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Demolition of Historic Doctor’s Office Causes Shock in the Community

Members of the Pompano Beach Historical Society and the Pompano Beach Historic Preservation Board, as well as elected city officials, were shocked to find out last month that the 1920s medical office of Dr. George Sterling McClellan – Pompano Beach’s first doctor – had been bulldozed. The Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) had plans to preserve the building and

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convert it into a café, wine bar or sandwich shop in Old Town, an area the CRA is developing as an arts and entertainment destination. Last December, the CRA Board, which is made up of the city commissioners, voted to direct CRA staff to turn the proposed plans into a project and explore ways to move forward. The plans included moving the 663-square-foot structure from its

Dr. George Sterling McClellan in front of his medical office in Pompano Beach circa 1920s

location at the northeast corner of NE First Avenue and NE Second Street, to the northwest corner, directly across the street, in a public parking lot leased by the CRA. The former doctor’s office was on property that will be the site of Old Town Square, a new 10-story mixed-use development consisting of 282 residential units and ground floor commercial space. Cavache Properties, the developer of >>>


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Demolition of Historic Doctor’s Office Causes Shock in the Community CONTINUED

<<< Old Town Square, was going to donate the doctor’s office to the city, rather than demolish it. On the morning of Sept. 10, Commissioner Tom McMahon received a phone call from a member of the Pompano Beach Historical Society informing him that the demolition of the historic doctor’s office was in progress. He arrived at the scene and stood in front of the bulldozer to try to stop it, until he was told the police would be called. At that point, only one wall of the building remained. “That night I didn’t sleep,” said McMahon, speaking to the CRA Board at its meeting on Sept. 15. “It was beyond understandable.” McMahon is a former president of the Pompano Beach Historical Society. City Manager Greg Harrison, who serves as the CRA Executive Director, explained that, earlier in the year, staff determined it could not come up with the estimated $400,000 needed for the McClellan office relocation. “The weakness here is that by the time this all came to a reality about the funding, COVID hit in March and we did not communicate this funding issue to the Board of Directors,” said Harrison. The CRA Board did not hold its monthly meetings during the period of March through June due to COVID-19, and was on hiatus in August. Harrison said the developer paid $2.2 million for four buildings and had clear title to the property, and could have done what he wanted with the McClellan office at any time. “It is an unfortunate set of circumstances,” Harrison continued. “Had we thought to bring this to 12 pointpubs.com •

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your attention, I’m sure it would have raised enough attention to the building that we might have been able to come up with a project to try to figure out how to salvage it.” Harrison noted that the building had become “a real problem” for the developer because It was being used for prostitution, and as an encampment for “unsavory folks.” “They just needed to tear it down, and that’s what happened on Sept. 10,” said Harrison. “Obviously, this is just a tremendous error,” said Mayor Rex Hardin. “It’s a colossal mess up.” Harrison said he would like the Pompano Beach Historical Society and the Pompano Beach Historic Preservation Board to work together and come up with a fitting memorial for the doctor’s office. McMahon asked that the city look at ways to remedy the situation, including building a replica of the office building façade and placing it at Founders Park, and preserving an inlay of Dr. McClellan’s name that is

Dr. George Sterling McClellan’s original office building stood on the northeast corner of NE First Avenue and NE Second Street in Pompano Beach before it was demolished.

on the sidewalk in front of the spot where his office building once stood. McMahon also said there need to be checkpoints added to the city’s system that would require the city manager to sign off on demolition permits for very old buildings. Vice Mayor Barry Moss pressed Harrison for details on how the demolition of the McClellan office building came about. “I really hate to say it, but my trust has been shaken,” said Moss. “I’m going to be looking at things with a closer eye moving forward.” Even though the McClellan office wasn’t a designated historic site on a national or local registry, it was listed in the 2013 Pompano Beach Historic Sites Survey. “I know nobody intended for this to happen, but it did happen,” said Hardin. “We have got tremendously talented staff and dedicated individuals who do absolutely fantastic work for this city, but even with all that, this fell through the cracks.” >>>


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Hardin wanted to know “what the city’s going to do so it doesn’t happen again.” Harrison said he would look at implementing a system in the building dDepartment that would red-flag any historic structures that are being reviewed for a building, demolition or other permit. The structures would be those included in the 2013 Pompano Beach Historic Sites Survey. The three other buildings on the site of the future Old Town Square mixed-use development were demolished about a year-and-a-half ago, but the developer held off on tearing down the McClellan office to give the CRA time to find funding to relocate it.

in, and there were needles left around by drug addicts. According to Adache, the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) had been to the building numerous times, and told him he had a major liability if he didn’t take care of it. “We really needed an answer on whether it was going to be moved or knocked down,” said Adache. Adache said that he reached out to the CRA in July to find out the building’s status and was told there was no funding available to relocate it, and he could move forward with plans to demolish it. Adache then submitted for a demolition permit approval from the building department. “We waited as long as we could, but Dr. George Sterling McClellan’s original office building was demolished in September.

