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Boca Raton: New judge to set suspended mayor's trial date

By Mary Hladky

Attorneys are still aiming for suspended Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie to go to trial in October on public corruption charges, but no date was set at an April 15 court hearing.

Palm Beach Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen will be taking over the case from Judge Glenn Kelley, and both Assistant State Attorney Brian Fernandes and Haynie’s criminal defense attorney Bruce Zimet asked to allow Gillen to set the trial…

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Letter to the Editor: Church festival wrong place for alcohol sales

As a business owner on George Bush Boulevard in Delray Beach, I would like to share my concerns about St. Vincent’s Church festival that takes place each spring.

To the best of my knowledge this event is a family outing. I don’t feel that the serving of alcoholic beverages (not just beer) is appropriate at an event such as this.

I’m sure you are aware of all the drug and alcoholic treatment centers here in Delray. This event made it very easy…

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Letter to the Editor: Voters made choices for towns’ futures

During the March municipal elections, our coastal residents’ voices were heard, not only in candidate selection, but on significant issues that affected their town. Sometimes, we need to allow our residents to directly express their opinions on specific impactful issues and not just rely on commissions that are narrowly split over divisive issues.

Both Ocean Ridge and Highland Beach had referendums on their ballots allowing the residents to have that voice, and…

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Pups on the Plaza Plaza del Mar, Manalapan — March 9

About 100 dog fans attended a fundraising event that included vendors, animal rescue organizations, a live DJ and an auction with prizes valued at more than $3,000. Costumed dogs competed in multiple categories on the red-carpet runway. Pups on the Plaza was conceived and coordinated by Sally Ott and Stacy Beck of…

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Gulf Stream: Town officials negotiate lower rise in trash bills

By Steve Plunkett

Savvy negotiating by town officials will save each Gulf Stream household about $60 on trash pickup this year.

Waste Management, which has collected the town’s garbage since 1993, first demanded $38 a month, up 25 percent, to extend the contract five years. Town Manager Greg Dunham and Staff Attorney Trey Nazzaro talked the company down to $33 a month, about a 6 percent increase.…

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Delray Beach: Consultant told to stop work on fire assessment fee

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach property owners will not have to pay a separate fire assessment fee in the next financial year.

City commissioners on March 12 unanimously approved stopping the consultant from doing any more work on the fee.

The item appeared on the consent agenda, meaning it was not discussed.

The amount assessed depended on the type of property held.…

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Manalapan: Manager gets OK to pursue purchase of possible police station

By Dan Moffett

Manalapan commissioners are more than a little interested in moving the town’s Police Department into the vacant bank building in the northeast corner of Plaza del Mar.

Commissioners are so interested, in fact, that they unanimously approved authorizing Town Manager Linda Stumpf to negotiate a deal to buy the property, which was formerly occupied by BB&T and is now listed for $1.6 million.…

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Ocean Ridge: Cyclist pedaling across country to raise money for injured troops

Ray Charley says his wife, Kate, a former triathlete, trained with him and supports him. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Ocean Ridge: Coz, Hurlburt win commission seats

By Dan Moffett

Ocean Ridge voters elected Steve Coz to another term on the Town Commission during the March 12 municipal election, and they chose Susan Hurlburt over John Lipscomb to fill an open seat with a partial one-year term.

Coz, who was appointed mayor late last year, won 320…

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Highland Beach: Town regroups after referendum defeat, vice mayor’s resignation

On the day of the vote, dozens of residents who opposed the measures displayed their feelings with the word NO on their shirts.  Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack…

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Boca Raton: 4Ocean renewed as city’s canal-cleaning contractor

By Steve Plunkett

A waterway cleanup company that started out by selling recycled glass and plastic bracelets on the internet has extended its canal-cleaning gig in Boca Raton by up to three years.

4Ocean LLC, founded by Florida Atlantic University graduates Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze, will be paid an estimated $180,000 a year to collect and dispose of debris from the city’s canals. The contract calls for three…

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Boca Raton: Zucaro resumes BocaWatch, says he’s not competing with new blog

By Mary Hladky

After a six-month hiatus, BocaWatch is back.

Al Zucaro, the blog’s creator who is returning to his role as publisher, resumed online publication in March.

But many of his contributors, with the exception of managing editor Jason Pelish, have jumped…

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Boca Raton: City keeps anti-plastics campaign voluntary

By Mary Hladky

Boca Raton will not join the parade of cities that are banning plastic straws.

Despite pleas for a ban from environmentalists and a group of city schoolchildren, Boca Raton City Council members decided March 25 to instead improve public awareness about how plastic straws harm the environment and marine life and to encourage residents and businesses to voluntarily stop using them.…

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Boca Raton: Sustainability office hears residents’ ideas as it starts work to make Boca greener

By Mary Hladky

Boca Raton residents offered their ideas on ways to improve environmental safeguards and sustainability at a March 27 session that sought their input.

Their views will be incorporated into a city sustainability action plan, the first major initiative of the new Office of Sustainability launched in May with the hiring of Lindsey Nieratka as manager.

The plan will be updated every…

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Boca Raton: Environmental board will review second beachfront proposal

By Steve Plunkett

Hot on the heels of its January recommendation not to grant permission to build a duplex on the beach, the city’s Environmental Advisory Board this month will consider an application to build an equally controversial mini-mansion two lots south.…

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Boca Raton: New hotel proposed in Royal Palm Place

Company discards plan to build two mixed-use projects in downtown plaza…

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Boca Raton: Artists chosen, dates set for tunnel mural work

By Steve Plunkett

Four artists who decorated walls at Red Reef Park last fall have won return engagements to create more murals on the entrances to Spanish River Park’s tunnels under State Road A1A.

They will be joined by two artists, both from Boca Raton, who were unneeded alternates for the Red Reef project — Agata Ren and Gregory Dirr.…

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Boca Raton: New Crocker suit alleges Sunshine Law violation

By Mary Hladky

A third lawsuit filed by developer and landowner Crocker Partners claims the city made misleading statements in public documents and violated the state’s Sunshine Law to prevent residential development in Midtown.

Emails and documents Crocker Partners obtained during the discovery process for two previous lawsuits it filed against the city show that city officials, including two or more unidentified…

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Highland Beach: Residents get more time to speak their minds

By Rich Pollack

Five-minute public comment is back in Highland Beach.

Since the summer, residents coming to the podium to express concerns and opinions at the beginning of Highland Beach Town Commission meetings and then again toward the end of the meeting have been limited to speaking in three-minute segments.

That’s because commissioners in July rolled back public comment in response to some…

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Boca Raton: Beach and Park panel hedges on rumored hotel towers

By Steve Plunkett

An online blog report of a proposal to build a Ritz-Carlton hotel on the Ocean Strand park property caused ripples of concern among neighbors of the undeveloped barrier-island parcel.

Joe Pedalino, a vocal activist against a 2009 idea to build a members-only beach club at Ocean Strand, returned to the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District’s meeting room March 18 seeking assurances that the…

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