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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, October 12, 2018 Vol. XXVI, Issue 41Price 10¢ Remembering ReykaMembers of the public, elected of cials, BSO and the family of Sgt. Chris Reyka, who was killed in the line of duty in 2007, dedicated a park to his memory on Sunday. See story on page 12. [Staff] Oakland Park voters will decide $40 million bond for re stations, community centers, libraryBy Judy VikPELICAN STAFFOakland Park – Voters here will be asked to consider a $40 million general obligation bond intended to raise funds for improvements to public facilities. The facilities include three fire stations, numerous community centers and the library. The vote will be Nov. 6. A facilities study in 2010 called for the replacement or restructuring of many of the buildings. That study found that many were beyond their useful life. Some do not meet ADA requirements; some aren’t equipped with sprinklers. The bond measure will appear on the bottom of the lengthy ballot. City voters are being urged to consider the bond question first. If the bond passes, voters will see the debt service on their property tax bill in 2019. Cost to taxpayers is estimated at about $10 a month for the median-valued single-family home, Andrew Thompson, financial services director, said as he presented an update on the bond at last week’s city commission meeting. Staff will then develop a plan, and each project will be presented to the commission for approval. Commissioner Michael Carn asked how the $40 million figure was determined. Thompson said costs were estimated at about $29 million in 2010. The new figure looked at increased costs of construction since then. See BOND on page 14 Wilton Manors candidates debate issuesBy Katina CaraganisPELICAN STAFFWilton Manors – Water quality, parking and development were among the issues discussed at the candidate’s forum here on Oct. 4 at Hagen Park. Running for the two city commission seats are Mayor Gary Resnick, Commissioner Scott Newton, Paul Rolli and Dr. Katharine Campbell. Vice Mayor Justin Flippen faces Boyd Corbin in the mayoral race. Corbin and Flippen answered questions first. On water rates, Flippen said he would work with Fort Lauderdale, but he can’t “dictate how much they charge us.” Wilton Manors gets its drinking water from Fort Lauderdale; they determine its cost. See FORUM on page 19See The Pelican’s endorsements Wilton Manors should elect Flippen as its next mayorSee page 6. Wilton Manors voters should choose Resnick for commissionSee page 11. Wilton Manors voters should elect Rolli for commissionSee page 11. Oakland Park voters should return Carn to commissionSee page 8. Oakland Park voters should pick Rosenwald to commissionSee page 21. Red Tide washes ashore in Broward See pages 3 and 4


2 The PelicanFriday, October 12, 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 By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFF Lighthouse Point – Mayor Glenn Troast, armed with a 15-minute power point, is speaking about the proposed $16.5 million bond issue to clubs, condo associations and in a diner in these weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 election. Accompanied by the city’s department heads, Troast is eager to educate the voters on what the bond monies will pay for, if approved. He has already spoken to Rotarians, Kiwanians, the Exchange and Soroptimist clubs. The Pompano Beach-Lighthouse Point Chamber of Commerce is asking for his input on the bond. He will speak Nov. 1 at the Red Fox Diner and between now and then to residents of PalmAire and Lighthouse Gardens North and South. Saturday, he will be at Frank McDonough Park, 9 to 11 a.m., to explain the issue. A public meeting for anyone interested in the facilities’ improvements the bond issue will finance is set for Saturday, Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m. at Dixon Ahl Hall, 2200 NE 38 St. Proposed is a new fire station and emergency operations center built to MOC 5 standards, a new public works building and a redo of the current one, a larger recreation building for Dan Witt Park and build-out of the unused upstairs space at the library. Voters will decide the matter by a simple majority. Lighthouse Point mayor, sta go on the road with “Bond 2018”Also on the local ballot will be a charter amendment limiting commission terms to 12 years starting in 2020 and increasing the terms of commissioners elected in 2018 to 2020. Commission terms will be four years and staggered. Two housekeeping matters are also on the ballot. Changes in planning and zoning board procedures will be governed by ordinance rather than the city charter and the first commission meeting after an election will be designated the re-organizational meeting. The city is divided into six voting precincts, 1B through 6B. Balloting is at Dixon Hall, city hall and the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club.Commissioners say developer misrepresenting their take on yacht club development planLighthouse Point – Paterson Project Management has resubmitted its site plan for the redevelopment of the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club for city officials to review. The public will be able to see and comment on the plan at a Monday, Oct. 23 meeting in city commission chambers, 6:30 p.m. Last week, Commissioner Mike Long expressed his frustration with the message the developer is presenting. Long said he has heard that Paterson tells residents “the city is 100 percent behind this . I’m going to get what I want.” City Administrator John Lavisky said there is a link on the city’s website to an August workshop meeting where Paterson showed the initial site plan. Lavisky said it was clear at the workshop that something should be done to the 40-year-old property, but “no one is committed to anything.” At that time, Paterson promised to come back with altered plans in two weeks. Said Long, “We’re moving our schedules [to accommodate Paterson]. He’s not delivering.” Following the Oct. 27 workshop, the planning and zoning board will meet to review the plan once more and make recommendations to the commission. Mayor Glenn Troast said he has told Paterson to “stop saying he has gotten approvals” from the city. Troast said a real estate agent told him words to the effect that the project was a done deal. One of the mayor’s concerns has been the number of parking spaces on the See YACHT CLUB on page 12


The Pelican 3 Friday, October 12, By Michael d’OliveiraPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach – Brittany Chapman says business at the Beach House Pompano restaurant here has been a little slower than usual recently. But Chapman, director of sales and marketing for the restaurant, which is on the beach and located next to the Pompano Beach Pier, chalks that up to the weather – not the recent occurrence of Red Tide found here. But she says it’s still a concern. “[The smell Red Tide washes ashore in Pompano Beach; “very low” amount of cellsgenerated by Red Tide] could potentially shut down the [open air patio] upstairs . Let’s hope it gets better, not worse. We’ll see this week.” And at least for now, it has. On Oct. 1, city officials hoisted red warning flags – “high hazard” – but did not close the beach. On Tuesday, when The Pelican talked with Chapman, yellow flags were flying at the beach – “medium hazard.” City officials also posted signs at the beach with information about Red Tide. The beach remains open and the signs remain up. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, tests of the water in South Florida have revealed varying amounts of Red Tide cells, officially named Karenia Brevis. Pompano Beach is “very low” with 1,000 cells per 10,000 liters. Deerfield Beach is “medium” with 100,000 per 1,000,000. John Murray, owner of Fish Bolo, a charter fishing company based at The Cove Marina in Deerfield Beach, said he’s been “alerting people to the facts of the situation” through email and social media. See RED TIDE on page 5 By Anne SirenPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach – City commissioners here have tentatively approved a lease renewal for the Hillsboro Inlet Fishing Center, Inc., and they did it nine months prior to its expiration date. Commissioner Mike Sobel wants to know why.Hillsboro Fishing eet seeks lease renewal nine months early: action leads to disputeM. Ross Shulmister, director of the Center, explained the owner of a large boat seeks dockage at the inlet but was holding off until the Center could produce a long-term lease with the city. If the city renews the lease, the terms will be for 10 years with five-year renewals, and the Center would invest $20,000 in capital improvements over the next five years. Sobel asked why the lease could not be put out for bid to generate more income. He noted the city does not own the dock area that houses the fishing fleet and is obligated to monthly payments through 2074. Here’s why. In 1974, the city purchased two properties on the east [oceanside] and west sides of A1A at the Hillsboro Inlet. The properties had been owned by Jim and Tom Stephanis; the brothers had See FLEET on page 24


