Boynton Beach offers surf camp for kids in July

Ten-year-old Solenne Simon catches a wave during Hula Surf School at Oceanfront Park in Boynton Beach Monday, July 21, 2014. At left is Hula Surf School owner Reinaldo Schiavinato. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Boynton Beach with Hula Surf and Paddle School is hosting a Surf Camp starting in July.

The camp will be held at Oceanfront Park, 6415 N. Ocean Blvd., from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 10-14 and July 17-21.

Read: Summer camps featuring field trips, surfing will keep your kids busy

Program fees per week are $200 for residents and $250 for non-residents.

Hula Surf and Paddle School offers one of the most comprehensive and educational surf and ocean safety camps in the area, according to a news release. Kids will learn to surf and refine their skills. Instructors are first aid and CPR certified. All equipment, including surfboards, is included.

Register online at https://campsself.active.com/HulaSurfSchool. For information, call the Art Center at (561) 742-6221 or Hula Surf School at (877) 321-HULA.

Five secret — and free — places to park in downtown Delray Beach

Delray Beach wants to eliminate free parking and add meters to its 3,000-plus city-owned spots downtown. (Melanie Bell / The Palm Beach Post)

DELRAY BEACH — Downtown parking can be a pain. And pretty soon it’ll be a strain on your wallet too.

The city is considering adding parking meters to 3,000-plus free parking spots in downtown Delray Beach. When they do, the smart meters will hike up the price of prime parking, such as those coveted side-street spots along Atlantic Avenue.

City officials are expected to talk more about the parking meters at a meeting July 6.

As we prepare to say goodbye to free parking when we hit The Ave, take advantage of these free parking gems around Delray Beach while you can.

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Here are some great places to park in downtown Delray Beach:

The library

The Delray Beach Public Library parking lot, shared with the South County Courthouse, on Southwest Second Avenue south of Atlantic Avenue may seem like a trek from East Atlantic, but a it’s only a few blocks from the action and usually empty after the library closes.

And, if you’re not feeling up for a walk, a trolley swings by the courthouse every 15 minutes and stops east.

Parking garages

Hit the parking garages before 4 p.m. to avoid fees throughout the week. There’s a $5 flat fee if you park after 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. But if you get a spot in the garage early enough, you don’t have to pay.

There’s the Old School Square parking garage on Northeast First Avenue at Northeast First Street, just a block from Atlantic Avenue. And there’s the Robert Federpiel Garage on Southeast First Avenue just south of Atlantic.

Railroad lot

There are 191 free parking spaces — 2-hour and 8-hour parking — at the lot tucked behind the Silverball Museum on Northeast Third Avenue adjacent to the railroad tracks. They tend to fill up during peak hours, but are worth checking for their proximity to the shops, restaurants and bars downtown.

Cason Cottage lot

There are just 10 parking spots at the Cason Cottage House Museum on Northeast First Street just west of Northeast First Avenue, but they’re somewhat hidden and sometimes vacant. The museum is typically open only during the day November through April, so you may have luck with this lot.

And if you happen to land a spot, it’s just a block from Atlantic Avenue.

Tri-Rail station

If you want to avoid the parking chaos, opt for this easy option: The Tri-Rail station at Congress Avenue just south of Atlantic Avenue. Yes, it’s a bit far from the bustling portion of downtown, but there’s always an empty parking spot and a trolley that rolls by every 15 minutes between 6 and 11 p.m., and 8 a.m. to noon on weekends.

You also get to avoid Atlantic Avenue traffic when you’re on your way out of the downtown.

Plus, these spots aren’t city-owned. So when paid parking does roll into downtown, this is one hidden gem you still won’t have to pay for.

 

Boynton Police: Card skimmer found at Congress Avenue gas station

Skimmer (BBPD)

A card skimmer was found at a Mobil gas station on Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach.

Read more Breaking News here.

City police are asking anyone who has noticed a fraudulent purchase on their card after buying gas at the station between June 1 and June 25 to call Det. Ramos at (561) 732-8116.

The gas station is at 4798 N. Congress Ave., at Hypoluxo Road.

