Free to paddle board wherever you want, almost? Hollywood gives it a go

Cat Uden, a Hollywood activist and chairwoman of the local Surfrider chapter, says Hollywood's paddle boarding rules are among the strictest rules in the region. But that's about to change. (Courtesy/Cat Uden) For plenty of South Florida beaches, paddleboarders are just another part of the seascape. Not Hollywood, where you’re more likely to see a pretty umbrella in the sand than a swift paddleboarder in the ocean. Paddlers say that’s because Hollywood is known for having strict rules when it comes to their sport. That’s about to change. Paddlers, led by Surfrider champ Cat...
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The CRA invites you to join us at a community meeting

The CRA invites you to join us at a community meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 9am to 12noon at the Garfield Community Center where we will inform residents and business owners of the FPL equipment necessary for the undergrounding of overhead utilities along SR A1A from Arizona to Sheridan Streets. Some of the equipment types are transformers and switch cabinets among others. During this meeting we will learn about the equipment, sizes and their location. The CRA’s FPL undergrounding expert consultant will be on hand to discuss flexibility and limitations on the equipment locati...
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Boca Raton company buying back plastic straws in exchange for eco-friendly alternative

Robert Stillman, founder and CEO of FarFromBoring Promotional Products in Boca Raton, will begin buying back plastic straws as well as selling paper straws as an alternative to plastic. (File photo) As more municipalities and businesses move away from plastic straws, one company that already offers an alternative is offering to buy them back. FarFromBoring Hospitality is offering to swap out local establishments’ current stocks of up to 20,000 plastic straws. The company founded an alternative paper straw called rhino straws, which it says is eco-friendly and reasonably priced. It’s...
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Sea Turtle Nesting Season is underway on our beaches.

From March through October these creatures will return to their home beaches to lay eggs. Hollywood residents and beach visitors can help sea turtles during the nesting season by keeping beaches clean, being aware of nesting sites and reducing artificial lighting near beaches that can distract and confuse mothers and hatchlings. Sea turtle hatchlings use light and reflections from the moon to find their way to the water at night. Artificial lighting discourages adult females from nesting on the beach.
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Hollywood’s new lifeguard towers hit the beach – for $2 million

Crews work on the first of Hollywood’s new lifeguard stands on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. The tower sits next to an old stand at Liberty Street. Another new tower is at Azalea Terrace to the south. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun Sentinel) Two lifeguard towers stand side by side on Hollywood beach, one old and one new. The battered wooden shack with faded yellow paint has weathered the elements for a quarter of a century. Just a few steps to the north sits the new arrival, a sign of things to come. By the end of the year, 21 stylish new towers will dot the beach. The new l...
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Welcome back Debra Case, the newest addition to the HBBA Board of Directors.

Hope you are all doing well. I wanted to take a brief moment to officially announce the latest addition to our HBBA board of directors. At our last membership meeting there was a unanimous decision made to have Debra Case rejoin our team. Debra brings a wealth of experience, including past HBBA president along with serving as city commissioner for district one for the past 2 years. She also owns a great restaurant on the Broadwalk Ocean Alley! I am pleased and excited having her back as she will be chairing the CRA, Chamber of Commerce and Government affairs topics reporting...
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Special Government Obligation Bond Referendum – Make Your Vote Count

March 12th - Special Government Obligation Bond Referendum - Make Your Vote Count If you order your Mail-In-Ballot now, you will get an instant e-mail confirmation that your request for a ballot for March 12th was received by the Broward Supervisor Of Elections Office (SOE), and that a ballot will be mailed to you in February. www.browardSOE.org Enter your name, date of birth and house number. You can change the address to wherever you want your ballot sent. Here Are Three Ways to Vote and Make Sure Your Vote is Counted You can mail it in if you order it early enough to...
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Celebrate 15th Annual Groundhog Day On Hollywood Beach Saturday February 2!

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It must be time for the 15th Annual Groundhog Day on Hollywood Beach, a time-honored tradition celebrating hope for a warmer tomorrow – or at least a significant warm-up by noon. The event will take place on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 a.m. at Ocean Alley Restaurant and Beach Bar, located at 900 N. Broadwalk (at A1A & Indiana Street) on the world-famous Hollywood Beach Broadwalk. The legendary Groundhog Swim will be at 7:30 a.m. A $12 donation includes breakfast and a free souvenir T-shirt for swimmers. Shirts are available for non-swimmers at an additi...
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