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Delray Beach: City votes to keep auditor in place as needed

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach commissioners decided unanimously June 16 to rehire the previous internal auditor on an as-needed basis.

Julia Davidyan, who resigned in January, will be paid $160 an hour and junior accountants in her firm, JMD Premier Group Inc., will receive $80 an hour.

City voters overwhelmingly said in a March 2016 referendum they wanted an internal auditor. It took more than two years for the city to hire one. The internal auditor…


Added by The Coastal Star on July 1, 2020 at 10:38am — No Comments


Lisa Marie Browne, standing in front of a mural inside Dreyfoos School of the Arts, fell in love with the mission of the school. Her involvement grew to the point that she now chairs its foundation. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Brian Biggane

An invitation…


Added by The Coastal Star on July 1, 2020 at 10:37am — No Comments

Boynton Beach: Restored mural coming to new fire station after controversy

The new Fire Station No. 1. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

Boynton Beach held a soft opening of its new Fire Station 1 on June 3. As part of the city’s Public Art program, a mural featuring a collage of photos of the city’s fire rescue staff had been installed…


Added by The Coastal Star on July 1, 2020 at 10:32am — No Comments

County Pocket: Flooding

On May 25, Liz Loper photographs the muddy waters that flowed into her home on Winthrop Lane for multiple days. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

May storms turned into floodwaters in some parts of the county. Especially hard hit were the County Pocket and Briny Breezes.…


Added by The Coastal Star on July 1, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

Business Spotlight: Iconic Atlantic Avenue shoe store shutters after 68 years

Mary Ford, manager and employee of Vince Canning Shoes for over 14 years, helps Judy Uhrman, a customer of seven years, try on shoes during a going-out-of-business sale. The family’s store Tootsies remains across the street. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Christine…


Added by The Coastal Star on July 1, 2020 at 10:26am — No Comments

Summer camps open: Delray Beach — June 19

With restrictions eased, summer camps have been opening. One of them is the Delray Beach Surf Camp. (L-r) Alex Rachlin, 11,

Riley Fitzgerald, 11, Sean Boyle, 10, and Harrison Berney, 13, catch a wave together during a camp session near the shore at Casuarina Road in Delray Beach. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…


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Graduations: Gulf Stream graduates enjoy unique celebration

Given the historic impact of the coronavirus, the 24 students in the class of 2020 may never forget the ceremony honoring their last year at the school.

Gulf Stream School teachers and staff honored graduates with clappers and…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments

Dining: How eateries new and old are meeting demands of pandemic

The Addison is encouraging people to wear masks during scaled-down weddings and other parties. Photo provided

By Jan…


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Highland Beach: Town recognizes graduates as they celebrate end of school

Diane Schrenzel celebrated her graduation from Wellesley by donning a bikini under her cap and gown. Photo provided

By Rich Pollack

Soon after she and close to 570 other Wellesley College students received their degrees in a Sunday afternoon virtual…


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Along the Coast: Barrier island, mainland Boca are magnets for Tesla cars

ABOVE: Michele Peel of Boca Raton says her Tesla is the most fun car she has ever owned. ‘It drives like a dream,’ she says.

BELOW: Peel plugs in her Tesla at work, where she gets free charging.…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 30, 2020 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Health & Harmony: Therapist offers tips on coping with depression during pandemic

By Linda Haase

The CDC’s prediction of 130,000 deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19 by July 4 is downright depressing. After all, we expected to be celebrating the nation’s independence, not lamenting a historic loss.

The pandemic’s physical toll is well known, but the emotional impact is less publicized.

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll revealed that nearly half of Americans feel the COVID-19 threat is harming their mental health. That number skyrockets to 65%…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 30, 2020 at 2:30pm — No Comments

On the Water: Out of the pool business and into the challenges of the deep

Engineer Jonathan Pugh, of Ocean Ridge, worked with Triton Submarines on the dive team that sent Sullivan more than 35,000 feet below the surface. Photos provided by Enrique Alvarez/Caladan Oceanic

By Willie Howard



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Health Notes: New visitor guidelines announced at Boca, Bethesda hospitals

Want to visit a friend or family member in the hospital during the COVID-19 outbreak? Check the new rules first, like these for Baptist Health South Florida, which operates Boca Raton Regional Hospital and the Bethesda hospitals in Boynton Beach.

As of June 15, for inpatient units, one adult visitor at a time is allowed from 3–9 p.m. Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 will not be allowed visitors except under exceptional circumstances.

For labor and…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 30, 2020 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Paws Up for Pets: Surge in adoptions helps old or injured animals find homes

Carl Case, of Boca Raton, adopted Cici, a three-legged corgi mix, from Tri-County Animal Rescue. Photo provided

By Arden Moore

There is a silver lining to this coronavirus that has limited us for months. Cici, Cooper and Daisy know firsthand.

All three — two…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 30, 2020 at 2:00pm — No Comments

On the Water: Summer Sargassum mats lead South Florida anglers to mahi mahi

ABOVE: Doug O’Neal and Chris Deen hold a 30-pound bull dolphinfish, or mahi mahi, that Deen caught using a live goggle-eye near a large sargassum mat off Palm Beach in July 2019. Mahi mahi fishing tends to be good during July and August in the waters off Palm Beach County.…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 30, 2020 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: PBC beaches to close over July 4 weekend

By Charles Elmore 

 An emergency order puts beaches out of bounds for the Fourth of July weekend across Palm Beach County.

  The county's order to close beaches temporarily joins similar decrees in Miami-Dade and Broward counties aimed at avoiding large gatherings during the three-day weekend to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  Palm Beach County mayor Dave Kerner told media outlets it would be "highly irresponsible" to keep beaches open and said the…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 30, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

Delray Beach: In 3-2 vote commission moves to terminate contract with city manager

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach City Manager George Gretsas received notice of the intent to fire him on June 24 by a 3-2 vote of the city commission. He is suspended with pay.

Commissioners were asked to vote without seeing the outside counsel’s report on allegations levied against Gretsas.

They relied on City Attorney Lynn Gelin, who hired the outside firm. Gelin said Gretsas violated city policy.

“I can’t go forward with that motion without knowing…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 24, 2020 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Lantana: No fireworks in Lantana this year after all

By Mary Thurwachter

Lantana reversed course during the June 22 Town Council meeting, postponing its Fourth of July fireworks show. Until then, the town had planned to have the pyrotechnics display from a barge in the Intracoastal Waterway next to Bicentennial Park but without the traditional celebration in the park.

With the coronavirus pandemic lurking, one by one towns and cities up and down the coastline have been putting the kibosh on fireworks.



Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 23, 2020 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Boynton Beach: Mural alterations lead to dismissal of public art manager, departure of fire chief

Photographs of firefighters were used as the base for a mural named 'Community Heartbeat' by Boca Raton artist Lynn Doyal. In the mural sample above it can be seen how the face of Deputy Fire Chief Latosha Clemons was obscured. In a different panel (below), images of both Clemons and former Fire Chief Glenn…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 6, 2020 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Along the Coast: County takes 'modest' steps toward allowing more business openings

By Mary Hladky

Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner on Friday asked Gov. Ron DeSantis to allow more business openings in the county.

Kerner, who announced he had sent a letter to DeSantis during a Friday news conference, said bars located within restaurants should be opened with a 50 percent capacity limit. Stand-alone bars, however, would remain closed.

In addition, massage, tattoo and tanning businesses should open, he said.

Kerner also opened…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 5, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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