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The Developers of Sabbia Beach Plan to Build Ocean 723 Fernbrook Florida LLLP, the developer of the Sabbia Beach condominiums on A1A, plans to tear down the Sabbia Beach sales center directly across the street in order to build a 12-unit, threestory residential development, called Ocean 723. The sales center is located at 723 N. Ocean Blvd. on Sabbia Beach “Parcel B.” Fernbrook Florida LLLP, which owns the property, is requesting to rezone Parcel B from an RM-20 district (which allows for a zoning density of nine dwelling units) to a Residential Planned Unit Development (RPUD) district, which would allow for 12 dwelling units. The Pompano Beach Planning and Zoning Board approved the rezoning request in April. According to city officials, the rezoning application will likely go to the city commission this month for a first reading.

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A site plan and building design application will also need to go through the city’s approval process. All 12 apartment units are proposed to be two-bedroom units, ranging from 1,433 square feet to 1,645 square feet in unit floor area.


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City, Community Members Collaborate on Street Murals with a Message Four crosswalks and eight storm drains located in the vicinity of City Hall and the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, along SW First Avenue and SW First Court, are about to become colorful works of art. As part of a multi-year project entitled, “Asphalt Art — The Crossroads Connection,” the Pompano Beach Public Art Committee, along with Pompano Beach artist William Savarese and the city’s utilities department, has been working with the community and local schools to develop the designs that will be painted on the crosswalks and storm drains. In addition to expanding community involvement in public art, the project aims to educate the community about the importance of protecting the city’s potable water supply by not discarding inappropriate and harmful materials down storm drains, such as trash, grass clippings and chemicals. Community engagement activities

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were held, mostly virtually, to educate the community about asphalt art and the objectives of the project. There were also two online surveys for the public to fill out: one focusing on stormwater education and focusing on what the community would like to see in the asphalt murals on the crosswalks. These activities and feedback from the public art committee helped lead artist Savarese to design the four asphalt murals and eight storm drain murals. Members of the community, particularly students, were invited to submit design proposals for the storm drain murals, which served as inspiration for Savarese. This March, the Pompano Beach


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City Commission approved the designs for the abstract crosswalk murals and in April, approved the designs for the storm drain murals, which have an eco-friendly theme. “The different shapes and colors in the asphalt art mural designs were created to exemplify the diversity in our community,” said Savarese. “The circles are separate yet glued together; this is the glue that holds us together. Interrelated, yet unique.” The city has hired a specialized professional contractor to install the asphalt murals at the crosswalks, said Laura Atria, the city’s public art program manager. The storm drain murals will be installed by community volunteers, assisted by Savarese, during a one-day “education celebration” scheduled for June 2. In April 2020, the Pompano Beach Public Art Program was awarded a $30,000 matching grant for the project from the Community Foundation of Broward. The project may have two subsequent phases.Y

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Pompano Beach Historian and Activist Hazel Armbrister to be Honored  The City of Pompano Beach is honoring longtime resident Hazel Armbrister, who died on March 16, 2021, by naming the plaza next to the Ali Cultural Arts Center after her. Armbrister was instrumental in saving the Ali Cultural Arts Center from demolition. The building, located at 353 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., is now designated a Registered Historic Landmark. Commissioner Tom McMahon made a motion during the April 27 Pompano Beach City Commission meeting to name the plaza after Armbrister, and the motion passed unanimously. In 2017, Armbrister was named the city’s historian. Armbrister was founder and president of the Rock Road Restoration Historical Group, which is housed in the Ali Cultural Arts Center, where she had an office. Armbrister was born in the town of Perry on the west coast of Florida. She lived in the Liberty Park neighborhood of Pompano Beach for over 60 years. Armbrister served on the city’s historic preservation committee and was chairperson of the cultural arts committee. She was a member and past president of both the Pompano Beach Woman’s Club and the Pompano Historical Society. She was also co-chair for the Pompano Centennial History Committee. McMahon said Armbrister was someone who fought for things, making stuff happen behind the scenes, “but didn’t want to be in the spotlight.” Armbrister was an advocate of black rights. In the 1960s, Armbrister took part in the “Wade In,” an effort to fight the segregation of Fort Lauderdale’s beaches. She

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Women’s History Coalition. Armbrister was recognized as a Broward County Pioneer and was inducted into the Broward County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2001 “We lost a true trailblazer,” said McMahon. Armbrister was one of the first students in Broward County to receive a GED certification. She later trained as a teachers’ aide at the University of South Florida, where she earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree. She taught school in Dade and Broward Counties for 31 years. In Pompano, she taught at Sanders Park Elementary and Charles Drew Elementary. “She was an amazing person,” said McMahon. “I was honored to meet her, and I’m excited to preserve her legacy.” Y

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Pompano Beach CRA Unveils Master Plan for McNab House & Botanical Gardens A master plan for the McNab House and Botanical Gardens project at McNab Park was unveiled last month during a virtual community input meeting hosted by the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). The interactive meeting was led by the McNab House and Botanical Gardens project architects, Bermello Ajamil & Partners (BA). BA designed the conceptual master plan based on feedback from an initial community input meeting that was held via Zoom in December 2020. In March 2020, the Pompano Beach CRA relocated the historic McNab House and detached garage from 1736 E. Atlantic Blvd. to McNab Park, just five blocks east, with the vision of transforming the structures into a new restaurant facility and the surrounding park into a public botanical garden. During the presentation of the master plan, Randy Hollingsworth, the lead architect for BA, took attendees of the virtual meeting on a “walk” through the gardens and explained all the components. The McNab House, built in 1926, sits at the northeast corner of the site. As per the master plan, once the house becomes a restaurant, it will have several areas for outdoor dining, all focused on a lake feature. One of the most important aspects of the project is a large ficus tree located behind the McNab House, said Hollingsworth. The plan is to create an island around the tree’s base and center the tree on a lake that has a maximum depth of roughly 18 inches. The lake may include a large fountain. “This will become a focal point of the entire gardens as you walk

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around,” said Hollingsworth. To the west of the McNab House lies the garage, which will become a bar. The space between the house and the garage will be a courtyard with exterior seating and direct access to the gardens. The house has three levels that will be connected with elevators and stairs. The second floor will have private dining areas and storage for the outdoor bar. A wine bar and restrooms will be on the basement level. A kitchen facility will be constructed directly south of the house, about eight feet from the structure itself. The seating capacity for the restaurant is expected to be between 150 and 200 seats, which includes both interior and exterior seating. The main entrance gate of the botanical gardens will be on SE 22nd Avenue, on the west side of the site. There will also be a north entry from Atlantic Boulevard. A primary walkway will take visitors around the entire garden, while several side paths will lead to individual gardens, each with a theme that has yet to be decided. At the southwest corner of the

