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P e l i c a n Pelican e 1500 -A E Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060 Pompano Beach € Deer eld Beach € Lighthouse Point € Lauderdale-Bye-Sea € Wilton Manors € Oakland Park € Hillsboro Beach € e Galt € Palm Aire Visit Us Online at: • 954-783-8700 • Send news to siren2415@gmail.comFriday, August 31, 2018 Vol. XXVI, Issue 35Price 10¢ McIntyre named president, CEO of chamber of commerceBy Phyllis J. NeubergerPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach – Jean McIntyre is a familiar face in this city. That’s one reason she’s been welcomed as the new CEO and president of the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce which now includes the chambers of Lighthouse Point and Margate. But there are other reasons. The former branch manager of IBERIABANK in Pompano Beach, comes to her new job with a powerful combination of charm, talent and knowledge of the chamber she will now run. When she takes the helm on Sept. 5, she will know her challenges. McIntyre has served years on the Pompano Chamber’s Board of Directors as a member and as its chair. She has also served on the board See MCINTYRE on page 8 Dist. 3 candidates have opposing views on development, Atlantic Boulevard, Elks Club purchaseBy Judy VikPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach – Two long-time residents are vying for the Dist. 3 city commission seat this November. Tom McMahon and Mike Skversky are running for the seat now held by Commissioner Rex Hardin. Hardin is running for mayor. The candidates fielded questions at a campaign forum Saturday, hosted by The Pelican newspaper at Christ Community Church. Skversky said he has lived in the city about 25 years, moving here to escape the New Jersey cold. Skversky ran unsuccessfully against Hardin for the seat in November 2016. Before that race, he watched the meetings on Channel 78 and said he couldn’t believe how the city spent money and how the commission voted “yes, yes, yes, yes.” Since then he said he goes to all the meetings, “and it’s the same thing but worse.” Although voters approved a $181 million G.O. bond this year, Skversky said the city wants to spend another $400 million. McMahon has lived his entire life in District 3, where his dad has owned a Lion shin’ aroundChiefy Crew members Ken Udell and Charley Schram show off some of the lion sh they caught for the 1st Annual Lion sh Derby, held Saturday at the Sample McDougald House in Pompano Beach. See story on page 22. [Staff] See DIST. 3 on page 4 Sobel supporter removes Hardin sign, but says no harm meantBy Michael d’OliveiraPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach – When it comes to stealing political signs, resident Bob Cousins says it doesn’t matter which candidate they belong to. “It’s theft. I don’t care who it is. That’s wrong. You can’t be taking other people’s signs.” That’s why he said he decided to confront Angela Hill when he saw her remove a Rex Hardin campaign sign See SIGNS on page 9 Charitable donations to be screened prior to city approvalBy Anne SirenPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach – Taxpayers in most cities are not often aware that they are also benefactors for several non-profit groups. This year, $300,000 will be distributed to approved non-profits, funded by tax dollars. Last year the amount was higher. It’s a tradition that goes back years; commissioners get requests and try to help as many non-profits as possible. See DONATIONS on page 5 Recycling returns with new rulesBy Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFDeerfield Beach – After drafting what they believe to be a more “flexible, advantageous” contract with Waste Management, this city’s leadership has six months to convince the public that contaminated recyclables are worse than no recyclables. The contract allows the city a free pass on 18 percent of its contaminated recyclables for six months. That’s an See RECYCLING on page 8


2 The PelicanFriday, August 31, Have an event for our calendar? THE PELICAN (PP 166 • 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 Maj. Szesnet takes job in Highland BeachHillsboro Beach – Hillsboro Beach Police Department Maj. Jay Szesnet, a 15year veteran of the department, has resigned and taken a job in Highland Beach, an ocean-to-Intracoastal Waterway community of 4,000plus citizens, seven miles north of here. Szesnet came up through the ranks in the Hillsboro Police Department. Four years ago, he was instrumental in the department’s successful effort to gain accreditation, a long and detailed procedure. City Administrator Mac Serda said accreditation was one of the things he looked at when applying last year for his current position. Szesnet has been replaced by Detective Robert O’Neill. “Jay was a critical component to our Hillsboro Beach team,” Serda said. “He was a great value to our community.” Szesnet will be recognized at the next town commission meeting Tuesday, Sept. 12 along with Police Sgt. Robert Lockery who is retiring. Judy Wilson;Send your news to By Michael d’OliveiraPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach – The Southeast 5 Avenue bridge has become a campaign issue in this city’s November election. Michael Skversky, who is running against Tom McMahon for the Dist. 3 seat, said the bridge needs to be replaced, not repaired. Skversky said the condition of the bridge is “a severe safety issue.” City officials do not agree the bridge is a severe safety issue but do agree it needs to be replaced. For that reason, the bridge was budgeted for either repair or replacement in the $180 million bond passed by voters in March. Officials have estimated replacement of the bridge would cost $2.45 million. No date for the project has been established yet. According to an online list of bridge inspections published by the Florida Department of Transportation [FDOT], the bridge was built in 1959 and last inspected on March 30. It was classified as “structurally deficient” [SD] and given a sufficiency rating of 47.2 percent. “[SD] is basically a term used by the Federal Highway Administration [FHA] to draw attention to bridges that have some structural defect,” said Thomas Reynolds, FDOT District 4 structures and facility engineer. Reynolds said a low SD rating does not necessarily mean a bridge is in bad structural condition. He said multiple factors go into determining the SD rating, including structural adequacy and how essential the bridge is to public access. “It’s not necessarily a measure of structural capability . A bridge can be in perfectly great shape but have a low sufficiency rating.” He stated that FDOT has been asking FHA to come up with a different rating system.Southeast 5 Avenue bridge to be replaced“We get these calls a lot [from people who are worried about bridges with low ratings]. We have argued with FHA. This is their criteria that states have to use. We’ve argued that it does sometimes confuse people when they see a number, especially a low number, they think there’s something wrong here,” said Reynolds. Asked why the Southeast 5 Avenue bridge got an SD rating, Reynolds said the city would be the correct agency to comment. In an email, City Engineer John Sfiropoulos wrote that some of the bridge’s components are “poor” but “the report does not identify any deficiencies which pose any immediate danger to the public.” Another bridge in Dist. 3, located on Southeast 11 Avenue, was built in 1960 and last inspected on March 22, 2017. It was deemed “functionally deficient” [FD] and received a sufficiency rating of 77.1. Reynolds said FD bridges are ones that are no longer adequate in terms of traffic capacity. They are either too narrow or don’t have sufficient shoulder lane capacity and don’t meet today’s traffic requirement criteria. He said that’s usually the case with older bridges. Skversky talked about the bridge at The Pelican’s Dist. 3 Candidate’s Forum on Saturday at Christ Community Church.


The Pelican 3 Friday, August 31, By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFLighthouse Point – Commissioners and city planners got a look at a proposed site plan for the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club property Tuesday, but it is still very much a work in progress. Developer Terry Paterson quickly outlined a plan that has been altered since a recent development review committee session when police and fire chiefs made suggestions. With the density of the project, parking and traffic flow as major concerns, Paterson has Yacht Club developer striving to meet concerns of the community set the number of townhome units at 33 and has configured 373 total parking spaces for the clubhouse and the townhome dwellers. He also opened up some green space, is addressing traffic patterns within the complex and added an access for emergency vehicles. Setbacks between the townhome units will be the same as in the single-family neighborhood that abuts the project at 2701 NE 42 St., he said. Paterson, a principal in Paterson Project Management, plans to totally rebuild the clubhouse, move the tennis The rendering of the entrance to the proposed Yacht Club. [Courtesy]courts, add a tennis club/bistro and the four-bedroom townhomes. The 78-slip marina remains unchanged. Formerly described on the company’s website as a $32 million gated community, Paterson said this week he will build an unmanned guardhouse at the entrance to the community offering to donate it to the police department. He is also willing to pay for sidewalks and speed tables on Northeast 27 Terrace. He called the sleek design of the buildings “transitional contemporary” saying it is what is being built now and what is selling. Fire Chief Shawn Gilmartin said he had not studied the changes made recently in the site plan, adding there is a lot to still do with access and fire hydrants. Police Chief Ross Licata said traffic calming is needed at Northeast 17 Ave. and that clubhouse parking overflows now onto Northeast 42 Street during special events. Planning and Zoning Board member Bill Gallo, an architect, gave the commission his brief analysis of the project. There are still too many massive buildings, Gallo said, and a need for more open space and designated guest parking. He called the architectural style “too avant-garde” for Lighthouse Point and added “there are a myriad of issues, but they are solvable.” City Commissioner Earl Maucker said to an overflow audience, “I hope residents see we are taking this very, very seriously. I will tell you unequivocally I want this . it is a huge asset. But there will be no rubber stamp. We will hold people accountable . it will be done by the book.” Commissioner Sandy Johnson called the yacht club “extraordinarily important to our community. “ She noted the developer was making changes and called for “give and take” and “open minds.” “There are crazy things out there on social media,” she added. ”Don’t listen.” Commissioner Mike Long also promised to “take a sharp eye to this . Something will be done there. I am very concerned about density and parking. This is a historic property.” Long said he was concerned with those residents living on Northeast 27, 42 and 30 streets, which surround the club. Commission President Jason Joffe assured the audience there will be time for public comment. Land use changes and rezoning generally takes 10 months to a year to complete. Commissioners decided another workshop will be held in two weeks, this one to allow the public to speak. Send your news to editor.pelican@gmail.comDeveloper Terry Paterson presents his plan to city of cials. [Staff]


