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…
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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.…
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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.
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…Continue
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…
By Jane Smith
Two Delray Beach dads, concerned about how restaurants could survive a…Continue
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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…
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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