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

Gulf Stream: Assessment plan for utilities' burial set

By Steve Plunkett



    Surveyors began measuring the south part of Gulf Stream in mid-July after town commissioners voted unanimously to levy special assessments to put electric, phone and cable TV lines underground.

    Sitting June 30 as the Board of Equalization, town commissioners ruled the non-ad valorem assessment plan developed by consultant Willdan Financial Services was fair.

    “I think the proposal is reasonable and we should make the decision,’’ Mayor William Koch… Continue

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Gulf Stream: County retains tax revenues from ‘pocket’ until 2012

By Steve Plunkett

   

Town police have patrolled Gulf Stream’s newest 16.6 acres ever since annexation of the once-unincorporated pocket took effect March 15. Delray Beach, which contracts out fire-rescue service to the town, has answered calls for help.

But Gulf Stream has not received a penny of property taxes to pay for the additional workload. Town Manager William Thrasher has been negotiating with Palm Beach County —  without success — for part of the taxes that pocket… Continue

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Delray Beach: Study requested before changing restaurant incentives

By Margie Plunkett



    The restaurant sector has retained its place on Delray Beach’s most-wanted list.

    The commission unanimously turned down an ordinance to remove parking incentives from some Atlantic Avenue restaurants that would have doubled the parking they’re required to supply as well as boosted costs. The panel called for study of the issue, noting that it was moving far too fast for one that impacted such an important segment of the city’s business.

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Delray Beach/Gulf Stream: Delray votes to raise Gulf Stream fire fees

By Steve Plunkett   

Delray Beach will charge the Town of Gulf Stream about $38,000 a year extra for fire-rescue service to Ballantrae condominiums, the 4001 North Ocean project and other recently annexed parcels.

    Delray Beach city commissioners voted 3-1 to raise Gulf Stream’s annual fee almost 12 percent to $353,321 from the previously agreed-upon $315,580 which already was $15,035 more than the town paid this year. They also decided to make the increase effective March 15,…

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Boynton Beach: Family-owned gas station giving way to a new PNC branch bank

By Angie Francalancia

    Woolbright U-Gas, one of the rare gas stations that still offers auto service, is closing, soon to be replaced by a PNC Financial Services branch.

    PNC has signed a 20-year lease for the land with Anagnostakis Inc., the family-owned corporation that has owned and operated Woolbright U-Gas, on the corner of South Federal Highway and Southeast 15th Avenue, since 1991. PNC will build a 3,300-square-foot branch with three drive-through lanes on the…

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Lantana: Town wants old bridge to have future under water

By Tim O’Meilia



From bridge to rubble … to reef? Maybe, if financing can be found.

The town of Lantana is trying to persuade county officials to spend an additional $300,000 and use the crumbled parts of the soon-to-be demolished Ocean Avenue Bridge as an artificial reef.

Lantana doesn’t have the cash, but Town Manager Michael Bornstein wants Palm Beach County to take on the extra expense.

 “We are going to encourage the County Commission to keep the old bridge in… Continue

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Boynton Beach: Users of old Boynton High School will encounter big cost

By Ron Hayes



    How do you persuade someone to spend about $5 million?

    Commissioners pondered the question at their July 5 meeting as they heard a staff report on the future of the historic 1927 Boynton Beach High School building.

    The city has made clear its interest in seeing the 28,000-square-foot landmark on Ocean Avenue preserved and renovated. Now they must prepare a “request for proposals,” in essence a statement to potential buyers that details just what’s being… Continue

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Meet Your Neighbor: Gerry Pagano — Delray Beach

Gerry Pagano is the kind of guy you’d like to meet at a party when the conversation turns to “What do you do for a living?” His career has taken him from the cockpit of an Army helicopter in Vietnam to the controls of Palm Beach County’s air ambulance program. In between, Pagano spent several years directing commercial jets through the crowded air space above South Florida’s… Continue

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Bethesda Next's Lite Bites Event: Bethesda Memorial Hospital, Boynton Beach

Tandy Robinson, Sean and Michelle Donahue and Stacey Hallberg were guests at Bethesda Next’s Lite Bites Event held July 13 at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach. More than 100 guests enjoyed the evening with ‘dinner by the bite’ from area restaurants. The event raised $5,000 for the Bethesda Hospital Foundation. Winner of the “Lite Bites” award went to Slainte Irish… Continue

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Music Building Dedication: St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, Boynton Beach

The Rev. Martin W. Zlatic leads the groundbreaking for the new music building at St. Joseph’s Episcopal church in Boynton Beach. A Champagne toast and ceremony was held directly after the July 10 dedication.

