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Highland Beach: Town rejects Delray fire-rescue fee hike; calls action 'immoral'

By Rich Pollack

A decision by Delray Beach City Commissioners to add a 20 percent administrative fee to a proposed 10-year fire service contract with the town of Highland Beach is causing a rift between the two neighboring communities and leading some town leaders to consider starting their own fire department.

On Feb. 2, Delray Beach commissioners refused to accept a long-negotiated agreement to continue providing fire service and equipment to Highland Beach…

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Xanax addiction, withdrawal and treatment

Xanax addiction, withdrawal and treatment

Xanax is a brand name for alprazolam
, a central nervous system depressant prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorder.…



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Overdoses of tranquilizers

Overdoses of tranquilizers

The National Center for Health Statistics doesn’t keep track of Xanax overdose deaths, but it provides the number of…

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Boca Raton: Discovery of 2003 memo puts developers on hold — City reviews 74 downtown projects

A 2003 memo was found as city officials analyzed why the mixed-use Mark at CityScape near Federal Highway and Palmetto Park Road is less attractive than promised.  File photo

By Mary Hladky



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Boca Raton: Third plan for downtown condo site meeting with more acceptance

The latest version of plans for Mizner on the Green are for a nine-story, all-residential tower with about 384 luxury condominiums. Rendering courtesy of Garcia Stromberg

By Mary Hladky



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Boca Raton: Children’s Museum gets repair, exhibit money

By Sallie James



    The Boca Raton Children’s Museum will get essential roof and window repairs along with a structural assessment under a recently approved agreement with the city.

    City Council members in January approved $50,000 for building repairs and $30,000 for exhibit enhancements. The funding will allow the popular museum to continue serving thousands of children in a quaint venue that promotes hands-on learning.

    Florence Fuller Child…

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Boca Raton: Proposed council pay raise will go to voters

By Sallie James



    Boca Raton voters will decide in August if their elected officials should get pay raises that more than quadruple their salaries.

    City Council members in January approved the proposed referendum 4-1, saying higher salaries might help attract a wider slate of candidates.

    “It’s almost a full-time job — about 20 to 30 hours,” said council member Mike Mullaugh, who proposed the salary hikes. “Passing this is the best way to get the…

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Boca Raton: Parks district balks at long-term deal for beach renourishment costs

By Steve Plunkett



Negotiations are still underway on how much the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District will pay to renourish the city’s central beaches, a project scheduled to begin this month.

Boca Raton is counting on getting $3.7 million from the district for the three-month project, which covers the area from the southern edge of Red Reef Park to the Boca Raton Inlet. District commissioners budgeted $2.6 million but informally agreed in a joint meeting…

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Boca Raton: Marina completion expected in May

By Steve Pike



    Renovation of the marina at the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club in Boca Raton — part of the private club’s multimillion-dollar enhancement program — is expected to be complete in May, according to club General Manager Robin Blankhorst.

    The removal of the concrete docks, Blankhorst said, will be followed by repairs and replacement of the seawall bordering the marina, followed by installation of a new TimberTech floating dock system.…

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Boca Raton: Welcome duties expanding at Historical Society

By Sallie James



    Tourists are always stopping by the Boca Raton Historical Society to get directions or ask questions about places to go. So when the nonprofit tourism organization Discover the Palm Beaches requested the Historical Society become an official South County Welcome Center, it made sense to say yes.

    It became more feasible last month when the City Council allocated $50,000 for funding a Welcome Center at the Boca Raton History Museum at Town…

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Highland Beach: Discovery of abandoned propane tank sparks surprise and concern

By Rich Pollack



    Peggy Gossett-Seidman was out of town when a Highland Beach neighbor called one early September afternoon with frightening news.

    Fire trucks, Gossett-Seidman heard him say, were parked in front of her home and the road was filled with other crews responding to a leak from a propane gas tank buried about four yards from two of her home’s bedroom windows.

    It took three hours before Gossett-Seidman’s husband, Barry — who rushed…

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Highland Beach: Film student’s labor of love gets new audience, recognition decades later

Peter Rodis sits in front of an African painting at his Highland Beach home. A documentary of African-American singer Nina Simone he made as a young man is now incorporated in an Academy Award-nominated documentary. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Highland Beach: Slight boost in water rates recommended

By Rich Pollack



    Highland Beach residents could see a slight increase in their water bills next fall if town commissioners follow the recommendation of a consultant hired to study the town’s water rates.

    During a meeting last month, Robert Ori, president of Public Resources Management Group, recommended the town consider raising rates a small amount every year, rather than burden residents with a hefty increase every few years.

    He recommended…

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Boca Raton: New exhibit looks at city in the ‘pivotal’ 1960s

Mock protesters were part of the fun of the ‘60s exhibit grand opening. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Steve Plunkett



    Women in tie-dyed dresses and psychedelic makeup took selfies in the…

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Business Spotlight: Old World charm meets fondue fun at Little Chalet

Ricky Marcellini (with wife, Caroline, and daughter, Nina) opened the Little Chalet in Boca Raton as an extension of the family business in Brazil. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Deborah S.…

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Boca Raton: Boca High students tapped to take part in photo project

(L-r) Kirsten Stephenson and Alyce Erickson, of the National Society of Arts and Letters’ Florida East Coast Chapter with Boca Raton Community High School photography students Blythe Nieporte, 18, and Christine Stephenson, 16; project mentor Vanessa…

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Boca Raton: New plans submitted for Mizner on the Green site

Conceptual drawing of proposed Mizner 200 project. Image provided by Garcia Strombeg GS4studios

By Mary Hladky

     Elad National Properties has submitted preliminary plans to the city for yet…

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Delray Beach: City moves to join coastal urban greenway

By Jane Smith

    

Delray Beach will join cities from Maine to Key West to create an “Urban Appalachian Trail.”

    At their Dec. 8 meeting, city commissioners unanimously approved the designation of the route along Federal Highway to George Bush Boulevard and…

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Delray Beach: Tree canopy to get better protection

By Jane Smith

    

The city strengthened the future of its tree canopy in December by toughening an ordinance protecting shade trees.

    The first change was renaming the ordinance, last revised in 2008 and formerly called the Tree Ordinance. It is now known as Tree Preservation, Protection, Enforcement and Maintenance.

    The next change will bring the job of protecting specimen trees under the planning and zoning director, instead of the chief…

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Boca Raton: Council postpones pay raise discussion, may put on August ballot

By Sallie James



    The Boca Raton City Council postponed discussion of an ordinance that would give city lawmakers a raise, planning to address in January the possibility of setting the wage level at a percentage of Palm Beach County Commission salaries and putting the question to voters in August.        The city’s elected officials say they’re underpaid and need a raise, but how and if they will ever get one is a complicated process that depends on voters.

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