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Mary Kate Leming's Blog – August 2012 Archive (70)

Manalapan: Police and the beach occupy staff and commissioners’ time

By Tim O’Meilia

    

Imagine unmanned drones patrolling the Manalapan shoreline or helium-filled balloons surveilling the beach or infra-red cameras spying north and south after dark along the oceanfront. However fantastic and unlikely — except perhaps the cameras — those are some of the solutions town commissioners learned could be used to combat beach-going trespassers.

    Town commissioners will consider those and more mundane and practical solutions, such as…

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Ocean Ridge: Inlet police coverage beefed up over 4th of July

By Margie Plunkett



    Ocean Ridge had full police coverage in county parks for the July Fourth holiday week, protected by marked and unmarked patrol cars, marine patrols, motorcycle officers and even a helicopter as the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office responded to requests to step up efforts against crime.

    “We had no incidents,” said Ocean Ridge Police Chief Chris Yannuzzi, who added, “We greatly appreciated” the effort.

    Both Ocean Ridge and…

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Ocean Ridge: White fly ordinance passed

Ocean Ridge Commissioners passed an ordinance in July that requires residents to remove foliage that’s dead or dying due to pests like the white fly.  The ordinance gives residents 60 days to try to treat the plants; if plants don’t respond, however, they must be removed.
— Margie Plunkett

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Lantana: Town proposes tax rate remain same

By Mary Thurwachter



    Tax rates haven’t been raised in Lantana for 11 years and that won’t change this year.

    Council members set the preliminary tax rate at $3.24 per $1,000 of a home’s assessed value at their July 23 meeting.

    “We’ve been through the worst (of the recession),” Mayor Dave Stewart said, expressing confidence in the town manager’s handling of the budget and adding that the town had sufficient reserves.

    “This is not a good…

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Ocean Ridge: Increase in tax rate might be needed to close budget gaps

By Tim Pallesen



    Ocean Ridge commissioners have proposed an increase in next year’s property tax rate of 9.52 percent.

     “I don’t see any way that we’re not going to raise the millage [rate],” Mayor Geoffrey Pugh said before the 3-2 commission vote to up this year’s rate of $5.25 per $1,000 of assessed value to $5.75 for the budget year that begins Oct. 1.

    The increase would add $500 to the $5,750 tax bill this year for the owner of a home…

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Editor's Note: Community and peer support inspiring

Sometimes in the depths of summer it’s difficult to leave the chilled cocoon of the house and drag myself into the office. But as we began to put together this August edition, I was re-energized by the dedicated, ongoing support of our readers, advertisers and peers.  

    As you read this month’s issue, please take a moment to notice the 65 or so local businesses that support our publishing efforts over the summer months.

    Many of these are your neighbors and friends and they…

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Ocean Ridge/Boynton Beach: Fire Station No. 1 back on the budget chopping block

By Angie Francalancia

    

Boynton Beach commissioners once again are talking about closing the city’s downtown fire station, which ran on more than half the calls in Ocean Ridge last year, to cut costs.

    During budget workshops last month, Commissioner Steven Holzman said the city could almost balance its Fire Department budget by closing…

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Gulf Stream: Tax rate proposed to help rebuild reserves, expand Town Hall

By Steve Plunkett

    

Gulf Stream town commissioners may decide to raise property taxes up to 7.1 percent for the coming budget year, mostly to rebuild reserves used last year for the underground utilities project.

    Commissioners set a maximum rate of $3.10 per $1,000 of taxable value, a rate that can be lowered but not raised in subsequent meetings. A home assessed at $1 million after exemptions last year paid $2,927 in town property taxes. If that home’s…

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Delray Beach: Glickstein announces plan to run for mayor

Planning and Zoning Board Chairman Cary Glickstein announced his candidacy for mayor in July, seeking a seat that current Mayor Woodie McDuffie plans to vacate early to campaign for county Supervisor of Elections.

    “There has been a gaping leadership void in the city for far too long on many levels,” Glickstein said in making his announcement.

     “We need…

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Delray Beach: City wrestles with revenue shortfall; fire service fee discussed

By Tim Pallesen



Delray Beach commissioners must cut $4 million from a $97 million budget proposal to avoid raising the city’s current property tax rate.