4 The PelicanFriday, August 31, business downtown for 50 years. He is president of the Pompano Beach Historical Society and serves on the Historic Preservation and Community Development committees. “I would like to see Pompano continue on its prosperity. We have had great success and great management,” he said. Early on in the ‘90s, McMahon says the city was on a small budget, “and a lot of things got overlooked.” He says he supported the bond issue to get things done.Most important issuesMcMahon said crime is the number one concern in Dist. 3. He said minor break-ins are occurring in Old Pompano. “We need more police presence and to see police cars.” He urged residents to turn said. Parents are looking for the best schools. He would like to see more power given to the city’s School Advisory Committee and more attention paid to the appearance of schools. “If you’re going to a school that looks bad, you feel bad. If a maintenance department needs help or a classroom needs painting, I’m sure we can help,” he said. Skversky agreed that safety is an important issue. He suggested training local residents to work with the Guardian Angels, a non-profit volunteer group, and to work with police. He says crime dropped 50 percent in an Ohio city where residents worked with the Guardian Angels. Skversky cites the over it.” He said drainage issues also need to be addressed. [Read more about the bridge on page 2]. Asked for their ideas on improving public safety and fighting crime, McMahon suggested expanding a vehicle tag reader system and cameras at the entrance of the community. He favors security cameras and emergency call buttons in the parks where there are problems with vagrants and the homeless. Audience members were also invited to ask questions. Commissioner Mike Sobel asked McMahon: “If elected, you will become a Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Board member. The vast majority of your campaign donors are city bidders and contractors; your property has received the benefit of a huge amount of CRA taxpayer dollars for capital improvements. Do you believe it is an appearance of a conflict of interest to accept campaign money from the former co-directors of the CRA while they still have a contract with the city?” McMahon responded, “That’s a loaded question. No, I don’t think it’s a conflict of interest. As businesses in the city you have a right to put funds where you feel it’s the right candidate.” If a vote were related to his property, McMahon said he would recuse himself. If it involved the district, he would Dist. 3Continued from page 1 on house lights, install security cameras and lock car doors. Schools are another important issue, he Skversky McMahoncondition of the Southeast Fifth Avenue bridge as “a severe safety issue.” The bridge is scheduled to be repaired for $2.45 million as part of the G.O. bond. But he says bridge experts and someone from FDOT looked at the bridge, and said “they couldn’t believe it’s sat in the condition it has for years. It needs to be replaced. The condition it’s in, it’s so dire, it could collapse if something very heavy went See DIST. 3 on page 5


The Pelican 5 Friday, August 31, ask the city attorney if there was a conflict. “I won’t vote for anything that would benefit my family,” he said later. “We own property in the downtown CRA district and lease some to the CRA. We leased it at probably 50-60 percent less than market value to give our piece of the pie and to help kick-start development in the downtown. “We want the downtown to be a beautiful place. Restaurants are lined up for leases. Our younger people are starving to have a great downtown area. That’s what this district will turn into.” Pelican publisher Anne Siren also asked the candidates questions. Are you conservative when it comes to taxes? McMahon: “Overall, yes. I agree with the city’s choice to hire additional park rangers to get the parks safer. But instead of rangers, we can also make parks safer with technology. We could have one person in a control center and calling the sheriff’s office when there’s an issue.” Skversky: “I will never vote to raise taxes. Period. End of story. We’re one of the few cities raising taxes in an election year. The party’s over. If you’re for raising taxes, do not vote for me. Most people in this country are sick of taxes.” A condo group planted sea oats at the beach [to help with dune and sand restoration]. Should cities step in and help with this global issue? Skversky: “We can help, but I have other problems with the beach that are much worse. I was at the beach Saturday, and I always clean up. We pay [a firm] $217,000 a year to clean the beach. There are plenty of homeless we could hire to clean the beach. We have to get the poor and homeless off the streets.” McMahon: “I would like to do more research” [on the sea oats issue.] If it’s restoring dunes and protecting the beach, the city should look into it if it’s viable to do.” Some citizens have called for a moratorium on beach development. Do you agree with a moratorium? Skversky: I’m not for more high rises. It’s not the commission’s job to say yes or no. It’s the people’s job to come to meetings and say they don’t want it. Some of the restaurants are terrific ideas. “A tiki hut [proposed] at the beach is a terrific idea. But with one expensive restaurant after another, you will have one or two go out of business.” McMahon: “I don’t agree with a moratorium. Whatever the property is zoned for is what should be built. It’s not in our best interest economically to stop development. If you purchased land on the beach, you should have a right to build. We need to be a business-friendly city. I would say no to a moratorium.” Atlantic Boulevard is changing use to allow higher buildings. The vision is to create a walkable boulevard where people can work, live and play. What’s your opinion of this project? Skversky: “They want to narrow lanes on Atlantic. This is $42 million of total waste. They’re thinking of a trolley system. What is this, 1965? We should leave highways the way they are.” McMahon: “I have a completely different view of that. I enjoy walkable cities. I’d like to see less asphalt, more trees. Beautification will increase value of property. I’m for the design. This is a major change. Some engineers say Atlantic would flow better if drivers didn’t have to merge. I’m for the landscaping, a beautiful entrance to the city and a great corridor.” The city borrowed $5.5 million from operating reserves and purchased the Elks Lodge to build a soccer complex. Construction is estimated to cost another $5.5 million. Do you support this? Was this a smart use of taxpayer dollars? Skversky: “No, and others agree with me. It will be sold, and a developer will come in and build homes with big lots. There’s a large area just to the east where the city could build soccer fields.” McMahon: “I was actually for the purchase of the land. The purchase of the land was below market value. It’s a large property, a large piece of green space. We have many parents waiting for soccer fields. It’s a huge asset to our community and our kids, a huge asset to have parks. Adding another park is not a bad thing.” Why are you the best candidate for Dist. 3? McMahon: “I have the same vision as the current commission and would like to see Pompano Beach move forward. The city is on the right track. Mayor Fisher has done an incredible job. I hope to see Pompano Beach continue to develop. We shouldn’t overdevelop. Pompano Beach has its own character, and we should keep that. I have a passion for this city. I love the city.” Skversky: “We have a total opportunity for building, but I’m for smart building. I’m not interested in seeing taxes go up one cent more. I’m not for government telling you what you can do with your property.” Dist. 3Continued from page 4 And the non-profits chosen in the past were well-known for their positive impacts on the city, from food to fun. This year the funds will require more than a nod from the city. Earlier this year, the city contracted with Strategic Philanthropy, a company hired to accept, review and recommend to city commissioners the non-profits to receive funding. The city pays Strategic Philanthropy $4,000 monthly, which began on April 5, with a contract not to exceed $75,000. Earlier this month, the city hosted a workshop, led by Kelly Alvarez Vitale, owner of Strategic Philanthropy. Vitale told the group at E. Pat Larkins Civic Center that Aug. 24 was the deadline for a one-time annual application for funds. Priority will be give to non-profits who meet the criteria based on the following highest to lowest priorities: workforce readiness development; education; senior assistance and community events. Final decisions on the city budget and non-profit donations will be decided at two public hearings on Sept. 14 and Sept. 21 at 5:15 p.m. DonationsContinued from page 1


