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Chris Felker's Blog – February 2014 Archive (53)

Gulf Stream: Town visited by that rare occurrence — a contested election

By Dan Moffett

    About once in every generation, voters in Gulf Stream actually get the chance to go to the polls and select the people who run their government.

    The town’s last contested election for a commission seat was in 1993.

    Gasoline cost $1.10 then, people rented VCR tapes at Blockbuster, Bill Clinton hadn’t met Monica Lewinsky, photographers put film in cameras and cellphones were called “mobile phones” and were the…

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Ocean Ridge: Police report on added beach security

By Dan Moffett

    Ocean Ridge residents who have complained about too many people coming to their beaches are starting to notice a new wave of nonresident visitors: Ocean Ridge police officers.

    Chief Chris Yannuzzi says his officers checked the Beachway Drive walkover 286 times in January after he ordered extra patrols of the area on every shift.

    “We’ve been asked to provide additional patrols because of the allegation that there’s been a lot…

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Delray Beach: Candidates Green Forum coming on March 3

    Seven candidates running for two Delray Beach City Commission seats will take part in an interactive panel discussion March 3 on sustainability topics including sea-level rise, economic development, energy /water conservation and responsible development.  

    The event, open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach.

    The Green Forum seeks to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable decision-making…

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Delray Beach: Development money flows into some campaigns

By Jane Smith 

    In the race to reclaim their City Commission seats in the March 11 election the two Delray Beach incumbents have collected more than half of their campaign war chests from one main group: development interests.

    Seat 4 incumbent Angeleta Gray raised $30,260 including $16,500 from…

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Delray Beach: Townhouse residents sue to stop Atlantic Crossing

    Residents who live in waterfront townhomes are asking a Circuit Court judge to block the city approval of Atlantic Crossing. 

    The homeowners association for Harbour House, where townhomes sell for $2.85 million, say they will be trapped by Atlantic Crossing’s traffic pattern approved by city commissioners in a 3-2 vote on Jan. 21.

    Several neighbors want an access road off Federal Highway into the mixed-use project to relieve traffic into residential neighborhoods.…

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Delray Beach: Seven candidates vie for two commission seats

    Two city commissioners will be chosen for three-year terms in the March 11 election. Also on the ballot is a charter-revision proposal to clarify the voting procedure by commissioners at meetings.

Seat No. 4

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Gulf Stream: O'Boyle sues Delray Beach for sign removal

Related story: O'Boyle, Delray settle dispute over campaign signs   

Town Commission candidate Martin O’Boyle, long embroiled with Gulf Stream officials over the town’s codes, took on neighboring Delray Beach last month in a federal lawsuit alleging the city violated his First Amendment right to free speech by…

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Delray Beach: Beer ban along parade route remains

By Tim Pallesen    

    Two Delray Beach bars will be allowed outdoor parties during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade — but a ban on outdoor drinking along the parade route remains.

    City commissioners voted unanimously Feb. 11 to allow O’Connor’s Pub and Bru’s Room to serve alcohol in outdoor roped-in areas during the March 15 parade.

    But a push to permit drinking from open containers on Atlantic Avenue failed when only two of five…

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Boynton Beach: 2nd swimmer dies at Inlet

    For the second time in two months, Ocean Ridge public safety officers were called upon to assist the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in the search for a missing swimmer whose body was later discovered several miles north of where he first disappeared.

    The body of Billy Jeudi, 23, was discovered on Feb. 14, in the Intracoastal Waterway near the 7000 block of Dixie Highway in Hypoluxo, the day after he was reportedly caught in a rip current and swept into the Boynton…

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Briny Breezes: No challengers for two candidates

    Briny Breezes Mayor Mike Hill and Alderman Barbara Molina, both appointed to their seats in January to fill vacancies, were returned to office after no opposition came forward for the March 11 election.

    Hill has one year left on his term and Molina, who also serves as town clerk pro tem, has two.

    The other Briny aldermen are Pete Fingerhut, Karen Wiggins and Council President Susan Thaler.

— Dan Moffett

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Manalapan: Commissioners to question engineers on bridge project

By Dan Moffett

    Unhappy with the engineering advice they got for a street paving project two years ago, Manalapan town commissioners don’t want to make the same mistake again when they tackle the Audubon Causeway bridge project.

    So, commissioners want to bring in Bridge Design Associates, the town’s engineering consultant, and ask more questions before deciding a course for action.

    “We just don’t have enough options available…

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South Palm Beach: Council tells developer 'not so fast'

By Dan Moffett

    The South Palm Beach Town Council sent a clear response to a developer’s request to fast-track a condominium project on the site of the beleaguered Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn.

    Not so fast, council members told the Paragon Acquisition Group.

    Mayor Donald Clayman exposed the town’s reluctance to move quickly when he made a motion early during the Feb. 25 council meeting to give Paragon everything it wanted — a charter change…

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Briny Breezes/St. Andrews: Octogenarian trio likes links jobs but never plays a round

The ‘Over the Hill Gang’ — Roy Miller, Gene Robey and Don Hebert

— at The St. Andrews Club. 

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron…

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Along the Coast: Two beach projects done, two to go

By Cheryl Blackerby

    Two beach renourishment projects are completed, with two more to go. 

    The Savannah dredge finished work on nine-tenths mile of beach in south Boca Raton on Dec. 9, and the Ocean Ridge project wrapped up Feb. 9. The dredge left Ocean Ridge for Delray Beach the next day. 

    “Over 500,000 cubic yards of sand was placed along 1.1 miles of shoreline, resulting in a wider recreational beach and increased storm protection,” said…

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Gulf Stream: Horsing around at school OK on polo day

Gulf Stream School had a brief return to its roots on Feb. 19 as young polo players presented an exhibition game on the school’s lacrosse field. The school was built in 1938 on part of the original Gulfstream Polo Club.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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Delray Beach: Marina Historic District named to national register

By Rich Pollack

    In Delray Beach, five historically significant properties have been selected for the National Registry of Historic Places, but missing from the list has been the prestigious designation of any of the city’s five locally designated historic districts. 

    That changed last month,…

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Lantana: Local aviation history dusted, packed and moving from airport

Owen Gassaway III stands in front of model airplanes

that once graced the Lantana airport. They are being packed and ready to move.

2013 photo by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Meet Your Neighbor: Paul Krohn

Paul ‘Krazy Tyrone’ Krohn of Highland Beach

honed his entertainment skills as a tummler

at various resorts in the Catskills.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

 

    Every entertainer has…

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Lantana/Hypoluxo Island: Gas line approved, but voting process questioned

By Mary Thurwachter

    A plan to extend a natural gas line to Hypoluxo Island is a go, but not without some controversy.  In October, the town of Lantana mailed letters to island residents asking for a yes or no vote on the issue. Proponents of the gas line needed 186 votes, or 60 percent affirmation. By the Feb. 15 deadline, 197 property owners said “yes” and 56 voted “no.”

    But a look at the town’s spreadsheet with tabulated results revealed that 22…

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South Palm Beach: Gottlieb and Jordan unopposed

    South Palm Beach Town Council members Robert Gottlieb and Stella Gaddy Jordan kept their seats for two more years after no one came forward to oppose them in the March 11 election.

    Gottlieb, 74, was appointed to the Town Council in November 2011 after also serving 3½ years on it from 2005 to 2008. Jordan, 74, has served two terms since winning election in 2010.

— Dan Moffett

 

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