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Friday, September 30, 2011 Vol. XIX, Issue 39 Call 954-783-8700 to Advertise Email: siren2415@gmail.com 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 www.pompanopelican.com The The Pelican Pelican Commission deadlocks on giving three percent raises to employeesBy Judy Wilson Pelican staffHillsboro Beach It will take the fth commissioner to decide whether or not the towns non-uniformed employees get a cost of living raise. This week, commissioners voted 2-2 on a proposal urged by former mayor, Carmen McGarry, that the ofce staff, water plant employees and a maintenance person, get the same three percent raise the police of cers are receiving. This is the rst time raises have not been across the board, McGarry said. If I were an employee and did not get the raise others got, my incentive to do a good job would be gone, she said. Raises for police personnel came about through contract negotiations with the union. The three-year contracts calls for a three percent raise each year. McGarrys comments drew support from Mayor Dan Dodge and Commissioner Claire Schubert. Commissioner Rhea Weiss sided with Commissioner Javiar Garcia and said she wanted the City throws out request for detox centerNeighbors win the battle; maybe not the warBy Judy WilsonPelican staffDeer eld Beach Neighbors of a proposed detox center at 504 S. Federal Highway are relieved that city of cials have ruled the center is not permissible within its zoning category, but Sherief Abu-Mustafa, owner of the property, says I do not believe they (the city) did the right thing. I bought a building with the intention of putting in a detox center and my application was approved. The city will be held accountable. Mustafas property backs up to a residential neighborhood. One of his neighbors, Gretchen Thomas, organized a large protest back in April and took it to the planning and zoning board. There, the detox site plan was See DETOX on page 16 See DEADLOCK on page 10Its not of cial, but RUT petition drive falls shortBy Judy WilsonPelican staffDeer eld Beach Its not the prescribed format, Supervisor of Elections Pubic Service Director Mary Cooney said of Deer elds code that requires petition signers to include their precinct numbers on the documents. No other city requires this. The regulation in Section 7 of the city code proved to be an enormous stumbling block for supporters of the Rescind the Utility Tax movement. Of the 5,614 petitions checked by See RUT on page 4Pardon me, Mr. MayorMayor Lamar Fisher invited Cristina Gibson, an eighth grade student at Pompano Beach Middle School to participate in the Mayors State of the City address, held this week at Galuppis Restaurant, sponsored by the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce. Gibson, a member of the National Junior Honor Society, asked the mayor about the impact of charter schools. [Staff photo] Pompano Beach eases turtle lighting rules along the beachesBy Aleese KopfPelican writerSouth Florida residents are about to start the last month of the sea turtle nesting season, but concerns about next years start of the season, May 1, are already on the minds of environmentalists. Experts say that as baby sea turtles begin to hatch they instinctively travel toward the brightest horizon. The moon re ecting off the ocean should be their guide, but sometimes bonres, street lamps and condo lights can be just as bright. So, while Florida See TURTLE LIGHTS on page 20


2 The PelicanFriday, September 30, 2011 By Aleese Kopf Pelican writerPompano Beach Residents will see more cranes, taste more dust and complain about noise as renovation in the east and west parts of town get into high gear. This month the Community Redevelopment Agency, or CRA, board approved a ve-year budget plans for its East and West CRA districts .Its all about fresh looks, money and a future economyThe CRA board is composed of city commissioners acting on behalf of the citys CRA. The boards executive directors are Kim Briesemeister and Chris Brown. About $50 million, according to Briesemeister, will be put to use in the West CRA during the next ve years, more than double that of the East District at about $19 milSee FRESH LOOKS on page 5 Classy Approach to the Beach East Atlantic Boulevards facelift gets the nal touches before its grand opening event that took place this week. Street parking, palm trees and new lighting add character to the eastern end of Atlantic Boulevard.


The Pelican 3 Friday, September 30, 2011 Stretch of Dixie Highway closing for three monthsDeer eld Beach Dixie Highway between Hillsboro Boulevard and NE 2 Street will be closed for three months to allow construction of the south approach to the yover. That section is expected to reopen early in January. This week, through Sept. 30, the bridge across the Hillsboro Canal has been closed and traf c is being detoured to US 1. The Dixie Highway Flyover is a $35.9 million project funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is scheduled to be completed in Summer 2012.Fishing curtailed at the pierDeer eld Beach Hours of operation are being reduced at two city facilities. The International Fishing Pier will be closed Monday through Thursday, midnight to 6 a.m. Judy VikPelican StaffLBTS Town commissioners kept the millage rate at 3.999 for the fth consecutive year during their special public hearing Monday when they approved the $17.4 million operating budget. At the 3.999 mils, 46 percent of property owners will see an average decrease in their town taxes of $116. 52 percent will see an increase of $57. That results in a net reduction to the town of about $154,000. Town Manager Connie Hoffmann told commissioners that since 2008, tax collections have dropped from $9.1 million to $6.6 million because of declines in property values. The general fund next year is $9.9 million, a $200,000 decline from this year. The re fund is $1.2 million, an increase of $171,000 to purchase a re truck. The annual residential re assessment was kept at $130. The sewer fund is $1.1 million, a decrease of $218,000. Sea Ranch condos are now being directly billed by Pompano Beach. No increases in rates are proposed next year. Hoffmann said the town will have funds to start making repairs to our elderly sewage system. The parking fund is $1.1 million next year, up $325,000. Funds will be available to make parking improvements and pay down the parking debt. Parking rates Lauderdale-By-The-Sea passes budget with no millage increase, designates money for four capital projectsSee LBTS taxes on page 16


