Just in time for summer, ice cream shop opens in Boynton Beach

Prateek Shrestha opened the Carvel on Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach on Memorial Day in 2017. (Alexandra Seltzer / The Palm Beach Post)

A new Carvel opened in Boynton Beach just in time for the summer.

The store, at 121 N. Congress Ave. in The Boynton Plaza, opened on Memorial Day.

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Prateek Shrestha owns the Carvel. While he’s managed other locations, this is the first he owns. He said the area needed a Carvel location. Shrestha said he has heard more people talking about Carvel and thought now was a good time to open a location.

Ice cream display at the Carvel in Boynton Beach on May 30, 2017. (Alexandra Seltzer / The Palm Beach Post)

Shrestha found out he was correct on opening day. He said customers came in and talked about growing up in New York or other places and how they grew up eating Carvel ice cream.

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“They’ve been missing it so much,” Shrestha said.

The owner plans to have a Grand Opening event in about six to eight weeks.

Census: Every 3 1/2 hours, a person moved to Boca Raton last year

(Courtesy of City of Boca Raton)

BOCA RATON — Nearly 2,600 people moved to Boca Raton last year. That breaks down to about seven people per day, according to recently released census data.

Estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau suggest the city’s population grew more than 2.5 percent in 2016, one of the largest percent increases of Palm Beach County’s cities. There’s an estimated 96,000 people living in Boca Raton.

That growth appears to be consistent with new developments in Boca Raton, including about 1,200 units built downtown and 1,000 units built in the northeast end, said Mayor Susan Haynie.

» RELATED: $24 million Boca-Ocean Breeze golf course deal OK’d

In the past year, Boca Raton has also created and retained 9,600 jobs, Haynie said.

“With those jobs come families that move to Boca Raton, which probably accounts for some of that growth,” she said.

The growth of Florida Atlantic University, Haynie added, has also contributed to the city’s overall growth.

RELATED: Boca, Boynton and Delray drive growth in Palm Beach County

Boca added the highest number of new residents, apart from unincorporated Palm Beach County. The city added more people than the county’s 30 slowest-growing cities combined.

The growth is taken into consideration with some new projects, called Planned Mobility Developments, that encourage alternative forms of transportation to alleviate traffic in the city. The new units in the northeast end of Boca Raton, on Broken Sound Boulevard, were built into an office-retail complex to encourage short commutes.

Several traffic projects are underway, including a new Interstate 95 interchange at Spanish River Boulevard.

Nearby south county communities Boynton Beach and Delray Beach also added thousands,  according to the census data.

And growth — long a key to Florida’s economy — was seen in every Palm Beach County city.

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

Six-year-old Jackson Medved catches a wave during Hula Surf School at Oceanfront Park in Boynton Beach Monday, July 21, 2014. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Some of you may already have camp lined up for your kids this summer, but for those who don’t, Boynton Beach has a few options.

All information is from city news releases.

ONE WEEK CAMPS: Pre-registration is required. Visit www.boynton-beach.org or call (561) 742-6650.

Fun 5 Camp, for ages 5-12, is held at the Art Center, 125 SE 2nd Avenue, June 5-9 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and includes daily field trips to Laser Quest, Strikes Bowling, Boynton Cinema, Ninja Lounge and Coconut Cove Splash Park. Fees are $130 for residents and $163 for non-residents.

The Gold Coast Ninja Challenge, for ages 5-14, is held at Ezell Hester, Jr. Community Center, 1901 N. Seacrest Blvd from June 5-9, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Participants will learn and practice skills with the pros from Gold Coast Gymnastics. Flexibility and increasing core muscle strength will be emphasized. Fees are $145 for residents and $181 for non-residents. Additional recreation hours (7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) are also available for an additional $25.

Basketball Camp, for ages 6-15, is held at Ezell Hester, Jr. Community Center, 1901 N. Seacrest Blvd,  August 7-11 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Led by experienced high school coaches, players will improve their fundamentals. Kids will take part in a variety of drills and participate in actual games during the week.  Fees are $90 for residents and $113 for non-residents. Additional recreation hours (7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) are also available for an additional $25.

During the Fab 5 Days of Summer, ages 5-12 can keep busy having fun before school starts with daily field trips. This camp is held at the Art Center, 125 SE 2nd Avenue, August 7 – 11 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Fees are $29 for residents and $35 for non-residents per day. The registration deadline is August 4.


Surf Camp is at Oceanfront Park, 6415 N. Ocean Blvd., from Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. the following weeks:  June 12-16, June 19-23, June 26-30, July 10-14, and July 17-21. 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. Kids will learn to surf and refine their skills. Instructors are first aid and CPR certified and their enthusiasm in the water will ensure tons of fun! 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.

The viral ‘Unicorn Milkshake’ trend has made its way to Boca Raton

The new Rainbow Unicorn Milkshake at Relish & More in Boca Raton. (Courtesy)

BOCA RATON — A Boca Raton restaurant is now offering the trendy and Instagram-worthy “Unicorn Milkshake,” a frozen treat that’s sweeping social media.

