The Coastal Star's Blog – March 2020 Archive (80)

Highland Beach: Town cancels Spring Fling event

By Rich Pollack

Concerns about the coronavirus have led Highland Beach leaders to cancel the 2020 Spring Fling, originally scheduled for March 21.

“Based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Health, we are exercising an abundance of caution to protect our population, which happens to be an at-risk population,” Town Manager Marshall Labadie said. 

In the past, the annual Spring Fling has featured food, a fire…

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A timeline of troubles

2005 — Delray Beach begins planning for installation of reclaimed-water lines on the barrier island as part of a settlement reached with state and federal regulators to stop sending raw sewage into the ocean. The city hires contractors to do the work and monitor it. The South Florida Water Management District supplies grants to pay for the system.

April 1, 2009 — The South Central Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant that serves Delray Beach sends its…

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Delray Beach: City failed to report residents sickened by wastewater

City contractors check the reclaimed water connection at the corner of A1A and Rhodes Villa Avenue on March 2. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

Drinking water safe, manager says…

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Boca Raton: Ocean Strand set to partially open this fall as ‘minimal’ park

By Steve Plunkett

Ocean Strand, 15 acres on State Road A1A that the public has owned for decades but not been able to enjoy, will open in six months as a limited-use park.

The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, which paid $11.9 million for the property in 1994, voted unanimously March 2 to install benches, a rock road and a portable restroom on the acreage west of A1A with an eye on opening the gates by September.

“I think it’s important to get it…

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Boca Raton: Door opens for marijuana dispensary near beach

Palmetto Park Road between A1A and Intracoastal Waterway

is possible location

By Mary Hladky

The City Council has cleared the way for medical…

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Highland Beach: Commission approves parking ordinance

By Rich Pollack

They were almost two years in the making, but Highland Beach finally has clear rules for parking on its six side streets.

For decades the rules for parking on residential streets — lined with single-family homes and multifamily townhomes — were confusing and difficult to sort out. That is changing with a new street parking ordinance that received final approval this month.

“We had 52 parking codes and some of them contradicted one another,”…

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Boca Raton: Homeless man charged with killing father in parking garage off A1A

Boca Raton police investigate the beginnings of a hole that the suspect intended to use as a grave for his father’s body, according to the police report. Photo provided

By Mary Hladky

A 26-year-old man is being held without bond in the Palm Beach County Jail after his Feb. 4…

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Highland Beach: Illumination Awards

Place of Hope’s second recognition ceremony on Jan. 28 at St. Lucy Catholic Church honored local leaders in law enforcement as well as elected officials. Keynote speaker Liza Smoker discussed human trafficking, one of the nonprofit’s focus areas. Smoker said 48 human traffickers have been arrested in Palm Beach County, much due…

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Boca Raton: Haynie trial on corruption charges postponed until July

By Mary Hladky

Any hopes that suspended Mayor Susan Haynie might have had of reclaiming her elected office ended Feb. 27 when both her defense lawyer and the prosecutor asked that her trial on public corruption charges be delayed.

In a four-minute hearing Circuit Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen canceled Haynie’s March 23 trial date and…

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Boca Raton: Community Garden begins move to make way for train station

By Margie Plunkett

The Junior League’s Community Garden, located along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks east of the Downtown Library, closed its eastern half in late February to make room for construction of the new Virgin Trains station.

The garden, which has been at its current site by 400 NW Second Ave. for a…

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Boca Raton: City ‘working hard’ to avoid costly sewer disaster, mayor says

Deal with Virgin Trains, ‘innovative’ policing highlight past year

By Mary Hladky

“We have got great news to share,” said Mayor Scott Singer. “The state of our city is strong.”

Singer’s assessment of how the city is doing was delivered in a Feb. 18 State of the City speech at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center that drew a crowd of about 200, including many of the city’s leading citizens and volunteers.…

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Highland Beach: Crosswalk improvements for A1A still lack funds

By Rich Pollack

After months of negotiating with state officials, Highland Beach finally has the green light to go ahead with long-awaited safety improvements to eight crosswalks on State Road A1A.

The town already has engineering reports and even has bids from two companies willing to do the job.

There’s only one holdup.

“We have everything we need to go forward,” Town Manager Marshall Labadie told commissioners during a meeting this month. “We just…

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Along the Coast: Municipalities act to ensure 2020 Census count is accurate

By Charles Elmore

The 2020 Census arrives a decade after 1.4 million folks in Florida were left out of the nation’s last official head count, according to a federal review.

Up and down the coast, communities are scrambling to avoid undercounts as census forms begin landing in mailboxes around March 12. Each missed person represents about $1,600 per year in lost funding for things like roads, schools and environmental and social programs, local officials…

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Highland Beach: Spring Fling to highlight protecting the environment

Update: Town cancels Spring Fling event

By Rich Pollack

The environment will be in the spotlight during the town’s annual Spring Fling community event, which will also feature food, a fire department demonstration and live music.

Set for…

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Delray Beach: Lessons from ‘Happy’ and ‘Kind’

Two nuns named Elizabeth spark joy at St. Vincent Ferrer

Sister Elizabeth Halaj and Sister Elizabeth Kulesa attend St. Vincent Ferrer Church and School’s Parish Festival in Delray Beach. Halaj, nicknamed ‘Sister Happy,’ and Kulesa, known as…

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Editor's Note: Big-money issues make voting vital this month

March 17 is an election day. Are you excited? OK, maybe not. I realize only some will be able to vote in the presidential preference primary (it is a closed primary, open to only registered Democrats or Republicans), but everyone who is registered to vote in Palm Beach County can vote in the uniform municipal elections.

So, if you’re registered to vote in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Briny Breezes, South Palm Beach or Lantana, you need to get yourself to your polling place on election…

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Letter to the Editor: Resident says commissioners not responsive to crowd

My previous letter on the topic of artificial turf provoked a vocal awakening of the taxpayers of Ocean Ridge — which in most instances should have been an awakening for the Town Commission.

In the case of Steve Coz and Phil Besler, they listened to the concerns of nearly 100 vocal citizens and tried to understand the rationale for banning turf.

In the case of Susan Hurlburt, Don MaGruder and Kristine de Haseth, it provoked defiance of the will of those who elected them in favor…

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Manalapan: Town proposal would allow docks before home construction

By Dan Moffett

Manalapan commissioners are moving forward with a new ordinance that would allow docks to be built on vacant properties before home construction begins.

Mayor Keith Waters said during the commission’s Feb. 25 meeting that the ordinance likely would apply to five existing empty lots in the town with docks and to new construction.

The new rule would eliminate a stipulation in the town’s code that treats docks solely as accessories to existing…

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Ocean Ridge: Vacuum system the choice of septic-to-sewer panel

By Rich Pollack

If and when Ocean Ridge’s Septic to Sewer Citizens Advisory Committee recommends the town convert to a centralize sewage treatment system, it is likely to suggest using vacuum technology rather than a traditional gravity and force-main system.

During a meeting last month, members of the committee agreed to recommend in concept using a vacuum system, which pulls sewage to a central collection station before sending it to a regional plant, rather…

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Coastal Star: Real estate career — and game — are monopolizing broker’s time

Rochelle LeCavalier of Boca Raton is executive director of luxury sales, sports and entertainment for Douglas Elliman Florida. Now she’s chairing the Monopoly fundraiser for Boca Helping Hands. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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