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MARCH 2019


A behind-the-scenes look at how local artist Dennis Friel created the artwork to be installed on the Atlantic Boulevard Bridge


Tireless reporter Marie Puleo brings you news on • A new public plaza planned for Old Town • The expansion of the Charlotte J. Burrie Civic Center • and lots more!


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March 2019


The Apalachicola Tribe of the Iroquois Indian Princess Organization participated in a beach cleanup in Pompano Beach on Feb. 2. Photo by Jeff Graves.



This month Pompano! magazine’s tireless reporter Marie Puleo brings you the latest Pompano Beach news, including: reflections on the sewage spill; a new public plaza planned for Old Town; the expansion of the Charlotte J. Burrie Civic Center; streetscape improvements to MLK Blvd.; new City rules for valet parking; a new process for awarding local nonprofits; Barry Moss’ role on the Metropolitan Planning Organization Board; and more.

The new and improved Atlantic Boulevard Bridge is almost finished. The decorative sails and marine-themed art are set to be installed this month. Pompano! Magazine met with local artist, Dennis Friel, to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how he created the artwork, which includes approximately 50 species of fish.




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March 2019

Worry warts.

There’s lots of fun to be had this month in and around Pompano Beach, including: Dark Star Orchestra at the Amp; the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Amp; the annual Highwaymen art show; a Barbie celebration and more.

Check out photos from Art Lit at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, the nautical flea market and a beach clean-up.

Pompano Beach insider Jeff Levine shares the scoop on: a possible Brazilian consulate in Pompano Beach; Rex Hardin’s first month as Mayor; new development projects to watch; and some new restaurants to try.

It’s a year of firsts for Dawne Richards. First she’s keeping things positive and reaching out to old friends. She recommends we all do the same.

The world is your oyster — at least when it comes to dining in Pompano Beach. From Indian to Italian, seafood to salads, the choices are boundless.

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Florida Highwaymen artist Curtis Arnett painting from the collection of Susan & Richard Rosser. Mr. Arnett will be honored March 20th by the Pompano Beach Historial Society. Artist Dennis Friel photographed by Joe Yerkovich at the Atlantic Blvd. Bridge in Pompano Beach. Artwork ©Dennis Friel Art Studios, LLC.

Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse is considered one of the most powerful lights in the world with a beam that can be seen for 28 nautical miles (52 km; 32 mi). The octagonal iron pyramidal tower was built at Russel Wheel & Foundry Co. in Detroit, Michigan, disassembled, and moved to the Hillsboro Inlet Light Station in 1906, and rst lit on March 7, 1907. Its second-order bivalve Fresnel lens emits a light measuring 5.5 mega candelas and is placed 136 feet (41 m) above sea level. The light marks the northern limit of the Florida Reef, an underwater coral formation on the lower east coast of the state.

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Worry and Be Happy I worry a lot, yet I think it might be a good thing. Listen, I get it, some of my worries are ridiculous. My daughter is a huge fan of “Grey’s Anatomy” but I can’t watch it with her. When I do catch a glimpse of an episode, my imagination gets the best of me. Without fail, I convince myself that no matter how unusual the patient’s symptoms are, I too am afflicted with the same ailment. I did manage to watch one episode where a couple was in the emergency room after a train wreck. They were back-to-back and totally alert with a metal rod piercing through both of their torsos. I was fairly confident I did not have a rod going through me (although I did check.) And I rarely ride trains, so there’s that. While I wish I was a touch more carefree, I know that worrying serves a purpose. For instance, if I wasn’t Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Photo by bublik_polina

worried about getting the disease of the week a la Grey’s Anatomy, I would most likely subsist on Mallomars and potato chips. And although I worry quite bit, I’d like to think that all this nervous thinking keeps me motivated to do what’s best in all realms of my life. The other night I was scrolling through instagram when I saw a photo of Martha Stewart entering the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The vault is buried inside a mountain on a remote island in the Svalbard archipelago, between Norway and the North Pole.

Basically, the seed bank is just that — it’s a place where seeds are stored safely. According to, there are many such collections around the world but they are vulnerable to catastrophes or natural disasters or sometimes they just don’t have the funds to properly store the seeds. And the loss of a crop is irreversible. Imagine life without watermelons. That’s no fun. What would we eat at barbecues? One might ask, “Why have a seed bank at all?” Well, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is the ultimate back-up plan. It’s like “the cloud” — but for seeds. But it’s not a cloud. It’s underground.  So now I don’t have to worry about crop extermination. I Cross that one off the list because somewhere in remote Norway lies a packet of watermelon seeds.  The good part about the seed bank is that it is an astounding example of human ingenuity. (The bad part is that it gets you thinking about disaster.) I suppose some scientist somewhere woke up in a cold sweat one night and thought, “Crap, we better start collecting and protecting seeds so we can have strawberries in the event the earth turns to ash.” (She probably doesn’t watch “Grey’s Anatomy either.) My point is that if someone hadn’t been worried and smart enough to know we should be concerned about crop extermination, then we wouldn’t have the seed vault at all. As far as I can tell, a little bit of worry is not only normal — it can be the impetus for positive steps such as the seed vault. I’m certainly no expert on worrying — just someone who knows that if I didn’t care about fitting into my jeans, I would eat ice cream every night and own a lot of tunics.

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Luke is a devout believer. Adam is his boyfriend, and a militant agnostic. ”Next Fall” chronicles the five-year relationship of the unlikely couple, from their meeting, to their breakups and makeups, to finally the tragedy that forces Adam to seek comfort, strength and communion with Luke’s religious parents. This play has mature language and situations; parental guidance is recommended. WHEN: Show runs from Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 31. Show times are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; and on Sundays at 2pm. Run time is approximately two hours WHERE: Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd.

The Spaghetti and Matzo Ball Show

The Spaghetti and Matzo Ball Show, performed by “The Kosher-Nostra of Comedy & Music” (comedian Peter Fogel and singer Lou Villano), will be performed on March 14. Fogel is a Jewish comedian and international sitcom writer, humorist and author, while Villano is a jazz singer, impersonator and dynamic entertainer. WHEN: Thursday, March 14 at 6pm WHERE: Herb Skolnick Community Center, 800 SW 36 Ave., Pompano Beach COST: $14. For more information call 954-786-4590

The Pompano Beach Garden Club’s Themed Flower Show

In celebration of the Pompano Beach Garden Club’s 71st year, the club will host a flower show with the theme “Let’s All Go To The Movies.” The floral arrangements will demonstrate skills and creativity in both the mechanics and art of floral design and growing techniques. The show will feature 20 design entries in addition to potted plants and flower and plant cuttings. The Pompano Beach Garden Club is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate people in horticulture, civic beautification and environmental awareness for healthy communities. WHEN: Friday, March 1 from 2 to 5pm and Saturday, March 2 from 10am to 3pm WHERE: Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach COST: Free and open to the public. For more information contact Cindy at 954-253-9938, or by email at

Pompano Beach’s Winter Concert Series From January through March, the City of Pompano Beach hosts a series of live concerts at three different community centers. March’s concerts include a Motown band, a Barbra Streisand tribute band and a Jersey Boys tribute band. WHEN & WHERE: All concerts begin at 7:30pm; doors open at 6:30pm March 6: Motown Magic at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center, 520 NW Third St., Pompano Beach March 13: Barbra Streisand tribute at Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE Sixth St. Pompano Beach March 20: Jersey Boys tribute at Herb Skolnick Community Center, 800 SW 36 Ave., Pompano Beach

Seafood Festival is Hightailing it to a New Location After 34 years on the beach, the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival is moving to Pompano Beach Community Park & Amphitheater. The new venue will have more room for food, arts and vendors, plus more parking options. Musical acts will perform primarily at the Amp. The festival will take place April 26 - 28. Look for details in the April issue of Pompano! magazine. Pompano Picks contains information originating from other organizations. While every attempt is made to ensure all information is accurate, schedules do change. We recommend confirming events prior to setting out on your adventure.




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Barbie — a fashion doll manufactured by the American toy company, Mattel, Inc. — has been inspiring children since March 9, 1959. The doll has had a profound influence on American culture. Art Gallery 21, located in the City of Wilton Manors, will commemorate Barbie’s 60 years with a free and open-to-the-public exhibition March 9 through April 6. The exhibit will include multifarious installations alongside more traditional works, plus an interactive diorama that will incorporate technology to place viewers in Barbie’s world. This exhibit will appeal to all ages and will be a draw for a full family experience.

MARCH AT THE AMP The Jimi Hendrix Experience

You might remember Hendrix for famously burning his guitar on stage at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, or for his electric National Anthem performance at Woodstock. You can re-live the musical glory days of Hendrix at the Jimi Hendrix Experience. This multi-artist, sensory experience celebrates the insanity and genius of one of America’s greatest guitar players. Hendrix is long hailed as one of rock’s greatest innovators, and this latest edition of the annual tour will be the most ambitious one to date, including one stop at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater. Artists performing in the tour include Billy Cox, Joe Satriani, Dave Mustaine, Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa and Eric Johnson, among others. WHEN: Sunday, March 3; doors open at 6:30pm; show is at 7:30pm WHERE: Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach COST: Tickets start at $43 plus ticketing fees and can be purchased by visiting the Pompano Amp website,

Outlaws & Renegades Tour with Travis Tritt and The Charlie Daniels Band There will be two special events happening at the exhibition: • An opening reception will take place on Saturday, March 9 from 7 to 9pm and will include refreshments and a photo shoot with famous Barbie fashion in the interactive Barbie installation. • A photography workshop will take place on Saturday, March 23 from 2 to 4pm. The workshop will teach participants how to use Barbie in photography and visual storytelling. With slides, video and various backgrounds, participants will be privy to the processes used to photograph the world’s most famous doll. The workshop will be facilitated by featured artist, Brett Butler. The workshop is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is preferred. Please contact the gallery at WHEN: The Art of Barbie: Homage to A Global Icon will be on display Wednesday, March 6 through Saturday, April 6. Hours are: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 8pm. Docents will be in attendance to provide guided tours and information. WHERE: Art Gallery 21, 600 NE 21 Court, Wilton Manors COST: Free

After Travis Tritt recorded a duet with soul man Sam Moore for Moore’s 2006 album, renowned music producer, American Idol judge and bass player Randy Jackson paid him a compliment: “Dude, I knew you could sing, but I had no idea you could do that blue-eyed soul thing…If you ever want to do an album that puts a bigger spotlight on that, I’d love to work on it with you.” The end result of that conversation is “The Storm,” Tritt’s widelypraised 2007 release. Tritt and Jackson teamed up to create a powerhouse collection of songs that emphasize the irresistible soul side of Tritt’s singing. The album exposes the deep musical links between country and R&B, particularly in the South. Tritt will perform songs from “The Storm” during the Outlaws & Renegades Tour, which will also feature The Charlie Daniels Band. WHEN: Sunday, March 10; doors open at 5pm; show is at 7pm WHERE: Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach COST: Tickets start at $34 plus ticketing fees and can be purchased by visiting the Pompano Amp website,

