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Friday, July 22, 2011 Vol. XVIIII, Issue 29 Call 954-783-8700 to Advertise Email: Pompano Beach Deer eld Beach Lighthouse Point Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Wilton Manors Oakland Park Hillsboro Beach The Galt Palm Aire The Pelican Pelican Visit us online at The The Pelican PelicanHurricane Season is here. Ready? Fire department budget gets modest hike; no increase in re feesBy Judy VikPELICAN STAFFLauderdale-By-The-Sea Town commissioners unanimously OKd a $754,603 budget for Volunteer Fire Department operations, a four percent increase over the current year. They also agreed to budget $325,000 toward a replacement for Engine 212, the oldest truck in the eet. The remaining funds will come from the $180,000 Fire Reserve Fund. Cost of the new truck is estimated between $270,000 See LBTS BUDGET on page 17By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFDeer eld Beach Mayor Peggy Nolands public statement that she wants to dismantle the Deer eld Beach Housing Authority Board has been met by a voluminous response that points out HUDs favorable evaluations of the agency, Executive Director HUD gives Housing Authority good reviews, response to mayors complaint blames blogger for her actionsPam Daviss accomplishments on the job, the negative in uences of blogger Chaz Stevens in the matter and Nolands refusal to meet with Davis and HUD. The response letter, released this week, and sent to Noland, city commissioners and Congressman Allen West, was prepared by attorney Tom Connick. The packet, some two-inches of documentation, includes HUD reviews, nancial statements and auditors report, lists of documents requested by the City of Deer eld Beach and the authoritys correspondence saying the documents were ready for pick up. Connick asks that the commisFor ve, shing trip turns to rescue effort By Andrew ScottPELICAN WRITERIts not the way a shing trips supposed to end. On June 30, when Samuel Cate, Nick Santagado, Andres Escamilla, and Rick Macher boarded Steven Westerholts shing boat at the Sand Harbor Marina in Pompano Beach, they hadnt a clue what was in store for them. The friends had been shing just a mile off shore every weekend since Steven bought a 42-foot Bertram sport shing boat last December. This trip out to sea would be profoundly different. On that Thursday afternoon, as the men were about to push out from dock aboard the Dig It! Rick spotted a See RESCUE on page 27 pole in the murky water below. Using another pole, I pulled it up and said, hey great, we got a rope pole now, Rick recalls. The eight-foot long metal pole would play an important role in the drama that would soon unfold. The shing boat roared through the Hillsboro Inlet and out to sea where the shermen had their sights set on reeling in some Dolphin, King sh, Wahoo or whatever the sea had to serve up. But nearly an hour into shing, they had had no luck. It was pretty nice out, we noticed Under severe weather, Rick Macher manages to transfer Sullivan into the boat where Steven Westerholt takes over. [Samuel Cate photographed the rescue from the captains deck.] Using the miraculous pole, Sullivan is pulled closer to Dig It! Holding on to a 13-foot Bayliner, Mercedes Sullivan waits for help. District 2 winner Preston credits his focused campaignBy Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFDeer eld Beach Ben Preston is pretty sure his determination to knock on as many doors as he could gave him his narrow victory in Tuesdays special election to replace suspended District 2 Commissioner Sylvia Poitier. He estimates he and his team of six See PRESTON on page 18 See HUD on page 7


2 The PelicanFriday, July 22, 2011 Dee Dee Smith, Maggie Davidson, president, Democratic Womens Club of Northeast Broward County; Janet Goen, president, Democratic Womens Club of Florida; Maureen S. Dinnen, Democratic Woman of the YearDemocrats to meet Mad Hatter Tea Party brings Democrats together in Deer eld BeachSophie Bock and Barbara Boynton Wanda Francis and Sarah Brown Carol Osno, Joanne Goodwin, Maggie Macauley and Inger Peterson-JonesBy Anne SirenPELICAN STAFFOn June 11, Democrats throughout the state gathered to honor Maureen Dinnen as Democratic Woman of the Year. Dinnen, a Broward County School Board member, District 3, was named Member of the year in 2010. She is a former teacher in the Broward School District with a total of 35 years teaching history and math. Also attending the event was Lois Frankel, former mayor of West Palm Beach. Frankel has announced her candidacy for U.S. Congressional District 22. She will face incumbent Allen West in 2012. The event was hosted by Maggie Davidson.Sunrise Commissioner Larry So eld and Gerald Goen, president of the Greater Democratic Club of Tarpons Springs, added their own hats. The North Broward Democratic Club will hear Rodney Statham discuss the current status of redistricting on July 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6 St., Pompano Beach. The meeting is free and open to the public. Call 954-783-8232


The Pelican 3 Friday, July 22, 2011 By Anne SirenPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach The rumor of a new Broward County Library in this city is now a fact, and under the CRA plan it may open as early as 2014. According to Neil Fritz, Downtown Pompano Project Manager, negotiations with the county are moving swiftly. So far, the city is about to negotiate a contract with the county to lease a portion of the vacant land to the county for a 34,000 sq.-ft. building of mixed-use construction that will house the library, a caf and possibly a theater. The county will use $7.2 million of a library bond issue to fund the library. All other parts of the building will have separate funding from the CRA or from private enterprises. The county will lease the library property from the city for 50 years at an annual lease of $10 per year. On Tuesday, a discussion of a second oor of the library building focused on a cultural New library plans for civic/cultural campus step up pace for 2014 The above rendering of a Civic Campus is one concept. No nal designs have come before the CRA, county or city for acceptance. [Note the pedestrian walkway at First Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard as the connection element between Old Pompano Downtown and the Civic Campus.] [Rendering courtesy of CRA website]See LIBRARY on page 18


4 The PelicanFriday, July 22, 2011 By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFDeer eld Beach Organizers of a petition drive to rescind the citys recently approved utility tax are calling actions taken last weekend by city of cials a cheap shot, and one that promotes class warfare. Jean Robb and Steve Krevoy, chairman and treasurer of Rescind the Utility Tax (RUT), both say the presence of police cars at Constitution Park Saturday was a deterrent to those who wanted to sign their petitions. Robb paid $322 for use of the recreation building in RUT leaders say BSO presence discouraged their supportersthe park on Saturday, July 16, from 1 to 9 p.m. When she and RUT volunteers arrived, the yers advocating the tax had been posted all over the building: on the front door, on walls, bathroom doors, bulletin boards and placed on the tables where voters were to sign the petitions. The yers angered Krevoy, and he removed them and put them in the trunk of his car. I paid $322 I have the right to decorate the room anyway I want to, and I didnt want those yers, he said this week. The city employee hired to be at the site for the petition drive called her supervisor who called Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Walt Bratton. According to City Manager burgess Hanson, Bratton conducted BSO Chief Pete Sudler who sent a deputy out to mitigate the situation. When the deputy arrived, Krevoy said, he found no evidence of unlawful activity but asked that Krevoy give him the yers. After some discussion, Krevoy said he did hand over the yers after getting a promise that RUTs $100 security deposit would be refunded. Hanson said 1400 yers were printed at city expense about 10 days ago and placed at multiple city facilities People need to know the facts and then if they want to signSee RUT on page 21


The Pelican 5 Friday, July 22, 2011 By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFDeer eld Beach First of all, reading master lobster hunter Jim Mathies Catching the Bug is fun. The full-color, slick publication is full of fantastic photos, tales of daring do and lots of hard facts about the Spiny Lobster, the variety that migrates to our shores from The Keys. In fact, the crustaceans should be on their northward march just about now. Its timed (not by them) to coincide with lobster season, August 6 March 31. Whetting lobster lovers appetites, is the two-day mini-season, this year Wednesday and Thursday, July 27 and 28, and Retired re chief obsesses about his favorite pastime in his book on Florida lobster huntingweather permitting hundreds of divers will be offshore in hopes of catching their rst taste of this seasons seafood sensation. It is, however, not a hunt for amateurs. As Mathie, a retired Deer eld Beach Fire Rescue Division Chief explains, a good deal of know-how goes into being successful at luring the spiny creatures from their hiding places. Mathie has lled his book with tales of his underwater adventures and sound advice. With 25 years under his weight belt, Mathie knows his subject well. His chapter titles are hints to his light-hearted writing style. Some titles are I do some of my best work when I am lost, The Lobster Assassination Kit, Thars danger in them thar lobster holes, Take the big boys rst, and That story made me thirsty. He has also simpli ed the lobster hunting addiction to three things: Find the lobster, catch the lobster, eat the lobster. But more important is the fact that Mathies book is probably the most practical, informative guide to lobster hunting to be found, in this area anyway. Along with his stories, Mathie has included all the Florida rules and regulations for the recreation lobster diver including legal limits and how to measure the carapace under water. At the end of each chapter is a Lobster Lesson Learned highlighted in red which more or less summarizes the information. For lobster hunters, the pictures of The Bug will be irresistible. Theres a shot of a three dozen lobster on the top of a cooler, Mathie and three of his shing buddies posing with what looks like 50 lobsters, a close-up shot of a lobster hiding in coral, with the antennae just visible poking out of a crevice. But mostly there are pictures of See Bug on page 13