Adam Adache, of Cavache Properties, said that although the structure wasn’t a designated historic site on a registry, “it is something that I think, unanimously, we all wanted to try to save.” Adache said the vacant building eventually became a nuisance in the neighborhood. People were breaking

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obviously, we needed to move on.” Adache said he got a demolition permit approval on Aug. 25, but because an old property survey was in the system, a permit revision form had to be filled out and a new survey uploaded. Final approval for the demolition permit was received on Sept. 9, and the building was

bulldozed on Sept. 10. Adache said he hopes to start construction on the Old Town Square development within the next two to three months. Dr. George McClellan came to Pompano in 1921 from Wellborn, a town in northwest Florida. His house was built right next door to his medical office, and he lived there with his wife Novice, and their daughter and three sons. His wife served as his nurse and ran the office. His office building, made of reinforced concrete and steel, survived the 1926 hurricane and sheltered six local families, including the McClellans, who deemed it safer than their wooden house. George McClellan’s oldest son, Sterling McClellan, served the country during World War II as a fighter pilot, and was shot down during a mission over Germany. The American Legion Post #142, located behind Pompano Beach City Hall, is named in his honor. George McClellan’s son William served as a gunner in World War II, and was also shot down. He managed to survive imprisonment at the infamous Stalag 17 POW camp. A letter from the Board of Directors of the Pompano Beach Historical Society that was read during the CRA Board meeting described the demolition of the McClellan office building as a “tragic destruction” and a “permanent loss of a significant piece of Pompano’s history.” The letter said the historical society intends to remain actively involved as future steps are considered to mark the contribution of Dr. McClellan and his family to Pompano Beach. Y


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BY MARIE PULEO

Twin-Tower Project Coming to Corner of A1A and Atlantic Boulevard A large-scale residential, hotel and commercial project planned for 3350 E. Atlantic Boulevard, on the southwest corner of Atlantic Boulevard and A1A, is moving ahead after years of being on hold. The project, called Atlantic 3350, was given approval for development in 2012, but that approval has since expired. A site plan application for Atlantic 3350 was resubmitted earlier this year and is currently going through the city’s review process. The resubmitted site plan is consistent with the original 2012 site plan, with some updates to current standards. The project consists of one 19-story hotel tower with 110 two-bedroom and one-bedroom extended stay suites (180 total beds), and one 21-story residential tower with 77 condominium units. The project is designed around an existing Walgreens store located on the south-central portion of the property. Part of the 2-acre property is also currently occupied by the Rayvan building. According to the site plan, the hotel tower will be located on the northwest corner of the site (the southeast corner of Atlantic Boulevard and Hibiscus Avenue). The ground level includes a corner entry lobby, a gift shop, plus 1,000 square feet of retail space fronting Atlantic Boulevard. A vehicular drop-off area along the east side of the tower is accessible from Atlantic Boulevard. The residential tower, located at the northeast corner of the site, consists of five two-bedroom units per floor; then reduces to four two-bedroom units at the top three floors (units range in size from 1,700

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square feet to 2,200 square feet). The ground level includes a streetfront lobby and a 6,675-square-foot retail space and a restaurant with an outdoor dining area fronting Atlantic Boulevard and A1A. These areas are accessed by a paver arcade that wraps around the building. At the base of the towers is a fifth-level pedestal deck with shared hotel and residential amenities, including a pool and Jacuzzi, a pool bar, a hotel restaurant, a large banquet facility and a fitness center – all surrounded by extensive landscaping in planters and glass rails along the perimeter. Below the towers and pedestal deck, and above the pedestrian street level, there are three covered parking levels with 328 parking spaces. The garage-level facades are a combination of decorative louvers for light and ventilation into the

Rendering of the Twin Tower project in Pompano Beach

parking garage areas, tile banding, and decorative metal wave features mixed between large artistic murals that depict street scenes of Pompano Beach done by a local artist. Two levels of the parking deck extend over the existing Walgreens, which is to remain at its current location on the site, but would be rebuilt within the southeast corner of the parking garage. The north side of the new Walgreens would have an interior ground-level drivethrough lane that is entirely located within the garage structure. There would be required on-grade parking in front of the store (22 spaces), with the balance of required parking proposed to be located within the parking deck above the store. The project is described by the architect as having a “contemporary maritime design” that is compatible with The Plaza at Oceanside condominium to the north. >>>


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BY MARIE PULEO

Twin-Tower Project Coming to Corner of A1A and Atlantic Boulevard <<< The white finishes are accentuated with green glass rails and window systems. The 77 units in the residential tower are “flex” units that the Pompano Beach City Commission allocated to the developer in 2012, and which the developer kept active through various means until, due to extenuating circumstances in the company, the units expired in 2017.

According to city documents, no new flex allocations are allowed on the barrier island, where the project site is located, so reaffirmation of the units and amending the construction deadline was the only avenue to enable the project to be built on the property. The project site is owned by Atlantic 3350, LLC. In June 2019, Atlantic 3350, LLC, entered into Renderings of the Twin Tower project in Pompano Beach

In September 2019, the city commission gave its approval to reaffirm the allocation of the units and to provide an extension for a building permit. Richard Berrie, of Berrie Architecture & Design, told the city commission that the project was designed too early after the recession, but now is an opportunity to proceed with the development. The city has a pool of flex units that it can use as a tool to accommodate and expedite desirable development and redevelopment projects. The flex units increase the entitlements of a property without having to go through a land use plan amendment, which is a lengthy process.

