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Hurricane season A-Z: Any way you look at it, it spells trouble!

Coastal Star Staff

A is for the African coast. We have it to thank for the birth of our Caribbean storms. Also Alka-Seltzer. Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is when hurricane warnings get downgraded to tropical storm, or when a hurricane misses you all together like Irene did.

B is for barometric…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 31, 2011 at 1:21pm — 1 Comment

Equinox can exaggerate tidal flooding this fall

By Tim O’Meilia



The autumnal equinox arrives Sept. 23 and that means higher than usual spring tides could threaten to slosh down coastal streets this fall.

    Huh?  Spring tides in the fall?

    “It all has to do with the Earth, the sun and the moon lining up during the full moon and the new moon. And it has to do with the equinox,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Ross in mysteriously vague terms.

    And twice-monthly spring tides have nothing to do with… Continue

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Boynton Beach: Downtown progressing in fits and starts

By Angie Francalancia



Boynton Beach celebrated the completion of its amphitheater at the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and marina-entry feature with tours and music last month — a milestone in a slow progression to convert Ocean Avenue into a dining, shopping and entertainment destination.

But at the same time, other parts of the plan experienced hiccups. The…

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Gulf Stream: Volk house demolition, 6-house subdivision delayed

The British Colonial home, designed by noted Palm Beach architect John L. Volk, is slated for demolition as part of plans for a six-home subdivision.  Photo by Jerry Lower

 

By Steve Plunkett



    In its heyday on the eve of World War II, the British Colonial mansion at 1220…

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The Mark Garretson Memorial 17th Annual Fishing Tournament

Paul Shersty (center) announces the weight of a wahoo caught by team ‘Killer Buzz’ of Boca Raton during The Mark Gerretson Memorial 17th Annual Fishing Tournament in Delray Beach.  The 42-pound wahoo was one pound heavier than the closest competitor and was good enough to give the team the $4,050 prize for overall largest fish. (From left), Chris Green, Chris James, Blake… Continue

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Lantana: Flooding and ballfields get council action

By Margie Plunkett



    The Lantana Town Council hopes a newly approved $711,765 contract will pull the plug on a drainage problem at North Atlantic Drive and Beach Curve Road on Hypoluxo Island that has spanned decades.

    The winning bid, quoted by Intercounty Engineering Inc. of Pompano Beach, was the low offer of four bids submitted in late July in response to a town solicitation.

    The drainage improvement project to correct the problem is expected to take at least six… Continue

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Delray Beach: Seaside get-away is all Wright with the regulars

More than 60 years after it was built, Wright-by-the-Sea still is owned by the same family, and welcomes back many of the same guests each year. Photo by Jerry Lower



By Mary Jane Fine



Here’s what it is: an oceanfront motel on A1A in Delray Beach, one of the last of the…

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Lantana: Budget direction aims to reward employees, restore fireworks

By Margie Plunkett



    Fireworks may return to Lantana next year and, after three years of flat salaries, Lantana employees could get extra money — both expenses the town is trying to shoehorn into a tight budget without raising the tax rate.

    Council members set the preliminary tax rate at $3.24 per $1,000 of a home’s assessed value at their July 25 meeting, which if finally approved will have been unchanged for 10 years. Council can still lower the rate at this juncture, but… Continue

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Lantana: Younger Stewart arrested

Mayor David Stewart’s son was arrested July 22 on charges of battery and resisting an officer after the two wrestled over a set of car keys in the driveway of the mayor’s home.
    Stewart said he didn’t want his son, David Stewart II, to take the car because he was not taking required medications for an ongoing condition. The younger Stewart, who turned 22 the day after his arrest, was reportedly subdued by police using a stun gun.
— Staff report

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Coastal Garage Sale

 

 

 

Lillie Silirie (right) helps customers at the 3rd annual "garage meets estate sale" fundraiser on Bauhimia Road in coastal Delray Beach. The July 10 event, organized by Sandra Delezan Axelband, benefited local animal…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 3, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Manalapan: Inlet crowds expanding and intruding

Recreational boaters and snorkelers gather along the north side of Bird Island, where Manalapan residents say their presence can be a nuisance. Photos by Jerry Lower



By Steve Plunkett



The summer sun is hot, and so are neighbors of the Boynton Inlet.

