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Chris Felker's Blog – March 2015 Archive (53)

Ocean Ridge: Sivitilli’s annexation plan falls apart for 5011 Building

By Dan Moffett

    Rob Sivitilli might have finally run out of ideas for saving his family’s building at 5011 N. Ocean Blvd. in Ocean Ridge.

    Two more chances for a reprieve fell apart during the Town Commission meeting on March 2.

    Commissioners voted 4–0 to reject de-annexing the property and turning it over to Briny Breezes, a plan Sivitilli had been trying to sell for the last two months. Commissioner Gail Adams Aaskov, who has a real estate…

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Ocean Ridge: Recall organizers determined to remove Lucibella

By Dan Moffett

    After getting off to a false start in February, the organizers of a movement to recall Ocean Ridge Town Commissioner Richard Lucibella say they are determined to get the effort back on track in March.

    “Though the hullabaloo is over, the interest in removing him has not wavered,” said Haley Joyce. “People are absolutely as determined as ever to do this.”

    The hullabaloo grew from a dispute between Lucibella and Police Chief…

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Ocean Ridge: Three candidates vie for two Town Commission seats

These candidates are competing for three-year terms on the Ocean Ridge Town Commission:

Gail Adams Aaskov 

(Incumbent) 

Age: 79

Education: Aurora College,…

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Manalapan: Cost of Audubon Bridge project soars to $1.3 million

By Dan Moffett

    Manalapan town commissioners are learning some hard lessons about the economics of bridge building.

    Back in 2013 when they started discussing replacing the aging Audubon Causeway bridge, engineers estimated the cost at about $760,000.

    Last year, when the commission started looking for contractors to do the work, the estimate had swollen to $850,000.

    At their meeting on Feb. 24, commissioners got the latest number…

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Ocean Ridge: Trio talk through views in quest for Town Commission seat

RELATED STORY: Candidate profiles

By Rich Pollack

    Three candidates vying for two seats on the Ocean Ridge Town Commission shared their views on everything from sewers and drainage to openness in government and the performance of the town…

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Delray Beach: City Commission candidates

Delray Beach City Commission Seat #3

The following candidates are competing for a three-year term on the Delray Beach City Commission:

Bruce Bastian 

Age:…

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Delray Beach: Mayoral candidates

In Delray Beach City Commission Seat #5

The following candidates are competing for a three-year term as mayor of Delray Beach:

Thomas F. Carney Jr.

Age:…

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Delray Beach: Six-month beach parking permits soon available

    Delray Beach residents will have the option to buy beach parking permits for only half a year. 

    Beachgoers previously could only purchase an annual permit for $94.50. The permit allows them to park in the city’s five beach-area parking lots.

    But city commissioners gave first approval on March 3 to also sell six-month parking permits for $47.70 starting April 1. The ordinance is expected to pass at a final March 31 hearing.

    Seniors age 62 and over also…

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Delray Beach: Veteran turtle monitor loses job to lower bidder

By Tim Pallesen

    The man hired by the city to monitor sea turtles on Delray Beach beaches for 31 years is out of a job.

    John Fletemeyer, a Florida International University research professor who works as a consultant, had his contract routinely renewed each year until the city required competitive bidding for all contracts.

    City commissioners gave his job to DB Ecological Services on Feb. 24 for a low bid of $40,081. Fletemeyer’s bid was…

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Delray Beach: Commissioners hear challenge, pass new downtown rules anyway

By Tim Pallesen

   City commissioners gave final approval to new downtown development rules on Feb. 24 despite a threatened lawsuit by the owner of Old School Bakery.

    The new rules limit the heights of future buildings to three floors on Atlantic Avenue and to four floors elsewhere in the downtown business district.

    New residential buildings may have no more than 30 living units per acre, compared to as many as 92 units per acre allowed in the…

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Delray Beach: Foot, bike and vehicle rules getting stepped-up enforcement

By Rich Pollack

    You’re driving north on State Road A1A, approaching Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, when from between two parked cars you see someone start walking out into your lane of traffic. 

    You stop to avoid hitting the pedestrian but as you approach the intersection ahead, you wonder what would have happened had you taken your eyes off the road for even a few seconds. The pedestrian made the assumption you would stop, but you shudder to think…

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Delray Beach: City opts for SWS as new waste hauler

By Tim Pallesen

    The saga deciding the city’s waste hauler that resulted in an $8.4 million savings is being called “a public policy triumph” by city officials.

    Delray Beach residents will see their average monthly garbage fee drop from $9.49 to $7.24 when Southern Waste Systems replaces Waste Management in May.

    But the 24 percent savings is also the result of behind-the-scenes drama in the high-stakes competition between waste…

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South Palm Beach: Town Council approves giving itself final say over projects

By Dan Moffett

    Just about everyone in South Palm Beach was caught off guard last August when Paragon Acquisition Group got the town’s blessing for a plan to develop the Oceanfront Inn site.

    The revised design sailed through the approval process virtually overnight. There was little debate, next to no public comment and only one public hearing — even though the fate of the property had been a source of heated disagreement for years.

    How…

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Delray Beach: Candidates take shots while highlighting varied viewpoints

RELATED STORIES: City Commission candidatesmayoral candidates

By Tim Pallesen

    The mayoral race rematch between Cary Glickstein and Tom Carney…

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Lantana: A downtown parking plan could be in Lantana’s future

By Mary Thurwachter

    The time has come for Lantana to formulate a plan for downtown parking. At least that’s what Town Council member Phil Aridas said during the Feb. 23 town meeting after residents complained about the shortage of parking spaces on Ocean Avenue.

    Parking has been problem there for a long time and now, with the bridge rebuilt and reopened and new restaurants opening on the road, it is even more of a headache for customers and business…

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Lantana: TV renovation show star charged in household theft

By Mary Thurwachter

    Lantana police arrested Vanilla Ice for burglary and grand theft on Feb. 18 after furniture, bicycles, a pool heater and other household items were taken from a residence next to one the former rapper is renovating. 

    According to the police report, the burglary occurred at a house in the process of foreclosure in the 100 block of North Atlantic Drive on Hypoluxo Island.

    During the investigation, police determined that…

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Lantana:Yearlong events to ‘Enjoy Lantana’

    Last month, Lantana rolled out a slate of community events to take place throughout the year.

    “We developed the  ‘Enjoy Lantana’ program in hopes to encourage our residents and tourists to enjoy our great town parks and our beautiful beach area,” said Nicole Dritz, the town’s community planner.

    Here’s a list of what’s coming:

    • Movie at the Beach, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 13

    • Bark in the Park, 9 a.m. to noon, May 9

    • World Oceans Day…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Cynthia Brown

Cynthia Brown has been instrumental

in lining up the authors for the Festival

of the Arts Boca since it began in 2007.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

    At this…

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Boynton Beach: Woolbright/I-95 interchange faces two-year upgrade

By Jane Smith

    The state plans a massive upgrade to the Woolbright Road interchange during a two-year process.

    The $8.98 million design-build project is expected to start in August, according to Barbara Kelleher, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation in Southeast Florida.

    Woolbright Road…

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Business Spotlight: Bankruptcy auction may freeze Vanilla Ice plan

INSET BELOW: Rob Van Winkle

By Christine Davis

    Remember last fall when this column covered an item about Rob Van Winkle, aka “Vanilla, Ice,” who was looking for an investor for 4020 S. Ocean, Manalapan? The idea, marketed via a YouTube video produced by Realtor James Arena, was that the investor would…

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