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Health & Harmony: Telemedicine likely to last beyond pandemic, experts say

By Joyce Reingold

As COVID-19 began its aggressive spread and stay-at-home orders followed, cellphones went from being necessary, sometimes intrusive devices to becoming virtual lifelines. Friends and family members took to voice and video to pierce isolation and diminish anxiety — checking in, catching up and lifting spirits.

Doctors and mental health professionals quickly joined that virtual support network. Insurance providers like Florida Blue and Aetna…


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Easter sunrise: Delray Beach public beach — April 12

ABOVE: Delray Beach residents Jennifer Magi, Sue Magi and Jimmy Magi stop along A1A to watch the Easter sunrise. Easter Sunday usually draws hundreds of people on A1A just south of Atlantic Avenue for a nondenominational service, but not during the coronavirus pandemic. The Magi family has attended the Easter service for over…


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On the Water: Boating and fishing reopen, but with restrictions

This view of Lake Boca Raton on April 19 gives a small sense of the crowds that usually attend the annual Boca Bash on the state-controlled lake. BELOW: But a week later, FWC and Boca officers found no bash to police. Boaters heeded advice from an organizer and the city and stayed away. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal…


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Finding Faith: Virtual services prove valuable but not preferable

ABOVE: Recovered COVID-19 patient Alan Levy, right, with his wife, Lynne, and son Joshua Levy cheer from the balcony of their home in Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club during the Lag BaOmer parade on the May 12 holiday.

BELOW: Jeff Wasserman, front, and Jeff Bilfeld show support for Levy, a fellow Chabad of East…


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Stunning swordfish: Juno Beach — March 23

Jessika Harvey and Rush Rashidi show the 103-inch broadbill swordfish they boated March 23 after a 24-hour fight. They hooked the swordfish off Palm Beach County on the evening of March 22 and drifted north in the current. The fight ended off Vero Beach. Estimated weight: 400 pounds. Willie Howard/The Coastal…


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Delray Beach: Beaches in Delray to open with restrictions

Barricades block off metered parking on State Road A1A in Delray Beach, reinforcing the countywide public beach closure. Beaches are scheduled to reopen on May 18 with metered parking along A1A. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

Delray Beach will reopen its municipal beach and Atlantic Dunes…


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Delray Beach: City lifts mandate on facial coverings but urges face mask use

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach officials clarified their position on wearing face masks at a special City Commission meeting on May 9.

City Manager George Gretsas had sent information the previous day saying Delray Beach was lifting both its curfew and its mandate on wearing facial coverings to fight the spread of coronavirus. The memo seemed to indicate it was OK not to wear a face mask.

On May 9, he said although the mandate was rescinded as a result of…


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Delray Beach: City lifts curfew and mask requirement

Delray Beach Coronavirus Update: May 8, 2020

In keeping with the order issued…

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Delray Beach: Reclaimed water program mismanaged; new director hired

City contractors check the reclaimed water connection at the corner of A1A and Rhodes Villa Avenue on March 2. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 6, 2020 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Notice to our readers


Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 30, 2020 at 9:33am — 2 Comments

Along the Coast: County opens recreational areas — with restrictions

COVID-19 Press Briefing Summary #12, April 27, 2020



Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 28, 2020 at 7:44am — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: Mayor urges 4-county approach to business reopening, asks boaters not to attend Boca Bash

By Mary Hladky

While protests against stay-at-home COVID-19 restrictions have taken place across the country and in Palm Beach County, Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer is urging a coordinated approach by four South Florida counties to determine when beaches, parks and businesses can begin opening up.

Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County leaders have been working together to decide how and when to loosen restrictions on people and…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 21, 2020 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Along the Coast: State IDs nursing homes, other facilities with COVID-19

By Charles Elmore 
Florida officials have identified COVID-19 cases among residents or staff at 37 long-term care facilities in Palm Beach County, with more than half of the sites located in or near Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Lantana.
One person exposed to the coronavirus has recovered at Abbey Delray Health Center, that facility reported, but the list released by the Florida Department of Health on April 18 apparently does not…

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Along the Coast: Use caution and courtesy when walking along A1A

Walkers along State Road A1A keep 6 feet away in front of Highland Beach Town Hall on April 10. Law enforcement advises against stepping into the roadway to provide appropriate social distancing. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack



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Ocean Ridge: Town confirms two COVID-19 cases, asks residents to wear face coverings

The Town of Ocean Ridge Officials have been made aware of two confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the south section of town.  We are unable to share exact locations or specifics due to health privacy laws. 

As such, we are urging all persons who are walking, biking, or exercising and away from their primary residence to immediately begin…


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Delray, Boynton join Boca with over 100 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Delray Beach and Boynton Beach both have joined Boca Raton in the growing club of municipalities with 100 or more reported cases of coronavirus.
Boynton had 117 cases by afternoon April 2 and Delray had 100. Boca posted 135 cases.
The three cities' combined total was nearly half of Palm Beach County's 737 cases.
West Palm Beach was the only other city in the county to pass the three-digit threshold, with 109 cases.

— Steve Plunkett

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Boca Raton: Municipal services worker saves woman in canal

By Mary Hladky

Shawn Turner was driving on Military Trail near Camino Real on Feb. 23 when he saw a white Kia Soul partly submerged in a canal.

The city municipal services employee didn’t hesitate, stripping off his sweatpants and jumping into the water.

Turner quickly saw that Molly Pedrone, 34, was incapacitated behind the wheel. He pushed down the window, squeezed into the car and released her…


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Ocean Ridge: Developer claims ownership of Ocean Ridge canal

By Dan Moffett

Developer William Swaim has opened a new front in his quest to conquer the submerged lands of Ocean Ridge.

After battling in court for six years with the town and Wellington Arms condo owners over property rights in the lagoon behind Town Hall, Swaim is focusing on the Sabal Island neighborhoods farther north now.

In January, some two dozen homeowners on North Ocean Boulevard, Sabal…


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Delray Beach: Newcomer ousts one incumbent as another retains commission seat

By Jane Smith

Newcomer Juli Casale edged incumbent Bill Bathurst in the Delray Beach City Commission elections for Seat 2.

Casale, who ran a grass-roots campaign that raised $34,963, won by 106 votes on March 17.

In comparison,…


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Along the Coast: Design for Glades interchange alarms Boca Raton staff, council

The city of Boca Raton is raising concerns about the safety of the proposed ‘diverging diamond interchange’ at Glades Road and Interstate 95. Rendering provided

By Steve…


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