4 The PelicanFriday, October 12, By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFDeerfield Beach – With no fish kill and with very moderate allergy response to last week’s Red Tide invasion of the South Florida coast, the Deerfield Beach Fishing Pier will likely open this week and the beach flags be upgraded from red – high hazard/purple-pests to yellow – moderate hazard/purple. Deerfield Beach Director of Public Affairs Rebecca Medina-Stewart said testing of the water continues and a new advisory upgrading conditions is also likely. Earlier tests showed “very low” concentration of the Red Tide algae. Hurricane Michael’s impact in the Gulf may delay test results from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission [FWC]. The algae can produce allergic symptoms: throat irritation, coughing, difficulty breathing. A FWC map of water samples taken Oct. 3 showed moderate to low amounts of the algae in Broward County. Harder hit were Palm Beach County and Miami-Dade. Broward cities to the south had harsher outcomes than Deerfield Beach. Hallandale reported 130 dead fish had washed up on it beaches on Wednesday. While the entire pier was off limits due to the threat of Red Tide health issues, the “T” portion was closed for another reason: upgrades to the electrical system. That work is expected to be done by today [Friday]. The economic impact of the algae reaching local beaches has not been officially documented but Medina-Stewart said, “The minute the news hit the media, there were massive cancellations [at beachside resorts]. Diego Sena, general manager at Royal Blues Hotel, was reluctant to comment and would only say, “we had a few cancellations.” Another cancellation due to Red Tide was Dunn’s Run, an annual 5K run/walk that ends at the beach. Karla Zamora, spokesperson for the Boys and Girls Club, beneficiary of the event, said this week a new date has not been decided. It has to be coordinated with the city and Split Second Timing, Zamora said. On a weekday night in the midst of the Red Tide alert, it was reported that “Oceans 234 was rocking.” Last week’s appearance of Red Tide on the South Florida coast is one of only eight ever documented. Red Tide threat eases in Deer eld; beach and pier returning to normalInformation about Red Tide Dr. Darren Hoffberger See TIDE INFO on page 15The Red Tide is receding for now but there is a likelihood of it reoccurring. In fact, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was formed 60 years ago partly in response to Red Tide events. More usually found on the southwest coast of Florida, its recent appearance here is thought to have been a function of currents and wind. Once in the ocean and Gulf waters, it begins to dissipate. Its effect on humans ranges from severe to very moderate. For many people, the fish kills and the odor are enough to keep them away from beaches where the Red Tide lurks. For those who can’t avoid the beaches and avoidance is the best preventative and/or cure Dr. Darren Hoffberger, a pulmonologist at Broward Health North, offers information and advice. Q. Who is most allergic to the Red Tide algae?


The Pelican 5 Friday, October 12, The Pelican Newspaper Subscribe for a free subscription at Call 954-783-8700. “Virtually everybody who calls is also asking about Red Tide.” While he acknowledged the possibility that Red Tide could impact his business, Murray said he doesn’t think it will. He cited the Gulf Stream [which disperses Red Tide] and the deep water. “Personally, I think it’s unlikely to affect us seriously.” Kelly Richmond, communications director for FWC, said Red Tide and blue green algae are not related. Red Tide occurs naturally in salt water, starting in the Gulf of Mexico. Blue green algae occur in fresh water. She said its not known yet what kind of nutrients are feeding the Red Tide but it’s possible some are produced by humans. She also cautioned Floridians and tourists not to eat any dead fish or other organisms they find on the beach. Live fish, she said, should be fine to eat Red TideContinued from page 3as long as they are cooked. Visit redtidestatus for updates on South Florida’s Red Tide status. After Red Tide was discovered in Pompano Beach, of cials put out warning signs and information. The beaches are still open and the signs are still up. [Staff]“Very low” amount of Red Tide in LBTSLauderdale-By-The-Sea – Testing results released by the state on Monday show “very low level” presence of red tide off Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and other nearby coastal communities. Officials collected additional near shore samples of water on Monday at Anglin’s Pier and shipped them to the state for analysis. No deep-water samples were collected Monday due to rough seas. About 130 dead fish were found on LBTS beaches on Thursday, Oct. 4. No dead fish have been found since Saturday.Reservoir and Barley Prize may be key to algae controlThe U.S. Senate voted Wednesday, 99-1, in favor of a water bill that provides for construction of a 240,000-acre reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee that will store and clean the lake’s polluted water. The cleaner water will then flow into the Everglades and Florida Bay. “We are very happy. This is a first step,” Rebecca Rose, director of marketing for the Everglades Foundation, said this week. “This is a long overdue project.” Previously the House of Representatives voted unanimously See LBTS on page 13 See RESERVOIR on page 16


6 The PelicanFriday, October 12, Wilton Manors is one of Broward’s best communities. But no community is perfect. Residents here have expressed a desire to see improvements to their city and The Pelican believes Justin Flippen is the best person to address them as the city’s next mayor. Currently the vice mayor, Flippen was first elected to the commission in 2008. In 2010, he resigned his seat to unsuccessfully run for the state legislature. In 2014, voters returned him to the commission. Flippen’s opponent, Boyd Corbin, raises some valid issues. Regardless of whether his claims about the unsafe nature of the city’s drinking are true, water quality can Wilton Manors voters should elect Flippen as their next mayoralways be improved. There are ways for cities to purify drinking water without using large amounts of chemicals. The issue of the cost of water is also an important one that Corbin brings up. Even in a good economy, city officials need to help residents save as much money as possible. But The Pelican believes Flippen is best qualified to address those and other issues. As Flippen stated in his interview with The Pelican ideas need the right person to put them “into practice.” They require the right “will and forethought” to be successfully implemented. He’s also shown he can be realistic about what it takes to address these issues. At the candidates’ forum held last week, he expressed support for improving water quality but added that residents need to be prepared to pay more to get more. When it comes to government, Flippen has shown he understands that reality. And telling voters they may have to pay more money for something is not the kind of realism often espoused by politicians. But with Flippen, it’s not just about experience or judgment. While Flippen has been a part of the growth and redevelopment of Wilton Manors, he also has his eye on the potential here. Flippen supports the city’s efforts to change the land use of Oakland Park Boulevard and Andrews Avenue. The plan is still in its initial phase. Nothing has been voted on or approved and The Pelican urges residents to get involved Justin Flippenand provide their input. The success of this proposed land use change depends on what commissioners and city officials decide to change. But Flippen’s willingness to explore this potential change, is also a reason voters should elect him. This land use change could be great for the city’s long-term success. For all these reasons, voters in Wilton Manors should promote Flippen to mayor. See The Pelican’s Wilton Manors Commission endorsements on page 11. Pelican endorsements


The Pelican 7 Friday, October 12, 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Oliveira 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, Distribution/Circulation: Al Schmidberger Special O ce Assistant: Cathy Siren ESTABLISHED 1993 € Volume XXVI, Issue 41 Founding Editor and PublisherAnne Hanby SirenThe Broward Supervisor of Elections urges all citizens to vote in the Nov. 6 elections. BSO responds to criticism it doesn’t do community policing in Pompano BeachPompano Beach – In response to claims by some residents here that the Broward Sheriff’s Office [BSO] doesn’t perform community policing, BSO spokesperson Keyla Concepcion emailed The Pelican a list of examples of community policing in this city. They were sent after last week’s Pelican went to press. [Last week’s article can be read at] The examples given are: Deputy Mike Johnson is the full-time community outreach liaison with 30 years working in Pompano Beach. Community Action Team – full time deputies assigned to crime prevention/ community outreach/homeless outreach/nuisance abatement activities. Weekly food drops where at least 200 people are given a basket of food. Minimum of six large food drops annually where families leave with shopping carts full of food. Existing deputies who have been in this community for decades are in the command staff and have historical knowledge of the city and are involved in what is happening in the city. New cadets that grew up in Pompano Beach have returned to Pompano Beach to police the same community. Community Outreach Response and Enforcement [CORE] Team – This unit goes out, locates problems, and uses a multifaceted approach in solving issues for the community. A member of command staff and neighborhood deputies attend Home Owners Association [HOA] meetings on an ongoing basis. Deputies routinely help families in need by paying their light bills, water bills, rent, childcare, buying clothes and shoes, as well as food. Programs brought to the city by BSO to help community partners with the upkeep of their homes. Deputies are assigned to the Boys and Girls Club – interacting with the children. Snacks provided to the Boys and Girls Club by BSO. Mentoring programs for the youth by BSO. Homeless Intervention/Outreach [HOT] – Two full-time HOT deputies assigned to permanent areas of the city working to reduce homelessness. Truancy Reduction Program – Federal grant funding is used to support truancy reduction patrols and interventions. Police Explorer Program For community youth interested in a police career. Synthetic Drug Symposium – Education component for the community. Christmas Extravaganza – Pat Larkins Center is set up like a winter wonderland by Dep. Mike Johnson and Citizen Observer Patrol [COP] Volunteers where the community can come and visit Santa Claus and donated gifts are given. Christmas Express – Toys, bicycles, computers, tablets are provided to the kids. Thanksgiving Food Giveaway 40 families from 11 schools [9 elementary and 2 middle] are provided a shopping cart full of food, plus the general public. Back to School Event – Elementary, middle, and high school students are provided backpacks full of school supplies. Deputies are generally assigned to a permanent neighborhood zone to build community relations. Nuisance Abatement Deputy Program – BSO works with code compliance and property owners to find resolutions to blighted properties. Interaction and partnerships with faith-based groups. Mobile Home Information Project – Deputies go to everyone who lives in mobile home parks to obtain a next-of-kin as well as any special needs for use during hurricane events. Safe Ride for All/National Seat Check – Deputies and fire personnel team up to ensure that car seats are installed correctly. Bicycle Rodeo – Bicycles and helmets are given away. Child Fingerprint Identification Program – COP volunteers attend special events and offer child fingerprinting. Shed-a-Thon Program and Operation Medicine Cabinet – Sensitive documents and unwanted prescription drugs can be brought to events for free disposal. National Night Out – Deputies host events with residents to improve communication between police and the public. Boogie Man Protocol Award – Recognition given to a deputy that goes above and beyond in community service and breaking down barriers between residents and police. -Michael d’Oliveira Pompano resident wants “hot topic” items put at front of agendaAt Tuesday’s Pompano Beach City Commission meeting, resident Tom Drum told city officials that certain agenda items which are of high interest to the community, should be placed closer to the beginning of the agenda. “I want to know why the hot topic items seem to be at the very end. I find they’re buried later on.” He alleged it was a “tactic to thin out attendees” and said people, including himself, had jobs and could not stay late when the item they are interested in comes up for discussion and a vote. Asked to respond to Drum’s remarks, Communications Director Sandra King wrote in an email, “The order of the city commission agenda is based on long standing policy in accordance with city code. That order begins with proclamations followed by special presentations, consent items, regular items, quasi-judicial items, ordinances and lastly resolutions. We try move as many minor or housekeeping items towards the top of the agenda as they are normally handled swiftly. Some matters are time sensitive such as grant deadlines and prioritized by necessity or law. In cases where an item brings a large number of people out to the meeting, like last Tuesday night, the mayor takes that item and moves it up in order to convenience people.” -Michael d’OliveiraCareer and fair vendors announced Deer eld Beach – Vendors are lined up for the Career and Resource Fair on Oct. 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hillsboro Community Center. This event is an opportunity to speak directly with employers who are currently hiring and with organizations that provide employment assistance and career opportunities. It is free and open to the public. Participating employers are DNA Labs, Double Tree by Hilton, JM Family Enterprises, MAPEI, Republic National Distributing Company, Shipmonk, Sun Sentinel and the City of Deer eld Beach. Community organizations in attendance will be Atlantic Technical College, Broward College, Central Broward Construction Association, Creation Station, Dave Thomas Community Schools, Deer eld Beach Chamber of Commerce, Florida Masonry Apprenticeship Foundation, Florida Training Services, Florida Women’s Business Center, Haitian Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Unity of Florida, Job Corps, North Broward Technical Center, Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OIC) of South Florida, SCORE Broward, and The Urban League. Free transportation is being offered Deer eld Beach residents to and from the venue from locations within city limits. Transportation pre-registration is required through Eventbrite or by calling 954-395-6051. Attendees can have free professional headshot taken, enjoy free food and win door prizes. The Hillsboro Community Center is located at 50 Hillsboro Technology Drive. Event parking is free. For more information about the event, contact Gigi Chazu at 954-395-6051 or gchazu@deer


