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Boca Raton: Park District votes to take back control of golf course project

By Mary Hladky

Seven weeks after Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District commissioners reluctantly gave in to City Council pressure to allow the city to build the Boca National golf course, they have decided to take back control.

Commissioners remained firm on this decision during a Jan. 27 joint meeting between the two bodies, saying they could build the course and pay for it without city help or a tax rate…


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Boca Raton: Speakers mostly support marijuana dispensaries

By Mary Hladky

After more than two years of debate, the City Council is poised to decide whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to open in Boca Raton.

A majority of those speaking on Jan. 28 at the first public hearing on a proposed ordinance, including two representatives of medical marijuana dispensary companies, urged the council to allow them.

Eric Sevell noted that 76 percent of Boca…


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Manalapan: Town to allow dividing of Ziff estate

A tunnel of trees surrounds State Road A1A as it winds through the Ziff estate in Manalapan. File photo/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

For close to three decades Manalapan and the Ziff family have worked together to preserve a largely pristine, 15.6-acre parcel that…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 1, 2020 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Highland Beach: Yamato Rock plan rouses memories of aquatic treasure

Joan Weir and her daughter, Louise Glover, stroll Highland Beach near Yamato Rock, a limestone outcropping slated to become part of Milani Park. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

Louise Glover remembers when she and her friends would gather on what is now…


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Highland Beach: No election needed for two newcomers; vice mayor to finish term

By Rich Pollack

Highland Beach will get a new mayor and a new commissioner come March along with a returning vice mayor, after three candidates for commission seats ran unopposed.

In what appears to be a calm in Highland Beach elections not seen for several years, political newcomer Doug Hillman was unopposed in his bid for mayor, as was newcomer John Shoemaker, who will fill an open commission seat.

Vice Mayor Greg Babij, who was appointed to the position…


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Boca Raton: City will get $2.6 million for Irma cleanup

Boca Raton will receive $2.6 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to defray the costs of cleaning up after Hurricane Irma.

The money will reimburse the city for collection and disposal of debris, FEMA said in a Dec. 23 release.

The city collected more than 350,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris from roads and public and private property, FEMA said.

The money is from FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program, which helps communities recover from a federally declared…


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Boca Raton: Beach-goers encouraged to use city’s buckets to gather debris

By Mary Hladky

Many Boca Raton beach-goers make it a point to help keep the beaches clean by picking up trash and plastics on the sand and disposing of them.

But now the city has made it easier to do so. They no longer need to bring trash bags with them when visiting the beaches for a stroll or swim.

The new Community Coastal Clean Up program provides metal buckets next to signs explaining the program at Red Reef, Spanish River and South Beach…


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Boca Raton: District asks out of Mizner payments to city to free money for parks

By Mary Hladky

The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District wants to stop making payments to the city to pay off a Mizner Park bond debt, and instead wants to redirect the money to park improvement projects.

The district asked the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency to relieve it of its payment obligations in a Sept. 20 letter, but did not receive a response, district attorney Jacob Horowitz said at a Dec. 16 meeting.

While district commissioners voted…


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Highland Beach: Crosswalks likely to get brick color, white stripes to improve visibility

By Rich Pollack

In its efforts to improve visibility of crosswalks along State Road A1A, Highland Beach is going red.

Taking a page out of Delray Beach’s playbook, Highland Beach officials hope to repave the eight crosswalks within town limits with textured asphalt that would then be painted brick red.

If all goes well, the inside of the crosswalks will include white Thermoseal striping, with white Thermoseal borders on the north and south sides of the…


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Tabloid Tattle: Former National Enquirer staffers tell all in ‘Scandalous’

Generoso Pope Jr., the paper’s founder, holds a copy of a 1977 issue showing Elvis Presley in his casket. It’s an image from the film Scandalous: the Untold Story of the National Enquirer.

By Mary Thurwachter…


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Hope Bash Boca: Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton — Nov. 2

The seventh annual Place of Hope event recognized Kelly Fleming and NCCI Holdings as Jay DiPietro Hero of Hope honorees and benefited programs at the charity’s Leighan and David Rinker Campus. ‘Under the Palms’ was the theme, and live and silent auctions, music and dancing were featured. ABOVE: Jeannine and Leland Morris.…


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Pride & Prosecco: Delray Beach Public Library — Nov. 7

With literary-themed cocktails such as Gin Eye, Huckleberry Sin and The Postman Always Brings Ice, the sipping, snacking and shopping event raised more than $10,000 for library programs. More than 200 attended and enjoyed light bites from local restaurants and merchandise from local vendors.

ABOVE: (l-r) Nancy…


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White Truffle Dinner: Café Sapori, West Palm Beach — Dec. 2

The Kravis Center event celebrating the upcoming Palm Beach Wine Auction, set for Jan. 20, included four courses of fine Italian cuisine paired with select wines, all underwritten by Ed and Jen Dudnyk. ‘We’re here because of the more than 80,000 children the Kravis Center reaches with its arts-education programs every year,’…


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Light up the Holidays celebration: Town Hall, Highland Beach — Dec .5

A 28-foot Christmas tree and a 15-foot menorah were lighted as the crowd sang along with Boynton Beach High School’s acclaimed Dimensional Harmony choral group during the annual holiday celebration. The Boca Raton High School ROTC presented the colors of the flag prior to the ‘National Anthem.’ State Rep. Mike Caruso led a…


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Welcome Back: Benvenuto, Boynton Beach — Nov. 17

Il Circolo, The Italian Cultural Society, greeted guests and members at a lively luncheon enhanced by camaraderie, music and take-home gifts. It marked the start of the 2019-20 season. A highlight of the event was the attendance of five Florida Atlantic University students whose summer study program in Venice was supported by…


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Community Inclusion Awards: Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton — Nov. 22

The Unicorn Children’s Foundation annual event coincided with the organization’s 25th anniversary and official rebrand launch. Unsung heroes were recognized for their efforts at building a better and more inclusive community for people with special needs. Nearly 100 nominations were received in 14 categories spotlighting…


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Annual Friends Members’ Dessert Reception: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach — Nov. 6

Nearly 700 Kravis Center supporters celebrated the reopening of the performing arts center with a champagne toast and sweet treats. Taking place prior to the evening’s performance of ‘The Simon & Garfunkel Story,’ the event featured a wide array of desserts and drinks. ‘We have come a long way to improve and…


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Lantana: Judge recommends dismissal of ethics complaint against Mayor Stewart

By Mary Thurwachter

A judge has recommended that the Florida Commission on Ethics dismiss allegations of sexual harassment against Lantana Mayor David Stewart.

Administrative Law Judge Cathy M. Sellers, in her official Recommended Order to the Commission on Ethics filed on Dec. 16, wrote that Stewart did not violate…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 18, 2019 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: Council unanimously approves agreement for Virgin Trains station

By Mary Hladky

Boca Raton soon will be home to a Virgin Trains station.

The City Council unanimously voted in favor of an agreement on Dec. 10 that allows construction of a one-story station and 455-space parking garage on city-owned land east of the Downtown Library that the for-profit rail company will lease for $1 per year.

“Tonight was a great win for Boca Raton,” Mayor Scott Singer said after the vote.

“I think it is phenomenal,” said Virgin…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 11, 2019 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Boca's cultural ambassador turns 70: Art museum showcases growth, diversity during anniversary

‘Marty’s Cube’ by sculptor Tony Rosenthal is in the entrance courtyard of Boca Raton Museum of Art at Mizner Park.

By Gretel Sarmiento

Dressed up in two trendy exhibitions, Boca Raton Museum of Art kicked off its 70th birthday party last month with the…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 4, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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