4 The PelicanFriday, September 30, 2011 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Chamber of Commerce plans a spaghetti dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Jarvis Hall 4501 Ocean Drive. Cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children under 10. Dance to the music of Aram Kasabian. Call 954-776-1000.Beach cleanup set for tomorrow LBTS A monthly beach clean-up is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Participants will meet at the pavilion at Commercial Boulevard and the beach. Helpers will be provided with gloves, bags and water. The event is sponsored by Rich Barnhart of By The Sea Realty. Call 954-776-1000.Saddle up in Pompano Spaghetti dinner/dance at LBTS Pompano Beach Pony Rides Saturday, Oct. 15 morning pony rides at Sand & Spurs Equestrian Park. 1600 NE 5 Ave. Public welcome. Free Admission. $3 per ride. Call 954-786-4507.Drop the drugs and shred the evidenceBSO Operation Medicine Cabinet and Shred-A-thon takes place Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church 3331 NE 10 Terrace, Pompano Beach. Participants can dispose of old prescription medicines and shred away identity theft by disposing of personal documents, check stubs, credit card offers, receipts and any other material that might contain sensitive data. This service is free of charge. clerks at the elections of ce, only 2,894 could be certi ed according to Rooney. Needed was around 4,200, or 10 percent of the voters registered here in the last regular election. Cooney said while the petitions were rejected for several reasons, the most common fault was missing or incorrect precinct numbers. Some signers were not registered voters at all. The committee turned in 6,200 signatures, but eliminated immediately were 340 obtained by an unauthorized collector and others because the number of signees was not recorded at the bottom of the page. I blame myself for that, said petition drive co-chair Jean Robb. I should have checked the bottom line. Robb disputes the citys stance that the precincts have to be veri ed. The code says only that the precincts have to be included with the name and address of the registered voter. Nothing in the code speci cally requires the precincts be veri ed she said. Because most signers had no idea in which precinct they voted, Robb says she and her volunteers put in many precinct numbers using maps provided by the city that were very dif cult to read. The precinct borders on the maps are almost undistinguishable, she said. Now she is waiting an of cial veri cation from the registrars of ce to see how many more petitions are needed to force the commission to either rescind the tax or let the voters decide the issue. If they are enough petition with missing precinct numbers to change the outcome, Robb says she will pursue her mission. The code gives her three days after of cial noti cation to decide whether to amend the petitions and then 15 days to get the work done. Cooney, however, is using a different time clock. She believes Robb has only until Friday (today) to state her intentions. At budget hearings earlier this month, Robb and her supporters urged commissioners to rescind the 10 percent tax on utilities they approved in June. The commission took no further action on the matter and the tax goes into effect Saturday, October 1. RUT Continued from page 1 ADVERTISING? ITS PART OF DOING BUSINESS. CALL US. 954-783-8700.


The Pelican 5 Friday, September 30, 2011 Advertise with The Pelican 954.783.8700 lion. In addition to more money, the West District also requires more time. Says Briesemeister, the CRA engineer spends about 80 percent of his time in the northwest area and 20 percent in the east. The West District is a substantially larger district, comprised of 3,000 acres, with more underlying problems and more technical and code-related issues to address. This area includes much of the area west of Dixie Highway and parts of West Atlantic Boulevard The East CRA is comprised of the beach area and East Atlantic Boulevard from the ocean to Northwest 18 Avenue.The East CRA is 158 acres. Some of the projects planned for the West District next year include improvements to Northwest Sixth Avenue, MLK Boulevard and Downtown Pompano. The CRA also has plans for creating a civic campus, community garden and educational corridor. The civic campus, part of the West CRA, consists of property adjacent to city hall where a regional library has been proposed. Other development on the eight-acre lot is yet to be determined, but a cultural center, educational classes and other parcels are under discussion. Downtown Pompano consists of MLK Boulevard from Dixie Highway to the Ronald Reagan Turnpike. The educational corridor focuses on connecting Blanche Ely Boulevard where the high school of the same name is located with MLK Boulevard. Special paving, lighting and traf c enhancements will make crossing MLK Boulevard to Flagler and then to the civic campus a safe and natural route. Residents and business owners have already seen new life at the eastern end of Atlantic Boulevard with a nal streetscape between A1A and Ocean Boulevard. Lanes have been removed, street parking increased, sidewalks widened for outside dining and landscape planted on the median. West of the Atlantic Bridge, some restaurants have reopened their doors after renovating their interiors and facades. Business owners participating in the East CRA have received matching funds from the CRA to improve the look, access and delivery of their products. All of these funds are TIF, or Tax Increment Funding, collected over time from the property owners in the speci c CRA areas, says Brown. We want to attract new business to these areas. We want consumers to feel safe. Thats why wider sidewalks, lighting and landscaping are important. What we do has to be good for the consumer. Participation in CRA business projects require that the property or business owner is within the area of the East or West CRA. For more information, call 954-786-7841. Fresh LooksContinued from page 2


