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Delray Beach: Shark fishing banned from beach area

By Margie Plunkett

Anyone fishing for shark, be on notice: Delray Beach commissioners in July voted to prohibit shark fishing 300 feet from the municipal beach.

As part of the ordinance passed July 21, no chumming or baiting — using cut up bait to attract sharks — or the use of lures or rigs for shark fishing is allowed. And any accidental catches are required to be thrown back, the ordinance said.

The commissioners were responding to recent resident concern that shark… Continue

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Shoreline anglers need to buy license by Aug. 1

Florida’s resident saltwater anglers who fish from shore, or a structure affixed to shore, will need to buy a shoreline fishing license by Aug. 1, unless they have a regular resident saltwater fishing license. The cost is $7.50, plus administrative and handling fees.

The new license applies only to Florida resident saltwater anglers who fish from shore. Resident anglers may prefer to purchase the regular recreational saltwater license that covers them no matter where they fish for… Continue

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PB Par-3 course undergoes renovation

By Craig Dolch

Palm Beach Par-3 has long billed itself as “golf on the ocean” — that’s even the name of the course’s Web site — and soon this statement will be more appropriate.

Thanks to a long-awaited $4.8 million renovation that combines public and private money, Palm Beach Par 3 will have 50 percent more holes on the Atlantic Ocean when it reopens Nov. 1. Architect and Palm Beach resident Raymond Floyd’s plans have expanded the… Continue

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Obituary — Mark Benjamin Alba: County Pocket

By Ron Hayes

COUNTY POCKET — Mark Alba was never a mayor, but to his many friends and acquaintances in South County, he was "The Mayor."

"You couldn't go anywhere in Delray Beach without someone knowing him," remembers his roommate, John Kiggins. "He was just very popular, very social, and a real mainstay in the nightspots along Atlantic Avenue, even though he wasn't a drinker, so he became known as the mayor."

Mark "The… Continue

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Obituary — Cavet Cloyd Snyder: Delray Beach

By Ron Hayes

DELRAY BEACH — Cavet Snyder made money selling cold air, then gave it away with a warm heart.

Entering the nascent air-conditioning business just after World War II, Mr. Snyder sold the Stromberg Sheetmetal Co. of Rockville, Md., in 1987 and established the CCS Charitable Foundation.

“He lost his mother at 3 and his father at 10, so he always gave to children’s charities,” recalled his son, Marc Snyder. “Make-A-Wish… Continue

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Obituary — Ralph R. Zuckerman: Ocean Ridge


Ralph R. Zuckerman

By Mary Katherine Stump

OCEAN RIDGE — Ralph Zuckerman, 93, a long-time resident of Crown Colony, died Monday, July 20. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Violet Schmitt Zuckerman. “Theirs’ was a true love story,” said his niece, Pam Holy. The two met at the Ford plant responsible for the production of airplane parts during WWII on the Southside of Chicago. He was a supervisor. She was responsible for quality control down on the… Continue

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Keep pets in mind while plotting your hurricane evacuation strategy

By Mary Thurwachter

Everyone who lives on a barrier island should have a hurricane evacuation plan and that plan should include Fido and Fluffy.

There is a shelter in the area that accepts pets, but if a shelter or a friend’s house is not in your plan, and you’re thinking about fleeing the storm, consider booking a room at a nice pet-friendly hotel like Casa Monica in St. Augustine or the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. There are extra fees, of course, but you… Continue

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Paws Up for Pets!: DNA testing unravels the mysteries of your mutt

By Arden Moore

Love your mutt, but perplexed when it comes to pinpointing his breed blend? Sure, you make your best guess — and maybe solicit the suggestions of others. Now, thanks to a new DNA test, there’s a scientific way to sniff out your canine’s family tree.

Just be prepared to be surprised. I was. Two years ago, I adopted Cleo, my sweet 12-pound mystery mutt. At the time, she was a scared stray, dodging cars in my neighborhood… Continue

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Ocean Ridge: Lighting survey identifies danger to hatchlings

By Nirvi Shah

See 100 photos of Ocean Ridge beach at night

Outdoor lights at 41 properties along the Ocean Ridge coastline may have led to the disorientation of more than 2,000 sea turtle hatchlings in 2008, Palm Beach County officials said.

An inspection by the county’s Environmental Resources Management department yielded a number of concerns about… Continue

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New rules aim to protect coral from boaters

By Vicki McCash Brennan

Boaters beware: Anchoring on coral, even accidentally, can be expensive. New federal and state laws make it a crime to damage two species of coral that are most common along the coast of South Florida. Federal law provides for a civil fine up to $25,000 and up to six months in jail. State laws can make a boater who damages coral responsible for repair and rehabilitation of the coral, which can cost thousands more.…


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How I spent my summer vacation

Like in Lake Wobegon, we know our coastal kids are way above average.