City Manager David Harden presented his proposal to the city commission July 17, recommending that $1.6 million be taken from the city’s reserves to cover a portion of the revenue shortfall.

The city’s current tax rate of $7.19 per $1,000 of assessed value equals a $7,190 city tax bill for the owner of a…

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Delray Beach: Preservation board allows house plan to proceed

The construction of a one-story residence on the Fontaine Fox House property was conditionally granted a certificate of appropriateness by Delray Beach’s Historic Preservation Board in July.

    The residence at 605 Andrews Ave., which is west of the Fontaine Fox House, was required to have further review of placement of mechanical equipment pads and landscape screening and to provide additional details of a planned wall.

    Neighbors questioned the placement of the residence’s…

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Gulf Stream: Commission faces second open seat this summer

By Steve Plunkett

    

A second unscheduled opening on the Gulf Stream Town Commission may allow the remaining members to add youth as well as experience to the dais.

    Fred Devitt III sold his North Ocean Boulevard home and resigned his seat July 18, just five days after being selected as vice mayor.

    On July 13 commissioners split 2-2…

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Around Town: Big business, big names and a winning burger

By Thom Smith

These are the times that try men’s souls …  especially in real estate.

    Blackstone Group, which owns the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Hilton Hotels and a few other big-ticket properties, is buying Motel 6 for $1.9 billion. (Don’t look for the Boca Resort to be converted.) And across Lake Boca Raton, at the inlet, is the spanking new One Thousand…

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Gulf Stream: Former Mayor Koch remembered fondly at commission meeting

By Steve Plunkett

Fond recollections and a stirring tribute to the late Mayor William Koch Jr. marked the Gulf Stream Town Commission’s first meeting in the post-Koch era.

Town Attorney John “Skip” Randolph remembered being a “wet behind the ears” lawyer in 1971 and meeting the “somewhat intimidating” mayor.

“It took me a while, but I ultimately learned that Bill Koch’s gruff exterior was just a facade and that his bark was much worse than his bite,”…

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Delray Beach: Harden retiring as city manager

Delray Beach City Manager David Harden reflected on Boca Raton when he announced his retirement after 22 years.

“I encountered a lot of Boca envy when I came in 1990,” Harden told city commissioners at a July 17 meeting. “People were ashamed to admit that they had a Delray address,” said Harden, the longest-serving city manager in Palm Beach County.

    Delray won…

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Lantana Bridge Construction

Workers from GLF Construction Corp. use a crane to hoist materials while demolishing and rebuilding the Ocean Avenue Bridge in Lantana. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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South Palm Beach: Confrontation complaint being investigated by PBSO

By Tim O’Meilia



Former South Palm Beach Mayor Martin Millar filed a complaint last month with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, claiming that South Palm Beach Police Chief Roger Crane threatened him in the Plaza del Mar parking lot.

    A Sheriff’s Office detective has interviewed Millar, Crane and Manalapan Police Chief Carmen Mattox, who witnessed the July 11 incident. A Sheriff’s Office spokesman confirmed that an investigation is ongoing but would not…

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South Palm Beach: Small tax rate increase proposed amid declining values

By Tim O’Meilia

    

The South Palm Beach Town Council set a tentative tax rate of $4.39 per $1,000 of taxable property value for next year, but promised to try to trim that figure during budget workshops and hearings this month and in September.

    The new rate would be a 1.6 percent increase over the current $4.32 rate if it remains unchanged.

The rate would bring in roughly the same amount of property tax as this year. The town’s property values…

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Along the Coast: Area removed from inlet-to-inlet plan as environmental study revived

By Tim O’Meilia



    It’s the old “good news/bad news” cliché.

    The good news is that the elusive environmental impact study for the perhaps illusory plan to save South Palm Beach’s eroding beach and maintain Lantana’s seawall is being revived.

    The bad news is that the project has been removed from the list of beach projects to be included in the new inlet-to-inlet beach management plan being written by state, county and municipal officials to guide…

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Obituary — Ed Morse

By Mary Thurwachter



    BOCA RATON — Ed Morse, who built one of the most respected automobile dealer groups in the country, died of natural causes on June 29.

Mr. Morse, 91, began his automotive career in 1946. At the time of his death, Morse’s company had 15 locations in Florida. He and his son, Ted, served as co-chairmen.

Mr. Morse was…

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