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2019 Season Preview: Art

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2019 Season Preview: Dance

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2019 Season Preview: Jazz

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2019 Season Preview: Opera

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2019 Season Preview: Classical

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2019 Season Preview: Pop Music

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2019 Season Preview: Theater

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Boca Raton: City may subsidize Uber, Lyft rides downtown

By Mary Hladky

After trying for three years to provide free transportation around the downtown, City Council members have hit on another way to make it available: subsidizing the use of Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services.

They floated the idea on Sept. 9 after council member Andrea O’Rourke expressed concern that the winter season is fast approaching but no shuttle service is available to year-round…

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Boca Raton: Virgin Trains offers to limit development to station, garage

Although Virgin Trains officials have set aside for now their plans to develop land around their proposed Boca Raton station, this rendering shows what city-owned land they previously had wanted to lease for a station and parking garage or have the option to purchase for potential development. Rendering…

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Boca Raton: Council member withdraws resolutions targeting guns

By Mary Hladky

City Council member Monica Mayotte has backed off an effort to pass two resolutions supporting gun control measures after her council colleagues voiced concerns about wading into partisan political waters. The resolutions would have expressed City Council support for background checks on all gun sales and so-called red flag laws.

Mayotte drew support at a Sept. 23 council workshop from Andrea…

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Boca’s Ballroom Battle Boca Raton Resort & Club — Sept. 20

Eight community leaders danced for dollars during the 12th annual Boca’s Ballroom Battle,  modeled after Dancing With the Stars. Dancers, who were paired with professionals from the Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Boca Raton, raised more than $640,000 for the George Snow Scholarship Fund, which grants four-year college scholarships to local students. The fund has granted more than $12.1 million in…

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Boca Raton: Haynie trial set for March

By Mary Hladky

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

Bruce Zimet, Haynie’s criminal defense attorney, and Assistant State Attorney Brian Fernandes requested the trial date at a…

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Boca Raton: City Council approves same rate, raising taxes 4.2%

By Mary Hladky

Boca Raton’s property tax rate will remain unchanged from last year.

City Council members unanimously approved a rate of $3.6787 per $1,000 of taxable property value on Sept. 23.

Although the rate stays the same, it amounts to a 4.2% increase in taxes because the city’s property values increased this year. Boca Raton’s taxable property value is now $25 billion, more than any other…

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Boca Raton: Hotel-condo developer offers to buy Ocean Strand for $67.5 million

Robert Comparato offers to eliminate the development rights for 2500 and 2600 North Ocean and to provide $51.5 million in cash in exchange for Ocean Strand, 15 undeveloped acres straddling State Road A1A. He says the money could fund…

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Boca Raton: Artificial turf fields open for play at Patch Reef

By Steve Plunkett

After a half-year of construction, Patch Reef Park has opened three artificial turf fields complete with state-of-the-art organic infill that promises not to give youngsters hot feet.

The GreenPlay infill, a mixture of coconut fiber and cork, “enhances overall player safety by providing lower field temperatures, less abrasiveness and increased foot stability,” turf manufacturer Sprinturf…

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Highland Beach: Financial panel to take close look at fire contract with Delray

By Rich Pollack

In what might seem like déjà vu, Highland Beach’s Financial Advisory Board has been tasked with reviewing the town’s 2016 contract with Delray Beach for fire and rescue services.

The Town Commission’s decision to review the contract to make sure it is reasonable and to examine possible alternatives came after Commissioner Peggy Gossett-Seidman expressed concerns that the agreement could saddle the…

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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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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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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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