6 The PelicanFriday, August 31, 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 € Fax: 954-783-0093Letters to the Editor are encouraged and accepted for print if signed, although a writers 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 years 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 € 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 ChiefyŽ Mathie Account Executives: Carolyn Mann, Ellen Green, Mary Beth McCabe, Patti Fanucci, AC Carbone Distribution/Circulation: Al Schmidberger Special O ce Assistant: Cathy Siren ESTABLISHED 1993 € Volume XXVI, Issue 35 Founding Editor and PublisherAnne Hanby Siren CommentaryFlorida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency over an environmental disaster that he insists has nothing to do with him. It’s true that red tide — an evil-smelling algae bloom now fouling the precious beaches along Florida’s southwestern coast — is an oft-repeated natural phenomenon. Thousands of dead tarpons, manatees, sea turtles and other large creatures’ floating offshore and onto beaches, though a jarring sight, has happened before. But red tide this year, it’s crazy. And so are the other algae, the freshwater blue-green slime blooming every summer in Lake Okeechobee. This year, the toxic algae have been sent coursing through Florida’s estuaries to both coasts. On the Treasure Coast, for example, people who’ve made “contact” with the St. Lucie River have been going to emergency rooms, complaining of nausea and shortness of breath. Florida’s environment is fragile. Recognizing the enormous importance of natural beauty to the state’s economy, governors — both Republican and Democratic — have at least attempted to address the ecological threats. Not Scott. He’s the governor who, in 2011, slashed funding for Florida’s water management districts by $700 million. It was about cutting property taxes. As Scott bragged in a 2011 press release, the tax cut “allows families and business to use more of their hard-earned money in the way they see best.” And now they can use their hard-earned money to bail out their failing restaurants, fishing boats and other tourism-related businesses now bereft of customers. They can spend it on breathing masks and beach vacations in New England. I’m not sure how lower taxes fit into selling real estate during a biblical-sized Environmental malpractice washes onto the beachBy Froma HarropGUEST COLUMNISTFroma Harrop has been seen on MSNBC and PBS and heard on NPR and many other radio outlets. And she is currently a contributor to CNN Opinion. Raised in the Long Island suburbs, Harrop attended New York University. She now lives in New York City and Providence, Rhode Island. plague attacking every one of the five senses, but they might help. What else did Scott do? He cut his budget requests for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection year after year. He repealed a law requiring septic tank inspections, important for reducing water pollution. He rolled back other regulations and decimated the environmental enforcement staff. Scott couldn’t just budget $50 million for conservation programs in the normal way. He insisted on selling state lands to raise the money. This was one of the few things he couldn’t get away with because it was so controversial. Heavy rains this year have forced more of the freshwater algae to be flushed from Lake Okeechobee into the estuaries. Fertilizer pollution from sugar farms, citrus groves and ranches feeds the algae. When there is conflict over this, Scott habitually sides with the biggest polluters. The sugar industry has quite a deal. It enjoys enormous subsidies, courtesy of federal taxpayers and price supports. Then it gets to dump the waste onto the bottom half of Florida. We haven’t even gotten into global warming. The higher temperatures fueling catastrophic fires in the West have been causing massive flooding in much of coastal Florida. As for the algae crisis, “climate change will severely affect our ability to control blooms, and in some cases could make it near impossible,” according to scientists at the University of Florida and the University of North Carolina. Scott refuses to concede that human activity contributes to warming, but you could have guessed that. Scott is now running for the U.S. Senate against the Democratic incumbent, Bill Nelson. Predictably, Scott is blaming Nelson for the environmental disaster. Nice try. Nelson is one senator in Washington. As governor, Scott had the power to enforce the Clean Water Act. As governor, Scott nickeled, dimed, slashed and ignored Florida’s environmental protections for almost eight years. Get this: With an election now upon him, he’s suddenly demanding more money for the state Department of Environmental Protection. This is a politician who knows he’s guilty of environmental malpractice, and so should the voters. Follow Froma Harrop on Twitter @FromaHarrop. She can be reached at To find out more about Froma Harrop and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators webpage at creators. com. This article is published with permission from Harrop. Civic disengagement partially to blame for red tides, lost summersBy Katie Tripp, Ph.D.DIRECTOR OF SCIENCE & CONSERVATION; SAVE THE MANATEE CLUBWater pollution affects all of us. Just because our waters aren’t blooming today, doesn’t mean they couldn’t be blooming tomorrow. We should learn a lesson from those communities that are suffering and take steps to reduce pollution and improve our coastal water quality.Dr. KatieTripp has been Save the Manatee Club’s Director of Science and Conservation since May of 2008. She received her Ph.D. in Veterinary Medical Sciences from the University of Florida, where she conducted research on manatee physiology. Martin County, located along Florida’s southeast coast, adopted the term “Lost Summer” in 2013 to describe the disaster caused by discharges from Lake Okeechobee into coastal communities. Posted signs warned against swimming, fishing, or otherwise coming in contact with the water that was covered in “guacamole-thick” algae. The moniker was unfortunately applicable again in 2016 and now again in 2018. On Florida’s west coast, red tide has killed nearly 1,100 manatees over the last 23 years, and because blooms now occur so frequently, they are no longer characterized as “unusual mortality events” for these protected marine mammals. The organism that causes red tide is naturally-occurring. The input of human-generated pollution into our coastal waters, which causes that organism to “bloom” and wreak havoc, is far from natural. The same is true for the various algae blooms that have occurred in the Indian River Lagoon in recent years, resulting in the deaths of manatees, dolphins, fish, and sea birds, and the loss of tens of thousands of acres of vitally-important seagrass. Florida’s waters are in crisis, and we need leaders who will protect our natural environment. Too many of our decision-makers and residents continue to be in denial about our state’s long-running addiction to growth at any cost and the toll it takes on our environment. Politicians have won election and re-election by campaigning on lower taxes and reduced oversight, but they have neglected the need to protect and invest in our natural environment. Too often, voters make decisions without having properly researched candidates, or they fail to vote at all. Until more citizens engage in their democracy and vote with the future in mind, Floridians can expect continued Lost Summers and lost opportunities to fix our ailing waterways.Charging station locations wantedThe Pelican will be publishing a story about electric vehicle charging stations [open to the public] in the following cities: Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lighthouse Point, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, Hillsboro Beach, Boca Raton, Margate and Coral Springs. Anyone with information about the locations of charging stations in those cities is encouraged to email with the address.


The Pelican 7 Friday, August 31, CHURCH DIRECTORY CommentaryAndrew Gillum: not just another horse in the race, say supporters By Jahlisa HarveyGUEST COMMENTARYWhen you think about what a true leader entails [a strong work ethic, passion, a forward thinking approach], the embodiment is Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who became the Democratic nominee for governor Tuesday. Born in Miami and raised in Jacksonville, Gillum was the youngest elected city commissioner at 23. Personifying true grit and passion for his fellow man, woman and child, Gillum has proven himself. In the eyes of millennials, Gillum is actively working to make a difference in their lives and futures by sanctioning an increase of the cityÂ’s minimum wage to $15. Gillum took a stand for his community, enacting policies protecting the rights of minorities in a time where internet trolls have the upper hand and the louder voice. The need to speak for the unrepresented people in his state is a reoccurring motif we see in his actions. Being the voice for the underserved, he is driven to tackle the hard issues his opponents overlook and ignore. His commitments range Mehkai Baker, Judah Baker, gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum and Tangela Jackson at a pre-election rally in Pompano Beach. [Courtesy] See GILLUM on page 19


8 The PelicanFriday, August 31, Briefs of the Kiwanis Club of Pompano Beach and as chair of the Sunrise Chamber of Commerce. After a 30 year career in banking, she was asked if her new job requires a whole new skill set. She laughs and says, “Not really. When IBERIABANK closed the Pompano Beach location, I moved to the larger Fort Lauderdale location and was promoted to vice president business development officer. That job and banking itself requires the same focus as my new job. They are both all about people, economic development and community involvement. And I have spent my entire career dealing with these three areas.” The Greater Pompano Beach Chamber has expanded its reach and now includes Margate and Lighthouse Point. To McIntyre this means added opportunity for growth and service. She says, “We are a non political, non-partisan organization with a very small staff of three. “However, in addition to our multi-talented staff, the members of our Board and Executive Board bring their enthusiasm and willingness to work with us. “Our board clearly sees the ROI [return on investment]. They are our ambassadors, and with their support we are able to emphasize the value of membership.” McIntyre estimates the number of members is over 700. “We are the voice of businesses in the community. The needs differ between small business and big business members. Our goal is to show the advantages of being a member to both groups.” She went on to explain. “For small and emerging businesses, we are the key to connections, access and visibility. We offer targeted and impactful educational opportunities. Through the many networking programs and committees the Chamber provides a way to initiate friendships and camaraderie. We help foster a productive working environment. People do business with people they like, but they have to know each other first. The chamber can fast-track members through that process. Larger businesses want to be good corporate partners and have access to community leaders and help in building those relationships. “The chamber also provides opportunities to develop their own in-house talent through community leadership roles and the Leadership North Broward Program. Many community leaders have expressed their approval of Jean McIntyre as head of the chamber because as one said, “We have seen her in action and we know what she can accomplish with her wealth of knowledge.” Married with three adult children, the youngest a senior in college, she has the time and energy that this job requires and she says, “I’m ready from day one.” McIntyreContinued from page 1 McIntyre Lakeside Carpentry Inc. xes multitude of repairs for home, o ceIn the Aug. 24 issue of The Pelican which featured Lakeside Carpentry, the incorrect telephone number was published. The correct number is 954-487-9150. The Pelican regrets the error. estimated $75,000 savings. The city’s history of contaminants is a concern: 30-plus percent on average and in May a high of 50 percent. Can this major cleanup be achieved? Chad Grecsek, director of sustainable services, won’t venture a guess. But he says, “We will work with them [Waste Management] to make sure of the figures.” As of Monday, Sept. 3, when residential recycling service begins here again, Waste Management will be measuring contaminated materials at its transfer plant in southwest Deerfield. Until the recycling contract came up for renewal July 1, Grecsek said the city was unaware its contamination rate was so high. “This is new to us,” Mayor Bill Ganz said last week. “We didn’t realize there would be a cost. There had been no audit [of materials]. We weren’t concerned about contamination. Nobody was.” That awareness began across Broward County when 17 cities were offered new contracts with a formula for calculating contaminants and the cost. When city commissioners here learned that the “Allin” recycling mentality that had prevailed was going to be outrageously expensive, they balked at Waste Management’s original offer in June and suspended the service. Now, they say that twomonth hiatus will become an opportunity to start new recycling habits. “It brought RecyclingContinued from page 1 attention to the issue,” Grecsek said. “A lot of people weren’t diligent . I think people will be excited to do it the right way,” Ganz said. That diligence will be achieved, officials hope, with a massive educational outreach to residents. Waste Management has pledged 120 annual hours of educational support and an annual $15,000 contribution for environmental cleanup. The city has mailed flyers that should have reached 15,000 households this week. Programs for schools – Ricky the Recycling Ranger – with printed materials in English, Creole, Spanish and Portuguese will begin in September. With the market for recyclables stagnant, the recycling program for this year is estimated to cost an additional $300,000. As for next year, the level of contaminants and the marketplace, could give rise to an increase in residential solid waste rates, Grecsek said. The new contract gives the city the right to drop recycling services to multi-family complexes and to businesses. It gives the city a 90-day cancellation clause as opposed to the 120-day offered at first. It allows the city to remove items from the recycling stream. Grecsek also acknowledged that commercial rates are likely to increase. Homeowners Associations and businesses can contract with private waste haulers that will handle recyclables. Right now, however, the city still offers business owners the best rate – $45 for a two-yard bin as opposed to $117 from one of the private haulers. Last week, Ganz admitted that rejecting the contract Waste Management offered all cities was “politically a risky move . I never thought I would be stopping recycling here. But I suspected it wasn’t the best they could do. Our new contract is definitely better.” The mayor is also asking the public to take a look at the products used when they buy items, and for businessowners to look at packaging products. As an example, Ganz used take-out food. “You get it in a Styrofoam container with a plastic fork encased in plastic wrap which is then put into a plastic bag.” None of those items belong in a recycling bin. Now, the mayor suggests when in doubt that an item is recyclable, “Throw it in the garbage. It may make more fiscal sense to put it in the landfill. “ The crises in the global recycling market began when China banned imports of recyclables in 2017. With too much supply and no demand, prices crashed. At this point the future of that market is unpredictable. Grescek said, “The dust hasn’t settled yet . and the secondary markets are backing up.” Deerfield’s drop-off recycling center at 401 SE 4 St. accepts #6 Styrofoam, antifreeze, tires, latex paint, toner cartridges, NICSD and rechargeable batteries, auto/ marine batteries, electronics, propane cylinders. Drop off plastic bags at Publix, Target, Winn Dixie, Wal-Mart Deerfield Beach locations. Barrier Island roadways to get faceliftDeerfield Beach – The city will be re-paving and re-stripping the streets on the barrier island beginning this month. The road work will cause temporary lane closures through December. City officials say they are aware the project will cause some inconvenience and are thanking motorists in advance for their patience and cooperation. For more information, contact Project Manager E. Denise Cone at 954-480-4347 or environmental services at 954-480-4400.