ABOVE The conceptual master plan for the McNab House & Botanical Gardens

site, in what is called the “West Gardens,” there will be a teahouse/ garden café situated on an upper terrace lake, which may include a waterfall. A stream with a footbridge will connect this lake to the large lake around the ficus tree. The “East Gardens” will be at the southeast corner of the site. Side paths through the various gardens will be marked with information identifying the different types of plants and trees. Between the East Gardens and the large lake is the central lawn — a big, open space that can be used for various events. An event pavilion will be located on the site’s eastern edge, overlooking the large lake and the central lawn. The pavilion will have an interior space that can be used for weddings, community meetings, classes and other events and activities. It will also have an outdoor dining area. Events can use the McNab House kitchen or other facilities for catering services. At the northwest corner of the site will be the children’s garden with a playground, a classroom facility where children can learn about plants, and adjacent restrooms for

visitors to the park. “We think it’s a really exciting part of the project,” said Hollingsworth. “This is an opportunity to create a unique component for families to come and enjoy.” The southern end of the site will have a small maintenance area with storage for gardening equipment, and a small parking area for some of the staff, which will be “wellhidden from the adjacent street.” Public art will be incorporated throughout the gardens, which could include both permanent and temporary art installations around the large lake. “During a special event, we could introduce a major piece of art into the lake itself,” said Hollingsworth. The artwork in the gardens would come from “all different types of artists,” said Hollingsworth. “There’s such a great opportunity to introduce local and national artists to a facility such as this, because the setting is so spectacular.” The existing trees on the approximately 3-acre site will be preserved as much as possible, and there are plans to incorporate some of the trees that were on the original site of the McNab House. The plan is to set up a conservancy to run the botanical gardens and also to do fundraising, said Pompano Beach CRA Director Nguyen Tran. “We’d love volunteers to come in and help operate the garden, volunteers who could work in the gardens themselves,” said Hollingsworth. “We certainly want to reach out to the community and get them involved wherever we can.” The botanical gardens will be a public park, so the intent is not to charge an admission fee. While no opening hours have been set yet, the gardens may be lit up at night, which would provide an opportunity to have some nighttime events, said Tran.

During the virtual community meeting, some attendees expressed concern that the project doesn’t have sufficient parking. Currently, the plan includes 35 on-street parking spaces around the site. Tran noted that the CRA owns property on the west side of SE 22nd Avenue, across from the main gate of the botanical gardens, which will be developed as a parking area. In April, the city implemented a free on-demand shuttle service, called Pompano Circuit. The service, which transports residents and visitors via electric golf cart to destinations in the beach area and along Atlantic Boulevard, as far west as the botanical gardens site, should help alleviate parking issues, said Tran. “We realized that as this project develops and attracts people, we

ABOVE The McNab House on Atlantic Boulevard

want to make sure that it doesn’t put pressure on the adjacent neighborhood,” said Tran. Tran added that there are ongoing discussions with adjacent property owners to purchase more land that could be used for parking and replace the existing amenities in McNab Park, including a basketball court and a tennis court, that will be removed when the botanical gardens are constructed. Several residents who attended the virtual meeting voiced concern

about the potential of vagrancy and homelessness in the new gardens, which have been persistent issues at McNab Park. Tran said the botanical gardens project is “not to take care of the vagrancy and homeless issues,” but is rather “an economic development project.” The issue that McNab Park is encountering now, is that “it’s a very passive park in an urban setting,” said Tran. “When the public doesn’t use the park that often, you have these issues that do come up.” “This redevelopment of the park is the CRA’s initiative to activate pretty much a dead space on Atlantic Boulevard,” said Tran. “This is a prime commercial boulevard. Our goal is to make it better.” Tran compared the botanical gardens project to the redevelopment of the beachside and the pier area. “The CRA got involved and enhanced the beach, and look at it now,” said Tran. “This is really the same concept.” Tran said the CRA is getting ready to solicit a letter of interest for a restaurant operator, who will help with the plans to convert the McNab House into a restaurant. The BA design team will develop the building concepts for the event pavilion, the teahouse and the restrooms. It will take several years to carry out the botanical gardens project. “This is a significant effort,” said Hollingsworth. “This is going to be unlike anything the city has ever built.” Tran described the project as “transformative” and “one of the most exciting projects that we have done.” Y JUNE 2021 •


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Mexican Restaurant at Pompano Beach Fishing Village Is Moving Forward Baresco, a Mexican restaurant planned for a currently vacant parcel in the Pompano Beach Fishing Village, continues to make progress as it goes through the Pompano’s approval process. The restaurant will be located at 250 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., west of the pier. Baresco is being developed by Brimstone Restaurant Group, which opened the Beach House restaurant, just across the street, in 2018. Andy Fox, operating partner of Brimstone Restaurant Group, expects the restaurant to open in August 2022, Baresco will occupy a one-story building with roughly 6,700 square feet of interior space (200 seats) and a 2,957-square-foot covered patio (about 150 seats). The interior space includes a 40-seat private dining room that would be used for parties and other events, or for normal business if no private function is planned. There will be two full bars — one inside, one outside. The outside will have a small fireplace. The restaurant will be open for

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breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Baresco “won’t be a traditional Mexican restaurant,” said Fox. The scratch-made kitchen will feature fresh fish and seafood with a Mexican flair. The menu will also feature tacos, pizzas, quesadillas, fajitas and fresh-made guacamole. The plan is to have about 10 beers and seven wines on tap. Margaritas made with freshly-squeezed juices would also be on tap.

