P e l i c a n Pelican e 1500 -A E Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060 Pompano Beach Â€ Deer eld Beach Â€ Lighthouse Point Â€ Lauderdale-Bye-Sea Â€ Wilton Manors Â€ Oakland Park Â€ Hillsboro Beach Â€ e Galt Â€ Palm Aire Visit Us Online at: PelicanNewspaper.com Â• 954-783-8700 Â• Send news to firstname.lastname@example.orgFriday, July 13, 2018 Vol. XXVI, Issue 28Price 10Â¢ Misinformation fueling outcry over halt of recycling programBy Judy Wilson PELICAN STAFFDeerfield Beach Â– Residents here are reacting to a temporary ban on recycling on social media and by placing angry calls to city hall. Much of their consternation is caused by misinformation, Rebecca Medina-Stewart, the cityÂ’s communications director, said this week. While residential single-stream recycling was suspended July 9, the facts behind the decision are not well-known, she said. The situation came about when the city commission by a 3-2 vote rejected a contract from Waste Management to dispose of recycled materials at a rate almost double what the city currently pays. Mayor Bill Ganz cast the deciding Â“noÂ” vote calling Waste ManagementÂ’s pricing tactics the result of its monopoly in the waste-disposal business. Â“We all have to watch the cityÂ’s pocketbook,Â” Medina-Stewart said. Â“We have to do what is right by the taxpayers.Â” On social media, residents are blaming the city administration for the situation. In fact, City Manager Burgess Hanson had recommended the commission sign a four-month agreement with Waste Management while staff researched See RECYCLING on page 5 Action tabled on government o ces at Oakland Park Square By Judy VikPELICAN STAFFOakland Park Â– After much discussion and two failed motions at its Monday meeting, the Planning and Zoning Board tabled an amendment that would allow government offices at the proposed Oakland Park Square project. See SQUARE on page 14 BSO makes 55 arrests so far in Pompano prostitution crackdown By Michael dÂ’OliveiraPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach Â– Prostitution is called Â“the worldÂ’s oldest profession,Â” and the Broward SheriffÂ’s Office [BSO] is trying to make it a less popular one. In an interview with The Pelican BSO Captain Timothy Irvin II said that 55 prostitution-related arrests, 30 women and 25 men, have been made since June. Â“We donÂ’t discriminate [based on gender]. Everybody goes to jail.Â” The arrests are part of a special operation targeting prostitution in this city. Irvin said the prostitutes are not from South Florida, but are attracted here by the warm climate and beaches. Â“ItÂ’s definitely a problem, but not See CRACKDOWN on page 12 Bury power lines, says ad hoc groupBy Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFHillsboro Beach Â– Commissioners wrestled with the pros and cons of burying the townÂ’s power lines this week. ItÂ’s a reoccurring issue, one that was priced out at $2.7 million several years ago, $5.4 million two years ago, and now is estimated to be as much as $9 million. While the board tried to reach a consensus among themselves as to whether residents would accept such an expense, Town Manager Mac Serda Labor of loveVietnam War veterans Chuck McLaughlin [left] and Bob Martin sort through a collection of soiled, ripped and faded American ags. They and other veterans at American Legion Post 142 in Pompano Beach want people to donate their old ags so they can be properly retired. See story on page 6. [Staff] See POWER LINES on page 3 Controversial earmark divides commissionBy Michael dÂ’OliveiraPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach Â– Districts 4 and 5 are about to receive a controversial earmark. On Tuesday, commissioners voted 4-2 to earmark $1 million, from the sale of a property at 1841 Powerline Rd., for Districts 4 and 5. The property sold for $1.5 million and about $320,000 was spent on costs related to the sale. Dist. 4 Commissioner See EARMARK on page 20
2 The PelicanFriday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com THE PELICAN (PP 166 Â• ISSN 2381-716X) is published weekly on Fridays at 1500 E. Atlantic Blvd. Ste. A, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. Subscription rates are $13.78 annually. Applications to mail at Periodicals postage rates is pending in Fort Lauderdale. Tel: 954-783-8700 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Pelican, 1500 East Atlantic Blvd. Ste. A, Pompano Beach, FL 33060.THE PELICAN1500-A East Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060954-783-8700PUBLISHER: Anne Siren By Judy VikPELICAN STAFFLBTS Â– Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to a $1.2 million contract with State Contracting to expand the A1A parking lot and improve segments of Bougainvilla Drive and Poinciana Street. When finished, the former Majestica Apartments, purchased by Lauderdale-ByThe-Sea in 2016, would become an additional 30 spaces. The work will be done in two phases. Phase 1 construction of the A1A lot starts immediately and is scheduled for completion in about five months at a cost of $522,928. Work on Phase 2 would start in May 2019 and be completed in about five months at a cost of $665,955. Business owners in the area were adamant that they want the work done in two stages rather than all at once, said Municipal Services Director Don Prince. The busy season was also not an acceptable time. By doing Phase 1 now and delaying Phase 2, the town will have the use of the spaces during the high season, Prince said, on the site of the former. If the entire project was constructed at once, a significant number of spaces in the A1A lot would be needed for staging equipment. Prince also noted that by locking in the Phase 2 price now, exposure to cost increases is limited and drainage structures and materials for Phase 2 can be ordered at todayÂ’s prices. The 2018 Parking Fund Budget includes $850,000 for the A1A Parking Lot project, including improvements to Bougainvilla and Poinciana. The vote to approve the agreement was 4 to 0. Mayor Chris Vincent was absent. Vice Mayor Elliot Sokolow presided at the meeting. LBTS spends $1.2 million on parking expansion; payment for VFD to increase Fire department wants increases in incentive pay This townÂ’s Volunteer Fire Department [VFD] is requesting a budget of $824,437 for the new fiscal year. ThatÂ’s a $15,647, or 1.9 percent, increase over the current operating budget. The budget includes an increase in incentives for command staff, from $90 to $120 per 12-hour shift. Incentives for drivers were increased from $45 to $75 per 12-hour shift. Stipends for associate [out of town] members are increased from no pay to $45 per 24-hour shift after they complete the minimum requirement of two 24-hour shifts per month. The fire chiefÂ’s salary will increase from $27,258 to $40,000, commensurate with an increase in his hours. The VFD is asking for $343,000 to make improvements to the fire station including additional parking, concrete driveway restoration, sidewalks, extending the existing canopy and making the building ADA accessible. The proposed budget also includes $16,000 to replace an aging Ocean Patrol ATV and $27,123 to purchase and install an apparatus to remove toxic vehicle exhaust. The budget will be formally approved in September. Pompano to regulate vaping like smokingBy Michael dÂ’OliveiraPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach Â– Many restaurants and other public establishments already prohibit vaping. Now, city officials here want to ban vaping in public places, including parks, the beach, and anywhere smoking is already prohibited by the state. Vaping would be allowed in businesses that sell vaping products. Vaping, or e-cigarettes, have become more popular over the last few years. They work by heating liquid into water vapor, which is then inhaled and exhaled by users. On Tuesday, commissioners unanimously voted in favor of the restrictions. Commissioners will vote again on the issue at their July 24 meeting. If passed, it would also be illegal to sell vaping products to anyone under 18 years of age. The penalty for violating the law would be a maximum fine of $500 and/or a maximum imprisonment sentence not exceeding 60 days. Individuals who vape in public places would be fined $100 for the first offense, $150 for the second, and $250 for the third See VAPING on page 11
The Pelican 3 Friday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com had his own problems: finding the answers he sought from Florida Power and Light. Going beyond the cost of the project, Serda presented other pitfalls: obtaining a 10foot right of way along A1A and getting cable providers to also bury their lines. Â“If the right of way doesnÂ’t exist, the money doesnÂ’t matter,Â” he said. Â“ItÂ’s not been easy to figure the steps to take. The further it gets, the more convoluted it is. But this is worth taking to a decision point.Â” The discussion was prompted by the investigations of a local ad hoc committee headed by Ocean Club resident Rene Males. Among its findings, only 19 percent of underground power lines went out in Irma, last summerÂ’s tropical storm, compared to 69 percent of the above ground lines on Â“hardenedÂ” poles. The revelation is changing minds at FPL, Males said. Males said the cost to bury power lines is about $500 a linear foot. Obtaining the 10-foot of right of way FPL requires for the project is another expense. The benefits are several: more reliable power, safety, esthetics, real estate values, lower maintenance. The south end of the townÂ’s three-mile A1A corridor narrows and has less easement space. So the committee is asking the commission to consider burying the lines only on the north end, one-half to one-third of the town. What they have ascertained, Males said, is that the power company will not do individual properties even if requested by several contiguous owners. Two years ago, the commission agreed that FPL would do an $18,000 easement study, then canceled the contract when the utility began hardening its infrastructure by replacing the townÂ’s wooden poles with concrete. Another consideration commissioners said is the residents agreeing to the expense. One woman in the audience said her building is owned mostly by snowbirds. She predicted they wouldnÂ’t want to pay for a service they use only part time. Males, however, said he and his committee members are willing to bear the expense at their homes. He estimated the cost for a condo dweller such as himself living in a 65-unit building at about $2,000. Mayor Deb Tarrant told the commission, Â“We should come to a consensus.Â” But with so few answers to so many questions, the board was hesitant to move forward. The Town of Palm Beach is putting its power lines underground, Serda told the commission, but it has been a long, involved process. Later in the discussion Tarrant referred several times to Palm BeachÂ’s project and said, Â“We need an advocate who has done this before.Â” At the managerÂ’s suggestion the town, like Palm Beach, may need a master plan to go forward. Tarrant said, Â“We donÂ’t need a master plan. WeÂ’re three miles of straight road.Â” Serda said he will meet again with FPL officials later this month to seek clarification of the issues but he continued to express his frustration with the process so far. Â“I canÂ’t find a captain to steer this ship and I just keep running it aground,Â” he said. Power linesContinued from page 1Budget meetingPompano Beach Â– A budget presentation and workshop will be held on Monday, July 16 at 9 a.m. in the city commission chambers, 100 W. Atlantic Blvd. Officials will discuss the proposed 2019 budget. The public will be allowed to give its input. After the meeting, the commission will recess for 30 minutes and reconvene in the city managerÂ’s conference room in city hall for discussions on the proposed capital improvement projects and the 2019 recommended operating budget. If more time is needed, the commission will meet on July 17 at 9 a.m. in the city managerÂ’s conference room.