6 The PelicanFriday, July 22, 2011 Deer eld Beach, Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point, LauderdaleBy-The-Sea, Wilton Manors and Oakland Park The Pompano 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 writers name will be withheld on request; letters must also include a daytime telephone number. Advertising rates are available upon request. Subscription rate is $31.80 including tax for one years delivery in Greater Pompano Beach; $93.80/per year including tax for others in the United States; call 954-783-8700 for rates abroad. The Pelican is a nonpartisan newspaper and reserves the right to decline advertising. Copyright 2011. Reproduction of this publication in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission of the publisher. The Pelican is a member of the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, Deer eld Beach Chamber and the LBTS Chamber. The Pelican is a state certied woman-owned minority business. The Pelican is delivered to businesses, libraries, schools, of 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, publisherExecutive Assistant: Mary Hudson Graphics: Rachel Ramirez Windsheimer Adriana Bonilla Bookkeeper: John White Classi eds: Fran Shelby Contributing Writers: Phyllis J. Neuberger, Judy Wilson, Malcolm McClintock, Judy Vik Copy editors: Phyllis J. Neuberger, Phil Barnes, Connor Sheridan Account Executives: Paul Shroads, Carolyn Mann, Bill Heaton, Special Of ce Assistant: Cathy Siren ESTABLISHED 1993 Volume XVIIII, Issue 29 Founding Editor and PublisherAnne Hanby Siren Watch Your Speed Watch Your Speed Register to vote MondayPompano Beach The Election Connection from the Broward Supervisor of Elections of ce will be at the Pompano City Hall on Monday, July 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Supervisor of Elections van driver, Dennis Conklin will process all voter services on the spot: Register to vote. Re-enroll in vote-by-mail. Change a name, address or political party. Persons may also sign up as poll workers.Call 954-357-7050 or visit Oakland Park The city of Oakland Park invites all residents and property owners to a community meeting to provide an update on planned utility improvements in areas west of I-95 to Northwest 31 Avenue and from Northwest 28 Street to Prospect Road. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at Jaco Pastorius Park Community Center, 1098 NE 40 Court. Improvements include water main replacement or upgrade, sanitary sewer force main upgrade and street resurfacing with drainage improvements. For more information, contact Ronald Desbrunes, P.E. at 954-630-4482 or email Ronaldd@oaklandpark .org or John Perez at 954-630-4479 or email JohnmP@oaklandpark .org.Public meeting to discuss utility improvementsThe Pompano Beach Republican Club will meet Thursday, July 28, 7 p.m. at the Emma Lou Olson Community Center, 1801 NE 6 St., Pompano Beach. Judy Smith, president of Americas Moms for Soldiers will give an update on the work of this organization. There will be a collection of items needed to send to soldiers serving in Forward Operating Bases. For a complete list of items needed, please visit Rose Bailey, a South Florida representative of Agenda 21 Today ( will also present information on UN Initiative, Agenda 21. For more information, call 954-786-7536.Republicans to meet July 28Louis Marchelos, second from left, restaurant and pier owner, was honored by the Lauderdale-ByThe-Sea Property Owners Association as 2011 Hometown Hero. Dennis Ritchie, at right, association president, presented him with a plaque at a recent Town Commission meeting. Looking on are candidates for the honor, Marie Chiarello and Ken Brenner, who received certi cates. Other candidates, Wayne Dillistin and Jim Silverstone were not present. (Staff photo by Judy Vik) Marchelos named Hometown HeroOn Monday, voters can avoid being declined at the polls by showing up at Pompano Beach City Hall to make sure their registration is still valid. On Monday, the Election Connection van will be at Pompano Beach City Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for residents who need any changes in their voter registration. The new laws are very restrictive. Dont lose your vote. One new law restricts the number of Early Voting days. Days for early voting have been reduced from 12 to eight. Early voting now will start the second Saturday before an election. But here is one thing that might invalidate your vote. If your address has changed, you will only be allowed to make a provisional vote. Provisional votes are the last ones to be counted and are often never counted. Dont wait until the next election to discover that fact. It will be a simple task on Monday and a nightmare at the polls if you have any changes in your legal status. The last day to register for the Presidential Preference Primary election is Jan. 3, 2012. This Monday will get those who care about voting well under the wire. If you vote by absentee ballot, you must reapply for an absentee ballot because you will no longer automatically receive one. If your name has changed by marriage or for any other reason or if you have moved, your changes must be made now. Now is the time to remember the men and women of the military who have died and are still ghting to protect your right to vote. They would certainly be disappointed to learn you dont have time to get it right. The Election Connection Van is a convenience to all of us who have voter cards that we need to validate. Dont assume anything with voting in Florida. Now is the time to look at your card and make sure all of the information is correct. For young people who are voting for the rst time, Monday is critical. Who Can Register to Vote In order to register to vote in Florida, you must: 1. Be a Citizen of the United States of America (a lawful permanent resident is not a U.S. citizen); 2. Be a Florida resident; 3. Be 18 years old (you may pre-register to vote if you are 16 years old, but you cannot vote until you are 18 years old). 4. Not now be adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state without having the right to vote restored; 5. Not have been convicted of a felony without your civil rights having been restored; and Provide your current and valid Florida drivers license number or Florida identi cation card number. If you do not have a Florida drivers license number or a Florida identi cation card number then you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you are headed for college, now is your time to register and to apply for your absentee ballot so you can take pride wherever you are in your rst election. Call 954-357-7050 for more information.Dont lose your vote, its a gift from those who have died and still ght


The Pelican 7 Friday, July 22, 2011 sion take no action before the Inspector Generals evaluation of the Kessler Report is received. That $30,000 report was issued early this year and raised issues of lack of documentation and questionable payments. This week Davis said the payments Kessler questioned are according to HUD procedures. The Deer eld Beach Housing Authority, or DBHA, is managed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development that provides 88 percent of its funding. The board is appointed by the mayor and approved by the commission, Noland, when she announced at the June 21 commission meeting that she wanted dismissal of the housing authority board, alluded to the fact that documents were withheld from Kessler and that monies may have been misspent. Since then, she has said her request is on the back burner since the commission is in recess until August. She has issued no formal complaint. The response contains a HUD January 2011 performance review giving the DBHA a 93 score and high rating, another giving highest possible scores for nance and management and another stating procurement procedures were generally acceptable. Connick gets negative in the response when he addresses blogger Chaz Stevens and the locations of Kessler International, a company that brands itself as forensic accountants located in 10 prestigious of ce buildings around the world. According to information in the response, Kesslers ofces are mailboxes in executive business centers located in upscale of ce buildings, including its world headquarters at Rockefeller Plaza and an address on Brickell Avenue in Miami. The other accusation from Connick is that Noland will not stand up to Stevens bullying of Davis on his website where Stevens has suggested Davis will be arrested and DBHA money is being misspent. The blogger is wellknown for his blue language and formerly included the mayor in his epitaphs. Connick calls him a negative force seeking to destroy the DBHA. Soon after her election in March 2010, Noland appointed Stevens to the DBHA Board and he was approved by a 3-2 vote. He resigned soon after. Davis became executive director of the DBHA in 1989 at a time when the board could not pay its bills, had no credit or reserves, owned $30,000 to the IRS and the residents of Stanley Terrace were on strike. The agency now manages 96 units at Stanley Terrace, 100 units for the elderly at The Palms apartment complex, 56 units at the Palms Townhomes and administers 481 Section 8 Housing vouchers. Board members beside Emery are businessman Richard Sales, community activist Caryl Berner, developer Lee Giannino, Stanley Terrace resident Ernestine Gray, and chiropractor Dr. Alan Leavitt. There are two vacant seats.HUDContinued from page 1


