| October, 2021

Pompano Beach CRA Wins 2021 FRA Award for  McNab House and Botanical Gardens

Posted on 29 October 2021 by JLusk

The Pompano Beach CRA is proud to announce the McNab House Restoration and Botanical Gardens is the 2021 winner of the “Out of the Box” category in the annual Florida Redevelopment Association Awards.

“We are honored to have received this prestigious recognition,” said Nguyen Tran, Pompano Beach CRA director. “The McNab House and Botanical Gardens is an innovative mix of historic preservation and future visioning. The entire team is delighted that our project was selected by this esteemed redevelopment organization.”

The McNab House, built in 1926, was moved from its original location on Atlantic Boulevard when the owners sold the land for development. With the support of the Pompano Beach Historical Society, the Pompano Beach CRA saved the historic home, moving it several blocks to McNab Park, with the vision of transforming the home into a restaurant and the surrounding land into a botanical garden. The goal of the McNab House and Botanical Gardens project is to continue economic growth with the East CRA and Atlantic Boulevard corridor. Activation of the park will encourage more pedestrian activity and create a unique attraction with park elements for residents and visitors to enjoy. 

The moving of the McNab House was a TV news sensation, and since then there has been continuous progress on the project, much of which has occurred behind the fence, which obstructs the public view. Recent key milestones include waterproofing of the home’s foundation and then lowering the structure onto the foundation, which will include a basement/wine cellar. To make way for the botanical gardens, the former Chamber of Commerce building was acquired by the CRA and then demolished. In addition, there have been community stakeholder meetings helmed by the award-winning design firm, Bermillo Ajamal & Partners, to receive input about the botanical garden design and to showcase concepts.

“We are thrilled by the progress we have made during these past months,” continued Tran. “There were many structural elements that required completion before moving to the next phase. In the coming months, we look forward to announcing the restaurateur who will be operating the venue and to finalizing the configuration of the botanical gardens.”


About the FRA:

FRA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting Florida professionals and volunteers in community revitalization efforts. With its mission of “transforming spaces, revitalizing places,” FRA is committed to providing a forum for its more than 300 members to share knowledge and common experiences regarding revitalization opportunities and issues throughout Florida.


Each year, FRA accepts entries for the annual awards from its members in a variety of categories, ranging from annual reports to cultural enhancement. The entries are examined for effectiveness and completeness – including the narrative, supplemental material and compliance with the submittal instructions. A cross section of Florida redevelopment professionals, individuals and business organizations judge and rank all of the entries and select the winners



About the Pompano Beach CRA:

The City of Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was created in 1989. It has two independent districts: Northwest CRA and East CRA established by City government for the purpose of carrying out redevelopment activities that include reducing or eliminating blight, improving the economic health of an area, and encouraging public and private investments in a CRA district.


 The Pompano Beach CRA is funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF). The funds are collected as property values increase and a portion of that increase is captured by the Agency. TIF raises revenue for redevelopment efforts without raising taxes. For more information www.pompanobeachfl.gov/pages/cra

Vince Wooten, Lorena Ledesma and Nguyen Tran at the FRA awards.

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Boo Bash: Creepy Carnival

Posted on 28 October 2021 by JLusk

The City of Pompano Beach presents Boo Bash: Creepy Carnival! This Carnival event is free and takes place on Friday, October 29th, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Pompano Community Park located at 1660 NE 10th Street.

Join in for a family-friendly night with carnival and inflatable rides, fantastic stage performers, a wittily fortune teller, fall fun pumpkin patch, hay ride, DJ music and dancing, haunted trail and more!

Don’t forget to dress in your best costume for the costume contest at 8:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Parks & Recreation website at www.parks.pompanobeachfl.gov or call 954-786-4111.

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Pompano Fire Department Hosts Multi-Agency Tri-Rail Derailment Incident Training Exercise–Nov. 3

Posted on 28 October 2021 by JLusk

Pompano Beach Fire Rescue will be hosting a multi-agency mass casualty incident (MCI) training exercise with Tri-Rail on November 3 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Tri Rail train tracks located at Andrews Avenue and MLK, Jr. Boulevard in Pompano Beach.

The drill is going to be a simulated train derailment with a Tri-Rail passenger train that has struck a car. The person in the car, which will be on its side, will be extracted and airlifted. Approximately 25 passengers on board the train will be extricated and triaged. The fully smoked up passenger train will require extractions, passengers treated, transported, etc. The exercise is designed to assist Tri-Rail with their crews and how they handle emergency situations. It is also intended to train emergency responders in MCI situations, including size-up, triaging, Haz-Mat, landing zones set up, mitigation and working with multi-agency responses.

The training exercise will include a mutual aid response from local fire departments including a Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) helicopter unit, BSO Fire Rescue, Fort Lauderdale Fire Department, Coconut Creek Fire Department, Coral Springs Fire Department, Oakland Park Fire Department, Lauderhill Fire Department and Margate Fire Department

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Fall Festival

Posted on 21 October 2021 by JLusk

On October 16, Pioneer Park was filled with people for this year’s Fall Festival. Not only was there live entertainment, but also a bouncy maze for kids, cotton candy and other snacks, a pumpkin patch, a storyteller, games, arts and crafts, and more. 

(See more photos on Observer Facebook page).