6 The PelicanFriday, September 30, 2011 Opinion 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; $95.40/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 and Adriana Bonilla Bookkeeper: John White Classi eds: Fran Shelby Contributing Writers: Phyllis J. Neuberger, Judy Wilson, Malcolm McClintock, Judy Vik, Aleese Kopf Copy editors: Phyllis J. Neuberger, Account Executives: Paul Shroads, Carolyn Mann, Bill Heaton, Special Of ce Assistant: Cathy Siren ESTABLISHED 1993 Volume XVIIII, Issue 39 Founding Editor and PublisherAnne Hanby Siren An article in the September 23, 2011 edition of the Pompano Pelican titled ENA leader wants to revoke PUD on church property has some erroneous information contained within. The article states the property at 1550 NE 26 Street is currently zoned PUD. It goes on to say that this zoning is a change the city made more than a year ago when another company, G Resorts, attempted and failed to buy the land for a gay-friendly hotel and resort. The property at 1550 NE 26 Street is zoned as Community Facility (CF) which is consistent with its current use as a house of worship. This is highlighted by a black arrow on the attached map. Neither in the past, nor currently, has this department received an application to rezone the property. In recent months staff has met with the current potential buyer about its future application, however, the city not received an application as of yet. As of today there are only two active PUD zoning districts in the City of Wilton Manors. The Wilton Station PUD is complete. The Azul Project (aka Suntrust Property) is partially complete and has an expiration date of October 2012. Please note that the Azul Project includes a total of ve (5) parcels under the PUD zoning. There is an additional PUD district located at 1008 NE 23 Drive. However that approval has expired.Wilton Manors property not PUD, zoning is community facility, or CF Correction/clari cation GreenMarket Pompano Returns for its Ninth Season in OctoberBuy local and eat fresh at the ninth season of GreenMarket Pompano Beach, Saturdays from 8am 1pm starting October 22 through April 28, 2012. The market will be closed on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Located at the corner of Dixie Highway and Atlantic Boulevard in Old Pompano, the market features fresh fruits and vegetables, juices, seafood, baked goods, gourmet coffee and more! There is live entertainment and special events scheduled throughout the season. Make sure to register to win $25 in GreenMarket Bucks! A new winner will be chosen weekly. GreenMarket Pompano Beach is presented by the Pompano Beach Historical Society in partnership with the Pompano Beach CRA. Interested in being a vendor? Contact Market Manager Joseph Yacino at 954-260-3136 or visit greenmarketpompano.com to download a vendor application.Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year: 5772By Rabbi David Hartley MarkThe Jewish Center at Temple Sholom Pompano BeachLast Wednesday evening, while the rest of South Florida strolled on the beach, watched TV, or wended their weary ways homeward, the Jewish Community attended temple. Sundown began the High Holy Days, the Days of Awe, the beginning of the Jewish New Year, 5,772 years since the creation of the universe. (The rabbis of old who created our Hebrew calendar did not know about dinosaurs or carbon dating.) There are many New Years customswearing a new garment, dipping apple slices in honey for a sweet year, eating the special challah, or rich eggbread, which is in the shape of a crown, or spiral, to remind us either of Gods sovereignty, or the cycle of timebut chief among them is the blowing of the shofar, or rams horn. It is sounded in three different tones, to mimic a person crying over their sins, because that is the central focus of this holy time: repentance, or examining ones deeds, and resolving to do better. We spend hours in temple, asking God to forgive our trespasses against Him; but we must also seek out those whom we have wronged, and humbly ask their forgiveness. There is the old tale of the Chasidic rebbe, Reb Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev (1740-1809), who loved to ask the common folk about their thoughts during the High Holy Days. He approached Chaim, a humble tailor, and asked him how he was planning to speak to God that Rosh Hashana. Oy, Rebbe, answered Chaim, I have committed any manner of sins. Once, I deliberately cut a rich mans pants a little bit too short, so that I would have more cloth left over to patch my own childrens ragged garments. And another time, when I had very little money, I was forced to eat food which was not exactly kosher. But look, God he gestured emphatically toward the heavensLook at Your own sins! You create oods, res, and famines, and cause parents to lose their precious children, and you allow nations to go to war, so that many men dieI ask You, are my sins anything compared to Yours? Chaim, said the rabbi, You let God off too easily. You could have easily forced the Almighty to forgive, not only the sins of the Jewish people, but those of the entire world! As we conclude this past year, there are many areas of suffering, and far more of misunderstanding and hatred, among the various countries. May 5772 proves to be a year in which the great and small nations of the world, like the lion and lamb in the Book of Isaiah, truly lie down in peace with one another. Amen! Temple Sholom of Pompano Beach is a Progressive Conservative Jewish Congregation offering religious, cultural, and educational activities for all ages and inclinations of Jews and spiritual seekers. We strive to make everyone feel welcome, and we are the friendliest Jewish temple in South Florida


The Pelican 7 Friday, September 30, 2011 Making a Difference Phyllis J. Neuberger wants your suggestions about people who are making a difference. Call 954-783-8700. Briefs Advertise with The Pelican 954.783.8700 By Phyllis J. NeubergerPelican staffLast year Ted Smith, now marketing director for Toyota of Deer eld Beach at 1441 S. Federal Hwy., thought up a creative way to show his dealers support for fundraisers to help cure cancer. He wrapped a Lexus in pink and made it available to a variety of organizations who were staging cure cancer events. This October, which is Cure for Cancer month, were wrapping a van in pink and were pitching in even more by selling up to 20 logos to put on the van. All funds raised from the businesses buying logo space Toyota of Deer eld Beach is a business that puts its pink heart on wheels to help cure cancerwill go to this worthy cause, he explains. The sponsors are: Hilton, Advanced Insurance, Emerald Towing, City of Deer eld Beach, Fast Teks, Chambers of Commerce, KISS 99.9, Kewpie, Zuccarelli, Campbell & Rosemurgy Real Estate, Manufacturer Direct Eyewear, Safe Harbor Accounting, The Pelican Newspaper, and Jz Ad Specialties. Smith sits back in his chair and talks about the success of his idea last year. I had no idea how popular our pink vehicle would be, he says. My phone rang off the hook as people heading up a variety of walks and money raising events for the cure asked to borrow the car. Two sisters drove it over to a mall, parked it and began to collect. Their mother had died of breast cancer and they wanted to help fund the research for a cure. They were stunned at the number of people who took their own photos standing in front of the car. They raised over $1,000 in an afternoon and they gave our car a lot of publicity. From then on, everyone wanted our car on hand to call attention to their event. Were happy to oblige. We want to raise even more than the $8,000 we raised last year. Our goal is $10,000 and I feel that amount is a reachable goal. Our employees will help to meet the challenge. This dealership has a new owner, Van Tugl Corp. that is based in Phoenix, Arizona and has 80 plus dealerships. Smith, formerly with Lexus of Pembroke Pines, says the new owner of this dealership is very community minded and likes to support community events. He lists a few examples of this attitude. Toyota recently held an executive gala for over 200 area business people because the company wanted to meet them and explain its philosophy of support. Smith says the catered dinner, entertainment and local speakers made See PINK HEART on page 10 Toyota of Deer eld Beach wraps one of its vans in pink and makes it available to use for fund raising events to raise money for cancer research. Each logo on the van represents an additional $300 donated to this worthy cause.The Florida Humane Society is holding its SemiAnnual Garage Sale, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 2500 NE 22 Court, Pompano Beach (behind Pompano Bowling alley.) Donations are being accepted. For more information, please call Beverly at 954 785 2165. All proceeds bene t The Florida Humane Society. Garage sale to bene t humane society Hikers to meet at Fern ForestThe Florida Trail Association will meet Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fern Forest Nature center, 201 Lyons Road South. Campers will share information about a favorite piece of hiking or camping equipment. Call 954-6094727.