Dark Star Orchestra

Get out your tie-dye and summon your inner Deadhead — the Dark Star Orchestra (DSO) is coming to Pompano Beach. Celebrating over 20 years and over 2,700 shows, DSO continues the Grateful Dead concert experience by performing shows based on famous setlists from the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of extensive touring. DSOs seven insanely talented musicians allow fans both young and old to experience the spirit of the Grateful Dead. This year DSO will recreate the historic Grateful Dead setlist from the band’s September 11, 1982 show in West Palm Beach. WHEN: Saturday, March 30; doors open at 5:30pm; show is at 7pm WHERE: Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach COST: Tickets start at $29 plus ticketing fees and can be purchased by visiting the Pompano Amp website,

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Curtis Arnett Will Be Named Artist of the Year Before this Year’s Annual Florida Highwaymen Show Florida’s famed Highwaymen painters will once again showcase their work at an annual reception. The original Florida Higwaymen are a legendary group of 26 selftaught, African-American painters (including one woman) who created hundreds of iconic South Florida landscapes including the Florida Everglades, moonlit beaches and sunrises. The artists were made famous in the late 1950s and 60s when they sold their works from the trunks of their cars along U.S. Highway 1 for as little as $10. The artists used painting to escape the tomato fields and orange groves during segregation. In partnership with the event, The Pompano Beach Historical Society will also present The Artist of the Year Award to Curtis Arnett, one of the youngest Highwaymen who sold his paintings in the 1960s. Arnett started painting young, selling his first painting for $6 at the age of 16. While in grade school Arnett met Alfred Hair, a charismatic Highwaymen painter who came to do a painting demonstration at Arnett’s school. At the time, the young Arnett had never heard of oil paints. He eagerly went home to experiment using leftover paint he found in old paint cans from construction sites and began painting on construction board. Later he met A.E. Backus, another artist known for

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influencing the signature style of the Highwaymen. Arnett told Backus he wanted to paint landscapes. Backus replied he should head over to Frankie and Johnny’s, a nearby bar known for its raucous customers. There, Arnett met some of the artists in his neighborhood and began selling his work with the Highwaymen. He is best known for his tropical landscapes. There will be multiple events taking place in celebration of the Highwaymen Show, including: WHEN AND WHERE: The Artist of the Year award will be presented to Curtis Arnett on Wednesday March 20 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at The Pompano Beach Historical Society (217 NE Fourth Ave., Pompano Beach). A presentation will be given about Arnett’s life. Light food will be served. • A show preview and reception will take place on Friday, March 22 from 7 to 9pm at the Historic Woman’s Club (314 NE Second St., Pompano Beach). Attendees will get first-looks at paintings and spend one-on-one time with the artists. Hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine will be served. The reception is $40/pp. Tickets can be purchased at • The show will continue on Saturday, March 23 from 10am to 3pm at the Historic Woman’s Club (314 NE Second St., Pompano Beach). The Kester Cottage Museums will also be open for tours. Cost is $5/pp. For more information, please email or call 954-782-3015.

In honor of March’s Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCa) will present a solo exhibition by Florencia Clement de Grandprey. The local artist has dedicated much of her career to projecting positive and inspiring images of women. “My series of Empowered Women began in 2014 and continues today. This collection includes a tribute to all the amazing mothers who fight to bring up physically and emotionally healthy children, to confident women who are comfortable with their bodies, to natural beauties proud of their heritage, and to those of us who are different

and don’t necessarily fit in to societal standards,” said Grandprey. “You will find my contribution is uplifting and empowering, sometimes a little daring, but always tasteful.” WHEN: A free artist talk will take place on March 23 at 2pm. Grandprey’s exhibition will be on view in the West Gallery/Blooming Bean Coffee Roasters through March 30. The exhibit will be open during the shop’s normal hours: Tuesday through Friday from 7:30am to 5pm and Saturday 7:30am to 3pm. Bailey Contemporary Arts is located at 41 NE First St., Pompano Beach.

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Sample-McDougald House Fundraising Comedy Roast


BY DAN HOBBY The Sample-McDougald House Roast is a fundraising event for the preservation and programming of the historic Sample-McDougald House in Pompano Beach. The event, which will take place on the grounds of the historic Sample-McDougald House, will be a fun evening of good-natured jabs at this year’s guest of honor, Pompano Beach’s “cowboy” city manager, Greg Harrison, a native of “way-out-west” Oklahoma. The theme of the night will be “Jeans, Jacket and Jewels,” so wear your favorite upscale western attire and enjoy a gourmet barbecue feast, musical entertainment and live auction. The Roast was established in 2002 by the Sample-McDougald House Preservation society, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, to help fund the restoration and site development of the 1916 National Register of Historic Places property. Over the years some of the area’s most well-known political and civic leaders have agreed to participate and be a target of celebrity roasters’ humorous barbs. Past guests of honor include William Griffin, William Gallo, Roy Rogers, Kristin Jacobs, Tommy DiGiorgio, Frank H. Furman, Chip LaMarca and Lamar Fisher. Each of the previous roasts sold out, so get your tickets early. The event has been a significant source of funds for this iconic community landmark. For tickets or sponsorship information, call 754-307-5446 or visit the Sample-McDougald House website at WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 2019; reception starts at 6pm; dinner and program, 7pm WHERE: Sample-McDougald House at Centennial Park, 450 NE 10th Street, Pompano Beach COST: $150/per person; tables/$1,500, $3,000 and $5,000 GUEST OF HONOR: Greg Harrison, City Manager, City of Pompano Beach MASTER OF CEREMONY: John Jurgle, Fire Chief, City of Pompano Beach ROASTERS: Dennis Beach, former Pompano Beach City Manager; Tommy DiGiorgio, Architect, Real Estate and Restaurant Development; Gene Pridemore; Frank H. Furman; Furman Insurance, Rotary Club

Soroptimist of Pompano Beach’s Annual Fundraiser, Nash Bash

The Soroptimists of Pompano Beach are going country this year with their annual fundraising event, themed “Nash Bash.” Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their Nashville best. Auctions, music, entertainment, a dinner buffet, full open bar, 50/50 cash drawing, wine wagon and complimentary parking are all part of the fun. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Soroptimist Education Awards (which financially aid women and single mothers to pursue their educations), Flite Center (which assists and guides young adults aging out of the foster care system), Woodhouse Inc. (a home for severely disabled adults in Pompano Beach) and other local nonprofits. WHEN: Saturday, March 9 from 6:30 to 10:30pm WHERE: Pavillion Grille, 301 Yamato Rd. #1201, Boca Raton COST: Tickets are $100 and can be purchased from any member of the Pompano Beach Soroptimist Club. Or, contact Rebecca B. Walzak by phone at 561-459-7070, or email at

AAUW Author Presentation & Scholarship Fundraiser Luncheon Join the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Pompano Beach Branch at their annual scholarship event luncheon. The event will feature author Micki Browning of the award-winning Mer Cavallo Mystery series set in the Florida Keys. Her debut novel, “Adrift,” won both the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence and the Royal Palm Literary Award. Event includes raffles and silent auction.  WHEN: Saturday, March 9 at 11:30am WHERE: Lighthouse Point Yacht Club, 2701 NE 42 St., Lighthouse Point COST: $50/pp. Guests are welcome. Reservations required. For information call 954-570-5423 or email pompanoscholar@

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TGIF - First Fridays- Deerfield Beach’s Movies in the Park

Bring your blanket and lawn chairs for a movie in the park, under the stars. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. March’s movie is “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” WHERE: March’s movie will take place at Mayo Howard, 1131 FAU Research Park Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL. WHEN: March 1 at 7pm COST: Free

TGIF - First Fridays Old Town Untapped

This community street fair is the place to be on First Fridays in Pompano Beach. A live DJ stage, free beer samples, artisans market, a dozen food trucks, open art galleries, fire fountain demonstrations and a lively crowd inside at Odd Breed Ales will all make for a festive evening. WHEN: First Fridays from 6 to 9pm WHERE: Old Town Pompano, 41 NE First St., Pompano Beach. COST: Free to attend. Food and drinks available for purchase.

TGIF - First Fridays - Pompano Beach’s Movies on the Lawn

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and favorite picnic foods to enjoy a featured flick under the stars. March’s movie is “Stuart Little.” WHEN: First Fridays at 7pm | March 1 WHERE: The Great Lawn, Corner of Atlantic and Pompano Beach Blvds. COST: free

TGIF - Second Fridays - Pompano Beach’s Music Under the Stars

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy some live music under the stars. In March, the Vinyl Band, a top-40s band, will perform. In April, the KuKooz, a classic rock band, will perform. WHEN: Second Fridays, March 8 & April 12 at 7pm WHERE: The Great Lawn, Corner of Atlantic and Pompano Beach Blvds. COST: free

TGIF - Third Fridays - Pompano Food Truck Round Up

The Pompano Food Truck Round Up has moved to its new location in Old Town. Join for an evening of food trucks (there’s over 15 to choose from), drinks, music and fun.

Bring blankets and folding chairs. WHEN: Third Fridays from 6 to 10pm WHERE: Old Town Pompano at First Ave. and 1st Street (near the corner of Dixie and Atlantic Blvds.).

TGIF - Third Fridays - Family Fun Night at Christ Community Church

Every third Friday of the month Christ Community Church will host a family fun night with movies, games and pizza. WHEN: Third Fridays from 6pm to 9pm WHERE: Christ Community Church, 901 E. McNab Rd., Pompano Beach COST: A cover charge of $5 includes food and drinks. Tickets can be purchased on EventBrite or through the church office.Call 954-943-3866 for more information.

TGIF - Last Fridays – Jazz on the Boulevard

Ashanti Cultural Arts will host monthly swing dance classes followed by a jazz concert featuring various jazz artists and bands such as Jessie Jones, Nicole Yarling and George Tandy. WHEN: Last Fridays of each month from October to June from 7 to 10pm. WHERE: Ali Cultural Arts, 353 Martin Luther King Blvd. COST: $7 admission


Saturdays Pompano Beach’s Green Market

Every Saturday from 8:30am to 1:30pm from Nov. 3 through April 27 you can shop for organic, local produce and browse the artisan market. Visitors will find the freshest fruits and vegetables, juices, baked goods, seafood and other food items, as well as orchids, plants, health-related products, hand-made crafts, art and culinary products. Plus, starting at 11am, live bands will perform at the open-air stage. WHEN: Every Saturday from 8:30am to 1:30pm from Nov. 3 through April 27. Live music starts at 11am. WHERE: The Green Market is located in Old Town Pompano at First Ave. and 1st Street (near the corner of Dixie and Atlantic Blvds.). For more information visit

Saturdays - Brewery Tours

Come learn how Pompano Beach’s Odd Breed Brewing company uses wild fermentation to create unique craft beers in oak barrels. Plus take a tour of the brewery and sample their brews. WHEN: Every Saturday from noon to 1pm WHERE: Odd Breed Wild Ales (50 NE First St. in Pompano Beach) COST: $10 (includes two beer samples)


Soulful Sunday and Brunch After Dark

Enjoy Live music and a tasty brunch after dark. WHEN: Second Sundays at 6pm WHERE: Historic Ali Cultural Arts, 353 Martin Luther King Blvd. COST: $5

