By Rich Pollack
“We will be respectful of one another, even when we disagree. We will direct all comments to the issues. We will avoid personal attacks. Politeness costs so little.”
For years, Highland Beach Town Commission meetings have started with that civility pledge read by the town clerk.
In recent months, however, civility among commissioners has been overshadowed…
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327 Royal Palm, a 100-foot-tall, 24-unit condo just south of East Palmetto Park Road, is among the smallest of the new buildings. Only about 17 percent of space available for downtown development remains. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…Continue
By Mary Hladky
Boca Raton City Council members asked the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics to clarify if Mayor Susan Haynie can vote on matters coming before the council that involve James Batmasian, the city’s largest commercial landowner.
They also want more transparency about how to handle potential conflicts of interest involving council members.
These issues arose after a Nov. 5 Palm Beach Post report found that a property…
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When The Coastal Star started publishing back in 2008, the downtowns of Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach were hopping on the weekends and holidays, but pretty quiet the rest of the time. Atlantic Crossing in Delray Beach was still being proposed as Atlantic Plaza II, construction had just begun on Las Ventanas (now called One Boynton) in Boynton Beach, and a downtown advisory committee had recently been established as a “means to obtain input and…Continue
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By Janis Fontaine
Joe Mastrullo says he works harder now than he ever has…
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Ocean Ridge Commissioners unanimously approved hiring Higgins Engineering Inc. to study the chronic drainage problems in parts of the Inlet Cay island neighborhood.
Robert Higgins, president of the West Palm Beach company, has 30 years’ experience dealing with drainage issues in South Florida and was the only qualified applicant to bid on the study. He told commissioners he would charge an hourly rate and provide as much analysis as they requested.
Residents in the Spanish…
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By Jane Smith
Delray Beach commissioners voted 3-2 on Nov. 20 to keep the city’s all-volunteer code enforcement board, but they will hire an outside attorney to advise board members during their hearings.
Commissioners were surprised to learn that code enforcement cases routinely are presented to the board with a 90 percent reduction of the fines proposed by staff. In most cases, the board approves what the city staff requests.
Because fines can…
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By Mary Thurwachter
Although town staffers were able to clear enough of the mess Hurricane Irma made at the Nature Preserve to hold an annual Halloween party, the park remains closed. Only the front portion of the park was opened to the public for that Oct. 20 event.
“The back path is still in pretty bad shape,” said Linda Brien, Lantana’s operations director. “There are a lot of trees down. They got a good pruning.”
Council member Malcolm…
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The Coastal Star collected six first-, three second- and six third-place awards in the 66th annual Excellence in Journalism Competition sponsored by the Florida Press Club.
The awards were handed out at the Press Club’s banquet Nov. 4 in Sarasota.
The Coastal Star took home honors in the Class D division, which encompasses non-daily newspapers, community, tribal and college newspapers. Florida magazines and newspaper supplements are included in the…
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Construction will begin soon on two basketball courts for Lantana’s sports complex on North Eighth Street. On Nov. 27, the town awarded a contract to ARZ Builders of Boca Raton to do the work for $323,255.
The town will use Community Block Grant money for the project.
Council member Phil Aridas said that the town should plan to put a playground at the complex too, and asked that Town Manager Deborah Manzo look into that project in the year ahead.
“This is something…
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By Dan Moffett
Ocean Ridge and Palm…
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By Dan Moffett
Manalapan may have found a new bargaining chip to persuade Palm Beach County officials to forget about installing groins on beaches north of the town.
It’s the sand transfer plant at the Boynton Beach Inlet.
Town Attorney Keith Davis told Manalapan commissioners on Nov. 28 that the long-running contract between the town and the county to operate the plant expired earlier this year.
“There are no agreements that bind…
December is here, and with it comes holiday gift shopping.
Yes, it’s easy to head to a mall, hand over your credit card and buy what everyone else is buying.
But you’re not that type of shopper.
After all, you live in a unique area and you pride yourself on being one of a kind, so why…
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ABOVE: GPS coordinates are recorded so that the orchids can be monitored. BELOW: Carmen Rodriguez nestles a Dancing Lady orchid seedling into the undergrowth of the Yamato Scrub Natural Area. Photos by Deborah S.…Continue
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By Janis Fontaine
You’ve heard the saying: You can’t please all the people …
But at Advent Lutheran Church in Boca Raton, the ministry tries to please everyone,…
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By Janis Fontaine
Christopher Andersson is one curious kid! And his parents couldn’t be…
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Dogs relax at Barkingham Palace in Delray Beach while their owners are away. The boarding and day-care facility provides a safe, comfortable place to stay with chances to play. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…Continue
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