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South Palm Beach budget update

Proposed tax rate: $4.50 per $1,000 of taxable property value* (does not include proposed $3.46 per $1,000 Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue tax now billed directly to homeowners)

2009-10 tax rate: $7.65 per $1,000 of taxable property value.

Change in property value: 14.6 percent decrease

Total Budget (Operating and Capital): $1.9… Continue

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Manalapan budget update

Tentative tax rate: $3.10 per $1,000 taxable property value*

2009-10 tax rate: $2.80 per $1,000 taxable property value

Change in property value: 5.5 percent decrease

Total Budget (Operating and Capital): $3.5 million general fund budget; $20,765 library fund budget; $4.6 million utility fund budget; $1.7 million estimated… Continue

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Ocean Ridge budget update

Tentative tax rate: $5.40 per $1,000 of taxable value*

2009-10 tax rate: $5.40 per $1,000 of taxable value

Change in property value: 7.2 percent decrease

Total Budget (Operating and Capital): $5.3 million

Total proposed cuts/savings: Proposes using $73,569 from reserves…

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Briny Breezes budget update

Tentative tax rate: $10 per $1,000 taxable property value*

2009-10 tax rate: $10 per $1,000 taxable property value

Change in property value: 6.3 percent decrease

Total Budget (Operating and Capital): $740,000

Total proposed cuts/savings: Would stay the same. Income to the town is… Continue

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Lantana budget update

Tentative tax rate: $3.24 per $1,000 assessed property value*

2009-10 tax rate: $3.24 per $1,000 assessed property value

Change in property value: 17 percent decrease

Total Budget (Operating and Capital): $7.8 million general fund expenditures…

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Lantana/Hypoluxo Island: Town wants rent from County Fire

Lantana Town Council threatened to evict the county from Fire Station 37 if it didn’t agree to pay at least $55,000 plus utilities for its tenancy at the building.



Town Manager Mike Bornstein said early in August that he and the town attorney had met with County Administrator Robert Weisman and Fire Chief Steve Jerauld to

negotiate the lease at the…

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BOYNTON BEACH: Hope lingers for the restoration of the old Boynton High School



By Antigone Barton



A casual passerby might have trouble imagining the battered old building in downtown Boynton Beach as the vibrant gathering place city commissioners hoped

for at their August meeting.



But coastal residents who went to…

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Lantana Police Chief History



1921 — Town of Lantana is incorporated with a population of 100 residents.



Jan. 12, 1925 — Daniel McCarly becomes the town’s first police chief. In January 1927, McCarly and the town’s past treasurer…

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Old Boynton Beach High School building history

1926 — School opens for grades 7 through 12. Lower grades remain in the 1913 schoolhouse next door.



1928 — Building used as a shelter during 1928 hurricane. The second-floor auditorium collapses during the storm. No one was injured.…

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Boca Raton: Ocean Strand zoning controversy stirs residents to action

By Steve Plunkett



If change is coming to Ocean Strand, it isn’t coming quickly.

At least not quickly enough for the coastal parcel’s neighbors, who have been asking City Council, the Planning and Zoning Board and the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District to protect the undeveloped site from becoming anything but a park.

Penn-Florida Companies proposed a private cabana club in December to complement a luxury hotel in Via Mizner, a $1 billion redevelopment project planned… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 1, 2010 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Coastal Boca Raton/Highland Beach: Store, gas station generators may ease aftermath of future storms

By Mary Thurwachter



Who can forget Hurricane Wilma, the menacing Category 3 storm of October 2005 that sneaked up on us from the southwest and left us without power for days?

Now here we are smack dab in the middle of another hurricane season that experts predict to be busier than usual and we wonder what, if anything, has changed to help us navigate another big storm.

There’s nothing we can do to prevent a hurricane from blowing our way, but some improvements have been made… Continue

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Meet Your Neighbor: Thelma Gannon — Briny Breezes

When Thelma Gannon worked as a school district business manager in upstate New York, she oversaw a $31 million general-fund budget and all the non-instructional employees. So, her willingness to volunteer at Bethesda Bargain Box was quite a deal for the nonprofit hospital’s auxiliary.



“I had a business background and a broad base of…

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Boca Raton Preservation Board wants historic status for 1927 house-turned-restaurant

The Boca Raton Preservation Board voted in July to pursue a Historic Preservation designation for the Giles House, long home to La Vieille Maison Restaurant at 770 E. Palmetto Park Road.

The city’s Planning & Zoning board recommended denying it in 2009, and City Council put the issue on hold. The restaurant closed in May 2006 and the property is for sale.

The owner of the property, identified as Irving Litwak, “does not feel this building qualifies for historic designation,”… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 1, 2010 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Editorial: Welcome to your newspaper

I love Palm Beach County.

It’s home to me — from the sweet stench of the Glades to the bracing spray of the ocean and everything in between.

I was born here, grew up on Florida’s west coast, and returned to Palm Beach County to attend Florida Atlantic University.

When I arrived in 1984, the Boca Raton phone book was about an inch and a half thick. It covered all the towns from Boynton Beach through Pompano Beach, with Boca and Highland Beach in the middle.

And The Boca Raton… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 1, 2010 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Local Voices — Mom and Me: Adopted son dealing with mother's dementia



By Thomas R. Collins



When I visited my mom at the nursing home the other day, I talked with the wife of another resident there.



In the dining room, with a crime drama on the TV in the background,…

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Boca Raton CRA takes over Mizner Park amphitheater

The Boca Raton Community Redevelopment Agency voted in August to assume ownership of the Count de Hoernle Amphitheatre at Mizner Park.

The city ended its 99-year lease with the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park, the nonprofit group that built the amphitheater in 2002 on city land, and will take over the amphitheater’s remaining $588,000 mortgage. The city also will pay off up to $300,000 in debt incurred by the Centre for the Arts for such cultural events as Festival of the Arts Boca.… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 1, 2010 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Highland Beach budgets an additional $20,000 for library

By Steve Plunkett



For the second time in two years, Town Manager Dale Sugerman wanted the library to spend less. And for the second time in two years, he was rebuffed.

Library director Mari Suarez had asked for $85,000 for new books and publications for the budget year that starts Oct. 1; Sugerman trimmed $20,000 from her request.

“I stayed with the same number that I have recommended to the commission for the past two years, which is $65,000. I’ve not flinched,’’ Sugerman said… Continue

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Around Town: Ballroom Battle waltzes into Boca Raton Resort & Club

Click here to see photo slide show.



By Thom Smith



Affluent. Great weather. Diverse population. Good schools. Beautiful beaches. Great restaurants. Swinging nightlife.

But until recently it was always known as a resort town. Sprung from a hotel, it was a place to visit, not… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 1, 2010 at 3:20pm — No Comments

OBITUARY — WILLIAM B. SAXBE: Delray Beach

By Ron Hayes

In the fall of 1936, two country boys arrived in Columbus, Ohio, to begin their freshman year at the

state university.…


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Boca hospital marks founder's 80th birthday



By Skip Sheffield



Gloria Drummond marked her 80th birthday on Aug. 20, but festivities are being delayed so the whole community can join in.

A celebration of Drummond and the Boca Raton Community Hospital she was instrumental in founding will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 30, at the Harvey and Phyllis Sandler Pavilion of the hospital’s Eugene and Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute. The public is… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 1, 2010 at 3:14pm — No Comments

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