8 The PelicanFriday, July 22, 2011 Making a Difference Phyllis J. Neuberger wants your suggestions about people who are making a difference. Call 954-783-8700. BSO to help town reclaim its streets with celebrationsLauderdale-By-The-Sea Broward Sheriffs Of ce Lauderdale-ByThe-Sea District will celebrate National Night Out Against Crime from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at El Prado Park, 4500 El Mar Drive. The event brings residents together to stand up against crime, promote drug prevention and awareness and strengthen partnerships between law enforcement and the public. Informational resources will be available, including: Identity and Scam Prevention Education; Cybercrime and Computer Safety Information; General Crime Prevention Information; Information on Prescription Drug Abuse and Awareness. BSO vehicles and equipment will be showcased. Free food and soft drinks will be served. For more information, call 954-491-3920.Prescription drug discount program offered to residentsLauderdale-By-The-Sea --Mayor Roseann Minnet recently kicked off this towns participation in a national program where residents can save an average of 20 percent on prescriptions not covered by their insurance. Minnet met with seniors in Jarvis Hall to explain the programs bene ts and hand out prescription discount cards. The town commission decided to join the program, operated by the National League of Cities. Here are the cards bene ts: Its free and may be used by any family member. Use is not limited. Most pharmacies accept it. The card can even be used to purchase drugs sometimes prescribed for pets. Cards may be used anywhere, not just in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Cards are available at Town Hall, Jarvis Hall or the LBTS Chamber of Commerce. Cards can also be obtained online at Call 1-888-620-1749. By Phyllis J. NeubergerPELICAN STAFFKiwanis, founded in 1915, is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a timeand the Pompano Beach Chapter of Kiwanis meets those expectations. Kiwanis Board Member and Vice President/Branch Manager of iberiaBank, Jean M. McIntyre sat down to talk about the club with the Pelican. Our branch is in its 60th year. We began in 1951, and currently we have 29 members. We may be small, but we do a lot of service work for Pompano Beach and the surrounding communities. Recently, we were challenged by Kiwanis International, along with every local chapter, to contribute $2,000 to kick start the new Kiwanis Eliminate Program. Partnering with UNICEF, the goal of Project Eliminate is to end maternal and neonatal tetanus, the deadly disease that steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a signi cant number of women each year. It will take $110 million dollars to do this worldwide. The local Kiwanis group decided to raise the money by raf ing off a cruise. We met and even exceeded our goal by raising $2,600 and our Pompano Beach Key Club is hoping to contribute even more.Local Pompano Beach Kiwanis Club is a small group that makes a big difference in services to the cityRaf e winner Barbara Kelly accepts her prize of a cruise from Fred Segal, president of Pompano Kiwanis. On her left is Ruthie Brooks who sold Kelly the winning ticket. [Photos courtesy of Pompano Beach Kiwanis Club] Time to draw the winning ticket! On hand (L to R) are Ed Murray, Fred Segal, Jean M. McIntyre, Ruthie Brooks, Domenick Sciortino who drew the winner, and Dennis Smith. Readers can help by getting a car wash tomorrow, 7/23The Pompano Beach High School Key Club, a Kiwanis sponsored group of students, is holding a car wash this Saturday at Auto Tech & Body Shop, 429 N. Dixie Hwy. from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All it takes is a $5 donation for a squeaky clean car; trucks and large SUVs, $10. All money raised will go to Kiwanis and UNICEF Eliminate Project.Barbara Kelly wins Kiwanis Raf e CruiseTo make the raf e exciting enough for ticket buyers to part with $10 per ticket, someone had to hustle up a really exiting prize. Dedicated Kiwanis husband and wife team, Nina and Ray Wolowicz took on the challenge and managed to secure a seven day cruise to the Caribbean donated by Richard Sasso, president of MSC Cruise Lines. Ray says, Nina worked for Mr. Sasso when he was the President of Celebrity Cruises so shes the one who deserves credit for getting us this wonderful prize. We were happy to do it for Kiwanis which is such a good cause. Mayor Lamar Fisher, a Kiwanis member, was to draw the winning ticket. Unable to attend, Domenick Sciortino, owner of the Sugar Chest Antique Mall, stepped in and did the honors in iberiaBank lobby. On hand were Ed Murray, Fred Segal, president of Kiwanis and the Broward Country Farm Bureau, Jean M. McIntyre, Ruthie Brooks, Balistreri Realty, Dominick Sciortino, and Dennis Smith. McIntyre feels that people bought raf e tickets to support Kiwanis causes and that winning was incidental. A beaming Balistreri Realtor, Barbara Kelly, had the winning ticket and she says, Im ready to sail! I have a year to decide exactly when to take my cruise. The timing depends on my husbands schedule, too. My friend Ruthie is always selling raf e tickets to good causes and I always buy them. Kiwanis President, Fred Segal, presented the prize to me at a Kiwanis luncheon. Kiwanis consistently supports other worthy causesSaturday, July 16 was Christmas in July, a Kiwanis project hosted by See Kiwanis on page 9


The Pelican 9 Friday, July 22, 2011 Moonlight Melodies Concert this FridayDeer eld Beach This Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m., the beachfront Moonlight Melodies Concert Series will continue with a performance by reggae band Stampede Movement. Bring your beach chair and take in the oceanfront sounds of the Moonlight Melodies concert series, co-sponsored by the Deer eld Beach Cultural Committee and the City of Deer eld Beach. The free concerts are held in front of the Main Beach Parking Lot, SE 1st Street and Ocean Way. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets for seating comfort. Future concerts in the series include: Aug. 12 Midlife Crysis; Aug. 26 The Tom Jackson Band and Sept. 9 Scott Ringerson, The Elvis Experience Call 954-4804430. club districts 23 and 24, held at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise. Pompano Beach Kiwanis, part of district 23, was one of the sponsors of the event. New shoes and loaded back packs to start the school year were handed out to over 1,000 homeless youngsters living in shelters. McIntyre was on hand to help distribute the gifts and says, The children, from infants to teens, were elated with their new shoes and backpacks and we all were elated to witness their pleasure. Its heart warming to be on hand and see that you have made a difference in the life of a child. For elementary school children, Kiwanis sponsors the Terri c Kids and the Bugs programs. Teachers identify winners of Terri c kids, a character program, and Bugs KiwanisContinued from page 8winners. BUGS is an acronym for Bringing Up Grades which is unique in that students compete only against themselves. Kiwanis rewards the teachers selections with certi cates, bumper stickers and Terri c Kids pencils. In October, this club participates in the S.O.S. Childrens Annual Walk which raises funds for children who turn 18 and are aged out of the foster care system. Money raised helps to provide start up cash for these young adults who are suddenly on their own.Pompano Beach High School Key ClubRichard Leys, Kiwanis advisor to this club, says, We had 87 members this year. I love these kids and I felt like a proud father when I attended the graduation of 21 of them this past June. My wife, Gwen, and I were honored to be invited. Tickets are very hard to get, but my kids got them for us. I call them all my children and they call me Dad or Grandpa. Like the parent Kiwanis, the goal of the Key Club is to provide service to the community. Leys says the group does in-school fund raisers and also joins us in participating in different city events. Our club provided $3,000 in scholarships this year, divided between two students. Many of our clubbers get other scholarships and therefore, unsel shly, do not apply for ours. They want the money to go to those who will bene t the most. I attend their meetings twice a month and the groups Board meeting held once a month. When asked, he admitted spending between 20 to 30 hours every month with the Key Club. The Kiwanis Florida District honored Leys this year as Kiwanis Advisor of the Year. On October l, Gwen Leys, Richards wife who is also very active in the Kiwanis will be the Division 23 Lt. Governor, responsible for 16 Kiwanis Clubs. When asked why she pours so much of her time and energy into Kiwanis, and The Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, serving as an active board member of both organizations, McIntyre says, I am encouraged by iberiaBank to participate. I call these service organizations an opportunity for the business community to network with heart. Its a pleasure to do so with my own heart. Thank you members of the Kiwanis Club for all that you do locally and globally.


