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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…
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Will De Jesus Stay, Update on Atlantic Crossing, News from Delray and Boca

“Should I stay or should I go…” Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein wants to remove the “Interim” from Interim City Manager Neal de Jesus’s title. OK, but then what is he? In a city that argued for hours over a dog beach, almost everyone seems to love de Jesus. If he was popular as…
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Mizner 200 Fails, Then Passes, and The Latest From Boca and Delray

Apparently, Mizner 200 hit a snag, and then suddenly got unsnagged The 384-unit condo project across from Royal Palm Place has already had two advisory hearings before the Boca Raton Community Appearance Board, which recommended design changes. No formal appearance before the board has been set. In…
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Golf Course Updates, Chabad News, and the Delray Beach Headache

Golf course sale “This is getting out of hand,” Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie said Tuesday night. Yes, and it’s been getting out of hand for months. The issue was the city’s planned sale of the western golf course. It was added to the agenda only the day before. Deputy City Manager George…
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Park Delays, Last Call Concerns and More Boca and Delray News

Procrastination at the park   The playground at Sugar Sand Park reopened last weekend, four months after the first projected date. It’s very impressive. Everyone was having a good time. It’s also been nearly two years since the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Parks District rejected…
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Ocean Palm on the Boca Docket and Delray Post-Election Notes

Ocean Palm update We hear often in Boca Raton that developers should meet early and often with residents who live near their proposed projects. With the Ocean Palm condo, which goes before the planning and zoning board tonight, we may learn whether that tactic pays off. The project would be on…
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Golf Course and Atlantic Crossing Update Plus Post-Election Notes

Golf course vote On Friday, GL Homes Vice President Larry Portnoy wrote to Boca Raton City Manager Leif Ahnell, asking that the city council decide at its March 28 meeting which bid to accept for the western golf course. The council had not scheduled a vote on selling the course to GL, Lennar…
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Boca and Delray Election Recaps

Delray election recap There’s a lot to say about Boca Raton’s election on Tuesday. But we will start with Delray Beach’s election, which produced some surprises. In the City Commission Seat 2 race, Jim Chard got 56 percent of the vote in a four-candidate field that included Kelly Barrette,…
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Final Election Notes and Other News

Election thoughts Here are some final thoughts ahead of tomorrow’s elections in Boca Raton and Delray Beach. Haynie vs. Zucaro From a traditional standpoint, the race for mayor of Boca Raton should not be close. The incumbent, Susan Haynie, has been involved with the city since 1974—as…
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Zucaro Swings at Haynie and Misses

The latest Zucaro vs. Haynie allegation This week, Al Zucaro tried to change the story in the Boca Raton mayoral race. Zucaro, who is challenging incumbent Susan Haynie, has a record of financial problems. He has not repaid any of a $406,000 judgment against him in 2009 from a lawsuit related to…
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Ocean Breeze Appraisal Draws a "Diverse" Crowd and More Boca News

Boca Teeca residents aren't the only people who care about Ocean Breeze Something unusual happened during Tuesday’s packed meeting between the Boca Raton City Council and the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Parks District. The main topic was the district’s proposed purchase of the Ocean Breeze…
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Updates: Atlantic Crossing, iPic, Ocean Breeze & More

Atlantic Crossing news The Delray Beach City Commission could approve a new settlement offer Wednesday night in the Atlantic Crossing lawsuit. In January, Atlantic Crossing’s developer—Edwards Companies, of Columbus, Ohio—had agreed to a proposed settlement. But the commission hadn’t…
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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.…