Volume 55 • No. 41 October 12, 2017
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32nd Annual Coastal Clean-up By Diane Emeott Some 239 volunteers came out to Deerfield’s beach early Saturday morning to join in the annual combined effort across Broward County to cleanup local beaches. The county’s Environmental Planning & Community Resilience Division organized the beach cleanup at 13 different locations: Deerfield Island Park and Deerfield Beach; Pompano Beach; Lauderdale-ByThe-Sea; Ft. Lauderdale (Earl Lifshey Park, Hugh Taylor State Park and South Beach Park); Dania Beach; Hollywood Beach (MizellJohnson State Park, North Beach Park, Oceanwalk and Keating Park) and Hallandale Beach. Postponed from Sept. 16, just days after the arrival of Hurricane Irma on Sept. 10, volunteers on Oct. 7
were still finding lots of sticks, pieces of plastic, bottles and even a sea sponge washed up from the ocean floor. The many youths and their families who participated in the clean-up were expected to bring in a slightly higher weight this year due to the impacts of Hurricane Irma and high tides, according to City of Deerfield Beach Sustainability Coordinator Hillary Marshall. “Last year, we collected about 130 lbs. of litter. The majority of the debris found [this year] included cigarette butts and plastic pieces; however, volunteers also found things like tires and washed up pieces of wood,” she said. Thirteen-year-old Gabi Gordes, Josefia Frydenborg and Sofia Quintero were scouting out the rocks jutting into the ocean in search of debris. The girls are part of the Ocean Guardian Club at
CRA Board approves FY2018 mtg. schedule
3 (1) Forest Glen Middle School students pick up empty bottles on the beach. (2) Gabi Gordes, Josefia Frydenborg, and Sofia Quintero pick up a real ocean sponge and pieces of plastic. (3) Kaitlyn Lui and Nan Tang, of Margate, arrive to help beach clean-up effort. their school (Forest Glenn Middle School in Coral Springs), which raises awareness about the need for ocean conservancy. Several classmates and their teacher attended the Coastal Clean-up too. See Picking, pg. 13
Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher runs for Broward County Commission
By David Volz Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher has announced that he will run for the District 4 seat on the Broward County Commission. This seat is now occupied by County Commissioner Chip LaMarca, who has announced he will run as a state representative for the Florida House (See Pg. 5). Fisher will run as a Democrat and, as it stands now, will run against former Oakland Park Mayor Shari McCartney, who will run as a Republican. Fisher will continue to serve as mayor of Pompano Beach until November 2018, when he will resign. He is now in his fourth term as mayor. The term runs through November 2020, but he must give up his position as mayor
to run for the County Commission. “I want to bring my years of extensive municipal experience to the Broward County Commission,” said Fisher. “I want to represent the eight cities in District 4. I have been serving a seaside community for 16 years and I know the issues, needs and wants of the cities in District 4.” Fisher said that cities always have issues with county government and he wants to ensure the cities in his district are represented properly. “I would fight for their needs. We are dealing with climate change, transportation issues, the airport and the seaport,” said Fisher. Fisher is proud of the fact that, as mayor, he worked
North Beach Pavilion design moves forward;
Picture of Mayor Fisher at one of the many Pompano event he attends. to keep real estate taxes low and worked for smart growth in Pompano Beach. He said his efforts led to the creation of about 1,000 jobs in the city. He is also proud of the cultural programs and buildings his leadership brought to Pompano Beach.
By Diane Emeott By January, the Deerfield Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) should be able to take a look at a 50 percent design of the North Beach Pavilion for any final tweaks before the project is cleared for permitting and competitive bid. At the Oct. 10 CRA meeting, the Board unanimously voted to move the conceptual site plan forward – despite being “underwhelmed,” as Board Member Todd Drosky put it, by the pared down redesign prompted by community feedback. At the May 3, 2017 CRA meeting, the decision was made to go to a one-story design after impassioned Tiara East residents objected to the originally proposed, more grandiose, two-story North Beach Pavilion design and landscaping obstructing their view. The current design meets requirements for functionality and minimizing the footprint. “I just wish we could have something distinct, maybe spend a little more money on tile or art,” said Board Member Joe Miller. As presented by Project ManagerAlan Fertel andAbbas Zackria, of Ft. Lauderdalebased Walters, Zackria & Associates, the North Beach Pavilion will have 27 compliant parking spaces, including two handicapped spaces, rather than the current 28 parking spaces that are “too small to be compliant and in some cases encroaching on the right of way,” according to Fertel. The new design will also feature additional bathrooms – from the current five women’s toilets plus two men’s toilets and two men’s urinals (called “too small”), to 10 women’s toilets and three each toilets and urinals for men. The one-story roof will be the same height as the current one, but will have a lower pitch. Inside, it will have a cathedral ceiling with exposed beams. High dormer windows have been added to the design, 16 ft.
to the bottom of the window, tucked into the rafters, to add natural light and provide ventilation. Board Member Gloria Battle has requested that the windows be frosted for privacy. The new North Beach Pavilion design also features an interactive events and information touch screen, surfboard and bike racks, an event support room, which can be used by North Beach sports events such as volleyball and beach tennis tournaments, as well as a storage space. Updated outdoor showers, an interactive screen and native landscaping for minimal maintenance are other features of the less-is-more design, which Board Members described as looking more like a car wash building or a turnpike toll station. “The outside is a little plain for me, a good place to incorporate a Public Art program. [However], redesign of this was based on feedback we got from residents,” added Board Chair Bill Ganz, thanking staff for being receptive to community feedback and the designer for being responsive. Resident Ellyce Plotkin, who lives three blocks from the pavilion, suggested making the roof green, not grey, something beachy, and adding something fun there, like the two big fish in front of the pier buildings, or having garbage cans in the shape of animals or fish. “Kids go there. A surfers camp goes there every day in the summer,” she said, also asking what will happen to the current, long cement tables that hold eight people each, where people play Mahjong or checkers. CRA Director Kris Mory said that since the people using the North Beach Pavilion are predominantly younger people, a checkered floor was envisioned, where they could play actual chess, as well as interactive tables that can fold down when not in use. See North Beach, pg. 13