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Boynton Beach: Town Square partner describes minor changes, economic issues

By Jane Smith



One of the private partners in Boynton Beach’s $250 million Town Square project has requested some changes to meet financing concerns.

Developer John Markey told city commissioners on Sept. 5 that he plans for the private portion of Town Square to begin with construction of a five-story apartment building and a six-story parking garage on Southeast First Avenue.

His firm, JKM Developers, wants to change the private portion of the Town Square…

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Manalapan: Warning light for curve on A1A back on hold

By Dan Moffett

Manalapan officials were just about ready to break into a round of high-fives in August when it appeared the Florida Department of Transportation was finally approving a flashing warning sign for the troublesome S-curve on the 1500 block of State Road A1A, a little more than a mile south of Town Hall.

But not so fast. Remember, the FDOT approval process is always a long and winding road.

Days after state officials indicated they were…

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Along the Coast: Final tax rates

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South Palm Beach: Town approves new contract for manager

By Dan Moffett

The South Palm Beach Town Council has rewarded Town Manager Robert Kellogg with a one-year contract that lifts the interim status he has worked under since taking the job in December.

“I think that with services the town have received from this town manager and the monies that were spent, we have a tremendous bargain right now,” Councilman Mark Weissman said in endorsing Kellogg’s new contract.

The vote was 4-1 on Sept. 24, with Councilwoman…

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Ocean Ridge: Commission to revisit supermajority vote, may put issue on ballot

By Dan Moffett

Ocean Ridge commissioners are poised to take a second look at a charter amendment referendum proposal that would require a four-vote supermajority to change the town’s density or height requirements for new construction projects.

The measure came before the commission in November and was rejected with a 3-2 vote.

Supporters say the change is needed to rein in the influence of aggressive developers.

Opponents believe the supermajority…

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South Palm Beach: PBSO Swearing-in Ceremony

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw administers the oath of office to former South Palm Beach police officers at Town Hall on Oct. 1. The former South Palm officers are now deputies in District 19 of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office following the town’s decision to no longer maintain its own public safety department in favor of a…

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South Palm Beach: Police officer resigns after arrest but is contesting charges

By Dan Moffett

Not everyone in the South Palm Beach Police Department made the transition to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office this month.

On Aug. 30, South Palm patrol Officer Jose Miguel Fernandez resigned from the department, facing misdemeanor charges of stalking and installing a GPS tracking device that were brought by the sheriff’s deputies he had hoped to join. The town suspended Fernandez shortly after he was booked and posted a $500 bond at Palm…

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Boca Raton: Construction on I-95 express lanes to start next year; Glades interchange next

By Mary Hladky

The next phase of Interstate 95 construction in south Palm Beach County will begin early next year, with the work covering the span from just south of Glades Road to south of Linton Boulevard.

The $148 million project includes the addition of two northbound and two southbound express lanes, and the complete…

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Along the Coast: Dorian came too late to prevent record number of turtle nests

Sea turtle eggs were uncovered by rough seas that followed Hurricane Dorian and other tropical systems this fall. Photo provided by Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

By Rich Pollack

Despite the impacts of Hurricane Dorian and more recent high tides and rough seas, the number of sea…

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Boca Raton: City may subsidize Uber, Lyft rides downtown

By Mary Hladky

After trying for three years to provide free transportation around the downtown, City Council members have hit on another way to make it available: subsidizing the use of Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services.

They floated the idea on Sept. 9 after council member Andrea O’Rourke expressed concern that the winter season is fast approaching but no shuttle service is available to year-round…

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Boca Raton: Virgin Trains offers to limit development to station, garage

Although Virgin Trains officials have set aside for now their plans to develop land around their proposed Boca Raton station, this rendering shows what city-owned land they previously had wanted to lease for a station and parking garage or have the option to purchase for potential development. Rendering…

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Boca Raton: Council member withdraws resolutions targeting guns

By Mary Hladky

City Council member Monica Mayotte has backed off an effort to pass two resolutions supporting gun control measures after her council colleagues voiced concerns about wading into partisan political waters. The resolutions would have expressed City Council support for background checks on all gun sales and so-called red flag laws.

Mayotte drew support at a Sept. 23 council workshop from Andrea…

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Boca’s Ballroom Battle Boca Raton Resort & Club — Sept. 20

Eight community leaders danced for dollars during the 12th annual Boca’s Ballroom Battle,  modeled after Dancing With the Stars. Dancers, who were paired with professionals from the Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Boca Raton, raised more than $640,000 for the George Snow Scholarship Fund, which grants four-year college scholarships to local students. The fund has granted more than $12.1 million in…

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Along the Coast: Hurricane Dorian relief

Gathering supplies…

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Boca Raton: Haynie trial set for March

By Mary Hladky

Suspended Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s trial on public corruption charges is scheduled to start March 23.

Bruce Zimet, Haynie’s criminal defense attorney, and Assistant State Attorney Brian Fernandes requested the trial date at a…

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Boca Raton: City Council approves same rate, raising taxes 4.2%

By Mary Hladky

Boca Raton’s property tax rate will remain unchanged from last year.

City Council members unanimously approved a rate of $3.6787 per $1,000 of taxable property value on Sept. 23.

Although the rate stays the same, it amounts to a 4.2% increase in taxes because the city’s property values increased this year. Boca Raton’s taxable property value is now $25 billion, more than any other…

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Boca Raton: Hotel-condo developer offers to buy Ocean Strand for $67.5 million

Robert Comparato offers to eliminate the development rights for 2500 and 2600 North Ocean and to provide $51.5 million in cash in exchange for Ocean Strand, 15 undeveloped acres straddling State Road A1A. He says the money could fund…

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Delray Beach: Contract awarded for Marine Way redesign

By Jane Smith

After more than a decade of study, Delray Beach is ready to redesign the first block of Marine Way.

On Sept. 17, four city commissioners awarded the Wantman Group of West Palm Beach the $1.1 million design contract — with a condition.

They want the staff to work with the four affected property owners to…

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Boca Raton: Artificial turf fields open for play at Patch Reef

By Steve Plunkett

After a half-year of construction, Patch Reef Park has opened three artificial turf fields complete with state-of-the-art organic infill that promises not to give youngsters hot feet.

The GreenPlay infill, a mixture of coconut fiber and cork, “enhances overall player safety by providing lower field temperatures, less abrasiveness and increased foot stability,” turf manufacturer Sprinturf…

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Highland Beach: Financial panel to take close look at fire contract with Delray

By Rich Pollack

In what might seem like déjà vu, Highland Beach’s Financial Advisory Board has been tasked with reviewing the town’s 2016 contract with Delray Beach for fire and rescue services.

The Town Commission’s decision to review the contract to make sure it is reasonable and to examine possible alternatives came after Commissioner Peggy Gossett-Seidman expressed concerns that the agreement could saddle the…

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