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Lantana Budget

Lantana Budget

4,407 taxable parcels

                                                                 2010-2011        2011-2012

Tax Rate                                                   $3.2395*        $3.2395*

General Fund Budget                               $9.1 million        $8.3 million

General Fund Reserves                            $5.5 million                 $5.1 million

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Gulf Stream insisting that county pay back taxes paid for annexed properties

By Steve Plunkett



    Gulf Stream town officials are taking off the gloves in their quest to recover some of the tax money property owners in the annexed pocket paid Palm Beach County for 2011.

    Mayor William Koch Jr. asked County Commissioner Steven Abrams in a Sept. 14 letter for more help getting $19,469 reimbursed by Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue for services from March 15, the date of the annexation, through Sept. 30. Koch wants $21,728 from the Sheriff’s Office for the… Continue

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Gulf Stream budget

Gulf Stream Budget

538 taxable parcels

                                                        2010-2011                        2011-2012

Tax Rate                                         $2.8655*                         $2.9265*

General Fund Budget                    $2.55 million                  $3.1 million

General Fund Reserves**            $1.3 million                     $0.8 million

% of Budget                                            51%                      … Continue

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South Palm Beach: Shoreline protection study can start up again

By Tim O’Meilia



    The on-again, off-again breakwater project to protect South Palm Beach’s eroding shoreline is back on the drawing board six months after Palm Beach County officials had declared it so much scrap paper.

    “Finally, I have some good news,” Leanne Welch, a supervisor in the county’s environmental resources management department, told the Town Council Sept. 20. “We have the go-ahead to restart the environmental impact study.”

    The study was halted in March… Continue

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South Palm Beach Budget

South Palm Beach Budget

1,868 taxable parcels

                                                                    2010-2011        2011-2012

Tax Rate                                                         $4.3174*        $4.3174*

General Fund Budget                                     $1.88 million                      $1.7  million

General Fund Reserves**                              $2  million                              $2 million

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Lantana/Ocean Ridge: Changing health care brings big savings

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

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Ocean Ridge Budget

Ocean Ridge Budget

1,540 taxable parcels

                                                                 2010-2011    2011-2012

Tax Rate                                                         $5.25*    $5.25* tentative

General Fund Budget                            $5.3 million      $5.16 million

General Fund Reserves                         $2.9 million    $2.5 million

% of Budget                                                   55%    48%

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Parker filmed in Ocean Ridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See more photos from the Island Drive…

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Along the Avenues: John G's leads changes at Plaza del Mar

By Jan Norris

The locals were waiting to say “welcome back” to John G’s when it reopened Sept. 10 in its new Manalapan site in Plaza del Mar, and already the restaurant is settling in.

     “Things are going so smooth,” said Wendy…

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Delray Beach: Boston's on the Beach renovations continue

Boston’s on the Beach at 40 S. Ocean Blvd. is hoping to complete renovations by the end of October, including a new proposal for outdoor seating and more parking, according to architect Bob Currie. Phase 2 of the plan, which is scheduled for review by the Delray Beach Site Plan Review and Appearance Board on Oct. 12, includes the addition of a 6,021-square-foot outdoor tiki bar/restaurant and 35 parking spaces.…

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Delray Beach: Garbage rates to rise 7.7%; service changing

Delray Beach residents are facing a 7.7 percent hike in garbage collection fees this year, boosted by a rising cost-of-living index and fuel adjustment credit.

    The collection increase for residential and commercial users will be subject of an Oct. 4 public hearing and would go into effect on Oct. 5.

    Meanwhile, Delray Beach staff is recommending a conversion from rear/side yard pickup to curbside for the Sherwood Park and beach areas in response to a city survey of the… Continue

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Delray Beach: Commission may increase beach parking, marina rates

Higher fees, including beach meter parking, will come up at a public hearing Oct. 4 as part of a package commissioners passed on first reading in September.

    Beach meter parking would rise a quarter to $1.50 per hour if commissioners give it the thumbs up this month. Beach parking permits would increase $5 to $85 for a standard pass and a new senior beach parking pass would become available for $95.

    Boaters taking slips at the municipal marina would pay $18 a foot, up from the… Continue

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Delray Beach: Restaurant parking rules change

Atlantic Avenue parking incentives, originally put in place to attract new restaurants downtown, were taken off the plate in September, deemed unnecessary in an area with an abundance of eateries.

Commissioners passed the measure 3-2, reconsidering it after first turning it down in recent weeks.

The measure doubles the parking requirement for new restaurants on Atlantic between Northeast/Southeast Fifth Avenue to 12 spaces per 1,000 square feet of seating spaces from the former six.… Continue

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Delray Beach Budget

Delray Beach Budget

32,220 taxable parcels



                2010-2011                  2011-2012

Tax Rate            $7.19*                             $7.19*

General Fund Budget                         $94.9 million    $93.4  million

General Fund Reserves                         $20.3 million    $17 million

% of Budget                                             21.4%        18.2%                              

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Delray Beach: Mules butt stubborn statistics on men who read

By Ron Hayes



Sorry, guys, but if reading books makes you smart — well, women are probably smarter.

At the Delray Beach Public Library, 56.3 percent of the cardholders are women, 43.7 percent are men.

All the data agree. Women buy more books, they read more books, and they are more…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Kelly Gottlieb — Manalapan

Kelly Gottlieb loves to fly her Cessna and has taken her grandson on an airplane tour of the western states.  Photo by Michael Gottlieb





Kelly Gottlieb of Manalapan caught the flying bug early in life. At 17, her mother put her and a pal on a puddle-jumper from a… Continue

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Manalapan: Officer gets life-saving award for double rescue

By Steve Plunkett

   

A rookie Manalapan police officer ended a routine beach patrol with the dramatic rescue of two snorkelers from the Boynton Inlet.

    Officer David Hul, who joined the force in December, reported he had just finished his patrol on the town’s all-terrain vehicle… Continue

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Science Museum founders flew into action during space race era

By Tim O’Meilia



    If it weren’t for Sputnik, the South Florida Science Museum might still be a patch of cabbage palms in the middle of Dreher Park in West Palm Beach.

    The Russian satellite — mankind’s first trip beyond our atmosphere — touched off the space race with the U.S. in the late 1950s to… Continue

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Bring your pet to celebrate doc's retirement

 

 

 

The Coastal Star is inviting residents and their dogs to the interesction of Old Ocean Boulevard and Tropical Drive at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, to be part of a ‘family photo’ with ‘Doc’ and his K-9 pals.  Ocean Ridge Officer Wavell “Doc” Darville will be retiring on…

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Thomas Joseph Thornton IV and Amanda Woolen Shintay

Thomas Joseph Thornton IV and Amanda Woolen Shintay were married at 5 o’clock in the afternoon on Sept. 24 at Spruce Peak Base Camp at the Stowe Vermont Resort in Stowe, Vt. The Rev. Martha H. Hedgpeth of Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte, N.C., officiated.

    The groom is the son of former Manalapan Commissioner… Continue

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