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Why was a low-flying plane and helicopter flying circles over Boca?
 BOCA RATON — A low-flying plane and helicopter circling Boca Raton late Monday and Tuesday caused a stir on social media, prompting city police to reassure concerned residents that it was just a Broward County Sheriff’s training exercise. Several residents turned to social media to report a small, but apparently noisy...

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BOCA RATON — A low-flying plane and helicopter circling Boca Raton late Monday and Tuesday caused a stir on social media, prompting city police to reassure concerned residents that it was just a Broward County Sheriff’s training exercise. Several residents turned to social media to report a small, but apparently noisy...
Delray spent $2.1 million after storm sewage chaos; more costs expected
 DELRAY BEACH — Delray Beach spent $2.1 million on generators after widespread power outages following Hurricane Irma  caused waste water to spill into some streets.  And the city will have to spend even more if it wants to avoid the sewage problems during future storms. For a week after Hurricane Irma in September, Delray...

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DELRAY BEACH — Delray Beach spent $2.1 million on generators after widespread power outages following Hurricane Irma caused waste water to spill into some streets.  And the city will have to spend even more if it wants to avoid the sewage problems during future storms. For a week after Hurricane Irma in September, Delray...
Public will get a voice in ideas for new Boca National Golf Club
 BOCA RATON — The community will have a chance to share thoughts and ideas for a public golf course, school and possible hotel planned in northeast Boca Raton. The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, a taxing body separate from the city, is in the midst of buying, renovating and re-opening Ocean Breeze Golf Club, a 200-acre...

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BOCA RATON — The community will have a chance to share thoughts and ideas for a public golf course, school and possible hotel planned in northeast Boca Raton. The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, a taxing body separate from the city, is in the midst of buying, renovating and re-opening Ocean Breeze Golf Club, a 200-acre...
Delray Beach struts: Fashion Week is back with these six events
 DELRAY BEACH — A fashion-forward week that highlights Delray Beach designers and merchants, and benefits local nonprofits, will return Jan. 24-28. Tickets are on sale for the 5th annual Delray Beach Fashion Week, a series of runway shows with local designs on display in downtown Delray Beach. Some of the events are free to...

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DELRAY BEACH — A fashion-forward week that highlights Delray Beach designers and merchants, and benefits local nonprofits, will return Jan. 24-28. Tickets are on sale for the 5th annual Delray Beach Fashion Week, a series of runway shows with local designs on display in downtown Delray Beach. Some of the events are free to...
Demolition begins to make way for Mizner 200, branded ‘The Monarch Boca Raton’
 BOCA RATON — Demolition began this week to make way for a luxury downtown condominium complex, formerly known as Mizner 200 but recently re-branded The Monarch Boca Raton. One of the largest developments in downtown Boca Raton, the nine-story mixed-use buildings will stretch across nine acres along Southeast Mizner Boulevard...

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BOCA RATON — Demolition began this week to make way for a luxury downtown condominium complex, formerly known as Mizner 200 but recently re-branded The Monarch Boca Raton. One of the largest developments in downtown Boca Raton, the nine-story mixed-use buildings will stretch across nine acres along Southeast Mizner Boulevard...
Boca Raton Regional Hospital has big plans for $35 million in donations
 BOCA RATON — Three donors gifted the Boca Raton Regional Hospital $35 million, which will help fund  a  seven-story patient tower and intensive care unit. Stanley and Marilyn Barry, Christine E. Lynn, and Richard and Barbara Schmidt donated the $35 million in what the hospital is calling “one of the most profound displays...

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BOCA RATON — Three donors gifted the Boca Raton Regional Hospital $35 million, which will help fund a seven-story patient tower and intensive care unit. Stanley and Marilyn Barry, Christine E. Lynn, and Richard and Barbara Schmidt donated the $35 million in what the hospital is calling “one of the most profound displays...
Chains vs. local stores: Downtown West Palm, Delray face dilemma
 Thomas Rebhandl has big plans for City Center Pharmacy, a shop he opened 14 years ago at 416 Clematis St. For one, he hopes to buy the 76-year-old building, which occupies a busy spot across from West Palm Beach’s library and City Hall. Inside the pharmacy, he wants to transform the handsome, dark-wood bar that sits unused along a side...