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Breakfast options will include huevos rancheros and eggs Benedict with a Mexican twist, said Fox. There will be garage doors on the east side of the restaurant, facing the beach, so in nice weather, the interior space can be made open-air. The patio will be at the south end of the restaurant, with a straight view of the ocean. Parking for the restaurant will be in the Pier Parking Garage, and the surrounding streets. Y

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New Waterfront Restaurant Planned for Taha Marine Property is Making Progress A new waterfront restaurant that will be located along the Intracoastal, at the northeast corner of the Atlantic Boulevard Bridge, is continuing to make its way through the city’s approval process. The owners of Taha Marine Center are transforming an existing 2,460-square-foot commercial building into an oyster bar and fresh seafood restaurant. A new 2,800-square-foot covered outdoor dining area with a freestanding bar will be added. The Taha Marine boat fuel dock that has been in service for over 50 years will remain. The tropical, Old Florida building design and lush landscaping plans were met with approval by the Architectural Appearance Committee in May. The restaurant building may include an exterior mural similar to the artwork on the Atlantic Boulevard Bridge. A 421-square-foot restroom building will be added to the south end of the restaurant building. The owners of Taha Marine Center also own the 11,622-squarefoot retail building located at 3157-3231 E. Atlantic Boulevard, just east of the marine center. There are plans to carry out exterior renovations to the retail establishment, which will tie in the colors of the restaurant building. Y

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The Residual Covid Effect BY JILL SELBACH

EVERYONE IS EXPERIENCING COVID-19 FATIGUE. HOWEVER, I COULD NOT HELP BUT WRITE ABOUT THE EFFECT this pandemic has on young people and education. Developmentally, young people need socialization, independence from parents and connection with others their age. In my practice, I hear concerns from kids and teens that are not the norm. They are thinking about serious issues, and some have a very pessimistic view of the world's future and their own future. I see nihilistic thinking for reasons that are very different than I saw in the past. Milestones are have been missed for all age groups. School is for social, emotional and academic development. Online learning has posed many difficulties for children and parents from kindergarten to graduate school. Students are not gaining the knowledge that they did in years past. Unfortunately, I believe we will pay the price in the following years. An August 2020 Washington Post article by Alice Kuo and Casey Nagel cited that kids not regularly attending school has led to one out of every three elementary students losing skills in reading and writing. Aside from the meager academic gains, many students are also suffering socially. According to the Sun Sentinel, South Florida public schools have experienced difficulty tracking attendance for remote learners. The highest absenteeism seems to be at the high school level. Even with schools open, the number of students who have chosen to return is low, especially at the high school level. My husband is a Broward County public high school teacher, and this year he averages about six kids attending in person in each of his six math classes. His observation is that kids are not learning online, "It's a disaster." In his almost 30 years of teaching, he has never seen such a lack of gains in math skills over a school year. Kids are ever-growing, and the isolation they have experienced, parental stress, lack of exercise, and increased screen time has

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What to Celebrate – and Ignore – in June BY DAWNE RICHARDS APPARENTLY, JUNE IS WHEN WE CELEBRATE MANY THINGS. ACCORDING TO THE BALANCE, “SINCE FATHER'S DAY FALLS IN JUNE, IT MAKES sense that June also is Men's Health Month.” When writing this, I thought, “Aha! I bet May, which contains Mother’s Day, isn’t Women’s Health Month.” Alas, I was wrong. I mostly ignored my health—and Mother's Day—in May. Mother’s Day is, as a former boss once put it, a holiday not to be observed because “I don’t do greeting-card holidays.” You may think that’s a little harsh. Sorry, not sorry. But I digress. And this time, I’ve digressed so far that I’ve lost my original point. Oh! I remember! Back to that piece in The Balance. (Have you already forgotten? I almost did. See above.) According to the article, other things celebrated in June include “soul food, steakhouses, and country cooking,” along with, of all things, turkey. Why we celebrate turkey in June and not November is a mystery for the ages or at least one that I'm too lazy to research. Anyway, If you're flummoxed by the truly important "celebrations" in June, here are my two completely biased lists.

celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.”

Father’s Day If you must (see "Mother's Day," above). Father's Day is observed on the third Sunday in June, which this year falls on June 20.

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Juneteenth Celebrated on June 19, this day commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. The City of Pompano has, in recent years, put on some great Juneteenth events, but given current conditions (hello, pandemic), it’s unclear at this time what if any live and/or virtual events will take place. You can learn more at, which bills this day as "the oldest nationally

Potty Training Awareness Month Why is this a thing? Is any parent of a young child not aware of the need to potty train? And does anyone who's either childless or past this stage need to be concerned with potty training? So, there are my “holiday celebration pro tips” for June 2021. I’ll be back next month with more curmudgeonly advice for those kindred spirits among us. Y

Flag Day According to (yes, that’s an actual government website; you’re welcome), Flag Day falls on June 14, and has since President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it in 1916. Flag Day commemorates our country’s adoption of our official flag, which happened on June 14, 1777.

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The shallow protected waters adjacent to the Hillsboro Inlet Park are in the process of becoming the site of an interactive underwater marine park called Wahoo Bay. Its purpose is to raise awareness, especially among youth, of the importance of keeping oceans and reefs healthy and thriving in an entertaining, educational way.


Concept design of Wahoo Bay

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The Wahoo Bay project involves creating marine life habitat inside a half-acre area of the Hillsboro Inlet, along the southerly seawall of the Hillsboro Inlet Park. In this area, snorkelers will be able to explore and learn about the marine environment. Shipwreck Park, a not-for-profit organization, is behind the Wahoo Bay project, working in collaboration with the City of Pompano Beach, Broward County and several educational institutions. The City owns the Hillsboro Inlet Park and acquired the submerged lands where Wahoo Bay will be located in December 2019. “We are establishing a mini-marine sanctuary right in Pompano, in northern Broward County,” said Rob Wyre,

chairman of Shipwreck Park. “There are no other projects of this type in the area.” According to its mission statement, Shipwreck Park is dedicated to the creation of an underwater park system establishing artificial reefs, and using public art to raise awareness of the need to preserve and conserve the natural coral reef system. Shipwreck Park sank two vessels off the coast of Pompano Beach — the Lady Luck tanker in 2016 and the Okinawa, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tugboat, in 2017 — to create an artificial reef system. Wahoo Bay “is really the education component of our mission,” said Wyre. The idea for the project originated in 2017 as a result of a strategic planning