Relish & More, a burger joint at the plaza at Northwest 20th Street and Federal Highway with another location in West Palm Beach, is now offering a “Rainbow Unicorn Milkshake” for a limited time, according to the restaurant.

The colorful shake is made with three fruit-flavored ice creams and topped with a rainbow cereal and “unicorn horn” lollipop.

» RELATED: Starbucks calls shifting-color drink a “Unicorn Frappuccino”

“The Rainbow Unicorn is the perfect way to kick-off the unofficial start to summer,” Desiree Tobin, who co-owns Relish & More, said in an email. “It’s a child’s fantasy come to life.”

The unicorn milkshake is just one creation in the viral unicorn-themed food trend. The social media mania really took off when Starbucks offered a Unicorn Frappuccino for only one week in April, and more than 100,000 images of the frozen drink were shared on social media.



$24 million Boca-Ocean Breeze golf deal OK’d; resident input to come later

Ocean Breeze Golf Club (Photo by Lulu Ramadan/Palm Beach Post)

BOCA RATON — The $24 million purchase of the Ocean Breeze golf course was officially approved by the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District on Monday.

While the purchase price for the 214-acre course and hotel in Boca Raton’s northeast end isn’t sitting well with some residents, the district chose to move forward with the “take-it-or-leave-it” deal.

Ocean Breeze, appraised by a district contractor at no more than $10 million, is owned a Wells Fargo subsidiary under contract with developer Lennar Corp.

“Am I happy with the price? No. I’d rather have it for something closer to what the appraised values were,” said district chairman Commissioner Robert Rollins. “Is Lennar willing to negotiate that price? No.”

» RELATED: How much will Ocean Breeze cost Boca? More than $24 million

Residents will have input on the design and revitalization of the golf course going forward, district officials said.

The district plans to create a committee of some sort to seek out resident ideas and proposals, said Arthur Koski, director of the beach and park district.

The special taxing district doesn’t anticipate calling for a tax increase to support the deal, he said.

The $24 million purchase still requires Boca Raton council approval, as the city must loan the $24 million to the district to make the purchase.

The district aims to close the deal by January 2018.

Read more about the Ocean Breeze golf course sale here.




Boynton names 16-year vet to replace retiring assistant police chief

Captain Joe DeGiulio (R) and Chief Jeffrey Katz of the Boynton Beach police department inform media during a press conference Monday, May 8, 2017 that the department’s officers will now be wearing Axon Body 2 body cameras when at work in the field. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post

Boynton Beach Police will have a new assistant police chief starting May 31.

Assistant Chief Suzanne Crawford will retire, and will be replaced by Joe DeGiulio, currently a captain, said police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater. DeGiulio has worked for Boynton since 2001, according to the city’s Human Resources department. Crawford has been with Boynton since 1996.

Chief Jeffrey Katz has three assistant police chiefs. The two others are Vanessa Snow, who started with Boynton about two years ago, and Kelly Harris, who started in 1997.

Katz also promoted Paul Deale from lieutenant to captain. He replaces Mike Johnson, who was promoted to major. He replaces Thomas Wallace, who was fired in March.

The department has 150 sworn officers, according to Slater.

All roads open after construction workers hit gas line in Boynton

090111 (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

UPDATE: All roads are now open.

ORIGINAL POST: A natural gas leak in Boynton Beach has caused the evacuations of 400 E. Ocean Avenue, near Federal Highway.

Westbound traffic is also shut down.

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A construction worker hit a gas line, according to city police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater.

Workers are building 500 Ocean, a mix of retail and apartments in that area. However, it was not immediately clear if workers from that project caused the leak.

Read about 500 Ocean here.




BREAKING: Delray police arrest 10 suspected dealers as heroin overdoses soar

A Delray Beach police officer arrests a suspected heroin dealer as part of an ongoing operation to target known dealers throughout the city. (Courtesy)

DELRAY BEACH — Delray Beach Police arrested 10 suspected drug dealers Wednesday just as heroin-related overdoses and deaths in the city are skyrocketing.

The arrests came after undercover officers bought heroin from these dealers, most of whom are from Delray Beach, over the past few months, the department reports. Warrants were issued and the suspected dealers were taken into custody Wednesday.

The arrest were made as part of an ongoing operation called “Street Sweeper,” in which police are targeting local dealers. The operation has netted 55 arrests since last year, police say.

» RELATED: Heroin overdoses in Delray soar: April has highest number this year

More sweeps are planned, according to the department.

The most recent arrests come as heroin-related overdoses and deaths have been increasing in the city, with April recording the highest number of overdoses this year at 75, according to police data.

Already in May there have been 49 overdoses, police say.

Six have been fatal, which police say is likely because of the powerful drug fentanyl being cut into heroin. The anti-overdose drug Narcan, which police and paramedics are equipped with, does little to reverse the effects of fentanyl, officials say.

The department has also arrested 35 people for possession of heroin this year.

These actions are part of a three-pronged approached ultimately aimed at reducing the number of drug overdoses.

