Saturday, June 30, 2012

Hatchling Release Tickets On Sale Soon!

As we move towards the end of the peak of sea turtle 
nesting, our sea turtle nests begin to hatch. The Gumbo 
Limbo Nature Center is one of only three facilities in 
Florida to conduct the extremely popular Hatchling 
Release Program. Hatchling sea turtles removed each 
morning from nests excavated by our Marine Turtle 
Specialists are ready to be released into the ocean in 
the evening. Participants watch as our staff places baby 
sea turtles on the sand several feet from the water's edge, 
and allows them to scurry into the ocean on their own.

This program is offered for all ages and runs from late 
July through mid-September. Tickets must be purchased 
in person and in advance for a specific evening, and they 
sell out quickly!  Click here for information (dates, costs, 
ticket limits, etc.) regarding the 
2012 Hatchling Release Program.



Wishing for a getaway, nearby, with historic reminders and beautiful gardens, near a downtown area brimming with museums, theaters, interesting eateries, Antiques Row, art galleries, yachts on waterways and a new downtown waterfront area? 

You can get away from the cares of the day with a weekend or longer stay at the Casa Grandview, located in downtown West Palm Beach’s trendy Grandview Heights historic district, south of City Place and Clematis.   Here you will enjoy a 1925 historic bed and breakfast inn featuring private luxury vacation resort cottages, main house guest rooms and 1948 art deco cabana suites.  It has received the AAA Four Diamond Award.  

Accommodations are chic, warm, eclectic styles and inviting and retain the original interior architecture.  There is a cozy Caribbean-like island atmosphere with a Mediterranean flair.

Walk beneath a canopy of leafy palms and flowering trees.  Sit in the garden and enjoy the serene view.  Feel surrounded by history.  Some rooms reflect the Henry Flagler Era of 1893-1913, or the Palm Beach Boom Era of 1913-1926.  Others remind you of the Historic Neighborhood Downtown Boom Era of the 1894-1920’s.

Choose from Spanish Mission, Revival, Craftsman Bungalow, Art Deco and Key West styles, one or two bedrooms and suites.  This off-the-beaten path resort provides an authentic Florida vacation experience and gracious hospitality.  There are one bedroom units, suites with living rooms, units with kitchens.

Walk to the tennis courts, the Kravis Center, and the Convention Center.  Bike or jog the scenic route.  Have lunch at the world famous Breakers Hotel.

Some accommodations enjoy complimentary breakfasts, coffee and tea service and all have allergy blocking mattress and pillow encasements.  There is a DVD rental library, hammocks, keyless door entry, 600-thread count sheets, outdoor lounging areas, chaises, dining and grilling areas.  Cottages have washers and dryers.

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Come on over on certain Saturdays, listed below, and join the "Taste History and Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County."  Visit restaurants, eateries, cafes and markets in historic districts, areas and buildings in either Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth or Lantana, and enjoy food sampling. Learn about food history, food culture facts and foodways.

You  will be touring on a bus and walking four to six blocks for four hours, rain or shine, visiting at least two of fifteen eateries regularly on the tours, markets and urban farms.  See and hear narrative information by a live guide on historic buildings, districts and landmarks located along the tour.  Dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated but you may visit local home-grown markets, vegan restaurants, organic eateries, gourmet restaurants, soul food, visit an urban farm, and more.  Some food tasting is standing only - no sitting, so wear comfortable shoes.

Cultural Arts venues include stops at the Lake Worth Art League Gallery and the Clay, Glass, Metal, Stone Gallery in the downtown Lake Worth arts district. Cost is $35 per person, less for groups of ten, all paid in advance.   Tours being at 11 am so be there at 10:45 am.  Tours start at the Boynton Beach Mall (Macy's - Outside at East Entrance), 801 N. Congress Avenue.

The Tour is run by the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History in Boynton Beach, a non-profit 501c3.  Tours are held on the 2nd (Lake Worth), 3rd and 4th Saturdays (Delray Beach and Boynton Beach) of each month, year-round. The website is

For more information call 561-243-2662 or E-mail Private group tours are also offered.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Did you know that Delray Beach won the “Best of the Road: 2010 Best Small Towns in America” Award, announced by Rand McNally and USA Today.  You can go to, write about what you love about Delray and attach a photo.
Several residential projects, “at rest” during the recent housing turmoil, are reviving.  Cannery Row, in the heart of Pineapple Grove and Bankers Row historic district, is located on NE Second Avenue and Lake Ida Road, with 82 3-story townhouses.  Clubhouse was recently completed.  Many units are sold and two additional buildings await permits.  Pineapple Grove is filled with restaurants, galleries, salons and is a thriving arts and cultural center.
Midtown Delray, a 17 building complex of 116 3-story rental townhomes, will begin construction on July 1st.  Units will average just under 1700 sq ft with attached garages; 82 will accommodate 2 cars. One hundred forty temporary full-time jobs will be created.  Location is at 4200 Old Germantown Road, east of Military Trail and south of Linton Boulevard.  It is 2 miles west of I-95 and 4 miles east of the Florida Turnpike.  Ceilings will be9’4”.  Kitchens will have black appliances, 42” cabinets, granite countertops and modern lighting fixtures.  There will be a swimming pool, clubhouse and tot lot.

With many cultural venues, restaurants and shops, downtown Delray is a mecca for shoppers.  USA Today described Delray Beach as “getting hipper by the year.”  Recreational  and outdoor activities abound.  

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


United Healthcare’s 7th Annual 100@100 Survey found that more than half of the 100-year olds exercise nearly every day.  Activity favored by  nearly half: walking, and almost as many do exercises to strengthen their muscles.  Some enjoy yoga, Tai Chi, riding a bike, jogging or participating in sports.  It is estimated there are 72,000 centenarians nationwide with Medicare plans.  

The survey included 300 baby boomers in their early 50’s, and 100 centenarians and answers focused on talking with a friend or family member almost every day,  attending social events, and finding reasons daily to giggle or laugh.

Asked who to invite to a family dinner from a list of 14, Betty White was number one for 78%.  Half would pick “Gone with the Wind” as the greatest movie from the  past 100 years.  Boomers picked “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

Almost 75% of the centenarians polled said they will vote in November.

Monday, June 11, 2012


The City of Delray Beach Parks and Recreation Department has boat storage spaces available on the north end of the beach for sixty sailboats. The existing permit holders will be able to renew their permits for one (1) year at the Delray Beach Community Center, 50 NW 1st Ave., starting October 3rd between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. 

Remaining permits will be sold beginning November 2nd.
Before you purchase a permit your boat must be inspected by James Scala, Ocean Rescue Superintendent. Please call Mr. Scala at (561) 243-7352 or email at  to set up an appointment.


The cost of the annual permit is $265.00 which includes sales tax and can be made by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard.  All applicants must show proof of boat ownership by providing a bill of sale. One (1) permit per person, per family, will be sold.

All boats must exhibit a properly attached and valid City permit by Wednesday, November 30th or the boat will be removed from the beach at the boat owner’s expense (i.e., towing and storage).


For further information, contact Gail Vanhove at (561) 243-7257 or