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Boca Raton: Virus and grant application slowing down Virgin Trains station

By Mary Hladky

Virgin Trains USA has pushed out the expected completion of its Boca Raton station to early 2022, about a year later than company officials anticipated when the City Council approved a station construction deal in December.

Among the reasons for the delay are the impact of COVID-19 and Virgin Trains’ request that the city file an application for a federal grant to offset some of the costs of building the station and a parking garage, Virgin Trains…

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Highland Beach: Condo hostage situation resolved with no injuries

Delray Beach paramedics remove the grandmother of the suspect from the condo about four hours after the standoff with police started. Since she has mobility issues, she was transported to…

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Highland Beach: Told that beach is ‘stable,’ town aims to keep it so

By Rich Pollack

After shaking a finger at Boca Raton for removing offshore sand as part of a beach restoration project, Highland Beach commissioners are now discussing working with that city to solve short-term sand issues and possibly long-term environmental concerns.

Following calls from residents complaining that sand from off Highland Beach’s coast was being used to enhance Boca Raton’s north beach, town commissioners in June invited coastal engineer Gordon…

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Boca Raton: Mayotte criticizes Rodgers’ coronavirus activism

By Mary Hladky

City Council members often disagree on issues, but the debate is usually confined to what policy is in the best interests of Boca Raton and its residents.

So council member Monica Mayotte’s June 9 rebuke of Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers’ advocacy for lifting COVID-19 restrictions in Palm Beach County was a notable departure from the long-standing practice of not criticizing colleagues.

At issue was Rodgers’ activism on social media and in…

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Boca Raton: New rules for signs meant to streamline approvals

By Mary Hladky

After at least five years of on-again, off-again effort, the City Council has repealed the city’s ordinance regulating signs and replaced it with a new one.

The new sign code, approved unanimously on May 27, is intended to streamline byzantine rules that made getting sign approval difficult and time-consuming.

“What a remarkable improvement to our code,” said architect Doug Mummaw, who often works with downtown commercial landowner Investments…

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Boca Raton: Council agrees Wildflower plan is ready to bid

By Steve Plunkett

City Council members gave the go-ahead June 23 to seek bids to build a connected Wildflower/Silver Palm park after staff and their outside consultant trimmed $2.75 million from the plan.

Gone are a small stage and “some other tweaks” at the Wildflower site, at the northwest corner of the Palmetto Park Road bridge over the Intracoastal, city senior planner John Lindgren said.

Removed on the Silver Palm portion of the park just south of…

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Seat 5

The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, governed by a board of five nonpartisan commissioners, will hold an election on Aug. 18 for Seat 3, open to candidates living within Boca Raton, and Seat 5, open to candidates living inside the district but outside city limits. Newly elected commissioners will each serve a four-year term commencing Jan. 5, 2021, and receive $80 for each meeting they attend.…

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Seat 3

The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, governed by a board of five nonpartisan commissioners, will hold an election on Aug. 18 for Seat 3, open to candidates living within Boca Raton, and Seat 5, open to candidates living inside the district but outside city limits. Newly elected commissioners will each serve a four-year term commencing Jan. 5, 2021, and receive $80 for each meeting they attend.…

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Boca Raton: Ehrnst retains beach-park commission seat; two spots up for grabs

Election: Seat 3 | Seat 5

By Steve Plunkett

Craig Ehrnst will serve a second term as a Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District commissioner, but two colleagues and their challengers…

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What freedom means to me

By Janis Fontaine

July 4 is Independence Day.

America’s most significant holiday.

But what is independence? And what is freedom?

As Americans, we talk about freedom as a “right,” something we are entitled to like the…

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Philanthropy Notes: Ballroom Battle will have live telecast instead of audience

Ballroom Battle contestant Kirsten Stanley shared this photo with Facebook friends of her first in-person practice.

By Amy Woods

The George Snow Scholarship Fund’s 13th annual event will look a little different this year, or at least come to its audience a different…

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Graduations

Members of The Coastal Star website at www.thecoastalstar.com submitted photos of their new graduates. Congratulations to them all!

Graduate’s…

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Summer camps open: Delray Beach — June 19

With restrictions eased, summer camps have been opening. One of them is the Delray Beach Surf Camp. (L-r) Alex Rachlin, 11,

Riley Fitzgerald, 11, Sean Boyle, 10, and Harrison Berney, 13, catch a wave together during a camp session near the shore at Casuarina Road in Delray Beach. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Graduations: Gulf Stream graduates enjoy unique celebration

Given the historic impact of the coronavirus, the 24 students in the class of 2020 may never forget the ceremony honoring their last year at the school.

Gulf Stream School teachers and staff honored graduates with clappers and…

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Dining: How eateries new and old are meeting demands of pandemic

The Addison is encouraging people to wear masks during scaled-down weddings and other parties. Photo provided

By Jan…

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Highland Beach: Town recognizes graduates as they celebrate end of school

Diane Schrenzel celebrated her graduation from Wellesley by donning a bikini under her cap and gown. Photo provided

By Rich Pollack

Soon after she and close to 570 other Wellesley College students received their degrees in a Sunday afternoon virtual…

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Along the Coast: Barrier island, mainland Boca are magnets for Tesla cars

ABOVE: Michele Peel of Boca Raton says her Tesla is the most fun car she has ever owned. ‘It drives like a dream,’ she says.

BELOW: Peel plugs in her Tesla at work, where she gets free charging.…

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Health & Harmony: Therapist offers tips on coping with depression during pandemic

By Linda Haase

The CDC’s prediction of 130,000 deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19 by July 4 is downright depressing. After all, we expected to be celebrating the nation’s independence, not lamenting a historic loss.

The pandemic’s physical toll is well known, but the emotional impact is less publicized.

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll revealed that nearly half of Americans feel the COVID-19 threat is harming their mental health. That number skyrockets to 65%…

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On the Water: Out of the pool business and into the challenges of the deep

Engineer Jonathan Pugh, of Ocean Ridge, worked with Triton Submarines on the dive team that sent Sullivan more than 35,000 feet below the surface. Photos provided by Enrique Alvarez/Caladan Oceanic

By Willie Howard

Ocean…

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Health Notes: New visitor guidelines announced at Boca, Bethesda hospitals

Want to visit a friend or family member in the hospital during the COVID-19 outbreak? Check the new rules first, like these for Baptist Health South Florida, which operates Boca Raton Regional Hospital and the Bethesda hospitals in Boynton Beach.

As of June 15, for inpatient units, one adult visitor at a time is allowed from 3–9 p.m. Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 will not be allowed visitors except under exceptional circumstances.

For labor and…

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