| August, 2021

ShotSpotter® Alert leads to arrest of convicted felon in Pompano Beach

Posted on 26 August 2021 by JLusk

Two ShotSpotter alerts led Broward Sheriff’s Office Pompano Beach District deputies to a convicted felon who was arrested for possessing a firearm.  
At approximately 1:41 a.m. on Monday, August 23, BSO district deputies responded to a ShotSpotter alert of four shots fired in the 2600 block of NW 5 Street in Pompano Beach. Broward County Regional Communications did not receive any 911 calls advising of the gunfire. Shortly after, a second ShotSpotter alert recorded an additional four shots fired, this time in the 2800 block of Northwest 5th Street in the same district. Again, no 911 calls were received.
BSO’s Aviation and K9 units responded to the scene. A preliminary investigation revealed that an occupant of a 2005 black Toyota Corolla shot a firearm into the air. BSO’s Aviation Unit hovered in the sky and, combining high-level technology on the ground with strategic law enforcement capability in the air, identified and tracked the vehicle. The driver of the 2005 black Honda, Elmer Rodriguez Navarro, crashed in the 3100 block and Northwest 19th Street. There were no injuries in that crash.
BSO district deputies arrested Rodriguez Navarro, a convicted felon forbidden to possess a firearm. Detectives located a gun and shell casings inside his vehicle. Rodriguez Navarro now faces several charges, including possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession  of cocaine and cannabis with intent to sell. 
There were no injuries as a result of the gunfire. The investigation continues. BSO reminds the public to always dial 911 to report incidents of gunfire.

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Deerfield Beach Gets New Police Captain

Posted on 26 August 2021 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach is happy to announce that former Broward Sheriff’s Office Executive Officer for the Deerfield Beach District, Adam Hofstein, has been selected as the City’s new police Captain. 
Captain Adam Hofstein began his career with BSO in 1991, at the age of 20, as a Deputy Sheriff in the Department of Corrections. In 1996, he was selected for the Department of Law Enforcement as a law enforcement deputy with subsequent assignments in Dania Beach and Lauderdale Lakes districts. In addition to crime prevention and patrol assignments, he was also selected for special assignments as a street crimes detective and property crimes detective. In 1999, he was chosen as a person crimes detective for the Criminal Investigations Division, where he specialized in investigating child abuse, elderly abuse/exploitation, animal abuse and domestic violence.
In 2002, he was promoted to sergeant and supervised patrol units in the City of Lauderdale Lakes. Shortly after that, he was asked to return to Criminal Investigations to manage Special Victims and Violent Crimes Units. From 2011, he supervised patrol units for the City of Deerfield Beach until 2015, when he was selected as the Executive Officer/Administrative Sergeant for the BSO Department of Administration. In 2017, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the agency’s Information Technology Division. Capt. Hofstein returned to Deerfield Beach in 2019, as he was tasked to serve as the Executive Officer until being selected as the Chief in August 2021. 
In addition to graduating from both the Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Public Leadership Program and the FAU Executive Leadership Program, Capt. Hofstein has extensive training in law enforcement practices, criminal investigations, and information technology and has served as a professional trainer in these fields throughout his career. Capt. Hofstein is a strong proponent of community and intelligence-led policing and leveraging technology and community partnerships to enhance community safety and standards.
“I am very grateful for this opportunity, and I am honored to serve this community as your next Chief of Police. We have built such a strong foundation of trust, partnership, and safety, and I am proud of what this City represents. We truly embody the meaning of diversity, inclusivity, and respect for one another. I love serving the people who live and work in this City, and we will continue to bring residents the highest standards of public safety and community policing,” said Chief Hofstein. 
Deerfield Beach Mayor Bill Ganz expressed his good wishes and added, “Adam is the right leader for the job. He is a highly respected professional, but beyond that, we have watched him help lead this district with dignity, respect, and integrity. Our community is fortunate to have him. I am looking forward to continuing our work together.”
Please join the city in congratulating Captain Hofstein, and let’s wish him safety, wisdom and much success in his new role. 