A woman called the gas station to report fraudulent charges on the card. The manager then inspected the pump and found a skimmer inside. She noticed it appeared someone tampered with the red security sticker. Detectives also hope to speak with that woman.

 

Why is Boynton Beach having its Fourth of July celebration on July 1?

070416 PBDN Meghan McCarthy Fireworks explode over the Intracoastal Waterway during Fourth On Flagler Monday July 4, 2016.

Last year, Boynton Beach held its Fourth of July celebration and fireworks event on July 4. It was a Monday. And it was a late night. The next day, parents asked the city if they’d move future July 4th events to the weekend.

So now, this year’s celebration will be on Saturday.

“Those with young children, by the time they get home it’s a pretty late night,” Wally Majors, the city’s director of parks and recreation, told city officials.

The free event will be at Intracoastal Park, 2240 N. Federal Highway.

The event is from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and includes live music from Dee Dee Wilde Band and On The Roxx (OTR).

At 8:45 p.m. the Boynton Beach Fire Department Honor Guard will do a patriotic salute followed by the National Anthem. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Food and beverage vendors will be on site. There will be activities for children.

Attendees are encourages to bring blankets and chairs.

Two free park and ride shuttle locations are available: Boynton Beach City Hall, 100 E. Boynton Beach Boulevard and Ezell Hester Center, 1901 N. Seacrest Blvd., from 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

The final departures from both locations to the event will be at 8:30 p.m. with the shuttles resuming from Intracoastal Park from 9:30 – 10:30 p.m.

No pets or personal fireworks are allowed for the safety of all spectators.

For information, call (561) 742-6640.

Deadline looming to join Boynton Beach’s teen police academy

Teen Police Academy. (Handout: Boynton Beach Police)

The deadline to register for the Boynton Beach Police Department’s Teen Police Academy is Monday.

The program is July 31 through Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Intracoastal Park for teens ages 14-16.

The academy will provide youth a hands-on opportunity to learn how the BBPD operates.

Class topics will include: CPR certification, K-9, police patrol techniques, dangers of traffic stops, firearm safety, ropes course, bike patrol, marine enforcement, gang and drug awareness, crime scene procedures and field trips.

The cost is $100, which includes lunch, t-shirts, a hat and sackpack.

Call Officer Rachel Loy for information at (561) 742-6849.

One restaurant closes, another opens in Boynton’s Renaissance Commons

Grilled-cheese sandwich lovers have a limited time in Boynton Beach to buy their favorite sandwich from MELT “Crafted Grilled Cheese.”

The restaurant in Renaissance Commons, which opened in 2014, will close Sunday. The menu includes a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches, chopped salads and side dishes. Examples of sandwiches on the menu: Loaded Potato, which is American cheese, french fries, bacon and scallions on white bread with a side of ranch dressing; and Pulled Pork, which is pork, cheddar cheese, coleslaw, pickle chip and BBQ sauce on white bread.

The restaurant is owned by Craig Larson, who also owns Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ. 

Yes, you guessed it.

Larson is reopening Melt’s spot as Lucille’s in mid to late July, said Jennifer Gibson, the store’s manager.

The restaurant is at 1880 N. Congress Avenue, at the southeast corner of Congress and Gateway in Renaissance Commons.

Developer wants to demolish building to build convenience store, gas station west of Boynton

Rendering of what the 7-11 could look like in the Boynton West Shopping Center on Military Trail. (Handout: COBWRA)

Palm Beach County commissioners will decide in July whether a 7-11 convenience store and gas station will be built at Military Trail and Boynton Beach Boulevard.

Read: Upscale projects envisioned for west Boynton Beach Boulevard

The proposal is for the northwest corner of the intersection, at the Boynton West Shopping Center. The developer is asking to abandon a previous special exception approval that allowed an auto service station. Instead, the developer wants to demolish a vacant building previously approved for a restaurant or lounge and build the 7-11.

Map of where the 7-11 would go if approved. (County documents)

The store would be about 3,000 square feet with six pumps and 12 fueling stations.

