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Take a ’cue from the pros for best barbecue

By Jan Norris



Here’s an easy Father’s Day gift: Clip this article and slip it inside a nice new charcoal grill.

Sure: He’s got a gas one already, but a real wood-and-charcoal fire is the fuel of choice for making great ribs, at least according to three pro ribbers we talked to.

Their tips parallel with only a few differences. Key words are know, low and slow.

First, you have to know your meats, said Rufus Allen, of Rufus’s Ribs. He sells his from a white trailer set up… Continue

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Sand in my hair, wind in my feet, and vice versa

By Mike Holliday

There’s something inherently special about walking on the beach barefoot. Ninety percent of my reasoning for living along the coast is related to being able to feel sand between my toes. The other 10 percent toggles between an affinity for sea breezes and an aversion to insects and alligators.

In some areas, like Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach, and many of the beaches along the west coast of Florida, the sand is composed… Continue

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Lose the tuxedo, bring your fishing rod

By Mary Katherine Stump



South Florida is known for, among other things, its fishing and its glamorous black-tie benefits. Rarely do the two pastimes intersect.

Enter Microgiving.com, the brainchild of Advertising.com founder John Ferber, a resident of the county pocket.

For the first benefit, being held June 20, he will host a fishing tournament in honor of Jon Alsop and Jason Strauss, two colleagues and friends who passed away in… Continue

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Abrams digs into appointed role on commission

By Margie Plunkett



Steven Abrams made his “12-city tour” in May, introducing himself as the new Palm Beach County commissioner for District 4 — the successor to former commissioner Mary McCarty, who resigned after public corruption charges.

“It’s been a very smooth transition on the County Commission,” Abrams told Delray Beach commissioners, continuing with what became a common refrain during his visits: “The training we get in local government has served me well. Sometimes I… Continue

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Almost law, bill removes roadblocks to development

By Nirvi Shah



When a developer offered to buy Briny Breezes recently, the deal fell through in part because state planners didn’t warm to the deal. The state was concerned the proposed waterfront high-rises would overwhelm the surrounding area.

But a bill on Gov. Charlie Crist’s desk could kick aside similar roadblocks in the future — and lead to development that doesn’t have to gibe with the capacity of surrounding roadways. Crist must sign it by June 2 for it to take effect,… Continue

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Price drop on home has ‘found bottom’

By Christine Davis



Bob Montgomery has “found the bottom” and it is at $1.5 million.

Montgomery, of Ocean and Intracoastal Properties in Lantana, had been dropping his selling price daily for a couple of months to pique interest in his two-bedroom, two-bath Hypoluxo Island home. His mortgage was the determining factor, he said.

“I thought it would sell, but it didn’t,” he said. Never the less, “It’s listed perfectly. This is a fabulous piece of property. The views, the… Continue

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Little good news in beach erosion battle

By Margie Plunkett



Coastal residents just can’t stop the drifting, shifting sand from slipping through their fingers — or off their beaches.

Palm Beach County is working on beach erosion projects all along the coast, including Lantana and South Palm Beach as well as at the South Lake Worth Inlet, in a never-ending battle with the elements.

Ocean Ridge and Manalapan saw work start this spring on the South Lake Worth (Boynton) Inlet jetties and sand transfer plant that moves… Continue

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Thom Smith: Along the Avenues

By Thom Smith



Rock ’n’ roll legend Dion stopped by for The Dillengers’ last gig there a couple of weeks ago; “Elvis” closed it May 24. After 17 years along the tracks in Delray Beach, the venerable Elwood’s has closed. But don’t despair, the new owners, two Pittsburgh restaurateurs, intend to fix it up and reopen — with Elvis (retired Delray cop Scott Ringersen, a Thursday night regular for… Continue

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Chillingworth Curve accidents: seven crashes in two years

By Ron Hayes



MANALAPAN — Police Chief Clay Walker has asked the state Department of Transportation to study traffic conditions at the Chillingworth curve, where two speeding drivers crashed their Bentleys in a four-day period in May.

“We've had seven crashes there in the past two years,” Walker said on May 14, the same day he wrote the DOT to request the review. “The last two were pretty intense.”

