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Added by Mary Kate Leming on October 1, 2019 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Haynie trial scheduled for March

By Mary Hladky

Suspended Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s trial on public corruption charges will start on March 23.

Bruce Zimet, Haynie’s criminal defense attorney, and Assistant State Attorney Brian Fernandes requested the trial date at a Sept. 10 hearing before Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen. Both anticipated a five-day trial.

Over the past year, Zimet has repeatedly said Haynie would not…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 10, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments

Delray Beach: Negotiations fail with new city manager

Delray Beach ended contract negotiations on Sept. 6 with Michael Cernech as the new city manager. 

“From the start, it was important that we come to terms that were acceptable to both parties. Unfortunately, in this case we simply could not get there,” Mayor Shelly Petrolia said in a prepared statement. “We were excited at the possibility of having Mr. Cernech lead our team and regret that it is no longer possible.” 

Cernech will remain city manager of Tamarac in Broward…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 9, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

Along the Coast: Swimming advisory

The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County has issued a countywide precautionary swim advisory for all public beaches. At this time, swimming is not recommended.

Tests will be conducted, when possible, to determine the water quality at public beach locations. Until test results are available, beach-goers should assume that ocean water contact may pose an increased risk of disease or illness, particularly for susceptible individuals.

Additionally, residents should…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 5, 2019 at 11:26am — No Comments

Highland Beach: Town balances budget without dipping into reserves

By Rich Pollack

Highland Beach property owners are likely to see a very slight increase in their municipal taxes as town commissioners move closer to finalizing their fiscal 2020 budget.

During an Aug. 29 meeting, commissioners agreed to tentatively set the final rate for the year beginning Oct. 1 at $3.79 per $1,000 of taxable property value, up 8 cents or about 2.2 percent from this year’s $3.71 per $1,000 and 21…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 4, 2019 at 4:35pm — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: Arts groups want complex sited next to Mizner Park

By Mary Hladky

A cultural group has scaled back its ambitious proposal to build a performing arts complex on city-owned land east of the Spanish River Library and instead wants to locate it on two city-owned parcels next to the Mizner Park amphitheater.

The idea quickly garnered “conceptual support” from City Council members on Aug. 26, although the resolution they unanimously approved makes clear the city is not…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 4, 2019 at 4:03pm — No Comments

Crossing flags at work: State Road A1A, Highland Beach — Aug. 18

Beach-goers use the town’s new crosswalk flags to safely cross State Road A1A. Signs posted by the flags tell walkers to ‘Be cautious. Be seen. Be safe’ and to ‘Look left and right before crossing’ and ‘Be sure all vehicles have stopped.’ ABOVE: (l-r) Steve, who chose not to give…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 4, 2019 at 4:01pm — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: City Council offers to take over golf course project

By Steve Plunkett

The City Council is poised to take over building the 18-hole golf course at the proposed Boca National site if the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District agrees and promises not to raise taxes.

“Details would need to be worked out in a new interlocal agreement after joint deliberations,” City Manager Leif Ahnell said in a follow-up letter to the district Aug. 28.

The…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 4, 2019 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: County christens refurbished Camino Real bridge

Grace Gensheimer and Brandon Martindale walk Bella, a 6-month-old mini golden, as the first group of pedestrians crosses the Camino Real bridge when it reopened to land traffic Aug. 6 after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Motor vehicles were allowed to cross soon after. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Dorian: Readers' Photos

Send your Dorian photos to: news@thecoastalstar or click Photos in toolbar above.…
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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 4, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Dorian: Watching the Storm

The north jetty of the Boynton Inlet was pounded by waves on Sept. 3. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star


Two work crews from…
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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

Dorian: Storm Preparations

Crews from Asplundh Tree Experts were positioned in…
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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 1, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Dancing for dollars

Tim Quinn’s mother, Christine, laughs as Quinn and Sayra Vazquez Brann prepare for Boca’s Ballroom Battle at Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Boca Raton. The annual contest is Sept. 20 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 1, 2019 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Celebrations: Summer Cinema The Royal Poinciana Plaza, Palm Beach — July 14

Guests enjoyed a film screening of ‘Goldfinger’ al fresco style that featured special offers by plaza restaurants as well as a few surprises like beach blankets branded with The Royal logo and sips and snacks. Courtyard seating for the movie opened at 8 p.m., with showtime at 8:30 p.m. The event marked the second in the monthly…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 1, 2019 at 12:54pm — No Comments

The Plate: Artful cuisine at Oceano Kitchen

The Plate: Lemon meringue tart

The Place: Oceano Kitchen, 201 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana. Open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday. CASH ONLY.…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 1, 2019 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Arts: Young performers learn life on Broadway at Kravis

Former Gulf Stream School student Tori Wheat (center foreground) sings during a performance at the Kravis Center.

By Janis Fontaine

Tori Wheat would love to see her name in a Broadway Playbill one day, so she’s taking…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 1, 2019 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Philanthropy Notes: Trolley ride to benefit Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum

Getting ready to celebrate: (l-r) Mary Csar, Dawn Zook, Hank Jawhari, Kathy Qualman, Violette Fairman and Michelle Essaye make a toast in front of one of the trolleys at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Photo provided

By Amy…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 1, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Celebrations: STEAM program reception DeVos-Blum Family Y of Boynton Beach — Aug. 8

Campers showcased their artwork from the summer, which included creating sunsets using black glue and water color on canvas, creating animals in their natural habitats using shaving cream and construction paper, and creating miniature papier-mache hot-air balloons. The purpose of the STEAM program is to prevent the…

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Dining: Wine Room on Atlantic Avenue taps local talent for staffing

The Wine Room Kitchen & Bar has two full bars to go with wine-tasting areas and a kitchen that lets the business ‘stand alone as a restaurant,’ says John Bates, the general manager. Photo provided

By Jan Norris

It’s old home week…

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Finding Faith: 5 things you may not know about Rosh Hashana

By Janis Fontaine

As the Jewish High Holy Days approach, we offer four places to commemorate the somber day and five things you may not know about Rosh Hashana.

• The name Rosh Hashana isn’t in the Torah. The Torah calls it “a day of shofar blowing.” The name Rosh Hashana appeared in the second century. Rosh Hashana literally means “the head of the year,” but the notable day is also called The Day of Sounding, The Day of…

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