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a contract agreement to sell the property to Dome Equities, Inc. for $18.5 million, but the deal was not consummated. Atlantic 3350, LLC retained the property and is moving the new development forward. The project’s resubmitted site plan was reviewed by the city’s Development Review Committee (DRC) this past June, and again last month. As a result, the developer must respond to requests from city staff for revisions or clarifications on the project and resubmit for another DRC review, according to the city’s Development Services Department. Once the site plan application obtains the DRC’s approval, the project must receive approval from the Architectural Appearance Committee and the Planning and Zoning Board. A development order can then be issued, and the developer can submit for building permit approvals.Y


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Marine Life Artwork By Dennis Friel is Planned for City Bridges The recently revamped Atlantic Boulevard Bridge features marineinspired murals done by local artist Dennis Friel. Now, there are plans for some neighborhood bridges in Pompano Beach to be adorned with Friel’s artwork. A number of bridges are being replaced or improved with money from the city’s G.O. Bond, and the plan is for these bridges to include marine life graphics created by Friel. The bridges that are being replaced or improved with G.O. Bond funding are the McNab Road Bridge, the SE Fifth Avenue Bridge, the Terra Mar Bridge, and two bridges in Palm Aire over the C-14 canal. The SE Sixth Terrace Bridge in the Garden Isles neighborhood is being rebuilt with funding from the city’s capital improvements program, but is also targeted to have Friel’s marine life artwork. The graphics for each bridge will be designed to meet localized field conditions. Still, the idea is for the artwork to be placed either at street level on both entrances of a bridge or on the railings, or possibly both, according to Horacio Danovich,

the city’s capital improvement and Innovation District director. The artwork on the bridges will be enhanced with lighting. The SE Fifth Avenue Bridge is expected to start construction first, possibly in January 2021.

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The Fisher Family Pier Is Getting a New Lightning Protection System A lightning protection system is being installed on the new Fisher Family Pier to protect the $11.5 million structure from damage. Since the opening of the reconstructed pier in May, two incidents of lightning strikes have caused damage, according to Horacio Danovich, the city’s capital improvements and Innovation District director. The first lightning strike hit one of the pier’s concrete pylons and traveled through to one of the lights, damaging a graphics panel. The lightning also traveled to the electric room and damaged the Ethernet, causing the surveillance cameras to stop working and a loss of Wi-Fi. The second lightning strike damaged another of the pier’s graphic panels.

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The new lightning protection system consists of 10 air terminals (lightning rods) placed on the pier’s shade structures and six air terminals on the roof of the bait and tackle shop, along with grounding equipment. The air terminals dissipate lightning to less susceptible areas, such as the ground. Each of the eight lifeguard stands on the beach will also have an air terminal and a grounding plate. The cost of the new lightning protection system is $30,200. In addition to the shade structures, Wi-Fi and bait and tackle shop, amenities on the new higher and wider pier include benches, fishing stations, splinter-free railings, marine-related artwork, pedestrian lighting and an underwater camera. Y


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Broward County Approves Funding for Pompano’s Dixie Highway and Riverside Drive Improvement Projects The city’s Dixie Highway improvements project, which is partially funded with money from the G.O. Bond, was recently approved by the Broward County Commission for $24.86 million of supplemental funding. The funding will come from the 30-year, one penny increase in Broward County’s sales tax that voters approved in November 2018. The money raised from the penny increase, or surtax, is specifically to fund transportation improvements. A Riverside Drive improvements project was also approved by the Broward County Commission for surtax funding in the amount of $711,452 to be used for design costs. The Dixie Highway project consists of upgrades to the corridor from McNab Road to Sample Road, including roadway crossing improvements, buffered bicycle lanes, new medians, wider sidewalks, new lighting, new landscape strips and islands, curb extensions, street furniture and onstreet parking. The street furniture includes trash receptacles, bicycle racks, benches and possibly bus shelters. The on-street parking is being added primarily near businesses south of Atlantic

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Boulevard. The plan is to eliminate one travel lane in each direction and convert the travel lanes to on-street parking, according to Horacio Danovich, the city’s capital improvements and Innovation District director. To improve pedestrian connectivity, the project may also include several pedestrian bridges over the Pompano Canal connecting parts of the Avondale neighborhood to Atlantic Boulevard. The amount of G.O. Bond money set aside for the project is $21.96 million, said Danovich. The additional surtax funding approved by the county is divided into two amounts: approximately $2.96 million for design costs, and $21.88 million for construction. The improvements to Dixie Highway will be done in three sections. The first section will be from McNab Road to just south of Atlantic Boulevard (SW 1st Street). The second section will be from SW Firt Street to NE 10th Street, and the third section will be from NE 10th Street to Sample Road. The project’s scope also includes improvements on Atlantic Boulevard from NW Sixth Avenue to South Cypress Road. Work on the first section could begin this November, said Danovich. The first section is expected to take until the end of September 2021 to complete, and then work on the other areas would begin. The other sections are currently expected to be completed in mid-2024. The scope of the Riverside Drive project is from Atlantic Boulevard to NE 14th Street Causeway. The plan is to realign the road to provide more