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Kiwanis Club Golf Tournament

Posted on 20 October 2021 by JLusk

The Kiwanis Club of Deerfield Beach held their annual golf tournament on Saturday, October 16 at Galuppi’s in Pompano. They had 112 golfers. Golfer

s also enjoyed lunch and could bid on the silent auction, and participate in the raffle or the 50/50. There also were prizes for Closest to the Pin, Hole in One and Longest Drive. The funds went toward their dictionary and thesarus project (they give them to students), high school scholarships and more.

(See photos on the Observer Facebook page)

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Guy Harvey to Unveil New Murals in Deerfield Beach

Posted on 15 October 2021 by JLusk

World-renowned artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey will be at the famous Kirk Cottrell Pavilion in Deerfield Beach, Florida, on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, to unveil two original murals. The event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at 314. S. Ocean Drive, Deerfield Beach. Dr. Harvey is also set to make a major announcement about the exciting new partnership between the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and the City of Deerfield Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) . The media is invited to attend the unveiling at noon. The Kirk Cottrell Pavilion will be open to the public at 1:30 PM, food trucks will also be serving some light food and beverages at that time.
These art installations measure seven feet by eight feet and will be mounted at Deerfield Beach’s new hot spot, the Kirk Cottrell Pavilion, named after Deerfield Beach surf legend and Island Water Sports Founder Kirk Cottrell.
“The murals tell the story of the vibrant marine life found near the famous International Fishing Pier. I am so thrilled to partner with Deerfield Beach on this project and so many other exciting efforts to bring educational and conservation initiatives to everyone in this community and beyond,” said Dr. Harvey.
“Dr. Guy Harvey is the face of ocean conservation education, and his passion for the preservation of marine life is unmatched. We are so honored to partner with him and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. What we are planning and building with him will benefit South Florida and the environment for decades to come,” said Mayor Bill Ganz.
Dr. Harvey’s new murals feature more than 15 different marine species commonly found off the coast of Deerfield Beach. The artwork is expected to become a focal point near the landmark fishing pier. The artist is best known for his exclusive paintings, popular apparel, and passion for the ocean and its creatures.
The public is invited to check out the new murals, and there will be an opportunity to purchase a reproduction of the murals and have them signed by Guy Harvey! Proceeds from these sales will go toward the Deerfield Beach CRA murals project.
For more information about this event, contact the City of Deerfield Beach CRA at 954-480-4262.

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Robbery at Gunpoint at Deerfield Dominoes

Posted on 14 October 2021 by JLusk

Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are releasing surveillance video of two subjects who robbed Domino’s Pizza employees at gunpoint and fled with cash.
The armed robbery happened around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Domino’s Pizza located at 3380 W. Hillsboro Blvd. in Deerfield Beach. One subject held the door open and acted as a lookout while the second subject, wearing a red face mask, entered the store, ran behind the counter and demanded cash. The subject inside the store pointed a handgun at the victims and had them open the cash register. 
After taking money from the register, the subject demanded more cash. After taking more money, both subjects fled in what detectives believe was a white four-door sedan.
The subject, who stood guard at the front door, was wearing a black sweatshirt with the words “The Game Lives On” written on the front. The armed subject who entered the store has a scar on his left elbow.
Anyone with information can contact BSO Det. Armando Enrique at 954-321-4233. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.
See video: https://www.sheriff.org/PIO/BSONews/Pages/PIZZA-EMPLOYEES-ROBBED-AT-GUNPOINT-IN-DEERFIELD-BEACH.aspx

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Haunted Arboretum at Constitution Park

Posted on 14 October 2021 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting the annual Haunted Arboretum on Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Constitution Park & Arboretum 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd. The Arboretum will be transformed into a scary haunted park. See if you are brave enough to get past the watchful eyes.
This guided event is for ages 7 years old and up, is $3 for residents and $5 for non-residents. Spots are limited, and pre-registration is required . Register by clicking  here  or call Constitution Park at 954-480-4494 to reserve your spot. Registration ends Saturday, October 30th. Registration ends Saturday, October 30. When registering, you will select your group’s time slot.
The park and playground will be closed to visitors starting at 12:00 PM on October 29 in preparation for the event.  Teen Volunteer applications are still being accepted.
For more information, please call 954-480-4494 or email  atrizzino@deefield-beach.com .

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Halloween Festivities at Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex

Posted on 11 October 2021 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting Halloween Festivities at Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex, 435 SW 2 St., on Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 7 to 9 p.m.  inside the Dr. Leo J. Robb, Jr. Gymnasium.
Tour our Spooky Haunted House and receive treats and a craft kit for the kids. 
For more information, please get in touch with Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex at 954-480-4481 or email mdavis@deerfield-beach.com .

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Palm Con 2021

Posted on 09 October 2021 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin
Palm Con returned for the first time since 2016 on October 2 to The American Polish Club in Greenacres, the place where it all began 10 years ago. The event, officially called Palm Con:  The Palm Beach County Comic Book and Collectibles Show, had a big room filled with over 50 vendors selling their crafts, comic books, artwork, books and other merchandise to a happy crowd. There was a costume contest for those who really got into the theme. The Society for Creative Anachronism had a battle outside. Inside, there were other activities throughout the day, like a Mad-Libs Draw Off and other panels. 
After taking a short time off from hosting PalmCon to focus on his other business – Cosmic Times ( a comic book publishing house) he felt that the 10th anniversary was a perfect opportunity to bring PalmCon back. Continuing to be a community centric show, PalmCon has partnered with the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and the Palm Beach County Library System to help promote the arts and literacy on a local level. 
Also PalmCon is involved with several local schools to help them with their fundraising efforts in these challenging times. 
More information can be found here: www.PalmCon.net.

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