The Pelican 9 Friday, August 31, Saturday. Cousins said he and his wife, Nancy, witnessed Hill remove the sign around 2:30 p.m. at Southeast 22 Avenue and Southeast 9 Street, in front of the Santa Barbara Shores neighborhood entrance sign. Hardin, a city commissioner, is one of four Pompano Beach mayoral candidates. The others are Commissioner Michael Sobel, Debresia LeSane and Cyndy Floyd. Hill, a former commission candidate and current supporter of Sobel, said she thought she was only doing what was “fair.” She said multiple Sobel signs have been removed from that spot, which is public property; not an approved location for campaign signs. She said she returned the sign to its location a few hours later. “I understand the way that it looks. It was just ignorance on my part. I had no mal-intent against Rex Hardin,” said Hill. “It was never my intention to keep [the sign] or destroy it.” She said she planned to contact Hardin or the president of the homeowners association and give the sign to one of them. “I’ve never touched any other signs. I thought I was doing the right thing but clearly I was not.” Hill said the fact that she removed the sign during the day with Sobel signs on her vehicle demonstrates she wasn’t trying to be sneaky or do something she thought was wrong. “Clearly I’m not trying to do something shady with my kids in the car.” She said she knows now that she shouldn’t take signs under any condition and should have called the city and made it a code enforcement matter. Cousins said he called BSO and made it a police matter but did not file a report yet. Cousins claimed he said something to Hill out the window of his vehicle and followed her home after she removed the sign. Both Hill and Cousins accuse the other of “screaming” in the driveway of Hill’s residence. Hill said Cousins just started accusing her of stealing without asking her any questions first. She also said she was “afraid for my safety.” Cousins said the incident reflects badly on Sobel and has swayed him to vote for Hardin for mayor. Sobel said he’s never told anyone to remove signs and, as someone who is the victim of campaign sign theft, he said he’s instructed his supporters not “ . to even touch another sign. That right SignsContinued from page 1 belongs to the candidate, a person on the candidate’s team or a code enforcement officer. This hits home . Certainly, she wasn’t removing any signs at my behest or with my encouragement.” Hardin thought otherwise. He said it’s “disappointing a former political candidate would stoop that low.” He said he’s had other signs go missing and has instructed his supporters only to put signs where they are legally allowed. “I certainly do not ever support anybody removing campaign signs except the proper authorities.” Both Sobel and Hill said a large number of Sobel’s signs, including some as late as yesterday, have also been removed. Sobel said the number of signs, worth over $2,000, is much higher than in previous elections. He thinks his campaign is being specifically targeted. Generous donors make history preserving the Hillsboro Lighthouse By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFHillsboro Beach – Since taking over management and maintenance of the Hillsboro Lighthouse from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2012, its supporters have made improvements to the 111-old structure totaling $2 million. Most, if not all, of those projects were paid for through the generosity of local donors, some of whom will be recognized next week at the dedication of the new railings at the entrance to the light. Mike Davis and his family, owners of Skyline Steel, fabricated and installed the railings that are exact replicas of the original. Cost to a paying customer would have been $40,000, See LIGHTHOUSE on page 15


10 The PelicanFriday, August 31, Phyllis J. Neuberger wants your suggestions about people making a difference. Phyllis’s book, China Dahl, is available on Call 954-7838700. Making a Di erence Briefs Newly retired, Michelle Raymond packs her calendar with worthwhile volunteer activities By Phyllis J. NeubergerPELICAN STAFF“When I retired from the corporate world about two and one half years ago, I wanted to create a new identity for myself and give back to the community,” says Michelle Raymond. “I heard about classes at the Center for Active Aging [formerly N.E. Focal Point] and I signed up for a knitting class because I had always wanted to learn how to knit. I met members and through them I found out about the fabulous exercise classes and joined that group, too. “I like this agency so much that last September I volunteered to help and I was soon very involved in the annual Health Exposition and loved every minute of working on this project.” Starting this September, Raymond expects to be at the Center Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. or longer if needed. She says, “I help with the phone work, computers, working in the boutique and wherever they need me. It’s a great learning experience and I enjoy the people I meet. Everyone seems so happy here.” Executive Director Donna M. DeFronzo of the Center for Active Aging says, “Michelle has been a wonderful volunteer with the Center for several years. Her fun-loving personality has been very helpful in working at our front desk, bargain box boutique, recreation and health support. Michelle is a well-versed and flexible volunteer, which makes her an invaluable asset. Michelle Raymond enjoys classes at the Center for Active Aging and gives back many volunteer hours every week in appreciation for what this agency offers to the community. [Courtesy] See RAYMOND on page 12Enrollment open for Habitat for HumanityFort Lauderdale – Families who want to apply for a home provided by Habitat for Humanity must complete a pre-qualification questionnaire. The questionnaire will be available online from Wednesday, Sept. 5 to Wednesday, Sept. 19. “This is an exciting opportunity for aspiring, first-time homeowners,” said Nancy Robin, CEO of Habitat Broward. “We strive to put hard-working families in safe, stable homes and we encourage families to visit our website to learn more.” To apply, visit Qualifying applicants will be invited to attend an orientation where they will be given directions on how to complete a full application package.


The Pelican 11 Friday, August 31, Tools for SchoolsPompano Beach – For the last four weeks, Centennial Bank employees and Soroptimist of Pompano Beach members collected school supplies for local children. With additional help from bank customers, the final collection, ranging from pencils to book bags, will be donated to Broward County Tools for Schools, 2300 W. Copans Rd., for teachers to shop for free supplies for students who cannot afford them. For details or to schedule a shopping time, call 754-321-9020. Pictured are Fonnie Gill, Dulce Walker, Carlos Santos, Carmen Botero, Diane Massey and Debbie Langston. [Courtesy] Historical photos tell story of Deer eld’s early daysBy Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFDeerfield Beach – The public is invited to a special “story on canvas” exhibit of “52 Deerfield Moments” of this city’s history on Friday, Sept. 7, 5 to 8 p.m., at the Butler House, 380 E. Hillsboro Blvd. The display will feature the now-completed collection of “Moments” 52 photos mounted on 2’x3’ canvas depicting significant events in the history of Deerfield Beach, along with a brief description of each photograph. Entrance to the exhibit is free. Since the Deerfield Beach Historical Society is the city’s principal agency for historic programs, exhibitions, publications, and other outreach services, the goal for creating “52 Deerfield Moments” was to share the city’s history in a meaningful and lasting way. The project was coordinated by T.J. Eagen. Also on display will be artwork created by Deerfield Beach Middle School students at a weekly art class – “Love for Art@ Butler.” This unique class was supported by the Deerfield Beach Cultural Committee and taught by instructors Gabriella Gamperl and Debbie Rollo. Light refreshments will be served; the South Florida Chamber Ensemble will provide the music. The exhibition will also be on view Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Butler House. “The “Moments” are housed on the Society’s website and See HISTORICAL on page 14 Workforce housing units in planning stagesPompano Beach – This city’s planning and zoning board has recommended a rezoning request from the developer of workforce housing at Dixie Highway and Southwest 11 Street. The applicant, Aloha 1, LLC, proposes a 129-unit development with three 4-story buildings and one 5-story building. The project would be deed-restricted for affordable, workforce housing. The applicant requested rezoning from RM-20 to RM-45 [multiple family residence]. The rezone will allow more units to be built. The applicant also requested 108 flexibility units in order to develop the project. The city has 1,238 flex units. The ground floor of the 5-story building fronting on Dixie would be leased to retail businesses. The residential units will be rentals and deed restricted for 30 years. Rents will be set by Broward County, according to Michael Vonder Meulen of Keith & Associates, which represents the developer. -Judy Vik Send your news to


