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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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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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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Masons give back

Posted on 05 April 2020 by JLusk

The Pompano Beach Holy Royal Arch Masons and Upchurch Management at McDonalds (on Hillsboro Beach & SW 1st Terrace) created a special event on March 28. They provided free breakfast sandwiches and hashbrowns to those in need… first come, first served. They fed about 300 families. Terry Scott said that they also went to B’nai Brith to give residents there coupons for breakfast. Former Sheriff Scott Israel, who is running again for sheriff, was among those helping the endeavor, said Scott.

“I would like to thank Upchurch Management of McDonald’s for all their help and donations, the Companions of Pompano Beach Holy Royal Arch Masons for always thinking about the needs of our community, Scott lsrael for volunteering to help pass out breakfast and Johnny Wilcox of Bethlehem Baptist Church of Deerfield Beach,” he said.

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Community comes together during COVID-19 outbreak

Posted on 29 March 2020 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

COVID-19 has brought our world to a standstill it seems. Business are closing. Employees are out of work. Everyone is glued to their TVs waiting for the latest news and home hoping to not get sick, or that someone they know doesn’t get sick. They are isolating in hopes that they do not spread it to others if they are the ones who have it. We are all in this together. But during this crisis, people still need basic needs – food, water, toilet paper, some of which are in short supply these days as people hoard the goods as quickly as they hit the shelves. Luckily, some members of the community have stepped up to lend a helping hand, and, at the same time, have worked to keep their own businesses going in a new way, and be able to still pay their employees during this difficult time.

The staff at Olympia Flame are now delivering items from their community market. Photo provided by Danielle Rosse.

One of those clever business owners is Danielle Rosse of Oceans 234. Her restaurant is usually bustling with people as it right on the beach. But now that the beach is closed and restaurants have been limited to take-out only, she had to shift gears to keep her business going. She came up with an idea that not only would help with that, but also help out the community. She turned her seaside locale into a community market that delivers. 

We have turned our restaurant into a community market offering grocery essentials for pick-up or delivery. I saw that grocery stores were empty with food and supplies, and knew that I had instant access through my suppliers. I wanted to find a way to provide value to our community and also be able to keep some jobs. We are charging $10 for delivery. The delivery charge as well as any tips collected are being collected to support our non-working team members,” said Rosse.

Some of the staff at Olympia Flame are still on-hand to serve customers for pick-up and take-out.

She is not the only business owner able to stay open at this time. Olympia Flame Diner has been busy offering take-out. This family owned business has been open since 1991. Their full menu is available but  during reduced hours. They are open from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Owner Patty Miranda said, “We’re all trying to navigate this new normal while trying to help our community. I have been keeping in touch with other local restaurant peers. We are trying to comfort each other.”


Bia and Rafael at Casa Maya are some of the staff available to fulfil take out and pick up orders. They also have closed alcohol available shown on the table).

Meanwhile, The Cove Shopping Center seems pretty empty, but there are still a few places open, including Casa Maya, which is offering take-out from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. during the week and noon to 9:30 p.m. on the weekend. Not only do they offer up their menu items, but also packaged alcohol. In addition, they are now offering delivery. 

While the Wyndham Resort is closed, General manager Claude Dubois says that their Burger Craze restaurant is still open for pick up, as well as take-out via Uber Eats and Grub Hub. Orders can be placed at 954-596-5949. The Cafe’ Med and Patio Bar, however, are closed.

“Needless to say that very sadly this situation is affecting everyone in Deerfield Beach and the beautiful country that we live in. We want this situation to be under control as soon as possible so we can have our team members come back to work as soon as possible and do what we do best, taking care of our wonderful guests,” said Dubois, who added, “We remain very positive that it will be over soon and we are taking advantage of this opportunity to make the property look even better than it has and on enhancing our services for when we reopen.”

These are only a few of the many restaurants still open for take-out. If you know of others, please contact The Observer and let us know and we will put the word out on our Facebook. Email us at observereditor@comcast.net

Stay safe!

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Boca Bacchanal Grand Tasting

Posted on 21 March 2020 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

Every year, food and wine lovers flock to one of the most popular events of the year in this area, Boca Bacchanal’s Grand Tasting. This year, the event was held on March 7 (the day after the Vitner Dinners) at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. In addition to over enjoying tasty tidbits from local restaurants, as well as drinks, guests could bid on over 100 silent auction items. There was also a pop-up Bloomingdale’s Red Carpet Touch Up Station. In addition, world-renowned painter of wine Thomas Arvid was on-hand to paint live and had some of his pieces on display, as well as donating to the silent auction. Proceeds benefited the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum (BRHS&M). Guests enjoyed the event so much that they did not want to leave! Find out more about the BRHS&M at https://www.bocahistory.org.

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Fish Fry at St. Ambrose

Posted on 21 March 2020 by JLusk

On March 13, St. Ambrose held its Fish Fry. For $10, guests got two pieces of fish and potatoes,  as well as coleslaw.  Drinks were also available for sale.  Kids also sold bakery items.  