8 The PelicanFriday, September 30, 2011 Business matters The Pelican takes a look at local business owners. Call The Pelican to nd out how you can tell your story here because business matters. 954-783-8700. Briefsby Phyllis J. NeubergerPelican staffJennifer Collins, owner of A Rainbow Crossing cares about pets and their owners who grieve at their passing so much so that she has a business to take care of their needs. Her facility, located at 4868 NE 12th Ave. in Oakland Park., is just a block East of Dixie Highway and just South of Commercial Boulevard. She receives clients in a welcoming living room setting, and with great empathy tells them what they need to know when the time comes and how she can A Rainbow Crossing offers cremation and memorial services for beloved pets in a digni ed mannerhelp with cremation and after life care. I started this business just two years ago, she says, after my own kitty, Pepper, died and was cremated. I received his ashes in a plastic bag in a plain box. It was so cold and impersonal an ending for Pepper who was so dear to me. In Pittsburgh, where I came from, people buried their pets in their yards, but thats illegal in Broward County so pet owmers use cremation and often bury the ashes, or keep them in attractive urns. I decided there was a need for a business which showed compassion for those who experience this sad loss and I was right. And she has countless thank you letters and testimonials to prove it. Kathleen Scott, who mothers many animals, says, I will be indebted to Jen for life. She is so compassionate. I have had terrible experiences in high volume pet crematories where everything seems uncaring and impersonal and to me, almost inhumane. I had heard about Rainbow Crossing, so when Flannigan, my cat, passed, I called her. Jenifer was so genuine. She treated Flannigan as if he were hers. I knew I could leave Flannigan in her care and pick up his remains the See RAINBOW CROSSING on page 22Jennifer Collins, owner of A Rainbow Crossing is shown with the contents of her condolence gift, which is a bag containing a paw print of the deceased pet, a memorial candle, forget-me-not seeds to plant in the pets honor and a condolence card.East Village UncorkedOktoberfest will be celebrated at East Village Uncorked on Friday, October 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. Authentic German music, wine and beer tastings will be offered at participating retailers. Harbor Village Cleaners will be giving away $50 in free dry cleaning, and residents can register to win a giant lobster at Mr. Fish. Free Parking is available. The event is located just west of the Intracoastal on East Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach. Visit pompanobeachcra.com or call 954.786.7824 for more details. Halloween Horse Show and Fair Sands and Spurs Equestrian Park Saturday 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. 1600 NE 5 Ave. Pompano Beach, North Side of the Good Year Blimp Base. The event is co-sponsored by the City of Pompano Beach All proceeds bene t Therapeutic Riding Center & Horses for Heroes Veteran Rehabilitation Program. www. BitByBitTherapy.org Come watch our special kids show off their riding skills! Watch a costumed horsey half time show. The public welcome for pony rides, mini horses, hay rides, bounce house, ghoulish games, pumpkin patch, freaky fun and frightening food! Wear costumes. To Sponsor our Special Children please call 954.972.7222 VENDORS/ EVENT please call 954.786.4507.Saddle up for Halloween event


The Pelican 9 Friday, September 30, 2011 By Judy VikPelican StaffLBTS Commissioners unanimously approved an agreement with the Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Chamber of Commerce to provide $38,861 to fund staf ng for a Visitor and Welcome Center. But Commissioner Scot Sasser added a clause that the town provide no funds next year until we receive audited nancials on how much it costs to run the center. Another part of the agreement bothered Paul Novak, a chamber board member and past president. The chamber also gets funding from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Center to offset labor costs at the welcome center. Last year that donation was $10,000. Board approves Welcome Center funding, but wants audited guresHe asked the commission to remove a clause in the agreement that calls for the amount of funding the Welcome Center gets from the town be reduced by the amount of funds donated by other government agencies to offset labor costs. This year the county donated $10,000 to the Welcome Center, and the funds went to help subsidize the Visitors Guide promotional booklet. Those funds did not have to be returned to the town. Were trying to keep a good liaison with Fort Lauderdale, Novak said. He said chamber leaders recently had a good meeting with Nicki Grossman, director of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and with County Commissioner Chip LaMarca. The mayor and town manager attended. Were the only organization that promotes the town, Novak said. Requiring that any additional donated funds be returned to the town (takes away any incentive) for us to go to Chip and ask for money, he said. Why would the town want to take that money and use it elsewhere? The citys funding will pay to staff the Welcome Center, Novak said. The funds go to pay two employees, one fulltime and one part-time. Under terms of the agreement, the Welcome Center is open and staffed no less than six days a week and seven hours a day in June, July and August and no less than seven days a week the other months. The Welcome Center and chamber share the same building at 4201 Ocean Drive. The chamber absorbs the costs for the telephone and of ce supplies. The agreement calls for the chamber to respond to inquiries on lodging, restaurants, businesses, recreational opportunities and events in town. The c hamber is to submit a monthly report to the town on the number of inquiries, walkin visitors and the number of attendees at chamber-sponsored events. Resident Bill Vitollo suggested the commission ask the town manager to come up with what it actually costs to run the Welcome Center. Do we want the Welcome Center or not? he asked. If theyre doing us a favor (by running it), say thank you and give them the money for it. Ben Freeney said the request for funds would be more convincing if the chamber president and director were at the commission meeting. Arthur Franczak, a resident and business owner, said the chamber was looking for money in the wrong place. He said they should look for funds from chamber members, not from the town. He said the chamber should ask businesses if theyre satis ed with what theyre doing. And he questioned why the chamber recruited businesses from out of town as members. Chamber volunteer Ron Piersante said there was no way the Welcome Center could operate for $38,000. The Center staff delivers thousands of Visitors Guides and makes recommendations on where visitors should stay and eat. Connie Hoffmann, town manager, noted that the clause Novak wanted removed from See CENTER on page 10