12 The PelicanFriday, August 31, Her excellent administrative and computer skills have been helpful in planning for and organizing our annual Health & Wellness Expo, which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “We are grateful for all of our incredible volunteers. They help us to fulfill our mission of improving the quality of life for others.” Did Raymond learn how to knit? She laughs and says, “Yes I did and I enjoy working with this group because they mostly knit lap blankets for Hospice patients. Isn’t that inspiring?” On Tuesdays and Thursdays, she heads for Broward Health North where she volunteers about four hours a day delivering flowers or mail and working in the gift shop. “I love meeting and chatting with new people. It’s an uplifting experience.” “I’m a breast cancer survivor and I’ve met many other survivors in my volunteer work. We inspire each other and appreciate every moment we have to enjoy life.” Packing her calendar five days a week, Raymond still finds time to be a member of Friends of the Library at Percy White Library in Deerfield Beach. “I try to volunteer there for a few hours as often as I can fit it into my busy schedule,” she says, adding, “It’s a lovely library and a great resource.” She moved to Deerfield Beach from Plantation five years ago and says, “It’s a great time to live here. I like watching this city grow and to be part of it as it develops so many new attractions.” Lurking in her future is a desire to work with children who struggle with language. Born in Morocco, she was surrounded with Spanish and French speakers but English became her first language. “I had marvelous teachers who helped me to overcome a speech impediment even as RaymondContinued from page 10 they taught me English. I’m so grateful to those teachers who helped me; I would like to help children who are struggling.” She ended this interview saying, “I guess I’m just high on life and inspired by the good people I meet along the way.” The Pelican is inspired by you, Michelle Raymond, and your gifts of time and talent to so many worthy places in the community. Help save the seaDeerfield Beach – The city will host the 33rd Annual International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers will gather at the chickee hut across from the fire station at 71 SE 21 Ave. beginning at 8:30 a.m. The first 100 participants will receive parking passes for the duration of the event. Gloves, bags, water and other materials will be provided. To register for this year’s event, email and include name, contact information, organization, site preference and number of attendees. Nearly 200 volunteers came out to the beach last year. Organizers are hoping this year will be the biggest coastal cleanup ever. For additional information, call 954-519-1218.


The Pelican 13 Friday, August 31, By Concepcion LedezmaPELICAN SPORTSFort Lauderdale – Playing in front of its biggest home crowd ever, Cardinal Gibbons High School was riding high on an early two-touchdown lead over Miami Central. Gibbons was about to add another touchdown but the tables quickly turned. The season opener didn’t end well for the Chiefs who squandered a 14-0 lead and disappointed the estimated 3,500 spectators on hand for the 48-21 loss to the Rockets. “We were on a roll on both sides of the ball at that point,” said Gibbons coach Matt DuBuc, referring to his team’s advantage in the early going. “And we had the ball at their one-yard line. It should have been 21-0.” Instead, the Chiefs were See GIBBONS on page 16Gibbons loses season opener in showdown of elite contenderscalled for what the coach called a “phantom” holding penalty. “That pushed us back, then we turned the ball over and suddenly the momentum was lost,” DuBuc continued. The visitors scored the next five touchdowns to pull away to a 35-14 lead in the third quarter. Central [1-0] came into the game ranked No. 13 nationally in the MaxPreps poll while Gibbons [0-1] was No. 19. Quarterback Nik Scalzo accounted for both early scores with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Chris Benestad and 14-yard scramble to the end zone. Scalzo, a University of Kentucky commit who is coming off a season where he threw 23 touchdown passes, finished just 7-of-18 for 129 yards before being pulled in the fourth quarter. Central took advantage of mistake-prone Gibbons, including two turnovers and a six-yard punt by the Chiefs, to tie the game at 14-14 at halftime. Then Central scored two touchdowns in a span of three minutes to start the second half. Central quarterback Maurice Underwood completed 15 of 27 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns. Gibbons’ running back Vincent Davis scored on a 15-yard run for the Chiefs’ only score of the second half. Davis, who had 942 rushing yards last season, managed only 32 yards on the ground in nine carries. “That’s a tough lesson to learn going forward,” DuBuc said. “You just can’t make the mistakes we made against an excellent football team. They’re nationally ranked. I hope we grew up as a team.” While Scalzo was pressured all night, Underwood enjoyed little pressure from the Gibbons’ defensive line. “Not having Khris Bogle [13 sacks last year] really hurt us,” DuBuc said of his injured [knee] defensive lineman, who is expected to return in three weeks. The Chiefs will attempt to rebound today [Friday] when they travel to Milton, Georgia. to take on the MHS Eagles [2-0] for a 7 p.m. kickoff time held about 30 minutes from Atlanta.Westminster holds off SomersetWestminster Academy QB Bradley Hebda led the Lions with 62 rushing yards and scored a touchdown as the Lions held off Pembroke Pines Somerset, 13-12. Micah Lewis added 53 rushing yards on eight rushes, including a touchdown, as Westminster [1-0] took a 13-6 lead into the fourth quarter before weathering Somerset’s rally. The Lions headed to Miami Beach yesterday to take on Scheck Hillel in a 7 p.m. matchup. The game had not started by press time yesterday.Tornadoes lose to MonarchPompano Beach never got on track this week, dropping a 44-0 decision to Monarch. “It was a tough game,” Coach Melvin Jones said. “We came into week one with some injuries, including the loss of our starting QB Blake Loigano. Week 2 is a bye week, which gives us a chance to heal up. We have a lot to clean up before heading to Hollywood Hills.”Deer eld off to a strong start with win over state champsThe Deer eld Beach Bucks emerged with a 13-10 victory last Friday over defending Class 3A state champs ChaminadeMadonna.


14 The PelicanFriday, August 31, Have an event for our calendar?Email designed so additional information on each topic can be added and corrected as needed – a “Wikipedia” style online resource as history is made and discovered. Beyond the original plan for the “Moments” on the Society’s website, a “hard copy” of each photo is now available for purchase on the website,, or at the Alice B Gift Shop located inside the Butler House. Additionally, the Society has offered to display “52 Deerfield Beach Moments” in various venues to increase its accessibility. Readers interested in displaying the “52 Deerfield Beach Moments,” should call the Historical Society at 954-429-0378 for information. Downtown Deer eld Beach, early 1900s [Courtesy] HistoricalContinued from page 11 Open enrollment for Habitat BrowardFort Lauderdale – Families who want to apply for a home provided by Habitat for Humanity must complete a pre-qualification questionnaire. The questionnaire will be available online from Wednesday, Sept. 5 to Wednesday, Sept. 19. “This is an exciting opportunity for aspiring, first-time homeowners,” said Nancy Robin, CEO of Habitat Broward. “We strive to put hard-working families in safe, stable homes and we encourage families to visit our website to learn more.” To apply, visit Qualifying applicants will be invited to attend an orientation where they will be given directions on how to complete a full application package. Send The Pelican your news! editor.pelican@


The Pelican 15 Friday, August 31, according to Art Makenian, who has shepherded the lighthouse for the last dozen years through a series of repairs and improvements. Recently, work was also done on the catwalk at the top of the light, last repaired in 2003. “Now the rail and the catwalk are exactly like they were in 1928 when Capt. Ben Stone was the lighthouse keeper,” Makenian said this week. Davis said he grew up around the Hillsboro Inlet and when Makenian brought him the historic drawings of the entrance, he thought it would be a good way to memorialize his brother, Christopher, who died 12 years ago in a motorcycle accident. Another incentive is his family’s love of lighthouses and a brother-in-law in the Coast Guard. “I didn’t realize there would be publicity, “ Davis said this week. “We didn’t do it for that.” The railings will be dedicated Saturday, Sept. 8 at 10:30 a.m. Special guests have been invited, including current and former public officials, Coast Guard officers from the 7th District and the major contributors to the light’s maintenance, Tom and Jane Wye, who through their family foundation have donated $90,000 to the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society. The Wyes are Lighthouse Point residents. Their latest donation made possible the major structural repair of the light, a three-year project just completed. Their foundation is dedicated to children, veterans, historic preservation and medical research. The public can attend the dedication as Sept. 8 is a regular tour day. Shuttle boats leave from the Sands Marina, 125 N. Riverside Drive., Pompano Beach, on the hour beginning at 9 a.m. A transportation fee of $35 per person, or a membership in the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society [also $35], will be charged. Refreshments will be served. LighthouseContinued from page 9George Stone, son of Hillsboro Lighthouse Keeper Capt. Ben Stone, in a 1928 photo that shows the original rails at the lighthouse entrance. The new rails, exact replicas, will be dedicated Saturday, Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m. [Courtesy]


