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Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 23, 2015 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Developer downsizing Elad condo proposal

The original proposal for the Mizner on the Green “ultra-luxury” condo project called for 30 stories (as shown above), but the newest proposal is shorter and smaller.…

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Added by Mary Thurwachter on January 16, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Yannuzzi agrees to resign as chief

Ocean Ridge Police Chief, Chris Yannuzzi, addresses the standing-room-only audience during a special meeting Jan. 15.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star



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Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 16, 2015 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Ocean Ridge: Overflow crowd turns out as town considers police chief's fate

An overflow crowd fills the Ocean Ridge commission chambers on Jan. 12 to discuss the town's termination of Police Chief Chris Yanuzzi. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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Added by Mary Thurwachter on January 13, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Yannuzzi on the way out as Ocean Ridge chief

WPTV Report with audio excerpts

By Dan Moffett

Ocean Ridge town commissioners appear poised to fire Police Chief Chris Yannuzzi at Monday's commission meeting.…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 9, 2015 at 5:30pm — 22 Comments

Highland Beach: Town Manager steps downs

By Rich Pollack

Highland Beach Town Manager Kathleen Weiser agreed to leave her position immediately on Jan. 6 in return for a severance package that includes 20 weeks of pay valued at close to  $53,000.

Commissioners, in a 4-1 vote, accepted the agreement, with Vice Mayor Ron Brown dissenting.

Weiser, who served as town manager since 2011, came under fire from some commissioners following a negative Palm Beach County Inspector General’s…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 7, 2015 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Along the Coast: Just one word – plastics

Florida’s environmental disaster hits the beaches…

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Added by Chris Felker on January 1, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Tag-scan system may debut in 2015

By Rich Pollack



    Plans to install license plate recognition systems in several coastal communities along State Road A1A are moving forward, with local law enforcement officials exploring the possibility of having a shared database housed in Delray Beach.

    During a meeting last month in Ocean Ridge, residents and town leaders from several municipalities had an opportunity to hear about successes the Broward County community of Lighthouse Point is having…

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Added by Chris Felker on January 1, 2015 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Editor's Note: Winn-Dixie memories

    There was a time I’d stopped going because the checkout line sometimes smelled like urine and the parking lot hosted panhandlers. Still, the location was convenient and there were a few items I preferred over the Publix across the street. So I will miss the Winn-Dixie just across the Woolbright Road bridge, on the Intracoastal in Boynton Beach.  

    I have fond memories of the place when my mother was alive. While she lived in Briny Breezes, she could push her small cart over to do…

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Added by Chris Felker on January 1, 2015 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Lantana: Closing set, sisters say goodbye to local Cenacle

Sisters pose outside the original Florida Cenacle, in Manalapan.

Courtesy of the North American Province of the Cenacle…

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Added by Chris Felker on January 1, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Coastal Star: Face-to-face involvement in Snow fund appeals to donor

Ron Wells at The George Snow Scholarship Fund office in Boca Raton.

Behind him are portraits of George Snow Scholarship recipients.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Added by Chris Felker on January 1, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Letter to the Editor: Cut nonsensical spending

    Your articles are great (“Airport project can benefit wildlife as well as human life” and “Gumbo Limbo thawing out stressed turtles”), but to me they highlight the ridiculous waste of my grandchildren’s money as they are the ones that will either pay our national debt or default.

    My grandchildren are the endangered species and we had better start to understand that soon.

    Please, if wildlife is endangering humans in any way, then they must go and we do not need a costly…

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Added by Chris Felker on January 1, 2015 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Letter to the Editor: True motives veiled in "property rights"

    Regarding your December article “Ocean Ridge closer to beach enforcement plan”:

    No one has an issue with protecting property owners’ rights and that should include the dunes and sand. Since the commission is choosing to literally draw a line in that sand, I hope I can tell where it is. I guess after the second or third citation I will figure it out.

    The real issue I have is with the second to last paragraph, which states that the long debate over signage and beach lines…

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Added by Chris Felker on January 1, 2015 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Letter to the Editor: Beach access views have not changed for some

    “Tragedy on beach sparked change” in the December issue reminds me why The Coastal Star is such an asset to our community. Growing up in this area, I well remember this tragedy, and the ensuing events.  

    “All our moves and acts are aimed at getting the Negroes off our beach,” stated the then-mayor of Ocean Ridge, as quoted in your well-researched article. It is a horrible feeling to recognize, 50 years later, a similar motivation today in Ocean Ridge’s current effort to suppress…

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Added by Chris Felker on January 1, 2015 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Erosion-control line survey muddies an already unclear beach-line dispute

Erosion control lines show in light green and red, along with individual property lines shown in yellow, do little to offer guidance to police in cases of trespass.

Graphic provided by Engenuity Group…

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Added by Chris Felker on January 1, 2015 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Gulf Stream: A look at Florida's Sunshine Law

By Dan Moffett



    Florida has a long history of strong and effective open government laws that have been the envy of other states.

    The Legislature passed its first public records law back in 1909, Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes.

    Then in 1967, the state enacted its Government-in-the-Sunshine Law, and with it came most of the access rights to government meetings and records that the public enjoys today.

    The Sunshine Law defines public…

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Added by Chris Felker on January 1, 2015 at 1:10pm — 1 Comment

Manalapan: Homeowners pay $232,000 in code fines

By Dan Moffett



    One of South Florida’s longest-running building code disputes could be nearing an end after nearly a decade in the courts.

    In December, Louis and Wendy Navellier sent a check for $232,000 to the town of Manalapan, a day before the Town Commission was scheduled to consider foreclosure action on their South Ocean Boulevard home.

    The payment covered years of $250-per-day fines that accumulated after the Navelliers built a pool cabana…

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Added by Chris Felker on January 1, 2015 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Gulf Stream: O’Hare tells town, 'Take me out of RICO case'



RELATED STORY: A look at Florida's Sunshine Law

By Dan Moffett



    Around Gulf Stream, the names O’Boyle and O’Hare are routinely linked in the same sentence as if they were joined by an ampersand.

    After all, for…

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Added by Chris Felker on January 1, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Letter to the Editor: Help, don't hinder, Marina District, downtown

    In the Dec. 17 Palm Beach Post it was reported that two Boynton women in the Marina Village condominium’s penthouse apartment were arrested on charges relating to illegal drugs and prostitution.

    I am very disappointed in the lack of openness on the part of the condominium leadership through this whole process. The leaders in the Marina Village condominium led the police to set up a sting, and never bothered to put forth any of this information during the very public…

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Added by Chris Felker on January 1, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Letter to the Editor: CRA's interests are city's interests

    In a story in December’s Coastal Star regarding building heights in downtown Delray Beach, Mayor Cary Glickstein is quoted as saying the Community Redevelopment Agency’s support of a fifth-floor bonus program can be attributed to the CRA looking for “ways to increase their tax increment financing within its boundary to continue funding CRA initiatives.”

    I respectfully disagree, and while it may not have been his intent, that statement and his follow-up comments have…

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Added by Chris Felker on January 1, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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