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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, September 14, 2018 Vol. XXVI, Issue 37Price 10¢ One more year of A1A construction in HillsboroSewer work begins this month See CONSTRUCTION on page 11 See HOUSING on page 16 Residents and city of cials gathered Sept. 6 to unveil the historic marker for the Pompano Colored School which was built in 1928. See story on page 3. Pictured from left to right are Commissioner Barry Moss, Commissioner Michael Sobel, City Historian Hazel Armbrister, Mayor Lamar Fisher, Commissioner Beverly Perkins and Commissioner Rex Hardin. [Staff]Pompano Colored School honored with marker Development, housing, jobs, vagrancy concern Dist. 1 candidatesBy Judy VikPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach – The three Dist. 1 commission candidates presented their views at a forum Saturday at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, hosted by The Pelican. The candidates, John Cavanaugh, Andrea McGee and John Geer, are vying for the seat now held by Michael Sobel, who is running for mayor. See DIST. 1 on page 12 By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFHillsboro Beach – Coming off a year of water main construction along A1A, residents here are bracing for another “even more difficult” project. Impacted will be residents, emergency services, home builders, service contractors, garbage collectors, postal workers and even the cyclists who enjoy scenic rides on the oceanfront thoroughfare. Beginning next week, the county begins a $9.78 million rebuild of the town’s sewer lines, which were installed in the 1970s. It’s an installation that will require at least five total closures of the northbound lane. During those closures, the way home for residents will be north to Deerfield’s Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge and then south on A1A into Hillsboro Beach. For most motorists, Mayor Deb Tarrant said, a five-minute trip will become a 30-minute detour. Lane closures begin Sept. 24 on the south end of town at 935 Hillsboro Mile. The county sewer line runs the three-mile length of the town beneath By Katina Caraganis PELICAN STAFFWilton Manors – Despite concerns about inadequate parking and tax abatement issues, the Pride Center’s senior affordable housing project was approved Tuesday by commissioners here. The project, helmed by Carfour Supportive Housing, Inc., consists of studio and one and two-bedroom units with monthly rentals ranging from $350 to $1,029 based on the resident’s income. The units will range in size from 605 to 895 square feet. The complex will be situated at the Pride Center housing project adds 48 a ordable units in Manorsnorthwestern edge of the Pride Center, located at 2040 N. Dixie Hwy. Of the 48 units, 34 will be designated for seniors who are disabled. Those interested in living at the Pride Center must meet the age and income requirements earning less than 60 percent of the area median income of $35,000. Commissioner Tom Green questioned whether there will be enough parking for residents, given how people use the Pride Center on a daily basis because of the number of meetings and events there. He said during special events, like yard sales that are regularly held, there is not already not enough parking.


2 The PelicanFriday, September 14, 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 Bike riding on bridge sidewalk may become illegalDeerfield Beach – In an effort to increase the safety of both cyclists and pedestrians on the Hillsboro Boulevard Intracoastal Bridge, commissioners may enact an ordinance that requires cyclists to walk their bikes across the bridge if they are on the sidewalk. Several years ago, the roadway was improved for smoother bike riding, but cyclists continue to ride on the sidewalk despite signs instructing them to dismount and walk. Police say without a city ordinance, they cannot enforce the signage. Once the ordinance is approved, offenders can be fined $100 for the first offense and $150 for the second offense within six months. -Judy Wilson Judy VikPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach – The Northwest CRA Advisory Committee on Sept. 5 recommended approval of the NW CRA budget for 2019 but not before asking for additional funds. Nguyen Tran, NW CRA director, recommended more than doubling the amount for Annie Gillis Park, from $152,896 to $370,000. Staff is awaiting final construction documents and will then put the construction out for bid. Tran had no figures on what the costs will be. Tran, who recently returned as NW CRA director, said more funds also would be needed for the co-working space at City Vista; money for furnishing the space; for equipment and to operate. The CRA envisions space CRA Committee adds funds for City Vista, Gillis Parkfor entrepreneur to use for their business purposes. There will be a membership fee to use the space. Jay Ghanem, committee vice chair, asked what system will be in place so information on the operation is accurate and not like an earlier micro-enterprise loan program. “We will need to set standards and benchmarks,” committee chair Whitney Rawls added. Tran said the CRA will be looking for a company to operate the program, to set up a structure and membership system, do the scheduling and set up seminars. The committee agreed to recommend a budget increase from $50,000 to $100,000 for the co-working program. After much discussion, the committee asked that the budget for emergency housing repairs be increased from $20,000 to $50,000. Tran explained that the funds will be used after the city runs out of funds in a similar program. In the current year the NW CRA funds went to Rebuilding Together Broward to paint 20 homes in the NW area. Committee member Shelton Pooler noted, “I still see lots of blue tarps. Maybe people don’t know about this program.” Committee member Veronica Thomas agreed, “The housing assistance program isn’t working.” Rawls said he would ask the CRA Board to add to the city budget for improving houses. Ghanem asked “What can we do for the residents? How can we enrich and enhance residents’ lives?” He asked about adding lighting, a request he said residents frequently make. “We do lighting with streetscape improvements,” Tran said. “We’d rather spend money on redevelopment initiatives than lighting.” “Every successful redeveloped city has a downtown,” Tran said. “We want to increase TIF [tax increment financing] and build an industry.” See CRA on page 15Pickleball court comingPompano Beach – One of the six tennis courts at George Brummer Park, 3500 W. Palm Aire Drive, will be converted to a pickleball court. The city commission made the decision after resident Judy Cohen presented the idea at Tuesday’s commission meeting. No date for the conversion has been announced.


The Pelican 3 Friday, September 14, By Michael d’OliveiraPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach – Like the photos of the school she attended in the 1950s, the city Katie Wiggins grew up in was very divided between black and white. “Back then, we [African Americans] couldn’t do anything. We just stayed in one little corner of town,” said Wiggins, 77, one of the former students of the Pompano City dedicates historic marker to Pompano Colored SchoolColored School. Renamed Coleman Elementary School in 1954, Pompano Colored School was built in 1928. The original school for African American students here was built in the early 1920s but destroyed by a hurricane in 1926. Pompano Colored School operated until 1968 or 1969 and was demolished. In its place now is Coleman Park, Northwest 6 Street and Northwest 7 Terrace. On Sept. 6, Wiggins, fellow former students, city officials and residents attended the unveiling of the Pompano Colored School historical marker at Coleman Park. Because of an 1885 Florida law that prevented black and white children from attending the same schools, the Pompano Colored School was one of the few educational options for black students in the city. Wiggins remembers her mother, Louise, who worked as a maid doing light cleaning at what is now Pompano Beach High School. She brought home used books that white students threw away. Wiggins said she would often ask her mother why she couldn’t go to school as often as the white students. “Don’t worry, she said, things will get better,” said Wiggins. “And eventually they did get better.” In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that segregated schools were unconstitutional. But according to Hazel Armbrister, real integration here didn’t happen until her daughter became the first African American student to attend Pompano Junior High School in 1966. And that occurred only after Armbrister, now the city’s official historian, and her husband petitioned the school district. Pastor Eddy Moise of Bethel AME Church talked about those times. “God, we praise you because we’ve come a mighty long way,” he said. He also touched upon the contributions of Mrs. Blanche General Ely. Ely was the principal of Pompano Colored School and became very influential in the lives of many students and teachers here. Wiggins remembers Ely’s influence and the ways she motivated students to learn. “[She said], “Do you want to live like this for the rest of your life?” as she pointed to shacks [that used to be across the street from Pompano Colored School].” Unlike white schoolchildren, Wiggins said black students had to spend the fall harvesting beans and other vegetable crops; they made See MARKER on page 14


