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Delray Commission Candidates Form Political Alliances; Other Boca/Delray News

Delray commission alliances revealed through campaign contributions The candidates for Delray Beach’s March 14 election are set — and so are the political alliances. Seats 2 and 4 on the city commission are up. Both are open, after Jordana Jarjura announced that she would not seek re-election…
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Another Legal Issue For Al Zucaro

Rockland County lawsuit Three weeks ago, I reported on the six lawsuits that had been filed since 2007 in Palm Beach County against Al Zucaro, who is running for mayor of Boca Raton against incumbent Susan Haynie. All six actions claimed that Zucaro had failed to repay loans or debt. In addition,…
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New Hotel Concerns, More Atlantic Crossing Talks; Other Delray/Boca News

New hotel? Not so fast The Kolter Group had every reason to think that things would go smoothly as Delray Beach reviewed the company’s plans for a second hotel in the city. After all, Kolter built the stylish Hyatt Place in Pineapple Grove, which city leaders see as a complement to the area.…
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Golf Course Update, Candidate Forum Observations & Other News

Golf course news Monday could bring a major development regarding golf in Boca Raton. The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District will hold a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. District Director Art Koski told me Wednesday that he expects to receive a purchase agreement this week from Lennar to…
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The Lawsuits Against Al Zucaro

Zucaro’s history of financial woes Al Zucaro, who is challenging Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie in the March 14 election and has criticized Haynie and the city council for what he considers poor management decisions, has been sued six times since 2007 in Palm Beach County for failure to repay loans…
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Atlantic Crossing Settlement Postponed and More From Boca/ Delray

       So much for Atlantic Crossing Settlement 1.0 When I spoke to Mayor Cary Glickstein and commissioners Mitch Katz and Jordana Jarjura on Monday morning and early Monday afternoon, all were ready to approve the settlement, which was designed to end the developer’s lawsuit that began in…
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Atlantic Crossing Settlement Imminent and Other News of Note

Atlantic Crossing settlement on agenda A settlement of the Atlantic Crossing lawsuit is on the agenda for tonight’s Delray Beach City Commission meeting. If approved and carried out, the legal bills would stop and construction might begin. Under the agreement, Atlantic Crossing would add a two-way…
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Boca Downtown and Midtown Updates and Delray News of Note

Downtown observations Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie says of Al Zucaro, “I see a very different city than he does.” Zucaro, the former publisher of BocaWatch who is running against the mayor, believes that “we’re in peril,” Haynie told me. “I see a city that is moving in the right direction”…
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Zucaro says he and Boca Watch will part ways and other election news and notes

Zucaro and BocaWatch Apparently, Al Zucaro believes that what worked for Donald Trump could work for him. Last week, the BocaWatch publisher challenged Mayor Susan Haynie in the March election. In an email announcing his candidacy, Zucaro said, “City hall has changed. Our city council has changed.…
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City Watch: Three elections and other news and notes from Boca-Delray

  Zucaro files for mayoral run If nothing else, Al Zucaro’s decision to challenge Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie in the March election removes any remaining pretense that BocaWatch is anything but Zucaro’s personal political website. As publisher of BocaWatch, Zucaro not only regularly criticizes…
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ForBoca files suit, Delray South asks for more time and other notes and news from Boca and Delray

ForBoca files suit It sounds like Archstone 2.0. On Friday, the ForBoca group filed a lawsuit against Boca Raton, claiming that the waterfront ordinance voters approved in November amounted to an illegal rezoning of the Wildflower property. In essence, the lawsuit asks a court to declare the ordinance—which…
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Thumbs up on the new Hyatt and other downtown news and notes from Boca and Delray

Hyatt looking good Even the most strident critics of downtown development in Boca Raton will have a hard time complaining about the new Hyatt Place Hotel. For decades, the city debated what to put on the southeast corner of Federal Highway and Palmetto Park Road. In the mid-1980s, voters defeated…
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City Watch: Qualifying for Boca's March Election Begins Today and Other Community Notes

Today begins qualifying for Boca Raton’s March election. At this point, Mayor Susan Haynie and Seat A Councilman Scott Singer are unopposed. Three candidates – Emily Gentile, Andrea O’Rourke and Andy Thomson -- are seeking the Seat B seat of term-limited Mike Mullaugh. Today’s post will feature…
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City Watch: Unfinished issues of 2016 will be 2017's first agenda items

In Boca Raton and Delray Beach, the big stories of 2017 will be the unfinished stories of 2016. As in: —Boca Raton voters approved the ordinance that all but kills the deal for a restaurant on the Wildflower property. So what happens now? Will a waterfront boardwalk link the Wildflower and…
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Mizner 200 Approved but Still Has Hurdles, Possible Special Election and more

Fourteen months ago, I reported on Crocker Partners’ plan for a remake of Boca Center that would be part of a larger plan for redeveloping the section of the city around Town Center Mall known as Midtown. Before the planning and zoning board tonight are the proposed changes that would allow such a…
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Mayor Susan Hayne Unopposed for Re-Election, Arts Garage Trouble and more

Two of three candidates for the open Seat B on the Boca Raton City Council have loaned themselves a combined $55,500 for a job that pays $28,000 even with the voter-approved raises. Emily Gentile has loaned her campaign $30,500. Andrea O’Rourke has loaned herself $25,000. For now, Andy Thomson…
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Analyzing Lane Kiffin and FAU, Delray Beach City Commission Controversy and more

The holiday break comes at a perfect time for the Delray Beach City Commission, even if the break will mean no low political theater for a while. Tuesday night featured the latest squall over filling the seat of Commissioner Al Jacquet, who resigned last month and now has a seat in the Florida House.…
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Uptown Atlantic is Dead, Arts Garage in Trouble, and more

Uptown Atlantic is dead. Is the hope for redeveloping West Atlantic Avenue still alive? Last Thursday, the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency voted 6-0 – board member Daniel Rose was absent – to terminate the agreement under which Equity Delray was to purchase roughly six acres of land…
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Update on Congress Avenue Corridor, More Fake News from BocaWatch and more

Delray Beach’s attempt to redevelop the Congress Avenue Corridor is showing signs of success – part of it at Boca Raton’s expense. That coup is the move from Boca to Delray of Kaufman Lynn Construction. In an interview, CEO Michael Kaufman said the company, which has 125 employees, has outgrown…
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Uptown Atlantic update, FAU's student district, replacing Al Jacquet & other items of news and note

Uptown Atlantic This could be the make-or-break week for Uptown Atlantic. Or not. On Nov. 23, with closing on the property a week away, the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency notified the developer that the project was in default for not providing a letter of credit or a performance bond.…