4 The PelicanFriday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFDeerfield Beach Â– Â“We just want to do things as Jay would have,Â” says Beth Lowery, referring to the late owner of the iconic JByrdÂ’s Muddy Waters Restaurant and Raw Bar. Lowery, 49, inherited management of the Key Weststyle eatery that is always in Â“island modeÂ” in May, after Jay ArneyÂ’s unexpected death at age 63. She says the restaurant was his passion; his staff and his customers his best friends. And the hundreds of seafaring treasures that hang from the ceiling and on the walls reflect what Arney loved best: A swashbuckling, nautical lifestyle. To casual observers, little has changed at Muddy. The longtime cooks are still producing a menu with 80plus items along with daily lunch and dinner specials. The servers, many of whom have worked there for years, remain upbeat and friendly. Arney bought Muddy Waters around 1999 when it was a small restaurant and bar and proceeded to, over the years, expand it one store front at a time. Lowery joined his team in 2012 as a part-time bartender. Within a few weeks this biology major from northern California was promoted to bookkeeper. Â“Jay taught me more in a couple of years than I ever learned in college,Â” Lowery says. Â“By 2012, he was a success. I wasnÂ’t there for the hard part. Â“Some of his staff have been here for 16 or 17 years. Jay always felt responsible for supporting so many families. That makes a big difference in how things run.Â”Deer eld BeachÂ’s Muddy Waters crew determined to continue what late owner JByrd started: food and fun on island time Beth Lowery, now at the helm of Muddy Waters. [Staff]The signature look of Muddy Waters is in the hundreds of objects that decorate the restaurant. Most of them generate a story. The wooden canoe hanging above the small bar was made by a friend of JayÂ’s. The laminated high-tops were made by Jay himself and are embedded with Â“pirateÂ’s booty.Â” Nautical artifacts of all kinds fill every nook and cranny of the restaurant because Lowery says, Â“We could never pass up a hard sale or even stuff at the curb.Â” Photographs of local fishermen showing their catches of the day take up a good deal of the wall space. Sand and sea murals by the artist, Cosmic, decorate the buildingÂ’s faade and some interior walls. With the passage of time, some of the muralsÂ’ luster has been lost so local artist McKenzie Harbough is doing the restorative work and adding her own fanciful designs. Like everything else at Muddy Waters, the murals tell tales of JByrdÂ’s life. Lowery has made one major change inside Muddy. The carpeting has been replaced by wood-like tile flooring. Running a restaurant of this See MUDDY on page 16
The Pelican 5 Friday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com to put the blue carts back on the curb. Commissioner Todd Drosky, who sent a newsletter in his district explaining the commissionÂ’s decision said this week, Â“I remain committed to restore recycling as soon as possible. I have been contacted by many residents who concur that recycling is more than just being good stewards for the environment, but is engrained in us as a way of life.Â” Recycling programs across the country are experiencing nancial declines due to an international market place that has vastly changed. Glass and plastics are no longer valuable goods. Contaminated products, such as soiled Styrofoam food containers that are frequently thrown into recycling carts, add hugely to disposal costs. And China, the worldÂ’s largest purchaser of recyclable products, shut its door. So for the last few years, cities have not made a profit on recyclables, a major shift from when the programs first began. Â“What we did was rip the band-aid off [a losing proposition],Â” Medina-Stewart said. Â“My hope is this will turn out better for us, even if we have to go with a limited recyclable contract. We could be trailblazers in Broward County . We may be getting to change the culture.Â” To stay informed of this changing story, check into the cityÂ’s website and Facebook pages frequently. For recycling info log onto dfb.city/ recyclefaqs. other options. This week, Medina-Stewart urged residents to go to the cityÂ’s website for information including the FAQ Sheet which answers commonly-asked questions. Â“The end of the world is not happening just yet,Â” she said. Â“Give us a chance to work it out.Â” In the meantime, a video has been shot with Mayor Bill Ganz explaining his vote and that should be on the cityÂ’s website by Monday. Beginning next week door hangers will be hung on garbage cans explaining that the blue bins can also be used for garbage and recyclables, but both cans will be collected and disposed of as garbage. The cityÂ’s first directive to residents was to not put out the recycling carts with garbage overflow as they would not be emptied. But rather than have residents requesting and paying for an additional brown garbage cart, officials decided RecyclingContinued from page 1 By Judy VikPELICAN STAFFOakland Park Â– This cityÂ’s Planning and Zoning Board on Monday recommended changing the land use designation of the former Oaktree Golf Course to allow up to 405 homes. The golf course at 2400 Oaktree Lane has not been operational for years. The applicants were Blackwood Partners, LLC and Blackshore Partners, LLC and the Pulte Group. The property consists of 140 acres in seven parcels. The developer was previously proposing six units per acre. Now the request is for 2.88 units per acre, the lowest density in the area. Land use attorney Dennis Mele said 71 percent of the Board suggests residential use at Oak Tree golf courseunits will be single-family; 29 percent townhomes. A 60-foot wide greenway is planned around the property, and turn lanes and signalization will be added at major intersections. An entrance at Northwest 44 Street will be for residents only. The public entrance is at Prospect Road. The entrance at Northwest 21 Avenue has been dropped from the plan. If the c ity c ommission approves the amendment, it goes to the county and to the state before coming back to the c ommission for a second reading. If approved, the plan comes back to the board to be rezoned as a PUD [Planned Unit Development]. Mike Flynn, president of See OAK TREE on page 20 Send The Pelican your news! editor.pelican@ gmail.com
6 The PelicanFriday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com Pompano Beach, Deer eld Beach, Lighthouse Point, Lauderdale-Bye-Sea, Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, Palm Aire, Galt Ocean Mile and Hillsboro Beach e Pelican is published weekly on FridaysStreet Address: 1500-A E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060 Telephone: 954-783-8700 Â€ Fax: 954-783-0093Letters to the Editor are encouraged and accepted for print if signed, although a writerÂs name will be withheld on request; letters must also include a daytime telephone number. Advertising rates are available upon request. Subscription rate is $13.78 including tax for one yearÂs delivery in Greater Pompano Beach; $95.40/per year including tax for others in the United States; call 954-783-8700 for rates abroad. e Pelican is a nonpartisan newspaper and reserves the right to decline advertising. Copyright 2018. Reproduction of this publication in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission of the publisher. e Pelican is a member of the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, Deer eld Beach Chamber and the LBTS Chamber. e Pelican is a state certi ed woman-owned minority business. e Pelican is delivered to businesses, libraries, schools, o ces, hospitals, news racks and single family homes. All advertising and copy is published at the sole discretion of the publisher. We welcome your critiques and ideas concerning this publication. Anne Siren, publisher Vice president Christopher H. Siren Editor-in-chief Michael d Oliviera Graphics: Rachel Ramirez Windsheimer Â€ Website: David Ginsberg Classi eds: Anne Siren, Jeanne McVicker Contributing Writers: Phyllis J. Neuberger, Judy Wilson, Malcolm McClintock, Judy Vik, Concepcion Ledezma, RJ Boyle and Jim ÂChiefyÂŽ Mathie Account Executives: Carolyn Mann, Ellen Green, Mary Beth McCabe Distribution/Circulation: Al Schmidberger Special O ce Assistant: Cathy Siren ESTABLISHED 1993 Â€ Volume XXVI, Issue 28 Founding Editor and PublisherAnne Hanby Siren The Broward Supervisor of Elections urges all citizens to register for the Aug. 28 primary and Nov. 6 elections. Deadlines for Aug. 28 is July 29. Deadline for Nov. 6 is Oct. 8. For vote-by-mail forms, call 954-357-7050, ext. 2. By Michael dÂ’OliveiraPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach Â– When Navy veteran Bob Kuntz sees a tattered, torn, dirty, or faded American flag still fluttering atop a pole, he stops and asks the owner to replace it. Â“Usually, they will say they will, but they donÂ’t always do it. But IÂ’ll keep going back.Â” He said heÂ’s been to one place four times. Â“The flag should be in top condition. ItÂ’s representing our country.