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The Mark Garretson Memorial 17th Annual Fishing Tournament

Paul Shersty (center) announces the weight of a wahoo caught by team ‘Killer Buzz’ of Boca Raton during The Mark Gerretson Memorial 17th Annual Fishing Tournament in Delray Beach.  The 42-pound wahoo was one pound heavier than the closest competitor and was good enough to give the team the $4,050… Continue

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Lantana: Flooding and ballfields get council action

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

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Delray Beach: Seaside get-away is all Wright with the regulars

More than 60 years after it was built, Wright-by-the-Sea still is owned by the same family, and welcomes back many of the same guests each year. Photo by Jerry Lower



By Mary Jane Fine



Here’s what it is: an oceanfront…

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Lantana: Budget direction aims to reward employees, restore fireworks

By Margie Plunkett



    Fireworks may return to Lantana next year and, after three years of flat salaries, Lantana employees could get extra money — both expenses the town is trying to shoehorn into a tight budget without raising the tax rate.

    Council members set the preliminary tax rate at $3.24 per $1,000 of a home’s assessed value at their July 25 meeting, which if finally approved will have been unchanged for 10 years. Council can still lower the rate at this juncture, but… Continue

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Lantana: Younger Stewart arrested

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

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Coastal Garage Sale

 

 

 

Lillie Silirie (right) helps customers at the 3rd annual "garage meets estate sale" fundraiser on…

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Manalapan: Inlet crowds expanding and intruding

Recreational boaters and snorkelers gather along the north side of Bird Island, where Manalapan residents say their presence can be a nuisance. Photos by Jerry Lower



By Steve Plunkett



The summer sun is hot, and so are neighbors of the Boynton…

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Special Report: Whose water tastes best?

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

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Special Report: Does what's flowing from your tap pass the taste test?

 

Special Report: Public water treatments can be a matter of taste

 

By Jan Norris



Terms like “undertones,” “balance” and “finish” are typical of wine tastings — but…

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Associations challenge pets as emotional support

By Arden Moore



There’s a new “breed” of dog unleashing plenty of debate and controversy. Identified as “emotional support animals” or ESA, these dogs are making their way into housing developments in South Florida, even those with no-pets-allowed policies.

Depending on whom you ask, these ESA dogs are regarded as healthy godsends or reviled as unruly rule breakers. But they have the law on their side. And that is making some property managers and condo association board members… Continue

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Coastal Star: Judge honored to receive award from its namesake — Ocean Ridge

By Linda Haase



    Three little words piqued Judge Lucy Chernow Brown’s interest.

    “Nature all around,” the advertisement boasted, describing a house for sale in Ocean Ridge. Brown and her husband, Terry, both nature lovers, were hooked before they even saw the house. And, 20 years later, it’s still… Continue

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Editorial: Coastal Star staffers earn high honors

Where did I put my keys?    

In a busy world it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the minutiae of life. But once you’ve been exposed to the stages of dementia, fear that this instance of displacement may foreshadow future stages of memory loss hovers behind the question.

I watched both my mother and an elderly aunt struggle with fading memories and fears. In both instances I watched the disease progress until the end. …

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Manalapan: Ritz owner writes to assure town

By Steve Plunkett



    The owner of the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach has written the town trying to dispel any gloom from its $30 million suit against the hotel’s operator.

    “I want to assure you that the lawsuit will have no effect on the operation of the hotel, Eau Spa, the La Coquille Club or any related facilities,’’ Eva Hill, president of hotel owner RC/PB Inc., wrote Mayor Basil Diamond, town commissioners and La Coquille members on July 11.

    The RC/PB group sued Marriott… Continue

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Manalapan: Town keeps tax rate steady

Manalapan will use a tax rate for 2012 no higher than this year’s — $2.80 per $1,000 of taxable value — even though that will generate almost $186,000 less because property values declined.

    Town Manager Linda Stumpf’s budget proposal called for the $2.80 rate, but she recommended town commissioners use the rollback rate, $3.03 per $1,000, which would raise the same total as this year, in case something unexpected happened during budget workshops.

    But commissioners agreed the… Continue

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Along the Avenues: Expect to be Spoonfed at new downtown Delray eatery

 

By Thom Smith

He’s ba-a-a-ck on Atlantic Avenue, and Glen Manfra can’t wait for the birth of his new baby — that will be Spoonfed. Actually, he’s already in the nursery with a foster child … Pop Up …, a moderately priced mixed bill of popular dishes with Italian overtones. The Pop Up baby itself is a fill-in for the failed Atlantic Ocean Club, and sometime in mid-August, it will go out with the bathwater.…

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Ocean Ridge: Department veteran says goodbye to island police work

By Emily J. Minor



After 34 years as a cop, 22 of them with Ocean Ridge, Sgt. Daniel Tinfina is saying goodbye to law enforcement — and he’s doing it with a tear in his eye.

Sure, he’s a tough guy. Chief Chris Yannuzzi says Tinfina is his officer-training specialist, his “by-the-book” guy.

But even… Continue

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Gulf Stream: Assessment plan for utilities' burial set

By Steve Plunkett



    Surveyors began measuring the south part of Gulf Stream in mid-July after town commissioners voted unanimously to levy special assessments to put electric, phone and cable TV lines underground.

    Sitting June 30 as the Board of Equalization, town commissioners ruled the non-ad valorem assessment plan developed by consultant Willdan Financial Services was fair.

    “I think the proposal is reasonable and we should make the decision,’’ Mayor William Koch… Continue

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Gulf Stream: County retains tax revenues from ‘pocket’ until 2012

By Steve Plunkett

   

Town police have patrolled Gulf Stream’s newest 16.6 acres ever since annexation of the once-unincorporated pocket took effect March 15. Delray Beach, which contracts out fire-rescue service to the town, has answered calls for help.

But Gulf Stream has not received a penny of property taxes to pay for the additional workload. Town Manager William Thrasher has been negotiating with Palm Beach County —  without success — for part of the taxes that pocket… Continue

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Delray Beach: Study requested before changing restaurant incentives

By Margie Plunkett



    The restaurant sector has retained its place on Delray Beach’s most-wanted list.

    The commission unanimously turned down an ordinance to remove parking incentives from some Atlantic Avenue restaurants that would have doubled the parking they’re required to supply as well as boosted costs. The panel called for study of the issue, noting that it was moving far too fast for one that impacted such an important segment of the city’s business.

    The…

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Delray Beach/Gulf Stream: Delray votes to raise Gulf Stream fire fees

By Steve Plunkett   

Delray Beach will charge the Town of Gulf Stream about $38,000 a year extra for fire-rescue service to Ballantrae condominiums, the 4001 North Ocean project and other recently annexed parcels.

    Delray Beach city commissioners voted 3-1 to raise Gulf Stream’s annual fee almost 12 percent to $353,321 from the previously agreed-upon $315,580 which already was $15,035 more than the town paid this year. They also decided to make the increase effective March 15,…

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