The Coastal Star's Blog – February 2018 Archive (41)

Delray Beach: St. Pat’s parade celebrates 50 years



ABOVE: Parade founder Maury Power and Dennis Gallagher with Porkchop the piglet, 1988

LEFT: Colleen Rolfes Beckner and ‘Papa’ Joe Rose march in 1978. Photos courtesy of Delray Beach Historical…

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Along the Coast: Buzz grows as Publix, new residences near finish

By Dan Moffett and Mary Thurwachter

Up and down the coastal communities, from the condo walls of South Palm Beach, to the mobile homes of Briny Breezes, to the old polo homes of Gulf Stream, a common question resonates from neighbor to neighbor.

“When is that Publix going to open in Manalapan?”

No one has heard it more than Stephanie Young, the marketing director for Manalapan’s Plaza del Mar, where a $10 million renovation is nearing completion, anchored by…

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Coastal Star: Kitchen heat doesn’t disturb history-minded baker

John Miller prepares a Key lime pie with his sons Luke, 13, and Jack, 15, at their Delray Beach home. The boys’ brownies won first place at last year’s Real Men Bake. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith



The chairman of the Delray Beach Historic Preservation Board grows a…

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Along the Coast: Cities at odds with state on controlling vacation rentals’ growth

By Mary Hladky

Steve Homrich watched with growing unease over three nights as young people arriving for parties at his neighbor’s home left rubber on the road while doing doughnuts on his street.

Then Friday night rolled around.

“My wife said, ‘Oh my God, look out the window,’ ” he said. “Groups of 10 and 20 kids were walking down the street to the house. They kept coming. My wife stopped counting at 300.”

That night’s party in June was big — with…

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Boynton Beach: Town Square figures on near horizon

By Jane Smith



The big reveal for Town Square will come March 13.

That’s when Boynton Beach staff will unveil the final cost to residents and the prices the city-owned parcels will fetch from developers to build apartments, a hotel and a public parking garage, City Manager Lori LaVerriere told city commissioners on Feb. 20.

At the same meeting, commissioners approved changing the land use and rezoning of seven city-owned parcels in the 16-acre Town Square…

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Boynton Beach: Josie’s gets reprieve to remain when Riverwalk is redeveloped

By Jane Smith



The Riverwalk Plaza redevelopment is on hold at the southeast corner of Federal Highway and Woolbright Road in Boynton Beach.

The owner of Josie’s Ristorante in the plaza is jubilant that the owner, Isram Realty, will let the restaurant stay in its place at the northern edge of the 9.8-acre complex. Riverwalk sits south and west of the Woolbright Road Bridge.

“I met with him last week,” owner Stephanie Setticasi said in mid-February. “He…

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Editor’s Note: How we approach election coverage

It’s election season. Learn about your candidates and be sure to vote.

I wish it were that simple. It never is. This year the battles are already heating up and the mud of misinformation is getting thick. As a result, I’d like to clarify a few things about The Coastal Star:

• We don’t do candidate endorsements. Never have. Never will.

• This month there are campaign signs in front of our office. We didn’t put them there. Our landlord has allowed them and we made it…

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South Palm Beach: Council members reconsidering participation in groin project

By Dan Moffett

After 12 years of planning, lobbying and debate, South Palm Beach Town Council members say they’re now having second thoughts about staying in a county project to install concrete groins in the hope of stabilizing the town’s eroding beaches.

“This is turning out to be a long project to the answer ‘no,’ ” Mayor Bonnie Fischer said. “We’re just being realistic here. I think it’s about time we looked into something else.”

Until expressing her…

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Manalapan: Town to crack down on water utility violations

By Dan Moffett

After receiving the results of an inspector general’s audit in February, Manalapan is moving forward with 21 recommended changes to tighten billing procedures and improve the internal controls of the town’s water utility department.

Palm Beach County’s Inspector General Office examined the utility’s operation during the 2016 fiscal year and cited seven findings that could use corrective action from the town.

The draft audit found no serious…

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Along the Coast: Cities continue push for rail line safety

By Jane Smith

As Brightline runs its express passenger rail service between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, safety problems recur at grade crossings.

To improve safety, coastal South County cities continue to add quad-crossing gates that meet in the middle to most of the train crossings along the FEC tracks. Once that work is complete, elected bodies could petition the Federal Railroad Administration to have FEC and Brightline trains not blow horns in their…

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Delray Beach: Consultant depicts vision of world-class downtown

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach has a thriving downtown that is the envy of cities nationwide. With some changes, the city could create “a world-class shopping district” that is sustainable through recessions, said Robert Gibbs, an urban design consultant.

Hired by the city’s Downtown Development Authority, Gibbs gave city commissioners the draft results of what he called a “Shopability Analysis” on Feb. 20.

He focused on Atlantic Avenue between the interstate…

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Delray Beach: Seven candidates vie for three seats on commission

Two commissioners square off to be mayor | RESULTS

Five candidates compete for two commission seats:…

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South Palm Beach: 3 open seats, 6 candidates, 2 stalled projects

Six candidate running to fill three council seats: Gottlieb, Hall and Hall | Jordan, LeRoy and McMillan |…

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Ocean Ridge: Lucibella trial postponed until end of April

By Steve Plunkett

Standing outside the courtroom, former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella could not hide his disappointment at having to wait 10 more weeks for his felony trial to begin.

He and defense attorney Heidi Perlet appeared for a calendar call Feb. 20 before Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser, who set a “date certain” of April 30 for the proceedings.

“We were going to get bumped anyway,” Perlet told her client, who is accused of felony battery on a…

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Ocean Ridge: Whistleblower awarded another big paycheck

By Mary Hladky

Ocean Ridge resident Edward Siedle, the president of Benchmark Financial Services Inc., is in line to receive a second major whistleblower award.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission informed him in February that he will receive $30 million for helping it make the case that JPMorgan Chase failed to disclose to wealthy clients that it was steering them into investments that would be most profitable for the bank.

JPMorgan Chase agreed in…

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Along the Coast: After the Parkland shooting

In the days after the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, students from south Palm Beach County schools, including Boca High, West Boca High and Atlantic High in Delray Beach, conducted walkouts and marches in solemn solidarity with Stoneman Douglas students. Seventeen students and teachers were killed at Stoneman Douglas.…

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Ocean Ridge: Candidates weigh outside growth pressures

Three candidates vie for two commission seats | RESULTS

By Dan Moffett

Three candidates for two Ocean Ridge Town Commission seats made their cases to voters…

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Along the Coast: Tourists keep coming

County officials hail ninth straight year of record numbers

Visitors fill the lobby of the 200-room Hyatt Place in downtown Boca Raton in February. The hotel reported a strong first year; it opened in December 2016. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Delray Beach: City staff gets more time to review changes to Midtown

By Jane Smith

Hudson Holdings was so confident that the City Commission would postpone reviewing its Midtown Delray project that it printed fliers with the new date: March 6.

“In mutual agreement with the City and in the best interest of Midtown Delray Beach, tonight’s hearing has been rescheduled,” the flier copy read, referring to Feb. 6, the date of the regularly scheduled commission meeting. The flier was found on the chamber floor about 6:20 that…

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Ocean Ridge: Consultant: Inlet Cay drainage inadequate

By Dan Moffett

Early findings from an engineering consultant are helping to explain why the Inlet Cay neighborhood in Ocean Ridge is prone to street flooding.

After studying the drainage system on the 16-acre island, Robert Higgins told town commissioners on Feb. 12 that the 60-year-old network of pipes does not have the capacity to meet today’s standards.

Higgins said current requirements would call for a system of 18-inch and 24-inch pipes. The island…

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