Â” At American Legion Post 142 in Pompano Beach, youÂ’ll find differing opinions on the politics of the day, but the sentiment that the flag is sacred isnÂ’t up for debate. Â“Whenever you see the flag, you have to realize how many guys gave their lives for it; we shouldnÂ’t take it lightly . the flag has got to be respected,Â” said Fred Gilbert, an Army veteran who served in the Korean War. Give us your tattered ags, say Pompano Beach veteransÂ“ThereÂ’s no respect for the flag anymore. People donÂ’t understand anymore,Â” said Don Carney, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam. Although some hold on to their flags for their own reasons, some flags need to be given a Â“proper retirementÂ”as required by the U.S. Flag Code. Ready to receive those flags are members of the American Legion, Legion members lay these damp American ags out to dry in preparation for properly retiring them. The U.S. Flag Code allows for the burning of ags as a way to retire old and faded ags. Islamic Center in Pompano Beach will host community meetingPompano Beach Â– The Islamic Center of South Florida, 1641 NW 15 St., will host a meeting to discuss its rezoning plans for its property here. Members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting will be held at the Islamic Center on Wednesday, July 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The presentation will be open to the public for questions. Members of the Islamic Center want to rezone their property from RM-12 [Residential] to Community Facility. The purpose is to allow for the operation of a school in an existing building on the property. The issue will go before the city commission on July 24. The stars on some of the ags will be cut out and given to Legion supporters as tokens of appreciation.The Pelican wants your news! Call 954-783-8700!CommentaryWhen it comes to recycling, we were fooling ourselves; but then again, no one told usA recycling program that doesnÂ’t protect the environment or serve the marketplace is nothing more than a placebo: Makes us feel better but doesnÂ’t really do a world of good. Turns out a large part of the problem is the uneducated consumer Â– you and I. But the major fault lies with the people in the recycling disposal business. Were we told that glass was no longer a valuable commodity? And that plastic bags clog up the machinery? Or that the cost of processing recyclables has risen dramatically because so many of us discard food containers with leftovers still inside? The failure to educate the public to the facts of this fast-changing industry should be the job of the companies that make money from it. So far, the solution has been when markets go south, to simply raise rates. The single-stream, all-in recycling, so proudly touted, is no longer viable. There are products that can be reused and bring a price worth the cost of processing. We need to know what those products are. We need to know when the market shifts and a recyclable becomes garbage again. But we need to be told. Then, the responsible people among us will stay educated on this whole recycling effort Â– and become aware of whatÂ’s in and whatÂ’s out. Deerfield Beach city commissioners took a bold step in rejecting Waste ManagementÂ’s contract and temporarily halting residential recycling. But the truth is, there wonÂ’t be much of an impact on the environment. Much of what was being thrown into the big blue bins ended up in the landfill. We only thought we were recycling. Continuing a process that neither helps the environment nor is fiscally responsible is to ignore the facts. Looking for better ways to manage waste products is to accept responsibility for Â“saving the planet.Â” Deerfield Beach, we believe, is moving in the right direction. Recycling may never again be as easy as it has been, but a more realistic approach is certainly better in the long run. -Judy Wilson Disabled American Veterans Chapter 133 and Marine Corps League #1058, who ask that old flags to be donated to Post 142. There are three flag drop-off boxes at Post 142, 171 SW 2 St. They are accessible at any time. But, said Chuck McLaughlin, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam, thereÂ’s a backlog of over 500 flags that he and other veterans are now determined to dispose of properly. Â“WeÂ’re going to give them the proper retirement,Â” said McLaughlin. Â“Anyone can bring a flag [for proper disposal].Â” On Tuesday at Post 142, veterans prepared to retire 100 flages. The U.S. Flag Code states that old flags should be disposed of in a dignified manner, preferably by burning them. One method involves first cutting the flag into pieces [individual stripes and the blue field] and burning them separately. After, the ashes should be disposed of in a dignified manner. McLaughlin said the ashes would most likely be buried at sea Â“with the help of fair winds and following seas.Â” But the flags wonÂ’t be completely destroyed. The stars will be cut out of the cloth flags and given out to certain individuals. Â“Just a small token of our appreciation. Instead of killing the flag, weÂ’re keeping it alive,Â” said McLaughlin.
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8 The PelicanFriday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com Free Health and Financial Wellness Fair Pompano Beach Â– On July 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the City of Pompano Beach will host the Health and Financial Wealth Fair at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6 St. Local hospitals and medical providers will be conducting free screenings: glucose, blood-pressure and spinal. The Big Red Bus blood mobile will be in the parking lot. In addition, free 30-minute financial seminars will be held on topics such as social security, long term care, and home ownership/mortgages. A $25 gift card will be raffled away at each financial seminar. The Pompano Beach Health and Financial Wellness Fair will also have health and life insurance representatives on site, as well as door prizes and free items throughout the day. Attend a yoga or food demo or watch the on-stage performances, including Dixie jazz. Bella the Clown will be on hand to do face painting for children. For more information, call 954-786-4626. By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFHillsboro Beach Â– A team from Broward County came to town this week to explain the advantages of a one-cent sales tax for transportation. The town will benefit because improvements could be made to the intersection of A1A and Hillsboro Boulevard. The shuttle service, which now costs $60,000 a year, would be offered free to the cities.Pitch begins by county to raise support for new sales tax; congested intersections high on x listThe bottleneck at Hillsboro Boulevard is a serious issue with Mayor Deb Tarrant who has requested both studies and action from the Florida Department of Transportation, so far with no results. And only eight percent of the shuttle riders are Hillsboro Beach residents, meaning residents of Deerfield and Pompano Beach are riding on the townÂ’s dime. The Penny for Transportation resolution is on the November general election ballot in all Broward cities. A penny tax for transportation and local infrastructure projects failed in 2016. This time around those projects are being reviewed and refined. So far, 73 intersections have been marked for improvements and a plan has been developed to expand the fiber optic network to improve signalization. Also in the plan are improved school safety zones, expanded bus routes and more bus shelters, bike lanes, sidewalks and improvements to major thoroughfares such as Broward Boulevard, State Road 7 and University Drive. When the public is surveyed, traffic congestion and lack of public transportation are the two things most talked about, Assistant County Administrator Gretchen Cassini told the commission. Broward County is 67th out of See TAX on page 15City on the hunt for existing artPompano Beach Â– City officials are looking for an already existing sculpture to place somewhere in the cityÂ’s Innovation District. Â“There is no theme; however, the city is seeking symbolic connectivity for the community within the Art and Historical District. The artwork should be significant in size. Artists must submit a pre-existing artwork for purchase. The City of Pompano Beach will only purchase unique works of art,Â” reads the cityÂ’s advertisement. The budget for the purchase is $25,000. The deadline to submit is Wednesday, Aug. 1. Contact Laura Atria, public art program manager, at 954-7864310 or laura.atria@copbfl. com to ask questions or apply. Briefs Palm Aire FarmerÂ’s Market held every TuesdayPompano Beach Â– Those looking for a taste of India, Venezuela, Mexico, Greece and other cultures can satisfy their palette at the Palm Aire FarmerÂ’s Market. Held every Tuesday from 2 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the Herb Skolnick Center, 800 SW 36 Ave., vendors sell barbeque, fruits, vegetables, soups, honey, jams, humus, cheese, Arepas, and more. Frank Altieri, the marketÂ’s organizer, said he lives in Palm Aire and thought a farmerÂ’s market here would be a great fit for the neighborhood. -Michael dÂ’Oliveira [Top] Frank Altieri of Soup Queen and founder of the Palm AireÂ’s FarmerÂ’s Market, Camilo Quinones of Crafted House, and Sara and Alex Martinez of Fresh Meal 365. [Bottom] Jari Vasicko of Mediterranean Delight, Landon Jordan of Untitled.Cookie.co and Joann Damelio, Anna Cama and Marina Cabrera of NonnaÂ’s Sauces. [Staff]
The Pelican 9 Friday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com New chamber executive is feeling the energy and is up for change By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFDeerfield Beach Â– Former tennis professional Denise Jordan has been named executive director of the Greater Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce. Â“I so am thrilled to be here at such a good time, I have to contain my excitement,Â” Jordan said. Â“If we can put Jordanbusiness front and center, we are going to do so much good for the community.Â” With a varied career in leadership, sales and fund raising for non-profit organizations, Jordan comes to the local chamber as it transitions from being a traditional organization to meeting the needs of a technology-driven membership. Â“Chambers used to own the information,Â” Jordan said. Â“Now you can get that anywhere. We need to build an organization that, at its core, is solution-based.Â” And the questions she will ask a prospective member will include, Â“What are your expectations of the Chamber? What can we do to help you?Â” Jordan played on the tennis circuit from 1989 to 1991 and then went to work in real estate. In 2000, she was hired by the U.S. Tennis Association and became its executive director. In 2006, a group of investors hired her as chief marketing official for City View Racquet and Spa at the 59th Street Bridge in Long Island City in New York. When the recession hit in 2008, she came to South Florida where she headed the national office of the March of Dimes in Fort Lauderdale and then the American ParkinsonÂ’s Association in Deerfield Beach. She believes her years as a professional athlete gave her the skill sets for management. Â“You have to think on your feet, be agile, be resilient and execute,Â” she says of her former life. She still plays tennis, doubles, with a menÂ’s group in Highland Beach. Her best shot, her serve, is both fast and tricky, she says. Jordan will be guiding the chamber though a year of transition. Having recently sold its building on E. Hillsboro Boulevard, its board of directors headed by Betty Masi, will be looking for new quarters. And Jordan will be looking for new members hoping to offer them solutions to the challenges that face them. Â“ThereÂ’s an atmosphere here for energy and change,Â” she said this week. Jordan has lived in Hillsboro Beach since coming to the area. Now she is focused on Deerfield Beach. Â“There is an underrated pool of talent here,Â” she said. Â“We are going to leverage that and make this a city someone wants to move to.