We came to the conclusion that one of the best things we could do moving forward would be to concentrate on education and raising the awareness of the general public about the importance of artificial reefs, natural reefs and what’s going on in our world in terms of sea rise and resiliency. — Rob Wyre, chairman of Shipwreck Park

session that was held after the sinking of the Lady Luck, said Wyre. “We realized that deploying artificial reefs was good for the environment,” said Wyre. “It attracted a lot of attention, but it was really only visible to divers and fishermen.” “We came to the conclusion that one of the best things we could do moving forward would be to concentrate on education and raising the awareness of the general public about the importance of artificial reefs, natural reefs and what’s going on in our world in terms of sea rise and resiliency,” said Wyre. Wahoo Bay will have a particular focus on educating youth “because they are the ones that are inheriting this world,” said Wyre. The marine park will be a place where students can come on scheduled field trips to have an underwater educational experience. The target group is students in grades K-12. “We want to get them involved at an early age to make sure they understand how important the underwater habitat is to our everyday life, from the reef system to our shorelines, to the mangroves that create a first line of resiliency,” said Tom DiGiorgio, chairman of the Economic Development Council of Pompano Beach, and a board member of Shipwreck Park. Creation of the marine park includes installation of an innovative modular shoreline protection system, called SEAHIVE, which was developed by the University of Miami. The plan for SEAHIVE at Wahoo Bay is to construct six, 20-foot-long modules in

the water along the existing seawall. Each module would consist of 36 perforated hexagonal tubes, with mangroves planted on top, providing an eco-friendly environment for marine life. The SEAHIVE will also protect infrastructure and the environment from flooding, erosion and impact from waves.. The SEAHIVE elements, made with seawater concrete and non-corrosive reinforcements, allow water flow under surging or breaking

waves, dissipating the wave energy within the elements. The SEAHIVE at Wahoo Bay will be one of the University of Miami’s first applications of the system. Experts from the University of Miami will help with the planting of the mangroves in the SEAHIVE, and will study their performance. Mangroves are a vital component of the JUNE 2021 •


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We want to get them involved at an early age to make sure they understand how important the underwater habitat is to our everyday life, from the reef system to our shorelines, to the mangroves that create a first line of resiliency. — Tom DiGiorgio, chairman of the Economic Development Council of Pompano Beach estuarine environment in South Florida and will play an ecological role in the establishment of a fish nursery at Wahoo Bay. “Very few folks can dive deeper than 70 feet, or even down to 120 feet where Lady Luck is,” said DiGiorgio. “We thought it was important to create a shallow-water experience, and the Hillsboro Inlet seemed like a perfect spot for us to do that.” In March, the City of Pompano Beach enacted an ordinance establishing the site of the Wahoo Bay project as a swim-

roughly 12 feet at its highest, with a few spots further out that run a bit deeper. Within the boundary of Wahoo Bay is a patch of Johnson’s seagrass, an endangered marine plant species. This seagrass is now protected from further disturbance by jet skis, props and anchors with the enactment of the swim-only ordinance.   To make certain that Wahoo Bay is a safe area to swim, studies were conducted related to the currents, and the results were favorable, said Wyre.

only area. No jet skis, motorized boat traffic or anchoring will be allowed, to ensure protection of marine habitat and a safe public snorkel zone, which will be delineated by water marker buoys. The depth of the water in the swimonly area is six feet at its lowest point and

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RAISING AWARENESS THROUGH UNDERWATER ART The Wahoo Bay project includes plans to deploy a number of artificial reef modules, possibly 14, which measure two feet to four feet in diameter. These reef modules will be pieces of underwater public art that are “very unique in structure” and “will be fun to take your picture with,” said DiGiorgio. “Public art is always a big part of what we do to raise awareness,” said DiGiorgio. The reef modules will be designed in a way that encourages coral growth and marine life habitat. In addition, underwater public art will be attached to the six SEAHIVE components.

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the water from outside the boundary of the swim area, which will be cordoned off, or from a regulated swim platform, which will be built next to the existing dock at the Hillsboro Inlet Park. For supervised, scheduled school field trips, an age-appropriate educational curriculum will be developed so students can discuss what they see at the marine park, as well as real-world marine issues. The hope is to build the curriculum with the help of the University of Miami and local instructors who live in Pompano Beach. Students, teachers and families will also be able to experience Wahoo Bay virtually. The marine sanctuary will be equipped with live action underwater cameras, weather devices and water quality monitoring systems for collecting data, which will be uploaded for analysis to the Wahoo Bay website, currently under development. The data will allow changes at Wahoo Bay to be tracked over time. The website will include a marine science and educational curriculum.


How soon construction can begin on Wahoo Bay is dependent on being able to raise the funds necessary to install the SEAHIVE and build the swim platform. “We hope to have our permits for the swim platform and buoys this summer, but as far as a completion date, we’re not that far along yet to make that prediction,” said Wyre. The Wahoo Bay project will be carried out in several phases. The first phase — which includes the swim platform, the SEAHIVE, the buoys to protect the swim area, and some of the data collection – is estimated to cost approximately $600,000. The next phase will involve putting the artwork in the water, followed by JUNE 2021 •


installing all the monitoring systems for long-term data collection, establishing the virtual curriculum, and, depending on the availability of funding, adding some educational components on land, such as interactive educational displays. All of this could cost roughly another $600,000. “We have some serious fundraising to do,” said Wyre.


It is hoped that once the Wahoo Bay site is developed and fully vetted, the concept of the in-water experience can be replicated in other locations throughout Florida, the country and the world.

As for the virtual content that is being created, “we hope it reaches the masses throughout the globe, not just here in Broward County, which is fantastic on its own,” said DiGiorgio. Partnerships have already been established with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and the MarineLab education center in Key Largo. The two organizations will be collaborating with Wahoo Bay to deploy similar underwater data collection devices and cameras at two sites — one in the Kissimmee River, where Guy Harvey has a location, and one in the Largo Sound. “That will give us three great data points in Florida to look at water quality


Anyone who wants to participate in the creation of Wahoo Bay through a donation can go to the Wahoo Bay website ( One hundred percent of the donation will go towards the project, as Shipwreck Park has no overhead costs, said DiGiorgio.

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WHERE WILL THE FUNDING COME FROM? Broward County recently obtained a $50,000 grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on behalf of the Wahoo Bay project. The County was awarded the grant because the FWC “is very interested in seeing how the SEAHIVE system will work,” said Wyre. On behalf of the City of Pompano Beach and Shipwreck Park, the University of Miami has applied for a $200,000 grant from the Sea Grant program, which the University of Florida administers. If the grant application is successful, the money would be used for the deployment of the SEAHIVE at the Wahoo Bay shoreline. Other funding for the project is expected to come from private donations. “We’re going to have to lean on the private sector to help us get this thing funded,” said Wyre, “just like we did with the deployment of

both the Lady Luck and the Okinawa.” In addition to donations from private individuals, corporate sponsorships will be sought with companies that share Shipwreck Park’s mission of conservation through education. There will be different levels of participation for companies, including major sponsorships for the virtual education components and the data collection components, as well as sponsorships for the underwater artwork on the SEAHIVE. Once Wahoo Bay is established, there will be ongoing expenses, such as providing life safety for the people physically visiting the park, and maintaining the underwater cameras and sampling devices. “It’s a long-term support that’s going to be needed to continue to make Wahoo Bay successful,” said Wyre.