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Thomas Rebhandl has big plans for City Center Pharmacy, a shop he opened 14 years ago at 416 Clematis St. For one, he hopes to buy the 76-year-old building, which occupies a busy spot across from West Palm Beach’s library and City Hall. Inside the pharmacy, he wants to transform the handsome, dark-wood bar that sits unused along a side...
After Hollywood nursing home deaths, Boca seeks to strengthen regulation
 BOCA RATON — Thirteen nursing homes and adult communities in Boca Raton may soon have to take costly but potentially live-saving steps to protect  residents during hurricanes.  The city is seeking to strengthen regulation of these communities, called adult congregate living facilities, to prevent a tragedy similar to...

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BOCA RATON — Thirteen nursing homes and adult communities in Boca Raton may soon have to take costly but potentially live-saving steps to protect residents during hurricanes.  The city is seeking to strengthen regulation of these communities, called adult congregate living facilities, to prevent a tragedy similar to...
Delray debate points to divisive mayor’s race in March
 DELRAY BEACH — Two Delray Beach commission colleagues went head-to-head at the first debate of the election cycle Thursday — and were unsurprisingly divided on most all topics. A precursor to what’s likely to be a testy  municipal election, Commissioners Shelly Petrolia and Jim Chard discussed...

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DELRAY BEACH — Two Delray Beach commission colleagues went head-to-head at the first debate of the election cycle Thursday — and were unsurprisingly divided on most all topics. A precursor to what’s likely to be a testy  municipal election, Commissioners Shelly Petrolia and Jim Chard discussed...
Boca mayor stays in county race despite challenge from onetime ally
 The south county race for Palm Beach County Commission promises to be divisive as it pits Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie — embroiled in controversy surrounding her past ties to a developer — against a longtime political ally. Boca Councilman Robert Weinroth, a Democrat, is running against Haynie, a Republican, for the District...

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The south county race for Palm Beach County Commission promises to be divisive as it pits Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie — embroiled in controversy surrounding her past ties to a developer — against a longtime political ally. Boca Councilman Robert Weinroth, a Democrat, is running against Haynie, a Republican, for the District...
Boca mayor campaign denies she's withdrawing from county commission race
 BOCA RATON — With Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s campaign struggling amid investigations into past financial ties to a controversial developer, will Haynie withdraw from the race for Palm Beach County Commission?  Some local political figures say she likely will — a move that would shake up Boca Raton...

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BOCA RATON — With Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s campaign struggling amid investigations into past financial ties to a controversial developer, will Haynie withdraw from the race for Palm Beach County Commission?  Some local political figures say she likely will — a move that would shake up Boca Raton...
Boca golf course deal could drag on... with several jobs on the line
 BOCA RATON — The elected bodies involved in buying a $24 million championship golf course in northeast Boca Raton are bogged down by technical — but seemingly critical — details that could delay the deal. On the line is more than just golf links. There are at least 15 full-time city employees who could lose their jobs...

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BOCA RATON — The elected bodies involved in buying a $24 million championship golf course in northeast Boca Raton are bogged down by technical — but seemingly critical — details that could delay the deal. On the line is more than just golf links. There are at least 15 full-time city employees who could lose their jobs...
Want Trump book ‘Fire and Fury’? Boca/Delray stores, libraries have copies — and holds
 BOCA RATON — Good luck buying or borrowing a copy of the sought-after book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, in Delray Beach or Boca Raton. While local bookstores and libraries are expecting to soon get copies of the best-seller — an explosive tell-all about President Donald Trump and his fitness...

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BOCA RATON — Good luck buying or borrowing a copy of the sought-after book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, in Delray Beach or Boca Raton. While local bookstores and libraries are expecting to soon get copies of the best-seller — an explosive tell-all about President Donald Trump and his fitness...
Boca Raton board wants water taxi ‘tour boats’ on city waterway
 BOCA RATON — Delray Beach has them. So does Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.  But Boca Raton residents can’t cruise the Intracoastal Waterway on a group boat tour — taking in the natural scenery, waterfront parks and luxury homes — for a small fee. A city board wants the...