Sundays - Yoga on the Beach

Juliana from Yoga4Life Studios teaches yoga by the beach on the patch of artificial turf near the fountains. Bring water, a towel and yoga mat. For more information call 754-307-9489 WHEN: Sundays from 9-10am WHERE: Beachside on far east end of Atlantic Blvd. COST: By donation

Pints & Poses, Yoga & Brews at 26 Degree Brewing

Yoga and craft beer go together like chocolate and peanut butter, chips and salsa, wine and cheese. Every first and third Sunday of the month, and second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, a yoga instructor will help you find inner peace and maximum flexibility. Afterwards, 26 Degree’s bartenders will help you find your inner thirst and maximum craft enjoyment. WHEN: First & Third Sundays at 10am | AND Second & Fourth Wednesdays at 6pm WHERE: 26 Degree Brewing at 2600 E. Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach COST: Cost is $15 and includes a full hour of yoga and a beer of your choice


First Mondays Splash Pad Play Dates

This play date organized by Mommy n’ Me is a great opportunity to bring your kiddos, meet some fellow moms, play and picnic. Bring a towel, chairs or blanket, plus some

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yummy snacks and sunscreen. WHEN: First Mondays at 10am WHERE: The Pompano Beach Splash Pad on the far east end of Atlantic Blvd. by the beach (20 N Pompano Beach Blvd) COST: Free

Third Mondays - Open Mic Night

26 Degree Brewing hosts a monthly open mic night on the third Monday of every month from 9pm until close. All acts are welcome, from comedy to poetry, juggling and music. Drafts are $1 off during the event. WHEN: Third Mondays at 9pm WHERE: 26 Degree Brewing, 2600 E. Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach COST: free


Lyrics Lab at BaCA

Lyrics Lab is an open mic night for all creatives. Poetry, music, live painting, comedy, magic — all are welcome. Beer, wine and kombucha are available for purchase. WHEN: First & Third Wednesdays from 8-11pm WHERE: Bailey Contemporary Arts (41 NE First St., Pompano Beach) COST: $10

27th Annual Florida Renaissance Festival

Every February and March, the northwest corner of Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach transforms from a simple nature park into a grand and whimsical, immersive world inspired by the Renaissance era. A castle entrance beckons guests to enter through its arches; a king and queen perch on their thrones to watch knights joust; children thrust lances through a golden ring while riding a wooden horse down a steep greased cable called a Quintain; performers recite Shakespeare and perform daring acts of acrobatic bravery; adults learn to throw axes and watch expert demonstrations, such as an archer who can nail a target with his handmade wooden bow from a spectacular distance. At this celebration, hungry festivalgoers sink their jaws into juicy turkey thighs and guzzle cold beer while admiring the elaborate costumes of their fellow lads and ladies. “Our festival provides people of all ages the chance to escape into an alternate universe with invigorating activities, and our growing assortment of themed weekends,” said Bobby Rodriguez, the founder and producer of the Florida Renaissance Festival. The Florida Renaissance Festival attracts more than 100,000 annual

Get Crafty at BaCa’s Lunch with Art Workshops

Bring your lunch and sit down for an hour amongst art and artists. Each week will vary with something different — special guests, artist speakers, simple hands-on activities, or just a calm break. If you don’t have your own lunch, Blooming Bean Coffee located on the first floor of BaCA has coffee and small snacks for purchase. March’s projects include: March 6 — Weaving a Bracelet; March 13 — Glue 101; March 20 — Tea Bag Art; March 27 — Art Journaling Techniques WHEN: Every Wednesday from 12:15 to 1:15pm WHERE: Bailey Contemporary Arts, 41 NE First St., Pompano Beach COST: free


Ali Slam N’ Jam

Fourth Thursdays from 8 to 10pm | Oct. 25 | Historic Ali Cultural Arts (353 Martin Luther King Blvd.) | $10 Want your shot in the spotlight? Take center stage at Ali. All levels of singers, musicians and poets are encouraged to jam alongside the house band, Ali Soul Connection. Slam poetry, live music and workshops included.

George, Erica and Riley Minor. Photo by Joe Yerkovich

attendees and this year will be celebrating its 27th year in existence, its 20th year in Deerfield Beach. More than two million people have participated in the festival since in began. This year over 100 artisans and 100 performers will be in attendance. Every one of the festival’s seven weekends boasts a new theme, including: Bodacious Bodices and Wenches (March 2 & 3); Swashbucklers and Sirens (March 9 & 10); Kilts and Colleens (March 16 & 17); and lastly, Magic, Witches and Wizards (March 23 & 24). Attendees are highly encouraged to wear costumes in theme. WHEN: Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to sunset from through March 24. WHERE: Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach COST: One day adult admission is $25; Kids ages 6-11 are $12; Children under 5 are free. A season pass for all seven weekends is $112 for adults and $59 for kids. Parking is complimentary and VIP parking is available for $20. Entrance to Quiet Waters Park is $1.50 per person. Visit to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets will also be available on site.


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Go for the Gold

The Pompano Beach High School (PBHS) Athletic Booster Club is a group of dedicated parents, coaches and administrators who strive to support all the athletic teams at PBHS. The Annual Golf Tournament is the most highly anticipated event during the school year, however the club also raises funds for uniforms, equipment and this year, assisted the newest team sport on the roster, Lacrosse. Scholarships are awarded to senior athletes who meet the program’s criteria. The club contributes to the International Traveling Tornadoes who travel abroad and to the International Summit when foreign exchange students attend PBHS. Please visit the Athletic Booster Club’s tab on the school website for details regarding events, scholarships and membership information.

2019 Recipients of the Booster Club Scholarship

BACK ROW Sean Booty (baseball), Trenner Tompkins (baseball), Davis Major (lacrosse) FRONT ROW Natalee Venditto (lacrosse, cheerleading), Britt Magee (lacrosse) NOT PICTURED Jenna Miller (soccer, volleyball), Jeritza Montero (softball), Sarah Shea (volleyball)

Pompano Beach High School Athletic Booster Club Annual Golf Tournament The Pompano Beach High School (PBHS) Athletic Booster Club will host their 16th Annual Golf tournament at the Pompano Beach Municipal Golf Course. There will be a luncheon immediately following at Galuppi’s with prizes and a silent auction. Come out for a fun day of golf while supporting PBHS sports. Reserve your team now before it fills up! For more information, please contact the Booster Club at pbhsabc@


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Pompano Beach CRA Continues to Move Forward with Public Plaza In Old Town

The Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is preparing to create a public plaza in Old Town that will be used as a gathering place for the Old Town Untapped craft brew and arts festival held on the first Friday of every month, and as an outdoor dining area for new restaurants that are being attracted to the space, including a “southern comfort” restaurant concept that will occupy the building at 165 NE First Avenue. Currently, this outdoor gathering space consists of a parking lot, a grassy area under a large fig tree, an unimproved alleyway and temporary plywood decking that covers the fig tree’s exposed root system. In January, the CRA Board approved leases with three property owners for portions of the alleyway that will be part of the new public plaza. Prior to that, the CRA had signed leases with three other property owners, so it now has a total of six leases. The CRA has been working at piecing together the components of this public plaza area since 2012, when the first lease was signed, said Nguyen Tran, director of the CRA. The CRA is now in a position to move forward with hardscape improvements for the plaza, which is part of the vision to create a lively atmosphere and promote the reputation of Old Town as a destination for arts, entertainment and dining options. The idea is to use paver bricks in the new plaza area and to resolve some drainage issues, said Tran. The next step in moving the project forward is to figure out


strategic locations for dumpsters, which will be essential when there are restaurants with outdoor dining. Once that’s determined, the design drawings can be finished, the cost of the project can be formulated and a budget can be drawn up for approval by the CRA Board. After that, the project can be put out to bid. The CRA is working with the city’s urban forester to come up with a maintenance and protection plan for the fig tree, which is a prominent feature of the plaza area. “The character of the whole courtyard is this fig tree,” said Tran. “We’re trying to save it and create that atmosphere for the outdoor dining.” The CRA has leased spaces in Old Town to three restaurants. The restaurant at 165 NE First Avenue will overlook the new public plaza. The other two will be located nearby at 11 NE First St., in what was formerly a laundromat, and at 44 NE First St. In addition, a private owner of retail space at 124 N. Flagler Ave. intends to lease to a restaurant, which would overlook the plaza and fig tree. The new plaza is anticipated to be completed within the year, said Tran.

A1A and Pier St. Intersection will get Traffic Signal for Safer Pedestrian Crossing The City has entered into a construction agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to install a traffic signal at the intersection of A1A and Pier Street to aid pedestrian and vehicular traffic. An existing traffic signal located just south of the A1A and Pier Street intersection will be removed, and a new traffic signal will be placed at the actual intersection. The new signal will be synchronized to manage a greater pedestrian demand, the result of increased activity at the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier and the Pompano Beach Fishing Village. Pier Street, which is known as NE 2nd Street on the west side of AIA, runs from the fishing pier to a water taxi station on the Intracoastal Waterway, while passing through the Fishing Village. The new location of the traffic signal is intended to provide safer pedestrian crossing of the intersection, according to Horacio Danovich, the city’s capital improvements program and Innovation District director. Pier Street on the east side of A1A was constructed in conjunction with the Pier Parking Garage, which opened in 2016 and is part of the Fishing Village. In 2013, Broward County approved a land use plan amendment for the Fishing Village, which included provisions for the relocation of

the traffic signal. The construction agreement, which FDOT requires because A1A is a state road, is the last step in the process to move forward with installation. Danovich expects work to begin this summer or fall and to take about nine months to complete. The City-funded project is anticipated to cost approximately $1 million.

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Pompano Beach CRA Acquires City-Owned Properties to Facilitate Development of Downtown At its meeting on Jan. 22, the City Commission approved the conveyance of eight City-owned properties to the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), in order to help facilitate development in the downtown area. All eight properties are located in the vicinity of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (MLK Boulevard), in the Northwest CRA district, and are adjacent to property already owned by the CRA. The properties will be developed to implement the city’s general vision for an urbanized downtown, said CRA Director Nguyen Tran. At the heart of this ‘new’ downtown is the development of the area branded as the Innovation District, which is bound by I-95 to the west, Dixie Highway to the east, MLK Boulevard (NW Third Street) to the north, and Atlantic Boulevard to the south. The emphasis is on a pedestrian friendly, mixeduse environment that includes commercial retail on the ground floor and higher-density residential on the upper floors, as well as office, restaurant and hotel space. All but two of the properties the CRA obtained from the City are zoned for mixed-use development. Four of the acquired properties are located in the Innovation District. Three properties are located in the Blanche Ely Neighborhood north of MLK Boulevard, and

one property is part of the site referred to as the “Gateway Property,” which lies directly north of the Innovation District on the northwest corner of the intersection of N. Dixie Highway and MLK Boulevard. The CRA already owned the other portion of the Gateway site. In April 2017, the City and CRA issued a joint solicitation seeking a developer for the 2.25-acre site, but only one proposal was received. The proposal was later withdrawn, partly due to the split ownership of the site, and the developer’s commitment to other projects. Now that the CRA owns the entire Gateway property, the CRA can issue a solicitation to attract a developer for the property as one unified site, which it plans to do sometime this March. “The idea of the City conveying that property to the CRA is that we can procure a developer and work on a development agreement with that developer more efficiently,” said Tran. The City Commission was to vote on the conveyance of the eight properties at its Jan. 8 meeting, but the item was postponed to Jan. 22 because Commissioner Beverly Perkins wanted additional information on the type of development that could occur on the properties, which are located in District 4, the district she represents. When the res-

olution for the conveyance of the properties was finally voted on, Perkins was the only commissioner to cast a ‘no’ vote. Perkins has had ongoing concerns about how the City is acquiring property via liens and fines on property owners in her district, and has voiced her anger about what she percieves as a lack of transparency and equitability in regards to re-development projects in the city. To meet the requirement of “fair and equitable compensation” under the city’s Charter, six properties owned by the CRA will be conveyed to the City. In addition to acquiring the eight City-owned properties, the CRA is in the process of finalizing the purchase of 13 properties that were owned by the Grisham family, whose roots in Pompano’s northwest community run deep. Those properties are located behind the City Vista building at the northeast corner of MLK Boulevard and NW Sixth Avenue. As soon as the $2 million purchase of the Grisham properties is completed, the CRA plans to issue a solicitation for a developer. The intent of acquiring the properties is for additional workforce housing opportunities, said Tran. The assemblage of Grisham properties would be combined with existing CRA properties to have enough land to build the project.