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The Pelican 11 Friday, July 22, 2011 BBN Enterprise Group, a networking breakfast group meets at Galuppis Restaurant, 1103 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach July 28 at 7:30 a.m. Call 954-295-1320 Business with a Twist an after work networking group that meets at Packys Pub, 4480 N. Federal Hwy., Lighthouse Point, Aug. 3 at 5:30 Advertise with The Pelican 954-783-8700 By Judy VikPELICAN STAFFOakland Park City commissioners, meeting as the board of the Community Redevelopment Agency, unanimously approved an agreement with Redevelopment Management Associates, or RMA, to review the citys CRA plan and develop an action-oriented plan for the next ve years. Staff has met with the rm and reached an agreement, Ray Lubomski, community and economic development director, informed the board Wednesday. Cost is not to exceed $57,000. In the initial phase of the agreement, RMA will review the citys CRA plan and its CRA board approves agreement with RMAinterim plan and meet individually with commissioners and with CRA stakeholders in the next 90 days. They will prepare a ve-year strategic plan and look at redevelopment capital plans. In Phase 2, they would provide ongoing services based on the activities the board decides to pursue. The second phase is not covered in the initial cost. The agreement includes recommendations for at least eight public/private redevelopment partnerships, City Manager John Stunson noted. Phase 2 wont proceed until its approved by the commission. Mayor Suzanne Boisvenue asked how much the city already has spent on the downtown area. Lubomski said it was between $25 to $30 million. Commissioner John Adornato said he had read through the scope of the proposal and was pleased with what he saw. I like the goal-oriented deliverables and projects we can review and move forward on. We need to move things forward. Vice Mayor Anne Sallee said she was pleased with the decision to select RMA and looked forward to the presentation. The mayor was not so pleased. This is our second goround, Boisvenue said. I want more than somebody to tell us what has to happen. Weve spent $25 million, and were not where we should be. Im very concerned about this. I will support this, but by God at the end of the day, there better be something for See CRA on page 12Pompano Beach Chamber events July 25 to 29 p.m.. Call 954-941-2940. Business to Business Expo, a gathering of local businesses to showcase products and services, takes place Sept. 13 at Pompano Citi Centre, 1955 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach. Tables and spaces are available. Call 954941-2940.Advertise with The Pelican 954-783-8700


12 The PelicanFriday, July 22, 2011 SightingsA local calendar for events, meetings and more in North Broward County. Please email calendar items to siren2415@gmail. com or fax to 954-783-0093.School Supplies NeededAssumption Catholic Church and the LBTS Chamber are sponsoring a drive to collect school supplies to get local homeless/needy elementary students off to a great new school year. We would like this to be a true community effort throughout Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Please join us by donating new supplies such as: pens, pencils, rulers, scissors, glue, highlighters, crayons, water paints, paper, notebooks, pocket folders, backpacks, calculators and dictionaries. Collection boxes are available at Assumption Church, LBTS Town Hall and the LBTS Chamber of Commerce/Welcome Center from August 1 through August 15. A small donation from each of us will make a big difference for many families. All materials will be given to local schools.ArtArt over the Bridge features Atilla Lakatoush, Aug. 5 from 8 to 10 p.m. at 9 Hibiscus Ave., Pompano Beach. Live entertainment, caricaturist and sculpturist.HurricanesHurricane Info A seminar Aug. 17 from 9 to 11 a.m., presented by David Bernard, WFOR/CBS4 Meteorologist; Chuck Lanza, Broward Emergency Management Director; Chief Oscar Llerena, BSO; Brooke Liddle, American Medical Response; Chief Steve Paine, Volunteer Fire Dept. will focus on the 2011 hurricane season. The event is sponsored by the Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Chamber Advertise in The Pelican for coverage in nine North Broward cities. Call 954-783-8700. See SIGHTINGS on page 15


The Pelican 13 Friday, July 22, 2011 The Pelican We Mean Business! Pompano National Night Out BSOs National Night Out at Founders Park, 215 NE 4 St., is set for Aug. 2 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Activities will include free child ngerprinting, give-a-ways and demonstrations from BSO deputies regarding crime and drug prevention skills. The Pompano Beach Historical Society, Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders and the citys re department will be on hand. The city re museum, located at the park will also be open for tours. The Pompano Beach Fire Department will demonstrate how children and adults can escape a smokelled room.Everything at the event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit successful lobster hunters each holding their monstrous catch and grinning from ear to ear. Catching the Bug is a good read even if you never intend to put on a wet suit, grab a tickle stick and gloves and go into the water. It gives those who prefer to stay in the boat, or on shore, a much better appreciation of the skills necessary to capture the wily creatures and of the lore that surrounds the sport. Catching the Bug is available at dive shops in the area for $19.95 from amazon. com, and at It is also being distributed worldwide by Innovative Scuba out of Colorado. With more than 600 books already sold since the June publishing date, Mathie has more publishing ideas. He plans a book on spear shing, Catching the Spear-It, and perhaps a cookbook. He also has the copyright to his Chiefy nickname and has a line of t-shirts, caps and beer cozies, also available in nearby dive shops. Eds Note: In the spirit of full disclosure, writer Judy Wilson was the editor of Catching the Bug. She got paid in lobster.BugContinued from page 5Drainage project to start Monday on West Tradewinds Avenue Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Construction is scheduled to start Monday, July 25, on West Tradewinds Avenue in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea as crews begin installing new drainage along two blocks of the street. Work will be done Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The neighborhood project is expected to take 90 to 120 days to complete. There will be intermittent closures of West Tradewinds during construction. As an alternate traf c route, motorists and residents are advised to use East Tradewinds Avenue. The $146,000 ex ltration drainage project, approved by the Town Commission, is aimed to reduce ooding and water pollution. New drainage will be installed along West Tradewinds from South Tradewinds to Miramar Avenue. The work is being done by Miguel Lopez Jr. Inc. If residents have any questions or comments about the project, call Tiana Washington in the Municipal Services Department at 954-776-5119. me to look at. The city of Pompano Beach recently extended its contract with RMA for $698,000 to lead its two CRAs. Pompano Beach hired Kim Briesemeister and Chris Brown, principals of RMA, in 2009. RMA also recently worked as consultants reviewing the master plan for the town of Lauderdale-By-TheSea and writing a nancial plan to implement it. CRAContinued from page 11 Shhh!The babies are already nesting. Watch your step on the beach. Its turtle season in South Florida


14 The PelicanFriday, July 22, 2011 Summer Sizzle Rib Cook-off draws backyard chefs to the playing eld this Saturday, but the nal test will be determined by taste buds By Anne SirenPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach Some 15 or more amateur grill masters are going to re up the grills, keep their sauces a secret and shoot for the $500 prize this Saturday, July 23, at the Rib Cook-off and Baked Goods contest at the E. Pat Larkins Center, 520 MLK Boulevard. And at least two of them have declared the win, but that may just be backyard barbecue jabber. For sure, there will be ne cuisine in Pompano Beach this weekend. Rodney Wright, 46, a native of Pompano Beach and a Navy veteran, cooked on the USS Bale and other ships for 10 years. Today, hes the head chef for family and other neighborhood events. As to a recipe, Wright says its always different. Its something that I just love to do, Wright says. On Thursday, Wright was already making his preparations and lining up his crew which consists of his mother, Melba Blue, and his wife, Essie. I wouldnt enter it if I didnt think I would win, he says. But he adds that he and his family love the idea of getting out in the neighborhood and having a good time with friends. And who knows? There may be one person out there who will want to take my recipe and turn it into a restaurant, Wright says. So there could be a new barbecue joint out here. And that is one of the goals of this event according to Jeanine Parisi, CRA marketing director, who is heading up the event for the citys Community Redevelopment Agency. Its all about development, she says. And we would hope that someone in the community would like to come in an open up a restaurant here. Willie Brown, 67, has been cooking ribs for one restaurant, The Glass Key, at 361 MLK Boulevard. And he will be in the competition on Saturday. In good humor, Brown says, Everybody thinks they can cook ribs. They all have their little secrets, and its just a lot of fun. Oh, yes, we are going to win. We have a surprise. I am pretty sure we will win. We do old-style, not smoked. We are in between smoked and barbecue. That will give us the upper hand. And we have a secret sauce, but the other secret is the preparation. Thats more important than the sauce itself. Our ribs will be very, very tender. A lot of people stay away from pork because of high blood pressure. When you eat my ribs, your pressure wont move. We See SIZZLE on page 15


The Pelican 15 Friday, July 22, 2011 drain all of that grease out of the ribs. Its even better without the grease. Brown is still debating what sides will accompany his ribs. All chefs will offer their ribs for sale. Local judges, yet unknown, will determine the winners by avor, appearance, aroma and texture.About the CRAThe city has two CRAs, East and West, which are funded by the property taxes of owners who live in each CRA area. The West CRA, about 3,000 acres, is essentially bounded by Copans Road, Powerline Road, Martin Luther King Boulevard and Northeast First Avenue with some smaller additions. The East CRA focuses on the beach area and Atlantic Boulevard. Both CRAs focus on redeveloping public property, infrastructure, landscaping, lighting and other aspects to beautify an area .Says Parisi, We want to create an atmosphere that will attract new business. At the Cookout, CRA personnel will be on hand to answer questions about incentives, nancing opportunities and plans for the West area. And inside the Larkins Center, a free health fair will offer participants diabetes, blood pressure and HIV tests. Call 954-786-7824 for more information.SizzleContinued from page 14 Input sought for revised Pioneer Park master planDeer eld Beach The citys Parks and Recreation department has scheduled a public meeting to review, and get input on, proposed revisions to the master plan for Pioneer Park. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 31, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at City Hall, 150 NE 2nd Avenue. Stakeholders and interested parties are strongly encouraged to attend the meeting to review the plan and provide input. For more information, call 954-426-6898 or e-mail web. parks@deer of Commerce. Call 954-7761000EventsEast Village Uncorked August 5, 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy over 15 restaurants featuring international cuisine, wine tastings from around the world in participating shops, artist exhibits throughout Harbor Village and live entertainment in three locations at this free event open to the public. Various merchants will be hosting in-store specials and giveaways, interactive art projects, and more! Win a $50 shopping spree! Pick-up a Discovery Tour Guide at participating merchants in Harbor Village, Atlantic Square Shopping Center or at the SightingsContinued from page 12 See SIGHTINGS on page 21CRA information booth. Free Parking is available. Event is located just west of the Intracoastal on East Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach. Visit or call 954.786.7824 for more details. Splashes and Smiles Swim Schools 3rd Annual Family Fun Day. Join us for an exciting day of swimming, diving boards, re trucks,