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and what happens to sea life when too much salt gets in the water or too little salt gets in the water,” said DiGiorgio. “We hope to have those data points up and running in the next 12 months.”


DiGiorgio and Wyre highlighted the public-private partnership that has been taking place to see the Wahoo Bay project through — with the public sector being the City of Pompano Beach and Broward County, and the private sector being the not-for-profit Shipwreck Park. “It really is a model for how public-

private should work together, and it’s been that way since Lady Luck and Okinawa,” said DiGiorgio. “These are real examples of what can happen with everybody working together and rowing the oars in the same direction." “I think what’s driving everyone’s interest in this, as well as the desire to participate, is that this is about the environment,” said Brian Donovan, assistant city manager of the City of Pompano Beach, and a board member of Shipwreck Park. “I think everybody recognizes how this project will help balance the ecosystem in our water and will raise awareness about it.” Y

BACK ROW: Matt Raine, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation; Cathy Christopher, Ocean First Education; Jeff Torode, Pompano Beach Water Taxi; Patxi Pastor, President, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation; Pam Sheehan, Jane Wye, FishAngler; Rob Wyre, Chair, Shipwreck Park Foundation; Shernette Grant, Broward County School District Director of Innovative Programs; Jean McIntyre, Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce; Graham Casden, Ocean First Education; Dr. Phil Schulte, Pompano Beach Elementary School; Dr. Barry Rock, science educator FRONT ROW: Angel Rovira, Broward County Natural Resources Division; Amanda Martin, Mission Resolve Foundation; Katy O’Fallon, New River Middle School - Marine Science Magnet Program Coordinator; Mindy Westzinger, Principal, New River Middle School

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POMPANO BEACH And Fish Kitchen + Bar. SEAFOOD Located at the Marriott

Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, enjoy a 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. ITALIAN • 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 any more? 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 E Atlantic Blvd., 954946-6000 $

Beach House. AMERICAN • CRAFT COCKTAILS This is the per-

fect place to take out-of-town guests. Snag one of the stadium seating style booths overlooking the Atlantic. Enjoy the casual and relaxed ambiance with a 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,. 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 over-

looking 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 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-n-chips. 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

Florida State Booster Club of Broward County. Wings and plenty of bar food is available. 235 S. Federal Highway, 954785-2227 $

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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 its fresh, wild caught fish, Bahamian conch dishes, Jamaican jerk and American favorites 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 wiener schnitzel — 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 $$

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Dining Out Cypress Nook. GERMAN This place has been in business for

38 years — talk about staying in 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 $

Dangerous Minds Brewing Co., BREWERY • ARTISANAL PIZZA

Dangerous Minds is more than just a brewery. This spot at Pompano Citi Centre offers artisanal pizzas made from scratch using double-zero Italian flour. Their specialty is a Scotch egg which is a soft boiled egg wrapped in homemade sausage and then fried until crispy on the outside. But back to the brewery — all the beers are brewed on-site and owners Adam and Andre hale from Germany and England — two countries steeped in beer tradition. 1901 N Federal Highway, 954-657-8676 $-$$

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 $$$$

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Deep Oceanfront Dining & Bar. AMERICAN Beach front dining at the Beachcomber Resort — go for the view. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner. 1200 S. Ocean Blvd. 954-941-7830 $$$

Deccan Spice. INDIAN Take your pick from classic dishes like chicken tikka and all sorts of biryani and curry dishes to some Indo-Chinese twists like crunchy stir-fried noodles. There are plenty of vegetarian options on this menu to choose from too, and of course, many variations on naan — Indian flatbread. 1149 S.Federal Highway, 954-366-1847 $$ Di Farina Pasta Factory & Restaurant. ITALIAN We all

know that fresh cut pasta is superior to the dried variety we have become accustomed to. But making pasta from scratch is a process. But what if you could just pick it up nearby or even have it delivered. Dreams do come true. Di Farina offers a variety of freshly made pasta to go. And if you can’t even be bothered to make a sauce, they’ve got 19 from which to choose. The restaurant also has a full menu of Italian favorites. 1915 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-953-6771 $$

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 $$

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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-

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

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 $

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 $$

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 $ 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


Kabuki. JAPANESE • THAI Kabuki offers a full menu of Thai and

Japanese entrées plus classic and specialty sushi rolls all in a hip and modern setting. 2515 E Atlantic Blvd., 954-951-6077 $$

Kin Asian Street Food. ASIAN • SUSHI This small and unas-

suming spot in a standard strip mall is a standout spot. Enjoy everything from inventive takes on ramen soups with pork belly and a jammy egg to original the rice bowls. The small bite options were some of our favorites. We swooned over the shiitake buns, mushrooms with pickled sour mustard, ground peanuts and cilantro all on a steamed rice bun. The gyoza was also a star — the dough was light and tender with a flavorful pork and vegetable filling. The restaurant has a comprehensive sushi menu, but this is definitely a place to order outside of your comfort zone. After all, isn’t sushi the new pizza? 143 SW Sixth St., 954-532-4567 $$

La Perla Di Pompano. ITALIAN This small and intimate Italian eatery offers a wide selection of Italian dishes including four different risotto dishes alone. 420 N Federal Highway, 754-222-9174 $$$-$$$$ 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 wonderful dining, La

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Dining Out Veranda is an excellent choice. Reservations are suggested. 2121 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-943-7390 $$$

near the Hillsboro inlet is Ruby’s serving classic Italian fare. 2608 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-785-7700 $$

Legends Tavern and Grille. AMERICAN Enjoy gastropub fare including sandwiches, burgers, wings, salads and a huge choice of appetizers. 10 SW Sixth St.$-$$

Rusty Hook Tavern. AMERICAN Located on the Pompano

Lucky Fish Beach Bar + Grill. AMERICAN It’s places like

Lucky’s that make you happy you live in South Florida. This tiki bar by the sea (just south of the pier) offers simple eats, some top-notch people watching all with an ocean view. A meal or drink at Lucky’s is a laid back dining experience — which might just be what the doctor ordered. The menu includes classic snack foods like coconut shrimp and fish dip to tuna poke nachos. There’s also salads, sandwiches and smash burgers. You can also order to go for a picnic on the beach. 222 N Pompano Beach Blvd. $

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 $$

Mora Grill. MEDITERRANEAN This cozy yet modern spot is open for lunch and dinner. The menu includes a range of Mediterranean favorites from kebobs to gyros and more. They offer lunch specials ranging in price form $9-11 and family-style platters for six people served with appetizers, salads, kebobs, rice and vegetables for $115. 3428 E. Atlantic Blvd, 954-933-2003 $$