City Purchases Former Denny’s Property for Charlotte J. Burrie Civic Center Expansion The City Commission unanimously approved in December the $1.8 million purchase of the former Denny’s restaurant located at 2671 N. Federal Highway for the purpose of expanding the Charlotte J. Burrie Civic Center, which is currently being constructed directly south of the property. Purchase of the property almost doubles the site

Charlotte J. Burrie Civic Center. Photo by Jeff Graves

size for the civic center from 46,688 to 89,073 square feet, and allows for more amenities. A covered patio and a courtyard area with playground equipment are being proposed. Parking capacity will increase from 41 spaces to about 76 parking spaces. A second entrance and exit will also be added. “When staff learned that this property was available for sale, we saw it as a great opportunity to allow us to enhance the initial design plans for the Charlotte J. Burrie Civic Center,” Assistant City Manager Suzette Sibble told the Commission. “The addition really adds so much more to the versatility and the use of the center,” said

Commissioner Rhonda Eaton, who represents District 2, where the center is located. Eaton said that Former Vice Mayor Charlotte Burrie worked very hard on getting the project, which is “very much needed,” as the district is one of the only communities in the city without a civic center. The property had accumulated $640,100 in liens due to code violations related to tree neglect and removal, which the city is planning to waive. The fines were imposed in 2012 and 2013, and had accrued at $100 and $200 a day since then. The actual amount that the City spent to process the liens was only about $2,300, said Sibble. “This is really going to make a big difference and I think we’re very lucky that it became available for sale when it did,” said current Vice Mayor Barry Moss. The vacant Denny’s building is expected to be demolished by this March. The estimated

“This is really going to make a big difference and I think we’re very lucky that it became available for sale when it did.” — Vice Mayor Barry Moss


completion date of the civic center’s original site is October 2019. The newly acquired site will likely be completed by early 2020, and will cost approximately $700,000 to develop, according to the city’s capital improvement project manager.

Aquatic Center Will Get New $1 Million Observation Building And Pump Room The Pompano Beach Aquatic Center’s 25-meter swimming pool has been closed to the public since last August due to a pump room that is in failing condition. Construction of a new two-story pump room and observation building Is expected to begin this month and to be completed at the beginning of 2020, at which time the pool will reopen. The aquatic center’s 50-meter Olympicsize pool continues to operate and will remain open during the construction project. The City Commission approved the award of a $1,051,030 contract to Shiff Construction and Development for the replacement of the existing one-story pump room. The lower level of the new structure will house a pump room, electrical room and chemical room. The upper level will consist of a classroom/training room with a handicap accessible restroom, and a retail area (for swim gear) facing the existing community swimming pools. The design of the building, including

MLK Blvd. to Get $3 Million In Streetscape Improvements

large glass windows, and the increased activity that will be generated around the pools is intended to provide more natural surveillance, which will enhance the safety of aquatic center patrons.

The City Commission recently authorized payment of $2,972,180 to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to fund construction services for streetscape improvements on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (formerly Hammondville Road) from just east of 1-95 to Powerline Road. The payment represents matching funds that the City pledged towards the total cost of the project, the remainder of which is being funded through a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) federal grant. The project is one of five that are being undertaken in Broward County as part of the Regional Complete Streets Initiative. These Complete Streets Projects will fill in gaps and extend the reach of the existing Broward Regional Complete Streets network. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (MLK Boulevard) will be milled and resurfaced, and through-lane widths will be reduced to accommodate 7-foot buffered bike lanes in each direction from Powerline Road to I-95. Existing sidewalks requiring reconstruction will be retrofitted to ensure they comply with ADA standards. Drainage will be modified as necessary as part of the project. Pedestrian and vehicular lighting will be provided, in addition to

landscaping. Streetscape improvements have already been carried out on the western and eastern portions of MLK Boulevard, and the middle section is “the only piece that we need to complete,” said Horacio Danovich, the city’s capital improvements program and Innovation District director. Businesses that are being attracted to the area are going to have a nice frontage that people can drive through, he said. FDOT is asking the City for an additional $700,000 in contingency funds to offset tariff increases and market prices that are driving construction costs upwards. Under its agreement with FDOT, the City will be responsible for any unanticipated costs or price increases. Danovich said that resources in the City’s general fund have been identified, but hopes the additional funds won’t need to be paid to FDOT until design-build bids come in and the actual cost of the project is known, which could be in July. Final streetscape design is expected to start once the design-build company has been retained and is under contract. The streetscape improvements are anticipated to be completed by the end of 2021.





While there are many more steps to take to return to normalcy, the city continues to recover from the aftermath of the sewage spill that was caused on Jan. 4, when a subcontractor working for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) accidentally ruptured a 42-inch force main sewage pipe at NW 15 Street, just east of the I-95 overpass. For six days, close to 50 million gallons of raw sewage is estimated to have spewed into the canal system before the sewage pipe could be repaired, according to the City’s latest calculations. The sewage flowed into the C-1 canal at the accident site, continued southward into the Pompano Canal and then out the G-57 gate on the C-16 canal (at the southeast corner of Cypress Road and Atlantic Boulevard), all the way to the Intracoastal Waterway. The spill impacted the Canal Pointe subdivision located just north of the accident site, a group of homes just north of Atlantic Boulevard adjacent to I-95, and the neighborhoods of Avondale, Garden Isles, Snug Harbor, Cypress Isles Estates, Cypress Harbor and Lake Santa Barbara. The High Ridge Estates neighborhood north of McNab Road was also affected. The further east the sewage went, the more diluted it got. At the height of the incident, depending upon which direction the wind was blowing, other communities were impacted by the foul odor for a number of days. Although the city’s drinking water was not affected in any way, an advisory was issued for people not to fish, swim or irrigate from the canals. The advisory was rescinded on Feb. 12. While city officials and staff have been working to remediate the impacts of the disaster, they have also been working to put measures in place to be prepared for any similar situation that may occur in the future. “This is something that no one had


Sewage spill accident site at NW 15th St. and I-95 with green air compressors to oxygenate the C-1 canal. Photo by Marie Puleo

thought about,” said City Manager Greg Harrison at a city commission meeting shortly after the spill had been contained. “That line has been in the ground for 45 years and never ever was disturbed.” His office, along with engineering and utilities staff, will be working with a consultant to study the wastewater force main system and look for alternative response options. One of those alternatives could be creating a valve bypass system to divert sewage waste if a major rupture were to happen again. “The only pure sure-fire way of doing this is to duplicate the line, pair it up all the way through the city, and that may very well be what we will have to come back to you with once we get through with this analysis,” Harrison told the Commission. Harrison said that, in the meantime, the City is going to make sure it keeps repair materials on hand for this type of pipe. He explained that one of the reasons the repair took so long was that some materials had to be borrowed from the county, and some had to be made in a facility in Texas. The City is also working to put an emergency repair contract in place, which will

be brought to the City Commission. The City already has a contractor that does routine repairs of its utility systems. The new contract would be for emergency repair of the utility systems, including water, reuse water, wastewater and stormwater systems. “We are thinking ahead,” said Harrison. “We are trying to make sure that this is taken care of so that it won’t happen again.” Mayor Rex Hardin and other City Commissioners, as well as some residents, expressed dissatisfaction that they weren’t notified sooner of the spill after it happened. The accident took place on a Friday, and a notice didn’t go out until the following Monday afternoon. “I have let staff know that in the future the Commission needs to be fully informed of anything of this nature from the second it happens,” said Hardin. “And it needs to be codified in the policies and procedures of the City. We are ultimately the ones who are responsible to the public, and it’s important that we know what’s going on.” Hardin said he wants to be informed “by telephone immediately with accurate information.”

After the initial delay in notifying the public about the sewage spill, the City issued two Code Red alerts, three press releases and daily updates via the City’s website, Facebook, Twitter and the Garden Isles email distribution list. Additionally, warning signs were posted and 4,000 door-hangers were placed on all homes near the affected canals. According to an FDOT project spokesperson, Arc Electric, the subcontractor that pierced the pressurized sewage pipe, was installing fiber optic cables that connect to cameras along I-95, which in turn connect to a traffic management center that monitors the expressway in real-time so it can update the overhead message boards or notify first responders accordingly. The sewage pipe was 17 feet underground. The project spokesperson said the minimum depth for installing fiber optic cable underneath a road is 10 feet from the top surface. If there’s an existing pipe or other utility, they have to place the cable a certain distance beneath it, and in this case, the specification was three feet below the 42-inch force main pipe. According to Mayor Rex Hardin, about three or four fiber optic cable conduits were already bored and in place, but it was determined that additional capacity was needed, so Arc Electric was called back out to drill another hole. Apparently, they figured they knew where the force main pipe was because they had drilled the other holes, but the pipe runs at a slope in that area, and they drilled into it. “If they had called the City to get specifications, we could have told them exactly where it was, and then they could have adjusted the depth that they were drilling to and this wouldn’t have happened,” said Hardin. FDOT’s prime contractor for the I-95 project is Prince Construction. Prince subcontracted to SICE, a multinational technology integration company which, in turn, subcontracted to Arc Electric. The City has been carrying out its cleanup efforts in conjunction with FDOT, the Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Health in Broward County.

