The Coastal Star's Blog – March 2016 Archive (63)

Delray Beach: Delray to discuss plan for dog beach

By Rich Pollack



    After months of study and research, the Delray Beach Parks and Recreation Department has submitted a draft report to City Manager Don Cooper, recommending a six-month pilot program for a dog beach at the city’s Atlantic Dunes Park.

    While the proposal is good news for proponents of a dog beach, it has not received the approval of the city manager, who is recommending city commissioners reject the plan — in large part because it would be…

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Along the Coast: An educational home run

Gulf Stream School students get a lesson

in geometry and statistics from a day at the ballpark

Marc Bonutti cheers for a Marlins run the day…

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Manalapan: Publix expected at Plaza del Mar

By Dan Moffett



    Publix Super Markets and Manalapan are in the final stages of negotiations that appear likely to bring a store to the town’s Plaza del Mar shopping center by 2018.

    “It looks like there’s a 95 percent chance that this will happen,” said a source close to the talks. “There are some details left to resolve, and the company has to complete its due diligence. But there’s nothing major left to work out.”

    Publix has told the town it…

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Coastal Star: Philanthropist’s mantra: Those blessed with success should share their blessings

Delray Beach resident Alan Rose has become a strong supporter of the Caridad Center in Boynton Beach.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack



    Until a few years ago, Alan Rose had never…

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Dinner & Dancing on the Water: Bicentennial Park, Lantana – March 18

The eight-piece Solid Brass band rocks out during a Dinner & Dancing concert presented by the town of Lantana.

Guests enjoyed a buffet-style meal under the stars, then danced to classic rock and R&B songs

from the ’60s through the ’80s while…

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Delray Beach: Atlantic Crossing sallies forth to City Commission

By Jane Smith



    Atlantic Crossing’s revised site plan sailed through a city advisory panel in early March and will be reviewed by the City Commission on April 5.

    The proposed $200 million Atlantic Crossing project sits stalled on 9.2 acres at the northeast corner of Federal Highway and East Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach.

    The latest plan shows a circular valet path with two lanes, instead of a horseshoe-shaped one, that aligns with an…

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Editor's Note: Keep in touch: Summer no longer a slow season

    Spring? Already? It seems too soon for hurricane predictions, rising humidity and transport trucks heading north. But here it is April. Where did winter go?

    It was a busy season along the coast, filled with the usual array of lovely philanthropic and cultural events, gatherings of friends and family and outdoor leisure time at the beach, patio or pool — when it wasn’t raining. Seems like it rained a lot this winter.

    Now, it’s time to embrace April and brace for summer.…

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Gulf Stream: More delays, higher costs for town’s underground utilities project

By Dan Moffett



    Faced with a staggering cost increase and continued delays, Gulf Stream commissioners are scrambling to get their much-troubled and long-awaited underground utilities project back on track.

    Danny Brannon, Gulf Stream’s engineering consultant, had nothing but bad news to deliver at the March town meeting. He said the bids have come in for phase two of the project and they’re about 33 percent, or roughly $954,000, higher than expected.…

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Letter to the Editor: An open plea to the Delray commission

    This is a pivotal time in Delray Beach history, so I want to make a few comments on the Atlantic Crossing project, which the city sent back to the Site Plan Review and Appearance Board on March 1.

    I want to thank Commissioners Shelly Petrolia and Mitch Katz for being concerned about the lack of proper process on abandonment of the two-way road.

    Where is the abandonment proceeding? It never happened. So a two-way road and an alley are in danger of being given away by the…

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Local Voices: Public records law changes were misguided

    This legislative session demonstrated a political will to reform the Florida’s Public Records Act. However, that will was misguided in both SB 1220 and HB 1021.

    Those bills targeted the attorney’s fees provision of Chapter 119 and attempted to change that reward to successful litigants from mandatory to discretionary. The zeitgeist: Judges punish lawyers for not vetting clients. Since very few people will pay tens of thousands of dollars for an email, the lawyers will ultimately…

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Local Voices: Careful public records safeguards needed

    Two days after the Florida Legislature completed the 2016 session, a Sun Sentinel editorial headlined “Open government under attack,” indirectly referred to a failed bill that attempted to address abuse of the Public Records Act by a cottage industry of scam artists who have conspired to fleece Florida taxpayers of many millions of dollars.

