4,407 taxable parcels
Tax Rate $3.2395* $3.2395*
General Fund Budget $9.1 million $8.3 million
General Fund Reserves $5.5 million $5.1 million
% of Budget … Continue
Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 28, 2011 at 5:15pm —
By Margie Plunkett
and Mary Thurwachter
Health-care insurance checkups are turning up substantial savings for at least two coastal municipalities as they near completion of this year’s budget process.
Lantana saved $230,000 by switching employee health insurance from Blue Cross/Blue Shield to a comparable Aetna plan. And Ocean Ridge hopes to save $50,000.
Insurance broker Dave Adams, a Hypoluxo Island resident, pitched both the towns, informing them he could… Continue
Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 28, 2011 at 5:07pm —
By Margie Plunkett
The Lantana Town Council hopes a newly approved $711,765 contract will pull the plug on a drainage problem at North Atlantic Drive and Beach Curve Road on Hypoluxo Island that has spanned decades.
The winning bid, quoted by Intercounty Engineering Inc. of Pompano Beach, was the low offer of four bids submitted in late July in response to a town solicitation.
The drainage improvement project to correct the problem is expected to take at least six… Continue
Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 31, 2011 at 12:45pm —
Mayor David Stewart’s son was arrested July 22 on charges of battery and resisting an officer after the two wrestled over a set of car keys in the driveway of the mayor’s home.
Stewart said he didn’t want his son, David Stewart II, to take the car because he was not taking required medications for an ongoing condition. The younger Stewart, who turned 22 the day after his arrest, was reportedly subdued by police using a stun gun.
— Staff report
Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 4, 2011 at 8:58am —
Whose water tastes best?
A Coastal Star tasting ranked tap water of area towns, from best to worst, on a 100-point scale:
1. Boca Raton, 83 points
2. Highland Beach, 82 points
3. South Palm Beach/WPB, 73 points
4. Lantana, 69 points
5. Manalapan, 63 points
6. Ocean Ridge/Boynton Beach, 57 points
7. Gulf Stream/Delray Beach, 46 points
Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 3, 2011 at 2:58pm —
Special Report: Public water treatments can be a matter of taste
By Jan Norris Continue
Terms like “undertones,” “balance” and “finish” are typical of wine tastings — but…
Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 3, 2011 at 2:30pm —
Plans for breakwaters designed to halt erosion on the sand-starved beaches of South Palm Beach and Lantana were cancelled, in effect, by Palm Beach County commissioners at a June 28 workshop.
Faced with the inability to get a federal permit for above-water structures off the Singer Island beach after three decades of discussion, commissioners were not willing to pursue a project of submerged breakwaters, which county officials said would be far less effective and more expensive.
Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 29, 2011 at 3:16pm —
By Steve Plunkett,
and Margie Plunkett
Cooperation was at the top of the menu for the first luncheon of mayors from South Palm Beach to Gulf Stream.
Mayor Ken Kaleel of Ocean Ridge organized the meeting at Callaro’s Prime Steak and Seafood shortly before the restaurant left Manalapan, mostly so coastal leaders could get to know each other better. By the end of the meal they decided hiring a consultant might be the best way to consolidate services and save tax… Continue
Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 29, 2011 at 3:00pm —
Left: Ye Tower Restaurant was a landmark along Dixie Highway in southern Lantana. Paul Dunbar operated the restaurant from 1925 until it was torn down in 1987. Photos courtesy of the Lantana Historical Society
Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 29, 2011 at 2:11pm —
Walter Clarke of Lantana hadn’t planned to be a career military man. He hadn’t planned to receive medical training, and he never dreamed he’d become an Army surgeon’s assistant, performing amputations and “playing God” in a Mobile Army Surgical Unit during some of the bloodiest battles of World War… Continue
Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 29, 2011 at 1:59pm —
Left: John Doyle, son of John and Andrea Doyle of coastal Boca… Continue
Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 29, 2011 at 1:30pm —
By Tim O’Meilia
South County homes and businesses are still leaking taxable value, but this year it’s closer to a dribble than a dam break.
While eight of nine coastal towns lost more than 5 percent of their taxable real estate value in 2009, only Manalapan declined more than that last year, according to preliminary figures released May 26 by the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser.
In fact, Briny Breezes was one of two Palm Beach County towns — Jupiter Inlet Colony was the… Continue
Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 1, 2011 at 2:52pm —
By Thom Smith
For decades the family yacht tied up at local marinas, the better for dad to entertain big clients and the family to enjoy a little respite from Northeast winters. Continue
Malcolm Forbes died in 1990, but the wining and dining aboard Highlander has continued, albeit at its seasonal berth in Fort Lauderdale. So it isn’t like Steve Forbes is unfamiliar with Palm Beach. In fact, he’s a welcome guest at many homes on the…
Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 1, 2011 at 1:42pm —
By Tim O’Meilia
A Lantana police officer was arrested and charged with three counts of robbery after he allegedly pulled over Hispanic men and stole their money after they left check-cashing stores.
Officer Mark Ott, 35, faces a maximum of 90 years in prison for three counts of robbery with… Continue
Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 1, 2011 at 1:06pm —
NOTE: Story has been corrected since printed to reflect the following date change:
• Changed the date of the June council meeting to the 21st, rather than the 28th, also to accommodate Flagello’s schedule.
By Tim O’Meilia Continue
Clutching to a sliver of hope that a breakwater project to protect the eroding South Palm Beach shore can be revived, Palm Beach County commissioners will meet with federal and state environmental regulators June…
Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 1, 2011 at 1:00pm —
Anglers take photographs of Capt. Reese L. Singleton III, whose boat, Old Key Limer, won third place for dolphin, with a 16.01-pound fish in the Lantana Fishing Derby. The awards ceremony for the tournament was held May 15 at The Old Key Lime House in Lantana. Photo by Mary Kate…
Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 1, 2011 at 12:29pm —
By Steve Plunkett
Coastal mayors will meet for lunch this month to see how they might help one another, share or contract out police and other municipal services and perhaps trim town budgets in the process.
Basil Diamond of Manalapan began contacting his counterparts to the north, south and west right after he was sworn in in March. Meanwhile, Ken Kaleel of Ocean Ridge invited Diamond and the mayors of Gulf Stream, Briny Breezes, Lantana and South Palm Beach to a get-together with… Continue
Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 5, 2011 at 4:33pm —
Florida Governor Rick Scott talked with Michael Bornstein, Lantana’s Town Manager, and dozens of other local officials during a whirlwind tour April 6 of three eroded Palm Beach County beaches. The Governor made no promises of any efforts the state could make to control erosion. Photo by Jerry… Continue
Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 4, 2011 at 2:57pm —
By Steve Pike
You might say that A.C. Brooks has seen it all in his 20 years at the area’s watering holes, restaurants, fishing boats and boat docks. And what Brooks, a Lantana resident, hasn’t seen he’s made up in his first book, Foul Hooked.
Subtitled A Shagball and Tangles Adventure, the 463-page… Continue
Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 30, 2011 at 3:52pm —
By Dianna Smith
LANTANA — Robert “Bob” Long might have known a lot about real estate and what it took to sell a luxurious home, but the legacy he left behind to those who knew him wasn’t just that he was a fantastic Realtor.
Mr. Long’s legacy was that he was a good man.
After battling an illness, Mr.… Continue
Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 30, 2011 at 2:18pm —