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A Coastal Star — Gary Solomon

In the sifting sands along the Ocean Ridge shore, there is one constant: Gary Solomon.

Solomon is the founder of Sand Sifters, and one Saturday morning a month, he and volunteers he has recruited descend on the beach to pluck the cans, bottles, cigarette butts and the other detritus left by careless beachgoers and the tides. It started small, with an afternoon stroll.

“I’d always done volunteer work and one day I took a walk on the beach,… Continue

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Along the Avenues: Delray's new Maine attraction

By Thom Smith

In many ways, it seems like forever, and in others like only yesterday, but after two years away, Dak Kerprich is back in action on Ocean Avenue in Lantana. In early June the veteran restaurateur unveiled his newest concept, Pizzeria Oceano, at 201 E. Ocean, just a half-block east of Federal Highway.

It’s a no-frills pizza house. No frills, that is, in the décor. All the frills are on the pie, and even those are limited.

“I want to keep it… Continue

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Briny Breezes: Town to seek police service proposals

By Margie Plunkett

BRINY BREEZES – Town Council will solicit proposals for police protection from local law enforcement agencies as its current contract with Boynton Beach will expire in the fall of 2010.

The contract with the Boynton Beach police department requires Briny Breezes to notify whether it will renew the contract a year before its Oct. 1 expiration date.

Council discussed neighboring municipalities that could potentially provide police services, including… Continue

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Lantana: Town permit, utility rates to rise

By Margie Plunkett

LANTANA – Residents will see rates on the rise in Lantana, as the Town boosted fees for garbage, water, building permits and other services as of June 22.

Rising rates will help cover expenses including equipment for trash collection that’s in need of repair or replacement, Council members noted recently.

The increases come as budgets in Lantana and other municipalities throughout the state are pressured by plummeting revenue from property taxes that have… Continue

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Lantana: Planned docks aim to speed boaters’ access

By Margie Plunkett

LANTANA — Sportsman Park is getting three sets of docks with $300,000 from the county, a measure that will relieve the wait when pulling boats out of the water.

In addition, the new docks give boaters the chance to pull up and dock at the Ocean Avenue park while they come into town for dinner, for example, said Lantana Town Manager Mike Bornstein.

The park, which allows access at the south end of Lake Worth Lagoon and the Boynton Inlet, currently has two paved… Continue

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Hurricane Preparedness: Post-storm plans are needed, too

By Mary Thurwachter

For folks who have left the island for safer ground during a hurricane, it’s natural to get antsy about returning home to see how houses held up during the storm and to get a jump on the cleanup of fallen branches and other debris.

Not so fast, advises Lt. Chris Yannuzzi of the Ocean Ridge Police Department. You can’t just get in your car and drive across the bridge when the big winds pass. A few things have to happen first.

Police from all the island… Continue

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Boynton approves status quo at inlet, sends report to county

By Linda Haase

After years of discussions, the Boynton Inlet will remain as it is. At least for now.

Boynton Beach commissioners voted June 2 to adopt the Boynton Inlet Committee’s recommendation to bypass other options, including widening or deepening the channel, ebb shoal dredging, shifting the south jetty and replacing the A1A bridge over the inlet.

However, they didn’t shut the door entirely on future changes that would improve the safety of the popular inlet. They’re… Continue

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Ocean Ridge: Signs sought to aid pedestrians

OCEAN RIDGE — Signs that warn motorists to stop for pedestrians, set for four crosswalks on A1A, got the go-ahead from commissioners in June at a cost of $2,000. The panel wants to install the signs in the middle of the road on breakaway poles at lower than seven feet high, and still has yet to determine whether the Florida Department of Transportation will allow it. The crosswalks are perilous without signage, commissioners said, because motorists… Continue

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Pedestrians skip crosswalk in favor of jay walk

By Ron Hayes

DELRAY BEACH — What if they built a crosswalk and nobody came?

Last November, workers from the state Department of Transportation resurfaced State Road A1A by Atlantic Dunes Park.

They added new sidewalks, new bike paths, and a new crosswalk between the parking lot on the west side of the highway and the beachfront park on the east.

Nine months later, the new road is being driven on; the bike paths are being biked.

But the crosswalk? Not so much.

“What… Continue

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Gulf Stream: New permit rates aim to cover town costs

GULF STREAM — The town set out a new schedule of building permit application fees designed to ensure that Gulf Stream’s costs are covered.

“It’s not a mechanism to generate more revenue,” said Town Clerk Rita Taylor, “but to cover our costs.”