Â” Culinary kitchen manager suggestedBy Judy VikPELICAN STAFF Pompano Beach Â– The Northwest CRA Advisory Committee voted July 2 to recommend Gladys Cameron, CEO of Around The Dinner Table, as operations manager for the commercial kitchen facility at the Larkins Center. Cameron was among six applicants for the position. The committee ranked her rst after presentations at a recent committee workshop. The culinary kitchen incubator program is aimed at developing the commercial kitchen. The goal is to make it a resource where emerging bakers, culinary artisans, food service providers and food truck owners can rent spaces to prepare food and grow their culinary businesses. The program has three components: encouraging new entrepreneurs, getting children excited about culinary careers and providing some income to the city, according to Dahlia Baker, program manager. Cameron has been an active participant in the Pompano Beach community for more than 30 years. She has conducted summer youth cooking programs at the NW Branch Library for three years. She was also involved in the Recipes of Love Youth Bake Off Competition at the Ali Cultural Arts Center. A similar event is planned at Larkins Center as a Christmas Bake Off. Cameron helped to organize See KITCHEN on page 11
10 The PelicanFriday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com Phyllis J. Neuberger wants your suggestions about people making a difference. PhyllisÂ’s book, China Dahl, is available on amazon.com. Call 954-7838700. MAKING A DIFFERENCEDeer eld Beach Historical Society honors Leola Brooks as a Proud Pioneer at annual dinner By Phyllis J. NeubergerPELICAN STAFFIt comes as no surprise to learn that Leola Brooks, born and raised in Deerfield Beach, was recently designated a Proud Pioneer by the cityÂ’s historical society. Th outstanding woman was born on June 15, 1926 to Bernice Poitier and James Blatche, Leola was the third of 13 children. Emily Lilly, of the Deerfield Beach Historical Society [DBHS], says, Â“Leola Brooks: Â“It is impossible to use just a few words to describe Miss Leola. From daughter, educator, wife, friend, sister, godmother, mentor, and board member, this wonder of a woman has done it all . and isnÂ’t slowing down yet, even at her Â“youngÂ” age! Â“She was born and raised in Deerfield Beach and has contributed greatly to the growth of the city as a staunch supporter and friend. We are privileged and blessed to have her in our lives . and we love the energies, humor and talents she shares with us.Â” Leola lives in Boca Raton, with her husband Emery, a retired U.S. Army sergeant and officer in the Palm Beach County SheriffÂ’s Office. Their one son, Benny Dykes, is deceased. Leola says, Â“I feel I have many children because so many of my former students have called me Â‘Mom.Â’Â” Leola is a retired elementary school teacher with 30 years of service in Palm Beach County Public Schools. She has served as director/ principal and teacher at Mount Olive Christian School in Delray Beach. She has earned many awards, including Teacher of the Year in Palm Beach County. Her church and community involvements are legend. Â“After an accident a year ago, I gave up driving,Â” she explains, Â“and that has changed my life. I need others to drive me to my ministries that include home and hospital visits, street, jail and prison ministries and more. I am a lifetime member of NAACP, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, DBHS and still try to be of help to all of these organizations.Â” Leola has a B.S. from Florida Memorial College of St. Augustine, now Florida Memorial University, and an M.S. degree from Indiana University. Asked how she happened to go to Indiana to earn her M.S., she says, Â“ItÂ’s an interesting story. Integration of schools was about to happen. I realized that as a black woman teaching in a black school, having attended a black college, I would have a hard time getting a job in a white school. So to better my chances, I went to the University of Indiana. After getting my MasterÂ’s from an all-white university, I was hired to teach at J.C. Mitchell Elementary School in Boca. That year Palm Beach County honored me as Teacher of the Year. I was speechless. I was forced to retire to take care of my mother who lived for 10 more years. But I later taught and became principal of a church school in Delray Beach.Â” Leola is still going strong in her ninth decade. She says sheÂ’s willing to work to stay active. She exercises for 30 minutes five days a week, reads the Bible and many books, does puzzles to stay alert, and visits the sick to bring cheer to them. Â“I volunteer at the Historical Society and all of my organizations if I can get a ride and if IÂ’m needed.Â” Congratulations, Leola Brooks, on your many honors and thank you for your countless contributions to schools and community,. Leola Brooks was honored as a Proud Pioneer at the Deer eld Beach Historical SocietyÂ’s annual dinner/dance held at the Hilton Doubletree. Symphony of the Americas Summer SeriesThe Symphony of the Americas is in the midst of its summer music festival, Â“The Shape of Music.Â” As the longest-running music festival in the state, it features musicians and soloists from orchestras throughout Europe, including the Mission Chamber Orchestra of Rome, the Hungarian Virtuosi and the Orchestra Symphonique du Mont Blanc. The Symphony is under the baton of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese. Along with the music of Bach, Handel, Saint-Saens, Mozart and Delibes, a commissioned composition by Italian composer Lorenzo Turchi-Floris, will be played. The concert series continues Friday, July 20 at St. GregoryÂ’s Episcopal Church, Boca Raton, 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 21 at the Broward Center, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Aug 5 at Sunrise Civic Theatre, 2 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 10 at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 7:30 p.m. The performance at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center includes cabaret seating and refreshments. Ticket prices begin at $20. For more specific information, call the Symphony office at 954-335-7002 or email info@ sota.org.
The Pelican 11 Friday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com Charlotte Burrie Center GroundbreakingPompano Beach Â– Officials here recently broke ground on the Charlotte Burrie Community Center, 2669 N. Federal Hwy. The future center is on 1.07 acres and will feature 48 parking spaces, a PorteCochere [drop off], lobby/ pre-function area, receptionist desk, administrative office, conference room for 8 to 10 people, large assembly space for 250 people, warming kitchen, fixed platform stage, dressing rooms and two activity rooms. A few years ago, members of the Cresthaven Civic Association spoke at a city commission meeting and presented a petition that raised $500 to fund the center. They requested the new community center be named after Commissioner Charlotte Burrie. The construction project is expected to be completed in approximately one year. and subsequent offenses. Per state statute, only the state legislature is allowed to regulate tobacco use and sales. State statutes donÂ’t include any mention of e-cigarettes. Deputy City Attorney Tracy Lyons said that the missing language means the city can regulate e-cigarettes. In material provided in support of the restrictions, city officials cited a WebMD article, Â“The Vape Debate: What You Need to KnowÂ” by Regina Boyle Wheeler. In the article, Kenneth Warner, a tobacco policy researchVapingContinued from page 2er at the University of Michigan, was quoted as saying the danger of secondhand vapor isnÂ’t zero but Â“itÂ’s probably very low.Â” The article also cited a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2015. According to WebMD, Â“Researchers surveyed 2,500 Los Angeles high school students who had never smoked. They found that kids who used e-cigs were more likely than non-users to smoke cigarettes or other tobacco products over the next year.Â” But when it comes to putting restrictions on adults vaping, resident Deanna Lyons said the city should concentrate on Â“more importantÂ” issues, such as illegal drug use. Â“IsnÂ’t there more to worry about than vaping outside? I think itÂ’s ridiculous,Â” said Lyons, who vapes. She added that vaping helped her cut back on smoking cigarettes and she might be in favor of banning vaping in childrenÂ’s parks, but not at the beach. One man, who asked only to be identified as AJ, said there is a difference between small e-cigarettes and large e-cigarettes. The latter usually creates a bigger plume of smoke. Adam Fayad, owner of Vapor Â‘NÂ’ Smoke in Pompano Beach, which cells e-cigarettes and products, said the cityÂ’s vaping restrictions Â“will affect peopleÂ’s lives. ItÂ’s just to make life miserable by making rules . let them stop alcohol [being served if the Community Back to School Fun Day, now in its 15th year and serving more than 1,200 students with backpacks and school supplies. She and her husband have served on and chaired many Tiger Trail Festival committees. In other NW CRA news, the committee met for a special session at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 for a presentation of the conceptual design of a Complete Streets vision for Atlantic Boulevard/Dixie Highway. theyÂ’re worried about peopleÂ’s health]. WeÂ’ll know who to vote for [based on who supports this].Â” KitchenContinued from page 9 Let The Pelican know about whatÂ’s happening in your community! Call 954-783-8700!
