Manalapan commissioners have approved a new exterior color scheme (above) at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa (below, right). The resort’s general manager says the fresh paint job will give the hotel a ‘more modern look.’ Photo and rendering provided by the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
The Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, a Manalapan landmark, is getting a facial of its own.
Call it a paint job, if you must. For the resort, the colorful new look is a statement about its future.
After completing a $25 million interior renovation last year and with additional renovations planned for 2025, the Eau will spend the summer addressing the first impressions visitors get of the resort.
“In keeping with the new renovations, we’d like to modernize the exterior of the building, get away from the 1980s look of the two-tone orange that was typically a Ritz-Carlton color,” Tim Nardi, the Eau’s general manager, told Manalapan commissioners at their April 11 meeting.
He said the change in color from the hotel’s Ritz-Carlton past will give the building “some new life with that more modern look that we do believe is in keeping with the character of the neighborhood.”
The new colors, made by Sherwin-Williams, bear the names “lantern light,” “repose gray” and “swimming.” Those translate into a pale shade of yellow, a gray/beige trim with violet undertones, and a tealish cornice trim of saturated blue with green undertones.
Nardi said the painting is part of needed exterior work at the hotel, 100 S. Ocean Blvd.
“We are requesting the site plan review so that we can fix the façade,” Nardi said. “The building hasn’t been painted since 2007, and being directly on the ocean, we need to fix the cracks and repaint the building.”
Commissioners approved the site plan changes and spoke approvingly of the color scheme.
The work is expected to begin in July and take about three months to complete, Nardi said. The work will start on the ocean-facing east side, including the hotel room balconies, so that the painting of all guest areas will be completed before the season starts. The project will finish with painting the exterior along State Road A1A.
“Painting in the front in October won’t harm business, won’t be an eyesore,” Nardi said. “Once the guests get in, all the painting they will see will be done.”
The Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach is offering its Golden Getaway/Stay Golden perks and discounts through Nov. 20. The offerings include up to a 30% discount on the nightly room rate plus two poolside cocktails, and a 20% discount on dinner at the resort’s restaurants. The resort is at 1000 E. Atlantic Ave. For more information, call 561-665-4800 or visit seagatedelray.com.
Bridge Senior Living has added the Carlisle Palm Beach, 450 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana, to its portfolio. An affiliate of Bridge Senior Living has owned the Carlisle Palm Beach since 2017, and this change transitions the residences to Bridge Senior Living’s owner/operator management model.
The facility will continue to provide senior living and care options. Its independent living section, consisting of 144 apartments, will be rebranded as the Residences at the Carlisle Palm Beach, and the assisted living and memory care section, with 135 apartments, will be rebranded the Carlisle Assisted Living and Memory Care.
New enhancements include a reimagined wellness hub offering residents private fitness instruction and group classes.
This estate at 2499 E. Maya Palm Drive along the Intracoastal Waterway is on the market for $52 million, which would set a record price for a Boca Raton home sale. Photo provided
The family of Constant Contact founder Randy Parker has listed a compound at 2499 E. Maya Palm Drive, Boca Raton, for $52 million with Jill Hertzberg and Jon Mann, agents with Coldwell Banker Realty’s Jills Zeder Group.
The now-deceased Glen K. Parker, formerly chairman of the Institute for Econometric Research, purchased the property with his wife, Sandy, in the mid-1990s. On 1.7 acres with 437 feet on the Intracoastal, it features a 10,000-square-foot curvilinear main house and guest house, two swimming pools, and a covered patio inspired by the dining pavilion at Little Dix Bay Resort in the British Virgin Islands.
The architecture was by Mitch Kunik, with interiors by Alene Workman and landscaping by horticulturalist Craig Morell. The estate was featured in Florida Architecture magazine in 1998.
“If this waterfront compound sells for $52 million, it will break the record for the most expensive home ever sold in Boca Raton,” Mann said. “According to public records, the current Boca Raton record is held by a $29.79 million land sale at 372 NE Fifth Ave. in April 2022.”
The ocean-to-Intracoastal, 7,540-square-foot estate on 1.62 acres at 860 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, sold for $37.05 million in March. The seller was 860 S. Ocean LLC, managed by West Palm Beach-based attorney Maura Ziska. The buyer was 860 South Ocean Manalapan LLC, managed by Clearwater-based attorney Alan S. Gassman. Douglas Elliman agent Gary Pohrer represented both sides in the deal.
In December 2021, the estate sold for $32.25 million and three months later, it was listed for $45 million. It was listed for $39.5 million at the time of its sale in March.
The 7,076-square-foot waterfront spec home at 5053 Blue Heron Way, Boca Raton, sold in March for $11,165,275. Stanley and Lisa Moss were the buyers, with the seller listed as Sanctuary 5053 LLC, a Delaware entity with Group P6’s co-owner, Ignacio Diaz, as signatory. At the time of its sale, it was listed for $12.95 million, down from its $14.75 million listing price in March 2022. Carmen D’Angelo, Gerard Liguori and Joseph Liguori, brokers/owners of Premier Estate Properties, held the listing, with Jennifer Kilpatrick of the Corcoran Group representing the buyers.
Bill and Cindy Self purchased a 5,480-square-foot townhouse at Ocean Place Villas, 4215 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach, for $7.55 million in February. The sellers, Anthony and Cathleen DiGioia, were represented by Douglas Elliman agent Emily Roberts. Anna Kuzminova, an agent with Coldwell Banker Realty, represented the Selfs.
Bill Self, coach of the Kansas Jayhawks, led the team to NCAA basketball championships in 2008 and 2022. He was named Associated Press coach of the year in 2009 and 2016.