The children and teens I've met in our area are without exception more charming and poised than I ever was in my misspent youth.

I'm sure there are plenty of coastal kids who will spend their summer — like I did — at the beach or the library or the mall, and many will head off to camp to learn new skills and share experiences with new friends.

I applaud them. I'm a big fan of developing leisure skills at an… Continue

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A Coastal Star — Gary Solomon

In the sifting sands along the Ocean Ridge shore, there is one constant: Gary Solomon.

Solomon is the founder of Sand Sifters, and one Saturday morning a month, he and volunteers he has recruited descend on the beach to pluck the cans, bottles, cigarette butts and the other detritus left by careless beachgoers and the tides. It started small, with an afternoon stroll.

“I’d always done volunteer work and one day I took a walk on the beach,… Continue

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Along the Avenues: Delray's new Maine attraction

By Thom Smith

In many ways, it seems like forever, and in others like only yesterday, but after two years away, Dak Kerprich is back in action on Ocean Avenue in Lantana. In early June the veteran restaurateur unveiled his newest concept, Pizzeria Oceano, at 201 E. Ocean, just a half-block east of Federal Highway.

It’s a no-frills pizza house. No frills, that is, in the décor. All the frills are on the pie, and even those are limited.

“I want to keep it… Continue

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Briny Breezes: Town to seek police service proposals

By Margie Plunkett

BRINY BREEZES – Town Council will solicit proposals for police protection from local law enforcement agencies as its current contract with Boynton Beach will expire in the fall of 2010.

The contract with the Boynton Beach police department requires Briny Breezes to notify whether it will renew the contract a year before its Oct. 1 expiration date.

Council discussed neighboring municipalities that could potentially provide police services, including… Continue

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Lantana: Town permit, utility rates to rise

By Margie Plunkett

LANTANA – Residents will see rates on the rise in Lantana, as the Town boosted fees for garbage, water, building permits and other services as of June 22.

Rising rates will help cover expenses including equipment for trash collection that’s in need of repair or replacement, Council members noted recently.

The increases come as budgets in Lantana and other municipalities throughout the state are pressured by plummeting revenue from property taxes that have… Continue

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Lantana: Planned docks aim to speed boaters’ access

By Margie Plunkett

LANTANA — Sportsman Park is getting three sets of docks with $300,000 from the county, a measure that will relieve the wait when pulling boats out of the water.

In addition, the new docks give boaters the chance to pull up and dock at the Ocean Avenue park while they come into town for dinner, for example, said Lantana Town Manager Mike Bornstein.

The park, which allows access at the south end of Lake Worth Lagoon and the Boynton Inlet, currently has two paved… Continue

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Hurricane Preparedness: Post-storm plans are needed, too

By Mary Thurwachter

For folks who have left the island for safer ground during a hurricane, it’s natural to get antsy about returning home to see how houses held up during the storm and to get a jump on the cleanup of fallen branches and other debris.

Not so fast, advises Lt. Chris Yannuzzi of the Ocean Ridge Police Department. You can’t just get in your car and drive across the bridge when the big winds pass. A few things have to happen first.

Police from all the island… Continue

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Boynton approves status quo at inlet, sends report to county

By Linda Haase

After years of discussions, the Boynton Inlet will remain as it is. At least for now.

Boynton Beach commissioners voted June 2 to adopt the Boynton Inlet Committee’s recommendation to bypass other options, including widening or deepening the channel, ebb shoal dredging, shifting the south jetty and replacing the A1A bridge over the inlet.

However, they didn’t shut the door entirely on future changes that would improve the safety of the popular inlet. They’re… Continue

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Ocean Ridge: Signs sought to aid pedestrians

OCEAN RIDGE — Signs that warn motorists to stop for pedestrians, set for four crosswalks on A1A, got the go-ahead from commissioners in June at a cost of $2,000. The panel wants to install the signs in the middle of the road on breakaway poles at lower than seven feet high, and still has yet to determine whether the Florida Department of Transportation will allow it. The crosswalks are perilous without signage, commissioners said, because motorists… Continue

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Pedestrians skip crosswalk in favor of jay walk

By Ron Hayes

DELRAY BEACH — What if they built a crosswalk and nobody came?

Last November, workers from the state Department of Transportation resurfaced State Road A1A by Atlantic Dunes Park.

They added new sidewalks, new bike paths, and a new crosswalk between the parking lot on the west side of the highway and the beachfront park on the east.

Nine months later, the new road is being driven on; the bike paths are being biked.

But the crosswalk? Not so much.

“What… Continue

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