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Frankie returns to namesake restaurant

Anthony Calicchio, owner of Cafe Frankie's, and the Boynton Beach restaurant's namesake parrot were re-united July 10 after a five-day ordeal. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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Our new neighbors: Refugees from high-tax states

The numbers are in: Crime |…

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‘Slow, steady’ growth: Appraiser calls trend healthy, likely to continue

The numbers are in: Census |…

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‘Technology is deterrent’: Security devices help drive down burglaries

The numbers are in: Census |…

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Lantana: Nature Preserve trail to be asphalt unless council changes mind

By Mary Thurwachter

After more than a year of debate on what material to use for the trail at the Lantana Nature Preserve, the Town Council finally decided, on June 10, to choose asphalt, the most affordable option. But at the town’s next gathering, on June 24, the council agreed to revisit the issue after several fans of the 61/2-acre preserve at 440 E. Ocean Ave. protested the use of asphalt.

Hurricane Irma…

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Lantana: Higher costs for insurance and personnel will consume town’s revenue increases

By Mary Thurwachter

The Lantana Town Council got its first look on June 24 at its budget for next year and learned that while property values have returned to pre-recession values, any increases in revenue will be eaten up by insurance increases and personnel costs.

Property values increased by $88.7 million to $1.126 billion since the start of this fiscal year Oct. 1, town Finance Director Stephen Kaplan said. Ad…

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Lantana: Ravish, a new Ocean Avenue restaurant, wins approval for shared parking

By Mary Thurwachter

Ravish, a new open-air restaurant at 210 E. Ocean Ave. in Lantana, on June 24 received the approvals it needs to open.

The 4,224-square-foot building, which has housed several restaurants over the years, needed a special exception from the Town Council because it’s larger than the 2,500 square feet allowed by ordinance. The restaurant, operated by manager Arlene Klein and chef Lisa Mercado, also…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Elizabeth McDonough

Elizabeth McDonough, a mental health counselor and triathlete, lives on Hypoluxo Island with her husband, J.J., and their sons, Kane, 8, and Van, 4.  Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

As if having a…

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Delray Beach: Commission looks into effects of busy nightlife on Atlantic

Patrons wait outside Tin Roof around midnight on a Saturday in June. Tin Roof is among nightspots that have paid fees to the city because the fire marshal monitored occupancy levels, but it is pressing for change.  Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Boca Raton: Parks district talks tax increase to pay for new golf course

By Steve Plunkett

The City Council’s reluctance to pledge any of the $65 million it will get from selling the municipal golf course toward building its replacement has the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District talking about a tax increase.

The district asked council members June 10 to contribute $20 million toward building the planned Boca National golf course. That amount is all of the expected construction…

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Highland Beach: Pedestrians have new tool to catch A1A drivers’ eye

By Rich Pollack

In its never-ending battle to make crosswalks safer, Highland Beach is finally waving the flag.

But it’s not a white flag of surrender, it’s an orange one — actually many orange ones.

Beginning later this month, residents and visitors wanting to cross State Road A1A at the town’s south end can activate a flashing yellow light and then improve their visibility to motorists by waving…

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Boca Raton: Survey to gauge what extra features park users want

By Mary Hladky

Boca Raton residents are passionate about parks and recreation and now are getting a chance to speak out on how the city can improve what it offers them.

To start assessing how best to meet the parks and recreation desires of residents, the city’s Recreation Services Department and the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District are splitting the nearly $100,000 cost of hiring PROS Consulting to…

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Highland Beach: Town considers rules for short-term vacation rentals

By Rich Pollack

With state legislation prohibiting local governments from outlawing vacation rentals, Highland Beach town commissioners are instead following the lead of other communities and focusing efforts on regulating the facilities.

The move comes on the heels of efforts this spring by Florida legislators to further limit what restrictions municipalities can place on the short-term rentals.…

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Boca Raton: Camino Real bridge closed most of July

The Camino Real bridge, scheduled most recently to reopen June 20, is still closed to vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians while construction teams finish a functional inspection of the $8.9 million project.

Sandra Ospina, the project engineer for Palm Beach County, said on July 1 that no date was scheduled yet for when work would end.

“We do not have a definitive date as of today,” Ospina said. “We are hopeful that the opening will happen towards…

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Boca Raton: City decides not to privatize garbage pickup

By Mary Hladky

City Council members have rejected outsourcing residential garbage collection and recycling services.

City staff explored the option of contracting with Waste Pro because Boca Raton faces rising costs to provide the services, including the need to buy more garbage trucks and to build a larger garage to house them.

Another issue is that the city pays its sanitation workers less than…

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Least terns make comeback on beach: Boca Raton — June 30

  The least tern, a migratory bird threatened with a loss of natural beach habitat, appears to be making a comeback in Boca Raton.

    This year, for the first time in many…

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Boca Raton: Boca Raton Resort & Club’s final sales price nearly $900 million

Billionaire Michael S. Dell acquired the Boca Raton Resort & Club, which will continue to be managed by Hilton under the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand. Photo provided

By Mary Hladky

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Boca Raton: Cost prompts council to request new plan for government campus

Boca Raton’s proposed government campus carried a $200 million price tag. Rendering provided

By Mary Hladky

Plans for a new downtown government campus will be scaled back…

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Highland Beach: Owner of vacant land at odds with town over tree removal

Plan to build homes would include preserving 9 acres in Ocean Ridge as mitigation exchange

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South Palm Beach: South Palm approves merger deal with sheriff

By Dan Moffett 

 After running its own police department for more than a half-century, the Town of South Palm Beach has decided to join forces with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

 The Town Council voted 4-1 on June 18 to approve a draft contract for services with the sheriff that would begin on Oct. 1 and run for 10 years. Councilwoman Stella Gaddy Jordan voted against the merger agreement, saying she wanted to see the final version of the contract…

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