Puffles, Popular Dessert Shop on Hollywood Beach, to Expand Menu, Locations

Puffles, Popular Dessert Shop on Hollywood Beach, to Expand Menu, Locations

The coolest treats in South Florida will soon be getting even better, as Puffles dessert shop on Hollywood Beach, which specializes in Hong Kong waffles with ice cream, will be adding new products in the New Year.

Puffles, conveniently located just off the Broadwalk at 349 Johnson Street near the Margaritaville Beach Resort and the band shell, introduced one of Hong Kong’s most popular street snacks, gai daan jai, or spherical egg-based waffles, to the area last April.

Crispy on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside, Hong Kong waffles are traditionally served in just one flavor, broken into pieces in a baggie and eaten plain. Puffles has put its own spin on this cultural phenomenon with a choice of three flavors – original, chocolate or matcha (Japanese green tea) – and the waffle folded into a cone to hold ice cream and toppings.

The 1,300-square-foot shop features a cornucopia of offerings, including a dozen different flavors of ice cream, from vanilla to Sea Salt Caramel Truffle, that doesn’t melt in the warm waffle. There are 19 topping ranging from Fruity Pebbles cereal and Japanese mochi to Pocky sticks, condensed milk and syrups. Puffles also carries a variety of slushes and bubble teas, with toppings that include boba (tapioca pearls), popping boba and fruit jelly balls.

“We have a lot of options here,” said Puffles co-owner Caleb Deng, who is hands-on in the business making waffle batter, which requires 800 eggs a week.

Puffles staff are trained on which ingredients go well together and will make suggestions for patrons who can’t decide on a flavor combination.

“We want something that tastes as good as it looks. Everything is made to order and goes well with the ice cream,” said Deng, a fan of the waffles in New York’s Chinatown since childhood.

“There is nothing like this in South Florida,” added Deng, whose family owns numerous service and restaurant businesses in New York City and South Florida. “I was always into baking when I was a kid and wanted to open a café-style dessert place.”

Savory waffle flavors such as pizza and red bean will be added to the menu, as well as ice cream cakes and acai bowls with fresh fruit and granola. Given Puffles’ popularity and uniqueness, the owners are already eyeing a second location, in Downtown Miami.

“We’re really interested in expanding to other states and possibly franchising,” Deng said.

As for the original Puffles location, “We chose Hollywood Beach because it’s a mix of locals and tourists, and it’s right in between Miami and Fort Lauderdale,” Deng said.

Puffles opens daily at noon and closes at 10:30 pm Sunday – Thursday and 11 pm Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 954-367-2353 or visit PufflesFL.com.

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays to all our friends and families of the HBBA!

Hollywood Beach Blvd. Bridge intermittent closures.

Hollywood Beach Blvd. Bridge intermittent closures.

A1A Improvements Project from Sheridan Street to Monroe Street
Traffic impact update from FDOT

The Hollywood Boulevard and SR A1A entrance and exit ramps will have intermittent full closures, Monday, December 16 through Friday, December 20 between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. 

·    Detour:
·    Southbound SR A1A motorists will be detoured via Hallandale Beach Boulevard.
·    Northbound SR A1A motorists will be detoured via Sheridan Street
·    Eastbound motorists will be detoured via US 1 towards South 7th avenue to make a U-turn.·    Two southbound lanes will be closed along SR-A1A, from Monroe Street to Hollywood Boulevard, Monday, December 16 through Friday, December 20, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ·    Two northbound lanes will be closed along SR-A1A, from Monroe Street to Hollywood Boulevard, Monday, December 16 and Friday, December 20, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
In addition: ·    Intermittent lane shifts may occur from Hollywood Boulevard to Sheridan Street, only a few blocks at a time, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
 ·  Southbound A1A will be shifted west between Sheridan Street to Arizona Street for work along the median. One lane in each direction and left-turn access from southbound A1A to the one-way eastbound side streets will be maintained.

TEMPORARY DETOUR ON SURF ROAD.

TEMPORARY DETOUR ON SURF ROAD.

Temporary Detour on Surf Road.

A contractor has obtained a permit from the City to repair the roof of the Sheldon Hotel which is immediately to the south of the Margaritaville Hotel complex on Hollywood Beach.

In order to do the associated work, it will be necessary to close Surf Road at its intersection with Buchanan Street. All vehicular traffic on Surf Road will be detoured to the west along Buchanan Street. Bicyclists and pedestrians approaching the work area from the north and south will use the Broadwalk to bypass the temporary closure. 

The work could begin as soon as December 5. The exact duration of this project is unknown but the present estimate is that it should be completed in about a week. The contractor has been instructed to ensure that Surf Road be fully opened when no work is being done.