Also, the developer wants to reduce the right-of-way landscape buffer width along Military Trail from 20 feet to 10 feet, reduce the divider median width from eight feet to two feet, eliminate the trees within the divider median, and reduce the number and dimensions for point of service/queuing spaces from 80 feet to 56 feet.

The zoning commission will vote on the project July 6. The Palm Beach County commissioners will vote July 27.

Lantana to host chili cook-off at July 4 festivities

Staff photo by Taylor Jones-05-12-01.

Chili cookers wanted!

The Lantana Chamber of Commerce is looking for people to cook chili for the town’s fourth chili cook-off on July 4. The event is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bicentennial Park, 321 E. Ocean Ave.

The entry fee is $25.  The grand prize winner gets $500. The second place winner gets $75 and the third gets $25.

For information and to sign up, contact Lynn Smith at 561-585-8664 or lynn@lantanachamber.com.

The town’s July 4 festivities are from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event includes live music and contests such as Most Patriotic Baby. There will also be family games and vendors. Bring chairs and blankets. Fireworks start at 9:10 p.m.

Delray police seek men who injured, robbed elderly woman at Walgreens

A surveillance image of two men who allegedly robbed an elderly woman in Delray Beach on Friday, June 23, 2017. Police are looking for the men. (Delray Beach Police Department)

 

DELRAY BEACH — City police are looking for two men captured on video knocking an elderly woman to the ground and robbing her Friday afternoon at a local Walgreens, the Delray Beach Police Department reports.

The strong-armed robbery happened around noon in the parking lot of the Walgreens on Atlantic Avenue east of Military Trail. Two men approached the elderly woman, forcefully took her purse and knocked her to the ground, police say.

The woman was treated by Delray Beach Fire Rescue for minor injuries.

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A surveillance image of dark blue Honda used to flee the scene of a strong-armed robbery in Delray Beach on Friday, June 22, 2017. Police are seeking the vehicle and the men involved in the robbery. (Delray Beach Police Department)

Police released images of the two men captured by surveillance camera. They fled in a newer model, dark blue Honda Accord sedan with the Florida tag “CZZ Z67” driven by a third person, according to police.

Investigators believe the vehicle, yet to be recovered, was stolen from Boynton Beach on Thursday.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Delray Beach Police Department.

Boynton Beach: New and existing sober homes need to be certified

Joe Onimus stands on Riviera Drive in Boynton Beach and showed a Palm Beach Post reporter the gun he carries for protection. Onimus is standing in front of a sober living facility at 657 Riviera Drive, pictured right. Photographed on Thursday, March 31, 2016. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

Boynton Beach city officials voted the first of two required times Tuesday night to approve new rules to regulate group homes including sober homes.

Read: What two south county cities are doing to regulate sober homes

The “foundation” of the rules is that the city is forcing sober homes to certify with a nonprofit that requires them to meet business and housing standards, said Mike Rumpf, the city’s director of planning and zoning. That nonprofit is the Boca Raton-based Florida Association of Recovery Residences, which regulates homes under a voluntary program for the state.

Another rule staff proposed is that the group homes have to be at least 300 feet away from another group home instead of 1,000 feet. That’s a distance of about four homes. But some commissioners asked for that minimum to be higher, making the homes more spread out. Rumpf plans to research that and will come back with a recommendation in time for the second vote, scheduled for July 18.

Rumpf said existing sober homes will have to follow the certification rule. As far as the distance rule, the homes will be grandfathered in if they don’t meet that.

“These are new regulations, venturing in an area that has been uncharted if you will. We’ll be monitoring them over time,” Rumpf said.

Read: Read: Sober Home Invasion. Neighbors say they are under siege.

Boynton and Delray Beach are the first cities in the state to propose forcing sober homes to tighten standards and stop settling in clusters. Delray also plans to force the homes to voluntarily certify with the nonprofit or prove they meet those standards without certification. And, Delray plans to limit the number of homes allowed to open in a given area.

In Boynton, the first vote on the regulations came less than one month after the city’s temporary ban on applications for group homes expired. The city passed the moratorium to draft these new regulations.

Check back for more information Wednesday.