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Boynton Beach: Aug. 30 deadline for requesting return of bricks from Schoolhouse Museum

The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center is redoing its front patio as part of the Town Square redevelopment in Boynton Beach. Many of the bricks are worn and need to be replaced.

If you donated to have an etched brick and would like to have that brick returned, please contact the museum’s executive director, Suzanne Ross, by Aug. 30. Call: 561-742-6780 or email: suzanne@schoolhousemuseum.org. Let her know when you can…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 19, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

Briny Breezes: Briny rehires Ocean Ridge police, drops Boynton

By Dan Moffett

 Briny Breezes’ three-year partnership with the Boynton Beach Police Department ended Thursday afternoon and a longstanding relationship with Ocean Ridge was restarted.

 The Town Council voted not to renew its law enforcement contract with Boynton and instead approved hiring Ocean Ridge, whose department had provided services to Briny for 33 of the last 36 years.

 “It was our history of working with Ocean Ridge,” said Councilwoman…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 1, 2019 at 7:43pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Commissioners want budget help from public at special meeting

By Dan Moffett

Conflicted over whether to close a sizable budget deficit with reserve funds or a tax increase, Ocean Ridge commissioners are asking for advice from the people who elected them to make decisions.

The commission has scheduled a special budget meeting beginning at 2 p.m. on Aug. 5 at Town Hall. The public is invited to attend and weigh in on which option the town should choose.

“Let’s…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 11:29am — No Comments

Briny Breezes: Town Hall to test longer business hours

By Dan Moffett

In an effort to improve accessibility for contractors, Briny Breezes council members agreed to expand the hours Town Hall is open for public business.

Beginning in August, the office will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The office used to close at noon on those days.

Donna Coates, Briny Breezes’ corporate park manager, told the council she has…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 11:28am — No Comments

Boynton Beach: City outlines penny-tax improvement projects

By Jane Smith

Boynton Beach will use $500,000 from its penny tax proceeds during the next fiscal year to upgrade the eastern end of Boynton Beach Boulevard, the city’s public works director said July 16.

Andrew Mack told city commissioners on the second day of a two-day budget workshop that the project would run east from Federal Highway to the eastern edge of the pond located between the Casa Costa condominiums…

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Gulf Stream: Police getting pay boost to keep up with neighbors

By Steve Plunkett

Police patrol officers and sergeants will get a one-time $3,750 raise to bring their salaries more in line with comparable towns in Town Manager Greg Dunham’s proposed 2020 budget.

The increase will set Gulf Stream’s starting police pay at $51,250 — behind Ocean Ridge ($53,902) and Palm Beach ($52,274) but ahead of Manalapan ($51,200) and Highland Beach ($50,400). The figures were drawn from a…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 11:25am — 1 Comment

Lantana: LED street lights coming; some island residents call choice too bright

By Mary Thurwachter

The streets of Lantana are about to get brighter at night. The reason: The town is switching out its high-pressure sodium street lights with energy-efficient LEDs, or light-emitting diodes.

The Town Council on July 8 approved an agreement with FPL to make the conversion, expected to save more than $844 in annual energy costs.

FPL’s business development manager, Francisco…

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Lantana: Quick response results in arrest in mail theft

By Mary Thurwachter

Lantana police made quick work in nabbing a Belle Glade lawn maintenance worker charged with snatching $200,000 worth of checks from a mailbox on South Atlantic Drive on Hypoluxo Island.

According to the police report, Marchello Wilbon, 34, was apprehended at the beach shortly after a resident with a home business found that 39 checks she had placed in her mailbox were missing July 15.…

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Lantana: Plans for centennial celebration begin to take shape

By Mary Thurwachter

Lantana has a big birthday coming up in 2021 — its centennial — and plans for the celebration are already percolating.

At the July 22 council meeting, Town Clerk Nicole Dritz outlined proposals from the Centennial Committee.