4 The PelicanFriday, September 14, Send your news to editor.pelican@ Free health checks & co eeDeerfield Beach – Broward Health North offers free health checks that include screenings for posture evaluations, stroke risk, cholesterol checks and more. The event, Coffee & Healthy Conversations, takes place on the last Wednesday of each month in the Broward Health North Conference Center, 201 E. Sample Rd. Physicians will be on hand to discuss other health issues, including cancer, memory disorder, stroke, sleep apnea and more. The next Coffee & Conversation event is Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. Call 954-759-7400 and select option 5.Fish & Grits breakfast is back on the menuDeerfield Beach – The Deerfield Beach West Kiwanis Club will host a breakfast of fresh fried fish, grits, sausage, biscuits, orange juice and coffee. The event takes place Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex, 445 SW 2 St., from 8:30 to 11 a.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children 10 years and under. Take out is available. All proceeds will benefit the club’s literacy and scholarship programs. For more details, call 954895-2363. By Judy VikPELICAN STAFFOakland Park – Commissioners here have approved creation of a new zoning district along Federal Highway, paving the way for proposed mixed-use development projects. The area was once the site of adult entertainment nightclubs. Last week they took steps to create a new Planned Redevelopment District; [a strategy used by cities and counties to change zoning for a specific amount of land; referred to as a PRD]. The property slated for the Over 274 residential apartments slated at Oakland Park and Fede ral HighwayPRD is two acres located in the Federal Highway Business and Entertainment Overlay District, located at 3363 to 3411 N. Federal Highway. Several people spoke in favor of the change including April Halle, a lawyer with offices on Federal Highway. “We’re thrilled about what’s going on in this community,” Halle said, speaking for herself and her partner Leah Krauss. “It’s hard to be first on the block, but this will incentivize others and create a multi-use urban area.” Jeffrey Echeverry, co-owner of project Rock, said it would allow people in the area to walk and not drive. “We have to progress and try ideas.” Commissioners also spoke in favor and approved the PRD 4-0. Commissioner Matthew Sparks was absent. “My appetite for this [the PRD] is at this location,” said Vice Mayor Sara Guevrekian. “This is the only appropriate area for this.” “This is the right kind of foundation for this corner,” said Commissioner Michael Carn. “I’m in favor of this zoning.” “This is a unique area and an innovative approach,” said Commissioner John Adornato. See UNITS on page 19


The Pelican 5 Friday, September 14, 2018pelicannewspaper.comPhyllis 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 Ryan Paton, Honor Flight South Florida, named Shining Star by Greater Pompano Beach Chamber By Phyllis J. NeubergerPELICAN STAFFRyan Paton is all about honoring veterans from WW II and the Korean War with a free escorted flight to Washington, D.C. to visit and be honored at their memorials. Each veteran on an Honor Flight has his or her volunteer guardian/escort who accompanies and handles every need from departure to return. The veteran is a guest. The guardian escort pays $400 for the privilege. “We do four flights each year,” Paton says, adding “two in the spring and two in the fall. Each flight is filled with 75 veterans and 75 escorts. When all expenses involved are added up, our cost per flight is $75,000. That means we have to raise $40,000 and we do it with donations from the community. Spirit Airlines has become a helpful partner and takes excellent care of us on flight costs. The rest of what we need comes from fund raisers. “We take our veterans to schools to talk about living history. In return, the school has bake sales or other events to raise cash for Honor Flights. We have about 300 active volunteers who help to organize the many details involved in all of our activities. We welcome new guardian escorts for our flights. Those who have volunteered to be an escort on our Honor Flights call it a life-changing experience and say the $400 they spent was well worth it. Many have become good friends with the veteran they escorted and they have built lifetime friendships.” He knows this first hand. “This has happened to me. I have 10 veterans who have become family to me. They shared their experiences in the service; I found it so interesting that I turned their stories into a documentary. I wanted to get their stories down before we lost them. A friend of mine from Pompano Beach, Michael Banner, is a professional film maker. He helped me produce this documentary. Two veterans have since passed away. One, Lt. Colonel Leo Gray, was a Red Tail pilot with the famous Tuskegee Airmen. The other, Sgt. Mitch Chockla, served with General Patton. I’m not worried about distribution of the film. I was just eager to preserve their stories so that we will never forget what they did.” And his book, “Cocktails with Heroes” is almost finished. He says, “I’m flying to London to do my last interview with a 94-year-old British Royal Navy Veteran who helped to protect our shores from Nazi submarines.”Sharing a drink of wine from the country in which each of these veterans served. Left to right are WWII veteran Larry Weston, WWII veteran [and Time Square “Kissing Sailor”] Carl Muscarello, Shining Star Ryan Paton and WWII Veteran Bill Schwartz. [Courtesy] See HONOR on page 15Art of Jessica Fox Wilton Manors – The art of Jessica Fox will be on display until Oct. 5 at Claudia Castillo ART Studio, 2215 Wilton Drive. Some of her work can viewed online at event/s-h-a-m-e-l-e-s-s/25126. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. at Claudia Castillo ART Studio. Visit or call 954-274-7047. LHP hires new assistant re chief Lighthouse Point – Tony Long has been hired as this city’s new assistant fire chief. Long, 60, who retired from Pompano Beach Fire Rescue in 2017 after 33 years of service, was hired in his new position on Aug. 13. “I couldn’t stay away. It seems like I was on vacation and now I’m back to work.” -Michael d’Oliveira