12 The PelicanFriday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com a localized problem. I think [prostitutes] take advantage of the traffic Pompano gets . Your Dixie Highways, your Powerline Roads. Definitely the main roads.Â” It can also be a repetitive endeavor with the same woman being arrested multiple times. Â“We did an operation on Tuesday and got the same girl on Wednesday.Â” Light penalties make it easy for offenders to be back out on the street soon. Asked if the prostitutes being picked up by BSO were tied to human trafficking, Irvin said no. Â“WeÂ’re definitely looking for it but we havenÂ’t seen that.Â” He stated that most prostitutes on the street are older. Women who are victims of human trafficking, he said, tend to be younger and are usually confined to a controlled atmosphere, such as a hotel room or house. The men who bring them here donÂ’t usually allow them to walk the streets. But he did say that many cases of prostitution are tied to drug use. Â“Almost 100 percent of them have some kind of dependence issue. TheyÂ’re victims of that,Â” said Irvin. Former Dist. 4 commissioner Edward Phillips said drugs are a problem but he also tied prostitution to homelessness. Â“The prostitution problem is twofold. ItÂ’s a problem, yes, but itÂ’s also exacerbated by the homeless issue. The more homeless persons who come into the area, the prostitution problem seems to grow . It has gotten out of control,Â” said Phillips. Â“WeÂ’ve had a stomach full. We have to do some creative thinking.Â” Community activist Vicente Thrower also tied prostitution to homelessness and sober homes. Â“I think itÂ’s bigger than that. This has to do with homelessness and sober housing.Â” He said many sober homes, which are residences for recovering drug and alcohol addicts, attract prostitutes. Thrower added that Broward County needs to be more pro-active and provide more transitional housing and mental health services for individuals who are homeless. In particular, he said the countyÂ’s homeless center, located here on Blount Road, should be one place where transitional housing is built. At a July 2 forum, Dist. 1 Commissioner Michael Sobel also said the city needs to get creative with its homeless problem. Sobel and Dist. 3 Commissioner Rex Hardin, mayoral candidates, disagreed on how the city has handled its homeless problem. Hardin said the city had taken a leadership role in trying to fix the problem. Sobel said the city has done Â“virtually nothing.Â” They also disagreed on the number of deputies BSO has dedicated to help homeless individuals. Sobel said there are four. Hardin said there are two. According to Major John Hale, district chief of BSO in this city, there are two. Hale said 17 deputies are trained to respond to homeless issues, such as crisis intervention and connecting individuals with substance abuse and mental health counseling resources, but that only two deputies are dedicated full time to the homeless population. Irvin said he doesnÂ’t expect the operation to get rid of all prostitution in this city. Instead, the realistic goal is to get it down to a minimal level Crackdown Continued from page 1where it doesnÂ’t significantly impact the quality of life for this cityÂ’s residents. But, he said, BSO needs the community to Â“see something, say somethingÂ” and be its eyes and ears. Â“We have to do it together.Â” To report prostitution or any other crime to BSO, call 954786-HELP . Free trees tomorrowPompano Beach Â– Free trees and plants will be distributed to residents tomorrow and again on July 21, by the City of Pompano Beach. The give-a-way takes place at the cityÂ’s nursery, 1000 NE 3 Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days. Parking will be in the lot immediately north of the nursery. The event is a first-come, first-serve basis. To qualify, residents must live within the city limits and provide identification to prove residency. Each resident will be given a choice of many varieties, including Purple Tabebuia, Live Oak, Christmas Palm, Triangle Palm, Silver Buttonwood, Clusia Rosea, Golden Tabebuia and Phoenix Sylvestris Palm.
The Pelican 13 Friday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com Exchange Club distributes $80,000 to children, veterans and moreLighthouse Point Â– The Lighthouse Point Yacht Club set the scene for the Exchange Club of Pompano Beach to host its yearly charitable distribution luncheon. This year, the club raised nearly $80,000 with 100 percent of those funds used to help local charities, community organizations and veterans groups. The clubÂ’s biggest beneficiary was the ChildrenÂ’s Healing Institute, which provides child abuse prevention services in Broward and Palm Beach counties, for $39,604 over the year. Other organizations that received funding were the Broward ChildrenÂ’s Center, $16,000; Woodhouse, $3,000; First Tee Golf of Broward, $1,500; Honor Flight, $1,000; TomorrowÂ’s Rainbow, $1,000; Our FatherÂ’s House Soup Kitchen, $1,000; Sample McDougald House, $1,000; Crockett Foundation, $1,000; Forgotten Soldiers, $1,000; Dynamos, $1,000; Freedom Fighters Outdoor, $500; Kids Can Do it Karate Program, $500; James Suh Memorial Scholarship, $1,500; Disabled American Veterans, $2,000 and several others who were not in attendance. President Joel Rask presented all of the organizations with their checks and let them briefly talk about how the contribution would help them with their programs and benefit the community. The Exchange Club of Pompano Beach is a 501(c) (3) service organization that focuses its efforts on child abuse prevention programs, student recognition and scholarships, Americanism and Veterans organizations and community service. The club has also won several awards this year at the district and national levels for their service and fundraising programs, such as their annual 150 Charity Dinner, car show and bowl-a-thon events. Persons interested in learning more about this organization, becoming a sponsor of an event, or making a donation, can go to exchangeclub ofpompanobeach.com. -Exchange Club of Pompano Beach Joel Rask and Eileen LaMarca from the Crockett Foundation. Joel Rask and Disabled American VeteranÂ’s representative Jerry Toomey. Joel Rask and Brianna Ploude from Broward ChildrenÂ’s Center. Joel Rask and Randall Bishop from Woodhouse. Joel Rask and Sandy Munoz from ChildrenÂ’s Healing Institute. Purple Heart recipientsIn honor of Purple Heart Day [Aug. 7], The Pelican wants to feature local U.S. military veterans who were wounded and received the Purple Heart. Veterans who are interested in being part of The PelicanÂ’s story should call Michael dÂ’Oliveira at 954783-8700 or send an email to email@example.com.
14 The PelicanFriday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com Government offices are currently approved as conditional use. In introducing the item, Planning Supervisor Alex Dambach said, Â“The city is considering a large project, Oakland Park Square, and one of the considerations is to relocate city government offices there. This would support that effort.Â” Resident and former mayor Steve Arnst said, Â“This should never have come to you. YouÂ’re putting the cart before the horse. Why would you do this? If the commission decides not to move city hall, if you do this any governmental office could go in there. This is a ploy to get city hall over there. This needs to be tabled until thereÂ’s some action by the commission.Â” Board Vice Chair Caryl Stevens agreed with Arnst, questioning why the item was on the agenda. Dambach said governmental offices are permitted in almost all the cityÂ’s commercial districts. The Dixie Sub-Area under discussion is near city hall and the post office. Â“We would have no objection if you changed it to allow only municipal government offices,Â” Dambach said. Â“Are we doing this so city hall can go over there [to Oakland Park Square]?, Stevens asked. Â“WeÂ’re trying to make the area welcome a true mixed-use project. Yes, this will enable city hall to relocate if an agreement is reached,Â” Dambach said. Â“This is like weÂ’re streamlining the process,Â” said board member Mark Zaden. Â“This is not just streamlining. ItÂ’s eliminating a step, and the step is us,Â” said Board Chair Jack Doren. At that, board member Toby Lawrence moved to recommend denial of the amendment. The motion to deny failed by a 3-2 vote. Doren said he supports the idea of moving city hall, Â“but I want it done right.Â” Stephen Scott, assistant director, Engineering an Community Development, SquareContinued from page 1suggested that Â“since thereÂ’s a lot of uncertainty and a lot of things we might want to clear up, the board may want to table the item until their next meeting.Â” The board agreed with only Stevens dissenting. The next P&Z is July 23. Please remember to ask for your Pelican Newspaper now at Publix, Walgreens & Wholefoods Thank you, Pelican Readers
The Pelican 15 Friday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com 67 counties in transportation spending, Cassini said. Sixtytwo of these counties have some form of surtax. The tax is collected on most consumer items excluding groceries and medicines. It is a preferred way to raise money because visitors pay it along with the residents. Cassini urged the commission to submit a request for the A1A/ Hillsboro improvement to the Metropolitan Planning Organization which is working with the county to get voters on board with the tax. What is being presented is a 30-year plan to improve transportation in the county, but Cassini said the projects will be on a fast track for the first five years so the public will see the impact of the new spending and Â“the return on their investment.Â” Another advantage of the tax is it will be a dedicated source of revenue necessary to obtain federal and state matching grants. Broward County is experiencing a Â“Silver TsunamiÂ”, Cassini said, a major increase in the over-60 population. People will need public transit so they can age in place, she said. Broward is also experiencing significant growth. Sixty-four households move here daily. By the year 2040, it is projected 235,000 more residents will be added to the current population of $1.9 million. Some 12.8 million visitors come here each year. TaxContinued from page 1