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Deerfield closures due to COVID-19

Posted on 20 March 2020 by JLusk

As the City of Deerfield Beach prepares to head into the weekend, officials want to remind residents of recent closures and other restrictions that have been enacted by the city, county, and state government to fight the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions and closures are as follows:
1. All bars, nightclubs, taverns, pubs, cocktail lounges, breweries, dance halls, movie theaters, halls for hire, auditoriums, bowling alleys, video arcades, and sports and entertainment facilities, including but not limited to such establishments contained within a hotel or other enclosed structure, shall be closed.
2. All restaurants, cafeterias, and other foodservice establishments shall cease all on-premises dining. These establishments may continue to operate drive-thru, delivery, take-out, and exterior pick-up food services during their regular permitted hours.
3. Effective Monday, March 23rd, the Community Development Block Grant bus shuttle service is suspended until further notice. Residents are encouraged to use Deerfield Beach Express I & II for their transportation needs. No changes have been made to the Express I & II service at this time. For more information on senior services in Deerfield Beach, call the Center for Active Aging at (954) 480-4449.
4. Please be reminded that all public beach areas east of the beach boardwalk are closed until further notice. Lifeguards and law enforcement are on duty to ensure that the public is aware and adheres to these beach restrictions. On-street parking and the Main Beach Parking Lot are also closed.
All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 10 people are prohibited. 
However, grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, retail establishments, banks, credit unions, financial institutions, hardware stores, auto supply stores, hospitals, healthcare and medical facilities, and pharmacies will remain open. Please remember to adhere to the social distancing recommendations. City officials want you to stay safe and healthy. 
For additional information and resources, visit City News at dfb.city, or the Emergency Management Coronavirus webpage at www.dfb.city/COVID19.

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BSO ceases all eviction notices

Posted on 19 March 2020 by JLusk

The Broward Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the 17th Judicial Circuit, has decided to temporarily cease all eviction activities until further notice due to the current public health crisis. 

In coordination with Chief Judge Jack Tuter and the 17th Judicial Circuit, it was agreed that deputies stop serving eviction notices for as long as is needed. This is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone in our community, and we want to ensure residents have a safe place to stay, focus on being with their families and stay healthy in order to slow the spread of the virus across Broward County. No one should have to worry about losing their home during this pandemic,” Sheriff Gregory Tony said.
If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, for your safety and the safety of our personnel, notify the dispatcher of those symptoms so the information can be appropriately relayed to our first responders. Also, contact the Florida Department of Health at 954-412-7300. 
For additional information and frequently asked questions, please visit https://www.sheriff.org/SheriffTony/. 

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Broward County Libraries Close, SBA Loans & More

Posted on 18 March 2020 by JLusk

Update #13 on COVID-19

Today, Mayor Dale V.C. Holness held a news conference along with Florida Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez to update the public. View News Conference

 Port Everglades is operational. We are focused on keeping the Port functioning efficiently so fuel and cargo can be delivered as quickly as possible.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is operational. There are some reductions in flights, especially on the international side, due to the airlines adjusting to less travelers. Because of decreased demand, FLL has suspended valet parking service. Employees will temporarily park in the Cypress Garage, eliminating the need to be shuttled to terminals.

Broward County Libraries will be closed to the public at the close of regular service hours on Thursday, March 19th. This will also be the last day customers can pick up holds or borrow books, digital tablets and other physical materials until the library reopens. The Library will not assess any fines for materials returned late as a result of the closure. Online services will still be available. Library staff will still report to their regular work locations. Check Broward.org/Library for updates.

The National Guard will soon deploy a team of nurses and medics to operate a COVID-19 testing location in Broward at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines. In order to prepare, both the park and the Broward County Transit Park & Ride lot at the park have been closed until further notice. Watch for details about the testing locations. BCT’s 95 Express customers are advised to use the Park & Ride lot at Ansin Sports Complex, 10801 Miramar Boulevard in Miramar, until further notice. NOTE: Only health care professionals, first responders, and residents age 65 and older who are symptomatic will be screened.

Small Business Assistance

 There are two emergency small business loan programs designed to assist small businesses during during a disaster – the Florida Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program and the SBA Economic Injury Loan Program. Visit this website for more information. We are also continuing to encourage every Broward County business to complete the Florida Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey at floridadisaster.biz.

People with Food Insecurity

 If residents are already receiving home-delivered meals from South Florida Meals on Wheels, that service will continue as usual. If a resident normally takes meals at a congregate meal site or senior center, and that facility has closed, that resident will receive home-delivered meals until their regular facility re-opens. 

Residents who are currently not participating in a meal program and are experiencing a food shortage due to COVID-19, can call the Area Agency on Aging of Broward’s Elder Helpline at 954-745-9779 for assistance.

It is critically important that all residents and visitors continue to follow the precautionary recommendations of health professionals. For the latest updates, visit FloridaHealth.gov, email COVID-19@flhealth.gov or call the FDOH Call Center at 866-779-6121. To learn what Broward County is doing, visit Broward.org/Coronavirus.

Check this state Department of Health tracking map to stay informed.

This update prepared by the Broward County Office of Public Communications

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