8 The PelicanFriday, October 12, Voters in Oakland Park should reelect Commissioner Michael Carn to a second term. Carn has been a strong addition to the dais since his election two years ago. He is passionate about moving Oakland Park forward and dealing with the needs of the residents. Carn bills himself as a “hometown son;” he has lived in the city most of his life. He is CEO of MetroBroward Economic Development and CEO/owner of an economic development consulting firm. After 27 years of working in the county, Carn has contacts in county government Carn gets The Pelican’s support for Oakland Park Commissionand at agencies that include the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Florida Department of Transportation. He meets with these contacts to make sure Oakland Park gets its fair share of attention. Carn has chaired the Oakland Park Main Street Board; served on the board of Workforce One Broward and on the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Executive Board. He says that being a commissioner is a team effort. “I work well with teams,” he says. “I know my place.” He is pleased with how the city is managed, pleased with the current team of commissioners, pleased with the city vision. “And I’m pleased that we have an openness about anything you want to discuss,” he adds. To residents, he says, “give me your issue, and we will sit down, talk through it and work it out.” Carn seeks reelection “to continue to shepherd ideas now in the incubation stage.” One of those is the proposed Oakland Park Square development on West Dixie Highway, the project he supports. The mixed-use development includes plans to move city hall operations there. He says that studies done in 2010 advised the city to centralize operations. “We’re blowing the dust off the study.” Carn says the proposal will bring in revenue and a heartbeat for the downtown. He supports the $40 million bond issue on the Nov. 6 ballot. Those funds will improve Fire Department facilities and community centers: projects he favored when he first ran for election in 2016. Carn encourages residents to call him with their questions and concerns. He volunteers to help them through bureaucratic processes. And he forwards their concerns to the city’s management team. He makes house calls, Michael Carnmeeting with residents on their porches or in their living rooms to discuss issues. “I’m a customer service agent for 45,000 people. I’m not a figurehead,” Carn says. “Call me. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll get it.” See The Pelican’s other Oakland Park endorsement on page 21. Pelican endorsementsLet The Pelican know about what’s happening in your community! Call 954-783-8700


The Pelican 9 Friday, October 12, The Pelican believes Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher has the right credentials for the voters to elect him to Broward County Commission Seat 4. He has served Pompano Beach well for 16 years, taking the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency [CRA] from a sleepy project to a full-forced CRA that has transformed the city to a top tourist attraction with developers knocking at the door. But with all of the successes, Fisher recognizes serious issues that have yet to be solved. Fisher has participated in a local homeless coalition Lamar Fisher is best choice for Broward County Commission Dist. 4project of residents, clergy and professionals to find that solution. “We agree that a one-stop solution is possible,” he says. “That would allow homeless persons to find housing, mental health services and job placement at one location.” He adds that funding opportunities abound from grants, cities, churches and civic groups. “This plan will put all of us together for one solution,” he added. Work force housing, which offers affordable living through home purchases and rentals, is another problem facing persons who have jobs, Lamar Fisherbut are unable to find affordable housing. Fisher says the problem in South Florida is the lack of land. One method that failed to boost the housing problem came with “flex” units: developers could apply for higher density with more units, but those developers would have to include a percentage of affordable, or work force housing. The problem was that developers could buy out their own work force units [city $2,400 per unit; county $750 per unit]. It did not take long for developers to realize that the buy-outs were cheaper than lowering the prices for work force. The buy-out money is placed into an affordable housing fund. “I think we need to revisit the buy-out option,” said Fisher. “It defeats the entire purpose.” So far the city has deposited over $5 million into the fund. Transportation is a big issue in Broward. Fisher supports the half-penny increase in the county’s sales tax; voters will approve or reject that increase on Nov. 6. As to schools, Fisher says his voice can be stronger from a county seat. And he says it will have more of an impact. With regard to young children, Fisher is proud of a project he created for Kiwanis Club International. “We call it K-Kids, “ he says. “In 1989, we created this club for elementary students. The kids learn about community service, high standards and strong character. McNab and Pompano elementary schools have active K-Kids.” He attributes his membership in Kiwanis from his first meeting in 1982 to his position as state [Kiwanis] governor for his outlook on life. See FISHER on page 14Pelican endorsements


10 The PelicanFriday, October 12, 2018pelicannewspaper.comPhyllis J. Neuberger wants your suggestions about people making a difference. Phyllis’s book, China Dahl, is available on Call 954-7838700. By Phyllis J. NeubergerPELICAN STAFFJust a few years ago Lucille Levy, known for her hats and her faith, began the Prayer Shawl Ministry with the blessings of Father Bernard Pecaro of St. Martin Episcopal Church, 140 SE 28 Ave. in Pompano Beach. “We have about eight knitters in our group,” says Levy. “We give our shawls to anyone we hear about who needs prayers for a good outcome. We knit in our own homes and it’s important to pray as we knit. In addition to our prayers Little miracles and prayers are knit into the shawls from the Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Martin Episcopal Church in Pompano BeachThe Prayer Shawl Knitters [some of whom are not shown here] are Maria Tarr, Marilyn Pedgrift, Eileen Clark, Rita Bergsten, Lucille Levy, [the hat lady] head of Prayer Shawl Ministry, Jane Broderick, Darby Line and Sandy Hoyle, head of sister churches in surrounding towns. [Courtesy] emergency “C” section. They were born perfect and mom is expected to make a full recovery.” She cites more miracles: Charlie Bolick and Art Zinacola were both given shawls during their cancer battles. Both are cancer free. “A young healthy man suddenly developed a brain tumor. In anguish, he was comforted by a prayer shawl. He had emergency surgery. The doctors were not sure of the outcome. Three months later, the tumor was gone and his health restored. He went back to work and even bought a condo,” Levy said. “David, a nephew of the Fogelsons, parishioners at St. Martin’s, was in hospice when he received one of our shawls. Becky took a picture of him wearing the shawl. He was smiling and clearly had made peace with The Lord. His only child, Gavin, now sleeps with the shawl every night. That shawl turns out to be a gift that keeps on giving,” she added. Levy says, “We thank Father Bernie for getting this ministry started and being so supportive. We thank our knitting volunteers for their spiritual service and we thank the people who have donated money for the wool. We offer the shawls to anyone in need. Just give us a call and we will provide a shawl.” When the Parkland tragedy occurred, Levy delivered bags of shawls to the families of the deceased to offer comfort with prayers. “They were welcomed at the school and the nearby Catholic churches,” says Levy. The knitters also supply caps and scarves to the Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades where the men and women who work on ships get hope and stability. “These Seafarers are often at sea for long periods and they need new accessories,” says Levy. She wrapped up this interview saying, “I had a personal spiritual experience with a shawl. I had been ill. The shawl comforted me while I was sick and I believe it truly helped me recover.” Thank you members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Anyone needing a prayer shawl or wishing to become one of the praying knitters can call 954-941-4843. going into every stitch, each shawl is blessed at our altar. With the help of our prayers and God, our comfort shawls seem to have brought about a few miracles.” She is happy to provide a few examples of prayer shawl miracles. “Unborn twins were added to our prayer list. One of the twins was in grave danger of being stillborn. The mother developed a dangerous pregnancy condition so two pink shawls were sent to this family. The girls arrived by