16 The PelicanFriday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com size is Â“not an easy job,Â” she said. Â“And itÂ’s not always fun, but we are a family here. People come here year after year straight from the airport or they send us postcards telling us when theyÂ’ll be back.Â” Arney was a big supporter of local events and thatÂ’s a tradition Lowery wants to maintain. Muddy is open seven days a week. BBQ is cooked outside the front door the first Saturday of every month. ThereÂ’s a lot of outdoor dining and veranda swings and in this area, pets are welcome. Potentially, thereÂ’s a party every day at Muddy. Monday is t-shirt day. Wear a Muddy t-shirt or hat and get a free drink. ItÂ’s also Irish Day with traditional choices like shepherdÂ’s pie. MuddyContinued from page 4This past Monday, four t-shirted patrons were at the bar enjoying lunch, and presumably a free liquid refreshment. One creative customer had refashioned her t-shirt into a cardigan. It was just a normal Monday, Lowery said. Tuesday is for Parrot Heads. Margaritas, pina coladas and strawberry daiquiris are $4. On Caribbean Wednesday, fish tacos are $5, mojitos and rum runners, $6. Thursday is karaoke night and the house is usually full. One draw is the $6 Long Island iced tea. Friday features beer-battered fried fish and on Shrimp Out Saturday, shrimp served several ways are 99 cents each. The sangria and mimosas are special, too. Prime Time Sunday offers a $5 Bloody Mary and prime rib dinners starting at $17. Happy hour is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; 4 p.m. to closing time on Sunday and Monday. The atmosphere at Muddy is best described by Arney himself whose words are on the front of the voluminous menu: Â“Sit back and enjoy our unequivocal, unique atmosphere and slip into Island mode . Relax for the next piece of time and let us captain the helm . you just enjoy the cruise!Â” Of her new responsibility Lowery said, Â“I am hoping for the best. WeÂ’re just trying to continue what Jay put in place. IÂ’ll never meet anyone like him again . He was charming, tough, strong willed. He could talk to strangers like they were friends. Â“But for me, I think when you do the best job you can, success happens.Â” The playful design of artist McKenzie Harbough decorates the entrance to Muddy Waters.Wilton Drive Streetscape meetingWilton Manors Â– The public is invited to ask questions and give input on the planned changes to Wilton Drive. The outreach meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the city hall commission chambers, 2020 Wilton Drive. State officials plan to reduce the number of lanes on Wilton Drive from four to two; one in each direction. Along with the lane change, additional landscaping, benches, widened sidewalks and trees will be added to the sides of the street. Â“The construction of the roadway reconfiguration is expected to take about a year. After completion, the landscape/streetscape phase of the project will commence. While it might seem logical to do them both at the same time, Wilton Drive is a state road and state rules donÂ’t allow for these two phases to happen simultaneously. The good news is that the state and Metropolitan Planning Organization are paying for the lane elimination, with the city being responsible for the streetscaping,Â” reads a city email. For those who canÂ’t make the meeting, comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pelican 17 Friday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com Art7/26 Meet and greet artist Tim Forman at the Gay & Lesbian Business Exchange Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of CommerceÂ’s July networking mixer at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, 231 SW Second Avenue, Lauderdale. Donation $10. For details, email michael@ goodmanpr.com. Arts & Crafts take place at N.E. Focal Point senior center, 227 NW 2 St., Deerfield Beach from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 954-480-4447. Delray Art League Exhibit at the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, 140 NE 1 St., Delray Beach, features artwork by different artists every 3 months. Monday Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call 954-673-8137.AuditionsThe Broward WomenÂ’s Choral Group seeks women singers. Rehearsals are Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954951-6789. Or contact info@ bwcchoralgroup.org. The Fort Lauderdale Symphonic Winds is accepting new members. There are openings for clarinet, percussion, saxophone, bassoon and trumpet. Rehearsals are held every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at American Legion Meet and greet artist Tim Forman July 26 at Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, 231 SW Second Avenue, Lauderdale. Donation $10. For details, email michael@ goodmanpr.com. Post 222 in Oakland Park. Call 954-647-0700. (www. ftlwinds.org).Books7/17 Discussion of Â“PowerÂ” by Naomi Alderman. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Rm 226. North Regional/BC Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek. 954201-2601. Island City Book Club meets on third Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Richard C. Sullivan Library, 500 NE 26 St., Wilton Manors. Call 954390-2195.Chamber of Commerce meetingsThe Lauderdale by the Sea Chamber of Commerce encourages area residents to join our organization with a Persona membership. This is a great way to meet other locals, know who you are doing business with, enjoy the company of business people, and generally where to go, what to do, and whatÂ’s going on. Cost is $75 a year for the professional membership. Sign-up is at the Visitor Center, 4201 Ocean Blvd., or online at lbts.com. 954-7761000. ClassesWriting workshop at Herb Skolnick Center 800 SW 36th Ave, Pompano Beach with Marjory Lyons. Classes are 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call 954-249-1333. 7/14 Saturday, July 14 Â– Make Your Own Terrarium. Bring a bit of nature into your life by creating a modern indoor garden. Join us for a hands-on terrarium workshop. Materials provided. Preregistration is required. Call 954-201-2657. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Rm 226. Sponsored by Friends of North Regional/BC Library. North Regional/BC Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek. 954-2012601.Clubs/Groups7/18 Â– North Broward Democratic Club hosts League of Women Voters at 7 p.m. at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6 St., Pompano Beach. Free and open to the public. Call 954786-4111. Pompano Beach Rotary Club meets at noon at GaluppiÂ’s Restaurant, 1103 N Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach. For details or membership information call 954-649-9200. See CALENDAR on page 21
18 The Pelican Friday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.comCLASSIFIED MARKETPLACE To place your classi ed ad please visit pelicannewspaper.com or call 954-783-8700 by Wednesday at 5 p.m. REAL ESTATE Â• SALES Â• CARS Â• TRUCKS Â• SERVICES Â• JOBS Blacktop Sealing Since 1984 754-234-3364 Studios Condos for SaleRivergate Townhouse. Intracoastal. $599K. Hillsboro Beach. Port de Mer. $369K Call 954-788-5728. Furnished studios BOCA/ DEERFIELD $199/week and up -$39/Daily -$699/ Month and up. Furnished studios Â– Utilities Paid. Call 954-934-3195. Rooms for Rent The Pelican Classi eds Work 954-783-8700 Deadline for classi ed advertising is on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Thank you. 954-783-8700 Missing DogEnglish Pointer (birddog) missing between Pompano Beach & Lighthouse Point. White with tan ears; tail stands straight up. Please email: email@example.com or call 732-580-1233 or 646 483-5747. NO SECURITY DEPOSIT POMPANO BEACH & FORT LAUDERDALE $160 week $540 per 30 days. Shared rooms available. $160 per week. $540 per 30 days. $20 background check fee payable upon approval. All utilities included electricity, water, WiFi, Cable TV with Netflix included. Washing Machine Dryer. Applicants must be financially stable and be able to show proof of income. Call or Text 954-888-8344. See CLASSIFIEDS on page 19 Condos for Sale CALL FOR VENDORSDeerfield BeachÂ…The Zonta Club of Greater Deerfield Beach presents its 6th Annual Festi-Fall Arts and Craft Show Sept. 29 at St. Ambrose Catholic School, 363 SW 12 Avenue, Deerfield Beach. Zonta Club invites all Crafters, Jewelry Artisans, Fine Arts, Holiday Gifts, Pottery, and other Artisans to join us from 8 am to 5 pm at our Annual Festi-Fall. Vendor space is 8 x 6 and costs $50 per space or two spaces for $85. Those who wish to have their same booth space as last year, must respond before July 15th. We expect a good crowd as we are centrally located. Admission is $3 per person or $2 with ad coupon, and children under12 free. Door prizes and the Bake Sale. Contact Sandy Manning at 561-392.2223 or bosanboc@ comcast.net Condos for RentPOMPANO BEACH CONDO for Rent. 1/1, block to beach/ Intracoastal. Fully furnished and equipped. Pool, laundry, private parking. Weekly/ monthly $1,195/per mth. Plus Electric. Free wi cable. Up to Dec. 15. One month refundable security. No pets/smoking. 954-993-3682. Lighthouse Point Â– Beautifully updated 2BR/2BA directly on the Intracoastal. No pets. Possible dockage. SS Appliances, Granite, $2,200/ Mo. Avail Aug. 1st, Broker/ Owner, S.Puhse, Campbell & Rosemurgy R.E. 217-652-9862 Homes for RentHOMES FOR RENT, Â“COVEÂ” NEIGHBORHOOD, DEERFIELD BEACH $2,900 W/POOL OR $2,650 CORNER LOT-ANNUAL LEASE. NO PETS/NO SMOKING. BAILEY WOODRUFF REAL ESTATE-754-235-6562. Townhouse for RentPompano Beach Â– 2 story townhouse, 2BD/1.5BA, pool, hot tub, washer/ dryer, 3 car parking space, all utilities and cable included. Pets OK. Storage shed. Completely private. $1,800.00. 954-709-6802 Apartments for RentPompano Beach Â– 1Bdrm/1Bath, pets allowed, on the water, dock avail, school, granite kitchen, SS appliances, outdoor patio, quiet cul-de-sac. $1,250/Mo. Call: Mark, agent. 954-531-2862. House for Sale LIVING THE DREAM! 70Â’ WATERFRONT/ OCEAN ACCESS $715,000 Open oor plan with split bedrooms, 2 car garage w/circular paved driveway. Impeccable home with all features one could want. High tech security, whole house automatic generator, tiki hut overlooking water. Professional low maintenance landscaping. Everything is like new. Call Mark Seramur for special pricing and private viewing at 954-531-2862. www.MyCypressHarbor.com, Bea Morley RE group. Apartments Buildings for SaleOWNER FINANCING 12 units for sale $699,000 10 units ocean access with 145 ft on wide canal $1,799.000 7 units downtown location remodeled $1,143,000 Call Mark, agent. 