10 The PelicanFriday, September 30, 2011 Advertise in The Pelican for coverage in nine North Broward cities. Call 954-783-8700. the agreement referred only to funds for paid salaries and the Welcome Center operation, not to help fund the Visitors Guide. Could the town run the Welcome Center for this price? Absolutely not, Hoffmann said, referring to the $38,861. It would be far more expensive. Mayor Roseann Minnet said she agreed there should be a stronger presence from the chamber at the meeting. We have asked that someone from the chamber come every month and give a report. I had hoped the chamber would be a stronger marketing arm, she said. We have asked for a monthly report from the chamber executive director, Commissioner Birute Ann Clottey agreed. Maybe Judy (Swaggerty, executive director) could come once a month. You did ask. I guess we have failed you in that direction, Novak said. Vice Mayor Stuart Dodd said the clause on donations and when funds must be returned is too vague. It needs to be clear, if they get a donation what its for. The onus should be on them to get donations. Theres a loophole in the contract, and theyre taking advantage of it, Commissioner Scot Sasser said. He suggested removing the clause on returning donated funds and moving on. Clottey said they needed to give the chamber incentive to go out and get funding. She suggested half the donated funds go to the chamber and half to the town. Lets reach a compromise and relieve the burden on the taxpayer. Dodd said the commission needs to know the realistic costs of what it takes to run the center. Give us the right gure instead of $38,000. Minnet said it was the nth hour, and the funds were included in the upcoming budget. She favored approving the resolution as it stood. Sasser moved to pass the resolution with the worthless Section 3.5 (on returning donated funds) but with no money for next year until we receive audited nancials on how much it costs to run the center. During a break in the meeting, a frustrated Novak said they asked for and got the costs last year. If they dont want to spend $38,000, well close it, he said. Every year we go through the same thing. Center Continued from page 9employees evaluated before giving raises. This will be brought up again when we have ve commissioners, Schubert said. We have the funds. McGarry estimated the cost of giving the general employees raises at $14,200 for the year. The town will realize a savings in its insurance premiums this year and expects its expenses for re/rescue services to be less than anticipated due to Deer eld merging its re department with the Broward Sheriffs Of ce, reportedly for a considerable savings. The police department budget for 2011-12, despite the raises, came in two percent less than the current year. The fth seat may be lled Tuesday, October 4 when the commission meets again. Two residents, Deborah Alfaro and Anthony Micelli, were interviewed at the last commission meeting. Two more, Jim Lambert and Deborah Tennant, have applied for the post but have not been heard publicly. The seat became vacant when Vice Mayor Celinda Sawtelle resigned in July.DeadlockContinued from page 1


The Pelican 11 Friday, September 30, 2011 the event a big success. The Vice President and Branch Manager of Bank United, Dave Mirantz had this to say about the event. Theres an axiom about timing being everything in life. Im not sure its true, but Ted Smith of Deer eld Beach Toyota couldnt have found a better time to bring members of the community, the chamber and the city commission under one roof for the sole Pink HeartContinued from 7 purpose of rallying all parties to celebrate the things we can accomplish by working together. Hurray for Ted and his positive message. A good time was had by all. On Sept. 17 and 18, the dealership invited the community to Operation Kidsafe. Parents lined up with their children for pictures and ngerprints using specialized digital free video software. A free print out was given to the parents to keep in a safe place in case there is a need to provide the information to law enforcement anywhere in the world for instantly aid and investigation. Smith says, After hearing that 2,000 children are missing every day in the United States, we thought this was the kind of community service we like to be involved in. We also had a Petting Zoo and video games on hand to entertain the children. It was a successful event and the parents were all grateful for this free opportunity. In October, Toyota of Deer eld Beach plans to have a Job Fair. Were hoping to help those seeking jobs in this area to nd one in time for the holidays, Smith says. Late this year were starting to build a new home for our dealership right next to where we are. The contractor chosen will be hiring and thats good news for job seekers in the neighborhood. In November Toyota will be collecting food for local families in need. During this holiday drive, area folks can drop off their non perishable contributions. The Pelican thanks Toyota of Deer eld Beach for its outreach to the community. To request the pink van, call 1561-310-0109. For other information call 954391-5599.Sea Turtle FactsLifespan: 40 to 60 years or more Number of nests in Florida: 40,000 to 84,000 annually Eggs per nest: 80 to 120 Size: 75-100 pounds (Kemps ridley) to 1,300 pounds (leatherback) Chance of survival: about one in 1,000 Source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.Do you know?


12 The Pelican Friday, September 30, 2011 Dunns Run closing local streets on SundayDeer eld Beach Motorists will nd certain local streets closed on Sunday, October 3 for the 16th Annual Reagan Wireless Dunns Run which attracts upwards of 1,700 participants. Closed 7 to 10 a.m. will be US 1 from SE 15 Street to Hillsboro Boulevard, Hillsboro Boulevard from US 1 to the ocean, Ocean Way from Hillsboro Boulevard to SE 3 Street, the intersection of Hillsboro Boulevard and A1A to north/south traf c. The Intracoastal Waterway Bridge will be in lockdown position. East/west lanes of US 1 will be open when the last participants pass by. Beachgoers should be aware parking at the main beach parking lot will be very limited due to this event. Proceeds from the run bene t the Jim and Jan Moran Unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County. To register to run or walk the 5K, go online to www2.dunnsrun. com.By Judy WilsonPelican staffDeer eld Beach Deereld Beach re/rescue personnel become employees of Broward County tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 a.m. but according to Sheriff Al Lamberti the only outward changeCeremony tonight marks new era in re/rescue serviceBroward Sheriff Al Lamberti checks in on Deer eld Beach re ghters training on new breathing apparatus during the re-rescue transition. On Oct. 1, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue will begin providing re rescue services to Deer eld Beach and Hillsboro Beach. Sheriff Lamberti will swear-in all of the reghters at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at the Century Village Le Club Activity Center. [Photo courtesy of Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue] See FIRE SERVICE on page 20


The Pelican 13 Friday, September 30, 2011 Lighthouse Point Chamber Lighthouse Point Chamber members met at The Pointe last month for a social evening hosted by Executive Sweets & Gifts. But the chatter has already started about the upcoming Taste of Lighthouse Point set for Jan. 17 at the Lighthouse Point Yacht & Racquet Club where restaurateurs offer their finest samples to the community. For chamber information, visit lhpchamber.com. Chamber President Lucille Pignataro and Lighthouse Point Magazines Jon Frangipane at the September 20th LHP Chamber of Commerce social. Bookended by Realtors Ren Sabatini and Steve Kahn, event hosts Sharon and Barry Vinig of Executive Sweets & Gifts Inc are happy to welcome LHP Chamber members to the September networking social. Gail Bamman of the Lighthouse Point Curves and Lynn Smith of Bateman, Gordon & Sands, Inc. Realtor Bea Brown, Food for the Poors Mary Grif n and local dentist Dr. Brian Rask. [Photos by Malcolm McClintock] Pink Slip Threads Karen Reinstatler with raf e winner Billy Grimes of Bank United Investment Services. Muscle & Wrench Fitness Equipment Services Janie Baugh and insurance specialist Cletus Kilker enjoy the festivities at the monthly get-together.


