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Highland Beach: Town rejects Delray fire-rescue fee hike; calls action 'immoral'

By Rich Pollack

A decision by Delray Beach City Commissioners to add a 20 percent administrative fee to a proposed 10-year fire service contract with the town of Highland Beach is causing a rift between the two neighboring communities and leading some town leaders to consider starting their own fire department.

On Feb. 2, Delray Beach commissioners refused to accept a long-negotiated agreement to continue providing fire service and equipment to Highland Beach…

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Along the Coast: A1A at 100

Summoning the past

with a concrete cruise along the old road…

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Boynton Beach: Commission agrees to save old high school

Developer pledges $4.5 million;

city gives itself 90 days to raise $1.5 million share…

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Xanax addiction, withdrawal and treatment

Xanax addiction, withdrawal and treatment

Xanax is a brand name for alprazolam
, a central nervous system depressant prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorder.…



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Overdoses of tranquilizers

Overdoses of tranquilizers

The National Center for Health Statistics doesn’t keep track of Xanax overdose deaths, but it provides the number of…

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Delray Beach: Xanax, addiction and death

Family members search for answers

after suicide at beachside rehab house…

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Coastal Star: Behind-the-scenes volunteer a melodious match for Symphonia

Marti Kaplan, a volunteer for the Symphonia, lives at The Carlton condominiums in Boca Raton.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Marie…

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Delray Beach: Substance-abuse educational event open to public

    The Delray Beach Drug Task Force is hosting “SUD Talks,” a discussion about substance abuse issues featuring speakers expert on the subject.

    The SUD, or substance use disorder, talks will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Old School Square’s Crest Theatre, at 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach.

    The event is open to the public. Cost is $25.

    The talks are a series of discussions lasting five minutes or up to 45 minutes in which experts talk about issues…

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Boynton Beach: New coalition offers input as Riverwalk developer works with city

By Jane Smith

    

    A new coalition of 3,500 Intracoastal residents will monitor the Riverwalk Plaza development in Boynton Beach.

    The Boynton Coalition for Responsible Development was created by the Florida Coalition for Preservation, a grass-roots group that promotes responsible development.

    “The Riverwalk site has certain field conditions, such as the nearby fire station and a bridge opening on demand, that make traffic a big concern,” said…

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Editor's Note: Drug rehab industry should shed more light through veil of privacy

    When someone you love takes his own life, it leaves a large aching space packed full of questions. I know, because I lost a brother to suicide. He was 51. This is why when I learned of Tod Abrams’ death at the Caron Ocean Drive facility in Delray Beach I thought of his family and all the questions they must have.

    I also thought of the neighbors who live near the two facilities in this neighborhood and all the questions they’ve been asking for several years now about the houses…

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Letter to the Editor: Addiction treatment facilities should welcome reasonable regulations

    Thank you for the article published in January describing the dilemma of regulating addiction treatment services in our state. We applaud the efforts of all concerned.  

    As our company enters into the arena of addiction treatment for alcohol and other drugs, as well as eating disorders, we welcome the vigilance of those people who have the best interests of both the patients and the public in mind. The overseeing of services is something that DCF cannot tackle alone, and I am…

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Letter to the Editor: Gulf Stream wastes tax dollars fighting O’Hare and O’Boyle

    Picture an ink-drawn political cartoon where a pleading-eyed man rapaciously shovels piles of “taxpayer dollars” into a blazing furnace. The furnace has a fresh sign labeled “Taxpayer Mandate,” which lies above an older sign, scratched away and barely legible that reads “Personal Vendetta.” 

    Now picture Mayor Scott Morgan and his personal quest against Christopher O’Hare and my father, Martin O’Boyle; now think of your tax dollars.

    This is the present picture for the…

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Added by Chris Felker on February 4, 2016 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: CRA gives analysts more time, puts off Old School Square grounds makeover

By Jane Smith



    The much-anticipated property value analysis of downtown Delray Beach and its beach side will be presented Feb. 28 at the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency meeting.

    Munilytics, the Davie company analyzing the records, received a second extension at the Jan. 14 CRA meeting. The company had received an automatic 30-day extension in December with a revised deadline of Jan. 4. The new date of Feb. 19 gave the company 45 more days to…

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Delray Beach: iPic passes site review board, moves on to Planning and Zoning

By Jane Smith



    The iPic movie theater moved closer to becoming a reality after a Delray Beach review board approved site plans in mid-January. Next stop for the mixed-use project will be the Feb. 22 meeting of the Planning & Zoning Board.

    In contrast with the luxury theater’s December appearance before the Site Plan Review and Appearance Board, where the project was tabled for various issues, the January meeting went smoothly. Only two residents spoke…

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Delray Beach: Seawalls will need $25 million worth of work in coming years

By Jane Smith

    

    Repairing and replacing crumbling seawalls along the Intracoastal Waterway in Delray Beach will cost about $25 million, according to an estimate by the city’s chief financial officer.

    “You only have to look at the pictures of streets under water and residents in kayaks riding through the streets,” Jack Warner told the City Commission in January when giving his budget presentation. “It’s a new need.”

    Indeed, during the seasonal…

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Delray Beach: Decades on, Beach Property Owners still keep eyes on their prize

By Ron Hayes



    Oh, thank heaven for 7-Eleven.

    Had a small group of outraged residents not come together in May 1967 to oppose a convenience store along A1A in Delray Beach’s south end, someone might be dispensing Big Gulps near where Atlantic Dunes Park stands today.

    Those early activists grew to become the Beach Property Owners Association, and 48 years later they’re still working to keep…

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Delray Beach: Beach area parking meter hours clarified

By Jane Smith



    Parking meter times east of the Intracoastal Waterway have changed again. Delray Beach users will again have to feed the meters only between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. seven days a week.

    The previous hours of 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. lasted only a few weeks last fall after the Delray Beach City Commission approved the switch to longer hours at the first October meeting.

    “There was a lot of confusion and push-back about the extended hours,” said…

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Delray Beach: CRA criticizes Arts Garage record-keeping, suspends funding

By Jane Smith



    The Arts Garage in Delray Beach must present better financial records before its chief public provider will release any more money, the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency board voted unanimously in late January.

    The CRA had committed to providing $68,750 for the fourth quarter of the last financial year, which ended Sept. 30. That amount represents 18 percent of the popular performing arts venue’s budget. The CRA also had allocated a…

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Delray Beach: Signal replacements at East Atlantic intersections will affect traffic

By Jane Smith



    Construction work has started to replace the temporary traffic signals at two East Atlantic intersections in Delray Beach. It will take at least two months to complete, weather permitting, contractors said.

    Florida Department of Transportation contractors will do the work, for which the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency has agreed to pay $547,865.

    The Beach Property Owners Association has waited nearly 18 months for the work to…

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Delray Beach: Site plan board rejects latest Atlantic Crossing modification

By Jane Smith

    The modified site plan for the Atlantic Crossing mixed-use development downtown was turned down in late January by a Delray Beach board.

    Senior city planner Scott Pape told the Site Plan Review and Appearance Board that his department had hired yet another traffic consultant from outside the county to review the site plan modification. The modified plan called for either a one-way road into the garage or a two-way surface road for internal…

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