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Chris Felker's Blog – December 2013 Archive (31)

Lantana: Islanders lobby for natural gas line

By Mary Thurwachter

    Hypoluxo Island residents will be polled to see how many of them are interested in having a natural gas line extended onto the island. If at least 60 percent support the project by the end of January, the town of Lantana will create a special assessment to provide financing.

    Spearheading the drive are island residents Rod Tennyson and Robert Barfknecht, who promoted the project during a recent Town Council meeting.

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Lantana: Boat dock construction due at Sportsman’s Park

    The Lantana Town Council gave a thumbs up to a $195,965 contract to build boat docks at Sportsman’s Park Boat Ramp. 

    Mayor Dave Stewart said the town had entered into an agreement with Palm Beach County in 2008 for $300,000 to pay for docks at 330 E. Ocean Ave., on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway. 

    The money came from the Palm Beach Waterfront Access Bond. But because of the construction of the new Ocean Avenue Bridge, the dock project had to be…

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Boynton Beach: Discussion of new parking fees deemed too late in year

By Steve Plunkett

    Boynton Beach Oceanfront Park’s name is the only thing changing there at least until next summer.

    City Commissioner David Merker asked in September for a report on how much money Boynton Beach could collect if it charged parking fees after 4 p.m. and what the money could be spent on.

    “To me it’s a no-brainer. You have to maintain it,” Merker said when the park numbers were presented Nov. 5.

    But his colleagues…

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Boynton Beach: CRA gives deadline to One Boynton

By Steve Plunkett

    The Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency may be getting tired of the slowness of negotiations to lure a law firm and 200 new jobs downtown.

    Board members voted Nov. 12 to give One Boynton LLC, which owns most of the land fronting Federal Highway between Ocean Avenue and Boynton Beach Boulevard, 30 days to come to terms with the Kanner and Pintaluga PA law firm.

    CRA Executive Director Vivian Brooks said “there’s…

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Lantana: New bridge opens in festive, small-town style

Roland Wood carries on a tradition he started in 1950 as a 13-year-old Boy Scout, when he was the first person over the then-new bridge at its dedication ceremony. Wood also was the last person over that same bridge when it closed in March 2012. Carrying the flag with him is Ramon Torres, 7, of Lantana, a Scout in Troop…

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Delray Beach: Maitre d’ closes book on 35 years at club

Michael Matriccino, Delray Beach Club maitre d’, welcomes a group of women

to lunch at the club, from which he is retiring after 35 years.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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South Palm Beach: New policy covers refreshments at public events

By Dan Moffett

    With year-end holiday celebrations coming up, South Palm Beach residents won’t have to worry about government officials dipping into the town’s coffers and making merry to excess.

    That’s because the Town Council has adopted a “community relations expenditure policy” that sets guidelines for how officials can spend money on food and beverages for public events. The measure passed unanimously, 4-0, on Nov. 19, with Councilwoman Stella…

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Florida Press Club honors Coastal Star

    The Coastal Star staff was honored Nov. 2 with first-place awards in environmental news coverage, opinion writing, news photography and feature page design by the Florida Press Club during its annual awards banquet.

    Competing with other monthly, weekly and, in some categories, small daily newspapers, The Coastal Star took four first-place, six second-place and four third-place awards:

First Place:

• Environmental News (Class C&D) — Tim…

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Along the Coast: Climate change summit addresses coastal issues

By Cheryl Blackerby

    The subject was climate change, and Bob Perciasepe, deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, admitted early on, “I know I’m preaching to the choir here in southeast Florida.”

    Perciasepe was the featured speaker at the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit held Nov. 7 and 8 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. 

    The annual meeting was started in 2009 by Palm…

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Business Spotlight: Clever sales technique: 'Home with a view and a Rolls’

This $450,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom can be yours if you buy

the $12.75 million Boca Raton home that comes with it.

Courtesy photo

INSETS BELOW: Adzem, Wenzel,…

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Business Spotlight: Flourishing culture key to piano business

Bob Luptak is owner and president of the Steinway Piano Gallery.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Christine Davis

    On the grand scale, Steinway Piano Gallery in Boca…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Harvey Brown Jr.

Delray Beach native Harvey Brown Jr. will speak at the 74th annual Library Association meeting

on Dec. 9 at the Delray Beach Public Library.

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Boca Raton: Dog beach getting ready to open at Spanish River; owners will need annual pass to use area

By Steve Plunkett

    The city’s long-awaited dog beach will open to pets and pet lovers the second weekend of December at the north end of Spanish River Park.

    Hours will be 7 to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to sunset on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The afternoon period will be 5 p.m. to sunset when daylight saving time…

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Finding Faith: Catholic seminary growing to meet interest in priesthood

Father David Toups (left) leads seminarians Joe Plesko, Jonathan Emery, Felipe Gonzalez and Elixavier Castro in a 12-mile Central Florida obstacle course called the Tough Mudder.

Toups currently serves as seminary rector and president at St. Vincent de…

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Boca Raton: Hyatt Hotel could lift downtown Boca businesses

The proposed 13-story Hyatt.

Rendering provided

 

By Dan Moffett

    The prospects for economic revival in downtown Boca Raton just went up — at least 13 stories’…

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Boca Raton: Museum board focuses on fundraising strategies

Dr. Denise St. Patrick-Bell, executive director of the Boca Raton Children’s Museum,

is leading a series of initiatives to bring more money into the museum.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Boca Raton: Ninth hopeful announces candidacy for city election

INSET BELOW: Abdalla

By Steve Plunkett

    A ninth candidate has tossed his hat into the city’s municipal election ring.

    Mohamed Abdalla, 24, an admissions counselor at Lynn University, announced on his Twitter page Oct. 31 that he is…

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Highland Beach: Town water tower repainted

A worker tackles the extensive task of painting the town’s 500,000-gallon water tower.

The job was finished by the end of November.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Boca Raton: Holiday tree lighting

Children are overjoyed as Santa Claus arrives during their performance of ‘Santa Claus is Coming

to Town’ at the Nov. 27 Holiday Tree Lighting at Mizner Park. The performance was one

of the many attractions at…

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Highland Beach: Holiday mailing help can be found in this hidden gem

Highland Beach resident Marlynn Wilson-Donaldson walks through the door of the Highland Beach

Post Office with several packages to mail for the holidays.

Rosalind Loomis, left, selects the best box to mail her…

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