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Lake Worth: Renovation plan for historic Gulfstream Hotel approved

Renderings show the Gulfstream in perspective, above,

and in a Lake Avenue streetscape.

Courtesy of JRA Architects, Louisville, Ky.…

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Along the Coast: Towns renew license-plate cameras study

By Rich Pollack



    Advances in technology are helping to breathe new life into plans by local law enforcement agencies to install license-plate recognition cameras along State Road A1A, despite a Florida Department of Transportation ban against placing the cameras on state rights of way.

    Ocean Ridge Police Chief Hal Hutchins and Highland Beach Police Chief Craig Hartmann say both their departments have begun looking into the possibility of placing…

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Briny Breezes: Planning board to study truck limits on Old Ocean

By Dan Moffett



    As it waits to take ownership of Old Ocean Boulevard from the state, Briny Breezes is turning to its Planning and Zoning Board to develop new rules for the road.

    Town Attorney John Skrandel told council members during their Feb. 25 meeting that he expects state officials to transfer the deed to Old Ocean to the town by the end of March, ending a clerical oversight that likely dates to the 1940s.

    With ownership, the town also…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Kim Beaumont

Kim Beaumont’s CPA practice is in Boynton Beach.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

    Most people dread the tax season, but one of Kim Beaumont’s favorite things to do is “a big, juicy, complicated tax…

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Manalapan: Manalapan, Boynton nearing water deal

By Dan Moffett



    After first taking a hard look at the numbers, Manalapan commissioners said they like what they see in a proposed sale of the town’s water utility system to Boynton Beach.

    “I think this is an exciting development that has a lot of potential,” Mayor David Cheifetz said of the deal.

    Boynton Beach utilities director Colin Groff told commissioners that not only is the deal feasible, but also it could be completed as early as Oct.…

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Along the Coast: I-95 lane shifts, lane closures coming

Improvements at Woolbright Road and I-95 are about to begin.

By Steve Plunkett



    Construction of the new Spanish River Boulevard…

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Delray Beach: Commission moves to end ‘puppy mill’ sales in city

By Jane Smith



    The city is moving closer to banning the sale of dogs from puppy mills.

    On March 1, Delray Beach commissioners unanimously approved the first step by restricting dog and cat sales to rescue groups only.

    City Attorney Noel Pfeffer said that dogs bred in puppy mills may be licensed, but the puppies are not raised in humane conditions.

    “The purpose and the cure is to reduce the supply chain,” he said.

    He talked about…

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Ocean Ridge: Art show to hang in Town Hall

Ocean Ridge resident Beth Sloat’s

Blue, a 24-inch by 24-inch oil.

By Lucy Lazarony



    For the second year in a row, an art exhibit will be on display at Ocean Ridge Town Hall during…

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Along the Coast: Expect road closures at train crossings

By Ann Henson Feltgen



    Improving grade crossings and laying new tracks will continue to pose traffic delays and detours this spring, as All Aboard Florida readies train tracks for its Miami-to-Orlando express service, set to begin in mid-2017.

    Brightline, the new name given the $3 billion service, will ultimately comprise 10 seven-car trains, each with 356-passenger capacity, running 32 daily trips along the Florida East Coast tracks shared with…

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Along the Coast: More stringent criteria used for beach water tests

By Cheryl Blackerby



    Lantana Beach was the first beach in Palm Beach County to get a “No Swimming Advisory” from the Florida Department of Health shortly after new, more stringent criteria for beach water testing went into effect Jan. 1.

    But the January bacteria levels were so high, Lantana Beach also would have been closed to swimmers under the old guidelines.

    The new criteria for tests for enterococci bacteria were recommended by the U.S.…

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Obituary: Martin L. Gross

    OCEAN RIDGE — Martin L. Gross of New London, N.H., and Ocean Ridge died Jan. 26, in Ushuaia, Argentina, following a stroke suffered en route to Antarctica. He was 77 years old.

