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Ocean Ridge: Divided commission keeps tax rate flat, dips into reserves

By Tim O’Meilia



A divided Ocean Ridge Town Commission approved a $5.6 million town budget that will require dipping into town reserves for more than a third of a million dollars but keep the tax rate at the current level.

    Commissioners split over spending $53,000 on a 3 percent cost-of-living increase for nonunion employees and more than $238,000 for a wish list of new computers, three new vehicles, a second full-time maintenance position and salary boosts…

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Lessons learned from Sandy: Sand becoming a precious commodity

A Coastal Star Special Report:

Hurricane shows just how fragile our shores are

Sand is finite: A …

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Delray Beach: Small tax rate decline offset by increased property values

By Tim Pallesen

    

Delray Beach commissioners approved a slightly lower property tax rate for this year.

    The rate of $7.16 per $1,000 of assessed value for the city’s $98 million operating budget, is 3 cents below last year’s rate of $7.19. Another 35 cents per $1,000 is added for debt service.

    But the tax rate decrease will be…

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Ocean Ridge: Town attorney to keep hand in lawsuit against county

By Tim O’Meilia



    Despite their unhappiness with spending far more than other coastal cities in a two-year dispute over funding the Palm Beach County Inspector General’s Office, Ocean Ridge commissioners decided to retain their town attorney to handle the case.

    “At this point, with a couple of more months to go, it’s probably worth retaining you to go forward,” Commissioner Zoanne Hennigan told Town Attorney Ken Spillias at the Sept. 10 Town Commission…

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Gulf Stream: Balking at price, town drops light pole purchase

By Tim O’Meilia



    The long-necked, long-lived streetlights Gulf Stream had hoped to install along State Road A1A came at an equally long-lasting price — $315,000.

    The 35 cobra-headed black poles would have been fitted with energy saving LED lights. Compare that with Florida Power & Light’s gray concrete poles topped with traditional sodium vapor lights.

    Now, compare the price: $315,000 vs. $0.

    “Too much money,” Mayor Joan Orthwein…

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Delray Beach: Old feed store sees new brew crew on Atlantic

Saltwater Brewery founders Bo Eaton, Peter Agardy, brewmaster Bill Taylor, Chris Gove and Dustin Jeffers stand on the second floor of the barn-like, 1952-vintage building, formerly the site of the Rustic Rooster furniture store in Delray Beach. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Delray Beach: Clarity sought in wake of CRA audit

By Betty Wells

    

A state senator says he will find a way to get a second, clearer, attorney general’s opinion about whether it’s legal for community redevelopment agencies to fund projects for nonprofit organizations.

    Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington, who chairs the joint legislative audit committee, made the statement in the wake of the findings of an audit of the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. Audit results were released Sept. 12.

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South Palm Beach: Council lauds departing town clerk

By Tim O’Meilia

    

South Palm Beach Town Clerk Janet Whipple didn’t want the blubbering or the farewell hugging.

   She didn’t want her resignation letter distributed before the Sept. 24 Town Council meeting. But Town Manager Rex Taylor insisted the council be informed.

Whipple, who planned to retire in 2014 anyway, resigned effective Nov.…

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Lantana: Bridge party will happen, but when?

By Mary Thurwachter



    There’s a Lantana bridge opening party on the horizon, but you can’t circle the date on your calendar just yet. The reason? No one knows exactly when the new Ocean Avenue Bridge will open.

    Lantana officials would like to set a date, but the bridge is county-owned, so Palm Beach County officials will determine when the $32 million span opens. That will depend on when construction wraps up, expected to be sometime between Nov. 15 and…

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Manalapan: Town discusses water future with Boynton Beach

By Tim O’Meilia

    

Boynton Beach may be interested in buying Manalapan’s water system even as the town prepares to replace more than three miles of aging distribution lines that will cost more than $3 million.

    Town commissioners unanimously approved a request by Boynton Beach at the Sept. 24 meeting to evaluate the town’s system, which includes well fields and a reverse osmosis treatment plant on U.S. Highway 1 in Hypoluxo.