954-531-2862. Lauderdale-by-The-Sea 4050 N Ocean Drive. DIRECT OCEAN VIEW!!! 1Bd/1Ba, CLOSE TO EVERYTHING! $179,000 Building on the Beach. Cash Only. No Renting. Charles Rutenberg Realty. 954-260-6552. Pompano Beach Â– 750 N. Ocean Blvd. DIRECT OCEAN VIEW!!! 2b/2b, Totally Updated. High Impact Windows. $399K. Charles Rutenberg Realty. 954-260-6552. Pompano Beach 2Bd/2Ba. 1620 N. Ocean Blvd. Lowest price on the Beach. $309K. Corner Unit. High Impact Windows. Ocean Views. Charles Rutenberg Realty. 954-260-6552. Annual RentalLauderdale By the Sea Rental $1,250/Mo Studio, brand new, across the street from the beach, furnished, granite kitchen, No pets. Annual rental. Charles Rutenberg Realty. 954-260-6552. EDDIE BUYS HOUSES/ CONDOS CASHAny Condition, size, price range or location! Cash offers and quick closings! Rent to Own option. Call: 954-300-2274. 24Hour recorded Message. Visit: cashforhousesdepot.com. Email: Innovativehome buyers@gmail com. ANTIQUESAntique Buyer Â– Buying Antiques & Art. Jewelry. Watches. Paintings. Military Items. Guns. Swords. Coins. Silver. House Calls. Free Appraisals. RobertÂ’s Antiques. 954-295-6808. Employment Are you 55 or older and seeking employment in Ft. Lauderdale? Urban League of Palm Beach County provides paid training opportunities at locations such as government agencies, senior centers, non-pro ts, schools and hospitals. This on-the-job training can then be used as a bridge to nd employment outside of the program. To participate, you must be: age 55 or older; unemployed and seeking employment; quali ed as low income. To apply, please call 954-858-5884 or visit the SCSEP of ce at 2901 W Cypress Creek Road, Suite 116, Fort Lauderdale. Position WantedRetired business owner with great organizational skills seeks part time position as personal assistant. Will provide transportation to appointments, shopping, dining out and other social activities. I am a reliable and efficient companion. Also able to help with lifestyle transitions, i.e. moves to assisted living facilities or simply downsizing. References available. 561-347-8383 or jyusem@comcast. net. DOG & PEOPLE WALKER Reliable and friendly part time personal assistant will provide companionship, transportation to appointments, food shopping, dining out, dog walking and sitting, and other activities. References available. Call or email to arrange a no-obligation appointment! 732-996-7973 or bradmetz2003@ gmail.com. Employment WantedAvailable for pet sitting, of ce and house cleaning, helping senior citizens with overnight stays, grocery shopping, doctors appointments, etc. Call 954-268-0775 Mock Jurors WantedEarn a minimum of $110 upon completion. Spend 6-10 hrs on a given wkday night, wkday or wkend serving as a juror in a mock trial to evaluate settlement of an actual court case. If you have a valid FL DL or State I.D., a U.S. Citizen, and eligible to vote, enroll with us on: SIGNUPDIRECT.COM ( please ll out on-line form completely for consideration) or only if you do not have access to a computer Call: 1-800-544-5798. (On-line sign up preferred). Mock trial will be held in Lake Worth.HairdressersHairdressers if you are renting a studio join Yellow Strawberry Salon, 2907 E. Commercial and Bayview. Signing Bonus, 2 week paid vacation yearly, High Percentage, No stress. See Jesse. Professional Cleaning ServiceI will professionally clean your home immaculately. Special Summer Rates. Call Jeanette for a free estimate. References available upon request. 954-982-5417Estate SaleSaturday July 14, 2018 8am Â– 1pm 2645 NE 8 Ct, Pompano. Inside and out. Pool table, furniture, tools. Furniture for SaleCustom twin murphy beds along with matching furniture. Great for guest room. 954-480-6575. Leisureville First oor condo. Moving Sale. Household items and miscellaneous. Call 860-919-9900, 860-690-6857. Car for Sale2012 BMW X-3 35i, white w/tan interior, 30,500 miles, sunroof, very clean. $19,995 or Best Offer! Call 954-854-8048. Items for SaleFannykins for Sale also Carnival Glass. Appt only. Please call 954-781-6073.Personal ServiceNeed a ride somewhere? Call Bob for personal transportation. Reasonable rates. 954-254-6221. Home Repair ServicesMikeÂ’s Handyman Service Â– Call Today! Â– Fix Today! Fans, Lights, Drywall Patching, Sof ts, Facia, Carpentry, Painting, Garage Cleanouts and More! Call 727-218-2878. SupportN.E. Focal Point offers weekly Caregiver Support Groups. Wed. at 10 a.m. and Thurs. at 4:30 p.m. The Pelican 954-783-8700
The Pelican 19 Friday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com The Center conducts the caregiver training and support group for individuals caring for people with AlzheimerÂ’s disease, memory impairments, dementia, and cognitive limitations. Call 954-480-4463.ClassesLine dancing at the Beach Community Center by Galt Ocean. A fun exercise for both the mind and the body. Wednesdays from 6 8 pm. Beginners Welcome! 781.812.5878 for details. Board gamesPlay Pinochle Mon from 6 to 9 p.m. at Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6 St., Pompano Beach. 954-554-9321. Play Bridge Bridge Games. New Season night games $7. Monday 7 p.m. Friday 7p.m. Pompano Bridge Club, 180 SW 6 St., 954-943-8148. Pompanobridge.com. Play Bridge & Mahjong Fridays at 10 a.m. Jarvis Hall, 4501 N. Ocean Drive., Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Call 954-6404225. Scrabble Â– Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Emma Lou Olson Civic Center. 954-786-4111. Bingo Â– St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 1111 E. Sample Rd., Pompano Beach. Thursdays 1 to 4 p.m. and Sundays 2 to 5 p.m. Call 954-942-5887. Bingo every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 142, 171 SW 2nd Street, Pompano Beach. p.m. 954-942-2448. Bingo Â– Tuesdays at St. Martin Episcopal Church at 11:30 a.m. 140 SE 28th Ave, Pompano Beach. Call 954-941-4843. Knitting and crocheting instruction at 1 p.m. at Temple Sholom, 132 SE 11 Ave., Pompano Beach. All levels invited. Call 954-942-6410. Water Fitness Â– Pompano Beach Aquatics Center. M/W/F at 9 and 11 a.m. All levels. Evening Classes T/Th at 6:30 p.m. Cost $3 per class. Call 954-786-4128. Shuf eboard Â– Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 -11:30 a.m. at McNab Park, 2250 E. Atlantic Blvd. 954-786-4111. Classi edsContinued from page 18The Pelican is hiring Sales executives with experience in magazine/ newspaper sales. Call 954-783-8700 Place your classi ed ad online at pelicannewspaper.comSubscribe for home delivery [$13.78] or free online subscription at pelicannewspaper.com
20 The Pelican Friday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com Oak Tree Estates Homeowners Association said, Â“WeÂ’re in support of this plan. We have gone through a collaborative effort with Pulte. With the density reduced, we now have acceptable density. ItÂ’s been a long road, but we support this. Â“Our main concern is traffic,Â” Flynn added. Â“We will be interested in seeing how the mitigation plan works [with Broward County]. We will be paying attention.Â” Flynn, a 28-year resident, said he was sad to see the golf course close in 2007. Â“But the golf course is unusable open space. This will have use for us and the surrounding community.Â” The conceptual master plan includes a buffer of lakes and green areas between this development and Oak Tree Estates. Construction is estimated to take three to four years. Â“I think this is great,Â” said Jack Doren, P&Z Board chair. Â“You have been very negotiable, and youÂ’ve come up with a win-win. IÂ’m glad to see new development on the west side and the quality weÂ’re seeking.Â”Â‘Live-work UnitÂ’ de nition approved In other business, the P&Z Board recommended approval of an amendment to Oak TreeContinued from page 5 the cityÂ’s code that clarifies the definition of Â“LiveWork Units.Â” According to the new language, LiveWork Units are space that contains both residential and commercial uses in the same unit; however, residences cannot be on the ground floor.Â” Unlike a Home Occupation designation where a business canÂ’t service clients, occupants of LiveWork units can This type of development is part of a national trend where business owners donÂ’t need to rent or buy a business location. Alex Dambach, planning supervisor described them as Â“a new variation of an old conceptÂ” and added, Â“WeÂ’re looking at development that promotes pedestrian travel.Â” The new Live-Work Units are to be in the Dixie Mixed Use area in the Downtown Mixed Use District. The board voted to recommend approval of the ordinance and asked that staff examine parking issues and the potential occupancy variations Beverly Perkins originally wanted $500,000 of the money for the districts. She changed her request after Dist. 1 Commissioner Michael Sobel suggested the entire $1 million. Perkins said she had been waiting for the money to be available for at least a year to Â“earmark it for the Northwest community.Â” Perkins said she would come up with a list of ways to spend the money. Â“I just donÂ’t know,Â” said Dist. 2 Commissioner Charlotte Burrie. Â“Why not?Â” asked some members of the audience in response. Many applauded when Sobel said he was in support of Perkins. Said Sobel, Â“ItÂ’s a show of good faith to a [Northwest] community not always treated fairly . ItÂ’s about time.Â” But Dist. 5 Commissioner Barry Moss called the earmark a Â“slippery slope.Â” One that could set a EarmarkContinued from page 1Â“dangerous precedent.Â” Moss said city land sold in any district should benefit the city as a whole. Dist. 3 Commissioner Rex Hardin agreed. Perkins then accused Moss of being the author behind a July 6 memo sent to the commission from City Manager Greg Harrison. She alluded to the phrase Â“slippery slopeÂ” which Moss had used weeks earlier regarding the same issue. She said that made her believe he was behind the memo. Â“IÂ’ve used that phrase before. ItÂ’s not original. I certainly did not write that memo,Â” responded Moss. Moss asked Harrison, Â“Did I write the memo?Â” Harrison replied, Â“no.Â” In the 4-2 vote, Hardin and Moss dissented. Pick up your Pelican at your local Publix Supermarket, WalgreenÂ’s and Whole Foods. Subscribe for a free subscription at pelicannewspaper. com. Call 954-783-8700.