“By focusing on enforcement, as well as education about heroin abuse and life-saving efforts such as Narcan, we are committed to reducing the number of overdose deaths in Delray Beach,” Chief Goldman said in a statement. “Unfortunately, with fentanyl on the streets, that’s easier said than done.”

The highest number of overdoses in the city was 88 in October.

The police action coincides with Delray’s revelation of plans to crack down on the unscrupulous sober home industry, which draws addicts to south county and has been corrupted by fast profits on unnecessary drug-screening tests charged to health insurers.

Sober homes are places where addicts live together and support one another after undergoing treatment to overcome addiction.

The city plans to adopt regulations that would force sober homes to voluntarily certify with a nonprofit that requires them to meet business and housing standards — or prove they meet those standards without certification; and limit the number of homes allowed to open in a given area.

Mayor Cary Glickstein told The Palm Beach Post that new regulations will likely curb the the number of overdoses throughout the city.

“I think that when these concentrations are reduced we’re also going to see the opioid-related overdoses drop,” Glickstein said. “It’s much easier for a drug dealer to sell heroin in a neighborhood that is all recovering addicts.”


This Boynton development is getting a makeover and a name change

Rendering of what Las Ventanas in Boynton Beach will look like after the updates. Photo handout: Nick Banaszak/The Wilbert Group

More changes are coming to what you know as the Las Ventanas retail and residential development.

The project at Federal Highway and Woolbright Road is now called One Boynton.

Here’s their new website.

(Handout: The Wilbert Group)

It’s part of a whole re-branding effort that’s underway.

The Post wrote in April that the buildings were getting repainted to a new, lighter color and more modern feel.

Read: Boynton retail, residential complex getting a paint job, modern update

Pollack Shores, which acquired the development in December, is painting the property, renovating the clubhouse, updating and replacing the pool furniture and refurbishing the inside of the apartments.

The clubhouse is still in the design phase. While the complex is now a dark beige color, the plan is to have the buildings painted in warm white colors mixed with a “coastal/hacienda feel.” The residential units are getting: vinyl plank flooring; new quartz counter-tops; new modern lighting, faucets, and ceiling fans, kitchen back-splashes and USB outlets.

Read: Italian restaurant to open in Boynton Beach’s Las Ventanas

 “The improvements we’re making to Las Ventanas will add modern touches and style to our property in the heart of Boynton Beach,” Steven Shores, Pollack Shores President & Co-Founder, said in a statement. “Value-add acquisitions are a key part of our overall strategy at Pollack Shores, and when our residents come home, they will know they are living in one of the premier communities in South Florida.”

Celebrate live music, a local brewery and art in Boynton Beach

Matt Cox of Copperpoint Brewing Company Monday, December 14, 2015. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

There are a bunch of things to do this weekend in Boynton Beach. Here are some ideas:

  • The Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is hosting a Music on the Rocks event Friday. The Jeff Harding Band will perform. The event is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and includes a food truck invasion. Attendees are encouraged to bring beach chairs or blankets. Food, beverages and cocktails will be available to buy. The event is at the Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 129 E. Ocean Ave. For information, contact Mercedes Coppin at the Boynton Beach CRA (561) 600-9097.


  • Copperpoint Brewing Company is celebrating its two-year anniversary Saturday. The event is 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Beers to be specially released include: Sweet Tea Lager; Cherry Sour; Coco for Coxness Imperial Stout; Smoked Oyster Stout; 2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cox Diesel Imperial Porter; 2016 Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Cox Diesel Imperial Porter; Passionfruit A10 Red IPA; Pineapple Double IPA; Key Lime Wit and Cold Brewed Coffee Lager. Beer tickets are $5 and all beers will be served in 9-ounce or 14-ounce pours. The brewery is at 151 Commerce Rd. For information, call (561) 508-7676.


  • St. Mark Catholic Church will host a First Responders Ecumenical Service on Sunday. The service is at 2 p.m. at the church, 643 Northeast Fourth Ave. Light refreshments will follow in the parish center. For information, call the church at (561) 734-9330.


  • The city will celebrate artist Conrad Pickel on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday The event includes historical tours and presentations to honor the stained-glass artist who left an imprint on South Florida.From 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., registered participants will take a bus tour to four Conrad Pickel points of interest, including the Boynton Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Ascension Lutheran Church, St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church and Gallery Fantasia. Ginger Pedersen, Boynton Beach Historical Society Recording Secretary, historian and author, will narrate the tour. To register for the bus tour, call (561) 742-6010.The next part of the event will take place at the library for presentations that include: “Conrad’s Historic Timeline and Imprint” by Warren Adams, Boynton’s historic planner; “Window of the Radiant Christ at the Iglesia Adventista Church” in West Palm Beach by Ginger Pedersen, Boynton Beach Historical Society Recording secretary, historian and author; and “A Tapestry in Stained Glass,” a new pictorial biography authored by Gene Moody, presented by Paul Pickel.Following the presentations, Leslie Miller will present a stained glass demonstration.For information visit http://bit.ly/BB17CP or email Debby Coles-Dobay, public art manager at colesDobayD@bbfl.us.