buffer space between the travel lanes and private parking or driveways. The project will also address the lack of sidewalks, particularly along the east side of the road. Landscaping and lighting will be enhanced, intersections will include features to encourage lower speeds, and if possible, onstreet parking will be added, said Danovich. In addition, the project will attempt to address severe ponding conditions and implement technologies to help fight sea-level rise. The Riverside Drive project is not on the city’s G.O. Bond project list. There is no timeline set for the construction of the project. It will depend on when funding is available. Two other Pompano Beach projects were approved for surtax funding to be used for construction costs. Drainage improvements for Bay Drive on the barrier island were approved for $1,174,741, and drainage improvements in Kendall Lakes were approved for $3,741,868. This summer, the Broward County Commission approved funding for 137 municipal-requested projects, including the Pompano Beach projects, for a total of $121 million. It is the first cycle of municipal projects to be awarded funding from the surtax revenues. Over 700 municipal requests were submitted, totaling $3.3 billion. The distribution of surtax revenues for county and municipal transportation-related projects will be ongoing for 30 years. The county is currently working on a five-year plan for the second cycle of funding, which will cover fiscal years 20212025. Y


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Pompano Beach Isle Casino Redevelopment: A Major Change In Plans Due To Covid-19 The Live! Resorts Pompano development project – which will transform the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park into an entertainment, hotel, dining, retail, residential and office hub – is being revised to add 1.5 million square feet of industrial use that is expected to bring over 1,200 new jobs to Pompano Beach. The revised plans, which are currently making their way through the City’s approval process, would reduce the project’s office component by 650,000 square feet in order to add the industrial use. The proposed changes are a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Debbie Orshefsky, the attorney representing the developer, The Cordish Companies, which develops, owns and operates Live! entertainment destinations across the country. Orshefsky told the Planning and Zoning Board at its Aug. 26 virtual meeting that because Live! Resorts Pompano was so linked to entertainment uses, the development team had to rethink the project. The incorporation of the industrial use is to address “dramatic changes in the office and commercial recreation market.” The developer has attracted a warehouse distribution and logistics firm that wants to establish an over one-million-square-foot facility on the project site, which is located on the southeast corner of Powerline Road and SW 3rd Street (Racetrack Road). Orshefsky did not disclose the name of the firm, but said it would “generate approximately 1,200 jobs immediately, which is a shot in the arm in ways that are unimaginable in the current COVID situation that

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we’re in.” She said the proposed industrial use, which wasn’t originally contemplated, will be a catalyst for the live-work-play uses that will also be part of the development. The majority of the industrial use is expected be in the northeast corner of the project site, which is also slated for office space. The industrial use would have frontage on Racetrack Road, but could also extend southward to a portion of the site that was originally slotted for 400-foot-tall residential buildings. There was concern expressed by some members of the Planning and Zoning Board that if the industrial use extends south, it could infringe upon the Cypress Bend residential community. Orshefsky said there “would certainly be a sensitivity factor” in terms of adding more buffering and what the southern edge of a future industrial building would look like. The industrial building would likely be 50 to 75 feet high.

Jean Dolan of the city’s Development Services Department said it would be more than a year before the distribution and logistics warehouse got under way, taking into account the various approvals that are needed. In order to add the industrial use and decrease the office space, the developer is requesting a land use plan amendment that would modify the entitlements of the project site’s existing land use designation, which is “Regional Activity Center.” The square footage trade-off was calculated based on the amount of traffic generation, said Dolan. With the added industrial use and the decreased office use, the number of trips are slightly less. Dolan said there is 1.35 million square feet of office use remaining, and the developer could still attract a corporate headquarters, which is part of the vision of the project. The Planning and Zoning Board unanimously approved the developer’s request for the >>>


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acres, but introduces a minimum 12-acre natural lake adjacent to the lagoon. The lake would be a recreational amenity for boating, fishing and other water-based activities, and would also provide stormwater drainage necessary for the development. The lake will be open to the general public, not just residents of the development, said Orshefsky. The Planning and Zoning Board unanimously approved the rezoning request at its Aug. 26 meeting, and it is scheduled to go to the City Commission on Sept. 8 for first reading. The project site was rezoned in September 2019 as a Planned Commercial Development (PCD) district to encourage a mix of employment-generating uses, entertainment uses and residential units. Concern was voiced by a member of the Planning and Zoning Board and a member of the public that there were no community outreach meetings regarding the proposed changes to the Isle Casino redevelopment plans. Orshefsky said it’s difficult to do community outreach under the COVID-19 circumstances, but committed to having more in-person outreach when the situation normalizes, and before a site plan comes out for the recreation area. Orshefsky noted that it is not unusual for a large-scale project such as Live! Resorts Pompano, on the 232-gross acre Isle Casino site, to go through various evolutions. Planning and Zoning Board Chair Fred Stacer, and others, expressed concern about truck traffic that would be coming in and out of the distribution center. Orshefsky said there will be

major access points directly onto Racetrack Road for truck traffic, including one fully signalized intersection and one right-in rightout access. Stacer said he was especially worried about the intersections at Powerline Road and Racetrack Road and Powerline Road and Atlantic Boulevard, which “are pretty busy even today,” and suggested that rather than using Powerline Road to get to the Turnpike or I-95, trucks should use Racetrack Road, and then head east to South Andrews Avenue. The developer’s traffic consultant said a traffic analysis is being carried out, and will require approval from the Florida Department of Transportation. The project may include a Tri-Rail station along the CSX Railroad, just east of the development site. The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) has approved a resolution supporting the potential Tri-Rail station. Orshefsky said the high number of employees generated by the proposed industrial use, which will be adjacent to the railroad track, supports the idea of creating a TriRail station. The station would cost $1620 million, but 75% of the cost is available through federal funding, said Orshefsky. The developer will be applying for that funding in cooperation with the SFRTA, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the City and the County. A full buildout of the Live! Resorts Pompano development project will include several phases and could take up to 10 years to complete. Y