16 The PelicanFriday, July 22, 2011 Pompano Beach Cleanliness is typically a travelers top priority when needing to stay in a hotel room or vacation rental. It couldnt get any better than at four Beach Vacation Rentals properties in Pompano Beach after scoring 100-percent during rigorous surprise inspections recently, to win the 2011 Superior Small Lodgings White Glove Award. This year, the Beach Vacation Rentals properties that will receive that prestigious award are: Pineapple Place, Pelican Place, Cottages by the Ocean and Sunny Place. All four properties offer fully furnished beach-area apartments or cottages for short-term stays, for about the price of a single hotel room. Our inspection reports show that four of our properties achieved 100-percent excellence in housekeeping, which is not easy to do, especially when they are surprise inspections that last for hours, said Elaine Fitzgerald, owner and operator of Beach Vacation Rentals. My staff deserves all the credit because of their very high standards. They all go the extra mile to keep our properties clean and attractive inside and out. Fitzgeralds fth property, Bahama Beach Club, came in close at 97 percent. Across the state, thousands of hotels, motels, B&Bs, travel lodges, inns, beach houses, and resorts offer 370,000 rooms to Floridas more than 80 million annual visitors. Only 111, including four of Fitzgeralds properties, have earned this years highly coveted White Glove Award. The White Glove Award is our organizations highest recognition for housekeeping achievement, said Donna Boucher, executive director of Floridas statewide Superior Small Lodging Association. Beach Vacation Rentals win 4 Superior Small Lodgings White Glove AwardsElaine Fitzgerald, CEO of Beach Vacation Rentals, wit housekeeper Laura Barton and maintenance chief Jaime Delgado at Cottages by the Ocean -one of four Beach Vacation Rentals properties to win the Superior Small Lodgings White Glove Award for excellence in housekeeping. [Photo by Valdis Vikmanis]Honorees will receive their award at our statewide conference this September. The tough guidelines for Superior Small Lodgings inspections go above and beyond the State of Florida annual inspections that are required of all hotel properties. The Superior Small Lodgings inspector pulled the bedding down to check the quality of sheets, mattress pad and pillow covers. She looked for any dust on the light bulbs. She measured the sizes of our soap and towels. She pulled the furniture from the walls to look behind. She checked everything including the silverware and pots and pans, said Fitzgerald. She inspected our places for several hours. It was nervewracking; but in the end, we scored 100-percent. Beach Vacation Rentals offers clean, fully out tted beach-area cottages and apartments with all of the comforts of home for about the cost of a single hotel room. Nationally rated as Superior Small Lodgings, they have well-equipped kitchens, king beds, free Wi-Fi, laundry, BBQ areas, pools and tropical landscaping. They are located in quiet neighborhoods just a short walk to the beach, shops and restaurants. For photos, videos, rates and terms please visit www.4rentbythebeach. com or call 954-283-1111.


The Pelican 17 Friday, July 22, 2011 Call to place your classi ed ad in The Pelican 954-783-8700 and $550,000. Fire Chief Steve Paine said Engine 212 is at least 20 years old and called maintaining it cost prohibitive. The VFD budget is funded entirely by re assessment fees levied on LBTS property owners. The fees are designated for re-related expenses. In the proposed budget, the assessment will not increase from the current $130 per household. Vice Mayor Stuart Dodd said hed like to postpone purchase of the truck until the commission has some gures to show its need. City Manager Connie Hoffmann said the re vehicles were evaluated last summer and she was told the department should start replacing vehicles this year. It takes nine to 12 months for delivery of a truck. Commissioner Chris Vincent asked about the money VFD has in reserve. Hoffmann said that in a normal year, re assessment fees exceed the budget by a signi cant amount. The excess funds are placed in reserve for equipment purchases Biggest increases in the budget are for incentive pay. The VFD proposes to increase the incentive budget for ocean rescue activities by increasing the number of days they are on the beach from 175 to 210 days per year. Cost is $2,800. This is a small cost to improve public safety, she wrote. The incentive pay budget for command staff increases by $5,000 to insure an of cer is always on duty. A $12,500 incentive pay contingency is included for the rst time in case of a hurricane or disaster, which necessitates expanded VFD hours and to cover the need to schedule people to be at the station for unforeseen reasons. Another increase in the proposed budget is an approximate $6,000 for a four percent salary increase for the three VFD employees on the payroll: the re chief, who also acts as re inspector; the of ce assistant and re administrator. Dodd questioned whether the VFD would waive raises if the commission sets an example and does the same. Mayor Roseann Minnet asked if the salary increase issue was something they could take back to the membership. Commissioner Chris Vincent moved the commission approve the proposed budget pending a renegotiation of the four percent salary increase. His motion died for lack of a second. Instead, the commission unanimously approved the budget as proposed. Chamber budget approvedIn other business, commissioners unanimously approved a new budget for the Chamber of Commerce which re ects some savings. Budgeted was $38,861, a $3,500 increase, to operate the Chamber Welcome Center eight hours a day, seven days a week from September through May and six days a week in summer months. But eliminated for next year is $11,159 for advertising and $2,500 for Christmas by the Sea. Also on the plus side, the town received $10,000 from Broward County toward the cost of publishing the Visitors Guide. Vice Mayor Stuart Dodd said the commission agreed to fully nance the chamber last year with the understanding that any funds the county provided would come back to the town. He also noted that the chamber gets a free building, maintenance and electricity from the town. Town Manager Connie Hoffmann said that, according to the contract the town has with the chamber, if the county provided funds for operation of the Welcome Center, the towns contribution would be reduced. With the county contribution for the guide, (the towns contribution) wouldnt have to be reduced, she said, suggesting the commission may want to change the agreement this year. This is the thin end of a very thin wedge. Im not very happy with that, Dodd said. Hoffmann said the towns out-of-pocket costs for utilities, maintenance and grounds maintenance at the town building where the chamber operates will be about $25,000. Costs are down from prior years because no costly building repairs are anticipated. LBTS budgetContinued from page 1


18 The PelicanFriday, July 22, 2011 arts center, and design for that oor will have to be approved by the county before construction begins. The second oor is an urgent deadline, Fritz said this week. The county does not want a delay. Some options on the table for a cultural center could be a separate building, but the most essential part is that the second oor be compatible with the library, said one of cial. Funding for the cultural arts second oor would not be funded by the county. If the center is approved, funding would come from either the CRA or the city. The entire land acreage, about three acres, of the lot is proposed as a civic/cultural campus with the library as its rst building. Preliminary plans include gardens, out parcels, parking and public art. But Fritz says the CRA will soon request proposals from design rms before any plans are nal. A selection committee for the design rm will include city, CRA and county members. The Pompano Beach Library on East Atlantic Boulevard is located on city-owned property. The new library will supplant this one. On Tuesday, Vice Mayor George Brummer said, Get bold. I would like to see myself get excited. LibraryContinued from page 3 PrestonContinued from page 1to eight core volunteers stood on 1,000 door steps, sometimes in the pouring rain, to solicit support for his candidacy. Wednesday Preston said he wasnt surprised at the election result, but admitted he knew early on it would be a tough race with challenges that needed to be embraced. Sending enthusiastic supporters to the streets wasnt enough he said. I found you had better walk the district yourself. Now he says he will work as hard to win the respect of those who didnt vote for him and try to bring unity to the district. Preston, 59, the citys rst black re ghter, was a candidate for the seat in the March 2011 election, losing to Poitier by 300 votes. This time his 216 votes edged out social worker Gloria Battle by 15 votes, Rev. Anthony Davis by 53 and community activist Andre Samuels by 137. Of the districts 8369 registered voters, 661 cast ballots. One was for write-in candidate David Cody. Preston will have a few weeks to consider his win. He will not be sworn in until Monday, August 1 when the city commission convenes after its summer break. One of the big decisions he may have to make is consideration of the contract being proposed by the Broward Sheriffs Of ce to take over management of the local reghter/paramedic department. Preston said the issue came up while he was still working for the city, a job he held for 25 years, but at the time had little momentum. Ill do what is best for all the citizens, he said. Another pivotal issue may come before the commission in September if petitioners asking that the utility tax be rescinded are successful in their drive to take the tax to referendum. Asked if he would vote to rescind, Preston said this week Im not for taxes, but if the city needs money what district will suffer most (without additional revenue)? The tax is a sting, but it may be better than an arrow in the back later on.


