Lantana to host chili cook-off at July 4 festivities

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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.

Shred documents in Lantana for a good cause

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The Lantana Chamber of Commerce is hosting a shredding event where all proceeds will go to the Church of the Holy Guardian Angels.

The event is Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5 per box.

The event is at the Lantana Recreation Center parking lot, 418 S. Dixie Highway.

 

 

Security increases, tourists visit ahead of Chinese president arrival

Chinese students visiting the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa on April 4, 2017. Photo taken by Alexandra Seltzer

Security officials are preparing for the Chinese president’s Thursday arrival at the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa and have installed barriers along A1A and East Ocean Avenue.

The barriers are not restricting residents and visitors from being able to walk around the area, however.

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On Tuesday afternoon, a group of Chinese young adults studying in Florida came to the area and snapped photos of the Eau. Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago after he arrives.

Read: Tiny Lantana braces for Chinese president: ‘Traffic nightmare’ expected

The group was excited to be in the Lantana/Manalapan area and proud that their president is coming to town.

“It’s exciting for everyone, not only Chinese people,” said Mo Zheng, 26. Zheng is from Shangai and is studying at Florida International University.

The Chinese president is expected to leave Friday.

Barriers have been installed along A1A in preparation for the Chinese president’s arrival on Thursday. Photo taken April 4, 2017 by Alexandra Seltzer

 

 

Builder reveals name of first store for Lantana’s Water Tower Commons

Rendering of Water Tower Commons at the former A.G. Holley site in Lantana. (Handout: Mike Langolf)

A Walmart Neighborhood Market is one of the businesses that plans to open in Water Tower Commons in Lantana, according to town documents.

The grocery store is the first business name to be made public that is planned for the Lantana Road development.

Read the full story here:  Water Tower Commons’ 1st announced store? Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market

The Water Tower Commons development team will be at Monday’s Town Council meeting asking for a variety of changes. One of the changes is regarding the accepted signage for the grocery store. Walmart wants to have a mural that would reflect locally grown fruits and vegetables to promote the “Farm to Table” movement.

Lantana Development, a partnership between Southeast Legacy, headed by Kenco Communities’ Endelson, and Wexford Capital, owns the former A.G. Holley State Hospital land. They paid the state $15.6 million for the more than 70 acres of land in 2014.

Water Tower Commons will be a mix of retail and residential.

The town councilmen already approved the commercial portion of the project. That section includes a 43,502-square-foot grocery store, a 34,000-square-foot fitness center, a 13,100-square-foot pharmacy, restaurants, drive-thrus and more than 120,000-square-foot of retail.

 

‘Jurassic World’ to be shown on the big screen at Lantana’s beach

A scene from "Jurassic World." (Image courtesy Universal Pictures)
A scene from “Jurassic World.” (Image courtesy Universal Pictures)

Lantana is hosting a Movie at the Beach event on Friday.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. at Lantana Municipal Beach, 100 N. Ocean Blvd.

Free parking will be provided.

“Jurassic World” will be shown on the big screen. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. Refreshments will be available to buy.

For information, visit http://www.lantana.org

Shred your documents in Lantana and help the community while doing so

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Have you done some cleaning for the new year and need to shred some documents?

The Lantana Chamber of Commerce can help you out. The chamber is hosting a Charity Shred Event on Saturday.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Lantana Recreation Center at 418 S. Dixie Highway. The event is in the parking lot.

The price to shred documents in a bin about the size of a recycle bin is $5.

All proceeds will go to Dress for Success in Lantana.

For information, call Lynn at the chamber at 561-585-8664.

 

Boynton Beach, Lantana, read to most children in county contest

Christopher Roschek, engineering division manager, reading at First Methodist Church for Read for the Record. Handout: City of Boynton
Christopher Roschek, engineering division manager, reading at First Methodist Church for Read for the Record. Handout: City of Boynton

So who read to the most children in this year’s Read for the Record?

Boynton Beach for the fourth consecutive year came in first in the large cities category in Palm Beach County.

City staff and residents read “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich” to more than 2,400 students on Oct. 27.

The city said they are “delighted” with the win.

In the small cities category, Lantana won again.

The Read for the Record event is run by Jumpstart and is a national campaign that goes back more than a decade ago to address educational inequities, according to its website. Locally, the event was organized by the Boynton Beach-based Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County.

Family Fun Day to be held at community center near Boynton Beach

A former Head State center near Lantana has been converted to the Palm Beach County-oeprated San Castle Community Center. (2014 Staff photo by Vada Mossavat) 121104 npl cover LANTANA -- A new Early Head Start center has just opened in the San Castle neighborhood. Early Head Start centers serve children from 6 weeks to 36 months old. A ribbon cutting for the new center is set for next week (9:30 a.m. on Dec. 16). The new center is serving 12 babies and four pregnant mothers. Staff photo by Vada Mossavat NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION OUTSIDE COX PAPERS. OUT PALM BEACH, BROWARD, MARTIN, ST. LUCIE, INDIAN RIVER AND OKEECHOBEE COUNTIES IN FLORIDA. OUT ORLANDO. OUT TV, OUT MAGAZINES, OUT TABLOIDS, OUT WIDE WORLD, OUT INTERNET USE. NO SALES. ORG XMIT: ORG XMIT: MER0708031117322212
A former Head State center near Lantana has been converted to the Palm Beach County-oeprated San Castle Community Center. (2014 Staff photo by Vada Mossavat)

Looking for some holiday fun?