As directed by the Department of Environmental Protection, a total of 147 aerators (hoses connected to large air compressors on land) were placed in the affected canals to increase dissolved oxygen and stimulate biodegradation of the harmful fecal bacteria, which do not like an oxygen-rich environment. The number of aerators was gradually reduced, as surface water sampling results showed that at all 16 sampling locations the level of fecal bacteria had dropped well below the target level of 800 colony-forming units per 100 ml. The daily water sampling program for fecal bacteria was put into effect on Jan. 7 and ended on Feb. 8. Weekly water testing began on Feb. 11 to check for elements that will help determine if there are any lasting impacts on the environment and human health. Initial response efforts to the sewage spill included industrial vacuum trucks at the spill site that carried out a week-long effort to remove all floatable solids trapped by the barriers, gate structures and culverts located in the C-1 canal. Vacuum trucks were also used at 50 lift stations in the eastern portion of the city in an attempt to repair the sewage pipe. Daily inspection and removal of dead fish both east and west of the G-57 structure also began.

ment, was anticipated to be completed at the end of February. Once it has been assessed how much sediment there is, and where it is, the most efficient removal option can be selected. There is no clear determination yet on when the remediation plan will be completed because the extent of the contamination is still not known. The remediation will not be a routine activity. According to environmental experts, large-scale sewage spills of this nature are few and far between, and it’s very unusual for them to spill into canals. Normally, they hit open water bodies, or they don’t hit a water body at all. One expert noted that if the sewage hadn’t spilled into the canal at NW 15th Street, it would have flooded the entire neighborhood, between I-95 and Dixie Highway. “It’s bad either way, but at least you had millions of gallons with a way to get out of there.”


Now that surface water quality in the affected waterways has improved, testing has begun to determine the amount and location of sewage accumulated on the bottom of the canals and waterways as a result of the spill. The testing is the first step in a remediation plan that Aptim Environmental & Infrastructure, FDOT’s environmental consultant, submitted on Jan. 31 to the Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department on behalf of the City and FDOT’s subcontractor SICE. The first week of February, sediment core sampling began at the NW 15th Street spill site, moving southward along the C-1 canal, and going all the way to the G-57 gate. A second method of testing, using industrial vacuum trucks to extract submerged sedi-


On Feb. 7, the City of Pompano Beach, as well as FDOT and Prince Contracting, received a Notice of Violation and Hearing from the Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department (EPGMD). The notice identifies six instances in which the EPGMD believes sections of the Broward County Code of Ordinances were violated. On March 28, a hearing is scheduled to take place before a Broward County hearing examiner, during which a civil penalty of up to $15,000 per violation per day may >>>




<<< be assessed. The City plans to rebut the majority of the allegations at the hearing. Four of the violations are addressed to all three parties, and are related to causing water pollution and circumstances constituting a nuisance by discharging untreated sewage. A letter from City Manager Greg Harrison in response to the Notice of Violation disputes the inclusion of Pompano Beach in these counts, asserting that the responsibility for the breach of the sewage pipe and the resulting sewage spill lies with FDOT and its contractors. The other two violations are addressed to only Pompano Beach. One was for failing to carry out water samples on Jan. 5, 6 and 7 after the untreated sewage spill occurred on Jan. 4. The other was for failing to include in the City’s Wastewater Continuity of Service Plan a method of notification to residents and businesses impacted by a sewage spill or abnormal event and by failing to provide adequate notice to residents and businesses on Jan. 4, 5 and 6.

In his response letter, Harrison said that staff did not take water samples the first few days following the sewage spill because they were focused on trying to stop the flow. He said the City is evaluating whether the requirement is to take a water sample during an ongoing spill or after the spill is stopped. If the requirement is that a sample must be taken while the sewage is still spewing, the City will ensure its compliance in any similar incident that might occur. Harrison also said that the City will amend its Wastewater Continuity of Service Plan to include a provision for a method of public notification. So far, the sewage spill has cost the City approximately $2.5 million, which city officials expect to get back from FDOT and its prime contractor and subcontractors. The damage to wildlife has been primarily to fish and a few turtles. According to people who were out on the City’s canal boat, hundreds of tiny fish measuring a quarter-inch to a half-inch long were killed, but the number of larger fish was much

less. FDOT contractors and City of Pompano Beach employees removed the fish by boat and canal bank using fishnets. To ensure the interests of the City and its residents are protected, the City hired an environmental law firm (Manson Bolves Donaldson Varn) that has substantial experience in water quality issues.  While FDOT is responsible to comply with state and local regulations regarding the spill and the remediation, the City has retained a third-party environmental consultant, Janicki Environmental, Inc., to monitor their work. Janicki Environmental’s tasks include reviewing water quality data and providing an analysis of the potential, or likely, environmental and human health effects due to the spill, and developing recommendations to address the identified issues. “It’s important to figure out what we would do differently in the future,” said Mayor Rex Hardin. “We’ve gone through an eye-opening experience, and I certainly wouldn’t want to have it happen again.”

The City Establishes New Rules for Valet Parking The City Commission has adopted a valet parking ordinance to regulate the use of public sector and private sector valet parking services citywide, but particularly in the city’s redevelopment areas. According to city officials, in the future there will be more and more demand for valet parking as redevelopment progresses in many parts of the city, and a set of standards is needed to ensure the public’s safety. It is anticipated that demand for valet parking will increase in the beach area, Harbor Village shopping center, East Atlantic Boulevard, Old Pompano, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and the Northwest CRA district. Powerline Road may also soon see a need for valet parking as it redevelops. In the public sector, the ordinance permits the City to engage their parking management company, currently Denison Parking, to operate valet parking for either the City or a beach area business, using 100 designated valet parking spaces in the Pier Parking Garage. In the private sector, the ordinance will set the rules by which businesses, especially restaurants, can establish valet service. As per the ordinance, any business that wishes to use public street parking as the ramping (drop-off and pick-up) area for their valet parking or use public parking lots for their storage, must apply to the City for a valet operator permit. The application will be reviewed by various City divisions and departments, including Zoning, Engineering, Building, Police, Risk Management and Fire. The initial application fee is $250, and the annual renewal fee is $150. The ordinance provides standards for the conduct and dress of


valet employees. All valet employees must wear a shirt printed with the valet operator’s name and phone number and the employee’s name or employee number, and the print must be in no less than a 14-point font. The customer claim ticket must identify the valet operator, correspondence address, and a telephone number for questions and complaints. The City must approve valet equipment, such as signs and key stands design, as well as the location and design of the ramping area. The ordinance also sets rules regarding insurance requirements. All parking attendants must have a minimum of eight hours of training provided by the valet operator. The City may request that an attendant be removed from duty, if the City determines that the attendant failed to comply with the professional standards. If valet parking operators do not have a valid permit, or if the permit is revoked and operations continue, the City’s code compliance inspectors can cite the violator and administer certain penalties in accordance with the existing City code.

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Vice Mayor Barry Moss Will Represent City On Metropolitan Planning Organization Board Vice Mayor Barry Moss was chosen by the City Commission in a 4-2 vote to serve as the city’s representative on the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Board of Directors. Moss fills the vacancy on the MPO Board left by former Vice Mayor Charlotte Burrie, who served as the city’s designated representative for four years. The Broward MPO is a federally-mandated agency that is responsible for making policy on local transportation issues and deciding how to spend federal money on transportation projects within Broward County. Newly elected Commissioner Andrea McGee was also interested in being appointed as the city’s representative on the MPO Board, and made a motion to nominate herself, which was seconded by Commissioner Beverly Perkins, but Moss got a majority of the votes. The City Commission, however, voted unanimously to appoint McGee to the MPO Roundtable Steering Committee. McGee told the Commission she has “a lot of interest in mass transit and trying to bring transit-oriented ideas to Pompano.” She cited the recently approved Broward County sales surtax as a factor in expanding how people will move around in the city. Last November, a majority of Broward County voters approved an increase in the county’s sales tax from 6 to 7 percent to fund almost $16 billion in transportation improvements. The penny surtax, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2019, will apply to every dollar spent on taxable items over the next thirty years. Vehicle purchases, such as cars, boats and RVs, are subject to the sales surtax, but only up to the first $5,000 of the sale. Revenue will be used on projects designed to create connectivity, reduce traffic congestion, expand public transit services and develop safe sidewalks and bike paths. These efforts will coincide with the Broward MPO’s 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan, which, as required by federal law, guides investment in Broward’s transportation system for the next 25 years.


City Tries Out New Process For Awarding Funds to Local Nonprofits The City has a new process in place for allocating funds to local nonprofits, which it used for the first time in December. The City Commission awarded $300,000 to fund 19 groups and 22 programs. Over 60 groups submitted applications, requesting a total of $1.1 million. Each year, the City receives many more requests than it can support, so last April it hired a firm called Strategic Philanthropy to help streamline the process and stay within budget. A once-a-year application process was decided on, and funding priorities were Identified in the areas of workforce readiness, education, senior assistance and community events. Among the nonprofits awarded funding for Fiscal Year 2018/19 are the Areawide Council on Aging of Broward County ($60,000); Early Learning Coalition of Broward County ($30,000); the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County ($12,000); Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen ($5,000); and the Pompano Beach Historical Society ($4,500). Some applicants who did not receive funding complained that the process was not transparent enough, the paperwork was tedious, and that they did not get timely responses to their phone calls or emails. Mayor Rex Hardin said because it is a new process “there are going to be some growing pains.” Vice Mayor Barry Moss said that although there was a hiccup in the system, “the way we did it before was so haphazard, and with no or little documentation. I think this is a very big improvement.”


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Talk of the Town A POSSIBLE BRAZILIAN CONSULATE BRANCH IN POMPANO BEACH; REX HARDIN’S FIRST MONTHS AS MAYOR; AN UPDATE ON POMPANO BEACH DEVELOPMENTS AND SOME NEW RESTAURANTS TO WATCH BY JEFF LEVINE GOT A PHONE CALL FROM A VERY EXCITED POMPANO BEACH MAYOR REX HARDIN A FEW DAYS AGO. HE, ALONG WITH CITY MANAGER GREG HARRISON, HAD JUST MET WITH JOÃO Mendes Pereira, Ambassador/Consul General of Brazil for Miami, to create a “branch” in Pompano Beach. The branch would be open once a quarter in City Hall in order for area residents to more conveniently conduct embassy affairs such as passport and visa related issues, additional services for Brazilian citizens and commerce related matters. The first session may happen as soon as next month. I asked Hardin for his first impressions since becoming mayor late last year. After being on the city commission for more than a decade, he had a good feel for the general responsibilities of

the job, but was clearly surprised by the sewage leak caused by a major pipe bursting due to an FDOT contractor mishap. The accident occurred near I-95, but the leak has effected canals in large portions of Pompano. From what Mayor Hardin told me, it has clearly been his biggest focus, thus far. In politics, there’s no such thing as easing into the job. ABOVE Construction progress on the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier. Photo by Jeff Graves