A weekend horde of boaters has invaded their…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 3, 2011 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Special Report: Whose water tastes best?

Whose water tastes best?
A Coastal Star tasting ranked tap water of area towns, from best to worst, on a 100-point scale:

1. Boca Raton, 83 points                 
2. Highland Beach, 82 points
3. South Palm Beach/WPB, 73 points
4. Lantana, 69 points
5. Manalapan, 63 points
6. Ocean Ridge/Boynton Beach, 57 points
7. Gulf Stream/Delray Beach, 46 points

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Special Report: Does what's flowing from your tap pass the taste test?

 

Special Report: Public water treatments can be a matter of taste

 

By Jan Norris



Terms like “undertones,” “balance” and “finish” are typical of wine tastings — but they also apply to any beverage. Last month, three tasters used…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 3, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Associations challenge pets as emotional support

By Arden Moore



There’s a new “breed” of dog unleashing plenty of debate and controversy. Identified as “emotional support animals” or ESA, these dogs are making their way into housing developments in South Florida, even those with no-pets-allowed policies.

Depending on whom you ask, these ESA dogs are regarded as healthy godsends or reviled as unruly rule breakers. But they have the law on their side. And that is making some property managers and condo association board members… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 3, 2011 at 2:24pm — 1 Comment

Coastal Star: Judge honored to receive award from its namesake — Ocean Ridge

By Linda Haase



    Three little words piqued Judge Lucy Chernow Brown’s interest.

    “Nature all around,” the advertisement boasted, describing a house for sale in Ocean Ridge. Brown and her husband, Terry, both nature lovers, were hooked before they even saw the house. And, 20 years later, it’s still home sweet home. They’ve put in a native plant garden and it —… Continue

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Editorial: Coastal Star staffers earn high honors

Where did I put my keys?    

In a busy world it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the minutiae of life. But once you’ve been exposed to the stages of dementia, fear that this instance of displacement may foreshadow future stages of memory loss hovers behind the question.

I watched both my mother and an elderly aunt struggle with fading memories and fears. In both instances I watched the disease progress until the end. …

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Manalapan: Ritz owner writes to assure town

By Steve Plunkett



    The owner of the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach has written the town trying to dispel any gloom from its $30 million suit against the hotel’s operator.

    “I want to assure you that the lawsuit will have no effect on the operation of the hotel, Eau Spa, the La Coquille Club or any related facilities,’’ Eva Hill, president of hotel owner RC/PB Inc., wrote Mayor Basil Diamond, town commissioners and La Coquille members on July 11.

    The RC/PB group sued Marriott… Continue

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Manalapan: Town keeps tax rate steady

Manalapan will use a tax rate for 2012 no higher than this year’s — $2.80 per $1,000 of taxable value — even though that will generate almost $186,000 less because property values declined.

    Town Manager Linda Stumpf’s budget proposal called for the $2.80 rate, but she recommended town commissioners use the rollback rate, $3.03 per $1,000, which would raise the same total as this year, in case something unexpected happened during budget workshops.

    But commissioners agreed the… Continue

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Along the Avenues: Expect to be Spoonfed at new downtown Delray eatery

 

By Thom Smith

He’s ba-a-a-ck on Atlantic Avenue, and Glen Manfra can’t wait for the birth of his new baby — that will be Spoonfed. Actually, he’s already in the nursery with a foster child … Pop Up …, a moderately priced mixed bill of popular dishes with Italian overtones. The Pop Up baby itself is a fill-in for the failed Atlantic Ocean Club, and sometime in mid-August, it will go out with the bathwater.…

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Ocean Ridge: Department veteran says goodbye to island police work

By Emily J. Minor



After 34 years as a cop, 22 of them with Ocean Ridge, Sgt. Daniel Tinfina is saying goodbye to law enforcement — and he’s doing it with a tear in his eye.

Sure, he’s a tough guy. Chief Chris Yannuzzi says Tinfina is his officer-training specialist, his “by-the-book” guy.

But even tough guys get misty when they leave something they… Continue

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