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Along the Coast: Better communication of ‘boil water’ events sought from Boynton

By Jane Smith

When Boynton Beach issued a systemwide precautionary boil water advisory in early October, not all its customers knew about the notice until hours later. In a few cases, it took days.

“I found out about 9 p.m.,” said Marie Chapman, a County Pocket resident. She made a pot of chicken soup for dinner, bathed her kids, made sure they brushed their teeth, put them to bed and then checked Facebook — about five hours after the notice was issued.…

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Briny Breezes: Council lacks quorum to meet after town manager resigns

By Charles Elmore

The latest episode in the managerial saga of Briny Breezes ended faster than a typical pop song.

The seaside mobile home community that not so long ago stood as Palm Beach County’s only municipality without a town manager found itself with no manager in sight again at an Oct. 24 meeting — and missing half the…

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Lantana: Dealing with king tides

Patrick Wollmering walks his dog, Jack, through ankle-deep water in the typically dry parking lot of Sportsman’s Park on the west side of Lantana’s Ocean Avenue Bridge on Oct. 12. Seasonal high tides, also known as king tides, increasingly flood our communities in the fall. Jerry Lower/The Coastal…

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South Palm Beach: Former town officers finish training as deputies

By Dan Moffett

South Palm Beach residents can expect to see some of their former police officers patrolling the town again as deputies by mid-November after they completed five weeks of training with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Maj. Chris Keane, supervisor of the sheriff’s South Regional Bureau, said the town’s seven officers went through two weeks of classroom work and three weeks of field training to make the transition into the ranks of sheriff’s…

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Delray Beach/Boynton Beach: Major Federal Highway work underway

By Jane Smith

A 4.3-mile stretch of Federal Highway from George Bush Boulevard in Delray Beach to Murano Bay Drive in Boynton Beach will be redone in the next 18 months.

Murano Bay Drive sits just north of the Boynton Canal.

Work started Oct. 17 just north of George Bush Boulevard, according to Meredith Cruz, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation project. “For now, we anticipate work to take place on the east side of the project first,…

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Boynton Beach: Move into new fire station anticipated for February

By Jane Smith

The Boynton Beach fire station that serves much of Ocean Ridge will be finished in February, said Fire Chief Glenn Joseph.

Firefighters/paramedics will be able to move in the week of Feb. 22, Joseph said.

The new station will sit one block off Northeast First Street in the Town Square, and will respond to…

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Gulf Stream: Place Au Soleil neighbor makes bid for foreclosure target

By Steve Plunkett

The neighbor of the Place Au Soleil eyesore that racked up $1.89 million in code enforcement fines is buying the property with plans to tear down the house and build a larger home on adjoining lots.

Gulf Stream commissioners in August told Assistant Town Attorney Trey Nazzaro to begin foreclosure proceedings on the house at 2775 Avenue Au Soleil, dismissing a request by heirs of recently deceased homeowner Richard Lavoie to slash the lien to…

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Meet Your Neighbor: John Allen

The name is Allen, John Allen. But when the Ocean Ridge man answers his phone, he uses the name of the famous man he impersonates — Bond, James Bond. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Brian Biggane

John Allen was having dinner at a local restaurant one evening in 1996 when a…

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Along the Coast: Rising amount of plastic in dead baby turtles alarms experts

This dead loggerhead ingested more than 100 pieces of plastic it mistook for food. Photo provided by Gumbo Limbo

By Margie Plunkett

The tiny sea turtle, the size of the palm of your hand, had died after being washed back to shore this nesting season. A necropsy at Gumbo Limbo…

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Lantana: Town acts to retain upkeep duty for Nature Preserve

By Mary Thurwachter

Before the Lantana Nature Preserve was created in 2000, the property’s buyer — who purchased 13.4 acres to build the Carlisle adult congregate living facility next door — agreed to pay $400,000 to design and construct the park. The agreement stipulated that the Carlisle would be responsible for maintenance and upkeep at the 6.5-acre park on East Ocean Avenue.

The Carlisle chose to pay the town to do the maintenance. However, that arrangement…

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Lantana: Town moves to better protect old trees

By Mary Thurwachter



Lantana is updating its tree ordinance to be consistent with a state law and to create a new designation and regulation for historic trees.

The state law, which went into effect on July 1, bars local municipalities from regulating tree removals on residential properties. Under the legislation, municipal governments are not allowed to require any permits, notice, or approval for residents who wish to remove dangerous trees from their…

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Obituary: Robert Gregor Currie

DELRAY BEACH — Robert “Bob” Gregor Currie, a proud resident of Delray Beach for 50 years, died Oct. 11 following a lengthy battle with cancer. He had turned 80 in July.

An architect by degree, Currie received his bachelor’s from the University of Minnesota and his master’s from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Following years of travel…

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Obituary: Blake Edward Vance

DELRAY BEACH — Blake Edward Vance of Delray Beach died Oct. 5, surrounded by family, after courageously battling a glioblastoma brain tumor. He was 83.

Mr. Vance was a loving husband, father, brother and friend and will be remembered for his quick, inquisitive mind, wonderful sense of humor and kind and loving spirit.

Mr. Vance was extremely proud of…

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Business Spotlight: Driftwood hosts displaced families for Bahamian feast

About 130 Bahamians displaced by Hurricane Dorian were welcomed by (l-r) chef Brandon Mervil; Jimmy Everett and his wife, Ilia Gonzalez, the Driftwood owners; public relations specialist Sandy Collier; chef Christina Dixon Wells, and volunteer cook Jerusha Terry. Photo provided

By Christine…

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Along the Coast: Vacation rental hosts must post tourist tax numbers online or face delisting

By Mary Hladky

Palm Beach County residents who use Airbnb and HomeAway to rent out their homes or spare bedrooms now must provide information that will allow county Tax Collector Anne Gannon to make sure they are paying bed taxes.

The requirement is part of a Sept. 16 settlement of lawsuits the two vacation rental platforms filed after the County Commission unanimously passed an ordinance last year that tasked them with collecting and remitting to the county the 6…

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Lantana: Water Tower Commons closer to getting Wawa, Aldi

By Mary Thurwachter

Water Tower Commons is inching closer to having its first retail businesses — a Wawa filling station with a restaurant and an Aldi grocery store. The Lantana Town Council, during its Oct. 14 meeting, voted to allow the developer special exception amendments for both proposals — although…

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Boca Raton: A towering memorial to lover of ocean

Jacob Kosowsky, shown here just shy of his 18th birthday in 2015, was an outdoorsman who loved the ocean. He died in a car accident last…

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Boca Raton: District learns it can’t sell Ocean Strand — or any other parcel

A developer offered $67.5 million to buy Ocean Strand, which extends across A1A. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Steve Plunkett



The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District can’t sell the undeveloped Ocean Strand parcel, the district’s…

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Highland Beach: County to postpone Milani Park until 2025

By Rich Pollack

The sign proclaiming the large open space at the south end of Highland Beach to be the future location of Cam D. Milani Park is likely to remain there for at least another five years.

What will happen to the 5.6-acre property — and adjacent parcels to the north still owned by the Milani…

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Boca Raton: Chief to leave city force, take No. 2 spot with school police

By Mary Hladky

Police Chief Dan Alexander is retiring effective Dec. 1 from the department he has led for the past 13 years and will move into the newly created position of director of school police for the Palm Beach County school district.

Alexander effectively will become the second in command at the district police department,…

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