Mayor Hardin also inherited quite a few projects going on throughout the city. Let’s get you up to date on some of those projects: The Atlantic Boulevard intracoastal bridge has been progressing as scheduled (see feature article on page 46). Kudos to the team for making sure that the major lane closing construction occurred during off-peak season. More often than not, construction delays lead to road closures during snowbird season, and those two things never mix well. In addition to boring but needed structural improvements, the new bridge will be a landmark of sorts and will have a walkway going under the east side of the bridge, creating a pleasant walking and jogging experience. Completion is expected by early summer. The Fishing Pier is also getting close to completion. The new pier will be more hurricane resistant and also create another visual landmark for the city. It may be opened to the public as soon as May. One construction project that has seen its share of delays is the Oceanic restaurant. The builder is now looking for a late spring/ early summer opening. We will keep you posted. Once it opens, Oceanic will make a nice companion to the Pompano Beach House. The Beach House has been a huge success since opening last year and is located next door to Oceanic, right on the ocean, just north of the Pier. In the meantime, a couple of new restaurants for you to check out: Circling back to the growing influence and importance of the Brazilian community in Pompano Beach, Borogodó Florida Brazilian Grill (7 SE 22nd Ave.) recently opened. Can’t wait to check them out. AND Fish Kitchen + Bar is the new eatery at the Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa. It replaced McCoy’s, which had decent food but never really caught on. Executive Chef Eric Kaszubinski is still at the helm of the kitchen, which focuses on fresh-catch seafood dishes. The hotel is making a major push to make AND Fish a success and so far, all that I’ve heard has been very positive. We won’t even hold it against them that the name AND Fish is odd and makes it look like we haven’t proof read this column. Stay tuned next month when Pompano Magazine will publish a feature article on AND Fish Kitchen + Bar. Y


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BRIDGE VISION By Danielle Charbonneau


On Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, Pompano Beach City Commissioners and company officials from Currie Sowards Aguila Architects [CSA Architects] and Burkhardt Construction, convened in front of a public crowd at The Foundry restaurant to host a festive groundbreaking ceremony announcing plans for the new Atlantic Boulevard Bridge. Together they unveiled their creative vision for the bridge, which they hoped could become an iconic gateway leading to the oceanside area of Pompano Beach. The plans included four grand sails on the four corners of the bridge (mirroring those on the new pier parking garage), marine-themed murals, computerized uplighting, land lighting and most ambitious, a pedestrian esplanade under the bridge to connect hip restaurants on the north and south sides of the bridge. While the groundbreaking took place in 2017, the project was first conceived in 2010 as an initiative by the East CRA Advisory Committee and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Now, roughly nine years after the project began and 14 months after the groundbreaking ceremony, the vision for the bridge has almost materialized. Horacio Danovich, the Critical Infrastructure Protection [CIP] and Innovation District Director who has been leading the charge on the project since the beginning, said he estimates the decorative sails by CSA Architects, and the splashy marine-themed artwork by local artist Dennis Friel, will be installed in March, while the bridge construction will be done in late May or early June. “This bridge is a symbolic ‘welcome’ to all who visit our beachfront,” said Danovich. The CRA made $1.5 million available to make the first phase of improvements to the bridge, followed by an additional $3.5 million to complete the project. CSA Architect partner Jess Sowards said he believes the bridge will help shape the city in an important way. “Their [the City and CRA Advisory Committee’s] understanding that parking garages and bridges are symbols of the city, not just functioning structures, has set the style for the type of businesses, hotels and developments that now want to be part of this growing community,” Sowards said.


MEET THE ARTIST OF “ATLANTIC HARMONY” ennis Friel is the creative mastermind, skilled painter and digital madman behind the marine themed murals to be installed in March on the facades of the new and improved Atlantic Boulevard Bridge. He named the project “Atlantic Harmony” to represent the deeper meaning he hopes to convey through the murals. A bridge, he said, is a harmonious idea; It creates connection and builds community between two places, between diverse people. Harmony is also found in the Atlantic Ocean where a rich and abundant marine ecosystem exists, each diverse species of fish, coral and marine life uniquely contributing to a wondrous, selfbalancing system. The artwork includes six large panels — some as big as 70 feet by 10 feet — plus some corner details. Combined the panels feature approximately 50 different species of marine life, blended throughout an ever-changing underwater and oceanside landscape. The underwater parts are playful, ethereal and evoke a sense of peering into the magic below the sea. A few Pompano Beach landmarks are spotted throughout the murals, including the Hillsboro Lighthouse. The largest, signature sections of the work, which will be featured on the north side of the bridge, are lively paintings of majestic sailfish thrashing their bodies and plunging through crystal water. Those two murals were entirely painted by hand on canvas in Friel’s studio before being digitized and printed as wrap on substrate, which will be attached to the bridge. The four other panels are an amalgamation of painting, Dennis Friel at the Atlantic Boulevard Bridge in Pompano Beach. Artwork ©Dennis Friel Art Studios, LLC. Photo by Joe Yerkovich Artwork ©Dennis Friel Art Studios, LLC


digital artwork and illustrative design. Friel’s process for creating those multi-media pieces was impressive. He painted each individual species of fish by hand, incorporating every characteristic detail — from the way the light hits the eye of a king mackeral, to the anatomy of a wahoo fin, to the way the grey cascades into the yellow of a sergeant major. Then, he scanned or photographed each painting to attain a high-resolution digital image. He then manipulated his paintings and arranged them like puzzle pieces onto a large digital canvas, which he shaped and sized using the architectural drawings of the bridge. Masterfully using Photoshop, he digitally created


the environments around the fish, blending each element together into a cohesive scene. The complicated process required Friel to think carefully through a thousand details — the shape of each panel, the various structural elements of the bridge that might alter one’s vision of the painting from various viewpoints, how each panel works together and where best to place each marine species authentically. In addition, the extremely large file sizes for such a project were painfully slow, so strategizing when and how to make changes to the work was an art in and of itself. While Friel has designed countless boat wraps and some

ABOVE A unique view inside Dennis Friel Art Studios, Inc. where, for certain aspects, Friel creates preliminary watercolor studies before implementing the ideas into larger formats. TOP LEFT native sea grape foliage TOP RIGHT a native Pompano species BOTTOM LEFT Hillsboro Lighthouse BOTTOM RIGHT mullet


The bridge design team. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT Brandon Rhodes (Burkhardt Construction), Dennis Friel, Dominique Mitchell (Pompano CRA Intern), Bill Zammit (Burkhardt Construction), Jess Sowards (Currie, Sowards, Aguila architects). Also on the team, but not pictured, Horacio Danovich (Pompano CRA).

small-scale public art projects, “Atlantic Harmony” is the largest project in scale he has ever tackled, and the most personal. He grew up in Pompano Beach, went to Cardinal Gibbons High School, spent his childhood vacations snorkeling in the Keys, his teens and 20s scuba diving and his entire life deep sea, offshore and inshore fishing. Friel said the “Atlantic Harmony” project is close to his heart, which was both beneficial, and burdensome to his process. “One of the biggest challenges I’d say was dealing with myself,” he said. “What I mean by that is this is a really

late teens, his work was already hung in local art galleries and featured at the then famed Wildfish Collection in Pompano Beach. It was through this early exposure that Friel gained his first clients, including the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), the Broward Everglades Research Foundation, Mote Marine Laboratory, the Southern Kingfish Association and Vision Street Wear. Post high school, Friel attended the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL to study illustration, followed by a short stint at The Art Institute of Fort

ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES I’D SAY WAS DEALING WITH MYSELF. WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS THIS IS A REALLY IMPORTANT PIECE FOR ME — THE MEANING THAT IT HAS FOR ME PERSONALLY. I WANT IT TO BE MY BEST PIECE EVER AND I WANT IT TO BE AN IMPORTANT PIECE. — DENNIS FRIEL important piece for me; I want it to be my best piece ever. Just trying to get past that mental block can really bog you down. It helps me sometimes to go back in my head and say, ‘Remember when you were a kid and you just drew for fun in class?’ Sometimes you just gotta trick yourself into relaxing and getting creative. That’s when the best work comes.” As a man deeply rooted in “salt life” culture, Friel created “Atlantic Harmony” almost entirely from his mind’s eye. “For the most part they are all original illustrations. I draw them all from scratch,” he said. “It comes from in me. Occasionally I will look at a photograph for a reference of an eye, fin or specific colorization, but then I add my own style… I create all my own unique textures and unique underwater scenes and coral reefs.” Painting underwater scenes is nothing new to Friel, who has been creating pelagic artwork since his youth. By his


Lauderdale where digital design was being taught in its infancy. His first job after college married his passion for creative design to his second love: music. He became a designer for the world’s largest music distribution business, Alliance Entertainment, where he later became Creative Director. At Alliance, Friel led a team of designers to create artwork for major music labels and studios out of Los Angeles and New York, including Universal, Sony, Warner Brothers, EMI and Capitol, along with their associated bands and musicians. In his nearly two decades at Alliance, however, Friel never forgot, nor abandoned his love of designing pelagic artwork. He took on numerous side projects in the marine industry over the years, maintaining his network. In 2013, Friel saw a glowing opportunity to pursue his dream of having his own, independent art studio. Together with his tireless, [CONTINUED ON PAGE 60]

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POMPANO BEACH Aconchego Bar and Grill. BRAZILIAN A taste of Brazil  in the heart of Pompano Beach. Open for lunch and dinner.  7 SE 22nd Ave., 954-782-8040. $

And Fish Kitchen + Bar. SEAFOOD Located at the Marriott

Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, enjoy chef Eric Kaszubinski’s modern take on fresh seafood. The restaurant has recently been renovated and now sports a contemporary and breezy ambiance. 1200 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-782-0100 $$

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. PIZZA • WINGS You can credit this place with bringing the whole “coal-fired pizza craze” to South Florida. Pizza and chicken wings — do you need anymore? Try the cauliflower pizza — good and good for you. 1203 S. Federal Highway, 954-942-5550 $$ The Beach Grille. AMERICAN Delicious eats near the beach with the capability to order online. 3414 Atlantic Blvd., 954946-6000 $ Beach House. AMERICAN • CRAFT COCKTAILS Newly opened beachside dining on Pompano Beach. Casual and relaxed with rooftop deck on the second floor. 270 N Pompano Beach Blvd. 954-607-6530 Bella Roma Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria. ITALIAN • PIZZA

Tasty dishes, large portions and delivery is available. 40 SW 15th St., 954-784-3696 $$

Bobby Rubino’s. BARBECUE • AMERICAN Specials and coupons

are posted daily and catering is available. The restaurant also has a large bar room where you can dine at the bar or booths. This place is a Pompano Beach icon. 2501 N. Federal Highway, 954-781-7550 $$

Brew Fish. BAR AND GRILL Dine outside in the tiki hut overlooking a canal right in Pompano Beach. Comprehensive menu and attentive staff. 200 E. McNab Rd., 954-440-3347 $$ Briny Irish Pub. IRISH • BAR FOOD At the end of East Atlantic

Boulevard, steps from the ocean, is Briny’s Irish Pub. There is a large beer selection plus the regular and, dare we say, unique mixed drinks. The kitchen offers an array of bar food as well as some classics like bangers and mash and fish-nchips. The casual atmosphere is created by an immense array of nautical artifacts and oddities that fill every inch of the pub. Music plays constantly, often live with a dance floor if one is inclined. 3440 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-942-3159 $

Bru’s Room Sports Grill. AMERICAN This spot is home to the

Seminole Club of Broward County. Wings and other bar food available. 235 S. Federal Highway, 954-785-2227 $



