| April, 2020

DB starts phased re-opening plan

Posted on 30 April 2020 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach started a phased approach to reopening yesterday, Wednesday, April 29.

This first phase of the plan, they say, includes “the partial reopening of parks for passive use with strict adherence to social distancing requirements and CDC guidelines including, but not limited to, social/physical distancing, face coverings, sanitation/disinfection procedures, hours of operation, capacity limitations and/or registrations. In this phase, beaches will remain closed.”

Reopening in this initial phase are Deerfield Beach passive parks with open green space and trails (playgrounds, pavilions, and structures remain closed). Also, tennis center/courts (single play only), Pioneer Park Boat Ramp (residents and boat trailer parking pass holders only), International Fishing Pier for resident anglers only with limited capacity and no fishing equipment rentals (no sightseers), golf courses (with restrictions), and swimming pools located within multi-family developments, condominium developments, condominium hotels, or single-family homeowner associations and maintain 6 ft. social distancing guidelines as well as limiting to no greater than 50% capacity. Additionally, management at these developments must comply with the following conditions:

Pool and pool deck are to be used only by current residents of the development. Face coverings are worn at all times by individuals seeking to access the pool or pool deck through areas where such social distancing cannot be maintained, including in elevators, doorways, and hallways. (Face coverings do not need to be worn while swimming.)
Employees of the development must sanitize the pool chairs, railings, gates, tables, showers, and other equipment after each individual use or all furnishings are to be removed from the pool deck.
Pool and pool deck areas are to be supervised at all hours in which they are open by a sufficient number of employees or other person(s) designated by the housing development to ensure appropriate social distancing as recommended by current CDC guidance.

“This will allow residents to get out of the house and improve physical and mental health while still socially distancing,” said Deerfield Beach Mayor Bill Ganz. “This is the first step to reopening our City with a long road ahead of us. If all goes well and we continue to see a drop in the number of cases, we will be able to loosen even more restrictions when deemed appropriate by the healthcare community. Still, we have to be successful at this phase and maintain up our social distancing and stay at home efforts. So far, our community is doing a great job.”

Several parks will reopen from dawn to dusk daily for walking, running, skating, cycling, or general exercise, as generally permitted at the park. They include Constitution Park, Cornerstone Park, Branhilda Richardson Knowles Park, North Crystal Heights, Central Crystal Heights, South Crystal Heights, Deer Run Park, Ecidar Park, Johnie McKeithen Park, Mayo Howard Park, Oveta McKeithen, Pastor Willie James Ford Sr. Linear Park, Pioneer Park, Riverglen Park, Sullivan Park, Tennis Center at Pioneer Park, Trailhead Park, Trailhead Linear Park, Villages of Hillsboro Park, SE 15 Street Park, and SE 19 Street Park.

All playgrounds and park structures are off-limits and organized, and recreational programs and events continue to be suspended. Social gatherings of groups of more than 10 people continue to be prohibited. Social/physical distancing of 6 ft. continues to be required. Face masks are recommended at all times and required when providing essential services or visiting essential businesses.

Tennis centers and courts’ hours will vary: Deerfield Beach Tennis Center, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; Constitution Tennis Courts, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and other park tennis courts, dusk to dawn. Courts are limited to single play only.

At Pioneer Park Boat Ramp, there will only be one boat per launch ramp, and the vessel must be prepared in advance to launch. The boat ramp is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The International Fishing Pier will have a limited capacity (25 maximum with a 10 feet distancing requirement for Deerfield Beach residents only) for fishing only from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

All parks will be heavily monitored by City staff and the Broward Sherrif’s Office. Any facility or park not listed in this communication indicates that it remains closed.

For additional information, visit www.dfb.city/covid19. If you have questions about COVID-19, you are encouraged to call the Broward County COVID-19 hotline at 954-357-9500. For social services, call 954-597-3620 or dial 211 for Broward County’s 24/7 helpline.