6 The PelicanFriday, September 14, 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 37 Founding Editor and PublisherAnne Hanby Siren The Broward Supervisor of Elections urges all citizens to vote in the Nov. 6 elections. The deadline to register is Oct. 8. For vote-by-mail forms, call 954-357-7050, ext. 2. Correction and clari cationIn The Pelican [Sept. 31] issue, [Charitable donations to be screened prior to city approval], the writer stated incorrect dates for the commission’s final approval for funding. The dates have not been set at this time. The dates published in The Pelican were Sept. 14 and 21; these are the dates for public hearings on the city budget. We regret the error. AHSLettersShould local o cials gift tax dollars to non-pro ts? Reader prefers to make his own donations To the Editor: The tax law changed this year but Form 1040 Line 16 Gifts to Charity will remain: Gifts by cash or check. If you made any gift of $250 or more, see instructions . So why does our local government, your elected commissioners, pander to their favorite charity using your money? Are taxpayers collectively too dumb to decide on their own which 501-C3 non-profit should benefit from their hardearned dollars? Where is it written that governments must donate for you? Commissioners are not too different from your next-door neighbors; they are not specially gifted; sent from heaven or have advanced degrees in philanthropy. They are just ordinary citizens doing [generally], their very best to serve your interests. Somebody has to supervise the police and fire, provide building permits, desirable schools, hospitals and other things you cannot do alone. Donating is not only something you can do, this is your exclusive right! Since when did you sign up to get the city and county to donate your tax money? The city donated to so and so last year, so this year they must get a bump up to cover rising costs. That is not justification to pirate your money year after year. Remember, you are forced to pay taxes if you own real estate; but you have the exclusive right to donate to the many worthwhile charities. As commissioners are often overworked, meaning they have more demands on their time than what is available, zero-based budgeting means they can create more time by dispensing with charitable giving altogether. Leave that to us taxpayers on our Form 1040. John Carlson Hillsboro BeachReader refutes free press commentaryTo the Editor, I have never written a dissenting opinion to any publication and I am not a journalist or writer, but I felt compelled to respond after reading Phyllis Neuberger’s opinion in the 9/7/18 edition of The Pelican Her claim that “only dictators use free speech to attempt to eliminate our constitutional right to enjoy it,” is laughable at best. Phyllis must be suffering from Convenient Memory Syndrome [CMS]. Phyllis mentioned in her piece how the “free press does not judge. It reports.” This statement is irresponsible on your part and far outside the mainstream thinking of most Americans who pay attention to the progressive media outlets, print, internet and broadcast. The term “Trump derangement syndrome” comes to mind. All these media outlets are talking about is impeachment and collusion. They seldom report the historic international and domestic achievements President Trump has made. Lastly, she said that “Journalists will continue to report the facts . because that’s what we do”. Her media colleagues were asleep at the wheel during the last administration. They missed the ball on Fast and Furious, Hillary’s email scandal, Uranium One, the IRS targeting of conservatives, and Benghazi . all of which warranted Special Council appointments. You all now have a second chance, which is not always given to us in life. You can save face by accurately reporting on the current Department of Justice investigation into Russian intervention in the 2016 election. How it was the DNC and Clinton Campaign that funded the Christopher Steele dossier, then leaked this unverified dossier to the FBI and Justice Departments. The DOJ and FBI then used undocumented information to obtain three FISA warrants to wire tape the Trump campaign. Where is the hysteria on the Left regarding abuse of power? Brian J. Mead Pompano BeachCheers to Phyllis N. for her editorial regarding Trump’s continued attack on the free press To the Editor, I have a friend who recently died after more than 40 years as a dedicated, honest, fair news reporter. There was never anything else he wanted to do. He began when he was in high school, working part time at a small local paper and on his school paper. He worked in a couple of small Maine towns for low wages while he got his feet wet in reporting on the local government and police beat. He went to a larger paper and eventually worked his way to a position in an Associated Press Bureau and then up the chain to be a regional manager, supervising the work in several New England AP bureaus and on to a major city bureau in the Midwest He always tried to get the story right, and usually did. His opinion never showed. The stories were factual and fair. He was every thing a news reporter should be — a person who was motivated to deliver to the public information they needed to know to make intelligent decisions in a democracy. When he died his son said his dad wanted no fuss made about his death. But if the family was going to put up a headstone, he would want it to simply read: Newsman. That’s everything and the only thing he wanted to be. I would love to take Donald Trump by the hand and lead him to that headstone to stand with Dave’s sons, look them in the eyes, and tell them: “Your father was an enemy of the people.” Bill Johnson Fort MyersSept. 15 District 2 forum Candidates: Rhonda Eaton and Tom Terwilliger 5 p.m. at St. Nicholas Church, 1111 E. Sample Rd. Sept. 22 District 4 forum Candidates: Carmen Dixon Jones, Beverly Perkins and Ed Phillips 7 p.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church, 890 NW 15 St.The public is encouraged to attend the following public forums as Pompano Beach faces its future:


The Pelican 7 Friday, September 14, CHURCH DIRECTORY By Concepcion LedezmaPELICAN SPORTSFort Lauderdale –With its sights on proving it’s a state contender at the Class 5A level, Cardinal Gibbons has endured heavy losses to elite opponents in non-conference games. But on Friday, the Chiefs got back on track with a dominating 34-12 victory over Dillard on their homefield. In the previous two games, the defense yielded 90 total points to state-ranked Miami Central [48-21] and Georgia’s Milton [42-17]. This week, the Chiefs’ defense kept Dillard [1-2] out of the end zone for three quarters as the offense built a 34-0 lead.Gibbons gains 529 total yards in blowout against Dillard The visiting Panthers scored two consolation touchdowns against the reserves in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring. The Chiefs’ offense, meanwhile, gained 529 total yards led by Nik Scalzo’s 358 passing yards. He completed 20 of 30 passes and tossed three touchdown passes without an interception before sitting out the fourth quarter. “It’s nice to get back to playing Gibbons football,” Coach Matt DuBuc said after watching his team improve to 23-6 under his guidance. The Chiefs went into the locker room with a 21-0 halftime lead after Scalzo threw touchdown passes to Chris Benestad and Coleman Bennett covering 41 and 20 yards, respectively. Vincent Davis, who led Gibbons with 49 yards rushing on 15 carries, scored from two yards out for the other first half score. Jackson Marseille caught Scalzo’s third TD pass, an eight-yard play, to make it 34-0. Scalzo completed passes to 10 different receivers. Troy Stellato led all receivers with 127 yards on five catches. Benestad finished with four receptions for 102 yards. “This is huge, a momentum changer for our season,” Scalzo said. “We started out 0-2, and this was the game that’s going to bring us back up. We put up 34 points on a great defense . the line blocked the best they have all year.” The Chiefs’ defense was imposing yielding just 59 yards during the first two quarters of the game. Linebackers Yahweh Jeudy and Tray Brown each had 11 tackles to lead Cardinal Gibbons. Derek Atwater added seven more. “Just like Murphy’s Law, whatever can go wrong the last two weeks happened to us,” DuBuc said. “It’s nice to see the guys bounce back and play with the attitude they had. “Everybody left us for dead, but our guys fought back.” The Chiefs will host Miami Jackson tonight in a 7 p.m. district matchup.Westminster loses to Palmer TrinityWestminster Academy dropped its first game of the season in a 35-21 conference loss to Palmer Trinity at home. Despite the loss, the Lions [2-1] had a productive See WESTMINSTER on page 21Juniors nab 12-4 winDeerfield Beach – The Fort Lauderdale Blue scored three runs in the fourth inning, but the Deerfield Beach Little League Juniors prevailed on Monday, winning their opening game of the fall season, 12-4. The Juniors tallied five runs in the fifth inning. The offensive onslaught came from walks by Neile Thomas and Janelle Calvet, and a double by Mel Feliciano. Pitcher Dawson Lallance surrendered one run on two hits over two innings, striking out one. Neile Thomas and Keanu Siracusa both entered the game in relief. Siracusa struck out the three batters he faced. Feliciano went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Deerfield batters. Third baseman Janelle Calvet suffered an injury after being hit by a pitch while batting and will likely miss the next two games.