14 The Pelican Friday, September 30, 2011 By Malcolm McClintockPELICAN WRITERWe serve upscale Asian fusion cuisine, says Mike Ponluang, the exceedingly amiable owner of Fort Lauderdales Coco Asian Bistro & Bar. Originally from Thailand, this chef honed his skills in such places as Vietnam and England before finally settling in South Florida in the early 80s. Coco Asian is actually my fourth restaurant and has been in operation for about six years now. I recently opened another one MaMa Asian Noodle in Coconut Creek, adds Ponluang. Located just off 17th St. Causeway in the Harbor Shops plaza, this culinary oasis has a loyal following of Thai food lovers and sushi aficionados. The appetizer section contains such novel inventions as samosas with peanut sauce, ginger octopus ceviche, Thai beef sirloin strip steak, fried calamari with sweet chili sauce and Kobe sirloin patties with Swiss cheese and Korean Kimchee. On the entre front, the reinvented classics theme continues as the menu reveals a host of intriguing options. Meat enthusiasts will enjoy Teriyaki NY Steak, Crispy Duck with mango sauce, Vietnamese style Kurobuta Pork Chops, Grilled Rack of Lamb with lemongrass chili sauce or the 14-oz. soymarinated Del Monico with spicy-sweet rice dipping sauce. Our regular customers and even many celebrities come again and again for our delicious food, especially popular items like the Kobe beef. We will soon be introducing our Kobe beef in hot lava stone. I know people will enjoy it very much, says the soft-spoken Ponluang. Seafood fiends will revel in favorites such as Broiled Grouper in Suchee curry cream, Pan-fried Almond Snapper with shrimp tempura and micro greens, Seared Ahi Tuna with green mango curry and the outstanding Sea Bass Curry with asparagus, mushroom and pineapple. We focus on providing only the highest quality seafood. For example, most Fort Lauderdales Coco Asian Bistro serves up palate-pleasing Thai specialties See COCO ASIAN on page 15 [Top] A Coco Asian classic: the mouthwatering Red Curry Chicken with bamboo, bell peppers, sweet peas, zucchini and basil. [Left] Jumpstart any meal with the eye-popping Sushi Starter featuring freshly delivered Tasmanian salmon and Hawaiian tuna over ice with pickled ginger, lime wedge and homemade wasabi.Coco Asian Bistro & Bar Harbor Shops1841 Cordova Rd. (near 17th St Causeway) Fort Lauderdale Tel: 954-525-3541


The Pelican 15 Friday, September 30, 2011 of our fish is flown in every other day from Hawaii and Japan. Our salmon actually comes from Tasmania, Australia. Although it costs us more to buy these superior ingredients, we know our customers will appreciate the great quality, says the affable restaurateur. When it comes to sashimi (raw fish morsels), most restaurants offer up wafer thin slices. But at Coco Asian, plates such as the beautifully presented Sushi Starter deliver enormous inch thick slabs of melt-in-your-mouth salmon and tuna a real treat for fish lovers. Other favorites include sushi rolls such as the California with crab and avocado or the Dragon roll with shrimp tempura and asparagus. With an award-winning wine list, domestic and imported beers and a fully stocked bar, Coco Asian is an ideal spot to drop by during the daily 4 to 7 p.m. Happy Hour for half-price drinks and inexpensive appetizers. In addition, on Thursday nights after 7 p.m., ladies drink free with the purchase of a starter or entre. We are always packed on that night, says bartender Eugene. Our customers also really enjoy the live music we offer from Thursday to Saturday. Before wrapping up a meal, be sure to try an enticing dessert such as tempura ice cream or lemon grass crme brle. Enjoy!Coco AsianContinued from page 14 The pleasantly spicy shredded green Papaya Salad is a must-try appetizer loaded with shrimp, string beans, carrots, tomato and a fried soft shell crab in a zesty lime juice vinaigrette.


16 The Pelican Friday, September 30, 2011 rejected, 4-0. Next Tuesday, that plan was scheduled to come before the city commission and Thomas was gearing up again. We have solicited support all across the entire Cove, she said. Now I am feeling very fortunate that the city listens. Perhaps in our research, some things came to light that helped. All I can say now is, Yeah for our city. The battle was won administratively. The proposed detox center is within 1000 feet of other drug rehab properties, namely Deer eld Florida House and Sunlight Recovery, both owned by Mustafa. His six other substance abuse treatment centers located at 505 S. Federal Highway, 809 SE 5 court and 475 S. Federal Highway are licensed by the Department of Children and Families for residential substance abuse services or intensive outpatient treatment day or night. The furthest is 420 feet from Mustafas proposed 24-bed detox facility. In his letter to Mustafas attorney Scott Backman, planning and growth management director, Jerry Ferguson, wrote processing the site plan had been halted. In the letter he cited the stoppage was due to facts discovered subsequent to the hearing before the planning and zoning board on July 7 which renders your application incapable of being considered by the commission. Ferguson wrote that a substance abuse treatment facility is permitted in the B-2 zoning, but not within 1,000 feet of another exiting facility. Ferguson said he told Backman of this in December, 2010. The application however moved forward and was approved by the community appearance board and then went before the planning and zoning board in June of this year. Tabled at that time, it came up again July 7 and was rejected. District 1 City Commissioner Joe Miller said, We have compassion for these people and know there is a need, but we have to balance this with the rights of private homeowners to be safe and comfortable in their homes. Added Thomas, We understand the need for dual diagnosis detox centers, but the city needs the proper zoning. Normally, these facilities are found in hospitals. In material Backman presented to the planning and zoning board, he said detox centers take clients at the height of their addictions for three to seven days before they are moved to long term treatment. Mustafa said he began working on his new site in October 2010 and went forward with his $1.3 million purchase when he was told detox centers are permitted uses in B-2 zones. He added, I do not believe they (the city) did the right thing. I am just adding a component to an existing license. They are not being respectful. They are being political.DetoxContinued from page 1 will go up 25 cents Oct. 1 at oceanfront spaces at El Prado and A1A. Funding for capital projects will increase from $1.8 million to $4.3 million. About $600,000 of that amount is for a State Road A1A streetscape project set to begin in the next week or two. Two-thirds of the $600,000 cost will be reimbursed by the state. Other capital expenditures are for drainage improvements on Bougainvilla north of Town Hall and on Flamingo Avenue, drainage and streetscape on Commercial from A1A to the beach, and for construction on Commercial Boulevard from Seagrape west to the Intracoastal Bridge. Many of these improvement projects have been planned since 2004 but werent done. The town has the funds, and Hoffmann said bids are coming in under estimates. Dodd, who voted against the adopted millage rate, proposed lowering it to 3.88. He said that would allow taxes to stay the same for those with homesteaded properties. Clottey also said the rate should be lower in these uncertain times and also voted no. She urged the town to aggressively seek grants. Mayor Roseann Minnet said cutting the tax rate at the last minute would put some of the capital improvement projects at risk. Commissioner Scot Sasser reminded the commissioners that they all voted for the improvement projects. We worked hard to put this CIP plan in place with no loans or bonds, he said, urging them to keep the millage the same and move forward. LBTS taxesContinued from page 3 SightingsA local calendar of events/ Email your listing to siren2415@gmail.com. Always verify times and addresses. ArtOur Art By The Sea will meet Oct. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lauderdale By The Sea Community Church, 4433 Bougainvillea Drive, Lauderdale By The Sea. This months speaker is water colorist John Bowen. Call 954-523-0443.AuditionsGot Talent? Auditions for the South Floridas Kids Got Talent competition take place Oct. 1 at the South Florida Tri-Rail Station, 800 NW 33 St., Pompano See SIGHTINGS on page 19