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BSO rescues men from submerged boat

Posted on 30 April 2020 by JLusk

Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) deputies rescued several stranded people Tuesday night after their fishing boat capsized in the open water near Pompano Beach.
Shortly after 9 p.m. April 28, BSO’s Marine and Aviation units and patrol deputies responded to a call from dispatch where three people were in distress on top of their overturned and capsizing boat approximately one mile off the Pompano Beach shore.
As the deputies quickly responded to the area, they observed the victims frantically flashing a light toward the shore at 1300 N. Ocean Drive. The coordinated efforts between BSO units allowed Marine Patrol to safely navigate through the rough waters and identify exactly where the stranded boaters were located.
Marine Patrol made contact with the three men in distress who were sitting on top of their overturned boat. One by one, the men were pulled onto the marine boat and safely brought back to shore.
Deputies believe the boat capsized due to the high winds and 4 to 5 foot sea conditions. All three men were wearing life jackets and did not report any injuries.
BSO encourages boaters to always ensure the proper safety equipment is on board before heading out onto the water and be mindful of weather conditions and hazards.

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Broward County opens some public spaces

Posted on 29 April 2020 by JLusk

Under Emergency Order 20-08, Broward County will start opening up some public spaces. It allows for the limited opening of certain parks, natural areas, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses, pools and other amenities throughout Broward County for limited use. For complete details on
requirements, limitations and restrictions. The decision to allow for an easing of restrictions throughout the County was made in consultation with the cities and neighboring counties.Staff worked collaboratively over the past two weeks to discuss the safety concerns involved in reopening facilities. Under the Emergency Order, individual municipalities and facility owners/operators may enforce more stringent rules.
Parks allowed to open include specialty and neighborhood parks, nature centers and natural areas. Activities like walking, running, and jogging are allowed, while use of park buildings or park equipment such as picnic tables and chairs, playgrounds, campgrounds, pools and outdoor exercise equipment remains prohibited. 
Residents are reminded to limit groups to no larger than ten (10) people
in any park area.See list of open parks operated by Broward County.
Emergency Order 20-08 also permits certain pools, pool decks and golf courses to open as long as social distancing rules and adherence to safety provisions are followed.
Additionally, housing developments will be able to open certain other
recreational amenities on a limited basis.Certain restrictions to recreational water access are also being lifted.All public and private boating ramps, piers and marinas may open with limitations, from 6AM to 7PM, unless otherwise determined by each host city. Boaters must adhere to all
CDC, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission boat capacity
Beaches are still closed at this time.
For the latest updates, visit FloridaHealth.gov, email COVID-19@flhealth.gov
or call the COVID Call Center at 954-357-9500. To learn what Broward County is doing, visit

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Virtual City Commission Meeting – Tuesday, April 21

Posted on 21 April 2020 by JLusk

Tonight, Tuesday, April 21, the City of Deerfield Beach, in order to abide by social distancing guidelines, will hold their commission meeting using Zoom (video conferencing). The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

A copy of the agenda for the April 21, 2020 meeting can be accessed at http://www.deerfield-beach.com/1554/Meetings-Agendas.

The agenda includes a link to the Zoom virtual meeting as well as instructions on how to access by telephone, YouTube and Zoom.

Questions? Call 954-480-4213.



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Save Small Business Fund Application Open

Posted on 21 April 2020 by JLusk

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has launched the Save Small Business Grant Fund. Funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, the program provides $5,000 grants to small employers in economically vulnerable communities.

To qualify, businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Employ between three and 20 people
  • Located in an economically vulnerable community such as the City of Deerfield Beach
  • Harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic

The application is now available: https://savesmallbusiness.com/.

 For additional information, contact Kris Mory, Director of Economic Development, at 954.480.4317 or kmory@deerfield-beach.com




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New COVID-19 Testing Center–Pompano

Posted on 16 April 2020 by JLusk

According to a City of Deerfield Beach report today, April 16, an additional drive-thru testing site for COVID-19 has opened at the Festival Flea Market, located at 2900 W Sample Rd in Pompano Beach. You must have an appointment. They said,”The mobile testing site will allow 300 registered patients to drive through daily and be swabbed from their cars. To be tested, patients must pre-register by calling 954-320-5730 for an appointment. No walk-ups or drive-ups will be allowed.”

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4th Annual Ocean Brews & Blues Festival Canceled

Posted on 13 April 2020 by JLusk

Due to the growing health concerns associated to COVID-19, the City of Deerfield Beach Parks & Recreation Department is disappointed to announce the cancelation of the 4thannual Ocean Brews & Blues Festival that was to be held at the Main Beach Parking Lot on May 16th. Although festival-goers will not be able to “physically” attend Ocean Brews and Blues, the Special Events Division is busy creating a virtual Ocean Brews and Blues experience for all to enjoy from home.