The new sliding schedule for application fees is in increments of $5,000, $50,000 and $500,000 of construction value and starts at a minimum of $85 for construction valued at up to $4,999. A sampling of fees within the schedule: $750 for value of… Continue

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Ocean Ridge to resume summer spraying for no-see-ums

By Margie Plunkett

OCEAN RIDGE — Ocean Ridge will resume barrier spraying to combat no-see-ums for three months through the end of the summer season at a price of up to $18,650. The commission’s vote to proceed followed a lengthy debate that spanned several meetings: Issues included residents’ discomfort, environmental harm and whether no-see-ums were a public or private nuisance. The town had decided not to spray this year, but public protest against being eaten alive by no-see-ums,… Continue

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Delray Beach: Unified design sought for beach area features

By Margie Plunkett

DELRAY BEACH — There may be no harnessing the power of the sea, but the Beach Property Owners Association would at least like to design around it.

The Beach Property Owners Association proposed to Delray Beach commissioners during a June workshop that they support an effort to create a master plan for the beach area, to set a design and concept for the oceanfront park as the city has done with areas like Pineapple Grove.

Commissioners embraced the concept… Continue

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Delray Beach: Yacht Club plans for restaurant not slowed by foreclosure

By Rod Proctor

A recent foreclosure action against owners of The Yacht Club at Delray Beach has not slowed plans to expand amenities and services at the Delray Beach landmark, according to the club’s membership director.

Efforts continue to open a restaurant and tiki bar at the club’s aquatic center, and remodeling remains on tap for the marina’s main building, said membership director Chris Cantwell.

“We’ve got eight of the nine… Continue

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Glass House condos get qualified approval from board

By Margie Plunkett

DELRAY BEACH — The site plan for the oceanfront Glass House condominiums got the go-ahead in June, following objections from opponents concerned that it was intended as a rehabilitation facility and that it was environmentally harmful.

The Site Plan Review and Appearance Board conditionally approved the plan for the condominiums at 2225 S. Ocean Blvd. The property would have 11 units on 1.7 beachfront acres and would be a… Continue

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Resale therapy: Area thrift shops help you stretch your dollars

By Scott Simmons

I love my Robert Graham shirt. But I didn’t love the big $200 price tag it carried new.

So I was thrilled to find it for $15 — unworn — at a local thrift shop.

I’m not alone. As the economy continues to tighten, more folks are turning to thrift and vintage shops to replenish their wardrobes.

And those shops are filled with items worn once or twice, or not at all.

In this world of reuse and recycle, it also is good for the environment, as well as… Continue

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Boynton library goes green with book sales

By Ron Hayes

BOYNTON BEACH — Every book is a new book if you haven’t read it yet. Now the Boynton Beach City Library is recycling old books in a new way.

While local libraries might sponsor periodic used-book sales, or find a spare table here or there to unload redundant or damaged copies, Boynton Beach boasts the area’s first public library to open a real, self-contained used-book store.

“We’ve always accepted used books,” says… Continue

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Make your own ice cream

Under her mother's watchful eye, Lana Valdez from Delray Beach concentrates on shaking a mixture of sugar, milk and vanilla for 15 minutes to freeze the ice cream at the 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social at the Schoolhouse Children's Museum in Boynton Beach on June 13. Photo by Mary Kate Leming


What you'll need:

1 Tablespoon sugar

1/2 cup milk or half & half

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

6… Continue

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You scream, I scream for ice cream!

By Jan Norris

It’s always sundae at the local ice cream shops – especially in summer when melting residents look to ice cream for a chill thrill.

July is National Ice Cream Month, so parlors and shops around the country celebrate the frozen treat. Get in on $8 gourmet sundaes at the Ritz-Carlton throughout the month.

Ice cream has a long and sweet history in the U.S. – it was served in the colonies as early as 1700, when… Continue

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Meet your neighbor: Ed Manley

Caption: Briny Breezes resident and 101st Airborne Infantry Division, 502nd Parachute Battalion veteran Ed Manley returned to Normandy on the 50th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1994, to jump again.

Through good, bad and worse, he’s lived life ‘full tilt’

Ed Manley grew up in a foster home because his father was dead and his mother was too poor to take care of him. She visited him on weekends.

He learned life the…


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Summer brings opportunities at close-to-home clubs

By Mary Thurwachter

Despite a slumping economy, many private island clubs are sitting pretty this summer.

At the Delray Beach Club, a 40-year-old beauty designed by architect Samuel Ogren Jr., summer membership is up 20 percent over last year, said general manager Shane E. Peachey.

“This is a very family-orientated place and people aren’t taking the trips this year,” he said. The club recently completed a $5 million renovation,… Continue

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