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Pompano Beach CRA Will Begin Public Outreach Efforts for Redesign of McNab Park As the McNab House and Botanical Gardens project moves into its second phase, which is designing a master plan for McNab Park, the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is getting ready to launch public outreach workshops so the community can provide their input on how the space will be used. The CRA is planning to begin the workshops in November. Last March, the CRA relocated the historic McNab House and garage from 1736 E. Atlantic Boulevard to McNab Park, at 2250 E. Atlantic Boulevard, with the vision of transforming the structures into a new restaurant facility and the adjacent park to the west and south into a public botanical garden.

approximately three acres. The proposed botanical garden would replace the existing parking lot and the Chamber of Commerce building at the intersection of East Atlantic Boulevard and SE 22nd Avenue. The intent is for the garden to be open to the public but available for private functions. BA will design a master plan for the remainder of the park. Hollingworth presented a variety of visual concepts that have been successfully implemented in similarlysized urban parks and open spaces. Some residents have voiced concern over the potential loss of the existing basketball court and tennis court located in the park's southern portion. The two shuffleboard courts in the northern part of the park have

Bermello Ajamil & Partners (BA), the architectural firm hired by the CRA to create preliminary designs for McNab Park during the first phase, will develop the concept for the botanical gardens. Last month, during the virtual CRA Board meeting, landscape architect Randy Hollingworth, at BA, gave a presentation exploring potential concepts for the botanical garden. The overall site area is

already been removed, as well as a civic building that was used for community meetings and activities. “Whatever conceptual drawings that everybody has seen in the past, this is a fresh start,” said CRA Director Nguyen Tran. Tran said there will be “robust public input” and outreach efforts during the design concept process to get a clear idea of what people want and to craft a conceptual master plan

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for the park that works. Hollingworth said it was the beginning of a process of working with the city, the CRA and the community to "come up with something that's really unique." “This is like a blank slate to do something really phenomenal for the city,” said Hollingworth. In his presentation, Hollingworth showed the different components that typically make up a botanical garden, such as water features, lawns, walkways, seating and garden structures. He explained that botanical gardens can also include programming for educational activities, special events, music series, art exhibitions, nursery sales of plants from the garden, and a small retail shop offering unique items the public can buy when they visit the gardens. Commissioner Andrea McGee said she’s “very excited about the options we have, and really making McNab Park special.” “From what I’m seeing here, it’s even more beautiful than I had imagined,” said Commissioner Rhonda Eaton. “It will be like an oasis in the middle of a bustling community.” Commissioner Tom McMahon said the project “will provide a muchneeded improvement” to the park and “will truly transform the quality of life for the residents” who live around the park. The McNab House and Botanical Gardens project is a CRA project that will take place over 2-3 years. There is $2.7 million budgeted for the project. The McNab House, built in 1926, was moved from its original location on Atlantic Boulevard after the McNab family sold the land for development. Y


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Sand and Spurs Equestrian Park AN OASIS IN THE MIDDLE OF TOWN BY DAWNE RICHARDS AWHILE BACK, WE TOOK OUR NOW-6-YEAR-OLD GRANDDAUGHTER TO THE "DERBY DAY" EVENT AT SAND AND SPURS EQUESTRIAN PARK. UNLIKE MANY youngsters, little Emma couldn’t get enough of the pony rides and screamed bloody murder when she had to dismount. I thought she might be interested in horseback riding, so we checked out U Can Ride (ucanride.org). While they describe themselves as focused on “The use of horses and equine-assisted activities to achieve goals to enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational skills,” it’s far more than that. Emma was instantly enchanted. What child — or adult — wouldn’t be? Horses! Open space! Barn cats! Owls! Oh my! And a surprisingly open vista of much of the city's eastern side, the uber-cool blimp right next door, and the airport too. If you haven’t been, I urge you to visit. It’s hard to believe that this pastoral acreage, part of the city’s park system, is pretty much right smack in the middle of the town. Emma and Prince (the horse) But I digress, as usual. Truth be told, I can’t will do for their children. My mother was already appalled that remember if Emma started riding before I did, or we started at the we’d landed in the wilds of small-town New Jersey; I can’t imagine same time, but in short order, we were both riding each week. the gumption it took for her to get on that horse. As a young girl, I rode a lot, starting when I was about 10, at I, on the other hand, was thrilled to be back in the saddle. I felt Temple Hill Stables in New Jersey. We had lessons in the paddocks like I was 12 years old again; it was wondrous. and took many trail rides, usually poorly supervised by Joe This weekly riding session was time with Emma that has, I hope, something-or-other. But Joe couldn’t take us alone; he needed a planted some beautiful memories. I rode for a year or so; Emma parent chaperone. My mother, who was around 50 at the time, still goes. Recently she returned, after a months-long hiatus due to gamely volunteered to ride along behind Joe on the same horse. the virus. She couldn’t wait. And seeing her astride that big horse, To say that my mother was not someone easily pictured on as confident as can be, is priceless. a horse, let alone clinging to Joe as if she were on the back of While she rides, I get to soak in the atmosphere: of horses, and a motorcycle, is a vast understatement. Naturally, at the time, barn cats, and hay, and sweeping vistas; an atmosphere of a I thought nothing of it. But as I confidently (ok, I was terrified) time you think is in the past but is very much in the present. It’s swung my over-50 self back onto a horse for the first time in therapy, all right: for both of us. Y decades, it struck me: there is really no limit to the things parents

