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Delray Beach: New rules govern Segway use

Delray Beach commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance that allows Segway tours in designated areas.
The new law, approved at the April 5 meeting, requires escorted tour participants to undergo a minimum of instruction time before riding, to wear a safety vest when riding and to travel in a single file.
The Segways are not allowed on the east side of A1A at the public beach.
— Margie Plunkett

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A popular place: Politicians tour Lantana and South Palm Beach

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…

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Manalapan: Town drops light monitoring effort



Sea turtles that visit town beaches during nesting season will remain under the protective eyes of Palm Beach County environmental officials.

Town commissioners decided at their April meeting not to pass an ordinance proposed by then-Mayor Tom Gerrard early last year that would have shifted monitoring of lights on the beach from the county to Manalapan.

Mayor Pro Tem Donald Brennan said he saw no benefit to the town assuming the responsibility.

“This is a service for which we… Continue

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Lantana: Fishing Pier added to bridge plan

By Tim O’Meilia



Hoping to shoo fishermen off the soon-to-be-rebuilt East Ocean Avenue bridge in Lantana, the Town Council approved construction of a $500,000 concrete fishing pier on the west end of the span.

Palm Beach County will build the 8-foot-wide pier in conjunction with the construction of the new bridge, which is expected to begin in November and last two years.

The 400-foot pier will jut into the Intracoastal Waterway from Bicentennial Park on the north side of the… Continue

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Delray Beach: Coaches get ball rolling for Seacrest sports reunion

 (l-r) John Shipley, Seacrest High Class of 1964, Norman Price, Head Basketball Coach, Randy Cooper (with cap) Head Football Coach, and Tom Smith, Seacrest High Class of ‘67 pose at Seacrest stadium in front of a Don Seiler statue of Hall of Fame professional quarterback Y.A. Tittle.…

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South Palm Beach: Town ethics allegations cleared up, but inn case goes to court

By Tim O’Meilia



The Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn’s long-running battle with the town of South Palm Beach moved to the courthouse March 29, when the inn’s owners filed suit over the Town Council’s denial in 2009 of their plans to replace the two-story motel with a 10-story hotel-condominium.

The filing came three days before the state ethics commission cleared five town officials — including two council members — of conflicts of interest in dealing with the inn.

The lawsuit has… Continue

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Lantana: Cenacle zoning sparks discussion, reversal

By Margie Plunkett



Lantana Council has dubbed the Cenacle property on Dixie Highway commercial, reversing an earlier vote that returned it to residential following a failed deal to sell it to a luxury hotel developer.

Council members reconsidered the issue at their April 11 meeting, in the wake of an administrative action taken by the attorneys of the Intracoastal property’s owner, the Cenacle Sisters. The retreat site had been changed to commercial to prepare for the hotel deal,… Continue

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49th Annual Delray Affair: In downtown Delray Beach

Toni Sturm of Boca Raton demonstrates the bubble wand, a product sold by her friend Debi Marttinen of Wild Indigo Design, during the three-day festival along Atlantic Avenue  April 15-17. The event drew an estimated 300,000 visitors. Photo by Lauren… Continue

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A Good Day Fishing: In the Bahamas

A Good Friday freediving trip to the Bahamas yielded this impressive hog hnapper for divers Steve French (l) of Briny Breezes and his friend Noah Staggs.  Photo…

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Mom and Me: Mom, and the power of Quinn



By Thomas R. Collins



Sometime over the last few months, I noticed that when I’d curse around my mom, who has advanced…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Anna Shannon — Gulf Stream

Anna Shannon surrounded by her loving sons and husband, Bill, at their Gulf Stream home.  From left, Charlie, 8, Chris, 12, Anna, Finn, 6 weeks, Will, 14, Nick, 10, and Bill.  Photo by Tim Stepien



After giving birth to her fifth son recently, Anna Shannon of Gulf Stream heard… Continue

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Delray Beach Historical Society Fundraiser: At the Colony Cabana Club

Organizers said the  ‘Old Delray’ evening was a resounding success. Underwriters included The Corcoran Group, The Colony Hotel, Cafe Luna Rosa, Weekes and Callaway, Kientze Jewelers and several individuals.…

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Open House: At Delray Beach Public Library

The Delray Beach Public Library hosted a wine and cheese reception April 12 to celebrate the new incoming board president, John K. Burke. More than 40 members of the community attended including: Tom Goris (l) with Judy and Bill Benson. Photo… Continue

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St. Vincent's Beach Clean-Up: At Delray's beach

5th graders Kathryn Wigderson and Cristina Beck contributed to St. Vincent Ferrer School’s clean-up of Delray’s beach during during Earth Week. The students found a BlackBerry phone and were able to return it to a very happy owner.  

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Treasures4Charity: Fundraiser in Delray

Caron Dockerty and Brooke Qualk dressed up to great guests at a

Royal Wedding Party at their Treasure4Charity thrift store. Iced tea and tea sandwiches were served throughout the day.  Business was brisk and tiaras were worn by many bringing in donations.

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Easter Sunrise Service: At Oceanfront Park

As the Boynton Beach Ministerial Association held a community worship service on Easter Sunday, one participant left the crowd of more than 100 attendees to photograph the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean at Oceanfront Park. Photo by Mary Kate…

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Ocean Ridge: Town commissioners discuss timing of public comment



Exactly when should the public speak at town meetings? It’s a question that cropped up as newly elected Ocean Ridge commissioners took their places on the dais in April. The immediate answer: the status quo.

Commissioner Zoanne Hennigan noted the audience would like to have public comment at the end of the meeting in addition to the current comment period at the start. The change would give “people the opportunity to ask a question or comment on something we’ve discussed in the… Continue

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Ocean Ridge: ‘Bonus’ a bone of contention in tight budget times

By Margie Plunkett



The word “bonus” has more than once set off debate among Ocean Ridge commissioners — and the latest round ended with a vow to consider defining and cutting back on the traditional retirement bonus here.

While the discussion at commissioners’ May 2 meeting was led off by a new commissioner, the two sides of the issue sounded much like the point/counterpoint in the most recent discussion about changing the employee Christmas bonus.

“We have to get the word… Continue

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Food: Herbs can take the heat, if you choose right and take proper care

By Jan Norris



As summer heats up, herb growing is dicey in South Florida, though some will thrive, according to Donnie Brown, an herbalist. She’s a long-time member of the Evening Herb Society of the Palm Beaches and a former speaker for the group.

Herbs were the topic of the season’s last Ocean Ridge Garden… Continue

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Summer Camps

CLOSE TO HOME



Art-Sea Living Gallery & Studio: 1628 S. Federal Hwy., Boynton Beach. Ages 4-12. Ten different one-week art class sessions. 10:30 am-1:30 pm, T-F, 6/7-8/12, $135/sesson or $40 daily, children must bring lunch and wear old clothes; 2-4 pm, T-F, 6/7-8/12. $90/session or $30 daily. Includes supplies. Sibling discounts. 737-2600.

Boynton Beach Recreation & Parks Department Summer Camps: 7:30 am-5:30 pm, M-F,…

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