16 The PelicanFriday, August 31, The Pelican Newspaper Junior running back Jaylon Knighton took the ball 65 yards to score the BucksÂ’ rst touchdown in the rst half. Right before the half, Derohn King hit Deajuan McDougle who ran 30 yards to score. Chaminade tried to recover late in the rsthalf, but Tryon Herring intercepted a pass, shutting down the LionsÂ’ offense. In the second half they could manage only 35 yards. Chaminade hosted the game, the teams playing under the schoolÂ’s new stadium lights which went on midway through the rst quarter. The Bucks travel to Buford, Georgia tonight for a non-conference game followed by a game here Sept. 7 against Westlake of Atlanta. The season gets local again when long-time rival Blanche Ely plays the Bucks in the Deer eld Beach High School Stadium on Sept. 15. The Bucks travel next to Coral Springs and Taravella, returning home Oct. 5 to host St. Thomas. They play Stoneman Douglas the next week, Monarch High on Oct. 19 and conclude the regular season at Piper High. GibbonsContinued from page 13


The Pelican 17 Friday, August 31, Labor Day Eve9/2 Join Silvie Bells at Packy’s Sports Pub, 7 p.m. to midnight 4480 N. Federal Hwy., LHP 100% Proceeds bene t Neonatal Intensive care Unit [NICU] AuditionsThe Broward Women’s Choral Group seeks women singers. Rehearsals are Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-951-6789 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 Post 222 in Oakland Park. Call 954647-0700 or Adoption event at Woof Gang Bakery, 216 NE 36 St., Lighthouse Point. Gifts, raf es, sales and doggy ice cream bars. Lab Rescue of South Florida and Furever Family will host adoptions. 1 to 4 p.m. 754-2056150. 9/28 – 9/30, 2018 Class reunion for Pompano Beach High School Golden Tornadoes, Class of 1968. “Our Golden 50th Reunion Weekend.” Marriott of Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, 1200 N. Ocean Drive, Pompano Beach. Contact Chairperson Cherryl Cook, for information/registration forms. 12/14 – Decide now to be part of the Pompano Beach Holiday boat parade. For information about joining the parade or a sponsorship, contact the Pompano Beach Chamber at 954.241.2940 or email Hikes9/1 John Prince Park 2520 Lake Worth Rd., Lake Worth. Take a slow stroll or pick up speed. One hour hike. 7:15 a.m. Paul Cummings, 561-963-9906. Public/Leisure. 9/2 Hike Jonathan Dickinson Park 16450 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound. 7 to 12 miles. Meet at the front gate of the park at 8 a.m. Bring plenty of water. 561-213-2189. Public/ moderate. 9/3 Monthly chapter meeting Okeeheelee Park Nature Center, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach. Meet inside at the Okeeheelee Nature Center. Social 7 p.m. Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Program is about maintaining wilderness trails. 561-3077792. LibrariesJan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 NW 9th Court, Pompano Beach. 954-3577670. North Regional College Library Thursdays – Digital Downloads Open House. Access and download the library’s free books. Noon to 1 p.m. 954-2012601. North Regional/Broward College Library offers adult coloring, tness programs, group jigsaw puzzling and classes in English and Spanish. 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek. Call 954-201-2601. NatureNights at the Observatory. Wednesdays 7 to 10 p.m. Buehler Observatory, Broward College A. Hugh Adams Central Campus, 3501 SW Davie Road. Davie. Explore the sky through the lens of powerful telescopes at the Buehler Observatory. Free. Call 954-201-6681. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton – Learn about behaviors of sh, sting rays, and other marine life during these free daily feeding presentations. Call 561544-8605.TheaterThrough 9/2 – When a Baby Cries by Benita Alane Cornick, is about the redemptive power of new life and is part of the company’s new playwright series. Evening performances 7 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. Tickets are $28 and can be purchased at Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 W Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach. 954-545-7800. 10/18 – 11/11 – Pirates of Penzance Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta is an uproarious comedy. The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Fed. Hwy., Boca Raton. Tickets $75-$95. 561-995-2333.Tours 9/8 Tour Historic Pompano Beach From the Sample-McDougald House to the Indian Mound. Tours tell tales of the land from farms to its time today. Meet at 9 a.m. at Founders Park, 217 NE 4 Ave., Pompano Beach. 10 a.m. tour bus leaves. Tickets $15/person. 954-782-3015. Butler House tours Deer eld Beach – The historic Butler House is open every Saturday for tours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 380 E. Hillsboro Blvd. Admission is free; donations accepted. 954429-0378 or history@Deer Sample-McDougald House – 450 NE 10 St., Pompano Beach, the 1916 Sample-McDougald House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Daily historic tours. Call 754-307-5446. Hillsboro Lighthouse Tour the lighthouse Sept. 8. Board the shuttle boat at the Sands Hotel dock, 125 N. Riverside Dr., Pompano Beach. Boats leave on the hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $35 per person transportation fee. Details 786251-0811.NatureWednesdays 7 to 10 p.m. Buehler Observatory Broward College A. Hugh Adams Central Campus 3501 S.W. Davie Road. Davie, Explore the sky through the lens of powerful telescopes at the Buehler Observatory. Free. Call 954-2016681. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N Ocean Blvd ., Boca Raton – Learn about behaviors of sh, sting rays, and other marine life during these free daily feeding presentations. All ages; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 561-544-8605.SportsOver-50 Baseball – Play the game on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. at Pioneer Park in Deer eld Beach. All skill levels, all welcome. Dues $40 annually. Call Denis Tranchida at 954-647-1621. Swim Classes The Deer eld Beach Aquatic Center will offering summer swim lessons taught by American Red Cross certi ed Water Safety Instructors. Call 954-420-2262.SundaysBingo Thursdays at 1 p.m. and Sundays 2 to 5 p.m. at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 1111 E. Sample Road, Pompano Beach. 954-942-5887. MondaysIn Your Shoes – Second and fourth Mondays at 10 a.m., free discussions for adult men and women, led by professional facilitator at Temple Sholom, 132 SE 11 Ave. 954-942-6410.


18 The Pelican Friday, August 31, 2018pelicannewspaper.comCLASSIFIED MARKETPLACE To place your classi ed ad please visit or call 954-783-8700 by Wednesday at 5 p.m. REAL ESTATE • SALES • CARS • TRUCKS • SERVICES • JOBS Call for Pelican Home Delivery 954-783-8700 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 – Utilities Paid. Call 954-934-3195. The Pelican Classi eds Work 954-783-8700 Deadline for classi ed advertising is Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Thank you. Place your classi ed ad online at pelicannewspaper.comSubscribe for home delivery [$13.78] or free online subscription at Retire in North Carolina CHRISTMAS DESIGNERS HIRING NOW!! We are looking to hire seasonal positions, for Lighting installers and Christmas helpers for the 2018-19 Holiday season. Starts mid-September to mid-December. Must be able to work outside. Requires a valid driver’s license. Lots of work, availability 7 days a week, $13/Hr. A great QUICK opportunity to make extra money. We offer OVERTIME. Can lift 40 pounds plus. No experience necessary. APPLY online Http://www. HIRING or call 954-947-3359. Tax School Employment Condos for Rent POMPANO BEACH CONDO for Rent. 1/1, block to beach/ Intracoastal. Fully furnished and equipped. Pool, laundry, private parking. $1,195/per mth. Plus Electric. Free wi cable. Up to Dec. 15. One month refundable security. No pets/smoking. 954-993-3682. Pompano Beach – 2/2 East of U.S. 1, Quiet 2nd Fl Condo, End Unit. Elevator and pool. Appl. fee lease. First-Last-Sec. $1,195/Mo. Call 954-806-8821 Apartments for RentLauderdale By The Sea – 2BR/2BA Apts, $5,000/Mo. Also in Manhattan 1BR Penthouse Unit. $3,000/Wk. Call Gloria at 239-574-4586. Pompano Beach – 1320 NE 23 Ave, 2BR/2BA, pool, coin laundry, private patio, Sm. Pet OK. $1100/ mth. Application fee required. 954907-2258. Looking for room62-yr.-old female seeking room for rent. Experienced in nursing, elderly care, cooking, cleaning, driving. Loves people and furry friends. 754-235-0893. Seeking apt or houseSeeking small apt or small house E Pompano. Reasonable rent. Must be pet friendly. Call 754-757-5962. Room for RentPompano Beach All freshly painted and newly decorated. Private Golf Course. Pools and Clubhouses. Mature Person. $460/mo. Text 954-464-0622. ASHEVILLE AREA New construction. Gated Community. OWNER FINANCING No qualification. 20% down. $189,000-$250,000. (2 or 3 or 4 bedrooms). Enjoy year-round Farmer’s Markets, Art Festivals, Mountain Craft Fairs and endless cultural activities in the “San Francisco of the East”. Call Mark Seramur 954-531-2862.Condos for SaleLauderdale-by-The-Sea 4050 N Ocean Drive. DIRECT OCEAN VIEW!!! 1Bd/1Ba, CLOSE TO EVERYTHING! $212,000 Building on the Beach. Cash Only. No Renting. Charles Rutenberg Realty. 954-260-6552. Pompano Beach 2Bd/2Ba. 1620 N. Ocean Blvd. Lowest price on the Beach. $299K. Corner Unit. High Impact Windows. Ocean Views. Charles Rutenberg Realty. 954-260-6552. Fort Lauderdale LOOK NO FURTHER! 4501 NE 21st Ave. Short ride to the Beach! Quiet, 1BR/1.5 Bath, pool, SS appliances, balcony, parking, new A/C, freshly painted, FSBO asking $144,500. Call David @ 917513-0236. Learn to prepare income tax returns with an IRS Approved Provider in Pompano Beach – Atlantic Tax Service. Possible employment available upon completion. Classes start 9/10. Call 954-783-5353 for details.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: Email: Innovativehome buyers@gmail. com. I BUY HOUSESAPARTMENT BUILDINGS,VACANT LAND AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES FOR CASH I pay CASH and close at your convenience. Any condition. Specialized in estate sales. Local references. Call Richard at 561-571-2037. ANTIQUESAntique Buyer – Buying Antiques & Art. Jewelry. Watches. Paintings. Military Items. Guns. Swords. Coins. Silver. House Calls. Free Appraisals. Robert’s Antiques. 954-295-6808. 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. Help WantedBait and Tackle Clerk Part-Time. 1-2 days per week. Retired ok. Pompano 954-946-1307. Hotel Clerk WantedHotel gift shop clerk wanted. Deer eld Beach Oceanfront. Must be able to work AM and PM shifts, weekends, holidays. Call Paula at 954427-5245. TELEPHONE CORRECTION Telephone Sales Rep.Part time telephone sales rep renewing magazine subscriptions. 10 am thru 2:30 pm or 2:30 pm thru 7:00 pm. East Fort Lauderdale. No experience necessary. 954767-6022. Estate SaleSaturday Only September 1, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. 1640 NE 32 Place, Pompano Beach, Fl 33064. Furniture and helpful items, jewelry, and clothes. Patio Table For SalePatio Table 4’ round formed rebar glass top & 4 matching chairs plus umbrella. $385.00 or Best Offer. Pls call 754307-5284. Hairdressers/Asst’s Wanted 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. Home Repair ServicesMike’s Handyman Service – Call Today! – Fix Today! Fans, Lights, Drywall Patching, Sof ts, Facia, Carpentry, Painting, Garage Cleanouts and More! Call 727-218-2878. Lost and FoundLost keys corner of NE 23 Dr and N. Dixie Hwy. next to funeral home 954-304-4135.CleaningEmerald Irish Cleaning 25 years in business. Home, Of ce. English Speaking. Hand scrubbed oors. Supplies. 3 hours for $60. Use how you wish. 954-524-3161.SupportN.E. Focal Point offers weekly Caregiver Support Groups. Wed. at 10 a.m. and Thurs. at 4:30 p.m. The Center conducts the caregiver training and support group for individuals caring for people with Alzheimer’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. Yoga All-Inclusive Yoga program The program is designed with the special populations in mind but open to all to enjoy. For more information, please call 954-4804494 or email Kenny Lawrence at klawrence@deerfield-beach. com. Constitution Park, 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deer eld Beach. New Art Class at Herb Skolnick Center. Instructor Pat Anderson, Introductory Class September 17 at 2 – 4 pm. FREE! For more information call 954-786-4590.Board gamesPlay Pinochle Mon from 6 to 9 p.m. at Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6 St., Pompano Beach. Call 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. Play Bridge & Mahjong Fridays at 10 a.m. Jarvis Hall, 4501 N. Ocean Drive., Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Call 954-640-4225. Scrabble – Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Emma Lou Olson Civic Center. 954-786-4111. Bingo – 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 – 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 954942-6410. Water Fitness – 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. Shuffleboard – Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 -11:30 a.m. at McNab Park, 2250 E. Atlantic Blvd. Call 954-786-4111.