Lang Realty agents washed windows, refreshed the playground and cleaned community buildings at Place of Hope’s Leighan and David Rinker Campus in March in Boca Raton for the firm’s first Lang Cares Community Outreach Day.
“Lang Cares and this first annual initiative reflect the commitment and compassion Lang Realty and its team has for our communities,” said Amy Snook, chair of Lang Cares.
A new shop in Lantana is attracting quite a following. The Cheese Shoppe & Artisan Market at 204 E. Ocean Ave. sells a variety of artisan sheep, cow, goat and mixed milk cheeses brought in as whole wheels and hand cut and wrapped. Besides cheese, the store sells wine, charcuterie and chocolates from all over the world, as well as local honey, jams and spices.
“I enjoy the world of artisan cheeses and chocolates as well as pairing them with fine wines and other foods,” says owner Frank Verner, also known as the Cheese Guy. “I hope to share my knowledge with as many of you as I can.”
Verner may be familiar to cheese aficionados. Previously, he had a 22-year career with Whole Foods and other markets, where he developed their cheese and wine departments.
He opened five Cheese Shoppes in green markets across Palm Beach and Martin counties. Post-pandemic, he has been able to reopen shops at three green markets, along with opening the brick-and-mortar store in Lantana.
Verner was born in Pittsburgh but lived mostly in the Philadelphia suburbs. His career in the produce business goes back to when he was 14 and sold from a small truck on the side of the road. Later, he ran a small retail produce and fish store outside Philadelphia.
He spent three months after high school backpacking across Europe, where he discovered that people in different countries shared a healthy appetite for the quality and freshness of artisan foods, especially small craft cheese makers.
That inspired him to share his passion for cheese with others.
At the Lantana store, he has a quaint bar in his courtyard where he hosts twilight wine tastings on Thursdays.
For more information, visit www.the-cheese-shoppe.com/locations.
TV host, celebrity chef and Florida resident Robert Irvine is partnering with Grubbrr, which was acquired by Boca Raton-based tech company TouchSuite in 2018. The new partnership, which combines Grubbrr’s self-ordering solutions with Irvine’s expertise in restaurant operations, aims to help restaurants tackle labor shortages and rising food costs.
“Robert’s expertise and his commitment to the industry and innovation makes him the perfect partner for Grubbrr as we continue to raise awareness of the benefits of self-ordering technology for restaurant owners and customers,” said Grubbrr CEO Sam Zietz.
Pur-Form, led by orthopedic surgeon Joseph Purita, opened a 12,289-square-foot office at Florida Atlantic University’s Research Park, 3600 FAU Blvd., Suite 101, in December. Affiliated with the FAU Health Network, Pur-Form offers services in the areas of regenerative orthopedics, functional medicine, medical aesthetics, wellness and performance.
Lilly Davenport was appointed chief financial officer of the Hanley Foundation, which works to prevent and treat addictions. She had served as chief financial officer of MAP Health Management in Austin, Texas. Prior to that, she was finance director for Hanley Center and Hanley Center Foundation.
The Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation recently launched the 40th Society in celebration of its 40th anniversary.
“Our 40th Society members will be the sounding board that helps move our organization’s strategic planning for the next 40 years,” said the foundation’s immediate past president, Amy Brand, who spearheaded the creation of the new initiative.
Since its inception, the foundation has raised more than $900,000 in scholarships and community grant dollars. The new initiative aims to raise $100,000 from the foundation’s 150 members and 2,000-plus supporters, with the goal of exceeding the $1 million mark for its 40th anniversary.
The Florida Prepaid College Foundation and Florida Power & Light Co. have formed a partnership to award $4.2 million in two-year college scholarships to 1,000 students living in underserved Florida ZIP codes over the next four years.
“Through this partnership, we are proud to open doors to a more hopeful future for students who have so much promise and potential — and perhaps welcome them one day to the FPL team. I encourage other Florida corporations and organizations to join us in this effort to nurture talent and skill among our future workforce,” said Pam Rauch, FPL vice president of external affairs and economic development.
The Delray Beach police volunteer patrol includes (l-r) Sgt. George Jonson, Major Barry Tantleff, Don Livsky and Daniela Mouta and is looking for more candidates. Photo provided
The Delray Beach Police Department is seeking candidates for its volunteer patrol. Members serve as the eyes and ears of the department as they interact with residents and tourists in a friendly, non-confrontational manner.
Taking three-hour shifts twice a week, they patrol the beach and areas north and south of Atlantic Avenue in golf carts with police radios.
If they encounter any problems, they call in to report them.
Barry Tantleff, who has volunteered for the patrol for 11 years and serves as its major, explained that the Police Department had halted the volunteer program because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We had over 300 volunteers in police cars patrolling seven Delray gated communities. That was put on hiatus. As of last October, we instituted this new East Sector Patrol,” he said, adding that when the Police Department gets new car leases, it plans to bring back the neighborhood community patrols. There are currently 15 volunteers on this new patrol.
To participate, come into the Police Department, 300 W. Atlantic Ave., and fill out an application.
In an event spearheaded by the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority and local merchants in honor of Mother’s Day on May 14, shoppers have an opportunity to obtain free gifts for their moms — one Phalaenopsis orchid for every $200 they spend at downtown stores.
To participate, shop from May 8 to 13, then turn in your receipts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11-13 to receive your orchids at the Cornell Museum of Art, 51 N. Swinton Ave., and the Seagate Hotel & Spa terrace, 1000 E. Atlantic Ave.
For more information, call the DDA office at 561-243-1077 or visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com/mothersday or facebook.com/downtowndelray.
Larry Barszewski and Mary Thurwachter contributed to this column.
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