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Chris Felker's Blog – January 2015 Archive (21)

Along the Coast: Just one word – plastics

Florida’s environmental disaster hits the beaches

Sea Angels created a sculpture from garbage…

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Along the Coast: Tag-scan system may debut in 2015

By Rich Pollack



    Plans to install license plate recognition systems in several coastal communities along State Road A1A are moving forward, with local law enforcement officials exploring the possibility of having a shared database housed in Delray Beach.

    During a meeting last month in Ocean Ridge, residents and town leaders from several municipalities had an opportunity to hear about successes the Broward County community of Lighthouse Point is having…

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Editor's Note: Winn-Dixie memories

    There was a time I’d stopped going because the checkout line sometimes smelled like urine and the parking lot hosted panhandlers. Still, the location was convenient and there were a few items I preferred over the Publix across the street. So I will miss the Winn-Dixie just across the Woolbright Road bridge, on the Intracoastal in Boynton Beach.  

    I have fond memories of the place when my mother was alive. While she lived in Briny Breezes, she could push her small cart over to do…

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Lantana: Closing set, sisters say goodbye to local Cenacle

Sisters pose outside the original Florida Cenacle, in Manalapan.

Courtesy of the North American Province of the Cenacle

The…

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Coastal Star: Face-to-face involvement in Snow fund appeals to donor

Ron Wells at The George Snow Scholarship Fund office in Boca Raton.

Behind him are portraits of George Snow Scholarship recipients.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…



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Letter to the Editor: Cut nonsensical spending

    Your articles are great (“Airport project can benefit wildlife as well as human life” and “Gumbo Limbo thawing out stressed turtles”), but to me they highlight the ridiculous waste of my grandchildren’s money as they are the ones that will either pay our national debt or default.

    My grandchildren are the endangered species and we had better start to understand that soon.

    Please, if wildlife is endangering humans in any way, then they must go and we do not need a costly…

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Letter to the Editor: True motives veiled in "property rights"

    Regarding your December article “Ocean Ridge closer to beach enforcement plan”:

    No one has an issue with protecting property owners’ rights and that should include the dunes and sand. Since the commission is choosing to literally draw a line in that sand, I hope I can tell where it is. I guess after the second or third citation I will figure it out.

    The real issue I have is with the second to last paragraph, which states that the long debate over signage and beach lines…

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Letter to the Editor: Beach access views have not changed for some

    “Tragedy on beach sparked change” in the December issue reminds me why The Coastal Star is such an asset to our community. Growing up in this area, I well remember this tragedy, and the ensuing events.  

    “All our moves and acts are aimed at getting the Negroes off our beach,” stated the then-mayor of Ocean Ridge, as quoted in your well-researched article. It is a horrible feeling to recognize, 50 years later, a similar motivation today in Ocean Ridge’s current effort to suppress…

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Ocean Ridge: Erosion-control line survey muddies an already unclear beach-line dispute

Erosion control lines show in light green and red, along with individual property lines shown in yellow, do little to offer guidance to police in cases of trespass.

Graphic provided by Engenuity Group Inc.

By Dan Moffett



    Ocean Ridge residents…

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Gulf Stream: A look at Florida's Sunshine Law

By Dan Moffett



    Florida has a long history of strong and effective open government laws that have been the envy of other states.

    The Legislature passed its first public records law back in 1909, Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes.

    Then in 1967, the state enacted its Government-in-the-Sunshine Law, and with it came most of the access rights to government meetings and records that the public enjoys today.

    The Sunshine Law defines public…

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Manalapan: Homeowners pay $232,000 in code fines

By Dan Moffett



    One of South Florida’s longest-running building code disputes could be nearing an end after nearly a decade in the courts.

    In December, Louis and Wendy Navellier sent a check for $232,000 to the town of Manalapan, a day before the Town Commission was scheduled to consider foreclosure action on their South Ocean Boulevard home.

    The payment covered years of $250-per-day fines that accumulated after the Navelliers built a pool cabana…

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Gulf Stream: O’Hare tells town, 'Take me out of RICO case'



RELATED STORY: A look at Florida's Sunshine Law

By Dan Moffett



    Around Gulf Stream, the names O’Boyle and O’Hare are routinely linked in the same sentence as if they were joined by an ampersand.

    After all,…

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Letter to the Editor: Help, don't hinder, Marina District, downtown

    In the Dec. 17 Palm Beach Post it was reported that two Boynton women in the Marina Village condominium’s penthouse apartment were arrested on charges relating to illegal drugs and prostitution.

    I am very disappointed in the lack of openness on the part of the condominium leadership through this whole process. The leaders in the Marina Village condominium led the police to set up a sting, and never bothered to put forth any of this information during the very public…

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Letter to the Editor: CRA's interests are city's interests

    In a story in December’s Coastal Star regarding building heights in downtown Delray Beach, Mayor Cary Glickstein is quoted as saying the Community Redevelopment Agency’s support of a fifth-floor bonus program can be attributed to the CRA looking for “ways to increase their tax increment financing within its boundary to continue funding CRA initiatives.”

    I respectfully disagree, and while it may not have been his intent, that statement and his follow-up comments have…

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Delray Beach: Police agree to contract that gives retroactive pay raises

    Delray Beach has reached agreement with its police officers on a three-year contract that gives retroactive salary increases for the five years that wages were frozen.

    The contract approved by city commissioners on Dec. 22 also reinstates merit-based raises up to 5 percent and increases starting salaries to $48,000 to make Delray more competitive with other cities.

    Police officers and sergeants approved the contract by a 92-11 vote on Dec. 18 after months of negotiations.…

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Delray Beach: Alley plan comes between city and CRA; theater proposal delayed

By Tim Pallesen   



    Plans for an iPic theater near Atlantic Avenue came to a temporary halt Dec. 15 after it appeared that the city of Delray Beach and its Community Redevelopment Agency had failed to communicate.

    The CRA chose iPic Entertainment in 2013 to build the luxury movie theater on city property after issuing a request for…

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Delray Beach: Deputy director moving to top spot at CRA

INSET BELOW: Jeff Costello

By Jane Smith

    

    The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency won’t miss a beat when its executive director Diane Colonna leaves this month.

    The agency’s assistant director, Jeff Costello, will take over the very next work day.

    At the agency’s Dec. 11 board meeting, Costello was appointed by a 6-1 vote. Two commissioners had wanted to see a search process for the job…

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Boca Raton: Dog beach popular with four-legged (and two-legged) visitors

A trio of dogs enjoys the surf at Spanish River Park.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Sallie James



  
 It’s 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday, and Vince Jacobs is watching as his soft-coated wheaten…

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Boynton Beach: Broker gets nod to list two historic properties

By Jane Smith



    Boynton Beach has another white knight charged with a big task of helping to jump-start its downtown.

    This time, restaurant broker Tom Prakas has exclusive listings on two historic properties: the Ruth Jones cottage and the Oscar Magnuson house. Both buildings sit on East Ocean Avenue. His firm received the nod from the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency board in mid-November.

    Vivian Brooks, the CRA’s executive director,…

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Boynton Beach: Renovations make City Hall more accessible

By Jane Smith



    Boynton Beach officials wanted to keep their federal housing grants, so they are renovating their City Hall parking lot to comply with disability guidelines.

    “The city receives funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development,” said Jeff Livergood, public works/engineering director. “To continue to receive it, the parking lot had to be ADA-compliant by June 2015.”

    That means the city spent about $75,000 to reconstruct…

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