The Pelican 11 Friday, October 12, The Pelican believes Gary Resnick and Paul Rolli are the best choices for the Wilton Manors Commission. Resnick, the current mayor here, has served the city as either commissioner or mayor for over 20 years; experience counts. Rolli brings a new and creative voice to Wilton manors; a fresh perspective counts. Voters in Wilton Manors can have both by electing these two. Resnick has seen a lot of positive development. Wilton Drive has been reimagined. Once a city street without much foot traffic, it has been transformed into one of South Florida’s most popular nightlife destinations. City planners have been leaders in cultivating mixed-Wilton Manors voters should choose Resnick and Rolli for commission Paul Rolli Gary Resnickuse developments that combine commercial and residential uses. Resnick favors altering the land use of Oakland Park Boulevard and Andrews Avenue to make the area more attractive to developers. Resnick refers to it as “long term development.” Nothing has been decided yet in terms of this proposal, but it’s important for elected officials to explore ways of making things better. If done right, a land use change at that intersection would go a long way to improving Wilton Manors. In dealing with the issues of sea level rise associated with climate change, Resnick said he wants to raise the bridges in the city. It’s an expensive proposition; and Wilton Manors will need help from the state and federal government. Resnick has valuable advocacy skills and connections with Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. In April, the Florida League of Cities recognized him as one of its 2018 Home Rule Heroes. “Our Home Rule Heroes are prime examples of local advocacy in action,” stated Tallahassee City Commissioner and Florida League of Cities President Gil Ziffer. “These dedicated city officials have continually developed relationships with their legislators and help them understand the issues that most concern their constituents back home. Their outspoken protection for home rule is an inspiration and model for municipal officials statewide.” From 2014 to 2016, Resnick also served as the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, which is comprised of local elected officials from across the country. Whether mayor or commissioner, Resnick is valuable, and voters should keep him on the dais. Rolli offers the opportunity for new ideas and a new vision. Wilton Manors buys water from Fort Lauderdale, as so many other cities. Fort Lauderdale sets rates for Wilton Manors residents As Rolli pointed out, complaints about water bills are nothing new. While Wilton Manors officials don’t have any control over the Fort Lauderdale officials who set the water rates, Rolli could be the new person needed to push things just enough to make some progress on those rates and other issues. Rolli has suggested the city needs to expand the diversity of its business community and wants to address parking issues more creatively than just building new parking lots. He also wants to revamp and revisit the city’s master plan. If Wilton Manors is to take full advantage of its popularity and past progress, city officials need to think broadly. As Rolli put it, the city has to See COMMISSION on page 18Pelican endorsements


12 The PelicanFriday, October 12, By Michael d’OliveiraPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach – When he talks to his children, Sean Reyka says his father’s life is “hard to put into words.” That’s why he’s grateful for the new park dedicated to his father, Broward Sheriff’s Office [BSO] Sgt. Chris Reyka, who was murdered in the line of duty on Aug. 10, 2007 at a Walgreens in Pompano Beach. Sean Reyka, who is a deputy for BSO in Pompano Beach, said the park represents what his father stood for and is a place he can bring his children to help them better understand that legacy. “The city itself tells the story in a way I could never convey to my family alone.” Formerly known as Sunset Park, Chris Reyka Memorial Sgt. Chris Reyka remembered, eulogized at park dedicationPark, 198 N. Riverside Drive, was officially dedicated Sunday by Reyka’s family and friends, BSO, officials and members of the public. During the dedication, law enforcement and local elected officials talked about Sgt. Reyka’s dedication to his family and the city. “He was just an incredible person. You always hear people say, that but it’s true,” said Judge John Fry. Fry attended the police academy with Sgt. Reyka. “He was the icon of a family man,” said Wilton Manors Police Chief Paul O’Connell. Mayor Lamar Fisher and County Commissioner Chip LaMarca thanked the Reyka family for their sacrifice. Fisher said it’s “crazy” to see Sean Reyka in uniform like his father and thanked him for his service. “To me, that’s the ultimate. He gives his life every day.” Reyka’s widow, Kim Reyka, recounted the couple’s first date – a five mile run at Holiday Park. She mourned Sgt. Chris Reyka [Courtesy]all the things he’s missed “as the other half of our team”: the marriages of his children and the births of his grandchildren. “They’ve named a street after him [Sgt. Chris Reyka Place]. But to have a park, it’s just very special,” said Kim Reyka. “He enjoyed serving Pompano and didn’t want to be in any other city,” she added. O’Connell echoed Kim. “He fell in love with Pompano PD,” said O’Connell, who escorted Sgt. Reyka on a ride along before he became a police officer in 1989. Sgt. Reyka worked for Pompano’s independent police agency until the city switched to BSO in 1999. He was with BSO until his death. “He was ‘Mr. Auto Theft.’ He could spot an auto theft a mile away,” said O’Connell. The man who may have murdered Reyka is Shawn LaBeet. BSO was never able to interrogate LaBeet because he was shot and killed by police in Miami in September of 2007. Officials say he shot and wounded three officers and killed another, Officer Lazaro Somohano. The case is still technically open but BSO Sheriff Scott Israel said he’s confident LaBeet is the one who murdered Sgt. Reyka. BSO officials still want the public to provide any information that may lead to the case being closed. There is a $267,000 Broward Crime Stoppers reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Those with any information, should call 954-880-3950. site. Traffic flow within and around the development is another concern. Reiterated Long, “He’s not going to get everything he’s asked for,” and Commissioner Jason Joffe said, “Just because we’re committed to change at the yacht club, doesn’t mean we want his changes.” The developer plans 33 luxury townhouses at the 2701 NE 42 St. location, a new clubhouse and tennis club. The 78-slip marina will remain intact. Yacht ClubContinued from page 2


The Pelican 13 Friday, October 12, Have an event for our calendar?Email “The latest reports show that Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties are experiencing greater concentrations of red tide than Broward,” Town Manager Bud Bentley reported to commissioners Tuesday. “Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale and LBTS have reported no fish kills in the last several days.” The town of LBTS has posted red tide information signs at beach portals advising beachgoers about possible health risks caused by the red tide organism. “Pay attention to irritation of the eyes and throat,” Bentley urged, and if experiencing those irritations, “remove yourself from the beach, and the symptoms will dissipate.” He noted that conditions can change day to day due to currents and winds. The beach remains open here. -Judy Vik LBTSContinued from page 5 By Judy VikPELICAN STAFFLauderdale-By-The-Sea – Commissioners here on Tuesday passed a resolution concerning Amendment 1 to the Florida Constitution which voters will consider on Nov. 6. According to the resolution, the amendment would create additional inequities LBTS Commission passes Amendment 1 resolutionor tax hikes. “It is not good for the state, and it’s not good for the town,” said Elliot Sokolow, vice mayor, who put the item on Tuesday’s agenda. He said town revenues would decrease by $175,000 and could result in a need to increase millage. He said the change “does no one any good but those getting elected.” The amendment was sponsored by the Florida Legislature. The resolution says changing local property taxes should be done locally, not through a constitutional amendment. According to the resolution, most of the amendment’s benefits go to a handful of homeowners, and the change exposes businesses to a much higher tax burden. In the resolution, the town urges residents to carefully in Florida’s tax system by granting certain tax breaks to some taxpayers at the expense of others. The proposed change exempts the assessed valuation of homesteaded property greater than $100,000 and up to $125,000 for all levies other than school district levies. It is projected to cost the state $644.7 million per year, resulting in service reductions consider potential adverse consequences of Amendment 1 before voting. Sokolow’s motion to adopt the resolution passed 3-1 with Mayor Chris Vincent voting no. Commissioners Buz Oldaker and Randy Strauss joined Sokolow in voting yes. Commissioner Edmund Malkoon was absent.Don’t miss another issue of The Pelican. Go to our website where you can sign up for a FREE Digital Subscription sent to your email every Friday. pelicannewspaper. com Or give us a Call 954-783-8700!


