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Meet Your Neighbor: Janie Swanko Souaid

Janie Swanko Souaid is surrounded by Atlantic High seniors during a college football signing day event at the Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa in December. Souaid started a program that provided them with blazers for the occasion. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Lantana: Read for the Record

Mayor David Stewart presented a basket of children’s books to library director Kristine Kreidler in January after the town won first place in the Read for the Record event on Oct. 27 for municipalities under 20,000. Lantana has been part of the event for 12 years and been best in the county 10 times. Stewart…

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Delray Beach: City expands service area for free rides to downtown

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach residents who live in the Lake Ida district or north and south of Atlantic Avenue along the beach will be able to enjoy free rides to the downtown by March.

The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency approved the expanded service area by a unanimous vote on Jan. 28. Board member Adam Frankel was absent.

“I’m absolutely in support of this change,” said Mayor Shelly…

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Highland Beach: Condo leaders push to trim parking as a way to compromise on Milani Park

Parking for the county’s proposed Milani Park would be in the grassy area west of A1A (upper left). Photo provided

By Rich Pollack

For more than 30 years, Highland Beach and residents of the Boca Highland Beach Club and…

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Boca Raton: Singer, Korn to face off again in mayor’s race

By Steve Plunkett

Along with naming their preference for U.S. president next month, city voters will choose either incumbent Mayor Scott Singer or one of the men he defeated by a more than 20-to-1 margin just 17 months ago.

Qualifying for the March 17 ballot ended Jan. 10. Andrea O’Rourke and Andy Thomson will keep their seats on the Boca Raton City Council after no one filed to challenge them.…

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Boca Raton: Safety issues spur move to replace ‘free flow’ lane to Mizner Blvd.

The heavily traveled  ‘free flow’ lane at the southeast corner of Federal Highway and Southeast Mizner Boulevard will be replaced this summer with a squared-off right-turn lane. Pedestrian crosswalks at the intersection will be improved. Photo provided/Google…

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Boca Raton: Out with the new park names, in with the old

By Steve Plunkett

The names are in — 294 suggestions for what to call Boca Raton’s soon-to-be integrated Wildflower property and Silver Palm Park on the Intracoastal Waterway.

And the winner is: Wildflower Park and Silver Palm Park.

“I had a feeling that’s the way it would end up,” council member Andrea O’Rourke said. “I think the public has spoken.”

Mayor Scott Singer reviewed…

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Boca Raton: State touts Glades interchange redesign in I-95 project

The new interchange will eliminate left-hand turns in front of oncoming traffic, the key safety feature. Drivers on Glades Road will switch sides of the road as they cross I-95 and then switch back. Traffic signals will control the crossovers. Rendering provided…

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Boca Raton: Parking logjams during Trump visits strain airport past capacity



Dozens of private jets are parked at the north end of Boca Raton Airport on Jan. 18 during President Donald Trump’s visit. With Trump likely to visit for Super Bowl and Presidents Day weekends, the airport expects more overflow this month. Jerry Lower/The Coastal…

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Boca Raton: Park District votes to take back control of golf course project

By Mary Hladky

Seven weeks after Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District commissioners reluctantly gave in to City Council pressure to allow the city to build the Boca National golf course, they have decided to take back control.

Commissioners remained firm on this decision during a Jan. 27 joint meeting between the two bodies, saying they could build the course and pay for it without city help or a tax rate…

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Boca Raton: Speakers mostly support marijuana dispensaries

By Mary Hladky

After more than two years of debate, the City Council is poised to decide whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to open in Boca Raton.

A majority of those speaking on Jan. 28 at the first public hearing on a proposed ordinance, including two representatives of medical marijuana dispensary companies, urged the council to allow them.

Eric Sevell noted that 76 percent of Boca…

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Manalapan: Town to allow dividing of Ziff estate

A tunnel of trees surrounds State Road A1A as it winds through the Ziff estate in Manalapan. File photo/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

For close to three decades Manalapan and the Ziff family have worked together to preserve a largely pristine, 15.6-acre parcel that…

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Highland Beach: No election needed for two newcomers; vice mayor to finish term

By Rich Pollack

Highland Beach will get a new mayor and a new commissioner come March along with a returning vice mayor, after three candidates for commission seats ran unopposed.

In what appears to be a calm in Highland Beach elections not seen for several years, political newcomer Doug Hillman was unopposed in his bid for mayor, as was newcomer John Shoemaker, who will fill an open commission seat.

Vice Mayor Greg Babij, who was appointed to the position…

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Boca Raton: City will get $2.6 million for Irma cleanup

Boca Raton will receive $2.6 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to defray the costs of cleaning up after Hurricane Irma.

The money will reimburse the city for collection and disposal of debris, FEMA said in a Dec. 23 release.

The city collected more than 350,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris from roads and public and private property, FEMA said.

The money is from FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program, which helps communities recover from a federally declared…

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Highland Beach: Yamato Rock plan rouses memories of aquatic treasure

Joan Weir and her daughter, Louise Glover, stroll Highland Beach near Yamato Rock, a limestone outcropping slated to become part of Milani Park. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

Louise Glover remembers when she and her friends would gather on what is now…

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Boca Raton: Beach-goers encouraged to use city’s buckets to gather debris

By Mary Hladky

Many Boca Raton beach-goers make it a point to help keep the beaches clean by picking up trash and plastics on the sand and disposing of them.

But now the city has made it easier to do so. They no longer need to bring trash bags with them when visiting the beaches for a stroll or swim.

The new Community Coastal Clean Up program provides metal buckets next to signs explaining the program at Red Reef, Spanish River and South Beach…

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Boca Raton: District asks out of Mizner payments to city to free money for parks

By Mary Hladky

The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District wants to stop making payments to the city to pay off a Mizner Park bond debt, and instead wants to redirect the money to park improvement projects.

The district asked the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency to relieve it of its payment obligations in a Sept. 20 letter, but did not receive a response, district attorney Jacob Horowitz said at a Dec. 16 meeting.

While district commissioners voted…

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Highland Beach: Crosswalks likely to get brick color, white stripes to improve visibility

By Rich Pollack

In its efforts to improve visibility of crosswalks along State Road A1A, Highland Beach is going red.

Taking a page out of Delray Beach’s playbook, Highland Beach officials hope to repave the eight crosswalks within town limits with textured asphalt that would then be painted brick red.

If all goes well, the inside of the crosswalks will include white Thermoseal striping, with white Thermoseal borders on the north and south sides of the…

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Tabloid Tattle: Former National Enquirer staffers tell all in ‘Scandalous’

Generoso Pope Jr., the paper’s founder, holds a copy of a 1977 issue showing Elvis Presley in his casket. It’s an image from the film Scandalous: the Untold Story of the National Enquirer.

By Mary Thurwachter…

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Hope Bash Boca: Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton — Nov. 2

The seventh annual Place of Hope event recognized Kelly Fleming and NCCI Holdings as Jay DiPietro Hero of Hope honorees and benefited programs at the charity’s Leighan and David Rinker Campus. ‘Under the Palms’ was the theme, and live and silent auctions, music and dancing were featured. ABOVE: Jeannine and Leland Morris.…

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