The Pelican 19 Friday, August 31, from gun control, protecting and expanding healthcare access and addressing the growing debate of inequality that affects the working poor. Families who are forced to live paycheck to paycheck feel that the opportunity to get ahead one day is only a pipe dream. Raising over $4 million dollars in the hopes of becoming Florida’s first African American governor, Gillum was backed by hundreds of voters in Saturday’s ‘Bring It Home’ Bus Tour Rally, hosted in Pompano Beach. The event included Dahlia Baker, Workforce Program Director. Over 120 people, including volunteers flocked to the site to show their support for the young candidate, and GillumContinued from page 7over 25,000 voters flocked to the polls to ensure that their vision for a better Florida was secure. Winning over two strong Democratic opponents, Gwen Graham, a former member of Congress and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, the upset of Tuesday night’s triumph gives hope to voters around the state. “For the first time in over 20 years of voting, it did not feel abstract to vote for a governor. I believe that this man could actually make a difference in my life and the lives of people in my community.” said Baker. Andrew Gillum’s victory is more than a win for him and his family. It is a win for every little black boy growing up in South Florida wondering if there’s more waiting for him than just being another athlete. With NASA grant, Broward schools branch out with STEM programs Brady NewbillPELICAN WRITERAs the 21st century progresses, perhaps no sector of society is changing more rapidly than technology. Careers, skills and gadgets that now exist at the forefront of daily lives could hardly be imagined by previous generations. And this level of innovation and development shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon, leaving everyone from businesses to parents to schools searching for ways to adapt to the evolving opportunities and interests of young people. In an effort to prepare for an ever-changing world of tech, students of Broward schools are exploring new STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Math] programs that go far beyond the reach of more traditional magnet programs and advanced placement classes. Partnerships with organizations like NASA, the United Way, and the Museum of Discovery & Science have opened new pathways for students to gain hands-on and professional experience in various computer-science related fields, including robotics and the development of smartphone apps. Last year, Broward County Public Schools [BCPS] was awarded a $227,000 grant from NASA and the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation. The grant is for a four-year initiative to provide materials, equipment and teacher development resources for robotics programs in over one hundred Broward schools at all levels. Now entering its second year, the program hopes to build on the success of its first year, which sent teams from four schools, including Floranada Elementary in Fort Lauderdale and Hawkes Bluff Elementary in Davie, to robotics competitions on the state, national, and global level. From the automation of household appliances to the Curiosity Rover exploring the surface of Mars, robotics See STEM on page 21


20 The Pelican Friday, August 31, “Colored School” historic marker unveilingPompano Beach – The historic marker for the “Pompano Beach Colored School” will be unveiled on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the north end of Coleman Park, Northwest 6 Street and Northwest 7 Terrace. Brunch will be served after a dedication service. According to the city, the “’Pompano Beach Colored School’ was built in 1928 by the Pompano Beach AfricanAmerican Community, with some assistance from the Rosenwald Foundation. The school construction was initiated by a group of dedicated community leaders, including Mrs. Blanche General Ely and local families, who worked hard to build an exceptionally beautiful structure for their children’s education. “It provided instruction for grades first through sixth and eventually expanded to tenth grade. In 1954, the ‘Pompano Colored School’ was renamed the ‘Coleman School,’ in honor of Reverend James Emanuel Coleman. “The school was closed in 1969 due to integration. The Broward County School District tore down the structure in 1972. The ‘Pompano Colored School’ had an enormous impact on providing a quality education for the community.” Pompano Beach – This city’s Community Redevelopment Agency [CRA] in conjunction with the city will open up the kitchen at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center to support culinary entrepreneurship. Residents can register for the free eight-week culinary workshop, taught by Gladys Cameron, author and CEO of Around the Dinner Table, LLC. Registration for the first session, which begins Sept. 5, is now open. “The creation of this culinary workshop is just one facet of the overall plan,” said Dahlia Baker, CRA Workforce Program Director. “We envision this center becoming an economic engine for the community, providing burgeoning culinary entrepreneurs with guidance, support and the kitchen to help grow their businesses.” The facility will also operate as a commercial kitchen where food trucks, caterers and other food service Planning a restaurant career? Pompano Beach o ers a free course for potential restaurateursproviders, from any city, can rent the space to prepare food and receive the technical assistance needed to establish and grow their businesses. In addition, the space will host cooking classes by local chefs and free programs to introduce local youth to culinary careers. The CRA has invested in multiple programs and projects within the Downtown Innovation District that are designed to encourage business incubation and workforce/entrepreneur development. Upon realizing that the community center’s kitchen was underutilized, the CRA proposed the concept of a commercial kitchen and culinary incubator. The eight-week workshop sessions will cover topics including writing a business plan, proper business registration, general liability, taxes, food management and handlers’ certificates, food truck development, pop-up restaurants, event promotion, marketing and more. “With the advent of all the foodie shows, the dream of launching a career in this field is something that many people are considering,” said Baker. “But you need a strong business foundation to achieve success and grow to the next level. That is why our program is such an incredible opportunity.” Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and a certain level of culinary experience is required. For further details, visit or contact Gladys Cameron or 954-706-3565 or Dahlia Baker at 954-786-7866, Turtle Trek Fort Lauderdale – Sea Turtle Oversight Protection [STOP] will host a Turtle Trek on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:55 p.m. The Turtle Trek gives participants the opportunity to view sea turtle hatchlings. The Treks are held regularly and start from 3104 NE 9 St. The cost is a $25 donation per person and the funds are used to fund STOP’s efforts to help protect and rescue sea turtles. Visit to sign up. The number of spaces is limited.The Pelican is hiringSales executives with experience in magazine/ newspaper sales. Call 954-783-8700