Nikki’s Greek Kitchen. CONTINENTAL Enjoy salads and entrées all with a slight Mediterranean influence including housemade hummus and tzatsiki, gyros, spinach pie and more. Have dinner and take a stroll — it’s why we live here, people. 1 N. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 102, (on the northwest corner of Atlantic Boulevard and A1A on the ground floor of the Oceanside One building) 954-401-3131 $$-$$$ Oceanic. AMERICAN • SEAFOOD Along with stunning ocean

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 $$

Saito Japanese Steakhouse. JAPANESE With seven locations

in South Florida, the long-awaited opening of Saito has finally happened. This Japanese steakhouse offers a wide variety of entrees including teriyaki dishes, tempura and sushi. Diners can choose to sit at the sushi bar or they can enjoy hibachi style dining. The restaurant has a comprehensive cocktail menu as well with 20 different kinds of martinis. 2101 N Federal Highway, suite 208, 954-945-8888 $$

Sands Harbor Patio Restaurant. AMERICAN Located in the Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina on the intracoastal, you can dine poolside or waterside, either way, you better know how to swim. 125 N. Riverside Drive, 954-942-9100 $$ Seaside Grill. SEAFOOD • AMERICAN Enjoy a view of the At-

lantic while enjoying fresh seafood and an iced 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 $$

Shishka Lebanese Grill. MIDDLE EASTERN It’s not easy to 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 $$ Spanx the Hog BBQ. BARBECUE Spanx uses natural ingredients and offers dine in, take out, and custom catering. 147 S. Cypress Road. 954-590-8342 $

Sunset Catch. ITALIAN • SEAFOOD Seafood, steaks and Italian

favorites are served daily, and they even have their very own “wine doctor.” 101 N. Riverside Drive, 954-545-0901 $$

views, the restaurant offers a comprehensive menu with an emphasis on seafood. If you are looking for a standout salad, the watermelon arugula salad with grilled shrimp is a perfect choice. The shrimp and grits were prepared traditionally and packed with flavor. For meat lovers, the baby back ribs were melting off the bone and there was enough for a doggy bag. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. The restaurant boasts dazzling architecture inspired by the great ocean liners of years past. And with sweeping views of the Atlantic, dining at Oceanic is almost like a mini stay-cation. Their hours are Sunday, 10am-10pm; Monday-Thursday, 11:30am10pm; Friday 11:30am-11pm;  Saturday,  10am-11pm, 250 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., 954-366-3768 

Trattoria Novello. ITALIAN This intimate Italian eatery on Atlantic Boulevard features homemade lasagna, ravioli, cannelloni and a Bolognese ragu that cooks for eight hours on the stove. 2665 East Atlantic Blvd., 954-876-1915 $$$

Pho Lavie. VIETNAMESE If you have never had Vietnamese food, you are missing out. This spot will delight you. Everything is so fresh. Go and have some pho (Vietnamese noodle soup), you’ll thank us. 3321 N. Federal Highway, 954-941-4155

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 $$


Ruby’s by the Sea. ITALIAN Tucked away in a small strip mall

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Table 2201. MEDITERRANEAN 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. 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 $$

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 because sometimes nothing short of ribs will do. 150 S. Sixth St., 954-781-9464 $

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 Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grill. AMERICAN Bar food and wide

array of televised sports games with a game room for kids. Try the lobster roll, you’ll be a happy camper. 2002 E Sample Road, 954-781-6227 $

Cap’s Place. SEAFOOD Lighthouse Point’s own hidden seafood joint dating back to prohibition. Take the short boat ride over to the restaurant. 2765 NE 28th Court, 954-941-0418 $$$ Fetta Republic. GREEK Traditional Greek offerings close to home. 2420 N. Federal Highway, 954-933-2394 $-$$

Fish Shack. SEAFOOD This restaurant used to be a “beat kept secret.” But now that they have moved into the Shoppes at Beacon Light, word is out. The fish shack keeps it simple, serving fresh fish prepared several ways. There is more to the menu but it is called The Fish Shack. 2460 N. Federal Highway, 954-586-4105 $$ Le Bistro. CONTINENTAL 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. And here’s a note to the wise; the porcini mushroom soup is worth every calorie. The restaurant also offers cooking classes and wine tasting dinners. 4626 N. Federal Highway, 954-946-9240 $$$

Legends Tavern and Grille. AMERICAN Enjoy gastropub fare including sandwiches, burgers, wings, salads and a huge choice of appetizers. 3128 N Federal Highway, 754-220-8932 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 sriracha. You can’t go wrong with the fresh fish sandwich—ask what the catch of the day is. 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

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Dining Out 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 While the fresh food is the real star, the Keys-inspired decor 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 an impressive array of sushi and sashimi. Try the Donoghue which is made of lump crab meat with spicy mayo and eel sauce and served with taro chips. And to wash it all down, they have about a zillion craft beer options and a good wine list too. 4610 N. Federal Highway, 754-307-5034 $$-$$$ 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 $$

ocean always provides for a lovely dinner. Live music nightly. Breakfast and dinner available daily. 2096 NE Second St. (at the Wyndham Hotel), 954-596-5840 $$$

Casa Maya. MEXICAN Start with a margarita and it only gets better from there. This is not your typical Mexican joint — it’s better. Try gobernador tacos: a combination of shrimp with diced poblanos, onions, tomatoes and cilantro on a crispy corn tortilla topped with melted cheese. See, we told you it’s not ordinary. 301 SE 15th Terrace, 954-570-6101 $$ Chanson at the Royal Blues Hotel. SEAFOOD • SEASONAL

Chanson offers fine dining with an ocean view. 45 NE 21st Ave., 954-857-2929. $$$$

Deer Creek Grille. AMERICAN Enjoy the club atmosphere with gorgeous views of the plush gardens and waterfall. The restaurant offers daily lunch and dinner specials, a Sunday breakfast buffet and covered patio dining so you can dine al fresco. 2801 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd., 954-421-5553 $$ JB’s on the Beach. SEAFOOD Glorious Beach views and a private glass room perfect for business or family affairs. 300 N. Ocean Way, 954-571-5220 $$$ Le Val de Loire Restaurant. FRENCH • STEAKHOUSE The

menu at this cozy French bistro includes many of the classics. So next time you crave sole meunière, filet mignon au poivre or beef bourguignon, you don’t have to go any further than the Cove. The steakhouse menu includes a New York strip and a rib eye, among other cuts. Yet, Le Val de Loire is a French restaurant, so they offer three sauces with the steaks — including a mushroom cream sauce. Classic steakhouse-sides like creamed spinach are also available. 1576 SE Third Court, 954-427-5354 $$$

