Mary Kate Leming's Blog – June 2011 Archive (64)

Delray Beach: Holdout wins city preservation award

By Paula Detwiller

They called her “the holdout.”

The year was 1997, and the city of Delray Beach wanted to take Pat Healy-Golembe’s historic house by eminent domain to expand a parking garage near the beach. She said “no sale.”

The developer proposed an alternate plan: It would move her house to a nearby corner, thus freeing up the land for the parking garage…

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Manalapan: Potential for term limits discussed

By Steve Plunkett



    If town commissioners had term limits, would there be enough candidates to fill all seven seats?

    Commissioner David Cheifetz answers yes and asked his colleagues to consider limits at their May meeting.

    “For a long time there was little turnover on the commission,” said Cheifetz, who suggested three terms as commissioner and three terms as mayor, but no more than five consecutive terms.

    Town Clerk Lisa Petersen surveyed neighboring… Continue

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Manalapan: Gatehouse appearance options discussed

By Steve Plunkett

   

The gatehouse at Point Manalapan may be rescued by an unlikely knight: the man whose request to remove Australian pines along A1A prompted a review of town policy on exotic vegetation.

Point residents came to the Town Commission’s meeting in April to protest Stewart Satter’s plan to take out Australian pines across from 1400 S. Ocean Blvd.,… Continue

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Barrier islands wary of growth management changes

By Thomas R. Collins



    Changes to state growth management laws passed during the latest legislative session have area watchdogs and officials wary of the prospects for development in and around coastal barrier island towns.

    The changes, pushed through by Gov. Rick Scott and a Republican-dominated legislature, would mean that it is no longer a state requirement for roads, schools and parks to keep up with development — a concept known as ‘concurrency’ — but would leave it up… Continue

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Boynton Beach: Mizner building offered to city

By Ron Hayes



The Boynton Beach Woman’s Club has reluctantly offered to deed its historic, 85-year-old building to the city because it can no longer afford the $70,000 annual operating budget.

The all-volunteer club supports itself by renting the building for weddings and other social events.

Mayor Jose Rodriguez, who brought up the offer at last month’s City… Continue

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Gulf Stream: Critics of utility project cost-share keep up opposition



More than 30 people attended a recent Gulf Stream Town meeting, some (in red shirts) to complain about undergrounding power line assessments.  Photo by Jerry Lower



By Steve Plunkett

Wearing red, Gulfstream Shores residents kept up their assault on what the town wants them to pay to put utility lines underground even as town commissioners set June…

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Lantana: Budget reveals less bad news than last year

By Margie Plunkett

   

Lantana kicked off its budget process with the prospect of further drops in property tax revenue and other income that could once again force it to grapple with cost cutting. But as one council member put it, the glass is looking more like it’s half full.

    Soon after the town’s May 23 budget workshop, the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser released figures estimating Lantana’s property values dropped 4.3 percent to $692 million. That’s still a vast… Continue

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Lantana: Officer charged with multiple robberies

By Tim O’Meilia

   

    A Lantana police officer was arrested and charged with three counts of robbery after he allegedly pulled over Hispanic men and stole their money after they left check-cashing stores.

    Officer Mark Ott, 35, faces a maximum of 90 years in prison for three counts of robbery with prejudice for targeting Hispanic men between February and May.… Continue

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Ocean Ridge: Arrests stand despite snafu

By Thomas R. Collins

   

Ocean Ridge officials breathed a sigh of relief this month when a state board overseeing police officer training let three dozen arrests stand even though the officers who made them hadn’t gotten their firearms recertification from a properly certified instructor.

    All of the town’s 21 police officers — 14 regular officers and seven reserve officers — had gotten their firearms certification renewed for the 2006 to 2008 period and the 2008 to 2010 period… Continue

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South Palm Beach: Breakwater prospects occupy commission

NOTE: Story has been corrected since printed to reflect the following date change:

• Changed the date of the June council meeting to the 21st, rather than the 28th, also to accommodate Flagello’s schedule.

 

By Tim O’Meilia



    Clutching to a sliver of hope that a breakwater project to protect the eroding South Palm Beach shore can be revived, Palm Beach County commissioners will meet with federal and state environmental regulators June…

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Boynton Beach Sister Cities, Young Artist’s Showcase: Boynton Beach City Library

Meaghan Donahue, an eighth-grader at St. Joseph ’s Episcopal School in Boynton Beach, received an honorable mention for her artwork. She lives on Hypoluxo Island.

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St. Joseph’s Episcopal School Go Green Auction: Quail Ridge Country Club

Kelly DuBois (top left), Deanna Patrick,
Jackson Langford and Carolina Carney attend
St. Joseph’s auction April 8, which raised more than $160,000 for the school.

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The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum dinner dance: Quail Ridge Country Club

Stephen Waldman (left), Susan Buchanan (Co-founder of the Tomorrow Connection), Janis Andrews and Jamie Andrews and Nora Rosensweig attend the April 16 event in honor of the museum’s 10th anniversary.

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Wine and cheese reception: Delray Beach Public Library

Christina Cleveland (left), Board President John K. Burke, and Maureen Reutter attend a wine and cheese reception to introduce lawyers and financial planners to the library.

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Check presentation: Sandoway House, Delray Beach

Grass River Garden Club Co-President Susan Lyons presents a $6,000 check to Nature Center Executive Director Patrick Moorehouse recently at the nature center in Delray Beach.

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Beach cruiser bikes: That’s how we roll

The new beach cruisers come in designer colors. The coaster brakes and comfy seats make them popular for ‘CEOs to surfers.’ Photos by Tim Stepien

 

By Paula Detwiller



Delray Beach native Terri Lambert loves her pink beach-cruiser bicycle with the wicker basket and floral-design bell on the…

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Lantana Fishing Derby: Old Key Lime House, Lantana

Anglers take photographs of Capt. Reese L. Singleton III, whose boat, Old Key Limer, won third place for dolphin, with a 16.01-pound fish in the Lantana Fishing Derby. The awards ceremony for the tournament was held May 15 at The Old Key Lime House in Lantana. Photo by Mary Kate…

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Synchronized swim team bonds members with watery workouts

The Palm Beach Coralytes synchronized swim team performed a water show themed  ‘Synch In The Big Easy’ at Aqua Crest Pool in Delray Beach. Mom Nancy Kelly (left), Lauren Atchison,  Anna Beckwith, Sara Moran, Katrina Figueroa and Kaitlin Kelly (11-12 age group).  Photos by Tim Stepien

 

By Emily J.…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Sid Walesh — Hypoluxo Island

Sid Walesh traded corporate life for an artist’s life. Boynton Beach City Hall is hosting an exhibition of his work, titled “Metamorphosis.”  Works also will be included in an exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. 

A divorced father of two adult sons, he lives on Hypoluxo Island.

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Boynton Beach steps up action on high school’s future

By Margie Plunkett



    The old Boynton Beach high school’s hallowed halls could someday become home to a hospitality establishment, a group of small businesses or even another education provider  — and commissioners are pushing to make that happen sooner rather than later.

    Commissioners put City Manager Kurt Bressner together with the consultants who just… Continue

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