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Palm Beach County Prepares For Possible Impacts from remnants of Tropical Storm Erika

As of the 0930 hours National Hurricane Center update, Tropical Storm Erika has dissipated. The National Weather Service forecasts 3-5” of rainfall near SE Florida coast, with much higher amounts possible in some areas beginning late tonight through Monday with a marginal risk of tornado formation.



Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 29, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Prepare Your Animals for Potential Flooding from Tropical Storm Erika

With the possibility of flooding rains late this weekend into early next week, Palm Beach County is urging animal owners to make preparations now. The Animal Care and Control division has the following suggestions for animal owners:



Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 28, 2015 at 1:26pm — No Comments


What: Crews working for All Aboard Florida and the Florida East Coast Railway will

temporarily close the following intersections to perform routine maintenance work and

construction improvements necessary for the introduction of the passenger rail service.

Where & When: Lucerne Avenue and the Florida East Coast Railway, Lake WorthSaturday, Aug. 8, 7 a.m. through Monday, Aug.10, 7 p.m.

SE 36th Avenue and the…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 7, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Delray Beach Couple Takes Birding to New Heights

Birdwatching is taking off in the U.S., climbing on the list of most popular outdoor activities, according to the USDA’s Forest Service. It ranks just below beach bumming and bicycling. The pastime’s rising popularity is thanks in part to the Internet, mobile devices and prominence of digital…


Added by Chelsea March on August 5, 2015 at 10:01am — No Comments

Along the Coast: Beachside sunset yoga class

A powered parachute flies above a sunset yoga class taught by Jessica Om on July 19 at Atlantic Dunes Park

in Delray Beach. Om has been teaching the Sunday class since 2010. She recently added a Wednesday class.…


Added by Chris Felker on July 29, 2015 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Centenarians celebrate and share long-life advice

Three centenarians were honored at  The Fountains in Boca Raton on July 27. Fountains employees posed

with the ladies, front row, (l -r) Anne Greenberg, who turned 101 on March 13; Margaret W. Fuller,…


Added by Chris Felker on July 29, 2015 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Boca Raton clears way for animal rescue center expansion

    The no-kill Tri-County Animal Rescue of Boca Raton will soon be able to expand the shelter at 21287 Boca Rio Road.

    City officials on July 28 unanimously approved an amended lease agreement that will allow the organization to use an additional 5-acre parcel for the construction of a 9,000-square-foot isolation center and veterinarian clinic. The property was originally designated as a bird sanctuary and passive park when the city operated an animal shelter at the site.



Added by Chris Felker on July 29, 2015 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Want to give? She’ll tell you how

Wendy Friswell, 54, is executive director of Spirit of Giving. She lives

in Boca Raton with her husband, David, her daughter, Michelle, and her son, Ryan.

Tim Stepien/The…


Added by Chris Felker on July 29, 2015 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Airport Authority bylaws under review for updating

By Rich Pollack

    Rules governing the Boca Raton Airport Authority could soon be a bit more relaxed if bylaw changes hammered out last month receive final approval.

    In a meeting that had the potential to be contentious, Boca Raton Airport Authority members worked collaboratively to make significant changes to the board’s bylaws, which some members — as well as City Council members — had claimed were too restrictive.  

    The bylaws became a focus of…


Added by Chris Felker on July 29, 2015 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Tax rate to be set on Aug. 11

    Boca Raton’s proposed tax rate for the upcoming year will be discussed during the Aug. 11 City Council meeting, said Mike Woika, assistant city manager.
    The current tax rate held the line, at $3.71 per $1,000 of assessed value for 2014, slightly lower than the previous rate of $3.72 per $1,000 of assessed value due to a slight decrease in debt service.
— Sallie James

Added by Chris Felker on July 29, 2015 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Highland Beach: Aging fire truck goes on the auction block

By Rich Pollack

    In the market for a used fire truck for special events or as your latest home and garden accessory?

    Highland Beach might have a deal for you.

    Town commissioners last month gave town officials the green light to send the town’s used ladder truck off to Tampa, where it will be auctioned to the highest bidder.

