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BRRH News, Delray Wins Big (Again!), Boca Reviews its Top Employees

First, CEO Jerry Fedele will retire in August of next year, when he turns 65. When he arrived in 2008, Fedele said, he was asked for a long-term commitment. He pledged five years, but said he would not work past 65. "For personal reasons," he is sticking to that deadline. Second, and not…
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Politics as Usual Keeps 'Related' Government Campus in the Boca Conversation

Should Boca Raton let a private developer build a new government campus in return for being allowed to put up a lot of new downtown housing? And is that private developer really interested? The idea likely will come up next Wednesday when the city holds an open house on the campus from 4 p.m.…
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Should Delray Sue Over Opioids? A Downtown Boca Shuttle and More

Will Delray take legal action over opioid crisis? Should Delray Beach, beset by problems related to prescription painkillers, join class-action lawsuits against the pharmaceutical industry? Mayor Cary Glickstein will raise the issue at tonight’s city commission workshop. Governments at all…
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Delray Goes 2-For-4 and Boca In Climate Change Game?

CRA board appointments The Delray Beach City Commission got halfway Tuesday night toward creating a new board for the community redevelopment agency. One headline is that the board won’t be all new. Mayor Cary Glickstein nominated CRA Chairman Reggie Cox for another four-year term. Cox also…
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Update On All Things Ocean Breeze, Decision Time in Delray

New ideas on Ocean Breeze's fate The latest idea regarding the Ocean Breeze golf course is for Boca Raton to take over negotiations from the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District. After that, the city would seek to take the land by eminent domain. That likely won’t happen—probably for…
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Calmer Skies in Boca, More People and Money Are Coming

  The Trump effect President Trump has blown Mar-a-Lago for the summer. City politics are quiet. For now, there’s no turbulence at the Boca Raton Airport Authority. That’s a change from two years ago. The city council had just named one of its own, Robert Weinroth, and Deputy City Manager…
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Delray CRA Seats Open, Boca Plans Another Downtown Garage, and More Boca/Delray News

Delray CRA independent, but commission aims to tighten its grip At least one board member of the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency won’t return after the city commission makes new appointments in July. Last week, Paul Zacks withdrew his application for another four-year term. Zacks,…
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Delray Seeks Sober Home Regulation, Mizner 200 Gets P&Z's Stamp of Approval

Delray: Protecting residents of sober homes means protecting their neighbors, too Daniel Lauber gets right to the point: “In more than 40 years of working on zoning for community residences for people with disabilities,” said the attorney whom Delray Beach is using to craft sober home regulations,…
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Mizner 200 Gets its Test, CRA Survives in Delray, and More Boca/Delray News

Mizner 200’s prospects before P&Z Board look favorable Mizner 200 will go before the Boca Raton Planning and Zoning Board tonight with a favorable recommendation from the city’s community appearance board. The vote Tuesday night was 5-2. Approval came with two amendments. The board asked…
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What Will Delray do About the CRA? iPic Still a No-Go

Everything you need to know about possible changes to Delray's CRA board The resolution is barely two pages. The language is simple. The potential effects, however, could be long-lasting and complicated. We are talking about the potential takeover of the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency…
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Shot in the Arm for Modernizing Medicine, Kolter Scores in Delray

Big investment in Boca's Modernizing Medicine It’s been a big week for Modernizing Medicine, the Boca Raton startup company that has become a leader in the electronic health record industry. On Monday, the company learned that six of its products had received top ratings from a medical trade…
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Holes in the Ocean Breeze Case, CRA Takeover in Delray?

Koski tries to make his case Hey, Boca Raton City Council. Spot us $24 million. Just don’t ask about the details. That, in essence, was the message Monday from Art Koski, director of the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Parks District. The district wants to buy the closed Ocean Breeze golf course…
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Boca Goals Outlined with New Approach, iPic Drags on in Delray, and the Governor Steps Up

Goal-setting The Boca Raton City Council’s annual goal-setting meeting will have a different feel this year—and not just because Councilman Jeremy Rodgers will raise the idea of Boca annexing Highland Beach. Rodgers acknowledges that adding a city of nearly 4,000 is a “stretch goal.”…
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City Manager Ahnell Starts Retirement Planning, Wildflower Lawsuit Goes Away

Ahnell looks ahead One way or the other, Boca Raton will have a new city manager in five years. A city spokeswoman confirmed Monday that Leif Ahnell has entered the state’s Deferred Retirement Option Program, known as DROP. The program is basically a five-year countdown to retirement for employees…
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Details of the New Old School Square, Chabad Litigation Goes on

Old School’s new plan Many details remain, but Delray Beach is in a much happier place regarding Old School Square than the city was two years ago. An architect seemed ready to turn the site–which includes the Crest Theater, the Cornell Art Museum, and Fieldhouse and the Pavilion—into something…
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Boca Regional's Big Plans, iPic Deal May be Ready to Close

Hospital plans During the next five years, Boca Raton Regional Hospital may change as much or more than it has in the previous 50 years. The hospital’s proposed parking garage—more about that in the next item—is the first of four projects designed to transform Boca Regional. The others…
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Last Call Cut Off at 2 a.m., Mizner 200 Gets a Passing Grade

Last call On Wednesday night, the Boca Raton City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that will roll back closing time at Blue Martini and Nippers from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. They are the only bars in the city serving alcohol for those extra three hours. Mayor Susan Haynie introduced the ordinance. I…
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Will Atlantic Crossing Soon Be Shovel-Ready? The Breakdown on Midtown, and More

Settlement reached   Since March 2013, the Delray Beach City Commission has regarded Atlantic Crossing as the ugly couch it inherited and had to keep. No one remains from the commission that approved the project in December 2012. Most residents who spoke at that meeting opposed Atlantic…
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Midtown Proposals Will Change, Dark Money in Boca, and More

The proposals for Midtown that go before the Boca Raton Planning and Zoning Board next Thursday will be different from what the board saw last December. Angelo Bianco of Crocker Partners, one of Midtown’s largest property owners, told me Wednesday that his company and others have worked with…
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Midtown and Brightline Updates, Tragedy Hits Delray's Law Enforcement Community

Midtown update Proposed changes to Boca Raton’s Midtown area will go before the planning and zoning board on April 20. At issue, among other things, is allowing residential development where only commercial and retail are permitted. The city has designated the area, which Boca Raton annexed in…