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Chris Felker's Blog – September 2013 Archive (11)

Highland Beach: Construction disturbs Indian burial ground — again

The construction site in Highland Beach.

Cheryl Blackerby/The Coastal Star

By Cheryl Blackerby 

    In March 2003, workers were digging a trench for underground utility pipes at the Sea Frolic hotel in Highland Beach when…

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Boca Raton: Wick’s theater and costume museum brings new life to former Caldwell

Marilynn Wick and her daughter, Kim, are preparing to open The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum

in the former Caldwell Theatre building on Federal Highway in Boca Raton.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Boca Raton: Beach & Park District looking for better partnership with city

By Cheryl Blackerby 

    Boca Raton Beach and Park District commissioners are willing to pay a greater share of the city’s beach renourishment bills. But before they start writing bigger checks, they’d like to start playing a bigger role in shaping the projects. 

    “We’re not the city’s daddy,” said Commissioner Steve Engel, who says the commission often feels like the parent of college kids who constantly come asking for money without saying what it’s for. 

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Boca Raton: Interchange at I-95 and Spanish River promises to spur development and traffic

By Steve Plunkett 

    Ground hasn’t been broken yet, but the long-awaited Interstate 95 interchange on Spanish River Boulevard already has attracted development that someday will generate 13,300 trips per day. 

    Boca Raton City Council members approved a new “planned mobility” zoning category Aug. 27 for nearly 78 undeveloped acres next to the planned interchange. The parcel had been zoned for 239 single-family homes; the mixed-use rezoning dubbed University Village…

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Boca Raton: Christmas Tree lighting moved up two days

    Boca Raton will defer to new Mizner Park tenant Lord & Taylor and to Black Friday shoppers and light its holiday tree the day before Thanksgiving instead of the day after. 

    In June, City Council members, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, briefly discussed moving the tree-lighting ceremony to the Spanish River Athletic Complex at DeHoernle Park. That’s where the city held its Fourth of July fireworks celebration this year. 

    Last year’s tree lighting…

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Boca Raton: City manager happily compares proposed tax rate to neighbors’ budgets

By Steve Plunkett

    Forgive the city manager if he sounds almost giddy over Boca Raton’s finances.

    “If you live in neighboring Delray — we hear lots of great things and Delray’s a great place — but you’ll pay twice as much in city property taxes in Delray as you would in Boca,” City Manager Leif Ahnell said at the Aug. 26 budget workshop.

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Fashion Shoot: Boca Raton Resort & Club –Aug. 23

Stella Page, 7, poses for photographer Oona Cruger at Boca Raton Resort & Club

on Aug. 23. Stella is a Boca resident and a student at St. Andrew’s School.

French designer Laure Nell used the resort as background location for the…

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Highland Beach: Installation of new power poles could mean lane closures on A1A

    Florida Power & Light Co. will be installing 40 new concrete utility poles along a stretch of State Road A1A, and that could mean temporary service interruptions for some customers and periodic lane closures affecting motorists. 

    The poles, scheduled to be installed during the next three months, are designed to better withstand storms and provide improved service. FPL says they should hold up against wind gusts of up to 140 miles per hour. 

    Here is the expected…

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Business Spotlight: Growing to meet eclectic decor demand

Excentricities Manager Diana Myers, inside the recently expanded showroom

on Northeast Fifth Avenue in Delray Beach.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

    Excentricities recently expanded its Delray…

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Boca Raton: City making progress with domestic partner benefits

By Steve Plunkett

    Domestic partners of city workers may receive even better benefits than their counterparts in Wellington.

    City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser reported Aug. 26 on how City Council members could add sexual orientation and gender identification and expression to the city’s equal employment opportunity criteria. Then she asked how soon council members wanted to act.

    Mayor Susan Whelchel asked whether the ordinances could be introduced the…

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Obituary: Philip Vultaggio

    BOCA RATON — Philip Vultaggio, a former resident of Massapequa, N.Y., passed away at his home in Boca Raton on Aug. 19 at the age of 91. He was dearly loved by his family and respected by all who knew him.

    Born on Feb. 4, 1922, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Amityville, he was the son of Italian immigrant parents, Josephine and Vito Vultaggio. As a child of the Great Depression era, he learned ways to help support his family at a young age.…

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