Little Havana. CUBAN Little Havana has fantastic lunch spe-

cials and most of their dinner plates will feed two. Their masas de puerco frita and their Little Havana steak are two of the stand-out menu items, aside from their zesty chimichurri. 721 N. Federal Highway, 954-427-6000 $$

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Luigi di Roma. ITALIAN The atmosphere is always lively at Luigi di Roma — mainly if you arrive during happy hour! Naturally, you will find all your favorite Italian dishes on the menu, with everything from eggplant Parmesan to shrimp scampi and everything in between. You can also order take-out online. 718 S. Federal Highway, 954-531-6151 $$-$$$

Baja Cafe. MEXICAN A long established local favorite for an

Ocean’s 234. SEAFOOD Amazing views of Deerfield Beach and

authentic Mexican dinner or just drinks. They are known for their margarita’s as well as entrées including their bandito honey bean burritos and their many taco options. You’ll also enjoy their fresh endless chips served with two types of salsa. 1310 S. Federal Highway, 954-596-1304 $$

Barracuda Seafood Bar & Grill. SEAFOOD • BRAZILIAN This spot by the sea serves seafood with a touch of Brazilian flare such as the bobo de camarao—shrimp sautéed in coconut milk, saffron, palm oil and yucca cream baked in a cast iron skillet. 1965 NE Second St., 954-531-1290 $$ Café Med. ITALIAN Authentic Italian restaurant right on

the ocean with an Italian chef from Rome. Excellent service, coupled with carefully prepared dishes just across from the

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the pier with gluten free options available. 234 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-428-2539 $$$

Patio Bar & Grill. CONTINENTAL Enjoy cocktails just feet from

the sandy beaches of Deerfield. This casual spot at the Wyndham serves casual fare. You can stick to the classics like wings or a shrimp cocktail. Or be more adventurous and enjoy an order of volcano spring rolls stuffed with crab and served with sriracha mayo and wakame slaw. They also serve a wide variety of burgers and plenty of fresh salads and savory entrees. There is often live music contributing to the energetic vibe of this spot on the beach. 2096 NE Second St., (at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort) 954-596-8618 $$

Taj. INDIAN This unassuming eatery in the Cove Shopping cen-

ter has been quietly chugging along for years. The restaurant serves various Indian favorites, including tandoori breads, biryani, lamb specialties, and plenty of vegetarian options. The saag paneer, which is the Indian version of creamed spinach, goes well with anything on the menu. And Popeye would be proud.201 SE 15th Terrace, 954-427-0423 $$

Tijuana Taxi Co. MEXICAN Perhaps it’s the all day happy

hour (Mon.-Fri., 11am-7pm) with $5 El Jimador margaritas, but as soon as you enter, the weight of the day lifts off your shoulders. The atmosphere is friendly and fun all around. There is outdoor patio seating available and a large U-shaped bar inside. The portions are generous — certainly enough for a doggie bag. We enjoyed the spicy shrimp tacos — soft flour tortillas filled with Cajun-grilled shrimp in a spicy chile lime sauce, topped with cilantro slaw, avocado and pico de gallo. The menu has a lot more than tacos — there’s all the Mexican favorites plus burgers, sandwiches, steaks and more. And for the little ones there is kids night on Sunday: kids eat for 99 cents from the $4.99 kids menu. 1015 S. Federal Highway, 954708-2775 $$

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it from “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Whatever you do, don’t skip the whale fries. 2031 NE Second St., 954-421-8880 $$

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POMPANO BEACH Fast & Casual Anne Marie’s Pizza and Wine Co. ITALIAN Whether you are looking to grab a quick slice or enjoy a much needed date night, Anne Marie’s fits the bill. Enjoy a cheesy slice of New York style pizza, bruschetta or classic chicken Francese. Anne Marie’s is also offering wine club memberships where customers can have bottles delivered locally and also purchase excellent wines at wholesale prices. One popular option at Anne Marie’s is the quattro pack — for $29.95 it includes any four 10-inch pizzas plus an order of garlic rolls. This option is perfect for families who can’t agree on the toppings. 2313 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach 954-590-2100. $-$$ Asian Deluxe Cuisine. ASIAN A new and convenient spot for some grab and go favorites. From small bites like crab Rangoon and goyza to a variety of curry and noodle dishes. 2608 N Ocean Blvd., 954-960-5060 $$ Bella Monte Italian Deli. SANDWICHES 2688 E. Atlantic Blvd.,

954-946-0333 $

Brendans. BAR AND GRILL Burgers, wings and more — you get the picture. 868 N. Federal Highway, 954-786-0033 $

Big Louie’s. ITALIAN • PIZZA A South Florida chain offering classic Italian dishes. 2190 N. Federal Highway, 954-942-5510 $ Borogodo Brazilian Grill. BRAZILIAN Open for lunch Monday-Friday 11am-4:30pm; Saturday 11am-5:30pm. 7 SE 22nd Ave., 954-782-8040 $ Broad Street Deli. BREAKFAST • DELICATESSEN Jewish style

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Dining Out bagels and homemade baked knishes. Open for breakfast and lunch Monday-Saturday, 8:30am-4pm. 2657 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-816-9649 $

Cafe Brie. SANDWICHES • SALADS A little gem of a place that serves fantastic sandwiches, salads, quiche and desserts. 2765 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-532-7800 $ 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 $

Carlucci’s Brick Oven Trattoria & Pizzeria. ITALIAN Italian favorites and brick oven pizza at the beach. Open lunch and dinner Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 11am11pm, Sunday 12-10pm. 3420 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-946-3150 $$ Chez Cafe. COFFEE • BAKERY A warm and cozy place to grab breakfast, lunch or a latte. 1631 S. Cypress Road, 954-933-3453 $

Coldfish. PAN-ASIAN Sushi drive-thru? We’re in! Coldfish, serves Pan-Asian cuisine in fun and colorful atmosphere. 1750 N. Federal Highway, 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 $ La Rachetta at Whole Foods Market. PIZZA AND WINE BAR

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. They have daily specials served with a draft beer for $8. And the truffle fries are great with anything. 2411 N. Federal Highway, 954-786-3535 $

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 $ 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 hole-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

