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Chris Felker's Blog – December 2014 Archive (77)

Boca Raton: City hears ideas for Red Reef renovations

Gumbo Limbo revamp, restaurant could be among changes

By Cheryl Blackerby



    A new Gumbo Limbo Nature Center building, a restaurant on Red Reef Executive Golf Course and development of the 15-acre Ocean Strand, which has been…

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Delray Beach: Appeal for ‘air and sunlight’ powers height-limit view

Jestena Boughton, with her dog, Lucy,

in front of the Colony Hotel on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Along the Coast: Huge surf causes some flooding, minor erosion

Surfers enjoyed a few days of 4- to 12-foot waves along much of the county’s coast.

Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…

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Boca Raton: Opinion divided about proposed 30-story condo

This rendering of  ‘New Mizner on the Green’ was part of a mailer sent out by the developer to 12,000 Boca Raton residents.

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Highland Beach: Town water project to go on March 10 ballot

By Rich Pollack



    Voters in Highland Beach will be asked to give town officials a green light for a multimillion-dollar water improvement project that will include replacing 60-year-old water mains and making additional enhancements expected to improve water taste and reduce odor.

    Town commissioners will finalize language this month for the March 10 ballot, which if approved will enable the town to move forward with the replacement of 6,700 linear feet of…

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Highland Beach: Town seeks firm to complete library terraces

By Rich Pollack

    

    Highland Beach officials are hoping the third time will be a charm when it comes to finding a contractor to enclose two terraces at the public library.

    The town has $150,000 set aside for the project in its current budget, but the work has been stalled while commissioners grapple with the process of finding a professional to design the enclosures.

    During the summer the town issued a request for qualifications for an…

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Boca Raton: Board would like to see preservation made public policy

By Sallie James



    Preserving the city’s history would be easier if owners of historic properties were eligible for federal tax credits. At least that’s the way the chairman of the city’s Historic Preservation Board sees it.

    Rex Nichols is hoping City Council members will agree.

    At a Dec. 8 workshop meeting, Nichols outlined a proposed amendment to the 1975-era ordinance that would provide that the city assist the board in pursuing Certified Local…

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Boca Raton: More parking, fewer units in revised tower plan

Developers of Tower 155 agreed to modify the original proposal to 140 feet at its highest point and 170 condos.

Rendering provided

By Sallie James



    Plans to increase the height of the proposed Tower 155 condominium project and reduce the number…

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Boca Raton: North beach dredging finished, central beach next up

By Cheryl Blackerby



    The renourishment project for Boca Raton’s north beach was plagued with strong winds and big waves that stopped work, but in the end the project was finished ahead of schedule.

    Dredging was completed Dec. 13, two weeks shy of the predicted finish date of the end of the month.

    “The project is done and the beach looks great,” said Jennifer Bistyga, coastal engineer with the city of Boca Raton. “They finished pumping sand, then…

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Boca Raton: Couple killed crossing A1A in darkness

By Steven J. Smith



    A couple who had recently moved to a beachside neighborhood in southern Boca Raton were both struck and killed by a car on Dec. 17, while attempting to cross a dark patch of State Road A1A in Deerfield Beach.

    At 7:06 p.m., Francine Freedman, 80, and Philip Kendall, 85, were crossing Ocean Drive from west to east in the middle of the 600 block near the border of Boca Raton and Deerfield Beach.

    Mark Lasman, 64, of Boca Raton was…

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Business Spotlight: No word on Winn-Dixie replacement in Boynton

Shelves begin to empty in December at the Winn-Dixie in Boynton Beach’s Riverwalk Plaza.

The store is planned to close by mid-January.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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Home, Health & Harmony: Resolve to ride

Lion LX1 Electric Bike by BESV

Biking is a great way to get fit in 2015…

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Along the Coast: Turtle Meghan’s year-long recovery ends with release off Key West

Megan is rescued on Lantana Beach on Christmas Day 2013.

Coastal Star file photo

Meghan gets a sendoff south of Key West on Dec.…

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Home, Health & Harmony: Resolve to ride — The Coastal Star's top 12 cycling products

• Pack ’N Pedal Basket and Tour Rack by Thule (www.thule.com) Travel in style with this sleek and roomy basket that’s a gigantic step up from traditional wire and…

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Health & Harmony: Colon cancer screening test a viable option for some

INSET BELOW: Dr. Matthew D'Alessio; Dr. Andrea Klemes; Dr. Robert Mellman; Dr. David Ahlquist.

By Linda Haase

    Mention you’re going to get a colonoscopy, and you’ll usually get a look of sympathy. Perhaps an earful of some graphic jokes. Or, even worse, the story of…

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Astrology: Monthly cosmic guidance for stellar outcomes in 2015

Do you want to expand your horizons in 2015?



Happily, guidance from the ancient esoteric arts of Numerology and Astrology reveal 2015 is a particularly auspicious year for growth and expansion. To take advantage of the cosmic benefits of this year, focus on a goal worthy of a numerological No. 8 year — one characterized for being expressly suited for meaningful…

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Secret Gardens: Multiple garden styles converge in Deerfield Arboretum

Whether you choose to let the trees tower over you or to view them close-up, each

has its own charm. A couple hold hands while they cross a bridge over a flowing water feature.…

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Finding Faith: Used car lifts spirits of student and mom

Aquira Leon celebrates having a reliable car. ‘The car that I received was the answer to my prayers,’  she said.

Photo provided

By Tim Pallesen

    Wheels from the Heart, a charity that finds reliable used…

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Finding Faith: 107-year-old loved dance and needlepoint

Ruby van Rooyen led the Altar Guild at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in making needlepoint altar chairs

and kneeling cushions, including this one, her favorite.

Tim Stepien/Coastal Star

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Religion: Christmas Crèche Blessing St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Delray Beach — Dec. 7

Siena Ridolfo holds her baby Jesus prior to the blessing of baby Jesus crèche figurines. Following the blessing, participants wrapped their baby Jesuses to place under the Christmas tree. This was to be the first gift opened on Christmas morning as a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.…

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