The Pelican 17 Friday, September 30, 2011 By Aleese KopfPELICAN WRITERWith wider sidewalks, more parking, better lanes and new landscaping, East Atlantic Boulevard is already attracting more visitors. Hundreds of residents New look on East Atlantic gets two thumbs upgathered last Friday to witness the grand re-opening celebration of East Atlantic Boulevard and judge the changes first-hand. Esther Feldman, who lives right next door at the Pompano Beach Club, said she loved the changes. As she wandered down the block, grabbing free food samples, listening to the live music and visiting with neighbors, she said the atmosphere was completely different. Theres no comparison, Advertise in The Pelican for coverage in nine North Broward cities. Not Kansas Anymore? Instead this is the new look of East Atlantic Boulevard where outdoor dining, urban forests and lighting draw crowds.See EAST ATLANTIC on page 23


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The Pelican 19 Friday, September 30, 2011 SightingsContinued from page 16Brenda Sites and Harley were on hand for the grand opening of East Atlantic Boulevard this week. Beach. The competition is open to individuals or groups that sing and/or dance. All participants must be South Florida residents between the ages of five and 15. Call 954703-7934.EventsOct. 1 The Florida Humane Society is holding its Semi-Annual Garage Sale, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 2500 NE 22 Court, Pompano Beach (behind Pompano Bowling alley.) Donations are being accepted. For more information, please call Beverly @ 954 785 2165. All proceeds bene t The Florida Humane Society. Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. Danielle Knox of Lifetime television joins Tamara Grant of 97.3 FM to host Women of Jam at the Broward Center of the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale. The event bene ts the Lillian S. Wells Womens Health center at Broward General Medical Center and the Seventh Avenue Health Center. Tickets are $30. Call 954-462-0222.See SIGHTINGS on page 21


20 The Pelican Friday, September 30, 2011 Rev. Hyvenson Joseph WORSHIP DIRECTORY: will be the patch on the uniforms and the insignia on the re trucks. The $20.5 million contract with Broward Sheriffs Of ce is some $2.4 million higher than the $18.8 million in the 2011-12 budget, but the sheriff says the merger includes a value-added savings of $2.9 million by adding more personnel to the beach re station and opening a station to serve southwest areas of the city including Crystal Lake. Deer eld Beach Fire Chief Chad Brocata has been shaving his expenditures steadily since the 2009 budget. Of the merger Mayor Peggy Noland said, We are laying extraordinary groundwork as a role model for regionalization. In the end, the winners will be the citys 77,000 residents who will bene t from the wealth of resources that this merger will bring. The citys 160 re ghters will be sworn in tonight (Friday) 6 p.m. at Le Club Activity Center in Century Village East. Deer eld Beach is the largest municipality to merge is re/rescue services with BSO which already serves Weston, Pembroke Park and West Park as well as Port Everglades, the airport and unincorporated areas of the 75/Alligator Alley corridor. The commission voted unanimously in June to go with BSO which has provided law enforcement services here since 1990. Police budget for the new scal year is $21 million. Fire servicesContinued from page 12coastlines supply nesting grounds for thousands of sea turtles every year, they can also become graveyards. Lighting in Florida, especially on the beach front, is responsible for the death of up to 20 percent of the hatchlings, said Kirt Rusenko, marine conservationist at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. With better laws, Rusenko said that percentage will be reduced. Pompano Beach commissioners recently approved an amendment that speci es the types of bulbs residents and businesses can use on ocean front property. City of cials said the purpose of the amendment is to clarify the appropriate type of lighting by providing examples and to make the city code closer to the state regulations. Before you couldnt have any visible light services, said Robin Bird, director of development services. It was kind of vague and said every light had to be shielded. But now things are different according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation regulations. Lights can be visible from the beach, as long as residents and businesses use the correct type of bulb and the appropriate xtures. And, depending on the xture and location, Light-Emitting Diodes, or LED, lamps are not the only acceptable bulbs. Low-Pressure Sodium, or LPS, lamps ranging in wattage from 18 to 35 and red neon lamps can also be used. Robbin Trindell, biological administrator for FWC, said the upfront cost for buying LED or other appropriate lighting is higher, but the long-term savings in electric bills is signi cant. We say keep it low, keep it shielded and keep it long, Trindell said. The low refers to wattage, the long refers to wavelength and shielded means protected in a certi ed wildlife friendly xture. City of cials said property owners can still go by the current standards, but this revision essentially explains what types of lighting they can use without problems. Types of appropriate bulbs, xtures, mounting and location are much more speci c compared to the original code. Its a tremendous relief for a tough situation that a number of the condo buildings in particular face, said Commissioner Barry Dockswell. Dockswell said that in the past, condo buildings and single family home owners ran the risk of getting plans approved and installing xtures that were later found to be in violation. He said he was glad to see the city ordinance nally backing off to be similar to state requirements. Rusenko said awareness is the main challenge in making sure residents and businesses have the right lighting. Education is really critical, he said. Every time Ive talked with someone who has noncompliant lighting, they are more than willing to do the right thing. The most common sea turtle in Florida is the loggerhead. Green and leatherback sea turtles are also common, as well as the occasional Kemps ridley and hawksbill. The main nesting months run from May to October. Turtle lightsContinued from page 1


