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Delray Beach: Reclaimed water restored east of I-95

By Jane Smith

 Delray Beach reclaimed water customers had their service restored on Oct. 8.

The system for customers living east of Interstate 95 was shut down for 1 week to allow the South Central Regional Wastewater Treatment plant to use the city’s 36-inch outfall pipe to the Atlantic Ocean.

The city apologized on its social media accounts for the inconvenience.

Rains soaked Delray Beach over the first October weekend, giving the city more than…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on October 9, 2020 at 11:22am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Boca Resort to give championship golf course to city

By Mary Hladky

The new owners of the Boca Raton Resort & Club plan to donate the 130-acre Boca Country Club to the city, which would take over the operation of the 18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts, clubhouse and pool, the city announced on Oct. 7.

The plans call for MSD Partners, formed by billionaire Michael S. Dell’s private investment firm, and Northview Hotel Group to convey the property to the city…

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Added by The Coastal Star on October 7, 2020 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Inlet bridge ready to reopen

Materials and tarps cover both of the unmoveable portions of the bridge over the Boca Raton Inlet in late August. The bridge is getting a cleaning and new paint. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Steve Plunkett



The bridge over the Boca Raton Inlet, which has been closed for…

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Added by The Coastal Star on October 7, 2020 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Consultant still compiling report on reclaimed water

By Jane Smith

A long-awaited forensic study of the reclaimed water system in Delray Beach was not turned in as expected on Sept. 30. The new target date has not been set.

"As a result of difficulties we have encountered with obtaining the email files, the report will take me a little longer to complete," wrote Fred Bloetscher in a Sept. 30 email to the city's Public Works director. "I estimate I will need about 10 days after I get the emails to complete the…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on October 5, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

Delray Beach: Reclaimed water system unavailable after heavy rains

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach told its reclaimed water customers living east of Interstate 95 that reclaimed water was not available starting Oct. 1.

The reason: heavy rains overnight on Sept. 30 forced the South Central Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant to use the city’s 36-inch outfall pipe to the Atlantic Ocean.

“We apologize for the inconvenience,” the city posted on Instagram.

Rains continued through the weekend, giving Delray Beach more than…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on October 4, 2020 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Municipal officials told to meet in-person in November

By Rich Pollack

Municipalities in southern Palm Beach County that are holding virtual meetings can continue to do so for another 30 days, but officials should be prepared to convene in person come Nov. 1.

An executive order signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Sept. 30 gives local governments a month to plan a transition from Zoom and similar technologies to face-to-face meetings.

A memo from the governor’s communications director makes it clear that it is…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on October 1, 2020 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Boynton Beach: Boating pass to jump to $200 instead of $350

By Jane Smith

Boynton Beach boaters were able to persuade the City Commission to raise the $50 annual parking pass at Harvey Oyer Jr. Park to just $200 instead of a proposed $350.

The decision was made at the city’s Sept. 22 final budget hearing. The new rate takes effect on Oct. 1.

“The $350 rate is causing quite an uproar,” said Boynton Beach resident Sven Mautner. “They are basing it on $1 a day.”

But he said the annual parking pass cost just…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 28, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

September King Tides

The effects of the seasonal King Tides were amplified by strong winds and heavy surf that pushed water into the inlets and flooded low areas along the Intracoastal Waterway. On Sept. 21, flooding was bad enough that officials closed both Ocean Avenue in Ocean Ridge and A1A in Manalapan. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…
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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 22, 2020 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Additional office investigates city’s water program

By Rich Pollack

      Issues with the Delray Beach water utilities program, which has included cross contamination of drinking water with reclaimed water and not properly cleaned storage tanks, will now be scrutinized by the county’s Office of Inspector General.

      Inspector General John Carey, in a memo dated Monday, informed Delray Beach’s interim City Manager Jennifer Alvarez that his office is beginning an investigation into compliance with Florida…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 22, 2020 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: Judges quash council decision against beachfront duplex

By Steve Plunkett

Boca Raton’s City Council must reconsider its 5-0 decision not to grant permission to build a duplex on the beach, Palm Beach County circuit judges say.

Council members Andrea O’Rourke and Monica Mayotte prejudged the application by 2600 N Ocean LLC proposing a four-story, 14,270-square-foot residence east of A1A between Spanish River Park and Ocean Strand, the judges decided.