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Through his stunning work, photographer Kevin Bryant brings the fascinating underwater world to a broad audience. Bryant earned the designation of Citizen Scientist from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, which has shared over 500 of Bryant’s aquatic life pictures. Kevin Bryant says he “...gets a kick out of cool nature stuff..” and considers himself a documentarian rather than an artist. Those who have enjoyed his photographs might differ with him; his colorful, aesthetically pleasing offerings are the work of someone who is both an artist and an educator. Bringing awareness to the plight of marine life in South Florida is essential to the healthy ecology and economy of the area. Kevin Bryant shines a light on these challenges. For nearly a decade, Bryant drove from his home in Savannah, Georgia to South Florida for long weekends full of diving. After retiring from dentistry, he moved to Florida, where he lives just 50 yards from the shore and access to diving. Bryant is a member of the South Florida Underwater Photography Society (SFUPS), a nonprofit that works to raise awareness of conservation initiatives and to share the beauty of the underwater life. Kevin Bryant can be reached at mntlblok@gmail.com. OCTOBER 2020 • pointpubs.com

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one with Nature Tired of sitting inside all day? Many of Florida’s parks have reopened since closing in March due to Covid-19. Becoming one with nature might be the perfect calming antidote to the ever-present baseline stress level of 2020. Remember — Florida is a treasure trove of natural wonders. Go solo for a meditative experience or meet a friend at one of these stunning natural locations for a socially distanced rendez-vous. As we live in an ever-changing landscape of openings and closings, visit floridastateparks.org or broward.org/parks for the most recent information concerning hours and equipment rental. Don’t forget your mask. COMPILED BY SAM ROSSER

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Oleta River State Park

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Boasting over 1000-acres of natural forests and waterways, this park, just a short drive from downtown Miami, is a beautiful retreat for any nature enthusiast. Whether you’re an angler who doesn’t want to fill up your boat’s gas tank or a paddleboarder who just wants a lazy day gliding through the mangroves, this park has it all. For a measly six dollar fee, you can spend your day in Florida’s largest urban park. This little slice of nature is perfect for families or for all you loners out there. They have air-conditioned cabins for rent and a lovely picnic area overlooking the picturesque Biscayne Bay. Not all facilities are available at present due to Covid-19. 3400 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach 305-919-1846 8am-sundown $6 OCTOBER 2020• • pointpubs.com MARCH 2020 pointpubs.com

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Dr. Von D. MizellEula Johnson State Park

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Located on Jack Nicklaus Drive, this barrier island is a well-preserved piece of what Florida originally looked like before all our ancestors came and ruined it with centralized air conditioning and that whole modern civilization ruckus. Anyway, John D. MacArthur was a businessman and philanthropist who donated the barrier island to the state in the 1970s. Since then, the park has become a staple refuge of the area, sporting beautiful trails, beaches and a lovely lagoon that you can paddle lazily through to enjoy the mangroves and wildlife. The boardwalk offers another stunning view of the two-mile lagoon and a sweeping view of the sunset. They usually provide kayak rentals and other amenities such as a gift shop, but they are currently unavailable due to Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean you can bring your own! 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach 561-624-6950 $5/per vehicle • 8am-sunset

This state park, while boasting beautiful trails, scenery and waterways, also has a fascinating history. During the days of Jim Crow and segregation, property owners along the Fort Lauderdale beaches didn’t want African Americans on “their” beaches. So, Dr. Von D. Mizell, founder of the Broward chapter of the NAACP, petitioned for a beach that African Americans could spend their summer afternoons on. The city relented and promised to build an access road to make it easier to get to. The county dragged its feet for an entire decade before Eula Johnson, the president of the local NAACP chapter at the time, staged a wade-in on the all-white beaches. Many of the parks’ facilities are named after people who also struggled for their rights when they were viewed as less-than. 6503 N Ocean Drrive Dania Beach 954-923-2833 Shortened hours due to Covid: 8am-6pm

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Chapel Trail Nature Preserve

Imagine the Everglades, except without having to go on an airboat. This 450-acre nature preserve, established in 1990, is home to marsh rabbits, deer, largemouth bass, snakes, over 100 species of birds, and regrettably, insects. There is a 1,650-foot boardwalk for your viewing pleasure, along with a pavilion to just vibe under. Typically, they rent canoes for you to paddle out into the marsh to get a closer look if that is your wish, but due to Covid-19, they have halted rentals until further notice. So, if you don’t mind using your feet a little, bring a camera to take some pictures of some of the indigenous wildlife. There probably won’t be any pesky iguanas, but we make no promises. ABOVE Chapel Trail Nature Preserve photo ppines.com

