| June, 2020

Deerfield curbside recycling to stop July 1st

Posted on 27 June 2020 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

Despite the city’s ongoing effort to educate the public about the correct way to recycle, the amount of contamination that continued to occur, as well as the increasing costs for processing and global low demand for materials led to them deciding to stop the program once again. The suspension is set to run from July 1st to Oct. 1st. If you put recyclables during this time in those blue cans as usual, they will still collect it, but they will just throw it in with the rest of the trash. The city asks people to refrain from using those buckets and only use them as a last resort.

Remember, you still can bring recyclables to the city’s Recycling Drop-Off Center, located at 401 SW 4 Street, in Deerfield. The city will also be placing two additional community recycling containers at these locations:

  • Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 SE 21 Ave, Deerfield Beach, FL
  • Fire Station 66, 590 S Powerline Rd, Deerfield Beach, FL

Visit www.DFB.city/recycling for additional information.

Future program adjustments including but not limited to potential extension of program suspension will be announced as necessary.

For additional information, contact the Department of Sustainable Management at 954-480-4391 or visit www.DFB.city/recycling

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Broward County to penalize those not following reopening guidelines

Posted on 27 June 2020 by JLusk

County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-18, which outlines penalties for establishments that fail to comply with Emergency Orders mandating sanitization, social distancing, facial coverings and other requirements intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All prior Emergency Orders also remain in effect.

The new Order is effective Friday, June 26, 2020 and states that:

•    Establishments cited for operating in violation of any County Emergency Order shall immediately close for a minimum 24-hour period.

•    They may reopen after 24 hours, provided they 1) conduct a thorough review of applicable Emergency Orders and take all necessary measures to bring the establishment into compliance and 2) submit and receive notice of acceptance of attestation, under penalty of perjury by the owner, general manager, or chief executive officer of the establishment, emailed to the County at Reopening@Broward.org. 

•    Once the attestation is received and accepted, the establishment will be inspected by local code enforcement or law enforcement authorities, within five calendar days after reopening, to confirm that the violation has been corrected.

•    Repeat violations will be presumed to be knowing violations and will be subject to stricter penalties, including a fine of up to $15,000.     

County Administrator Henry said: “It is everyone’s responsibility to comply with CDC guidelines and Emergency Orders, including those related to facial coverings and social distancing. We cannot let our guard down if we hope to stop the spread of the virus and avoid the devastating economic impacts of a reopening rollback.”

Residents are strongly encouraged to help with the compliance process by reporting violations to MyBroward.Broward.org. Select “Request for Service,” enter the location of the violation, and select “COVID-19 Business Complaints” as the Type of Issue. You can also call the City of Deerfield Beach Code Enforcement Department at 954-480-4238, or the Broward County Call Center at 311 or 954-831-4000. Reports can be made anonymously. 

For more information contact Broward County Media Liason, Lori Shepard, at 954-357-6944. 

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Deerfield Beach 4th of July Celebration Goes Virtual

Posted on 25 June 2020 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department is disappointed to have canceled their 2020 4th of July Celebration that was to be held at the Main Beach Parking Lot. Though festival-goers will not be able to “physically” attend their 4th of July Celebration, they will have a week of virtual programming every day from June 29 to July 4 for the whole family.

Be on the lookout for details on the city Facebook page and follow their 4th of July event page for more details. For more information as to the full entertainment lineup and various information, visit: www.dfb.city/4thofjuly as they will keep the site updated as information is confirmed. Below is what is currently planned:




Saturday, June 27th

XBOX One Madden Tournament

Sunday, June 28th

Home Decoration Contest Announced

Monday, June 29th

Rec2go – Pin wheel

Tuesday, June 30th

TikTok Tuesday

Wednesday, July 1st

Rec2go – Tie Dye T-shirt

Thursday, July 2nd

Build your own Burger Contest

Friday, July 3rd

Patriotic Outfit Contest

Saturday, July 4th


   9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Star Spangled Sprint 5k virtual race live DJ performance

   8:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Maggie Baugh Performance on FB Live

   9:00 PM

FB Live Firework Display of previous shows


The above times and activities are subject to change without advance notice.

