The Coastal Star's Blog – May 2016 Archive (62)

Along the Coast: Teeing off for summer

First ‘Little Cup’ a pleasant competition

Golfers roll in to The Little Club for the first Little Cup tournament in Gulf…

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Along the Coast: Barrier islands’ fire study points to potential savings

By Dan Moffett

 

    Preliminary results of a barrier island fire district study suggest that six coastal communities could benefit from joining forces to provide their own services, Gulf Stream Town Manager William Thrasher said.

    “There seems to be an opportunity for more efficient service at a reduced combined cost,” Thrasher said. “But there’ll need to be a redistribution of the costs.”

    The study, released in April by Texas-based Matrix Consulting…

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Manalapan: Not everyone happy with Publix impact

By Dan Moffett



    Manalapan town commissioners say they’re delighted to be negotiating with Publix to bring a supermarket to their Plaza del Mar.

    There is just one thing, however. They say they want it to be a Manalapan sort of Publix, and that could require some extra negotiating.

    So, at their April 26 meeting, the commissioners postponed giving final approval to an ordinance that would have allowed Publix to erect its trademark sign in the plaza,…

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Editor's Note: A1A crosswalk signs are well worth the expense

    I’m a walker. Most mornings I see some of you as I head to the Ocean Ridge Natural Area or to the beach. Often you wave — which is lovely. Often you slow down or stop at the A1A crosswalks and let me cross. That’s what you are supposed to do, and I appreciate it.

    The relatively recent installation of in-the-crosswalk signs has greatly improved the frequency at which motorists slow to let pedestrians cross.

    But since these signs are in the middle of the roadway, they…

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Along the Coast: Feds take sober look at 'bad operators'

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel addresses the media, flanked by HUD’s Gustavo Velasquez and Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

Related story: Delray Commission alarmed at drug-related …

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Coastal Star: Woman’s marine activism started with youthful observation

Katelyn Cucinotta joins an Earth Day beach cleanup at Ocean Inlet Park.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack



    Katelyn Cucinotta was walking on the beach after surfing not far from…

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Along the Coast: Delray Commission alarmed at drug-related public safety figures

By Jane Smith

    

    Heroin overdoses and use of other illegal drugs have prompted Delray Beach fire-rescue and police leaders to ask for more officers and firefighter/paramedics.

    The city’s more than 200 rehabilitation facilities account for 6 percent of the 20,000-plus incident reports police officers make annually, Police Chief Jeff Goldman told city commissioners on April 12. “This does not take into account the several hundred calls for service we…

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Along the Coast: Railroad improvements require temporary street closings

By Jane Smith



    All Aboard Florida is continuing to add double tracks and quiet zone devices to South County coastal cities for its Brightline express rail that will link Miami to Orlando along the Florida East Coast tracks.

    While the double tracks are installed, the following roads will be closed 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Lantana Road, May 10-13, and Northeast 15th Avenue, Boynton Beach, May 1-5.

    Closings for Delray Beach:

    Southeast 10th Street,…

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Ocean Ridge: Commissioners to assess drainage problems

By Dan Moffett



    Ocean Ridge commissioners are preparing to take a close look at the town’s storm-water drainage issues, but there are two schools of thought about how extensive that examination should be.

    Commissioner James Bonfiglio wants a deep dive, believing it’s time for the commission to review the comprehensive drainage study that was done in 2000 and see if it still holds water. Bonfiglio thinks the commission should consider bringing in outside…

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Letter to the Editor: Better traffic planning needed in downtown Boca

    As an architect and urban planner, I would like to amplify my comments on Mizner 200, published in The Coastal Star last June. This is the proposed replacement for Mizner on the Green in Boca Raton.

    To its credit, the developer/owner, ELAD National Properties LLC, has changed architects and modified earlier proposals that were at variance with Boca Raton zoning requirements. Height, density, and design were modified to now substantially comply with current zoning and…

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Letter to the Editor: Boynton Riverwalk needs grocery

    Congratulations to Jane Smith on her comprehensive reporting on the plans for redevelopment of Boynton Beach’s Riverwalk Plaza.

