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Letter to the Editor: Mayor asks Ocean Ridge residents to stay vigilant

While many of us could choose to live anywhere in the world, we chose to live in Ocean Ridge because it is a small, welcoming and tightknit community. We love the beach, we love interacting with our neighbors, we love our freedom and we love our police force and safety.



I ask that we embrace these strong core values as we continue to transition to our “new normal.”



We have pulled together as a community. We have made meals and regularly check on our…

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Ocean Ridge: Misdemeanor conviction to stay on Lucibella’s record

By Steve Plunkett

Businessman and magazine publisher Richard Lucibella has lost his courtroom quest to be cleared of all charges resulting from a backyard dustup with police in 2016 when he was the town’s vice mayor.



The 4th District Court of Appeal affirmed without comment Lucibella’s February 2019 conviction of…

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Delray Beach: City pays de Jesus $136,000 upon exit

By Jane Smith



When Neal de Jesus abruptly left the Delray Beach fire chief position earlier this year, he received $136,300.56. His contract called for 180 days’ pay, or $131,198.40. “The 180 was not severance,” City Attorney Lynn Gelin wrote in an April 15 email to the city manager. “Instead of keeping him on paid leave during the 180 (which would have included payment for his benefits, his housing allowance, his use of the city vehicle, and his phone allowance),…

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Highland Beach: Town wants to curtail transfer of offshore sand to neighboring cities

By Rich Pollack

In what might be shaping up as part of a continuing battle over beach-compatible sand offshore, Highland Beach is hoping to find ways to keep the valued but rapidly vanishing resource off its coast from going to neighboring cities.



It may be an uphill fight, however. The town has no legal claim to the sand used to replenish beaches, according to one attorney who specializes in coastal issues, and state regulators have already approved plans…

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Boca Raton: Interim police chief gets full reins to department

By Mary Hladky

Michele Miuccio, who had served as Boca Raton’s interim police chief since Dec. 1, has been promoted to police chief.

She assumed her new role on April 27.



Miuccio has been with the department for more than 30 years, starting as an officer and rising through the ranks to deputy chief.…

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Along the Coast: Boynton, Delray name new fire chiefs

By Jane Smith

Boynton Beach and Delray Beach have promoted their interim fire chiefs to chief in their respective cities.



In Boynton Beach, Matthew S. Petty, 39, was promoted to fire chief on March 9 by the Boynton Beach city manager.



In Delray Beach, Louis “Keith” Tomey III, who had served as interim…

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Along the Coast: Larcenies account for small towns’ uptick in reported crimes

Increase mainly due to thefts from unlocked cars

By Rich Pollack

South Palm Beach County’s small coastal communities saw crime increase in 2019, bucking both countywide and state trends, but their total…

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Ocean Ridge: Discussion is short-lived on merger with sheriff

By Dan Moffett

With rising personnel costs, multiple drainage issues and a massive septic-to-sewer conversion project looming, Ocean Ridge commissioners knew this would be a difficult budget cycle.



Then the new coronavirus struck, bringing with it potential revenue losses. Local gas and fuel tax, local sales tax, building permit proceeds, state revenue sharing, even earned interest from town savings — all figure to decline because of the impact of…

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Briny Breezes: Town asks state to slow boaters near marina

By Dan Moffett

Briny Breezes is hoping there’s strength in numbers of neighbors when it comes to slowing down boaters in the Intracoastal Waterway.



The Town Council voted unanimously on April 23 to adopt a resolution that calls on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to create an “idle speed, no-wake” zone adjacent to the Briny marina.



The resolution is modeled after one passed by Delray Beach in February. And council members…

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Gulf Stream: Plan presented to widen streets, fix roadway ponds

By Steve Plunkett

Sections of the town’s narrowest roads could be widened at least 2 feet to combat water ponding on the pavement and ruts from vehicles that go off the asphalt.



