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Boca's cultural ambassador turns 70: Art museum showcases growth, diversity during anniversary

‘Marty’s Cube’ by sculptor Tony Rosenthal is in the entrance courtyard of Boca Raton Museum of Art at Mizner Park.



By Gretel Sarmiento

Dressed up in two trendy exhibitions, Boca Raton Museum of Art kicked off its 70th birthday party last month with the…

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Boca Raton: A towering memorial to lover of ocean

Jacob Kosowsky, shown here just shy of his 18th birthday in 2015, was an outdoorsman who loved the ocean. He died in a car accident last…

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Boca Raton: District learns it can’t sell Ocean Strand — or any other parcel

A developer offered $67.5 million to buy Ocean Strand, which extends across A1A. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Steve Plunkett



The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District can’t sell the undeveloped Ocean Strand parcel, the district’s…

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Highland Beach: County to postpone Milani Park until 2025

By Rich Pollack

The sign proclaiming the large open space at the south end of Highland Beach to be the future location of Cam D. Milani Park is likely to remain there for at least another five years.

What will happen to the 5.6-acre property — and adjacent parcels to the north still owned by the Milani…

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Boca Raton: Chief to leave city force, take No. 2 spot with school police

By Mary Hladky

Police Chief Dan Alexander is retiring effective Dec. 1 from the department he has led for the past 13 years and will move into the newly created position of director of school police for the Palm Beach County school district.

Alexander effectively will become the second in command at the district police department,…

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Boca Raton: Floating wetlands area dropped from Wildflower plan for now

By Steve Plunkett



Downtown’s combined Wildflower-Silver Palm park won’t have a planned floating wetlands area under the Palmetto Park Road bridge when it opens in 2021.

Kona Gray, a principal of consultant EDSA Inc., which is designing the park, told City Council members Oct. 21 that his team missed an application deadline for needed seagrass permits.

“In order to keep our project moving forward, that could happen at a separate date,” Gray said. “It’s not…

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Highland Beach: Town asks state legislators to fund A1A improvements

By Rich Pollack

In what could be seen as a well-crafted end run around the state’s transportation agency, the town is going straight to the Florida Legislature in hopes of getting additional funding for projects along State Road A1A.

Highland Beach officials have enlisted the aid of state Rep. Mike Caruso, R-Delray Beach, who is working on two bills that would send close to $1 million to the town if approved.

House Bill 2185 would provide about $200,000 for…

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Boca Raton: Crocker Partners drops 2 of 3 Midtown lawsuits

By Mary Hladky

Crocker Partners has curtailed its contentious legal battle with the city, dropping two lawsuits that sought to compel city officials to allow it to redevelop Midtown.

But Crocker Partners continues to pursue litigation that seeks $137.6 million in damages the developer and landowner claims it has sustained because Boca Raton illegally prevented the redevelopment.

By dismissing the two lawsuits, Crocker Partners has signaled that it is giving up…

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Along the Coast: Can Tri-Rail, Virgin Trains coexist on FEC tracks?

By Mary Hladky

Tri-Rail has long hoped to offer commuter rail service on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks that run through downtowns along the coast.

Officials of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which operates Tri-Rail, know that stations along those tracks would be more convenient for many potential commuters eager to have an alternative to Interstate 95.

But as Tri-Rail has tried to make headway in offering service beyond its line…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on October 30, 2019 at 10:03am — 1 Comment

Highland Beach: Gun shop owner illegally alerted suspect in theft from widow, investigators say

By Rich Pollack

A Delray Beach gun shop owner whose text let a friend who is charged with bilking a Highland Beach widow out of close to $3 million know investigators were looking for related records was charged last month with criminal disclosure of a subpoena.

Texts in which 34-year-old Michael R. Caruso Jr. of Boynton Beach also recommended his friend David Del Rio contact a well-known Palm Beach County defense attorney led to Caruso’s being named as a witness…

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Highland Beach: Town scurries to debunk email blast on water quality

By Rich Pollack

For months, town residents who read an email from the Committee to Save Highland Beach had to wonder if tap water was safe to drink — or even bathe in.

Now, town officials, the state Department of Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are confirming that Highland Beach’s water not only meets safety standards but far exceeds them.

Reports filed with the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County show lead in the water…

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Along the Coast: Bomber’s crash saddens Highland Beach veteran who flew on one

During its January visit to Boca Raton, John Bury told children about his World War II missions on a similar B-17. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

Over nearly 15 years, John Bury had become very familiar with…

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Obituary: E. Donald Morando

By Sallie James

HIGHLAND BEACH — E. Donald Morando was a devoted father, a World War II veteran and a mechanical engineer whose life was a tribute to the enduring appeal of chocolate and cherries.

The Highland Beach resident and longtime owner of the Queen Anne Candy Co. died on Oct. 15 after a lengthy illness. He was 94.

His…

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Boca Raton: Beach & Park District, Koski sever their working relationship

By Steve Plunkett



Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District commissioners parted ways — at least temporarily — with Art Koski, their former longtime lawyer and executive director, but said they would negotiate a new contract to keep him on as a consultant.

“I don’t see how we can just not have someone to fall back on like Mr. Koski,” District Chair Susan Vogelgesang said.…

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Boca Raton: City sends district detailed plan on how to build golf course

By Steve Plunkett



The impasse between the city and the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District over the planned Boca National golf course showed few signs in October of abating.

Briann Harms, the district’s executive director, told commissioners at their Oct. 21 meeting that even though they abandoned a proposed 19.4% increase in property taxes Oct. 1 and adopted the previous year’s rate, “there is the potential still” to borrow money without city…

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Manalapan: Family-run John G's sold to Boca couple

 By Jan Norris

            A shocker for diners in South County: Wendy Yarbrough confirms she’s sold the family restaurant: John G’s.

            The deal took place over the weekend, and the new owners of the Manalapan eatery are already on site, eager to learn the breakfast-lunch business that has held a place in so many residents’ memories for so long.

            “Don’t make me cry,” Yarbrough said by phone. “It was…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on October 8, 2019 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: We can’t legally sell Ocean Strand, district learns

By Steve Plunkett

The undeveloped Ocean Strand parcel, 15 acres straddling State Road A1A from the Atlantic to the Intracoastal Waterway, cannot be sold, its owner has been told.

“The expressed intent under our special act is to acquire, operate and maintain beach and park property. Noticeably absent from our enumerated powers is the power to sell or to convey,” Jacob Horowitz, a lawyer for the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, told district…

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2019 Season Preview: Film

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2019 Season Preview: Books

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2019 Season Preview: Art

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