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Manalapan: Commission again rejects Publix pitch to add liquor store

By Dan Moffett

For the third time, Publix tried to persuade the Manalapan Town Commission to allow a free-standing wine and liquor store near the company’s new supermarket in Plaza del Mar.

And for a third time, commissioners politely said thank you for your service, but no.

“You’re offering a convenience, but the community is telling us they don’t want that convenience,” Mayor Keith Waters said during the commission meeting on Oct. 23. “The feedback has not…

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Election: Differing priorities in District 89 race for state House

By Steve Plunkett

The race for District 89 in the Florida House may well come down to which party gets more voters to the polls Nov. 6.…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Patty Jones

Patty Jones is chairwoman of the Palm Beach County Food Bank’s Empty Bowls fundraiser. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Brian Biggane

Patty Jones was in her 20s when her father suffered an aneurysm at the age of…

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Along the Coast: Tax collector praises ordinance forcing Airbnb renters to pay their share of taxes

By Mary Hladky

Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon has prevailed in her long battle to ensure vacation rental hosts pay the 6 percent tourist development tax to the county.

The Palm Beach County Commission on Oct. 16 unanimously passed an ordinance that requires vacation rental platforms to collect and remit to the county the so-called bed tax that hotels and other short-term rentals are required to pay.…

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Ocean Ridge: Jurors can be told Lucibella’s age, judge rules

By Steve Plunkett



Defense attorneys for onetime Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella will be able to tell jurors in his January felony trial that he is 65 years old.

Judge Daliah Weiss on Oct. 12 denied prosecutor Danielle Grundt’s motion to bar any references to Lucibella’s age. “Any such reference would only serve to inflame the jury and suggest [an] improper basis for its verdict,” Grundt unsuccessfully argued.

Weiss granted Grundt’s request to not…

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Delray Beach: Trolley service returning to downtown Delray Beach

By Jane Smith



Trolley service was scheduled to return to downtown Delray Beach on Nov. 1.

The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency board, made up of the city commissioners and two citizens, voted 6-1 on Oct. 22 to pay for three months of the trolley operations along Atlantic Avenue, costing about $120,000.

To allow for flexibility in the season, the contract can be extended another three months, said Jeff Costello, CRA executive director.

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Delray Beach: Judge will decide dispute over allowing 4 stories downtown

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach commissioners will let a judge determine whether two East Atlantic Avenue property owners have the right to build an extra floor in the three-story district.

The split vote, 3-2 against settling the $6.9 million lawsuit by carving out the contested parcels, took place in mid-October. Commissioner Ryan Boylston was concerned that chopping away at the district would lead to more lawsuits against the city.

“Every time you move that…

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Briny Breezes: Townhouse developers to answer questions in Briny

Briny Breezes residents say that having a crosswalk stop at an intersection with a traffic light is confusing. The state may have erred when it put in the sign. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

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Delray Beach: Family ends 68-year hotel run; deluxe development will replace Wright by the Sea

The 29-room hotel will be demolished to make way for a condo project. Photo provided

By Christine Davis

This will be the last Thanksgiving holiday that Dorothy Gay “GiGi” Wright Vela, her siblings, their children and…

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Boynton Beach: Construction means city will light tree in Dewey Park for Christmas

The Boynton Beach Civic Center, library and surrounding buildings were demolished in October. City Hall, police headquarters and other areas north of Ocean Avenue are scheduled to be torn down this month. Courtesy city of Boynton…

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Around Town: Stars to light up the courts at Evert classic

Martina Navratilova (with racket) is a regular at Chris Evert’s charity event and is among those set to be part of the festivities again Nov. 9-11. 2017 photo provided by Camerawork, USA

By Christine Davis

Tennis stars…

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Boynton Beach/Ocean Ridge: Grant helps fund playground improvements

By Jane Smith



Oceanfront Park will soon have upgraded playground equipment and a fitness area for adults after Boynton Beach city commissioners approved the $150,000 project in early October.

Kompan Inc., a Texas-based playground equipment maker, awarded a…

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Lantana: Centennial planners sought for 2021 milestone

Lantana will be 100 years old in 2021, and town officials are seeking residents and business folks to join town staffers to form a centennial planning committee.

Once formed, the committee will meet quarterly to plan festivities, says Town Manager Deborah Manzo. “We’ll be brainstorming for creative and unique ideas for the town’s celebration of this historic event.”

Those interested in applying for the volunteer committee are asked to visit Lantana’s website, lantana.org, to…

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Highland Beach: Defense: Client accused of defrauding widow will not flee

By Rich Pollack

Attorneys for David Del Rio, the financial adviser accused of siphoning nearly $900,000 from the accounts of a Highland Beach widow who was later found slain, will be in court this month hoping to get him released on bail.

Del Rio, who served as the financial adviser…

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Boca Raton: City cracking down on garage sale ‘businesses’

By Steve Plunkett

Starting next spring, homeowners will be able to hold only two weekend garage sales a year, or four days in all, and must get a free permit beforehand from the city.

Brandon Schaad, Boca Raton’s development services director, said issuing permits would let the city keep track of how many times a particular resident holds a garage sale.

“There’s been some complaints received by the city regarding excessive numbers of garage sales held on…

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Highland Beach: Weary resident pushes town to improve beach cleanup

Robert Patek left two poles but was forced to remove ropes he put behind his home to block tractors that bury beach debris. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

Robert Patek had seen enough.

A Highland Beach…

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Boca Raton: City clears way for construction of Mandarin Oriental hotel, condos

From left, the five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel and its adjacent condos will join the existing 101 Via Mizner luxury apartments on Federal Highway north of Camino Real. Rendering provided

By Mary…

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Boca Raton: Report on Haynie cites multiple offenses, ‘corrupt intent’

Suspended mayor to fight probable cause finding

from Florida Ethics Commission advocate

By Mary Hladky

The Florida Commission on Ethics has found probable cause that suspended Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie violated state ethics laws in eight instances.

The examination of Haynie’s financial links to downtown…

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Boca Raton: Last-minute revisions delay beach duplex discussion

By Steve Plunkett

A long-anticipated review of controversial plans to build a four-story duplex on Boca Raton’s beach has been delayed indefinitely.

The city’s Environmental Advisory Board was scheduled to review the proposal for 2600 N. Ocean Blvd. on Oct. 18, but its…

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Boca Raton: Proposal for performing arts complex gets positive reviews

By Mary Hladky

Boca Raton City Council members are clearly impressed by a cultural group’s ambitious proposal to build a performing arts complex on city-owned land east of the Spanish River Library.

“Very, very compelling,” Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers said at an Oct. 9…

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