No work will be done during the Candy Cane Parade.
The Other Surprising Hollywood: How This Beautiful Beach Getaway Can Make You Smile

The Other Surprising Hollywood: How This Beautiful Beach Getaway Can Make You Smile

Approximately 2,725 miles from California’s glamorous celebrity-rich Hollywood, a beautiful Florida beach getaway also named Hollywood stretches open its inviting arms. And what a welcoming hug it gives. Near Miami, Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale—all of which have their own unique hotspot pleasures and treasures—this Hollywood haven on the Atlantic Ocean exudes a more relaxed, intimate vibe that appeals to families, couples and singles who desire a quieter space and pace to recharge.

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Especially enticing are Hollywood’s arts and culture scenes, as well as foodie finds. Discover neighborhoods filled with 1920s architecture and streets shaded with grand rows of regal Royal Palms. Here, fun reasons to make a splash in this under-the-radar star.

Hollywood Beach Bonanza. Stroll the bright-idea, exercise-encouraging Broadwalk. Kick off your shoes and wiggle freed toes into the 2.5-mile-long, cashmere-soft sandy shore. Gaze at the vast ocean-scape and wide-yonder sky.

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On the horizon, note moving ships and swooping birds. Meander its length, dotted with more than 50 eateries and 30 shops. Every day, there are scheduled activities (many of them free)—live music, kite-flying, classes: yoga, dance, meditation. It’s a stylish yet laid-back seaside escape in which to let your hair down and lift your spirits up.

Laura Manske Contributor Travel , Forbes Magazine
Oct 29, 2019, 02:39pm

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lauramanske/2019/10/29/the-other-surprising-hollywood-how-this-beautiful-beach-getaway-can-make-you-smile/#671e18db7fbc

See the Vision for Hollywood Beach – Community Meeting

See the Vision for Hollywood Beach – Community Meeting

BEACH COMMUNITY MEETING!
See the Vision for Hollywood Beach-

• Undergrounding of Utilities
• A1A Proposed Enhancements
• North Segment Pedestrian Crossings

Wednesday, October 23 / 7:30 pm

Hollywood Beach Culture and Community Center
1301 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33079

For more Information Contact Sarita Shamah at sshamah@hollywoodfl.org

Phone: 954-924-2980

Hurricane Dorian:  Be Prepared

Hurricane Dorian: Be Prepared

Hollywood’s Mayor Encourages Residents to Monitor and Prepare for Hurricane Dorian

City of Hollywood Emergency Management staff and public safety personnel are monitoring the track and development of Hurricane Dorian and Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy is encouraging residents to review their hurricane plans and make sure they are prepared for the potential of severe weather and possible hurricane conditions.

Heavy rains are expected to occur over portions of the Bahamas, Florida and elsewhere in the southeastern United States later this week and into early next week. The risk of dangerous storm surge and hurricane-force winds is increasing along the east coast of Florida, although it is still too soon for forecasters to determine precisely where these hazards will occur.

Residents are encouraged to continue monitoring this storm and should ensure they have a hurricane plan in place and not focus on the forecast track of Dorian’s center.

“The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center has Dorian developing into a Major Category 3 hurricane over the next several days as it draws closer to Florida. It’s important that residents prepare, but not panic,” says Mayor Levy.

Residents are encouraged to use this time to finalize their personal hurricane preparations:

• Gather your hurricane supplies now if you have not already done so. You should have three days’ worth of supplies, such as non-perishable food and water, for each person in your household.
• Residents should refrain from cutting trees or doing additional landscaping projects until after this storm passes. Solid/commingled and recyclable materials should be properly secured in a safe, sheltered location.
• Make plans to secure any outdoor items that could be blown around in the storm. Bring them indoors or otherwise secure them as the storm approaches.

The City of Hollywood does not have sandbags for distribution. Residents are encouraged to visit the City of Hollywood’s website at www.hollywood fl.org/emergency for hurricane preparation tips and information regarding where to purchase sandbags and other hurricane supplies.

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Nick’s Bar on Hollywood Beach aims for September reopening

Nick’s Bar on Hollywood Beach aims for September reopening

The last cold beers and rum runners were served over a year ago. When will the next ones flow at Nick’s Bar and Grill on Hollywood Beach?

Late September, longtime owner Bob Ferro says. Maybe. He hopes.

Renovations began last August on the 40-year-old institution on the Hollywood Broadwalk.

“I try not to get aggravated, but the wait is killing me,” Ferro says.

What was supposed to be a three-month freshening turned into a gutting and rebuilding, one that keeps bringing unexpected delays and hurdles.

The latest setback: the new roof has a leak. It has to be resealed and patched around some rooftop flanges. Then there are the contractors who say they’re going to show up and don’t.

“Same old s—,” Ferro says.

He sat along the Broadwalk wall Monday, unlit cigar in his hand, talking about how he had to cancel his usual August vacation to the races in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., because of the ongoing work.

