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Paws Up for Pets: Surge in adoptions helps old or injured animals find homes

Carl Case, of Boca Raton, adopted Cici, a three-legged corgi mix, from Tri-County Animal Rescue. Photo provided

By Arden Moore

There is a silver lining to this coronavirus that has limited us for months. Cici, Cooper and Daisy know firsthand.

All three — two…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 30, 2020 at 2:00pm — No Comments

On the Water: Summer Sargassum mats lead South Florida anglers to mahi mahi

ABOVE: Doug O’Neal and Chris Deen hold a 30-pound bull dolphinfish, or mahi mahi, that Deen caught using a live goggle-eye near a large sargassum mat off Palm Beach in July 2019. Mahi mahi fishing tends to be good during July and August in the waters off Palm Beach County.…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 30, 2020 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: PBC beaches to close over July 4 weekend

By Charles Elmore 

 An emergency order puts beaches out of bounds for the Fourth of July weekend across Palm Beach County.

  The county's order to close beaches temporarily joins similar decrees in Miami-Dade and Broward counties aimed at avoiding large gatherings during the three-day weekend to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  Palm Beach County mayor Dave Kerner told media outlets it would be "highly irresponsible" to keep beaches open and said the…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 30, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

Delray Beach: In 3-2 vote commission moves to terminate contract with city manager

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach City Manager George Gretsas received notice of the intent to fire him on June 24 by a 3-2 vote of the city commission. He is suspended with pay.

Commissioners were asked to vote without seeing the outside counsel’s report on allegations levied against Gretsas.

They relied on City Attorney Lynn Gelin, who hired the outside firm. Gelin said Gretsas violated city policy.

“I can’t go forward with that motion without knowing…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 24, 2020 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Lantana: No fireworks in Lantana this year after all

By Mary Thurwachter

Lantana reversed course during the June 22 Town Council meeting, postponing its Fourth of July fireworks show. Until then, the town had planned to have the pyrotechnics display from a barge in the Intracoastal Waterway next to Bicentennial Park but without the traditional celebration in the park.

With the coronavirus pandemic lurking, one by one towns and cities up and down the coastline have been putting the kibosh on fireworks.



Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 23, 2020 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Boynton Beach: Mural alterations lead to dismissal of public art manager, departure of fire chief

Photographs of firefighters were used as the base for a mural named 'Community Heartbeat' by Boca Raton artist Lynn Doyal. In the mural sample above it can be seen how the face of Deputy Fire Chief Latosha Clemons was obscured. In a different panel (below), images of both Clemons and former Fire Chief Glenn…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 6, 2020 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Along the Coast: County takes 'modest' steps toward allowing more business openings

By Mary Hladky

Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner on Friday asked Gov. Ron DeSantis to allow more business openings in the county.

Kerner, who announced he had sent a letter to DeSantis during a Friday news conference, said bars located within restaurants should be opened with a 50 percent capacity limit. Stand-alone bars, however, would remain closed.

In addition, massage, tattoo and tanning businesses should open, he said.

Kerner also opened…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 5, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments

City by City COVID-19 Cases


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Delray Beach: Because of rain, the beach reopens without restrictions

By Jane Smith

 The Delray Beach city manager lifted most restrictions on the municipal beach on May 24.

The beach restrooms will remain closed.

“The meteorologists are expecting rain for the next few days. The rain should take care of everyone’s concerns about overcrowding at the beach,” City Manager George Gretsas, wrote in an email sent about 1 p.m. to city commissioners and the mayor.

“And since Broward County will be opening their beaches on…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 24, 2020 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Beaches open! A cautious step toward normal

Morgan Didio, a student at Lynn University, walks with her friend Emma Fleurian, a student at FAU, along the beach at South Beach Park in Boca Raton the morning of May 18, the day Palm Beach County reopened the beaches. They were closed for weeks because of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 20, 2020 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Behind masks: Service club stitchers unite to shield workers

Nurses at Delray Medical Center model the masks provided by Briny Breezes seamstresses. Photo provided

By Ron Hayes

Their mission began in March, when dozens of women took up battle positions at sewing machines along our coast.

Day after day, week after…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 20, 2020 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Coastal Stars: Delray men hatch plan to help restaurants survive pandemic

Iain Paterson and John Brewer also volunteer at Trinity Lutheran Church in Delray Beach, passing out produce to people in need during the pandemic. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

Two Delray Beach dads, concerned about how restaurants could survive a…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 20, 2020 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Editor's Note: Gratitude in the time of COVID-19

It’s been an odd couple of months, right?

There were no beach walks, pedicures or hanging with friends. The neighborhood kids studied at home, and new graduates tossed their tassels only via video streams. Easter and Passover rituals were shared using Zoom.

And yet, I’m grateful. Grateful to live in a place where people help their neighbors. Where clever, caring people find solutions to difficult problems during a deadly pandemic. Where health care workers and first responders go…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 20, 2020 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Rules for the beach

As of May 18, all public, municipal and private beaches, including all beach parks, are authorized to reopen from sunrise to sunset. Beach-goers shall follow CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people and distancing themselves from other parties by 6 feet. Beach concessions (including but not limited to chair, umbrella and cabana services) may operate following CDC guidelines related to social distancing and…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 20, 2020 at 12:16pm — No Comments

COVID-19 Testing Site Coming to FAU

In cooperation with American Medical Response (AMR), the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach County is opening a new community based testing site in Boca Raton. The drive through testing site will be located at the FAU Tech Runway on the north end of the FAU campus. The…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 20, 2020 at 11:45am — No Comments

Hallowed ground

The 335-acre South Florida National Cemetery has impeccably maintained burial grounds nestled within pine flatwoods and surrounded by cypress domes that enable it to exude a sense of calm.

Our garden columnist…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 20, 2020 at 10:43am — No Comments

Philanthropy Notes: Keynote speaker shares abuse experience at luncheon

By Amy Woods

More than 400 members of the community gathered in late February for the Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service of Palm Beach County’s No Excuse for Abuse Luncheon, where they enjoyed boutique shopping from local vendors.

Keynote speaker was Linor Abargil, a lawyer and former Miss Israel and Miss World who is a survivor of sexual violence and now…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 20, 2020 at 10:32am — No Comments

Love of Literacy Luncheon: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach — March 12

Proceeds totaled nearly $200,000 from the 29th annual Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County fundraiser. The money will go toward child, adult and family literacy programs. Jean Kwok, a best-selling author who wrote ‘Searching for Sylvie Lee,’ was the headliner. ‘We could not have asked for a more inspiring speaker,’ said…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 20, 2020 at 10:26am — No Comments

Corporate Partners Business Speaker Series: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach — Feb. 13

George Elmore took the spotlight at the second installment of the Kravis Center’s speaker series, moderated by Kravis board Chairman Jeffrey Stoops. Elmore, founder and president of paving contractor Hardrives, talked about his successes and career milestones. He also praised the Kravis Center and its impact on the area. ‘It…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 20, 2020 at 10:24am — No Comments

Anniversary Gala: The Breakers, Palm Beach — March 8

Il Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society, rang in its 44th annual affair with a theme of Celebrazione delle Donne. The sold-out dinner dance featured music from Gino DeMarco’s band, concert pianists Sergio and Barbara Salani, tenor Carlos De Antonis and Italian pop singer Alessandro Coli. The party began with a Tuscan cocktail…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 20, 2020 at 10:22am — No Comments

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