    Mr. Gross and his wife, Deirdre, became winter residents of Ocean Ridge in 2014, after renting several houses in Ocean Ridge the previous three years. Over the past several years, one of…

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Lantana: Town seeks a way around trucks parking on both sides of street

By Mary Thurwachter



    At both its meetings in February, the Lantana Town Council grappled with on-street parking woes on Hypoluxo Island.

    The council proposed a solution in January to mandate parking on the odd-numbered side of the street on odd-numbered days, and on the even-numbered side on even-numbered days.

    Then, after further consideration, members proposed the odd/even rule on a yearly basis: park on the odd-numbered side of the street in…

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Lantana: Council votes to abolish Nature Preserve Commission

By Mary Thurwachter



    At the recommendation of Town Attorney R. Max Lohman, the Lantana Town Council voted Feb. 22 to dissolve the Lantana Nature Preserve Commission.

    Lohman said the commission (members are appointed by the town) and the Friends of the Lantana Nature Preserve Committee (a nonprofit organization) frequently duplicate efforts and that only one of the groups was necessary. There are some common members to both groups and only one is covered…

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Business Spotlight: Boston Proper brand sells (again), stays in Boca

Olive Belcher (with her daughter Brittany) used the Out of the Box

food truck to cater the preview of a listing at Boca Bay Colony.

Photo provided

By Christine Davis…

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Boca Raton: Beach and Parks panel discusses oceanside properties

By Steve Plunkett

    

    The much-anticipated list of vacant, undeveloped properties on Boca Raton’s beachfront is a short one.

    “There’s essentially three,” said Briann Harms, assistant executive director of the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, which undertook the census at Mayor Susan Haynie’s request.

    The idea is for the district to explore buying the properties to protect them from development and set them aside for public use.

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Boca Raton: New downtown consultant firm named

By Mary Hladky



    Three months after its downtown design consultant gave up the job, Boca Raton has hired a new, interim consultant to help oversee downtown development projects.

    Fort Lauderdale-based Calvin Giordano & Associates was brought on board in February and is being paid nearly $50,000 for about six months of work. The city wants a permanent arrangement and will soon seek proposals.

    The move comes after many downtown residents expressed…

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Boca Raton: Deputy city manager leaves post on Airport Authority

By Rich Pollack



    The makeup of the Boca Raton Airport Authority will again change following the recent resignation of Deputy City Manager George Brown.

    Brown’s resignation comes less than two months after the resignation of Deputy Mayor Robert Weinroth, who gave up his Airport Authority seat in December.

    Brown, who will continue to serve as the city’s liaison to the authority, said he thinks communication between the city and the Airport…

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Boca Raton: Suit filed in federal court to stop synagogue on barrier island

By Sallie James



    Two activists have sued Boca Raton in federal court, claiming their rights to equal protection and due process were violated when the city created a zoning classification that paved the way for a controversial synagogue.

    The four-count lawsuit filed Feb. 4 by Gerald Gagliardi and Kathleen MacDougall accuses the city of wrongly approving a zoning classification specifically tailored to allow construction of Chabad of East Boca on .81…

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Boca Raton: Fire rating could save residents money on property insurance

By Sallie James



    A ranking organization for the property/casualty industry has named Boca Raton’s Fire Rescue Department one of the best in the nation, citing its top-notch fire services.

    The impressive news could mean a savings of up to 3 percent on personal and commercial property insurance after June 1, when the rating takes effect.

    The city’s Fire Department received a Class 1 ranking in February after the Insurance Services Office measured…

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Boca Raton: Best Wishes of Boca closing after 44 years

Robert Glassberg, a Best Wishes of Boca Raton employee for more than 31 years, assists

Samantha Santoro and her boyfriend, Ryan Leavitt, both 18 and seniors at Boca Raton High School.

Santoro was searching for a graduation present, taking advantage of the…

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