On Thursday, May 7, the… Continue

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Artificial reef planned: Ocean Ridge

Artificial reef planned

Offshore, the county plans to construct about 5.25 acres of artificial reef along the coast of Ocean Ridge, beginning within Ocean Inlet Park just south of the Boynton Inlet and running south for a quarter mile. The reef is planned to provide public access for snorkeling and fishing as well as fish… Continue

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Delray Beach: Changes to U.S. 1 and Atlantic given approval

By Margie Plunkett



Delray Beach commissioners gave staff the go-ahead on permanent design changes to U.S. 1 at Atlantic Avenue, an $11 million project that reduces the highway to two lanes from three in each direction for better traffic and pedestrian safety. The design, which has already been implemented temporarily between SE 10th Street and George Bush Boulevard, would be funded with state and federal money if all requests come through, City Engineer Randal L. Krejcarek told… Continue

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Delray Staff: Bond sales should follow guidelines

Delray Beach city staff propose the city follow best practices set by the Government Finance Officers Association for selling bonds and selecting bond personnel, as set forth in a memo by Delray’s finance director, Joseph Safford.

The recommendations follow the indictment of former County Commissioner Mary McCarty, which raised questions on some Delray Beach bond issue practices. Larry Brown of Brown, Garganese, Weiss & D’Agresta, P.A., was hired to conduct an independent review.… Continue

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Editor's Notes

Thank you to George Weide of Boynton Beach, who wrote to suggest we check with the City of Boynton Beach about the installation date of the current boardwalk in Oceanfront Park. As a regular beach visitor during the 1990s, he suggested the city might have given us the wrong date. He was right. We checked back with the city and learned that the current recycled plastic boardwalk was installed in 1994, not in 1986, as we published in our last edition.



Thank you to Stacey… Continue

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Our affluent coast a shimmering beacon to islands’ most desperate

Like a vanished handprint that reappears when condensation coats a windowpane, foggy mornings on the beach recall for me the wave of Cuban rafters in the summer of 1994.



I can still see a tiny raft aslant on the beach, shreds of a handmade sail hanging limply in the fading shadows just before daybreak. Handmade oars lying beside a damp notebook streaked with ink and what had once been handwritten Spanish words. Final thoughts for a loved one? Directions to a relative’s place in… Continue

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A Coastal Star — James A. Bonfiglio: Ocean Ridge

Jim Bonfiglio is an attorney known for using his skills to serve the community. Bonfiglio specializes in defending mortgage foreclosure actions. As one of a small number of attorneys in the country who are expert in the Federal Truth in Lending Act, he has received numerous awards for his work, including the Legal Aid Society’s 2008 Pro Bono Consumer Law Award.

Jim is also one of the initial inductees in the Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society’s… Continue

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Pharmacy’s father found formula for success

By Emily J. Minor



In the days of scattered families — one kid in Boston, another in Seattle, the aging parents retired to Arizona — these people are downright odd.

“They all came back,” says the patriarch, Bill Strucker.

“I think they missed their mother.”

Perhaps.

But there is something else that has drawn all three of Strucker’s daughters home again, back to this place along the ocean with the ringing telephone and the… Continue

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Delray Beach: Economy stalls redevelopment progress

U.S. 1 (First in an occasional series)

By Thomas B. Collins

DELRAY BEACH — Aaah, the sights, the sounds, the smells. The chatting coffee-sippers at an outside table. A delicious Asian fusion scent tempting you from a fine restaurant. Rollicking music coaxing you from a bar and grill.



On Federal Highway at Atlantic Avenue, the good times always seem to roll. A few blocks up the road, though, you might as well be in another… Continue

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Turtle tips and turtle walks

How you can help protect sea turtles



Avoid visiting sea turtle nesting beaches at night, unless accompanied by a guide permitted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Do not disturb or handle sea turtles, their eggs or their nests. All are violations of both federal and state laws.

Report all dead, injured or stranded turtles and hatchlings, or anyone harassing/molesting sea turtles or their nests, to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation… Continue

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Know your local sea turtles



Loggerhead


Florida's most common sea turtle, the loggerhead is named for its large head. It grows to a length of 3 feet, can weigh 200 to 250 pounds, and is a threatened species.

The loggerhead nests from April to September.



Leatherback

Named for its smooth and rubbery shell, the leatherback weighs between 700 and 1,500 pounds and nests from March through July.… Continue

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INTERFAITH21: Some events live up to interfaith billing

By C.B. Hanif



How prayer would manifest in a municipal setting was my question when I learned that Delray Beach would host a National Day of Prayer observance in front of City Hall. The event, celebrated nationwide on the first Thursday each May, was established by Congress to encourage Americans to pray for our nation, its people and its leaders.

Delray’s announcement of two “interdenominational” public prayer events resonated with… Continue

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