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atmosphere. The restaurant has a huge menu with stromboli, calzone, soups, salads, subs, 26 kinds of specialty pizzas, baked pasta dishes, chicken and veal entrées and all your traditional pasta dishes and desserts. 448 S. Cypress Road, 954-941-0550 $-$$

Mini Pita. MEDITERRANEAN The comprehensive menu includes plenty of salads, pita melts, sandwiches, gyros, shawarma, kebabs, falafel and a choice of entrees that includes lamb chops and mousaka. 2555 E Atlantic Blvd. 954-532-9595 $$

Nelson’s Diner. DINER Nelson’s diner, which was just pur-

chased by the owners of Galuppi’s, is a cute, hole-in-the-wall 50s diner with Elvis memorabilia on the walls, baseball flags on the ceiling, friendly servers and classic red vinyl booths. 438 S Cypress Road, 954-785-3646 $

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., 954-782-2344 $

Sunshine Bagel. BAGELS • DELI Serving up bagels and sand-

wiches in a friendly atmosphere. 260 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-7887498 $

The Chicken Box & More. • SOUTHERN This small spot with

just a couple of tables serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and does a robust take-out business. The shrimp and grits with scrambled eggs are a top-notch breakfast or a perfect “breakfast-for-dinner” option. The fried pork chops were delicately coated and crispy. We tried them with a classic potato salad and collard greens. The greens were stellar — they were juicy and perfectly seasoned with bits of pork supplying a pleasing heft. And who doesn’t love a marvelous fried chicken wing? If you are searching for a solidly authentic taste of comfort, the meatloaf is a must. 204 N Flagler Avenue, 954-781-7400

The Poké Company. • POKÉ If you haven’t tried a poke bowl,

now is your big chance. Build your own bowl by choosing a base of rice or greens, then add a protein such as ahi tuna or steamed shrimp, then go to town with the mix-ins and sauces. Then top your bowl with everything from pickled ginger to tempura flakes. There are an infinite amount of choices. If bowls aren’t your thing, you can build your own poké burrito. 1154 N. Federal Highway, 754-220-8933

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., 954-9430057 $

LIGHTHOUSE POINT Fast & Casual Burger Fi. BURGERS Everything at Burger Fi is cooked to or-

der. Don’t miss the fries and the larger-than-life onion rings. The breakfast all day burger is topped with a fried egg. 3150 N. Federal Highway, 954-933-7120 $

Legends Tavern and Grille. AMERICAN With three locations, they must be doing something right. 3128 N Federal Highway, 754-220-8932 $-$$

Red Fox Diner. DINER Treat yourself to one of the daily specials at the Red Fox and you just might be able to skip dinner. But if you are in the mood for some comforting diner food, Red Fox never disappoints. Breakfast and lunch served daily. 2041 NE 36th St., (Sample Road) 954-783-7714 $ Packy’s Sports Pub. SPORTS BAR If you are looking for a

local spot to watch the game, Packy’s always seems to pack them in. 4480 N. Federal Highway, 954-657-8423 $

DEERFIELD BEACH Fast & Casual Biondo’s Pizza. PIZZA • SUBS Dine-in or take-out available.

For something other than pizza, try the stromboli or the wings. 606 S. Federal Highway, 954-427-7754 $-$$

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Bob’s Pizza. PIZZA • ITALIAN Pizza served remarkably close to the Beach — as if pizza could be get any better. 2076 NE Second St., 954-426-1030 $ Burger Craze. BURGERS Top quality ingredients come to-

gether to create unique taste sensations. Enjoy juicy burgers, hot dogs, wings and more. 2096 NE Second St. (at the Wyndham Hotel), 954-596- 5949 $-$$

Charlie’s Fish Fry. SEAFOOD Hey, it’s not quite Martha’s

Vineyard but Charlies is a great spot to satisfy a craving for fish and chips. There are plenty of other options — it’s almost like a quick trip to a New England clam bar — almost. 1200 E. Hillsboro Blvd., 954-573-7198 $$

Charm City. BURGERS Try the emperor — an American kobe

beef patty with aged Swiss, truffled aioli and sautéed mushrooms — a burger fit for a king. 1136 E. Hillsboro Blvd., 954531-0300 $$

El Jefe. MEXICAN For a truly inventive take on Mexican street food, this small yet bright and cheery taco joint is full of surprises. 27 N. Federal Highway, 954-246-5333 $

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Gelateria. GELATO Offering more than 26 flavors of gelato. Open daily. 2096 NE Second St. (at the Wyndham Hotel), 694428-2850 $ Michael’s Pizzeria. PIZZA Closed Mondays 1645 SE Third Court, Deerfield Beach, 954-426-1515 $



Nick’s Pizza. PIZZA Nick’s family moved from the Bronx to Deerfield Beach 13 years ago and opened Nick’s Pizza. The restaurant offers an extensive Italian catering menu, delivery and New York Style pizza. 137 NE Second Ave., 954-421-6700. $-$$

The Pickle Barrel. DELICATESSEN Get in touch with your inner New Yorker at this old style deli complete with friendly guys behind the counter filling your sandwich with enough pastrami to feed a family. 33 E. Hillsboro Blvd., 954-427-0650 $

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NORTH FORT LAUDERDALE Billy Jack’s Shack. AMERICAN Bar food, burgers, signature drinks; all well-done at this casual eatery. This place is where you should come if you want a cheat day. 218 Commercial Blvd. Ste. 102, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, 954-990-8671 $$ Cafe Valenti. ITALIAN If Italian food is about doing the simple things right, this restaurant knocks it out of the park. With a beachside view and live music — you’ll appreciate the little things. 222 E. Commercial Blvd. Ste. 103, Lauderdale-By-TheSea, 954-900-2773 $$ Casa Frida. MEXICAN Casa Frida is certainly several notches above your average Mexican joint. Enjoy traditional homemade, authentic cuisine. And here is the really good news, they serve breakfast on the weekends from 11:30am-2pm. 5441 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-530-3668 $$

Chatham House. SEAFOOD If you’re missing the Northeast, visit this restaurant and enjoy the New England-inspired seaside setting. Various entrées include fresh seafood, pasta and steak. Expansive bar area. 4331 Ocean Dr., LauderdaleBy-The-Sea, 954-351-0310 $$ The Fish Peddler East. SEAFOOD Full service fresh fish and seafood market offering one stop shopping convenience — prepared items, soups, salads, condiments, produce, and wines. 2805 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-4911441 $$ Kaluz Restaurant. AMERICAN Contemporary American Cuisine with dynamic views of the intracoastal. 3300 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-772-2209 $$

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