The Coastal Star's Blog – July 2018 Archive (45)

Boca Raton: Downtown post office will stay where it is

By Steve Plunkett

The city’s downtown post office is staying put, postal officials announced July 5.…

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Boca Raton: Candidate for mayor has no record of voting here

By Steve Plunkett



If mayoral candidate Bernard Korn votes in the city’s Aug. 28 special election, it will be the first ballot he has ever cast in Palm Beach County, the county’s top elections official says.

Korn registered to vote for the first time April 9, according to Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher. Her office has no record of his…

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Boca Raton: Small businesses labor with same downtown rules as big developers

Rick Felberbaum cuts pastry for ice cream sandwiches at Proper Ice Cream. Frustrated by slow progress in Boca Raton, he opened his shop in Delray Beach. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Mary Hladky

As his passion for the practice of law faded, Rick…

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Highland Beach: Celebrating 50 years of St. Lucy Church

A construction crew works on the foundation of a separate rectory in 1987. Photos provided by the Highland Beach Library

A statue of St.…

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Highland Beach: St. Lucy Catholic Church marks 50 years

The Most Rev. Gerald M. Barbarito, Bishop of Palm Beach, presided over the Rite of Installation of the Rev. Father D. Brian

Horgan (far right) on June 10 as the fifth pastor in the history of St. Lucy Catholic Church. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Highland Beach: Detectives confirm Highland Beach widow’s death as homicide

By Rich Pollack

Neighbors west of Pompano Beach first noticed the 2013 Hyundai Sonata in a vacant field in April, shortly before the body of affable Highland Beach resident Elizabeth Cabral, 85, was found in her apartment across from the ocean.

Cabral’s car, recovered after someone called the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to report a suspicious vehicle, is just one piece of evidence Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office detectives have collected as they try…

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Boca Raton: Beach & Park District to ask again for help with Ocean Breeze costs

By Steve Plunkett

The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District wants the city to pay part of the cost of rebuilding the Ocean Breeze golf course.

District Chairman Robert Rollins calls it “Erin’s question” — “How much are they going to give us from the sale of the municipal course?” — after Commissioner Erin Wright first raised the issue months ago.

Wright and her colleagues are sure to seek an answer from the Boca Raton City Council at the next joint…

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Boca Raton: Divergent user fee rates set for city, parks discussion

By Steve Plunkett

Who is a resident, and how much should he or she pay to use park facilities?

Those are two questions the Boca Raton City Council and the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District will try to answer at a joint meeting July 23.

Michael Kalvort, the city’s recreation services director, gave council members an overview of the mishmash of fees people pay at parks depending on whether they live in Boca Raton, outside the city but in the…

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Boca Raton: Tri-Rail has preferred second site, but not funds

By Mary Hladky

Tri-Rail officials have chosen their preferred location for a second station in Boca Raton, but can’t yet guarantee it will be built.

The preferred site is the former King’s Deli property along the CSX railroad tracks at Military Trail and Northwest 19th Street, officials said at a sparsely attended June 20 public meeting at the Spanish River Library.…

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Boca Raton: International flights keep airport’s new incinerator smoking

Boca Raton Airport Operations Manager Travis Bryan carries a bag of trash from an international flight to the incinerator at the U.S. Customs facility. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

At the Boca Raton Airport, trash has become a very big deal.

Since the airport’s…

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Boca Raton: Multiple agencies patrol — but don’t control — Boca Bash

By Steve Plunkett



Police are hamstrung by state rules that limit what they can do in Lake Boca, where a man drowned this April during the hugely popular Boca Bash.

City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser calls the state preemptions “just so surprisingly restrictive” when it comes to boating and local governments.

“Perhaps they weren’t originally designed for these types of, kind of massive, events. They were just intended for boating and navigation, open…

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Boca Raton: Next Haynie hearing set for July 26

By Emily J. Minor  



The attorney for suspended Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie told a judge at a “status check” hearing last month that his team had just received discovery materials from prosecutors and needs more time to prepare.

Palm Beach Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley scheduled the next hearing for July 26; a trial date could be set then.…

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Boca Raton: Lawsuit, zoning proposals add to city vs. Midtown battle

By Mary Hladky

The battle between the city and Midtown developer Crocker Partners has intensified, with Crocker suing the city in May in an effort to keep its project alive and the city in June asking a judge to toss the lawsuit.

Another dispute arose in June, when Mayor Scott Singer proposed ordinances that would replace county zoning regulations — which remained in effect after the city annexed the Midtown area in 2003 — with city zoning regulations. The change…

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Boynton Beach: Civic Center’s last dance

Final social event stirs a half-century of memories

Jean Fletcher and Claude Donawa enjoy a final dance together at the Boynton Beach Civic Center. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron…

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Along the Coast: Rare seaweed washes ashore

Mounds of sargassum, in places more than 30 feet wide and more than a foot deep, pile up on the beach in Ocean Ridge in mid-June. Since then some of the seaweed decomposed but then more arrived on the tide. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

Sargassum species…

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Along the Coast: Property values hit new highs

Manalapan leads South County with 10.51% increase



By Mary…

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Coastal Star: Blood donor reaches milestone, then sets another goal

Marty Pawlicki of Briny Breezes has tubes running into both arms while he makes the final donation of platelets on his way to the 100-gallon milestone. To the right is Benita Teschendorf, his fiancee, whom he met while donating his 70th gallon. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Rich…

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Editor’s Note: With anger everywhere, violence not a surprise

We lock our doors when there’s only one person in the office. We lock them when we’re working at night.

There’ve been times when we’ve asked local law enforcement to keep an eye on our office and our employees. We’ve been screamed at on the telephone and had hateful postings on the online and social media versions of our stories. And, of course, we’ve been threatened with lawsuits and sued over our reporting.

Let that all sink in.

We’re a 17,000-circulation, monthly…

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Letter to the Editor: Press is best defense of liberty

This congregation was devastated to learn of the shooting in Annapolis June 28 and we are praying for the victims and their families.

While our heart is with the Capital Gazette we can’t imagine what each of you may be experiencing with your colleagues’ suffering. The work each of you produces shines light on the communities where we live and work and provides greater clarity and understanding of those forces that impact our daily lives.

Journalists shouldn’t have to…

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Delray Beach: City adds two from public to CRA board after outcry over commission’s takeover

By Jane Smith



Unfair. Disrespectful. Insulting. Deceptive. Racial undertones.

Several black community members have spoken those words at Delray Beach City Commission meetings since the beginning of April when commissioners voted to take over the city’s redevelopment board.

A few hours before the June 5 meeting, where Community Redevelopment Agency board expansion was on the commission agenda, the politics ramped up a notch.

Reggie Cox, a former…

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