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Local authorities gain control of private roads: Briny Breezes

Local authorities in the town of Briny Breezes can now issue traffic citations on private streets. With the unanimous passing of a resolution at March’s Town Council meeting, the town acknowledges that it will accept and exercise traffic control jurisdiction over private streets within the town. Mayor Roger Bennett explains that there was a never need for this type of resolution before, because there wasn’t much of a problem with traffic issues on private roads. However, it is now imperative,… Continue

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Meet Your Neighbors: Renny Reynolds & Jack Staub - Manalapan

Renny Reynolds and Jack Staubs. What aren’t those two into?



The part-time Manalapan residents also own Horatulus Farm Nursery in Wrightstown, Pa., a 100-acre 18th-century farmstead with 30 acres of formal gardens hosting up to 75 garden and touring groups a year. Yes, they are busy. They come to Florida to relax, or so they say …

Just to give some background …



Landscape architect Renny Reynolds, founder of Renny & Reed,… Continue

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Green awareness seeping into boat sector: Intracoastal Waterway

By Mike Readling



It only takes a short trip along the Intracoastal to see the beauty and elegance of some of the docks and decks that line the waterway. Colorful woods in various designs, small piers jutting out from the sea walls and boats of numerous sizes and classes catch your eye at every turn. It is one of the things that make the Intracoastal such a peaceful, meandering ride during any summer sunset.



What you don’t see during your dusk float is the destruction many… Continue

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Sandoway golf tournament has 1930s origins: Delray Beach

By Cynthia Thuma



DELRAY BEACH — When the Sandoway East Handicap golf tournament was first announced in December 1934, its creators hoped the match-play event would blossom into one of the nation’s most prestigious amateur events.



The first year’s event took place in early March 1935, and its results tended to confirm the rosy outlook for the event. Michiganders, like the city’s pioneer settlers, figured prominently in the results. William McWane, from Birmingham, shot 75… Continue

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Obituary — Margaret Rockefeller: Delray Beach

MARGARET ROCKEFELLER



By Ron Hayes

DELRAY BEACH — When she lived on Vista Del Mar, Margaret Rockefeller’s home was affectionately known to friends as “Chez Margo.”

The nickname was a testament to a woman whose life balanced irrepressible wit with a serious devotion to both animals and art.

“She was just always full of surprises,” recalled Marilyn Brown, a friend of nearly 10 years. “She was interesting, and funny, and you… Continue

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Summer Camp Sampler

NOTE: With so many Summer Camps offered in our area, we selected those located between the Boca Raton Inlet and the Port of Palm Beach. We kept our listing east of I-95. Not all Summer Camp schedules have been set. Please check back next month for additional information as it becomes available. If your organization offers a camp not listed, please send your information to thecoastalstarcalendar@gmail.com.…

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Abrams joins commission with ideas in hand: Palm Beach County



By Florence Kizza



“It should be an interesting next few years,” says Steven Abrams, fresh out of his swearing-in ceremony as Palm Beach County District 4 commissioner at the end of March.



Abrams, the former mayor of Boca Raton, replaced Commissioner Mary McCarty, who resigned in January amidst a federal probe.



Abrams brings with him familiarity with the movers and shakers in the district.



“I… Continue

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Absent an upset, Delray moves on with mostly familiar faces

By C.B. Hanif



Adam Frankel, Delray Beach’s new Seat 4 commissioner, noted that in the March 10 municipal election he won the only race in which there was no incumbent. Voters also returned Commissioner Gary Eliopoulos to Seat 1 and elected Woodie McDuffie mayor.



“It seems to me the public felt comfortable with what they’ve done and wanted to give them two more years,” Frankel said.



As for the insider-outsider undercurrent that had hinted at upset possibilities,… Continue

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Boynton Library cafe on the horizon

BOYNTON BEACH — Latte at the library?

It could happen this summer at the long-awaited café at the Boynton Beach City Library.



The 800-square-foot café moved one step closer to reality on March 17 after city commissioners approved a contract with Ellie’s Catering to operate the eatery.



The catering firm, part of the venerable Ellie’s ’50s Diner, will sell coffee, salads, wraps, baked goods and other beverages, said library director Craig Clark.



“They are… Continue

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Senate bill stirs new chatter of building up Briny

By Thomas R. Collins



A bill in Tallahassee is causing buzz again about a topic that can make even the most laid-back seaside residents here grow tense: Briny Breezes development.



The consideration of the bill by state lawmakers has conjured the not-too-distant memories of two years ago, when a developer’s bid to buy the 43-acre mobile-home town — and make the 1,000 residents millionaires — spawned dreams of new lives, criticism from neighbors and eventually lost hopes when… Continue

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Epicurean Market closes: Manalapan

Just shy of its sixth-month anniversary in Plaza de Mer, Epicurean Gourmet Market has closed.

