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South Palm Beach: Pedestrian on A1A roadside hit, killed

By Dan Moffett

A 91-year-old Palm Beach woman drove her Lexus off State Road A1A in South Palm Beach and struck two pedestrians, police say, killing Rinaldo Morelli and sending his wife, Lena, to the hospital on Jan. 24.

Police say Janet J. Reynolds, 3170 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, was driving north on A1A minutes before 4 p.m. when she swerved off the east side of the road.

Her car struck…

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Highland Beach: Commissioners name Zelniker mayor, appoint architect to fill vacancy

New Commissioner Barry Donaldson is sworn in by Town Clerk Lanelda Gaskins after his appointment to serve for the next year. Rich Pollack/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

Highland Beach has a new mayor and a new town…

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Along the Coast: Weinroth tells municipalities he won’t interfere

By Steve Plunkett

County Commissioner Robert Weinroth continued making the rounds of his newly expanded constituency in January.

Weinroth, who took his seat from term-limited Steven Abrams in late November, wants to make sure municipal leaders know he is one of them, having spent…

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Ocean Ridge: Long-delayed Lucibella trial starts; case expected to last a week

Former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella sits before a potential pool of jurors  in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. His trial on two felony counts began Jan. 28, and Judge Daliah Weiss told the jury that she expected the trial to last a week. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Ocean Ridge: Titcomb moving to new Lox Groves town position

By Dan Moffett

   Ocean Ridge Town Manager Jamie Titcomb is resigning his position in March to become the first-ever manager in the upstart town of Loxahatchee Groves.

   For Titcomb, the change is a return engagement of sorts. Thirteen years ago, when he was with the Palm Beach County League of Cities, he helped shepherd the fast-growing western community through the thorny process of incorporation.

   “For me, this provides an opportunity to see…

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Boca Raton: Judge agrees to October trial date for Haynie

By Mary Hladky

Suspended Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie likely will go to trial in October on seven public corruption charges.

At a brief Jan. 15 court hearing, Circuit Court Judge Glenn Kelley agreed to an October trial and said an exact date could be set at the next hearing on her case on April 15.

“We are progressing fairly well in the case,” Assistant State Attorney Brian Fernandes said.

Speaking after the…

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Highland Beach: Murdered widow's financial adviser released on bond, on house arrest

By Rich Pollack

David Del Rio, the west coast Florida financial advisor charged with siphoning close to $3 million from the life savings of a murdered Highland Beach widow has been released on bail after being locked up since mid-September. 

Judge Glenn Kelley had originally set bond of $463,000 in November for Del Rio but a hold was put on his release, until defense attorneys could prove that money used to post bond wasn’t obtained through unauthorized…

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Ocean Ridge: Town commissioners appoint Sloat to fill vacant seat until election

Robert Sloat, a 20-year resident of Ocean Ridge, reacts after his appointment to the commission. He said he would not run in the March 12 election. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

Seven candidates came forward…

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Delray Beach: Drainage work pushes water project against mid-month deadline

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach residents who live in the southern section of the barrier island will have to wait until at least mid-January for an extensive water project to be finished.

“The water mains are installed and reclaimed water lines are finishing up,” the Public Works staff responded via email through Jeff Goldman, acting assistant city manager. “Road work is well in progress.”

The $4…

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Manalapan: Town OKs pension plan in boost for police

Manalapan has begun staffing the redesigned guard gate to the Point section of town with a private security firm after moving police dispatch to Town Hall. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

Manalapan’s plan for…

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Delray Beach: City makes early moves toward fire assessment

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach property owners may have to pay a fire assessment fee in the next budget year under a proposal the City Commission approved by a 3-2 vote on Dec. 11.

The assessment amount depends on the type of property.

Single-family home and condo owners would have to pay $80.88 in the first year. Commercial, industrial and warehouse owners would be assessed a fee per square foot,…

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Gulf Stream: To save iconic tree canopy, water main might be moved

By Steve Plunkett

The town may reroute its main water line from alongside State Road A1A to Gulfstream Road or Polo Drive to make sure its treasured Australian pines do not run afoul of state restrictions.

The pipe will be enlarged to 12 inches in diameter from 6 inches to improve water flow to fire hydrants.

Under a plan town commis-sioners discussed Dec. 14, the main would jog west, perhaps at…

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Boynton Beach/Ocean Ridge: Dogs’ morning at the beach gets good reviews

For one Saturday morning, dogs were allowed to play off leash on the beach at Oceanfront Park. ABOVE: Buddy, 4 months, runs from the incoming tide. BELOW: 3-year-old Duke (front) and Moose, 2, greet each other before running off. Photos by Rachel O’Hara/The Coastal Star…

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Memorial Fountain taking shape: Briny Breezes — Dec. 17

ABOVE: Briny Breezes residents watch as contractors lay a perimeter of decorative memorial bricks around the renovated fountain at the main entrance to the community. 

The fountain features a bronze leaping sailfish statue by artist John W.…

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Briny Breezes/County Pocket: Review of drainage issues puts project’s start on hold

Dozens of truckloads of fill are waiting to be leveled for the townhouse project. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

Neighbors in Briny Breezes and the County Pocket have watched with growing unease as the pile…

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South Palm Beach: Interim manager impresses with people skills

By Dan Moffett

It took South Palm Beach only three weeks to fill its vacant town manager’s position — at least for the short term.

During a hastily called special meeting on Dec. 19, the Town Council unanimously voted to hire on an interim basis former Sewall’s Point and Hillsboro Beach manager Robert Kellogg to replace Mo Thornton, who abruptly resigned in November after 11 months on the job.…

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Delray Beach: City plans marina makeover as single yearlong project

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach will request proposals in January to redo its marina along the Intracoastal Waterway.

The city marina, just south of Atlantic Avenue and on the west side of the waterway, has 23 slips with eight designated for boats with live-aboard owners.

Although the owners of the live-aboard boats asked for the project’s work be staged in two phases so they could shift locations…

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Along the Coast: Overdue I-95 interchange work could wrap this month

By Jane Smith

Motorists will continue to face construction delays at the Woolbright and Hypoluxo road Interstate 95 interchanges.

The contractor is now saying it will be the end of January for most of the work to be finished, according to Andi Pacini, community outreach spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation.

Work at the five locations is taking place mostly overnight to ease the…

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Ocean Ridge: Lucibella felony trial scheduled to start Jan. 28

By Steve Plunkett

Barring any last-minute motions, the often-postponed felony trial of former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella will begin Jan. 28 in Circuit Judge Daliah Weiss’ courtroom.

Lucibella, 65, is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. He also faces a misdemeanor count of using a firearm while intoxicated. He has pleaded not guilty.…

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Lantana: Southeast Atlantic Drive to be repaved this month

By Mary Thurwachter

This month, Lantana residents can look forward to several roads being repaved, including Southeast Atlantic Drive on Hypoluxo Island.

Town Council members agreed during the Dec. 10 meeting to have M&M Asphalt Maintenance Inc. repave streets at an amount not to exceed $215,871. Money for the work will come from the 1-cent sales tax. The Southeast Atlantic Drive portion of the project will…

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