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Boca Raton: Floating wetlands area dropped from Wildflower plan for now

By Steve Plunkett



Downtown’s combined Wildflower-Silver Palm park won’t have a planned floating wetlands area under the Palmetto Park Road bridge when it opens in 2021.

Kona Gray, a principal of consultant EDSA Inc., which is designing the park, told City Council members Oct. 21 that his team missed an application deadline for needed seagrass permits.

“In order to keep our project moving forward, that could happen at a separate date,” Gray said. “It’s not…

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Highland Beach: Town asks state legislators to fund A1A improvements

By Rich Pollack

In what could be seen as a well-crafted end run around the state’s transportation agency, the town is going straight to the Florida Legislature in hopes of getting additional funding for projects along State Road A1A.

Highland Beach officials have enlisted the aid of state Rep. Mike Caruso, R-Delray Beach, who is working on two bills that would send close to $1 million to the town if approved.

House Bill 2185 would provide about $200,000 for…

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Boca Raton: Crocker Partners drops 2 of 3 Midtown lawsuits

By Mary Hladky

Crocker Partners has curtailed its contentious legal battle with the city, dropping two lawsuits that sought to compel city officials to allow it to redevelop Midtown.

But Crocker Partners continues to pursue litigation that seeks $137.6 million in damages the developer and landowner claims it has sustained because Boca Raton illegally prevented the redevelopment.

By dismissing the two lawsuits, Crocker Partners has signaled that it is giving up…

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Along the Coast: Can Tri-Rail, Virgin Trains coexist on FEC tracks?

By Mary Hladky

Tri-Rail has long hoped to offer commuter rail service on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks that run through downtowns along the coast.

Officials of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which operates Tri-Rail, know that stations along those tracks would be more convenient for many potential commuters eager to have an alternative to Interstate 95.

But as Tri-Rail has tried to make headway in offering service beyond its line…

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Highland Beach: Gun shop owner illegally alerted suspect in theft from widow, investigators say

By Rich Pollack

A Delray Beach gun shop owner whose text let a friend who is charged with bilking a Highland Beach widow out of close to $3 million know investigators were looking for related records was charged last month with criminal disclosure of a subpoena.

Texts in which 34-year-old Michael R. Caruso Jr. of Boynton Beach also recommended his friend David Del Rio contact a well-known Palm Beach County defense attorney led to Caruso’s being named as a witness…

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Highland Beach: Town scurries to debunk email blast on water quality

By Rich Pollack

For months, town residents who read an email from the Committee to Save Highland Beach had to wonder if tap water was safe to drink — or even bathe in.

Now, town officials, the state Department of Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are confirming that Highland Beach’s water not only meets safety standards but far exceeds them.

Reports filed with the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County show lead in the water…

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Along the Coast: Bomber’s crash saddens Highland Beach veteran who flew on one

During its January visit to Boca Raton, John Bury told children about his World War II missions on a similar B-17. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

Over nearly 15 years, John Bury had become very familiar with…

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Obituary: E. Donald Morando

By Sallie James

HIGHLAND BEACH — E. Donald Morando was a devoted father, a World War II veteran and a mechanical engineer whose life was a tribute to the enduring appeal of chocolate and cherries.

The Highland Beach resident and longtime owner of the Queen Anne Candy Co. died on Oct. 15 after a lengthy illness. He was 94.

His…

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Boca Raton: Beach & Park District, Koski sever their working relationship

By Steve Plunkett



Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District commissioners parted ways — at least temporarily — with Art Koski, their former longtime lawyer and executive director, but said they would negotiate a new contract to keep him on as a consultant.

“I don’t see how we can just not have someone to fall back on like Mr. Koski,” District Chair Susan Vogelgesang said.…

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Boca Raton: City sends district detailed plan on how to build golf course

By Steve Plunkett



The impasse between the city and the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District over the planned Boca National golf course showed few signs in October of abating.

Briann Harms, the district’s executive director, told commissioners at their Oct. 21 meeting that even though they abandoned a proposed 19.4% increase in property taxes Oct. 1 and adopted the previous year’s rate, “there is the potential still” to borrow money without city…

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Along the Coast: Crown of Gold

The dome of Boca’s old town hall, now the historical society’s home, gleams after being regilded for the first time since 1997. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Pay it Forward: Inaugural Cocktails for the Club - St. Andrews Club

Committee members Jorgette and John Smith. Photo provided

Dec. 3: Attendees will kick off the holiday season at the Naoma Donnelley Haggin Boys & Girls Club’s social, featuring signature spirits, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction to help the more than 760 members served by the…

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Pay it Forward: Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon - Boca Raton Resort & Club

Wanda Harrold, Lindy Harvey, Debbie Anderson, Lisa Mulhall, Mark Larkin and Susan Diener attend a reception at Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute to announce the nominees. Photo provided

Nov. 8: Guests will…

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Pay it Forward: Empty Bowls returns to Old School Square in support of food bank

Stephanie Dodge and Marla Garchik are co-chairwomen of the fundraiser. Photo provided

By Amy Woods

The statistics speak for themselves: One out of six residents in the county does not know where the next meal is coming from, and more than 100,000 schoolchildren…

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Philanthrophy Notes: Daughters of American Revolution to sponsor veterans’ spa day

Veterans toast their 2018 Day of Beauty at NSpa. This year’s event is Nov. 8. Photo provided

By Amy Woods

The Henry Morrison Flagler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will celebrate Veterans Day by welcoming 10 female veterans of the armed…

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Celebrations: Hope Bash Boca Hero of Hope VIP and Sponsor Reception — Private home, Gulf Stream — Oct. 1

Honorary Chairs Bill and Mary Donnell, Charles Bender and Kelly and Will Fleming.

The Arscotts with Lisa McDulin. Photos provided by Coastal Click…

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Celebrations: Student and Teacher of the Month — Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, Delray Beach — Oct. 8

Club President Judy Mollica, McManus and Stevencia. Photo provided

The Rotary Club of Delray Beach announced the award winners for October: student Stevencia Estime and teacher Darren McManus. Stevencia is a17-year-old senior at Atlantic Community High School. McManus has been teaching for…

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DownRight ExtraOrdinary Evening: The Wine Cellar Boynton Beach — Aug. 27

Gail Marino, Christine Raymond and Anne Dichele.

Photo provided

More than $2,500 was raised to support expenses for the Gold Coast Down Syndrome’s Organization Resource Center, which houses programs for children with the condition. The event was sponsored by Douglas Elliman Real…

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Dreyfoos in White: Currie Park, West Palm Beach — Oct. 19

Frances Wurster and Cindy Sjogren

Marti LaTour, foundation member George Elmore and Debra Elmore. Photos provided by Christopher Fay…

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The Plate: Fantastic fowl at Flybird

The Plate: Crunchy Frybird

The Place: Flybird, 335 E. Linton Blvd., Delray Beach; 243-1111 or www.flybirdfood.com.

The Price: $12.95

The Skinny: You can smell the chicken grilling over an open flame as you pull into the lot…

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