The Pelican 19 Friday, July 22, 2011 By Bill JohnsonPELICAN WRITERCoconut CreekFred Hofer wore a bulletproof vest, carried a shotgun and was poised for possible trouble when a dangerous man who had thrown Molotov cocktails at people opened his door. When he saw a police SWAT team he began to retreat, as if to barricade himself in his home, Hofer pulled the trigger on his shotgun. The man in the doorway dropped his rifle, clutched his stomach and fell to the ground. Hofer had indeed shot him with a beanbag. In his 13 years as a SWAT SWATThe men and women who respond to grave situations must rst pass gruelling tests of mind and body The Coconut Creek SWAT team is funded through proceeds from equipment and automobiles forfeited by criminals in drug-related arrests and for other crimes. [Staff photos] operator in the Coconut Creek Police Department, neither Hofer nor any other team member has ever shot anyone with real bullets. They have used Tasers to subdue people who resisted arrest, but they have never seriously hurt anyone. To some extent, Hofer admits theres a bit of luck in bringing things to a peaceful conclusion without serious injury. But there is also skill and judgment. It also reflects on effective recruiting and training. Hofer, who serves as executive officer of the SWAT team, takes pride in the teams preparation and performance. His experience in the SWAT team is ingrained in his law enforcement experience. SWAT is an acronym for Special Weapons and Tactics. As Hofer describes it, the SWAT teams mission is to respond to situations that present grave danger. That includes situations where a hostage has been taken, someone has barricaded himself in a building, or an arrest warrant has to be served on a potentially dangerous person. To do this as safely as possible, Hofer says, the department wanted smart people, not just people who are big and tough. He points out that Coconut Creek SWAT operators dont get paid extra money. We dont want people doing it just for the money, he says. An officer who volunteers must have at least two years certified police experience, pass a weapons qualification course, pass a written examination on policies and procedures and be interviewed by the entire 15-member team. The would-be SWAT operator must meet certain physical standards. The candidate must run and climb over and obstacle course twice and run a quarter-mile -all in ten minutes. There is also time spent in the stateof-the-art training simulator. The officer faces a wall-size screen and interacts with life-size characters in various scenarios. This demonstrates how he reacts under stress and handles himself in different situations. Once selected, a new team member goes to SWAT school two weeks of intensive training, 10 or 12 hours a day. Recruiting is probably the most important aspect of training, Hofer says, because the department makes a considerable investment in the new members. All the SWAT team members have other work responsibilities but can be called together as a team at any moment. Hofer is a police sergeant on the night shift. In the last ten years, he says, the team has been deployed approximately 50 times, not counting delivering arrest warrants. They deliver warrants about six times a year. As a team, the members continue specialized training at least 10 hours a month. Snipers train an additional four to eight hours a month, and each members has individual training for four to six hours a month. Training also involves whats called the shoot house a small house in which the team practices various scenarios. The house Hofer stands by the re rescue vehicle has been retro tted to carry all 15 members, along with their equipment. See SWAT on oage 20


20 The Pelican Friday, July 22, 2011 is designed so that walls can be reconfigured to create different and unpredictable floor patterns and situations. Over the years, technology has improved equipment and techniques. Hofer remembers when the team had an old six-person van with no air conditioning. They were equipped with a crowbar and sledgehammer to get into a building if necessary. Now they have a kind of shotgun with special projectiles. It can blow the lock out of a door without destroying the door and without hurting anyone on the other side. The communication system, protective vests and gas masks are much better. A fire rescue vehicle has been retrofitted to carry all 15 members, along with their equipment. And there is also a $350,000 on-site firearms range for convenient weapons training. It is built on a trailertruck chassis. All this new equipment, Hofer points out, is at no cost to taxpayers. Other than regular salaries, the SWAT team operates on proceeds from equipment and automobiles forfeited by criminals in drug-related arrests and for other crimes. As executive officer of the team, Hofer is an example of physical fitness for SWAT operators. He is what the military calls squared away crisp starched uniform, military-style haircut (high and tight), and good posture, lean and wiry. This is the result of 10 workouts a week running, jogging, swimming, biking and some weight lifting. He also participates along with other team members -in a few triathlons each year. These events include a quarter-mile swim, a 10 to 14 miles bicycle course, and a 3.1-mile run. Steeped in team spirit, Hofer was reluctant to focus any attention on himself or to be photographed alone, preferring to direct attention to the entire team. He has thrived on the team spirit and camaraderie aspects of the work that attracted him to it in the first place. My best friends are here, he says. I trust them with my life. In his line of work that trust can be tested at any time.SWATCONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 Target practice is an ongoing training program.


The Pelican 21 Friday, July 22, 2011 Rev. Hyvenson Joseph WORSHIP DIRECTORY: the petition, ne, Hanson said this week. I wont sit by and let them pass around rumors. Information supporting the tax has also been posted on the citys website. Hanson said he was unaware of the situation until he called Bratton around 7 p.m. as was his wife, Amy, who manages the building at Constitution Park. Robb said this week, We feel as though the presence of police deterred the voters from entering the park to RUTContinued from page 4sign our petitions. The people of Deer eld Beach should be made aware of the cheap shot the city took to stymie our petition drive. She said volunteers obtained 200 signatures, but she felt the location could have delivered her 600 signatures. The patrol car was on the scene for about 90 minutes. In describing the bene ts of the utility tax over real estate taxes, the city suggests residents of District 1 and District 4 pay more in property taxes than those in District 2 and District 3, and are, in effect, carrying the tax burden for the entire city. That statement caused Robb to make the class warfare claim. RUT has until September 28 to collect 4,500 voters signatures, which if certi ed by the voting registrar, could force an election asking that the utility tax be rescinded. The tax was approved by the commission in May after the administration estimated it would raise $6 million next year, enough to lower property taxes by one mil and oat a bond for park and infrastructure improvements. This week, Hanson said he is relying heavily on the new tax in his preparation of the new budget. The tax was approved by a 3-1 vote, Dist. 1 Commissioner Joe Miller, dissenting. snorkeling, games, raffle prizes, and much more! The event is FREE!! We will be raffling off amazing items with ALL proceeds going directly to The Childrens Diagnostic Center. Saturday, August 13, 2011 from 4:30p. m.7:30p.m. at The Pompano Aquatic Center 820 NE 18th Ave. Pompano Beach, Fl 33060. Call 754-246-0665 for more info. Focal Point Fundraiser Duffys Sports Grill, 401 N. Federal Hwy, Deerfield Beach, July 26 from 4 to 10 p.m. 10 percent of all proceeds benefit NE Focal Point. Call 954-480-4460.SightingContinued from page 15 Green Market, Wilton Manors, Saturdays and Sundays at Hagen Park 2020 Wilton Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. fresh produce, international baked goods, herbs/spices, doggie treats, pickles, jams, infused vinegars, pasta and more. Call 954-531-5383. Fishing PierstPompano Beach Fishing Pier extends more than 1,000 feet into the Atlantic, 222 N Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach, Anglins Pier 2 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-by-theSea, (954) 491-9403 Deerfield Beach International Pier 200 NE 21st Ave., Deerfield Beach. 9544269206. 954-943-1488Health2nd Annual Spare Lives and Strike Out CancerJoin friends, family, and local businesses on Friday, July 29, at Diamond Strike Lanes, Copans Rd. and Federal Hwy, for a night of spares and strikes to benefit the Relay For Life of Deerfield Beach/ Lighthouse Point. Our goal is to raise enough money to send two local children, who are fighting cancer, to R.O.C.K. camp. Team packages, $150, include six bowlers for three hours of bowling, shoes, large pizza, 20 wings, pitchers of soda, prizes, free bowling coupons, and more. Sponsor Package #2, $250, includes the bowling See SIGHTING on page 25