Calypso Restaurant and Raw Bar. CARIBBEAN Since they opened their doors in 1990, Calypso has been a local favorite. This gem of a restaurant is known for their fresh, wild caught fish, Bahamian conch dishes, Jamaican jerk and American favorites too all served with an island flair. On any given day, look around and you’ll see fellow diners devouring their house special cutter (sandwich)—sautéed shrimp with garlic butter, mushrooms and cheddar all stuffed into a hollowed out kaiser roll. Check out the special board for a variety of locally caught fish with everything from grouper to snapper to wahoo among others. Plenty of land lubber options are also available including filet mignon. For island comfort food, don’t miss one of their curries or rotis. Fresh oysters and clams are also available. Wash it all down with a draft beer, a glass of wine or choose from over 40 different bottled beers. So if you are in search of high-quality ingredients, inventive cooking and a very welcoming staff, head over to Calypso. 460 S. Cypress Road, 954-942-1633 $$ Casareccio Trattoria Italiana. ITALIAN Wow! What a find. This small but impressive Italian eatery is delightful. We can’t really tell you what to try because the menu changes daily. However, we are willing to bet you will fall in love with this place which feels like it just plopped into Pompano straight from the hills of Tuscany. Reservations are highly recommended. Also, call ahead to see what they are serving. 1386 S Federal Highway, 954-998-3642 $$$ Checkers Old Munchen. GERMAN When you’re looking for a

change in your restaurant rotation, take a trip back to the old country at Checkers Old Munchen. The restaurant’s exposed wood framing is reminiscent of the German half-timbered architectural style and the walls are lined with classic German beer steins. For a traditional German meal, try the wienerschnitzel — it’s divine a lightly breaded veal cutlet sautéed in lemon butter and topped with homemade brown gravy. The spaetzle (German noodles) are a real homemade treat and not to be missed — throw a little of that brown gravy on them and they could be a meal unto themselves. The red cabbage is both classically sweet and sour and there are other side options too including potato dumplings, potato salad and even hot potato salad. As you look around, you can’t help but get the feeling that most of the patrons are returning customers. And the next time we get a hankering for some schnitzel, we know where to go. Imbibe to your hearts content with their wide assortment of German beers. 2209 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954785-7565 $$

Chef Dee’s. SUSHI • SEAFOOD A small neighborhood place

with plenty of charm. Impressive sushi rolls and a varied menu with something for everyone. 3919 N. Federal Highway., 954-582-4444

Fresh local fish, ocean dishes and seafood salads. Email us with any additions, closings, or corrections at We try to be accurate, but it’s always a good idea to call first before heading out on your dining adventure.

Cypress Nook. GERMAN This place has been in business for

38 years — talk about staying power. It’s open for three meals a day and there’s nothing like a little knackwurst with your eggs. 201 SE 15th St., 954-781-3464  $

Darrel & Oliver’s Cafe Maxx. INTERNATIONAL This restaurant is an anchor of the South Florida fine dining scene. 2601 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-782-0606 $$$$

Dos Amigos. MEXICAN When you feel the hankering for a fa-

jita, this Pompano Beach spot fits the bill. Try the margaritas too. 1308 N. Federal Highway 954-781-1955 $$

Eric’s Authentic Mexican Food. MEXICAN The tacos are a

standout here —served street style — which translates into fresh ingredients prepared with love and care. Start with some chips and guacamole. For some authentic and tasty Mexican, head over to Eric’s and thank us later. 625 E Atlantic Blvd., 754-215-6103

Caribbean-inspired fresh fish and seafood cuisine in a casual ambiance. 954-942-1633 •

460 S Cypress Rd, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Fish Shack. SEAFOOD A small, roadside seafood shack, for

a small seafood town. This is truly one of those best kept secrets. With only a handful of tables, we’re selfishly hoping not too many people get in on this gem in Pompano Beach. 2862 NE 17th Ave., 954-586-4105 $$

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill. SEAFOOD • AMERICAN Enjoy a deal every day. 2500 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-943-3762 $$

The Foundry. AMERICAN • CONTINENTAL Seating options ga-

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lore, from bar seating to lounge seating and old-fashioned casual dining seating. 2781 E. Atlantic Blvd., 754-205-6977 $$

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Galuppi’s. AMERICAN What could be more entertaining than watching golfers swing and blimps ascend as you sip a drink at an outdoor bar? 1103 N. Federal Highway, 954-785-0226 $

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Gianni’s Italian Restaurant. ITALIAN Enjoy traditional Ital-

ian fare at this family owned and operated establishment, serving everything from pasta to gourmet specialties like Chicken Gianni’s and fresh seafood. Pair your dish with a bottle of wine or cocktail from their full bar. They also offer daily lunch specials Monday – Friday starting at $9.95. Don’t skip the romaine salad with the blue cheese. 1601 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-942-1733 $$

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Great Indian Grill. INDIAN If you like Indian food, this place

should go on your “must-try” list. Everything we sampled (and we ate quite a bit) was packed with tantalizing Indian spices and flavors representing the many different regional styles of Indian cooking.. 2692 E Atlantic Blvd., 954-532-7872 $$

The Gyro Joint. MIDDLE EASTERN Eat in, or carry out. It’s all Greek to me. 165 S. Cypress Road, 954-946-9199 $



Dining Out Houston’s. AMERICAN Enjoy this contemporary eatery for lunch or dinner. Outdoor bar and seating on the Intracoastal available. 2821 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-783-9499 $$$ J Mark’s. AMERICAN A relaxing, modern restaurant and bar

with food and service to match. 1490 NE 23rd St., 954-782-7000


Kings Head British Pub Pompano Beach. PUB Fish and

chips, bangers and mash, savory pies and other British classics are all made on premises. 900 E Atlantic Blvd., 754-2228671 $$

Sette Bello. ITALIAN This is a true gem just south of the Pompano Beach border serving expertly prepared Italian food with quite a bit of a flare. In other words — not like mom used to make…this is way, way better. (No offense to mom.) A perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or a romantic dinner for two. 6241 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. 954 351-0505 $$$

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Shishka Lebanese Grill. MIDDLE EASTERN It’s not easy to

Enjoy weekly deals with plenty of beers on tap and wines by the glass. For something different, try the sweet southern swine pizza — a light and crispy pizza topped with pork belly, arugula and cheese. Or try one of the plethora of meatballs — all are a satisfying treat. The truffle fries are great with anything. 2411 N. Federal Highway, 954-942-8778 $

make a good falafel (chick peas, fava beans garlic and cilantro seasoned and deep fried, served with tahini sauce) but the ones at Shishka are worth every single calorie. There are plenty of other choices too from the classic hummus to baba ghanouj to chicken and meat shawarma. 1901 N. Federal Highway, 954-943-2999 $$

La Veranda. ITALIAN The atmosphere is elegant, yet comfortable and warm. Inside or out, one can enjoy a truly special evening in the Tuscany-inspired surroundings. Be it drinks from their full bar, a bottle from the copious wine selection or naturally the Italian food, everything is served perfectly. Expect to be delighted. There is a big selection of pasta, entrées and traditional dishes, with new favorites to be discovered that the wait staff will happily explain. You can taste the love in their homemade desserts. If you’re looking to celebrate or simply treat yourself to an evening of superior dining, La Veranda is an excellent choice. Reservations are suggested. 2121 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-943-7390 $$$

Spanx the Hog BBQ. BARBECUE Using only natural ingredi-

Miami Masala. INDIAN Enjoy classic Indian dishes as well

as a few more modern ones with an Indian twist. The stuffed Hungarian peppers appetizer, while not being a classic Indian dish, had all the flavors fans of the cuisine crave. Great service by a friendly staff. Try the Indian crepe — crazy good. A daily lunch buffet includes traditional, vegetarian and vegan choices. 900 E Atlantic Blvd., 954-317-1371 $$

Nikki’s Orange Kitchen. CONTINENTAL Open for breakfast,

lunch and dinner. Enjoy salads, sandwiches and entrées all with a Mediterranean influence. Organic and gluten free options available. Enjoy the location right across from the Pompano Fishing Pier. Have dinner and take a stroll — it’s why we live here, people. 1 N. Ocean Blvd., Ste 102, 954-532-2771 $$-$$$

Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar. AMERICAN Beach front dining at the

Beachcomber Resort — go for the view. 1200 S. Ocean Blvd. 954-941-7830 $$$

Pho Lavie. VIETNAMESE If you have never had Vietnamese food, you are missing out. This spot will delight you. Everything is so fresh. Go, you’ll thank us. 3321 N. Federal Highway, 954-941-4155 $$ Ruby’s by the Sea. ITALIAN Italian by the sea is more like it. 2608 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-785-7700 $$ Rusty Hook Tavern. AMERICAN Located on the Pompano

Intracoastal, sit inside or outside, just keep in mind that the word tavern means a local place to gather around the table. 125 N. Riverside Drive, 954-941-2499 $

Sands Harbor Patio Restaurant. SANDWICHES • WINGS

Located in the Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina on the intracoastal, sit poolside or water side, either way, you better know how to swim. 125 N. Riverside Drive, 954-942-9100 $

Seaside Grill. SEAFOOD • AMERICAN Enjoy a view of the Atlan-


tic while enjoying fresh seafood and an ice cold cocktail. Don’t worry if you’re not a fish lover — there are plenty of entrée choices from the land. Located at Lighthouse Cove Resort on the ocean. 1406 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-783-3193 $$

ents, dine in, take out, or order custom catering. 147 S. Cypress Road. 954-590-8342 $ Sunset Catch. ITALIAN • SEAFOOD Fresh seafood served daily, and they even have their very own “wine doctor.” 101 N. Riverside Drive, 954-545-0901 $$

Table 2201. MEDITERRANEAN • SEAFOOD Everything at Table

2201 is made on the premises — even the desserts. Start with the pygros, a tower of eggplant, potatoes and ground beef topped with a cool yogurt sauce. Finish off with the Greek yogurt mousse, a lightly sweetened cloud with a hint of cocoa and a strawberry sauce to compliment. Table 2201 has a menu full of your Greek favorites without all of the hooplah. So if you are looking for a genuine Greek dinner without having to dance on tables and yell “opa” — not that there’s anything wrong with that — Table 2201 is a good choice. 2201 E. Atlantic Blvd., 718-600-2236 $$

Take Sushi. JAPANESE • SUSHI Fresh, authentic Japanese fair delivered to your door? Yes, please. 2714 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954785-2442 $ Talay Thai. THAI • JAPANESE A small and cozy place with delivery and carry out. 2233 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-941-1123 $$ Trattoria Novello. ITALIAN At the heart of Trattoria Novello

is Chef Patrick Solarino — or Chef “Pasquale” as he goes by (a name derived from his grandfather). Chef Pasquale’s fervent belief in using fresh ingredients (so fresh some are grown in his own home garden) and authentic Italian imported products is truly is his tradmark. Some of Trattoria Novello’s dishes are derived from Chef Pasquale’s own childhood. While his family is from Southern Italy and much of the Trattoria Novello menu reflects that heritage, Chef Pasquale has intentionally crafted a menu with dishes from all regions of Italy. 2665 W. Atlantic Blvd., 954-876-1915. $$$

Umberto’s of Long Island. ITALIAN • PIZZA When a pizza is

named Grandma’s Pizza — you must order it. And trust us, you won’t regret it. There is family tradition baked into every bite. 2780 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-784-7110 $$

Valentino’s Italian Cuisine. ITALIAN • PIZZA An abundance of Italian fare served for lunch or dinner. If you can’t make it over to dine in, fret not, they offer free delivery. 427 S. Federal Highway, 954-545-4881 $$ Wings N’ Things. WINGS • BARBECUE It doesn’t look like much from the outside but it’s worth trying. 150 S. Sixth St., 954-781-9464 $

Yakuza. JAPANESE • THAI The contemporary Asian anchored décor is a feast for the eyes: warm, inviting and totally unique. The attentive servers address each table with personal concern. Central to the dining room is a large classic sushi bar, displaying the fresh fish offerings. But sushi is only part of their menu. Yakuza has a brilliant selection of Japanese and Thai specialties. We were impressed by the freshness and variety of tastes offered. Modern is a fair descriptor as Yakuza offers unique approaches to traditional Japanese and Thai fare, making them new, unique and their own. Try their specials. 2515 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-951-6077 $$ Zuccarelli. ITALIAN • PIZZA This place is more than just a pizza joint. From eggplant Parmesan to shrimp fra diavolo, you will leave quite satisfied. The portions are generous and come with a fresh house salad. Bring your breath mints because their warm garlic rolls are on point. 1340 N. Federal Highway, 954-941-1261 $$

LIGHTHOUSE POINT Fetta Republic. GREEK Traditional Greek offerings close to home. 2420 N. Federal Highway, 954-933-2394 $$

Le Bistro. FRENCH • BISTRO Professional chef, Andy Trousdale serves up both classics and inventive new dishes at this little neighborhood gem. Fresh and local produce is always used and vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free menu items are available. The restaurant also offers cooking classes. 4626 N.