14 The PelicanFriday, October 12, “The $40 million is a good number to get this process started. We will seek grants and hope to get external funding as well,” Thompson noted. City Manager David Hebert said there are still a number of unknown factors. “Interest rates have been creeping up. We will incur additional costs.” The city owns 30 facilities. “We won’t get to them all. We will prioritize those in most need of attention,” Hebert said. “We have prioritized park facilities and fire stations in internal review. We will tackle those first on the front end. “There are variables at play here,” Hebert added. “We feel confident that $40 million will tackle the priorities identified.” BondContinued from page 1At recent candidate forums, commission candidate Steve Arnst has pointed out that the Spiher Recreation Center is not included in materials the city has published regarding the bond, although it was included in earlier community meetings. Commissioner Carn asked if it is now excluded. “Absolutely not,” Hebert responded. “Spiher is critical. It handles child care facilities. It’s high on our list. We couldn’t put all 30 buildings on a list. It may be incorporated into a larger facility.” Hebert said it would cost considerable time and money to put a plan together before the vote. “We will look at all the buildings, including Spiher.” If the bond passes, Hebert said, “It’s not our intention to sit idle for the first nine months. We intend to bring back a plan almost immediately with a team that will put together a structure. Taxpayers won’t see the cost until the next budget cycle, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be sitting on our hands.” During public comments, Arnst said he agreed the buildings need to be rebuilt but said he had asked that the issues be split into two votes, one for fire stations and another for community centers. He said it was disheartening that the Spiher Center is not included in the brochures. He also criticized the city for hiring a firm for $95,000 in a no bid contract to produce educational materials on the bond. He said a 10-year-old could do a better job, and the materials contained two versions of the ballot language. Thompson said the publication “Oakland Park Live” used an earlier draft of the ballot language but has since been corrected online. For more information on the bond and answers to frequently asked questions, visit Oakland Park Mayor Tim Lonergan taps the ceremonial rst keg at the city’s annual Oktoberfest event on Oct. 5. Also pictured are [right] Funky Buddha Brand Director John Linn and musician Sepp Diepolder. [Staff] FisherContinued from page 9“I joined the club to help my business, but I soon learned that business was not the purpose of Kiwanis. It was all about service to family, community and of course has translated into politics.” Fisher has demonstrated leadership and fairness as this city’s mayor. Most often, he encourages public input and at times can put a problem directly into the hands of a city official to solve. The Pelican endorses Fisher for Broward County Commission Seat 4 on Nov. 6. Fisher faces Shari McCartney for the county seat. McCartney served from 2011 to 2015 in Oakland Park as a commissioner, vice mayor and mayor. She is a law partner with Tripp Scott. Let The Pelican know about what’s happening in your community! Call 954-783-8700!


The Pelican 15 Friday, October 12, A. Red tide most often affects people with underlying respiratory problems including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or other respiratory disease. Q. What are the symptoms? A. Not all people develop symptoms. However, the most common are burning of the eyes, nasal irritation, tickle in the throat, cough, wheezing, breathing difficulties and irritation of the skin. Q. Is there added danger in prolonged exposure? Avoidance is the key if you are someone who reacts to the Red Tide. People with lung diseases may suffer more severe symptoms. Q. Is there the possibility of permanent lung or nasal damage? Once exposed and having any symptoms, one should remove themselves from the environment, and if skin or eyes are bothered, taking a shower may help. Long term permanent damage would be unusual in humans. Q. Are there preventable treatments? Avoidance is most important. People who walk along the beach should wear shoes to avoid cutting or injuring themselves on dead fish or other animals. Masks may lighten some of the symptoms. Q. What should be done for treatment after irritation occurs? Removal from the environment is most important if symptoms develop. If you have respiratory disease and respiratory symptoms that don’t respond to a short acting/ rescue inhaler you should seek medical attention at a hospital. If you have skin, nasal or eye irritation, showering is often enough to relieve these symptoms. Q. How long does allergy remain active after exposure? Usually symptoms are short lived once the individual is removed from the environment. Tide infoContinued from page 4 CERT trainingFort Lauderdale – New members are wanted for the Fort Lauderdale Community Emergency Response Team [CERT]. According to the City of Fort Lauderdale website, “CERT is a volunteer program that educates people about disaster preparedness. Topics include hazards that can impact a community, basic disaster response skills, fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.” Those interested in joining must attend two free training classes on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fire Rescue Station 53, 2200 Executive Airport Way. Call 954-2987023 for more information. Casino NightPompano Beach – The Pompano Beach Historical Society will host its 9th Annual Casino Night on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. at Pompano Beach Historical Society, 217 NE 4 Ave. Tickets are $75 and includes a 1920s style dinner, wine, beer, specialty cocktail and 200 poker chips for the casino tables. There will also be raffle prizes and a silent auction. Prizes include two Goodyear Blimp ride tickets. The theme is Prohibition in Pompano. Flapper and Zoot Suits are optional. For tickets or more information, visit or call 954-782-3015.


16 The PelicanFriday, October 12, for the bill. The next step is President Donald Trump’s signature on the bill and Rose said he has tweeted his support of it. The Everglades Foundation has been a strong advocate for construction of the reservoir. It is also dedicated to finding ways to remove phosphorus from warm water, the major source of pollution in Lake Okeechobee. To that latter mission, The George Barley $10 million prize was conceived three years ago. Now at the final stage in selecting the teams that will search for that solution, the Foundation will announce Oct. 23 who those innovators will be. The groups will meet for one year in Lake Jessup, Florida where theories and solutions will be tested. The $10 million will go to the inventors of the technology that best solves that phosphorus problem. The goal, Rose said, “is to find a cost-effective way” to clean the lake. Using conventional methods, the cost is being estimated at $3 trillion. “That [amount] just isn’t going to happen,” she said. ReservoirContinued from page 5 Wait! Hold on! Really!Look, grown-ups, I have a life to live. And I am counting on you to make things better for me. And you’re not going to vote? Are you really leaving me with algae-filled rivers? I’m just learning how to read. I might want to be a teacher some day, but not with the crazy salaries you guys pay. I will want to buy a house, and I do not want to have to deliver pizzas at night to pay my mortgage. Would somebody define “grown-up?” Real grownups vote on Nov. 6!Cookie’s advice?The Pelican Newspaper


The Pelican 17 Friday, October 12, ArtPat Anderson’s Plein Air Art Classes Herb Skolnick Civic Center, Hillsboro Lighthouse grounds at the Ocean, and Hillsboro Museum & Park Pavilion. Register at Emma Lou Civic Center 954-7864111 and Herb Skolnick Civic Center 954-786-4590AuditionsThe Broward Women’s Choral Group seeks women singers. Rehearsals are Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-9428711.Boating10/23 Free workshop for boat owners who want to “Take Passengers for Hire.” Learn the federal laws sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard. 6 to 9 p.m.. Dixon Ahl Hall, 2220 NE 38 St., Lighthouse Point.Books10/19 – Used Book Sale Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library, 1298 NE 37 St., Oakland Park. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds bene t library. 954630-4370.Classes, etc.Writing workshop at Herb Skolnick Center, 800 SW 36th Ave, Pompano Beach with Marjory Lyons. Classes are 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call 954-2491333.Clubs/GroupsPompano Beach Rotary Club meets at noon at Galuppi’s Restaurant, 1103 N Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach. For details or membership information call 954-649-9200. Community Presbyterian Church of Deer eld Beach hosts Prime Timer Seniors in Briggs Hall weekly on Wednesdays. Meditation, exercise, Bible study, guest speakers, trips and lunch. At the church, 1920 SE 5 St. 954-427-0222. South Florida Depression Glass Club meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Wilton Manors Woman’s Club, 600 NE 21 Ct. Join the members to learn more about Vintage Glass & Pottery that is made in America. Call 954649-9547. The Broward Shell Club meets monthly on second Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6 St., Pompano Beach. Call 954-296-5633. Exchange Club of Pompano Beac h meets Wednesdays 12 to 1 p.m. at the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club. 954 7327377 Kiwanis Club of Pompano Beach meets every Wednesday 12-1 p.m. Seaside Grill: Lighthouse Cove Resort, 1406 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach. Pompano Beach Westside Kiwanis meets on the rst Tuesdays and third Saturdays monthly at 8:30 a.m. at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center, 520 MLK Blvd., Pompano Beach. Call 954-733-2386. Lauderdale by the Sea Garden Club meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 9:15 at Jarvis Hall, 4505 Ocean Drive, LBTS, open to men and women to learn about plants, owers, nature, conservation and all related matters. 954942-1639. Rotary Club of Oakland Park/Wilton Manors meets on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Caruso’s Restaurant, 4165 N. Dixie Hwy., Oakland Park. 954-275-5457. Pompano Beach Lighthouse Rotary Club meets on Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. at Galuppi’s on the Green, 1103 N Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach. Call 954-253-6251. Events10/13 – Tasting & Sampling at Pompano Discount Liquor, 625 E. McNab, Pompano Beach. 6 to 9 p.m. $15 per person includes unlimited samples, appetizers, a $10 Store credit on any purchase made at the tasting plus take home your glass. Call 954-946-7300. 10/13 – Halloween Horse Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sand & Spurs Equestrian Park, 1600 NE 5 Ave., Pompano Beach. Pony rides and more. $1 entry. Under 10 Free. 10/20 – Breast Cancer fundraiser at Zane Edward Salon, 2296 NE 62 St., Fort Lauderdale. 5 to 9 p.m. Free. Wines, 50-50 Raf e, Silent Auctions, Appetizers. More details, call 954-491-1144. 10/26 – Boo-Bash 6 to 9 p.m. Free Sample-McDougald House & Museum, 450 NE 10 St. Haunted Trail, Costume Contest. Carnival Rides. Games. Face painting and More. 450 NE 10 St., Pompano Beach. 954-786-4111. See CALENDAR on page 18


