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.
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.
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
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.
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 to all our friends and families of the HBBA!
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com
Hurricane Dorian: Be Prepared
Hollywood’s Mayor Encourages Residents to Monitor and Prepare for Hurricane Dorian
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.
encouraged to continue monitoring this storm and should ensure they have
a hurricane plan in place and not focus on the forecast track of
“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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Dim those bright lights or face $1,000 a day in fines on Hollywood beach
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
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.
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
In 2000, Broward County required all cities along the coast to pass laws requiring turtle-friendly lighting during nesting season from March through October.
John Weitzner, a code enforcement officer assigned to the beach, aims to change that.
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.
code officers walk the beach three times a month during nesting season
to address any violations, said city spokesman David Hunt.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Tuesday, Weitzner had cited Florio’s and the neighboring souvenir shop
and was already rearranging his hours so he could scout for illegal
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.
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.
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.”
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, 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 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
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.