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Chris Felker's Blog – February 2015 Archive (56)

Coastal Star: For successful real estate executive, achievement lies in helping kids

Bobby Julien, CEO of the Kolter Group, is a driving force behind fundraising efforts

for the Achievement Centers in Delray Beach.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Letter to the Editor: Plastics are not all alike

    Your editorial and article on waste plastics in the ocean and on the beaches were very interesting and do not reflect well on our stewardship of the beaches and the oceans.

    Many people would argue that these materials will last “forever,” however long that might be. But before condemning all plastics, remember that there are human hands responsible for each piece of plastic in the ocean.

    Also note there is another side to the picture, and that is the engineered version…

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Letter to the Editor: Wrong to link beach talks, segregation

    The December issue of The Coastal Star told a terrible tale about the acrid racial segregation that ruled in Florida throughout the 1950s. A lot of us are old enough to remember how vicious the hold of bigotry was in those years. We certainly do.

    So it is with profound disappointment that we read Terry Brown’s letter asserting that current discussions about the Ocean Ridge beaches are equivalent to the segregationist madness that gripped our country in the 1950s. There…

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Letter to the Editor: Reject iPic theater at Atlantic and Federal

    iPic’s present plan for an eight-screen cinema and a 279-space parking garage with 43,000 feet of office and 8,000 feet of retail is too much building, squeezed into too small a space, near the busy intersection of Federal Highway and Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach.

    Their image shows no drop-off/pickup space for iPic’s pedestrian entrance on Federal. Instead, drivers will be stopping in the travel lane.

    The Florida Department of Transportation has told Safety…

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Delray Beach: Two of three seats contested in March 10 election

    Delray Beach has competition for two of three City Commission seats in the March 10  election. Candidates are able to file until Feb. 10.

    Mayor Cary Glickstein will be re-elected to a three-year term without an election unless a challenger files to oppose him before the deadline.

    But incumbent Commissioner Shelly Petrolia will face Ryan Boylston, a marketing consultant who serves on the Downtown Development Authority, for Seat 1.

    The contest to replace…

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Gulf Stream: Town revises sign law amid claims it quashes civil liberties

By Dan Moffett



    Town commissioners gave unanimous final approval to a revised signage law at a Jan. 26 special meeting and — with only Chris O’Hare and Marty O’Boyle, the town’s litigious critics, on hand to offer opinions — immediately faced authoritarian comparisons.

    O’Hare likened the law to suppression of free speech worthy of the world’s worst totalitarian states. “In North Korea, anyone speaking ill of Kim Jong Un will be arrested and never heard…

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South Palm Beach: WWII plane wing noses its way around nation for autographs

On Jan. 31, Alfred Benjamin of South Palm Beach became the 109th veteran

to sign the 384th Bomb Group Association’s commemorative wing panel. The panel

eventually will be housed at the Hill Aerospace Museum at Hill Air Force Base in Utah.…

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Lantana: As deadline nears, Stewart faces no opposition

    Looks like Lantana Mayor David Stewart will have no opposition as he runs for a sixth term March 10.

    The town’s qualifying period ends on Feb. 10 and as of press time, no one else had qualified.

     “I want to continue doing the good work we’re doing, with reasonable and controlled growth and fiscal responsibility,” the Hypoluxo Island resident said.

     Stewart, 61, a Lake Worth High School graduate and Lantana resident since 1977, has worked in the air conditioning…

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Delray Beach: Commissioners vote to limit building heights downtown

By Tim Pallesen



    City commissioners want to limit the height of new Atlantic Avenue buildings to three floors in new downtown development rules set for final approval on Feb. 24.

    Other new buildings in the central business district would be limited to four floors.

    Housing density would be restricted to a maximum of 30 units per acre, with a shift away from studio and one-bedroom units.

    Other major changes in the first update of the…

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Manalapan: Town Hall ADA fixes nearly finished in time for March election

By Dan Moffett



    Town Manager Linda Stumpf says construction work to make the Manalapan Town Hall compliant with federal accessibility standards will be completed in time to accommodate voters in the March 10 election.