There will be a Holiday Family Fun Day held at the San Castle Community Center near Boynton Beach on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event includes free food (hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks), music, games, toy giveaways and raffles, according to a news release. There will also be a chance to register early for the Back to School Bash.

The center is at 1101 Mentone Rd., south of Hypoluxo Road.

Lantana restaurant to permanently close weeks after fire

Palm Beach County firefighters investigate a fire at Lantana Jack's Bar and Grill North Dixie Highway in Lantana before dawn Monday, December 5, 2016. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach County firefighters investigate a fire at Lantana Jack’s Bar and Grill North Dixie Highway in Lantana before dawn Monday, December 5, 2016. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Less than one month after a fire broke out at Lantana Jack’s Bar and Grill on North Dixie Highway, the restaurant announced Friday that it is closing.

The restaurant’s last day open is Sunday, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

The fire happened Dec. 5, and caused about $100,000 in damage. No one was injured. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Calls made to the owners Friday were not immediately returned.

Here’s what the Facebook post says:

“With a sad, heavy and humbled heart, we will be closing doors @ LANTANA jacks for good on Sunday. It’s been one heck of a journey! Come and show your support and let’s make this the best weekend possible! Taco truck will be here @ 5 tonight!!

Live music tonight by:
THE SALTY PIRATES 7-10pm
Saturday:CANNON & COHEN 6:30-9:30
Sunday: Watch the NFL games in your favorite chair 1 last time ! Live music by Steve Vincent @ 5pm”

These southern Palm Beach County interchanges will see work in coming years | Map

As part of a long-range plan to improve traffic flow along Interstate 95 in Palm Beach County, the state aims to make changes at nearly every interchange along the stretch.

What does that mean for you? Over the next 20 years, I-95 in southern Palm Beach County will begin to look a bit different.

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

And that’s not just because the new interchange at Spanish River Boulevard will be finished.

Here’s the list of southern Palm Beach County projects planned by the Florida Department of Transportation. Click here for the full list throughout Palm Beach County.

Glades Road: Mill, resurface and widen Glades from Butts Road to University Drive/Northwest 10 Avenue, including the bridge over Military Trail and the Tri-Rail tracks; build a ramp with a new bridge over Airport Road to accommodate traffic from westbound Glades Road onto northbound and southbound I-95; and widen bike lanes and sidewalks along Glades. Timeline: Out for bids in July 2021.

Estimated total cost: $19.6 million.

Spanish River Boulevard: New interchange being built now. Sound walls also will be built along Yamato Road and on the east side of I-95 north of Yamato Road. Timeline: Construction completed in 2017.

Estimated total cost for these and other related improvements: $69 million. FDOT project website

Linton Boulevard: Add lanes to Linton, including an eastbound auxiliary lane to the southbound I-95 on-ramp, and a westbound auxiliary lane to the northbound I-95 ramp; realign the I-95 ramps; and add a ramp lane on I-95 southbound. Timeline: Construction completed by 2019.

Estimated total cost for these and other related improvements: $23 million.

Atlantic Avenue: Add a separated right turn lane from eastbound Atlantic onto southbound I-95; and widen the northbound I-95 entrance ramp. Timeline: Construction to begin in summer 2018 and take 16 months.

Estimated total cost for these and other related improvements: $13 million.

Woolbright Road: Widen the northbound I-95 on-ramp; rebuild the southbound I-95 off-ramp to add a free-flow right-turn lane onto westbound Woolbright; update the railings on the Woolbright bridges over I-95 and the railroad tracks; and install barrier walls, curbs, sidewalks, guardrails and lighting. Timeline: Completed next summer.

Estimated total construction cost: $9.1 million. FDOT project website

Boynton Beach Boulevard: Alternatives being considered in this study would add lanes to Boynton Beach Boulevard, including the bridges over the Tri-Rail tracks and I-95. Timeline: Study completed in late 2017.

Estimated total cost for these and other related improvements: $20 million. FDOT project website

Gateway Boulevard: Alternatives being considered in this study would add lanes and expand the northbound I-95 off-ramp to Gateway; widen Gateway near the interchange; and make improvements to several nearby intersections to the east and west of the interchange. Timeline: Study completed in late 2017.

Estimated total cost: $53.5 million. FDOT project website

Hypoluxo Road: Build dual eastbound left turn lanes onto I-95; widen the southbound I-95 off-ramp and make the turn lanes longer; and install barrier walls, curbs, sidewalks, lighting and retaining walls. Timeline: Completed in summer 2017.

Estimated total construction cost: $4.85 million. FDOT project website

Lantana Road: Widen Lantana Road overpass and add a left turn lane from eastbound Lantana to the northbound I-95 on-ramp; extend dual left turn lanes through the southbound I-95 southbound ramps to westbound Lantana; add a lane to eastbound Lantana from the northbound I-95 ramps to 13th Street; add a lane to westbound Lantana from the southbound I-95 ramps to west of Sunset Road; widen the southbound I-95 off-ramp; add a free-flow right-turn lane to the westbound to northbound on-ramp; add an auxiliary lane to the northbound I-95 on-ramp; and widen the northbound I-95 off-ramp. Timeline: Study scheduled to begin in 2018.

Estimated total cost: $29.2 million.