The widening project, estimated to cost $238,386, could be finished by next winter. The proposal is posted on the town’s website, www.gulf-stream.org, for townsfolk to review.



“I think it’s something that the core [area]…

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Delray Beach: Commissioner Boylston agrees to fine to settle ethics violation case

By Jane Smith



Delray Beach Vice Mayor Ryan Boylston has agreed to pay $2,000 for violating state ethics laws over votes taken when he was a board member of a taxpayer-funded agency.



At the June 5 state Commission on Ethics meeting, commissioners plan to review a stipulation of facts concerning two ethics violations when…

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Along the Coast: Virus makes hurricane shelter planning even more vital

By Rich Pollack

Should a hurricane threaten this year, residents could have to choose between leaving their homes to avoid water and wind or remaining home to avoid contracting a deadly and highly contagious virus.



The decision, emergency managers say, is an easy one.



“Don’t not evacuate because of the coronavirus,” says Bill Johnson, director of Palm Beach County’s Emergency Management division.



Throughout Palm Beach…

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Along the Coast: A good rule of foot -- Step aside but not onto road shoulder

Pedestrians in Highland Beach demonstrate good personal protection and social distancing. Although the man on the right can see oncoming traffic and gives the couple on the left plenty of room, police say it’s safer for walkers to stay off road shoulders or bike lanes. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Along the Coast: Care facilities ask for compassion, help amid struggles with virus

By Charles Elmore

Even as Florida moves to reopen many businesses, COVID-19 deaths of residents at 18 long-term care facilities in or near Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Boca Raton add to a mounting statewide toll that frustrates hopes to relax visitor restrictions at centers that care for older and medically vulnerable people.



By May 18, deaths among residents and staff at long-term care facilities around the state passed 900, state records show. That…

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South Palm Beach: South Palm considering candidates to improve communication services

By Dan Moffett

The Town Council is moving closer to hiring a communications contractor to improve South Palm Beach’s internet connections and emergency messaging with residents.



During their May 12 meeting, council members approved drafting a contract with The Merchant Strategy Inc., a West Palm Beach public relations firm headed by former state legislator Sharon Merchant.



Another West Palm Beach firm, My PR Guru, also remains a candidate for…

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Along the Coast: Signs of changing times during coronavirus outbreak

Birthday celebrations, graduations, hair appointments ­— few things in everyday life look as they did before COVID-19 arrived

Thirteen-year-old Kenzi Mendel rides on the…

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Dining: Restaurateurs adapting to new guidelines for reopening

Customers expecting to pay for meals at Cafe Frankie’s in Boynton Beach watch Dena Balka insist the food is free. She and other employees handed out dozens of meals for a few hours on May 6 after one of the regular patrons gifted them with enough money to ‘feed the needy.’Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal…

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Municipal Meetings

These listings take into account the next edition of The Coastal Star, scheduled for delivery the weekend of July 4.

5/26 & 6/23 - Manalapan - Manalapan Town Hall, 600 S Ocean Blvd. 10 am. Agenda: manalapan.org

5/27, 6/9 & 23 - Boca Raton - Boca Raton City Hall, 201 W Palmetto Park Rd. 6 pm. Agenda: myboca.us

6/1 - Ocean Ridge - Ocean Ridge Town Hall, 6450 N Ocean Blvd. 6 pm. Agenda: oceanridgeflorida.com

6/2 & 16 - Boynton Beach -…

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Lantana: Library on track for renovation, modernization

By Mary Thurwachter



Plans to make better use of space and add a meeting room and outdoor reading garden to the town library won the approval of the Lantana Town Council on May 11.



The proposal, promoted by the Library Foundation and its chairman, Robert Barfknecht, boasts ADA-compliant restrooms, a centralized circulation desk, special spaces for children and teens and a community center for adult activities.



The lead architect for the…

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Business Spotlight: The unusual becomes usual for businesses during pandemic

Online tools allow organizations like the Boca Raton Chamber to provide training seminars with no health risk to attendees. Photo…

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