18 The Pelican Friday, October 12, think “holistically” about businesses here. And his suggestion that the city needs to attract new types of business, such as an office coop, could help make the city more of a daytime destination. [An office co-op is an office space shared by individuals renting space rather than a single company.] Before moving to Wilton Manors 12 years ago, the now retired Rolli was the director of overseas operations for the IRS – monitoring foreign corporations and foreign citizens who do business in the United States. He has also served as the chair of the city’s budget review committee. His experience and understanding of the city’s finances are an important part of why voters should elect him. But he’s also been involved in the community beyond the walls of city hall. In 2015, he organized a fundraiser for the Willingham Carriage House, the city’s oldest structure, and raised over $60,000. He also serves as the president of the Central Area Neighborhood Association and was awarded the city’s first Community Spirit Award for his volunteer work for several local organizations, including Taste of the Island, Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, Wilton Manors Historical CommissionContinued from page 11Society and Wilton Manors Friends of the Library. Rolli has said the city is ending one phase of gentrification and entering another. Voters here should elect him to help usher in and guide the next phase. Commissioner Scott Newton has also been a part of the progress this city has made over the last 20 years. He’s done a good job and he deserves to be recognized for his work. But in the last 10 years, the only real change to the Wilton Manors Commission was in 2014 when Ted Galatis lost his re-election bid. The Pelican believes the residents here need at least one new voice on the commission, and that voice should be Rolli. Along with Resnick, Rolli and Newton, Dr. Katherine Campbell is also running for the city commission in Wilton Manors. 10/27 – Fall Frenzy at Christ Community Church, 901 E. McNab Road, Pompano Beach. Music. Bake Sale, vendors, bounce house and more954-943-3868. 10/15 Retired Educators Social Club host author Sally Ling “Boca Raton-Secret Weapons won WWII.” Stratford Court, 6343 Vin Sonrisa del Sur, Boca Raton. Free. Public invited. Call 954-263-9238. 10/27 Trick or Treat Trail. Deer eld Island Park. Noon-4 p.m. All ages. Visit the Mad Scientist’s Lab and try to gure out what’s cooking in the Crazy Chef’s Kitchen, and stop by the Creature Feature station. Sponsored by Broward County Parks and Recreation and the Friends of Deer eld Island Park. A free boat shuttle for the island departs from Sullivan Park (1700 Riverview Rd., Deer eld Beach). Shuttles take approximately ve minutes. For additional shuttle information, call Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100.Green MarketsTuesdays – Farmer’s Market Noon to 7 p.m. Palm Aire International food Farmer’s Market will include local artisans and growers. Herb Skolnick Comm Center, 800 SW 36 Ave. Theater10/18 – 11/11 – Pirates of Penzance Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta is an uproarious comedy with a brilliant score. The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Fed. Hwy., Boca Raton. Tickets $75-$95. 561-995-2333. 11/30 -12/23 – Breadcrumbs Theories of identity are put under the microscope in this time-bending drama. An aging writer travels back in time to the dark woods of the past, unearthing a tragedy. Jennifer Haley, playwrite; directed by Keith Garsson. Tickets $30$35. Boca Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton. 561-447-8829. CalendarContinued from page 17


The Pelican 19 Friday, October 12, ForumContinued from page 1 Paul Rolli Gary Resnick Scott Newton Katharine Campbell See FORUM on page 20Corbin disagreed and says residents here are being overcharged for unsafe drinking water. “It really makes me mad when they [Wilton Manors officials] keep blaming Fort Lauderdale,” he said. “We pay double what Fort Lauderdale charges [their residents].” Several months ago, Corbin says he paid for his own water test and the results showed high levels of dangerous chemicals. City officials say the test is not valid because it was not properly supervised. Asked if he would be in favor of trying to get Fort Lauderdale to switch to a water system that doesn’t use large amounts of chemicals, Flippen said yes. But he added that if residents want the same thing they should be ready to pay more to get it. The two candidates also disagreed on parking. Corbin said the city should build a parking garage at the Hagen Park lot. He’s not in favor of partnering with a developer to build it. “A parking garage would pretty much pay for itself,” he said. Flippen said the city can’t afford to build a garage by itself and would need the help of a private developer. He said the investment wouldn’t pay off for at least 20 years. Previously, the city has tried unsuccessfully to partner with a developer to build a garage on the site. On development in other parts of the city, Flippen said he’s in favor of the city possibly changing the land use and zoning of Oakland Park Boulevard and Andrews Avenue in an effort to attract new development. Corbin, who is against the idea, says it’s going to bring in the kind of development residents don’t want. In the past, he’s stated the Publix at Andrews Avenue and Oakland Park Boulevard will be removed but city officials say there are no plans to do that and the rendering of the site is just a conceptual drawing. After the mayoral candidates, the commission candidates spoke and answered questions. The candidates offered different solutions on parking problems. One area of disagreement was small lots. Previously, city officials have bought and developed small parcels of land near Wilton Drive and developed them into parking lots. Campbell said, “I’m not in favor of small parking lots and a [parking] garage is not ideal. In order to fix something, we have to pull back and develop and implement a strategic plan.” She did say she would be open to a multilevel parking garage where there are businesses on the main level with parking on the levels above. Resnick said he would be


20 The Pelican Friday, October 12, 2018pelicannewspaper.comThe Pelican is hiringSales executives with experience in magazine/ newspaper sales. Call 954-783-8700Send your news to ForumContinued from page 19 Justin Flippen Boyd Corbin open to a mixed-use parking garage while suggesting people take ridesharing programs like Uber and Lyft. Newton suggested multiple parcels be used as parking lots in the meantime. Rolli suggested smaller properties could be purchased to provide parking now and sold if they are not needed in the future. The candidates were also asked how the city could make itself more business friendly and keep Wilton Manors as a place where parking is needed. Resnick said the city has done a lot to be more business-friendly. He added, the city has implemented same day permitting and has hired an economic development consultant. Officials are also seeking more diverse types of businesses. Commissioner Newton agreed, saying ultimately the city needs to attract more businesses that would operate during the day. Currently, Wilton Drive relies heavily on economic development from bars and restaurants, businesses that rarely attract daytime customers. Rolli said he would take more holistic approach to the issue. “There’s a lot of businesses cycling through. The internet is taking away retail business. We need to think about what businesses will be around in ten years,” he said. He added that city officials should look to neighboring cities to see what has worked for them. “We need to move out of isolation mode. We’re a small city. We can’t do it alone,” he said. Campbell said the city needs to do a better job of connecting small businesses with available resources in the city while evaluating the current and future residential needs of the city. The forum was organized by the city’s three neighborhood associations. Sallie James of The Gazette and Michael d’Oliveira of The Pelican were the moderators.Health expoDeerfield Beach – The 18th Annual Health & Wellness Expo will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Center for Active Aging [formerly N.E. Focal Point], 227 NW 2 St. Expo activities include health screenings and vendors with information and education for all ages. Free Screenings include hearing, vision, skin cancer, balance, glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol and stroke assessment. Flu shots will be administered. Attendees should bring their insurance cards. The One Blood Donor Van and the Broward Health Community Health Services HIV testing Van will be available. There will be prizes and entertainment. Food will be sold at the event. Call for more 954-480-4447.Pancake breakfastOakland Park – The Kiwanis Club of Oakland Park will host its Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at American Legion Post 222, 4250 NE 5 Ave. The cost is $5 for all you can eat. Funds raised will benefit Kiwanis programs.