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PR Yak Yak: Crane's BeachHouse Hotel & Tiki Bar, Delray Beach

Jennifer Sullivan and Ann Margo Peart attend the fifth annual PR Yak-Yak held July 21 at Crane’s BeachHouse in Delray Beach. Co-hosted by the Gold Coast PR Council and PRSA-Palm Beach, the event drew more than 80 local marketing, media and public relations professionals and netted about $1,400, which was split evenly by both nonprofit…

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Gulf Stream: Enjoying the Atlantic

Connor Kenney caught and released this shark off the coast of Gulf Stream near Jamaica Square while visiting his grandparents, Samuel and Elise Sherer. The angler spent three weeks visiting from Massachusetts. Family photo

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Gulf Stream: Mayor Koch surprised with commendation

By Steve Plunkett

   

    A surprise addition to the Town Commission’s July agenda made the mayor’s day.

“I’m here this morning not seeking a variance, not seeking an appeal, not seeking an exception,’’ state Rep. Bill Hager said after commissioners ended a lengthy public hearing on exactly those topics. “I bring only positive greetings from the Florida House of… Continue

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Ocean Ridge: Residents' generosity acknowledged

Margie Plunkett and Mary Kate Leming



What a jolt to Ocean Ridge commissioners, who found a defibrillator at each of their chairs on the dais at the start of last month’s town meeting.

The brand-new machines weren’t intended as commentary on the liveliness of Ocean Ridge monthly meetings, however. They symbolized the town’s good fortune in receiving not one, but two generous gifts that made possible an abundance of the emergency medical devices used to restart a lifeless heart.…

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Delray Beach: Seacrest High School Sports Reunion

More than 200 former Seacrest High School (1949-1970) athletes, coaches, faculty, cheerleaders and others attended a July 8-10 reunion.

 

LEFT: Delray Beach Mayor Woodie McDuffie, jokes with event organizer Dr. Carey J. Snyder (center), and Mary Ann Price Jensen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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South Palm Beach: Cuts to music program may help budget

By Tim O’Meilia



South Palm Beach music lovers will no longer have a choice of two nights to watch their favorite performers, as the town’s cultural committee decided to cut the traditional back-to-back performances to a single night for each artist in its winter music series.

The committee also will concentrate on local talent for both the music and lecture series to cut travel expenses and help put the cultural program in the black.

“Tickets for the music series have been… Continue

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Briny Breezes: Town and board work to ease strain

By Tim O’Meilia



    The Briny Breezes Town Council and the corporation that owns most of the town took steps during July town budget meetings to ease the tensions between them.

    The council and the president of Briny Breezes Inc. discussed signing a contract that would guarantee the corporation pays 30 percent of the fire-rescue and police services for the 2012 budget year.

    While the corporation traditionally has contributed a similar percentage, the board members… Continue

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Boynton Beach: Building's historical value agreed upon, but future still up in the air

By Ron Hayes



In 1925, the famed society architect Addison Mizner agreed to design a building for the Boynton Beach Woman’s Club, provided the construction cost did not exceed $50,000.

Today, that wouldn’t keep his beautiful landmark open a year.

“Our annual operating budget is about $80,000,” says Patti Owens, president of the 102-year-old club. “Last year, our insurance alone was $30,000.”

And while the structure’s historical significance appreciates with each passing… Continue

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Grant focuses on turtle-survival

Sea turtles earned government attention last month, when the county accepted state grants to perform a sea turtle population study in the Lake Worth Lagoon and to publicize the need to douse artificial beach lighting during the spring turtle nesting season.

    The Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resource Management will spend $4,810 to print educational materials and erect signs noting the danger of lighting to turtle hatchlings.  The glow of urban lights contributed to 68… Continue

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Obituary — Robert Hudson Neff

By Ron Hayes



DELRAY BEACH — Some men are blessed with long lives, and some are blessed with full lives.

Robert Hudson Neff had both.

    He was born on Jan. 24, 1916, in Canfield, Ohio, and died here on July 24, at exactly 95½ years of age.

In between, Mr. Neff filled his days with personal accomplishments and a devotion to public service that, in later… Continue

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