8 The PelicanFriday, September 14, Send your stories and photos to siren2415@ or call 954-783-8700. Business matters Current Builders ranks 7 in Engineering NewsThe 40-year old Pompano Beach-based Current Builders has been ranked by Engineering NewsRecord [ENR] as No. 7 in the Southeast Region for the Concrete Sector, No. 19 in Florida for Specialty Contractors and No. 45 in the Southeast Region for Specialty Contractors for 2018. Michael Taylor, president of Current Builders said he was honored, adding, “Having this division allows us to provide developers with varied options that can allow for both cost and time savings. In addition to our broad capabilities, we have also expanded our conventional concrete capabilities. With 20 million square feet of structures built to date, we offer a thorough understanding of the systems aspects that are advantageous to all members of the development team including the owner, architect and/or engineer. CB Structures can design or assist in the design of the most cost-effective and sustainable structure determined to meet each project’s specifications.” CB Structures provides services exclusively to the contracting entity and employs more than 100 full-time team members. Engineering NewsRecord provides engineering and construction news. Current Builders has been in the multi-family residential market since its inception in 1972 and has delivered over 45,000 multi-family units from all facets of the development community. Travelers can get expert advice at the Travel Expo event hosted by Expedia CruiseShipCenters on Sept. 22 Phyllis J. NeubergerPELICAN STAFFCruisers and land travelers will learn about all their travel options during a one-day free event happening on Sept. 22 form 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Signature Grand, 6900 State Road 84, in Davie. Interested participants should register early for a chance to win a free cruise and a $1,000 travel certificate. The event includes a complementary continental breakfast followed by scheduled presentations from Crystal Cruises and Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruise and AMA Waterways, and Silversea and Celebrity Cruises. Owners and staff from Expedia CruiseShipCenters, 5975 N. Federal Hwy. in Fort Lauderdale, will be on hand to greet clients and answer questions. Call 866-405-7447 to register or go toworldexployerflorida. on local owners Kevin and Jennifer WhiteJennifer says, “We’re in our fourth year as owners of Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Fort Lauderdale. Our franchise has worked out well for us. It’s a lot of work, but it has been rewarding to hear from our clients when they return from their land travels or dream cruises. We now have 17 travel consultants who are experienced and well versed in the many options available to our clients. Buying a travel agency in the travel world with access to the best choices and prices in existence. “When you book with us you receive Expedia pricing with concierge service. We customize the complex world of travel by land or by sea. “Expedia has well developed relationships with travel suppliers throughout the world.” Kevin adds, “Our name brand awareness brings customers to our website and our office because we can offer more for a lower cost than any of our competitors. “Jennifer and I feel we can offer the best help available to our fellow travelers and from what we hear every day, our customers are very satisfied.” Call 954-256-9061 for more details.. June of 2014 was a career switch for this wife and husband team. Jennifer was a special education teacher. Kevin was director of sales and marketing for the charter airline, Miami Air International. He says, “I dealt with group and corporate travel as well as cruise line bookings.” Jennifer explains. “We love travel so much we took the plunge. We decided on Expedia because it is the number one brand in travel. And it offers experienced travel consultants the opportunity to work out of their office, home or both. We have the benefit of growing our team, our brand, because the more agents we include, the better our business. “We are the largest brand in Jennifer and Kevin White, local franchise owners of Expedia CruiseShipCenters at 5975 N. Federal Hwy., in Fort Lauderdale. Owners keep staff and customers alert to the newest trips available.


The Pelican 9 Friday, September 14, 2018pelicannewspaper.comThank you for reading the Pelican. You can now go to our website to sign-up for a FREE digital subscription to the paper. By Michael d’OliveiraPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach – If “money talks,” as the old saying goes, then people in this community have loudly shown they care about 16-year-old Wilbense Morissaint who was injured Aug. 24 during Blanche Ely’s football game against Stranahan. The accident paralyzed Morissaint. It took almost two weeks for the community to learn of the incident.Community raises over $28,000 for paralyzed Ely player Blanche Ely football player Wilbense Morissaint was left paralyzed after he was injured in an Aug. 24 game against Stranahan High School. Members of the community raised money for Wilbense to pay for his transportation to an Atlanta hospital that specializes in spinal cord injuries. He was transported there Monday. Wilbense is pictured with his sister, Sergine [far right], family friend Jasmine Brutus and Dr. Richard Foltz. [Staff]But when the news got out an action plan went into place. Since last week, the local community has raised more than $28,000 to get Morissaint to Atlanta for treatment. Family and friends had raised $900 which this week grew to five figures: $23,354 raised on a GoFundMe Former city commissioner Ed Phillips said a fire has been “lit” in the community. “All of us fanned the fire. A good situation has come out of a bad situation.” That community response completely funded Morissaint’s transportation Monday to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, a hospital that specializes in treating and rehabilitating individuals with spinal cord injuries and neuromuscular problems. But the need for donations isn’t over. Morissaint’s sister, Sergine, said Medicaid covers medical expenses related to his surgery. But other expenses, such as transportation to and from Atlanta, as well as expenses related to his ongoing care and rehabilitation will require more money. Broward County Schools requires that athletes sign waivers to relieve the school from any liability regarding accidents on the field. “He’s going to need more funds,” said Commissioner Beverly Perkins, who said she taught Morissaint when he attended Crystal Lake Middle School. “He’s a very good young kid.”Send your news to editor.pelican@


10 The PelicanFriday, September 14, By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFLighthouse Point – Voters here will decide Nov. 6 if a $16.5 million bond issue for infrastructure upgrades is what the city needs. Helping them decide will be Mayor Glenn Troast and others in his administration eager to educate the community on the merits of their plans. The “centerpiece” of the four proposed improvements is the three-story CAT 5 emergency operations center, 21,000 square-feet that will house state of the art services: fire department/EMT personnel, emergency operations, community room, conference room, sleeping and eating quarters and offices. It will be built on Sample Road between Northeast 20 and 21 avenues replacing a long-dilapidated service station. Said Troast after he saw the rendering furnished by architect Merrill Romanik. “It was the ‘aha’ moment.” To help residents see what is being proposed, a 15-minute power point presentation is being prepared and Troast is filling his calendar with speaking dates. “The Exchange Club, Rota-Major upgrades to city buildings on November ballot in LHP ry Club and a condo association want me to speak,” Troast said. Brochures identifying the four buildings bond monies can build or improve will be distributed in parks, the library and at business locations. So far, from the feedback he is getting, “people are positive toward it,” the mayor said of the bond. “As I walk them through it, they get excited.” The voter will have a yes or no vote on this ballot item: Should the city spend no more than $16.5 million to build the fire station/EOC, a new public works building, major renovations to the Dan Witt Recreation Building and the buildout of the second floor at the library. All the proposed improvements harden city facilities during storms or other disasters. Some information has been posted on the city’s website. Troast hopes the materials for the public will be finished this week. Although early voting will start after Oct. 2 when absentee ballots are mailed, the concerted effort to reach the public will be in the last 30 days leading up to the election. “People have said they are not ready to talk about it until October,” Troast said. “They needed a break from August.”Rendering of the proposed re station/emergency operations center that will be built on Sample Road and Northeast 21 Avenue if Lighthouse Point voters approve a $16.5 million bone issue on Nov. 8. [Courtesy]


The Pelican 11 Friday, September 14, the north bound lane. The work by Lanzo Construction will be done in 600-foot segments. As the new pipe is laid, the trenches, some as deep at 15 feet, will be filled. Each lane closure, required when crews work around the lift stations, will be for two weeks. “There will be barrier walls, deep trenches . nothing like you have seen. This is a significant project . very difficult,” said Greg Balicki, director of the county’s water and wastewater division, as he presented the project to the commission Tuesday morning. Tarrant was more succinct. “This will be a clusterf**k for a year,” she said. “But there is no way around it. We need this.” The depth of the trenches presents a real safety hazard, Balicki said. Residents along the construction sites will have to inform work crews when they need to drive from their homes so steel plates can be placed across the excavations. This week, Police Chief Tom Nagy was concerned about getting fire/EMT vehicles to homes during the lane closures. The town contracts that service from Deerfield Beach. Suggestions were to stage a vehicle at the south end of town [at “enormous cost”] or acquire a temporary contract with Pompano Beach for fire services. The chief was also concerned about bike traffic and said none would be allowed during the construction now scheduled to be completed in November of 2019. Motorists and cyclists have already endured more than a year of interruptions on A1A when the new water main was installed. That project, also contracted by Lanzo Construction, is set to be done in October. The county is counting on communication to mitigate the negative effects of the project. A lighted board announcing the Sept. 24 start is already up at Northeast 14 Street in Pompano Beach and at Hillsboro Boulevard and U.S. 1 and again on A1A in Deerfield Beach. Work crews will contact homeowners, there will be direct mail, door hangers, a project hotline and a monthly newsletter along with the highway message boards. Driveways will be open at the end of each day. During the day, homeowners will have to arrange to move their cars when leaving a residence. One member of the public pointed out there is no off-site parking in the town. Said Pat MacGregor, in charge of communications, “We’ll get you out.” He promised commissioners a “new sewer system and a brand new street. It will be beautiful. But next year will be a tough one.” He, too, wanted to discourage cyclists from using A1A. If they are present, the work shuts down, MacGregor said. The water main, originally scheduled to be done in June now has an Oct. 31 finish date. Despite weather delays and change orders, engineering consultant Peter Moore estimated this week the $6.5 million project would come in $75,000 under budget. Residents with questions can call Pat MacGregor, 954831-0904 or patmacgregor@ The hotline is 877-223-8235 or ConstructionContinued from page 1ScreeningsPompano Beach – Free health screenings will be provided on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Islamic Center of South Florida, 1641 NW 15 St.