The Pelican 21 Friday, October 12, Send your news to pelicanfrontdesk@ CHURCH DIRECTORY Mitch Rosenwald is The Pelican’s choice for a new voice on the Oakland Park City Commission. Rosenwald demonstrated his leadership abilities when he helped found the Corals of Oakland Park Neighborhood Association. He was later elected its president. He is organizer and facilitator of the Neighborhood Coalition of Oakland Park, a group that brings leaders of various neighborhood associations together. After his unsuccessful first run for commission in 2016, he impressed The Pelican by continuing to speak up on issues. He became even more involved as a member of the city’s Volunteer Corps, Pick neighborhood activist Rosenwald in Oakland ParkKiwanis and Rotary clubs. He is a past member of the Arts and Culture Board. Rosenwald is a professor of social work at Barry University and past president of the National Association of Social Workers, Florida Chapter. Now he says he wants more ways for residents to provide feedback on issues other than at commission meetings. He will ask for commission workshop sessions; he promises to hold at least four town hall meetings annually. Rosenwald favors the $40 million bond issue on the Nov. 6 ballot for facilities improvements. He notes one fire station has no women’s restroom; some Mitch Rosenwaldbuildings have no sprinklers and if the community centers were in better shape, the city could be making money in increased rentals. Rosenwald also wants to see commission oversight of the additional $40 million the Broward School Board will spend on improvements to Northeast High School. He would invite the school board representative to report on construction progress at commission meetings. As he has campaigned, Rosenwald said he has heard residents in the central and western areas ask, “What about us?” He says not all of the cultural events should be staged in the eastern portion of the city. Rosenwald says he has “the heart of a social worker and the commitment of an activist.” He wants to move Oakland Park forward. The Pelican urges voters to give him a chance to help do just that. Pelican endorsementsVirtuous Women of Victory/ Visionary Men of Valor ConferencePompano Beach – Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, 890 NW 15 St., will host the Virtuous Women of Victory and Visionary Men of Valor Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 16 through Friday, Oct. 19. Guest speakers, each scheduled for 8 p.m. on their respective day, will be Dr. Venita Timpson [Tuesday], Dr. Jovan T. Davis [Wednesday], Evangelist Vera Bunion [Thursday] and The Rev. Alex Bunion [Friday]. Visit for more information.


22 The Pelican Friday, October 12, The Pelican Newspaper Subscribe today $13.78 per year.Delivered to your Condo, Business or Home.CLASSIFIED MARKETPLACE To place your classi ed ad please visit or call 954-783-8700 by Wednesday at 5 p.m. Studios Furnished studios BOCA/ DEERFIELD $199/week and up -$39/Daily -$699/ Month and up. Furnished studios – Utilities Paid. Call 954-934-3195. CONDO FOR RENT East Pompano Beach Yearly Lease. 1Bd/1Ba, pool, canal. Pets allowed. 2nd oor, bike to beach, close to all amenities. $1,195.00. Call 954-531-2862. Seeking Apt. or HouseSeeking small apt or small house with fenced yard East Pompano. Reasonable rent. Must be pet friendly. Quiet semi retired lady. Call 754757-5962. Roommate WantedWanted Professional Female to share 2/1 duplex in East Pompano. Must be pet friendly. Share bathroom/kitchen. No smokers, no drinkers, no drugs, no SQUATTERS. Must be responsible. Lv. Text Msg. 754-757-5962. Roommate WantedPompano Beach Casa La Quinta. Yearly Lease. Share 2Bd/2Ba Condo near Intracoastal. Walk to Beach. Private bathroom. Full use of Kitchen. Pool, Clubhouse. Two Grills on Canal. Cable, Util. included. Avail. NOV 20. $700/ Mo., $250 Application fee, $700 Security required. Call 754-3667212. Townhouse for Rent 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. Coral Ridge Tower North 36th St and A1A. Spectacular one bedroom CO-OP, NORTH VIEW. Unobstructed for miles of Intracoastal and Galt Mile. Over 55 building. Free parking. Low cost HOA $400, taxes $1800. $195,500. Call owner at 1-312-550-3636. Shown anytime. SERVICES“BOOKKEEPING SERVICE” Certi ed QuickBooks. ProAdvisor. Reasonable Rates. Personable & Reliable. Small Business. Nonpro t, or Personal. Call Patrick: 561-544-8110.CAREGIVERSMILING HEART HOME HEALTH SERVICESWill care for your loved ones in their homes. Light housekeeping, personal care, PERSONAL SERVICESNeed a ride somewhere? Call Bob for personal transportation. Reasonable rates. 954-254-6221. HOME REPAIR SERVICEMike’s Handyman Service – Call Today! – Fix Today! Fans, Lights, Drywall Patching, Sof ts, Facia, Carpentry, Painting, Garage Cleanouts and More! Call 727-218-2878. CLEAN QUEEN’S CLEANING SERVICE, LLC.Move in, move out, trash and furniture removal. Deep cleaning. Weekly, Biweekly, Monthly Services. References available upon request. Call Jeanette at 954-982-5417. ANTIQUESAntique Buyer – Buying Antiques & Art. Jewelry. Watches. Paintings. Military Items. Guns. Swords. Coins. Silver. House Calls. Free Appraisals. Robert’s Antiques. 954-295-6808. EMPLOYMENTAre 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 954-9461307. GIFT SHOP HELP WANTED Part-time position. Mature person to assist at beach gift shop in Pompano Beach. Call 954-5541297. LANDSCAPE HELP WANTED Northeast Fort Lauderdale Landscape Company seeks experienced help. Call 954-7013322. HAIRDRESSERS YELLOW STRAWBERRY HAIR SALON HAIRDRESSER ASSISTANTS WANTEDSALARY $ SIGNING BONUS $ TWO WEEKS PAID VACATION $ APPLY IN PERSON. 2907 E COMMERCIAL BLVD/ CORNER OF BAYVIEW DR. HELP WANTEDElderly gentleman needs help with driving, errands, Dr appts. Pls call Joe Ryan 954-638-9656.MOVING SALEAntiques and Household Goods 4 Rooms of furniture. View items after 1 PM and call 954-290-3104 (alt # 505-850-8741), so the address and/or directions in Pompano Beach can be provided. SupportN.E. Focal Point offers weekly Caregiver Support Groups. Wed. Yoga All-Inclusive Yoga program. Special populations in mind but open to all to enjoy. For more information, please call 954480-4494 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. Dancing By The Sea November to May Lauderdale By The Sea 2nd & 4th Sundays November through May 2019 5 -7 pm. Instructor Danny Carter. Swing, Salsa, Tango and Ballroom dance. Great fun for all ages. Call 954-640-4225.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 954-942-6410. 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. 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The Pelican 23 Friday, October 12, By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFF Hillsboro Beach – A 58,000 square-foot residence, built with such rare materials and such devotion for perfection that it was difficult to get a fair appraisal for the tax rolls, is on the auction block. Playa Vista Isle, at 935 Hillsboro Mile, will go to the highest bidder Nov. 15 at a no-reserve sale run by Concierge Auctions. The property, owned by Robert Pereira, is listed by Sotheby’s International Realty. Asking price is $159 million making it one of the Massive mansion on “Magni cent Mile” going to highest biddermost expensive homes in America. Situated on three acres, ocean to Intracoastal, its amenities are mind boggling: 30,000 square feet of living space, 11 bedrooms, 22 bathrooms, a 3D-IMAX theatre, 20-car garage with secure tunnel access, a 22k gold leaf entryway, two docks capable of mooring mega-yachts, floor-to-ceiling retractable glass walls, a jacuzzi with panoramic view of 500 feet of ocean front, 4,500 square-foot infinity pool, 3,000 bottle wine cellar, six waterfalls. After seven years under construction, final permits were issued this year and the property appraiser’s office has assessed the property for tax purposes at $58.8 million with homestead exemption. Just value has been placed at $85 million. Bidders must put up $250,000 and produce a letter of reference from their bank to participate in the auction. Said Kari Neeling, Concierge Auctions spokeswoman, ”The without reserve approach is typically most effective for high net worth sellers who want the optimal balance of speed and the highest possible sale price for their property.” When Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar was invited to a Hillsboro Beach Commission meeting earlier this year he explained that appraising the massive home would be difficult since there is no similar property for comparison. Builder Sean Murphy of Coastal Construction said, “Our client not only wanted a house with world-class finishes, he wanted a house built to last generations. A house this size with the same spare-no-expense approach, A pelican’s eye view of Hillsboro Mile mansion on the auction block for $159 million. [Courtesy] See MANSION on page 25