The Pelican 21 Friday, August 31, Pick up your Pelican at your local Publix Supermarket, Walgreen’s and Whole Foods. Subscribe for a free subscription at pelicannewspaper. com. Call 954-783-8700. Send your news to editor.pelican@gmail. com APP-titude interns pose with professors during FAU dual enrollment. [Courtesy] Broward high school students make adjustments to their projects at state robotics competition. [Courtesy]have become more science fact than science fiction. Integrating such technologies into education can be an invaluable opportunity for young students of all backgrounds. “Robotics programs are fantastic in broadening the participation of girls and underserved minorities in STEM and computer science,” STEMContinued from page 19 Augmented reality features on the student-designed app at the Museum of Discovery & Science. [Courtesy]says Dr. Lisa Milenkovic, STEM Supervisor of BCPS Applied Learning Department. “Working with robotics provides a tangible product and goal. Students combine all areas of STEM and computer science to collaborate in solving problems, requiring critical thinking and communication to be successful. These are life skills students will apply in and out of school.” Another successful STEM program for Broward students is the United Way-sponsored App-titude internship at the Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale. In this program, qualifying high school students gain professional experience through an internship developing the museum’s official smartphone app. The student-designed app, which became available to the public this past February, supplements the museum’s exhibits with interactive videos and augmented reality animations. Students also gain three college credits through dual enrollment at FAU over the course of the two-year program, as well as involvement with museum programming and presentations from guest lecturers. “The App-titude Internship is a unique and innovative program designed to expose students to careers in engineering and computer science while being introduced to coding and APP development,” said Summer Scarlatelli, manager of the STEM Center for Education and Career Development at the museum. “These students have designed a smartphone app that will broaden and expand the visitor experience.” Students and parents interested in the program can attend open house information sessions at the Museum of Discovery & Science, 401 SW 2 St., Fort Lauderdale, on Sept. 6 and 12 at 5:30 p.m.


22 The Pelican Friday, August 31, Catching the ocean view1st Annual Pompano Beach Lion sh Derby was a very worthwhile event By Jim “Chiefy” MathiePELICAN WRITERThe Chiefy Crew changed it up this past Saturday by participating in the 1st Annual Pompano Beach Lionfish Derby. The mission: to specifically target lionfish. Our normal diving routine is to get our limit of spiny lobster and shoot larger fish like grouper, snapper and hogfish. Lionfish are usually present in the same area as spiny lobsters, so we left the spearguns at home, as we were staying low to the Chiefy Crew member Kelly Johnson shows off some of the lion sh she caught for the derby. [Staff]reef. When harvesting bigger fish, we are higher off the reef, which gives us greater distance to see and chase them. Targeting lionfish was an easy addition to catching spiny lobster as they tend to be in the same reef area. In my book, Catching the Bug I mention how a clue for finding spiny lobster is to look for lionfish. So, the opposite is true. When finding lobster, there are usually lionfish present. We armed ourselves with small pole spears with a trident tip and a collection container called ZooKeeper. I was fortunate to get mine from owner Allie ElHage at the Friday night kick-off Party at 26 Degrees Brewing Company on Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach. The ZooKeeper is a tube with a one-way entrance allowing the diver to insert the lionfish without having to touch the spines. I was surprised how easy it was to use and not as cumbersome as it looked. If you don’t have one of these containers, then you need to trim the spines off underwater which takes time and increases the possibility of getting stuck. The spines of a lionfish are venomous. These fish are invasive in our area and have ferocious appetites. They also reproduce often. The Chiefy Crew consisted of Kelly Johnson and me as the Chiefy One team and Charley Schram and Ken Udell as the Chiefy Two team. We departed my dock at 7:15 a.m. and ventured out of the Boca Raton Inlet. Kelly and I stayed in the area north of the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier in 65-feet of water. We dove spots that I’ve known for years hold lionfish. Chiefy shows off the ZooKeeper, a way for divers to store lion sh underwater as they dive. [Staff] See LIONFISH on page 23


The Pelican 23 Friday, August 31, I put team two in the 90foot range and that proved successful as they harvested the largest lionfish of the Derby from a private boat. Our total harvest was only 15 fish [and five lobster]; however, we almost got the award for the smallest lionfish. We called it a day when the lightning storms drove us back to the dock early. We checked in and had our fish counted and measured at the Hillsboro Inlet. The event was a benefit for Shipwreck Park and the historic Sample-McDougald House. The $25 fee for the Derby was also admission to an evening event where several local restaurants cooked the lionfish. That’s the best part of harvesting lionfish. They are outstanding to eat. They have a pure white filet with a flaky texture and sweet taste. There isn’t any danger of ingesting the venom as it’s only in the spines. The variety of ways to cook lionfish are almost endless and range from ceviche to fried to sauted. The Chiefy Crew are hooked now on targeting lionfish and can’t wait for next year’s Derby. Being able to participate in a worthwhile fundraiser made it a very rewarding experience. Lion shContinued from page 22 Junior anglers invited to pier for day of fun in Deer eldDeerfield Beach – Jr. Anglers Day is scheduled for Saturday, Sept.15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the International Fishing Pier, 200 NE 21 Ave. This free fishing event, for children ages 5 to 13, will include a fishing clinic, exhibitors, goodie bags, arts and crafts and face painting. Registration is free, however there are a limited number of fishing spots and goody bags. Register now at deerfield-beach. com/1553/jr-anglers-day or by visiting any community center. Parking on barrier island is on a first come, first serve basis and is metered. Complimentary shuttle service will be available at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex, 445 SW 2 St., to the International Fishing Pier. This shuttle service will run continuously from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call the Community Events and Outreach Division at 954-480-4429 or visit deerfield-beach. com/1553/jr-anglers-day. Winners from the Pompano Beach Lion sh DerbyThese are the winners from the 1st Annual Lionfish Derby on Saturday; 256 lionfish were removed from the water by 57 divers and 9 restaurants participated. Most Fish Harvested-Charter Boat : Team Big Dumb Animals Rick Trapp & Brian Gagas. Most Fish Harvested-Private Boat : Team Waffle Stomp Ryan Longhearst. Largest Lionfish-Charter Boat : Team Fishing Friends Greg Prather-Lewis & Chad Ruff. Largest Lionfish-Private Boat : Team Chiefy 2 Charley Schram & Ken Udell. Smallest Lionfish-Overall : Team Big Pr*cks Frank Darden. Best Restaurant Judges Choice : Shane Le Mar Entertainent & Catering. Best Restaurant People’s Choice : Spanx the Hog BBQ Restaurant. Have an event for our calendar? Email Sea Tow hosts marine eventSober Skipper Event – Saturday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sands Harbor Marina fuel dock, Pompano Beach, located north of the Atlantic Boulevard bridge on the east side of the Intracoastal. Come take the Sea Tow Sober Skipper pledge and get a free Sober Skipper bracelet. Everyone on each boat will get a free hot dog and soda. The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be present to do free safety vessel checks while they take the pledge.Send your marine news to editor.


24 The Pelican Friday, August 31, WWW.PelicanNewspaper. com Place your classi ed online or Call 954-783-8700 Now o cially on sale at your local Publix/Walgreen stores10 cents at checkoutThank you, Pelican Readers By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFDeerfield Beach – A company that manufactures electronic visit verification technology here, has qualified for $180,000 in tax relief through the state’s Targeted Industry Tax Program. The cost to the city over the three years of refunds is $36,000. The company, which filed for the tax relief under the name Project Hamlin, will add 30 high-skilled workers to its current staff. The jobs pay in the $70,000-a-year range. It is anticipated the expansion will produce 19 more jobs at lower pay levels. The company will receive a $4,000 tax refund and a Manufacturer of high tech personal care devices receives tax incentivesbill delaying the mandated deadline.Little Harbor gets rst LPRsDeerfield Beach – Commissioners Tuesday approved the city’s first purchase of license plate readers, an expenditure of $22,000. Funds come from the Law Enforcement Trust. Two cameras will be installed at the Hillsboro Boulevard entrance and exit of the Little Harbor community. City administrators hope to expand installation of the readers to other residential areas with limited access. The City of Lighthouse Point installed the security cameras several years ago and annually reports reduced crime rates and success stories apprehending individuals who commit crimes.Ball elds will memorialize former commissionerDeerfield Beach – Fifty acres destined to become a major athletic complex here have been named for a late city commissioner, Marty Popelsky. The acreage is part of the former Tam O’Shanter Golf Couse in Crystal Lake and was donated to the city by the owner after several attempts to build housing there failed. Popelsky, Dist. 3 commissioner at the time, was instrumental in acquiring the land for the city. The renaming was suggested by current Dist. 3 Commissioner Bernie Parness and accepted by the city commission Wednesday night. City Manager Burgess Hanson said the city will begin design plans for the ballfields in the next fiscal year which begins in October. Big Mac going modern Deerfield Beach – The McDonalds at 300 W. Hillsboro Blvd., will get a new look with a remodeling of the faade, parking, an additional drive-thru and landscape upgrades. Although it is out of the Pioneer Grove District, the new exterior will have elements of that modern, industrial design. A similar redo was recently completed at the McDonalds’ store on Federal Highway in Lighthouse Point. $2,000 bonus for each new high-paying worker hired. According to information provided by the city’s economic development department and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance that works with cities to obtain and retain industry, the company was considering moving its operation from here to California, South Dakota or New Hampshire. Maintaining anonymity during the refund process, the company makes equipment that verifies personal care givers are on duty. Such devices were to be required for Medicaid-funded services by January of 2018 and for all home health care by 2023. In July of this year, however, Congress passed a