    As an original owner for 10 years at Marina Village, I found it wonderful when the new Publix opened at Sunshine Square. Unfortunately, in the last two years, shopping there has become a nightmare. The poorly designed parking lot cannot handle the traffic.

    It is terrifying to see what will happen after 500 Ocean is completed, plus what if Isram…

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Letter to the Editor: 'Coastal Star' a shining light

    I have been a resident of Palm Beach County since 1973, from West Palm Beach to Boca Raton, and in that time I have seen dozens of smaller newspapers come and go.

    I would like to give you a compliment: You and your team are doing a great job with the layout, content and distribution of The Coastal Star. Your passion shows in the quality of your newspaper, and we, the readers, really appreciate it.

    The icing on the cake is, I was at The Colony Hotel in Palm…

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Delray Beach: Police will test body cameras

By Jane Smith

    

    Twenty city police officers will soon sport body cameras in a pilot program.

    The Delray Beach City Commission approved spending $34,260 for 20 Tasers, 20 body cameras and cloud storage of the cameras’ audio/video.

    The Tasers will be upgraded every five years and the cameras will be upgraded every 30 months, Andrew Mellen, the company rep, told commissioners on April 19. He called it a “worry-free contract.”

    The goal is…

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Manalapan: Final numbers near on Manalapan-Boynton water proposal

By Dan Moffett



    Dozens of residents packed Town Hall for an April 19 workshop on Manalapan’s proposed water utility deal with Boynton Beach, and now town commissioners say they’re working to answer questions and allay concerns raised in the meeting.

    “This is a work in progress and nothing has been decided,” said Mayor David Cheifetz. “We continue to process information.”

    By the end of May, commissioners expect to receive a report from a consultant…

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Gulf Stream: Commissioners look for savings, speed in utilities plan

By Dan Moffett



    Gulf Stream commissioners are scrambling to squeeze costs out of their troubled underground utilities project and accelerate a construction schedule that threatens to drag on for at least another two years.

    Mayor Scott Morgan said the town should consider taking drastic action to expedite the project’s completion — including perhaps hiring independent contractors to replace AT&T and Comcast crews.

    “They cannot hold a town…

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Delray Beach: Fate of Atlantic Crossing project back in court

By Jane Smith

    

    The fate of the stalled Atlantic Crossing project is back in federal court.

    In early April, the Delray Beach City Commission rejected the project’s modified site plan that added a driveway and redesigned the valet area into a circular path from a horseshoe-shaped version. The plan also called for improved contrast for the two loading docks and a pedestrian crosswalk moved north in the project to increase its safety.

    The…

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Delray Beach: CRA votes Arts Garage some help, with strings attached

Related story: ArtsPaper Q&A with Alyona Ushe

By Jane Smith



    The popular Arts Garage will soon be able to book bands for the summer, after its chief public provider decided to step outside its guidelines and aid the struggling arts venue.

    Dan Schwartz, Arts…

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Delray Beach: Ride to remember cyclists killed, hurt

    More than 200 bicyclists are expected in Delray Beach’s Ride of Silence, part of an annual event to honor cyclists killed or injured while riding.

    The worldwide event will begin at 6 p.m. May 18. It will be a 10-mile ride starting and ending at Old School Square.

    “This is a slow, casual ride not to exceed 9 mph,” said Patrick Halliday, president of the Delray Beach Bicycle Club.

    There is no charge to participate, but riders must be at least 16 years old. Riders…

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Delray Beach: Dog beach ‘back to square one’ with risk assessment

By Rich Pollack



    A group of dog owners buoyed by a Delray Beach Parks and Recreation Department plan to create a dog beach during a six-month trial suffered a setback when the department’s director reversed course, saying dogs romping through the sand could pose a health risk to beachgoers.

    “Recent information regarding specific parasitic conditions which could be acerbated by the presence of dogs, has caused me to change my recommendation,” said Delray…

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Delray Beach: New signal poles create tight spaces

The Florida Department of Transportation is finishing work at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Venetian Drive.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

    

    Delray Beach will have thinner landscape islands at the east Atlantic Avenue…

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