By Tim Pallesen
Everyone wants it clear that Delray Beach loves dogs — but city officials will continue to outlaw them on the municipal beach.
“We all love our dogs, but we just can’t police it,” city manager Louie Chapman Jr. told city commissioners, who voted to reject the latest push to designate a dog beach where dogs could splash in the surf.
The Beach Property Owners Association applauded their decision at a Nov. 12 workshop. “We all love…
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By Cheryl Blackerby
Storm fronts with 30-plus mph winds throughout November stalled four beach renourishment projects.
The dredge was originally scheduled to start work on the south Boca Raton beach Nov. 5. But the dredge was forced to return to the Port of Palm Beach Nov. 29 for the second time because of high winds and rough seas. The new start date was Dec. 2.
The dredge, owned by Marinex Construction based in Charleston, S.C., is small…
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By Jane Smith
Are more drug bales washing up recently along South County coastal shores?
The Ocean Ridge police chief and a spokesman for the West Palm Beach office of Border Patrol think so.
Chief Chris Yannuzzi points to two recent incidents. On Aug. 6, 25 bricks of cocaine were bundled into one bale, with a street value of $2.3 million. That bale was turned over to the Border Patrol. On Sept. 7, a bale of marijuana also was turned over to the Border…
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By Tim O’Meilia
Best case scenario: seven submerged groins and a beach 50 feet wider in South Palm Beach and Lantana by February 2016.
That’s not as much as everyone wants, but it’s likely the most anyone’s likely to get.
South Palm Beach Mayor Donald Clayman wants offshore breakwaters. Surfrider Foundation wants the sea turtles to be able to nest. Manalapan wants to make sure the sand still drifts south. Reef Rescue wants the hardbottom uncovered for marine…
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By Dan Moffett
Delray Beach commissioners’ campaign to tighten up their business dealings has grown so heated that even a contract for beach chairs can raise emotional warnings about extortion, loss of integrity and “whoring the city.”
The commission voted 3-2 on Aug. 6 to seek bids from companies for leasing chairs and cabanas on the city’s beach — despite the fact that Oceanside Beach Service already has a contract to do it and came to the meeting…
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Delray Beach has clarified its competitive bidding rules after the county Inspector General said the city bent its rules when it awarded its beach-cleaning contract last January.
Universal Beach Services, the city beach cleaner for 30 years, got the contract for $94,896 after arguing that low bidder Beach Raker couldn’t provide the service for $57,000.
JoAnn Peart, owner of Universal Beach, also accused the city of giving Beach Raker an unfair advantage in the bidding…
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By Tim O’Meilia
The newest plan for saving South Palm Beach’s fast-eroding shoreline is a series of seven buried groins dotting the beach from the Tuscany condominium to the Ritz-Carlton resort.
At least, that’s what the computers say.
“There’s enough sand down drift from Palm Beach to feed the beaches north of the Tuscany,” Leanne Welch, Palm Beach County’s environmental program supervisor, told the town council May 28.
The groins would be coupled…
Blair Adams (brother and man of honor), Linda Adams (bride’s mother), Brittany Adams Manimbo (bride), Daniel Manimbo (groom) and Dave Adams (father of the bride) celebrate the couple’s wedding at Harbour Island in the Bahamas. Family…Continue
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By Cheryl Blackerby
Delray Beach and Boca Raton are likely to receive long-awaited money for damage to beaches by Hurricane Sandy, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The two cities’ beach projects were among 16 projects around the state that the Corps considered for emergency assistance in response to Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storm Debby.
After the Corps’ damage reports were completed, 12 projects were approved to receive the…
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Highland Beach residents gathered to clean up the beach on April 8. Ben and Mayra Stern (above) were among the volunteers who spent several hours hours combing the beach, finding many plastic bottles and caps, broken flip-flops, plastic bags, balloons, plastic forks and knives, empty sunscreen bottles,…Continue
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ABOVE: Arts Garage’s student band, Rogue Set, including keyboard…Continue
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NOTE: The drege was towed…Continue
A temporary lifeguard stand opened in March on Lantana Beach.
“Town staff built the one on the dune,” said Lantana Town Manager Deborah Manzo. “We are hoping that the town will obtain approval from the state to put a (permanent) stand back on the beach, but we have to go through an…
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LEFT: Jose Arimatcia, an employee of Pugh’s Pools and Spas, installed a pair of tile mosaic sea turtles at the Ocean Ridge Town Hall. The installation is a joint project between the Ocean Ridge Garden Club and Mayor Pugh.…
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Situated among the trees and mountains along the scenic Hudson River, Kingston, New York seems far away from the salty blue waves of the Atlantic and South Florida. Yet, just 100 miles inland from the World Trade Center, at the southern tip of Manhattan where New York meets the Atlantic, the Tidal Waterfront Flooding Task Force of the Kingston Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) has begun to plan a strategy to manage the inevitable effects of a rising…Continue
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By Margie Plunkett
Universal Beach Services Corp. nearly saw 30 years of cleaning the sands of Delray Beach come to an end in the undertow of a low bidder. Commissioners, however, finally awarded Universal the contract after it protested that the beach couldn’t possibly be cleaned for that low price.
Universal of Delray Beach was the middle of three bidders for the beach cleaning contract, offering to do the job for $94,896 annually. Beach Raker was the…
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