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Wells Fargo donated $15,000 to Habitat Broward to help Broward County families access affordable housing

Posted on 26 August 2021 by JLusk

Habitat for Humanity of Broward is one of more than 220 Habitat for Humanity organizations awarded a grant recently from Wells Fargo as part of its nationwide initiative to help families unable to obtain conventional financing to become first-time homeowners.

Wells Fargo’s $15,000 grant to Habitat Broward will help provide the Moreaus, a hard-working family of seven, with a home of their own in A Rick Case Habitat Community in Pompano Beach.

“Far too many people across the country are facing housing instability and one of our key priorities is to create housing affordability solutions where everyone can have a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Wells Fargo South Florida Social Impact and Sustainability Leader Leo Toca. “We are proud to support Habitat for Humanity of Broward in providing homeownership opportunities in South Florida.”

“Wells Fargo understands the economic empowerment that comes with homeownership and is acting on this belief across the nation,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO and executive director. “Families like the Moreaus would not achieve the dream of homeownership without great corporate citizens like Wells Fargo and we can’t thank them enough.”

The grant is part of a $7.75 million donation Wells Fargo is making to Habitat for Humanity International through Wells Fargo Builds, an initiative that provides philanthropic financial support and volunteerism to create sustainable affordable housing. More than 340 homes will be constructed or repaired with Habitat in over 40 states through the initiative this year. Wells Fargo Builds is part of Wells Fargo’s $1 billion philanthropic commitment to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025.

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Floodplain Public Notice

Posted on 26 August 2021 by JLusk

In accordance with the requirements of Executive Order 11988, and as outlined in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Environmental Review Procedures for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program (24 CFR Part 58), this is a public notice providing the opportunity for early public review of the City of Deerfield Beach to determine the potential affect that its activity in the floodplain and wetland will have on the human environment for programs within the FY 2021/2022 Annual Action Plan.
Approximately $704,090 (CDBG) in FY 2021/2022 funds will be used for activities that may be located within the floodplains in the City of Deerfield Beach Florida, including citywide residential rehabilitation program, purchase assistance and Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex Playground improvements. These activities are designed to service low and moderate-income residents in the City.
The proposed activities may be located within flood boundaries designated VE Zones, Zones A (100-Year), and B (500-Year). Proposed activities will be in conformance with all applicable floodplain protection standards, including the local building code.
Written comments concerning this notice should be submitted to the City of Deerfield Beach Community Development Department at 325 NW 2 Avenue, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 on or before Friday, Sept. 3.
For additional information please contact Vennillia Wyatt at 954-480-6420 or email vwyatt@deerfield-beach.com.

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Education Advisory Board Meeting

Posted on 26 August 2021 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach Education Advisory Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Hillsboro Community Center, 50 Technology Dr., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 .
All interested persons are urged to attend the Educational Advisory Board meeting, send a representative or express their views by letter. Any person requiring auxiliary aids and services at this meeting may contact the City Clerk’s Office at 954-480-4213 at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Service by using the following numbers: 1-800-955-8770 or 1-800-955-8771.
For additional information please contact Vennillia Wyatt at 954-480-6420 or cmarshall@deerfield-beach.com

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DB Commissioner Drosky Elected to Florida League of Cities Board of Directors

