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Along the Coast: It’s a struggle to get derelict boats off water

Harry Patten says this sailboat has been anchored at the north end of Lake Boca since 2017. Willie Howard/The Coastal Star

By Willie Howard

Living in a waterfront home is a privilege.

But living with a water view can lead to unwanted neighbors when boaters pull…

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Delray Beach: ‘Art barge’ lacks visual appeal for some neighbors

Artist Bill DeBilzan’s barge was moved to this private dock south of the Ocean Avenue Bridge in Lantana in late March.

DeBilzan said he would leave it there temporarily until he decided where to move the barge. Willie Howard/The Coastal Star

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Coastal Star: Longtime Faulk Center volunteer helps widows, widowers move forward

Fran Rosenheck of Boca Raton, a Florida-licensed clinical social worker, has volunteered at the Faulk Center for Counseling (above) for the past 21 years. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Linda Haase

We’re not supposed to tell secrets, but Fran Rosenheck just can’t…

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Editor’s Note: Gun-proof your home against suicidal impulse

Let’s talk about suicide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is one death by suicide every 12 minutes in the United States. Every 12 minutes, someone’s pain is so severe they can’t fathom any other way out of it and every 12 minutes friends and family are shattered by that decision.

Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in our country. Among ages 10-32, it’s the second-leading cause of death.

And firearms are the most common method of suicide.…

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Lantana: Pilot recalls life inside a celebrated blimp

Lantana resident Don Ploskunak was one of the first airship pilots to cover sporting events. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Stephen Moore

Don Ploskunak’s flying infatuation began 70 years ago when he would stare and wonder as crop dusters sprayed the Ohio farm fields…

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Ocean Ridge: Commission approves mass alert system for emergencies

By Dan Moffett

Ocean Ridge commissioners are hoping to have a mass public notification system up and running before the hurricane season begins in June.

The commission unanimously approved on April 1 a proposal by the Massachusetts-based company CivicPlus to install the alert system in the town for $2,065, with an annual renewal charge of $965.

With the CivicPlus technology, officials will be able to rapidly send alerts to the town’s residents by text,…

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Ocean Ridge: Lucibella files appeal; Plesnik pushes ahead with civil suit

By Steve Plunkett



Court transcribers are busily typing what they anticipate will be 1,800 pages detailing former Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella’s recent criminal trial.

Lucibella, 65, is appealing…

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Along the Coast: Prospect of second Tri-Rail station in Boca Raton all but dead

By Mary Hladky

The possibility of a second Tri-Rail station in Boca Raton has all but evaporated.

Steven Abrams, executive director of the South Florida Regional Transit Authority, which operates Tri-Rail, told the Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations on March 5 that the idea is on permanent hold.

Tri-Rail began considering a second Boca Raton stop in 2007, and the idea got traction when a coalition of landowners near the Town Center mall proposed…

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Delray Beach: Why can’t Delray keep city managers?

Related Stories: Leadership timeline | Interim manager making progress on city reorganization

By Rich Pollack and Jane…

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Delray Beach: Interim manager making progress on city reorganization

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Briny Breezes: Opera singer keeps it simple, sails through anthem without a hitch

Briny Breezes resident Martin Poock, a professional opera singer, belts out The Star-Spangled Banner during a Houston Astros-Washington Nationals spring training game at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Rachel O’Hara/The Coastal Star

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Delray Beach: Leadership timeline

2013

Jan. 3 David Harden retires after 22 years as city manager. Douglas Smith, assistant city manager, becomes interim city manager.

Outgoing mayor Woodie McDuffie resigns after running unsuccessfully for county Supervisor of Elections. Vice Mayor Tom Carney becomes acting mayor.

Commissioners are Angie Gray, Al Jacquet and Adam Frankel. Christina Morrison is appointed to…

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South Palm Beach: Weissman, LeRoy win council seats

Mark Weissman, a newcomer to the South Palm Beach council, is sworn in. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

Former state Rep. Mark Weissman and incumbent Bill LeRoy claimed the two contested seats on the South Palm Beach Town Council in the March 12 municipal…

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South Palm Beach: Town looks for lobbyist despite demise of beach project

By Dan Moffett

South Palm Beach council members are looking for a lobbyist to get behind their beach project. Never mind that they don’t have a beach project to get behind.

The plan to stabilize the town’s shoreline with concrete groins fell apart in February when county officials pulled out their support because of soaring costs and opposition from neighbors to the south.

That left South Palm Beach scrambling to find an alternative project that would do…

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South Palm Beach: Pelican rescue

Retired avian veterinarian Greg Harrison holds a pelican found March 2 in front of the Dune Deck Condominium. A South Palm Beach resident, Harrison observed the bird for some time and intervened when it became obvious the bird was ill. After he called several rescue organizations, which were unable to provide pickup service, a…

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Boynton Beach: Genealogy search reveals unexpected surprise: Three sisters

Susan Simpson, Beverlee Schnellenberger and Kathy Jeffers (l-r) were the talk of Howard Schnellenberger’s 85th birthday celebration at the Schnellenberger home in Boynton Beach. When Tim Schnellenberger and his wife, Anyssa, started a genealogy project last year, they discovered his mother, Beverlee, had three half-sisters she…

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Delray Beach: Occupancy limits in restaurants will get more enforcement at night

By Jane Smith

Starting April 1, the Delray Beach Fire Department began sending letters to East Atlantic Avenue restaurants reminding them of city rules.

The owners will be required to comply with set occupancy limits and follow a city code provision that does not allow a restaurant to become a nightclub after food service ends. The city approves only restaurants or stand-alone bars, not hybrid operations.

Repeat offenders will have to pick up the cost for…

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Along the Coast: Test project buries lines in area of Boca, is coming to Delray, Boynton

ABOVE: Paul Redclift and John Girard gave good reviews to the FPL crew that installed a transformer on Redclift’s property on Las Casas Road in Boca Raton. FPL thinks underground lines will ease power outages, but everyone in each selected small area must agree to have the work done. BELOW LEFT: Lines no longer run through the…

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Lantana: Council to consider closing gates to beach parking lot at night

By Mary Thurwachter

Like all parks in Lantana, the beach is officially shut from sundown to sunrise. But the gates are not closed and cars can drive into the parking lot and people still have access to the shoreline.

Council member Ed Shropshire wonders whether that shouldn’t change and proposes that the gates close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

During a discussion at the March 25 council meeting, Shropshire said he had gone to the beach several times before it…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Janet Schijns

Janet Schijns of Ocean Ridge holds Cassie Jo, her 5-year-old Labradoodle, and shows her collection of Star Wars and Wonder Woman figurines. Schijns runs her own company, the JS Group, a technology consultancy, and was recently recognized by the IT industry as Channel Partners magazine’s 2019 Channel Influencer of the Year.…

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