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Loxahatchee Slough

With nearly 13,000 acres of preserved land, this beautiful slice of nature is home to nine different Florida ecosystems. Located in North Palm Beach, this nature preserve has multiple mountain biking and equestrian paths to explore. If you happen to be a biker: beware, horses have the right of way here. If riding things isn’t your style, be sure to bring sturdy boots; it gets pretty muddy during the summer and fall. If walking or riding isn’t your preferred mode of transportation, they have a boat launch for kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards to soothe all your water-based needs. A fishing pier is also available for all you anglers who want a change of scenery. An observation tower is also open to snap a few photographs of this natural paradise. 11855 Beeline Highway West Palm Beach 561-233-2400 No fee 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday, closed on weekends.

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This 23-acre park in Davie is a perfect for a day out or weekend nature hike. There is a path that leads to a treehouse observation deck with a spectacular view overlooking the marshes. All sorts of local wildlife inhabit the park, including alligators, but they’re pretty shy, so no need to worry. There are some duck boats to ride for a relaxing day as well. If you are in the mood to feel like a cowboy, they also have an excellent equestrian center for all your horse-related wants and needs. Or, if you just want to have a picnic under the sun, they have a lovely area to just relax. 3900 SW 100th Ave., Davie 954-357-5130 8am-7:30pm photos floridastateparks.org

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West Lake Park

This massive, 1500-acre mangrove forest and waterway is perfect if you want to forget that you live in a sprawling urban environment. Whatever fun you wish to have under the hot Florida sun, it can probably be done here. There is a beautiful nature trail and courts for volleyball, basketball, tennis and racquetball. Or, if you’re in a more aquatic mood, you can rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard and lazily drift through the mangroves. The nearly 50,000 feet of waterfront is really something every South Floridian should experience. 1200 Sheridan St., Hollywood 954-357-5161 • 8am- 7:30pm

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park This state park was originally the estate of Hugh Taylor Birch, a lawyer and real estate investor from Chicago. When he was sailing down the coast in the 1890s, he came across the barrier island and made camp. Later he bought the barrier island, which some found to be insane since the locals knew what happened to barrier islands during hurricanes. He didn’t care; he built his retirement home there, which still stands today and is used as a museum and the visitor center. The park boasts multiple nature trails to escape from urban life, and they also rent out kayaks and paddleboards for a small fee. 3109 East Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954-564-4521 Open 8am to sunset. Leashed pets permitted but not on the beach


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mended. Also, call ahead to see what they are serving. 1386 S Federal Highway, 954-998-3642 $$$-$$$$

And Fish Kitchen + Bar. SEAFOOD Located at the Marriott

Checkers Old Munchen. GERMAN Take a trip back to the old country at Checkers Old Munchen. T 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. As you look around, you can’t help but get the feeling that most of the patrons are returning customers. Imbibe to your hearts content with their wide assortment of German beers. 2209 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-785-7565 $$

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 $$

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 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 $ 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. 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. Wash it all down with a draft beer, a glass of wine or choose from over 40 different bottled beers. 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 recom-

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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 $$ 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. All the beers are brewed on-site and owners Adam and Andre hale from Germany and England. 1901 N Federal Highway, 954-6578676 $-$$

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

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 $$

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 $$

The Foundry. AMERICAN • CONTINENTAL Seating options galore, 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 $


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

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 $$

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

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

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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 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, from shiitake buns to the gyoza. 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 $$

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

fare including sandwiches, burgers, wings, salads and a huge choice of appetizers. 10 SW Sixth St.

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

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Dining Out 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 $$

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Mini Pita. Mediterranean If you’re looking to explore the

Mediterranean diet, this is a good place to start. The comprehensive menu includes plenty of salads, pita melts and sandwiches, gyros, shawarma, kebabs, falafel and a choice of entrees that includes a whole brazen, lamb chops and mousaka. 2555 E Atlantic Blvd. 954-532-9595 $$

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 Open for breakfast,

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lunch and dinner. Enjoy salads, sandwiches and entrées all with a slight 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, 954-5322771 $$-$$$

Oceanic. AMERICAN • SEAFOOD Along with stunning ocean

views, the restaurant offers a comprehensive menu with an emphasis on seafood. With sweeping views of the Atlantic, dining at Oceanic is almost like a mini stay-cation. Their hours are Sunday, 10am-10pm; Monday-Thursday, 11:30am-10pm; Friday 11:30am-11pm;  Saturday,  10am-11pm, 250 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., 954-366-3768 

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 $$

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

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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 $$

Sette Bello. ITALIAN This is a true gem just south of the Pom-

pano 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.) Sette Bello is a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or a romantic dinner for two. 6241 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. 954 351-0505 $$$

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 $$ Table 2201. MEDITERRANEAN Everything at Table 2201 is made on the premises — even the desserts. Start with the pygros, a tower of eggplant, potatoes and ground beef topped with a cool yogurt sauce. 2201 E. Atlantic Blvd., 718-600-2236 $$