Suggestions include antique car and boat shows, carnival rides, a talent contest, stilt walkers dressed in old-time costumes, and food trucks.…

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Manalapan: Town considers slight tax increase

By Stephen Moore

Manalapan Town Manager Linda Stumpf does not have all the figures to finalize the town’s 2019-2020 budget, but she does have enough information to propose increasing the tax rate for residents by up to 3.7 percent over last year’s rate.

The increase, which is scheduled to be finalized at the Sept. 18 Town Commission meeting, would place the tax rate at $3.1412 per $1,000 of taxable property value.…

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Along the Coast: Nest numbers a cause for optimism among turtle monitors

David Anderson, sea turtle conservation coordinator at Gumbo Limbo, checks a loggerhead nest at Red Reef Park.

By Larry Keller

As surely as the sun rises in the east, David Anderson and others from Gumbo Limbo Nature…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Virgin Trains, Boca want to add station

City Council agrees to explore idea for downtown stop

By Mary…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 10:35am — No Comments

Boca Raton: 4.2 percent increase proposed for city property taxes

By Mary Hladky

Boca Raton property owners will see a minuscule decrease in the city’s property tax rate if the tentative rate set on July 23 wins final approval.

“Taking direction from our goal-setting session this spring, staff is not recommending an increase in the tax rate for next year,” Deputy City Manager George Brown told City Council members.

The tentative rate is $3.6787 per $1,000 of…

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Boca Raton: New evidence introduced against Haynie

By Mary Hladky

A prosecutor has introduced new evidence showing that suspended Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie cast a another vote that potentially benefited the city’s largest downtown commercial landowner.

Haynie was arrested on April 24, 2018, on charges of official misconduct, perjury, misuse of public office and failure to disclose voting conflicts. She faces more than 20 years in prison.…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

Boca Raton: County fines Camino Real contractor

By Steve Plunkett

After missing a June 20 target for reopening the Camino Real bridge and then a less definite goal “towards the end of July,” Palm Beach County officials on July 30 had not committed to a new opening date.

Deputy County Engineer Tanya McConnell said contractor Kiewit Construction had two milestones to meet as part of its $8.9 million contract, one for the opening of the bridge and the other for…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 10:28am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Sustainability manager hopes to cut use of fuel, electricity, water

By Mary Hladky

Boca Raton now has a sustainability action plan, the first major city effort to begin protecting residents from the effects of global warming and sea level rise.

“This will be a road map for the Office of Sustainability going forward, the direction we want to go in and some actions it will take to get there,” Sustainability Manager Lindsey Nieratka said in unveiling the plan at a July 22 city…

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Highland Beach: Developer faces deadline over tree removal

By Rich Pollack

A developer that hopes to build townhouses in Highland Beach has less than a month to seek a permit for work done almost two years ago.

During a July 23 hearing, the town’s Code Enforcement Board voted unanimously to give Golden City Highland Beach 30 days to file for a permit that town officials say should have been applied for before fill was added after trees felled by Hurricane Irma were…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 10:23am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Parks district, city millions of dollars apart on golf course proposal

By Steve Plunkett

The gulf separating visions of golf in the city widened in July as the City Council sought fresh ideas from course architects and the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District tentatively set an almost 36 percent tax increase.

Council member Andy Thomson suggested issuing a “design challenge” to get informal drawings from certified architects in time for the council’s Aug. 27 meeting.…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 10:22am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Council nixes request to build home east of A1A

By Steve Plunkett

Lawyers for the owner of an undeveloped lot at 2500 N. Ocean Blvd. made another unsuccessful attempt July 23 to win permission to build on the beach.

The City Council voted 5-0 not to grant a variance allowing construction east of the city’s Coastal Construction Control Line.

“I believe the applicant has failed to meet its burden to provide competent and substantial evidence that…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 10:20am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Judge sides with city, throws out $137 million Midtown suit

By Mary Hladky

A Palm Beach County circuit judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by developer and landowner Crocker Partners that sought $137 million in damages from Boca Raton for actions Crocker claims left it unable to redevelop its Midtown property.

In his July 19 ruling, Judge Howard Coates Jr. sided with Boca Raton across the board, granting the city’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit and ruling against all of…

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