The Coastal Star's Blog – August 2018 Archive (40)

Boca Raton: Thomson is council's new addition

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher (standing) watches as ballots are examined during the…

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Boca Raton: Council endorses rules to streamline small-business approvals

By Mary Hladky

The Boca Raton City Council has endorsed changes that would make it simpler and less time-consuming for small-business owners to get approvals for their projects in the downtown.

Council members have long talked about the need to streamline the process for reviewing downtown building and renovation projects, and the issue was highlighted earlier this year by the saga of an entrepreneur who wanted to open an ice cream shop on Palmetto Park…

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Highland Beach: Town picks manager after second round of search

Michigan man knows our issues, commission says

By Rich Pollack

After a few hiccups, Highland Beach has a new town manager.

Following a day and a half of intensive interviews, Highland Beach commissioners selected Marshall Labadie of South Lyon, Mich., as town manager. …

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Boca Raton: Landowner plans to sue city over ALF project denial

By Mary Hladky

One month after Boca Raton City Council members rejected a proposal to build a luxury adult living facility in the downtown, landowner Robert Buehl announced he plans to file a lawsuit seeking as much as $100 million in damages against the city.

The council’s 3-1 vote on July 23, with only Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers supporting the project, was unexpected since developer Group P6’s previous condo projects in the city were easily approved and the…

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Boca Raton: Artists given small window to apply for mural spots at Red Reef Park

By Steve Plunkett



Artists had just two weeks in August to fight for the honor of being chosen to paint one of up to 10 murals at Red Reef Park.

The city’s Art in Public Places advisory board is supervising the project, its first, and planned to pick the winners Sept. 5.

“The preferred artist(s) will have an extensive background in street art with proven results in public spaces, civic and community engagement to create innovative temporary public art…

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Boca Raton: City makes deal to replace a Marine Patrol boat

By Steve Plunkett



The city’s Marine Patrol will spend $224,000 for a 30-foot Intrepid model 300 boat and trailer with twin 250-horsepower Yamaha outboards.

Dania Beach-based Intrepid Southeast Inc. will get $186,990 for the center console boat and trailer and to install the motors and police siren, lights and other accessories. Boca Raton will buy the two Yahama engines for $37,403 via a state contract.

Intrepid prides itself on building boats “the way…

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Highland Beach: Town adds nickel per $1,000 to proposed tax rate

By Rich Pollack

Residents in Highland Beach could soon be paying more in property taxes as town leaders, faced with increasing fire service costs, have tentatively agreed to a slight increase in the town’s operating tax rate.

During budget meetings last month, commissioners set the operating tax rate for the 2018-2019 fiscal year at $3.12 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

That’s slightly higher than the current rate of $3.07 per $1,000 of assessed…

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Boca Raton: Crews to start rebuilding Gumbo Limbo tower

By Steve Plunkett

Work to rebuild the hugely popular observation tower at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, which has been missing in action since early 2015, should begin in September.

The new tower will be constructed with composite wood decking, rather than natural timber, but otherwise will be a replica of the 40-foot original.

Fort Pierce-based Custom Marine Construction Inc. won the $1.1 million project, which includes demolishing and rebuilding the…

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Obituary: The Rev. Gerald Grace

By Rich Pollack

HIGHLAND BEACH — For almost 20 years until his retirement in 2017, the Rev. Gerald Grace presided over the congregation at St. Lucy Catholic Church in Highland Beach as its pastor.

A native of Ireland who served the Catholic community in South Florida for more than half a century — first in Miami and then in Palm Beach County —…

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Highland Beach: Some protest after commissioners tighten rules on public comment

By Rich Pollack

Loud, sometimes accusatory tirades from a former vice mayor have led Highland Beach town commissioners to adopt policies that some say make it more difficult for residents to speak before their elected officials.

Since losing his bid for re-election in March, former Vice Mayor Bill Weitz has been appearing at Town Commission meetings and using the allotted five minutes per person for public comment to lash out against commissioners. After…

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Boca Raton: Letter confirms state ethics probe of Haynie

UPDATE: Judge finds corruption charges are 'sufficient'

By Mary Hladky

The Florida Commission on Ethics is investigating whether suspended Mayor Susan Haynie violated state ethics laws while she also is fighting criminal charges lodged by state prosecutors.…

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Boca Raton: Council race goes into overtime

ABOVE: Andy Thomson, here with his father, Tom, and wife, Joanna, called the close race for City Council ‘kind of hard to believe.’ BELOW: Kathy Cottrell (left) celebrates with council members Andrea O’Rourke and Monica Mayotte on election night. At the time she thought she won. Photos by Rachel S.…

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Boca Raton: Singer sees commanding victory as pat on back from voters

Large turnout gives mayor mandate to serve until 2020

Scott Singer celebrates his victory for the mayor’s seat in Boca Raton with a crowd of supporters on election night. Singer received about 63 percent of the vote to about 34 percent for runner-up Al Zucaro. Tim…

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Along the Coast: Boca Regional Hospital aims to merge with Baptist Health

By Sallie James

A little more than a year after Boca Raton Regional Hospital celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017, the medical facility once known as the “Miracle on Meadows Road” has announced it will enter discussions to merge with health care giant Baptist Health South Florida.

The hospital said in a statement that the decision culminates an initiative that began more than a year ago to elevate the hospital’s position as an academic referral center in South…

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Along the Coast: Who should control iguana infestation?

Iguanas are a common sight along the Intracoastal seawalls from Manalapan to Boca Raton. ABOVE: One suns itself on River Drive in Ocean Ridge. BELOW: A pack of eight on Sabal Island Drive in Ocean Ridge. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star and photo provided by Jimmy McAndrew…

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Coastal Star: Board member’s dedication to YMCA helps kids in need attend summer camp

Rich Mascolo watches activities at the YMCA in Boynton Beach. He raised money so children from the Caridad Center could continue to attend a Y camp free. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

Lifting children who could use a helping hand is in Rich Mascolo’s DNA.

The son…

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Editor’s Note: Pay now for protection against rising seas

I’ve watched one tide turn since we started this newspaper almost 10 years ago: Where there once was a reluctance to utter the words “sea level rise” from the dais, the phrase now is part of the municipal vernacular during discussions on building regulations and comprehensive planning.

It’s about time.

Our larger cities have begun to hire sustainability officers, and most of our barrier island municipalities have identified at least one official to participate in regional groups…

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Correction

An article on the Streetwaves surfing program incorrectly stated that Streetwaves received support from the city of Deerfield Beach. Streetwaves is not affiliated with Deerfield Beach.

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Letter to the Editor: Free press more vital than ever

We read your column in the July issue of The Coastal Star (“With anger everywhere, violence not a surprise”) and were saddened, but not surprised, to learn of the challenges you and your staff face in the execution of your duties at the paper.

We are from the Annapolis area and we mourn the senseless loss of the five dedicated staff members at the Capital Gazette.

In the unfortunate era in which we now live, a free press is more vital than ever.

We wanted to…

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Along the Coast: Cities see ebb in overdose deaths

By Jane Smith

The Delray Beach mayor measures the drop in overdoses by the sound of silence.

“We no longer hear the sirens blaring from rescue vehicles racing to the next overdose,” said Mayor Shelly Petrolia. “It used to happen several times a day. … I always worried whether that person would make it.”

She also sees fewer addicts wandering on city streets wheeling suitcases behind them, indicating they were kicked out of sober homes.

At the peak of the…

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