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Coldwell Banker Barbara 954-6291324. 8-5TOWNHOMES FOR RENTPOMPANO BEACH 2/2 1100 SQ FT. Community Pool, Upgraded, Amenities. $1250 Per Month. Lake Bridge Community. Large Deck. 954605-0207. 7-29 BEACH AREAPOMPANO DEERFIELD STUDIO & 1 BEDROOMS Furnished & Unfurnished. All Utilities Included. Starting At $775 & Up. Pool, Laundry Room On Premises. 954-6087368. 7-29MUSICIANS WANTEDThe American Legion Symphonic Band is now accepting new members for the 2011-2012 season. College age to seasoned seniors are welcome. Rehearsals are held on Wed. evenings at American Legion Post 142 in Pompano. Percussionists, euphonium and clarinet players are especially needed. If you enjoy making music, call Jim McGonigal, Music Director at 954-647-0700 for more info.PERSONALSTRYING TO LOCATE DIXIE Who Worked At The Buy Fair Restaurant Pompano When Bill Tingle Owned It. I Have Your Husbands Watch. Call William 225-278-1069. 7-22SHORT SALEWELLS FARGO Wants To Help Their Clients Who Are In Need Of A Short Sale. If Wells Fargo Is Your Lender And You Need Help? Please Call Me. Yvette Gaussen, Broker. Yes We Can Realty. 954-614-7773. 7-22CONDOS FOR SALEPOMPANO BEACH SEA HAVEN CONDOS 1 & 2 Bedrooms. Waterfront 2 Blocks Beach. Covered Parking. Security. Heated Pool. Screened Balcony. From $115K. Coldwell Banker. 954629-1324. 7-22 CONDOS FOR RENTDEERFIELD BEACH Waterfront Furnished 2/2, Huge Balcony. Awesome View! Heated Pool, Cable, Covered Parking. No Pets Or Realtors. Good Credit Required. Annual $1100. Call 631-885-3342. 7-29 POMPANO BEACH Sea Haven Condo. 1 & 2 Bedrooms. Waterfront 2 Blocks Beach. Covered Parking. Security, Heated Pool. Screened Balcony. From $800. Coldwell Banker 954-629-1324. 7-22 DEERFIELD BEACH 2/2 Corner Unit. New A/C, Pool, No Pets Or Realtors. Good Credit Required. Annual $825/$850. Call 631-885-3342. 7-29APTS FOR RENTDEERFIELD/POMPANO BEACH 1 BR & 2 BR APTS FOR RENT. Remodeled, Paint, Tile, Etc. W & D On Site. Pool. Pet Friendly. Call George 954809-5030. 7-29 POMPANO MCNAB RD & NE 18 AVENUE 1 & 2 Bedrooms Furnished/Unfurnished. $700 $900 And Up. Pool, Tile Floors. Central A/C. 954-6102327. 7-22 POMPANO A1A APARTMENTS & EFFICIENCIES Starting At $269. Includes Utilities, WIFI, Maid Service, W/D, BBQ, Pool Access. Pay Weekly Or Monthly. 954-943-3020 Ext O. 8-5 POMPANO BEACH 1/1 Or Efficiency. Block To Beach $775/$475 Per Month. 239-8984799 For More Information. 7-29 POMPANO: BEACH PADS FOR RENT! Tastefully Furnished 1-Bedroom Apartments Steps From The Beach. These Charming Apartments Are On The Barrier Island In Pompano, Less Than A Block From The Intracoastal And The Beach And Cooled By Breezes From Both! Also Walking Distance To Newly Renovated Downtown Beach Area On Atlantic Blvd. Laundry Facilities On Premises. Utilities, Wifi & Cable Included! Annual & Monthly. Call Pax Properties At 954-603-8857 Or 888-7294948. 7-29 POMPANO BEACH 1/1 E OF FEDERAL Tiled, 10 Overhang. Walk To Everything. Park At Your Door. $700 Month. 954-2546325. 7-22 POMPANO BEACH 1/1 & 2/1 Apartments. Pool. Walk To Shopping! Off Federal Highway! No Dogs. Robert 954-857-5207..1960 NE 48 St. 7-29 POMPANO GARDENS $795 1/1 $200 Deposit. Nice Area Minutes To Beach Pet OK. Please Call 954-515-2554. 8-5 POMPANO BEACH 1/1 NW $650 SW 1/1 $725 2/1 $925 2/1 NE $950 TH 2/1.5 $1095 All FREE Water. Rent + $70 Mov-U-In. 954-7816299. 7-22 POMPANO BEACH 1 & 2 Bedroom From $495. Easy Movein. OFF DEPOSIT. Remodeled. Great Location. 954-783-1088 For More Info. 8-12 MUSICAL ITEMSBABY GRAND PIANO $1,200 FIRM. CALL 954-783-8700. ORGAN for SALE Excellent condition. $400. Call 9542950194.OUTDOOR STORAGEDEERFIELD BEACH OUTDOOR STORAGE For Boats, RVs, Commercial Vehicles & More. Call Chris At 954-520-1777. 7-22STUDIOS EFFICIENCIESDEERFIELD BEACH A1A Live at the beach off season. Ef ciencies available for $300 Weekly, pay as you go, no deposit or security, cable, pool, laundry, wireless. Ocean Villa 954-427-4608. 8-12COMMERCIAL FOR RENTPOMPANO COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACES Available. Ranging From As Low As $500 To $700 Depending On Square Footage. Please Call Darci At 954-783-3723. 8-5 HIGH QUALITY EXECUTIVE OFFICE SPACE 204-368 Sq Ft Utilities Included Shared Conference Room Flexible Lease Terms. Call John 866-526-1820. 8-5 POMPANO BEACH FOR RENT Small Drive Up Warehouse Your Best Deal In Pompano. Only $232 Per Month. Scott At 954-9464087. 7-22ANTIQUESWANTED OLD ORIENTAL RUGS IMMEDIATE Maximum CASH. Call 954561-5333 Anytime. Oriental Rug Palace. 3000 N Federal Hwy. Ft Lauderdale. 8-19


The Pelican 23 Friday, July 22, 2011 Dont Miss Pompano Beach Summertime Green Marketat Founders Park NE 3 Avenue and 2 StreetSweet, sweet Georgia Peaches, Vine Ripe Tomatoes, From the Boat to You Fish Market. Buy a Snow Cone, Help the Hungry!Saturdays9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call By Their Fruits 954-461-3385Advertise in The Pelican. 954.783.8700The babies are already nesting. Shhh! and watch your step on the beach. Its turtle season in South Florida. By Judy VikPELICAN STAFFOakland Park City commissioners approved preliminary millage and fire assessment rates at Wednesdays meeting. They set the preliminary millage at 6.33, up from 5.72, generating about $1.1 million. The residential fire assessment fee was increased $18 from $149 to $167, the first increase in five years. The vote was 3-2 in both cases, Mayor Suzanne Boisvenue and Commissioner Jed Shank dissenting. Final rates will be set in September after public hearings. The millage rate can be lowered but not raised. Commissioner John Adornato Millage, re fees going up in Oakland Parkexpressed concern that the proposed budget includes eliminating nine positions and increasing park fees. He said more options for cuts should be looked for by September, and a code enforcement person should be reinstated. Vice Mayor Anne Sallee said eliminating the code officer was a difficult decision, with community appearance one of the citys priorities. I dont think we want to see a backwards slide, she said. Perhaps the only benefit of a horrific economy is it affords us the opportunity to find a lean, mean, well-run city, Commissioner Shari McCartney said. This city has done an excellent job of heading in that direction over the past couple years, she added. I understand this is a proposed rate, but Im not yet convinced we have hit our baseline. I still intend to find our baseline. Two residents spoke in favor of increases in both millage and fire assessment. Jack Doren, noting property values are down 17.4 percent, said, Lets bite the bullet, do the fiscally responsible thing and vote for a small increase in millage rate and fire assessment. Mitchell Stollberg, a member of the citys Code Enforcement Board, spoke against eliminating a code officer. When do we start at the top (with cuts) in car allowances and insurances? he asked. Without increasing (fees) to the fire department, Im afraid those services will go down, Stollberg said, urging commissioners to raise the millage rate and fire fees.


