12305216696?profile=RESIZE_710xThe groundbreaking ceremony for the new station at 651 Linton Blvd. included (l-r) John Scherer of contractor Gulf Building, Delray Beach Public Works Director Missie Barletto, Commissioner Adam Frankel, City Manager Terrence Moore, Commissioner Rob Long, Mayor Shelly Petrolia, Commissioner Ryan Boylston and Fire Chief Keith Tomey. Photo provided

By Christine Davis

Delray Beach officials broke ground on the city’s newest fire station in late October. It will be more than double the size of Station 113, which was demolished on the same site at 651 Linton Blvd. in April.  

At the old station, engines had to back in from Linton. The new station will be a two-story, 15,857-square-foot space with three drive-through bays. It will also have sleeping quarters for 13 people. The station will cost about $11.5 million to build and is scheduled for completion in early 2025, the city said. 

“This is the station that the residents in that area deserve,” Fire Chief Keith Tomey said. “It will be functional, efficient, safe and accessible.” 

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Fortune Christie’s International Real Estate opened a new office at 101 Plaza Real South, Boca Raton. Marie Mangouta and Adam Elmer of the Worth Group spearheaded its opening on Nov. 1. Ruth Palma is the managing broker. The office has around 20 agents, most of them agents of the Worth Group.

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El-Ad National Properties is partnering with Plant the Future, a Miami-based art studio that seeks to connect people to their natural environment, for the second phase of Alina Residences in Boca Raton.

Plant the Future’s design is “Flying Over the Everglades,” a series of natural moss murals and installations commissioned by interior designer Garcia Stromberg and El-Ad National Properties. It will include one installation in Alina 210’s two-story lobby, and multiple installations in Alina 220 on the deck level. “Flying Over the Everglades” draws inspiration from organic textures and shapes found in nature.

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Boca Helping Hands received the 2023 Encore Palm Beach’s Wisdom & Experience business award in Encore’s small nonprofit sector, recognized as being an employer committed to recruiting, retraining and retaining mature workers.

“Sixty-eight percent of our employees are age 50 or older. We are proud to promote an inclusive work culture where the contributions of employees of all ages are celebrated and respected,” said Greg Hazle, executive director of Boca Helping Hands.

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Florida Atlantic University’s Leon Charney Diplomacy Program was recognized as the best at a competition organized by National Model United Nations for receiving a conference record of nine delegation awards and two position paper awards. The conference was held Nov. 10-12 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott hotel, Washington D.C.

“We are all so proud of our students for putting in weeks of preparation and performing at the highest level,” said Haven Gray, FAU faculty chairperson for the delegation. Three colleges and 94 undergraduate students represented FAU at the competition, which included 65 universities from the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.

For more information, go to www.fau.edu/artsandletters/pjhr/diplomacy/.

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Nonperishable food items are being collected through Dec. 14 at Lang Realty offices from Port St. Lucie to Boca Raton for Lang’s annual fall drive to benefit Move for Hunger. Move for Hunger distributes the food to shelters and food pantries. For a list of collection sites, visit www.langrealty.com/office-locations.php.

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The new spec home at 4005 S. Ocean Blvd. in Highland Beach sold for $30 million. Photo provided

A new contemporary residence, La Plage Villa at 4005 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach, built for speculation by Sabal Luxury Builder, sold in October for $30 million.  

On a .58-acre lot with 100 feet on the ocean, the four-story, 9,054-square-foot home comprises seven bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a rooftop deck, theater and five-car garage.

The D’Angelo/Liguori team at Premier Estate Properties represented Sabal Development in the sale, while Nadine Cory of City Real Estate Corp. represented the buyer, 4005 South Ocean Blvd. Land Trust. Sabal originally purchased the property in August 2016 for $4.4 million.

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George Gann, executive director and chief conservation strategist for the Institute for Regional Conservation, received the Bradshaw Medal 2023 from the Society for Ecological Restoration. Gann and his co-authors were recognized for the best paper published in Restoration Ecology 2022, Volume 3, “Restoration, reclamation, and rehabilitation: on the need for, and proposing a definition of, ecological reclamation.” The institute is based in Delray Beach.

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12305222893?profile=RESIZE_180x180Stephen Gaulden, an Allstate insurance agent, received the Business Person of the Year award at the Greater Lantana Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural awards dinner in November at the Carlisle Palm Beach. The Commitment to Community Not-For-Profit award was presented to LaShaundra Highsmith for the Palm Beach County Food Bank.

Alexandra Dupuis, for Ravish Off Ocean restaurant, was presented with the New Business of the Year award. The Emerging Young Professional award went to Kristine Kreidler, director of the Lantana Library. Underground Promos received the Small Business of the Year award.

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Arts Garage announced its four new board members: Delray Beach residents Robin Greene, Chuck Halberg, Elise Rubenstein and David Crespo. Greene joined the board in June, the others in October. 

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Concierge Property Solutions LLC, a commercial, residential and association property management company in Boca Raton, named Tricia Schmidt as director of operations. Previously, Schmidt worked with Stiles Property Management, starting as a property manager and rising to general manager overseeing Palm Beach County operations.

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Michael Rosa is the new general manager of The Seagate Country Club in Delray Beach. Previously, Rosa was GM at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, and at La Gorce CC in Miami Beach.

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The Seagate Hotel & Spa has launched its Beachside Winter Escape package. Guests who book four-night stays through April 19 will receive a fifth night free. They will also receive two cocktails. When booking, guests must use the promo code “WINTER” to activate discount options. The Seagate is at 1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. For more info, call 561-665-4800 or visit seagatedelray.com.  

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The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County hosted 220 guests to its “I Stand With the League” luncheon and awards event in October at Benvenuto’s in Boynton Beach. Highlights included the presentation of the league’s annual Maverick & Heroes Award to Wendy Sartory Link, Palm Beach County supervisor of elections, along with memorial tributes to Nancy Cohen and Corinne Miller.

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A Florida Atlantic University survey recently found that Floridians appear to be more convinced that climate change is happening and want government action, compared with Americans in other parts of the United States. For example, the latest edition of the university’s Florida Climate Resilience Survey found that 90% of Florida respondents believe climate change is happening. That compares with 74% of Americans as a whole as shown in a recent Yale University survey.

“Floridians might be more likely to believe climate change is happening due to their experiences with hurricanes and other extreme weather,” said Colin Polsky, Ph.D., founding director of FAU’s School of Environmental, Coastal, and Ocean Sustainability. 

The survey found that newer Florida residents exhibit higher levels of belief in human-caused climate change than people who have lived in Florida longer than five years. Polsky believes these trends might explain the state’s investment in recent years of more than $1 billion in climate adaptation projects. 

Send business news to Christine Davis at cdavis9797@gmail.com.

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