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Along the Coast: Unified license-tag checking system considered

Cameras along A1A and bridges can identify suspect vehicles

By Rich Pollack

    Police departments along the coast of southern Palm Beach County are studying the feasibility of cooperating on an automated system to scan the license plates of every car traveling along…

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Added by Chris Felker on July 30, 2014 at 11:32am — 1 Comment

Clues in the Crumbling Album

Researcher Janet DeVries channels her inner Nancy Drew to…

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Along the Coast: Sun sets on county lifeguard’s three-decade career on the ocean

Cathy Conlin at Gulfstream Park.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Added by Chris Felker on July 30, 2014 at 11:26am — No Comments

Editor's Note: Summer heat doesn’t slow us down

    Even though the temperature keeps rising, there have been no summer doldrums at The Coastal Star.  

    A larger space with better parking has lured us across the street and into a section of the old TD Bank on A1A just south of Woolbright.

    By the time this August issue hits the streets, we should be officially setting up shop at 5114 N. Ocean Blvd.

    We’re not moving the office very far, so we hope you’ll continue to stop in and say hello.

    Another bit of…

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Added by Chris Felker on July 30, 2014 at 11:20am — No Comments

Coastal Star: Delray’s charms front and center in Cannon’s interests

Ann Margo Cannon with her 6-month-old son, John.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack



    Ann Margo Cannon can remember growing up in Delray…

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Added by Chris Felker on July 30, 2014 at 11:19am — No Comments

Letter to the Editor: Delray voters should approve charter change

    Previously suspended City Manager Louie Chapman cost the residents of Delray Beach $15,000 a month due to the current requirement of at least four commissioners voting in favor of a city manager’s termination. As of the settlement, with Chapman agreeing to leave, it was reported the costs skyrocketed to $100,000.

    To avoid this costly and detrimental effect to our city in the future, the three commissioners who voted to terminate Chapman (Mayor Cary Glickstein, Vice Mayor Shelly…

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Added by Chris Felker on July 30, 2014 at 11:16am — No Comments

Letter to the Editor: Recall contributions and lend elderly a hand

    How often I see an elderly person struggling to navigate what used to be a familiar and comfortable world. Whether a trip to the bank, grocery shopping, a doctor appointment, all have become such a struggle and risk.

    But what eclipses this ordeal is the ever-present apathy of younger generations to acknowledge their struggles, let alone offer a helping hand.

    Remember, our aging population fought for, built and helped create the luxuries of life we are all so accustomed to…

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Added by Chris Felker on July 30, 2014 at 11:14am — No Comments

Along the Coast: Attorney seeks information on driver who hit bicyclist

A passenger-side mirror was recovered at the crash scene.

INSET BELOW: Michael Russo

By Steven J. Smith



    A car hit Michael Russo while he was riding his bicycle…

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Added by Chris Felker on July 30, 2014 at 11:13am — No Comments

Along the Coast: Loggerhead habitats get new federal protection status

By Cheryl Blackerby



    Loggerhead sea turtles will get another layer of federal protection Aug. 3 when 685 miles of coastal beaches in six states — including all of Palm Beach County’s  beaches — are designated “critical habitats” for loggerheads.

    The new designation will not affect beach renourishment projects, beach access or beach recreation, said Chuck Underwood, spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s North Florida office.

    “During…

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Along the Coast: Safe Roads bicycle enforcement efforts to be visible soon

By Rich Pollack



    The South Florida Safe Roads Task Force, the driving force behind a stepped-up law enforcement effort along State Road A1A in April, will be at it again in September as it continues to promote the need for bicycles, motorists and pedestrians to safely share the road.

    This time, however, the task force is adding a Back to School Safety Fair to the police saturations along State Road A1A, which will include free bicycle helmets for…

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Gulf Stream: Town raises taxes to pay for legal defenses

A sign hangs from a truck parked in the Gulf Stream Town Hall parking lot.

Dan Moffett/The Coastal Star

By Dan…

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Added by Chris Felker on July 30, 2014 at 10:58am — 1 Comment

Delray Beach: City approves Chapman deal, starts search for new manager

By Dan Moffett



    Delray Beach commissioners are beginning a nationwide search for a new city manager and say they are committed to avoiding the mistakes made in hiring the last one.

    The commission voted 4-1 on July 15 to approve the final details of a settlement with former City Manager Louie Chapman Jr. that will pay him about $100,000 as a buyout for his resignation.

    Commissioner Shelly Petrolia voted against the deal, saying the city should have…

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Delray Beach: 50th birthday party set for historical society

By Ron Hayes



    At noon on Aug. 26, 1964 — 50 years ago this month — a small group of men and women gathered at the Chamber of Commerce building to make history — and to make history matter.

    With Ethel S. Williams as president and Roy C. Diggans as vice president, the Delray Beach Historical Society adopted its charter, establishing a nonprofit organization committed to “the organization and preservation of records to form a definite and authentic history…

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South Palm Beach: Town approves another lean budget

By Dan Moffett



    Town ­­Manager Rex Taylor likes to begin budget talks by taking a look at what’s happened to property values in South Palm Beach during the last decade.

    In 2008, the town’s taxable value was $429.2 million.

    Then came the recession and the collapse of the South Florida real estate market, during which South Palm Beach saw its taxable property values fall to about $250 million.

    Unlike most of Palm Beach County, however, the…

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Added by Chris Felker on July 30, 2014 at 10:52am — No Comments

Delray Beach: City Commission considers cutting grants in budget

By Dan Moffett



    For about as long as anyone can remember, Delray Beach has budgeted money to groups that do good work in the community — supporting organizations such as the city’s Public Library, Historical Society and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

    Those times may be changing.

    Chief Financial Officer Jack Warner showed the City Commission a 2014-15 budget proposal on July 15, and with it came his recommendation that commissioners take a…

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Along the Coast: Local School Board seats and judgeships on August primary ballots

By Steven J. Smith



    In southeastern Palm Beach County, the Aug. 26 primary elections will see six candidates compete for two School Board seats — Districts 4 and 7 — that represent a good deal of the county’s midsection.

    In addition to the…

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Added by Chris Felker on July 30, 2014 at 10:43am — No Comments

Delray Beach: New police chief is a home-grown leader

Retiring Delray Beach Police Chief Anthony Strianese (front)

and Assistant Chief Jeffrey Goldman at their Delray Beach headquarters.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Added by Chris Felker on July 30, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Lantana: Beach parking lot work almost finished

The Lantana beach parking lot has been raised and new metered kiosks have been installed.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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Added by Chris Felker on July 30, 2014 at 10:16am — No Comments

Lantana: Town Council keeps tax rate the same

By Mary Thurwachter



    Taxes haven’t increased in Lantana for 14 years and there will be no change in the tax rate next year. At its July 28 meeting, the Town Council again set the rate at $3.24 per $1,000 of taxable property.

    The town will have more money to work with, thanks to the rebounding economy and the $39 million increase in taxable property values.  But expenses are up as well, and the proposed budget does have a $93,426 deficit. To counter that,…

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Ocean Ridge: Commission orders rewrite of rental ordinance

By Dan Moffett



    Ocean Ridge commissioners wanted to crack down on nuisance rentals of single-family homes last year when they passed an ordinance that set new fees and registration requirements for landlords and tenants.

    While the law has helped clean up the nuisance rentals, it also has created a bureaucratic mess, with more confusion and unintended consequences than commissioners thought possible.

    Landlords have complained about getting socked…

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