By Steve Plunkett
Following what he called an “extraordinary” visit to the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, the city’s deputy mayor wants district commissioners to replace their interim executive director with someone full time.
“Understandably, the incumbent has other issues he must balance with the demands of the district,” Deputy Mayor Robert Weinroth said in an email to the district’s chairman.
Arthur Koski, the interim director, is also…
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By Sallie James
Property values in Boca Raton have jumped to an estimated market value of $26 billion for 2015, ranking first out of 38 municipalities countywide, according to Palm Beach County Chief Deputy Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks.
That’s an increase from $23.5 billion for 2014.
Jacks made the remarks during a March 22 presentation to the City Council.
“It’s got the highest market value of any city in the county, with the…
By Sallie James
The city has asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit that claims Boca Raton officials improperly created a special zoning classification to allow construction of a synagogue on the barrier island.
The court action is the latest development in an ongoing controversy surrounding plans by Chabad of East Boca to build an 18,000-square-foot synagogue and Israel museum at 770 E. Palmetto Park Road. In May 2015, the city voted to allow Chabad…
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By Rich Pollack
A war of words that started after Delray Beach commissioners rejected a proposed fire-service agreement with Highland Beach appears to be at a ceasefire, with both sides deciding to come to the table to try to hammer out a workable contract.
In March, Delray Beach City Manager Don Cooper, Fire Chief Danielle Connor and Finance Director Jack Warner met with representatives from Highland Beach to discuss an agreement in which the larger city would…
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By Mary Hladky
A long-awaited report on whether downtown building projects are in compliance with the city’s open-space requirements is now scheduled to be delivered at the April 11 Community Redevelopment Agency meeting.
City Manager Leif Ahnell launched an examination of 74 downtown projects approved since 1988 after the discovery late last year of a 2003 memo used to guide planning staff on what developers can and cannot count as open space in their…
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This year, events will be held at six private homes, the Boca Raton Resort & Club and Mizner Park Amphitheater.
ABOVE: Previous years’ events were held at the Boca Raton Airport. BELOW: As usual, fine wines, including sangria, will be in abundant supply. Photos provided…
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By Steve Plunkett
The intersection of East Palmetto Park Road and Fifth Avenue may get one, two or three changes to improve traffic flow.
Eric Czerniejewski, a project manager for consultant Calvin, Giordano and Associates, suggests restoring a left-turn lane for eastbound vehicles on Palmetto Park, taking property on the northeast corner through eminent domain, and adding a left-turn lane for northbound Fifth Avenue drivers who want to go west.
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By Sallie James
Boca Raton is spending about $3.5 million to replace, install and maintain a state-of-the-art public safety radio system.
City Council members in March voted to contract with Motorola Solutions Inc. for the system. Both the city and county are replacing their radio systems with hi-tech wireless communications systems.
Boca is piggybacking on a county proposal for the radio system’s installation. The contract includes 15 years of…
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By Sallie James
When it rains, it pours, which it did late in March inside City Hall when heavy storms blew through southern Palm Beach County and a clogged roof drain caused a huge leak.
During a driving rainstorm on March 24, rainwater pooled on a second-floor flat roof, sending water pouring through the second-floor ceiling and then onto the first floor at City Hall, at 201 W. Palmetto Park Road, said city spokeswoman Chrissy Biagiotti.
The result? A…
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Highland Beach residents will have a chance to register their pets with the town’s Police Department, shred old documents and also enjoy hotdogs and sodas during the town’s Spring Fling Community Event from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 16.
Highland Beach’s version of a community block party, the Spring Fling will be held in the Town Hall parking lot.
“This is a chance for our residents to get together for a fun and informational event,” said Town Clerk Valerie Oakes.…
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Dredging operations to renourish the central beach area of Boca Raton were set to begin March 29, the city said.
Contractor Weeks Marine Inc. will dredge approximately 530,000 cubic yards of sand from two borrow areas about 2,500 feet offshore and place it on the beach immediately south of Red Reef Park and continuing south to the Boca Raton Inlet. The project area is about 1.45 miles long. Construction operations will occur on a 24/7 basis until the project is completed.
The city is…
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A marine turtle specialist extracts eggs from the nest in South Beach Park. The eggs were relocated to Red Reef Park so a beach renourishment project would not disturb them. Photos courtesy of city of Boca Raton
By Steve Plunkett
A leatherback sea turtle has made it official: Nesting…
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By Steven J. Smith
HIGHLAND BEACH — Walter Janke remembered his wife, Maria, as a kind and thoughtful woman who constantly placed the needs of others above her own.
“That’s just the type of person she was,” Mr. Janke said. “She was a caring person. Helping people in need. That was her calling.”
Mrs. Janke, of Highland Beach, passed away March…
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Thirty-four people join hands in a show of unity against the threat a proposed four-story house at 2500 N. Ocean Blvd. poses to the marine ecosystem and wildlife that depend on beach and dune habitats. Photo provided…
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More than 1,000 attendees welcomed celebrity emcee Goldie Hawn to the 54th annual Boca Raton Regional Hospital black-tie gala, which raised $1 million to benefit the new Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute, opening later this year. Honorary Chairwoman Elaine Wold was recognized for gifting the institute. LEFT: Wold with Dr. Randy…Continue
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More than 600 turned out for the first Kravis event of the season. The crowd enjoyed banter by ArtSmart Co-Chairman Lee Wolf and special guest Julie Gilbert, who spoke about the life and wit of screenwriter Nora Ephron, of ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ fame. ABOVE: (seated, l-r) Carolyne Levy, Susan Kaskel, Marjorie Goldbaum, Iris Weingarten,…Continue
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More than 260 people attended the inaugural My Israel Center — Bringing Israel Home gala. Defender of Israel award recipient Alan Dershowitz delivered an impassioned defense of Israel in his keynote address, as well as an unequivocal pledge to defend Chabad of East Boca Raton’s right to build the MIC at 770 E. Palmetto Park Road. Ocean Ridge…Continue
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Breeze Ocean Kitchen, a restaurant concept led by Executive Chef Josh Thomsen, welcomed more than 200 guests to sample the fare. On the menu were The Hound and Bahama Mama, both hand-crafted cocktails, and ceviche, mahi-mahi and paella. ABOVE: (l-r) Michael and Kelly Gottlieb with Nick Gold, the resort’s director of public relations.…Continue
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