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Gulf Stream: Town agrees to sue AT&T to finish underground work

Plastic netting surrounds the historic Australian pine trees that line A1A in Gulf Stream to ensure that workers installing a water main do not damage the roots. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Steve Plunkett



The town will ask a federal judge to…

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Added by The Coastal Star on July 1, 2020 at 11:25am — No Comments

Along the Coast: Peaceful rallies show support for justice, police

DELRAY BEACH: A group of about 100 gathered May 31 at Veterans Park to peacefully protest the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, while he was in the custody of a white Minneapolis police officer. By the end of June the protests had largely stopped in South County. They were peaceful, according to police.…

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Along the Coast: Agents say residential market shows recovery in sales, rentals

By Rich Pollack

June is normally when real estate professionals — who help connect sellers and buyers of luxury homes along South Florida’s coast — can relax a little and catch their breath.

This was not a normal June, however, and instead of kicking back, many real estate professionals went into July working overtime as the residential home market kicked back up.

“This has been the busiest June we’ve had in my 17-year real estate career,” said Nick…

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South Palm Beach: Surge in property values paints rosy budget picture for town

By Dan Moffett

Town Manager Robert Kellogg had plenty of good news to report about the financial health of South Palm Beach during the Town Council’s meeting on June 9.

Kellogg told council members that the town’s taxable value has skyrocketed 21.7% this year over last, far more than any other municipality in Palm Beach County.

Two reasons for the surge: the $70 million luxury condominium building, 3550 South Ocean, has finally come onto the tax rolls. And so…

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Manalapan: Vote fast-tracks dock, allows town to start work on water line

By Dan Moffett

Manalapan can move forward with a plan to improve water delivery to its oceanfront homes after the Town Commission approved two ordinances that will allow an easement for pipeline construction across property owned by Commissioner Hank Siemon.

One ordinance removes the requirement that homes be built before docks are added as accessories. The change means that Siemon can get his dock construction underway before completing his new residence at 1660…

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Along the Coast: Property Values Rise

Appraiser likes 5.9% growth as county awaits impact of pandemic

By Mary Hladky

The taxable value of Palm Beach County properties has increased for the ninth year in a row, although the rate of growth continued a multiyear trend of slowing down.

The numbers, however, do not reflect any impact from the coronavirus pandemic since they are based on market conditions as of Jan.…

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Lantana: Less money from sales tax, gas tax to pinch town’s budget

By Mary Thurwachter

During Lantana’s first budget workshop on June 8, Mayor Dave Stewart warned residents that the upcoming budget years would be very challenging.

“Property taxes will bring in about $4 million,” he said. “What it costs to run the town from A to Z for everything we do is about $19-$20 million. Your property taxes are very necessary, but they are only about 20% of what it costs to do all the services.”

Other money comes from gas tax…

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Along the Coast: Brinyites, neighbors line up for COVID-19 testing

Briny Breezes resident Ann Carmody receives a COVID-19 nasal swab test from Palm Beach County Health Department nurse practitioner Guerlyne Estime during the one-day testing June 16. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

It lasts about 10 seconds, demands some…

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Along the Coast: Lantana votes to postpone fireworks, joining other municipalities in exercising caution

Crowds that gather on the Ocean Avenue Bridge and its fishing pier helped leaders decide to postpone this year’s fireworks in Lantana. 2019 photo by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Mary Thurwachter

Lantana reversed course during the June 22 Town Council meeting,…

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Along the Coast: History in the making

Members of the staff of Cornell Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine at Bethesda Hospital in Boynton Beach. Photos provided

Stories from pandemic are being preserved for posterity

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Briny Breezes: Town budgeting for major drainage system maintenance

Intense rains the weekend of May 25 flooded many of the town’s roads, including Briny Breezes Boulevard.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett

A healthy 11.1% rise in taxable property value means the Briny Breezes Town Council will have more…

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Delray Beach: City votes to keep auditor in place as needed

By Jane Smith



Delray Beach commissioners decided unanimously June 16 to rehire the previous internal auditor on an as-needed basis.

Julia Davidyan, who resigned in January, will be paid $160 an hour and junior accountants in her firm, JMD Premier Group Inc., will receive $80 an hour.

City voters overwhelmingly said in a March 2016 referendum they wanted an internal auditor. It took more than two years for the city to hire one. The internal auditor…

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MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Lisa Marie Browne

Lisa Marie Browne, standing in front of a mural inside Dreyfoos School of the Arts, fell in love with the mission of the school. Her involvement grew to the point that she now chairs its foundation. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Brian Biggane

An invitation…

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Boynton Beach: Restored mural coming to new fire station after controversy

The new Fire Station No. 1. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith



Boynton Beach held a soft opening of its new Fire Station 1 on June 3. As part of the city’s Public Art program, a mural featuring a collage of photos of the city’s fire rescue staff had been installed…

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County Pocket: Flooding

On May 25, Liz Loper photographs the muddy waters that flowed into her home on Winthrop Lane for multiple days. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

May storms turned into floodwaters in some parts of the county. Especially hard hit were the County Pocket and Briny Breezes.…

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Business Spotlight: Iconic Atlantic Avenue shoe store shutters after 68 years

Mary Ford, manager and employee of Vince Canning Shoes for over 14 years, helps Judy Uhrman, a customer of seven years, try on shoes during a going-out-of-business sale. The family’s store Tootsies remains across the street. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Along the Coast: Boynton takes over as South County's COVID-19 epicenter

By Steve Plunkett

Boynton Beach has wrested the lead from Boca Raton as South County's coronavirus hotspot, with 669 cases reported as of June 4.

Boca Raton has 660 cases, while Delray Beach has 518 reports.

Two weeks earlier, Boca Raton led with 586 with Boynton Beach at 537 and Delray Beach at 447. 
 
In the latest report West Palm Beach leads Palm Beach County with 1,330…
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Added by The Coastal Star on June 4, 2020 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Coronavirus forces another delay for Haynie's trial

By Mary Hladky

Former Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s trial on public corruption charges has been postponed until Sept. 21 due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

Prosecutor Brian Fernandes and Bruce Zimet, Haynie’s criminal defense lawyer, agreed to cancel a scheduled July 20 trial and to set the new trial date because the pandemic has made it difficult to complete pretrial discovery. They also were concerned that not enough potential jurors would be available…

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Added by The Coastal Star on June 3, 2020 at 5:34pm — 2 Comments

Delray Beach: Reclaimed water project was mismanaged, city admits

By Jane Smith

The city’s reclaimed water program, spawned in 2006 with the intent to stop the spewing of millions of gallons of wastewater into the ocean each year, was haunted from the beginning by mismanagement and lack of oversight, City Manager George Gretsas said on May 5.



“There was negligence and a lot of things that should not have happened,” Gretsas told Delray Beach city commissioners at their virtual meeting. “The mismanagement is very…

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Added by The Coastal Star on May 20, 2020 at 2:08pm — 1 Comment

Letter to the Editor: Swimmer laments halt to beach exercise regimen

Friday, May 1, was a beautiful morning. The ocean was radiantly supercharged from the rainstorm the preceding afternoon and crystal-clear smooth from a cool, offshore breeze. How well I know and love these weather metrics!



Under normal circumstances, I would have pursued my swimming regimen: 350 strokes freestyle out, float, pause, somersault in about 10 feet of water a half-dozen times, 350 strokes parallel to the shore and then back to sun dry on a beach towel. Then I…

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