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Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 10, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

When 'The Monster" Came Over The Bridge

After three decades, a death warrant may be near

for Palm Beach County’s most notorious killer.

We look back at the case that still haunts our memories.

Why we …

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 5, 2015 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Ocean Ridge: Sivitilli’s annexation plan falls apart for 5011 Building

By Dan Moffett

    Rob Sivitilli might have finally run out of ideas for saving his family’s building at 5011 N. Ocean Blvd. in Ocean Ridge.

    Two more chances for a reprieve fell apart during the Town Commission meeting on March 2.

    Commissioners voted 4–0 to reject de-annexing the property and turning it over to Briny Breezes, a plan Sivitilli had been trying to sell for the last two months. Commissioner Gail Adams Aaskov, who has a real estate…

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Added by Chris Felker on March 5, 2015 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Recall organizers determined to remove Lucibella

By Dan Moffett

    After getting off to a false start in February, the organizers of a movement to recall Ocean Ridge Town Commissioner Richard Lucibella say they are determined to get the effort back on track in March.

    “Though the hullabaloo is over, the interest in removing him has not wavered,” said Haley Joyce. “People are absolutely as determined as ever to do this.”

    The hullabaloo grew from a dispute between Lucibella and Police Chief…

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Added by Chris Felker on March 5, 2015 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Three candidates vie for two Town Commission seats

These candidates are competing for three-year terms on the Ocean Ridge Town Commission:

Gail Adams …

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Added by Chris Felker on March 5, 2015 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Editor's Note: After three decades, teen’s murder still haunts

How could you write this story? Why dredge up such horrible memories?

I expect to hear those questions. I anticipate this story may upset many of our readers. I recognize that this is a very different sort of story for The Coastal Star.

Let me explain:

When I saw late last year that Duane Owen had had what seemed to be a final clemency hearing, I felt that his imminent execution should not go unnoted. I wanted to know how a heinous killer could be lingering on death…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 5, 2015 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Gulf Stream: RICO suit alleges conspiracy, extortion

By Dan Moffett



In their federal racketeering lawsuit against Martin O’Boyle and Christopher O’Hare, attorneys for the town of Gulf Stream allege the two men have conspired to use the state’s public records laws as weapons to extort legal fees from hundreds of municipalities and contractors across the state.…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 5, 2015 at 12:36pm — 1 Comment

Manalapan: Cost of Audubon Bridge project soars to $1.3 million

By Dan Moffett

    Manalapan town commissioners are learning some hard lessons about the economics of bridge building.

    Back in 2013 when they started discussing replacing the aging Audubon Causeway bridge, engineers estimated the cost at about $760,000.

    Last year, when the commission started looking for contractors to do the work, the estimate had swollen to $850,000.

    At their meeting on Feb. 24, commissioners got the latest number…

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Added by Chris Felker on March 5, 2015 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Should ‘mental illness’ spare Owen from execution?

By Randy Schultz



The debate about whether Duane Owen should live or die is about whether Duane Owen is the person he was or the person he supposedly has become.

 Inmate 101660 at Union Correctional Institution in Raiford is serving two death sentences,…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 5, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Trio talk through views in quest for Town Commission seat

RELATED STORY: Candidate profiles

By Rich Pollack

    Three candidates vying for two seats on the Ocean Ridge Town Commission shared their views on everything from sewers and drainage to openness in government and the performance of the town…

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Added by Chris Felker on March 5, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: City Commission candidates

Delray Beach City Commission Seat #3

The following candidates are competing for a three-year term on the Delray Beach City Commission:…

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Added by Chris Felker on March 5, 2015 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Mayoral candidates

In Delray Beach City Commission Seat #5

The following candidates are competing for a three-year term as mayor of Delray Beach:

Thomas…

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Added by Chris Felker on March 5, 2015 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: City’s cultural center grew from long shot to long history

The museum building anchors Old School Square, now the cultural hub of Delray Beach. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack



For three and a half years, Frances Bourque and a small but tireless…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 5, 2015 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Six-month beach parking permits soon available

    Delray Beach residents will have the option to buy beach parking permits for only half a year. 

    Beachgoers previously could only purchase an annual permit for $94.50. The permit allows them to park in the city’s five beach-area parking lots.

    But city commissioners gave first approval on March 3 to also sell six-month parking permits for $47.70 starting April 1. The ordinance is expected to pass at a final March 31 hearing.

    Seniors age 62 and over also…

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Added by Chris Felker on March 5, 2015 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Veteran turtle monitor loses job to lower bidder

By Tim Pallesen

    The man hired by the city to monitor sea turtles on Delray Beach beaches for 31 years is out of a job.

    John Fletemeyer, a Florida International University research professor who works as a consultant, had his contract routinely renewed each year until the city required competitive bidding for all contracts.

    City commissioners gave his job to DB Ecological Services on Feb. 24 for a low bid of $40,081. Fletemeyer’s bid was…

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Added by Chris Felker on March 5, 2015 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Coastal Star: Mentor-student match becomes a tie that binds

Andy Bregman (l) with his mentee, Logan. Logan’s grades have improved to the point that next year he’ll be a freshman at Florida Atlantic University.  Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 5, 2015 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Commissioners hear challenge, pass new downtown rules anyway

By Tim Pallesen

   City commissioners gave final approval to new downtown development rules on Feb. 24 despite a threatened lawsuit by the owner of Old School Bakery.

    The new rules limit the heights of future buildings to three floors on Atlantic Avenue and to four floors elsewhere in the downtown business district.

    New residential buildings may have no more than 30 living units per acre, compared to as many as 92 units per acre allowed in the…

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Added by Chris Felker on March 5, 2015 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Foot, bike and vehicle rules getting stepped-up enforcement

By Rich Pollack

    You’re driving north on State Road A1A, approaching Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, when from between two parked cars you see someone start walking out into your lane of traffic. 

    You stop to avoid hitting the pedestrian but as you approach the intersection ahead, you wonder what would have happened had you taken your eyes off the road for even a few seconds. The pedestrian made the assumption you would stop, but you shudder to think…

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Added by Chris Felker on March 5, 2015 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: City opts for SWS as new waste hauler

By Tim Pallesen

    The saga deciding the city’s waste hauler that resulted in an $8.4 million savings is being called “a public policy triumph” by city officials.

    Delray Beach residents will see their average monthly garbage fee drop from $9.49 to $7.24 when Southern Waste Systems replaces Waste Management in May.

    But the 24 percent savings is also the result of behind-the-scenes drama in the high-stakes competition between waste…

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Added by Chris Felker on March 5, 2015 at 12:03pm — No Comments

South Palm Beach: Town Council approves giving itself final say over projects

By Dan Moffett

    Just about everyone in South Palm Beach was caught off guard last August when Paragon Acquisition Group got the town’s blessing for a plan to develop the Oceanfront Inn site.

    The revised design sailed through the approval process virtually overnight. There was little debate, next to no public comment and only one public hearing — even though the fate of the property had been a source of heated disagreement for years.

    How…

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