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Boca Raton: Virgin Trains station hailed as victory for city

Patrick Goddard, president of Virgin Trains, speaks during a news conference after the City Council’s 5-0 vote to OK a station in Boca Raton. From left are Andrea O’Rourke, Mayor Scott Singer, Jeremy Rodgers and Monica Mayotte. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Mary Hladky

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Boca Raton: Meet Team Turtle

Inside the work of Gumbo Limbo crew

that strives to be biggest ally of these at-risk sea creatures

ABOVE: Gumbo Limbo workers roll a 350-pound…

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Letter to the Editor: Need to plan for rising seas gains more urgency

Thank you for your excellent coverage of the septic-to-sewer issue in Ocean Ridge and surrounding coastal communities. We must, however, face the reality that during the estimated 10 years such a conversion would take, residents’ lives will be significantly disrupted while we are paying millions of dollars, our roadways are constantly torn up and additional hookup costs and user fees lurk.

Further, transferring from septic to centralized sewer will not stop sea level rise now occurring…

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Letter to the Editor: Walkers, be safe: Face oncoming traffic

Welcome back to all snowbirds. Greetings to all permanent parties, too. I’m a very frequent walker and driver on Old Ocean Boulevard in Ocean Ridge. My request to everyone is not difficult: Please, when walking, walk facing oncoming traffic.

My mother many years ago taught me that was proper. Of course I always followed her advice.

But seriously, it is so much more comfortable when walking or driving to be facing whatever is approaching. Safer, too. Say hello: I’ll be the one with…

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Letter to the Editor: Realtor not authorized to promote Briny sale

The week preceding the holidays, there was a bit of sensationalism going on concerning the community of Briny Breezes — none of it prompted by the board of directors of the corporation, members of the Town Council or the mayor or even a shareholder vote.

Another proposed “billion-dollar sale,” but this time to buyer President Trump to house his presidential library, build a hotel and rename our small community “Trump Town USA.”

Promulgated by real estate agent and shareholder…

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Along the Coast: Crime rate remains low in coastal communities

By Rich Pollack

Crime remained low in South County’s small coastal towns with just 65 incidents reported during the first six months of 2019.

The number of crimes reported in both Ocean Ridge and Manalapan remained flat year over year, according to statistics released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement last month, while…

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South Palm Beach: PBSO Meet and Greet

Hundreds of South Palm Beach residents and Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies gathered to get acquainted at a Dec. 12 picnic event on the pool deck of the Barclay condominium. A downpour and blustery winds canceled a planned boat and helicopter demonstration by the town’s new police presence. ABOVE: Deputy Michael Canavan…

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Coastal Star: Boynton salutes World War II veteran by renaming park in his honor

In a tribute to the time, effort and money that Tom Kaiser has invested in the park, it is now the Tom Kaiser, USN, Boynton Beach Veterans Memorial Park. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Stephen Moore

Tom Kaiser’s handprints are all over the Boynton Beach Veterans…

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Editor’s Note: Our residents offer inspiration to start 2020

In writing about the turn of the new year the standard is to look back at the events of the past or to look forward, anticipating what the turn of the calendar page might bring. At the end of this year, I’m finding both options to be difficult.

I’m even hung up on the simple act of typing the numbers 2020!

So, as I’m editing this edition of The Coastal Star, I’m searching out bits of wisdom shared by those in our…

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South Palm Beach: Town manager, mayor find errors in census to blame for population drop

By Dan Moffett

Dozens of South Palm Beach residents seem to have disappeared over the past decade — gone missing with scarcely a trace or a clue.

Whole buildings appear to have been wiped off the town’s map, erased as if by some cosmic delete key.

What sounds like the script for a low-budget science fiction movie has been reality for Robert Kellogg, the town manager, who has spent much of the past year trying to unravel the enigma.…

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Ocean Ridge: Hurlburt, Wiescholek take seats on commission uncontested

By Dan Moffett



Vice Mayor Don MaGruder’s decision not to run for a second term in the March 17 election left two seats open on the Ocean Ridge Town Commission with two candidates qualified and ready to claim them.

Incumbent Commissioner Susan Hurlburt returns for a full three-year term on the commission after serving out a partial one-year term that began last year. …

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Meet Your Neighbor: Pamela Goffman

Psychodrama therapist Pamela Goffman adorns her office in Delray Beach with colors and heart figures that help her bring comfort to clients. Goffman is a lover of the arts and an ardent supporter and former board member of the Arts Garage. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Gulf Stream: Residents reminded not to overwater yards

By Steve Plunkett



Residents got a “friendly reminder” in their mail last month to check how often their sprinklers turn on.

Town Manager Greg Dunham said a combination of tides, rain and the core area’s low geography was causing a slippery situation.

“There’s water standing, you know, on the streets all the time,” Dunham told town commissioners at their Dec. 13 meeting.

He planned to send a mass mailing with a copy of Gulf Stream’s rules on…

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Along the Coast: Cities, towns band together to adapt to climate change

By Mary Hladky

Seven municipalities and Palm Beach County have joined forces to determine how they are threatened by climate change and to devise ways to protect residents from its effects.

Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Highland Beach, Lake Worth Beach, Lantana, Ocean Ridge and the county have approved an agreement to conduct a climate change vulnerability assessment. The County Commission was the last to sign on, voting Dec. 17.

Once the…

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Lantana: Lantana’s new librarian is homegrown and never left town

One of Kristine Kreidler’s goals is to make the library more appealing to young readers. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes



For nearly 23 years, Sid Patchett devoted himself to seeing the Lantana Public Library shine in quality where it couldn’t compete in…

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Briny Breezes: Briny wants to hire former Gulf Stream town manager

By Dan Moffett

The Briny Breezes Town Council spent the holidays examining the résumés of candidates for the open part-time positions of manager and deputy clerk.

During a special meeting on Dec. 19, the council interviewed three candidates for manager and decided one of them was right for the town’s opening.

He was a…

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Obituary: Thomas M. Roland

By Sallie James

OCEAN RIDGE — Faith, family and friends are the values that defined the life of Ocean Ridge resident Thomas M. Roland, a proud World War II veteran, husband and father who also served his country with stints in the U.S. Border Patrol and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. He died on Dec. 15 after a brief illness at age 92.…

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Delray Beach: Board OKs rooftop amenities despite neighbors’ objections

At issue is the proposed structure atop the three-story duplex. Rendering provided

By Jane Smith



Some barrier island residents are hoping the Delray Beach City Commission will tighten the rules to allow only mechanical devices on the roofs of single-family homes and…

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Delray Beach: Seven candidates to pursue two commission seats in March election

By Jane Smith

Seven candidates are vying for two City Commission seats in Delray Beach.

The incumbents for each seat met the city’s qualifying deadline of noon Dec. 19, along with their challengers.

Bill Bathurst, who last time ran unopposed to fill the remaining two years of Jim Chard’s seat, now has three challengers. They are Juli Casale, a community activist; Jennifer Jones, a self-employed businesswoman; and Debra Tendrich, a nonprofit founder.…

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Lantana: Political newcomers challenging incumbents in March election

By Mary Thurwachter

Council members up for re-election in Lantana on March 17 will face opposition from two political newcomers and longtime residents.

Mark Allen Zeitler, 63, an air-conditioning contractor, will challenge Edward Shropshire, 67, for the Group 3 seat that Shropshire won by a 2-vote margin in 2017. Shropshire is semi-retired from Cemex (formerly Rinker Materials) but continues as a driver trainer and safety coordinator.

Karen Lythgoe, 60, is…

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