    The commission…

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Briny Breezes: Idea for a Briny makeover presented to planners

In a rendering of the west side of A1A, a combination of building heights and uses could provide a unifying effect to the community. Drawing by Digby Bridges

By Tim O’Meilia

    

Someday, the main street of Briny Breezes could be dotted with winding vias leading to a small…

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Lantana: Beach concession lease not a lock for Dune Deck

By Mary Thurwachter



    In its 16 years on Lantana’s beach, the Dune Deck Café has earned a reputation as a breakfast, lunch and brunch spot with good food and marketable ocean views. If owner John Caruso has his druthers, the swimsuit-friendly restaurant and tiki bar will remain for many years.

    But the Dune Deck’s future at the beach is not a done deal. The town is considering issuing formal requests for proposals for the beach concession lease in the next…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Linda Gunn Paton

     Linda Gunn Paton takes a break from helping stuff envelopes at the Junior League of Boca Raton’s offices. Volunteering, she says, makes her feel closer to her community. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

Linda Gunn Paton had just gotten married to a man she had met through her community volunteer work, but the…

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Obituary: Carl E. Touhey

GULF STREAM — Carl E. Touhey, a lifelong Albany, N.Y., businessman and a winter resident of Gulf Stream, passed away Aug. 25 at the remarkable age of 95.  

    He was a graduate of the Albany Academy and Princeton University (class of ’39).

He ran a stunning race for mayor of Albany in 1973, almost defeating the notorious Albany Democratic machine.

    He was…

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Obituary: Rose Rita Bianchini

By Jane Smith



    GULF STREAM — Rose Rita Bianchini, who moved to Broward County with her husband in 1971, died at her home on Sept. 23, surrounded by her family. She was 86.

In 1991, the Bianchinis moved to Gulf Stream. Every Sunday her two sons and their families would gather to enjoy a day at the beach, said her granddaughter, Alessandra…

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Obituary: John ‘Johnny Mango’ Scalzo Jr.

By Ron Hayes

    DELRAY BEACH — On the wall of the Prudential insurance office where he worked, John Scalzo Jr. kept a calendar adorned with a lush photo of the Bahia Honda bridge in the Florida Keys.

    Deep in a snowy New Jersey winter, he would ponder that calendar, dreaming of a new life somewhere warm and sunny.

In 1989, Mr. Scalzo quit his…

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Obituary: John C. Lake

By Emily J. Minor

    

DELRAY BEACH — John C. Lake, 73, who moved to South Palm Beach in 1991 to be closer to the two daughters he so loved, died Sept. 3. He had been battling Parkinson’s disease for about 15 years.

Born May 18, 1940, in Orange, N.J., Mr. Lake spent most of his professional years as a lands acquisition developer and builder in…

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Obituary: Sol Davidson

By Ron Hayes

SOUTH PALM BEACH — Penny was a sorority pledge at Newark State Teachers College. Sol was in the Navy.

    “I’ve got a nice brother,” his sister said. “Would you like to meet him?”It was 1947. They went dancing at Meadowbrook.

Two years later, she graduated on a Friday, and they were married that Saturday night.

    When Sol…

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Business Spotlight: Ocean Ridge business owners honored, yet again

Kimberlee Duke Marshall and Tim Marshall’s CopySource Inc. 67 was recognized as one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in the country for the second year. Photo provided

By Christine Davis

    In August, Inc. magazine’s 5,000 list ranked Coral Springs-based…

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Obituary: Jerome F. Skrandel

By Tim O’Meilia

    

BRINY BREEZES — Jerome F. Skrandel, who guided the mobile home town of Briny Breezes as its town attorney for nearly four decades, died unexpectedly Sept. 19 in Palm Beach Gardens, with his beloved family at his side. He was 84.

Jerry, as he was called, signed on as the town’s attorney in 1975 after he had previously…

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