12 The PelicanFriday, September 14, Cavanaugh has worked for 21 years in information technology and currently is a client relationship manager with LexisNexis. A 15-year resident of the city, he is making his second run in District 1. He says he would like to continue along a sustainable path for growth and development and will finance his campaign without taking money from PACs and special interests. Cavanaugh earned a bachelors degree in communications from University of Detroit-Mercy. He is the father of twin sons, Lincoln and Connor. McGee was born at Holy Cross Hospital and raised in Pompano Beach. She attended St. Coleman and Cardinal Gibbons and earned a bachelors degree in motion picture production and political science at the University of Miami. After graduation, she worked in film and television production in Los Angeles, then in commercial real estate acquisitions and development in Washington, D.C. before returning to Miami for grad school. In 2017, she opened her brokerage, McGee Real Estate. Geer is a retired lawyer, having spent 23 years on active duty in the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps and worked 17 years at GEICO. In both careers, he built and supervised teams, led departments and served on boards. Upon arriving in Pompano, he quickly volunteered and was president of his condo association for eight years. He now serves on the city’s zoning board of appeals andcharter amendment advisory board. This is his first run for public office. John and his wife Ann are nine-year residents of Pompano Beach. They have been married for 50 years and have four adult children and 10 grandchildren. Anne Siren, Pelican publisher, posed questions to the candidates, starting with: Q. What are your top concerns in the city and in the district? Geer : “In the district, my concerns are development, the homeless, the opportunity to make sure developments follow the rules and to make sure traffic doesn’t get any worse. “In the city [we have issues] of homelessness and vagrancy. [We must find out] what to do about these issues. We have a problem with affordable housing and affordable jobs. We have two cities, west of Dixie and east of Dixie. That’s a crying shame, and the commission ought to do something about that. I will make that a focus of mine. “By the charter, the city commission has all the power and is responsible for all the policies. That’s a powerful responsibility that takes leadership, initiative, listening to people, action plans and developing measures and metrics. Those things have been critically lacking, and I intend to bring those things to the floor.” McGee : “An issue is communication. Let’s get people more involved before they’re issues. Crime is an issue. Working with BSO is a start.” She added that the city needs more job opportunities, more attractions and less empty real estate. Cavanaugh : “My concern is the empty space we see all around us. It’s great we are building new, but we aren’t leveraging what we have. [The need for housing] is a concern for those not doing so well or starting out in careers. How do we get more small and medium-sized businesses in here? “Homelessness and vagrancies are problems. We need to talk about mental health issues. We can’t rely on BSO to be mental health counselors. Dist. 1Continued from page 1 John Geer John Cavanaugh Andrea McGee See DIST. 1 on page 20


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14 The PelicanFriday, September 14, up their missed time in the summer which allowed them only a fraction of the class time their white counterparts received. The disparity in education that existed in this city’s past is a subject that comes up often. A recent occasion was in March, when Hiram Hammon’s name was officially removed from the Hammondville Road/Martin Luther King Boulevard street signs. Commissioner Beverly Perkins, who was a student at Coleman, said one of the reasons Hiram’s name was removed is because many black residents have bad memories of picking beans on his farms. But former student Emma Ellington, 77, remembered “the plays” and the fun and learning that went on at Pompano Colored School. “Learning was very important . we just had a great time learning.” MarkerContinued from page 3 By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFHillsboro Beach – Town Manager Mac Serda received a new contract this week. It included a $10,000 raise, a monthly increase in his medical stipend, a four-week vacation, an option to enter the Florida Retirement System, a one-week payout of unused vacation time and a $5,000 performance bonus. In approving his request, commissioners heaped praise on the former Miami Beach utilities director for his accomplishments. Among them are completion of an emergency beach restoration project, a substantial savings on a utility pump house rebuild, developing a program with the DEA that will bring in $1 million in new revenues, hiring a code compliance and building department partner, the institution of a digital record system Hillsboro Beach Commission gives town manager a raise and a bonusand updated codes. Commissioners praised Serda for his “excellent attitude” and his willingness to take calls day and night and for “guiding us through a major transition.” Under his new arrangement, Serda will be making $130,000 a year.Turtle lighting laws are made simplerHillsboro Beach – The town has relaxed its ordinance regulating lighting during turtle nesting season, June to October. The town boasts the highest number of recorded turtle nests in the county and the lowest number of hatchlings that get disoriented and end up in bushes and on roadways. The new rules are more simply stated and in general require amber red/LED lighting with no direct visibility from the beach, low profile up-lights, five-minute security lights, pool lighting designed for the safety of marine animals. Also required are hooded balcony lights and interior lights shielded after 9 p.m. with tinted or filmed glass. It also prohibits motorized vehicles on the beach and structures that could entrap the turtles. Commission hopes to nally make a decision on power linesHillsboro Beach – The commission will hold a special meeting later this month in hopes of setting a long-standing issue: whether or not to ask FPL to bury the town’s power lines. It’s a matter that began with former mayor Carmen McGarry 10 years ago. It continues today as statistics show power outages See POWER on page 21 The Pelican Newspaper


The Pelican 15 Friday, September 14, HonorContinued from page 5He explains the title of his book. My ten veterans served in countries around the world. I researched the wines of each of their countries. I name specific bottles of wine so that the reader can purchase a bottle and have a drink of the wine while reading what that veteran experienced in that country and feel like he’s sharing the hero’s tale himself.” Ryan Paton’s first exposure to Honor Flight was as an escort in Martin County. He was so moved by the experience that he became part of a group that founded Honor Flight South Florida [HFSF] in 2013 to serve veterans from Boca Raton to Key West. Since then he has been the volunteer director of operations for this all volunteer group. “We’ve flown over 1,000 veterans on Honor Flights from Fort Lauderdale and Miami airports,” he says, “and every one of those heroes has been thrilled, often teary-eyed and grateful for this acknowledgment of service. “The final touch is the airport group that meets and welcomes them home from their return flight. We have had over 20,000 volunteers who are willing to be part of the late night welcome home airport committee. These heroes are stunned as they return from a trip of a lifetime to be greeted by people who line up to shake hands and thank them for their service.” Paton is a business owner who has given countless hours to documenting the veterans who served this country in war. He is the owner and president of Capitol Lending Group in Coconut Creek, heading up a staff of eight. The walls and cabinets in his office are decorated with gifts and objects given to him by his grateful veteran friends. Congratulations on being a Shining Star in the community and thank you for your service and dedication to our war heroes. Send your news to editor.pelican@ CRAContinued from page 2“We focus so much on one street, MLK Boulevard and not one street over,” Thomas said. The committee agreed to approve a line item calling for $300,000 for security but recommended striking $250,000 for additional security. Revenues in the NW CRA budget for 2019 total $15 million. They include $9.335 million in tax increments and $7.323 million in carry forward fund balance. Expenditures total $16.9 million, including $14 million in redevelopment projects. The budget goes next to the CRA Board for consideration on Sept. 17.