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BOCA RATON — Delray Beach has them. So does Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.  But Boca Raton residents can’t cruise the Intracoastal Waterway on a group boat tour — taking in the natural scenery, waterfront parks and luxury homes — for a small fee. A city board wants the...
Lawyer-turned-ice cream maker to open artisan shop on ‘ghost town’ Boca strip
 BOCA RATON — Rick Felberbaum was tired of being a lawyer, and even more tired of leaving Boca Raton to find a good scoop of ice cream.  So over a year ago, he killed two birds with one stone.  He shut down his real estate law firm on Palmetto Park Road in downtown Boca Raton, and started on plans to open in its place...

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BOCA RATON — Rick Felberbaum was tired of being a lawyer, and even more tired of leaving Boca Raton to find a good scoop of ice cream.  So over a year ago, he killed two birds with one stone.  He shut down his real estate law firm on Palmetto Park Road in downtown Boca Raton, and started on plans to open in its place...
Progress continues on Spanish River I-95 interchange in Boca Raton
 After limiting construction during the holidays, work on the Interstate 95 interchange at Spanish River Boulevard continues and nears its homestretch. The fifth highway interchange in Boca Raton, between Yamato and Glades roads, is partially open to drivers. But all ramps are expected to open by February, weather permitting. The interchange...

Posted: 11 days ago

After limiting construction during the holidays, work on the Interstate 95 interchange at Spanish River Boulevard continues and nears its homestretch. The fifth highway interchange in Boca Raton, between Yamato and Glades roads, is partially open to drivers. But all ramps are expected to open by February, weather permitting. The interchange...
Boca residents angered by plan to build homes at unused golf course
 BOCA RATON — With a looming threat of development on yet another Boca Raton golf course, residents attended a meeting Thursday and emailed city leaders about a proposal to build homes on a small golf course in the city’s northeast end. Developer Steven Wallace, a Boynton Beach lawyer, presented a plan to build a gated...

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BOCA RATON — With a looming threat of development on yet another Boca Raton golf course, residents attended a meeting Thursday and emailed city leaders about a proposal to build homes on a small golf course in the city’s northeast end. Developer Steven Wallace, a Boynton Beach lawyer, presented a plan to build a gated...
NEW: Delray’s latest opioid overdose numbers show a massive shift 
 While Palm Beach County  drug overdoses and deaths climbed last year, the area’s unofficial recovery hub, Delray Beach, saw overdoses dwindle. With sober homes and treatment providers shutting down and moving out, police expanding outreach efforts and the city and state tightening restrictions on the recovery industry, Delray...

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While Palm Beach County  drug overdoses and deaths climbed last year, the area’s unofficial recovery hub, Delray Beach, saw overdoses dwindle. With sober homes and treatment providers shutting down and moving out, police expanding outreach efforts and the city and state tightening restrictions on the recovery industry, Delray...
This week in Delray Beach: Walk with police to curb violence, and more
 DELRAY BEACH — Police officers and community leaders will take to the streets of downtown Delray Beach on Saturday and stand together against violence.  The peaceful demonstration, called the Walk Against Violence, is in its fourth year. Last year, more than 250 people marched shoulder to shoulder from the city&rsquo...

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DELRAY BEACH — Police officers and community leaders will take to the streets of downtown Delray Beach on Saturday and stand together against violence.  The peaceful demonstration, called the Walk Against Violence, is in its fourth year. Last year, more than 250 people marched shoulder to shoulder from the city&rsquo...
Boca New Year’s Day yoga festival first of several free fitness classes
 BOCA RATON — A sea of bright mats, colorful yoga pants and fitness-focused visitors flooded Boca Raton’s Mizner Park on the morning of New Year’s Day, just as it happened a year ago.  The event was Something BIG, an annual group yoga class on the lawn at Mizner Park to kick off the new year with personal health...

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BOCA RATON — A sea of bright mats, colorful yoga pants and fitness-focused visitors flooded Boca Raton’s Mizner Park on the morning of New Year’s Day, just as it happened a year ago.  The event was Something BIG, an annual group yoga class on the lawn at Mizner Park to kick off the new year with personal health...
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