For those that purchased a ticket, they will be given the option to receive a refund or to roll over their ticket purchase to next year’s Ocean Brews & Blues event on Saturday, May 15, 2021. All ticket holders will receive an email from Complete Ticket Solution with further instructions.

Be on the lookout for details on the city Facebook and Instagram pages, and follow their Ocean Brews & Blues event page for the news.

For more information, call the Community Events and Outreach Division at 954-480-4429 or visit www.dfb.city/events and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CityOfDeerfieldBeachFloridaMunicipalGovernment/.  

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Man who shoots at deputies dies

Posted on 13 April 2020 by JLusk

Gomez was pronounced dead at the scene. No deputies or anyone else was injured. 
BSO homicide detectives are investigating the domestic-related incident, and FDLE is investigating the deputy-involved shooting.

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Antonio’s Ristorante helps first responders

Posted on 13 April 2020 by JLusk

Dana Smith gives pizza from Antonio’s to local firefighters.

Antonio’s Ristorante, located in The Cove Shopping Center in Deerfield Beach, recently gave back to first responders in the battle against COVID-19. They donated pizza to two local hospitals and, when the local fire station ordered pizza, they gave them a discount as well.

Dana Smith, who organized the event, said, “We wanted to pay it forward and spread positivity at a time like this. We are grateful for all the support locals have given us and wanted to give back. Pizza is a universal language. Thank you to the Deerfield Beach Fire Station and Broward Health North in Deerfield and in Pompano Beach.”

Antonio’s is open 2 to 8 p.m., closed on Tuesdays.


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New guidelines in Deerfield RE: PPE

Posted on 07 April 2020 by JLusk


Message from the City of Deerfield Beach (April 7):

The City continues to monitor all Coronavirus (COVID-19) changes across all levels of government in its effort to protect the residents of Deerfield Beach and prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19. Today the City amended Emergency Order 20-04 to include the following additional measures: 

Face Coverings

Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a cloth facial covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines while in any public setting, including while visiting Essential Businesses, utilizing essential services, and engaging in essential activities (except while participating in outdoor physical recreational activities). 

Disposal of Used PPE    

The improper disposal, including illegal dumping or littering, of used personal protective equipment, cloth face coverings, and similar equipment can create a biohazard and further the community spread of COVID-19.  Therefore, residents must dispose of all used personal protective equipment, cloth face coverings, and similar used equipment in proper trash receptacles.  Anyone caught littering or failing to properly dispose of used personal protective equipment (including gloves, facemasks, cloth coverings, scrubs) in the appropriate trash receptacles shall be in violation of Emergency Order 20-04 and be subject to a misdemeanor charge which is punishable by a $500 fine, 60 days in jail, or both.

The City of Deerfield Beach continues to strongly encourage residents to stay home unless there are essential activities that need to be performed. Essential activities are as follows:

  • Essential businesses – Residents and visitors may engage in travel to Essential Businesses and provide minimum basic operations to non-essential businesses as identified in Broward County Emergency Orders 20-01 and 20-02, as further refined in Broward County Emergency Order 20-03. (Go to dfb.city/covid19 to see these orders)
  • Emergency assistance.
  • Personal Support Activities – Residents and visitors may travel to and from their homes to care for or support a friend, companion, family member, pet or livestock, support groups, or a vulnerable person.
  • Outdoor Recreational Activities – In areas not otherwise closed by a separate Emergency or Executive Order, residents may engage in outdoor activity and recreation while staying six (6) feet apart from another person or group of people.
  • Religious Activities – Residents and visitors may travel to and from places of worship. Places of worship must comply with Social Distancing Requirements.
  • Government employees and emergency personnel – All first responders, emergency and mental health crisis responders, gang intervention specialists and crisis intervention workers, public health workers, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, law enforcement personnel and related contractors, persons working for emergency service providers, and government employees performing work in the course and scope of their employment are categorically exempt.
  • Public Transit – Available public transit may be used for the above-listed activities.

 To see a complete list of businesses deemed essential by the State of Florida, visit, www.floridadisaster.org. Please note, many local jursidictions have imposed restrictions beyond the governor’s list.

Please continue to adhere to the Social Distancing and Safer at Home orders currently in place for safety of the community and to limit the community spread of COVID-19.

For additional information on COVID-19, visit www.dfb.city/covid19. For additional information, you are encouraged to call the Broward County COVID-19 hotline, 954-357-9500. For social services, call 954-597-3620 or dial 2-1-1 for Broward County’s 24/7 helpline.

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