The Pelican 21 Friday, September 30, 2011 Capt. RJ Boyle is an experienced angler in South Florida. His studio is located in Lighthouse Point. Call 954-420-5001.. By RJ BoylePELICAN WRITERThe fishing game should change soon with approaching cold fronts on their way. Of course the greatest effect will be the sail fishing format. So time to pull out kites and check and review all the tools needed for our beloved billfish bite in South Florida. As with recent pressure changes, the daytime sword bite has been an up and down event, changing almost hourly with very sporadic bites. Wahoo and dolphin fishing has also been inconsistent with reports of dolphin being caught in the 6 to 12-mile range and mostly small fish. Most of the wahoos have been caught in the 150 to 200-foot depths. The ones that have been captured have been in the 25 to 40-pound weight class. I recently spoke with a commercial kingfish captain who informed me the king bite has also been a little off, so with this report lets get into these cold fronts and shake the scene up a little bit. Get tightSightingsContinued from page 19Pancake Breakfast Join the DOES Drove 142 for a great pancake breakfast Sunday October 09 at the Elks lodge, 700 N.E. 10 St. Pompano Beach. Adults $5.00 Children $2.50. Open to the public For information call 954725-5192.ClassesCERT Classes open to the public Oct. 1 at the Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Station. Learn how to save lives in an emergency. Fire suppression, injury care and other skills that will be valuable in the aftermath of a hurricane. Classes are free. Pre-registration is required. Call 954-8286700. 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. Pompano Beach Green Market Every Saturday at Founders Park, NE 3 Ave. and NE 2 St., 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fresh seafood, vegetables, owers and more. Call 954461-3385Fishing PiersPompano Beach Fishing Pier extends more than 1,000 feet into the Atlantic, 222 N Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach.


22 The Pelican Friday, September 30, 2011 Call The Pelican 954-783-8700 next day. Shortly after I received a bag lled with healing things. It included Flannigans paw print, a memorial candle, a condolence card, and seeds to plant in Flannigans memory. Jenny is rst class. I give her services a 10 and will always use her services when I need them for my two dogs and ve cats. A Rainbow Crossing provides a number of services including funerals, urns, biodegradable urns, scattering tubes, grief support, pre-need arrangements, art pieces, jewelry, custom portraits, house pick up and delivery. Private cremations means pets are cremated alone and the client receives only his or her pets ashes back. In a communal cremation ashes are not returned but instead given to nurseries where they will be used to nourish plants for a green future. Whichever is chosen, clients can count on their pets being treated with respect and dignity. Jim and Moira Cristello, Boca Raton, will attest to that. Jim says, We happen to have many animals because we love them, and unfortunately we have lost quite a few over the years and never before encountered a place like Rainbow Crossing. Jennifer has an excellent facility. Its modern, clean and a very pleasant place. She is an exceptional person. We recently lost one of our dogs and we have never been treated as well, or with as much compassion. Even though we were in mourning, she made our loss more bearable. If requested, a viewing of a pet before cremation, is done in a tasteful setting, with the pet in a sleeping position, allowing the family the chance to say a last goodbye. This can be an important part of closure for those who wish it according to Jennifer. She adds, Pet owners often see their pets as extended family and want to give them the same kind of closure and respect paid to a human. And many pet owners want to pre-plan which seems to comfort them as they anticipate their loss. We are happy to do this. Jennifer lives in a condo with pet restrictions so currently her own pet family consists of two kittens, Alex and Tiki. She says, Their world is my fourth oor apartment with a balcony. She clearly loves kittens and laughs as she shares a story. I recently rescued 40 cats and gave them shelter for two weeks, while Beyond Nine Cat Rescue got settled into its new facility. This place was wrapped in plastic and it was a sight to behold, but I was glad to save those pets and we even adopted out four of them in that short time. It was a ful lling experience. Although she tries to follow business days and hours, she says, Death is never convenient so I do my best to accommodate pet parents in mourning. My fees are very affordable and a portion of every cremation fee is dedicated to helping homeless pets. This is a sad, but rewarding business. I am happy in my work because I am able to give comfort and solutions to those who are suffering a terrible loss. For further information or an appointment, Call 954612-6003. Visit the web site at www. rainbowpet.netRainbow CrossingContinued from page 8 The babies are already nesting. Shhh! And watch your step on the beach. Its turtle season in South Florida


The Pelican 23 Friday, September 30, 2011 Feldman said. Its a 100 percent improvement. She referred to a eastern end of East Atlantic Boulevard where restaurateurs have already spread the checkered cloths for outdoor dining. The Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency broke ground on the $900,000 project last May. Improvements included reconfigured street lanes with a wider center median, on-street brick parking lanes and as much as 12 footwider sidewalks and lush landscaping. Rosaly DiMaria Olortegui, manager at Franks Italian Ristorante & Pizzeria, said it was about time the area receive some improvements. She said she expects the changes to help business and attract different crowds to the neighborhood. I love that theyre making it family friendly, she said. Its nice to see all ages out. Its putting life back in here. Mike Mendoza, a bartender at Briny Irish Pub, said he anticipates the improvements to help business as well. The economy is down but people like eating out, he said. It looks nicer. It looks more inviting. It should help sales. Larry Katz said that because of the changes, he will be more likely to visit the area. As a runner and owner of multiple dogs, there were a few improvements in particular that pleased him. I like that they widened the sidewalks and the fact the restaurants can have seating outside, Katz said. Before there were cars right on top of you outside. The East Atlantic Boulevard streetscape improvement project is the first in a series of improvements being made in the East CRA district. This is only the beginning of making Pompano Beach what it should be, said Mayor Lamar Fisher. East AtlanticContinued from page 17 Beach feasting was all part of the grand opening of East Atlantic Boulevard this week.


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