Every targeted reopening date has turned to dust: last November, then spring, then June. On Monday, another round of electrical inspections were supposed to be done. Then the rooftop patching. The inside walls still need to be finished, followed by installation of kitchen and bar equipment and furnishings.

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Nick’s Bar and Grill in 2014. (Mike Stocker / Sun Sentinel)

Initial work last summer revealed major termite damage and rot from salt water. A near complete tear-down ensued.

The building, at the corner of Minnesota Street and the Broadwalk, dates to the 1940s, when it started as a hot dog stand. It was converted to a bar and restaurant in the late 1970s by a Canadian owner named Nick. Bob Ferro and his brother Carl kept the original name when they bought the restaurant in 1980 after moving from Boston.

Popular with tourists and locals for its cold beers and icy rum runners dispatched through open windows, Nick’s is known for laid-back, Old Florida charm that fits perfectly with beach breezes and summer torpor. Nick’s has been used for scenes in numerous movies including 1981’s “Body Heat” and 2008’s “Marley and Me.”

The restaurant was known for New England-style seafood such as lobsters, chowder and steamed clams. Nick’s will feature a similar menu and vibe when it reopens, Ferro says, along with its late-night bar scene.

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Nick’s Bar and Grill on Hollywood Beach in 2007. (Rhonda Vanover / Sun Sentinel file photo)

Michael Mayo South Florida Sun Sentinel Columnist

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/entertainment/restaurants-and-bars/fl-et-nicks-bar-hollywood-update-20190806-57b3aaht55bwfdaa4pzp4axsiu-story.html

Dim those bright lights or face $1,000 a day in fines on Hollywood beach

Dim those bright lights or face $1,000 a day in fines on Hollywood beach

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The bright lights coming from businesses along Hollywood’s Broadwalk might cause confused sea turtle hatchlings to turn toward the shops rather than the sea, city officials say. Florio’s of Little Italy got a warning on Tuesday to dim the lights. (Michael Laughlin / South Florida Sun Sentinel/South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Bright lights might lead people to your door, but they could also land you a hefty $1,000-a-day fine if you own a home, cafe, condo or business along Hollywood’s oceanfront.

That’s because Hollywood is launching a crackdown on every home and business that’s breaking the city’s turtle lighting laws.

By instinct, baby sea turtles follow the moon to the sea. But one bright light from land can send them crawling the wrong way.

Disoriented hatchlings can wind up in nearby parking lots and roads, where they can be crushed by cars, preyed on by birds or dry up in the harsh morning sun. Hatchlings already have terrible odds: Only one in 1,000 survive to adulthood.

In 2000, Broward County required all cities along the coast to pass laws requiring turtle-friendly lighting during nesting season from March through October.

Hollywood was the last city to do so, finally passing a law in 2011 that applied only to new construction. Existing buildings were not required to dim their lights until 2015.

Four years later, some have yet to do so.

John Weitzner, a code enforcement officer assigned to the beach, aims to change that.

Over the next four weeks, he’ll spend every workday patrolling the beach at night to hunt for lighting lawbreakers from the Dania Beach line all the way to Hallandale Beach.

Other coastal cities say they’re already keeping a close eye on the glow that comes from restaurants and shops along their beaches.

So far this year, Deerfield Beach has issued 25 warnings to businesses that have violated its turtle lighting rules.

Two code officers walk the beach three times a month during nesting season to address any violations, said city spokesman David Hunt.

“As far as fines go, we have not had a case go before the magistrate yet,” Hunt said. “Our philosophy is more about education than fines. All of the warnings issued this year were quickly addressed.”

In Fort Lauderdale, code officers do inspections twice a week to make sure shops and other buildings along the beach are following the city’s turtle-lighting laws, said city spokesman Matt Little.

Code officers have given three warning citations and one $150-a-day fine so far this year, Little said.

Pompano Beach officials do checks every month, says city spokeswoman Sandra King.

Fines can be up to $1,000 a day for first-time violations. That can rise to $5,000 a day for repeat violations.

And the fines can go as high as $15,000 per violation if the code enforcement board or special magistrate finds the violation to be irreparable or irreversible.

In 1986, Boca Raton became one of the first municipalities in the state to approve a lighting ordinance designed to protect nesting sea turtles.

That ordinance has been used as a model for other cities, including Deerfield and Pompano.

During nesting season, the stretch of A1A north and south of Spanish River Boulevard relies on LED markers while overhead streetlights go dark to help reduce sky glow.

Boca Raton monitors its beach regularly and had a few violations last year, says city spokeswoman Chrissy Gibson. Those who fail to comply can face fines of $1,000 a day, she said.

In Hollywood, Weitzner says he’s expecting to have a busy month.