No fireworks permitted.

Questions? Visit www.dfb.city/4thofjuly or email the Community Events and Outreach Division at dfbspecialevents@dfb.city.

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4th of July–Fireworks in Pompano

Posted on 24 June 2020 by JLusk

The sky over Pompano will be aglow with fireworks on 4th of July. The show starts at 9 p.m. from “an undisclosed location.” Look up in the sky or tune into Channel 78, the city’s website, to see the lights in the night sky. They also will be shown live on  www.pompanobeachfl.gov.

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Man arrested in death of Pompano Beach Woman

Posted on 24 June 2020 by JLusk

Philip Edwards was arrested by Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives for the murder of Kathi Blankenberg.
At approximately 5:19 a.m. Monday, June 22, Edwards claimed he had found his wife shot in their home located at 614 Gardens Dr. in Pompano Beach. BSO deputies arrived and discovered Blankenberg’s deceased body inside the residence. 
Twin infants were also located in the home. The girls were unharmed and are currently in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families. 
Edwards was arrested Monday night following the execution of a search warrant. Several firearms, including the murder weapon, were located inside his Mercedes Benz. He faces charges related to second degree murder, child neglect, possession of a weapon and probation violation. 
The homicide investigation continues. 

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See art for free at Boca Raton Museum

Posted on 22 June 2020 by JLusk

Open since June 3, the Boca Raton Museum has extended their hours and now is offering free entry through September! If you have not had a chance to take advantage of this, now is the time. Guests must wear masks. Other measures have been put into place to maintain safety and social distancing. For more information on the museum, visit https://www.bocamuseum.org.

They also have two new exhbitions that you may not have seen yet.

On view through September 20:
Eye to I: Self Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery
Phyllis Galembo: Maske

On view through January 3:
Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers
Works on Paper: Drawn from the Collection


(Above, from the exhibition “Eye to I: Self Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery.” Artwork by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Untitled, from the series When I am not Here, Estoy alla. ©María M. Campos-Pons. Dye diffusion transfer print (1996). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Gift of Julia P. and Horacio Herzberg.

(In Exaltation of Flowers: Petunia, Caladium, Budleya, by Edward Jean Steichen Tempera and gold leaf on canvas (c. 1910-1913).



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SW 10 Street meetings

Posted on 20 June 2020 by JLusk

Did you miss the last webinar hosted by the Florida Department of Transportation regarding SW 10th Street?  You can now watch it online at www.sw10street.com.  There are two more coming up– on Monday, June 29 and Wednesday, July 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.


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BSO Sheriff talks possible changes

Posted on 19 June 2020 by JLusk

Following the protests over the death of George Floyd and others, many law enforcement agencies are rethinking their policies. Broward Sheriff’s Office is among them.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said, “The Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) always strives to provide the highest quality public safety services to Broward County. This is the level of service the community expects and deserves from BSO. Since taking office, I have been committed to accountability and building trust with the community. Click here to watch an important video on BSO’s accountability and transparency.

“The Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) is committed to increasing dialogue and transparency in order to have a better understanding of racial discrimination within the criminal justice system. It’s important to openly address these issues and look at how we can improve upon them. Part of that process has already begun with re-integrating a more comprehensive Early Warning System to detect potential behaviors that may cause harm to the public, establishing the first Use-of-Force Review Board in the agency’s history, restructuring the Professional Standards Committee and offering Racial Equity and Implicit Bias Training countywide.
“Every single day we are in contact with some resident in this community and have some form of dialogue. Broward County is one of the most diverse counties in the state of Florida. We need to understand the plights that truly exist that impact how we react with the people who we are supposed to serve.
“As part of BSO’s commitment to transparency, below are the department policies already in alignment with the #8CANTWAIT recommendations.