    With some irony, the Florida Press Association had worked with bill sponsors to craft language to assure that only abusers of open government…

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Delray Beach: City’s special-events policy will aim to recover costs, reduce numbers

By Jane Smith



    For nearly a year, city staffers have toiled to create a special-events policy for Delray Beach.

    Gathering staff from various departments was a bit like herding cats, Assistant City Manager Francine Ramaglia told city commissioners at their March workshop. But with the policy in place, each employee will know what is required, she said.

    For the first time, the city will have a special event application fee of $150 and require…

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Delray Beach: Two city ballot questions pass

    Delray Beach voters overwhelmingly approved changing the city charter to give the City Commission authority to appoint an internal auditor. The vote was 9,318 to 3,144.
    The vote on a second referendum question, on allowing the City Commission to change its civil service code by local ordinance instead of by holding a referendum and submitting a local bill to the Florida Legislature, received a closer approval, at 6,402 to 5,569.
— Jane Smith

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Manalapan: Town wants more study of water deal with Boynton

By Dan Moffett



    A positive report from Commissioner Clark Appleby has given the Manalapan Town Commission reason to take the next steps in exploring a water utility deal with Boynton Beach.

    Appleby, a financial adviser by trade, studied the potential impact of selling the town’s system and found that most of Manalapan’s customers would see their water bills decrease if the deal with Boynton goes through.

    “About 85 percent or more of the users…

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Along the Coast: How a man with no grand plan ended up traveling to 100 countries and circling the world aboard Air Force Two

Jim Donley keeps a map of the world at his Delray Beach home decorated with photos

from his adventures as a Cabinet aide and economic development adviser.

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Delray Beach: City manager attends CRA workshop to assure goals aligned

Correction

      An April story about the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency’s goal-setting session gave the wrong attribution about the reasons behind a proposed tax rate reduction. The CRA executive director told his board members that the city wants the CRA to cover an additional $2 million in projects and services so that the city could reduce its overall property tax rate. 

By Jane…

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Delray Beach: iPic squeaks by with commission OK to proceed

By Jane Smith



    The iPic theater complex will go forward in the heart of Delray Beach by the slimmest of approval ratings.

    On March 15, the City Commission signed off on three waivers and a site plan by a 3-2 vote. The project will occupy 1.59 acres just south of Atlantic Avenue between Southeast Fourth and Fifth avenues.

    Vice Mayor Shelly Petrolia and Commissioner Mitch Katz voted no. Katz didn’t think iPic did enough to reduce its size, as…

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Along the Coast: State responds to rise in overdose deaths with new legislation

By Mary Hladky



    Facing an epidemic of drug overdose deaths, Florida lawmakers passed a number of bills in the recently completed legislative session that take steps to rein in the problem.

    “I think the Legislature has really developed an understanding of the impact of substance abuse disorders and mental health … and an understanding of the epidemic we are facing with heroin and opioids,” said Mark Fontaine, executive director of the Florida Alcohol and…

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Along the Coast: Congresswoman to host private roundtable chat on sober houses

By Jane Smith



    Another ray of hope for South County coastal cities overwhelmed with sober home complaints comes via U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel’s office.

    She is holding a roundtable discussion May 2 on sober homes. Her office has invited mayors, city managers and city attorneys to the Delray Beach discussion, which will take place in private.  An assistant secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Department, Gustavo Velasquez, also will attend.

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Delray Beach: Revived drug users to get help toward recovery resources

By Rich Pollack



    Drug users who overdose and are rescued with the use of the medication naloxone may soon be getting long-term recovery help from an unexpected source — the Delray Beach Police Department.

    Police Chief Jeff Goldman, working in conjunction with the Delray Beach Drug Task Force, hopes to begin a pilot program this month in which the department connects overdose survivors with trained social-service advocates who can help get those who are…

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