16 The PelicanFriday, September 14, Let The Pelican know about what’s happening in your community! Call 954-783-8700! In the original proposal, residents would have had to share the Pride Center’s 163 parking spots. Now, 30 spots will be designated specifically for residents. Mayor Justin Flippen said ultimately it was up to the commission to determine if the project was appropriate for the land parcel, not to scrutinize the day to day operations of the Pride Center. “We’re not here approving the programming. My job is to determine if this project is right for the property,” he said. Mayor Gary Resnick questioned whether preference could be given to Wilton Manors residents. “I do want some benefit for Wilton ManHousingContinued from page 1ors residents. We’re basically giving up all of our flex units for this,” the mayor said. Flex units are a pool of additional units that can be added to a development to increase its land-use density. The development will be in the city’s urban center that has 50 flex units. This project will use up all but two of the flex units allocated to the city. In answer to the mayor’s concerns, Carfour’s attorney, David Coviello, said it would be highly likely residents will be the first to hear about available units, which will increase their odds of getting one. The city manager’s office and representatives from Carfour will discuss the options and bring back information to the Oct. 9 commission meeting. Modest increase in spending; millageLauderdale-By-The-Sea – Commissioners here approved a proposed millage rate of 3.5989 Wednesday the same rate as the current fiscal year. It is the third lowest in the county, behind Hillsboro Beach and Weston. Twenty percent of taxes go to the local government. Residents also pay taxes to Broward County, the School Board and North Broward Hospital District. Commissioners also approved a proposed 2019 budget of $19 million, an increase of $742,240 from the current year. With the proposed millage rate, the average single-family homeowner will pay an increase of $27. The median homesteaded condo owner will pay an increase of $23, according to Tony Bryan, deputy town manager. The general fund budget increases by $704,000 to $12.9 million. That includes an increase of approximately $300,000 in transfers to the capital fund and an increase of about $312,000 in the budget for the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Commissioners voted to maintain the fire assessment rate for residential properties at $129.85, the lowest in the county. Rate for commercial properties is 21 cents per square foot. The final budget hearing is set for 6 p.m. on Sept. 26. -Judy Vik


The Pelican 17 Friday, September 14, 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 Fort Lauderdale Symphonic Winds is starting a new season with a new conductor. There are openings for clarinet, percussion and bassoon. Rehearsals are held every Wednesday from 7 to 9 pm at the American Legion Post 222 in Oakland Park. Email or visit www. – Ocean Conservatory 33rd Coastal Cleanup, 9 a.m. to noon. Deer eld Beach Island Park; Pompano Beach Pavillion #2; Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, El Prado Park. For details, call 954519-1296. 9/28 – 9/30 Class reunion for Pompano Beach High School Golden Tornadoes, Class of 1968. Contact Chairperson Cherryl Cook at cherryl.cook1050@ for information/registration forms. 10/12, 13 & 14 – Oktoberfest at American-German Club of Palm Beach, 5111 Lantana Rd., Lake Worth. “Heldensteiner” band returns from Munich Germany. The Hobfrau Festhaus will host the band “Echt Baerig,” also straight from Munich. Children can enjoy the club’s playground plus a carnival with rides and games for all ages. Call 561-9676464. 12/6 Yuletide Parade volunteers are looking for parade participants. This year’s parade theme is “A Candyland Holiday.” The parade starts on Atlantic Boulevard and Riverside Drive heading west to McNab Park. Residents interested in being a part of Pompano Beach’s Yuletide Parade should call 954786-4111.Hikes9/15 Okeeheelee Park, 7500 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach. Walk 4 miles. Meet at Okeeheelee south new parking lot 7:30 a.m. 561-963-9906. Public/Leisure. 9/16 Winding Waters Natural Area. Parking is located off Dyer Boulevard, 1/2 mile west of Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach. Walk A few miles in this West Palm Beach jewel. 7:30 a.m. Contact: Paul Cummings, 561-963-9906. Public/Leisure. 9/22 Royal Palm Beach Pines Natural Area, 110 Nature’s Way Royal Palm Beach, Florida. Semi-rigorous hike in West Palm Beach wilderness. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at the trailhead. 561-8591954.Libraries9/27, 11:30 a.m. A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage. Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 NW 9th Court, Pompano Beach. 954-357-7670. 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 on 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 561-5448605.Opera 11/15 & 17 Puccini’s La Boheme, Broward Center for the Performing Arts Au-Rene Theater, Fort Lauderdale/. Tickets 800-741-1010. Theater 10/01 “Hollywood Live!” directed by Shari Upbin, ickets are $100 or $150 for preferred seating and can be purchased at www.c 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 Tour Historic Pompano Beach From the Sample-McDougald House to the Indian Mound. Tickets $15/person. Call for dates. 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. 954-429-0378 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 786-251-0811.


18 The Pelican Friday, September 14, 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 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. Place your classi ed ad online at pelicannewspaper.comSubscribe for home delivery [$13.78] or free online subscription at HOME FOR SALE 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. CONDO FOR RENT 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. Pompano Beach Club South Tower. Furn. 1Br/1Ba. Ocean and City views. Becky Heineken. 954-592-2760. The K Company RealtyTownhouse for Rent Pompano – Leisureville. Beautiful, Spacious 2BR/2BA. Large family room. Garage. 55+ Community with great amenities including 9-Hole Golf Course. Low maintenance fees. $229,788. Call Ruthie Brooks, Balistreri Real Estate, 954-803-4174. 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. SERVICESBOOKKEEPING SERVICE Certi ed QuickBooks. ProAdvisor. Reasonable Rates. Personable & Reliable. Small Business. Nonprofit, or Personal. Call Patrick: 561-544-8110. CLEAN QUEEN’S CLEANING SERVICE SUMMER SPECIALSI will professionally clean your home immaculately. Call Jeanette for a free estimate. References available upon request. 954-982-5417 CAREGIVER 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 CASHI pay CASH and close at your convenience. Immediate cash available to resolve legal issues with property. Any condition. Specialized in estate sales. Local references. Call Richard at 561-571-2037. Personal ServiceNeed a ride somewhere? Call Bob for personal transportation. Reasonable rates. 954-254-6221. 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.ANTIQUESAntique Buyer – Buying Antiques & Art. Jewelry. Watches. Paintings. Military Items. Guns. Swords. Coins. Silver. House Calls. Free Appraisals. Robert’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. Help WantedMARINEMarine construction company looking for full-time help. Will train but some basic construction experience is helpful. Call 954-571-1940. Lost and FoundLost keys corner of NE 23 Dr and N. Dixie Hwy. next to funeral home 954-304-4135. 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! 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. 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 954-480-4494 or email Kenny Lawrence at klawrence@ deer Constitution Park, 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deer eld Beach.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. 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The Pelican 19 Friday, September 14, Resident and former mayor Steve Arnst expressed concern. “This really increases density. This reduces everything, reduces open space and setbacks.”Commissioners approve rezoning for Kenann Building siteIn related business, commissioners approved rezoning for 3101 and 3201 N. Federal Highway to UnitsContinued from page 4Planned Redevelopment District. The proposed development is for a retail and residential building that would wrap around the existing Kenann Building at Oakland Park Blvd. and US 1. The development will contain 274 residential apartments, mostly studio and one-bedroom units, and a garage with 547 spaces. The site consists of four parcels and contains two commercial buildings with large areas of surface parking. The proposed development would retain the existing buildings and build a new mixed-use building on the area of the parking lots. The new building wraps around the rear and side of the existing Kenann and Chase Bank commercial buildings. Included in the restricted covenant is that 100 percent of the residential units be leased a minimum of one year. “This project is perfect for bringing young people to Oakland Park,” said Marc Landau, co-owner of project Rock. “I’m in favor of this project and the rezoning,” said Commissioner Michael Carn. “It does exactly what we have been hoping and praying for [and provides] a kickoff for this corner. “ “This is a definite win for Oakland Park,” said Mayor Tim Lonergan. Commissioners also approved the allocation of 235 flex units from a pool of 886. Residential units in this development range from 400 to 800 square feet. “I don’t like 400-squarefoot units,” Vice Mayor Sara Guevrekian said. “But I recognize no one cares what I think. I like the declaration of restricted covenant.”Commissioners approve rezoning for another mixed-use projectCommissioners also approved a request for rezoning for property at 33633411 N. Federal Highway to Planned Redevelopment District to allow for construction of a 165-unit, mixed-use building with parking garage. Pure Platinum, an adult entertainment business that closed in 2017, and other businesses formerly occupied the site. The existing buildings are to be demolished. There is a large area of surface parking. The proposal replaces the building and the parking. Planned are: Residential: 165 residential units; Commercial: 31,705 square feet of ground floor commercial space; Parking: 365 parking spaces [345 structured garage spaces and 20 surface spaces. Eight additional on-street spaces are to be added to Northeast 33rd Court] The applicant has agreed to upgrade and repair speed tables on Northeast 20 Avenue and make improvements to Northeast 33 Court. Commissioners approved the re-zoning request by a vote of 3-1. Guevrekian voted no.Send your news to editor.pelican@gmail. com