24 The Pelican Friday, July 22, 2011 By Ric GreenPELICAN WRITERThrough the years, the Chrysler 300 has had the reputation of being both stylish and different. But it was in late 2004 when the boxy designed 2005 edition wowed the automotive faithful with its prominent retro-look square grill that went on to become a symbol of street cred. The 2005 300 was a strong performer with its rear wheel drive and V8 bolted to a older midsize MercedesBenz E-Class platform as a result of the Daimler-BenzChrysler partnership. Now comes the 2012 300 with the traditional lowroof look, boxy lines and big wheel arches, but the design has been softened a bit. The front grill square grill is still there but it too has been softened a bit. Chryslers advertising states that a new workout regimen and an Italian trainer have revitalized this once-superstar back to a formidable athlete. But I would have to say that a trip to charm school might have also been in the mix as the 2012 has more style and class than its predecessor. The 2012 300c is very special ride. Chrysler says its engineers tackled everything by revising most of this 15-year-old platform to bring it up to speed. They reworked the steering; added suspension upgrades and better four wheel disc brakes. It is obvious that the changes came together and it the driver that bene ts. Inside, the look is positively new Chrysler as it sheds its rental car rock-hard plastic for luxurious styles made from stylish new materials. A big central touch-screen display is the focus in the 300s symmetrical dashboard. It is also home to the companys new infotainment system. Fast and functional, 2012 Chrysler 300C: a familiar drive but sporting a new style See CHRYSLER on page 25


The Pelican 25 Friday, July 22, 2011 Shhh! The babies are already nesting. Watch your step on the beach. Its turtle season in South Florida the touch-screens menus are intuitive and clear. The test vehicle I drove had a base price of $38,170. A new $2,795 option is Chryslers new Safety Tec package. It adds a full slate tech toys that includes: adaptive HID headlamps, forward collision warning, blind spot and cross path detection, adaptive cruise control and front and rear parking sensors are some of the cooler toys. With a few other options, everything in this 300C rolled off the lot at $45,725. The C designation brings with it a 363-horsepower power plant. The 300s HEMI 5.7 Liter V8 is strong and coupled with a ve-speed automatic transmission giving it the power to dance when asked. Adding to the numbers is a solid and accessible 394 lb-ft. of torque. Improved and enhanced in almost every way, the 300C makes as strong a case for itself now as it did back when it rst rolled through the streets in 2005. Under its familiar but new style, everything is dramatically improved, making the 300C an easy to justify upgrade if youre in the market for big luxury and performance without a premium car price tag.ChryslerContinued from page 24 package plus a vinyl banner and advertisement of your company throughout the evening. Call Karla at 508332-0153 or Nona at 954-3044248. Deadline, July 15.LeisureThe American Legion Auxiliary Unit 142 has Bingo on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Post, 171 SW 2 St., Pompano Beach. Food is available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call 954-942-2448. The NE Focal Point Alzheimers Day Care Center, located at 301 N.W. 2nd Avenue in Deerfield Beach, offers a weekly Caregivers Support Group every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. ClubsZonta International meets SightingContinued from page 21 See SIGHTING on page 26


26 The Pelican Friday, July 22, 2011 Weekly Fishing ReportCapt. RJ Boyle is an experienced angler in South Florida. His studio is located in Lighthouse Point. Call 954-420-5001..Dont be fooled by the calm ocean, the swords are big and biting In the past few days the ocean has been incredibly calm Yet the daytime swordfish bite has been anything but calm with boats averaging 3 to 4 shots a day. Seems most of the fish caught this past week have been above average in size to boot. What a great combo a flat ocean and productivity on the fishing end. Just like we reported last week the dolphin bite has been steady with strong bunches of schoolie size fish mixed with larger fish with them in the 25 to forty plus range. A lot of boats have been sifting through many bonito bites to get their shot at a wahoo, also staying consistent with last weeks report. The yellowtails and mutton snapper bite has fallen off the radar a little bit, yet it is still above average in the 80 to 130 depth. So take advantage of the calm sea ,especially for those who get a little quezy at the sight of a ripple Have fun and get tight RJ on the third Tuesday of the month at Duffys Diner, 401 N. Federal Hwy., Deerfield Beach at 11:15 a.m. Zonta International is a classified service organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women locally and worldwide through service and advocacy. Call 561-392-2223. HealthYoga class for all levels at Hagen Park, behind the City Hall at 2020 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors on Tuesday nights from 6:30-8 PM and Saturday mornings from 10:30 till noon. Cost is $7! Call 305.607.3520 with any questions. Parking is free on Saturday morning class. Bring a mat and water. SightingsContinued from page 25 See SIGHTINGS on page 28


The Pelican 27 Friday, July 22, 2011 some clouds coming in but thought it was no big deal, just some rain clouds, Samuel recounts. But before you knew it, the wind picked up like crazy so we decided to head in and started pulling up our lines. Within 15 minutes, the waves went from 1 to 2 feet to 5 to 7 feet, it really just picked up, Rick says. I would call it a squall but it wasnt, we were in gale-force winds, in excess of 70 miles an hour. Dark ominous clouds blanketed the skies. Before they knew it, the group was in the middle of a freak storm. As the crew hastily reeled in their lines to head back to shore, Nick spotted something unusual. Off in the distance, caught in the mean waves, I just happened to see this guy hanging on to a boat. I couldnt believe it. We were all in disbelief for a couple of seconds. The mans boat had capsized. As he clung to it, it was obvious his energy was spent. Thats when the shermen swung in to action. Boat Captain Steven spun the shing vessel around amid the choppy seas and punishing winds. Waves of water came crashing on to the boats deck as the men tried several times to pull the man in distress from the water. He grabbed a life ring the crew tossed him. Finally, on their fourth attempt, Rick grabbed the 8-foot pole he had shed out of the water prior to leaving the harbor and stretched it out to the man on the rear or aft of the vessel. When I grabbed that pole earlier, I knew God had put it there at the dock by providence, Rick says. Pole in hand, Rick and Nick pulled a battered Mercedes Sullivan from the waters onto the boat. But the rescues werent over. Mercedes spoke.My friend, my friend is still in the water, Rick recalls. In that moment, We went from euphoria to you-got-tobe-kidding-me, Samuel told The Pelican After the Coast Guard arrived and transferred Mercedes onto their vessel, there wasnt any real discussion about whether the ve friends would go hunting for the missing man. By then the winds had subsided. Skipper Steven steered the boat alongside a trail of debris on the way into the Hillsboro Inlet. Fortyve minutes after making the initial rescue, they found Mercedes friend, Jose Torres, oating in the water. They hauled him into the boat and Nick immediately started CPR. The Coast Guard boarded and also attempted to resuscitate the man. It was pretty obvious he wasnt breathing very well, Sam says. Back on shore, 51-year-old Torres was pronounced dead. I was pretty choked up, Sam remembers. I never had anything like that happen to me in my life. We said a prayer on dock for the friend who died, Rick adds. A week later in Davie, the anglers gathered to pay their respect at Torres funeral service. Theyve gone shing since, ever mindful that one never knows what may await them in a day. RescueContinued from page 1 Nick Santagado ,Samuel Cate, Steven Westerholt, Rick Macher aboard Dig It!


28 The Pelican Friday, July 22, 2011 We mean business. Call The Pelican 954-783-8700 to advertise your business.Great prices and lots of goodies for everyone, from furniture, clothes, bicycles, costume jewelry and assorted decorative accessories. The sale takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is to benefit an employee who is ill. The sale will take place in The Balistreri Realty parking lot, 1350 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL 33062 If you have any question or would like to donate any items, please call Aggie Stern 561-886-1682 Balistreri to host garage/ tag sale Saturday, July 23On Aug. 2, Wilton Manors will hold its th Annual National Night Out. From 7 to 10 p.m., residents are encouraged to spend time outside, hosting block parties and cookouts in order to present a united community against crime. The event is organized by the residents of Wilton Manors with co-sponsorship from the Wilton Manors Police Department. Residents had until July 15 to submit forms notifying the police department of their scheduled gathering. Wilton Manors residents can look forward to strengthening their bond with the police community through flashlight walks, safety fairs and anticrime rallies. In 1984, the National Association of Town Watch or NATW, a non-profit organization, organized the first National Night Out event. Their goal was to increase awareness and encourage participation in local anticrime efforts. According to NATW records, last years National Night Out event involved 37 million people in more than 15,110 communities from all 50 states. The traditional events of NNO are lights on porch vigils. Since 1984, activities have expanded to include neighborhood walks, meetings, safety fairs and block parties. For more information, you can contact Sergeant Shawn Chadwick at 954-390-2172 or visit the Wilton Manors police department online at www. Out Against Crime LecturesSons of MyStro, violin virtuosos perform Aug. 4 at the E. Pat Larkins Civic Center, 520 MLK Blvd., Pompano beach. Call 954454-9800. Vivace Heritage Youth Orchestra performs Aug. 12 in Plantation, featuring Carole Marour Demesmin and Erol Josue. Call 954-793-1172.OutdoorsAnnual August Broward Sierra Club Picnic at the Beach, Aug. 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at John U. Lloyd Park, Dania Beach (Pelican Pavilion). Cost is $5. Call Judy Kuchta 305-308-8913. Food & beverages provided, but bring a dish to share if you like and please bring your own non-disposable dishes and utensils.SightingsContinued from page 26

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