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Chris Felker's Blog – September 2015 Archive (92)

Lantana: Mario’s restaurant adding liquor and takeout

By Mary Thurwachter

    

    Things are cooking at Mario’s Ocean Avenue, the Italian eatery that opened earlier this year in a location previously occupied by another restaurant, 225.

    In August, Mario’s owner Henry Olmino got the Lantana Town Council’s approval to lease a town-owned lot on Third Street for employee parking, adding at least 25 spots to the 44 parking spaces the restaurant already had secured.

    And during the council’s Sept. 28…

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Delray Beach: Federal Highway draws praise for street appeal and slower traffic

By Jane Smith

    

    After more than a decade of work, Federal Highway in Delray Beach is back to its roots as a thoroughfare with two lanes in each direction.

    In the mid-1970s the road was widened to three lanes before the state Department of Transportation extended Interstate 95 from Fort Lauderdale north to West Palm Beach. But the plan always called for Federal Highway to be narrowed again, said former City Commissioner Gary Eliopoulus.

    “The…

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Along the Coast: High lunar tides flood parts of coast

As the moon was at its closest point to the Earth in late September, its strong gravitational pull

drew higher than normal tidal waters over seawalls and bulkheads along the coast. The annual

autumn event, called a ‘king tide,’ followed a rare total lunar…

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Along the Coast: Sargassum -- too much of a good thing?

Sargassum seaweed blankets the Ocean Ridge beach in July.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Cheryl Blackerby



    
Sargassum, the brown free-floating algae that turns up on Palm Beach…

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Along the Coast: Hudson wants to switch gears in beach casino process

By Jane Smith



    One of the owners of the historic Sundy House in Delray Beach still wants to do a project at Lake Worth Beach, but under different terms.

    Hudson Holdings, which also has an ownership stake in the historic Gulfstream Hotel in downtown Lake Worth, sent a letter Sept. 15 to the city that it is withdrawing from the “invitation to negotiate” process for the casino complex.

    In the letter addressed to the city manager, Hudson Holdings…

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Boynton Beach: CRA grants buyers’ requests on historic homes

By Jane Smith



    The Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency board recently sweetened the deals for two entities to buy its historic homes and turn them into restaurants.

    For the Little House, at 480 E. Ocean Ave., the CRA board agreed to buyer Richard Lucibella’s request to limit the reverter clause from 10 years to just a few months until the tapas restaurant gets city approval to open, said Lucibella, an Ocean Ridge town commissioner.

    He…

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Boynton Beach: Kinetic artworks dress up East Ocean Avenue

Brooklyn, N.Y., artist Isabelle Garbani installs her crocheted plastic bags artwork titled “Invasive Species”

near the Children’s Schoolhouse Museum in Boynton Beach. Eleven kinetic artworks, by nine artists,

have been installed along East Ocean Avenue…

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Briny Breezes: New resident approved for Town Council

By Dan Moffett



    A self-described “Florida girl” who grew up in Boynton Beach and has lived in Palm Beach County for 40 years, Christina Adams moved to Briny Breezes last year with her husband, Gene, and their two teenage sons.

    “We love the ocean,” she says. “We love the outdoors and really want the best for Briny.”

    Adams…

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Along the Coast: Six towns to study barrier island fire district

Related stories: Robocalls stir pot while fire-rescue talks simmer | Editor's Note

By Dan Moffett

    Six coastal municipalities are…

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Boynton Beach: City wants to change members of CRA

By Jane Smith



    The Boynton Beach City Commission is trying to take control of its Community Redevelopment Agency board by ousting the two appointed members, James “Buck” Buchanan and former Mayor Woodrow Hay.

    Vice Mayor Joe Casello brought up the issue on Sept. 15 during a discussion about making the CRA board independent, a topic raised during the city’s strategic planning sessions in June. He has supported that idea in the past.

    Instead, Casello…

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Boynton Beach: Housing plans shaping up for old Winn-Dixie site

With the silhouette of the existing Prime Catch in the foreground, the developer’s plans call for 328 apartments

in a U-shaped configuration to make the most of the site’s waterway frontage.

Rendering provided…

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Obituary: Robert and Evelyn Kraft

Evelyn and Robert Kraft.

Photo provided by the family

By Emily J. Minor



    BRINY BREEZES — She slipped away on a Wednesday. He collapsed that next Sunday. And, in the end, which is what it turned out to be, no one was all that surprised that…

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Obituary: Larry Phillips

    BOCA RATON — Larry Phillips, who became a driving philanthropic force in the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County community immediately upon moving to Boca Raton 22 years ago, died Sept. 11.

    Retired from the Phillips-Van Heusen apparel company that was founded by his great-grandfather, Mr. Phillips, 88, died at his home in Delray Beach.

    He left an…

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Business Spotlight: Local company hopes its website floats renters’ boats

Alex Warner of Delray Beach is a director of Boatsetter, which makes privately owned boats

available for rent. He’s standing on the bridge of the 65-foot Floating Price, one of the largest boats

listed on Boatsetter.com, at Marina Delray.…

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Business Spotlight: Manalapan spec house sells for $33 million

This 15,000-square-foot spec house in Manalapan was sold for $33 million

by 800 South Ocean LLC, owned by developer Patrick Carney.

The furnished ocean-to-lake home has eight bedrooms, 11 baths and a tennis court.…

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Along the Coast: Lawmakers troll for fixes that will boost boating safety

By Rich Pollack



    Sparked in part by recent tragic events on the waterways in and around Florida, state Sen. Maria Sachs last month gathered representatives of the boating community and marine industries — along with law enforcement officials — to explore ways to enhance watercraft safety.

    The meeting, held in Delray Beach, also provided an opportunity for representatives from Highland Beach to meet directly with top officials from the Florida Fish and…

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Highland Beach: Building fees growth reflects local rebound

By Rich Pollack



    Drive along State Road A1A and you’ll see the subtle signs of a steadily recovering economy.

    In Highland Beach, a multimillion-dollar luxury condominium project is coming out of the ground on what had been one of the last remaining empty parcels of land in town.  

    Not far up the road a new beachfront home is being built on the site of a house that was recently bulldozed. A short distance away, crews are remodeling an aging…

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Highland Beach: Commissioners agree to reduce tax rate

By Rich Pollack



    After weeks of meticulously scrutinizing a proposed budget line by line, Highland Beach Town Commissioners agreed in September to cuts that result in a reduced operating tax rate of $3.50 per $1,000 of assessed value.

    Commissioners agreed on $631,000 in cuts from the $11.3 million budget that allowed them to lower the tax rate from the previous $3.95.

    “I’m very happy with a tax rate of $3.50,” said Commissioner Rhoda Zelnicker,…

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Boca Raton: Zoning board: Extend moratorium on marijuana facilities

By Sallie James



    When it comes to marijuana or anything related to its use, the city’s Planning and Zoning Board wants Boca Raton to just say no.

    For another year at least.

    At a Sept. 15 meeting, Planning and Zoning Board members voted to recommend the city extend a temporary moratorium on the operation of medical marijuana treatment centers and dispensing or cultivation facilities. The existing moratorium in Boca expires Oct. 28.

    The…

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Boca Raton: 15-year-old perishes after ocean free-dive

By Rich Pollack



    A 15-year-old free-diver from Hobe Sound was discovered in about 50 to 60 feet of water off the coast of Boca Raton almost two hours after he failed to surface while spear fishing late last month.

    Skyler Hunt of Hobe Sound, who had been free-diving from a private boat with friends and relatives, was later pronounced dead at Delray Medical Center.

    “He was an experienced free-diver,” said Tim Fernan of the Palm Beach County Reef…

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