20 The Pelican Friday, September 14, The same thing with addiction and recovery. The city commission can work with business leaders and recovery addiction specialists.” Q. Pompano has an average of 17 percent of residents on food stamps. In some areas the actual number is over 40 percent. Rents for twobedroom homes range from $1,600-$1,800 monthly. That is higher than the national average. All schools in the city are rated Title I, which means the majority of students are “disadvantaged” and are provided with free meals. Is our city addressing this issue, and if not, what would you do? Cavanaugh : “I don’t believe any child in this country should leave the house hungry on any day. If we aren’t doing enough as a municipality, we should. Affordable housing has to be a component of every new construction. At least 10 percent of all construction should be affordable housing.” Geer : “I don’t know everything the city is doing. There are 15 public schools in this city. Seventy-eight percent of the 12,000 students are entitled to a free lunch. Eighty-five percent of elementary school students are entitled to a free lunch. Per capita income in Pompano Beach is $23,000. Can you rent a place, feed your kids, feed yourself for that? We need to do something about these things. We need to give people opportunities, give them a chance to succeed. We need to get to a place where they can feel good about themselves.” McGee : “We now have some of the lowest unemployment numbers in the country. We have the potential to bring in so many more Dist. 1Continued from page 12higher paying jobs to the area. “There is a need for workforce housing for young people. As for schools, we need to cultivate and maintain a good relationship with the school board and have meetings with them on how we can help. Q. Voters approved passage of a $180 million bond. Yet taxes, the fire assessments and new debt [to repay this bond] have increased the tax burden to property owners. Was all this the right move? Is the city conservative with how they spend tax dollars? Cavanaugh : “When you’re increasing density, you have to have adequate fire services. Some of the fire houses were a disgrace. As far as the G.O. Bond, I’m more of a foundational person. We should address infrastructure issues. We want better roadways and sidewalks. I think we need to be a little more conservative with spending and look further down the road, five to 10 years, with larger infrastructure projects.” McGee : “The passage of the G.O. Bond helped improve the city’s credit rating with Standard & Poors. We are spending a lot now, but we hadn’t been spending for so long that infrastructure needed to be redone, fire stations need to be updated. Now we’re in a building phase, in a rejuvenation phase. We should be looking 30 years down the road.” Geer : “Infrastructure is critically important. When the bond was being sold, we were told we needed to catch up and do this infrastructure stuff. It wasn’t great planning, but we need it. I voted against the bond because I didn’t like the bundling. Commissioners need to make sure the $180 million is spent the way it was promised to be spent, that projects are brought in on time and with quality. “In a recent budget discussion, there wasn’t one question. Fire assessment was increased and the millage rate lowered. All of us pay $210 for fire assessment whether we own a $50,000 or $50 million house. There See DIST. 1 on page 21


The Pelican 21 Friday, September 14, is something radically wrong with that. We used to have a budget advisory board; that was disbanded. We need people independent of the city folks who are looking at the budget and projects to be paid for with that budget.” Q. The city is changing density on Atlantic Boulevard. Buildings will get higher. There’s a possibility of reducing lanes, starting at I-95. Supporters hail this change. Some are concerned about traffic. What is your position? Geer : “I’m not in favor of it. I don’t want to drive through a canyon with eightstory buildings on each side. We need to look at these issues far more critically. We need to assess the wisdom of increasing density in these buildings. I’m certainly not in favor of shrinking the width of Atlantic Boulevard. I’m more concerned about walking. I’m not going to ride a bike there, not in the dark. We need to reevaluate this thing critically and have more public input. Do we want an emergency exit for hurricanes? Do we want wider sidewalks?” McGee : “Current zoning on Atlantic is B-3, where developers could build up to 10 stories. Now the city is capping heights at various levels and allowing mixeduse development. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to walk. As population ages, we will see more and more delivery services. Maintaining a livework-play district is the wave of the future, and it’s exciting.” Cavanaugh : We have the opportunity not to repeat the mistakes of others. We have open spaces in this city we can utilize. We have adequate zoning laws. We can modify them and allow variances. I don’t want a 10-story building overlooking my backyard. I like the city the way it is.Why don’t we use what we have and make it better?” Dist. 1Continued from page 20 occur in underground lines far less than in those that run overhead. A major hurdle is acquiring the easements from property owners, a process that could take up to a year, Mayor Deb Tarrant said. Another factor is the cost and the fact the lines need to be buried before 2022 when the state plans to resurface A1A. Town Manager Mac Serda said he has data to bring forward and had hoped to do so this week, but the FPL representative could not attend Tuesday’s commission meeting. Now Tarrant is saying, “This time, either we do it or let it [ the idea] go.” PowerContinued from page 14 Serda tentatively set the meeting for Sept. 27 at 2 p.m.“Move It” program will help ID trespassersHillsboro Beach – Visitors to town who pull into vacant, but private, seaside lots to picnic or enjoy the view will be easier to identify after a new “Move It” program is put in place by Police Chief Tom Nagy. Nagy has designed a uniform car parking pass for residents and their guests. It won’t solve all situations, he said, but will help his officers resolve trespassing complaints. Condo association leaders have given him positive feedback, the chief added. Endorsing the program, Vice Mayor Irene Kirdahy said that she had approached people who had pulled onto a vacant parcel, let loose their dog, set up a picnic and scattered trash. She added she was threatened by the intruders. Nagy said in such situations, residents should always call the police. offense, gaining 211 rushing yards on 35 carries. Mikah Lewis led WA with 70 yards on five carries, including his second touchdown of the season. Quarterback Bradley Hedba completed eight of 12 passes for 54 yards. He also had 46 rushing yards on 17 carries including his second rushing TD of the season. Donovan Lassiter accounted for the Lions’ other score on a 70-yard kickoff return. “On defense, we had a tough time slowing down (Palmer Trinity’s) running game,” Coach Tommy Lewis said. “Overall, I’m pleased with our effort. But to compete with the best in the conference we have to execute better and more consistently.” WestminsterContinued from page 7