So far, he’s cited two Broadwalk establishments near Garfield Street — Florio’s of Little Italy and the Shirtery souvenir shop next door — for having lights too bright for turtle season. Each owner has 10 days to dim the lights or face fines of $1,000 a day

“They’re not the only ones,” Weitzner said. “This is going to be enforced strictly now. It has been on the books [for years] and people know it’s out there.”

He already has his eyes on another target, an ice cream shop with neon lights that cast a bright glow along the Broadwalk.

Hollywood’s crackdown was sparked by a concerned resident who sounded the alarm on social media.

Madison Jane Pollard, 23, found hatchlings wandering along the Broadwalk on Sunday night near Florio’s shortly before 11 p.m.

“I saw a turtle on the Broadwalk heading west,” she said. “I look up and see Florio’s and I see their spotlight.”

The next day, she called city and county officials and blasted the news on Facebook in a post shared more than 130 times.

By Tuesday, Weitzner had cited Florio’s and the neighboring souvenir shop and was already rearranging his hours so he could scout for illegal lights.

At least one business owner is already making the required changes.

Florio’s co-owner Giuseppe Viscito says he has dimmed the lights and will no longer use a bright projector light outside the restaurant.

“We had six lights and left four on” during turtle nesting season, he said. “Now we are down to two, so it’s even darker. We talked to code

four years go and they told us to lower the lights, so we did. And now they told us to lower them more, so we did.”

To report a turtle lighting problem on Hollywood beach, call 786-202-3957.

If you find disoriented hatchlings going the wrong way, you can call one of three numbers: Sea Turtle Oversight Protection’s 24-hour hatchling emergency hotline at 954-404-0025; Broward’s sea turtle hotline at 954-328-0580; or the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 888-404-FWCC, or text *FWC from your cellphone.

It’s about time, says Richard WhiteCloud, director of Sea Turtle Oversight Protection, a group that deploys volunteers to rescue disoriented hatchlings.

“Hollywood is pretty much the bastard child when it comes to enforcing the lighting ordinance,” WhiteCloud said. “Florio’s is one of 100 incidents. Turtles disorient all the time down in Hollywood.”

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-ne-turtle-lighting-lawbreakers-hollywood-20190726-fpasqdiporhcrbdesjeyj3x6uq-story.html
By Susannah Bryan
South Florida Sun Sentinel | Jul 26, 2019 | 7:00 AM | HOLLYWOOD

2019 SUNsational Service Award Winners

2019 SUNsational Service Award Winners

Hollywood businesses scored 3 of the 11 SUNsational Service Awards presented this year by the Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. That’s the most of any area in the county and shows that Hollywood is a leader in service! More than 130 people were nominated for providing exceptional guest experiences across all sectors of the tourism industry. Take a look at these three amazing staff members from T.Y. Park, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort and Water Taxi who love their jobs and enjoy serving the guests who come to our community. Congratulations to them and the businesses they represent for a job well done!

See all the Greater Fort Lauderdale SUNsational Service Award Winners here: https://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases-and-resources/post/greater-fort-lauderdale-celebrates-30th-annual-sunsational-service-courtesy-awards/

Click on the Winners below to watch their videos.

Sebastian Serna, TY park

Sebastian Serna, Maintenance Worker, T.Y.

On January 5, 2019, Sebastian was visiting shelters at T.Y. Park to empty trash when he noticed something was wrong with a patron. He asked her if she was choking. She was unable to verbally respond, and her friends and family said she was choking. Sebastian immediately stood her up and began performing the Heimlich Maneuver. She vomited and spit the food she was choking on out. She was okay following the incident. Sebastian’s quick action helped saved the lady, as the family and friends did not know what to do.

Joadis Boza, server

Joadis Boza, Server at Landshark Bar & Grill at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

With her magical smile and aura of positivity, Joadis of Landshark Bar & Grill at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort embodies SUNsational Service. She has been recognized for her expert execution of the 10-5 rule (eye contact and a verbal greeting). She impressed a potential client doing a site visit so much, that the client wrote an email to the resort’s general manager, calling out her amazing experience with Joadis. Here’s a snippet of that letter: “Our server Jo was the most friendly, grounded, smart, effervescent, outgoing and outright good at what she does server I ever had. Her desire to be helpful and to make sure there were no complaints come out loud and clear.”

David Farr

David Farr, Crew at Water Taxi

In November 2018, the Water Taxi’s Margaritaville Express boat was about a mile north of the Hollywood stop in the Intracoastal Waterway. The mate, David Farr, heard shouts from the starboard side of the boat. He called to the captain, who immediately throttled back and slowed the boat. A disoriented man had fallen off his kayak and was struggling with the tide. David asked if he needed the lifebuoy, which he declined. The mate then placed the buoy close by in case it was needed later. With the boat still idling and drifting alongside, David deployed the rescue platform and clambered down to the water level. David reached the gentleman’s hand and got him onto the boat. He also helped retrieve the kayak.