    But before you break out your checkbook, here’s something you should know: The 104-foot-long ladder truck is 20 years…


Added by Chris Felker on July 29, 2015 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Chabad approved despite appeals

By Sallie James

    They say three times is a charm. But in the case of Chabad of East Boca Raton, it was actually more.

    After four hours of lengthy discussion, City Council members late July 28 voted 5-0 in favor of the ambitious beachside orthodox synagogue. The project was up for reconsideration because two appeals challenging the Planning and Zoning Board’s site plan approval had been filed by unhappy neighborhood groups.

    “We are very appreciative…


Added by Chris Felker on July 29, 2015 at 1:05pm — 1 Comment

Highland Beach: Town keeps after speeding Intracoastal boaters

By Rich Pollack

    The town of Highland Beach is not giving up on its efforts to get boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway to slow down and create less wake — at least not yet.  

    For more than a decade, residents living along the Intracoastal have been complaining that wakes from fast-moving boats are damaging seawalls and creating dangerous situations for swimmers and other boaters.

    In response, town officials led by Commissioner Lou Stern, have been…


Added by Chris Felker on July 29, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: iPic push meets with planning board rejection

By Jane Smith

    The iPic movie theater team reached for the stars before the Delray Beach Planning and Zoning Board meeting.

    To be allowed to build a luxury theater in the city’s downtown, the team used robo calls, TV spots, email blasts and Facebook and Twitter posts.…


Added by Chris Felker on July 29, 2015 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Gulf Stream: Town tax rate soars 42 percent as legal fees rise

By Dan Moffett

    Gulf Stream consistently ranks among the state’s most affluent communities, which helps explain how the town has been able to absorb a stunning increase in budget expenses that few other municipalities could.

    Over the last two years, residents have watched their tax rate soar about 42 percent — from $3.497 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2013, to $3.90 in 2014, to the current proposed rate of $5 per $1,000.

    This comes at a time when…


Added by Chris Felker on July 29, 2015 at 12:52pm — 1 Comment

Editor's Note: Despite all our efforts, mistakes will happen ...

    We make mistakes. We try really hard not to, but they happen.

    Sometimes we can’t fit all of the information into a story that people think we should, and sometimes the way we say things makes readers think one thing when that’s not what we were trying to say. We’ve heard both of these complaints this past month.

    Putting words together in a compact and readable way, forming stories out of interviews, trying to find the facts behind hints and innuendo can be tricky. We do…


Added by Chris Felker on July 29, 2015 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Letter to the Editor: RICO suit stressful for defendant

    As a co-defendant in the town of Gulf Stream’s recent RICO lawsuit, I would like to set the record straight. The town initiated this action for one purpose — to censor, intimidate and silence its critics.

    I have been very careful to make sure my legal complaints against the town were thoughtful, valid and worthy of the court’s time. Mayor Scott Morgan labeled them all “scandalously malicious and frivolous.”  Now the town’s RICO complaint has apparently been determined to be…


Added by Chris Felker on July 29, 2015 at 12:31pm — 1 Comment

Coastal Star: Lynda Hunter

Lynda Hunter, children’s services librarian at the Delray Beach Public Library, plays guitar

and performs sing-along tunes to a packed room on June 29. Hunter is celebrating her 30th year at the library.…


Added by Chris Felker on July 29, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Shrinking habitats bring foxes to coastal towns

This gray fox is a frequent visitor to Briny Breezes.

Photo courtesy Marcela Viglianchino

By Cheryl Blackerby…


Added by Chris Felker on July 29, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Letter to the Editor: Lantana water crew to be commended

    In mid-July, Lantana town crews began working on a water problem along Dixie Highway, near the northern town limits. I understand it had to do with a nonfunctioning fire hydrant.

    As a result, East View Street experienced diminished water service for several days. At times, there was no water. By July 17 there was no water at all.

    The town’s crews continued to work throughout the steamy hot day. By evening, still no water.

    I spoke with the men on the job (who were…


Added by Chris Felker on July 29, 2015 at 12:25pm — No Comments

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