1.     Ban on chokeholds and strangleholds
BSO does not teach chokeholds. Deputies will not use chokeholds to restrain or secure any person except in situations where deadly force is justified. 
2.     Require de-escalation
De-escalation training is provided to all sworn law enforcement personnel as part of their annual use-of-force training.
3.     Require warning before shooting
Policy requires deputies to give some verbal warning, when feasible, before discharging a weapon. 
4.     Exhaust all other means before shooting
Under the totality of circumstances, deputies are trained to utilize alternative resources, such as de-escalation techniques, crisis intervention techniques and other less lethal options as long as its use does not compromise safety or law enforcement priorities. 
5.     Duty to intervene
BSO deputies are instructed on peer accountability and their legal obligation to intervene. Failure to intervene shall be treated the same as if the employee committed the violation.  
6.     Ban on shooting at moving vehicles
BSO policy prohibits shooting at or from moving vehicles unless life threatening exigent circumstances exist. We do not teach these techniques. 
7.     Require use of force continuum
BSO deputies are taught use-of-force guidelines and how to respond to the following types of resistance: passive resistance, active resistance, aggressive and deadly force. Deadly force is the last option.  
8.     Require all force be reported
Uniformed deputies have body-worn cameras and are required to activate them prior to taking any lawful action per policy. All use-of-force incidents are documented by both the patrol deputy and their immediate supervisors. All use-of-force reports are reviewed by the deputy’s command and forwarded to the Department of Professional Standards for review if issues are identified.
“As public safety professionals, we have a responsibility and duty to serve and protect – and part of service is listening. We want to hear from you. Share your experiences with us—good or bad. There are many ways to share your feedback:

“Click here to watch an important video on BSO’s accountability and transparency.

“We know we are stronger together, and I am confident that over the next few months and years, this organization will have a solid reputation with the community and they will trust us.”


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Micro-Enterprise Grant Assistance (MEGA) Program Funding Still Available

Posted on 18 June 2020 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach is committed to supporting small businesses who are financially struggling amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. To help the City’s small businesses, applications are still being accepted for the Micro-Enterprise Grant Assistance (MEGA) Program.

To date, over 80 small businesses have started applications but just a few have completed the necessary steps. Economic Development and Community Development staff are available to assist with the application process.

Financial documentation must be provided to demonstrate a business’ eligibility. Businesses that have previously received financial assistance from other sources such as Payroll Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan EIDL are not eligible for MEGA.

The Program provides businesses with up to $5,000 in financial assistance to meet basic obligations such as building leases, mortgage payments, utilities payments, monthly debt payments, business payroll, business inventory expenses to remain viable and to encourage businesses to retain their labor force. 

Applications are being accepted until funds are fully allocated.

For the complete guidelines, please visit: http://www.deerfield-beach.com/1870/Micro-Enterprise-Grant-Assistance.

For additional information please contact the Economic Development Department at (954)395-6051 or GChazu@deerfield-beach.com.

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Revised Budget Work Sessions Fiscal Year 2021

Posted on 12 June 2020 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach will be holding a series of Budget Work Sessions through virtual meeting technology. The public is invited to attend and observe the process. A copy of the agenda will be available 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. The schedule is as follows:

Please note times and presentation schedules have changed; this schedule replaces any previously posted schedule.

Monday, June 22, 2020

6:00PM                      Call to Order & Roll Call

6:05PM                      Introduction

6:10PM                      Budget 101

6:25PM                      Revenue Forecast

6:35PM                      Major FY21 Budget Initiatives & Changes

6:50PM                      Financial Services

7:10PM                      Information Technology Services

7:25PM                      Human Resources

7:45PM                      Public Affairs & Marketing

8:00PM                      City Clerk

8:15PM                      Public Input

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

6:00PM                      Call to Order & Roll Call

6:05PM                      Environmental Services

6:35PM                      Planning & Development Services

Building & Inspection Services

Code Compliance

7:05PM                      Ocean Rescue

7:15PM                      Fire Rescue

7:40PM                      Law Enforcement

8:05PM                      Public Input

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

6:00PM                      Call to Order & Roll Call

6:05PM                      Economic Development

6:25PM                      Community Development

Community Participation

6:55PM                      Sustainable Management

7:25PM                      Center for Active Aging

7:45PM                      Parks & Recreation

8:15PM                      Public Input

For additional information, please contact the Office of Budget & Performance via email at dfbbudget@deerfield-beach.com.



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