22 The Pelican Friday, September 14, Lighthouse Point – Pompano Beach Firefighter Victoria Burgess was recently the toast of the town in this city and Pompano Beach. Commissioners here named Aug. 28 “Victoria Burgess Day.” She received the same honor in Pompano Beach on July 10. In June, the 34-year-old became the first woman to paddle board from Havana to Key West. She made the 115-mile passage in 27 hours and 45 minutes and said her worst moment came when darkness fell 16 hours into the trip and she realized how long the night would be. Burgess grew up in Lighthouse Point and took up paddleboarding about five years ago. With one record behind her, she has taken up a totally different sportmountain Paddle board feat earns Burgess her daysclimbing. Realizing she has a lot of conditioning ahead, she thinks it’s probably three years before she is ready to tackle a big challenge like Mt. Everest or Mt. Ranier. -Judy WilsonMayor Lamar Fisher commends Victoria Burgess on her journey between Havana and Key West before presenting her with the “Victoria Burgess Day” proclamation in July. [Staff] Save the date to help save theDeerfield Beach – This c ity 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, 71 SE 21 Ave at 8:30 a.m. The first 100 participants will receive parking passes for the duration of the event. Materials, including gloves, bags, and water will be provided. To register for this year’s event, email coastalcleanup@ 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. Haitian Heritage and Cultural Arts Celebration Pompano Beach – Save Our Boys, Inc., along with the City of Pompano Beach will host the inaugural Haitian Heritage and Cultural Arts Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd. The free event will feature music, dance, art, activities for children, food and the recognition of community leaders. “Haiti is the rst Caribbean country to gain its independence from colonialism,” said Andy Cherenfant, president of Save our Boys. “It was once the richest country in the Western Hemisphere. And it is the richness and wealth that remains in its people that we celebrate.” Visit to RSVP. Space is limited.


The Pelican 23 Friday, September 14, By Jim “Chiefy” MathiePELICAN WRITEROur ocean has a rich history of artificial reefs comprised of wrecks and concrete structures that provide habitat for fish and other marine life. This is evident off Pompano Beach, with the evolution of ShipWreck Park and the Lady Luck and Okinowa wrecks. Deerfield Beach has the Barefoot Mailman statue, the Ancient Mariner, Rapa Nui and Miracle of Life wrecks. Boca Raton has the Sea Emperor, United Caribbean and the Noula Express wrecks in an area each within proximity to the other. Normally the only way to see these underwater wrecks is to dive. However, even then, you can’t always get a full appreciation of them based Catching the ocean view:Smart Guides mapping the beauty of arti cial reefs in South Florida on the visibility and ocean currents. Taking the plunge to assist us is Reef Smart Guides, a Canadian-based company that has made 3-D images of the numerous wrecks populating South Florida. I attended a seminar at the Force E dive shop in Boca Raton last month, given by Guides’ founder and managing director Ian Popple and editorial director Peter McDougall. They were finishing the mapping of sites in Palm Beach County and had completed Broward County last year. They create individual images on a waterproof card being sold at various dive shops in the area. They’re combining these into a guide book for both counties which will be available in the next few months. The process is unique. It uses underwater 3-D side scan sonar, combined with photographs of every site. That’s where the real work is done, with the assistance of visitors’ bureaus that provide dive operations and accommodations for the team. These images or mapping are converted from two-dimensional still digital pictures using SfM [Structure from Motion] technology. The third partner is the creative director Otto Wagner, and he creates the final image of a 3-D model which can then be manipulated into a beautiful reproduction of the artificial reef. Pictures of a dive boat, fish and compass are added to give the viewer a complete understanding of the site. These are typically used prior to the dive to get a “view” of the dive and obtained by visitors as a remembrance of the site. They are not for navigation, as “things do change under the sea,” according to Popple. However, they are a reliable reproduction of the site. Popple’s team had done their mapping in Broward County last year before Hurricane Irma, and some of the sites have change. The Okinawa wreck, a 107foot tugboat, was shifted 200 feet and tilted on its side. The Ancient Mariner had its wheel house collapse and fall to the north side of the wreck. The best part of having mapped these wrecks in the past is they can be changed to reflect the effects after a hurricane. There’s nothing better than a digital re-creation to get more people into the water. On the surface of the ocean, everything looks blue. It is what is discovered below the surface that requires exploration. Reef Smart Guides has given all of us a way to appreciate these artificial reefs without even getting wet . but why not dive in to get a full view of the treasures found on the ocean floor?The rendering to the left is a guide of The Okinawa one of the sunken ships that is part of Shipwreck Park in Pompano Beach. The rendering shows the ship’s movement after Hurricane Irma. [Courtesy]


24 The Pelican Friday, September 14, By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFDeerfield Beach – Two high school seniors with a strong sense of community have taken up the challenge of reviving Relay for Life, once the most successful fundraiser for cancer research in Northeast Broward. Bailey Campbell and Nick Zamora co-chair this year’s Relay on Friday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m. to midnight. It will be a scaled-down version of what used to be a two-day event involving competitive teams, music, skits and a long night of tomfoolery. Previous money raised was in the six figures. This year, Campbell and Zamora and their team from Key Clubs at Pompano Beach High School and Deerfield Beach High School are shifting the focus to cancer survivors who will be recognized before taking their survivor laps around the track Young generation, motivated to do good, spearheads Relay for Lifeand rewarded with a dinner donated by JB’s Restaurant. In keeping with tradition, there will be some frivolity – music and game-show competitions around the theme “Moves and TV Shows” – but cancer survivors will be the core of this cause. “We definitely need survivors,” Campbell said this week. “There would be no event without the survivors.” The goal is for 60 people to take their “victory laps.” About 20 more are needed. Zamora, an AP student at Deerfield Beach High School, became co-chair after Campbell took him to an organizational meeting and he learned what the event had meant to people. “Cancer is something we can all relate to,” he said. “We need to shine a light on Relay . it is so crucial to our community.” This year, caregivers will also be taking victory laps and recognized for their part in the survival process. And at 9 p.m., luminaries purchased in memory of a cancer victim will be lit and placed in alphabetical order around the track. Zamora said in moving the event from May to fall, the team hopes to “set a new tone by finding new ways to engage the community.” Campbell, a student at Pompano Beach High School, became Relay co-chair after she saw the leadership position was open. The event has had several long-time chairpersons starting with Lenny Chesal, who was supported by Janyce Becker and Maureen Kenny, followed by Gordon Vatch and TJ Eagan, Carol Landau, Claire Schubert, Nona Breitenstein and Karen Hardy. Vatch and Eagan took the role again this year and enlisted the help of the Key Clubbers. Originating in Deerfield Beach, Relay expanded to include Hillsboro Beach, Lighthouse Point and eventually Pompano Beach. For Campbell and Zamora, chairing Relay may be giving them a glimpse of their futures. She would like to become a marketing rep for a non-profit. He is looking toward psychology. “I got over wanting to be a doctor,” he said. “But I do want to help people.” He is president of the local Best Buddies International organization and active in the Aktion Club, organizations that offer activities to teens and adults with disabilities. Campbell is a member of National Honor Society and the South Florida Chapter of United We Dream DACA. Vatch said the one-evening Relay for Life seems to be the trend across the country. With Eagan overseeing logistics for the event, Vatch is “helping wherever I can.” Chesel will return as master of ceremonies. As in the past, Relay will be held at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road. Registration for survivors is 5:30 p.m.; recognition is at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. For more information, email or call 954-200-7522.