municipalities in exercising caution

Crowds that gather on the Ocean Avenue Bridge and its fishing pier helped leaders decide to postpone this year’s fireworks in Lantana. 2019 photo by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Mary Thurwachter

Lantana reversed course during the June 22 Town Council meeting,…

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Along the Coast: History in the making

Members of the staff of Cornell Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine at Bethesda Hospital in Boynton Beach. Photos provided

Stories from pandemic are being preserved for posterity

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Philanthropy Notes: Ballroom Battle will have live telecast instead of audience

Ballroom Battle contestant Kirsten Stanley shared this photo with Facebook friends of her first in-person practice.

By Amy Woods

The George Snow Scholarship Fund’s 13th annual event will look a little different this year, or at least come to its audience a different…

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Briny Breezes: Town budgeting for major drainage system maintenance

Intense rains the weekend of May 25 flooded many of the town’s roads, including Briny Breezes Boulevard.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

A healthy 11.1% rise in taxable property value means the Briny Breezes Town Council will have more…

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Graduations

Members of The Coastal Star website at www.thecoastalstar.com submitted photos of their new graduates. Congratulations to them all!

Graduate’s…

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