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Delray Beach: Gretsas gets commission nod for city manager

By Jane Smith

City commissioners selected Homestead City Manager George Gretsas to the same job in Delray Beach on Oct. 1 with the hope that he will bring much-needed stability to City Hall.

Gretsas, who will be Delray’s fourth new city manager in six years, will start Jan. 1 at a salary of $265,000, a 23% increase over his…

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Season Preview: Cultural Guide

The cultural season has returned with concerts, theatrical productions,

art exhibitions and other events that enrich each day. Be sure to see what’s on tap

in the ArtsPaper season preview:

Season Preview…

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Editor’s Note: Seeking a better option than plastic for paper deliveries

Plastic is everywhere.

I walk the beach most mornings and pick it up all along the way. I pull bottle caps and fast-food cups out of my front hedge with some regularity. The amount of discarded plastic I see is overwhelming.

This summer on a family vacation we visited Connecticut and Rhode Island and found ourselves impressed with how many places have banned single-use plastics. I figured many people would be upset with not…

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Coastal Star: Junior League led Boca mom to embrace life as volunteer

Amy Kazma, honorary chairwoman of the Woman Volunteer of the Year luncheon, sits with her cockapoo Remy, 10, and mini Australian shepherd Spartacus, 6. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Margie Plunkett



Amy Kazma of Boca Raton recently became an empty nester, but she has…

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Along the Coast: Rising seas threaten wastewater systems

Related Story: Gulf Stream: Town wants to know price of putting in sewers…

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Gulf Stream: Town wants to know price of putting in sewers

By Steve Plunkett

Following the lead of Ocean Ridge, Gulf Stream will ask its engineering consultants to estimate what it would cost to build a municipal sewer system.

Mayor Scott Morgan told town commissioners Sept. 13 that he had spoken with Ocean Ridge officials after state Rep. Mike Caruso, R-Delray Beach, in August warned Gulf Stream to expect a mandate from the state for septic-to-sewer transition in the future.

“This will be very expensive — I think…

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Delray Beach: City delays moving valets off Atlantic Avenue

By Jane Smith

City Commissioners gave downtown restaurant owners who offer valet parking a six-month reprieve on Oct. 1, allowing the valet stands to remain on Atlantic Avenue.

They want to see the traffic flow improve on Atlantic Avenue between Swinton Avenue and Federal Highway.

Todd Herbst, whose Big Time Restaurant Group just opened Elisabetta’s Ristorante, said, “Without the valets, we would never make it.”

Sophia Theodore, who owns Taverna Opa with…

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South Palm Beach: First mobile library was horse-drawn

The county bookmobile has a scrapbook that shows the first bookmobile in America, in 1905. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes

If you ever visit a bookmobile, spare a moment to remember the woman who first inspired them. Her name was Mary Lemist Titcomb, and in 1905 she…

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South Palm Beach: Roadworthy, readworthy: 50 years of bookmobile

Mike Cavanaugh enters the bookmobile in South Palm Beach, where it stops on Fridays. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

Related Story: First…

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Boynton Beach: Town Square partner describes minor changes, economic issues

By Jane Smith



One of the private partners in Boynton Beach’s $250 million Town Square project has requested some changes to meet financing concerns.

Developer John Markey told city commissioners on Sept. 5 that he plans for the private portion of Town Square to begin with construction of a five-story apartment building and a six-story parking garage on Southeast First Avenue.

His firm, JKM Developers, wants to change the private portion of the Town Square…

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Manalapan: Warning light for curve on A1A back on hold

By Dan Moffett

Manalapan officials were just about ready to break into a round of high-fives in August when it appeared the Florida Department of Transportation was finally approving a flashing warning sign for the troublesome S-curve on the 1500 block of State Road A1A, a little more than a mile south of Town Hall.

But not so fast. Remember, the FDOT approval process is always a long and winding road.

Days after state officials indicated they were…

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Along the Coast: Final tax rates

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South Palm Beach: Town approves new contract for manager

By Dan Moffett

The South Palm Beach Town Council has rewarded Town Manager Robert Kellogg with a one-year contract that lifts the interim status he has worked under since taking the job in December.

“I think that with services the town have received from this town manager and the monies that were spent, we have a tremendous bargain right now,” Councilman Mark Weissman said in endorsing Kellogg’s new contract.

The vote was 4-1 on Sept. 24, with Councilwoman…

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Ocean Ridge: Commission to revisit supermajority vote, may put issue on ballot

By Dan Moffett

Ocean Ridge commissioners are poised to take a second look at a charter amendment referendum proposal that would require a four-vote supermajority to change the town’s density or height requirements for new construction projects.

The measure came before the commission in November and was rejected with a 3-2 vote.

Supporters say the change is needed to rein in the influence of aggressive developers.

Opponents believe the supermajority…

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South Palm Beach: PBSO Swearing-in Ceremony

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw administers the oath of office to former South Palm Beach police officers at Town Hall on Oct. 1. The former South Palm officers are now deputies in District 19 of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office following the town’s decision to no longer maintain its own public safety department in favor of a…

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South Palm Beach: Police officer resigns after arrest but is contesting charges

By Dan Moffett

Not everyone in the South Palm Beach Police Department made the transition to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office this month.

On Aug. 30, South Palm patrol Officer Jose Miguel Fernandez resigned from the department, facing misdemeanor charges of stalking and installing a GPS tracking device that were brought by the sheriff’s deputies he had hoped to join. The town suspended Fernandez shortly after he was booked and posted a $500 bond at Palm…

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Boca Raton: Construction on I-95 express lanes to start next year; Glades interchange next

By Mary Hladky

The next phase of Interstate 95 construction in south Palm Beach County will begin early next year, with the work covering the span from just south of Glades Road to south of Linton Boulevard.

The $148 million project includes the addition of two northbound and two southbound express lanes, and the complete…

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Along the Coast: Dorian came too late to prevent record number of turtle nests

Sea turtle eggs were uncovered by rough seas that followed Hurricane Dorian and other tropical systems this fall. Photo provided by Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

By Rich Pollack

Despite the impacts of Hurricane Dorian and more recent high tides and rough seas, the number of sea…

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Along the Coast: Hurricane Dorian relief

Gathering supplies…

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Delray Beach: Contract awarded for Marine Way redesign

By Jane Smith

After more than a decade of study, Delray Beach is ready to redesign the first block of Marine Way.

On Sept. 17, four city commissioners awarded the Wantman Group of West Palm Beach the $1.1 million design contract — with a condition.

They want the staff to work with the four affected property owners to…

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