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Boca Raton: Downtown work aims to improve pedestrian safety

By Steve Plunkett

The city is spending upwards of $465,000 to improve pedestrian safety downtown.

Projects include installing a low pedestrian fence to keep people from cutting across Palmetto Park Road to get to Mizner Boulevard, putting in-road lights on Palmetto Park west of Southeast Third Avenue, adding a hybrid walk signal that flashes double red lights on Palmetto Park at Southeast Fourth Avenue, installing dedicated lighting to crosswalks, taking away the…

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Briny Breezes/County Pocket: Review of drainage issues puts project’s start on hold

Dozens of truckloads of fill are waiting to be leveled for the townhouse project. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

Neighbors in Briny Breezes and the County Pocket have watched with growing unease as the pile…

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Boca Raton: Beach & Park District searching for new director

By Steve Plunkett

The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District started the new year with an interim executive director and was set to advertise for a replacement.

District commissioners reassigned Executive Director Art Koski to be construction manager of the district’s soon-to-be-built Boca National public golf course; Assistant Director Briann Harms was elevated to interim director.

Commissioner Erin Wright, who pushed for a formal job description of the…

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South Palm Beach: Interim manager impresses with people skills

By Dan Moffett

It took South Palm Beach only three weeks to fill its vacant town manager’s position — at least for the short term.

During a hastily called special meeting on Dec. 19, the Town Council unanimously voted to hire on an interim basis former Sewall’s Point and Hillsboro Beach manager Robert Kellogg to replace Mo Thornton, who abruptly resigned in November after 11 months on the job.…

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Obituary: Carl Feldman

Mayor served town he loved

By Rich Pollack

For Highland Beach Mayor Carl Feldman, serving as the leader of the commission was the culmination of a love for the town that started when he moved here in 2000.

He died Dec. 24, following an illness, while holding…

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Along the Coast: Bridges called safe, reliable, with malfunctions not ongoing issue

The Boca Raton Inlet bridge was briefly closed six times in late November because of electrical problems. The closures caused traffic delays for thousands of drivers.

By Henry Fitzgerald



They’re often called arteries — the streets and roads that carry drivers and their vehicles back…

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Delray Beach: City plans marina makeover as single yearlong project

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach will request proposals in January to redo its marina along the Intracoastal Waterway.

The city marina, just south of Atlantic Avenue and on the west side of the waterway, has 23 slips with eight designated for boats with live-aboard owners.

Although the owners of the live-aboard boats asked for the project’s work be staged in two phases so they could shift locations…

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Along the Coast: Overdue I-95 interchange work could wrap this month

By Jane Smith

Motorists will continue to face construction delays at the Woolbright and Hypoluxo road Interstate 95 interchanges.

The contractor is now saying it will be the end of January for most of the work to be finished, according to Andi Pacini, community outreach spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation.

Work at the five locations is taking place mostly overnight to ease the…

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Ocean Ridge: Lucibella felony trial scheduled to start Jan. 28

By Steve Plunkett

Barring any last-minute motions, the often-postponed felony trial of former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella will begin Jan. 28 in Circuit Judge Daliah Weiss’ courtroom.

Lucibella, 65, is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. He also faces a misdemeanor count of using a firearm while intoxicated. He has pleaded not guilty.…

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Lantana: Southeast Atlantic Drive to be repaved this month

By Mary Thurwachter

This month, Lantana residents can look forward to several roads being repaved, including Southeast Atlantic Drive on Hypoluxo Island.

Town Council members agreed during the Dec. 10 meeting to have M&M Asphalt Maintenance Inc. repave streets at an amount not to exceed $215,871. Money for the work will come from the 1-cent sales tax. The Southeast Atlantic Drive portion of the project will…

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Boca Raton: GreenMarket moves to roomier space with more parking

Jan Mosley of Boca Raton buys orchids from Estela’s at the Boca Raton GreenMarket last month at its new spot north of City Hall. Alfonso Funkhouser, owner Maria Estela’s grandson, gives help. Mosley says she’s a 20-year customer of Estela’s. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Health Notes: Delray Medical Center welcomes new COO

FAU honored Barbara and Richard Schmidt, whose 1998 gift helped launch the Schmidt College of Medicine. Barbara Schmidt stands between her husband and her daughter, Michelle Maros. Also (l-r): Phillip Boiselle, college dean; FAU President John Kelly; Garner and Michael Dennis, college advisory board chairman. Photo…

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Resolve to Volunteer: From feeding the hungry to cleaning up the seashore, opportunities abound for people who want to give back

Enrique Zuanetto, executive director of the Soup Kitchen of Boynton Beach, and his team of volunteers feed needy people. The Coastal Star file photo

By Janis Fontaine

You’ll never hear Enrique Zuanetto sound like the Seinfeld character known for…

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Highland Beach: Public comment time moved back to start of meetings, as a test

By Rich Pollack

Highland Beach residents will once again get a chance to tell elected officials what’s on their minds without having to wait hours at a public meeting — at least for about 60 days.

During the summer, commissioners voted 3-2 to cut public comments from five minutes to three minutes and to move them toward the end of the meeting.

Now, after several months of long meetings and some push-back from residents, the commission is partially reversing…

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Health & Harmony: Harmonica therapy gets Quail Ridge residents jazzed, while also improving their breathing

Rockin’ Jake, a professional harmonica player, was recruited to teach the class at Quail Ridge. Photo provided

By Craig Dolch

There are a lot of ways for older adults to stay in shape. They can play golf or tennis, do yoga, ride a bike, walk, play the…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Danielle McKeon

County Pocket resident Danielle McKeon and her 6-year-old son, Reef, have collected vast amounts of rope and other debris during their daily beach walks. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

Danielle McKeon has a close connection to the ocean, which is one of the reasons she…

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Highland Beach: Three vying for one seat on commission

By Rich Pollack

Three candidates, including the incumbent, will run for a single open Highland Beach commission seat in the March election.

However, with the death of Mayor Carl Feldman, two seats may be open.

Commissioner Elyse Riesa, who was elected two years ago to fill the unexpired term of Feldman after he resigned to run for mayor, will be challenged by newcomers Evalyn David and Rose Zammataro.

Town commissioners, at their Jan. 8 regular…

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Holiday Boat Parade Intracoastal Waterway — Dec. 14

Boynton Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency and the City of Delray Beach hosted the 47th annual Holiday Boat Parade along the Intracoastal Waterway through the two cities.

Judges rated the boats on lights, colors, theme and overall best. The prize winners were:…

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Obituary: Arlin Voress

By Rich Pollack

HIGHLAND BEACH ­— Arlin Voress was a former Highland Beach mayor who used his business acumen along with his engineering and mechanical skills to leave an indelible mark as he guided the town through some of its most turbulent times.

A town commissioner and later mayor for three terms in the mid-1990s, Mr. Voress…

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Shuffleboard: Briny club thrives with influx of players from closed Boynton courts

Debbie Tagliareni pushes a disc during a couples night at the Briny Breezes shuffleboard courts. Players score by landing discs in the marked areas and knocking out those of the opponents. Stephen Moore/The Coastal Star

By Stephen Moore

With the…

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