A phone message to customers lays out numerous problems the store’s owner, Jacob Schlesinger, had with the plaza lease corporation. Air conditioning, flooding, leaks and parking issues were cited as reasons the store could no longer continue to operate in the plaza at S.R. A1A and Ocean Avenue in Manalapan.

Schlesinger has filed suit against the plaza owners to recoup money he says the store… Continue

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Boynton budget woes vex city officials

BOYNTON BEACH — The city faces a budget shortfall of $10.5 million to $16 million, and there’s no easy fix, city commissioners were warned at their March 17 meeting.



“That's a reduction of 15 to 22 percent," said Barry Atwood, the city’s finance director. “I fear it’s going to be toward that higher amount, if not higher, and that’s too much money to come from one area.”



Instead, the city needs to find ways to increase its revenue while reducing expenses, he told… Continue

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A subdued McCarty pleads guilty



By Thomas R. Collins



WEST PALM BEACH — Mary McCarty, who for 18 years represented the southern coastal area on the Palm Beach County Commission dais, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit honest services fraud.



With sentencing set for June 4, the former commissioner is facing a federal prison term that could last five years.



The once-verbose politician said very little, wearing a more muted outfit than her… Continue

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Delray Beach weighs changes to historic district

The Delray Beach City Commission moved closer in March to changing the name of the Nassau Street Historic District, adding properties to the district and expanding its period of significance.



A resurvey report before the commission recommended correcting the name to the Nassau Park Historic District and expanding its historic period of significance to 1935-1964 from the previous 1935-1943. Five properties would be added to the district, which includes lots on Nassau Street between… Continue

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Investigation finds little amiss, advises new procedure: Delray Beach

An independent investigation has concluded that Delray Beach did not substantively violate laws or city policies while it worked with bond issue underwriting companies that employed Kevin McCarty, husband of former County Commissioner Mary McCarty.



Law firm Brown, Garganese, Weiss & D’Agresta, P.A. was hired to conduct the probe after the McCartys were charged with violating honest-services law, said the report submitted March 23 by attorney Usher L. Brown.



The city… Continue

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Atlantic Plaza II garners site board approval: Delray Beach

By Florence Kizza



DELRAY BEACH — Atlantic Plaza II was the main topic of discussion at the Delray Beach Site Plan Review and Appearance Board’s March 11 meeting.



The mixed-use complex, planned for nine acres at Atlantic Avenue and Federal Highway, includes retail, office space and living units. But the six-building project has generated controversy.



While most of the 40 or so Delray residents at the meeting seemed to be on board with the project, not… Continue

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Rabbi at forefront of faith, ethnic dialogue

By C.B. Hanif



South Florida’s winter weather draws many northerners, but Rabbi Marc Schneier of New York has an even better reason to visit: His mother, Donna Schneier Goldberg, and her husband, Leonard, live in Manalapan.



On a recent sunny Sunday afternoon, their waterfront home hosted the Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service’s inaugural Chai Society meeting for its major donors. So what better guest speaker for thanking supporters of the nationally accredited… Continue

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St. Vincent's tuition increase not tied to scandal: Delray Beach

By Cynthia Thuma



The criminal cases against former St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church priests Francis Guinan, 66, and John Skehan, 82, are now completed and the Diocese of Palm Beach has begun trying to separate fact from rumor in issues related and unrelated to the criminal cases.



The diocese stripped the two of their priestly powers and both were sentenced to prison — 14 months for Skehan and four years for Guinan after they were found guilty of skimming hundreds of… Continue

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Former St. Vincent's priests receive prison terms: Delray Beach

By Tim O’Meilia



The titillating tale of two revered Roman Catholic pastors who skimmed hundreds of thousands of dollars from Sunday collection plates at a Delray Beach church and spent it on gambling trips, vacations in the Bahamas and airline tickets for female companions will end in prison for both men.



Already stripped of their Roman collars and their priestly powers, the two stood before separate judges last week — one already in jailhouse garb and the other in gray… Continue

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Cities and towns act on green initiatives: Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Lantana, Briny Breezes, Gulf Stream, Ocean Ridge, Manalapan

By Margie Plunkett



As Earth Day 2009 draws near, municipalities in this 10-mile stretch of beach are measuring carbon emissions, landscaping with eco-efficient plants, replacing gas guzzlers with plug-ins and exploring solar and wind power sources.



Coastal cities are taking a range of approaches to environmental initiatives, from performing basic recycling to establishing green alliances and promoting them on YouTube.com.



Not surprisingly, the bigger… Continue

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