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.

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.

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. 

Florida’s Turnpike to grow from 6 to 10 lanes, add express lanes in south PBC

Florida’s Turnpike after express lanes and widening. (FDOT)

BOCA RATON — As use of Florida’s Turnpike grows, as will its lanes from six to 10 between Glades Road and Boynton Beach Boulevard with the addition of express lanes, residents of southwestern Palm Beach County learned Monday evening.

The Alliance of Delray Beach, an association of residents west of Delray and Boca Raton, was presented the long-term plans to expand the Turnpike by Florida Department of Transportation officials at a meeting Monday. More than two dozen residents attended the meeting, many of whom shared concerns about added traffic noise as a result of the highway’s expansion.

By 2023, construction will likely begin on expanding the lanes from six to 10 between Glades Road and Atlantic Avenue, said Michael Shannon, the department’s director of transportation development.

» RELATED: What do turnpike express lanes have to do with bicycles and sidewalks?

Construction on Atlantic Avenue to Boynton Beach Boulevard won’t start for at least the next five years.

To avoid a gas line just east of Florida’s Turnpike, the lanes will shift and additional lanes will be added west, Shannon said.

Two center express lanes will be added in both the south and northbound directions between Glades and Atlantic, similar to the express lanes in place on Interstate 95.  With the planned addition of express lanes on Florida’s Turnpike, Florida will be the first state in the U.S. to enact an additional toll on top of an existing one.

While residents were assured the heavy daily traffic flow on the highway meant necessary expansion, many shared worries of added traffic noise.

“It’s loud there now,” said Cherie Gross, a realtor west of Delray Beach.

» READ: 7 things to know about the I-95 express lanes planned for Palm Beach County

A noise analysis will be performed within a year or two to determine the expansion’s effect on neighboring communities, FDOT officials said. The department is exploring the potential for noise walls, concrete barriers between the highway and communities that would absorb and reflect some of the noise.

“If you want to sit outside on your patio, (the noise) becomes a problem,” said Michele Fingerman, a resident of the Addison Reserve community just east of Florida’s Turnpike.

Noise barriers, however, have their limitation, Shannon said. The noise is often decreased in homes immediately adjacent to the highway, but bounces over to homes farther away from the highway.

“Noise walls are more of a perception benefit than an actual benefit,” Shannon said.

 

‘Hop’ aboard the Boynton Beach brewery bus

Photo provided by the Damn Good Beer Bus

A bus company is making it easier for beer-lovers to drink all the beer they want at Boynton Beach’s breweries while getting around safely.

Read: Boynton Beach residents have another brewery to try

Starting in July, Damn Good Beer Bus every Sunday will have a bus shuttle running to Boynton’s breweries: Copperpoint, Due South, NOBO and Devour.

Read: New beer bus offers tours of Palm Beach County’s local breweries

The bus will run from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It’s $5 for the whole day. And, you’ll get $1 off your first beer.

How’s that for Sunday Funday?

For information, and for tickets, visit damngoodbeerbus.com.