The Pelican 21 Friday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com Oliva porphyria Linne [Tent Olive], 1758 is the king of the olive family. It grows to the largest size and is stately in shape and pattern. Although not rare, it is dif cult to obtain as it lives in deeper water far away from the shore line. Most specimens come from off the coast of Mexico and south beyond Panama. Its pattern depicts cities of tents. The shell is two tone cream and chestnut brown. Some specimens have a purple tinge to the base. The Tent Olive is incredibly consistent in color with virtually no variation. It grows up to 5.5Â” in size but 3.5-4Â” is the common size. The price skyrockets for the larger shells from $80 to over $200 or more for a 5Â” specimen. Pictured specimen is slightly over 3.5.Â” The Broward Shell Club m eets monthly on second Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, Pompano Beach. Call 954-296-5633.Shell lureCommunity Presbyterian Church of Deerfield Beach hosts Prime Timer Seniors in Briggs Hall weekly on Wednesdays. Meditation, exercise, Bible study, guest speakers, trips and lunch. At the church, 1920 SE 5 St. 954427-0222. Camera Club of Boca Raton meets on second Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m. at the Boca Raton Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd. No charge to attend. 561-271-0907. South Florida Depression Glass Club meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Wilton Manors WomanÂ’s Club, 600 NE 21 Ct. Join the members to learn more about Vintage Glass & Pottery that is made in America. Call 954649-9547. Gold Coast Fly Fishers South Florida chapter of Fly Fishers International hosts meetings on the last Tuesday of the month to discuss outings of fly fishing in South Florida at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 142, 171 SW 2 St. Pompano Beach. Call 954-2990273. The Boca Raton Stamp & Coin Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at Stratford Court Auditorium, 6343 Via de Sonrisa del Sur, Boca Raton. BocaRatonS tampAndCoinClub@gmail. com. Miniature Club, Les Petits Collecteurs on the first Wednesday of the month, 6:45-9 p.m. at the Boca Raton Community Center, 150 NW Crawford Blvd., Boca Raton. Guests & new member welcome. Call ahead, 954-7251270. The Broward Shell Club meets monthly on second Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6 St., Pompano Beach. Call 954-296-5633. Exchange Club of Pompano Beach meets Wednesdays 12 to 1 p.m. at the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club. 954 732-7377 Kiwanis Club of Pompano Beach meets every Wednesday 12-1 p.m. Seaside Grill: Lighthouse Cove Resort, 1406 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach. Pompano Beach Westside Kiwanis meets on the first Tuesdays and third Saturdays monthly at 8:30 a.m. at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center, 520 MLK Blvd., Pompano Beach. Call 954-733-2386. Lauderdale by the Sea Garden Club meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 9:15 at Jarvis Hall, 4505 Ocean Drive, LBTS, open to men and women to learn about plants, flowers, nature, conservation and all related matters. 954942-1639. Rotary Club of Oakland Park/Wilton Manors meets on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at CarusoÂ’s Restaurant, 4165 N. Dixie Hwy. from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oakland Park. 954-2755457. Pompano Beach Lighthouse Rotary Club meets on Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. at GaluppiÂ’s on the Green, 1103 N Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach. Call 954-253-6251. DanceWednesdays Ballroom and Latin Dancing at 6 p.m. at Art Serve, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Call Michael Brewer at 954-805-3470. CalendarContinued from page 17
22 The Pelican Friday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com Fishing reportR.J. Boyle has Â“Gone Fishing This Week.Â” Check out this column next Friday. Last weekend we caught a beautiful sword sh weighing 340 pounds. This is a great time to catch a big sword off our coast. This Saturday, July 14 is the Jim Allen Memorial sword sh Tournament. The weigh-in will be located at Lighthouse Point Marina from 4 to 6 p.m.. Come down and check it out. If you are interested in shing the tournament, signup will be located at BruÂ’s Room, 235 S. Federal Hwy., in Pompano Beach from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday evening. For more information, call 954-420-5001.Boating class July 21Pompano Beach Â– The Pompano Beach Power Squadron offers a full day safe boating class from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 at Pompano Beach Sail & Power Squadron, 3701 NE 18 Terr. The class includes instruction on docking, safety, emergencies, rules and navigation. Completion of the program is required for a Florida Boaters Education Card. The cost is $30 for Broward County citizens and $65 for others. Costs covers boating textbook, certificate and education card. Visit pompanosafeboating.com or call 754-444-1470.Nick Noon [left] and John Â“Barfs RidgeÂ” Bar eld. [Courtesy]Scores Pompano Beach Nine Hole WomenÂ’s League July 10 A Group: 1st place (tie): Alicia Wynn, Ellen Fraser, 48 2nd place (tie): Susana Rust, Susan Dimond, 50 B Group: 1st place : Kathy Gardner, 51 2nd place: Carol Metevier, 54 3rd place: Maureen Zolubos, 55 Pompano Beach MenÂ’s Golf Assn. July 4 1st Place Gary Gill,Henry Lesburt, Val Rapoport . 60 2nd Place -Bill Delaney, Bob Mascatello, Joe Patchen . 64 3rd Place Albert Holcomb, Lance Naiman, Don Worrell . 65* *(Back 9 Score = 28 vs. 29)(Blind Draw)Pompano Beach Mens Golf Assn. June 27 1st Place . Dave Dowling, Jim Greeley (Back 9 Score = 63), Pete Strychowskyj [(Last 6 holes Score = 41) . 123* 2nd Place Jim Foster, Bob Mascatello, Jerry Schucart . . 123 3rd Place Jim DeCicco, Gary Gill, Don Worrell . 123 4th Place Lance Naiman, Joe Patchen, Dennis Rooy . 129The Pelican Newspaper Subscribe today $13.78 per year.Delivered to your Condo, Business or Home.
The Pelican 23 Friday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com By Jim Â“ChiefyÂ” MathiePELICAN WRITERThe local reefs are loaded with spiny lobster and this is great news for divers getting ready to participate in the annual mini season. Lobster bags should be full as the reports are favorable for a great year. Held on July 25 and 26, mini season gives recreational divers a chance to take home those tasty crustaceans before the pros hit the reefs at the Catching the ocean view: Lots of lobster this summeropening of regular season on Monday, Aug. 6. After Hurricane Irma last year, the spiny lobster industry in Florida took a substantial hit. According to Tom Matthews, a research administrator for the Florida Wildlife Commission Institute in Marathon, 300,000 lobster traps were destroyed or lost during the hurricane. This resulted in a 33 percent drop in the lobster harvest from the previous year, resulting in a significant loss to the $54 million industry. The challenge since the hurricane has been to replace those lobster traps which cost around $35 each. Keep in mind, 90 percent of the commercial landings of spiny lobster are in the Florida Keys. Locally, after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Cudjoe Key last September, the reefs were impacted tremendously. New areas of the reef were uncovered and favorite spots in the reef were destroyed. Debris covered parts of the reef and many areas were significantly different after the storm. The visibility in the water was terrible as the sand turbidity made the ocean white instead of blue. But there was a silver lining. About a month after the storm, the spiny lobsters were everywhere in this area. As a recreational diver, we were easily getting our daily limit of six-per-person-perday until the end of the season on March 31 because they werenÂ’t being captured in the traps in the Florida Keys. This year promises to be as good as last year. And the diving conditions SEE LOBSTER ON PAGE 24 Susie Maniscalco [pictured above on the dive boat Lady Go Diver last year with Jim Â“ChiefyÂ” Mathie] is a regular visitor to South Florida from Oregon and is part of the Â“ChiefyÂ” crew. [Courtesy]
24 The Pelican Friday, July 13, 2018pelicannewspaper.com couldnÂ’t be better. A flat ocean, 84-degree water temperature, gentle currents and top-to-bottom visibility has been our diving scenario for the last month. If you havenÂ’t done so already, my advice is to scope out your favorite spots as well as get yourself and your dive gear wet. There is still time to get your gear serviced if there are issues. If youÂ’re new to mini season or just want to be part of some great events, stop by Bugfest in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea starting on Tuesday, July 24 at 6 p.m. at the Plunge Beach Hotel, 4660 El Mar Drive, in the Octopus Bar. My free seminar opens the show and IÂ’ll be giving away five copies of my book Catching the Bug 2nd Edition LobsterCONTINUED FROM PAGE 23The Comprehensive Guide to Catching the Spiny Lobster Immediately following the seminar will be the kick-off party with live entertainment. There are plenty of events throughout the week and prizes awarded for the Great Florida Bug Hunt contest. ItÂ’s time to Catch the Bug! [Above] Andy Rubin, Chuck Van Buskirk, Chiefy, Roger Soles and John Strunk after a successful hunt on the reefs. [Below] Catching the bug involves going after them in their native habitat. [Courtesy]Ocean Conservation DayOakland Park Â– Food, fun and a free movie are part of the 2nd Annual Stoked On Salt Ocean Conservation Day today, July 13, from 4 to 10 p.m. at Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Hwy. Over 50 ocean and marine conservation groups will attend to discuss important environmental issues and problems that can be addressed at the local level: lionfish, sharks, ocean debris, water quality, coral reefs, ocean safety, and more. There will also be arts and crafts, culinary shows, entertainment by the Caribbean Waves Steel Drum Band, local artists, an art contest and a free movie Â– Â“Deep.Â” Visit stokedonsalt.com/ocean-conservation-day.html for more Send your marine news to The Pelican at editor.pelican@ gmail.com