Federal Highway, 954-946-9240 $$$

The Nauti Dawg Marina Café. AMERICAN Nestled in at the

Lighthouse Point Marina, the Nauti Dawg is a local favorite. Start with the tuna wontons—crispy fried wonton wrappers topped with tuna tartare, seaweed salad, red pepper mayo, wasabi and a hit of sirracha. For a taste of New England with a twist, try the lobster roll. Of course you can’t go wrong with the fresh fish sandwich—ask what the catch of the day is. The fish Reuben is another great sandwich option—just sub in some fresh fish for the pastrami and you’ve got yourself a little healthier version of the classic. All sandwiches come with a side and while French fries are always a delicious option—the restaurant offers a tangy cucumber salad (among other choices) that provides a nice crunch to any sandwich. They are a dog-friendly restaurant. 2830 NE 29th Ave. (at the Lighthouse Point Marina), 954-941-0246 $$

Papa’s Raw Bar. SUSHI • SEAFOOD Situated next door to their

parent restaurant Seafood World, Papa’s indeed seems like the hip child of an established restaurant. While the fresh food is the real star, the Keys-inspired décor certainly accounts for part of their charm. The menu goes way beyond typical raw bar offerings with inventive tacos and sliders. Papa’s also offers a wide array of sushi and sashimi. Start off with one of the towers of Van Buskirk (you’ll find a few menu items named after locals.) The bare naked lady version is a combination of spicy wahoo and tuna with tobiko and masago topped with spicy mayo and served with taro chips. And to wash it all down, they have about a zillion craft beer options and

SEASIDE AND GRILL Casual restaurant offering beachside dining, delicious seafood, flavorful steaks, & live entertainment every weekend. Lunch and Dinner starting at 11:30am Tiki Bar featuring burgers, wings, live entertainment and craft cocktails. Open for Breakfast (starting at 8:30am), Lunch and Dinner. 1406 N. Ocean Boulevard, Pompano Beach

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Dining Out Mrs. Kossenfloffer’s Chicken Cannellini After a long day at work, this is a simple and homey meal packed with flavor. Serve the chicken with a crusty French bread for sauce soakage. This meal may be easy, but you could easily serve it at a casual dinner party with a tossed green salad.

a good wine list too. 4610 N. Federal Highway, 754-307-5034 $$

Red Lotus. THAI Red Lotus serves all of your favorite Thai

dishes from pad Thai to red and green curries and more. Start with the dumplings—the pasta is delicate and they are packed with flavor. 4460 N Federal Highway, 954-933-7163

Rocca Trattoria. ITALIAN A small and intimate neighborhood place. Watch owner and chef Lucy prepare your favorite dishes in the open kitchen. 2014 E Sample Road, 954-876-1733

Seafood World Market & Restaurant. SEAFOOD They offer

the freshest seafood with simple ingredients. There is also a seafood market in the restaurant. 4602 N. Federal Highway, 954-942-0740 $$$

Fast & Casual POMPANO BEACH Fast & Casual Bella Monte Italian Deli. SANDWICHES 2688 E. Atlantic Blvd.,

954-946-0333 Brendans. SPORTS BAR Burgers, wings and more — you get the picture. 868 N. Federal Highway,  954-7860033

Big Louie’s. ITALIAN • PIZZA A South Florida chain offering classic Italian dishes. 2190 N. Federal Highway, 954-942-5510

Burgers & Suds. BURGERS • HOT DOGS • SANDWICHES. Unique eats, like a burger served between two glazed donuts. Yes, donuts. 360 E. McNab Road, 954-772-8007 Cafe Brie. SANDWICHES • SALADS A little gem of a place that

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Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place the cannellini beans, the grape tomatoes and garlic on a rimmed baking sheet. I recommend lining the sheet pan with parchment paper. It prevents sticking and makes clean up faster. Scatter the lemon slices and the thyme over the beans. You can tuck a few underneath the chicken too. Nestle the chicken pieces on top of the beans. Drizzle olive oil over the chicken and the beans. Run the oil on the chicken so it is all coated. Sprinkle the whole shebang with salt and pepper. Pop in the oven and cook for 45 minutes to an hour until the chicken is cooked through. 


Cafe Roma. ITALIAN CAFÉ Serving classic cappuccino or

espresso along with a plethora of Italian panini and desserts. Cannoli anyone? 1915 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-366-4346

Cafe Sportivo. CAFE Cash only, but don’t let that stop you. They are family owned and operated with a variety of espresso drinks. 2219 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-782-6672 Chez Cafe. COFFEE • BAKERY A warm and cozy place to grab breakfast, lunch or a latte. 1631 S. Cypress Road, 954-933-3453

Dandee Donut Factory. BAKERY • PASTRIES From the classic old fashioned sour cream to Boston cream, these babies are just begging to be dunked. Bagels, breakfast and lunch also available. 1900 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-785-1461 Five Girls . BURGERS • PIZZA Check out this cozy, neighborhood joint. Five Girls offers all the classics you crave including burgers, hand cut fries and the owner’s favorite Philadelphia cheesesteaks. 2659 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-783-8889 Jersey Dogs. HOT DOGS • ITALIAN Grab a seat at the counter and devour a double Italian which is two all-beef hot dogs tucked away in pizza bread and topped with sautéed peppers, potatoes and onions — add a touch of their homemade spicy relish for some kick. 3330 E. Atlantic Blvd., 754-800-7006

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Jet’s Pizza. PIZZA Try one of the specialty pizzas such as Philly cheese steak with Alfredo sauce or the BLT. 437 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-782-5387

JJ’s Fresh To You. SANDWICHES • SALADS Avocado and celery and potatoes and beets are just a few of their inventive salads. They are also serve ceviche, soups and sandwiches with meat prepared sous-vide style. Try the Chilean hot dog version with avocado, heirloom tomatoes and homemade mayonnaise. 1384 S Federal Highway 954-648-1512 Jukebox Diner. DINER Bright, classic seating, jukeboxes, and that old-school diner feel. 2773 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-960-5882

Lester’s Diner. DINER American comfort fare in a retro setting. 1924 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-783-2109

Lighthouse Cove Tiki Bar. AMERICAN Seaside eats and happy hours. 1406 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-784-2804

Little Italian. PIZZA Little Italian Pizza is the best kind of Italian restaurant — the kind that feels like a whole-in-the-wall, but quickly grows vibrant as the large, steaming plates of homestyle Italian dishes come barreling out of the kitchen. The restaurant grinds their own sausage and bakes their own dough daily. While the small restaurant (with only about six cozy tables) doesn’t serve alcohol, they do allow BYOB (and there’s a liquor store conveniently located right next door). Families bring in bottles of red wine to cork, creating a joyous atmosphere. The restaurant has a huge menu with stromboli, calzone, soups, salads, subs, 26 kinds of specialty pizzas, baked pasta dishes, chicken and veal entrees and all your traditional pasta dishes and desserts. 448 S. Cypress Road, 954-941-0550

Lunch & Dinner Full Liquor Bar 1601 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach (954) 942-1733 • MON-THURS 11am-2:30pm & 4-9:30pm FRI 11am-2:30pm & 4-10pm SAT 4-10pm SUN 4-9:30pm

Soho Subs. SOUPS • SALADS • SANDWICHES Along with the hot and cold subs you would expect, they also serve some more traditional sandwiches remeniscent of the old style New York Deli. Pastrami on rye anyone? All sandwiches are made fresh to order with a plethora of topping options. And for pickle fans, they have fantastic full or half sours. 2313 N Federal Highway, 954-889-6600 Stingers Pizza. PIZZA • AMERICAN Dine in or order delivery. They will bring your pizza to the beach—a million minds making the world a better place. 1201 S. Ocean Blvd., 954-7822344 Sunshine Bagel. BAGELS • DELI Serving up bagels and sandwiches in a friendly atmosphere. 260 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-7887498 Tortillería Mexicana. MEXICAN Looking for a taco that goes beyond ground beef and toppings? Not only will they supply you with fresh, unique tacos, but the corn tortillas are made from scratch daily. Who does that? 1614 E. Sample Rd., 954943-0057

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dedicated wife and fellow artist Liz, Friel opened Dennis Friel Art Studios, Inc., or DFAS for short. DFAS is very much ingrained in the South Florida marine community. The studio does most of its business designing logos, graphics, boat wraps, apparel and commissioned fine art for big names in the marine Industry including international fishing tournaments, custom boat builders, famous fish anglers, beach apparel companies and nonprofit organizations. Some highlights from his tournament portfolio include being the featured artist for Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship, Custom Shootout and Abaco Blue Marlin Tournaments. He has completed projects and commissions for customers from Hawaii, Australia, Portugal, Dubai, the Philippines, Italy, UK, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Morocco, Nicaragua, Belize and throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean. Some of his proudest pro-bono efforts include work for the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), The


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Billfish Foundation (TBF), Grouper Grapple benefitting Freedom Alliance, Boys and Girls Club of Miami and Surfers for Autism. Friel is a monthly illustrator for Marlin Magazine and in 2017 was named Billfish Artist of the Year by the Billfish Foundation, the largest international billfish tagging program. DFAS has been growing its business rapidly. Within two years, the studio expanded to a larger space and is now on the verge of hiring additional staff, starting a retail apparel company and producing a podcast called “Connected By Water,” which will feature industry leaders and big thinkers with links to water related topics. Friel hopes his future endeavors can further foster connections between people passionate about the ocean, conservation and water — to promote, in the same spirit of his mural, "Atlantic Harmony." Y Friel’s “Atlantic Harmony” murals will be installed this March. View them on the Atlantic Boulevard Bridge at the far east end of Atlantic Boulevard.

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