Taylor, Romelus lead so far in Boynton Beach elections

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The absentee ballots and early voting results are in!

Here’s what’s going on in Boynton Beach so far:

 

MAYOR:

Jerry Taylor: 50.38 percent (in the lead)

Steven Grant: 17.31 percent

David Merker: 16.05 percent

Carl “The Real” McKoy: 12.95 percent

Piotr Blass: 3.31 percent

Total votes: 4,194

DISTRICT 3 COMMISSIONER:

Christina Romelus: 69.02 percent (in the lead)

Mike Fitzpatrick: 19.38 percent

James Brake: 11.60 percent

Total votes: 1,569

Stay tuned for more election results. 

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Election 2016: Reminder — Florida is a closed primary state!

Dozens of would-be voters who are not registered as a Democrat or Republican have realized today that Florida is a closed-primary state and they cannot vote, says PBC Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher.

Florida law requires voters to be party affiliated at least 29 days in advance of a primary. That was by Feb. 16, Bucher said.

“We have dozens and they’re really mad. Traditionally they haven’t voted in primaries,” Bucher said.

Election 2016: Voters discuss their choices in Boynton Beach

Voters at Ezell Hester Community Center in Boynton allowed some insight into their choices today.

Alondra Reyes, a student at Palm Beach State, voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders: “I feel like he’s talking to the younger generation. We’re the one that’s going to have to deal with all the problems we are facing.”

Reyes also had some ideas into why young women were not voting for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary: “It doesn’t have anything to do with gender. It’s her policies.”

Meanwhile, brothers Herierto and Luis Centano talked about voting for Clinton: “She has more experience in the White House than all of them. Her husband was president and he did a great job, especially with the economy. Hillary was right there. We trust her.”

Tequesta teen foundation to pay for safe-boating classes in Boca

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Austin Stephanos holding a cobia

New to boating or need to brush up on your skills? The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 36 and the parents of Austin Stephanos, one of the two Tequesta teens lost at sea last July, are teaming up to help you.

The Coast Guard is hosting its usual Saturday safe-boating class. But this time, it is being paid for by the AustinBlu Foundation. The classes are normally $35.

The class is held at Spanish River Park and is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Topics include boating terminology, boat handling, navigation rules, aids to navigation, federal and state regulations, and safety equipment.

Everyone who completes the class is given a certificate and will be sent a Florida Boating ID card.

The is held in the headquarters building of the park, 3939 N. Ocean Blvd.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch. Reservations are required.

For information or to RSVP, call 561-391-3600 or email fso-pe@cgauxboca.org.

Boynton police department welcomes nine new officers

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Boynton Beach Police Chief Jeffrey Katz welcomed nine officers to the department on Wednesday in a 20-minute, standing room-only ceremony at the Intracoastal Park clubhouse.

Also, Detective First Grade Daniel Dugger was promoted to sergeant. Dugger has been with Boynton since February 2005.

With the new nine, the department has 147 officers, said Stephanie Slater, the police spokeswoman.

These are the new officers: Jervis Daley; Andrew Berben; Daniel Ramos; Diana Hayes; Danielle Wagner; Eric Lampe; Daniel Bumgardner; Jarvis Hollis; and Amanda Eichorst.

Some of the officers came from other departments. Berben was hired by North Palm Beach Police in July 2014. Wagner was hired by the Atlanta Police in Georgia in November 2012.

And for others, police work is in their blood.

Eichorst is the daughter of Boynton’s Crime Scene Technician Rob Eichorst, Slater said.

Mayor Jerry Taylor thanked the officers for entering the law enforcement field and reminded them of how they will constantly be in the public eye.

“You are never off duty, even when your shift ends,” he said, while adding that he is familiar with the role because he served for 26 years with the U.S. Air Force.

While the group celebrated the officers, the police families were also thanked.

Katz called them the “unsung heroes.”

“Without your support and your sacrifice what we do would not be possible,” he said.

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Developer eyes retail/residential project at busy Boynton intersection

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Breaking News from the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency board meeting Tuesday:

Boynton Beach is getting even closer to having a downtown.

The owner of a property on the east side of Federal Highway and Boynton Beach Boulevard has come to the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency to build an 8-story residential and retail project.

Owner Davis Camalier would create the project with land he owns, and land the CRA owns. He wants the CRA land, which is appraised at $460,000, for free.

On Tuesday night at the CRA board meeting, the majority of the board members voted to move forward with the plan. Commissioner Mike Fitzpatrick voted against it.

The board accepted a letter of intent from the developer, and will now have to issue a 30-day notice of intent to dispose of the CRA’s property. The project still has to go through the planning approval process.

“This basically starts the clock ticking so the city can start to review the project and give them comments back,” said CRA Director Vivian Brooks.

Check back Wednesday for more information on this breaking news story.

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Apartments in Boynton expected to open in about four months

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What a difference a couple of months make!

The apartments at Gateway and Quantum boulevards in Boynton Beach look nearly done.

We last wrote about the apartments in November. We stopped by Tuesday and saw they have come a long way. Crews at the scene said they might be finished in about four months.

There will be 80 apartments in four, two-story buildings.

Read more here: Story

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Walk, run to raise money for Boynton’s Community Caring Center

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Boynton Community Caring Center.

This Saturday is the Community Caring Center Annual Hunger Walk and 5K Run in Boynton Beach.

The route is along the two western lanes of southbound Federal Highway between Gateway and Boynton Beach boulevards. Events start at 6:30 a.m., according to the city’s calendar.

Parking, vendor set up, registration and an awards ceremony will be held in the parking lot of the Twisted Fish at 511 Northeast Fourth Street.

The event helps raise money for the center’s programs.

For information and how to register, visit the center’s website

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VIDEO: Driver runs red light in front of Boynton police officer

Boynton Beach Police posted another video of a driver running a red light, and as we say each time: We thought we had seen the worst. Until now.

This video shows a driver running the red light right in front of a police officer.

It happened at Boynton Beach and Seacrest boulevards while an officer was conducting a traffic stop.

Take a look:

Here’s why the police department is showing these videos:
“In our ongoing effort to keep you safe and informed, our Traffic Unit will be sharing videos of red light camera violations on a regular basis. We hope that these videos create a constructive dialogue about the dangers of distracted driving. We all need to slow down, put the cell phones down and pay attention to everything going on around us. Lives depend on it.”

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