Mary Kate Leming's Blog – November 2016 Archive (47)

Boca Raton: Gumbo Limbo boardwalk’s first phase almost ready

By Steve Plunkett



    The boardwalk at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, closed since February 2015 after engineers warned it was near collapse, should be reopening this month.

    The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District approved a $45,500 last-minute change in construction plans earlier in the month to connect the first phase of the new boardwalk to the nature center’s main building. Otherwise, visitors would have had to exit the building and walk around to…

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Boca Raton: City seeks time to react to medical marijuana vote

By Sallie James



    For the second time in two years, the city is considering a one-year moratorium on the operation of medical marijuana treatment centers and dispensing organizations.

    No one from the public commented on the matter during the Oct. 25 public hearing. A second public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 8.

    The moratorium gives Boca Raton time to address possible land-development regulations should voters approve a Florida ballot measure Nov.…

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Boca Raton: Junior League’s diaper bank helps families in need

Volunteers from the Junior League of Boca Raton prepare for their monthly distribution of diapers on a recent Wednesday morning at their warehouse location, HCI Books in Deerfield Beach. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Sallie James



    The stories the people hear at the Junior League of…

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East Palmetto Park Road work: Boca Raton

A road crew lays asphalt in late October to restore a left-turn lane on East Palmetto Park Road for eastbound vehicles turning north onto Mizner Boulevard. A similar turn lane is being added at Fifth Avenue. City officials say the left-turn lanes will ease congestion. Jerry Lower/The Coastal…

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Highland Beach: New code officer to work full-time

By Rich Pollack



    Responding to residents’ concerns, Highland Beach town officials are revamping the way the town’s codes are enforced and are close to bringing onboard a full-time code compliance officer.

    Earlier this year, town commissioners amended the budget to include the newly created position of code compliance officer. The job was posted and late last month, interim Town Manager Valerie Oakes interviewed four finalists for the position. They were…

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Highland Beach: Commission takes up old plans to improve walkway

By Rich Pollack



    A plan to make improvements to Highland Beach’s 3-mile walking path — and spruce it up — may soon be coming off a shelf where it has sat for at least seven years.

    Town commissioners at a meeting Nov. 1 agreed to spend close to $30,000 to have a consulting firm come up with ideas and potential costs for improving the path — an asphalt ribbon that runs along the west side of State Road A1A for the town’s entire length.

    If the…

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Highland Beach: Access to town information expanded to AT&T U-verse

By Rich Pollack



    For many years, Highland Beach residents who subscribed to cable television service through Comcast could watch live Town Commission meetings and get relevant town information on their public access television station, Channel 99.

    Subscribers to AT&T U-verse, however, did not have access to the channel — until now.

    After more than two years of trying to resolve the issue, town officials last month announced that the public…

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Obituary - Ed Neidich

By Rich Pollack



HIGHLAND BEACH —Ed Neidich loved to make people laugh.

    A big man at 6 feet, 4 inches tall with a big heart, Mr. Neidich didn’t miss the chance to good-naturedly tease community leaders, whether he was speaking at a Highland Beach Town Commission meeting or serving on the board of his Braemer Isle condominium association.

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Boca Raton: Pipe break stalls Camino Real traffic

A ruptured 6-inch water pipe flooded the road and shut down traffic on the Camino Real bridge in both directions for about 16 hours while work crews made repairs.

No residents were affected.

The water line, on the northeast side of Camino Real, broke shortly after 3 p.m. Oct 30. The city shut down traffic on the bridge because the repair work required trucks on Camino Real, said city spokeswoman Chrissy Gibson.

The bridge reopened to motorists around 7:30 a.m. Oct. 31.…

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Boca Raton: Developer to adjust Mizner 200 design

A portion of one wing, shown in the latest plan for Mizner 200. Rendering provided by GS4studios

By Mary Hladky



Facing sharp criticism from downtown residents and hearing a softer critique from a city board, the developer of the proposed Mizner 200 luxury…

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Shells that can be found on the beaches in Palm Beach County and throughout Florida

 

Florida fighting conch: This thick, shiny shell can reach just over 4 inches, and varies in color from milky white to amber to dark caramel. The inside is likely to be brown or deep purple.…

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Shell Game: Combing Florida’s sandy shores can score shell seekers a treasure trove

ABOVE: Atlantic calico scallop (center, top row): Its surface has about 20 rounded radiating ribs and diverse color patterns. It can grow up to 3 inches. The two bright reddish-orange shells in the bottom row are scaly scallops. The two smaller shells in the top row are rough scallops. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Philanthropy Notes: Boca’s Junior League ready to honor local volunteers

The Junior League of Boca Raton’s annual Woman Volunteer of the Year fund-raising luncheon is set for Nov. 18 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The league will recognize a long list of local volunteers:

 Melissa Bonaros, Rosemarie Brady, Anne Bright, Eileen Carlin, Traci Catto, Judi Donoff, Joan Englert, Susan Fedele, Donna Goray, Lauraleigh Gould, Arlene Herson, Courtney Hickey, Kim Jones, Rosemary Krieger, Maureen Mann, Rosie Martin, Laura McCutcheon, Saskia Meckman, Genevieve…

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Pay it Forward: Swim into Sea of Love Soiree Nov. 12

Sea of Love Soiree Chairwomen (l-r) Ann Heilakka, Jestena Boughton and Chris Davies. Photo provided

By Amy Woods



Sandoway Discovery  Center has set its sights on a $75,000 fundraising goal for its signature society event, the Sea of Love Soiree.

The goal is lofty — $15,000…

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VIP Preseason Celebration: Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton — Sept. 20

Theatre Lab, FAU’s professional theater company, showcased the completion of renovations to the intimate 99-seat Heckscher Stage, previewed the upcoming season and introduced the Matching Gift Challenge to raise private support for the creative space. ‘Theatre Lab offers our community sophisticated cultural experiences with professional…

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Toasts, Tastes & Trolleys: Boca Raton Resort & Club — Sept. 16

The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum’s festive fundraiser turned 5 this year and generated $22,000 — $6,000 more than in 2015. Guests enjoyed tours of local venues while sampling dinner-by-the-bite and specialty drinks at each stop — the Boca Children’s Museum, Clive Daniel Home, the Little Chalet and Waterstone Rum Bar & Grill.…

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Boca Raton Mayor’s Ball: Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton — Oct. 16

The rescheduled, sold-out annual fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Downtown Boca delivered another memorable evening to benefit the health and wellness needs of area charities. More than 400 guests enjoyed a red-carpet arrival, a 1920s-era dance performance and the presentation of the George Long Prism Awards. Honorees were the Boca Raton…

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Ribbon-cutting: Place of Hope, Boca Raton — Sept. 9

The Leighan and David Rinker Campus for foster children celebrated the grand opening of its newest home with local dignitaries and organization supporters. The home will accommodate six girls and their house parents. ‘Everyone here has played a part in making this campus what it is today, and we are not done,’ Place of Hope Executive Director…

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30th Anniversary Celebration: Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach — Sept. 20

The coalition rang in its anniversary at its new office and recognized the staff and supporters who have been instrumental in its success. ‘As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we recognize the impact Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies has made on mothers and children for the last three decades and celebrate our efforts of bringing forward…

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Par for Pink: Delray Beach Golf Club — Sept. 23

Golfers took to the greens and raised more than $5,000 for local breast-cancer education, support services and lifesaving research. The shotgun-start, best-ball format included 15 foursomes supporting the Susan G. Komen South Florida affiliate that serves Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.  ABOVE: (l-r) Jamael Stewart and John Cali,…

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