24 The Pelican Friday, October 12, operated a popular restaurant, The Yardarm, on the east parcel since 1959. The brothers later purchased the west parcel to build an 18-story hotel. But that land was encumbered with a lease with the Beatty family. The hotel did not sit well with many prominent figures in the city; they fought against it. Eventually the Stephanis funding for the hotel venture ran dry. The bank foreclosed on both parcels; shortly after, the city bought the parcels, and with the deal, inherited the Beatty lease. The brothers sued the city. The lawsuit dragged on for three decades. The city prevailed in 2004; four years later, the fishing fleet moved to its present location, now FleetContinued from page 3owned by the city. Today, taxpayers pay $31,451.40 monthly to the Beatty family amounting to $377,418.03 annually. The Center pays the city about $182,000 annually which covers a portion of the city’s cost. Sobel said the lease should go out to bid to get more money and lessen the financial burden on taxpayers. Mayor Lamar Fisher objected and, after a brief history of how the city got involved in the lease, added the function of the lease was not about money. “The fleet is not a money generator,” said Fisher. “It was meant to be a park. It is known nationwide.”Sparks y“Put it out to bid,” asked Sobel. “What’s the downside?” Fisher called the vote and Sobel called for recusals from Vice Mayor Charlotte Burrie and Fisher. Fisher retorted that Sobel was trying to cast doubt on his integrity, reiterating there was “no conflict of interest.” Later Shulmister, he said had “financially” benefited from Burrie’s and Fisher’s political campaigns. He had not contributed to their campaigns. Shulmister produced information that Fisher had paid him $5,000 on Nov. 30, 2016 for accounting and work as campaign advisor. Shulmister added that his wife and their daughter had donated $750 to Burrie’s campaigns since 2007. Burrie said Shulmister and his wife were personal friends. Their daughter had worked in her legal office. “I have never paid money for consulting. I would like my last two meetings without this ‘BS.’ I’m pissed. Why are we here if we can’t do business for the city?” Sobel said if his question had been “ . .offensive to the vice mayor, she will have to deal with it.” Commissioner Rex Hardin jumped into the fray to ask Sobel what he wanted to do with the space. “Do you want a hotel?” he asked. Sobel referred to his comment as “hypothetically absurd.” A final vote on the lease is set for Oct. 23.Fall Festival Deerfield Beach – The 4th Annual Fall Festival at Pioneer Park, 501 NE Eller St., will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, noon to 4 p.m. There will be music, face painting, a new and improved hay maze, arts and crafts, a pumpkin suitable for carving and Grizelda, the Sweet Witch telling stories at 1:50 p.m. For more information, call 954-357-5100.


The Pelican 25 Friday, October 12, ultra-high-end finishes, and over-the-top unique features, could easily have construction costs in excess of $100 million. This is exclusive of the land and two concrete deep-water docks.” The property has been marketed for the last two years as Le Palais Royal by at least two other realtors. Owner Pereira said, “The property is a piece of structural art that cannot be replicated, which makes it very difficult to value and lends itself well to the Concierge Auctions platform. I’m committed to allowing the bidders identify its highest value.” MansionContinued from page 23 By Concepcion LedezmaPELICAN SPORTSFort Lauderdale – With Westminster Academy generating only 69 yards of total offense, its usual tough defense wasn’t enough to overcome undefeated Miami Christian in a key 14-0 conference game loss Friday. The setback halted WA’s winning streak to three games while dropping them to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the conference. The Victors [6-0, 4-0], remain in first place in conference play. “Our team struggled a bit on offense,” Coach Tommy Lewis said, “and we couldn’t get in the end zone. The lack of execution is a bit disappointing after an open Westminster’s winning streak ends in 14-0 loss to Miami Christiandate to work on things.” The teams battled to a scoreless first quarter before Miami took a 6-0 lead going into the half; missing the extra point. The Lions defense, led by Micah Lewis’ whopping 16 total tackles and Cameron Klassen’s six tackles, continued to buckle down in the second half. The offense, on the other hand, continued to struggle. Miami Christian sealed the game with another touchdown, plus a two-point conversion to put away the Lions. Lions quarterback Tobias Lewis, filling in for an injured Bradley Hebda, completed three of six passes for 21 yards. His longest completion was a 14-yard pass to Tequon Skinner. The rushing game produced just 48 yards on 29 carries. In a 13-12 victory over Boca Raton Christian two weeks prior, the Lions rushed for 253 yards. “Our defense continues to keep us in the games,” the coach said. “And regardless of the lack of execution, our guys continue to play hard for four quarters . we’ll sort out a few things that we need to improve on this week and look to bounce back.” The Lions face SomersetSilver Palms [1-5, 0-1] in a 7 p.m. game today at the WA Sports Complex in Lauderdale Lakes.Gibbons set for showdown vs. American HeritageDistrict rivals Cardinal Gibbons and American Heritage bring in a combined 10-game winning streak into their 7 p.m. matchup today at Plantation. Both are coming off slow starts. Gibbons [4-2, 2-0 in District 16-5A play] started 0-2 before putting together a four-game winning streak. going into its showdown against the Patriots [6-1, 3-0]. American Heritage lost its season opener to Miami Carol City before putting together a six-game winning streak. The winner of tonight’s matchup will win the district title and secure home-field advantage into the first round of the playoffs. The Chiefs rested in a bye week following a 53-16 walloping of Coconut Creek and the Patriots are coming off a 39-6 victory over Stranahan.Other scoresMiami Central 51, Blanche Ely 0; St. Thomas Aquinas 38, Deerfield Beach 6; Coral Springs Charter 35, Pompano Beach 0; Boyd Anderson 38, Northeast 0; Fort Lauderdale 30, Nova 12. Send your news to pelicanfrontdesk@


26 The Pelican Friday, October 12, Fishing report Catching the ocean view: RJ BoyleRJ BOYLE STUDIOSLooks like the weather is going to let up for a few days. My daughter, Caroline, and I [pictured to the right with a nice wahoo] will be looking for wahoo and mahi mahi on Saturday. The strong easterly winds should have pushed some fish in for us. We will start fishing early for the wahoo bite and Great weather to go shingthen venture east around 10 a.m. We do this so that the sun gets up a bit. Lots of times people head offshore too early and can’t really see floating debris. Have a great weekend! By Jim “Chiefy” MathiePELICAN STAFFThe “Golden Goose” for Florida is the white, sandy beaches and brilliant, blue ocean water. With almost 1,200 miles of coastline and over 660 miles of beach in our state, it’s the biggest reason folks visit us. The tourism industry Red Tide and green algae are killing Florida’s ‘golden goose’ tourism egggenerates $67 billion dollars for our state’s economy, and visitors are here for the sun and the fun. Many people live here The toxins produced by Red Tide and blue green algae are a threat to Florida’s economy and wildlife. [Courtesy] See GOLDEN GOOSE on page 27


The Pelican 27 Friday, October 12, Golden gooseContinued from page 26because the year-round warm climate allows us to go boating, fishing, diving and snorkeling. When folks see dead fish washing ashore and they can’t breathe because of the toxic stench in the air, it’s time to react. But let’s face it, this has been going on for a long time. A red tide bloom persists mainly in Southwest Florida with the organism Karenia brevis being found in Pinellas to Collier counties. There’s a large amount of red tide in the panhandle and now it has been found in Southeast Florida. Are red tides red?At high enough concentrations, Florida red tide can discolor water a red or brown hue. Blooms caused by other algal species can appear red, brown, green or even purple. The water can also remain its normal color during a bloom. Our area, from Palm Beach to Miami-Dade, has tested positive for the red tide organism, prompting the closures of some of our beaches. These are low levels compared to the other areas of the state, brought here via the loop current from the west coast. The Gulf Stream picks up these organisms as it flows north and the current, along with the recent easterly strong winds, pushes these toxins closer to our shore. The air along the beach is irritating to our respiratory systems and dead fish washing up on our beach isn’t a pleasant sight. In my recent underwater observations, I am finding a buildup of green algae on the reefs and sand. I witnessed this before Hurricane Irma last year, but that storm cleaned the reefs and changed a lot of the underwater topography. This year the algae is building back and some of the corals are dying from elevated water temperatures. My involvement with Our Florida Reefs a few years ago identified three sources of water contamination within our state affecting our ocean reefs; Lake Okeechobee releases, stormwater run off and treated sewer discharges off our coasts. On a global scale, climate change and sea level rise are issues that impact everyone on our planet. These issues impact all of us, especially if we are involved with ocean activities. Presently, this hasn’t had a negative affect on the food we get from the ocean here. However, this may change if our area has a continued presence of these toxins. The “golden goose” of tourism dollars will be killed if the inaction of the past continues. Red tide and green algae are sure to drive folks away to other destinations around the world. Returning to white, sandy beaches and brilliant, blue ocean water should be viewed as a necessity for the quality of our lives. An excellent source of information is redtidestatus. This map provided by the state shows the levels of Red Tide in Florida.Now o cially on sale at your local Publix/Walgreen stores 10 cents at checkout Thank you, Pelican Readers


28 The Pelican Friday, October 12,