At a Feb. 26, 2019, City Council meeting, attorney Robert…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 17, 2020 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Boca Raton: Haynie’s trial pushed off until January

By Mary Hladky

Former Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s trial on public corruption charges has been postponed for the fourth time, and is now set to begin on Jan. 11, 2021.

Prosecutors and Bruce Zimet, Haynie’s criminal defense lawyer, agreed to move back the trial date from Oct. 26, citing…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 11, 2020 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Delray Beach: Sea grape arches to be cut to 4 feet high

This arch and four others near the Atlantic Avenue pavilion will be cut down to 48 inches high to allow more plants to grow underneath. A city consultant in February advised leaving the tall sea grapes uncut to provide habitat for migrating songbirds and a buffer from streetlights for sea…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 11, 2020 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Manalapan: A1A to close due to tunnel construction

Construction has started on a tunnel at 1940 S. Ocean Blvd. in Manalapan. As a result, State Road A1A is expected to be closed to through traffic starting Monday September 14th at 7:00 am.  Reopening is expected Friday September 18th at 5:00 p.m.  The road will be open to local traffic only.  Police will be stationed at the Inlet and at Town Hall to monitor traffic.

 SOURCE: Town of Manalapan…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 10, 2020 at 1:55pm — 1 Comment

Gulf Stream: Back to class at GSS

Gulf Stream School began its 82nd school year on Sept. 8. A majority of the faculty and students started the year on campus, although the school is also offering students in grades Kindergarten through Eighth the ability to attend  classes virtually. The school year started off with ten new members to the faculty and staff. 
— Photos and text by Rachel O'Hara/The…
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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 10, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Boca Inlet bridge to limit openings for boaters

Materials and tarps cover both of the unmoveable portions of the bridge over the Boca Raton Inlet in late August. The bridge is getting a cleaning and new paint. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

Tall ships, beware!

The bridge over the Boca Raton Inlet, which is being repainted, will have…

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Added by The Coastal Star on September 3, 2020 at 7:30am — No Comments

Sea grape dispute: Delray Beach — mid-August

The iconic sea grape tunnels near the Atlantic Avenue pavilion likely will be spared from the chain saw, following an outcry from some Delray Beach residents. Conflicting environmental views and a wish to keep the beachscape character in place are the main issues. ABOVE: Elsewhere in the public beach dune, trimmed sea grapes soon will sprout…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 2, 2020 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Commission votes itself large raise

By Jane Smith



Delray Beach city commissioners narrowly agreed on Aug. 18 to give themselves hefty pay raises.

They all said it was not the proper time to raise their pay in the middle of a pandemic. The vote was 3-2, with Vice Mayor Ryan Boylston and Commissioner Adam Frankel voting no.

“I don’t disagree it’s bad timing,” Mayor Shelly Petrolia said. “But if we don’t do this now, we will have to wait another 2.5 years.”

The raises will take effect…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 2, 2020 at 6:22pm — 1 Comment

Reflections from the front line: Julie O'Brien

There are no high-fives in Julie O’Brien’s kindergarten class at St. Vincent Ferrer School. Ditto for circle time and close encounters.

Students, teachers and staff don masks, classes are smaller and there’s social distancing — not the easiest concept to explain to 5-year-olds.

Despite many modifications, O’Brien is glad to return to the private…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 2, 2020 at 2:03pm — 1 Comment

Reflections from the front line: The Rev. D. Brian Horgan

The Rev. D. Brian Horgan of St. Lucy Catholic Church in Highland Beach has been on the front lines of war before as a chaplain in the Air Force early in his pastoral career. Now, with COVID-19, he feels like he’s in a war again.

The pandemic has changed how we worship God and the way we bury our loved ones, Horgan said. About 60% of parishioners attend…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 2, 2020 at 2:01pm — 1 Comment

Reflections from the front line

Kindergarten teacher Julie O’Brien, the Rev. D. Brian Horgan, Dr. Bill Benda, Battalion Chief Kevin Saxton, restaurant manager Sue Brown, postal clerk Valerie Jacoby and Shipt shopper Michael Varesio. Seven photos shot individually at a COVID-19 safe distance and assembled into this composite…
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