Last week, three people tried to sell their iPhones using the app OfferUp. A potential buyer asked them to meet at 1901 N. Seacrest Blvd., which is Ezell Hester, Jr. Community Park. Once there, the potential buyer snatched the phones from the sellers’ hands and ran away.
One of two southbound lanes of Federal Highway just before Woolbright Road has been closed for a few days now, and it could continue to be closed for several more weeks, according to an assistant city manager.
A car hit a fire hydrant in front of the vacant Kwik Stop and broke a valve in the road, said Colin Groff, the assistant city manager and director of utilities.
The repair is complete. But a contractor has to finish the restoration, which could take about five weeks.
Groff said it could take that long to open the lane, but the city is hoping for much sooner.
Aside from a display of lanterns, the festival will also include live Kung Fu action and interactive coaching sessions, folk artists creating clay portraits, paintings and handmade items using palm weaving and embroidery and children’s rides, among other attractions.
The theme of the Chinese Lantern Festival is “The Wild,” and will be reflected in the decor and interactive events, with animal-shaped lanterns and a Dinosaur Empire, an exhibit with detailed, moving replicas of the pre-historic animals. The amphitheater will be staged as a safari, giving visitors an opportunity to walk through different “continents.”
The festival will be held at Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 20405 Amphitheater Circle, on Feb. 24 – April 9 on Wednesdays through Sundays beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Chinese Lantern Festival is new to western Boca Raton, having just been approved by the Palm Beach County Commission in November. This festival has been successfully held in Texas, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Virginia.
Leading up to opening day, professional artists from China will create the lanterns in a temporary factory, according to event coordinators.
“While these lighted artistic structures are referred to as ‘lanterns,’ they should not be confused with hand-held candle-lit lamps. With the use of satin, rayon, ceramic, glass, paint and steel wires, it takes nearly 30,000 hours to design the intricate shapes seen at Hanart Culture’s Chinese Lantern Festival,” George Zhao, president of Hanart Culture, which is coordinating the event, said in an email.
Tickets can be purchased at the event or online at www.ChineseLanternFestival.com. Tickets are $25 at the door or $22 online for adults, $15 at the door or $12.50 online for children ages 4-12 and free for children ages 3 and younger.
What:Chinese Lantern Festival
Where:Sunset Cove Amphitheater
When: Feb. 24 – April 9 on Wednesdays through Sundays beginning at 5:30 p.m.
How much: $22-$25 for adults, $12.40-$15 for children
DELRAY BEACH — Major changes are envisioned for the cultural epicenter of Delray Beach, Old School Square, and residents are encouraged take part in new planning.
A survey was posted online seeking resident input on what changes should be made at Old School Square — which in the past has drawn 30 percent more visitors annually than the West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center. The survey, which asks participants 29 questions about how Old School Square is used and should be used, will be active until Sunday, Jan. 29.
Several events and festivals, such as the longtime Garlic Fest, were relocated to neighboring cities after Delray Beach leaders passed a rule to limit the number of downtown events to preserve Old School Square’s historic district-designation.
There has also been discussion of turning the perimeter of Old School Square into a passive park that would include adding walkways and shade trees, as well as adjusting the lighting at the campus at night to make visitors feel safer.
The survey will be followed by a series of meeting to discuss the changes at Old School Square, including a discussion March 13 at the Field House at Old School Square, at 51 N. Swinton Ave., followed by a city workshop on April 17.
DELRAY BEACH — It towers above downtown Delray’s tallest buildings, glows with holiday lights and draws thousands of visitors during Christmastime. But Delray’s iconic 100-foot Christmas tree is also not safe enough to to go up next year, city leaders learned this week.
Now Delray Beach is faced with costly options to replace the tree in time to keep the 20-plus year tradition alive this coming Christmas.
Structural engineers hired to sign off on the tree’s structural integrity would not give the OK, city officials said Tuesday.
“That means that we have been very lucky in putting up a tree that is structurally unsound … ” said Mayor Cary Glickstein. “We all feel that the tree is certainly iconic, the tradition is important, but we’ve got public safety issues.”
The 100-foot Christmas tree is a walk-through piece, meaning visitors can stroll inside the steel structure.
The primary reason the tree is unsafe? The condition of steel, said Interim City Manager Neil De Jesus who served previously as Delray’s fire chief.
“The rusting, the bending, the cracking,” De Jesus said.
City staff first brought the problem up to the city commission in 2015, said John Morgan, who runs the city’s environmental services department.
“Why are we learning now that we’ve been putting up a tree that’s unsafe?” Glickstein asked staff at a Tuesday meeting.
The city is looking at buying a replacement tree made from an aluminum structure that is lighter and easier to maintain. To purchase the tree outright would cost about $790,000; to lease it over five years would cost about $805,000, city officials said.
The city may have to dip into reserve funding to buy the tree in time for Christmas, De Jesus said.
City staff looked into renting a tree, but the tallest they could find for rent was 65 feet, which is still an option Delray will consider.
There are a few details city leaders want to work out before signing off on a new tree, namely where it will be placed. Traditionally, the tree is placed on the front lawn of Old School Square, visible from Atlantic Avenue.