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 $$$

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 $$ 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 $

SEASIDE AND GRILL Casual restaurant offering beachside dining, delicious seafood and steaks. www.seasidegrill.com 954.783.3193 1406 N. Ocean Boulevard, Pompano Beach OCTOBER 2020 • pointpubs.com

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Dining Out LIGHTHOUSE POINT Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grill. AMERICAN Bar food and wide

array of televised sports games with a game room for kids. 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

Expires 11/30/20. Participating locations only. Extra toppings chicken, meatballs & steak substitutions, extra dipping sauces and dressings, tax and delivery additional. Must present coupon. Cannot be combined with any other coupon! Prices subject to change without notice. Nutrition information available at JetsPizza.com/Nutrition

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 to any sandwich. They are a dog-friendly restaurant. 2830 NE 29th Ave. (at the Lighthouse Point Marina), 954-941-0246 $$

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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 beyond typical raw bar offerings with inventive tacos and sliders. Papa’s also offers an impressive array of sushi and sashimi. 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 $$-$$$ 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 An intimate neighborhood place. Watch owner and chef Lucy prepare your favorite dishes in the open kitchen. 2014 E Sample Road, 954-876-1733 $$

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DEERFIELD BEACH Baja Cafe. MEXICAN A long established local favorite for an 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

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 $$$

Café Med. ITALIAN Authentic Italian restaurant right on

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 $$$

Casa Maya. MEXICAN Start with a margarita and it only gets

Little Havana. CUBAN Little Havana has fantastic lunch spe-

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 $$

the ocean with an Italian chef from Rome. Excellent service, coupled with carefully prepared dishes just across from the 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 $$$ better from there. This is not your typical Mexican joint — it’s better. Try gobernador tacos: a combination of shrimp with diced poblanos, onions, tomatoes and cilantro on a crispy corn tortilla topped with melted cheese. See, we told you it’s not ordinary. 301 SE 15th Terrace, 954-570-6101 $$

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 $$

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 $$

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

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

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

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Dining Out 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 $$

Whales’ Rib. SEAFOOD Locals know it well and tourists know

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

Fast & Casual

POMPANO BEACH Fast & Casual Bella Monte Italian Deli. SANDWICHES 2688 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-946-0333 $

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 Mon-

day-Friday 11am-4:30pm; Saturday 11am-5:30pm. 7 SE 22nd Ave., 954-782-8040 $

Broad Street Deli. BREAKFAST • DELICATESSEN Jewish style deli sandwiches, subs, wraps homemade soups, breakfast, 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 $

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 $ Gorilla Joe’s. • SANDWICHES • SALADS Pressed sandwiches,

subs, fresh salads and beer and wine. With a location walking distance to the beach, consider taking something yummy with you to picnic in the sand. 3330 E. Atlantic Blvd., 754-800-7311 $

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

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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 $ Lighthouse Cove Tiki Bar. AMERICAN Seaside eats and happy hours. 1406 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-784-2804 $$ Little Italian. PIZZA Little Italian Pizza is the best kind of Italian restaurant — the kind that feels like a hole-in-the-wall, but quickly grows vibrant as the large, steaming plates of homestyle Italian dishes come barreling out of the kitchen. The restaurant grinds their own sausage and bakes their own dough daily. While the small restaurant (with only about six cozy tables) doesn’t serve alcohol, they do allow BYOB (and there’s a liquor store conveniently located right next door). Families bring in bottles of red wine to cork, creating a joyous atmosphere. The restaurant has a huge menu with stromboli, calzone, soups, salads, subs, 26 kinds of specialty pizzas, baked pasta dishes, chicken and veal entrées and all your traditional pasta dishes and desserts. 448 S. Cypress Road, 954-941-0550 $-$$ 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

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., 954-943-0057 $

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 spe-


cials 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 $

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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 $-$$

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 $-$$

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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 $

Gelateria. GELATO Offering more than 26 flavors of gelato.

Open daily. 2096 NE Second St. (at the Wyndham Hotel), 694428-2850 $

Nick’s Pizza. PIZZA Nick’s family moved from the Bronx to Deerfield Beach years ago and opened Nick’s Pizza. They offer 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 $ Olympia Flame. DINER With a traditionally huge diner

menu, you can’t go wrong at the Olympia Flame. For a real treat, try the turkey pot pie. The friendly staff makes you feel like a regular — even if you aren’t — but you should be. 80 S. Federal Highway, 954-480-8402 $

The Sticky Bun. DELI • BAKERY • Brunch Everyone will find something to munch on, whether it be their flourless chocolate cake or a short rib panini with fontina cheese and pickled red onions… yum. We’re still dreaming about the BLT. 1619 SE Third Court, 754-212-5569 $ Tropical Grill Island Cuisine. CARIBBEAN Don’t be fooled

by the counter service at this beachside eatery where the offerings range from escovitch snapper to shrimp curry. Grab a table outside for people watching. Meal prices range from $11-$25. 241 N. Ocean Drive, 754-227-5055. $$

Umberto’s. PIZZA Family tradition baked into every bite. Try Grandma’s pizza, square pizza with fresh tomato and basil and of course, mozzarella. 233 N. 21st Ave., 954-421-7200 $-$$

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