Posted on 26 August 2021 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach is excited and proud to announce that District Four Commissioner Todd Drosky has been appointed to the Florida League of Cities (FLC) Board of Directors for the 13th District.
“I am proud of our City Commission. We have spent several years traveling to Tallahassee to make sure that Deerfield Beach’s voice is heard on very important State matters that affect our quality of life. All of this hard work will now benefit our residents who will have a large voice in State matters to come. I am proud to have been elected by my fellow colleagues and look to represent Deerfield Beach with dignity and more hard work. We have much to do and I am excited to roll up my sleeves, ” said Commissioner Drosky.
In this additional new role, Commissioner Drosky hopes to continue to advocate for the protection of Home Rule and the betterment of the City of Deerfield Beach through regional relationships and collaboration.
Commissioner Drosky believes that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the work and mission of FLC have never been more critical.
“COVID-19 has impacted every community in Florida. The need in our cities is great and our citizenry is hurting and tired. Our work with the FLC is vital right now. I am ready to lobby our leaders in Tallahassee and D.C. for the needs of all Florida and Deerfield Beach residents,” said Commissioner Drosky.
The Florida League of Cities is the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments. Its goals are to serve the needs of Florida’s cities and promote local self-government. The Board of Directors provides organizational leadership and guidance to the association and is comprised of municipal officials from across the state. Each member of the board will serve a one-year term.
Please join the city in congratulating Commissioner Drosky in his new role as a Florida League of Cities Board Director. May he have great success in his service to the citizens of the 13th District of Florida, and most especially Deerfield Beach. 

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NE 3rd Avenue “Quick Build” Workshop — August 26

Posted on 24 August 2021 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach is partnering with the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization to temporarily redesign  NE 3rd Avenue between Sample Road and NE 44th Street. The aim is to make it a safer and more comfortable street for bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers based on input provided by you, the community! This temporary project, also known as a “QuickBuild” project, will transform NE 3rd Avenue for six months at a lower cost than permanent improvements. The project will be evaluated so that the project team and community can see what works (and what doesn’t!) for a future, long-term solution to the street. The project is being undertaken with the generous support of AARP Florida through its Community Challenge grant program.
They need your support! To learn more about this quick build project or to sign up to volunteer, register to attend the upcoming community workshop on  August 26, 2021, at 6 p.m. at Highlands Community Center (511 NE 44 St, Deerfield Beach, FL 33064) here:   http://arcg.is/Ta9H1 . 

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DB City Facilities Closed for Labor Day

Posted on 24 August 2021 by JLusk

All Deerfield Beach city facilities will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2021 , in observance of Labor Day.  The Aquatic Center will be open for Holiday Hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the International Fishing Pier will be open normal operating hours 6 a.m. to 11 p.m..
Solid Waste pick-up will remain on its normal schedule. Residents are encouraged to put their containers out the night before to ensure collection . 
While residents who choose to continue recycling can bring all program recyclable materials to the City’s Recycling Drop-Off Center , please note the center will be closed Monday, September 6, 2021 . 
For additional information contact the City of Deerfield Beach at 954-480-4201.

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Posted on 12 August 2021 by JLusk

A section of the 1100 block of SE 1 st Street at the intersection of East Hillsboro Boulevard will be closed to all traffic beginning August 16, 2021, while landscape and hardscape improvements are completed. This section of SE 1 st Street provides access to the Hillsboro Square Shopping center off of East Hillsboro Boulevard between the Chase Bank building and China Gourmet restaurant. All other entrances to the shopping center will remain open. The anticipated duration of the project is 3 weeks. The project is funded by the City of Deerfield Beach CRA.
For additional information, contact Mark DiMascio at 954-952-0221 or at mdimascio@deerfield-beach.com.

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DB City Commission Meeting – August 17

Posted on 09 August 2021 by JLusk

The Deerfield Beach City Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers located at the City Hall Complex, 150 NE 2 Ave.  A quorum of the City Commission will be physically present at the meeting and the city will be utilizing communications media technology with most city staff participating through video conferencing.
The meeting will proceed utilizing communications media technology; however, the City Commission Chambers located at the City Hall Complex will be open to the public as an additional method for speakers wishing to speak on items with such attendees recommended to adhere to temperature checks, wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be available at http://www.deerfield-beach.com/1554/Meetings-Agendas .
The agenda includes instructions on how to access by telephone, YouTube, and Zoom.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the City Clerk’s Office at 954-480-4213. For additional information on the agenda items for the Commission meeting, please visit www.dfb.city . 

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