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Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 30, 2020 at 9:33am — 2 Comments

Along the Coast: County opens recreational areas — with restrictions

COVID-19 Press Briefing Summary #12, April 27, 2020



Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 28, 2020 at 7:44am — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: Mayor urges 4-county approach to business reopening, asks boaters not to attend Boca Bash

By Mary Hladky

While protests against stay-at-home COVID-19 restrictions have taken place across the country and in Palm Beach County, Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer is urging a coordinated approach by four South Florida counties to determine when beaches, parks and businesses can begin opening up.

Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County leaders have been working together to decide how and when to loosen restrictions on people and…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 21, 2020 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Along the Coast: State IDs nursing homes, other facilities with COVID-19

By Charles Elmore 
Florida officials have identified COVID-19 cases among residents or staff at 37 long-term care facilities in Palm Beach County, with more than half of the sites located in or near Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Lantana.
One person exposed to the coronavirus has recovered at Abbey Delray Health Center, that facility reported, but the list released by the Florida Department of Health on April 18 apparently does not…

Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 20, 2020 at 7:00am — No Comments

Along the Coast: Use caution and courtesy when walking along A1A

Walkers along State Road A1A keep 6 feet away in front of Highland Beach Town Hall on April 10. Law enforcement advises against stepping into the roadway to provide appropriate social distancing. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack



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Ocean Ridge: Town confirms two COVID-19 cases, asks residents to wear face coverings

The Town of Ocean Ridge Officials have been made aware of two confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the south section of town.  We are unable to share exact locations or specifics due to health privacy laws. 

As such, we are urging all persons who are walking, biking, or exercising and away from their primary residence to immediately begin…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 9, 2020 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Delray, Boynton join Boca with over 100 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Delray Beach and Boynton Beach both have joined Boca Raton in the growing club of municipalities with 100 or more reported cases of coronavirus.
Boynton had 117 cases by afternoon April 2 and Delray had 100. Boca posted 135 cases.
The three cities' combined total was nearly half of Palm Beach County's 737 cases.
West Palm Beach was the only other city in the county to pass the three-digit threshold, with 109 cases.

— Steve Plunkett

Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 3, 2020 at 10:56am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Municipal services worker saves woman in canal

By Mary Hladky

Shawn Turner was driving on Military Trail near Camino Real on Feb. 23 when he saw a white Kia Soul partly submerged in a canal.

The city municipal services employee didn’t hesitate, stripping off his sweatpants and jumping into the water.

Turner quickly saw that Molly Pedrone, 34, was incapacitated behind the wheel. He pushed down the window, squeezed into the car and released her…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 1, 2020 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Developer claims ownership of Ocean Ridge canal

By Dan Moffett

Developer William Swaim has opened a new front in his quest to conquer the submerged lands of Ocean Ridge.

After battling in court for six years with the town and Wellington Arms condo owners over property rights in the lagoon behind Town Hall, Swaim is focusing on the Sabal Island neighborhoods farther north now.

In January, some two dozen homeowners on North Ocean Boulevard, Sabal…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 1, 2020 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Newcomer ousts one incumbent as another retains commission seat

By Jane Smith

Newcomer Juli Casale edged incumbent Bill Bathurst in the Delray Beach City Commission elections for Seat 2.

Casale, who ran a grass-roots campaign that raised $34,963, won by 106 votes on March 17.

In comparison,…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 1, 2020 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Design for Glades interchange alarms Boca Raton staff, council

The city of Boca Raton is raising concerns about the safety of the proposed ‘diverging diamond interchange’ at Glades Road and Interstate 95. Rendering provided

By Steve…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 1, 2020 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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Empty reality of virus fallout hits home: In two short weeks, businesses go from flush to famished

The typically bustling scene at Max’s Grille is just a backdrop for a single bicyclist in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park. Max’s closed in reaction to the coronavirus threat. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Mary Hladky

At the…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 1, 2020 at 1:43pm — 1 Comment

Delray Beach: Restoration of reclaimed water service pushed back to end of month

In an effort to help Delray Beach residents who have been without reclaimed water for weeks, employees like Curtis Duscan (center) and city contractors Clay Carroll (left) and Anthony Coates have started watering lawns on the barrier island. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 1, 2020 at 1:31pm — No Comments

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 1, 2020 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Coastal Stars: Boca couple cherishes people connections in support of arts, kids

Dr. Evan and Stacey Packer stand in front of a painting by Marin Majic inside their Boca Raton home.  The Packers served as co-chairs of the 70th Anniversary Gala for the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 1, 2020 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Standard safeguards usually stop mix of drinking, recycled water

By Rich Pollack

Using reclaimed water for irrigation, especially in coastal communities, is generally a safe and economical way to keep lawns green and shrubs and flowers healthy.

As what happened with a few homes in Delray Beach…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 1, 2020 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Highland Beach: Town commission reaffirms its stance against anti-semitism

By Rich Pollack

Responding in part to an incident where anti-Semitic words and gestures were aimed at an out-of-town visitor, town commissioners last month unanimously passed a resolution denouncing “hateful acts of intolerance.”

Championed by departing Mayor Rhoda Zelniker, the resolution reaffirms Highland Beach’s position in condemning anti-Semitism as well as any other form of bigotry and hate.…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 1, 2020 at 11:44am — 1 Comment

Sworn In: Highland Beach Town Hall — March 24

Highland Beach has a new mayor and a new town commissioner. In a short meeting last month, with attendance limited to just 10 people because of the coronavirus threat, departing mayor      Rhoda Zelniker handed the gavel to new Mayor Doug Hillman — but only after it had been cleaned with sanitizing…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 1, 2020 at 11:41am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Singer hosts online party to watch election success

Snapping a selfie of himself, Mayor Scott Singer enjoyed a safe celebration at home. Photo provided

By Mary Hladky

Mayor Scott Singer handily won re-election on March 17, trouncing repeat challenger Bernard Korn.…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 1, 2020 at 11:39am — No Comments

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