    Stumpf said only a few details — handrails on an entrance ramp and some parking lot signs — need to be done to bring the building in line with Americans with Disabilities Act standards and satisfy Palm Beach County elections officials,…

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Delray Beach: CRA sets top salary, schedules goal-setting session

INSET BELOW: Costello

By Jane Smith



    The new head of Delray Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency will receive a slightly more than 18 percent salary increase over his previous salary as the agency’s assistant director.

    The CRA board approved that salary of $132,893 for Jeff Costello at its Jan. 8 meeting by a 4-2 vote. Board Chairman Herman Stevens and board member Cathy Balestriere voted no. Board member Angela…

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Delray Beach: Lawsuit dismissed, Atlantic Crossing construction can begin

By Tim Pallesen



    Construction for Atlantic Crossing starts this month after a lawsuit by neighbors who sought to alter its design was dismissed by a judge on Jan. 20.

    “We’re ready to get demolition and construction underway,” said Edwards Companies President Jeff Edwards, the partner with Ocean Ridge resident Carl DeSantis to build the $200 million mixed-use project on East Atlantic Avenue.

    “Our group is not giving up,” said Harbour House condo…

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South Palm Beach: Town Council wants final say on development projects

By Dan Moffett



    Though their town is built-out, South Palm Beach council members say they want more control over important decisions on development projects.

    So they’re moving forward with changes that will shift power from the architecture and planning boards to the Town Council. Councilwoman Stella Jordan says that’s the way residents want it.

    “From what everyone tells me, they want the final say to be with the council,” she said. “In a town of…

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Lantana: Library is here for the cerebral, not the Stephen King fan

The Lantana Library is located in an old bank building.

Sid Patchett has been library director since 1996.…

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Delray Beach: Repairs allowed Sandoway House to reopen in late January

Dan Rogers (left) and Curt Hunt use a table saw to rip a 4 X 4 down to the size

they need for repairs to the south side of the Sandoway House.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

    

    Luck…

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Delray Beach: Massive home prompts effort for tighter rules

Neighbors complain that this home is out of scale with the rest of the neighborhood.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Tim Pallesen

 

    Coastal residents are pointing to one particular…

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Lantana: Holley demolition complete

Demolition of the A.G. Holley hospital building wrapped up in January, and developers have plans

to build a large shopping center with stores, restaurants, a fitness center, pharmacy and a grocery store.

Kenco Communities submitted a site plan to the town…

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Lantana: Volunteer looks to enhance nature preserve’s worth to town

By Mary Thurwachter

    Full of enthusiasm and armed with chocolate, Denise “Dee” Treinen convened a meeting of the minds on the Lantana Nature Preserve on Jan. 20.

    After business folks, town officials and members of the Lantana Nature Preserve Commission and Friends of the Lantana Nature Preserve filled the Town Council chambers, Treinen cranked up her Power Point, gave chocolate to guests as she introduced them, and outlined a few ideas she said could help…

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Boynton Beach: Parking for marina found, at least in short term

By Jane Smith



    Business owners at the Boynton Harbor Marina can exhale now that the city has found a short-term solution to a vexing parking problem.

    At the January meeting of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency board, CRA staff received the OK, by a 5-2 vote, to negotiate with the owner of a vacant 3-acre parcel at the northeast corner of Federal Highway and Ocean Avenue, near the marina.

    In order to offer about 200 free spaces to marina…

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Obituary: Arthur Jaffe

By Ron Hayes

 

    DELRAY BEACH — One summer day in the late 1920s, a little boy named Arthur Jaffe asked a librarian at the Carnegie Library in Butler, Pa., to recommend a book.

    “She gave me a children’s abridged edition of Robinson Crusoe, and I couldn’t put it down,” he remembered. “That was the book that got me on reading as a passion.”

    In time, that passion for reading grew into a passion for books themselves — their size and weight,…

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