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Boca Raton: Judges quash council decision against beachfront duplex

By Steve Plunkett

Boca Raton’s City Council must reconsider its 5-0 decision not to grant permission to build a duplex on the beach, Palm Beach County circuit judges say.

Council members Andrea O’Rourke and Monica Mayotte prejudged the application by 2600 N Ocean LLC proposing a four-story, 14,270-square-foot residence east of A1A between Spanish River Park and Ocean Strand, the judges decided.

At a Feb. 26, 2019, City Council meeting, attorney Robert…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 17, 2020 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Boca Raton: Haynie’s trial pushed off until January

By Mary Hladky

Former Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s trial on public corruption charges has been postponed for the fourth time, and is now set to begin on Jan. 11, 2021.

Prosecutors and Bruce Zimet, Haynie’s criminal defense lawyer, agreed to move back the trial date from Oct. 26, citing…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 11, 2020 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Sea grape arches to be cut to 4 feet high

This arch and four others near the Atlantic Avenue pavilion will be cut down to 48 inches high to allow more plants to grow underneath. A city consultant in February advised leaving the tall sea grapes uncut to provide habitat for migrating songbirds and a buffer from streetlights for sea…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 11, 2020 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Boca Inlet bridge to limit openings for boaters

Materials and tarps cover both of the unmoveable portions of the bridge over the Boca Raton Inlet in late August. The bridge is getting a cleaning and new paint. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

Tall ships, beware!

The bridge over the Boca Raton Inlet, which is being repainted, will have…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 3, 2020 at 7:30am — No Comments

Philanthrophy Notes: Sun Capital gives $1 million to Boca Regional Hospital campaign

A $1 million donation has been made to the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation’s Keeping the Promise Campaign to support the current and future needs of the medical facility.

The monetary source: Sun Capital Partners Foundation founders Rodger Krouse and Marc Leder.

“This generous gift from the Sun Capital Partners Foundation, Rodger and Hillary Krouse, and Marc and Lisa Leder, will enable our hospital to better serve the evolving health care needs of our community for…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 1, 2020 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Lantana: History buff debuts self-guided tour of Hypoluxo Island

By Mary Thurwachter



Not long after the coronavirus prompted stay-at-home orders last spring, Michelle Donahue noticed how many people from both the Manalapan and Lantana sides of Hypoluxo Island took advantage of the time to walk, jog or bike around the neighborhood. Beaches and parks were closed, and residents were eager to get outside.…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 1, 2020 at 2:31pm — No Comments

100 Years of Boynton

A car drives along Ocean Avenue in downtown Boynton Beach in 1915. Photos from Boynton Beach City Library collection

The city’s evolution from…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 1, 2020 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Obituaries: Curtis Weaver Sr. and Alice Weems Weaver

By Ron Hayes

BOYNTON BEACH — When Alice Weems Weaver and Curtis Weaver Sr. died five days apart in late June, the city of Boynton Beach lost a treasury of local memories, and their love story found a bittersweet ending.

Alice, known to all since childhood as Nainie, died at home on June 25. She was…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 1, 2020 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Dining: New Boynton eatery looking forward to offering bar service

The Butcher and The Bar opened in August and offers takeout and dining inside and out. Table service wasn’t available at first, but customers could place orders at the sandwich bar. The establishment includes a retail butcher shop. Photos provided by Jupiter Compass Digital Marketing…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 1, 2020 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Health Notes: COVID-19 vaccine trial enrolling more volunteers

By Christine Davis 

COVID-19 vaccine development is in the works across the globe with one Phase 3 trial — the final step before U.S. government approval — in progress locally. Massachusetts-based Moderna Inc. — in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health — aims to enroll 30,000 adults in Phase 3 of its testing with volunteers from all over the country.

In West Palm Beach, at the Palm Beach Research Center, a clinical trial began…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 1, 2020 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Health & Harmony: Lantana woman finds gratitude sustains her during pandemic

Carol Ann Keller for years has incorporated gratitude into her meditation sessions, but the practice can be as simple as jotting down thoughts on paper. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Joyce Reingold

Gratitude swept into Carol Ann Keller’s life in…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 1, 2020 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Religion News: Amid churches’ challenges comes a story of divine intervention

By Janis Fontaine

Just as the response to the coronavirus varies in different cultural, social and political arenas, the same is true in local churches. The one thing they share is a desire to serve and help, and they are on the front lines when families are in crisis.

Here’s what’s happening at some churches.



At St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach, Father Paul Kane reports that “our Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida has mandated closure…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 1, 2020 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Finding Faith: Coronavirus alters services for High Holy Days

By Janis Fontaine

The Jewish High Holy Days — Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement — both take place in late September.

In Judaism, these are two of the most important holy days, and services featuring special prayers, feasts with significant foods, and 25 hours of fasting are planned. Congregations gather together with great joy to celebrate the anniversary of the creation of the universe during Rosh Hashanah (Sept.…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 1, 2020 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Paws Up for Pets: Stuck inside? Perhaps it’s time for playful getaway with your pet

Costa d’Este Beach Resort in Vero Beach offers humans a free stay if an accompanying pet pays a rate starting at $184 a night. Photo provided by Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa

By Arden Moore

Raise your paw, er hand, if you are feeling a little stir-crazy. Got a…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 1, 2020 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Outdoors: Winning Wahoo Juno Beach — July 11

The crew of the Hypoluxo-based Southern Comfort IV holds the 51.3-pound wahoo caught July 11 to win the Big Dog/Fat Cat KDW Shootout. From left are mate Josh Joyner, Capt. Bill Cox and mate Ashley Mann. Winning angler Mark Boydston reeled in the wahoo, which hit a trolled bonito strip/sea witch combination in 250 feet off Sloan’s Curve. It was the…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 1, 2020 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Outdoors: In wake of Hurricane Isaias Ocean Ridge/Briny Breezes — Aug. 2

Hurricane Isaias passed Florida as a tropical storm. It provided a…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 1, 2020 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Tots & Teens: Boca girl, grandmother create book to stay close during pandemic

Patricia Maguire and her granddaughter Daniella. Photo provided

By Janis Fontaine

Patricia Maguire of Ocean Ridge and her granddaughter Daniella Maguire of Boca Raton have always been exceptionally close, so the social distancing protocols of the coronavirus had them…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 1, 2020 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: South County coronavirus cases up fivefold in 2 months

By Steve Plunkett

The number of COVID-19 cases in South County cities and towns is up by more than five times the total reported two months ago, state health figures show.

On June 4, when Boynton Beach (669 cases) overtook Boca Raton (660 cases) as the most infected South County municipality, they and other coastal towns posted 1,922 coronavirus reports.

On Aug. 5 Boca Raton had easily retaken the lead with 4,807 cases, a 628% increase, while Boynton…

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Added by The Coastal Star on August 7, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Bridge over Boca Inlet to close for 60 days

The bridge and bridge tender's house on A1A over the inlet will change from light blue to a darker blue. Photo provided

By Steve Plunkett



The bridge over the Boca Raton Inlet, which connects the south barrier island to all points north, will close to…

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Added by The Coastal Star on August 3, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Haynie trial to start no sooner than late October

By Mary Hladky

Former Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s trial on public corruption charges has been pushed back for the third time.

The new trial start date is Oct. 26, but there is no certainty it will begin then.

Palm Beach County Chief Judge Krista Marx in early July extended her suspension of all trials until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Circuit Judge Jeffrey…

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Added by The Coastal Star on July 22, 2020 at 9:16pm — 2 Comments

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