Developer looks to build on vacant land off 95 in Boynton

pexels-photo-14651-largeYou know that huge space off Interstate 95 heading south near Boynton Beach Boulevard?

Well, it could become a 92,000-square-foot outdoor storage facility for luxury vehicles and boats.

The Boynton Beach planning and development board will be voting on it Tuesday night. The board will be deciding on whether to approve requests for a new site plan, a variance and community design appeal.

Even if the board approves it, the City Commission will have the final say at a future meeting.

The board meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

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Group to discuss proposed 10-story condo building in Boynton


What are your thoughts about the proposed 10-story condo building at Federal Highway and Woolbright Road in Boynton Beach?

The Boynton Intracoastal Group is hosting a meeting Tuesday afternoon about that Riverwalk plaza project. Vivian Brooks, the director of Boynton Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency, will be there.

The meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Seagate of Gulfstream Condominiums clubhouse at 2020 S. Federal Highway. It’s open to the public, according to a news release.

For information, email Tom McClure at

Read more about the project here: Will Boynton’s new waterfront property create a traffic mess?

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Read more about growth in Boynton Beach here: Boynton’s position in county makes it prime spot for growth

Boynton Methodist church to host Sunday Easter event


The First United Methodist Church’s Chancel Choir is hosting its Easter Cantata on Sunday.

The event will happen during the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services, according to a news release.

The church is at 101 N. Seacrest Blvd. For information, call 954-947-1951.

“At the Ninth Hour” by Allen Pote and Tom Long, under the direction of Tom Bates, will feature the Choir, Handbells and Stradivarius Chamber Ensemble, according to the news release.

Residents invited to learn about Boynton’s crime-fighting tool


Boynton Beach Police have proved that SmartWater CSI is a successful crime-fighting tool, and now more residents will be able to learn about it on Saturday.

Vice Mayor Joe Casello and Boynton Crime Prevention Officer Rita Swan will be at fire station 3 on North Congress Avenue to host a seminar on the product. The event is geared toward residents of Lawrence Estates, Citrus Glen, Nautica, Estates of Boynton, Sausalito, Lawrence Grove, Palmyra, Knollwood and Nautica Sound, according to a news release.

The event is 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free kits will be given to attendees.

The fire station is at 3501 N. Congress Ave. For information, call the city at 561-742-6010.

Read more about SmartWater here: Exclusive: What crime tool is halting Boynton would-be thieves?

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Latest numbers: newcomer beats incumbent to Boynton commission seat

Christina Romelus
Christina Romelus
Mike Fitzpatrick
Mike Fitzpatrick

With late night counting of ballots, it appears that Christina Romelus was able to pull ahead of incumbent Mike Fitzpatrick, 62, and win the majority of the votes plus one to claim the Boynton Beach District 3 commission seat.

City Clerk Judy Pyle told The Palm Beach Post on Wednesday morning it appears that  political newcomer Romelus, 27, has won, but she has a call in to the Supervisor of Elections to make sure that is correct.

It is unknown if all provisional ballots have been counted yet.

The mayor’s race is still going to a runoff. Incumbent Jerry Taylor, 80, received the most votes but didn’t reach the majority plus one. He will go head-to-head with political newcomer Steven Grant, 33.

The runoff is March 29.

Read more about the races here: March 29 runoffs are next for Boynton Beach mayor, commissioner races

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Incumbent, newcomer to head to runoff for Boynton commissioner seat

Mike Fitzpatrick
Mike Fitzpatrick
Christina Romelus
Christina Romelus

It appears it’s back to the polls for Boynton Beach for at least one race.

Candidates for the District 3 commissioner race had to win the majority of the votes plus one, and no one did. Now, the top two candidates in each race will faceoff in the March 29 runoff.

Incumbent Mike Fitzpatrick, 62, will go up against political newcomer Christina Romelus, 27, for the southeast end of the city’s commission seat.

Romelus said she decided to run against one-time commissioner Fitzpatrick to speak for those whose opinions are not heard and are underrepresented. She often describes herself as a mother, entrepreneur and an educator.

Fitzpatrick, who was at Banana Boat in the Boynton Harbor Marina as the results came in, said he expected a runoff.

“There’s been a lot of indications,” Fitzpatrick said when reached by phone. “With early voting, they did a good job with absentee ballots so I got hurt.”

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Taylor, Romelus lead so far in Boynton Beach elections



The absentee ballots and early voting results are in!

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



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


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

Austin Stephanos holding a cobia
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