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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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Boca Raton: Zucaro’s wife subpoenaed for deposition over unpaid loan

By Steve Plunkett



The lawyer seeking repayment of a $406,000 business loan from two-time Boca Raton mayoral candidate Al Zucaro subpoenaed Zucaro’s wife, philanthropist Yvonne Boice, for a deposition in October.

Bernard Lebedeker represents hotel owner Joseph Della Ratta’s DR Palm…

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Boca Raton: Advisory boards give thumbs-up to building Mizner condo in phases

By Mary Hladky

The developer of the luxury condo now rebranded as Alina Residences Boca Raton has cleared two hurdles in its effort to build the 384-unit downtown project in two phases.

The Community Appearance Board recommended that the Community Redevelopment Agency approve the phasing request by a 4-2 vote on Oct. 16, and the Planning and Zoning Board unanimously recommended approval without debate two days later.

Those votes set the stage for the CRA…

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Highland Beach: One-day fest of Florida films set to show in library

By Rich Pollack

New York has one. Toronto has one. Even Fort Lauderdale has one.

Now Highland Beach is about to have a film festival of its own. Kind of.

This month, the Highland Beach Library, a hidden gem tucked between the Intracoastal Waterway and State Road A1A, will host a one-day film festival featuring movies set in Florida, including some that were also shot here.

Showcasing four films spanning five decades, the Nov. 14 “Scenes From the…

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Highland Beach: Trolleys will carry residents to a grander holiday festival

By Rich Pollack

The holidays in Highland Beach are about to get a lot brighter with nearly $25,000 worth of lights and displays, including a 25-foot artificial pine Christmas tree and a 12-foot menorah decorating Town Hall.

Residents will also be treated to a two-hour “Light Up the Holidays” celebration officials hope will top those of years past.

New this year will be trolleys making about a dozen stops along the west side of State Road A1A, bringing…

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Health & Harmony: Small center for adults with disabilities keeps clients in motion

People who have disabilities can sing, play games and take field trips when they enroll at Twin Palms Center for the Disabled. They recently visited Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Photo provided…

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Health & Harmony: New channel on healthy living gets viewers involved in shows

By Lona O'Connor

During the long hours when Penelope Douglas and her team put together the new Health Channel, she learned a few things she hadn’t expected — including the virtues of eating beans. More on that in a moment.…

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Boca Raton: Crocker, Cypress Realty file lawsuits against city

By Mary Hladky

Developer and landowner Crocker Partners filed its promised lawsuit against Boca Raton, seeking $137.6 million in damages on grounds the city failed to adopt regulations that would allow it to build its proposed Midtown project.

Cypress Realty of Florida, a landowner that partnered with Crocker Partners on Midtown planning, also has sued, saying in its lawsuit that the city has been “stonewalling” its efforts to develop 10.2 acres.

Crocker…

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Turkey Day Toasts: Be brief and heartfelt when you raise glass in gratitude, expert speakers say

The Toast, by Jan Scramlik (1860-1936). Provided by Christie’s

By Mary Thurwachter

There you are…

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On the Water: 1972 Bertram inspires deep affection, memories

ABOVE: Parks runs the Dreamfinder to shuttle underwater video crews to film goliath groupers at wrecks off Boynton Beach this fall. Photo provided by Mike McKenzie BELOW: Parks is restoring the 25-foot Bertram little by…

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Ocean Ridge Police beach cleanup: On the beach, Ocean Ridge — Oct. 20

Kimberlee Duke Marshall takes a selfie with Officer Debra Boyle (on ATV) and volunteers (l-r) Regan Pompeo, Madi Rosenberg and Stella Kolb during the public safety department’s cleanup. Volunteers placed trash into buckets and dumped it into bins on a couple of…

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Boca Raton: City allows Carlton condo paint plan to proceed

By Steve Plunkett

In a rare rebuke, the Boca Raton City Council overrode its Community Appearance Board and will allow the 16-story Carlton condominium tower to paint beige accent stripes around the outside edge of its balconies.

The CAB wanted the horizontal accent bands under windows and between balconies to be painted beige on the top, bottom and vertical faces — what it calls wrapping the color — and the top, bottom and vertical edges of balconies to be…

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Obituary: Carmella L. Gesner

By Sallie James

BOCA RATON — Carmella L. Gesner, a devoted Catholic and tireless philanthropist known by her friends as “Mel,” died Oct 3. She was 92.

A longtime Boca Raton resident, Mrs. Gesner was an active member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, where she volunteered for many years…

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Finding Faith: Festival of Lights celebration to grace Mizner

As with past celebrations of  ‘Chanukah Under the Stars,’ music will be an important part of the Dec. 7 event, with three choirs performing. Photo provided

By Janis…

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Obituary: Sylvia Robinson

By Henry Fitzgerald

BOCA RATON — Sylvia Robinson was always polite and considerate of others. After all, it was the only way for a proper lady to act. She made sure to dress impeccably and always, always put her best face forward.

Being a lady was important to her right up until her…

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Religion Notes: Skit Guys make church a laughing matter; see them at Cason United

Eddie James and Tommy Woodward poke fun at religion as a way to get people involved in church. They will perform Nov. 14 at Cason United Methodist in Delray Beach.

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All Abilities Access Path: Delray Beach Children’s Garden

Jeannie Fernsworth, a co-founder of the Children’s Garden, shows the new path, which is accessible to people in wheelchairs and with walking devices. The path was underwritten by a donation from the Grass River Garden Club, Capital One Bank and Alexander Simon. The…

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Health Notes: Delray Medical Center earns stroke center certification

Delray Medical Center earned the thrombectomy-capable stroke center certification from The Joint Commission in collaboration with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Certification means the hospital meets standards for performing mechanical endovascular thrombectomy, a specialized surgical procedure used to remove a blood clot from the brain during an ischemic stroke.

Stroke is the fifth- leading cause of death in the United…

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